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2012 New Projects We're Excited About #6 - RZA's "The Man With The Iron Fists"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 10, 2012 1:05 PM
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British-Nigerian Actor Nonso Anozie ("Game Of Thrones") Talks To S&A About Stage, TV & Film Career + More...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 10, 2012 12:10 PM
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Standing at 6ft 6inches tall, and weighing some 250+ proportionate pounds, 32-year old British actor of Nigerian descent, Nonso Anozie, cuts an imposing figure, one that made this writer feel rather scrawny, despite the fact that I’m not exactly the slightest guy myself.

Casting Latina Actresses/Black Actors: Revisiting The Hollywood Trend

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • May 8, 2012 4:44 PM
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Alright, alright, this is not a new topic but given the latest discussion surrounding the casting of Mexican actress Kate Del Castillo as Idris Elba’s ex-wife in the upcoming thriller No Good Deed (see Tambay's post HERE), I thought I’d revisit this seemingly recurring “trend.” S&A contributor Emmanuel wrote a piece last year called, “Is Interracial Coupling on TV Meant To Soften The Blow Of Casting Black Leads?” which gives further insight on interracial coupling; his piece focused on Black/White pairings mostly.

Is André Benjamin The Man To Play Jimi Hendrix? Why/Why Not?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 8, 2012 12:25 PM
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Let me first make it clear that I'm not being disparaging, or *hating* on the man and/or his abilities... consider this more of an inquiry.

Let's Play The Idris Elba "Prometheus" Guessing Game

  • By Sergio
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  • May 7, 2012 4:04 PM
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First here's the good news. Prometheus has offically gotten an R rating from the MPAA for "sci-fi violence and intense images."

Romany Malco Chats w/ S&A About "Think Like A Man," Picking Projects, Black Cinema & More!

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • May 7, 2012 9:00 AM
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Many audiences are familiar with Romany Malco as Conrad in the Showtime series Weeds, and as “the Black guy” (Jay) in the Judd Apatow’s 2005 hit comedy 40-Year-Old Virgin. Romany -pronounced RAH-MONEY- is quickly becoming a widely recognizable name however, thanks to the success of the Will Packer-produced ensemble and blockbuster wonder Think Like A Man, in which he plays the charismatic and smooth Zeke, a womanizer who may just be falling for one woman.
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Bootlegging And The Plot Against African American Film

  • By Andre Seewood
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  • May 6, 2012 7:56 PM
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To my knowledge, the concept of Bootlegging and its affect on African-American cinema has not been explored in any substantive detail. In general, we all know that bootlegging severely diminishes the box-office of African-American films and it should be discouraged, but the bootlegging of African-American films continues vigorously today on the street corners, in hair & nail salons, barbershops, flea markets, factory parking lots and Chinese take-out lobbies of every city with a large African-American population.

S&A "Scandal" Talk-Back Session #2 (2 More Episodes Until Season Ends & Still Lots Of Questions)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 4, 2012 12:49 PM
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Alright, as promised, session 2 of the weekly S&A Scandal Talkback, now that episode 5 has aired (last night), and I'm sure most of you have seen it. I watched it this morning.

James Brown Was Born Today. What's Happening w/ The Biopic Spike Lee Was Attached To Direct?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 3, 2012 11:15 AM
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Today in history, May 3rd, 1933, James Brown, aka The Godfather of Soul, was born in South Carolina.

Black Con Men/Women On Film (Survey)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 2, 2012 11:45 AM
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Inspired by my rewatching Wendell B Harris Jr's Chameleon Street earlier (still from a scene above)... I thought about other films that centered around black men (or women) who, using primarily their intellect and wit, con their way into what we could deem white Americana, and do so successfully... mostly anyway; near perfect cons of the white-collar variety.