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FILM REVIEW – ‘John Lewis: Good Trouble’
July 2, 2020
“I feel lucky and blessed that I’m serving in the Congress… But there is a force that is trying to take us back to another time and another dark period,” warns congressman John Lewis. And he’d know.    Since age 17, this brave crusader has been at the forefront of the civil rights movement. Now at age 80, he’s an elder statesmen. Following his path lets audiences retrace the steps of an activism that has led to social change, even in the midst of great oppression. For that alone, former trial lawyer turned documentarian Dawn Porter’s (Trapped, Gideon’s Army) homage to one of our greatest heroes is a blessing and an inspiring lesson in American history.   ... read more »
‘Dark Girls 2,’ an uneven and messy documentary that explores the prejudices darker-skinned women face around the world
July 2, 2020
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network enthusiastically stands behind D. Channsin Berry and his newest documentary “Dark Girls 2” which is currently playing on the OWN network.    “Dark Girls 2” is the follow up to Berry's first documentary “Dark Girls,” which explored the prejudices that darker-skinned women face around the world.   Diving in and taking a first-hand approach D. Channsin Berry directed, wrote and executive produced the second installment. In this deep dive into the lives of these darker-hued women, he discovered that they were still dealing with the trauma associated with the color of their skin.    ... read more »
Awkwafina, Zendaya among 819 invited to join film academy
July 1, 2020
Cynthia Erivo, John David Washington, Eva Longoria, Zendaya and Awkwafina are among the 819 people who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The organization that puts on the Oscars announced the new invitees Tuesday. If they accept, which most do, those in the new class will have voting privileges at this year’s Oscars. ... read more »
BHERC Brings Back Popular Independent African American Film Festival in Virtual Format Streaming on BHERC TV
June 18, 2020
Fresh from the success of the online debut of the 27th annual “Sistas Are Doin’ It for Themselves” film festival in May, BHERC is bringing back the popular and longstanding Indie film festival on its new streaming service BHERC TV. ... read more »
‘MISS JUNETEENTH’ gives life to a modern young woman’s struggles
June 18, 2020
In theaters and on Digital and On-Demand on June 19, 2020. ... read more »
‘I am Samuel’ a new documentary by Peter Murimi and produced by Toni Kamau — a look at gay love in Africa
June 11, 2020
Samuel is a proud, LGBTQ Kenyan man who balances the pressures of family loyalty, love, and safety like a Prince. ... read more »
‘UNSETTLED’ — Seeking Refuge in America follows LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers from the Middle East and Africa
June 11, 2020
Here Shepard turns his lens on four new LGBTQ arrivals who’ve each escaped mortal danger in their native countries just for being gay. ... read more »
American Trial: The Eric Garner Story
May 21, 2020
Got it? Now back to Eric Garner. This murdered husband|father|son did not receive justice. Here is what happened. Despite viewing a video of Pantaleo choking (killing) Garner, a grand jury decided not to indict Pantaleo (in 2014) and this unconvicted murderer held his job at the NYPD until 2019 when he was finally fired. To date, the grand jury transcripts were never revealed and there was no trial. ... read more »
2020 BHERC “Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves” Film Festival Premieres Online at BHERC TV
May 21, 2020
Popular signature BHERC “Sistas” Film Festival moved to online streaming service due to the COVID -19 pandemic and to bring new content to its loyal followers. ... read more »
FILM REVIEW: ‘Blue Story’
May 14, 2020
First-time feature filmmaker Rapman has schooled Generation Z with a cautionary urban tale that is both raw and affecting. ... read more »
AAFCA Statement on the Passing of Little Richard and Andre Harrell
May 12, 2020
AAFCA CEO and president shared a statement on the passing of the two musical icons ... read more »
LOVE & BASKETBALL: 20TH ANNIVERSARY VIRTUAL REUNION AND PANEL DISCUSSION — MAY 14 5:00 PM PT
May 12, 2020
It’s hard to adequately convey the impact and the enduring legacy that writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood’s film “Love & Basketball” has achieved. ... read more »
FILM REVIEW Rob Morgan plays an ex-bull rider in ‘BULL’
May 1, 2020
“Bull” marks director Annie Silverstein’s debut. It’s set in   Houston and follows Kris, a troubled 14-year old-girl (Amber Harvard) whose mother is in the state penitentiary, and Abe, an ex-bull rider (Rob Morgan) way past-his-prime who is barely making his living working the weekly rodeo circuits. Both damaged beings are at a crossroads in their lives—very different but none the less the form an unlikely bond and attempt self-discovery before it is too late for them both.   ... read more »
Why HBO Max Refuses to Answer Questions About Russell Simmons Documentary
April 23, 2020
Those who worked with Sher and Simmons said the two had a relationship that ended amicably. One person said Sher ‘would have whopped Russell’s ass if he tried to rape her.” ... read more »
Ava Duvernay’s Non-Profit Foundation Launches $250,000 Initiative
April 16, 2020
Array Grant recipients include independently-owned film festivals and screening series impacted by COVID-19 Health Crisis ... read more »
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