Shadow and Act

Obamacare And The Uninsured Artist

  • By Tanya Steele
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  • June 28, 2012 12:27 PM
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It took a Black man to give us healthcare. The importance of diversity in all sectors of society is critical. Diversity brings in voices that have a broader and more sensitive reach. People who have walked different roads and have suffered different pains; remain open to the plight of those that resemble themselves.

Shadow & Act's American Black Film Festival (ABFF) 2012 Wrap-Up (Reviews & Interviews)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 25, 2012 10:00 AM
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The 2012 installment of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) ended on Saturday, and I doubt that I'm wrong when I say that S&A is the only press outlet (or one of very few) with a presence at the festival that actually reviewed the films during the course of the festival, and did so consistently because, well, it's a FILM festival isn't it?

A Black Film Festival Undressed (Getting To The Point Where Desires Of Curators & Filmmakers Meet)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 22, 2012 4:46 PM
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Art Council Of Amsterdam Concludes That African & Diaspora Cinema Has No Actual Relevance

  • By Heidi Lobato
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  • June 21, 2012 12:17 PM
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Africa in the Picture Film Festival has once again been rejected their anual allowance by the Art Counsil of the City of Amsterdam.

Is Science Fiction Coming To Africa? Or Is It Already Here?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 19, 2012 8:37 PM
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Initially it was very difficult for me to imagine a sci-fi story set in Africa... because all the sci-fi I'd been exposed to... had been western sci-fi... mainly centered around the future of the West. It was extremely difficult for me to imagine a future Africa. And when I tried, I even thought that some of the ideas I had were frankly patronizing.

Aasha Davis Stars In The Hilarious Workplace Web Series 'the Unwritten Rules'

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • June 19, 2012 5:10 PM
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I'm a little late to the party on this, but . . . if you've ever been "one of the few" in your office/workplace, then you must watch Aasha Davis (Pariah) in the first three episodes of the web series, the Unwritten Rules, based on series creator Kim Williams' book 40 Hours and an Unwritten Rule: The Diary of a Nigger, Negro, Colored, Black, African-American Woman.

Exclusive: A Glimpse Into The Extraordinary Life That Belongs To Melvin Van Peebles - Part 1

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 19, 2012 11:46 AM
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I recall the very first time I saw Melvin Van Peebles in person, at a Museum Of The Moving Image tribute event in early 2008 for the late St Clair Bourne, who'd recently passed (December 2007).

On Rodney King And Finding Your Writing Voice...

  • By Tanya Steele
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  • June 18, 2012 3:55 PM
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America should legislate a 'moment of silence' for Rodney King on the day that he was brutally beaten. And, the moment of silence should be -one minute for every hit he endured. The media is running that vile beating, repeatedly. After the reporter headlines with, "Rodney King's troubled life." Reporting that, "Mr. King's fiance is stating that, "he was drinking all day Saturday and smoking marijuana." What if the reporter said, "Rodney King, who endured a violence that black americans have been subjected to, for centuries. We are, forever, indebted to him."

'Color Outside the Lines' - A Film That Festivals Want, But Not Really… Or Something Like That

  • By Artemus Jenkins
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  • June 15, 2012 12:00 PM
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As a filmmaker, I’ve been at this for 5 years, 3 spent working on my debut feature Color Outside the Lines; a documentary exploring the history and lives of black tattoo artists.

Exclusive: Wendell Pierce Discusses His Controversial Role in 'Four' (LAFF Premiere Today)

  • By Jasmin Tiggett
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  • June 15, 2012 11:32 AM
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Wendell Pierce, who stars as a married man hooking up with a white teenage boy in the film, spoke with me this week about his about his role, the potential criticism from it, and a few of his upcoming projects.