Author Spotlight

Danielle Amir Jackson

Danielle Amir Jackson is a Memphis-born writer and the editor of Oxford American. She is writing a book about women in the blues.

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Mudbound: Friendship, Motherhood, and Redemptive Softness

A kaleidoscopic work of literary adaptation, Dee Rees’s fourth feature film is anchored in a powerful fraternal bond between two men from opposite sides of the color line.

By Danielle Amir Jackson

Medicine for Melancholy: Love in a Hopeless Place

Two young San Francisco residents navigate the potential for romance and their opposing views on race in Barry Jenkins’s moving debut feature.

By Danielle Amir Jackson

love jones: Sweet Home Chicago

Theodore Witcher’s moody, sensual romance foregrounds Black artists and their milieu, upending stereotypes about urban life.

By Danielle Amir Jackson

Looking at Cicely Tyson

Part of a generation of Black artists who believed their vocations were tied to the pride and struggle of their community, the late acting legend lived by her mission to “mirror the times and propel them forward.”

By Danielle Amir Jackson

Claudine: A Happy Home

During a pivotal time for Black cinema, John Berry’s beautifully lived-in drama offered a portrait of an African American family that stood in opposition to a long history of harmful stereotypes.

By Danielle Amir Jackson