Basking in the Black Star rays

by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff The BFI’s Black Star Season has been very overwhelming. As someone not used to seeing so many people whom I resemble on screen, it’s been emotional having my experience (and my physicalities) reflected in such glory. In the past month or so I have been able to discover so many beautiful actors,… Read More

“Except for the afro”: The surprising importance of Pam Grier’s hair

  By Varaidzo Jackie Brown sits in a white robe, cherry red nails curled around a coffee mug, as she laments getting older with bondsman Max Cherry. “I bet that, except for possibly an Afro, you look exactly the way you did at 29,” says Max. The line is funny, because we know it’s true.… Read More

Spike Lee: black director, black star?

by Grace Barber-Plentie Whiling away an evening playing a casual game of “which director is the most attractive?” (actors who have also directed notwithstanding, Paul Thomas Anderson and Ryan Coogler are my answers for those who are curious) with friends led me to ponder something – how is it possible that some directors are able to… Read More

Inside Afrofuturism: This movement is not for co-opting

Afrofuturism is a topic that we have addressed on numerous occasions on Media Diversified. Now, it makes its way to the BFI. Film critic, journalist, and film programmer, Ashley Clark has curated Inside Afrofuturism; a short season of movies, brought together under the afrofuturism rubric. I spoke with him about his inspiration for the programme,… Read More

Tim Reid: Telling black stories after Hollywood

Sister Sister actor Tim Reid talks about his move behind the camera by Zaneta Denny Growing up one of my favourite shows was the American sitcom Sister Sister, about two African-American teens with adoptive parents. Regular laughs and relatable family dramas encouraged me to tune in weekly with my own family. Sister Sister was part… Read More