The box office numbers spoke for itself, but Straight Outta Compton’s lack of nominations in the 88th Academy Awards was another example of the Academy’s exclusion of Black films. Other true story films Spotlight and Bridge of Spies received 6 nominations while The Big Short received 5. The Big Short was a great film to me, but Bridge of Spies put me to sleep while Spotlight was a one-and-done viewing. …


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EXT: SUBURBAN NEIGHBORHOOD

Lisa walks to her car, visibly distraught at what just took place.

She gets in the car and puts on a funky/soulful tune and subtly moves along to the beat. After a few moments, she starts the car and takes off.

PART FIVE

INT/EXT: CAR

Sam rides around with his friends Donnie and Jonathan. They ride around in Jonathan’s car. Sam rides shotgun, Donnie sits in the back. Donnie and Jonathan are both Black and around the same age as Sam, Donnie is 22, Jonathan is 24.

DONNIE: “So do niggas only…


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PART FOUR

INT/EXT: CAR

Hotbox montage. Sam Waters enjoys a blunt session with his buddies, JONATHAN SIMMS and DONNIE JONES.

INT/EXT: LISA’S CAR

Lisa is driving Kenzie home. Some cheesy Radio Disney/Kids Bop type music plays quietly.

KENZIE: “I’ve been thinkin’ Lisa.”

LISA: “Oh yeah, about what Kenzie?”

KENZIE: “If I have white privilege and can’t do nothin’ about it then does that mean that Earl has Black privilege?”

LISA: “Um no Kenzie, there’s no such thing as Black privilege and you can actually do…


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INT: LIVING ROOM, WATERS RESIDENCE

NEIL: “Hey so what’s Lisa like man?

SAM: “She’s cool, but sometimes I get an underlying sense that she’s —

NEIL: “Don’t be so pessimistic bro, she’s not cheatin’ on you.”

SAM: “Nigga can I finish? Sometimes I think she has some misconceived ideas about Black guys.”

NEIL (confused): “Misconceived? But she’s Black.”

SAM: “Yeah I know.”

NEIL: “Makes no sense.”

Sam sits up on the couch.

SAM: “She grew up in Carmel.”

NEIL: (wincing) “Oooohhhhh.”

SAM: “Yeah.”

NEIL: “But are both her parents Black?”

SAM: “Yeah, I…


Previously on Love on Both Sides: We received our first introduction to “New Millennium Sports!” a local Indiana sports program lead by CAMLIN ARTHUR and his co-anchors: JANISE WELLS and BLANE SHARPTON.

A particular edition of the show spiraled out of control when Blane Sharpton got into a heated argument with Cody White, an all-star basketball recruit from North Tech, who plans on attending UCLA.

Blane strongly accused Cody of defacing an old photo of his which captured one of his proudest moments: a mid-range step-back, game-winning jumper against his high school rival North Tech (Blane played for North City).


Synopsis: Sam, a 23 year old Black millennial who’s just begun a career in sports media, struggles to navigate through that world while maintaining a steady relationship with his ambitious girlfriend Lisa — the first Black girl Sam has ever dated.

Main characters:

Sam Waters-23 years old, works camera on the set of a local sports news program. He is an affable human being, but has a bitter side due to the circumstances he lives in

Lisa Rashaad-also 23, she dreams of being an elementary school teacher, but is frustrated by the corruptions of the public education system. She has…


Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (2006), distributed by Rogue Pictures

Summer season is now fully in-session and from now until August I will be showcasing a film that fits perfectly for the summertime. I’ll kick things off with Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, a concert film/documentary directed by Academy Award winner Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).

The film is a mix between footage from a free concert Dave Chappelle threw in Brooklyn, interviews with the featured musicians, the set-up of the whole gathering, and of course, some comedy from Chappelle himself. Gondry displays great skills engaging with every element surrounding the concert.

Some of the most interesting moments…


Taron Egerton as Elton John in Rocketman (2019), distributed by Paramount Pictures

I was extremely skeptical once I saw the trailer for Rocketman at the theater on a Tuesday night. After all of the divisiveness surrounding last year’s Oscar-winning Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, I felt like Rocketman would just be an opportunity to cash in on that film’s box-office success.

My skepticism was slowly removed once I learned the film would be rated R. Now, I have yet to see Bohemian Rhapsody, but wondered how accurately the life of Freddie Mercury could be portrayed with a PG-13 rating. In short, it felt like a cop-out to draw in the mainstream audience.


Desus and Mero (2019), produced by Bodega Boys Original, Jax Media. Showtime

It’s official. Showtime has confirmed that starting tonight, Desus and Mero will be on twice a week.

Well, that’s all I have to say because I think that news speaks for itself.

How funny would it be if I just recapped an already-made announcement and acted like I wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times?

Seriously, I was ecstatic when I found out my favorite late-night talk show hosts were expanding their show to another night. Long-time fans of Desus and Mero might worry that they could be overworked again (it is really fascinating to watch the…


Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

I’ve been aware of the Marvel Cinematic Universe ever since my cousins showed me Iron Man back in 2008. Avengers: Endgame is coming this weekend and like many, I can’t wait to sit in the theater (no 44 oz soda this time) and see how everything unfolds. I hope everyone out there is avoiding online spoilers as I refuse to even read a review before I watch the movie.

This list includes every Marvel cinematic entry since Iron Man in 2008 (so The Incredible Hulk with Edward Norton will be included) and this list is my personal opinion. Also, most…

Mike C. Wilson

Young, hungry, cinephile, NBA fan, former bookworm (still one at heart), Hip-Hop & music lover, comedy head. Most of my articles on here are about movies

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