"When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts"
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Spike TV Developing Scripted Drama Series, "When The Levee Breaks," on Race & Law Enforcement

2 June 2015 3:03 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Not to be confused with another Spike (surname Lee) and his documentary ("When the Levees Broke")...   Spike TV is teaming up with screenwriter Kurt Wimmer ( "Law Abiding Citizen," "Salt," and the upcoming "Point Break") to develop a new dramatic TV series titled "When The Levee Breaks," which will reflect "a number of hot-button issues that are culturally relevant today, including race and law enforcement," says the press release. "When The Levee Breaks" follows events that take place when an illegal strike by the Lapd threatens chaos in Los Angeles. An African American cop, said to be the series' central »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Spike TV Developing Scripted Drama Series, "When The Levee Breaks," on Race & Law Enforcement

2 June 2015 3:03 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Not to be confused with another Spike (surname Lee) and his documentary ("When the Levees Broke")...   Spike TV is teaming up with screenwriter Kurt Wimmer ( "Law Abiding Citizen," "Salt," and the upcoming "Point Break") to develop a new dramatic TV series titled "When The Levee Breaks," which will reflect "a number of hot-button issues that are culturally relevant today, including race and law enforcement," says the press release. "When The Levee Breaks" follows events that take place when an illegal strike by the Lapd threatens chaos in Los Angeles. An African American cop, said to be the series' central character, investigates the murders of two racist cops whose deaths provoked the illegal Lapd strike - and whose murders he himself may be linked to. "We are thrilled to partner with such an incredibly innovative and creative film visionary such as Kurt Wimmer," said Sharon Levy, Executive...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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‘Bessie’ Director Dee Rees on Bessie Smith’s Ferocity and Facing Prejudice

6 May 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Queen Latifah delivers a fierce performance in “Bessie,” the upcoming HBO biopic about blues legend Bessie Smith. The character is prone to sudden outbursts of violence — slapping and smacking and turning over tables — that are startling to see from a woman, even one of such physical stature, and even when they come in self-defense.

There is also a ferocity in the way the camera artfully captures the character’s intimidating, in-your-face aspect that makes it hard to believe that “Bessie,” which premieres May 16 on the premium cabler, is the work of a director with only one previous feature-length narrative film under her belt. But there’s more than a little of Bessie Smith’s determination in writer-director Dee Rees.

Bessie doesn’t go around things; she goes straight through. She’s always coming right at the camera,” Rees explains. “I used a lot of Steadicam to (add) that dynamic movement to the character. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Michigan State University Opens Exhibition of Poster Art of Art Sims

5 March 2015 9:20 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Exactly a year ago I did a revealing and very informative interview with the pioneering African American graphic designer Art Sims (read Here) whose advertising and marketing agency 1124 has been responsible for cutting edge ad campaigns for many of the most important black and urban themed films and TV productions, such as  HBO’s When The Levees Broke, Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, Mo Better Blues, Love and Basketball, Clockers, and The Color Purple among so many other films. And last month at the Michigan State University in East Lansing Michigan , which is where the Detroit native graduated from,  in its museum opened an exhibition of his most famous movie »

- Sergio

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