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Shaquille O'Neal Graduating From New York Film Academy; Wants To be A Director

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 16, 2011 5:27 AM
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Ok, so back in June, his eminence Shaquille O'Neal shared with the world his retirement from the NBA, and his plans to conquer Hollywood next!

Idris Elba Claims Black Men are Never Called Sexy

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • August 16, 2011 3:32 AM
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This is interesting. I can't say I agree; I actually thought the opposite. The media is more prone to label black men as "sexy" than, let's say, "handsome." In a recent interview with The Life Files, Idris Elba expressed his views on the topic:

Preview A New Animated Re-imagining Of George Romero's "Night of The Living Dead"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 15, 2011 7:32 AM
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Here's another animated re-imagining of Night of the Living Dead - George Romero's 1968 independent black-and-white cult horror classic, which starred Duane Jones.

Watch Dave Chappelle Explain His Erratic Behavior. Do You Buy It?

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • August 15, 2011 5:41 AM
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Dave Chappelle is no stranger to odd behavior lately. Here's a clip of him at a San Francisco radio station giving his explanation of recent failed performance. Do you buy it?

What's Will Smith Training For In This Video Clip?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 15, 2011 4:26 AM
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I really don't know how TMZ gets close enough to Will Smith to grab this footage (dated 8/12) which they say is of him testing out the gym's facilities, including a 20-minute MMA training session with Jamall "X Factor" Johnson; apparently, he's on the market for a new gym in Philly. Funny, I figured he'd have one in his friggin' house.

Maybe Paula Patton Won't Be Playing "Sister" In Sparkle Remake After All (Casting Call)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 15, 2011 2:23 AM
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Remember her revelation at an ABFF talk last month, when she acknowledged that she'd been offered a role in the Sparkle remake that's in the works, with Salim and Mara Brock Akil (the team behind Jumping the Broom) shepherding the project.

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.