Check out new feature film project 'AFRONELL'. Currently in its early stages, the film tells the story of a teenage musician from South Central, Los Angeles, and the L.A. punk scene of 1979 that she struggles to establish herself…Continue
Award winning visual artist Steve McQueen, now noted for his directorial achievements in cinema - '12 Years A Slave', 'Shame' - has now announced that he will collaborate with Harry Belafonte to produce a film about the late American Singer, actor, and civil rights activist, Paul Robeson. During the announcement, McQueen disclosed that he's wanted to make a Robeson biopic for the past six years; but just didn't have the power to do so.…Continue
Check out this new track from cultural icon Grace Jones. The track - 'Original Beast' - is from the soundtrack for upcoming 'Hunger Games' film 'Mocking Jay Part 1', and sees Jones displaying her usual magic over some intense tribal percussion. Get into the stream, below (track 8).
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The award winning documentary Death Metal Angola will get its NYC theatrical premiere this week at Cinema Village, 7pm on Friday 21st. The film tells the story of Sonia Ferreira, 'a war survivor, lover of rock music, and mother to 55 orphans - as she and her partner, the Death Metal musician Wilker Flores, launch Angola's first-ever national rock concert.' Watch the trailer, below; and for more info on the premiere - which will include a…Continue
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Skin will feature in upcoming sci-fi film 'Andron: The Black Labyrinth'. It's yet to be announced the role that the iconic Skunk Anansie frontwoman will play, but it's been reported that the film is about a group of young men and women who awake in a dark, claustrophobic maze. All are unable to remember who they are or how they got stuck in the black labyrinth, and must work together to escape. The film, which is currently in production,…Continue
Actress Lupita Nyong'o talks colorism with recent comments in Glamour. Nyong'o has become the Magazine's 24th Woman of the Year, and told the magazine about her experiences growing up as a 'Dark Girl': "When I was in the second grade, one of my teachers said, ‘Where are you going to find a husband? How are you going to find someone darker than you?’ Nyong'o adds, "I remember seeing a commercial where a woman goes for an interview…Continue
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For a long while now, the comic book industry has been criticised for its lack of diversity; even more so in relation to film. With the film industry now heavily invested in bringing our favorite comic book characters to life, many have been left disappointed by the shelving of our favorite superheros of color; never seeing the translation to the silver screen like their white counterparts. However, with news that Marvel Studios have signed Chadwick…Continue
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Viola Davis is about to star as the lead in new Shoda Rhimes series 'How to Get Away with Murder'; however, in a recent interview with The New York Times, the actress discusses the present hardships for black actresses - despite the personal breakthroughs of herself and other high profile black actresses.
By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…Continue
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Over two years ago, we mentioned Thomas Allen Harris' documentary "Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People"; and now the documentary has its US premier next month at the Film Forum in New York on August 27th.
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A film festival spotlighting "unique journeys regardless of age, geographical bounds, sexual preference, race, and socio-economic status"? Sounds like a plan! Check out the info we received from the peeps at Matatu Film Festival, which will take place in Oakland, CA, July 16-19.…
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While the vast majority of record labels operate as businesses—that is, their goal is to make money, and once they cease that function, they cease to operate—the truly great labels, those that will continue to thrive long after the major label system has fallen, are families. Stones Throw records, along with Rawkus and Def Jux, has been the home to a family of misfits and provocateurs ranging from Madlib to J Dilla to Aloe Blacc that have defined the sound and feel of…Continue
When the original Annie movie was released in 1982, I was ten years old living in idyllic and beautiful Southern California, Pasadena to be exact, a short drive without traffic to the streets of Hollywood where tourists congregate attempting to catch a glimpse of some star. My mother often took us on aimless and destination unknown car trips around Los Angeles. We'd throw in a couple of friends on occasion and our dog Patches, a very nervous Shetland Sheepdog. We loved…Continue
A new image of Zoe Saldana playing Nina Simone in a controversial biopic surfaced. The movie premiered this week at the Cannes Film Festival in France. Some are saying Saldana's performance amounts to Blackface and is is offensive, especially given the fact that Nina Simone's skin color and facial features were a source of pride for her and caused much discrimination in her life.
Zoe Saldana stated: "I guess what kept me from being hurt by the negative comments was that I’m…
Changing Face Of Harlem examines the history and the current revitalization of Harlem, but also tackles the impact of gentrification on this legendary neighborhood. Through footage and interviews with old and new residents, business owners, community activists and more, the film celebrates Harlem but also aims to ask the tough questions. Check out the trailer and more info below. Directed by Shawn Batey. Screening dates are available…Continue
Today, the seminal hip-hop album Nas’ Illmatic is being re-released with bonus tracks. This is a significant moment for hip-hop as a culture. April 19th marked the 20th anniversary of the album and on that day the documentary Time Is Illmatic headed the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival. The film doesn’t gloss over the social conditions that influenced the creation of this landmark album. It is an…Continue
With the critical successes of Django Unchained and 12 Years a Slave, stories of African American redemption seem to be en vogue. This marks a new direction in the tradition of film and hopefully forecasts the arrival of "new" stories of African American triumph. The trouble with telling our stories, however, is the trauma. How many times can we view the "same" narrative of victimhood and subjugation? This of course is the common query of those who wish we…Continue