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Documentary "9 Lives" Pays Tribute To Victims Of Dec 1991 NYC Sean Combs-Promoted Concert

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 21, 2011 5:58 PM
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The short story goes... On December 28, 1991, Sean "P Diddy" Combs promoted a concert, headlined by the late Heavy D, at the City College of New York gymnasium, following an AIDS charity basketball game. The event was overcrowded since it was oversold to almost twice capacity, while thousands without tickets were outside. To keep them out, Combs' people shut the only door to a stairwell and put a table behind it, though the crowd jammed inside was pounding on the door and pleading for help. When the crowd outside broke several glass doors in an attempt to get in, a stampede ensued inside the gymnasium in which nine people died.
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On The New Crowdfunding Legislation...

  • By Rodney C. Parnther
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  • November 21, 2011 5:25 PM
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With very little fanfare, the House of Representatives passed legislation earlier this month that could very well transform how filmmakers finance their films.

David E. Talbert's "What My Husband Doesn't Know" Coming to DVD

  • By Sergio
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  • November 21, 2011 4:00 PM
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I always have this feeling that David E. Talbert is always kicking himself or banging his head against the wall.

Hey Philly! TONIGHT - A Conversation w/ Alrick Brown ("Kinyarwanda"), Moderated By Tanya Hamilton ("Night Catches Us")

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 21, 2011 4:00 PM
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I'm a little late on this, but better late than never...
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Sundance 2012 Predictions - 10 Black Films That May Debut At The Festival In January

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 21, 2011 3:21 PM
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The 2012 Sundance Film Festival is almost upon us - just shy of 2 months away actually. The festival usually starts to unveil its lineup during the first week of December (next week Thursay is the first of the month), and I'll assume that those filmmakers who submitted their films for selection consideration likely already know whether they're in or not.

Gospel Duo Mary Mary Getting Reality Show On WEtv Network

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • November 21, 2011 3:10 PM
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Despite the increased criticism of reality shows, networks are steadily  adding more to their lineups.  Obviously, they're ratings gold and WEtv network has just signed on the popular gospel, sister duo Mary Mary for a show tentatively titled Mary Mary.
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"Sankofa" Revisited (L.A. Rebellion Film Series)

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • November 21, 2011 6:47 AM
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Sankofa is an Akan word meaning roughly, “We must go back and reclaim our past in order to move forward.” Haile Gerima’s cinematic rendering of this is perhaps one of his greatest filmmaking achievements. Screened this weekend as part of the UCLA L.A. Rebellion Film Series at the Hammer Museum, the film follows Shola, a black model who is transported back to a West Indian plantation after participating in a fashion shoot on shores of the slave castles in Ghana. Shola becomes a house slave alongside Shango, a militant Maroon fieldhand and love interest who resists her early warnings to ignore the brutalities committed against others on the plantation. Sexually abused by the plantation’s owner, Shola is drawn to Nunu, an African-born fieldhand and Maroon leader, who ignites her eventual rebellion.
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Watch Now: Ari Aster's "The Strange Thing About The Johnsons" Is Short Film Gold

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • November 20, 2011 6:13 PM
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I woke up early this morning and did my usual web surfing before I had to head out, just like I do most Sunday mornings.  Still somewhat sleepy, I wasn't looking for anything in particular; just something entertaining enough to provide a slight jolt of energy.  What I actually found (on WorldStarHipHop.com, of all places--shout out to them), writer/director Ari Aster's The Strange Thing About The Johnsons, woke me the hell up.

OWN To Premiere New Show In January Starring Who Else? Oprah!

  • By Sergio
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  • November 20, 2011 3:07 PM
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Despite her vow that she was going to stay behind-the-scenes running her network, you just kinda knew that anyone with an ego like hers wasn't going to be satisifed being behind the camera for long.. And now that her BFF (Or common-in-law wife It's still not clear) Gayle King has left Oprah's network to join CBS' The Early Show, that meant that a time slot was vacant to be filled.

Weekend B.O. (Nov. 18-20) - Where the REAL men at?

  • By Sergio
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  • November 20, 2011 12:57 PM
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I hope that the $139 million that sparkly vampire movie (you know what I'm talking about) made this weekend is not a sign that manhood is in serious trouble.

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