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Film review: The High Note

By Dwight Brown In case anyone wondered, Tracee Ellis Ross is ready for her close-up.  After years on TV (Girlfriends, Black-ish) and supporting roles in minor rom/com movies (In the Weeds, Labor Pains), Ross has a starring role in what should have been a theatrically released film. The pandemic killed that. Instead, this music industry story…

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Film review: The Lovebirds

By Dwight Brown NNPA Newswire Film Critic It probably looked really good on paper. Bickering couple gets caught up in a murder and goes on the lam. It’s just enough of a framework for two comic geniuses to flaunt their comedy licks. Kumail Nanjiani made a name for himself on the series Silicon Valley and hit it…

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UMC Partners With American Black Film Festival To Host “Shoot Your Shot” Talent Search For “Partners In Rhyme”

UMC, the first and largest streaming service for Black TV and film from AMC Networks, is partnering with the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) to kick off a nationwide casting call for the co-star of its latest original production, “Partners In Rhyme.” A new half-hour sitcom created by “Martin” and “The Jamie Foxx Show” alum Bentley Kyle Evans together…

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Film review: Blue Story

“They act like guns are toys until they get shot.” That’s it. Kids playing games and suffering grownup consequences. It’s a prime symptom of misguided adolescent gang life.   With a great feel for modern times and hip-hop music, Rapman (aka Andrew Onwubolu) mixes a bit of Boyz N the Hood, with Menace II Society. Seasons that with some Juice and New Jack…

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BET’s Critically Acclaimed Scripted Series “AMERICAN SOUL” Returns for Season Two May 27

BET announces that “AMERICAN SOUL” season two will premiere on Wednesday, May 27 at 10 PM ET/PT. Inspired by the personal trials and professional successes of a young, ambitious and troubled impresario Don Cornelius, the period drama picks up two years later in 1975. As Don becomes a rising star, he continues to manage an assortment of spectacular…

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Film review: All Day and a Night

There is an earnestness to this deeply felt urban tale that seems personal, sincere and insular. Unfortunately, that guarded sense is not enough to make this cliché narrative, about a troubled young man headed down the wrong path, more than just another sad song. Jahkor Abraham Lincoln (Ashton Sanders, Moonlight) is a product of the mean…

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OWN Adds Two New Unscripted Series To Its Popular Saturday Night Lineup Premiering May 16

While the nation is staying safer at home together, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that beginning May 16, Saturday nights become “Sisterhood Saturday Nights” with the launch of two new limited unscripted series joining the network’s popular lineup, each filmed virtually.  “Fear Not with Iyanla Vanzant” (9 p.m. ET/PT) features Iyanla Vanzant, the star of…

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Michelle Obama Documentary Dropping on Netflix May 6

Becoming is tied to Obama’s best-selling book of the same name, which was published in 2018. The film, directed by Nadia Hallgren, follows Obama across 34 cities for her book tour. It features the former First Lady as she speaks to everyday Americans and shares what she learned during her husband’s two terms as president. “Those…

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Film review: Selah and the Spades

By Dwight Brown NNPA News Wire Film Critic She’s a mean girl. She holds court like Maleficent, Mistress of Evil. Does she reign over a kingdom? No. A street gang? No. Prison inmates? No. She’s the black teenage mobster don at a prestigious Pennsylvania boarding school.  This very eccentric look at the worst of humankind…

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Stellar Awards New Television Special Offers Ray Of Hope And Inspiration In Response To The Covid Pandemic, Titled “Stellar Awards: Music Of Hope”

In light of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Central City Productions, Inc. the producers of the Stellar Gospel Music Awards brings you an uplifting and encouraging two-hour musical special, The Stellar Awards: Music of Hope. Executive producer Don Jackson stated, “During this unprecedented crises, we produced a special to uplift the country with Gospel Music performances…

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