For anyone who thinks having a Black President means we live in a post-racial society, cases like Trayvon Martin and Oscar Grant are tragic reminders of the perils of being a young Black men in America.  “Fruitvale Station” the directing debut of filmmaker Ryan Coogler, follows the last day of Oscar Grant, who was shot […]

Just one year after Ava DuVernay made history as the first African-American woman to win the Best Director Award at Sundance Film Festival for “Middle of Nowhere”, director Ryan Coogler continued the tradition of Black excellence by nabbing both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize for his film “Fruitvale.”  According to Shadow and Act, […]

First time director Ryan Coogler has become the hottest name in Hollywood since his film “Fruitvale” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The 26-year-old Oakland native has crafted a touching portrait of Oscar Grant, the 22-year-old father who was killed by BART police officers in 2009. “Fruitvale” has been picked up for major […]

Four years ago BART police officers in Oakland, California made nationwide news when they killed an unarmed African-American man named Oscar Grant.  The 22-year-old was thrown face down onto the ground in the early hours of New Years Day before officer Johannes Mehserle drew his gun and fired a shot directly into Grant’s back. Cellphone videos […]