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'12 Years a Slave,' 'Fruitvale Station,' 'Scandal,' and 'Orange is the New Black' to Receive AFI Awards This Year

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • December 10, 2013 11:41 AM
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The American Film Institute has selected its Top 10 Movies of the Year and Programs of the Year, which will be honored at a luncheon on January 10.

'12 Years A Slave,' 'Fruitvale Station' Are IFP Gotham Audience Nominees. Voting Now Open

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 11, 2013 4:44 PM
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'12 Years A Slave,' 'Fruitvale Station' Are IFP Gotham Audience Nominees. Voting Now Open

Casting Director Tracy "Twinkie" Byrd Talks 'Black Nativity,' 'Fruitvale Station,' Writing Her Memoir, and More

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • August 8, 2013 8:20 PM
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It's been over a year since casting director Tracy "Twinkie" Byrd spoke with Shadow & Act about her career and projects, which at the time included work on Sparkle, Woman Thou Art Loosed: On The 7th Day, and Sundance feature Filly Brown.

'Fruitvale Station' Is Not Only A Eulogy To Oscar Grant, It’s A Eulogy To Trayvon Martin As Well

  • By Michael Jones
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  • July 23, 2013 5:14 PM
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I saw Fruitvale Station in the wake of the ubiquitous media coverage of the Trayvon Martin verdict. I’ve had some pointed opinions on the whole affair, namely how tragic and seemingly unjust the verdict was, then I tell myself that only Zimmerman and the departed Mr. Martin know what happened that night and the jury deliberated purely on the evidence presented to them. I also scratch my head at how the African-American community mobilized in the wake of the initial shooting and the verdict, whereas the death toll of blacks at the hands of other blacks have reached nearly genocidal levels in Chicago, yet not much is said or done. With that in mind, I went into this film determined to keep my intellectualism and my penchant for discernment intact. I’ll come back to this point later.

What New Cities/Theaters Is 'Fruitvale Station' Opening In This Weekend?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 19, 2013 1:47 PM
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After a stellar opening box office weekend, last weekend, Fruitvale Station will expand to select theaters in 18 NEW cities, this weekend, beginning on Friday, July 19.