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New On DVD - Spike Lee Exec Produced 'You’re Nobody ’til Somebody Kills You'

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  • July 10, 2012 5:20 PM
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New On DVD Today - 'Kassim The Dream' (From Child Soldier To Champion Boxer)

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  • July 10, 2012 3:08 PM
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It actually had a limited theatrical run in 2009, but it's only now getting a DVD release, 3 years later.

The New Head Of Drama Programming At NBC Is A Black Woman

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  • July 10, 2012 2:14 PM
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What this means in the larger scheme of things remains to be seen; I just don't have enough info currently to make any assessments. But it's good news, and certainly great for Pearlena Igbokwe. 

New In Theaters this Weekend: 'The Obama Effect' (Charles Dutton, Vanessa Calloway, Megan Good)

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  • July 10, 2012 1:21 PM
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It's titled The Obama Effect, directed by Charles S. Dutton (he also stars it by the way), and co-stars Vanessa Bell Calloway, Katt Williams, Megan Good, Wesley Jonathan and Glynn Turman.

New On Blu-ray Today: The Centerpiece Of The 'Blade' Trilogy - 'Blade II' ('Can You Blush?')

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  • July 10, 2012 12:00 PM
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With all the talk about a yet-to-be-seen Black Panther movie, let's not forget about Wesley Snipe's Blade trilogy - with Blade 2 being the best of the 3 in my not-so humble opinion. Guillermo del Toro made what I think was the highlight of the trio of films, and it still ranks highly on my list of superhero action movies. The entire "House Of Pain" sequence still gets me giddy everytime I watch the film, even though I've seen it countless times. 

New In Theaters This Week: 'Ballplayer: Pelotero' (Exposé On MLB Training Camps In Dominican Republic)

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  • July 10, 2012 11:20 AM
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Scheduled for release this Friday, July 13, 2012, both theatrical and VOD, courtesy of Strand Releasing, is Ballplayer: Pelotero - a documentary film that provides a gritty and never before seen look inside the world of Major League Baseball (MLB) training camps in the Dominican Republic.

Manthia Diawara And John Akomfrah Co-Directing Feature Doc On Kathleen Cleaver

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  • July 10, 2012 10:50 AM
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Whoa! Talk about an intriguing director pairing.

New Doc By African American Producers Chronicles Real Lives Of Actresses On Path To Stardom

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  • July 10, 2012 9:14 AM
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Details in the press release below... I haven't seen the film, but it's apparently been on DVD since December, according to Amazon.com. It's also on VOD.

Preview Brooding, Atmospheric Short Film 'The Bluest Note' (Teaser Trailer, Poster)

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  • July 9, 2012 8:45 PM
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Teaser for what I thought was a well-made, engaging, melancholic 15-minute short film I had the opportunity to watch over the weekend, titled The Bluest Note, directed by Marques Green, from a script penned by Oliver Webb.

Preview South African Action/Drama 'Zama Zama' (Illegal Activity In Gold Mining Region)

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  • July 9, 2012 6:36 PM
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Black South African cinema continues to excite and intrigue, especially for the uninitiated like myself, who are gradually getting familiar with the country's offerings. I'll leave the pro stuff to our friends at Africa Is A Country who cover politics, sports, entertainment, and more, for all of the African continent, with a special emphasis on South Africa.