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carol gyasi

when in 2016 will the festival be taking place?

Sean Felder


Larry Wright

I’m totally convinced that Afro American women are barred from playing action heroes. Here is the proof. We’re in 2016 and the last film featuring a woman of color playing the lead in a true action film was Zoe Saldana in Columbiana. The last afro American female to play the lead in an action film (Urban) was that is the? We all must understand the significant of making films that give us the opportunity to root and cheer for the bad and good females in action films we can relate to. Black film is more that civil right movies, black sport movies and reality shows. Surely there is much more to offer than that. Stright Outta Comptom was a huge because firstly it peak people’s interest; secondly it showed a different side of the Group leaving people with a different perspective of them. This is why “Butter” and any other action film that feature afro American women are so important. The time is right to introduce the world to this sexy, bold and confident female who started this female action thing a long time ago. There’s no good reason, even from a marketing standpoint, not to have Halle Berry, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan, Taraji P. Henson, Kerry Washington or some sexy young rising actress who has that ability to create that cult following like the great Pam Grier and the beautiful women of that blaxploitation era. There are a number of successful cross-over African-American males Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx but, why are we so concerned about this cross over thing. A great film will speak for itself. A sexy black female doing films that are set up for white men, white women and some black will definitely peak the interest of those from the black community and the film world. It’ Butter” baby. Seeking investors

Rod Sanford

I was curious about the 8 month development experience. Would the person be relocated to California if not there already? Would it be like a job working daily with film directors and staff or more of writing assignment with deadlines and status calls? This is exciting but I want to make sure I could give this opportunity my all.



Gary Mentore

The Five Stairsteps

Michelle Johnson

So excited to see this film at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival!! I work with The Producer’s Lounge and am looking to find out who is your PR or Marketing Firm. I would love to have you and your associates in the lounge and relay the opportunities available including The International Producer’s Magazine. Can you please contact me at 801-915-4556? Michelle Johnson 2016 Sundance Film Festival Producer’s Lounge & The International Producer’s Magazine.

Jacob Young

My role begins at the end of the episode season 1

Jacob Young

Iplay a small part in a web series called Society living on youtube just looking for a chance at a big break

Jacob Young

I’m and up and coming actor but don’t know how to find casting calls and apply

lytanya freeman

Saw the movie extremely impressed was wondering if i could get info on the song in the happy ending who composed and song it


Consider this story as a movie idea:

Marie Thérèse ditte Coincoin (KoKwe), (1742-1816) who was a free médecine (unlicensed doctor), planter, and business woman in Natchitoches Parish. "Coincoin" was one of the names given her by her enslaved African parents to her and her four siblings (Coincoin, Dgimby, Choera, Chocra, and Yancdose). She was freed from slavery by her master Claude Thomas Pierre Métoyer, with whom she had ten children. She and her descendants established a fabled community of Créoles of color along the Cane River, including what is believed to be the first church founded by free people of color for their own use, St. Augustine Parish (Isle Brevelle) Church, Natchez, Louisiana. It is included as a site on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail. She swore over the dead bodies of her parents that one day their family would be free, rich, and proud. She kept her oath. Coincoin purchased the freedom of 6 children (of a union with an American Native Slave) and grandchildren. Coincoin was sold to a new mistress, who rented her to a young French merchant, Claude Thomas Pierre Métoyer, who made Coincoin his concubine, and bore another 10 children. In 1778, she was branded by the parish priest as a "public prostitute", and sentenced to public lashing. Métoyer purchased her freedom to save her from the sentence. After Métoyer freed her in 1778, their liaison continued until 1788. That year he married another Marie Thérèse, a white French Créole widow, and set Coincoin up with 67 acres of land he owned, as a financial start for her and their younger, free-born children. With her children’s help, she raised tobacco on this homestead, trapped wildlife and sold its byproducts, and manufactured medicine for sale (learned from her parents). In 1794 she applied for a Spanish grant and was awarded 800 arpents (about 666 acres) of land. She located her grant in the piney hills, west of Cane River, for use as a vacherie (cattle range) and hired a Spaniard to operate it for her. Like many other freed slaves in colonial Louisiana, Coincoin bought slaves to labor for her as her own health began to fail. By the time she divided her property among her children in Spring 1816, in anticipation of death, her three slaves had increased to 16 through bearing children, and she had accumulated over 1,000 acres of land.


Shonda Rhimes & Lee Daniels have one thing in common. Remove the strong black male and female from Hollywood
We’re in the year 2015 some 40 years later and we are still without that sexy black female Heroine. If our female heroines are portrayed as Bi or Lesbians in Tv or film who will straight black women have to root for? I looked at Rosewood, How To Get Away With Murder and Empire and if we compare these shows to shows where the lead actors are white the lesbian activity is less greater than in shows where blacks are the lead. Once again Gay and lesbian is not the new Black and hopefully the LGBT community and the BLACK community come together and ask the question. Are we being exploited? Black Exploitation. An exploitation film is a film which tries to succeed financially by "exploiting" a current trend, a niche genre, or a lurid subject matter. I have spoke with members of the LGBT community and they have issues with how they are being portrayed and how young women are doing it as a thing to do and not as a way of life for them. Many have said it has made them targets because of this type of behavior

Jovan singleton

Love it

leroy mcfadden

I am looking for a Producer and A director to help me take my novel (We run this city) to the main screen. you can go to my website , to read about the book. it’s my life dream to do this and hopefully help pull my city together and stop the violence and let them know that a fight can be won with a pen a book and an education. thank you god bless..

LD Davis

I loved last season, however you have completely dropped the ball, new charters do not work. you have lost me and my old family memebers and friends

Bennett Hinds

Barbara, I am sorry the title of this Historic, Ground breaking story is "WHERE THE SUN DIDNT SHINE" …. GOD Bless you.

Bennett Hinds

I wrote the FIRST TRUE story about a black NYC African American NYC police officer …. SHOCKUING and REVEALING …..5 stars rating …. You may reads synopsis etc on line at Barns & Noble and Amazon ….. A must read.

carlos garner

RnB & soul

Sam Mattingly

Hi Tambay:

I am a publicist here in New York, was the publicist on Spike Lee’s "Do The Right Thing", worked with M. Knight Shyamalan and Martinique film director Euzhan Palcy on "A Dry White Season" and with Julie Dash on the "Daughters of the Dust". I am now woking with an amazing group of artists who have been touring the U.S. they are musicians representing 11 African nations. The group is called Te Nile Project and part of the tour is to raise awareness about the challenges the Nile and those dependent on this magnificent river for food, life, and all else are facing due to the impending damn that will be constructed. This could affect the lives of those countries who need water, electricity and transport. They have been doing a college tour in hopes of meeting people with ideas on how this potential crisis might be averted. In the meanwhile, they are producing some remarkable music. I would very much like to connect you with the group as I think it is well worth an interview for Shadow and Act. Please contact me.

Kent handy

My name is kit handy I have written a book that’s what your story is about some race haters on the HP quickly bowman my home in Arkansas in 1984 and kid and five kids

Gregory king

hello I am a up and coming black/urban filmmaker and I’m trying to find out if I could get my movies or get help on getting my movies on the air movies all have positive messages for all of our brothers and sisters and they show the entire world our hidden struggles we must show the entire world our struggles and the real truth of what’s happening with us being incarcerated and shot down in the streets like animals and all of the oppression that really goes on ..thank you very much for your time

Sean Addo

Hey Tambay, I’m a huge supporter of S&A, have been for sometime now. I’ve always valued your articles on the industry and upcoming projects. I have recently submitted a short documentary to festivals entitled "Deeper Than Black". It deals with identity as black people and relationship between African Americans and Africans in the US from a compelling personal narrative. It will be screening at Black Harvest, CFF, PAFF, SDBFF and AWDFF in Ghana so far. It takes a complex issue and explores it through emotion and a universal quest to find out where we belong. Hopefully it starts to spark conversation that we need to have with ourselves and black identity in America and abroad.

Thomas Crosby

A movie about Bass Reeves would be so cool!


Is there anywhere to purchase the movie Harambee, i liked it with Howard Rollins and Merlin Santana?

Kenneth Couch

Looking for massive amount of African content. Documentaries, series, how 2’s, music, news, entertainment, and children’s programming just to name a few. It’s for an African channel in the United States. Needing hundreds of hours and money’s on the table. Free programming is the best but if the price is right programs, series will be bought and contracts will move very quickly. Please contact me at the above e-mail address and we’ll go from there. I will need either a DVD of the program or a Youtube-Vemeo segment to view each program before NDA’s and contracts are signed. Any questions please e-mail.

steve ndirangu

hi i am requesting for an audition at your company,kindly give me a chance to prove my talent and character.


why cant we watch bigbrotherafrica on your cable?

Gayle P. Thomas

Hello to you and your staff. I hope all is well. I am concerned about a comment that I posted recently, regarding the upcoming movie, " The Magnificent Seven." Director, Antoine Fuqua. My comment was in favor of actor, Reginald T. Dorsey getting a part or why I felt he would be a great choice for the movie. I learned that all comments were deleted. Including mine’s. Why was this? Our comments are important and we spoke. Can some one please respond and tell me why the comments were deleted? Mr. Dorsey has a lot of fans pulling for him. He is very talented. The amount of support he is getting should be posted. Thank you for your time!!

Joseph stephens

Dear Shadow and Act I was very disappointed to see that you delete some great comments on and actor that I have been following for many years. So when this movie magnificent 7 project started it’s motion I sent in comments on how great it would be to see actor Reginald T Dorsey in this film because of the hard work he has put into his craft and a bonus because he’s a real cowboy. So just wondering why comments would be deleted? I thought this was to help our fellow black actors. But when I saw all of the comments were deleted is was like here we go again.


I am a fan. I visit the site daily. I am also a fan of Google+. Can the site’s webmaster include G+ so that I can link postings to my G+ network?

Gwenythe Seymour

Please could you give me a contact about submitting my two novels for consideration. I have been told they could be combined to make a heart warming TV series that would appeal to women in general. Novels are SEPTEMBER'S CHILD and RICH PICKINGS . I am a mature South African living in kzn and have started to write a thriller. Many thanks – Gwenythe 079 378 1222


Is there a place one can submit a screenplay? At a time when people complain that there aren't enough serious roles or serious scripts for black actors and filmmakers, one wonders if they are truly looking. I believe I have something to offer, but don't know where to send one. Does anybody know anyone who is looking for a low budget script? Or when I can send mine? A disabled Vietnam War veteran is ready to receive the highest rank of knighthood from his church, but preparation is marred by the arrival of crack cocaine in his beloved Harlem, that threatens his family, his community, and his knighthood.

Ravinder Kumar

i want to make a show for discovery chenal on the beliefs of indians.

Àrèmúorin - Anthony Everest

I'm an Award Winning black composer. Have a indie-pendent new charity record out – 'Your Love' from the Run To Love – EP. Speaking of black people helping back people –

I'm still waiting …'


Who won the THINK LIKE A MAN TOO box office contest? Did you post that already?

Adam Samuels

I have a true story about my self in the 1980s a true crime story a British catch me if you can 18 year old kid defrauding banks all over the uk and Europe with Scotland Yard chasing me for 3years would make a epic film my phone number is 07884589589


Everyone, and I mean everyone stop what you're doing, and go check out this new Canadian Web Series called Who's Wrong! They've only got one episode right now. But I've emailed for more! Go ahead, like, subscribe and comment! Let us support these guys to the fullest!

Binky Davis

I'm a male white, and I don't understand why there are no black film composers or the one I found gets passed over by black film makers. I made this same comment on another site and the response was and I quote ( Man, don't you know black people don't help black people) end of quote. I ran across a real film composer, not a person who calls themselves a film composer who can't read or write music who samples other peoples work and who can't even play an
instrument that is not a composer. We had Quincy Jones who is retired now and a composer named Paris Holley who is very different from any other composer I've ever seen, first of all
he plays many instruments himself and can change moods at the snap of a finger. His writing
style is unorthodox but very effective, fresh, new and unusual I really love his style. As far as black films I have just about every black film soundtrack you can think of. I really would have
liked to hear what Holley would have done with 12 years a slave, don't get me wrong I also like
Hans Zimmer but I feel the PAIN & SOUL are missing from the film score.



Anthony Brogdon

I am close to releasing my first film a documentary entitled "The Great Detroit? It was-It is-It will be". My doc examines the positive sides of my hometown a city that nationally is considered one of the worst cities in the country.
I will follow this project with another documentary, entitled "Black History Then and Now" as I analysis the current status of 35 locations who played a significant role in the making of black history in America.
I will follow that effort with my first feature length film "Foot Soldiers"

Michael Galloway

On lifetime keep Sherri Shepherd on the show , because it help people with their lives.


Can u show different strokes episodes plz

Kirk Tillery

I'm looking for a little support as an African-American writer, that will help get exposure to my new book/movie. This movie Make Dirty Millions The Clean Way, was written to help myself and those who are still stuck in poverty. Also it was written with more passion for a much better future success at the box office than movies like. The Butler starring Oprah Winfrey, D Jangle starring Jamie Foxx, Good Deeds starring Tyler Perry, and Twelve Years As a Slave, combined!!! For example: This movie begins around 1860 before Pres. Lincoln freed the slaves, and it ends, 2016 at the end of the first African-American second term as president. For example: Somewhere in the middle of this movie, it tells the story of how a group of poor uneducated janitors become millionaires. These same contract janitors learn to manipulate the system as they study everything in the billion dollar corporate buildings up and down the East Coast, (New York, Washington, Florida) that are cleaned each night by them and their cleaning staffs. Most of all, they learn to control those who controlled the system with blackmail from information simply found in trash cans, or computers left on overnight. Using these and other unorthodox scams to elect the first African American president, has been one of the biggest secrets since the assassination of JFK. (Technology, Drama, Love, Hate, Fear) A permanent shift in power come 2016, as America and the world will never be the same! (Copyrights 2013) (


Please stop the racist jokes every night , it's going to cause cancellation of this show and soon

j Roosevelt Jones Jr

To whom it may concern,
I was hoping to get in contact with Arsenion Hall bit
couldn't, so I decided to leave this comment. I am a stylist and wardrobe
consultant and was wondering if I could meet him to to discuss, so please email me it will highly be appreciated. Looking forward to hearing from you.


I watch bounce faithfully but you show the same old movies over and over.The shows on now have been on for over amonth or more.It's time to put something new on. I'm so sick of under cover brother and rest of those same movies.. Show mandingo, great white hope anything but what you are showing now. Thank you.


I'm curious why NBC chose to remake ' Ironside ' . It's not a matter of casting. Mr. Underwood is a fine actor. But, my question is more a matter of common sense. Is
this a sensible idea? Is this going to retell the entire story; is it going to delve into his
past? Or, is it simply a matter of Hollyweird' s having no fresh ideas, and so, it has to
retell old storylines with a new cast? They did that with " 3:10 to Yuma " , " The Quick
and the Dead " , and " Evil Dead " , for example. The Nolan " Batman/Dark Knight "
series worked, because we already knew Bruce Wayne's past, and there was good, solid
writing and a fine cast. The " Wild, Wild West " remake fell apart because it was poorly
cast, poorly written, and poorly directed. Hollyweird has had no new ideas for over 50 years.


what the hell did chris tucker think he was doing in the fifth element id remake it without his character.all he did was scream act moronic.what was he doing why did they do that,he looked foolish and why in every movie does a black character have to 'speak' street,no matter how rich they look they always have to 'act' black whatever that means you can't be seen as tough.without doing that. is it some kind of hollywood mentality that they only see black actors that way.


Katee Sackhoff should be Charlie Baltimore, in the new long kiss good night.


Hi Shadow Staff,

I have a bit of a random question. Why are people so against revisionism within a black historical context? I mean, 12 Years a Slave is my most anticipated movie this year, so I'm not posing a "this vs. that" argument, I'm just interested in understanding the idea that revisionism is inherently bad when it comes to black stories. I only mention it because I seem to hear a lot of disdain from black folks when the topic is brought up (whether in person or on internet discussion boards). There seems to be a strong rejection of the idea from a good number of people (certainly not all people). And as a aspiring black storyteller myself I want to make sure there isn't something I'm missing or not considering.

I've always seen revisionism as a means of constructing our own mythology (like modern westerns are hyper unrealistic, but exist as modern American mythology regardless). Mythology has always informed it's audience how to view itself (X-Men told ostracized kids that they had secret powers that others couldn't see, Westerns have constructed our idea of general masculinity, etc). So why don't many black people see the potential in the form?

I feel that Shadow and Act is an awesome place for people like me to gain knowledge and opinions regarding black storytelling, so that's why I'm asking you. No blog is perfect, but I feel that the views and feedback from you all is sincere.

Thanks for your time,



Will you be looking for additional writers in the near future?
I would definitely be interested


I find that we are under the greatest attack ever devised on our youth, When 26 year old's think fast and furious movies are real life and cars go 3oo miles and hour and documentary are so dramatised . Our youth are being deceived, they are being taught to think that dressing like a experienced adult and holding the visual stature of a older person makes them wise.
For the last 20 years our youth has been teaching our youth more than the elders have.
We have been conditioned to accept any thing, then told how to feel and the opinion that we should have about it.
We can take any part of our history right now and because of our reckless educational standards here in the United States, we can make any kind of statement we desire then make it to where it is believable.
Working for the government is like winning the lotto,oath is superseded by union.
When some librarians make two hundred thousand dollars or more a year.
Our art departments are a absolute a joke, culinary shows on T.V. are a absolute disgrace of the the gifts of the True Masters.
If a person can speak and spell modern english they are considered a talented and gifted genius in what ever craft they choose to be in, when texting hsa ruin people skills.
I've seen more natural talented gifted people walk away from skilled jobs that they were meant to be in and leave us with a certified cut-rate idiots.
True talent: Gifted: it's not necessary any more. just learn to stare that way and be real dramatic, we have some great actors, follow their careers they didn't have it give to them they worked for it.Then again, we have some that pop up out of nowhere and in a few of years they are the greatest/ icons/gods actors in the world.BLA, BLA, BLA,
No!, managers promoters and stupidity on our part let this happen, nudity of a certain actress or actor, a bunch of generated movie scenes and many catchy phrases makes a movie now.
Writer don't have to really put much effort to their craft any more because they don't have the kind of viewer that demands it. I go to a movie just to get out of the house and do something with my wife, I don't expect to see anything worth staying awake for, that's why I take ear plugs, theaters are a good place to catch a nap.
But I look forward to seeing a great play, movie, orchestra, band from time to time.
And I think the greatest gift my eyes have ever seen is the look on a person, no matter their back ground or culture, when I see the captivation for the first time of a child or adult at the Opera, it touches my heart for ever. When a old back woods fella is siting there and mesmerised – totally captivated, I know that feeling and it is good to see it on others.


CHARLES THE LAST BLACK SOLDIER OF WORLD WAR ONE – dedicated to the black teenagers that fought for Briton in WW1 a play which has received no funding or financial backing will be coming to the BERNIE GRANT ARTS CENTRE IN TOTTENHAM LONDON ENGLAND on 20th September 2013 tel 0208 365 5450 NOT TO BE MISSED A PLAY FROM THE HEART – BLACK COMMUNITY THEATRE AT IT'S BEST


sdfs af dsh du turureu

Bugsy Simmons

Where is John Singleton or the Hughley Brothers?

Bugsy Simmons

Where is John Singleton or the Hughley Brothers?


I want to know how to join this sight


I thought it was a spectacular ad. It caught my attention. Great acting.

Debra Simmonds

I am looking for casting events in the South Carolina area for new and launching shows like The Hero with Dwayne Johnson.
How do i become a contestant?

thank you.

Stan Bolton


I just wanted to say I'm a big fan of this site and I visit everyday. I was wondering if you ever thought of doing like video broadcast. Something like an online talk show talking about the exact same content you have here. Just a thought. Thanks for listening!

Liz Lewis

Hi there,

Just saw the piece about Keith David and Uncanny Valley. The casting for this project is Liz Lewis CSA and Angela Mickey CSA
Wifed Out casting by Liz Lewis CSA, Angela Mikey CSA and Rachel Reiss CSA

Taylor Fischer

We are interested in the purchase of the dvd, Toussaint Louverture with English subtitles.


sometimes when you click on a story to read the background is black & makes it un-readable


I was tryin 2 find out hw 2 buy Venus noire


Luv is now on Netflix.

M. McCall and R. Mayede

Check out Laughing Spark Film's latest project "Blue Gigilo"
Part 2 to come soon!

Thank you


… did us loyal Shadow Act-ers miss this??? Check out the 14 Feb. 2013 issue of the African Globe for full story …

Sophia Stewart, The Real Creator of ‘The Matrix,’ Wins Billion Dollar Copyright Case
February 14, 2013

AFRICANGLOBE – African American author of The Matrix will finally receive her just due from the copyright infringement of her original work!!!

A six-year dispute has ended involving Sophia Stewart, the Wachowski Brothers, Joel Silver and Warner Brothers. Stewart’s allegations, involving copyright infringement and racketeering, were received and acknowledged by the Central District of California, Judge Margaret Morrow presiding.

Stewart, a New Yorker who has resided in Salt Lake City for the past five years, will recover damages from the films, The Matrix I, II and III, as well as The Terminator and its sequels. She will soon receive one of the biggest payoffs in the history of Hollywood , as the gross receipts of both films and their sequels total over 2.5 billion dollars.

Stewart filed her case in 1999, after viewing the Matrix, which she felt had been based on her manuscript, ‘The Third Eye,’ copyrighted in 1981. In the mid-eighties Stewart had submitted her manuscript to an ad placed by the Wachowski Brothers, requesting new sci-fi works..

According to court documentation, an FBI investigation discovered that more than thirty minutes had been edited from the original film, in an attempt to avoid penalties for copyright infringement.

‘The reason you have not seen any of this in the media is because Warner Brothers parent company is AOL-Time Warner…. this GIANT owns 95 percent of the media… let me give you a clue as to what they own in the media business… New York Times papers/magazines, LA Times papers/magazines, People Magazine, CNN news, Extra, Celebrity Justice, Entertainment Tonight, HBO, New Line Cinema, DreamWorks, Newsweek, Village Roadshow and many, many more! They are not going to report on themselves. They have been suppressing my case for years.’

Stewart is currently having discussions with CBS about a possible exclusive story and has several media engagements in the near future to nationally publicize her victory.

Joe "Black Male " Young

I have Movie Rights from a Novel for sale called "Hood Stories". It's 15 Chapters. If anybody is interested.

Roger McIntyre

how and where do I enter the program Shadow and act for acting

thomas price

I applaud your tremendous work and more importantly your determination to retrieve what belongs to you,this is a trend that has taken the work/creativity of our people for a very long time and profitted from it w/o any compensation including our music(the Skullsnaps)which was used in the Matrix.It's high time we took a stand to reverse this injustice.Thank you Ms Stewart!

raphel yobe

we are looking for assistance to produce a movie called Sandawana in Zambabwe.

nicole anderson

i would like to know how can i purchase a copy of this film


Just wanted to take this opportunity to say, This was the best real view of what black men think. We need this type of film shown in the class room at a very young age in the black & white community. One may ask why the white community, maybe some of them will begin to know that we don't all think alike, we are not all puppets, some of us are unafraid to say the king has no clothes on and please stop repeating untruth about a people. WE DON'T NEED A HAND OUT JUST EQUAL TREATMENT

Alexa Sue Hooser

At, my recently published biography contains trials, tragedies, and triumphs related to a 15 year odyssey while a teacher and principal of underprivileged kids in elementary schools. Slowly, during that time, churches of all faiths and eventually our entire community came together to support my endeavor. A perfect "sometimes sad, but more often feel-good" Hallmark movie or TV series production type of story. How can I get "Butterflies, Buses and a Guardian Angel" from the "sticks" where I live into film? Thanx. Alexa Sue Hooser


As a Black screenwriter having written uplifting roles for Black women tell me who or where does one find financing. MISCEGENATION an unfinished love, is drama romance supernatural historical.

Jai Santiago

I am one of the producers for The Magic City Movie, you guys have the wrong synopsis for our movie on your site. How can I have it replaced but the new synopsis. Thank you.

Reba Kizzie



2 Days in New York is now on Netflix


The South African film you guys profiled out a while back called Lucky is getting a USA release courtesy of Film Movement. It is on there website as an upcoming release.

M. Omari Jackson

US Premiere
Sun, Dec. 9 @ 5PM – Thalia
Tue, Dec. 11 @ 8:30PM – Black Spectrum
Hailing from Trinidad and Tobago, Between Friends is a film that presents an anthology of intersecting stories and characters who are all connected to one another in some way. The storyline, focused on two generations of contemporary middle class Trinidadians, gradually exposes the hopes, secrets, lies and betrayals in the lives of the various characters. An impressive effort by first-time writer/producer/director Omari Jackson.

Directed by M. Omari Jackson, 2012, 96 min, Trinidad & Tobago, Drama, English. Q&A after the screenings.


ABC'S SCANDAL Scores a Season High in Adult Viewers – "SCANDAL (10:00-11:00 p.m.)
ABC's SCANDAL caught CBS' ELEMENTARY to rank No. 1 in the 10 o'clock hour with Adults 18-49 (2.2/6), while leading by wide margins over NBC's ROCK CENTER WITH Brian Williams in Total Viewers (+97% – 6.7 million vs. 3.4 million) and Adults 18-49 (+144% – 2.2/6 vs. 0.9/2). Additionally, SCANDAL led by double to triple digits over ELEMENTARY with Adults 18-34 and across all key Women (W18-34/W18-49/W25-54).

* Surging over its most recent telecast 2 weeks ago in viewers (+12%) and young adults (+10%), SCANDAL drew its 2nd-largest audience of the season and posted a new season high in Adults 18-49. In addition the show spiked over its last telecast by 20% in Adults 18-34 and by 24% in Women 18-34, achieving new series highs on both counts…"


jule newmar is my favorite catwoman shes is the best!:) 1st ones are the best take care,


The CBeebies show Tinga Tinga Tales (based on African folklore) is available on Netflix.


I am glad we switched to your channel! We had no idea you were on the air!
My friend and I remember Soul Train from the I guess the old day's.
We both always listened to Soul Train rather than Dick Clark
Anyway just saying we're glad your here for us! Sincerely Yvonne*


I was checking out Gérard Depardieu's IMDB page because I'd finished watching "My Afternoons with Margueritte". I saw something interesting, a movie called "Le Père Noël est africain" ("Santa is African"). The IMDb page states it will be a comedy. Gérard Depardieu and Vincent Perez will be staring in the film. The director and writer of the film is Karine Silla, the ex-wife of Gérard Depardieu and present wife of Vincent Perez. Karine Silla was born in Dakar (Senegal) and raised in France. The production company for the film is Thelma Films ("An Open Heart") and Christine Gozlan ("Vera Drake") will be producing it. The year of production states 2011.



I thought it noteworthy that Clint Eastwood's buddy, Morgan Freeman, just did a commercial on the President's behalf. Response to Empty Chair-gate perhaps? I'm actually surprised, as Freeman's politics seem to be a hard read.


If anybody has time please check out
Thank you!

C. Harris

I suggest that you do a story on Steven Spielberg's film "Lincoln". This IMDB description: "As the Civil War nears its end, President Abraham Lincoln clashes with members of his cabinet over the issue of abolishing slavery." Despite the involvement of Tony Kushner and Doris Kearns Goodwin as writers there is no Frederick Douglass character in this film. There is a character listed in the credits as "drunk contraband slave" but no Frederick Douglass character.

Shirley Knight

You are not allowed to show DUTCHMAN.
This film is not your property.
You are committing a crime as is ANYONE who watches it!


Spike Lee getting some good coverage from the Venice Film Festival regarding "BAD 25",


Plesae ck out new doc film…Director/Producer: D.Channsin Berry

God Bless!

La Faye Baker

To Whom It May Concern,
Cna you please send me a contact number? Thanks so much

mike kelly

please add this independent movie to your must see list, Marinade the Movie on youtube by director actor Shan Huey a short film, marinade the movie on youtube.


Hell on Wheels with Common is now on Netflix!

the black police

When are you gonna do coverage on "Emily Owens, M.D." a new medical show on CW that has two Black women doctors-to-be?


Hey checkthis out don't know if it was covered or not but totally interesting nonetheless.

Robin Asbury

How do I place an order on your site to purchse the full DVD set of The world against Apartheid?


Does African = Black on this website? Proportionally there are more non-black Africans than black Americans so why do you ignore us?


if the channels are dropped, i will cancel direct tv. these channels are important to my young grandchildren, but i cannot afford to pay anymore than what i am paying to recieve them.

Velvet Rope

Nigerian woman named Executive Vice-President of NBC Entertainment (drama dev). An interview from her would be great.

Malik McCall

Greetings from Vancouver, BC!

I'm writing you to let you know about this great project our company is working on entitled "5 Women", it's a narrative celebration that looks at 5 women who are faced with incredible challenges and the coping mechanism they use to overcome it." if you can give us a "lil shout out" in regard to our project that would be great! were trying to muster up a lot of support to make this narrative film a possibility.

For info please follow this link:

Thank you kindly and all the best to you.

Malik McCall


YO… Apparently CHLOE SEVIGNY lost her mind over the fact that the movie SHAME was directed by Steve McQueen… "it" believes the movie should have been directed by SEAN PENN.. GET ON IT S&A!!!! You can do it! I'm sorry I won't be able to join in the convo!

victor orume

i like your films ,i will like to be part of this production house.
I am a script writer and a director.


I am an African film maker and producer with own production houses and film groups in Cameroon. I have lived and practiced in the United kingdom for many years as an African film and documentary film producer. I am seeking an opportunity to partner with individuals and organizations in film production, training the African youths on film making ,acting and other related courses. Our website is Please Check to see if we have any ideas in common.Thanks


Shonda Rhimes feuds with fellow ABC showrunner about lack of diversity.


Top Boy! is now on Netflix

Faithe Colas

Hello. I'd like to get a 2013 screening for 'Mark My Words'. A film by Brad Pruitt. Please review this link:


Thank you for your consideration

Carolyn Owens-Horton

…Would like to speak with a live person and/or see rates for buying Ad. time 60, 30, 15 min., as well as 60, 30 sec. Ads. for a client. the hour does not matter, but week-ends are pref., need to know your most economical rates on any day at any rate…would also like church/ministry time-rates as well.

Please call me 323 299 1881

Carolyn at Coh Coh Productions

Rex Barnett, Sr. Producer

You should feature my documentary work for my series "WE NEVER STOPPED WINNING" featuring first documentary on the founder of the Blood Bank, Dr. Charles Drew. Go to my facebook page for me Rex Barnett and see the 60 documentaries I have produced.

venus vs mars

Thank you Indie wire for supporting venus vs mars here is episode 2


FYI – "Cuban Actors Disappear En Route to New York Film Festival Premiere" – Yahoo! – "In a case of life imitating art, a pair of young Cuban actors who were expected at the New York premiere of their film about defecting to the U.S. have disappeared after landing in Miami. The film "Una Noche" is about three young Cubans who decide to flee the country on a raft after one of them is accused of assault. The film follows the day they attempt to make it 90 miles across the ocean to Florida. All three of the film's stars—Anailin de la Rua de la Torre, Javier Nunez Florian and Dariel Arrechaga—were expected to appear at New York's Tribeca Film Festival for the premiere. But Torre and Florian, both 19, were nowhere to be found the night of the event. " for more information …–abc-news-topstories.html also


I really need you guys to write within the context of the 'diaspora' as in people are reading this from all over the world and not simply the USA. Commenting on a film release and making reference to it showing "all over the country" is not helpful for anyone other than those who continue to read internet stories with a north American hat on.
Please please realise that people watch, read and listen all over the world and the lack of appreciation for this is noteable particularly in the article regarding "Think like a man."
Best wishes and keep up the great efforts.

Monique A. Williams

Thanks for the love Tambay. Proud to be apart of a great network.

And, for more of my writing, please check out my blog,, where you can also purchase any of my three books. xoxo

La'Montez Moses Morrison

i am an artist i draw kinda sing rap resite poems act film and i am a photographer i just need help and support money is a problem i do great work i just need funds i also am an model and more heres my tunblr with most of my work on it and i would love to hear from some one i also have a clothing line i am trying to get running i just need the funds please respond thant u p.s. Moses aka Lyric


Got this off of facebook today. I wonder if this is a question S&A could pose while staying true to its industry info roots (I was trying to find the right angle). "Should ACTORS who have political and social agendas that vilify a specific group within their core market expect/demand the vilified groups support?" See Kevin Hart and Clutch Magazine Online.

Margaret R. Jamison

You can pretty much take the forestated Sam Cooke project off the list. The Cooke family has never endorsed this particular version of Sam's life and times, and actually finds it very offensive. Another more truth-based screen play is being considered.

joy lawrence

i need opportunities,there not so many for young screenplay writers here in nigeria




"October Baby" New York Times Review – for some reason giving Jasmine Guy top billing… ""

tyrone tackett

Katy Perry Covers "Niggaz In Paris"

Neema Barnette

I LOVE your magazine it is such an important voice!


hi my name is Reeda. I am Africian-Canadian and i am 17 years and i currently in high school and when i am older i want to produce television and film and i want to know how.

Reeda Nuur


Does anyone here at S&A (or on the boards) know what happened to that documentary "25 Years to Life"?

Erich Hicks

Keep history alive by telling that history:

Read the greatest 'historical novel', Rescue at Pine Ridge, the first generation of Buffalo Soldiers. The website is: This is the greatest story of Black Military History…5 stars Amazon Internationally, and Barnes & Noble. Youtube commercials are: and

Rescue at Pine Ridge is the story of the rescue of the famed 7th Cavalry by the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers. The 7th Cavalry was entrapped again after the Little Big Horn Massacre, fourteen years later, the day after the Wounded Knee Massacre. If it wasn't for the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, there would of been a second massacre of the 7th Cavalry. This story is about, brutality, compassion, reprisal, bravery, heroism, redemption and gallantry.

You’ll enjoy the novel that embodies the Native Americans, Outlaws and African-American/Black soldiers, from the south to the north, in the days of the Native American Wars with the approaching United States of America.

The novel was taken from my mini-series movie with the same title, “RaPR” to keep the story alive. The movie so far has the interest of, Mr. Bill Duke, Hill Harper, Glynn Turman, James Whitmore Jr., Reginald T. Dorsey and a host of other major actors in which we are in talks with, in starring in this epic American story.

When you get a chance, also please visit our Alpha Wolf Production website at; and see our other productions, like Stagecoach Mary, the first Black Woman to deliver mail for the US Postal System in Montana, in the 1890's, “spread the word”.


Erich Hicks

The real ‘Stagecoach Mary’ story:

Mary Fields, Black Mary, and ‘Stagecoach Mary’ are all one of the same person. Mary was born in 1832, a slave in Arkansas and was owned by a Catholic family; the plantation owner had a single girl child the same age as Mary. Mary’s mother was the House Slave Servant and the plantation owners’ favorite cook; therefore Mary was always in the main house, in the kitchen and not in the fields, as a Field Slave. Mary’s father was a Field Slave, and Field Slaves were not allowed in the Main House, much less, to court a House Slave. Mary’s mother became pregnant by Mary’s father and he was beaten and sold to another plantation for getting Mary’s mother pregnant. After Mary’s birth, Mary’s mother and her were allowed to stay in the main house, and Mary became the plantation owner daughters’ playmate, therefore being the owners daughter’s playmate, Mary was allowed to read and write, a rarity for that time.

After the emancipation and coming into adulthood, Mary was 6 feet tall and weighed over 200 pounds. Mary became her own woman and traveled solely from Arkansas, up and down the Mississippi River, to Ohio, then finally to Montana where she got her nickname at the turn of the 20th Century. She earned this nickname by working for the “United States Postal System” delivering the United States Mail through adverse conditions that would have discouraged the most hardened frontiersmen of her time. All by herself, she never missed a day for 8 years, carrying the U. S. Mail and other important documents that helped settle the wild open territory of central west Montana.

Mary had no fear of man, nor beast, and this sometimes got her into trouble. She delivered the mail regardless of the heat of the day, cold of night, wind, rain, sleet, snow, blizzards, Indians and Outlaws.

Mary was a cigar smoking, shotgun and pistol toting Negro Woman, who even frequented saloons drinking whiskey with the men, a privilege only given to her, as a woman. However, not even this fact, sealed Mary's credentials given to her, her credentials boasted that, “She would knockout any man with one punch”, a claim which she proved true.

Her fame was so acclaimed, even the Actor, Gary Cooper, two time Academy Award Winner, told a story about her in 1959 which appeared in Ebony Magazine that same year. While, Annie Oakley and Martha Canary (Calamity Jane) were creating their history with Buffalo Bill, Stagecoach Mary was making “her Epic Journey!”

Despite Mary's hardness, she had another side of her, a kindness so strong, even today, in the beginning of the 21st Century, the town of Cascade, Montana, and other surrounding communities celebrate her birthday. The Epic movie is in pre-production mode. Check out website at

Cory Eliason

I am trying to find a list of African American production companies and/or producers too partner with my group developing 2 documentaries. Where would I go to find such a list?


RED TAILS TALK – 2/23/2012: Producer Rick McCallum and actors Elijah Kelley, David Oyelowo, and Andre Royo. Filmmakers@Google series. @GOOGLE TALKS –

Leo Sacks

Proud and privileged to share the teaser for my developing documentary on the Gospel Genius of New Orleans. It's a great untold story of a gospel singer who was murdered, on the cusp of stardom, in the projects he couldn't leave behind.


wow, you're site is notoriously difficult to navigate! just spent over 30 mins trying to locate an article i read on here in feb 2012 about a Haitian filmmaker who won an award but her name and title of film escapes me. and i cannot find it on here at all! can you guys make this more difficult?

Nadine Viola Davis on the red carpet – green dress and a natural.


Lee Daniels Masterclass @ GFS. I have no other comments (although it's hard), just an FYI.


I just saw the German sci-fi flick Transfer. It is very good and totally unexpected in some ways.

prince kalu

hello. when ever i see some africa film. i remember my dream to be an actor and i remember my story the story i want to make a film i knew a fin story make a fin film.some time it hard to forewared those thing need someone in by side both writ and show how to do. i we like to try my lock. both writ my story and show me how to do.any person who like to be an actor have to put first email and number +24107564475. i think i can do it. so i need nan any information about it

Abhita Austin

Greetings Folks,

I truly enjoy all of the great content you post. I was wondering if anyone was able to catch Come Back, Africa at the Film Forum and if there will be a review on it.

Cheers in film!

Elvire Eijkman

Hello, could you give us some information on how to purchase a DVD from the series Jacob's Cross?
We are a small academic research institute on Africa, based in Leiden, the Netherlands. The library holds a large collection of African films.

Thank you for any information,
Elvire Eijkman

Collection development
Library, Documentation and Information
African Studies Centre
P.O. Box 9555
2300 RB Leiden
The Netherlands
Tel.: (+31) 71 527 3357
Fax: (+31) 71 527 3350
Email: []

Hadiatu Dumbuya

Make sure you check out Butterfly Rising written, directed, and produced by Tanya Wright at the Oxford Film Festival. The movie was actually filmed in Mississippi too!!!!! It will be shown at the Malco Studio Theater on Feb. 9-12, 2012 and also at the Lyric Theater on Saturday, Feb. 11. You can read an interview on Tanya here:

Ozzie Stewart

PLEASE check out our very promising trailer 'FINDING…..' :-) which was published 12/23 though pre-trailer video was up 1 month prior. Help support us with our 1/31 deadline!!! at
WE ALL thank you for your consideration.


A Case Depart will be available to watch at the my french film festival website for $2.63. Here is the link


Shit White Girls Say to Black Girls

Donnell Stevens

I will be starring in an independent film. Please help us raise funds for the completion and marketing of the movie. Check out the link for a synopsis of the movie! I would love for S & A to consider my movie on their blog. Much thanks!

Bloody Valley Films

We need all the help we can get. Please visit our film's page. We appreciate it and whoever features us in the site: we'll make sure to mention you in the final credits of the movie.

Thank you.


Whats up everybody:
I would like the S&A team to consider my webseries for their blog.THANKS

Wesley Mills

check out the trailer to my film project "Buyers and Suppliers". Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


This site is awesome! Plain and simple. Keep up the good work.

The German film transfer will be released in January in Canada.Keep up the great work.

Naimah Fuller

Heads-up: I've launched a fund raising site on indiegogo. Take a moment and check out the trailer, and the information about the project. Make a donation, and please pass the word. Much Love ~ Naimah

Naimah Fuller

I really love being part of the Shadow and Act family via your daily emails. Love keeping up with all the latest info on projects related to our community. Please consider doing a feature story on my project. Much love always ~ Naimah


Just came across this kickstarter campaign:

It's for a documentary about a Brooklyn bar owned, operated, and catering to black lgbt people. I'm not associated with it in any way, but it looks like a worthy project(with a great aesthetic) and I haven't seen it profiled on the S&A blog. They need 25,000 by Dec 5 and so far they have 21,000 + and 265 backers…

Yoga Lover

Stephen Adly Guirgis just posted a rant on Facebook concerning the 2 Puerto Rican characters of his play , The Motherfu**er with the Hat, being replaced by white actors in the CT production. He is angry about it, so I figured this is right up S & A's alley.


It would be nice to see this as a post to get everyone's opinion on an article that appeared in the NY Times recently referring to Atlanta as the new "Black Hollywood"

With Tyler Perry and Soul Train Awards out there, what doe this mean to Black moviemakers and actors? Is it true and a positive move.


Khadijah Karriem

When is the next filmmakers challenge?


Helen Howard

Please check out the trailer to our independent feature film “Blacklands” showing at The Tricycle Cinema on Sunday 16 October at 2.30pm. See the trailers at

come and join us if you can or let us know what you think!

Dawn McGhee

Revolutionary Film about The NEW YORK 21.

Shernita Andrews

Phyllis, this looks like it is going to be an exciting episode and one for motion picture. I am setting my calendar for Oct 2. Keep it up. I’m inspired.

katrina hutchinson

I think that I am the next whitney!



I found this on EW. Debbie Allen will be Grey’s Anatomy this season. She will be playing one of the doctor’s Mom. She has also been directing a few episodes as well. Thought you may want to feature this on the site.

lyn dyson

would like to become a member of this group

Candice Price

Love what you are doing! I have a doc that we created about the African American man who started the sport of Hockey in the country of Turkey. He was stationed there in the ’80’s and he was from Michigan and played hockey growing up. He got a group of Turks, taught them and they created a team. Today Hockey is a major sport there and it all started with Glen Brown. Let me know if you guys are interested in this. Thank you!

Catherine Lee

Hello, I am looking for contact information to book screenings of Rejoice and Shout at Fort Wayne Cinema Center. We’re a not-for-profit film society in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Any info you can provide would be welcome! Thanks, Catherine

Tommy Lewis

Yes, I’m a comedy screenwriter who has… Forget all of that, I have a headache from reading these comments. All the comments read backwards like
Bizaro World. I keep forgetting to scroll down to read the last post which should be the last post but the first shall be last and boom! My head just exploded.

I love this site but please fix the order of the comments.
The last comment posted, should be at the end of the page.

Arlene G Thomas Whitley

I have been writing creatively since I was 10 years old. I made my first film entitled Seasons when I was 13-14 years old. I have sung gospel music since I was about six years old when I got saved. I can sound like Mahalia Jackson sometimes when singing “How I Got Over” I am 48 years old and believe to make a valuable contribution to any screenplay or film. You may call me at 215 888 7584 or 215 921 2195


I love Mahalia Jackson and think it’s a fitting tribute to produce a film in her honour.

In regards to the film, was Gabourey Sidibe ever considered? She has proven she can act. I think she would be be a good candidate to play the part of Mahalia Jackson if contacted or interested, if the film is not yet written in stone, even if only to play a younger or older Mahalia.
She seems to have a soft manner like that of Mahalia Jackson and similar features-small eyes.
And just have Mahalia voice in the background as stated, since Fantasia is said not to be singing in the film.

Audrey McLean Pottinger

I came give you a couple of reasons why we are not making movies of our history. Many of the black actors feel it is demeaning to act the part of a slave or subservient. Audiences do not want to be reminded of how horribly people were treated nor do they want a watered down version of the truth. Lastly, money. Jews have the capital to get there story told. They are willing to spend the capital to get their version of the story told. Spending money on a “slave” film is not a priority for anyone (black or white) with capital.


what’s the story on DARK GIRLS It’s hot. Getting a lot of buzz on Facebook. Have you covered it and I missed it. What is your take on the preview…think he’s looking for investors?



Hello, tambay, Sorry to ask again but did you get my email? I sent it to but I haven’t seen a response. Is that your correct e-mail address?

barbara javitz

HI- do you post regularly about new films in the VOD or only certain genres

Gene Graham

Hey Tambay,

I’ve been loving your site for a while now.

I’ve noticed your coverage of Viola Davis’ The Help and I can’t help but wonder why we – as people of all colors – should embrace a movie that is at the very least self-congradulatory? Especially given the fact that the president of the united states has produced a birth certificate to prove that he’s a citizen of the united states. We are far from a victory lap over race in this country.

I love Viola Davis and many other black actors and actresses. I’m sure she knocks this role out of the ballpark. But isn’t there another, non-maid starring role for a black actress? Isn’t there a worthy (of studio dollars) story that doesn’t drag us back to the 60s, when there’s plenty of race issues to tackle today? And can we stop congratulating ourselves for overcoming the race problem? That’s a myth – good for ticket sales, lousy for the reality we all have to live.

I’m just sayin’….


Email me with the details…

Wes Barnard

My wife has produced a new documentary film entitled, “An African-American Quest for Authenticity”. Is it possible to have the film reviewed and critiqued by S&A?

If so, please advise what steps need to be taken by us to make this happen. We look forward to your response. Peace.

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