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Watch: Spike Lee & Denzel Washington Reminisce + Talk Black Progress In Hollywood + Roles For Black Women

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 18, 2012 7:10 PM
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Spending my Sunday morning digging through the treasure trove of content that is YouTube, I stumbled upon this great conversation between Spike Lee and Denzel Washington from 2008, in which they reminisce on the 4 projects they'd worked together on as director and actor, and more... including the lack of black executives at the studio level with greelight power, Denzel realizing that his stock was starting to drop (interesting that he saw this even back then) and his desire to quit acting and strictly direct (maybe all this explains some of the the uninspired projects he's been taking on lately; maybe, as I suggested previously, he's just not getting the scripts that we think he's getting).

Dissecting Melissa Harris-Perry's MSNBC Show (What's Gone Wrong?)

  • By Sergio
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  • March 18, 2012 2:38 PM
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Like all of you, I was very happy when it was announced that Tulane professor, writer, social and cultural critic and media pundit Melissa Harris-Perry, after paying her dues and showing she's got the right stuff with her regular appearances on MSNBC (even acting as a substitute host on several shows), was getting her own morning weekend show on the network. Here was a smart, intelligent (and let's be honest, very cute) sister getting a chance to dazzle everyone with her knowledge and intelligence, joining Tamron Hall's daily afternoon show on the network.

Weekend Box Office March 16-18

  • By Sergio
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  • March 18, 2012 12:44 PM
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Yes I know that's a photo of the cast from the 21 Jump Street TV show; but when I hear the words 21 Jump Street I will always think of Johnny Depp and Holly Robinson-Peete, not Jonah Hill and that tool Channing Whateverhisnameis who has as much charisma and personality as a blank wall.

Octavia Spencer Honored in Alabama with Her Own Day and Presented Key To City

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • March 17, 2012 2:55 PM
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Octavia Spencer will be honored in her hometown state of Alabama with her own day next Wednesday. According to Starpulse, the day will be officially procclaimed Octavia Spencer Day.
More: Awards

Actress, Singer, Entrepreneur, "Degrassi" Alum Andrea Lewis Tells Her Story; What's Yours?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 17, 2012 1:32 PM
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Continuing on with the What's Your Story? feature I started a few weeks ago... a brief recap: I posted a call for your individual stories as artists in this business, whatever your trade is; whether stories of triumph, tragedy, lessons learned, regrets, etc. Read that post HERE to catch up if necessary.

SXSW Film Announces Additional 2012 Audience Award Winners ("Brooklyn Castle, Under African Skies Win)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 17, 2012 1:08 PM
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More awards handed out last night at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX; this time the Audience Award winners, which include titles we've covered on S&A like:

Reintroducing Uganda’s Maisha Film Labs Founded By Mira Nair... 8 Years After Its Birth

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 17, 2012 12:10 PM
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Revisiting an initiative I first profiled during this site's early days...

Rwanda Opens Up Its TV Airwaves To The Private Sector; But Some Aren't Sold... Yet

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 17, 2012 11:20 AM
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Read THIS piece from Variety this morning, announcing that a stable of new TV privately-owned TV stations in Rwanda are coming soon, which will provide much needed competition for RTV, the government-run network that dominates the country's airwaves currently.

Oprah Defends Interview With Bobbi Kristina

  • By Sergio
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  • March 17, 2012 10:47 AM
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Here's some more Oprah news for your morning.

See Mario Van Peebles' Teen Dramedy "We The Party" 2 Weeks Before Official Release

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 17, 2012 10:36 AM
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It opens April 6th in limited release, but if you live in Los Angeles, or will be there on that day, you can see the film 2 weeks early, on March 22nd at 7PM at The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street.

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