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Critic’s Notebook: Behind Will Smith’s Slap, Black Pain and Enough Blame to Go Around

The foolishness and violence of the Oscar winner’s act — and of Chris Rock’s cruel joke — were undeniable, but the broader context and roots of such behavior merit reflection.

Critic’s Notebook: How ‘One Night in Miami,’ ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ and More Give Audiences “An Opportunity to Witness Black Excellence”

A film critic, academic and novelist notes the acute joy and pain of viewing awards contenders that explore African American genius, including 'Judas and the Black Messiah' and 'The United States vs. Billie Holiday.' 

Critic’s Notebook: In ‘Black Panther,’ Chadwick Boseman Created a Fresh Model of Black Manhood

The star’s vulnerable, tender portrayal was so inspiring in part because of its departure from many of the qualities usually associated with strong Black screen heroes.

Critic’s Notebook: John Singleton Changed How Black America Looked at Itself

John Singleton’s 'Boyz N the Hood' was a cinematic gamechanger, revealing the horror, beauty and humanity of L.A.’s South Central to an unsuspecting America.

Critic’s Notebook: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Is an Important Invitation to Feel Black Pain

In 2018, African-American filmmakers like Spike Lee, George Tillman Jr. and especially Barry Jenkins brought viewers deep inside the dehumanization of black and brown bodies.