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Cuba Gooding Jr. is Billy Flynn in ‘Chicago’ and director of ‘Bayou Caviar’

Cuba Gooding Jr. has a larger-than-life personality, so it’s not a stretch that he was cast as Billy Flynn, the smooth-talking lawyer in the prohibition-era musical, “Chicago,” with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Ebb and Bob Fosse.

Joyce Theater hosts world premiere of ‘The Tenant’

Dance, it’s said, is the hidden language of the soul. Celebrating the pure joy of it, the Joyce Theater will debut James Whiteside’s newest work, “The Tenant.” Considered ballet’s most daring principal artist and known for his theatrical and technical versatility, Whiteside created his newest work from the novel by Roland Topor.

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Barry Jenkins confesses about ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

On a muggy day that felt more like August than October, Oscar winner Barry Jenkins took to the stage for New York Film Festival’s free talk to give details about his highly anticipated film, “If Beale Street Could Talk,” based on James Baldwin’s novel of the same name. The film was screening at the 2018 NYFF, with its world premiere in Harlem at the famed Apollo Theater.

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Baldwin would approve of Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

One of Harlem’s most beloved sons, James Baldwin, I think, would approve of the film adaption of his 1974 novel “If Beale Street Could Talk” that “Moonlight” writer-director Barry Jenkins has lovingly crafted.

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‘Night School’—critic-proof comedy with an evergreen shelf life

Here’s the good news: the success of “Night School” by director Malcolm D. Lee does not live or die by the whim of any critic because Lee understands what’s funny to the collective “us” and by “us” I mean folks, and by “folks” I mean Black folks.

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‘Nappily Ever After’ comes to Netflix

“Nappily Ever After,” the new romantic comedy produced by Tracey Bing and based on the novel of the same name by Trisha R. Thomas is now playing on Netflix.

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‘BlacKkKlansman’—a Spike Lee masterpiece

In the old days, before Spike Lee was a legend—when he first stepped out with “She’s Gotta Have It,” in 1986, the Hollywood system didn’t think very much of Mr. Lee or anyone who looked like him.

Free public forum: ‘We Rise: A Celebration of Resistance’ at the Delacorte Aug. 13

Great artists have combined their efforts to call attention to the growing feeling (hallejah!) of resistance, and you are free to join the Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis, Executive Director Patrick Willingham) and the Resistance Revival Chorus, Monday, Aug. 13, at 8 p.m.

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‘Christopher Robin’ is a family must this summer!

The uber bright executives at Disney know how to please kids, and in the new family comedy “Christopher Robin,” directed by Marc Forster, they have collaborated beautifully to make a great kids’ film that is perfectly suited for adults.

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Judy Reyes’ Quiet Ann swings a very big bat on ‘Claws’

There is so much to love about actress Judy Reyes, and frankly it’s a challenge to condense those attributes into a bite-sized article.

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