Tag: Korey Smallwood

The Influencers Twilight Zone: Point of Origin

THE TWILIGHT ZONE RECAP: “POINT OF ORIGIN”

When we meet Eve Martin (Gennifer Goodwin) at the top of this Twilight Zone episode, we find her floating through a life evoking 50’s era American privilege: a beautiful house with perfectly decorated interiors in a snowy, picturesque neighborhood. She is guiding event planners through the particulars of the “new parents” dinner she’s hosting for […]

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The Influencers Present: The Twilight Zone Review: Ep. 5 Wunderkind

THE TWILIGHT ZONE RECAP: “WUNDERKIND”

As a series, The Twilight Zone has a rich history of political satire. While these episodes might not make the favorite lists for fans, they do serve Serling’s ultimate goal of allowing the audience to observe, digest, and analyze the important issues of the day while also being entertained.“Wunderkind ” is the fifth episode of […]

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The Influencers: HBO Native Son Review

NATIVE SON: MODERNIZING A LITERARY CLASSIC.

Note: Spoilers Ahead.Suzan-Lori Parks and Rashid Johnson’s contemporary reimagining of Richard Wright’s classic novel Native Son has landed on HBO, months after premiering at Sundance. Like the novel, the film tells the story of Bigger Thomas (played by Moonight’s Ashton Sanders), a young black man living in Chicago who takes a job as a driver with a […]

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The Influencers Present: Jordan Peele The Twilight Zone

THE TWILIGHT ZONE: JORDAN PEELE’S NEW TAKE ON THE CLASSIC ANTHOLOGY SERIES

In 1959, writer Rod Serling invited audiences to take a weekly trip to a fifth dimension, a “middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition.” He called that dimension The Twilight Zone, and tales ranging from weird to the truly horrifying entertained audiences for five seasons. Serling opened and closed every episode with […]

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The Influencers Present: Widows

WIDOWS: A Heist Film For This Era.

Heist films have been apart of American Cinema since the spaghetti westerns ruled the roost, and the love affair audiences have with them has never waned. We were given a dose of post Vietnam trauma along with the big score in Dead Presidents. We witnessed an unconventional love story with a smooth soundtrack hidden beneath […]

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The Influencers: Stan Lee

Because You Demanded It: How Stan Lee Changed The World.

In the summer of 1984, I lived on a military base in Honolulu, Hawaii with my parents and younger brother. We had a banana tree in our backyard, and a line of thin hedges separated us from a large field which was dominated by some crumbling stone structure. We never figured out what was, but […]

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The Influencers Present: Black Panther

BLACK PANTHER: Can Wakanda Be Forever?

Ten years ago, Tony Stark proclaimed “I am Iron Man”, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe was born. Since then, we’ve been introduced to enigmatic agents from paramilitary organizations, patriotic super soldiers, hammer wielding gods of thunder, scientists with anger issues, a group of misfits guarding the galaxy, a synthezoid brought to life by a cosmic […]

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The Influencers Present: Black Lightning 2

Justice…Like Lightning!

Justice…Like Lightning! When I was a kid, I loved comics. I was a military brat, and every Wednesday after school I’d rush to the Shopette (think 7-11) to pick up the latest issues. If we happened to be living in the U.S., I could also head to a local comic shop on the weekends and […]

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The Influencers Present

So Far In 2018…

2017 was a solid year for content created by and for people of color. The second season of Issa Rae’s `Insecure’ caused endless Twitter debates. Netflix debuted both`Dear White People’, the series based on Justin Simien’s 2014 film, and `She’s Gotta Have It’, based on the first Spike Lee joint. Over on Oprah’s OWN Network, […]

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