“Harriet” Recounts Harriet Tubman’s Life’s Work To Abolish Slavery
The costume designer charged with envisioning Harriet Tubman’s clothing when she was a young woman said he wanted to steer clear of the austere public image she had in old age.
Paul Tazewell said he took inspiration from daguerreotypes from the 1800s for lead actress Cynthia Erivo’s custom made period costumes for the biopic “Harriet,” but also wanted the clothes to convey her superhero status in both American history and the Black Experience.
Tazewell – who also served as the costume designer for “Hamilton” on Broadway – said he came across one little known image of Tubman dressed elegantly in her younger years, the opposite of the widely disseminated image of her as a headscarf clad somber-looking senior citizen.
“You get a broader sense of who Harriet might have been and what her influences were,” Tazewell said. “I think that set me off on the idea of how we can create a visual arc for Harriet that stays broader than what we might assume from those more well-known photographs.
Harriet’s clothes have their own story arc: the tattered old dress she wore when she was enslaved gave way to refined frocks and menswear, with a revolver slung at her hip, Tazewell said.
“I think what became important for Kasi (Lemmons, the director) was to help to envision Harriet Tubman as a power icon, as a woman who was capable of huge things,” Tazewell said. “And in doing that, I hope that the clothes, the color, and the texture, as we see her evolve, that it moves the audience to get a sense of the intensity of what she was facing and what she overcame.”
Queen & Slim Has LA Premiere At AFIFest
Thursday night was a HUGE one for the stars of Universal Pictures hotly anticipated new film ‘Queen & Slim’ – the movie with Black Excellence, Black Lives Matter and Black Girl Magic sprinkled all over it. The movie stars Jodie Turner-Smith in her feature film debut. Thursday Turner-Smith attended the movies premiere at AFIFest in L.A. with boyfriend Joshua Jackson.
You know a movie is a big deal with Rihanna pulls up for the premiere. The Bajan beauty wore understated black for the big night.
Janelle Monáe brought her glow to the red carpet arrivals as well.
And Zendaya also got the black dress memo. These ladies are all soooo beautiful. Y’all. Black Women are LIT. We love it.
Writer/producer Lena Waithe posted up with director Melina Matsoukas and the films stars, Turner-Smith and Daniel Kaluuya. Now that’s a powerful clique.
Check out more pictures from the premiere below:
Jordan Peele Speaks On Whether Or Not Marvel Is Cinema
It all went down during a discussion at the Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York City on Wednesday, where Peele was asked about Martin Scorsese’s heavy criticism of Marvel. Just as many fans of Peele might imagine, the filmmaker said he’s one into gate-keeping what cinema is and isn’t. He also went on to say that what makes a movie worthwhile is its ability to make an audience feel, particularly while at the movie theater.
“I’m not particularly engaged in the ‘What is cinema, what isn’t cinema?’ conversation,” Jordan Peele said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “My definition of film and what my movie experience is, is movies that you can go and have a theatrical experience, a shared experience with the audience [and] go through emotions: cheers, tears, laughs.”
As for Jordan himself, the rapper says he’s actively trying to make movies that will compel people to watch them at the theater.
“Those are the movies I’m trying to make, quite frankly. I’m very focused on something that you need to go out to the theater to see while it’s out there because it’s something different.”
While there were some rumors that Peele might direct the upcoming Blade film after it was announced at Comic-Con earlier this year, his further comments about superhero films make it clear on why that’s not going to happen. The director spoke on his desire to “see more original material in the theater,” which connects back to what he previously told Rolling Stone about turning down franchise films after the success of Get Out and Us.
“It’s a childhood dream to be able to essentially see what you saw in your imagination as a child…But you know, I feel like I only have so much time. I have a lot of stories to tell, and it just doesn’t feel right.”
Lena Waithe And Melina Matsoukas Take Viewers Behind The Scenes Of ‘Queen & Slim’
Universal Pictures just dropped a new special featurette for their upcoming hotly anticipated Thanksgiving release, ‘Queen & Slim’ which features the film’s writer/producer Lena Waithe and director/producer Melina Matsoukas discussing the making of their first project together. Check it out below:
For those of y’all who have been hiding under a rock and don’t already know, the film is based on a couple on their first date together in Ohio, played by ‘Get Out’s’ Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith, in her first starring feature-film role, when they are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when the man kills the police officer in self-defense, the unlikely couple are forced to go on the run, but the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the pair become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the country. As they drive, the two unlikely fugitives will discover themselves and each other in the most dire and desperate of circumstances and will forge a deep and powerful love that will reveal their shared humanity and shape the rest of their lives.
Are you lining up to see this one on Thanksgiving?
Kasi Lemmons And Cynthia Erivo Talk About Bringing Black Female Hero To Big Screen
The long anticipated story of Harriet Tubman, ‘Harriet’ lands in theatres Friday, November 1 and BOSSIP’s Senior Director of Content Janeé Bolden sat down with the film’s director Kasi Lemmons and leading lady Cynthia Erivo recently to discuss the film. The ladies talked about the importance of having strong black female character brought to life on the big screen, why the slavery fatigue argument should be moot for audiences when it comes to ‘Harriet’ and division in the black community check out the interview below:
What did you think? Was Cynthia’s answer enough to put to rest all the questions about her? Do you think people will come to theatres to see this movie despite the folks who like to cry slavery fatigue about any move set in the 1800’s?
Leslie Odom Jr. also addresses the question of slave fatigue as well as the importance of documenting the slavery experience. Hit the flip to see what he has to say.
Naomie Harris Talks ‘Black And Blue’ And Being The Change
‘Black And Blue’ opened in theatres this weekend and BOSSIP had the chance to sit down with the movie’s star Naomie Harris who revealed her role as Officer Alicia West was not only the first time that a black woman has taken on a leading role as a cop in a feature film, but also marked her first leading role PERIODt!
Check out the interview below:
Have you seen ‘Black and Blue’ yet? Hit the flip for more from Naomie’s costar Tyrese and the film’s director Deon Taylor
Jenifer Lewis Takes On The Role As Great Auntie Sloom In “The Addams Family”
Happy Friday! Halloween is right around the corner and if you’re looking for something fun to see at the movies this weekend ‘The Addams Family’ is in theatres now! Check out this fun clip from THE ADDAMS FAMILY featuring your favorite ‘Black Mother of Hollywood’ Jenifer Lewis who voices Great Auntie Sloom in the film:
Gotta love it…
Get ready to snap your fingers! The first family of Halloween, the Addams Family, is back on the big screen in the first animated comedy about the kookiest family on the block. Funny, outlandish, and completely iconic, the Addams Family redefines what it means to be a good neighbor.
Will you be watching?