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Sundance 2012 Review - "Middle Of Nowhere" (aka "Nothing But A Woman")

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 23, 2012 4:14 PM
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It's an unfortunate testament of the time we live in when a film that takes an adult, mature, sincere, if realistic look at relationships between black men and black women could be viewed as dare I say radical.

Sundance 2012 Review - "An Oversimplification Of her Beauty" (A Complex Exploration Of The Dance Between Id, Ego & Super Ego)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 23, 2012 1:12 PM
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They say that there's something of every artist in the work they create, whether a conscious decision or not; and the act of creating with the intent to surrender your creation (and in essence a piece of yourself) to a potentially scrutinizing audience, requires some degree of courage on the part of the artist; but I would further say that it takes a certain amount and kind of bravery to intentionally insert oneself (both literally and figuratively) completely naked (physically and emotionally) into one's work, and then publicly present the completed work to not only family, friends and acquaintances, but also perfect strangers.

First Black Man In Space (In The Movies That Is...) Flashback

  • By Sergio
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  • January 23, 2012 10:54 AM
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So all this talk and discussion we've been having for the last few weeks on S & A about Red Tails I thought it was the right time to go back and repost an item I wrote last year back in June about the first black astronaut in the movies.

First-Look At Whitney Houston And Jordin Sparks In "Sparkle" Remake

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 23, 2012 9:08 AM
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Above is your first official photo (courtesy of People magazine) from Sony Pictures' Sparkle remake, which stars Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, and others, shepherded by Salim and Mara Brock Akil.
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First Trailer For T.D. Jakes' "On The 7th Day" (Starring Blair Underwood, Sharon Leal) Surfaces

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 23, 2012 8:59 AM
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Here's the first official trailer for the T.D. Jakes-produced thriller Woman Thou Art Loosed On The Seventh Day, which Codeblack Entertainment will release on April 13th via its new AMC Independent agreement, after the film premieres at the Pan African Film Festival next month as its closing night film.
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Sundance 2012 Review - "The Art Of Rap" (An Unfocused Ode To A Music That's Inspired Generations)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 23, 2012 2:39 AM
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In an interview posted on this site about a week ago, Ice-T said of his directorial debut, Something For Nothing - The Art Of Rap, that his intent with the film was to document the craft of rapping, and not all the crass excesses the music has become emblematic of. His goal, as he suggested, was to produce a kind of rap masterclass for audiences of the music, teaching them how the music's best and most respected, both old and young, create - specifically, how the pen their rhymes.

Sundance 2012 - Fox Searchlight Emerging As Winner In "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" Acquisition Sweepstakes

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 23, 2012 12:18 AM
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It's already been noted that, after its immensely successful premier at the ongoing Sundance Film Festival - a debut that was met with a standing ovation and lots of applause at its end, for both the film and the director - several distribution comapnies have been circling the film with great interest.

Trailer Watch: Doc "Pelotero" (Baseball Player), Dominican Players Try To Achieve Big League Dreams

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • January 22, 2012 8:03 PM
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Screening at Santa Barbara International Film Festival late in the month, the 72-min documentary Pelotero, directed by Guagua Productions (Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin & Jon Paley) and narrated by John Leguizamo, is set in the Dominican Republican, where some kids begin baseball training at a young age, in hopes that they make it to the big leagues and aid their families back home, where poverty is commonplace.

Julie Dash To Direct "Tupelo 77", Set During Summer of '77 in Mississippi, Casting Underway

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • January 22, 2012 7:31 PM
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Critically Acclaimed director of 1991's Daughters of The Dust, Julie Dash, is in negotiations to direct a new feature film titled Tupelo 77, according to Bob Crowe (Rabbit Fall, Stained) of Angel Entertainment, who will serve as producer of the film along with Sean Hewitt (Carry Me Home).

Trailer Watch: "Under African Skies" Doc Surrounds Controversy of Paul Simon's Album "Graceland" in South Africa

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • January 22, 2012 5:57 PM
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Currently making its rounds at the Sundance Film Festival, Under African Skies is directed by Joe Berlinger. The feature documentary chronicles Paul Simon's return to South Africa to celebrate the birth of his album "Graceland", and the consequent conflict that arises due to the album's perceived controversial political themes.

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