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Pusha T interviews Ava DuVernay on 13th

Ava DuVernay’s 13th (streaming on Netflix) should be required viewing for everyone, especially those enrolled in higher education with a focus on law.  It’s simply that good and eye opening.  King PUSH (of all people!) sat down with Ava to talk about the film.

Ava DuVernay’s “13th” Official Trailer

I’m really looking forward to @AVAETC‘s new documentary on Netflix.

“The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 13TH refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.”

Via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V66F3WU2CKk

Corazon screening at the Bondfire Radio Independent Film Night

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July 29th, 2016 Brooklyn, New York

Corazón will be screened as part of the Bondfire Radio Independent Film Night in Bushwick, Brooklyn.  Myself and other featured filmmakers will be at the screening and will take part in a panel discussion followed by an afterparty!

Via Bondfire Radio:

Bondfire Radio is joining forces with The Luminal Theater to bring you an exclusive Pop Up night of independent short films, a panel, and after party. A fundraiser with flair!

-Short Film Screening

-Panel facilitated by Curtis John of The Luminal Theater.

-After Party sounds by iLLSpokkin (Freestyle Mondays) & Macedonia (Both Sides of The Surface)

Complete with concession stand!

To purchase tickets:
https://summerofbondfireearlybirdtix.splashthat.com/

Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story on TV One

After seeing the trailers for this ALL DAY LONG ON MEMORIAL DAY, I have to say, I’m looking forward to TV One’s first feature!  Ha.

Seriously, I really am looking forward to the film AND I respect the heavy promo.

Nina trailer FINALLY released!

“If Will Smith can play Dr. Omalu why can’t Zoe Saldana play Nina Simone?”   Best thing I’ve seen all day.  I’m a filmmaker, I know the feeling of selecting the actor that you think will portray the role the best based on their performance.  WHY can’t we give the film a chance?  Maybe, just maybe, the director and everyone involved felt like Zoe was the best actress for the job regardless of her skin tone.  Crazy concept, I know.  If you think it will be trash, don’t support it.  Simple.  But to assume that it will be horrible based on the single fact that Zoe Saldana looks nothing like Nina Simone is ridiculous.  I’m here for this film and I’m here for artistic creativity and freedom.  If you think you can do better, by all means, go out and make a better movie using a darker skinned actress.  🙂

I think Zoe will do a fine job and I will be supporting the movie so that I can see for myself if she can pull it off under the enormous amount of negative energy surround this film from it’s inception.  Come for me if you must 🙂

Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation set to score big with a $17.5 million deal!

THIS IS HUGE and the details are still being finalized but THIS IS HUGE.  I’ve been keeping up with the back story of this film which is basically that actor, writer and now director Nate Parker decided that he wouldn’t take another acting role until he could play Nat Turner.  He decided to create the role he wanted, the way he wanted.  He spent years working on a script and invested $100,000 of his own money to get the project going.  Although he initially couldn’t get the support or funding he needed for the film and was even told by distributors that people overseas did NOT want to see black faces on their screen (I can’t remember where I read this but when I do I’ll update with a link) he pressed on.  He began scouting locations and hiring production crews.   Eventually, he got a few additional investors and finally got enough money to complete the project.  The film debuted at Sundance this week and received so much praise that Fox Searchlight put up $17.5 million to acquire the rights.  Although nothing has been finalized, this is a huge deal!  With the current climate around the film industry, this is proof that WE don’t need their award shows, acclaim or even their money.  When WE have stories that we want to tell our way, WE should come together and do just that.  They end up paying us for the final product anyway.  HA!

Read the full story here: http://www.ew.com/article/2016/01/26/sundance-birth-of-a-nation-fox-searchlight

Tika Sumpter to play First Lady Michelle Obama in new film

YES TO ALL OF THIS!

I love Tika Sumpter and the thought of this film is giving me all the feels!  I am excited to see her portray the FLOTUS in this new film debuting at Sundance entitled Southside with You.  The film also stars Parker Sawyer as the POTUS and centers around the first date between the two back in the summer of 1989 (ah, the good ole days).  You can see a clip from the movie below and head over to XONecole to read more about the film and see what Tika had to say about her role.

Image: IM GLOBAL