Review: "Selma" Shows Viewers the Past and Present

Synopsis (Paramount):  SELMA is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition.  The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.  Director Ava DuVernay’s SELMA tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.

"Empire" recap: "The Outspoken King"

It’s been a long, arduous week with not a lot of time to get settled, so a lot of posts have been pushed to the backburner (and some might not even get published at all, honestly — I think I’ll have to start doing a link post featuring cool articles once in a while. But enough of this talk — I’ve finally gotten around to seeing all of the latest Empire episode “The Outspoken King” (since I have to watch black-ish for Entertainment Weekly on the same night) and I have a few quick things to say. 

NBC Bringing Underground Railroad Miniseries to TV with EP Stevie Wonder

There’s been a little rumbling going ’round about BET’s upcoming event series, “The Book of Negroes,” which I’m really excited about, but that’s not the only slave-based miniseries coming to TV. The Hollywood Reporter is stating that NBC has announced they’re developing a miniseries about The Underground Railroad based on Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories From the Underground Railroad by Betty DeRamus. But the biggest surprise withiin this surprise is that Stevie Wonder (!) is an executive producer.