Thursday, July 24, 2014

Watch a First Look of YaYa Dacosta as Whitney Houston in Upcoming Biopic

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Angela Bassett's Whitney Houston biopic for Lifetime is moving forward despite the family's objections. YaYa Dacosta stars as Whitney in her prime and Entertainment Tonight caught up Bassett, Dacosta, and Deborah Cox, who will provide cover vocals for all of Whitney's classic songs for the film, on the film's set.

Controversy has swirled around the film since it was announced but YaYa says she's avoiding the outside commentary, “I kind of shut off all social media because I didn’t want to be distracted by the, you know, the expectations, you know the naysayers.”

Watch the interview below:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Watch the Extended Trailer for 'Dear White People'

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On October 17, Justin Simien's 'Dear White People' will be in theaters. The racial satire stars Tessa Thompson as Sam, a college student who uses her campus radio show to expose the overt and indirect racism she and her classmates endure. At Sundance, the movie won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent.

The extended trailer looks amazing.

Monday, July 21, 2014

'Dear White People' Producers Present Hilarious Facts About Black People

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Satirical film Dear White People (watch the trailer) is one of the most anticipated of the year. Now they're releasing a few summetime PSAs with little known facts about Black folks. They awkward and hilarious.

Watch a couple of them below:

Friday, July 18, 2014

AfroPoP Web Shorts Feature Brilliant Short Films From the African Diaspora

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AfroPoP web shorts highlight short films created by filmmakers of the African Diaspora. The most recent series of films spotlights stories of the Caribbean. The films are beautiful, and show just how much you can accomplish in less than 20 minutes.

Take a look below:

Art Historian Sarah Lewis Explains How Art Can Change Society

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Sarah Lewis author of The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery argues that creative work can be just as important to bringing about social change as any other form of activism.

Watch her words below:

Director Amma Assante Explains the Historical and Cinematic Foundations of 'Belle'

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Amma Assante's second feature length film 'Belle' has generated praise since its release in May. The film is much more than a nod to the period pieces Assante enjoyed as a girl. In this Google talk interview, Assante explores the historical context and political implications of the film. It should come as no surprise that Assante proves herself to be extremely knowledgeable about film making as well as the history of the slave trade.

Watch the interview below:

Grace Hightower De Niro Talks the "Conscious Capitalism" Behind Her Latest Venture

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In this sit down with WSJ Live, Grace Hightower De Niro discusses her new venture, Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda, which will support Rwanda's coffee farmers and economy. De Niro explains that she was inspired by Rwandan President Paul Kagame's "Trade not Aid" platform. De Nire explains, "I love the fact that you are helping the farmers to have sustainable business and at the same time leaving them with their integrity."

Despite her world famous husband, De Niro has stayed largely out of the press. But it is great to see her doing something more than just giving money to help a cause.