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FEATURE: 'Newlyweeds' co-star Trae Harris set to star in new vampire film, Octavia

'Newlyweeds' co-star Trae Harris is set to star as the title role in poet/filmmaker Dennis Leroy Kangalee's (previously, Dennis Leroy Moore's) latest project, "Octavia: Elegy for a Vampire (or Endless Shards of Jazz for a Brutal World)." The film will also star Militia Vox, and Brian Anthony Wilson.  


"Part poem, rock opera, and “Brechtian” play - this will not be your traditional horror/vampire…
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Added by Eye Candy on September 23, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Viola Davis discusses the struggles of being a black actress in Hollywood

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…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 16, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Death Metal Angola' Doc Getting U.S. Theater Release This Fall

Feature documentary Death Metal Angola has been on our radar for a while, and now it's getting a theater run this fall after being picked up by indie studio The Vladar Company. The release is planned for November 7th 2014 in New York and Los Angeles.

As we've stated before, Angola has had…
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Added by Eye Candy on September 10, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

FILM: The Venezuelan drama “Bad Hair” (Pelo Malo) gets US premiere date

The Venezuelan drama “Bad Hair” (Pelo Malo) – a film about an afro-Venezuelan boy obsessed with straightening his hair - is set to have its stateside premiere on November 19th at NYC’s Film Forum theatre. Prior to its premier on the 19th, the film will is set to screen at the Black Harvest Film Festival in Chicago on 17th and 18th August. 

By Alexander…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 31, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

FILM: Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

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.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Eye Candy on July 29, 2014 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Matatu Film Festival Brings Unique Stories to Oakland July 16-19

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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Added by Eye Candy on July 15, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: First photo of Don Cheadle as Miles Davis surfaces

We know you guys are very excited about Miles Ahead, the upcoming Miles Davis biopic with Don Cheadle playing the lead role, in addition to directing the movie. The first photo of Cheadle as Miles Davis has surfaced. And all we can say is "wow!".

EW reports: "The biopic—which will co-star Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg and Emayatzy…
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Added by Eye Candy on July 8, 2014 at 9:59am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: 'Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton' docu about Stones Throw Records Available Now! #SoundCheck

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…

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Added by Sound Check on June 2, 2014 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

OP-ED: Annie, Quvenzhané Wallis and Me

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…

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Added by The Race Card on May 20, 2014 at 11:42am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Controversial Nina Simone Biopic Starring Zoe Saldana Premieres at Cannes Film Festival

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…

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Added by Eye Candy on May 16, 2014 at 10:41am — 15 Comments

FEATURE: 'Changing Face Of Harlem' Docu Examines The Revitalization & Challenges Faced by The Neighborhood

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…

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Added by Eye Candy on May 5, 2014 at 8:50am — 1 Comment

REVIEW: Nas' 'Time is Illmatic' Documentary, A Signature Moment In Hip-Hop History

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…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 22, 2014 at 12:43pm — 1 Comment

Op-Ed: In Search of the Redeemed Black Woman in Antebellum Film

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…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 9, 2014 at 8:48am — 2 Comments

FILM REVIEW: 'Anita' - She Spoke Up So Our Voice Could Count at The Table

Anita - Speaking The Truth To Power is an independent film directed by Freida Mock. The movie confronts multiple layers of the sexism Anita Hill experienced in the workplace. In 1991, when she accused then U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, what made it difficult for Hill to tell her story was the belittlement of her legitimate place as a woman in society. However, she…

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Added by Eye Candy on April 1, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Watch the trailer for 'Begin Again' Featuring Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)

Watch Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) in the trailer for 'Begin Again', the latest film from writer-director John Carney.

The movie will be released on July 4 and also features Keira Knightley, Adam Levine, Mark Ruffalo, Cee-Lo Green, Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener and James Corden.

PR: "Begin Again is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine)…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 31, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Passion, Love & Revolution: Film "Half of a Yellow Sun" Debuts Internationally By This Summer!

Anticipated to premiere internationally by summer 2014 (April 11 in the UK), Half of a Yellow Sun has been creating quite a buzz. It was adapted from critically acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel. Renowned UK playwright Biyi Bandele has made his directorial debut with transferring Adichie’s literature onto the silver screen. Set in the 1960s republic of Nigeria during the Nigerian-Biafran civil war, Half of a Yellow Sun seems extremely…

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Added by Eye Candy on March 24, 2014 at 12:17pm — 1 Comment

The Shattered Mind: Supporting Black Deaf Culture in Film

Hello, my name is Jade. I am an award winning film writer, producer and director of Jade Films and Entertainment. My company is based in New York City. I am the world's FIRST Jamaican-American Deaf Filmmaker. I have been producing films for over 23 years now. I love making stuff up and turning them into reality. I consider myself to be an imaginative storyteller. Right now, I…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 14, 2014 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Me and My Dominican Brothe

Me and My Dominican Brother

By: Lamont Jack Pearley



It’s legal to kill black folk in America

And we got ignant niggas killing black folk in America

Whitey we don’t need your help

Seems like we doing a damn good job ourselves

The other day on da 5 train A Dominican brother approached me

Looked just like me

Dressed just like me

Same complexion as…

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Added by Lamont Jack Pearley Sr. on December 10, 2013 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Spike Lee Responds To Critics Of His Kickstarter Campaign

What do you think of Spike Lee's reply to those who say he's too wealthy to ask people for money via Kickstarter to finance his upcoming movie. In a recent …

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Added by Eye Candy on July 30, 2013 at 11:43am — 3 Comments

Five Reasons to See Beasts of the Southern Wild‏

By Frantz Cayo



Beasts of the Southern Wild was nominated in multiple categories for the 2013 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and the youngest Best Actress nominee of all time, Quvenzhane Wallis. As an independent film, many people have still not seen this film ($11 million total revenue in the United States) and I am telling you need to go to iTunes (or however you download films) and check it out. I am not going to get into the whole plot summary…

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Added by Eye Candy on January 16, 2013 at 9:53am — 2 Comments

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