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Onira Tarés on TV show Slepy Hollow as Grace Dixon

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I haven't been watching the new hit show Sleepy Hollow (supernatural shows/movies just aren't my thing). However last night these beautiful gifs* crossed my Tumblr dashboard and I just had to make a post. Knowing that one of the characters in Sleepy Hollow had come from the past I wondered if there would be any Blacks in period settings. Lo and behold a beautiful Black woman in an exquisite gown. I wonder if we will see more of her character.



*Gifs Credit: Kiarasnaps of tumblr

Trailer for 'Tula, The Revolt'!

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It looks great! This slave uprising film, Tula, The Revolt was directed by a Dutch director named Jeroen Leinders. The film is based on a true story of a slave uprising on the island of Curacao (a Dutch colony in 1795). Tula leads the month long revolt.

Obi Abili (a UK actor of Nigerian decent) stars as Tula and Black American film veteran Danny Glover  plays Shinishi. *If I can get my hands on it I will review it! 

The 12 Years a Slave Trailer is FINALLY here!!

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If you need a refresher, here are previous blog posts on the film.

I think the film looks great. What you you all think?

Ragtime The Musical ~ Wheels of a Dream + Lyrics

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I was fortunate enough to stumble across this video clip of a performance by Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell singing Wheels of a Dream. 

Ragtime The Musical takes place in early 20th century America. 

On its own the music, costumes, and acting is brilliant. Watching this musical number I shed tears. 


I have not seen the play but if I should ever get the chance I will do a complete review. 

Lyrics:
[COALHOUSE]
I see his face.
I hear his heartbeat.
I look in those eyes.
How wise they seem.
Well, when he is old enough
I will show him America
And he will ride
on the wheels of a dream.

[COALHOUSE]
We'll go down South 

[SARAH]
Go down South,

[COALHOUSE]
And see your people 

[SARAH]
See my folks.

[COALHOUSE]
Won't they take to him

[SARAH]
They'll take to him

[COALHOUSE]
Like cats to cream! 

[SARAH]
Mmm...

[COALHOUSE]
Then we'll travel on from there.

[SARAH]
California or who knows where!

[BOTH]
And we will ride
On the wheels of a dream.

[COALHOUSE]
Yes, the wheels are turning for us, girl.
And the times a…

Updated Film Directory

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I've added over 10 new films to the site Film Directory! Check it out. If you don't see your favorite period film featuring Black actors let me know!

I'll leave you with the wonderful Kimberly Elise as Denver in Beloved!

Website Update

I recently visited my own blog and I saw that some of the pictures I posted for your viewing pleasure can not be seen. I have gone through the site and everything should be great now. Enjoy! :)

A House Divided

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Doesn't Jennifer look beautiful! I would very much love to review this film for you all but unfortunately I can not find it anywhere! I have looked everywhere for it. I am glad however that there are pictures that I can enjoy! I will speak on the casting of Jennifer Beals and LisaGay Hamilton as mother and daughter. I think the casting is brilliant as both actresses are wonderful.    One of the things I really appreciate is how Jennifer Beals is a bi-racial woman playing a bi-racial woman. Furthermore she is a bi-racial actress that could pass as white during that time. I really dislike films that have white women playing bi-racial women or black/biracial women playing bi-racial women that can't pass as white. That was one of my pet peeves with the film Queen. Halle Berry could not pass as a white woman in any context but Jennifer Beals can. 





IMDb describes A House Divided as: In the aftermath of the terrible Civil War which has devastated the South, Amanda America Dixon return…

Emily Bennet of The Vampire Diaries

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Emily Bennet (Jasmine Burke) is a witch in the series The Vampire Diaries. She first appears in Lost Girls (Season 1 , Episode 6)  Apparently her occupation is "handmaiden". After being saved by Katherine Emily felt she owed her and became her "handmaiden". She is a descendant of the Salem witches. 

Her dress is pretty for what it's worth but nothing like Katherine's dress. 

Jasmine Burke is later recast with actress Bianca Lawson. I will give her Emily Bennet a blog post of her own. I'm not sure why there was a recasting.  

Beloved (1998)

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Beloved is a beautiful classic film based on the 1987 novel of the same name by Toni Morrison (she authored one of my favorites , The Bluest Eye). As with all of her novels Beloved deals with situations and experiences of those in the Black American Community.



Beloved takes place after the Civil War (after 1865). This novel was inspired by Margaret "Peggy" Garner. Margaret is infamously known for killing her daughter so that she would not be taken back into slavery.

The cast is amazing featuring: Oprah Winfrey, Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise, Danny Glover, and Lisa Gay Hamilton. They more than deliver. The costumes and locations are beautiful. Everyone's hair looked realistic and matched the period and culture of the characters.The entire time I watched the film I was completely immersed in that time period.

This film was also wonderful in that it stirred up emotions and conver

We're on Tumblr now, too!

I will now be posting on tumblr as well as on here. I have planned to only post pictures and minor film reviews on my tumblr page. I will provide a link for my followers to this blog so that they can read the full review. 
I have to first create a few pages of post for my tumblr.
Here is a link!

Felicity: An American Girl Adventure

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I watched this film the other day just to see if there were any black people in the film. If they were present in the film I wanted to consider their treatment. Being that this film is made specifically for 9 to 11 year old girls, I did not expect much representation or historical insight. I feel in many ways that this film is more historically accurate than many films aimed towards adult. 

First and foremost the film takes place in 1774 in Williamsburg, Virginia; around the time the American colonies began talking of revolution. There were two black characters that were given names: Rose and Marcus. However, throughout the entire film blacks could been seen going about their normal day to day lives. 




There is never a mention to whether Rose and Marcus were free servants or slaves (in the film). Thi

New Film ... New Casting!

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Jessica Lucas and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje have been casted in a new period film named Pompeii! 

Excited because the film is set in 79 A.D. The film takes place days before the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. It is about a slave named Milo (played by Kit Harington) that has to save the woman he loves. Akinnuoye-Agbaje will play Milo's friend who is also a slave. Milo's love is Flavia(Emily Browning). Lucas will be playing Flavia's friend and is also a slave. 

Something interesting to note is that the script was revised by Julian Fellowes the creator of Downton Abbey.








Teyonah Parris as Dawn Chambers!

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Dawn Chambers is the first black employee at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce advertising agency. Mad Men is set in the 1960's.

These pictures are not from the show they are from a BuisnessWeek article on secretaries. Dawn Chambers is Don Draper's secretary.



She does not look this fabulous on the show but I really wish she did!



Many people were excited about her casting because of the lack of Blacks (and other people of color) on Mad Men. But it seems that Dawn has received minimal characterization. Which is expected but still sucks.

The Journey of August King

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August King was an interesting film. There were some things that gave me pause. The main thing being all of the animal killings during the two character's journey. I'm not sure if the writer included these deaths to symbolize the importance of human life over animal life or just that sacrifices must be made for the greater good.


Annalees (Thandie Newton) is a runaway slave looking for help.


He was the only slave owner in the area. 



The main character is a white man named August King. He helps a runaway slave escape to the North. Watching this film it is very clear that the journey this film takes us on is for August King's benefit not Annalees'. Her characterization is low but I will include everything I could pick up about Annalees.



She offers August a silver watch for his help. 













Her father is her master. she was a house slave and she did not like having to clean and cook. I felt having her complain (almost whine) about having to wash dishes and iron clothes made her …