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“Between the World & Me,” is something altogether different, both old and new, a combination of film and theater that could only work on TV. Coates may not have known these specific events would happen, but the world continues to live down to his expectations. “Between the World and Me” has tapped into something that falls in between the two genres, a work all its own, a pandemic-influenced theatrical TV performance that is neither movie nor limited series nor show. It is, as HBO terms it, a special, in every sense of the word. Special enough that HBO is working to make sure it reaches as wide an audience as possible, available to stream on HBO’s website.
Persons: “ Hamilton, Diana ”, Spike Lee, , Nehisi Coates, . Coates, Kamilah Forbes, Coates, Ferguson, Forbes, Malcom X, Chadwick Boseman, Howard, Mahershala Ali, Phylicia Rashad, Rashad, who’s, Amy Cooper, Breonna Taylor’s, Trump, what’s, Organizations: Disney, Netflix, HBO, Broadway, . Coates ’ New York Times, Apollo, Apollo Theater, Howard University Locations: . Coates ’, Minneapolis, Baltimore
Awkwafina set to join new TV drama 'Swan Song'
  + stars: | 2020-11-20 | by ( ) www.nbcnews.com + 1.00   time to read: +1 min
Awkwafina is joining Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris in the drama film “Swan Song” for Apple Plus. “Swan Song” is described as a genre-bending drama set in the near future that explores how far someone will go, and how much they’ll sacrifice, to make a happier life for the people they love. “Swan Song” is directed and written by Benjamin Cleary and produced by Apple Studios, Anonymous Content and Concordia Studio. Awkwafina won the Golden Globe earlier this year for her lead performance in “The Farewell.” She broke out in “Crazy Rich Asians” and stars in Comedy Central’s comedy series “Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens,” which has been renewed for a second season. Cleary won the Oscar in the live-action short category in 2016 for “Stutterer.”Awkwafina is represented by UTA, Artist First and attorney Isaac Dunham.
Persons: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Awkwafina, Kate, Ali’s Cameron, Harris, Poppy, Cameron’s, , Benjamin Cleary, Adam Shulman, Jacob Perlin, Jonathan King, Ali, Rich Asians ”, Nora, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Cleary, Isaac Dunham Organizations: Apple Plus, Apple Studios, Concordia Studio, Globe, Rich Asians, UTA, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Queens, , “ Raya, America
(CNN) Haunting and poetic, "Between the World and Me" translates Ta-Nehisi Coates' book and the subsequent stage presentation into an HBO special that loses none of its power, a feat made all the more remarkable by its production amid the coronavirus outbreak. Weaving in news footage with stars reading Coates' words, this version of the writer's reflections to his 15-year-old son will likely be played and replayed for years to come. Directed by Kamilah Forbes -- who brought Coates' book to the Apollo Theater -- the special incorporates news footage old and new, from Muhammad Ali speaking to dash-cam video of police abusing African-American drivers. Coates speaks of the "cosmic injustice" of the Black experience, and tells his child, "You do not have the privilege of living in ignorance" -- a warning that possess additional clout with Oprah presenting it. Oprah Winfrey in the HBO special 'Between the World and Me.'
Persons: Nehisi Coates, Coates, Kamilah Forbes, Muhammad Ali, Chadwick, Breonna, Mahershala Ali, Angela Bassett, Joe Morton, Wendell Pierce, Yara Shahidi, Courtney B, Vance, Susan Kelechi Watson, Oprah Winfrey, Howard, Read Organizations: CNN, HBO, Apollo, Howard University, Oprah
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