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Inaugural Shadow And Act Annual Black Cinema Toasts! 2011 Honorees #2 - The Black Web Series

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 19, 2011 10:03 PM
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Continuing on as promised with the S&A toasts proposals to, as I stated in the first honoree post last week Friday, all the brave, passionate black men, women and institutions in this ruthless, monocratic industry we cover here on S&A, who were, as the late Steve Jobs put it in that famous ad for Apple, the crazy ones.
More: Awards

Naturi Naughton Joins Upcoming Lifetime Drama Series "The Client List"

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • December 19, 2011 7:54 PM
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More: Television

Rwanda: "Grey Matter" Director's 2nd Feature Project ("Jomo") Selected For Rotterdam's Co-Production CineMart

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 19, 2011 7:18 PM
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Also amongst the 36 projects selected for Rotterdam’s 29th co-production market CineMart, which was announced earlier today (Kenyan Hawa Essuman's feature project Djin being the other title I profiled this morning), is the second feature by Rwandan filmmaker Kivu Ruhorahoza, whose first film, Grey Matter (aka Matière Grise), made its debut at the 2011 installment of the Tribeca Film Festival here in New York City, and, as I announced in another post last week, was selected for the touring Global Lens 2012 series.

First Run Features Announces January 20, 2012 Theatrical Debut Of "The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" At NYC's IFC Center

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 19, 2011 6:54 PM
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As Sergio posted about a week ago... First Run Features acquired Chad Freidrich's excellent and compelling documentary The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: An Urban History for threatical distribution, VOD and DVD, after a sucessful film festival run.

The Richest & Most Powerful Actresses In Nollywood

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 19, 2011 6:35 PM
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Courtesy of NigeriaFilms.com, a list of Nollywood's (Nigeria's film industry, for those still not aware) richest actresses. 

Dutch Magazine Calls Rihanna "The Ultimate N*gg*b*tch" & Then Says It Was Meant As A Joke

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 19, 2011 5:59 PM
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Oh boy... file this one into that thickening file we labeled "the black experience in Europe."
More: WTF?

Watch Now: Three Clips for South African Drama About Orphan Boy "Lucky"

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • December 19, 2011 5:37 PM
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Written and directed by Avie Luthra, the South African drama Lucky about an orphan 10-year old boy who finds refuge with an old prejudiced Indian woman after his mother dies from AIDS, was profiled on the site back in September when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. It seems to have been well-received by critics; BBC called it, "a simple but profoundly moving portrait of humanity"..."a wonderful, little gem;" while a review by Variety calls it, "an emotionally resonant portrait of contemporary South Africa...delicate and real...extraordinarily touching."
More: Video, Preview

Lionsgate Announces Release Dates For Tina Gordon Chism's "We The Peeples" & Tyler Perry's "Marriage Counselor"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 19, 2011 5:15 PM
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Well, it's about time we heard something about Tina Gordon Chism's We The Peeples, which stars Craig Robinson, David Alan Grier, Kerry Washington, S. Epatha Merkerson, Melvin Van Peebles, Diahann Carroll, and Kali Hawk, and centers on Robinson's character, a young man enduring the weekend from hell when he surprises his girlfriend by showing up to meet her parents.

Sundance 2012 - First Look At Tracy Morgan, Isiah Whitlock As Hapless Drug Dealers In Dramedy "Predisposed"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 19, 2011 4:35 PM
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Amongst 4 new titles the Sundance Film Festival announced earlier today as part of its 2012 lineup is an indie dramedy titled Predisposed, which Tracy Morgan stars in, along with Melissa Leo, Jesse Eisenberg, and Isiah Whitlock Jr.
More: Pics, Festivals

Will NFL Football Players Become The New Saviors Of The Black Film Industry?

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • December 19, 2011 4:01 PM
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One problem that seems to consistently plague black filmmakers, both industry veterans and newbies alike, is finding financial investors for their creative endeavours.  Of course, this issue isn't exclusive to black filmmakers but when you consider the inherent struggle and bias encountered when making a "black" film, the odds against them are stacked in a more profound way.  So reading that the NFL has initiated a new NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp intending to educate players on the film industry was music to my ears!

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