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Interview: Alfre Woodard Talks to S&A About '12 Years a Slave,' "Slave Movie Fever," and That Much-Discussed Oprah Special

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • October 17, 2013 11:35 AM
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Alfre Woodard has a brief but powerful appearance in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave as Mistress Shaw, a formerly enslaved woman who has risen in the Southern caste system. I had a chance to chat briefly with Woodard to get her thoughts on the film and a few insights from her decades-long acting career.

Interview: Kelsey Scott Talks To S&A About Playing Chiwetel's Wife In '12 Years A Slave,' Her Crush On Steve McQueen, More

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • October 16, 2013 1:20 PM
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Speaking to actor/screenwriter Kelsey Scott was a delightful, amusing, insightful experience. Kelsey, who plays Solomon Northup's wife Anne in Steve McQueen's harrowing upcoming drama 12 Years a Slave, candidly and graciously spoke on the personal difficulties surrounding her trip - which almost didn't happen - to that fateful New Orleans audition 2 years ago.

'Freeway' Rick Ross, Producer Mark Wolper Talk To S&A’s Sergio About Cable TV Mini-Series Project

  • By Sergio
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  • September 23, 2013 1:10 PM
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Rick Donnell Ross, better known as “Freeway” Rick Ross wouldn’t argue with the suggetion that he once had, one could say, an infamous past.

TIFF 2013 Interview: Mariana Rondon Talks Meaning of Her Film 'Bad Hair' (Premiering Today)

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • September 7, 2013 10:49 AM
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Interview: Director Charles Murray and Actress Shanola Hampton Talk 'Things Never Said' (Opens Today)

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • September 6, 2013 10:57 AM
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After writing and producing for television shows like Sons of Anarchy, Castle, and Criminal Minds, Charles Murray makes his feature directorial debut with Things Never Said. The romantic drama stars Shanola Hampton (Shameless) as Kalindra, an aspiring spoken word artist using poetry to escape the pain of a violent marriage and a troubled past.

What You Need to Know About The Black List & Warner Bros' $90,000 Diversity Initiative

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • July 26, 2013 1:10 PM
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Interview: Director Alfons Adetuyi Talks 'High Chicago' (Coming Soon) Plus Future Projects

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • July 19, 2013 2:50 PM
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In eager anticipation for his new film High Chicago, which should finally see a commercial release later this year, so that audiences can see it, I had the pleasure of interviewing director and producer Alfons Adetuyi, who shared his inspiration for his first full length feature directorial effort. High Chicago tells the story of family man in a small Michigan town with big dreams, who literally takes a big gamble to fullfil them, and to ultimately provide for his family.

Interview: Ice-T Talks To S&A About Doc 'Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp' & Parallels To Iceberg's Life (Opens Fri.)

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • July 18, 2013 5:32 PM
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Interview: Haile Gerima On 'Teza,' 'Sankofa' & His Concern for the Future of Black Indie Cinema

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • July 17, 2013 4:44 PM
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Editor's note: This interview was originally done a year ago, and in reading it again today, I thought it was worthy of a revisit, full of nuggets of wisdom, especially given that the site has grown even more since last summer, meaning many of you haven't read it.

SimonSays Entertainment - You Know Their Work; Now Discover The Enterprising Artists Behind The Brand

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 11, 2013 1:04 PM
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The name SimonSays Entertainment may not immediately register with you, but I'm sure film titles like Night Catches Us, Gun Hill Road, Blue Caprice, and Mother Of George, most certainly will - at least one of them, especially if you've been a reader of this blog over the last 2 years, as we've celebrated every single one of those titles.
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