Like a perfect mix of a millennial renaissance woman & young Oprah: Amen is a Los Angeles-based journalist, host, and inspirational speaker. Her featured appearances include NPR's KCRW, Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper, PilatesStyle Magazine, and most recently, Bustle. In addition to writing for Bustle, Amen is the creator of TheRefreshMovement.com and website Amen2dat.com Spring 2018. She also mentors young girls aspiring to live a better life with the non-profit Saving Our Daughters.
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Stream These 8 Inspiring Docs About Black Female Artists Right Now

Black History Month is a yearly reminder that Black culture and accomplishments deserve to be celebrated. And when going about this, it is important to highlight the achievements and endeavors of Black women in particular. One way to do that is by st…
By Amen Oyiboke

19 Movies To Stream During Black History Month, From 'Dear White People' To 'Selma'

It's February, so that means it's time to celebrate Black History Month by giving attention to Black art, culture, and history. Maybe for you that means researching facts about iconic figures like Rosa Parks, Percy Julian, Gordon Parks and Dr. Martin…
By Amen Oyiboke

15 Movies By African Directors You Can Stream Right Now, From 'Girlhood' To 'Difret'

With Black Panther hitting theaters in February, there's no better time than now for audiences to embrace Africanism in cinema. Black Panther, out Feb. 16, is, after all, the first time a major superhero movie is set in Africa. The global reach of ot…
By Amen Oyiboke

13 Movies To See If 'Mudbound' & Its Harrowing Story Left You Reeling

Over the past few months, Dee Rees' Mudbound has picked up several nominations from awards shows like the Oscars and Golden Globes, and for good reason — the drama powerfully depicts 1940s Mississippi, where two Black and White farm families deal wit…
By Amen Oyiboke

14 Women-Directed Movies Out In 2018 To See, From 'A Wrinkle In Time' To 'Blockers'

Over the last several months, allegations of sexual assault, abuse, and misogyny in Hollywood have opened up decades of buried truths. Though there is still much more work to be done and more spirits that need healing, these revelations are empowerin…
By Amen Oyiboke

Why 'Black Panther' Is So Crucial For First Generation African Descendants Like Myself

The time is quickly approaching. Black Panther's Feb. 16 release is coming up, and the world is so ready to see this film. Already, Black Panther is the best-selling Marvel Cinematic Universe movie in pre-sales according to Fandango, and indeed, it's…
By Amen Oyiboke

12 Movies On Netflix Right Now To Watch While The Winter Storm Keeps You Inside

For those of you who live on the East Coast, you're probably right in the middle of experiencing the winter bomb cyclone, which is hammering down snow and hurricane force winds across several states. The unusual winter storm could be one of the stron…
By Amen Oyiboke

Netflix's New Movie Gets What It's Like When White People Explain Race To People Of Color

Step Sisters might seem like your typical dance movie such as Step Up or Stomp The Yard, but this Netflix film, streaming as of Jan. 19, is nothing of the sort. Instead, it's a comedy about race relations between the Black and White community, writte…
By Amen Oyiboke

15 Movies To Watch This New Year's That'll Kick Start Your 2018 Resolutions

We’re just days away from the New Year, and soon our resolution-making mind-sets for 2018 will kick in. We all know life can get the best of us and actually accomplishing our 2018 #goals can become a lot harder due to work and everyday tasks. For tho…
By Amen Oyiboke

This New Doc Shines A Light On A Hidden Hero Of The Civil Rights Movement

On Dec. 8, Nancy Buirsky's documentary The Rape of Recy Taylor hit theaters, and finally, an incredible but largely forgotten Black woman is getting her story heard. Back in 1944 Alabama, Recy Taylor was raped and brutally injured by a group of White…
By Amen Oyiboke

16 Sexy & Romantic Holiday Movies To Bring The Heat This Season

The holidays are coming up fast, and for many people, this time of year goes hand in hand with fun-filled activities. Putting up Christmas lights, making snowmen, attending holiday parties — you name it, it's all happening. But between all the excite…
By Amen Oyiboke

How Meghan Markle & Prince Harry's Engagement Could Change Race Dynamics In England

If you haven't heard already, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged. The duo announced their big news outside the Kensington Palace in London, where they will live, on Monday, and the wedding will take place in May 2018, according to new reports…
By Amen Oyiboke

These Videos Of Young Della Reese Singing Will Leave You With Chills

Earlier in November, singer, performer and actor Della Reese died. The Hollywood legend started her illustrious career in the '50s as a jazz singer, and was best known for her starring role on the CBS dramaTouched by an Angel. She was an incredible f…
By Amen Oyiboke

21 Friendsgiving Movies To Watch This Holiday, From 'Crossroads ' to 'Miss Congeniality'

Thanksgiving is upon us, and for some of us, that means meeting up with family for the holiday, while for others, Thursday will be a day surrounded by close friends. That, of course, is Friendsgiving, and for people who either live far from their fam…
By Amen Oyiboke

Why Black Male Actors Portraying Plus Size Women In Movies Is So Dangerous

With Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween in theaters, a movie in which the male filmmaker and actor plays the female lead Madea, it's clearer than ever that Hollywood doesn't understand what it means to be a plus size Black woman. For decades, the…
By Amen Oyiboke

19 Terrifying Female Horror Movie Villains Who Will Give You Nightmares For Days

Horror movies are popular with all audiences, both male and female, so it doesn't make a whole lot of sense that most of the horror films we see at the box office have male leads. From Freddie Krueger to Leatherface to Pennywise to Michael Meyers, so…
By Amen Oyiboke

Chadwick Boseman Always Starring In Biopics Emphasizes Hollywood’s Frustrating Lack Of Black Stories

Throughout Hollywood's history, biopics about important figures have been a major way of bringing American stories to life. In recent years, there's been a push for more and more biopics about Black people, like 42, The Great Debaters, The Butler, Se…
By Amen Oyiboke

Meet The Feminist Trailblazer Behind 'Brown V. Board Of Education' You've Probably Never Heard Of

Thurgood Marshall is mostly known for his revolutionary role in the desegregation of the American public school system due to Brown v. Board of Education, but the 1954 civil rights landmark was one of many cases that ultimately led to Marshall becomi…
By Amen Oyiboke

41 Terrifying Movies to Get You & Your S.O. Snuggling Up This Halloween

Halloween is the best time of year to find an excuse to jump into the arms of a significant other. When you think of a sexy date, you probably imagine some roses and a romantic dinner, but don't count out staying in and watching a horror movie as a g…
By Amen Oyiboke

If You Love Spoilers, You Might Actually Be Making Your Life Better, According To Science

Spoilers have been around as long as movies themselves, but in today's pop culture landscape, the rules around them have become more aggressive than ever before. People are constantly talking about the perils of spoiling entertainment like Game of Th…
By Amen Oyiboke