Shadow and Act

White Audiences/Black Films And Other Tiresome Tales Of Ignorance & Myopia...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 19, 2011 7:08 AM
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"Movie producers are often reluctant to cast more than a few minority actors in otherwise race-neutral movies for fear that the White audience will largely avoid such films. Two experiments were conducted to test the idea that the racial makeup of a cast could influence White audiences' selective exposure to movies. Results revealed that actors' race does influence selective exposure in certain contexts... regardless of racial attitudes, White participants showed significantly less interest in seeing movies with mostly Black casts than in seeing movies with mostly White casts."

Filming Underway For Indie Drama "Four" w/ Wendell Pierce, Yolonda Ross + "Phil Spector" Casting

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 19, 2011 2:11 AM
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Thanks to actress Yolonda Ross (above-right) for alerting us to these items. If you're not already familiar Ms Ross' work, you'll be soon enough. She's appeared both in film and TV, over the last decade, from a reoccurring role in HBO's acclaimed series Treme, to, most recently, Victoria Mahoney's impressive feature film debut Yelling To The Sky, which I've seen and later reviewed enthusiastically on this site.

Blair Underwood, Nicole Beharie, Sharon Leal, Pam Grier Starring In TD Jakes' "On The Seventh Day"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 18, 2011 11:42 AM
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Follow the bouncing ball...

David Oyelowo Lends His Thespian Skills To $40,000 Sci-Fi Dystopian Short Film "Rahab"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 18, 2011 2:14 AM
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Principal photography just wrapped last week Friday on Ava DuVernay's sophomore feature narrative effort Middle Of Nowhere, which co-stars David Oyelowo, who also just wrapped production on a short sci-fi film he stars in called Rahab, based on an idea that won the 2011 Enter The Pitch contest.

What Black Director Would YOU Put On A Magazine Cover?

  • By Sergio
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  • July 17, 2011 1:19 AM
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In case you haven't heard (and as you can see below) Tyler Perry is the cover story for the upcoming August 2011 issue of Ebony magazine. WHAT AGAIN??? That makes it the 546th time he's made the cover. That's only beaten by the 634 times he's been on the cover of Essence.

Will Smith Poised to Reprise Role as "Fresh Prince"?

  • By Jasmin
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  • July 15, 2011 12:16 PM
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It's been 15 years since Will Smith starred as the quirky West Philadelphia teenager sent to live with his wealthy relatives in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Viola Davis' Controversial Serial Killer Role (Worse Than "The Help"?)

  • By Sergio
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  • July 15, 2011 3:35 AM
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With all this discussion we've had lately regarding Viola Davis and her role in the upcoming film The Help, and whether it's a degrading stereotyped role beneath her considerable talents, it reminded me of a role she played some ten years ago which might be even more controversial.

Stage Adaptation Of "House Party" Packing Houses In London

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 14, 2011 5:16 AM
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Things that make you go hmmm... read on... maybe it'll head west :)

Watch Trailer For Low-Fi Genre-Busting Oddity "Reversion"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 13, 2011 6:30 AM
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The film is called Reversion; directed by Mia Trachinger, it actually debuted 3 years ago, at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, never was acquired for distribution thanks to its low-budget, seemingly genre-bending oddities, and continued to play the festival circuit all over the world, for the next 3 years, hoping to build support for it I suppose.

Codeblack Ent. Announces 7-Picture Deal w/ NY Times Bestselling Author Mary “HoneyB” Morrison

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 13, 2011 4:26 AM
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I'm not familiar with Mary “HoneyB” Morrison or her works - specifically the Soulmates Dissipate series mentioned here. Anyone read any of them? If so, clue the rest of us in on what to expect is contained within the pages; or should I take a wild guess? :)