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2012 BET Awards Nominees Announced; Revisiting 2011 Backlash Over Film Category Noms

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 23, 2012 10:08 AM
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In case you haven't heard, the nominees for the 2012 BET Awards were unveiled last night, with categories in both musc and film as always.

Halle Gerima's "Teza" Now Available On DVD

  • By Sergio
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  • May 22, 2012 10:07 PM
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Not only is Halle Gerima a truly great filmmaker, he is also the definitive example of what it means to be an independent filmmaker. That is, he never compromises, and in every one of his films, such as Sankofa, Adwa, Ashes and Embers and Harvest: 3000 Years, his goal is to search and bring out, into the open, that elemental, elusive quality known as the truth.

Season 3 Of "Luther" Will Intro His Moriarty, As Luther Reaches Retirement; But Don't Expect Until 2013; Also Less Alice

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 22, 2012 5:52 PM
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A good interview with Idris Elba speaking primarily about the past and future of his hit BBC crime series Luther... and more.

Ruth Negga Joins Cast Of "12 Years A Slave;" Adepero Oduye ("Pariah") Confirmed As Well

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 22, 2012 4:18 PM
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Ethiopian-Irish actress Ruth Negga (last seen as vixen alongside Samuel L. Jackson in The Samaritan, released last week) joins a now officially confirmed Adepero Oduye (Pariah), as well as newly-cast Paul Dano and Scoot McNairy, to the cast list of Steve McQueen's slave narrative on film, Twelve Years A Slave. 

New On DVD: Groundbreaking 1986 Hip-Hop Doc Available Commercially For The 1st Time Ever

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 22, 2012 1:38 PM
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I received a screener copy of this and watched it recently; it's about an hour long, and I'd say not meant to be received as an all-encompassing history of hip-hop. But serves as a time capsule and the story behind its making deserves a documentary of its own, based on what I read.

Film By Jamaican-Born Hollywood Stuntman Showcases History Of Legendary Maroons Of Jamaica

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 22, 2012 1:22 PM
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Titled Akwantu: the Journey, the feature doc is directed by Roy T. Anderson, award-winning Hollywood stuntman to the stars (like Will Smith, Denzel Washington and Jamie Foxx).

Photos From Spike Lee's Brazil Documentary On Country's Advances, "Go Brazil, Go!"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 22, 2012 1:08 PM
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A pictorial update on Spike Lee's documentary titled Go Brazil GO!, which will focus on the rise of that country (on the move particularly politically and economically) on the international scene, as one of the BRIC countries, an acronym that refers to Brazil, Russia, India and China, all gradually shifting global economic power away from the so-called long-dominating developed G7 economies. It is estimated that BRIC economies will overtake G7 economies by 2027, as the balance of power shifts.

Ossie Davis/Ruby Dee Feature Documentary In Development (Fundraising)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 22, 2012 12:24 PM
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Now here's a project to get behind, if there ever was one!

"Red Tails" Arrives On Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Download Today, Loaded w/ Special Features

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 22, 2012 11:43 AM
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I'd say this has been 2012's most polarizing black film thus far.

T.I. Will Play Bounty Hunter On The Hunt In Universal Pictures "Identity Thief"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 22, 2012 11:24 AM
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Rapper-turned-actor (raptor) T.I. has signed up to play a bounty hunter in a Universal Pictures action/comedy titled Identity Thief.