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A Trip Down Memory Lane w/ 1970s Actress Marlene Clark ('Ganja & Hess')

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 24, 2014 2:32 PM
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A rare interview (a fairly comprehensive one too) with the actress.

Actress Shanti Ashanti on Embracing Conflict in the Role She Plays in 'Gun Hill' (Re-Airs on BET Tonight, 7:30pm)

  • By Shanti Ashanti
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  • July 24, 2014 12:55 PM
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When I auditioned for the original BET movie, "Gun Hill," writer/director Reggie Rock Bythewood asked me, “How would you feel about playing a woman who is half Israeli and half Palestinian?"

Ahead of 'Finding Fela's' Release, Watch Femi Kuti Speak on His Father’s Legacy, Politics & Afrobeat

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 24, 2014 11:36 AM
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At one point, it was rumored that the son would play the father in the Fela biopic that's been set up at Focus Features for many years now.

'50 Shades of... Black'? On the Novel's Film Adaptation w/ Black Leads... (First Trailer)

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • July 24, 2014 11:01 AM
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I thought it would be interesting to broach the popular novel adaptation in an effort to reflect and ponder upon how this cultural “phenomenon” could translate as a film starring black Americans.

Watch Trailer For Short Film 'Roubado' That Tells a "Story That You Don’t Often Get To See"

  • By Sergio
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  • July 24, 2014 8:53 AM
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Watch the trailer for the intriguing new short film "Roubado," shot on location in Cannes, and deals with, according to the director, with an introverted Afro-Portuguese photographer growing up in the south of France

Review: Dui Jarrod’s Compelling 'Lesson Before Love' Contests Conventional Cinematic Representations of Blacks

  • By Andre Seewood
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  • July 23, 2014 8:02 PM
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The real lesson to be found in the film is how to make a film that adheres to your own philosophical, dramatic and cinematic standards without compromising your standards to clichés, stereotypes and facile “feel good” moral homilies for the all mighty dollar.
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Now Taking Your Questions for S&A Column "Ask Cybel The DP" (Cinematographer Extraordinaire)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 23, 2014 5:35 PM
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New S&A Column - Ask Cybel The DP (Cinematographer Extraordinaire)
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Watch Spike Lee Unravel His Slave Ancestry in Docu-series 'Who Do You Think You Are'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 22, 2014 1:33 PM
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Hi search led him through the old South, where he discovered a relationship that just might change "everything."
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Watch 'Oscar Micheaux: The Czar of Black Hollywood' - Rare Feature Doc on the Cinema Pioneer

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 22, 2014 11:28 AM
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The filmmaker said he was inspired to make the film because, in part, he was shocked that, in spite of Micheaux's historical significance, there was "virtually nothing out there about [his] life"
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Review: 'The Purge: Anarchy' Has Little New to Say, But It's More Intense & Tactile Than its Predecessor

  • By Dylan Green
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  • July 21, 2014 10:16 AM
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It could never decide whether it wanted to be a straight horror film, a family drama, or a thriller and fell just below all three.