Welcome To Wakanda

by Markeshia Ricks | Feb 19, 2018 7:18 am | Comments (6)

Markeshia Ricks PhotoThere is so much I want to tell you about my recent trip to the world of Wakanda ... or rather a special Saturday showing and celebration in New Haven of the highly anticipated new film Black Panther.

But I can’t. No spoilers allowed during Black History Month. (All bets are off if you don’t see it before March 1.)

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“Gina’s Journey” On The Big Screen

by Thomas Breen | Feb 6, 2018 2:12 pm | Comments (1)

Thomas Breen photoIn 1825 in Litchfield, Conn., William Grimes wrote and published the story of his life as a slave and of his subsequent escape to freedom.

Almost two centuries later, his great-great-great-granddaughter Regina Mason picked up where her pioneering ancestor left off, with a book, a documentary and her own story of self-discovery through a rigorous commitment to her family’s past.

On Monday night at the New Haven Museum, Mason and filmmaker Sean Durant presented Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes, a new documentary about Mason’s 15-year pursuit to research, publish and celebrate the life of a family member (and former New Haven resident) who wrote the first autobiographical slave narrative.

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In 2nd Act, Barone Becomes A Star

by Allan Appel | Nov 10, 2017 11:21 am | Comments (1)

Contributed PhotoA year ago a naturally funny guy named Jimmy Barone lay in bed awaiting the amputation of his second leg and thinking his life might be over.

Today, the double amputee and retired Yale gym employee is hanging out with some of the funniest people in Hollywood. And he’s awaiting the release of a new Adam Sandler movie co-starring Chris Rock — and featuring ... a wisecracking Jimmy Barone, in the first role of what looks like an exciting new second career.

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