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17 Aug

Trailer for “Digging for Weldon Irvine” Documentary

by Jordan Darville | The Fader (God I loved this guy's music; still miss him.) Weldon Irvine, jazz musician, playwright, pioneer of liberated black artistic expression, and mentor to rappers like Q-Tip and Mos Def, is the subject of an upcoming film Digging For Weldon Irvine. Watch a trailer for the film above.The film, directed by Victorious DeCosta, will cover Irvine's beginnings in Hampton, Virginia, into his breakout as Nina Simone's bandleader and the lyricist behind the civil rights anthem "Young, Gifted &...
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2 Aug

F&%K “Confederate”: “Black America” Speculates on Post-Reparations Alt-History

Will Packer & Aaron McGruder   ‘Black America’: Amazon Alt-History Drama From Will Packer & Aaron McGruder Envisions Post-Reparations America by Nellie Andreeva | Deadline EXCLUSIVE: A century and a half after slavery was abolished in the U.S., the wounds left by one of the darkest periods in American history are far from healed, as evidenced by the controversy surrounding the recent announcement of HBO’s upcoming drama series Confederate, from Game Of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, which explores an alternate timeline of seceded southern...
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24 Jul

“In the Heart of the Overberg”

by Louzel Lombard Steyn | Traveller24 (I haven't been able to find much about this stunning film short; I question why it is narrated in Afrikaans.) Cape Town - A stunning new short film has captured the iconic Overberg in all its beauty from a refreshing, local perspective. The exquisite landscapes captured in the footage will give you all the feels...
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21 Jul

Forgotten Black Women of Early Hollywood @ CAAM

The Blood of Jesus, 1941. USA. Directed by Spencer Williams | Courtesy Sack Amusement Enterprises/Photofest and California African American Museum by Nadra Nittle | KCET.org Hollywood has long had a problem with representation and diversity, especially concerning anyone female and nonwhite. In the first half of the 20th century, black women were largely relegated to playing mammy and jezebel roles. D.W. Griffith’s 1915 classic “Birth of a Nation” even depicted African Americans as rapists and imbeciles, leading to a resurgence of the...
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18 Jul

On The Spectrum: The “Blue Ranger” as an Autistic Superhero

Getty Images by Joshua Adams | Medium People along the autistic spectrum are often defined by commonly displayed characteristics — taking speech and behavior literally, lack of eye contact, targeted focus with disinterest in things happening in the periphery, not wanting to be touched, and more. But the new Power Rangers film portrays the Blue Ranger as a superhero on the autism spectrum. In an interview with Screen Rant, actor RJ Cyler (played “Earl” in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) said he was excited...
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16 Jul

Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time” is the Ultimate Adaptation

by Angela Watercutter | Wired Book adaptation is fraught. There are longtime fans to please, imaginations to live up to, childhood memories to compete with. It’s nearly impossible to please all the people all the time. Director Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time is out to do just that—by making a movie that reflects all of them. In casting Wrinkle, DuVernay brought together one of the most diverse casts ever to appear in a Disney movie. Its Meg Murray is played by...
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8 Jul

Honda Scooter Commercials w/ Devo, Lou Reed, Miles Davis, Grace Jones & Adam Ant

by Dangerous Minds In the mid-1980s Honda had a series of quite dauntingly cool musicians hawking their scooters. They had particularly playful, sexy commercial in which Adam Ant and Grace Jones flirt with each other and then presumably fuck because they are so preposterously vital and attractive. Others featured DEVO, Berlin, Lou Reed, and Miles fucking Davis. The Adam Ant/Grace Jones ad was “racy” enough that there was an edited version. In the full version Jones bites Ant’s ear, an act that...
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7 Jul

Marvel’s “Black Panther” Teaser & The Dora Milaje

I am not a comic geek. (I like them, but not a fanatic). In fact, knew nothing about the Black Panther Marvel superhero. (Sorry). I know more now, but not enough. And he's important. Any advice on the best crash course on the Black Panther back story is surely welcome. I have not seen this many Black men openly weep since Obama. Literally. The impact of a blockbuster film about a Black superhero, for real. That sick beat in...
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26 Mar

Artists Wanted for Van Gogh Film Painted Entirely by Hand

 Photo, Oli Scarff/Getty Images SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A unique crew call has been posted for oil painters to work on film about the life of Vincent Van Gogh. Loving Vincent will be the first feature film completely painted by hand. The biopic about the Dutch impressionist painter will be told through some 800 personal letters and 120 of his paintings. Timelapse of Loving Vincent painting process. Directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman told Voice of America the 80-minute feature film will require 57,000 painted frames....
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18 Nov

AKOUNAK: Nigerian Remake of “Purple Rain”

The Nigerian remake of "Purple Rain is cinematic magic by Dangerous Minds | Photos: Jeremy Fino “A revolutionary story of guitars, motorcycles, cell phones – and the music of a new generation” is how director Christopher Kirkley describes his West African re-imagining of Purple Rain. Set in the Saharan city of Agadez in Niger, Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (Akounak for short) is a visually sumptuous and musically thrilling movie that works splendidly with or without the Purple Rain mythos. But riffing on Prince’s tale locates Purple Rain’s universal heartbeat. Like the lone, nameless...
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3 Oct

AFRIPEDIA: 5 Short Films + Live Musicians: Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Kenya & Angola Afrofuturistic Film/Music/Discussion – 11/14 +15/2015

From Afripedia.com: When Africa is changing, when the world is changing and the perspective is shifting, the image of Africa and Africans needs to change too. Afripedia is promoting and collaborating with a new generation of storytellers leading the way. A source for art, design, videos, photography, fashion, visual arts, music and contemporary culture from the African continent and African creatives working all over the world, Afripedia is a platform and future forum for African creatives worldwide. Five short films and live musicians...
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25 Aug

JLove Calderon’s Documentary “From Gangs to Gardens”

by Blacks Going Vegan Filmmaker JLove Calderon recently released an exciting new documentary entitled ‘From Gangs To Gardens’ which chronicles Ietef Vita’s progression from gang member to organic urban gardener, heading up the Eastside Growers Collective. “I am more than what you see” ~Ietef Vita Vita is a hip hop yogi, educator, midwife, emcee, deejay, youth advocate, and seeker of self sustainable life. He started the garden project to heal his neighborhood. “In order for us to see environmental improvement we must begin with the health of...
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25 Aug

A Brief History of Black Animation Pt 1: Jazz Nights in Black & White

by VMartinWrites Spectrum Council for Diversity in Media You can’t talk about the contributions and milestones of African-Americans in American animation without talking about the history. However, the history is long and evolves a lot of discussion and revolutions in both art and technology. To save time, we’re going to jump begin our story in 1930, during the Golden Age of American Animation. During this time, the industry is still in its infancy. Cartoons are black and white and synchronized sound has only...
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