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Race Traitors: White Filmmakers Who Make Black Films

  • By Andre Seewood
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  • July 5, 2012 2:33 PM
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One of the hazards of provoking thought is that you can often provoke ignorance, just as when you give a less than glowing commentary upon the idols of sycophants (Spike Lee or Tyler Perry) you can often run the risk of being the target of abusive ad hominem criticism; that is, criticism that summarily dismisses your arguments and attempts to besmirch your personal character as a means of telling others: “Stay away from that guy, he’s crazy!”  For my part I have been called everything from a “Pied piper” leading Shadow & Act readers down a primrose path to their doom, to a delusional self-serving prick who must be receiving some kind of “bribe” to dare suggest that things may not be as they appear.  But these hazards and dangers one should willingly face if you have the courage and the passion to fight for that which you believe.

Harry Belafonte: 'Faced with oppression, I had to act' (Watch)

  • By Courtney
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  • July 5, 2012 2:08 PM
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When Harry Belafonte speaks, we listen.

Watch: Vivica Fox Will Play Leader Of The Saints In 'Hitman: Absolution' ('Shes A Bad B*tch')

  • By Courtney
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  • July 5, 2012 1:41 PM
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But don't get too excited; it's a video game :)

Morgan Freeman: "America's First Black President Hasn't Arisen Yet" (Who/What Is Black?)

  • By Courtney
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  • July 5, 2012 12:57 PM
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"First thing that always pops into my head regarding our president is that all of the people who are setting up this barrier for him ... they just conveniently forget that Barack had a mama, and she was white — very white American, Kansas, middle of America... There was no argument about who he is or what he is. America's first black president hasn't arisen yet. He's not America's first black president — he's America's first mixed-race president."

Watch: Tracy Morgan, Jesse Eisenberg Dramedy 'Why Stop Now' Gets A Trailer

  • By Courtney
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  • July 5, 2012 11:46 AM
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IFC Films acquired North American rights to the Sundance indie dramedy titled, which was titled Predisposed, but will now be called Why Stop Now, with the tagline, "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Rehab," as the first official poster shows.

New Doc Investigates Slavery's Role In Success Of African American And Caribbean Sprinters

  • By Courtney
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  • July 5, 2012 11:36 AM
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Surely to inspire lots of debate... ahead of this summer's Olympics in London, a documentary airing tonight on Channel 4 in the UK asks why all the successful track and field sprinters can trace their ancestry back to the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

In Case You Didn't Already Know... Acclaimed Brit Actor Ashley Walters Raps Too...

  • By Courtney
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  • July 5, 2012 11:15 AM
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And he's released a video for his new track titled How You Like Me Now, which is now available to pre-order on iTunes UK; it won't be officially released until July 29th.

Call For Projects For 2012 Les Arcs Co-production Village

  • By Courtney
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  • July 5, 2012 10:57 AM
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Information our filmmaker/producer readers in Europe can use, courtesy of Cineuropa:

First Poster For Noel Clarke's Wedding Rom-Com 'The Knot'

  • By Courtney
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  • July 5, 2012 10:39 AM
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Here's your first look at one of 3 films Brit Noel Clarke will release this year; the other 2 being the sports drama Fast Girls, which has been out for about a month now, and the sci-fi thriller Storage 24, which has been out for about 2 weeks. 

On Winning The Inaugural ABFF Webisode Challenge & What Happens Next With 'Osiris'

  • By Donnie Leapheart
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  • July 5, 2012 10:13 AM
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Originally, I wasn’t even going to submit “Osiris” into the 2012 American Black Film Festival. Seriously.

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