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The Greatest Lie Ever Told To The Black Filmmaker

  • By Andre Seewood
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  • September 6, 2011 2:24 AM
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  • 47 Comments
It would seem that the more different people tell the same lie, the easier it is for others to believe it as the truth. I have already discussed in several articles and in my book, SLAVE CINEMA: The Crisis of the African-American in Film, that there is a segregated relationship between how African-American films are funded, distributed and exhibited vis-à-vis how white American films are funded, distributed and exhibited.
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The “Collard Greens” Circuit: Alternative Model For Distribution & Exhibition Of Black Indies

  • By Andre Seewood
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  • August 30, 2011 12:41 PM
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  • 26 Comments
The “Collard Greens” Circuit: An Alternative Model for the Distribution and Exhibition of African-American Independent Cinema
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Is An Art-Form Racist Or Is The Person Who Uses An Art-Form To Communicate A Racist Idea Racist?

  • By Andre Seewood
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  • August 26, 2011 3:23 AM
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  • 7 Comments
The Realist Tendency in African-American Film Aesthetics: Part two (CLICK HERE for Part one)

Are African Americans Capable Of Tolerating Cinema That Questions Our POV Of Ourselves As A Race?

  • By Andre Seewood
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  • August 17, 2011 9:04 AM
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  • 11 Comments
The Realist Tendency in African-American Film Aesthetics (Part one)

George Lucas' "Red Tails" - Tepid Feel Good Story Or Unvarnished Gaze?

  • By Andre Seewood
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  • August 14, 2011 11:09 AM
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I cast a baleful eye at this film because I don't know if director, Anthony Hemingway, screenwriter, John Ridley or distributor Lucasfilm will have the guts to give us an unvarnished look into racism maintained in that time period against African-Americans in an unmixed company scene with white officers.

What Can Hip Hop Teach Filmmakers Of The New Black Film Movement On The Horizon?

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • August 14, 2011 2:42 AM
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  • 25 Comments
I have to admit, I've been in a time warp when it comes to music lately (I'll take Sade and Public Enemy easily over Lil Wayne). However, when the Watch The Throne album by Jay-Z and Kanye West dropped recently, I had to stop and take notice.
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A Black Film Festival Undressed - ABFF 2011 Wrap-up

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 14, 2011 1:35 AM
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  • 8 Comments
Last weekend, the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), generally considered to be the preeminent black film festival in the land (certainly one of the biggies), wrapped up another installment of its annual black cinema showcase – its 15th year, a remarkable accomplishment by almost any measure.

Was "Roots" Enough? Slavery And The Holocaust In American Movies

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 23, 2011 10:39 AM
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Sergio's post earlier today (Can A Serious Film Be Made About American Slavery?), reminded me of an editorial/survey I posted on the old Shadow And Act site, back in the fall of 2009, titled Was Roots Enough? Slavery And The Holocaust In American Movies. I reposted it below, since a lot of you weren't readers of the site at the time, as a companion piece to Sergio's, looking at the matter from a different angle. The title should give you some clues as to what my approach was.
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More On The Black British Versus Black American Experience...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 21, 2011 7:04 AM
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Maybe I'm only just now starting to pay attention to these matters... but, as an addendum to my post last week on the supposed talent drain, as black British actors migrate to the USA where better opportunities to work are believed to be in far more abundance, when compared to England... here's another article lamenting the state of the African in the UK - specifically, the lack of "an educated ethnic middle class... to counter the black 'street’ stereotype," which in turn affects the quality of content produced for black British audiences.

“The Crisis of the Black Leading Man” - Reader Submitted Op-ed

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 24, 2011 1:47 AM
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  • 71 Comments
In case you weren't aware, we do accept reader-submitted pieces; in fact, we encourage it!
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