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'No Love in the Wild' - bell hooks' 'Beast Of The Southern Wild' Critique

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 6, 2012 9:00 AM
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If you've been reading this blog long enough, you'll know that we're fans of bell hooks' critiques, essays, analyses, etc, on all things *black cinema.* We've referenced her words from time to time. When bell speaks, we pay attention, whether we agree with her or not.

Why Clint Eastwood's 'Empty Chair' Skit Was Not Funny

  • By Tanya Steele
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  • September 3, 2012 4:53 PM
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The inevitable apology happens before weighing in on race, this time: "I love Clint Eastwood." "I love his movies." "He's a good guy." You won't hear me say that. I dug 'Mystic River'. His Westerns are etched into my memory (to the point where I would like to make a Western, one day). I defer to my Jazz heads on 'Bird' and many weren't pleased. 'Straight No Chaser' was interesting mainly because Thelonious Monk is interesting, most geniuses are.

Watch 'Tomorrow' - Short Film About The Young Barack Obama (Short Shouts!)

  • By Sergio
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  • September 3, 2012 10:42 AM
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When you wake up in the morning, you never know what you'll come across. Take, for example, this new 9 minute short film Tomorrow, about a young Barack Obama at a pivotal point in his life, unsure of what the future holds for him, but begins to realize what his future destiny will be.

'Fresh' Chess Connections In A 'Brooklyn Castle' (Today In History)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 1, 2012 1:20 PM
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Watch Rodney Evans' 'Two Encounters' (Short Shouts)

  • By Courtney
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  • September 1, 2012 12:09 PM
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Brother To Brother director Rodney Evans' 2000 7-minute short film, Two Encounters, is now online, courtesy of Frameline. 

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.