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Doc10 Festival 2021: Three Highlights of a Powerful Year | Festivals & Awards

“All These Sons” Bing Liu’s follow-up to his Oscar-nominated “Minding the Gap,” co-directed by award-winning editor Joshua Altman, succumbs to a small degree of sophomore slump, but it’s a valuable piece of work, especially given how much it feels like it’s in conversation with the director’s breakthrough. This is arguably a more ambitious film in […]

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Bright Wall/Dark Room June 2021: When Plans Run Counter to People by Cody Benjamin | Features

“Yes, you’re right,” Beane replies to Brand. “I may lose my job…[but] I don’t think we’re asking the right question. I think the question we should be asking is, Do you believe in this thing or not?” When Brand gives the affirmative, one of the few Beane ever gets within the Athletics’ facilities, Billy insists […]

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The Evolution of Afrofuturism: Black Power, Black Love, Black Superheroes and Magic | Black Writers Week

Below is the embedded video along with bios and headshots of each participant… STEVEN BARNES Steven Barnes is a New York Times bestselling author, screenwriter and educator who has written more than thirty science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels. Octavia E. Butler called Barnes’s Endeavor-Award winning novel Lion’s Blood “imaginative, well researched, well written, and devastating.” The NAACP Image […]

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Mark Harris Joins The Media Lounge to Discuss White People Money | Black Writers Week

Chicago filmmaker Mark Harris appeared on The Media Lounge to discuss his latest project, “White People Money.” More information about Mr. Harris along with a chance to hear the interview can be found below his bio. Filmmaker Mark Harris never set out to make movies. But from an early age he knew two things for sure: […]

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Juneteenth Becomes Our Nation’s Second Official Independence Day | Black Writers Week

Ms. Opal Lee, a retired educator, made it her life’s mission to see Juneteenth recognized as a national holiday. For her the past wasn’t the past. She continued the cause organized by Dr. Ronald V. Myers and his National Juneteenth Observance Foundation. When she was 90 years old she walked from Texas to Washington DC […]

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A Letter to Roger Ebert from a Former Ebert Fellow | Black Writers Week

Although I never had the opportunity to meet you in person, I feel like I got to know you through your writing and, especially, with my experience as an Ebert Fellow—which evolved from my participation in the Film Independent Project Involve’s artist development program to other opportunities I have had in programs Chaz established after your death. For […]

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Family Speaks the Truth: A New Documentary about Sojourner Truth as told by her Descendants | Black Writers Week

All the leaders of the day—from President Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, William Lloyd Garrison and others—looked to Sojourner Truth for strength and inspiration. And she gave them hell when she disagreed with them! Our television series would showcase Sojourner’s amazing life story, irrepressible spirit and her individual courage. So, by 2019, the Calliwood Productions […]

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Why I Chose Family Law Over Business Law | Black Writers Week

The most shocking and impactful moment in my developing desire to become a Family Lawyer was when I witnessed two parents struggling with addiction, terminate their parental rights due to substance abuse. Every person in the room was crying. At that moment, I committed to never do a Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) again, and […]

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Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer movie review (2021)

Washington Post journalist DeNeen Brown, widely noted for her reporting on the Tulsa massacre and its legacy, including ongoing excavation efforts to identify mass grave sites, serves as the film’s principal subject and de-facto narrator. The camera follows her as she speaks with community activists and massacre descendants both in Tulsa and Elaine, Arkansas, where […]

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Summer of 85 movie review & film summary (2021)

This laughably “edgy” dialogue is supposed to intrigue us. Is Alex a murderer? Director François Ozon repeatedly flips back and forth between the love story and the trial preparation, undercutting the small fractions of momentum he achieves in either storyline. I assume Ozon’s source material, a YA novel by Aidan Chambers, has a better framework. […]

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