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    James Baldwin: "Who Is The "N*gg*r?"

    I don't believe there's been a feature narrative film on the life of James Baldwin has there? There've been documentaries like The Price Of A Ticket, but no biopics I'm aware of, or if one has even been attempted. Or have there been any feature films in which he is a character in someone else's stor...

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    George Lucas' "Red Tails" - Tepid Feel Good Story Or Unvarnished Gaze?

    I cast a baleful eye at this film because I don't know if director, Anthony Hemingway, screenwriter, John Ridley or distributor Lucasfilm will have the guts to give us an unvarnished look into racism maintained in that time period against African-Americans in an unmixed company scene with white offi...

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    Debra Lee Promises New Look BET; Wants To Attract Larger Black Audience w/o Offending

    When I became CEO I had to define my vision for the company. How do we make our brand distinct and compete with other networks? I realized it was time to focus on original programming... Our new brand strategy: We respect, reflect and elevate our audience. They want to be entertained, but they also want to be inspired. For awhile we went too hard-edge. We had a lot of criticism when we were primarily airing music videos, which a lot of people felt were derogatory towards women. We heard that loud and clear... Our programming filter now is: It has to have a message, can’t be derogatory and has to show positive images. That doesn’t mean that it...

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    Trailer For Kenyan *Superhero* Feature Narrative "Leo"

    This reminds me of 2 Focus Features' Africa First Shorts film I saw at the New York African Film Festival earlier this year. The first, Umkhungo, a South African film, which I described as close to a superhero origin story, set in an African country, as I've seen, which centers on an orphaned child with uncontrollable supernatural powers, and those who'd rather see him expelled; the second, Mwansa The Great, made by Zambian Rungano Nyoni, that centers on an 8-year old, who, in an attempt to prove he is a hero just like his father who passed away, goes on a quest to find the "magical" substance necessary to fix his sister's broken doll, and ...

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    Maybe That "Skank Robbers" Movie Isn't Happening After All... (Things That Make You Go Hmm...)

    You wish, right? Don't get your hopes up yet though, until you read what I have to say.

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    Casting Suggestions for Kathryn Bigelow's 'Osama bin Laden' Film?

    I just read some interesting casting suggestions by Michael Logan, editor-in-chief of Moviephone, in this ABC News article.

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    Ice Cube On Why He Does Mostly Comedies: "It's The Path Of Least Resistance"

    It's the path of least resistance... I don't want to be a dude like Stanley Kubrick, pop out every five or six years... They know I can make comedies work, so that's what they want. It's not like you go to McDonald's and ask for a taco... It's not easy.. they want comedies. And if they do a drama, i...

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    Viola Davis Options Rights To Award-Winning Novel "The Personal History of Rachel DuPree"

    A follow-up to my post a few days ago on Viola Davis creating a production company with her husband, and the projects she plans to produce with it, specifically one that she described as "a period piece about African-American homesteaders."

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    "Colombiana" Star Zoe Saldana Opens Up About Breaking Down

    As we await the August 26th opening of Zoe Saldana's highly-anticipated star turn in the action film Colombiana, Saldana has been out and about, steadily promoting herself and the film.

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    Wesley Snipes From Prison On "Blade," "Julius Styles: The International" + Projects In Development

    Prison isn't stopping Wesley Snipes from stacking up projects for when he gets out.

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