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Story by Marshalle Montgomery Favors Detroit is famous for cars and music, but local area moviemakers are working hard to add film to the city’s notoriety. African American filmmakers are making their mark in the world of independent movies. More than 25 feature films have been produced in the past two years by indie filmmakers…

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In the early 2010s, Zoe Saldana stood as one of the rising actresses in Hollywood. Following her roles in Colombiana and Avatar, Saldana appeared to be making significant moves in her career. However, she received backlash when she portrayed Nina Simone in the 2016 biopic, Nina. During the filming, Saldana, who is Afro-Latina, wore skin-darkening…

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While in the midst of a nationwide quarantine, Jordyn Woods, in a sense, had her coming-out party. Millions watched the reality series “The Masked Singer” as a performer dressed in a kangaroo costume flawlessly sang “Dancing On My Own” with the defiance of a pugilist determined to fight until the final round. Taped weeks earlier…

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Maori Karmael Holmes is the founder and artistic director of BlackStar Film Festival. Holmes received her bachelor’s in history from American University and her MFA in film from Temple University. Her work has screened internationally, including the feature documentary Scene Not Heard: Women in Philadelphia Hip-Hop. She also has directed and produced works for Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter…

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Toneka Wright is the owner and founder of the Black Filmmakers Academy, an online educational resource dedicated to helping Black creatives learn various aspects of the film industry. The Black Filmmakers Academy is run by experienced independent filmmakers eager to share their wealth of knowledge about the industry. They offer instruction in making, distributing and…

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John Boyega has teamed up with a streaming giant to develop non-English language films centered on West and East Africa. The Star Wars actor’s UpperRoom Productions will collaborate with Netflix to “develop film projects based on stories, cast, characters, crew, literary properties, mythology, screenplays and/or other elements in or around African countries.” David Kosse, vice…

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Rapper Kendrick Lamar has launched a new “at service company” called pgLang with frequent collaborator Dave Free. The 32-year-old, who hasn’t released a studio album since 2017’s Damn, has released details of his new project, pgLang, which specializes in music, film, television, art, books, and podcasts. The overarching ambition behind the company is to deliver “stories…

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There’s a storm brewing in Hollywood. Sixteen-year-old Storm Reid has the poise, focus and talent to be the next young actress to take over the ever-changing movie industry. Reid captured nationwide attention in her breakout role in 2018’s A Wrinkle in Time opposite Oprah, a science fantasy film directed by Ava DuVernay. She also co-starred…

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Storm Reid continues to rise in the movie industry. The Atlanta-raised actress has appeared in several prominent films such as A Wrinkle in Time and When They See Us.  In her latest work, Reid co-stars in the remake of the horror classic, The Invisible Man. Reid portrays Sydney Lanier, the daughter of Cecilia Kass’ (Elisabeth Moss)…

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American Black Film Festival Honors paid tribute to Black culture and the filmmakers, actors and actresses who have made important contributions to the movie industry. During the fourth annual show held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, Jamie Foxx received the prestigious “Excellence in the Arts” Award. Foxx’s Django Unchained co-star Leonardo DiCaprio…

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