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Gentrification, Transgender Lives, Cuba Are All Subjects Tackled in HBO’s Fall Documentary Lineup

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HBO has confirmed a diverse array of timely and thought-provoking documentaries for the second half of 2016, including two films spotlighting Cuba and its people, and another that highlights the effects of hyper-gentrification in New York City’s West Chelsea neighborhood; and… Continue Reading → »

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HBO Sets Premiere Date for Issa Rae’s ‘Insecure’ + Releases New Teaser

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Created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, the comedy series “Insecure” launches its eight-episode season on Sunday, October 9, at 10:30pm, exclusively on HBO. Rae stars as Issa and Yvonne Orji stars as Molly on the show which explores the friendship of… Continue Reading → »

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14th Annual Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival Announces Solid Lineup

29 July 2016 12:51 PM, PDT

  The 14th Annual Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival (Mvaaff), presented by Run&Shoot Filmworks, to be held from August 8–13, 2016, will feature a slate of high-caliber films from emergent filmmakers, panels, conversations and premiere events. Sponsored by HBO,… Continue Reading → »

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‘Central Intelligence’ Is the Highest Grossing Action-Comedy of the Year, Worldwide

29 July 2016 12:45 PM, PDT

For those of you who have said that you can’t stand Kevin Hart, this may come as annoying news for you. His action-comedy film “Central Intelligence”, in which he co-stars with Dwayne Johnson, from director Rawson Marshall Thurber, officially became the… Continue Reading → »

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Morgan Freeman Joins Misty Copeland in Disney’s Live-Action Film Adaptation of ‘The Nutcracker’

29 July 2016 12:00 PM, PDT

Update 7/29/16: Announced today, Morgan Freeman is in talks to join Disney’s upcoming live-action “The Nutcracker.” Assuming these talks lead to an agreement, Freeman will join a cast that includes Misty Copeland as the lead ballerina and Mackenzie Foy starring… Continue Reading → »

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New in Theaters Today: Watch 2 Clips From Emotional ‘Hollywood Beauty Salon’

29 July 2016 11:48 AM, PDT

Directed by Glenn Holsten, the “Hollywood Beauty Salon” at the center of the feature documentary of the same name, is described as an intimate beauty parlor that happens to be part of the NHS Germantown Recovery Community, which is a… Continue Reading → »

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In Theaters + VOD Today: Steven Caple Jr.’s Sundance 2016 Feature, ‘The Land’ (Trailer)

29 July 2016 11:09 AM, PDT

Today, Friday, July 29th, 2016, IFC Films opens (in theaters and on VOD) writer/director Steven Caple Jr.’s dramatic feature “The Land,” which made its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. “The Land” follows 4 teenage boys who… Continue Reading → »

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Black Women’s Film Confronts the Whitewashing of Jonestown

29 July 2016 10:10 AM, PDT

For most people, the story of the 1978 Jonestown massacre is simple—a bunch of gullible Kool Aid drinking cultists from San Francisco followed a crazy manipulative white man into the jungle “Heart of Darkness” style and were systematically killed in… Continue Reading → »

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Stanley Nelson to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at News & Documentary Emmy Awards

29 July 2016 9:08 AM, PDT

  The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that the 2016 News & Documentary Emmy Award honoree for Lifetime Achievement is documentarian and founder of Firelight Media, Stanley Nelson. Mr. Nelson is to be honored for his… Continue Reading → »

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Netflix’s First Original Sports Documentary Series – Gut-Wrenching Look at World of College Football – Premieres Today

29 July 2016 7:50 AM, PDT

Today, July 29, 2016, Netflix premieres an original six-part documentary series “Last Chance U,” exclusively to Netflix members worldwide. Directed by Greg Whiteley, “Last Chance U” is described as a “character driven, gut-wrenching” behind-the-scenes look at the world of college… Continue Reading → »

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Documentary ‘Miss Sharon Jones!’ Opens Today – We Spoke to the Film’s Star

29 July 2016 7:39 AM, PDT

For twenty years, soul singer Sharon Jones has cultivated a world-wide audience with her sensational albums, performances and stunning voice. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings have been heard in everything from FitBit commercials, to Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf Of Wall… Continue Reading → »

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Eddie Murphy’s First New Film in Five Years (‘Mr. Church’) Gets a USA Release Date

28 July 2016 5:00 PM, PDT

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Disney Is Rebooting ‘The Rocketeer’ With a Black Female Lead

28 July 2016 1:38 PM, PDT

The Rocketeer,” the 1991 Disney period superhero film that starred Billy Campbell, is getting a reboot – with a twist. The original film was based on the character of the same name created by comic book artist and writer Dave Stevens.… Continue Reading → »

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TBS Orders Notorious B.I.G.-Inspired Scripted TV Series + ‘Storyville’ (Featuring Questlove + Others)

28 July 2016 1:10 PM, PDT

TBS has ordered a scripted series “loosely based on the lyrics of the late rapper The Notorious B.I.G.“ says the press release from the network. Titled “Think B.I.G.” the scripted series will chronicle the misadventures of “an inner-city teen desperately trying… Continue Reading → »

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Luminal Theater & Bondfire Radio Short Film Night in Brooklyn (7/29); Films by Mtume Gant, Shavon Meyers + More

28 July 2016 1:03 PM, PDT

  Tomorrow night, July 29th in Brooklyn, NYC, The Luminal Theater, a soon-to-open microcinema dedicated to African diaspora cinema to be located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant of Brooklyn, along with the live streaming network Bondfire Radio are hosting an exclusive Short… Continue Reading → »

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Promo + Poster: Tyler Lepley Leads Cast of New TV One Original Movie, ‘Ringside’ (Coming in September)

28 July 2016 12:39 PM, PDT

Building on the success of the network’s original film strategy led by hits “Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story” and its 2015 American Black Film Festival screenplay competition winner “Bad Dad Rehab,” TV One steps into the sports… Continue Reading → »

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Kickstart This: Gentrification Comedy ‘Guap’

28 July 2016 12:07 PM, PDT

  Yet another worthy Kickstarter campaign for you all to support, this one with an underrepresented segment in film – the Dominican-American experience. Obie Award Winning actor Chris Myers makes his solo writing debut with “Guap,” a quirky character driven… Continue Reading → »

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Week-Long Exclusive Engagement (NYC) for New Restoration of Charles Burnett’s ‘To Sleep with Anger’

28 July 2016 11:49 AM, PDT

Unfortunately this is only for New Yorkers, one week only, September 9-15, 2016; although it may travel. Details from the Film Society of Lincoln Center… Charles Burnett became known to world cinema when his 1978 UCLA thesis film, “Killer of Sheep,”… Continue Reading → »

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Rocky Carroll Joins ‘Henrietta Lacks’ Cast

28 July 2016 11:37 AM, PDT

Update 7/28/16: “NCIS” star Rocky Carroll joined the growing cast of HBO’s film adaptation of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” which Oprah Winfrey and Renee Elise Goldsberry are also attached to star in. This news comes on the heels of the… Continue Reading → »

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Frontline on PBS Will Examine Deep Racial Divisions in 4-Hour Documentary, ‘Divided States of America’

28 July 2016 10:12 AM, PDT

Days before the inauguration of the 45th American president in January 2017, PBS’ Frontline documentary series will premiere “Divided States of America,” a four-hour, two-night documentary miniseries that looks back at events during the Obama presidency that have revealed deep… Continue Reading → »

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