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Jordan Peele and the art of being unapologetically black

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(CNN)Call it revenge of the “blerds.”

Jordan Peele, a self-proclaimed “black nerd” who helped to popularize the term as part of the comedy duo Key and Peele, is boldly going where no black man has gone before by conquering the horror film genre.
His sophomore film, “Us,” is out Friday to rave reviews and early awards season buzz for its star, Lupita Nyong’o.
The film is on track to make history as the biggest horror film about a black family, written and directed by a black man with a mostly black cast.
Peele is among several successful creatives in Hollywood who are being unapologetically black in their craft.
Along with Peele, “Atlanta’s” Donald Glover, “Insecure’s” Issa Rae, “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, “Luke Cage” showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker and filmmakers Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler have produced entertainment that showcases the African-American experience as part of the American experience as a whole, while still celebrating the uniqueness of black culture.
Collectively, they have produced content in which they don’t feel the need to give context for mainstream America.
If you don’t get a joke or a reference because it’s too “inside black baseball” as it were, there’s always Google.
They are also reminders of what should be a given but isn’t in a society fractured by debates over race and class: people of color have smart, funny, engaging and relatable stories to tell.
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Whole Woman Expo | Saturday, September 14th

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I WANT MINE NOW!

WHOLE WOMAN EXPO

Celebrating Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation Day

September 14, 2019

11am- 6pm

Radisson Inner-Harbor Downtown Baltimore, MD

The Whole Woman Expo is a day for women. A LifestyleBeauty and Wellness day designed to serve you through workshops, resources, and fun!

RSVP HERE

For More Information: www.wholewomanexpo.com  or email info@hwhn.org 443-927-7805

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Feature Your Event in the African Beat? – FREE

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Want Your Event Featured in the African Beat?

‘The African Beat’ is distributed to over 8,000 subscribers every other Friday. If you would like your event to be featured in our newsletter, please submit the following details: what, when & where, and provide a link to where readers can go for more information. Submission deadline for the next edition is Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by 5:00 pm. Send all materials, along with any questions, to oaa@dc.gov.

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Tips to make amazing photos from Plotaverse and Photofocus

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3 Tips for Better Smartphone Pics

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1 KEEP YOUR LENS CLEAN

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Your phone lives in a pocket or a purse…. as a result it often gets dirty or smudged. Fingerprints, sunscreen, dust or grease can get on the lens can really lower the quality of your photos. Always wipe the lens off before you shoot. A lens cloth is a great addition to your pocket, but even a soft shirt will help.

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2 THE “ZOOM” IS WORTHLESS

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Most phones simply use a digital zoom. This means when you pinch to zoom you’re usually just scaling and cropping the image inside the camera. Instead of zooming, try walking. Or get a new lens!

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3 A STEADY SHOT IS SHARP

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If your camera is moving, you’ll may get a blurred image. This is particularly true when shooting at night or in low light. Try bracing the camera for stability. It could be as simple as tucking your elbows into your body or try out a new mini tripod.

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