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Listen Now If You Missed It - Conversations w/ Nelson George, Cynthia Stafford & Lanre Idewu

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 18, 2011 at 2:03AM

The conversation ended up running into overtime, past the 9pm mark, so those who were listening live got caught off after the first hour was over; but we continued on for another 30 minutes. But you can listen to the rest of it below, since the entire 90 minutes were recorded.
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The conversation ended up running into overtime, past the 9pm mark, so those who were listening live got caught off after the first hour was over; but we continued on for another 30 minutes. But you can listen to the rest of it below, since the entire 90 minutes were recorded.

And if you missed the entire show, you can hear it all below.

The entire write-up about the show's content follows underneath the player.

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During the first half hour, author, filmmaker, journalist, world traveler Mr Nelson George will join me to talk about, what else, black cinema. I assume most know who Nelson George is - from helping Spike Lee finance She's Gotta Have It 25+ years ago, to penning books like Buppies, B-boys, Baps, And Bohos: Notes On Post-soul Black Culture, later producing the HBO film Everyday People, and finally making his directorial debut with the 2007 HBO drama Life Support, starring Queen Latifah.

But we'll look back over the last 25 years in black film, and how far we've come since he entered the business.

And during the second half hour, a name some of you may remember, as we featured her on the site in early 2010 - Ms Cynthia Stafford the African American lady who won over $100 million in her state’s lottery, and chose to use $30 million of the money to start a film production company called Queen Nefertari Productions.

In the few short years since all that happened, she's co-financed/produced a few titles, like The Inheritance, a genre horror/thriller that was produced by Effie Brown, a name that I'm sure some of you are familiar with, and starring Keith David, D.B. Woodside, Golden Brooks (of Girlfriends fame), and others. We've featured the film on this site a few times. It's currently on DVD & Blu-ray.

Ms Stafford and Lanre Idewu, an exec at her company (and an actor as well) have been traveling the film festival circuit quite heavily, and I've run into them twice this year already - first at Sundance, where Lanre & I were part of one of Ava DuVernay's AFFRM dinner gatherings, and I saw both he and Cynthia at the ABFF last month. They were also at Cannes, looking to make deals. So, they're active. They have some projects in development.

But they'll both be on to talk about Cynthia's story (from winning the lottery to creating the company), how the company is surviving/thriving in the marketplace, projects in development, and more.

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