Craigh Barboza

Craigh Barboza

Adjunct Faculty

Links: Twitter

Craigh Barboza has written about entertainment, race and culture for Cineaste magazine, CNN, Entertainment Weekly, Film Comment, GQ, The Hollywood Reporter, IndieWire, The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, MTV, New York magazine, The New York Times and Washington Post. He works in Career Services at NYU Journalism and teaches a course on film journalism. His book John Singleton: Interviews, a study of the Oscar-nominated director’s work, is part of the acclaimed series Conversations with Filmmakers (University Press of Mississippi).

He began his career as a movie columnist at Rap Sheet and was later a contributor at Vibe and Premiere, one of the first entertainment publications to cover the inner workings of the movie industry. From there, he went on to serve as a senior editor at the national Sunday newspaper magazine USA Weekend, which had a circulation of 23 million. Between 2000 and 2010, he was responsible for more than 50 cover stories, many of them profiling the biggest names in Hollywood, including Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Todd Phillips, Halle Berry, Leonardo DiCaprio and Scarlett Johansson.

Over the past two decades, he has covered the Academy Awards and superhero movies, art-house directors and Hollywood icons, home video, film history, comedians and critics. He also edited a DVD column, which was later expanded into a standalone website that gave readers a taste of his boundless curiosity about all aspects of moviemaking.

A graduate of NYU’s film school, Craigh also directed the award-winning 2017 family documentary, “It’s the Fuller Brush Man.” He has more than 7,000 DVD titles in his personal movie library and lives in West Harlem, where his fourth floor walk-up is a source of chronic irritation for his guests, himself, his wife and kids and their 5-year-old terrier mix, Chewbacca.

 

Published Works

Medium
July 18th, 2022
The O.G. of Black Advertising
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
Cineaste
March 1st, 2022
Paying Melvin Van Peebles His Due: Revisiting the Black Filmmaking Pioneer’s Bittersweet and Iconoclastic Career
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
Los Angeles Times
January 12th, 2022
Why ‘Macbeth’ actor Corey Hawkins felt compelled to study the classics
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
The Hollywood Reporter
November 10th, 2021
“The First Black Movie Star,” Nina Mae McKinney, Gets a Film Retrospective in New York
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
Cineaste - Summer 2021 Issue
June 1st, 2021
Finding Power In The People (cover story)
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
New York Magazine
May 1st, 2021
The View From the Stands for a Shockingly Good Knicks Season
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
The Hollywood Reporter
March 2nd, 2021
Nomzamo Mbatha Is Set to Make Big Studio Debut in ‘Coming 2 America’: “I’m Prepared for the Moment”
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
Los Angeles Times
February 14th, 2021
1980s high-top fades and asymmetrical bobs are just part of the horror of ‘Bad Hair’
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
Los Angeles Times
January 19th, 2021
The timely story of an FBI snitch and a slain 1960s Black Panther leader
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
NYU
October 20th, 2020
Ushering the Teaching of the Arts Into a New Era
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
CNN
September 23rd, 2020
How Martin Scorsese helped define Italian American style
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
CNN
June 15th, 2020
These films explore black lives impacted by white authority
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
CNN
May 12th, 2020
Remember when Dennis Rodman put on a wedding dress and claimed to marry himself?
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
CNN
February 14th, 2020
Why the NBA All-Star Game is a runway in its own right
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
LA Weekly
February 5th, 2020
How Todd Phillips Played the Joker Card on Hollywood
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
The Hollywood Reporter
January 31st, 2020
Quiz: How Well Do You Know the 2020 Oscar Nominees?
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
Film Comment
September 12th, 2019
The Strength of Street Knowledge
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
The Hollywood Reporter
February 9th, 2019
Oscar Quiz: How Well Do You Know Your Nominees?
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
The Hollywood Reporter
February 23rd, 2018
Oscar Quiz: Do You Know Your Nominees?
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
The Hollywood Reporter
November 20th, 2017
Spike Lee Talks ‘Black Klansman’ Movie and Why He Regrets the Rape Scene in ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Film
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
Newsweek
October 10th, 2017
Marvel v. DC Comics: The 50-Year Battle Between the Creators of Superman and Spider-Man
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
The Hollywood Reporter
February 19th, 2017
Pop Quiz: How Well Do You Know the 2017 Oscar Nominees?
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
The Hollywood Reporter
February 17th, 2017
Oscars: ‘Silence’ Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto on His Partnership With Martin Scorsese
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
NewYork.com
September 30th, 2016
Actress Spotlight: Rachel Brosnahan of Woody Allen’s ‘Crisis in Six Scenes’
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
The Washington Post
July 2nd, 2016
‘Boyz n the Hood’ at 25: A look back at 1991’s black film renaissance
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
NewYork.com
June 7th, 2016
Brooklyn Grange Farmer Matt Jefferson Works the Land, 12 Stories Up
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
NewYork.com
March 2nd, 2016
Writer and Director Douglas McGrath: The Great Collaborator
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
Fader
December 4th, 2015
Chi-Raq’s Teyonah Parris Wants Her Art To Save Lives
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
Brick Underground
October 22nd, 2015
How I found my $386K HDFC apartment after a three-year search
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
NewYork.com
September 18th, 2015
Close-up with Pioneering Rock Music Photographer Bob Gruen
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
NewYork.com
July 27th, 2015
Julie Taymor Takes You into Her Dream World
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
NewYork.com
November 7th, 2014
The Art of Talking Back to the Screen with Movie Critic Wesley Morris
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
GQ
September 1st, 2014
“Ain’t Nothing Shine Brighter Than That Bad Boy” The Inside Story of Hip-Hop’s Most Notorious Label
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
NewYork.com
September 27th, 2013
Go Behind the NYFF Scenes with Kent Jones, Its Passionate Chief
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
Ebony
August 22nd, 2013
Spike Lee Scores Kickstarter Goal
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
NewYork.com
August 12th, 2013
Claire Distenfeld: From Art Degree to Upscale Boutique Owner
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
Ebony
August 9th, 2013
Stacy Spikes’s MoviePass Tries to Remake Hollywood
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
GQ
May 22nd, 2013
A Pickup Basketball Primer from Doin’ It in the Park’s Bobbito Garcia
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
The Costco Connection
May 1st, 2013
Drive to excel
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
Uptown Magazine
December 4th, 2012
Kerry Washington: Smart, Sexy and Scandalous (cover story)
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
Indiewire
December 3rd, 2012
Q&A: ‘Django Unchained’
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
Ebony
January 15th, 2012
Dr. J: Still Ballin’
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
Uptown Magazine
September 16th, 2011
Being John Singleton
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
USA Weekend
February 4th, 2010
Leonardo DiCaprio: ‘I keep things light in my life.’ (cover story)
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
USA Weekend
October 19th, 2009
Michael Jai White takes us back to the ’70s in the biggest, baddest Blaxploitation spoof
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
USA Weekend
April 24th, 2009
2009 Summer Movie Q&A with Seth Rogen and Megan Fox
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
USA Weekend
June 19th, 2005
Spielberg’s World: Hollywood’s most successful director returns with another monster hit that’ll have you running for the exits (cover story)
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
USA Weekend
January 28th, 2001
Hard Knock Life? Not any more for millionaire Jay Z whose wildly popular rap version of the American Dream bridges the gap between his ghetto past and Gucci present (cover story)
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
USA Weekend
November 5th, 2000
Matt Damon has always had drive (cover story)
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
Brooklyn Bridge
June 1st, 1997
A Piece of Chris Rock
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty
The New York Times
October 20th, 1996
A Growing Number of Black Stars Are Shining in Hollywood
Craigh Barboza
Adjunct Faculty