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Films About African Americans In Africa (Things That Make You Go Hmm…)

30 June 2010 12:10 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

I likely wouldn’t have posted the below trailer, but in watching it, it got me thinking – not about the obvious, hackneyed fish-out-water, white-person-in-Africa (broadly speaking) storyline, as you might think. But rather, I realized that I couldn’t come up with many titles of fictional narrative feature films that centered on stories about African Americans going to Africa for whatever reason the story itself suggests, or who are already living there.

We’ve obviously had quite a number of films about white Americans or White Europeans either already living in Africa, or visiting some African country, in search of something or someone – whether it’s salvation, redemption, inspiration, vacation, themselves, their spouses, children, friends, their dogs, cats, apes, whatever; and it’s rare that they’re villains, nor in positions of inferiority. Also, those that are historically based usually involve white settlers, or remnants of colonialism, who come to »

- Tambay

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Today’s Birthdays – 3/4/10

4 March 2010 5:24 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Shavar Ross is 39 today. Those who’ve been reading this blog for awhile will know that Shavar is also a reader and posts comments occasionally. Most will probably remember him as Dudley from Different Strokes in the 80s. But he’s done a lot of other TV work since then – notably parts in Magnum Pi, Designing Women, Amen, Growing Pains, The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air, Chicago Hope, and a few others. He also played a young Booker T Washington in the 1984 made-for-tv movie Booker, which Curtis recently profiled on this blog (read that post Here). Shavar has his own website which you can check out Here.

Mykelti Williamson is 53 today. He was last seen in Black Dynamite and The Final Destination, both in 2009; he also has a recurring role on Fox’s 24. He can next be seen in a WWII drama titled, Algona, currently listed as being in pre-production. »

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