Author Archives: Marcia McKenna

2021 Golden Globe Nominations: Everyone We’re Rooting For

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On Sunday, February 28th, NBC will air the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Mark your calendars because this year, there’s so much for us to celebrate. Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy Hamilton Disney+ won the bidding war to bring Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking Broadway smash hip-hopera into our living rooms.  Hamilton debuted on Disney+ in […]

One Night in Miami… – #BlackManILoveYou

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The night was historical. A brash, loud-mouth Cassius Clay beat the heavily favored Sonny Liston, becoming the youngest heavyweight boxing champion. The night was magical. Cassius Clay’s good friends, Jim Brown, Sam Cooke and Malcolm X, were in attendance to witness the phenomenal event. But the night, February 25, 1964, was just getting started. In […]

Bridgerton: A Crash Course in Cancel Culture

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Leave it to Shonda Rhymes to hit a home run with her inaugural Netflix project, Bridgerton, based on the Bridgerton series of books, by Julia Quinn. Season one, released on Christmas Day, is from the first book in the series, The Duke and I. While set in England during the early 1800’s, with a focus […]

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: Oscars Here We Come

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Denzel Washington’s adaptation of August Wilson’s award-winning stage play, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is nothing less than captivating. This George C. Wolf directed masterpiece is streaming on Netflix, beginning Friday, December 18, 2020. Like its predecessor Fences, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is a study in the complexity of being Black in White America and the […]

10 Horror Movies to Watch in October

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As if 2020 wasn’t scary enough, the Presidential Debate topped the list as the most horrific thing to watch (I know I couldn’t sleep for days) during a pandemic and a record-breaking year of catastrophic events. While we were still reeling from the shock of its absurdity, the highly anticipated, Presidential Debate: The Sequel has […]

The Significance of Chadwick Boseman: Superhero and Super Man

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The shock of Chadwick Boseman’s sudden passing on August 28th is still resonating. New recollections of his real-life heroics, philanthropy, and kindness are still being uncovered, making his passing—if you can imagine it—even more tragic. Chad’s professional accomplishments have been well chronicled. Interestingly, he gravitated to roles that portrayed larger than life personas like Jackie […]

The Diaspora of Black People Through 90’s Sitcoms: A Required Curriculum for Karens

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We are all sick to death of hearing Black people referred to as suspicious, intimidating or threatening, for no other reason than being Black. Walking. Jogging. Driving. Asleep. Unarmed. Just Black. With the litany of Black 90’s sitcoms, representing the full spectrum of Black life, there really is no excuse for the willful ignorance that causes people […]