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Kasi Lemmons Says "Black Nativity" Film Adaptation Still In Development & "It's Going To Be Dope"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 24, 2011 5:01 AM
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Here's a project that's been in the works since 2009, when we first announced it. I'd forgotten all about it, and I'm surprised to learn that it's still in development, and not dead. At least that's what we can gather from the below quote from the director Kasi Lemmons, revealed in an interview with women-centered site TheWip.net, posted just yesterday.

Story Of Notorious Drug Cartel - Black Mafia Family - Being Developed For The Big Screen

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 24, 2011 1:20 AM
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I wasn't already familiar, but from the little research I did, I learned that the Black Mafia Family (BMF), was a drug cartel that was created in Detroit, Michigan in the late 1980s, by Demetrius "Big Meech" and Terry Flenory. Over the following decade or so, their organization grew into a hugely successful nationwide enterprise.

UK Broadcasters Respond To Claims Of Black Actors Leaving For Opportunities In The USA

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 23, 2011 8:25 AM
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4 responses to last week's post about the so-called UK talent drain, as black British actors flee to the USA in search of believed to be better opportunities to work... if you missed the discussion click HERE & HERE to catch up...

Don Cheadle Talks Miles Davis Project: "It’s Not Deep. It’s Not Serious Fare"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 23, 2011 5:21 AM
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"It’s still grinding. We’re talking about coming onto these films and trying to get the financing for stuff that’s not your standard, down the middle of the road studio movie fare. It’s tough. People think it’s niche, although our treatment of the script, it’s not a biopic. It’s not deep. It’s not serious fare. It’s not a cradle to grave sort of overview of his entire life. The movie takes place over a day and a half of his life — a very intense day and a half of his life but a lot of people haven’t even engaged because of what they perceive it’s going to be. They go “Oh, we don’t want to do a movie like that.” I say “Have you read it?” “No, I haven’t read it.” “Well read it and then say you don’t want to do a movie like that.” So it’s having to push through a lot of these things and confront people. Once they read it, they’re like “Oh, this is great.” So everyone’s really dying to be the second person to say yes and to invest in this film."

Can A Serious Film Be Made About American Slavery?

  • By Sergio
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  • June 23, 2011 4:48 AM
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I've been meaning to get to this topic since it was bought up briefly on last Weds (June 15th) podcast and I thought right now I would throw it out there to hear what you say. But seriously could a serious film about slavery in the U.S. be made?

Shaquille O'Neal Plotting Return To Movies; Meeting W/ Hollywood Agents

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 22, 2011 8:58 AM
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"Meeting WME lance Klein, ari Emanuel and doug lucterhand. Movie time tout.com/g6njp4"

Trailer For Italian Film "Ainom" Starring Eritrean Actress Lula Teclehaimanot + Interview

  • By Sergio
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  • June 22, 2011 5:43 AM
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Right HERE is an interview with Eritrean actress, Lula Teclehaimanot, in the Vogue Black section of the Italian version of Vogue magazine. In the interview, Teclechaimanot talks about her role in an Italian film she's starring in titled Ainom, which made it's premiere this month at the Shanghai International Film Festival (trailer embedded below).

Spike Lee, John Ridley, Mike Tyson, "Entourage" Creator Team For HBO Black Male-Focused Drama Series

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 22, 2011 3:40 AM
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Well, how about that?!

Quentin Tarantino Chooses Jamie Foxx For "Django Unchained"?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 22, 2011 1:16 AM
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"Will Smith is out! Inside sources tell me that Tarantino has chosen Oscar winner @iamjamiefoxx to play Django!"

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.