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‘Boomerang’ Dared to Depict Reality

The legacy of Eddie Murphy’s 1992 rom-com classic

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On ‘Atlanta,’ Everything Changes and Stays the Same

Season 3 has found the show’s core cast enjoying more success than ever. As the installment’s unorthodox storytelling exemplifies, fame makes the Black experience that much more confounding.

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Do Rappers Need to Grow?

Charles and Julian discuss working within the genre and what rappers could be doing to appease listeners and critics alike

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The More Things Change, the More Bomani Jones Remains

After a distinguished run on ESPN, Jones has moved into the anchor’s chair for his own HBO show. But it isn’t so much about the vessel as it is the man steering it.

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How the Deaths of Biggie and 2Pac Changed Rap Media Forever

Twenty-five years ago Wednesday, the Notorious B.I.G. was killed, marking the end of the most violent chapter in hip-hop’s history. For the writers and editors who covered his and Tupac’s lives and music, the tragedies stick with them to this day.

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The New Prince of ‘Bel-Air’

Morgan Cooper went from striking gold on YouTube to reimagining ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ for Peacock. But he’s only just beginning.

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The Black Neo-noirs of the ’90s

One of noir’s primary characteristics is its skewering of society’s ills. But not until films like ‘Deep Cover’ and ‘Devil in a Blue Dress’ did the genre turn its eye toward race and racism.

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Family Untied: Kendrick Lamar and TDE Ruled the 2010s. What Comes After Their Split?

The Compton MC and his label were among the most popular and influential entities in music of the past decade. But their relationship is coming to an end. So what now?

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The Evolution of Will Smith

After ruling Hollywood for an extended period, the 2010s saw Smith lose his Midas touch. Now, ‘King Richard’ has him more in control of the Hollywood landscape—and in the middle of Oscars season.

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The Many Flaws of ‘Many Saints’ Begin With Its Handling of Race

The ‘Sopranos’ prequel film gives Leslie Odom Jr. a meaty role as Harold, but the movie doesn’t seem to know quite what do with the character