Shadow and Act

Cedella Marley, Daughter Of Bob Marley, Talks To S&A About Definitive "Marley" Doc (Opening This Week)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 17, 2012 7:32 PM
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Dearest Trayvon... I Heard You Scream (Trayvon Martin & Representation)

  • By Tanya Steele
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  • April 17, 2012 3:01 PM
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Several friends have asked me how they should speak to their child about Trayvon Martin's murder. It is an honor to be asked such a question. I do not have children. And, I'm someone who refuses to raise a black child (male, especially) in the United States. Too risky. When I travel, I observe black male children. I watch their body language, their confidence level, the tenor of their conversations, as a way to counter-balance what I see in my Brooklyn neighborhood.

Giveaway: 20 Passes To Pre-Release Screening Of "96 Minutes" This Thursday In LA; Act Now!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 16, 2012 5:06 PM
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For all you Angelinos who read this site, here's an opportunity for 20 of you to see the 2011 SXSW award-winning drama/thriller (Evan Ross - Breakthrough Performance), and Boston Film Festival award recipient (Best Director for Aimee Lagos, Best Actress for Brittany Snow, & Best Film), titled 96 Minutes.

The First Book By A Black Author Adapted To Film By A Hollywood Studio Was...?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 16, 2012 3:29 PM
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No, Oscar Micheaux doesn't count in this case, because, again, I'm only considering books that have been optioned and adapted by Hollywood studios.

Watch "Home Life Edition" - Episode 3 Of Dennis Dortch's New Web Series "The Couple"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 16, 2012 10:47 AM
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If you missed the hilarious and very well done Valentine's Day premiere episode of The Couple, the new web series that amusingly explores relationship dynamics, created by Jeanine Daniels, Dennis Dortch and Numa Perrier, click HERE to watch it and catch up.

Exclusive: CodeBlack CEO Jeff Clanagan Talks Successful Release Strategy For "Woman Thou Art Loosed: On The 7th Day"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 16, 2012 9:53 AM
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Indeed it is a good time to be in the CodeBlack Entertainment business as AMCi (AMC's relatively new independent film release initiative) confirmed over the weekend that the black-owned and operated film production/distribution company run by Jeff Clanagan, holds the top two highest grossing films in AMCi program history: 1) Laugh At My Pain, which shocked the world when it was released last fall, making an impressive $7 million (grossing around 10 times its budget, making it one of the most profitable films of 2011); and 2) Woman Thou Art Loosed! On The 7th Day, which opened in limited release this weekend, on 102 screens in the USA, grossing just about $650,000; and, by the way, held the highest per screen average of all films in commercial theatrical release this past weekend (yes, even higher than The Hunger Games, The Cabin In The Woods, and other top-grossing studio films).

Reality Check: The LA Hustle vs. The NY Grind (One Country; Two Worlds)

  • By R. NEYZAR
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  • April 14, 2012 3:53 PM
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While technology now makes it possible to reach out to just about anyone, anywhere on this planet in record time, those who have showbiz ambitions realize that sooner or later, they’ll have to pay a visit – if not make a permanent move – to one of the two centers of that universe, Los Angeles or New York City.

"Think Like A Man" Will Open On 1800 Screens; Big Debut Weekend? A Look At The Competition

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 13, 2012 5:34 PM
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As already noted, box office expectations appear to be high for the upcoming ensemble comedy, Think Like A Man, which opens in theaters exactly 1 week from today, April 20, 2012. 

Just Don't Call Him "The Black Guy From 'The 40-Year Old Virgin'"...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 13, 2012 2:36 PM
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His name is Romany Malco - the American-born Trinidadian, once a member of hip-hop group, College Boyz, whose big break came when he starred as MC Hammer in a VH1 telepic about the entertainer, in 2001.

"Lakeview Terrace" Re-Investigated (Race & Power Struggles - What Could Have Been)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 13, 2012 11:31 AM
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Produced by Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment company, and released in theatres in 2008, I recently watched Lakeview Terrace again, in consideration of some reasearch I've been doing on contemporary films and their handling of interracial couples.