An Ode to Scamming and NYC: Rapper Awkwafina on the Diversity and Strength of Ocean’s 8

If Paris is the City of Lights, then New York is the City of Hustle. Perhaps no other city in the world is so emblematic of competition and drive—the Frank Sinatra-era mantra, “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere,” indelibly imprinted into the city’s ethos no matter which borough or which avenue you find…

Denzel Washington’s Roman J. Israel, Esq. Isn’t Exactly What You’re Expecting, but What You Might Need to See

I walked into Roman J. Israel, Esq. with an open mind. I knew that director Dan Gilroy’s previous film Nightcrawler was dark and gritty. I also knew that Denzel Washington, before his most recent appearance in Fences, had taken a leap into the world of dark and gritty with his award-winning performance in Training Day…

Did War for the Planet of the Apes Come for DeRay Mckesson or Did Hotep Twitter Go Too Far?

The Planet of the Apes movie series has always been racially problematic. Starting with the originals in the late 1960s and ’70s and extending to the reboots starting in 2011, the films have a sort of hackneyed white-liberal-pontificates-about-race element to them that is at times compelling and other times insulting.

Fist Fight: Charlie Day and Ice Cube Make Teaching Look Like WWE Monday Night Raw

Back when I was in high school, I always wondered if teachers ever got into fights with each other in the break room. There were always rumors of teachers who didn’t like each other, and there were the ones who took that dislike to another level. I can’t say that I ever saw a fight break out between teachers in a…