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Entertainer Ben Vereen Calls Reality TV "The New Blackface"

  • By Sergio
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  • March 22, 2012 5:39 PM
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In the never ending discussion about black images in the media, legendary entertainer Ben Veeren isn't exactly a happy man. In a recent lecture about race, politics and the status of African-Americans in Hollywood given at Aaron Davis Hall at Harlem City College of New York, Vereen said that reality TV is "the new blackface making us look like buffoons".

Cinedigm and New Video To Distribute Horror Flick "Citadel" in The U.S. (In Theaters This Fall)

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • March 22, 2012 5:19 PM
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Winner of the Midnighters Award at this year's SXSW Film Festival, and a film we've profiled several times before due to the supporting turn of Brit actress Wunmi Mosaku (I am slave), the horror film Citadel will be distributed by Cinedigm Entertainment Group and New Video. Cinedigm will handle its theatrical release starting this fall, and New Video will manage the on-demand, digital and DVD/Blu-ray in the beginning of 2013.

Jennifer Beals Slated To Co-Star in CBS Drama Pilot "Widow Detective"

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • March 22, 2012 4:58 PM
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Jennifer Beals will join Paula Marsha and John Corbett in the CBS drama pilot Widow Detective, directed by Davis Guggenheim. Beals will play Lainey, a "sexy, wry-humored" hair salon owner in the San Francisco valley who loses her LAPD husband on the job. Corbett will play Denny Brennan, a detective whose three partners die while on duty, Lainey's husband being one of them.

"Buddha In Africa" (Malawian Boy Raised In Chinese Orphanage & Trained In Martial Arts) Gets Funding Boost

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 22, 2012 4:43 PM
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Here's an update on another project, still in the financing stage, that I've been tracking since first learning about it earlier this year;

Michael K. Williams To Play Late Rapper Old Dirty Bastard In "Dirty White Boy"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 22, 2012 1:58 PM
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Michael K. Williams has signed on to star as Ol' Dirty Bastard, but not in a biopic on the late rapper's life (one has long been rumored to be coming); rather as a character in some other person's story.

POV Announces Documentary Lineup For Its 25th Season On PBS

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 22, 2012 1:37 PM
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News on the march! Details below from the press release; some good-looking documentaries on the horizon... for the full POV 2012 lineup, click HERE.

Spike Lee Heading To Brazil To Shoot Doc On Country's Economic Advances On Global Stage; Afro Brazilians Concerned

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 22, 2012 11:37 AM
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Well how about that? Overall, his documentaries have been strong, so I'm looking forward to seeing what develops here.
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First Trailer For Mario Van Peebles, Carl Weathers Starrer "American Battleship" Rip-Off - "Battleship"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 22, 2012 11:07 AM
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Scheduled to be released on home video just before the big screen Battleship will open in theaters... Mario Van Peebles and Carl "Action Jackson" Weathers star in what is essentially a rip-off of the big screen Battleship movie, titled American Battelship. 

"Audre Lorde - The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992" To Premiere Next Week Monday At Brecht Forum NYC

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 22, 2012 10:46 AM
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Previously profiled on S&A, it made its world premiere in the Panorama Documentary section at the Berlin Film Festival in February, and now Dagmar Shultz's Audre Lorde - The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 - an untold chapt at theIt was announced today ther (the Berlin years) of the late writer, poet and activist, Caribbean child of immigrants from Grenada, who died rather young at 58 years old in 1992 - is scheduled to make its theatrical premiere next week Monday, March 26th, at 7:30 courtesy of Third World Newsreel, who acquired the 84-minute film and will premiere it at The Brecht Forum in New York City; no word on where it'll play after that.

Sylvain White To Begin Production On Adaptation Of Macabre Thriller "Miserere" In France

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 22, 2012 10:30 AM
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It's been awhile since we last posted anything about Sylvain White; he's one of those few black directors who's been able to navigate the studio system, although, like most of his contemporaries, while his name has been attached to a few projects, not consistently.

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