African-American Women Winners Make History at 91st Oscars – Lana K. Wilson-Combs reports

The 91st Annual Academy Awards set records for honoring African-American women. Regina King won “Best Supporting Actress” for If Beale Street Could Talk. Hannah Beachler received an Oscar for “Best Production Design” and Ruth E. Carter took home another for “Best Costume Design” for their work on Black Panther. Read what they had to say about their films and historic wins.

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IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

In a better world, If Beale Street Could Talk would be nothing more — and nothing less — than a beautiful love story, merely the sweetly sexy blossoming of passion between 19-year-old Tish (glorious newcomer KiKi Layne) and family friend Fonny (Stephan James), whom she grew up with.. We don’t live in that better world.

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IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK – Review by Brandy McDonnell

In 1970s Harlem, childhood friends Tish Rivers and Fonny Hunt, inexorably, beautifully fall in love and look forward to building their life together. Their love story unfolds in nonlinear fashion, so by the time Tish realizes she is pregnant, her aspiring artist lover is already in prison, falsely accused of raping a Puerto Rican woman.

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KiKi Layne Talks BEALE STREET, Tish and Barry Jenkins – Nell Minow interviews

Kiki Layne has an extraordinary breakthrough performance in Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk, based on the 1974 novel by James Baldwin. She plays Tish, deeply in love with the unjustly accused Fonny (Stephan James) and pregnant with his child. In an interview, she discussed her early love of acting, creating the look of her character, and the challenge of doing justice to the voiceover narration, her character’s thoughts and Baldwin’s language.

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Barry Jenkins on Love, Social Commentary and BEALE STREET – Mae Abdulbaki interviews

Barry Jenkins has another fantastic film on his hands with his latest, If Beale Street Could Talk. This follow-up to the Oscar-winning Moonlight is moving, the cinematography is vivid and draws you in, while the characters invite you into their world and linger in your thoughts long after the screen goes dark.

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