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Flashback To Chris Cherot's "G." Courtesy Of New Trailer For Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 22, 2012 8:14 PM
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Watching the just-released trailer for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, I couldn't help but revisit Christopher Cherot's 2005 soap opera of a movie, titled G.

Season 3 Of "Luther" Will Intro His Moriarty, As Luther Reaches Retirement; But Don't Expect Until 2013; Also Less Alice

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 22, 2012 5:52 PM
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A good interview with Idris Elba speaking primarily about the past and future of his hit BBC crime series Luther... and more.

Ruth Negga Joins Cast Of "12 Years A Slave;" Adepero Oduye ("Pariah") Confirmed As Well

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 22, 2012 4:18 PM
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Ethiopian-Irish actress Ruth Negga (last seen as vixen alongside Samuel L. Jackson in The Samaritan, released last week) joins a now officially confirmed Adepero Oduye (Pariah), as well as newly-cast Paul Dano and Scoot McNairy, to the cast list of Steve McQueen's slave narrative on film, Twelve Years A Slave. 

The Trouble With "Scandal"

  • By Tanya Steele
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  • May 22, 2012 3:51 PM
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Like many, I eagerly anticipated the premiere of the show Scandal. A beautiful, black woman who is a power player in D.C., it had me chomping at the bit. With all of the strong television shows for women (Homeland on Showtime, The Good Wife on CBS - although, I don't know why the woman of color on that show has to bed everything with legs), I was hopeful. There has been no shortage of shows where white women get to dangle their brilliance, their prowess, their wardrobe. So, I was like a child on Christmas Eve. Not since 1974 has a TV drama had a black female lead character. And, this is a far cry from Get Christie Love. Certainly, we are well beyond the days of, "You're under arrest, Sugah!" Or, are we?

Will The Current Unrest In Mali (And Elsewhere In Africa) Need To Get The Big-Screen Treatment Before You Take Notice?

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • May 22, 2012 2:02 PM
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Civil and political unrest in Africa is not a new phenomenon.  For decades now, following centuries of colonial rule, many nations throughout the mother continent have struggled with self-governing, self-sustainability, and just plain old "getting along".  For many of us who are far removed from Africa, with little or no connection to her, a lot of our knowledge about her tends to come from the movies, and other areas of popular culture.
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New On DVD: Groundbreaking 1986 Hip-Hop Doc Available Commercially For The 1st Time Ever

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 22, 2012 1:38 PM
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I received a screener copy of this and watched it recently; it's about an hour long, and I'd say not meant to be received as an all-encompassing history of hip-hop. But serves as a time capsule and the story behind its making deserves a documentary of its own, based on what I read.

Film By Jamaican-Born Hollywood Stuntman Showcases History Of Legendary Maroons Of Jamaica

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 22, 2012 1:22 PM
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Titled Akwantu: the Journey, the feature doc is directed by Roy T. Anderson, award-winning Hollywood stuntman to the stars (like Will Smith, Denzel Washington and Jamie Foxx).

Photos From Spike Lee's Brazil Documentary On Country's Advances, "Go Brazil, Go!"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 22, 2012 1:08 PM
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A pictorial update on Spike Lee's documentary titled Go Brazil GO!, which will focus on the rise of that country (on the move particularly politically and economically) on the international scene, as one of the BRIC countries, an acronym that refers to Brazil, Russia, India and China, all gradually shifting global economic power away from the so-called long-dominating developed G7 economies. It is estimated that BRIC economies will overtake G7 economies by 2027, as the balance of power shifts.

Ossie Davis/Ruby Dee Feature Documentary In Development (Fundraising)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 22, 2012 12:24 PM
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Now here's a project to get behind, if there ever was one!

"Red Tails" Arrives On Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Download Today, Loaded w/ Special Features

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 22, 2012 11:43 AM
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I'd say this has been 2012's most polarizing black film thus far.

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