Sunday, April 18, 2021

Gina Prince-Bythewood Talks Candidly About ‘Beyond the Lights’ (Watch)

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The 87th Annual Academy Awards have come back gone, with Selma being nominated for Best Motion Picture and Common and John Legend winning an Oscar for Best Original Song, but even host Neil Patrick Harris joked about the overwhelmingly Eurocentric viewpoints of the nominated films, and the whiteness of the nominees as well.

To be certain, just because a film was not recognized by the Academy Awards does not mean it did not deserve to be recognized. Beyond the Lights is one such film.

Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, and starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, and Danny Glover, Beyond the Lights tells the story of a young pop star by the name of Noni. Just as she begins her ascent toward stardom, young Noni suffers a severe mental breakdown that almost cost her life.

At a recent roundtable discussion in New York City, the director speaks candidly with a cadre of journalists about her work, the great work done by the cast, and her real thoughts about the quality of Beyond the Lights as well.

EURweb.com was on the scene, along with reporters from the New York Amsterdam News, TheGrio, Moguldom Media and Blackfilm.com, and recorded it for your enlightenment.

Beyond the Lights debuts on Blu-Ray and DVD this week. Tweet the hashtag #MakeBTLNo1 to show your support.

EurWebWriter
Ricardo A. Hazell began his career in journalism in 1996 as a Research Intern for the prestigious Editor & Publisher Co. His byline has appeared in The Root, Washington Post, Black Enterprise and he helped define culture within the African Diaspora as Senior Cultural Contributor at The Shadow League. Currently working on the semi-autobiographical novel "Remorse".

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