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Fascinating New Documenatry 'Harlem USA' Makes Its U.K. & North American Premieres This Month

  • By Sergio
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  • June 6, 2012 1:51 PM
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After watching the two trailers for this new documentary, Harlem USA, I was totally hooked; and I'll wager to bet you will be too.

Flaming Lips, Erykah Badu Respond To Fan Outrage Over Controversial Video

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 6, 2012 1:31 PM
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OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM - WAYNE COYNE / FLAMING LIPS "The video link that was erroneously posted on Pitchfork by the Flaming Lips of the Music Video 'The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face', which features Erykah Badu, is unedited and unapproved.. Sorry!! We, the Flaming Lips, accept full responsibility for prematurely having Pitchfork post it. It has outraged and upset a segment of fans and we apologize if we offended any viewers!!! This is a Flaming Lips video which features Erykah Badu and her sister Nayrok and is not meant to be considered an Erykah Badu or Nayrok statement, creation, or approved version.”

Review - Morgan Freeman Looks Bored In The Sterile "The Magic Of Belle Isle"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 6, 2012 1:00 PM
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A question that filmmakers are sometimes told to ask themselves before deciding to embark on any project is whether it's a film that just has to be made - maybe because it's filling some need that's been relatively ignored. Rob Reiner's The Magic Of Belle Isle is as conventional and predictable a narrative as you can get in 2012, which left me wondering why it was made in the first place. 

Marvel In The Civil Rights Era: A Noble Panther, A Gritty Cage

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 6, 2012 12:01 PM
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Perfectly timed, this essay penned by mystery writer Gary Phillips, was actually posted on the LA Times' Hero Complex site a day BEFORE last night's report that Marvel Studios might be pushing forward with a Black Panther movie.

THE GAME season finale - What Did You All Think?

  • By Curtis Caesar John
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  • June 6, 2012 11:40 AM
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Well the season finale for The Game went down last night and it was…well, it was just okay. 

Is There A *Name* Actor Who Could Convincingly Play Black Panther? You Decide

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 6, 2012 11:20 AM
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I say, no.

Watch: WGAW Panel On Packaging Your Film Today ('Making Your Film Project Irresistible')

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 6, 2012 10:08 AM
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Stories and knowledge from the *western* front, where all isn't necessarily quiet. Some really good, interesting stuff here, I found.

Review: Distraught Young Black Cowboy Grieves Death of Friend in Short 'I Am John Wayne'

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 6, 2012 9:00 AM
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I was able to catch a screener of the approximately 18-minute short I Am John Wayne, which Courtney profiled on the site last week. That post attracted much debate in the comment section, mostly due to the John Wayne reference in its title, and the possible negative connotations of that alleged racist character.

Grace Jones Steals The Show At The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

  • By Sergio
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  • June 5, 2012 10:08 PM
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I have to confess that it literally ticks me off whenever I hear anyone praising or making a lot of fuss about Lady Gaga, when, in fact, EVERYTHING she does she stole from Grace Jones. And even worse she does it very badly.

"Remember Us?" Leading Ladies Of Color In British Cinema History

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • June 5, 2012 9:50 PM
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There's been a lot of recent Internet chatter about the upcoming sports drama Fast Girls, and how it features the first lead performance by a black actress in a British film.  Not to take anything away from actress Lenora Crichlow, but that just isn't so.

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