Her Own Space

“At Hackensack High School in New Jersey, where her family later moved, [Melina] Matsoukas was into photography and hip-hop. At home, she watched the films of Mira Nair, The Color PurpleAll About My MotherThe Royal TenenbaumsWest Side StoryBelly, and her absolute favorite, Julie Dash’s 1991 Daughters of the Dust, an impressionistic movie about three generations of Gullah women on South Carolina’s St. Helena Island. It was also the first feature directed by a black woman to be released widely in theaters. ‘The queen of Black women filmmakers [is] Dash,’ Matsoukas told the website Shadow and Act in August. ‘She was a tremendous influence … on my voice.'”

Published: Nov 18, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,478 words)

The Night Whitney Houston Won Super Bowl XXV

In January, 1991—ten days after the U.S. entered into war—Whitney Houston owned the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. This is the story of her moment in time.

Source: ESPN
Published: Feb 1, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3,103 words)