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A Black Film Festival Undressed - A Conversation w/ African Diaspora International Film Fest Co-Founder Diarah N'daw-Spech

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 6, 2011 3:45 PM
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Another new content feature I've long intended to incorporate into the site are profiles of black film festivals and the people at the top who run them. I think it's crucial that we get to know these men and women behind these yearly events, who invest quite a lot of time, energy, and other resources into putting their individual celebrations of black cinema together. Given how long I've been writing about black cinema on the web, I've noticed that we (as audience members, filmmakers and writers) can be rather quick to criticize black film festivals and those who run them, without really, fully understanding what happens behind the curtain, so to speak. And I say it's time to demystify some of that process, and get inside the heads of the folks who manage these sometimes mammoth annual events. 

Watch: 10 Questions With The Star Of "Pariah" Adepero Oduye

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 5, 2011 10:08 PM
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Pariah press day in New York City was last week, and, in the rush of it all, I was able to chat with some of its starring cast (Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans and Pernell Walker), its director (Dee Rees), and producer (Nekisa Cooper).
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Watch Video Clip: Taraji P. Henson Explains The Importance Of "Sisterly Love" Among Black Women

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • December 1, 2011 1:49 PM
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The one thing I really love about Taraji P. Henson is that, no matter what, she will always speak her mind...some say too much.  Oh well, you can't please everybody.

Questions For "Pariah" Cast And Crew...???

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 28, 2011 9:04 PM
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Hey folks - I'll be chatting with the cast and crew of Pariah tomorrow morning - specifically, writer/director Dee Rees, and stars Adepero Oduye and Kim Wayans.
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"The Strange Thing About The Johnsons" Director Ari Aster Talks To Shadow & Act About His Provocative & Controversial Short Film

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • November 28, 2011 12:16 PM
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A little over a week ago, Shadow and Act introduced many readers to a short film that had the internet abuzz with all types of mixed emotions.  It seemed that most who viewed director Ari Aster's The Strange Thing About The Johnsons had a strong reaction to it, and a personal opinion regarding the film's meaning.  Well, S&A reached out to Aster and he has provided answers to a lot of the questions our readers had about his film.