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D.C.'s Black Gay and Trans Kids Fought Back, Formed a "Gang" Called Check It, Now Star in a Documentary

“I love a red carpet,” 26-year-old Star giggled excitedly in Chelsea’s Bowtie Cinema last Saturday night. She was wearing a shiny, yellow A-line dress with flowers printed on it, and high-heeled gladiator sandals. In her D.C. accent, she drew out the next sentence so as to luxuriate in it. “I love to be seeeeeeeeeeen.”

'Died Is Died Is Died': Talking with Vanessa Gould and Margalit Fox of Obit

Despite our fascination with the lives of people who have been deemed societally “important” because of accomplishments, fame and riches, the nitty-gritty of how and why we know what we know about them often gets swept under the rug. Vanessa Gould’s documentary Obit, which just premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival,…

The Oscar-Winning Movie That's Actually Making Things Better for Women

On Sunday night, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short for A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness. This was notable for several reasons: Obaid-Chinoy already won in 2012 for her movie Saving Face, about Pakistani women who are the victims of acid attacks, becoming the first…

Who or What Is Chelsea Handler's Netflix 'Documentary' Chelsea Does For?

When Netflix announced in 2014 they were teaming up with Chelsea Handler, newly departed from E! after seven years doing her late-night talk show Chelsea Lately, it was generally assumed her new show would be something that bore a passing resemblance to her old one; the company said that with Handler, they would be…

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Watch Lauren Greenfield's Doc On Magic City, Legendary ATL Strip Club

Anyone who even has a cursory interest in Southern hip-hop culture knows that for decades, Atlanta’s Magic City “Adult Entertainment Nightclub” has been its fulcrum—so important in breaking and predicting hit records that superstars would rather service their tracks to its DJs than anyone at radio.

Amy: The Agony and the Ecstasy (and the Crack Cocaine) of Amy Winehouse

The question at the center of Asif Kapadia’s new documentary Amy is: Can gossip foster compassion? Throughout the sensitive, 128-minute probe into the life of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, we see footage of (and presumably shot by) the paparazzi that plagued her, the performances that defined part of her career,…

Director Liz Garbus on Nina Simone's Life, Legacy & Lauryn Hill

What Happened, Miss Simone?, which premieres on Netflix this Friday, is a masterpiece. Directed by Oscar-nominated documentarian Liz Garbus, whose storytelling skills are uniquely sensitive to the complicated tales of women and men grappling with fame and internal demons, it presents Nina Simone unlike we’ve ever seen…