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Watch: 'You Can Touch My Hair, A Short Film' - Glimpse Into Fascination w/ 'Black Hair'

  • By Natasha Greeves
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  • October 22, 2013 6:29 PM
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First, for some background on, and context for the project, here's a description from the team behind it - un'ruly, the self-described youthful, yet sophisticated lifestyle brand, housed at un-ruly.com, that's also a community resource focused on hair styles, care and products for black women.Whether it’s 7-year old Tiana Parker getting sent home from school for wearing locs or Dante De Blasio’s afro being credited for giving his father a boost in the New York City mayoral race, Black hair is consistently subject to unsolicited fascination. As the final extension of a bold public art exhibit held in New York City this summer, You Can Touch My Hair, a Short Film takes a glimpse into this fascination and how black women, who are often its subjects, feel about it.The 22-minute short film can be viewed below in 2 separate parts. And following them is a 25-minute panel discussion about the film's contents, also split into 2 parts, featuring Michaela Angela Davis, Autumn McHugh, and Un'ruly founder Antonia Opiah, which was moderated by Safiya Songhai.Watch:

Watch: An Aging Tap Dancer Struggles Holding Onto His Past In 'Nostalgia' (Short Shouts!)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 9, 2013 2:53 PM
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Watch Whimsically Poignant Nigeria-Set 'Radio Amina' (Short Shout!)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 12, 2013 2:24 PM
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A Short Shout! today from director Orlando von Einsiedel, titled Radio Amina, which follows 12-year-old Amina Dibir, as she comments on the plight of women in Nigeria, as well as shares her dreams for herself, and for other girls, with "Radio Amina" referencing the platform from where she broadcasts her ideas and opinions to a listening populace. More from the filmmaker:The film alternates back and forth between the gray reality of Amina, one of the many young street peddlers in the country, and a much brighter, more colorful world. The image blurs, the buttons of the sound studio come into focus, and the "On Air" light goes on.

Ahead Of Online Premiere Of Ka'ramuu Kush's 'And Then...' Watch His Earlier Work

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 9, 2013 12:18 PM
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Ahead of the online debut of writer/director/actor Ka'ramuu Kush's short film And Then... this Wednesday - winner of the 3rd Shadow And Act Black Filmmaker Screenwriting Challenge - I thought we'd showcase some of his early work over the next 2 days, starting with this one...

Online Premiere Of Ka'ramuu Kush's 'And Then' Based On S&A-Winning Script Set For 9/11

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 9, 2013 10:10 AM
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The wait is over!

Watch 'Ezekiel' - Painterly Film Portrait Of 12-Year-Old Ordained Minister (Short Shout!)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 6, 2013 3:13 PM
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Trailer For 'The Painter' - Dramatic Short Film About Violence In Chicago & Its Effects

  • By Sergio
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  • September 4, 2013 6:33 PM
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It’s no secret that Chicago, in the past few years, has become synonymous with urban violence. In fact, people are now calling it Chiraq.

Watch 'The Marriage Factor' - A Nigerian Woman & Her Marriage-Minded Mother (Short Shouts!)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 4, 2013 4:46 PM
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I really dig this 15-minute short from Nigerian writer/director Chika Anadu, titled The Marriage Factor - a contemporary comedy/drama about a young woman and her marriage-minded mother.

Watch Faren Humes' Award-Winning 'Our Rhineland' (Short Shouts!)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 24, 2013 5:42 PM
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Short Shouts: Watch 'White Sugar in a Black Pot'

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • May 31, 2013 10:33 AM
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Here's a short film - now available for viewing in full - by NYU grad Rachel Johnson that traveled the festival circuit in 2011 and 2012.