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Romantic Reggae Doc "The Story of Lovers Rock" Opens ADIFF Next Month

  • By Jasmin
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  • October 12, 2011 4:30 AM
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The Story of Lovers Rock, a feature length documentary we've covered previously on this site, will soon open the African Diaspora International Film Festival in New York City.

Jaleel White Will Host A New Crazy Game Show On The Syfy Network

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • October 12, 2011 4:15 AM
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For much of his life, he's been known as "Urkel" from the ABC network show Family Matters but actor Jaleel White can now add game show host to his resume. He'll be hosting a new unscripted series called Total Blackout on the SyFy network.
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John Singleton May Now Direct "Tupac" Biopic

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • October 12, 2011 3:05 AM
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After all the reports about Antoine Fuqua's Tupac Shakur biopic being dead in the water, now comes an exclusive story from NYMag; saying it looks like Fuqua is definitely out of the project and John Singleton, who directed Tupac in 1993's Poetic Justice, is in talks to resurrect and direct the late rapper's biopic.
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Watch Trailer For Nnaemeka A. Madueke's Indie Drama "Mystery Of Birds"

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • October 12, 2011 1:46 AM
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With two other independently-released films to his credit, writer/director Nnaemeka A. Madueke is confident his third indie film, Mystery Of Birds, will please those viewers who enjoyed his previous offerings (Night To Fly and The Okra Principle), while also winning over new viewers.

Michael Fassbender Joins Chiwetel Ejiofor in Steve McQueen's “Twelve Years a Slave”

  • By Jasmin
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  • October 11, 2011 12:58 PM
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We've been keeping an eye on director Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, which will tell the true story of Solomon Northrup, a New York citizen who was kidnapped in Washington in 1841 and forced to work on a cotton plantation in the South.
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Tracee Ellis Ross Wants to do "Girlfriends" Movie

  • By Jasmin
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  • October 11, 2011 12:38 PM
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In a recent Essence.com interview promoting her new BET sitcom Reed Between the Lines, Tracee Ellis Ross was eventually asked about her old days on the CW sitcom Girlfriends.

Another Possible Slave Revolt Film, This Time With Nat Turner

  • By Jasmin
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  • October 11, 2011 11:45 AM
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Sharon Ewell Foster, author of the new fact-based novel, The Resurrection of Nat Turner, Part One: The Witnesses, recently took her book tour to Los Angeles in hopes of making contact with some important figures in Hollywood.

Lee Daniels Developing New LGBT Series For Showtime

  • By Sergio
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  • October 11, 2011 11:17 AM
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Since The L Word was such a big hit for Showtime, it shouldn't be any surprise that the cable network has been looking for something to take its place once the series ended; and now it looks like it may have found it.
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Eazy E's Daughter Now Wants a Shot at Playing Her Dad in NWA Biopic

  • By Jasmin
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  • October 11, 2011 11:15 AM
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Last week, the son Eazy E -- founding member of influential hip hop group NWA, who died of AIDS when he was 31 -- said that he'll most likely play his father in the upcoming Ice Cube-produced NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton.
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An African American Remake Of "Steel Magnolias" In The Works For Lifetime TV

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • October 11, 2011 10:50 AM
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According to Deadline, a remake of the 1989 tear jerker drama set in Louisiana, Steel Magnolias, is in the planning stages, with the casting of all African American actors to begin really soon. If you recall, Steel Magnolias starred Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Darryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, and Julia Roberts. The Lifetime original film, set to be directed by Kenny Leon (ABC's A Raisin in The Sun, Broadways' Fences and The Mountaintop), will be adapted from the 1989 film screenplay by Sally Robinson, and will be produced by Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and Sony Pictures TV.
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