Category Archives: Film + Photography

Marian Mereba – “Bet” (video: directed by Durimel)

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Way back when TOAN Magazine was just a side project and I was hand-making a zine in my bedroom, I asked my Tumblr followers for feedback on my idea. To my surprise, I got much more than feedback, but requests to join my team. That wasn’t something I expected but welcomed gratefully. Among the many requests was a message from […]

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Denzel Washington Narrates Upcoming Documentary on Jazz Icon John Coltrane

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So far, this year has already been a great year for documentaries. 2016 has given us several documentaries on powerful black notables including James Baldwin and Maya Angelou. Now, we are given a deeper look into the life of revolutionary saxophonist, John Coltrane. Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, directed by John Scheinfeld, comprises assorted archival footage with quotes straight from Coltrane, narrated by none other than Denzel Washington.

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Watch the trailer for biopic “Hidden Figures,” the film bending gender and racial prejudices

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People of color have been defying stereotypes and breaking barricades while battling institutional hindrances throughout history. Though there are countless hurdles and inspiring stories that have yet to be shared, the biographical film “Hidden Figures” brings one of the many untold African American victories to the big screen.

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Ava Duvernay kicks off the New York Film Festival this Fall

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Director Ava DuVernay has been making waves in the film industry by dynamically advocating diversity in Hollywood and today shatters yet another paradigm. The New York Film Festival has appointed the melanated visionary’s documentary, “The 13th”, as the opening-night film for its 54th annual event, marking the first nonfiction piece to open the festival.

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