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Angela Bassett the “Reel” Deal as the American Black Film Institute Pays her Tribute as the People’s Icon at their 2017 Oscar Week Gala

Academy Award nominated actress, Angela Bassett, will be honored with the “Reel Icon” award by the American Black Film Institute, at their annual  “New, Next, Now Legend” Oscar Week gala for her iconic roles and career achievement as one of cinemas all-time favorite actors, in a poll conducted by American Black Film Institute.  The event…

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Brown Sugar – New Streaming Service for African Americans Featuring the Biggest Collection of the Baddest Movies – Launches

The biggest collection of the baddest African-American movies of all-time have a new subscription-video-on-demand streaming home as Brown Sugar launches today. Brown Sugar is now available for mobile phones and tablets in the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store and for computers at www.BrownSugar.com.  There is a free initial trial period for subscribers with a retail…

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Prudential partners with the American Black Film Festival and Acclaimed Actress Tasha Smith to bring acting workshop to Newark residents

This month, Prudential Financial, Inc partnered with the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), The Newark Office of Film and Television (NOFT), and acclaimed actress and director Tasha Smith to assist local aspiring actors in honing their craft by bringing the Tasha Smith Actor’s Workshop (TSAW) to Newark’s Ironbound Film and Television Studios (Ironbound Studios) on…

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Award-Winning Screenwriter Uses Crowdfunding Campaign to Change Hollywood’s Ideal of Beauty to Include PLUS-SIZE women

Michael Elliot Media announced a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com to fund a new romantic comedy that will feature a plus-size actress as the primary love interest in the film. The campaign is being called Project Plus-Size Movie Star. “The media, especially television and film, significantly affects how and what we think,” Michael Elliot, an award-winning…

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Mapping Brutality: How Last Year’s ‘Belle’ Perfectly Explains White America’s Response to Racism

By Shannon M. Houston, Shadow and Act Last year, Ava DuVernay’s film “Selma” was the award-winning picture that seemed to most aptly highlight the similarities between 1965 America and the country’s climate in 2014. The violence leading up to the official march from Selma to Montgomery was easily contrasted with the violence subjected upon protesters…

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