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Aminata Hits Back in New Clip from 'The Book of Negroes'

26 December 2014 4:32 PM, PST

It's only a 15 second clip, unfortunately, so there isn't much to it in terms of length; but I thought it was worth sharing, given what is contained within those 15 seconds.    Clement Virgo's much-anticipated film adaptation of author Lawrence Hill’s award-winning bestseller, "The Book of Negroes," stars Aunjanue Ellis in a film that boasts one of the strongest female characters in recent fiction. The novel's synopsis reads: "Abducted as an 11-year-old child from her village in West Africa and forced to walk for months to the sea in a coffle—a string of slaves— Aminata Diallo is sent to live as a slave in South Carolina. But years later, she »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch 3 New Clips from Lee Daniels' New Fox Drama Series 'Empire' (Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson Star)

26 December 2014 12:37 PM, PST

To be frank, I really have no idea what to expect from this upcoming new series. None. The trailers thus far haven't won me over, but they haven't turned me off either. So, I'm in Limbo, waiting to finally watch a few episodes to get a good feel of what creator Lee Daniels has cooked off for us. At the very least, as with much of Daniels' work and my responses to each one, I don't expect to be bored! He's almost always guaranteed to provoke in one way or another, and that's actually one of the traits of Lee Daniels' work I genuinely appreciate. Although the fact that it's on Fox, instead of a cable TV network concerns me a bit, because Daniels just isn't at his best when he's constrained to »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch 'Bound: Africans vs. African-Americans' Director, Peres Owino's Impassioned Discussion of the Film

26 December 2014 10:57 AM, PST

An update on a documentary you might recall we featured its fundraising efforts for, towards the end of 2011. 3 years later, the controversial documentary, directed by Kenyan-born Peres Owino, previously-titled "African vs African American: Silent Sibling Rivalry," and now called "Bound: Africans vs. African-Americans," is complete and is traveling the film festival circuit, with a most recent stop at the New York African Diaspora Film Festival, where it won the Public Award for Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color, as announced by the festival a week ago. Focusing on the complex struggle between Africans and African Americans, the film »

- Vanessa Martinez

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How Did 'Selma' Do at the Box Office on Its First Day in Release?

26 December 2014 9:35 AM, PST

Sergio's box office report on Sunday will have the full weekend numbers; but I thought it was worth mentioning how it did on its first day in release, given near-universal excitement over the film. I assume a lot of you account for its box office take over the last 24 hours or so. So here it is... Paramount opened the Ava DuVernay-directed "Selma" on just 19 screens in select markets, to a gross of $317,000, for a per/screen average of over $16,600. Those figures are actually quite healthy, considering that the film had quite a bit of high profile competition, namely, Tim Burton's "Big Eyes" which opened on 1,307 screens, "The Gambler" »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Marathon of New High-Definition Re-Mastering of 'The Wire' (Full Series) Starts Today on HBO

26 December 2014 9:14 AM, PST

What else is there to do on the day after Christmas, if not watching maybe the most-loved series in TV history, "The Wire," which, fans will be pleased to know that, 6 years since the conclusion of the HBO series and worldwide phenomenon, a brand new High-Definition upgrade of all 60 episodes, debuts Today on HBO Signature and HBO Go.  In fact, season 1 just started at noon Est (it's 12:15pm right now, so you've only missed a few minutes - assuming you're reading this post soon after 12:15pm Est).  The entire series has been re-mastered in 16x9 Full-Frame HD, from more than 8,000 reels of original 35mm camera negative, allowing for a tighter fit on widescreen TVs and »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Directors Guild of America Honors Gordon Parks on Its 2015 Membership Card

26 December 2014 8:52 AM, PST

The Directors Guild of America (which is the official craft union for film and TV directors and assistant directors) has honored pioneering African-American film director, Gordon Parks (1912-2006), by putting his image on their official 2015 membership card. It's appropriate that the picture of Parks obviously comes from a set photo, taken while he was directing his first feature film, "The Learning Tree" for Warner Bros, released in 1969, which was based on his semi-autobiographical book telling of his experiences as a young man in rural Kansas, during the late 1920’s. But to say that Parks was just a film director is only telling part of his »

- Sergio

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HBO Teases Bessie Smith Biopic Footage in 2015 Highlight Reel

26 December 2014 8:29 AM, PST

Emphasis on the word "tease" because it's just that, as part of a much longer reel that includes highlights from 2014, and what the premium cable TV network has in store for subscribers in 2015. But I thought I'd share it anyway, while we wait for the eventual release of the first full trailer. The Dee Rees-directed Bessie Smith biopic, stars Queen Latifah stars in the title role. She's joined in front of the camera by Mo’Nique and Khandi Alexander, playing Ma Rainey "Mother Of The Blues," and Bessie Smith's older sister, Viola, respectively. Charles S. Dutton plays William “Pa” Rainey, husband to Ma Rainey; Mike Epps is »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Egypt & Morocco Ban Ridley Scott's 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' for Historical Inaccuracies

26 December 2014 7:57 AM, PST

Maybe a small victory of sorts, for the many who've protested the film's inaccuracies - notably its character depictions rooted in the director's casting choices ... According to several Egyptian and Moroccan press outlets I read this morning, both countries have banned local cinemas from showing Ridley Scott's biblical epic movie "Exodus: Gods and Kings" - this happening a day before the Hollywood blockbuster was due to be released in each. The managers of the Renaissance cinema in Rabat (Morocco) said they were told the ban was nationwide, reported TelQuel magazine, the French-Language weekly Moroccan paper. Meanwhile, Egyptian censorship board head Abdul Sattar Fathy said, »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Dylan Green's Top 14 Films of 2014

24 December 2014 11:39 AM, PST

Editor's note: There'll likely be a few of these published over the next couple of weeks, as contributors to this site chime in with their "top," "worst," "overrated" and other film picks of the year. Here's Dylan Green's "top" list... Yet another year has come and gone, and according to the unwritten rules of The Internet, that means it’s list time! 2014 was a year of surprises in the world of cinema, not the least of which include Martin Luther King Jr. finally getting his own movie, Marvel Studios proving that they really can make a good movie out of anything, and offerings from across genres transcending their boundaries and expectations. It »

- Dylan Green

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Preview Own's Doc on One of America's Most Exclusive & Historically Significant African American Communities

24 December 2014 10:21 AM, PST

Here's a first look at the upcoming new Own documentary, "Sag Harbor," which explores one of America's most exclusive and historically significant African-American beach communities.  The 1-hour special, which premieres on Saturday, January 3 at 10 pm Et/Pt, takes viewers on an unprecedented journey inside, featuring the locale's current homeowners, including popular restauranteur and lifestyle pioneer, B. Smith. Located in the heart of New York's The Hamptons, the tight knit enclave was established as a refuge from racism in the early 20th century. With the recent housing boom, this once all African American neighborhood is now fighting to hold on to its »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Learn About Jazz With This 46-Minute Cannonball Adderley-Narrated 'A Child's Introduction to Jazz' (1961)

24 December 2014 9:30 AM, PST

It's X-Mas eve, so not much to report on today, as you'd expect. It seems like a perfect day to share something like this... In short, in 1961, jazz alto saxophonist of the hard bop era of the 1950s and 1960s, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley - remembered for his 1966 single "Mercy Mercy Mercy," and for his work with on one of Miles Davis' most appreciated albums, "Kind of Blue" (1959) - narrated a children’s introduction to jazz music, titled "A Child’s Introduction to Jazz."  While it was made for the kiddies, I think it can also be appreciated by adults who need an intro to the art form. Documenting the major styles and great »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Denzel Washington Is One of Hollywood's Most Overpaid Stars, According to Forbes

24 December 2014 8:23 AM, PST

I’m not sure just how useful these Forbes lists really are (and there are many of them every year), but we certainly are entertained by them – at least, I am. This time around, we’re presented with a list of the 10 most overpaid Hollywood stars. To create the list, Forbes says that it looked at the 100 biggest stars in Hollywood. To qualify, each actor had to have starred in at least three movies that opened in more than 500 theaters, over the last five years. They then calculated a return-on-investment number for each star by dividing total income on the three films by the star’s total compensation, including up-front salaries and earnings from DVD and TV sales. »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch Trailer for George Tillman Jr’s New Film 'The Longest Ride'

24 December 2014 7:33 AM, PST

Admittedly, I was a little hesitant to post this, since it’s not a black film, as it doesn't tell a story about black people in it (at least, it doesn't look that way in the trailer). But it was directed by a black director, George Tillman Jr. And as you can see, his latest film, "The Longest Ride," for Fox, coming out on April 10th, is light years away from anything he’s done previously, including "Soul Food," "Notorious," "Men of Honor," "Faster" and "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete." This time around, Tillman heads straight into young rural romance territory, in this film version of Nicholas Sparks’ best »

- Sergio

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Fox News and Black Viewers Still Don’t Mix (You Can’t Be Surprised, Are You?)

23 December 2014 4:21 PM, PST

Back in February, I reported the news that, in 2013, black viewers accounted for only a measly 1.1. percent of all viewers of Fox News (Here). Well, last week, Nielsen viewer numbers for 2014 came out, and, guess what, the number of black viewers dropped even lower, to just one percent. That’s 1 as in…1. With an average viewership of just over 2 million, that means that only about 20,000 of them are black on any given night. When you think about it, that's really staggering. I can’t think of another network that gets that low a number of black viewers, which means that, either things are not working out at Fox News or, more accurately, things are working out fine, just the way »

- Sergio

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TV Casting News: Da’vine Joy Randolph, Ernie Hudson, Alfonso Ribeiro, Loretta Devine, Roger Cross, Keith & Kenny Lucas

23 December 2014 3:25 PM, PST

Some TV news stories you should know about... First, Da’vine Joy Randolph has been cast as a female lead in "Vice Principals," HBO’s 18-episode comedy series from "Eastbound & Down" creators Danny McBride and Jody Hill. "Vice Principals" tells the story of a high school and the people who almost run it: the vice principals. Randolph plays Dr. Belinda Brown, the confident & powerful new Principal at Lincoln High school. Second, Ernie Hudson has been cast as King Poseidon in ABC’s "Once Upon A Time." He'll first appear in episode 15 of the fairytale drama’s »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Review: 'Selma' Is a Definitive Portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a Movement

23 December 2014 2:40 PM, PST

It opens in 2 days, in a limited release, on 19 screens across the country... here's Nijla's review from AFI, if you missed it... In any historical record, there's an official narrative and a human narrative. The human narrative in Ava DuVernay’s epic film "Selma," shows us four little girls dressed in their Sunday best, talking about hairstyles when their bodies are blown away in an explosion of fire and hate. This scene establishes the severity of white supremacist violence in America at this time, just a year before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would win the Nobel Peace Prize. The official narrative, available in many schools and media, gives us a »

- Nijla Mumin

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Crowdfund This: Indie Film Explores Issues That haunt an African American Middle Class Family

23 December 2014 1:47 PM, PST

Instead of me yapping, I'll let the award-winning filmmaker (D. Channsin Berry), who I'm sure some of you are familiar with, do that for himself, since he does it so eloquently and humbly in the video below. Details on the project (image above is of the starring cast, which Berry mentions in the pitch video): What happens when the family drama starts with sibling rivalry and ends with parental loyalty? From the critically acclaimed and award winning Director and Producer of “The Black Line” (series) “Crossing Over…The Sam Cooke Story” and “Dark Girls,” D. Channsin Berry (Urban Winter Entertainment), comes a new family drama about sibling rivalry and what happens when a parent’s love »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch Music Video for Maya Angelou's 'Harlem Hopscotch' (Feat. Nia Peeples, Alfonso Ribeiro, Zendaya)

23 December 2014 12:48 PM, PST

Details on the official music video for Dr. Maya Angelou’s “Harlem Hopscotch,” via Own press release below... Dr. Angelou’s inspiring song is featured on the newly released album “Caged Bird Songs,” produced by RoccStar and Shawn Rivera of the R&B vocal pop group Az Yet. The song is about encouraging everyone, especially young people to persevere through life despite any obstacles! The game of hopscotch is symbolic of the difficulties of life and the obstacles that some face, whether they be wealthy or poor. The music video was directed by and features choreography from Emmy award-winning duo Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo, a/k/a NappyTabs, best known for their work on the hit »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch Teaser Trailer for 'Spider Stories' - Animated Fantasy Series Set in Fictitious African Kingdom

23 December 2014 11:46 AM, PST

Time sure flies! It seemed like not-so long ago when we featured the Kickstarter campaign for this project, from sibling filmmakers - John and Charles Agbaje. But it was actually in February of 2013 - almost 2 years ago. The fundraising campaign was successful, raising over $30,000, and, since then, the brothers have been at work, creating what will eventually become a series. It's a work or animation - a process that can take a very long time to completion. So 2 years is really nothing! But, as they told me back then, the series is set in a fantasy world based on pan-African culture and mythology. Titled "Spider Stories: An Animated Film," it tells the story of »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Interview: Common On James Bevel And The Real-Life Superheroes of ‘Selma’

23 December 2014 10:31 AM, PST

Musician-turned actor Common may’ve burned up TV screens recently as Elam Ferguson in “Hell On Wheels,” but he takes a sincere and promising turn as Civil Rights leader James Bevel in Director Ava DuVernay’s highly-praised film, “Selma” which chronicles the momentous marches that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. With a striking resemblance to the young Bevel, Common infuses a contemporary defiance into the character. I caught up with Common to discuss his elation at getting the role, his research into the real-life James Bevel, and why he sees “Selma” as a superhero film in its own right. "Selma" opens in New York City, Los »

- Nijla Mumin

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