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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.

What To Do About Kickstarter And IndieGoGo Fundraising Campaign Fatigue...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 14, 2012 5:18 PM
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I don't know about the rest of you folks, but I think I'm beginning to experience Kickstarter and IndieGoGo fatigue, but I don't know what the cure is.

Spooks in a Mirror: Notes For A Revolution In African-American Filmmaking (Part 4)

  • By Andre Seewood
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  • June 13, 2012 11:05 AM
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One of the most sorrowful truths of the post-Civil Rights era is that we as African-Americans treat ourselves worse than many racists of another color would do.  From our children to the elderly, from our brightest to our downtrodden, the crime statistics bear witness to the fact that we find it incredibly easy to be our own worst enemies than our best protectors and friends.  

We've Read It! Thoughts On Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' Script

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 13, 2012 10:45 AM
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I was fortunate once again (see my write-up on Steve McQueen 12 Years A Slave script HERE) to have the opportunity to read the script for the Lee Daniels’ highly-anticipated period drama The Butler (a September 2011 draft).