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The New York African Film Festival Reveals 2013 Lineup, Dates

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 27, 2013 12:46 PM
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And the film festival beat goes on, from one to the next, without any breaks between. This one is right at home for me, so obviously, as I do every year, I'll be covering it, and maybe this year I'll have some help!

Zoe Saldana Responds To Criticism Of Her Playing Nina Simone

  • By Sergio
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  • February 27, 2013 11:19 AM
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I think it's fair to say that of those who know that Zoe Saldana is playing Nina Simone in an upcoming movie about her life, about roughly  98.2% of them, think that it's an outrage and an insult that she's playing the part.

Forest Whitaker/Rachid Bouchareb Feature Collaboration On USA Anti-Arab Paranoia Moving Forward

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 27, 2013 10:59 AM
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A project we first profiled in August 2011 is now, finally pushing ahead.

Doc On Self-Taught Jazz Legend Erroll Garner Coming To DVD In April

  • By Sergio
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  • February 26, 2013 8:17 PM
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Erroll Garner was and still is considered one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time. He was called by one jazz critic, a "brilliant virtuoso" and "one of the most distinctive of all pianists."

FESPACO 2013 - Moussa Touré Announces His Next Project Will Focus On Le Joola Tragedy

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 26, 2013 8:11 PM
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While catching up on my FESPACO 2013 clippings from around the web, I found this on Senegalese news website Leral.net (I'm translating using Google, so it's probably a few words off):

Could Jesse Jackson Jr. Be TV's Next Star? (In A Few Years That Is...)

  • By Sergio
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  • February 26, 2013 7:13 PM
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Don’t laugh. There are some people who say that he could be in a few years.

The Weinstein Company Revives Antoine Fuqua's New-Look 'Southpaw' - Could Shoot This Year

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 26, 2013 2:08 PM
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The Weinstein Company has reportedly picked up Antoine Fuqua's boxing drama Southpaw, which was to star starring Eminem, last we wrote about it.

Drafthouse Acquires 'A Band Called Death' (Doc On 1st Black Punk Band) For Summer Release

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 26, 2013 12:46 PM
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Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to the rockumentary A Band Called Death, directed by Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino.

Box Office Results For Carl Franklin's 'Bless Me Ultima' (Opened on 263 Screens Last Friday)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 26, 2013 11:51 AM
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Director Carl Franklin's latest work (his first theatrically-released feature film in a decade) Bless Me, Ultima, opened last Friday.

Lee Daniels Says He's Developing A Post-Slavery Black Western...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 26, 2013 11:27 AM
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Our friends at The Root interviewed director Lee Daniels a few days before Sunday's Oscar ceremony, and in that interview they talked specifically about Django Unchained (Daniels had been silent on the film, and shares his thoughts on it w/ The Root; in short, he hated it), Spike Lee (notably the backlash he faced when he said Django Unchained was disrespectful to our ancestors, and how much love Daniels has for Spike and the work he's done, and for having the balls to speak out against the film), why it's still tough for black films to get made in Hollywood, and more.