Whispers of a Womanist

A Black Female Perspective…


Movie Reviews

A womanist analysis of mainstream and indie films.

Unforgettable, A Review

Unforgettable is a contemporary thriller that uses a traditional formula to stealthily depict societal anxieties around othered assimilation into traditionally white spaces. The film opens with Julia's (Rosario Dawson), job departure. Following her engagement to financier turned entrepreneur David (Geoff... Continue Reading →

The Beauty of the Beast

Beauty and the Beast starring Hogwarts alumni Emma Watson proves an allegorical commentary on race. The age old story of an arrogant prince humbled by an unassuming sorceress seemingly illustrates the power of true love, but covertly depicts blackness as... Continue Reading →

Get Out, A Review (Spoilers)

Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out proves a fascinating engagement with the racial truths of the contemporary world. The film centers on interracial couple Chris and Rose who are traveling to meet Rose’s parents in a New York City Suburb.... Continue Reading →

Why Moonlight Won Best Picture…

Even prior to receiving the highest honor of Sunday evening's ceremony, Moonlight acquired abundant acclaim. The film, while praised for its narrative of a black gay male, encompasses a duality that warrants its acceptance by the The Academy. On the... Continue Reading →

I Am Not Your Negro, A Review

James Baldwin’s “I am Not Your Negro” succeeds in bridging past and present racial truths earning them a much deserved place in contemporary conversation. One of the most troubling ideologies of contemporary culture is the belief that the turmoil afforded... Continue Reading →

The Hidden Message of the Hidden Figures Film and Others Like It

It seems most fitting to begin this piece by stating that mathematician Katherine Johnson is a genius. Thus, a movie celebrating black brilliance sounds progressive, however the actual portrayal renders Johnson a “hidden figure” in a supposed commemoration of her... Continue Reading →

Fences, A Review

August Wilson is easily one of the most resonant writers of all time. His greatness lies in his ability to encompass the totality of the black psyche in a series of characters that resemble those you know and perhaps even... Continue Reading →

Collateral Beauty, A Review

  Collateral Beauty stars well-known actor Will Smith in a silent effort to present diversity in a still rather homogenous industry. Collateral Beauty focuses on Howard, a middle-aged advertising executive who is at the apex of the business world when... Continue Reading →

When the Bough Is Black: A“When The Bough Breaks” Review

Black Hollywood Veterans Regina Hall and Morris Chestnut appeal to the black audience  lost in the abundant white faces that continue to dominate the big screen. Thus, despite the familiar plot, reminiscent of Fatal Attraction or Obsessed, the film becomes... Continue Reading →

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