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Idris Elba Confirms Nelson Mandela Project + Source Material + Expected Dates

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 21, 2012 2:21 PM
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News of Idris Elba playing Nelson Mandela has been circulating the web for at least a month or 2, and while we've known about it, we didn't (and still haven't) posted anything about it because, as far as I know, there hasn't been any confirmation of it... until now anyway.

"The Supreme Price" - New Doc On Movement To Increase Participation Of Women In Leadership Roles In Nigeria

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 21, 2012 1:41 PM
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Chicken & Egg Pictures - the award-winning hybrid film fund and non-profit production company dedicated to supporting women filmmakers - recently announced its 2012 Open Call grant recipients - quite the international list of projects, including stories set in Africa that immediately got my attention.

Malcolm X Was Killed Today... Watch Detailed Portrait Doc "Malcolm X: Make It Plain" Now

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 21, 2012 1:05 PM
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A birth and a death... yesterday in history, Sidney Poitier was born; Today in history... February 21st, 1965, Malcolm Little/Malcolm X/El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz was killed in New York City.

American Masters "Cab Calloway: Sketches" Premieres Nationally Monday. Feb 27; Watch Preview

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 21, 2012 12:51 PM
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An upcoming new music documentary from American Masters on Cab Calloway, titled Cab Calloway: Sketches, will premiere nationally on PBS, on Monday, February 27 at 10pm (as always, check local listings), in honor of Black History Month.
More: Television

Watch "Hali Halisi" (Short Doc On Hip Hop And Identity In Tanzania)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 21, 2012 12:23 PM
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Continuing with the series... another short documentary (30 minutes) courtesy of AfricanHipHop.com in celebration of its 15th year online; and as part of that celebration, the site will be sharing even more short works like this that take a look at hip-hop within the African continent.
More: Short Film

First-Look At Viola Davis & Maggie Gyllenhaal In Education Reform Drama "Won't Back Down"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 21, 2012 10:48 AM
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Here's your first official look at Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal in the education-reform drama, initially titled Still I Rise, then switched to Learning To Fly, and finally landed on and has, so far, stuck to Won't Back Down.
More: Pics

Earvin "Magic" Johnson & Sean Combs Launching Their own New Cable TV Networks

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 21, 2012 10:26 AM
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First... this morning, P Diddy, aka Sean Combs announced plans to launch a music-themed cable TV network called Revolt.
More: Television

Pan African Film Fest '12 Winners: "Toussaint L'Ouverture," Jimmy Jean-Louis Receive Top Honors + Full List

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • February 20, 2012 9:38 PM
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The 2012 Pan African Film Festival came to a close this evening; the last screening was the eagerly anticipated French TV film/miniseries Toussaint L'Ouverture, which was ultimately the festival's big winner.  L'Ouverture and Jimmy Jean-Louis were awarded top honors for Best Narrative Feature and Best Actor, respectively.

Denzel Washington Wasn't That Impressed With "Safe House" Script

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • February 20, 2012 7:47 PM
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While promoting his hit film Safe House recently, Denzel Washington revealed some interesting tidbits about the production and his career at a press conference. 

Berlinale 2012 Review - "Leave It on The Floor" Musical Explores 'Vogue Ballroom' Underground Culture in L.A.

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • February 20, 2012 7:35 PM
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As Tambay noted in two previous review posts (Call Me Kuchu and Indignados + Espoir Voyage), S&A reader Denise VanDeCruze (The Mic Movement - Amplifying Art In Berlin & Beyond), currently at the Berlinale Film Festival, is back with another review write-up to share with us!

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