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Against The Bean Counter Mentality In African-American Film: 'If It Don’t Make Dollars, It Might Make Sense!'

  • By Andre Seewood
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  • September 1, 2012 9:41 AM
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What we ought to be most loathed of is when “bean counters” dress themselves up as film critics and/or nestle themselves in film festival administrations or studio executive positions as gatekeepers to inhibit the progression of art for the Godless sake of profit.  And what I mean by “bean counters” are those industry professionals or observers who can quote you chapter and verse about the box office numbers of any film and detail for you in a single breath audience demographics, per screen averages, production budgets, above-the-line costs, SAG minimums, points on the gross, and the increase in the price of chewing gum from the year a film was made when it is adjusted for inflation today.

Watch 'Simply Raw' (Trials, Triumphs Of 6 Americans w/ Diabetes Who Switch To Raw Diet For 30 Days)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 31, 2012 2:15 PM
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It's Friday... some weekend viewing when you've got about 90 minutes to spare. Although this one just might save your life. As someone who comes from a family with a history of diabetes, this was especially evocative.

Rethinking The Annual Shadow & Act Black Filmmakers To Watch List (FYI)...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 31, 2012 1:25 PM
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It's exciting to know that there's a lot of interest in the annual Shadow & Act Black Filmmakers To Watch list I created in 2009, if correspondence I've received (especially recently) is of any indication.

Watch Short Film About Murder Victim At Notorious Rolling Stones Concert

  • By Sergio
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  • August 30, 2012 1:40 PM
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One of the most notorious rock concerts ever was the Rolling Stones concert at Altamont, California in 1969. It was supposed to be the West Coast answer to the Woodstock festival, which took place a few months earlier in New York.

What's Next For The 'Sparkle' Cast? S&A Takes A Look...

  • By Natasha Greeves
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  • August 29, 2012 2:53 PM
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With the opening of one of this year's few Hollywood studio black cinema highlights now officially behind us - the much anticipated remake of the 1976 black cinema classic, Sparkle, which, as director Salim Akil was a "nice, small, fun movie until co-star Whitney Houston died - we thought it we would take a look at what the film's starring cast has to look forward to, in terms of projects on the horizon, post-Sparkle.

'Martin' Turns 20 This Month; Catching Up On Martin Lawrence's Activity Since Its Cancellation

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 29, 2012 12:24 PM
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On August 27, 1992, Martin aired its very first episode on Fox, on its way to a 5-season run, finally closing down on May 1, 1997.

7 Years Ago Today, Katrina Struck; A Few Films That Addressed The Hurricane & Its Aftermath

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 29, 2012 10:42 AM
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Today in history, August 29, 2005... America suffers its most destructive natural disaster. Hurricane Katrina stormed ashore in southeast Louisiana. Killing 1800 people, destroying homes. 100,000s are forced to flee. The sluggish response to Katrina only adds to the misery. Government officials all faced sharp criticism for their handling of the tragedy. Despite some progress in rebuilding, recovery remaisn a long hard road, while debate over the disaster goes on...

S&A Takes A Look At What Black Films You Should See This Fall...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 28, 2012 12:08 PM
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With the USA 2012 theatrical summer movie season coming to an unsatisfying end (to me anyway), and the fall/awards season films begin their hopeful campaigns for glory, what's there for us to look forward to with regards to what we call black cinema; or films that tell stories primarily about (or center heavily on) people of African descent?

How Do We Turn Our 'Rage' w/ Hollywood's Myopia Into Power, Influence, Action...?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 27, 2012 1:42 PM
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A quick editor's note...

Watch 'Something To Believe' Directed By Terence Nance (Short Shouts!)

  • By Courtney
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  • August 25, 2012 12:29 PM
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At least 2 years before he wowed us with his feature film debut An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty (which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival this year, where Tambay saw it and reviewed it very positively HERE), writer/director Terence Nance directed and also edited this 8-minute piece starring Ghanaian-American hip-hop and visual artist, Blitz the Ambassador, titled Something To Believe, the name of a track from his 2009 studio album, Stereotype.