2017 Capital City Black Film Festival

2017 Capital City Black Film Festival

from Shadow and Act Event: 2017 Capital City Black Film Festival Date: August 17-20, 2017 Location: Austin, TX The Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) – celebrating its 5th anniversary showing the best in indie black cinema – today announced that...
Eric Monte – The Unseen Interview

Eric Monte – The Unseen Interview

Cooley High and Good Times Creator Eric Monte interviewewed by Philadelphia Inquirer’s Annette John-Hall at the 2006 Black Film and Media Conference. Support Mr. Monte by purchasing his latest book, A PROPHET RANAWAY at...
Am I Typecast?

Am I Typecast?

from Shadow and Act In the video above, actor Michael Kenneth Williams headlines the new “Question Your Answers” brand campaign from The Atlantic, in which he plays different versions of himself, interrogating himself about whether, as a black actor,...
A Two-Hour Conversation Kathleen Collins

A Two-Hour Conversation Kathleen Collins

Shadow and Act | Sergio Mims Watch the 1984 Kathleen Collins interview from Milestone Film & Video below: There’s no need to tell you that there have always been independent black filmmakers, long before Spike Lee burst upon the scene in the...
Voicing Groot is a Challenge for Vin Diesel

Voicing Groot is a Challenge for Vin Diesel

from ScreenRant | by Emily Donn If there is one thing Guardians of the Galaxy did not lack for, it was lovable and funny characters. From the opening moments, where Star-Lord danced to Redbones’ Come and Get Your Love it was clear that this movie would not have...
Making Films Cheap & Appreciating Them: Possible or Taboo?

Making Films Cheap & Appreciating Them: Possible or Taboo?

from Shadow and Act | Tambay Obenson Watch the 40-minute interview with Jason Blum, which actually happened just before “Get Out” opened in USA theaters I watched the below awesome interview with Jason Blum (head of Blumhouse Productions, the company...
2017 Tribeca Film Festival

2017 Tribeca Film Festival

Event: 2017 Tribeca Film Festical Date: April 19 – 30, 2017 Location: New York, NY TFF announced the feature films that will screen within the following programs: Competition, including US Narrative, Documentary, and International Narrative categories;...
Jordan Peele Plans to Make ‘Social Thrillers’

Jordan Peele Plans to Make ‘Social Thrillers’

from Shadow and Act | Tambay Obenson When it comes to pure horror filmmaking, “black stories” are still woefully under-represented unfortunately, even though it’s a genre whose supernatural or uncanny aspects and narrative structure, lends itself...
Interview: Getting Personal with Mariette Monpierre

Interview: Getting Personal with Mariette Monpierre

Shadow and Act | Sergio Mims Filmmaker Mariette Monpierre’s touching and beautiful feature film debut, “Elza,” screens at the Pan African Film Festival tomorrow night, Saturday, February 11 at 7:00p, and again on Monday February 13 at 6:10p. Read...
60+ Black Biopics Still In Limbo

60+ Black Biopics Still In Limbo

from Shadow and Act | Tambay Obenson Updating this list as I do once a year (I forgot to do it last year; so there was a lot to research and catch up on) to keep you all up-to-date on where each project stands going into the new year, including 18 new...
Billy Dee Speaks on Star Wars and Batman

Billy Dee Speaks on Star Wars and Batman

by Patrick Shanley | The Hollywood Reporter In 1989, Billy Dee Williams starred as Gotham City district attorney Harvey Dent in director Tim Burton’s seminal Batman. The plan, as legend goes, was for Williams to return in subsequent Caped Crusader sequels as the...
Conversations: David Oyelowo – A Career Retrospective

Conversations: David Oyelowo – A Career Retrospective

Q&A with David Oyelowo. Moderated by Jenelle Riley, Variety. A UNITED KINGDOM is the true story of the forbidden love of King Seretse Khama of Botswana (David Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white woman from London, which caused an international...
Conversations: Octavia Spencer

Conversations: Octavia Spencer

Career retrospective with current SAG Award Nominee Octavia Spencer. Moderated by Jenelle Riley, Variety. Octavia Spencer currently stars in Hidden Figures. Additional film credits include: Fruitvale Station, Paradise, Smashed, Seven Pounds, Coach Carter, Bad Santa,...
Conversations: Edwina Findley Dickerson

Conversations: Edwina Findley Dickerson

Q&A with Independent Spirit Award nominee Edwina Findley Dickerson of FREE IN DEED. Moderated by John Alan Simon. Nominated for 4 Film Independent Spirit Awards: John Cassavetes Award, Best Cinematography, Best Male Lead (David Harewood), Best Supporting Female...
THR’s Directors Roundtable (2017)

THR’s Directors Roundtable (2017)

In 1991, director Mira Nair made Mississippi Masala, a romantic drama with an international twist starring a young Denzel Washington, hot off his first acting Oscar win for Glory. Twenty-five years later, the Indian-born Nair (Queen of Katwe), 59, sat next to...
The Contenders: Don Cheadle

The Contenders: Don Cheadle

from Deadline Hollywood It may have taken 10 years to do it, but Don Cheadle is actually grateful for the extra time he had to hone his unique vision for Miles Ahead, the film about Miles Davis he wrote, produced, directed and stars in. Sony Pictures Classics brought...
Conversations: Mahershala Ali

Conversations: Mahershala Ali

Conversations career retrospective with Mahershala Ali. Moderated by Jenelle Riley of Variety. Mahershala Ali is fast becoming one of the freshest and most in-demand faces in Hollywood with his extraordinarily diverse skill set and wide-ranging background in film,...
Black Geniuses Forum: Spike Lee

Black Geniuses Forum: Spike Lee

by Tambay Obenson | Shadow and Act Launched at New York University (NYU) in 1996, the Black Genius series was conceived by author Walter Mosley, Manthia Diawara (Director of the Institute of Afro-American Affairs at NYU) and writer, film scholar and emeritus NYU...
BFI’s Love Letter to Black Female Actors

BFI’s Love Letter to Black Female Actors

from Shadow & Act The above 2-minute homage to black actresses was produced as part of British Film Institute’s (BFI) ongoing Black Star project – an exhaustive program and the UK’s largest ever season of film and television dedicated to...
Danny Glover in Conversation

Danny Glover in Conversation

Actor Danny Glover talks to broadcaster Samira Ahmed about his career, growing up in San Francisco and working with Mel Gibson. Glover also discusses the influence of his mother and grandmother on his life and how his acting developed in films such as The Colour...
Interview: Author Margot Lee Shetterly Talks Hidden Figures

Interview: Author Margot Lee Shetterly Talks Hidden Figures

Shadow & Act | Aramide A. Tinubu Though her father was a research scientist at NASA’s Langley Research Center, writer, researcher, and entrepreneur Margot Lee Shetterly knew very little of the Black female engineers, scientists, and mathematicians that...
THR Roundtables – A Conversation on Creativity

THR Roundtables – A Conversation on Creativity

Four creative talents , Lin-Manuel Miranda, Donald Glover, Issa Rae, and Damien Chazelle, flaunting the conventions of formula, go back and forth with director Jon Favreau (a onetime wunderkind himself) on success, struggling and staying sane: “The bullshit...
The Solomon Sir Jones Films, 1924-1928

The Solomon Sir Jones Films, 1924-1928

Shadow & Act | Sergio Mims A past item worth revisiting in light of this morning’s news (see previous post) that his collection of very early 20th century films are among the 25 titles selection by the Library of Congress for the 2016 National Film Registry...
Why Will Smith Chose Suicide Squad Over Independence Day 2

Why Will Smith Chose Suicide Squad Over Independence Day 2

ScreenRant |Matthew Erao Though sequels and adaptations of existing forms of media are nothing new for Hollywood, they seem to have reached a fever pitch in recent years. Aside from the ever-expanding worlds of Harry Potter, Star Wars, and the Marvel Cinematic...
Shemar Moore Talks ‘The Bounce Back’

Shemar Moore Talks ‘The Bounce Back’

Shadow & Act | Aramide A. Tinubu After saying goodbye to “Criminal Minds” earlier this year, actor Shemar Moore is stepping into a new role, funding and producing his first feature film, “The Bounce Back.” Moore stars alongside Nadine...
Actors on Actors: Dev Patel & Octavia Spencer

Actors on Actors: Dev Patel & Octavia Spencer

Dev Patel and Octavia Spencer chatted during a taping of Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” on a wide range of topics. For more, tune in when the fifth season of the series, presented by The Venetian Las Vegas, debuts on PBS SoCal on January 3,...
Actors on Actors: Tom Hanks & Viola Davis

Actors on Actors: Tom Hanks & Viola Davis

Tom Hanks and Viola Davis chatted during a taping of Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” on a range of topics, including sex scenes and diversity on TV vs film. For more, tune in when the fifth season of the series, presented by The Venetian Las Vegas,...
Actors on Actors: Ryan Reynolds & Taraji P. Henson

Actors on Actors: Ryan Reynolds & Taraji P. Henson

Ryan Reynolds and Taraji P. Henson sat down to chat about everything from bad auditions to social media, to their characters Deadpool and Cookie for Variety’s “Actors on Actors.” For more, tune in when the fifth season of the series, presented by The...
Vin Diesel teasing involvement with Inhumans

Vin Diesel teasing involvement with Inhumans

from F*** magazine | February 2015 Vin Diesel is certainly quite the tease. He scored the role of Groot in Guardians Of The Galaxy after months of teasing fans about meeting with Marvel. And now he seems to be letting fans into another massive secret with regard to...
Dwayne Johnson is People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive 2016

Dwayne Johnson is People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive 2016

By Jason Berman | ScreenRant If one thing is for sure, it is that you can only go so long before Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson pops back up in the news. The busiest man in Hollywood is getting ready for his animated Disney film, Moana, to hit theaters, before...
Conversations: with GREENLEAF

Conversations: with GREENLEAF

Q&A with Merle Dandridge, Keith David, Lynn Whitfield and Oprah Winfrey. Moderated by Jim Halterman, TV Guide Magazine. GREENLEAF takes viewers into the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and...
Conversations: Eddie Murphy

Conversations: Eddie Murphy

Q&A with Eddie Murphy of MR. CHURCH. Moderated by Stacey Wilson Hunt, New York Magazine. Mr. Church tells the story of a unique friendship that develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook – Henry Joseph Church....
Conversations: Q&A with FENCES

Conversations: Q&A with FENCES

Q&A with Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson and Saniyya Sidney of FENCES. Moderated by Jenelle Riley,...
Shonda Rhimes Named MIPCOM 2016 Personality of the Year

Shonda Rhimes Named MIPCOM 2016 Personality of the Year

Shonda Rhimes, creator and writer of groundbreaking hit shows and one of the most celebrated and influential producers in Hollywood, has been named MIPCOM 2016 Personality of the Year. The internationally respected Rhimes, whose TV credits include ABC Studios’...
Taraji P. Henson Writes Her Memoir

Taraji P. Henson Writes Her Memoir

Shadow and Act | Tambay Obenson Taraji P. Henson’s memoir, “Around the Way Girl,” hits bookstores (on- and offline) today, October 11, 2016. I have a copy of the book, which includes a chapter titled “On Being a Black Woman in Hollywood,”...
NYFF54 – Hamilton’s America Q&A

NYFF54 – Hamilton’s America Q&A

Following the world premiere of the documentary Hamilton’s America at the 54th New York Film Festival, director Alex Horwitz joined Lin-Manuel Miranda, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and more on stage for a Q&A. Lin-Manuel Miranda takes us inside the making...
Conversations: Genevieve Nnaji and Kunle Afolayan

Conversations: Genevieve Nnaji and Kunle Afolayan

A Conversation with Genevieve Nnaji and Kunle Afolayan As we mark this year’s City to City: Lagos programme, we welcome director Kunle Afolayan and superstar actor-singer Genevieve Nnaji for a conversation about Nigeria’s vibrant film industry and the...
Will the Naija New Wave Please Stand Up?

Will the Naija New Wave Please Stand Up?

from Shadow & Act | Olu Yomi Ososanya Nollywood. We all know the story; well, most of us; ok, maybe a few. A business man with a shop full of blank VHS tapes (look it up kids) decided that he wanted to do something with them, and had the epiphany to make a film....
Jaz Sinclair Interview: When The Bough Breaks

Jaz Sinclair Interview: When The Bough Breaks

By Screen Rant Last March, Screen Rant got an opportunity to visit the set of the new film When the Bough Breaks. The drama revolves around a married couple who seek out a surrogate mother so they can have a child. They find one in the form of Anna (Jaz Sinclair), but...
Filmmaking Diaries: On Colorism and Casting Black Girls

Filmmaking Diaries: On Colorism and Casting Black Girls

Shadow & Act | Nijla Mumin I never considered myself light skin, though many would say my complexion falls within that spectrum. I never fit the “light skin, long hair” image because, while my hair was pretty long, it was also thick, and well, nappy....
An Interview with Director Zeresenay Mehari

An Interview with Director Zeresenay Mehari

Shadow & Act | Nijla Mumin There’s a scene in Zeresenay Berhane Mehari’s feature film debut “Difret,” where several men swoop in, riding horses and abruptly kidnap 14-year-old Hirut (Tizita Hagere) as she walks home from school....
Interview: Euzhan Palcy, Candid & Comprehensive

Interview: Euzhan Palcy, Candid & Comprehensive

Shadow & Act | Martine Jean Festival de Cannes 2013: for the first time in its history, the festival hosted a Caribbean extravaganza on the beach. Caribbean Zouk music filled the air. The band played on even as rain drops fell. Euzhan Palcy emerged from the crowd,...
Conversations: Nia Long

Conversations: Nia Long

Career retrospective with Nia Long. Moderated by Jenelle Riley, Variety. Since making her film debut in John Singleton’s Oscar-nominated film, “Boyz In The Hood,” Nia Long continues to cultivate a versatile resume in both film and television. On the...
Conversations: Journey of the Working Actor

Conversations: Journey of the Working Actor

Q&A with Jayne Atkinson, Donna Lynne Champlin, Colman Domingo, Michel Gil, and LaTanya Richardson Jackson. Moderated by Lori Hammel. Join us for an evening with five esteemed New York actors with substantial resumes and stories to share. They’ll cover how...
Saycon Sengbloh Can Act and Sing, But Can She Ever Rest?

Saycon Sengbloh Can Act and Sing, But Can She Ever Rest?

The Tony-Nominated Actress Talks Theater, Music, and Enjoying the Ride Shadow & Act | George Kevin Jordan Saycon Sengbloh is giving you a master class in pitch and dialect. “Every accent has a different kind of pitch,” she explains, “there is a...
Michael Mann on the Greatest

Michael Mann on the Greatest

Michael Mann | Variety One of Muhammad Ali’s biggest struggles culminated in 1974’s Rumble in the Jungle, where it seemed that the spirit of the progressive forces in the world was about to battle the spirit of the repressive status quo. Early on, Cassius...
Where Is The Black Erotic on Screen?

Where Is The Black Erotic on Screen?

Shadow & Act | Robyn Batts After all, can one show a Black woman, our thickness in thighs, our bushy hair, our dulcet tones and not have it explode the encased construct of White female sexuality? Starz’s “The Girlfriend Experience” is directed...
Watch: All Power to the People…

Watch: All Power to the People…

…Sundance/Kickstarter Panel on Strategies for Reaching & Engaging Black Audiences from Shadow & Act | Tambay Obenson Taped earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, Kickstarter hosted a panel that included speakers I’m sure many of you are...
Actors on Actors: Kerry Washington & Aziz Ansari…

Actors on Actors: Kerry Washington & Aziz Ansari…

‘Every Industry Is So White,’ Not Just Hollywood Lamarco McClendon | Variety.com Kerry Washington and Aziz Ansari sat down for the fourth season of Variety’s and PBS’ Actors on Actors series and the two actors struggled to find why the TV...
Conversations: with Danielle Brooks

Conversations: with Danielle Brooks

Career Conversations with Danielle Brooks currently starring in The Color Purple. Moderated by BroadwayWorld.com’s Richard Ridge of “Backstage with Richard Ridge!” Danielle Brooks can currently be seen onstage in the moving revival of The Color...
Stephan James’ Things To Know Before Watching Race

Stephan James’ Things To Know Before Watching Race

Actor Stephan James tells you everything you need to know about the incredible true story of American track star Jesse Owens. Related Products - 19% amazon.com The Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth $19.95  $15.99 Buy This Item Last updated on February 6,...
Conversations: Uzo Aduba

Conversations: Uzo Aduba

Career Conversations with Uzo Aduba. Moderated by Stuart Webber, President, The Oxford Union. Uzoamaka “Uzo” Aduba is an American actress and singer. She is known for her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on the Netflix television series...
Behind the Scenes with Audra McDonald

Behind the Scenes with Audra McDonald

Interview Featurette By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act Audra McDonald brings her acclaimed portrayal of Billie Holiday in the Broadway smash “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” to HBO, with the exclusive presentation scheduled to premiere on...
Heartbreak Recovery Service (3 of 3)

Heartbreak Recovery Service (3 of 3)

One of three videos staring Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson and Mary J. Blige, directed by Ava DuVernay to promote Apple’s new Apple Music Service. In this Apple Music commercial that aired during the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, “Scandal” star...
The Curious Case Of Hattie McDaniels’ Missing Oscar

The Curious Case Of Hattie McDaniels’ Missing Oscar

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act In 1925, Hattie McDaniel, became one of the first African American women on the radio. In 1934, she landed her screen acting break in “Judge Priest.” In 1940, she became the first African American to win an...
Hollywood’s Diversity Problem Costs Industry Billions

Hollywood’s Diversity Problem Costs Industry Billions

Dave McNary | Variety Hollywood’s failure to present more diverse casts in movies and television is potentially costing the industry billions of dollars, according to a new report issued by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. The...
My First Time with Ice Cube

My First Time with Ice Cube

What R-rated movie did Ice Cube sneak into as a kid? Who inspired him to act? Ice Cube reveals all to Tiffany Smith in My First...
Kitchen Dance Off (2 of 3)

Kitchen Dance Off (2 of 3)

The third of three videos staring Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson and Mary J. Blige, directed by Ava DuVernay to promote Apple’s new Apple Music Service. In third and final episode of this series: Star of “Empire” Taraji P. Henson,...
Sorry-full Casting for Egyptian Flick

Sorry-full Casting for Egyptian Flick

Industry Magazine – New Jersey | January/February 2016 Just weeks after production wrapped for the epic film Gods of Egypt. scheduled for a February 26 release, its director, Alex Proyas, apologized for casting primarily white actors in the film, which is based...
Nate Parker shares his honest opinion on diversity in Hollywood

Nate Parker shares his honest opinion on diversity in Hollywood

Brennan Williams | Huffington Post Black Voices Despite landing a role alongside the likes of Denzel Washington in “The Great Debaters” or his phenomenal performance in “The Secret Life of Bees,” Nate Parker says the availability of...
Reel Black: Ted Lange on Acting

Reel Black: Ted Lange on Acting

Actor/Director/Playwright TED LANGE discusses his key movie and TV roles from the 1970s in this exclusive clip. He talks about his first screen appearance in TRICK BABY (1972), landing roles in WATTSTAX (1974), BLACK BELT JONES (1974), FRIDAY FOSTER (1975) and...

Actors on Actors: Samuel L. Jackson & Michael Keaton

Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Keaton have shared the screen several times, in comedies like “The Other Guys” or dramas such as Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown.” Jackson is reunited with Tarantino for “The Hateful Eight,” in...
Actors on Actors: Will Smith & Benecio Del Toro

Actors on Actors: Will Smith & Benecio Del Toro

Benicio Del Toro landed an Academy Award for 2000’s “Traffic,” in which he played a conflicted police officer. His new film, “Sicario,” puts him back in the world of drug trafficking, but as a very different character — a...
Conversations: The Hateful Eight

Conversations: The Hateful Eight

Q&A with Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt Russell, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern of THE HATEFUL EIGHT. Moderated by Anne Thompson. In director Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT, set six or eight or twelve years...
Conversations: Mya Taylor

Conversations: Mya Taylor

Q&A with Mya Taylor of TANGERINE. Moderated by Jim Halterman, TVFanatic. It’s Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee (newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend (James Ransone, STARLET, Generation Kill)...
Conversations: Will Smith

Conversations: Will Smith

Q&A with Will Smith of CONCUSSION. Moderated by Jenelle Riley, Variety. Will Smith stars in Concussion, a thriller based on the true story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a...
I Love Movies: Michael Wilbon – Ordinary People

I Love Movies: Michael Wilbon – Ordinary People

Fan­dango MovieClips Trail­ers presents: I Love Movies — Where celebri­ties sit down to talk about their favorite films and how movies have impacted them per­son­ally and professionally. This Week: Things are not always what they seem, which...
Conversation: Shelter

Conversation: Shelter

Q&A with Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie of SHELTER. Moderated by Dave Karger, Fandango. Hannah and Tahir (Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Mackie) come from two different worlds. But when their lives intersect, they’re at the same place: homeless on the...
I Love Movies: Slash – The Exorcist

I Love Movies: Slash – The Exorcist

Fan­dango MovieClips Trail­ers presents: I Love Movies — Where celebri­ties sit down to talk about their favorite films and how movies have impacted them per­son­ally and professionally. This Week: Rock ’n’ roll icon and horror...
Conversations: Tichina Arnold

Conversations: Tichina Arnold

Career Q&A with Tichina Arnold. Moderated by Mike O’Malley. GUEST BIO Tichina Arnold’s career has spanned decades. Her many credits include: Ryan’s Hope, Martin, Everybody Hates Chris, Happily Divorced and Suvirvors...
Tyson Explains How Batman Can Beat Superman

Tyson Explains How Batman Can Beat Superman

By Kelly Kauffman | ScreenRant When it comes to explaining the science behind pop culture, look no further than Neil deGrasse Tyson. From The Martian to Interstellar, fans turn to the astrophysicist for his thorough explanations and dissections of movies with the help...
Oprah Empowers Women to Help Others

Oprah Empowers Women to Help Others

Elizabeth Wagmeister | Variety Oprah Winfrey, who was selected this year as a Variety Power of Women honoree along with Salma Hayek Pinault, Anna Kendrick, Gwyneth Paltrow and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, brought down the house at the Power of Women...
Conversations: Straight Outta Compton

Conversations: Straight Outta Compton

Q&A with O’Shea Jackson Jr., Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins and Director F. Gary Gray. Moderated by Scott Mantz, Access Hollywood. SYNOPSIS In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in...
Before Luther, There Was Malcolm Gray:

Before Luther, There Was Malcolm Gray:

Revisiting Thomas Ikimi’s Underseen ‘Legacy’ Starring Idris Elba By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act As I said I would a month ago, when it was announced that writer/director Thomas Ikimi had reunited with Idris Elba for a Fox hour-long...
Will Smith Confirms Bad Boys 3 & First Full World Tour

Will Smith Confirms Bad Boys 3 & First Full World Tour

By Rob Keyes | ScreenRant It’s been over twelve years (and four Transformers movies) since Michael Bay’s Bad Boys 2 released in theaters in the summer of 2003 and nearly every year since we’ve heard rumblings and quotes...
S&A Chats with Meegan Good

S&A Chats with Meegan Good

By Aramide A Tinubu | Shadow and Act Meagan Good has been working in the entertainment industry for well over twenty years. She first burst onto the scene as the troubled and secretive tween, Cicely Batiste in Kasi Lemmons’ 1960’s era “Eve’s...
Bradford Young Named 2015 Kodak Cinematographer-in-Residence

Bradford Young Named 2015 Kodak Cinematographer-in-Residence

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act Cinematographer extraordinaire Bradford Young has been named the 2015 Kodak Cinematographer-in-Residence at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. This is the 16th year of the residency program, which is sponsored by the...
Are There Stories That Should Only Be Told By Black Filmmakers?

Are There Stories That Should Only Be Told By Black Filmmakers?

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act It continues to be a point of contention, even among black people. Who gets to tell *our* stories? It’s a guaranteed debate starter – new film or TV project is announced with black protagonist(s), but non-black creator...
Cinephilia in an Age of Digital Reproduction

Cinephilia in an Age of Digital Reproduction

By Andre Seewood | Shadow and Act Much of the power of the film image, excluding for the moment its historical preeminence, resides in its grandeur; its tiny images in multiple millimeters projected over our heads and transformed into gigantic images in multiple...
Instant Boyfriend Mixtape Service (1of 3)

Instant Boyfriend Mixtape Service (1of 3)

One of three videos staring Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson and Mary J. Blige, directed by Ava DuVernay to promote Apple’s new Apple Music Service. In this Apple Music commercial that aired during the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, “Scandal” star...
Conversations with Michael Schultz

Conversations with Michael Schultz

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act Before Spike Lee made his mark, Michael Schultz was the most prolific African American filmmaker since Oscar Micheaux, directing around 12 feature films between 1970 and 1990 (and much more if I included TV movies and serials)....
Denzel Washington in Conversation with Dr. Todd Boyd

Denzel Washington in Conversation with Dr. Todd Boyd

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act I’m only just learning about this, but now you know, so get prepped to watch this later on this evening. The 7:30pm start time listed in the above poster is PST, meaning for those on the east coast, it’ll be kicking...
73 Q’s with Lupita Nyong’o

73 Q’s with Lupita Nyong’o

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act I really loved this! It looks like it was as fun to make as it is to watch. It actually gave me some ideas for a series I’ve been thinking about. But in short, Lupita Nyong’o, who is featured on the October cover of...
Spotlight on UK Director Ethoseia Hylton

Spotlight on UK Director Ethoseia Hylton

by Ashanti Scott | Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Ethosheia Hylton’s latest film LIA is one of 41 films directed by women of color that will be screened at Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series on Oct. 24-25 in Brooklyn at LIU. Tickets:...
Key & Peele Series Finale Review

Key & Peele Series Finale Review

By Daniel Johnson | ScreenRant [This is a review of the Key & Peele series finale. There will be SPOILERS.] After reflecting back on its hundreds of sketches, more than 50 episodes and five strong seasons, many words come to mind when attempting to describe Comedy...
Zoe Saldana’s Nina Simone Film Picked Up By RLJ

Zoe Saldana’s Nina Simone Film Picked Up By RLJ

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act And so it begins… I’ve long wondered what distribution company would pick this up. Question answered! RLJ Entertainment has announced its acquisition of all North American rights to “Nina,” the Nina...
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