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'If Beale Street Could Talk' director credits Baltimore's Ta-Nehisi Coates for his success

'If Beale Street Could Talk' director credits Baltimore's Ta-Nehisi Coates for his success

Barry Jenkins, the writer-director of “Moonlight” and the newly released “If Beale Street Could Talk,” might not have a career were it not for the advice he received from writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, the Oscar-winning filmmaker said Thursday night.

“’Moonlight’ and ‘Beale Street’ would not exist without Ta-Nehisi Coates,” Jenkins said during an appearance at a packed Senator theater, in the course of a post-film discussion with the Baltimore native.

Recounting a discussion he had with Coates about 10 years ago, Jenkins recalled some unsolicited advice. ““I’ll never forget — we were sitting there talking, you got real quiet, and you put your hand on me and said, ‘You’ve got to...

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