With A Grant From The Library of Congress, Maya Cade Is On A Mission To Change The Narrative Around Black Films

New Orleans native Maya Cade began her mission of curating the Black Film Archive in 2021. Her goal was to challenge the prevailing and inaccurate belief that Black films primarily revolve around slavery and trauma. Instead of shaming those who held this misconception, Cade aimed to present the truth: Black films have always explored a […]

How You Can Support JARO Media

As a Black-owned, Black-curated on-demand platform dedicated to curating independent films, emerging web series, short films, and visual art appealing to African American and urban-influenced audiences, JARO wants to thank its supporters for helping us provide our viewers with the best possible content. We understand that the support of our fans is essential to the […]

In ‘Ma Rainey,’ channeling the blues of August Wilson

NEW YORK (AP) — Like many of those involved in the making of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” it’s not easy for Viola Davis to summarize what playwright August Wilson has meant to her except to answer, “Everything.” Davis’ first stage role was in Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.” She made her Broadway debut in […]

‘ColorBlind’ Wins First Place In JARO’s PVIFF Short Film Competition

Shaun M. Mathis’s emotionally gripping film ColorBlind has been named the first place winner in JARO’s PVIFF Short Film Competition! Winners were announced Sunday, November 1st on  The 20-minute drama centers on Mark, a white police officer who is plagued by guilt and remorse after he mistakenly kills an unarmed Black teenage boy. In […]

Viola Davis Honors The Legacy Of Chadwick Boseman At ‘Ma Rainey’ Preview Event

On Monday, the first trailer for Netflix’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” was released, which features Chadwick Boseman’s final performance alongside Viola Davis. The drama film, directed by George C. Wolfe, will premiere December 18th on Netflix and in select theaters.   Based on the 1982 play by August Wilson, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” takes place in […]

‘The Ghost In The Machine’: Issa Rae To Produce Film On The Astonishing True Story Of Tanya Smith For Netflix

Netflix has been granted the rights to Tanya Smith’s forthcoming memoir, The Ghost in the Machine, and Issa Rae will be adapting the unbelievable true story into a feature film for the streaming giant.  The memoir tells the story of Smith, a middle-class Black woman from Minneapolis, and how she would “become one of the […]

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