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Benh Zeitlin's Striking Feature Debut "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" Gets A Trailer!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 2, 2012 1:21 PM
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No lengthy intro necessary at this point... one of the best films I saw at the Sundance Film Festival this year - Benh Zeitlin's feature film debut starring Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry. 

Got Questions For Melvin Van Peebles? Ask Them Now!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 2, 2012 1:14 PM
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Melvin Van Peebles will hit one of those milestone birthdays this year; the man will turn 80 years old on August 21st! I hope I'm lucky enough to live that long... and he's quite healthy too. I recall in recent years, seeing him running on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, putting guys 1/2 his age and younger to shame. 

Black Con Men/Women On Film (Survey)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 2, 2012 11:45 AM
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Inspired by my rewatching Wendell B Harris Jr's Chameleon Street earlier (still from a scene above)... I thought about other films that centered around black men (or women) who, using primarily their intellect and wit, con their way into what we could deem white Americana, and do so successfully... mostly anyway; near perfect cons of the white-collar variety.

2012 New Projects We're Excited About #4 - Dyana Gaye's Feature Debut "Des Etoiles"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 2, 2012 11:07 AM
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If you missed numbers 1, 2 and 3 in this series (Andrew Dosunmu's Ma'George, Shola Lynch's Free Angela, and Byron Hurt's Soul Food Junkies), click HERE, HERE and HERE.

Filmed Stage Plays With Hollywood Stars - Who’s Watching?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 2, 2012 10:40 AM
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Maybe I've just had my head in the sand (or clouds), and have only recently begun to recognize what feels like a proliferation of these filmed stage plays, some with and others without a live audience.

Nelson Mandela Became South Africa's President Today... Watch "The Life & Times of Nelson Mandela"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 2, 2012 10:04 AM
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Court Rules On "Tintin In Congo" Suit Claiming It "Commercializes Racial Superiority"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 2, 2012 9:42 AM
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Remember this case we told you about last fall... as I noted back then, if the court ruled in his favor, this could certainly open a Pandora's Box, as suggested by the attorney for the defendants.

Watch: BBC Drama "My Murder", Starring John Boyega

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • May 2, 2012 9:05 AM
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Tambay first told us about the BBC's based-on-real-life drama, My Murder, which stars John Boyega, in March.

Dana Verde Talks To S&A About Challenges Of Shopping Her 1st Feature, Being Afro-Latina, Unifying Diaspora & More!

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • May 2, 2012 9:00 AM
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Filmmaker Dana Verde has left her home in Brooklyn, NY to shop her very first feature in L.A., where she has been for the past few months. The Brooklyn-set rom-com, to be titled Jump-off, follows a commitment phobic man coming to terms with his issues of emotional unavailability, which stem from witnessing his mother’s unstable relationships and his womanizing father.
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FLASH! Four Alarm Fire At Tyler Perry Studios

  • By Sergio
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  • May 2, 2012 8:03 AM
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Investigators are current trying to determine what was the cause of a four alarm fire that struck Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta late Tuesday night. The fire bought over 100 firefighters who responded to battle the blaze which took about an hour to put out.

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