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James Baldwin: "Who Is The "N*gg*r?"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 14, 2011 11:51 AM
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I don't believe there's been a feature narrative film on the life of James Baldwin has there? There've been documentaries like The Price Of A Ticket, but no biopics I'm aware of, or if one has even been attempted. Or have there been any feature films in which he is a character in someone else's story. Can't think of any either...

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.

Debra Lee Promises New Look BET; Wants To Attract Larger Black Audience w/o Offending

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 14, 2011 6:36 AM
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  • 27 Comments
When I became CEO I had to define my vision for the company. How do we make our brand distinct and compete with other networks? I realized it was time to focus on original programming... Our new brand strategy: We respect, reflect and elevate our audience. They want to be entertained, but they also want to be inspired. For awhile we went too hard-edge. We had a lot of criticism when we were primarily airing music videos, which a lot of people felt were derogatory towards women. We heard that loud and clear... Our programming filter now is: It has to have a message, can’t be derogatory and has to show positive images. That doesn’t mean that it’s unreal or fake. We’re not going to be the PBS of black television. We still have to get ratings.

Trailer For Kenyan *Superhero* Feature Narrative "Leo"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 14, 2011 5:24 AM
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This reminds me of 2 Focus Features' Africa First Shorts film I saw at the New York African Film Festival earlier this year. The first, Umkhungo, a South African film, which I described as close to a superhero origin story, set in an African country, as I've seen, which centers on an orphaned child with uncontrollable supernatural powers, and those who'd rather see him expelled; the second, Mwansa The Great, made by Zambian Rungano Nyoni, that centers on an 8-year old, who, in an attempt to prove he is a hero just like his father who passed away, goes on a quest to find the "magical" substance necessary to fix his sister's broken doll, and finally prove that he is in fact destined for greatness.

Maybe That "Skank Robbers" Movie Isn't Happening After All... (Things That Make You Go Hmm...)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 14, 2011 4:22 AM
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  • 17 Comments
You wish, right? Don't get your hopes up yet though, until you read what I have to say.

Casting Suggestions for Kathryn Bigelow's 'Osama bin Laden' Film?

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • August 12, 2011 5:35 AM
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I just read some interesting casting suggestions by Michael Logan, editor-in-chief of Moviephone, in this ABC News article.

Ice Cube On Why He Does Mostly Comedies: "It's The Path Of Least Resistance"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 12, 2011 4:49 AM
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It's the path of least resistance... I don't want to be a dude like Stanley Kubrick, pop out every five or six years... They know I can make comedies work, so that's what they want. It's not like you go to McDonald's and ask for a taco... It's not easy.. they want comedies. And if they do a drama, it won't deal with race issues, it will deal with family issues, like Precious.

Viola Davis Options Rights To Award-Winning Novel "The Personal History of Rachel DuPree"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 12, 2011 2:46 AM
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A follow-up to my post a few days ago on Viola Davis creating a production company with her husband, and the projects she plans to produce with it, specifically one that she described as "a period piece about African-American homesteaders."

"Colombiana" Star Zoe Saldana Opens Up About Breaking Down

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • August 12, 2011 1:17 AM
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As we await the August 26th opening of Zoe Saldana's highly-anticipated star turn in the action film Colombiana, Saldana has been out and about, steadily promoting herself and the film.

Wesley Snipes From Prison On "Blade," "Julius Styles: The International" + Projects In Development

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 11, 2011 7:40 AM
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Prison isn't stopping Wesley Snipes from stacking up projects for when he gets out.