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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.

Flashback - Spike Lee's "Mo' Better Blues" Starring Denzel Washington

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • November 20, 2011 11:25 AM
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Spike Lee's fourth feature film, Mo' Better Blues, is one of his films that I think got shafted in some way.  It was released right after the controversial, highly debated Do The Right Thing, therefore, the expectations were high...maybe too high for a jazz-centered flick.

Join Us Today! S&A Live Podcast Show (Hot Topics)

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • November 20, 2011 8:17 AM
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So if you haven't heard the news yet, we've got a new time and new day for the S&A live podcast show. You can now join us every Sunday at 3:00pm/est. Not only is this a better time for the S&A crew, but we anticipate more S&A readers can join us. No excuses. And we kick off today's show with a bang! So what's on tap for Hot Topics you ask?

Oprah Winfrey Network Orders More Episodes of "Welcome To Sweetie Pie's"

  • By Sergio
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  • November 19, 2011 10:24 AM
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SAY WHAT? OWN finally has a hit show? I'm referring to their reality program "Welcome to Sweetie Pie's" and being grateful, the network has ordered an addtional 10 more episodes of the show, bringing the total to 18 episodes to date. The new episodes start shooting next month to air in the spring.

Jeffrey Wright Joins Cast Of Allen Hughes' Crime Thriller "Broken City"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 18, 2011 6:21 PM
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Jeffrey Wright has joined the cast of Allen Hughes' reported $60 million crime thriller Broken City, which already stars Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Barry Pepper and others.
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A Nollywood Film Festival Grows In Brazil With Tunde Kelani Retro + Trailer For His Latest "MAAMi"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 18, 2011 6:01 PM
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I really love this actually, despite the international perception of the quality of Nollywood films (even though that's changing, slowly but surely); I'll almost always applaud any efforts that unite instead of divide across the diaspora.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Will Hunt Monsters In "Monster Hunter’s Survival Guide"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 18, 2011 5:20 PM
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Yeah... so... about what I said regarding Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson taking a little bit of a break from movies, given that, between how much we've seen of him in the last year, and how much we will see of him in the next; a total of about 10 films...

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