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Tonight Join S&A Livecast Season 2, Ep 6 With Clifton Powell

by Cynthia Reid
May 18, 2011 2:21 AM
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We've got some great topics for Wednesday's podcast. Join the S&A Crew tonight at 8pm/est as we talk about the latest cinema news. Slated for discussion include the Nina Simone biopic starring Mary J. Blige which goes into production this month, Hollywood's Black "A-List" and Naturi Naughton.

For the second half of the show, actor Clifton Powell will be joining us to talk about 35 & Ticking and Spike Lee whatever else is on his mind!

You can tune into the live show HERE and don’t forget to drop by our live chat room and/or call-in with your thoughts. We want to hear from you!

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11 Comments

  • Dankwa Brooks | May 19, 2011 12:15 PMReply

    First of all I think Clifton Powell had a lot of valid points. Like, I think Cynthia said, at the end I don’t totally agree with keeping it out of the public as far as general public goes. To my knowledge, which is VAST (a lil humor there), Spike Lee hasn’t publicly responded to any criticism and hasn’t really in the past. Again he stated more than a year ago on his website that there was ‘No Fued’ with Tyler Perry http://bit.ly/kD9bIX . To me that was an expressed effort for the media to NOT take his comments out of context…which they ALWAYS do. The discussion is good and should go on.

    Sergio’s point about there being no “A-List” I think was a valid one as well. Finally it seems it is becoming about the FILMMAKER! As a filmmaker myself, it seems like the filmmaker is finally getting mainstream recognition for the Herculean task it is to put together any film. Yes there were filmmakers in the past like Alfred Hitchcock who got all kinds of fame, but now with the Internet and places like Shadow & Act you can find out all about the personnel of a film in its very early stages. Just look at the huge response for ‘Django Unchained’ here at S&A.

    Maybe I’m just a filmmaker and fanboy, but I notice every time a skilled filmmaker’s name is on the bill. I was in the movie theater last year and I saw this trailer about a western and I wasn’t that impressed, but when it said from THE COEN BROTHERS I thought “Hey now! I love their work!” Subsequently my “Traidar” wasn’t that much off the mark for I didn’t think it was as good as their previous efforts, but I still enjoyed it.

    Ultimately, I think if a high profile director is attached to the project then it instantly becomes more viable than just a star attached.

    Another great podcast from "Noelani and the crew". I haven’t listened to it live yet, but it has become must listen podcast the next day. Keep up the good work!

  • CareyCarey | May 19, 2011 4:40 AMReply

    Donnie said: "but I felt they were too quick to agree with everything he said. However I understand the politics of interviewing celebrities when you want them to be comfortable in coming back to be interviewed again in the future"

    I question if it was politics, indecisiveness, and/or a form of fear? I mean, the man said he has been in the business a long time (35 years), and he was obviously open for discussion (handled himself real good), and the crew did voice a few subtle swipes and counter opinions after the man was gone?

    BTW, were is MiddleMyatt and Adam Scott Thompson? I'd like to here their take on the interview. I wonder if they still believe the man is a coon who should be nominated for the Chitlin’ Circuit Hall of Fame. And why?

  • Donnie Leapheart | May 19, 2011 3:23 AMReply

    I listened to the podcast...I thought it was a decent interview but I felt they were too quick to agree with everything he said. However I understand the politics of interviewing celebrities when you want them to be comfortable in coming back to be interviewed again in the future.

    As a fellow indie filmmaker, I can understand Spike's POV as this is the man that made Bamboozled only to see the real life manifestation of his fictional film years later. So I disagree with the statement that Clifton Powell made about not being critical of the work of African American filmmakers just because "it's hard enough as it is."

    I think it was Cynthia who said that she doesn't understand why people that criticism of their work so PERSONALLY...Art is subjective, EVEN African American art...That old saying "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all" should not apply when it comes to people being allowed to voice their opinion. If Spike had said "I hate Tyler Perry's film and his mother is a W****E!" Now that would have been taking it a little too far, lol.

  • CareyCarey | May 19, 2011 2:00 AMReply

    Dankwa said: "Like, I think Cynthia said, at the end I don’t totally agree with keeping it out of the public as far as general public goes" and "Sergio’s point about there being no “A-List” I think was a valid one as well"

    Well Dankwa, it looks like we are on different sides of the road on this one. I didn't (totally) agree with Cynthia's comment nor Sergio's.

    I wish they would hurry up and post the podcast, so I can share how I feel about the issues. I won't be able to sleep nor eat until I am able to do so. So I hope they take me out of my misery, reeeaaaal soon. :-)

  • mlm | May 18, 2011 3:37 AMReply

    Hope I don't forget.

  • Lynn | May 18, 2011 1:32 AMReply

    I can't believe you guys are gonna talke to the Legendary Clifton Powell (sarcasm). Let's hope he doesn't lash out again like he did on the radio station calling Lee a "punk azz". smh

    Why can't we just all get along in the world of entertainment? It is hard enough for people of color trying to find substantial roles. Do we have to resort to threats and violence?

  • MiddleMyatt | May 17, 2011 12:46 PMReply

    Ditto on Adam Scott Thompson's question!

  • Mr. Bubbles | May 17, 2011 12:09 PMReply

    This is going to be serious!!

  • CareyCarey | May 17, 2011 11:42 AMReply

    Maaaan, I'd pay to spearhead the discussion with Clifton Powell. Only another ol' school brotha could do that right. We'd have the place poppin' like Saturday night at the Apolo Theater.

    And, I kinda look and sound like Clifton. I gotta talk to my man.

    http://careycarey-carrymehome.blogspot.com/2011/05/tribeca-film-festival-and-american.html

  • Zeus | May 17, 2011 11:30 AMReply

    LMBAO!!!

  • Adam Scott Thompson | May 17, 2011 11:10 AMReply

    Ask that coon when he thinks he'll be inducted into the Chitlin' Circuit Hall of Fame.

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