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Michael (Lionsgate)

Release: 04/18/2025

MICHAEL will bring audiences a riveting and honest portrayal of the brilliant yet complicated man who became the King of Pop. 

The film presents his triumphs and tragedies on an epic, cinematic scale — from his human side and personal struggles to his undeniable creative genius, exemplified by his most iconic performances. 

The film stars Jackson’s nephew Jaafar Jackson, in his film debut, alongside Colman DomingoNia LongMiles TellerLaura HarrierKat GrahamLarenz TateJessica Sula, Liv Symone, Kevin Shinick, KeiLyn Durrel Jones, and Kendrick Sampson.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by John Logan. It is a true story based on the life of the American singer and dancer Michael Jackson.

As never before, audiences will experience an inside look into one of the most influential, trailblazing artists the world has ever known.

Good Times Returns to Apartment 17C in Animated Reboot That ‘Pushes Boundaries’

When you’re looking back 10 years later, you’ll be like, ‘They said that on Good Times? Oh my gosh.’ ”


By Stephan Lee

March 27, 2024

When Ranada Shepard (Young Love, Diary of a Future President) first got the call to serve as showrunner and executive producer of an animated reboot of Good Times, it didn’t take her long to decide she was interested. The original Good Times, created by Mike Evans and Eric Montes and executive-produced by the late television legend Norman Lear, made history in the ’70s as television’s first Black two-parent family sitcom.

Shepard told Netflix, “Once Sony said ‘Good Times,’ ‘Norman Lear,’ I said, ‘Say less. I’m there.’”

Good Times, coming to Netflix on April 12, is also executive-produced by Stephen Curry, Lear, and Seth MacFarlane. It’s a spiritual sequel of sorts to the live-action original, centering on the fourth generation of the Evans family living in apartment 17C of a Chicago housing project. Lear, who produced groundbreaking sitcoms The Jeffersons, Maude, Sanford and Son, and All in the Family, made pivotal contributions behind the scenes of the new series and will also make a cameo appearance in the eighth episode — his final role before his death at age 101 in December 2023.

The animated reboot, produced in partnership with Sony Pictures Television Studios, will drop the laugh track and deal with modern-day issues, retaining the feeling of the original Good Times. “It’s about a Black family that comes together, laughs together, and survives the system on the South Side of Chicago,” said Shepard. “What you’ll get from that is a lot of social commentary, a lot of pushing the boundaries, a lot of feel-good television, but also a lot of things that may be in the vein of The Simpsons and South Park and Family Guy. When you’re looking back 10 years later, you’ll be like, ‘They said that on Good Times?’ Oh my gosh.’ ”

Read on for more from Shepard on what you can expect when the Evans family returns to 17C on April 12.

Why is Good Times animated instead of live-action?

“We can play in this world a little bit more,” said Shepard, explaining that animation gave them more creative freedom. “There were cool points in the original series, in the sense that Florida [played by Esther Rolle] would always look to the heavens. She would talk to God about her family, she would talk to God about her problems, and we had an opportunity to actually go up to heaven and see what God thought about the request.” The family dynamic will still be grounded in reality, but animation offered an opportunity to explore more experimental territory, such as an appearance by an animated Elon Musk (voiced by MadTV’s Michael McDonald). “The other thing is, look, you don’t have the original cast, right? We can’t go back into the ’70s,” said Shepard. “So how cool is it that through animation you can re-create that apartment — 17C — and show that this family, three generations later, still lives in 17C?”

Character design was also especially important to Shepard, who worked closely with the animation team. “It was extremely important to me that the skin tones varied,” she said. “One family is just not one shade wiped clean. How do we show this? There were certain subtleties involved, [for example,] of the inside of the palms being lighter than the outside of the hands. That’s what it looks like in real life. Let’s actually play with this and humanize these characters as much as possible.”

Who are the voice actors in the Good Times cast?

“I have a dream voice cast,” said Shepard.
• J.B. Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Yvette Nicole Brown (Community) voice the roles of Reggie and Beverly Evans, the heads of the household
• Jay Pharoah (Saturday Night Live, The Blackening) plays their teenage artist son, Junior
• Marsai Martin (Black-ish, Little) plays their activist daughter, Grey
• Slink Johnson (Black Jesus) voices the part of their drug-dealing infant son, Dalvin
• Rashida “Sheedz” Olayiwola (Jury Duty), also a writer on the show, voices the role of Beverly’s enterprising best friend, Lashes by Lisa

How was Norman Lear involved in Good Times?

“Norman was completely supportive of me as a showrunner, a creative, a writer, even as a visionary, to take a piece of material that he had produced prior in his career and watch as I took it to another level and pushed the boundaries,” Shepard said. “He showed up for our meetings, our Zooms, our table reads, and made an impact on how we were able to produce this series.” And of course, Lear also lent his voice to the new series. “It was a really special, sweet moment, to have him in the booth,” Shepard reflected. “He was like, ‘I’m not going to read these words.’ I can imagine [the text] must have been so small, and he’s like, ‘Yeah, just tell me the lines, and I’ll say them back.’ ”
“Rest in peace, Norman Lear,” she said.

What modern issues will be explored in Good Times?

Like the original series, the new Good Times grapples with important topics through the perspective of a Black family living in Chicago. “Each episode actually has a theme to it that can apply to everyone,” said Shepard. Expect to see frank and funny conversations about elections, first periods, poverty, women’s empowerment, coded bias, and technology. As Shepard said, the show is “a universal conversation that we’re able to have with this beautiful family [who] come into your homes. And while we’re having it, we make you laugh and we make you smile.”

When is the Good Times release date?

The show will premiere April 12 on Netflix. “It’s your modern-day family scratching and surviving, trying to figure out how to make it,” Shepard said. “It’s about family coming together, laughing together, dancing together, picking on each other, driving each other crazy, all while surviving.”

BMF Season 3

Black Mafia Family (BMF), returns for a third season and continues the storyline of the inspiring true legends of two brothers Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory (Demetrius Flenory, Jr.) and Terry “Southwest T” Flenory (Da’Vinchi), who rose from the decaying streets of southwest Detroit in the late 80’s and gave birth to one of the most influential crime families in the country known as the, Black Mafia Family.

This season we parachute into the early 90’s with Meech moving to Atlanta where Black excellence ois prominent and Black businesses are thriving. Meech seeks to build upon the BMF empire in the south that he and Terry fostered in Detroit and rise to the top of the Atlanta drug scene. In Atlanta, he meets his new love interest, Angel (Kadianne Whyte), an exotic dancer.

Terry remains in Detroit to take care of the business and his second child with girlfriend Lawanda (Sydney Mitchell), while juggling his ongoing affair with love interest Markisha (La La Anthony). Yet, as Meech expands BMF outside of Detroit and new local competition comes after Terry, both brothers take on enemies more ruthless in their ways than they have ever seen who threaten to destroy the whole empire.

BMF continues to humanize the choices of the brother’s business, and their pursuits of the American Dream. Charles Flenory (Russell Hornsby) and Lucille Flenory (Michole Briana White) return as the patriarchs and matriarchs of the Flenory family, whose marriage remains on the rocks.

Detective Bryant (Steve Harris) and Detective Jin (Kelly Hu) return as partners often on opposite sides of the law who find common ground in their determination to take down BMF.

BMF recurring star, Stacks (2 Chainz), Atlanta born and bred, is introduced as a member of Meech’s new crew, yet he is suspicious of Meech. New recurring/co-stars include Rodney “Greeny” Green (Ne-Yo), a local Atlanta player wo is willing to negotiate with the newly arrived Meech; Payne (Lil Baby), who is one of Stack’s foot soldiers: and “Henri” (Ren King) a Detroit drug kingpin who idetermined to ruin Terry when he reneges on a deal.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Donald Glover and Maya Erskine star in a reimagining of the 2005 film

Amazon Studios announced the new series Mr. & Mrs. Smith is now Streaming , exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.

From co-creators and executive producers Donald Glover (Hip Hop Great, Swarm, Atlanta) and Francesca Sloane (Atlanta, Fargo), the series, a reimagining of the 2005 New Regency film, stars Glover as John Smith and Maya Erskine (PEN15) as Jane Smith.

About Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Meet the Smiths: Two strangers, John and Jane, who have given up their identities to be thrown together as partners—in espionage and in marriage. Matched by a mysterious agency, each episode follows them on a new mission and new milestone in their relationship.

When the cracks begin to show through, they must fight to stay together. Because in this marriage, divorce is not an option.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith will be a part of the savings, convenience, and entertainment that Prime members enjoy in a single membership.

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THIS IS ME…NOW – A LOVE STORY

Amazon MGM Studios will release the cinematic original
This Is Me…Now: A Love Story exclusively on Prime Video globally February 16, 2024

This Is Me…Now: A Love Story is a narrative-driven, cinematic original.

The album, which inspired the Amazon original, are both projects unlike anything Jennifer Lopez has done before. The musical experience explores her personal journey to love and the importance of self-love.

This Is Me…Now: A Love Story is directed by Grammy-winner Dave Meyers (“No Tears Left to Cry” by Ariana Grande, “ME!” by Taylor Swift, “Adore You” by Harry Styles, “Shirt” by SZA, “HUMBLE.” by Kendrick Lamar, “Gorilla” by Little Simz).

The all-star cast includes Fat Joe, Trevor Noah, Kim Petras, Post Malone, Keke Palmer, Sofia Vergara, Jenifer Lewis, Jay Shetty, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sadhguru, Derek Hough, and more.

The first single off of Jennifer’s upcoming album “Can’t Get Enough” was released on January 10th and a new version featuring Latto released on Friday 26th, with two music videos available to view on YouTube.

This Is Me…Now: A Love Story will stream globally on Prime Video on February 16th. This is the same day the new album “This is Me…Now” will be released, which is currently available for pre-order at https://jenniferlopez.lnk.to/ThisIsMeNowPR

Directed by: Dave Meyers
Written by: Jennifer Lopez, Matt Walton
Story by: Jennifer Lopez, Dave Meyers, Chris Shafer
Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Fat Joe, Trevor Noah, Kim Petras, Post Malone, Keke Palmer, Sofia Vergara, Jenifer Lewis, Jay Shetty, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sadhguru, Tony Bellissimo, Derek Hough, Trevor Jackson, Paul Raci, Bella Gagliano, Brandon Delsid, Ashley Versher, Malcolm Kelner, Alix Angelis, Danielle Larracuente, Matthew Law and Ben Affleck

Synopsis:
This Is Me…Now: A Love Story is like nothing you’ve ever seen from Jennifer Lopez. Alongside director Dave Meyers, Jennifer has created a narrative-driven cinematic odyssey, steeped in mythological storytelling and personal healing. Dropping in tandem with her first studio album in a decade, this genre-bending Amazon original showcases her journey to love through her own eyes. With fantastical costumes, breathtaking choreography, and star-studded cameos, this panorama is an introspective retrospective of Jennifer’s resilient heart.

THE SPACE RACE

(NATGEO) – February 2024

The Space Race weaves together the stories of Black astronauts seeking to break the bonds of social injustice to reach for the stars, including Guion Bluford, Ed Dwight and Charles Bolden, among many others.

In THE SPACE RACE, directors Diego Hurtado de Mendoza and Lisa Cortés profile the pioneering Black pilots, scientists and engineers who joined NASA to serve their country in space, even as their country failed to achieve equality for them back on Earth.

From 1963, when the assassination of JFK thwarted Captain Ed Dwight’s quest to reach the moon, to 2020, when the echoes of the civil unrest sparked by the killing of George Floyd reached the International Space Station, the story of African Americans at NASA is a tale of world events colliding with the aspirations of uncommon men.

The bright dreams of Afrofuturism become reality in THE SPACE RACE, turning science fiction into science fact and forever redefining what “the right stuff” looks like, giving us new heroes to celebrate and a fresh history to explore.

GENIUS: MLK/X (NATGEO) – February 1, 2024

Two leaders of the civil rights Movement, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, are explored in “Genius: MLK/X.” From showrunners Damione Macedon and Raphael Jackson, Jr., the series tracks the lives of these very different and uniquely brilliant men who, despite their differences, fueled each other in their contrasting pursuits of the same goal – our humanity in America.

The fourth season of GENIUS will explore the lives, legacies and dueling philosophies of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Under King’s visionary leadership. A frequent critic of King’s civic-minded approach, Malcolm X argued forcefully for Black empowerment, identity and self-determination.

Though they came from markedly different backgrounds and met only once, King and Malcolm X are synonymous with the Civil Rights era they came to define, two sides of the same coin.

EPISODES

MLK/X: Graduation

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An intense focus on the formative years of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X and their experiences and relationships as young children and teens that shape and influence the iconic figures they would become. Malcolm’s release from prison and King’s graduation from Boston University begin their respective journeys that will one day change the nation, but also begin a budding rivalry.

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MLK/X: Who We are

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Malcolm is introduced to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, who takes him under his wing after recognizing his potential with the NOI, but temptations from an old flame and the bonds of family test his strength. Martin introduces and brings Coretta into the King family. Martin finds his voice within the church and is faced with a career decision that will alter his relationship with Daddy King.

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MLK/X: Protect Us

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Malcolm builds space for Muslims in the Harlem community, meeting new member Betty Saunders, As romance builds between the two, a confrontation with the police puts Malcolm in the spotlight. As the Montgomery Bus Boycott intensifies, Martin and his new family are faced with concerns about their safety. In the end, both find themselves ascending to heights they could have never imagined.

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MLK/X: Watch the Throne

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After an attack leaves Martin grappling with his mortality, he must confront whether his fear is affecting his ability to lead. Malcolm sees an opportunity to grow the profile of the Nation in the form of a documentary about the NOI. However the consequences of his actions begin to bubble to the surface. All the while, Malcolm juggles a growing family as Betty finds herself feeling isolated.

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MLK/X: Watch the Throne

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After an attack leaves Martin grappling with his mortality, he must confront whether his fear is affecting his ability to lead. Malcolm sees an opportunity to grow the profile of the Nation in the form of a documentary about the NOI. However the consequences of his actions begin to bubble to the surface. All the while, Malcolm juggles a growing family as Betty finds herself feeling isolated.

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MLK/X: Matriarchs

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With Martin unjustly jailed, Coretta must call upon all her strength to keep pushing forward. When an opportunity to help Martin comes up, she takes it, despite pushback from Daddy King. With Malcolm refusing to listen to her needs, Betty takes drastic action to try to save her marriage. A reminder of her past, and a vision for her future, show her the way through.

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MLK/X: The American Promise

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In an effort to force the passage of the Civil Rights Act, Martin and his allies attempt their biggest undertaking yet – the March on Washington. As it draws near, Martin finds himself struggling to find the right words to unite the country. When Malcolm finds himself nearly suspended from the Nation, he evaluates his relationship with Elijah, especially in light of a dramatic revelation.

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MLK/X: The Sword and the Shield

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After his break from the NOI, the pain of betrayal from Elijah takes a toll on Malcolm mentally, physically and emotionally. When further betrayals within the Nation come to both him and Betty, he decides to speak out. The FBI targets Martin and Coretta, causing stress and paranoia, but the passage of the Civil Rights Act gives both Martin and Malcolm hope – and the opportunity to meet each other.

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MLK/X: Can You Imagine

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Malcolm, knowing his death is likely imminent, works hard to care for his family, reconcile with his siblings, and speak truth to power about the Nation and the best way forward, up until his final moments. In the aftermath of Malcom’s death, Martin, feeling his own mortality, decides that he can no longer remain silent on the Vietnam War. A horrifying day in Memphis shocks the world.

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“I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE” DOCUMENTARY SHOWS JAMES BALDWIN IN RARE FOOTAGE

One of the film’s directors unpack how this prolific piece of art came to be

WATCH THE TRAILER ABOVE

Pat Hartley and Dick Fontaine were the perfect creative pair. She was an African American actress of Black and Moroccan descent, who starred in several Andy Warhol films when she wasn’t modeling, and a photographer born in the high energy of NYC. He was a British documentarian and filmmaker who was the head of the Documentary Department at The National Film and Television School, nestled in the outskirts of London.

It was after the turmoil of the 1960’s. Ms. Hartley and Mr. Fontaine were an interracial couple creating magic without a care as the new decade opened. But life and legacy offered them an opportunity, a moment that they could not refuse or ignore. The couple founded Grapevine Productions and, as their debut project, were able to assemble some extraordinarily rare footage from the heart and heartache of the Civil Rights Movement, the central and chaotic time in America’s history. From their creative vision, they knew that there was a story there, one that needed and deserved to be told. 

With the perspective of stunning imagery captured by European television’s vantage point (England’s Central TV especially), the footage dug deep into the marrow of the movement. And then the directors knew that they needed a guide. Hartley and Fontaine were already friends with the iconic James Baldwin, the prolific pundit and critical commentator of a generation, who had appeared on television debates with Dick Cavett and who had profound landmark interviews with poet Nikki Giovanni and author/activist/educator Dr. Maya Angelou. When they all spoke and “Jimmy,” as they lovingly called him, came on board with the project to be its voice and shape its vision, they knew that they had something powerful indeed.

Baldwin is leading the conversation that surrounds the stunning visuals and letting the visuals be visceral and speak for themselves. Baldwin, Hartley and Fontaine (the latter passed in October 2023), take their time to build upon the story that’s already there, but what they do is allow the story to breathe, as Baldwin visits photographs and journeys back to places where history was carved into being. As a New Yorker, Hartley was, like many including Baldwin, determined to never revisit the South, but they knew that what they had in their hands was a story that had to be told, there in the 1980’s, just two decades away from an American atrocity and only Baldwin, with this visionary team, could bring it all to life.

Clockwise from left – Pat Hartley, Dick Fontaine, James Baldwin, Smokey Fontaine (son of Hartley and Fontaine)

Screening at NYC’s Film Forum until February 6th, 2025, as part of the venue’s series regarding Mr. Baldwin, the Hartley/Fontaine-produced documentary, I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE, offers a direction towards history that feels real and raw and riveting in new ways. Hartley offers that she didn’t have “the temperament to be a pacifist,” and knew that the training that young people received in order to endure that brutality that they knew would visit them during their efforts as freedom riders, those who traveled South to intervene and support, was something she would not have been able to do. But what she was able to conceive in this documentary is a telling of stories that ache the soul. 

When Baldwin speaks the names Medgar, Malcolm, Martin, it is an alliteration that you don’t want to hear but that history cannot ignore. Hartley and late husband Fontaine tell the dizzying, dazzling, disturbing journey of the Civil Rights Movement with the voice of a pioneer, a storyteller and a truth bringer that can only be wrapped in the person of the poignant powerhouse of an American writer and civil rights activist. 

Baldwin (in conversation with his brother David), but not narrating the story per se, walks us through the pains of history that sounds so contemporary in 2024 that it can make your shoulder slump with chagrin. But Baldwin’s conviction and clarity, his audacity and insistence impart strength at the same time. His commentary in 1982 about how Atlanta–touted now as a Black Mecca, especially in entertainment–endured a great “makeup job to make things appear different” and the mask that hides its painful past and he wonders aloud what MLK would think of the city today, is searing in modern context. 

I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE  speaks of the impact of this era, with Baldwin noting, as does Hartley, that it was “too painful to create or write in America.” What the filmmakers and their commentator have created for us to behold decades later is a work that is a reminder of the wonder of the spirit of a people who prevail through adversity. The journey of the film is well paced and is “not at all scripted, nothing laid out” and Hartley notes that she could tell that it clearly “took a tremendous toll on Jimmy to hold these stories” physically and emotionally, but he knew the impact they’d have on the American zeitgeist. He was indeed prolific and perhaps prophetic. 

For showtimes at NYC’s Film Forum until February 6th, 2024, go to 

filmforum.org/film/i-heard-it-through-the-grapevine-baldwin 

CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH NAT GEO!

The first episode of the new season, “Graduation,” will simulcast on ABC Feb. 1 at 9/8c. 

In a first for the franchise, the new season of the Emmy® Award-winning anthology series will focus on two iconic geniuses: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) and Malcolm X  (Aaron Pierre). “GENIUS: MLK/X” will explore the formative years, where they were molded by strong fathers and traumatic injustices, to their rich, parallel stories as they shaped their identities and became the change they wished to see in the world. The docudrama series offers an intimate look into their complex lives as husbands, fathers, brothers and sons, taking them off the iconic T-shirts to show their humanity. With their formidable wives, Coretta Scott King(Weruche Opia) and Betty Shabazz (Jayme Lawson), leading by their sides, King and X are two visionaries who ultimately rose to pioneer a movement. 
  
“Graduation” premieres Feb. 1 at 9/8c 
Young Martin and Young Malcolm are groomed to embrace racial pride and develop their purpose. 
  
“Who We Are” premieres Feb. 1 at 10/9c 
Martin and Malcolm each work to shape their identities and become the change they wish to see in the world. 
  
“Protect Us” premieres Feb. 8 at 9/8c 
As their families blossom, both Martin and Malcolm ascend into powerful positions. 

“Watch The Throne” premieres Feb. 8 at 10/9c 
Martin and Malcolm each face struggles and challenges in their leadership roles. 

“Matriarchs” premieres Feb. 15 at 9/8c 
The pressures and expectations of public and private life take a toll on Coretta and Betty. 

“The American Promise” premieres Feb. 15 at 10/9c 
The March on Washington and the Kennedy Assassination have lasting effects for both men. 

“The Sword and The Shield” premieres Feb. 22 at 9/8c 
The two leaders meet briefly in DC while supporting the passage of the Civil Rights Act. 

“Can You Imagine” premieres Feb. 22 at 10/9c 
The two leaders are assassinated, but their legacies continue to inspire. 
  



CHECK OUT THE OFFICIAL TRAILER HERE!

Premieres Feb. 12 at 9/8c on Nat Geo 
Next Day on Disney+ and Hulu 

THE SPACE RACE weaves together the stories of Black astronauts seeking to break the bonds of social injustice to reach for the stars, including Guion Bluford, Ed Dwight and Charles Bolden, among many others. In THE SPACE RACE, directors Diego Hurtado de Mendoza and Lisa Cortés profile the pioneering Black pilots, scientists and engineers who joined NASA to serve their country in space, even as their country failed to achieve equality for them back on Earth. From 1963, when the assassination of JFK thwarted Captain Ed Dwight’s quest to reach the moon, to 2020, when the echoes of the civil unrest sparked by the killing of George Floyd reached the International Space Station, the story of African Americans at NASA is a tale of world events colliding with the aspirations of uncommon men. The bright dreams of Afrofuturism become reality in THE SPACE RACE, turning science fiction into science fact and forever redefining what “the right stuff” looks like, giving us new heroes to celebrate and a fresh history to explore. 



NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S BOBI WINE RECEIVES OSCAR NOMINATION

The People’s President is nominated for an Oscar for the best documentary feature film alongside four other documentaries!

Bobi was born in the slums of Kampala, Bobi Wine, Ugandan opposition leader, a former member of parliament, activist and national superstar musician, risks his life and the lives of his wife, Barbie, and their children to fight the ruthless regime led by Yoweri Museveni.
Running in the country’s 2021 presidential elections, Bobi Wine uses his music to denounce the dictatorial regime and support his life mission to defend the oppressed and the voiceless people of Uganda.
In this fight, he must also take on the country’s police and military, which are not afraid to use violence and torture in a vain attempt to intimidate and silence him and his supporters.

This is such a win for the documentary and the people of Uganda as they fight to have their voices heard.