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An illustration of Malcom X wearing a black suit, a gray hat and a pair of glasses with black frames against a red background.

Celebration of Black cinema and civil rights in America: ‘Malcolm X’ turns 30

Three decades ago since its release, the Brooklyn Academy of Music hosted a screening for Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” to commemorate the legacy of the film and the enduring memory of the civil rights activist. 
Mick Gaw, Staff Writer December 9, 2022

Over one thousand New Yorkers gathered at the opulent Howard Gilman Opera House to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X”  biopic on Nov. 22. The Brooklyn...

This year, the Oscars have seen an increase in both international names and female nominees for best picture and best director categories. This is a chance for the Academy to show that the need for equity and inclusion might become a staple within the entertainment industry. (Illustration by Sophia Di Iorio)

The Oscars: snubs and surprises

This year’s Oscar nominations point to evolving trends regarding representation in film and the potential for the Academy to rectify their previous wrongs.
Julia Gastone, Contributing Writer March 24, 2021

It seems like eons ago that “Parasite” dominated the Oscars last season. With the 93rd Academy Awards nominations released last week, one can’t help but wonder who Bong Joon...

Chadwick Boseman passed away at the end of August after a long and silent battle with colon cancer. Boseman will be remembered not only as an actor, but also as an activist who championed Black stories. (Staff Illustration by Debbie Alalade)

Remembering the Late, Great Chadwick Boseman

On August 28, 2020, Chadwick Boseman passed away after a silent battle with cancer. He left behind a legacy of leadership with a filmography that included the likes of Black Panther, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson and James Brown.
Dylan Thomas Kalaydijan, Contributing Writer September 8, 2020

I believe Chadwick Boseman was and always will be an extremely rare kind of actor — one of the true, real-deal movie stars. He was a man of high class and charisma, noticeably...

Professor Spike Lee Gives Talk on ‘Do the Right Thing’’s Writing Process

Professor Spike Lee Gives Talk on ‘Do the Right Thing’’s Writing Process

Tisch Alum and Professor Spike Lee discussed his generation-defining 1989 film at NYU Skirball Center.
Charles Smith, Contributing Writer November 26, 2019

Filmed entirely on one block in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” examines the race relations between the Italian American and African American...

(Illustration by Sophia Di Iorio)

How to Win an Oscar in 2019

A satirical guide of how to potentially win big at the 91st Academy Awards.
Claire Fishman, Film Editor January 28, 2019

Pick a subject. No, not that one. Pick a subject you’re not supposed to talk about at the Thanksgiving table. Think racism (“Blackkklansman”), politics (“Vice”) or gay...

Faraday Okoro winning $1 million grant at Tribeca Film Festival. (via

The Million Dollar Story of Faraday Okoro

Guru Ramanathan, Film & TV Editor October 22, 2018
WSN talks to NYU MFA grad Faraday Okoro, inaugural winner of the AT&T and Tribeca Film Institute's "Untold Stories" prize, about his debut film "Nigerian Prince."
Tessa Thompson as Detroit in Sorry to Both You.

Best of Summer Film

Guru Ramanathan, Film Editor August 26, 2018
As summer winds down, relive some of the season's best and most memorable films.
Jon Michael Hill and Blake DeLong in “Pass Over.”

What You Missed at SXSW

Ryan Mikel, Arts Editor March 19, 2018
Politics surrounding race, class and gender were at the center of this year’s South by Southwest Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas.
Kevin Wilson, Jr.: “My Nephew Emmett”

Kevin Wilson, Jr.: “My Nephew Emmett”

Joel Lee, Staff Writer March 5, 2018
Tisch graduate student Kevin Wilson, Jr. is already nominated for an Academy Award for his short film “My Nephew Emmett.”
Nothing says New York film classic like Woody Allen’s Manhattan, showcasing some of the city’s iconic views.

Essential New York Films to Appreciate New York

Daniella Nichinson, Film Editor September 5, 2017
Many, many films have captured the essential essence of New York City -- here are our choices of the ones that did it best.
NYU’s Role in Gentrification

NYU’s Role in Gentrification

WSN Editorial Board February 6, 2017
While it is tempting to take a hard line for or against gentrification, it is important to acknowledge both the progressive changes and harmful effects in order to strike a balance that helps everyone.