The Academy Awards this year are #OscarsLessWhite

By : Brian T. Carney OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
Comments: 0

This year’s Academy Award ceremony will certainly look a lot different than last year’s.

Last year, for the second year in a row, the entire slate of nominees in the four acting categories were white. This year, in a historic first, there are six African-American actors nominated in the four acting categories. Denzel Washington is nominated in the lead actor category for his grand-slam performance in August Wilson’s “Fences.” Ruth Negga is nominated in the lead actress category for her finely nuanced portrayal of reluctant civil rights pioneer Mildred Loving in “Loving.”

Continue Reading >>

Screened Out – Moonlight

By : Stephen Miller
Comments: 0

Alex R. Hibbert, Naomi Harris, Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monaé, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Trevante Rhodes

The small and gritty Moonlight is a film that every LGBT and ally should see. Because it’s an eye-opener. This movie utilizes three periods in a life to tell the story of a poor, young, black man trying to negotiate his sexuality in the drug-infested streets of Miami. Because of this, Moonlight is that gorgeous type of film that shows us the universal struggles by being very specific to its characters, their lives, and their personal battles.

Everything is suffused with a painful sense of realism.

Continue Reading >>

“Moonlight” is one of the most celebrated films of 2016

By : Jeremy Williams
Comments: 0

Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age tale Moonlight is one of the most acclaimed films of 2016 with a 98 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The movie, which follows a young black man struggling with his sexuality during the “War on Drugs” era in Miami, is appearing on top of most critics “Best of” lists, and it is racking up tons of award show nominations.

Continue Reading >>