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Filmmaker Dee Rees was honored with the Sundance Institute Vanguard Award
August 17, 2017
It celebrates an emerging artist with creative independence and includes a cash grant and mentorship from industry professionals and Institute staff. ... read more »
Mamoudou Athie is Basterd the Antichrist in Geremy Jasper’s ‘Patti Cake$’
August 17, 2017
Not bad for a mad-at-the-world punk rocker and a white hip-hop artist whose very charm is her underdog status. ... read more »
Stuntwoman Passes Away on Set of “Deadpool 2” 
August 17, 2017
On Monday, August 14, stuntwoman Joi “SJ” Harris, 40, passed away while filming a motorcycle scene for Fox’s film “Deadpool 2” starring Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin in Vancouver. ... read more »
‘Whose Streets’ Reveals Daunting Truths Following the Aftermath of Slain Ferguson Teen Michael Brown
August 10, 2017
Of course, in instances of police brutality preceding Brown’s death, there was little to no visual evidence of wrongdoing at the hands of police. ... read more »
Behind the Scenes with Actor Rayan Lawrence as he discusses ‘Underground’ and ‘All Eyez On Me’
August 10, 2017
Fans had the chance to see the actor in a different light as he portrayed Treach, the lead rapper of the acclaimed hip hop group Naughty by Nature, in “All Eyez on Me.” ... read more »
“Romeo is Bleeding” Highlights Art & Poetry as Antidotes to Bloodshed
Executive produced by author, entrepreneur and social activist Russell Simmons, Romeo is Bleeding is an award-winning documentary that candidly explores the history of crime and separation among turfs in Richmond, CA. ... read more / view event »
Detroit Film Review
August 4, 2017
Claustrophobic Docudrama Revisits '67 Riots through the Prism of Infamous Interrogation at Algiers Hotel  ... read more »
Focused Every ‘Step’ of the Way
August 3, 2017
Preparation for a step competition at Bowie State University intersects with the anxiety-filled college application process. ... read more »
Hollywood Meets Belize: New Found Hub for Blockbuster Productions
July 27, 2017
The commissioner added that what makes Belize unique is that it’s actually not an island, as many people believe, rather a beautiful English speaking country located on the mainland of Central America. ... read more »
Humble and Persistent, I am Malcolm David Kelley   
July 27, 2017
Malcolm David Kelley began his acting career at the young age of five, since then, he has appeared in numerous commercials and made guest appearances on various TV series including “Lost,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Girlfriends,” “Bones,” and the “Closer.” ... read more »
Pastor Michael Barrett Beats the Odds with ‘Beyond the Shield’
July 20, 2017
Beyond The Shield’s executive producer, Tyler Maddox of Maddox Entertainment shares that “the movie tells the story of redemption, reconciliation and restoration”. ... read more »
‘I Am The Blues’ A Journey To The Back Roads And Juke Joints Of The Deep South July 12 on VOD
July 13, 2017
“I Am The Blues,” directed by Daniel Cross, now available on VOD July 12th takes the viewer into the deep, back-roads of the South visiting the authentic juke joints and listening to the stories of the people who play, live and know the real roots of the blues. The blues is a musical style—absolutely—but it’s a life style above-and-beyond and many of those who were eyewitness to the height of the blues are now at an advanced age. Here is what “I Am the Blues” filmmaker Daniel Cross had to say about where to find the blues and why the blues are still hard to define. LA Sentinel (LAS): Where are the best “blues clubs” in L.A. and NYC?   Daniel Cross (DC): I don’t have a good answer for this - I wish that I did. I hope to find out. LAS; People often say that it’s very hard to define the blues or rather we all have our own version of the blues.  What’s your definition? DC: Blues is music that reflects on a person’s life: the joy, the misery the camaraderie. It is meant to be shared and [sang] to another person so the story can be shared and evolved.  LAS:  Will the blues and places like those featured in the film find a new life?  If so, how and where?  If not—why not? DC: The places in the film were old juke joints and do not operate on a true economic model; they are more labors of love, places of history that are passed down, and the operators/managers do it out of a sense of community and for the music.  Today, in my time spent there, I did not sense a consistent flow of young people who were showing true interest or doing the work to keep these places alive. Perhaps, if there is an economic model attached that makes keeping the juke joints more profitable, then there will be people more interested in keeping them open.  The way it looks to me, the old juke joints will find it hard to get a new life. However, there are still many blues bars that operate like clubs and do just fine.  ... read more »
Business in the Black
July 6, 2017
Brogdon’s film premiered in Detroit in May (of this year?) at the historic Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. It was later shown in New York before making its final stop in Los Angeles. ... read more »
Giancarlo Esposito Plays Company Man in Netflix’ Okja
July 6, 2017
You can imagine he reminds himself not to get too caught up in the superficialities of life. ... read more »
“The House on CoCo Road” Tells Intimate Truth of Grenada’s Utopian Society
July 6, 2017
For Baker, he didn’t realize at the time that he was surrounded by women leaders including his mother, who made such an impact on the justice Black people fought to achieve. ... read more »
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