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Watch Trailer For Controversial Artist Kara Walker’s Film ‘An Audience’

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To say that visual installation artist Kara Walker loves controversy and to rile people up is stating the obvious. Her work challenges preconceived notions and ideas about black stereotypes and imagery with very strong political and historical themes. And it’s no mistake that her works can be very disturbing and uncomfortable to experience. But perhaps no work of hers has caused more heated discussion, both pro and con and controversy, than her recent work entitled "A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby." A massive sculpture made from 30 tons of sugar, it was on display in an abandoned Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn this past summer. The work was a »

- Sergio

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Interview: Head Writer Robin Thede on How 'The Nightly Show w/Larry Wilmore' Provides What Late Night TV is Missing

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Announced this week, Comedy Central's latest offering to the late-night news landscape, "The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore," has been renamed "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore," a title the team hopes will lead to less legal trouble. Hosted by Wilmore and featuring frequent guests and contributors, the show is set to take a comedic look at news, current events and pop culture from unique perspectives.  We spoke with "Nightly Show" head writer Robin Thede, an accomplished actress, sketch comedian and writer known for her work on series like "Real Husbands of Hollywood" and "The Queen Latifah Show," as well as viral »

- Jai Tiggett

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Watch Trailer for 'Storms of Carnage: The Black Panther Unleashed Part 2' (A Fan-Made Film)

21 November 2014 6:02 PM, PST

In July, I featured this fan-made short based on the Marvel comic book superhero from Wakanda, titled "Storms of Carnage: The Black Panther Unleashed," written, directed, and edited by D.A. Jackson, starring Wester Joseph, Jeff Moise, Kieran McGrail, Stacston Carter, and D. Al'Deighmian Jackson. Even Storm makes an appearance towards the end of it. This was all months before Marvel made the official announcement of a Black Panther movie, with Chadwick Boseman in the starring role. According to the filmmaker, the short, serving as a kind of origins movie, was made with "only about $50 and a bag of trail mix," adding that, "we set out to make the best fan film »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Rumorville - This Actor Just May Be in Contention to Play Apocalypse in 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

21 November 2014 4:20 PM, PST

So here's the deal folks... Mark Reilly from SchmoesKnow.com and Steven Weintraub from Collider.com host a film series called "Meet the Movie Press," in which they discuss, what else, movies! In the latest episode of the show, resident scooper and Hollywood deal news breaker at The Wrap, Jeff Sneider, called in to talk "X-Men: Apocalypse," the next film in the superhero franchise, which is scheduled for a 2016 release, with Bryan Singer attached to direct, and regulars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, and Evan Peters reprising their respective roles, joined by younger versions of some of the other characters, »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Plenty of "F" Words to Give in New Nsfw Trailer for 'The Wedding Ringer' (Kevin Hart Offers Best Man Services)

21 November 2014 3:03 PM, PST

"The Wedding Ringer" is just one of a handful of projects on Kevin Hart's slate, with highlights that include co-starring with Will Ferrell in a comedy titled "Get Hard," a sequel to the immensely successful "Ride Along," his plans to launch a new 24-hour comedy network later this year, and more. He'll also appear with Chris Rock in "Top Five." Hart is maybe one of the busiest, and most in-demand actors/comedians working right now. I've lost count of the number of projects he's been attached to since the break-out success his stand-up comedy concert "Laugh At My Pain" 3 years ago, which did some impressive damage »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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2015 American Black Film Festival Announces 2015 Dates, Locations, Submission & Registration Deets

21 November 2014 1:53 PM, PST

Film Life, Inc has set dates for the 19th annual American Black Film Festival (Abff), which will take place in New York City, running from June 11-14, 2015, at the New York Hilton Midtown and AMC Empire 25 Theater.  The four-day festival is expanding its programming to include a TV Writers Workshop, Network Expo, and case studies of popular current television shows.  "With the renewed prestige of mainstream television and the proliferation of multi-platform distribution, the Abff will now feature more television-related content that networks can draw on to connect with and promote programming to African American viewers," said Jeff Friday, »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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'The Queen Latifah Show' Has Been Canceled After 2 Seasons

21 November 2014 12:47 PM, PST

So that's it then; the party's over! CBS has canceled "The Queen Latifah Show," although the rest of the season will play out through March of next year. "We want to thank Dana, the producers and the entire staff of 'The Queen Latifah Show' for creating a program that we are all very proud of," Sony Pictures Television, producers of the show, said in a released statement, adding, "Thank you also to our terrific station partners and advertisers who supported the show." The show was co-produced by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith via their Overbrook Entertainment production company.  The Queen addressed the news via her »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Chad Coleman Joins Cast of New Syfy TV Series 'The Expanse' (Might This Signal the Fate of His 'Walking Dead' Character?)

21 November 2014 12:01 PM, PST

Chad Coleman, who took time away from "The Walking Dead" to guest-star on this week's episode of "Law & Order: Svu," playing a former athlete in a Ray Rice-like situation, has joined the cast of Syfy’s upcoming new space drama "The Expanse," which is based on the bestselling book series by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. He joins Thomas Jane and Steven Strait in the galaxy-spanning story of a hardened detective (played by Jane) and rogue ship captain (Strait) who team up to find a missing girl, and find themselves in an interplanetary conspiracy. Coleman will play a supporting character named Fred Johnson, who's described as a »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Doc NYC Review: 'Tales of the Grim Sleeper' Digs into Notorious South Central Los Angeles Serial Killer Case

21 November 2014 11:03 AM, PST

There’s the myth of serial killing, the myth that it’s a “white thing”, the myth that black people may kill, yes, but never from sadistic pleasure. And then there’s reality. The names - Jake Bird, Wayne Williams, Chester Turner, Lorenzo Gilyard, and Andre Crawford - historical proof that whatever compulsion it is that moves the Ted Bundy’s and John Wayne Gacy’s of the world to murder, can be found in black men, too. It’s a compulsion that’s explored in “Tales of the Grim Sleeper,” Nick Broomfield’s latest documentary about the now infamous serial killer, Lonnie Franklin Jr. Between the mid-1980s up until his eventual arrest in 2010, Franklin would kill nearly a »

- Zeba Blay

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Young Boy Humiliated for Cross-Dressing in Powerful Short 'A Long Walk' by Chinonye Chukwu

21 November 2014 10:21 AM, PST

Starring Colman Domingo, Da'Vine Randolph, Francoise Battiste, Jibreel Mawry and Darius Darby, and directed by Chinonye Chukwu ("alaskaLand"), short film "A Long Walk" is has now been released online by the filmmaker, after a successful film festival circuit tour.  The summary is as follows: "A father humiliates his son by parading him through the neighborhood in women's clothing in front of all the other kids on a summer day. The impact of that decision ripples through his family and best friend's lives for years to come. This story is based on true events." The true events are borrowed from the memoir of writer Samuel Autman, who detailed his »

- Jai Tiggett

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Review: 'Stones In The Sun' Is a Deeply Affecting Tale of Haitian Immigrants In The USA (Opens Today)

21 November 2014 9:48 AM, PST

A film we've been covering since late 2012, finally opens, although in a limited theatrical release, today (check your local listings)... It’s seldom we get to see authentic, complex and tactful character representations from the West Indies on the screen, especially in cinema. In her compelling and heartfelt feature film debut, Haitian filmmaker Patricia Benoit follows three Haitian immigrant families seeking refuge in Brooklyn NY from the sociopolitical upheaval surrounding them in their native country during the 1980’s.  Benoit – who also wrote the screenplay - has crafted a movingly poignant and observant film in "Stones in the Sun." The finely interwoven »

- Vanessa Martinez

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Watch Trailer for Upcoming Doc 'Chronicles of Summer' (3 Young Black Girls Shaping Their Identity)

21 November 2014 9:45 AM, PST

Chicago based filmmaker Ife Olatunji is currently putting on the finishing touches on her new feature length documentary, "Chronicles of Summer: Childhood in South Shore," which centers around 3 close friends, Indigo, Ameera, and Akili all 8 years old and growing up on the South Side of Chicago. As Ms. Olatunji states, both girls were given the opportunity to participate in visual and performance arts after school. But when school ends for the summer, it was up to the parents in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago where they live to find a safe and affordable education for their daughters. "Despite financial and family troubles, parents enroll their kids in »

- Sergio

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Revenge Has a new Name in First Trailer for British Actioner 'Montana'

21 November 2014 8:49 AM, PST

Typically, in movies with this particular kind of mentor/mentee narrative, the black man is often the mentor (think Morgan Freeman), as in the old sage who trains or imparts his profound wisdom on the younger mentee, who's usually played by a white actor.  In the upcoming thriller "Montana," British director Mo Ali’s second feature, the script is flipped, so to speak. It stars Lars MikkelsenMichelle Fairley, Adam Deacon, Ashley Walters and newcomer McKell David, who made a brief appearance in last year's award-winning British drama "My Brother the Devil." Synopsis: On the mean streets of London's East End, fourteen-year old Montana (McKell David) »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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New 'Selma' TV Spot Highlights Leader, Rebel, Legend, Man in Mlk w/ New Footage

21 November 2014 8:16 AM, PST

Here's a new TV spot for Ava DuVernay's "Selma," which Paramount Pictures has set a Christmas day initial limited release date for, followed by a nationwide theatrical expansion on January 9, 2015.  Telling the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic voting rights struggle, the film’s release will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the landmark legislation. David Oyelowo leads a cast that includes Carmen EjogoTom Wilkinson, Colman Domingo, Tim Roth, Giovanni RibisiKeith Stanfield, Andre Holland, Tessa Thompson, Kent Faulcon, Oprah Winfrey and more, in a film produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Christian Colson (who won an Oscar »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Crowdfund This: 'The Reunion' (A Film Whose Time is Now)

21 November 2014 8:15 AM, PST

Though she didn’t plan it this way, writer/director Carmen Elly-Wilkerson's current dramatic short film in progress, "The Reunion," could not be coming out at a better time. With all the controversy regarding Bill Cosby, Ms. Elly-Wilkerson’s film deals with that very subject of sexual assault, and its long lingering after effects on its victims. The film centers around four young women who find themselves in a serious dilemma the morning after a party, where one of them drank too much and was attacked. The friends then have to make the wrenching decision about what they must do next - tell their parents, call the police or, as in so many real instances, to keep it a »

- Sergio

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'Scandal' Winter Finale Recap: "Where the Sun Don’t Shine"

21 November 2014 7:55 AM, PST

Jake and Fitz are still at each other’s throats and Papa Pope is in the wind. Fitz has sent all of his man power after Rowan, but to no avail. Instead of finding Big Pappa, they find Olivia’s Mama who Rowan had said he killed. (We all know that he didn't kill her, apparently he's obsessed with her, visiting her every day.)Mama Pope seems crazed and deranged as usual. Either she’s lost her mind from living in that death hole for so long, or she actually doesn't think that Liv is on to her and her conniving ways. But oh, Olivia is most certainly on. She orders her boys to charge her mother with murder, terrorism and treason, and then she tells them to hunt down her father and kill him.  »

- Aramide A Tinubu

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Doc NYC Reviews: 'Stop,' 'Capturing Grace,' and 'Some Kind of Spark' (An NYC-Set Trio)

20 November 2014 3:47 PM, PST

In “Capturing Grace”, director David Iverson closely follows the lives of a unique dance company who call themselves the Brooklyn Parkinson’s Dance Group. Under the tutelage of the renowned Mark Morris Dance group, the diverse elderly use movement through dance to navigate living with a disease that has taken over their bodies. It’s a quintessential “New York” documentary in many ways, one that relies heavily on the landscape, the soundscape, the colorful characters of the city to bring texture and variation to a relatively straightforward story. It’s these “characters” that add the majority of whatever charm the film has. One older couple in the group, Reggie and Bobbye Butts, form much »

- Zeba Blay

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Ka'ramuu Kush Re-Releases His Award-Winning Short 'And Then..." In Anticipation of New Project Announcement

20 November 2014 3:08 PM, PST

In anticipation of the official announcement of his next project, scheduled for next week Monday, writer/director Ka'ramuu Kush, winner of the 3rd Annual Shadow & Act Filmmaker Challenge, has re-released the award-winning short film, "And Then...," which he co-wrote with Aisha Hinds and directed. The buzzed-about film, after it's initial limited online release, drew nearly 20,000 views, before the end of its brief streaming run; it was published on this blog a year ago, when it went live, and many of you got to see it. And now, the sexy, provocative short film is back for those who missed it, as Kush, who's since been in his lab cooking up his next project, has re-released »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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TV News for Paris Barclay, Reg E. Cathey, Ron Canada, Merrin Dungey, Osy Ikhile, Dave Chappelle

20 November 2014 2:12 PM, PST

- "West Wing" alum, Ron Canada, has been cast in the recurring role of the crisis-bungling NYC mayor for season 2 of FX's drama, "The Strain." - Merrin Dungey ("Alias") has booked a role as one of Disney's most well-known villains - "The Little Mermaid's" Ursula the Sea Witch, in the ABC series "Once Upon a Time."  - Reg E. Cathey has joined the cast of "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman's Cinemax drama pilot "Outcast," which is based on his new comic book of the same name, which centers on Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit), who has been plagued by possession since he was a »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Taye Diggs Will Play a Flamboyant Actor in Comedy Musical 'One Shot'

20 November 2014 1:27 PM, PST

Taye Diggs will join Topher Grace in a new film musical comedy titled "One Shot," for Brillstein Entertainment, Dark Factory Entertainment and Ag Studios. To be directed by music video director Isaac Rentz, from a script penned by Gerry De Leon and Greg Lisi, the story centers on a failed Broadway singer-turned-production manager (played by Grace) who, on opening night, must save the production by wrangling his eccentric cast and crew before chaos ensues. Diggs will play a character named Malcolm, a flamboyant actor. That's all we know about the character thus far. Grace is co-producing the film, by the way. Production is set to begin in December in Mexico City. And if »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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