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ABFF 2012 Exclusive Video: Russ Parr Talks 'Undershepherd' Reception & Distribution Hopes

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 24, 2012 10:19 AM
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I had the pleasure of meeting Russ Parr, the big winner at the 2012 American Black Film Festival this weekend. His film The Undershepherd won Best Director and Best Narrative; official winners will be announced later.

Michael K. Williams To Play Rebellious Slave in Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave'

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 24, 2012 8:47 AM
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Watch New 5-Minute 'Winnie' Promo Presented By T. D. Jakes (Jennifer Hudson, Terrence Howard)

  • By Sergio
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  • June 24, 2012 8:21 AM
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To say that Winnie, the Winnie Mandela bio-pic starring Jennifer Hudson in the lead role and Terrence Howard as Nelson, has been a "troubled" production is putting it mildly.

2012 ABFF Review: Eye-Opening 'Contradictions of Fair Hope' Gives Lesson in Identity & Dignity

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 23, 2012 11:41 AM
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S. Epatha Merkerson and Rockell Metcalf’s directorial debut Contradictions of Fair Hope, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, documents the nation’s last surviving philanthropic society. Founded in Alabama by freed slaves after emancipation, the Fair Hope Benevolent Society began as Black Americans joined to fund funerals and burials; efforts to preserve human dignity and in turn lift the community’s morale by honoring the lives of ex-slaves amidst oppression.

Jennifer Hudson Joins Cast Of 'Smash' + Gets Her Own Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 22, 2012 7:43 PM
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Jennifer Hudson has joined the cast of NBC's musical drama Smash in a multi-episode arc for next season.

Newcomer Jay Ellis Taking Over For Pooch Hall In BET's Hit Series 'The Game'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 22, 2012 6:35 PM
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Producers of The Game are moving quickly to replace departing stars Tia Mowry and Pooch Hall.

A Black Film Festival Undressed (Getting To The Point Where Desires Of Curators & Filmmakers Meet)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 22, 2012 4:46 PM
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Djinn Carrénard Talks The Making Of His Acclaimed No-Budget Feature Debut 'Donoma'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 22, 2012 3:15 PM
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A filmmaker that we're definitely excited about, and looking forward to seeing more from after his debut feature, Donoma, debuted here in NYC at the New Directors/New Films Festival in March.
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ABFF 2012 Exclusive Video: Michael Beach & Eddie Griffin Talk 'A Fool and His Money' & More

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 22, 2012 3:11 PM
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I had the pleasure to catch up with veteran actor Michael Beach and actor/comedian Eddie Griffin earlier today at the Ritz in Miami Beach, where the 2012 American Black Film Festival is in full effect; it's second day of sreenings and events.

ABFF 2012 Review: Compelling Political Drama 'Better Mus' Come' Misses A Few Chances

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 22, 2012 1:38 PM
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Directed by Storm Saulter from a screenplay penned by Saulter, Paul Bucknor and Joshua Bratter, Better Mus’ Come –a fictionalized account based on real life events - is set during Jamaica’s 1970’s political turmoil among government’s socialism supporters and the Labor Union rebels to the 1978 Green Bay Massacre, in which the government tacked down and annihilated these opposing gangs.
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