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Henry 'Box' Brown (Virginia Slave Who Escaped To Freedom In A Box) Film Biopic Currently In The Works

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • March 1, 2012 10:18 PM
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In our exclusive interview with writer/director/producer Rob Underhill, an interview which will be posted on the site very soon, Underhill stated that a film biopic based on the Narrative of The Life of Henry Box Brown is currently in the works.
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Idris Elba Confirms Nelson Mandela Project + Source Material + Expected Dates

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 21, 2012 2:21 PM
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News of Idris Elba playing Nelson Mandela has been circulating the web for at least a month or 2, and while we've known about it, we didn't (and still haven't) posted anything about it because, as far as I know, there hasn't been any confirmation of it... until now anyway.

"Battleship" Director Peter Berg Says Rihanna Has 'Very Strong Part' and She's 'Really, Really Good'

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • February 16, 2012 6:23 PM
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Even though Rihanna may have appeared in the Battleship trailer for a milisecond, director Peter Berg gushed about the superstar singer's acting prowess and her role in the upcoming action sci-fi flick, which hits theaters May 18th, 2012.

NVBC 2012 Preview: "From Fatherless To Fatherhood" Attempts To Turn Page On Absent Fathers

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 15, 2012 10:37 AM
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More highlights from the upcoming New Voices In Black Cinema Festival housed at BAMCinematek in Brooklyn, NY, which kicks off tomorrow, Thursday, the 16th of February, and will run through the 20th...

Listen To Great Interview w/ Whitney Houston & Producer Debra Martin Chase On The "Sparkle" Remake

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 14, 2012 11:31 AM
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Last November, a group of media outlets apparently spent an entire day on the Sparkle set, hald of which was reserved for interviews with the cast and crew, including Whitney Houston and producer Debra Martin Chase.
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NVBC Festival 2012 Preview - Magical Realist Drama "Let's Stay Together" + Video Interview With Director

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 14, 2012 9:45 AM
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Another highlight from the upcoming New Voices In Black Cinema Film Festival (NVBC) in Brooklyn, NY, is Let's Stay Together, directed by Joshua Bee Alafia - a work-in-progress screening the filmmaker describes as a work of magical realism. 

Exclusive! Neema Barnette Talks "On The 7th Day" Re-Writes, Casting Nicole Beharie + New Film on Boy Reincarnated as Dalai Lama

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • February 13, 2012 4:40 PM
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Writer/director Neema Barnette’s enthusiasm for her latest directorial effort Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the Seventh Day was evident in our very candid and lively interview. On The Seventh Day, premiering at the Pan African Film Festival this month as the closing night film, will hit theaters this upcoming April 13th.

Author Chimamanda Adichie On Adaptation Of "Half Of A Yellow Sun": "I'm Not At All Involved In The Production"

  • By Courtney
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  • February 12, 2012 12:58 PM
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I know Tambay has been pursuing an interview with Chimamanda Adichie to talk about the controversy surrounding the casting of the film (I'm talking about Thandie Newton) that will be based on her book, but hasn't been able to lock one down he tells me. So I thought I would share this piece from an interview she just did with the NigeriaVillageSquare.com which tells us something about her involvement in the film.

"Who Gets To Tell Our Stories" - Great Conversation On The Business Of Black Cinema w/ Tanya Steele

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 10, 2012 12:09 PM
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Great WBAI radio conversation with filmmaker and former co-host Tanya Steele, a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, award-winning writer/filmmaker. The recording happened about 3 weeks ago.
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A Shadow & Act Chat w/Pan African Film Festival Founder/Director Ayuko Babu

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 6, 2012 9:57 AM
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The Pan African Film Festival begins this week in Los Angeles with an eclectic lineup of films from across the Diaspora scheduled to screen this year, its 20th anniversary by the way; and I'm looking forward to finally seeing a number of films we've covered here on S&A that'll be making their world premieres at the festival, like Russ Parr's The Under Shepherd, Philippe Niang's Toussaint L'Ouverture, and Neema Barnette's On The Seventh Day; as well as films that have screened previously elsewhere but that I'll be seeing for the very first time like Alfons Adetuyi's High Chicago, Bill Duke's Dark Girls, and several other titles.