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Tisha Campbell-Martin Talks About Her New Lifetime Show "The Protector"

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • June 13, 2011 8:49 AM
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When you think of actress Tisha Campbell-Martin, you're more likely to connect her with the popular comedic shows Martin and My Wife And Kids but with her co-starring role on the new Lifetime series The Protector, starring Ally Walker, she's getting back to her dramatic roots.
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Burkinabe Polyandry Dramedy "An Uncommon Woman" Acquired For Distribution By ArtMattan Productions

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 13, 2011 5:56 AM
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I first saw this film at the New York African Film Festival earlier this year, and enjoyed its reversal of traditional patriarchal standards. It's hilarious... poignant, and message-driven, but hilarious.
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Trailer For "Hip Hop: The Furious Force of Rhymes" (Premiering On Smithsonian Channel This Month)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 13, 2011 5:37 AM
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Here's our first look at a film I wrote about last month; titled Hip Hop: The Furious Force of Rhymes, the feature-length documentary will air next month on the Smithsonian Channel.

Cedric The Entertainer Hosting New NBC Game Show

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • June 13, 2011 5:33 AM
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Looks like the world's biggest fedora hat lover Cedric The Entertainer has a summer gig! He's set to host a new game show titled It’s Worth What? The show explores the value to hidden gems from the attics of America.
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Tickets Now On Sale For For Katori Hall's MLK Play "The Mountaintop" Starring Samuel L Jackson

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 13, 2011 5:17 AM
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The show doesn't open until October 13, and the lead actress hasn't even been cast yet, but tickets for the Broadway premiere of Katori Hall's 2010 Olivier Award-winning Best Play, The Mountaintop, are now officially on sale.
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"Luther" As A Comic Book

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 13, 2011 4:39 AM
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I'm sick today folks... came down with a nasty cold last night, so posts from me may be erratic today, as I fall in and out of my drug-induced stupor.
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A Look At John Akomfrah's Documentary On Afrofuturism "The Last Angel of History"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 13, 2011 1:59 AM
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I've yet to see this Afrofuturist documentary from British-Ghanaian filmmaker, John Akomfrah; and after watching the snippet below, I really want to.

Preeminent African Film Festival (FESPACO) & Stateside Black Film Festivals - Critical Parallels

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 12, 2011 12:41 PM
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Reading the below recent lament from internationally celebrated Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Un Homme Qui Crie) on FESPACO, the largest, and most significant African film festival, held biennially in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, I was immediately reminded that, over the years, black film festivals here in the USA have also often been heavily criticized by filmmakers and audiences alike, unfairly some may say. We've touched on the matter on this site in previous posts; I also recall a thread on my old website - The Obenson Report - that unexpectedly attracted a stream of comments, most of them quite impassioned, expressing all sides, and even drew the ire of black film festival directors.

2011 Tony Awards Airs Tonight; A Look At The African American Nominees

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 12, 2011 6:26 AM
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The 2011 65th Annual Tony Awards celebration (essentially the stage equivalent of the Oscars - theater's highest honor) airs tonight at 8PM EST on CBS.
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"From The Rough" Preview Screening At Essence Music Festival Next Month

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 12, 2011 5:00 AM
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Any of you attending the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans next month? If you are, and you purchased a VIP pass, on July 1st there will be a preview screening of From The Rough, the Taraji P. Henson sports drama. She will be there, by the way, along with co-star LeToya Lucket. So, we should get some firsthand reactions to the film soon after that. More on the festival and tickets HERE.

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