MASTER – Review by Lonita Cook

Regina Hall (who also co-produced) gives a rousing performance as the newly appointed first-ever Black House Master of a traditionally White college dorm when Jasmine, a Black student moves in. Mix Black House Master, Black student, Black professor seeking tenure, favored White students, an evaluation board, the legend of a witch, the mythic tale of the first Black student who ended up hanged and you get a fertile landscape in which to cultivate a narrative around placing the displaced.

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JINN – Review by Leslie Combemale

Jinn, a semi-autobiographical first feature by writer/director Nijla Mu’min, articulates the challenges many face in their own lives, and it comes right on time. A coming-of-age drama about a teen grappling with her mother’s conversion to Islam and her own shifting beliefs, it shows the sides of the religion not often displayed in the media or on film, especially the kindness and love asked of its followers in all interpersonal relationships.

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