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Blackstar Film Fest Review: Strong Performances & Dialogue Anchor 'Stay Cold, Stay Hungry'

  • By Monique A. Williams
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  • August 1, 2014 11:36 AM
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This film relies on the strength of Marra and Hill’s performances and they deliver the well-written dialogue beautifully

Review: Alex Gibney's 'Finding Fela' Provides an Entertaining Primer for the Fela Novice

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • July 31, 2014 6:01 PM
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We never really “find” Fela in this film, which of course is not the point. So prolific and contradictory a figure as he was, no 2-hour foray into his life and music could ever fully do him justice.

Blackstar Film Fest Review: 'Dreams Are Colder Than Death' Is a Haunting Exploration of the Contours of Present-day Blackness

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • July 31, 2014 4:29 PM
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Jafa attempts to answer the question through the voices and images of acclaimed poet Fred Moten, artist Kara Walker, filmmaker Charles Burnett, professors Hortense Spillers, Saidiya Hartman, Magic City dancer Portia Jordan, and b-roll footage of everyday black life.

Watch Award-Winning, Brooding Short Film 'The Bluest Note'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 31, 2014 2:11 PM
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The mournful tale it tells is supported by the acting from its cast, and high production values, including some evocative cinematography, and it places both filmmaker and writer squarely in our sights as talents to watch for.

Atlanta-Based Actor Dwayne Boyd Tells His Story; What's Yours?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 31, 2014 1:30 PM
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Here's your chance. You might learn something; you might teach someone something.

Watch 'Storms of Carnage: The Black Panther Unleashed' (A Fan-Made Film While You Wait for the Marvel Feature)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 31, 2014 11:32 AM
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According to the filmmaker, the short was made with "only about $50 and a bag of trail mix."

Review: Chadwick Boseman's Performance Saves 'Get On Up' From Being an Incoherent Ride

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • July 31, 2014 10:58 AM
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The pacing may be messy, the direction disjointed, but its a testament to James Brown that his story and his music can ultimately withstand whatever structural flaws that plague this movie.

There Are Other Roles to Play & Ways to Earn a Living in Hollywood. Consider the Location Scout...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 30, 2014 1:38 PM
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One of the many behind-the-camera positions that the majority of us probably don't give a single thought to, even though it's quite crucial to the movie-making process.
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Giving Props: Lester Walton Should not be Forgotten!

  • By Qadree
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  • July 29, 2014 2:12 PM
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I suspect that many of you have never heard of the man so I'm going to give you an idea of what he was about.

Watch 'A Panther in Africa' (Story of Former Black Panther, Facing Prison Sentence, Living in Exile in Tanzania)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 29, 2014 1:02 PM
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There's a riveting scripted feature film in this story, and many others like it
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