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“Roxanne Roxanne” is now on Netflix

Roxanne Shanté was the first solo female rapper who solidified her place in music history by recording a response track to U.T.F.O’s “Roxanne, Roxanne” titled “Roxanne’s Revenge” at the age of 14; this single hit No. 22 on the Billboard

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#FridayFilms: A Wrinkle In Time

I have never seen Selma, but I have seen the documentary 13 and I have seen seasons of Queen Sugar. I did not read A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle but I do enjoy fantasy and science fiction themed

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#WomanCrushinItWednesday: Karrueche Tran

It’s safe to say we’ve taken the word “woman” to an entire new level. “The Woman” is fearless, strong, elegant, and task-oriented in 2017 and at VashtieDotCom, we’re here for it. On Wednesdays we celebrate not only a woman we’re

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#FilmFriday: Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther Success

Ryan Coogler is a young 31 year-old African-American director and screenwriter who was responsible for Fruitvale Station, Creed, and the latest success of Black Panther. If you look at these movies, they were all amazing, but the film that was

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Sade Will Release New Music After Seven Years On Ava DuVernay’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

The legendary and iconic songstress and fairy Godmother, Sade is set to release new music very soon. Ava DuVernay took to Twitter to share the amazing news that Sade will be creating an original song for the upcoming film, A

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This is What Really Happened at Cash Money Records: Birdman Releases a Tell all Documentary

Ever wonder what really happens at Cash Money Records? With all the rumors circling around Nicki Minaj, Drake, and Lil Wayne, their most coveted signees, the streets are talking and Birdman finally has answers. Birdman finally released his Cash Money

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Travis Scott Rents out Two Theatres for Kids to go see Black Panther

Travis Scott gave a great surprise to the kids of his hometown in Houston, Texas. On February 17th, The rapper announced on his Instagram that he would be renting out two theatres to screen Marvel’s Black Panther. The film was shown at

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Film Friday: Kanye West Produced Film “Honor Up” Drops Today

For everyone who’s been wondering where Kanye West has been, we may have found what has been keeping him M.I.A – executive producing! A couple years ago, producer, Damon Dash released a trailer for an upcoming film project that was

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Spike Lee Announces 30th Anniversary Screening of “School Daze”

Spike Lee’s iconic film, School Daze, will be having a special screening in celebration of its 30th Anniversary of being released. For those who’ve never experienced a Spike Lee joint, this movie is one of Spike’s many sagas that depict

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Film Friday: Jordan Peele Approves UCLA Class based on “Get Out”

If you’re seeking some higher education on “the sunken place” look no further, UCLA has got you covered.. Jordan Peele’s four-time Oscar-nominated film Get Out was released on February 24th, 2017 and is still receiving tons of attention to this day. This

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Your Film Guide for Black History Month

EVERY MONTH IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH! But in the eyes of the American government, February is the annual observance into the contributions and achievements Black people have made throughout history. And what better way to compliment that clenched fist in

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Behind The Scenes of the 1992 Classic Film ‘Juice’

Even though we will always associate the 90’s film Juice as being a classic, there was much untold that went down behind the scenes in order to really make the film happen. The film was originally rejected in 1984 when

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5 Must See Halloween Movies

As October comes to an end, one of the spookiest holidays comes along. Halloween, also known as the eve of All Saints’ Day, (or Vashtie’s favorite holiday) is traditionally a day for kids to dress up and head out on

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Levi Maestro: Maestro (Still) Knows

Levi Maestro is an individual who entered my world through a series of episodes called, “Maestro Knows.” Way before there were “vloggers” and a culture of documenting your daily life with a camera, there was Maestro Knows. Each episode allowed

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5 Must-See Wes Anderson Films

If you want to watch a movie that is equally filled with quirkiness, wonder, and charm, then Wes Anderson may become your favorite director. The director, producer, screenwriter that is Wes, has been able to make a career of telling

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“Paris Is for Lovers” Captures the Life and Work of Photographer Viktor Vauthier

Berlin-based filmmaking studio MODEST DEPARTMENT’s latest project, Paris Is for Lovers, is a personal fashion documentary centered around the French photographer and artist Viktor Vauthier, who has worked with some major brand names throughout his career, including the likes of adidas, Nike and Apple. Directed by Philipp Groth, the

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10 Foreign Films Worth Binging

Whether you want to learn a new language or can’t afford to book a flight, watching foreign films can ease various longings. With so many to choose from, we sorted out some classics to indulge in as a foreign film

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Luka Sabbat Will Debut His Acting Skills on “Grown-ish” Spinoff

On Monday, September 11th, model, fashion stylist and friend of our very own Downtown Sweetheart, Luka Sabbat took to Twitter to confirm that he will have a recurring role on Freeform’s new show “grown-ish,” a clever spin off of their

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Review: Whose Streets?

Almost fifty years after the Civil Rights Movement, a new propagation of activists is picking up the torch of Michael Brown. Directors Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis‘s Whose Streets? (2017) documents the origination of the Black Lives Matter movement from the point

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Why Girls Trip Is the Movie We Didn’t Know We Needed

    It’s no surprise that Girls Trip will have you holding your stomach from beginning to end. The chemistry between these four women is authentically amazing. I saw a little of myself in every character as well as a

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Hey Arnold! Makes a Return

A couple weeks ago, a 90’s kids fan favorite cartoon made an appearance at Comic-Con. This wasn’t the typical Comic-Con feature as it was the revival of the hit tv show Hey Arnold! The upcoming TV movie, Hey Arnold!: The

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Cinematic Saturday: Jay-z’s ‘A Genius Leaves the Hood’

Before we begin, let us start with the facts. Sean Carter, known to most as Jay-Z was born December 4th, 1969 in Brooklyn, NY. Growing up in Marcy Projects, Jay-Z would go from a (very profitable) drug dealer to an

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More Than Just a Party: Celebrating Pride by Hearing New Voices

Pride Month as many of us know it, is a celebratory staple of remembering the way in which the LGBTQIA community has fought for their rights, acceptance, and visibility within the states. The month of June was specifically chosen in

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Cinematic Saturdays: Must Sees for the rest of the Summer

With summer officially starting last week, here is a rundown of 5 must see films and tv shows before summer ends in September. Girls Trip Starring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish, this movie looks exactly

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Cinematic Saturday: What Happened Miss Simone?

  The Minnesota Officer who killed Philando Castile was acquitted. Philando Castile was murdered in a routine traffic stop in July of last year. Officer Jeronimo Yanez believed that Castile was reaching for a gun when he shot him. However his girlfriend,

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Ben Stiller Reunites ‘Dodgeball’ Cast For Charity Fundraiser

The early 2000’s gave us many comedy classics, perhaps one of our favorites was Dodgeball. So shout out to Ben Stiller for reuniting the cast of his 2004 film, not only for laughs but for charity. Stiller is back as

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CINEMATIC SATURDAY: Girlhood, A Tale Of Inspirational Perseverance

Ever so often, there comes a film that tells the story of what it’s like to go through the struggles and strife of teenage life. Life can be crazy – from the hormones to the feelings to the in between

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Throw It Back: The Greatness Of ‘Martin’

No matter where you’re from or how old you are, Martin will forever be a classic. “Martin” ran for five seasons on Fox from 1992 to 1997.  During it’s runtime it would garner some of Fox’s highest ratings ever.  Martin was seen as the

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Cam Kirk and Collective Gallery Offering Photography Classes This Summer

Renowned photographer, Cam Kirk, has recently announced the open enrollment for a Summer photography class he’s hosting. Cam is partnering with Collective Gallery on the project to help aspiring photographers find their angle. Cam emerged on the entertainment scene as Wiz Khalifa‘s photographer back

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CINEMATIC SATURDAY: ‘School Daze’, An HBCU Classic

College is a time for making friends, learning lessons, and finding yourself. A time for students to try out different things and figure out what they want to do with the rest of their lives. College is all about growing

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A Tribute To Designer, Actress And All Around Visionary: Sofia Coppola

As an icon in filmmaking, she is known for aesthetically beautiful films which centre around young women.  The third woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director -Coppola is an inspiring force who has paved the way

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Cinematic Saturday: Spike Lee’s ‘Crooklyn’

It’s been 23 years since Crooklyn dropped in theaters and it will forever be a classic. The Spike Lee directed feature debuted in 1994, peaking at number three in the box office. How? Well, Crooklyn is probably as real as life gets

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Bruce Willis’ Classic Film ‘The Fifth Element’ Turns 20

In honor of the 20th Anniversary, The Fifth Element will make a brief reappearance in a theater near you. The screenings will take place on Sunday, May 14th and on Wednesday, May 17th (for screening locations and ticket information click

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Congrats Rosario Dawson: Another Trip Around The Sun

We would like to wish the lovely Rosario Dawson a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! This beauty has been a staple in the entertainment industry since 1995. She landed her first role in the early 90’s picture, Kids.  That sweet 15-year-old later grew

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Cinematic: All The Ways Director Chris Cunningham Left Me Drooling

Still shot from Aphex Twin’s Music Video, “Windowlicker” Directed by Chris Cunningham (1999) Rewind to a young Vashtie Kola, growing up in the hood of downtown Albany New York. Wait, why am I speaking in 3rd person?! Anyways, as a

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5 Ways ‘Mean Girls’ Taught Us to Recognize Our Frenemies

It’s that time of year again — The day that Mean Girls released and embarked on our memories forever. It’s been fourteen years since it became a staple in pop culture and film history–and still, in 2017, we’re here for it! For

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Who Has Next: Women Directing Hollywood

The ratio of women who direct and the amount of film that is released is certainly imbalanced. But, thankfully, times are changing, and the movement of inclusion is multiplying in momentum. Below are the women THRIVING in Hollywood right now,

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Tales Of Woe: Our Six Favorite Shakespeare Film Interpretations

William Shakespeare–one of the single most well known artists of all time. No matter if you know nothing of his life and trials as an English playwright, poet, and actor; you know his works. From Othello, Macbeth to Romeo and

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What ‘The Wood’ Taught Us About Generational Friendship

Aren’t coming of age films the best? In the films we’ve watched growing up, a majority of us have learned about sex, love, violence, friendship, and essentially everything else. As curious kids, they provided the answers to our many questions,

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Marvel Is Taking Risks In ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ And They’re Completely Awesome

Damn, the heads at Marvel sure know how to put together a teaser trailer. Thor: Ragnarok‘s first official look has been blowing the minds of everyone it plays for, including me. Now, that’s not saying much–considering comics have been a

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