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Ava DuVernay’s Film Collective ARRAY Partners with Google to Create Feature Film Grant for Underrepresented Creatives    
June 4, 2021
This week, ARRAY announced a partnership with Google to offer emerging creatives from historically underrepresented communities with the opportunity to apply for a career-changing $500,000 feature film grant.  ARRAY is a  grassroots distribution, arts and advocacy collective focused on amplifying work by people of color and women, founded by acclaimed director Ava DuVernay. The ARRAY + Google Feature Film Grant, which will provide funds to produce the recipient’s first full-length feature film, was instituted as a way to help build a more equitable and inclusive artistic community of diverse storytellers.  ... read more »
Howard University Announces Legendary Actress, Alumna Phylicia Rashad As Dean of the Newly Reestablished College of Fine Arts
May 28, 2021
“In this full circle moment, Ms. Phylicia Rashad will take the training and skills that she honed as a student at Howard and exuded in an outstanding performing career, and she will share those pearls of wisdom with the next generation of students in the College of Fine Arts. Her passion for the arts and student success makes her a perfect fit for this role,” announced Howard’s Provost Anthony K. Wutoh. ... read more »
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Police Force Cutting into Family Ties: 23-Year-Old Targeted by an Order Given by His Uncle
May 20, 2021
On Tuesday, May 10, Attorney Carl Douglas, and Black Lives Matter Los Angeles Co-founder Melina Abdullah joined 23-year-old filmmaker Jamal Shakir to announce a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles and LAPD police officer, Eric Anderson. The premise of the case sounded like many others, law enforcement using overly aggressive force to manage a peaceful protest, but for Shakir, the order for his attack came directly from a family member. ... read more »
Brian Hooks Opens Free Filmmaking Program for Inner City Youth
May 6, 2021
Prolific actor and director Brian Hooks is known for his animated comedic performances; be that as it may, his recent off-screen efforts have led to a new philanthropic journey outside of the spotlight. ... read more »
Oscar-Nominated Short Film ‘A Concerto is a Conversation’ celebrates Local legend Horace Bowers and Bowers & Sons Cleaners
April 22, 2021
“A Concerto is a Conversation” tracks his family’s lineage through his 91-year-old grandfather Horace from Jim Crow Florida to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. ... read more »
The Life and Legacy of DMX
April 15, 2021
A tragic close to the life of an artist who is considered one of the great song writers. ... read more »
Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Andra Day pick up Oscar nominations, Regina King — snubbed!
March 18, 2021
Nine actors of color earned Academy Award nominations setting an Oscar record for diversity in key categories ... read more »
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‘Killing of Emmett Till’ — why his murder still rings in our ears!
March 18, 2021
The new short film is causing the right conversations in communities across the world. ... read more »
LEIMERT PARK ALTERCATION HALTS FILM PRODUCTION
March 17, 2021
A physical altercation between safety personnel and members of a South Los Angeles grassroots coalition on February 25 in Leimert Park Village cut short a film production and threatens future filming revenue in an area that has struggled economically, first from construction of the Metro Crenshaw/LAX Line and more recently from the Coronavirus pandemic. ... read more »
Study: Portrayals Of Black Women/Girls Improving In Film & TV, But Work Needed
March 5, 2021
Portrayals of Black women and girls in film are showing signs of progress, with their characters more likely to be depicted as leaders or as working in STEM professions than white women, but issues of ``colorism'' still exist, according to a study released today. ... read more »
Six Feet Over presents ‘Two Distant Strangers’ — a look at one Black man’s worst nightmare
February 25, 2021
What happened to Mr. Floyd, in part, is the inspiration for “Two Distant Strangers” which is essentially an African-American man's worst nightmare. ... read more »
‘If Not Now, When?’ the first feature film co-directed by African American women —Meagan Good and Tamara Bass
January 14, 2021
It’s a story of love, forgiveness, and the incredible bond between women. ... read more »
Top Stories of Entertainment 2020
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