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Barry Jenkins Takes Us to Beale Street This Christmas

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In our second part of If Beale Street Could Talk EMExclusive, I was part of a roundtable with Screenwriter/Director Barry Jenkins.

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The Book of Negroes – A Roots For This Century!

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The Book of Negroes is a mini-series adapting the novel by Laurence Hill – a story that follows the remarkable Aminata Diallo from prior to her kidnapping by slavers in Africa, through her time as a slave in South Carolina – owned by two very different types of slave owners, to seeking her freedom in New York, moving with black loyalists to Nova Scotia and thence to Sierra Leone before heading to London to help the abolitionist put a halt to the slave trade.

Summed up in a few words like that, it doesn’t seem like much, but the CBC/BET co-production covers a lot of history through the eyes of a single human being. The device of using a fictional protagonist – through whose eyes we see that history – makes the journey, which could have been perhaps too epic, more personal and thus more relatable.

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Money Matters – The Relationship Between Mother and Daughter Can Be Difficult!

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Prior to its DVD release on November 15th, Money Matters will have a screening on Thursday, November 10th at the Landmark E Street Cinema in Washington D.C. The film depicts the struggle between Monique ‘Money’ Matters and her mother, Pamela, to understand and, hopefully, accept each other for who they are.

Check out the trailer and press release after the jump.

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