COMING 2 AMERICA – Review by Susan Granger

If you never saw or can’t remember Eddie Murphy’s Coming to America (1988), you might enjoy the original before tuning into this comedic sequel, newly released on Amazon Prime. But it’s not necessary. Director Craig Brewer, working with writers Kenya Barris, Barry W. Blaustein and David Sheffield, supplies all the background information you’ll need to follow the fairy tale.

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COMING 2 AMERICA – Review by Leslie Combemale

Silly, sweet, and full of powerful Black female characters who are neither beholden to, nor second fiddle to some blonde, white lead. Coming 2 America is more a vehicle for the female actors than for stars Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall. It is also unabashedly made for fans of the original cult classic.

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Ruth E. Carter and Sandy Powell talk Epic Costuming – Jazz Tangcay interviews

Ruth E. Carter made history when she became the first African-American to win the Academy Award for Outstanding Costume Design add this year for “Black Panther.” Recently, she’s reteamed with Eddie Murphy on Netflix’s “Dolemite Is My Name” (they previously collaborated on “Daddy Day Care,” “I Spy” and “Dr. Dolittle 2”), for which where she created more than over 75 costume changes for the star Murphy alone.

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“Academy Originals” Focus on Women Filmmakers – Michelle McCue Reports

AMPAS’ video series “Academy Originals” focuses on behind-the-scenes artists and skills that get a film from page to screen. Episodes cover everything from how Jurassic Park changed the VFX world to screenwriters who toil away at local coffee shops. With Oscar emcee Ellen DeGeneres and the re-election of AMPAS President, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Academy is showing diversity, Many “Academy Originals” highlight women filmmakers, showing how their contributions inspire young girls to become filmmakers. Read on…

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