Courtney Stanley 9 posts
Courtney Stanley is a Maryland native with a huge passion for film, music, and art. Since graduating from Morgan State University in 2022 with her bachelors degree in screenwriting and animation, Courtney has worked on a number of film and television productions in the DMV area as a production assistant. Courtney continues to fuel her passions through writing reviews for FF2. She currently works as a legal assistant, in hopes of pursuing her interest in entertainment law. In her free time, Courtney can be found attending a concert or writing poetry.

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The Other Black Girl Spotlights Racial Identity in the Workplace

In 1997, Dr. Beverly Tatum posed the question “Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together At Lunch?” in her book entitled after said question. In it, she explores how Black children develop their identity amongst the racist stigmas attached to Blackness. She claims that in order for Black children to formulate a positive racial identity, they are best guided by the support of peers of the same race.read more.

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Three Lessons Beyoncé’s Renaissance Film Has Taught Me

As I walk into the movie theater, I am immediately drawn to the line of silver boots, shiny cowboy hats, and chrome fringe jackets entering the theater. The movie goers were dolled up for one occasion only: Renaissance. I, too, adhered to the unspoken dress code and wore a silvery sweater, along with my aunt (who is an avid Beyoncé fan as well).read more.

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MacArthur Fellow Courtney Bryan’s Musical Resilience

Composer Courtney Bryan could be considered a musical architect, highly gifted in crafting intricate, introspective, and oftentimes politically charged compositions that immerse you into her sonically compelling world.

The New Orleans native is one of this year’s MacArthur fellows. The MacArthur Fellows Program awards exceptionally talented individuals to continue their creative, intellectual, or professional endeavors that contribute to the benefit of human society.read more.

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‘Ladies First’ Chronicles 50 Years of Women in Hip Hop

Fifty years ago, hip hop was born amidst a raging summer in the Bronx (NY). This cultural phenomenon has sky-rocketed into a billion-dollar industry, changing the fabric of music, film, fashion, politics, and even sports. In commemoration of hip hop’s 50th birthday, Netflix released Ladies First: A Story of Women in Hip Hop.read more.

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Janelle Monáe Shares Liberation in ‘The Age of Pleasure’

Janelle Monáe released their fourth studio album entitled The Age of Pleasure this year at the beginning of June. Just in time for summer, the 14-track album embodies what it means to enjoy the fullness of life. The Age of Pleasure seems to mark a new era for Janelle as they embrace what it means to be a self-titled “free-ass motherfucker.”… read more.

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Jennifer Lopez Tackles Parenthood in Niki Caro’s ‘The Mother’

Jennifer Lopez is on a roll with her second film this year, The Mother. The Mother is an action-drama about an unnamed ex-military sniper who must protect her daughter Zoe from the troubles of her past. It is an action-packed, emotional story, with an aura of mystique that keeps the audience anticipating what will happen next.… read more.

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