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The American Black Film Festival to Launch “ABFF Creators Summit”

In Fall 2016, the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) will unveil the “ABFF Creators Summit” in Los Angeles, CA. Hosted by Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the one-day summit for a select group of writers, producers and directors will include award-winning filmmakers from the 2016 American Black Film Festival. The goal of this intensive program is…

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Filmmaker Wants to Kick Hollywood’s Doors Open For Aspiring Actors

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Contributing Writer) First Detroit, then Hollywood, Washington D.C and the world. Before long, if the president of 25th Frame Films has anything to do with it, his company will be charting its own path towards the type of success no others have yet achieved. Queens, New York native and accomplished…

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UK Directors of Color Also Seeking Better Opportunities in the USA

By Sergio, Shadow and Act We all are well aware of the alleged “Great Black British Actor Invasion” here in the U.S., with UK born and trained actors such as David Oyelowo, Idris Elba, Thandie Newton, Lenny James, Naomi Harris, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and David Harewood among many others, winning prominent supporting and leading roles in…

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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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Fakeness Tarnishes Hip Hop

By Jineea Butler Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson recently filed for bankruptcy and testified in court that despite his flashy public persona, he is only worth $4.4 million. LOL. Not that there is anything wrong with that. The dilemma is the art of the illusion. So often we see Hip Hop personalities fabricate their status to…

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The Colorism of Race: Bill Duke

By Mary L. Datcher, Special from The Chicago Defender Bill Duke is one of America’s most prolific actors and directors as he continues to capture the topics that challenge people to think consciously on social issues. His latest project, Light Girls, is a documentary film and book as a follow-up to his Dark Girls film based…

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