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I Protested @ DC’s Black Lives Matter Plaza
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I Protested @ DC’s Black Lives Matter Plaza

Saturday, June 6, 2020 | It sucks we live in a country where we have to ask for permission to live. Protesting is our way of asking nicely. Saturday’s demonstrations were D.C.’s largest since the May 25th killing of George…

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Basketball County: A Love Letter to PG County
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Basketball County: A Love Letter to PG County

“The county is good at saying to its residents in very many ways, that no matter what we’re going through, I got you.” First thing’s first: In case you didn’t know, I was born and raised in Prince George’s (PG)…

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Uncut Gems: No Clarity, Just Cut
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Uncut Gems: No Clarity, Just Cut

You are the most annoying person I’ve ever met. I hate being with you, I hate looking at you, and if I had it my way, I would never see you again. -actual line from Uncut Gems, which doubles as…

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Falls Flat
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Falls Flat

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) In a movie theater, long, long ago, we were introduced to Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader. Plus a gang of more-than-bonus characters like Yoda, Chewie, R2-D2, and C3PO. Their stories…

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Queen & Slim: The Heroes You Didn’t Know You Needed
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Queen & Slim: The Heroes You Didn’t Know You Needed

Queen & Slim (2019) When’s the last time you saw a film that took your breath away? Jodie Turner-Smith (Queen) and Daniel Kaluuya (Slim) meet simply enough, as characters starring in an all too familiar chronicle of online dating. Girl meets…

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Gemini Man: Twice as Dull
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Gemini Man: Twice as Dull

Two Wills Doesn’t Make Gemini Man Twice as Good In Gemini Man, Will Smith basically stars as Suicide Squad’s Deadshot: he’s the world’s best shot with a smart ass mouth. What else is new? Stir in a few forgettable actors…

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Joker: The Feel Bad Movie of the Year
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Joker: The Feel Bad Movie of the Year

Joker (2019) ⁣🍿⁣ ⁣⁣Watching Joker is like watching the mentally ill man at the corner of 14th and U who is behaving erratically and you don’t know what he’s going to do next. So you keep watching to see what…

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8 Lessons My Grandma Taught Me About Retirement
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8 Lessons My Grandma Taught Me About Retirement

In July 2019, my grandmother turned 84 years old. My entire life (roughly half her life), she’s talked to me–no, drilled into me–messages about saving money to make sure I’m setting myself up well for retirement. In my 20s, I…

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Movie Review: IT Chapter 2
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Movie Review: IT Chapter 2

Every scary story you’ve ever read or heard was so scary because of the unknown. Because of the thing that went bump in the night, because of what might be hiding behind a closed door, or because of the noise…

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Black Girls Rock! 2019
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Black Girls Rock! 2019

Sunday, August 25th, 2019, my good, good girlfriend and fellow photographer Melena invited me to the taping of the BLACK GIRLS ROCK!® Awards show, “created to celebrate the nexus of achievements of exemplary women of color who break boundaries, blaze…

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