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If Beale Street Could Talk, It Would Tell Memphis to ‘Copyright Me’
February 15, 2019
I will never forget the colorful characters of Beale Street: Men wearing coordinated suits, shoes and hats, with processed hair; curvaceous women walking with advertising gaits and long eye lashes; impromptu street concerts by bands and musicians; “barkers” pleading for customers to enter their stores and shops; shoe shine boys with their mobile shine parlors and the bustling crowds. ... read more »
Short Film ‘Colors of Sankofa’ Explores The Impact of Colorism
February 15, 2019
Hundreds of short films appeared at the 2019 Pan African Film Festival. Some of them tell thought provoking stories including racism, sexism, horror, and even comedy. One of those films sparked conversations regarding colorism. ... read more »
AAFCA and ABA Film Society present Inaugural Learning Lab “Celebrating Black Excellence in Cinema” with Netflix’s Tendo Nagenda and Outler Society’s Alana Mayo
From the global blockbuster Black Panther and the lyrical indie If Beale Street Could Talk to the hilariously poignant comedy sensations Insecure and Atlanta and beyond, #BlackExcellence in Hollywood is on full blast. Rightfully, the movement has put an additional spotlight on Black creative executives, many of whom have long worked in the trenches to create a pipeline of opportunity for traditionally underrepresented groups. In turn, that has ignited the spark that many tag as a “Black Hollywood Renaissance.” ... read more / view event »
Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
February 15, 2019
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Sundance 2019: Chinonye Chukwu First Black Woman to Win U.S. Top Prize
February 14, 2019
Clemency is the second feature film for writer/director Chukwu, who worked on the clemency campaign for Tyra Patterson. Patterson was wrongly accused of murder and eventually released after serving 23 years in prison. ... read more »
At 94, The Legendary Cicely Tyson Remains an ‘Optimist’
February 14, 2019
There isn’t a day – I’m grateful to say – that when I walk out of my doors, I don’t run into somebody who says, ‘I can’t tell you what you’ve done for me. ‘You changed my life,’” Tyson shared with TIME. “It just confirmed for me that I was on the right track and I stayed on the right track.” ... read more »
Black History: Hattie McDaniel First African American Oscar Winner
February 14, 2019
The pinnacle of McDaniel’s career, Gone with the Wind, premiered in 1939 amid controversy. Though the role would eventually lead to an Oscar win for McDaniel, she was banned from the premiere. In fact, none of Gone with the Wind’s Black actors were allowed to attend the film’s Atlanta premiere. ... read more »
Black Film Vets Mentor to New Creatives at Indie Night
February 11, 2019
Indie Night is an example of what a diverse Hollywood may someday resemble if programs like this, stick. The festival doesn’t boast of being a Black thing but there is a high focus on multi-ethnic stories. ... read more »
City Hall Kicks-Off African American History Month with ‘Blacks in Cinema’ Exhibit
February 8, 2019
Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson kicked-off African American History Month surrounded by scores of Black actors, filmmakers and industry professionals during a ceremony in City Hall Council Chambers on Feb. 5. ... read more »
FILM REVIEW: An Acceptable Loss
February 7, 2019
The screenplay by writer/director Joe Chappelle (TV’s Chicago Fire, CSI: Miami, The Wire) pulls in some topical political themes, adds touches of suspense and revenge, but the storyline never amounts to anything extraordinary—and neither does the direction. ... read more »
TIFFANY HADDISH SURPRISES GIRLS AND STAFF AT L.A. COUNTY JUVENILE PROBATION CAMP
February 7, 2019
The girls and staff at Los Angeles County Probation’s Camp Scott were surprised and delighted last month when they received an unannounced visit from actress, comedian and author Tiffany Haddish. ... read more »
5th Annual AAFCA Special Achievement Awards Luncheon
February 7, 2019
The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) handed out awards to seven outstanding individuals representing the best of the entertainment industry at the organization’s fifth annual AAFCA Special Achievement Awards luncheon at the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey. ... read more »
The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Announces Tichina Arnold as Host of its 10th Annual Awards Show
February 6, 2019
The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) is pleased to welcome the amazing Tichina Arnold as the host of our milestone 10th Annual Awards Show. A multi-hyphenated performer, Arnold has been a mainstay in Hollywood and currently stars as Tina Butler opposite Cedric the Entertainer on the CBS hit comedy, "The Neighborhood," which was recently renewed for its second season. ... read more »
‘I see it first and then I make it happen’— Michael Beasley
February 1, 2019
You may not know his name but it’s a good chance that you know actor Michael Beasley by his face, and it’s a nice face even when he has three teardrops painted under his eye, a mark charting the number of people that he murdered.  In real life, Beasley is a 6’3’’ lovable teddy bear.  ... read more »
Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
February 1, 2019
For movies opening February 1, 2019: ... read more »
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