Jumping the Broom (***)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic In sickness and in health. For better or for worse. And that’s before the wedding! The irreverent, satiric, laugh-provoking “The Funeral” showed us just how crazy people could be when handling the passing of a loved one. This mercurial, amusing send up of pre-marital woes and social class conflict […]

Night Catches Us (**)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic For some, the 1960’s Black Panther Party is a complete enigma. For those people who are looking for a revealing glimpse into that social/political/cultural movement, this poorly conceived ode to the Panthers is not illuminating. However, strong performances and some tight family drama make this period film worth viewing.Time […]

St. Lucia — The Shangri-la Caribbean Island

St. Lucia is an earthly, verdant, mountainous paradise perfect for exploration and vacations. Located in the Caribbean’s southeast Windward Islands, St. Lucia has a volcanic, tropical landscape, with steep dramatic valleys and dark sand beaches–it resembles Hawaii…. >> Read More

Rejoice & Shout (***)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic “Gospel music has kept us afloat. It’s very important to black people,” says Mavis Staples. Staples and Smokey Robinson narrate “Rejoice & Shout,” a comprehensive, historical and enligtening look at the phenomenon of gospel music. Gospel music has evolved along with the African American experience for over 100 years. […]

Fast Five (***1/2)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic It’s like jumping into a car, shoving it in gear, stomping on the accelerator and driving recklessly without a seatbelt. From the opening, adrenalin-pumping prison bus escape to a heart-pounding car theft aboard a fast-moving train, Fast Five throws it down from the jump… Car thief Dom Torreto (Vin […]

Life, Above All (***1/2)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic Thirty years after the AIDS epidemic first rattled the world, it still rages in sub-Sahara Africa. Few films have captured the plague’s fury on the motherland, until now. This enligtening, sensitive and inspiring screen adaptation of Allan Stratton’s novel “Chanda’s Secrets” puts a human face on a cure-defying disease. […]

Fort Lauderdale — 100 Years In The Making

Remember when Fort Lauderdale was crowned the ultimate party town for rowdy frat boys on spring break? Times have changed. Gone are the throngs of adolescent revelers (they’re in Cancun). Gone are the hippy swimwear boutiques that used to… .>> Read More

Miami — Luxury Vacations for Grown-ups

Miami is often portrayed as a mere playground for twentysomethings. In fact, this versatile city/county offers bliss to mature, moneyed adults seeking luxury, culture, a quiet refuge, fine dining and sophistication with their sunny vacation. >> Read More

Ten Best Films of 2010

By Dwight Brown Film Critic NNPA In 2010, high-quality movies abounded, though there was a noticeable dearth of black themed-movies — except for Tyler Perry films. Still, great African-American actors found high caliber product in which they could display their talent. The top 10 movies listed are the tip of the iceberg. Check them out […]

Barbados: The Good-Time Caribbean Island

Barbados is the good-time Island. This easternmost Caribbean isle is south of the hurricane belt (good weather), has average 84-88 degree temperatures (warm sun), and is inhabited by friendly people (fraternizing with locals is a joy). Tony resorts (from boutique to big) are plentiful, cultural sites abound (steeped in history), a variety of sports are […]