Author Archive: Elaine Hegwood Bowen

Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!

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Lesson Before Love

Lesson Before Love

| February 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Lesson Before Love is a new movie from Breaking Glass Films that explores love, as four aspiring African-American professionals meet under weird circumstances that might have signaled love between the four of them, but love only seemed to catch fire with two of them. But within all four lives, Derick, Alexis, Cullen and Janae all […]

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African-American Leaders: Past & Present

African-American Leaders: Past & Present

| February 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Just in time for Black History Month and the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech is History®‘s phenomenal collection: African-American Leaders: Past & Present from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. This outstanding DVD set includes five films that tell the stories of five influential African Americans. The in-depth profiles of Frederick […]

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Laverne and Shirley: The Seventh Season

Laverne and Shirley: The Seventh Season

| February 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Join two best friends “doing it their way” when Laverne & Shirley – The Seventh Season arrives on DVD. Starring Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams in their iconic title roles, the latest collection comes packed with special features, including a sidesplitting gag reel and episode promos. Follow bright-eyed, naive and demure Shirley Feeney (Williams) and […]

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

| December 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Idris Elba gives an awarding- deserving and winning performance as the late Nelson Mandela. Directed by Jason Chadwick, this movie is fantastic, in that even though I knew much of the history about Mandela, his African National Congress involvement and ensuing arrest and imprisonment for nearly […]

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12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

| December 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Any person with a pulse couldn’t stand to sit through more than two hours of a sweeping, intense, overwhelming, gripping movie such as 12 Years a Slave and not walk out the theater, simply angry and speechless, but at the same time needing to express what you just felt even days after feeling it. Chiwetel Ejiofor […]

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Street Journeys

Street Journeys

| December 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Street Journeys details the work of Anne Wanjugu in Nairobi, Kenya, at the Shangilia Orphanage where she guides many children throughout their early lives, while using theater, music and dance as the glue that holds it all together. In the heart of Nairobi, where abandoned children wander the streets with no relief from the grim […]

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The Vivian Maier Mystery

The Vivian Maier Mystery

| December 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Vivian Maier Mystery is a fascinating documentary that uncovers the life of Vivian Maier, a nanny working in New York and Chicago who, unbeknownst to many, had a secret passion for photography. When she died in 2009 at age 83, she left behind thousands of photographs and an incredible body of work that now […]

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After the Factory

After the Factory

| December 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

After the Factory is an eye-opening documentary that examines the diametrically different cultures of Detroit, Michigan, and Lodz, Poland, two former industrial towns suffering from the same fate of unemployment and population decline. Interviewing citizens, policy-makers and entrepreneurs, After the Factory reveals how these fallen giants might be the innovators writing the new rulebook for cities […]

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Ill Manors

Ill Manors

| November 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Ill Manors is a unique and explosive crime thriller that follows six people over the course of seven days as they fight to make a name for themselves on the unforgiving streets of London. The characters struggle to survive the circles of violence that engulf each of them: ex-dealer Kirby, who has just been released […]

Treme: The Complete Third Season

Treme: The Complete Third Season

| November 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

The third season of Treme ends with many questions that make for an interesting fourth and final season. I love this HBO series that is centered in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. All the main players during the third season seem to be right in reach of their dreams, turning new leaves and with eyes bright […]

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