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ADIFF Day 5 Highlights

  • By Jasmin
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  • November 29, 2011 10:38 AM
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If you're in the New York area, we hope you're enjoying the African Diaspora Film Festival, which is screening 63 films at four different venues over the next few weeks.

ADIFF Video Exclusive: Veteran Brit Filmmaker Menelik Shabazz On State Of Black Cinema In UK, Black American Films In UK, More...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 28, 2011 12:30 PM
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Last week Wednesday, I had the pleasure of having a lengthy conversation with veteran black British filmmaker Menelik Shabazz (Burning an Illusion), who's in the US for the stateside premiere of his latest work (The Story Of Lover's Rock), at the African Diaspora Film Festival here in New York City. Our chat covered a variety of topics we've tackled here on S&A, including the black filmmaker's experience in the UK (he gets into several specifics, from funding, to production, distribution, exhibition and reception), the so-called talent drain as black UK actors and filmmakers leave the UK for supposed greener pastures in the USA, comparisons between the black filmmaker's experience in the UK versus the US, how black American films are received in the UK (notably Tyler Perry's), the prevalence of bootlegging of those black American films, "hood films" in the UK, up-and-coming black British filmmakers we should be aware of on this side of the pond, and more...

Doc "The Girls In The Band" Highlights Untold Stories Of Women Jazz Instrumentalists From 1930s To Today

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 25, 2011 11:15 AM
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"Only God can make a tree; only men can play jazz," said George Simon, the late American jazz composer and drummer.

Veteran Black British Filmmaker Menelik Shabazz On State Of Black Cinema In UK, Tyler Perry, His New Film, More...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 25, 2011 10:16 AM
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Earlier this week, meeting him for the very first time, I had a rather enlightening conversation with veteran black British filmmaker Menelik Shabazz (Burning an Illusion, The Story Of Lover's Rock) on the black filmmaker's experience in the UK.

And The Winners Of 2 All-Access Passes To The 2011 African Diaspora International Film Fest Are...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 25, 2011 9:11 AM
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Congrats to Neziah and Aundre who each won an all-access (worth $250) pass to the 2011 African Diaspora International Film Festival which kicks off its festivities this Friday, November 25th, right here in New York City.
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The Sundance Experience Coming To London Next Year

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • November 23, 2011 6:39 PM
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S&A readers living in Great Britain will get a chance to experience Sundance next year with the Sundance London Film And Music Festival.
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Giving Away 2 All-Access Passes (Worth $250 each) To 2011 African Diaspora International Film Fest. Deadline Is TONIGHT!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 22, 2011 12:36 PM
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The African Diaspora International Film Festival kicks off its 2011 festivities this Friday, November 25th, right here in New York City, and I'll be covering it.
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Highlighting The Caribbean Experience At The 2011 African Diaspora International Film Festival

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 22, 2011 11:51 AM
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The 2011 African Diaspora International Film Festival begins this Friday, November 25, and will run through December 13, in New York City.
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Documentary "9 Lives" Pays Tribute To Victims Of Dec 1991 NYC Sean Combs-Promoted Concert

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 21, 2011 5:58 PM
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The short story goes... On December 28, 1991, Sean "P Diddy" Combs promoted a concert, headlined by the late Heavy D, at the City College of New York gymnasium, following an AIDS charity basketball game. The event was overcrowded since it was oversold to almost twice capacity, while thousands without tickets were outside. To keep them out, Combs' people shut the only door to a stairwell and put a table behind it, though the crowd jammed inside was pounding on the door and pleading for help. When the crowd outside broke several glass doors in an attempt to get in, a stampede ensued inside the gymnasium in which nine people died.
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Sundance 2012 Predictions - 10 Black Films That May Debut At The Festival In January

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 21, 2011 3:21 PM
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The 2012 Sundance Film Festival is almost upon us - just shy of 2 months away actually. The festival usually starts to unveil its lineup during the first week of December (next week Thursay is the first of the month), and I'll assume that those filmmakers who submitted their films for selection consideration likely already know whether they're in or not.