Exclusive Interview: activist Marc Thompson on Black and Gay, Back in the Day “It’s about showing us in our richness & our diversity being joyful”

When it comes to Black History Month and LGBTQ History Month in the UK, Black British queer lives "fall through the cracks of both of those", according to social justice activist and sexual health campaigner Marc Thompson who recently launched an empowering new archive on Instagram, Black and Gay, Back in the Day which celebrates... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: It’s A Sin star Omari Douglas “there’s something really important about seeing a proudly gay Black man in a period context”

Following our interviews with It's A Sin's writer and executive producer Russell T Davies and cast members, Lydia West and Nathaniel Curtis, The Queer Review's editor James Kleinmann had an exclusive conversation with actor Omari Douglas who portrays Roscoe Babatunde in the acclaimed 1980s London set drama which follows five young friends as the AIDS... Continue Reading →

Sundance 2021 Film Review: Ailey ★★★★★

Emmy-winning director Jamila Wignot's feature documentary Ailey, which just had its world premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, is a captivating and deeply moving portrait of the celebrated dancer and choreographer who in 1958, aged just 27, founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The film opens with footage of the 1988 Kennedy Honors... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: Timothy Ware-Hill & Arnon Manor on their powerful Netflix animated short film Cops and Robbers “Black Lives Matter can’t just be a saying it has to be an act”

The gut-wrenchingly powerful, deeply moving and ultimately hopeful animated short film, Cops and Robbers, directed by Arnon Manor and Timothy Ware-Hill, was written and performed by Ware-Hill in response to the murder of Ahmaud Arbery earlier this year. Ware-Hill had initially filmed himself reciting his own impactful poem and posted the video to social media... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: filmmaker Vivian Kleiman & curator Ashley Clark on Race, Sex & Cinema: The World of Marlon Riggs

This month, the Criterion Channel is celebrating the groundbreaking work and enduring legacy of the late queer Black filmmaker, activist, poet and educator Marlon Riggs. Race, Sex & Cinema: The World of Marlon Riggs features a complete retrospective of his still searingly urgent, provocative, nuanced, and beautifully crafted video work exploring Black identity and representation,... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: HBO’s I May Destroy You star Paapa Essiedu on his groundbreaking queer character “me & Michaela Coel wanted to create someone that felt real & truthful”

I May Destroy You, a co-production between HBO and the BBC, is fast becoming one of the most talked about television series of the year on both sides of the Atlantic. Centring authentic Black voices and exploring frank and nuanced questions around sexual consent and exploitation it is compelling and essential viewing. Written and created... Continue Reading →

Black Queer Town Hall hosted by Peppermint & Bob the Drag Queen June 19th – 21st

A three-day virtual Black Queer Town Hall event from NYC Pride in conjunction with GLAAD, hosted by Peppermint and Bob the Drag Queen, begins today at 6:30pm ET, aimed at supporting and raising funds for Black queer organizations and LGBTQIA+ performers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1xnfsZ7Xi0&feature=emb_title Black Queer Town Hall Day 1: Reflection Streamed on Facebook and YouTube, the... Continue Reading →

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