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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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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 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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School Girl Crush: Michael Pitt

When I first saw Michael Pitt in action, I was spooked. He didn’t seem himself–as he shouldn’t have–but he was entirely too lost in the role he played in Funny Games. I became haunted with the idea of finding the

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More Than Muses: The Badass Women of Disney

“Nevertheless, she persisted…” Women are strong, intelligent, amazing beings, who’re still fighting to prove their worth and obtain equal rights. This same fight has spanned over hundreds of years, and we’re still going strong. In light of the solidarity of

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Watch The Official Trailer For ‘All Eyez On Me’

In the wake of learning Tupac will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Snoop Dogg, the official trailer for the All Eyez On Me biopic has finally dropped. Due to be released in theaters on June 16th, Tupac’s

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Alma Har’el Taps Kiersey Clemons And Lisa Bonet For Feminist Short Film ‘JellyWolf’

We talk about muses a lot here. The way they make us think, dream, and–most importantly–feel. But what happens when their creative hearts align with yours subconsciously? At a distance, through nothing but energy, like power lines… Jellywolf–the manifestation of

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Netflix’s ‘Girlboss’ Has Us Hooked Already With Its Debut Trailer

Britt Robertson is completely unrecognizable in the trailer for Netflix’s Girlboss. The twenty-six year old actress stars in the role of Sophia Amoroso, the founder of Nasty Gal and NY Times best selling author of the book #Girlboss–which the series

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The Trailer For ‘I Am Heath Ledger’ Will Break Your Heart

It was a sad day yesterday as family and supporters of the late actor, Heath Ledger mourned his 2008 death resulting from a prescription drug mix up. With nearly ten years since his passing, director Derik Murray has released the

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Charlie Hunnam Throws Down In Guy Ritchie’s Final ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ trailer

Straight from the mastermind of director Guy Ritchie–the figure behind Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes–comes the final trailer for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Starring Sons of Anarchy stud, Charlie Hunnam as the virtuous King Arthur, the trailer is

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Screw Netflix, Watch Kodak Black & Sampha’s Films Tonight!

Netflix provides us with a constant array of options to dive into and binge on. Despite all of these options, sometimes we feel like we’ve literally watched everything Netflix has to offer and need something else to capture our attention.

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Rick Ross Talks New Album and Movie With Gucci Mane

Rather You Than Me is the title of his ninth studio album, but Rick Ross is making it clear that he’d rather—and can indeed—take the lead in all of his endeavors, regardless of industry. The Boss announced over the weekend

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Quentin Tarantino’s Aesthetic is Something To Die For

Whether you like it or not, Quentin Tarantino sure has a way with film. Being the black sheep in the film industry, he managed to stay relevant over the years and keep us on our toes for his next classic

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‘All I Wanna Do’ Is Still The Underrated Feminist Film We Need

Why don’t we ever talk about the explicit feminism of 1998’s All I Wanna Do? Is it because of its cast? I think Kirsten Dunst, Heather Matarazzo, Rachel Leigh Cook and Gaby Hoffmann were names huge enough to bring in

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New “Rush” Visual Takes You Inside Starrah’s Hyper 3-D Universe

In less than a year, singer/songwriter Starrah has become the main architect of a new sound shaping pop music. Her golden pen has quickly made her the most in-demand artist crafting hooks for the iconic voices of our generation, her

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Five Reasons Why The New ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer Has Us Shook

With each and every peek we’re given of Warner Brothers’ and DC’s Wonder Woman feature film, there’s never been a point where I’ve been iffy of its quality. There’s an element of care woven into each detail and scene–something which

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‘Now and Then’: The Coming-Of-Age Film Of All Things Sisterhood

The ’90s were the prime time of coming of age films. Sure, we had the ’80s and their treasure chest full of John Hughes films, however, getting down to the grit of adolescent pain wasn’t always promised. Aside from movies

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Anything You Can Do, She Can Do Better: The Kick Ass Women of Action Film

In honor of Women’s History Month, I think it’s about time to look into some of the kick ass women who brought out the bad ass in us. Throughout history, women were always looked at as only a supporting role

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