By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) For a long time, it was a forbidden love. Through slavery, the reconstruction era, on into the 20th century, particularly in the South, interracial romantic relations were looked down on and marriages were illegal. Anti-miscegenation laws were on the books in 16 states below the Mason-Dixon line. Marry […]
By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) “Thought he was just another smooth talking brother?” says an inquisitive Chicago mom. She’s repeating the words her daughter used to describe a colleague she’s meeting for a first date. Never have eight words been so inaccurate. That “he,” is a twenty-something Barack Obama. The daughter is Michelle […]
By James Clingman NNPA Columnist When you die, what will you leave behind: bills or benefits? That’s the main question posed by the upcoming documentary film by Ric Mathis, a videographer and filmmaker in Atlanta. The question is applicable on a personal and collective level; one each of us should honestly answer. Mathis has captured […]
By Kam Williams Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Kam Williams: I’ve loved all three of your feature films, this new one, and “Hunger” and “Shame” as well. They are so different from each other and yet quite remarkable and memorable, each in their own way. SM: Thank you. Well, I do my best. I’m just happy that […]
By Kam Williams Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper It’s the Fourth of July in suburbia where we find 16 year-old Abigayle (Aja Naomi King) caring for her bedridden mother (Yolonda Ross) while her father Joe’s (Wendell Pierce) job has taken him out of town. Normally, Joe can trust his dutiful daughter to […]
Toronto film-festival-goers were treated to the world premiere of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” directed by Justin Chadwick and featuring Idris Elba in the title role.
The adaptation of the autobiography of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was entrusted by Mandela to producer Anant Singh nearly two decades ago.
“The March” reveals the dramatic story behind the March on Washington through the remembrances of key players such as Jack O’Dell, Clarence B. Jones, Julian Bond and Andrew Young. Supporters giving testimonials of the March include Harry Belafonte, Diahann Carroll, Roger Mudd, Peter Yarrow and Oprah Winfrey