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Jerry LaMothe & Mr Alrick Brown Are NJ State Council Of The Arts 2013 Fellowship Recipients

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 22, 2013 3:30 PM
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Congrats to both Mr. Jerry LaMothe and Mr Alrick Brown on their recognition.

First Trailer For 'William and the Windmill' Surfaces (World Premieres At SXSW 2013)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 22, 2013 1:29 PM
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I remember first writing about this kid back in 2009, during the early S&A days, on the old site. And now, after much publicity, a book, and even a TED talk, he's now the focus of a feature length documentary.

Early Reactions To 'Twelve Years A Slave' Suggest Average Black Audiences Won't Like It

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 22, 2013 12:12 PM
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A film I'm eagerly-anticipating this year, which we believe will likely premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, is Steve McQueen's Twelve Years A Slave - one of 7 more slave-themed films I highlighted in a January post, that we can expect some time this year.

Somali Refugee Child Stars Of Oscar-Nominated 'Asad' Granted Visas, Will Attend Oscars

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 22, 2013 11:19 AM
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On the heels of this week's announcement that Rachel Mwanza, star of Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, War Witch (Rebelle), was granted a visa to come to the USA and attend the Oscars event, comes this piece of news for another Oscar-nominated film centered around a story about black Africans... by the way, the film, Asad is currently available on iTunes if you'd like to see it:

Carl Franklin's 1st Big Screen Project In 10 Years Opens In Theaters TODAY! Get The Details...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 22, 2013 10:44 AM
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A project we've been following since we first discovered it in late 2010, from director Carl Franklin (Devil In A Blue Dress, One False Move), called Bless Me, Ultima, based on Rudolfo Anaya’s award-winning novel of the same name, which chronicles the turbulent coming-of-age story of Antonio, a young boy growing up in New Mexico during World War II, and his relationship with Ultima, an elderly medicine woman who helps Antonio navigate the dangerous battle between good and evil raging in his village, and ultimately helps him discover his own spiritual identity.

Idris Elba's 'Mandela' Picked Up By Weinstein Company (2014 Oscars Looks Big For Black Actors)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 22, 2013 10:11 AM
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If Harvey Weinstein wants it, he seems to usually get it; and if he gets it, you can also usually guarantee that it'll go wherever he wants it to go - and that often means doing strong box office (relative to budget), and excelling during awards season.

Special Screening of 'Chameleon Street' In Chicago In March

  • By Sergio
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  • February 22, 2013 9:13 AM
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As Tambay said three weeks ago here in his item about the recent London BFI screening of Wendell B. Harris' 1989 film Chameleon Street...you haven't seen it yet?

Watch Kerry Washington, Craig Robinson, David Alan Grier, S. Epatha Merkerson In 1st Trailer For 'Peeples'

  • By Courtney
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  • February 21, 2013 8:12 PM
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Well, here it is, as we expected, after all the character posters and first-look images, the first trailer for Tina Gordon Chism's We The Peeples - now titled Tyler Perry Presents Peeples - which stars Craig Robinson, David Alan Grier, Kerry Washington, S. Epatha Merkerson, Melvin Van Peebles, Diahann Carroll, and Kali Hawk.

Fox Announces 2012-2013 'Fox Writers Intensive' Finalists (2nd Year Diversity Program)

  • By Courtney
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  • February 21, 2013 4:12 PM
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Congrats to the 10 finalists!

'Blindsided by the Walking Dead' - Actor IronE Singleton Tells His Story In New Autobiography

  • By Courtney
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  • February 21, 2013 2:52 PM
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Well, that didn't take very long. Or it could have been in the works for a while, before he got killed off the series. Then again, it has been 3 months since he left The Walking Dead.