WEEK IN WOMEN: Kerry Washington Lands Diane Cardwell surfing memoir ROCKAWAY – Brandy McDonnell reports

Primetime Emmy Award-winning performer Kerry Washington will star in and produce a feature film adaptation of Diane Cardwell’s memoir Rockaway for Netflix. The project will continue Washington’s burgeoning relationship with Netflix: She previously appeared in the musical adaptation The Prom and the drama American Son for the streamer, and she stars in the upcoming Netflix film The School For Good And Evil.

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THE PROM – Review by Martha K Baker

The operative word is “fun.” F. U. N. fun. From the perspective of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland’s “let’s-put-on-a-show” fun. And where those old teens of the Forties added a skosh of patriotism to their hi- and lo-jinks, “The Prom” promotes sexual politics, for the theme depends from intolerance toward homosexuality.

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AMERICAN SON – Review by Lynnette Nicholas

American Son focuses not only on implicit bias, white privilege, the dynamics of power, wealthy Blacks and the “illusion of safety,” and the experience of wealthy Black boys at predominantly white institutions, but it also depicts a smart, beautiful interracial couple who genuinely love one another and just can’t seem to take the pressure of the presumptions placed on them by society and racial constructs.

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AMERICAN SON – Review by Sherin Nicole

Playwright Christopher Demos-Brown and Tony Award® winning director Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun, Fences) have created something worthwhile in American Son. In order to see what’s really happening on this particular stage, you’re only required to remember you’re watching a play—not a film. If you can do that you’ll find a work of art that is riveting in its own taut way.

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