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BAD HAIR
2020, Hulu, 115 min, USA, Dir: Justin Simien

Set in L.A. in 1989, this instant cult classic combines sizzling satire with period-inspired psycho-thriller sensibilities to create something entirely fresh, effortlessly cool and thoroughly creepy. Anna Bludso (an incredible central performance by Elle Lorraine) is an executive assistant in the image-obsessed world of music television aspiring to become an on-air TV personality. When that opportunity arises, she must overcome fears born of literally scarring childhood relaxer perm trauma by trading in her natural look for a weave at the insistence of her new boss (Vanessa Williams). The gamble seemingly pays off with a new position of power and visibility, but Anna discovers that success may come at the cost of her sanity … and that her new hair may have a mind of its own. With an ensemble cast including Laverne Cox, Lena Waithe, Usher and Kelly Rowland. – Evrim Ersoy


A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW
2020, HBO, 30 min, USA, Dir: Dime Davis

Laugh-out-loud funny and not afraid to be controversial, A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW touches on such culturally relevant themes as social norms, anxiety, religion, sex, dating and relationships. Each episode consists of five to six sketches, showcasing the comedic talents of Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis and Quinta Brunson portraying an array of dynamic and varied characters, as well as hyper versions of themselves in interstitials featuring four friends stuck in a house during an end-of-the-world event. Unprecedented in sketch comedy TV history, the show is created by, written by, directed by and starring an array of black women.


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