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Stacey Gill is an entrepreneur in the entertainment industry with nine years of hands-on experience. She started Breezy Entertainment Incorporated in Chicago, in 2009. One of her first projects under her company was being the executive producer of the “Hungriest Rapper Reality Show,” producing her first independent movie, A Part of the Game, which has over 1.3…

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Actor and comedian Robert Townsend has managed to keep Hollywood in the palm of his hand for nearly three decades with his unwavering commitment to making quality motion pictures. From producing classics like Hollywood Shuffle and The Five Heart Beats Townsend has made it clear why he is noted as the “godfather” of independent films.…

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Legendary singer Aretha Franklin filed and was granted a motion to prevent the screening of the much hyped Amazing Grace documentary at the recent Telluride Film Festival. Franklin’s motion, filed in U.S. District Court in Colorado, contends that the footage that makes up the documentary “was taken with the express understanding that it would not be used…

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Industry insiders and movie buffs alike are buzzing about the upcoming 2015 Urbanworld Film Festival. Presented by BET Networks and HBO, this year’s fest will open with the Muhammad Ali biopic, The People’s Champ, and close with A Ballerina’s Tale, a documentary about trailblazing American Ballet Theater principal dancer Misty Copeland. Both films are among…

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With films, by, for, and featuring people of color still having a hard time getting the green light from Hollywood, outlets like the upcoming 21st annual Black Harvest Film Festival serve as a much-needed avenue to showcase the diversity of the Black experience. Though the fest will feature an array of comedy, drama, documentaries and more, according…

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Awarding-winning Chicago rapper Che “Rhymefest” Smith made a big splash over the weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival with the premiere of his documentary, In My Father’s House. The stirring film takes a close look at the Grammy-winning rapper’s efforts to re-establish a relationship with his estranged father, Brian Tillman. Over the course of a year, Rhymefest purchases…

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Hundreds of Chicagoans flocked to south 87th Street to check out the heavily buzzed about new film Christopher Nolen’s 72 Hours when it premiered at the Studio Movie Grill in the famed Chatham neighborhood last week. Actors Timon Kyle Durrett and Thea Camara attended the screening, which sold out for both available nights, and greeted fans afterwards.The film…

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Actor, writer, director, photographer, and Emmy Award-winning producer Evita M. Castine was raised in Naperville, Illinois; and Scotia, New York, by her father – a business executive, and her mother – a musician and art collector. Her past short films, including Saudade, have had successful festival runs and cable network releases. She also has the distinction of being the first African American woman to direct what is known as a “546”, which is an advanced film project at the University of Southern California. With her latest…

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Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o is working on nabbing her next nomination. Months following the success of her most recent film, 12 years a Slave, Nyong’o reportedly has her sights set on turning Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best-selling novel, Americanah, into a big blockbuster. During an interview with Arise 360 earlier this year, Adichie hinted at…

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On February 3, The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) held its annual awards ceremony, honoring award-winning African Americans in the black film industry. The 2014 AAFCA Awards hosted by “Sleepy Hollows” actor Orlando Jones and actress Salli Richardson-Whitfield highlighted the many strides made in black film, with a wide arrange of award recipients in…

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At the tender age of 14, Frank Dievbiere had a dream to leave his small hometown in Nigeria for the land of the free. In 2000, that dream became a beautiful reality as Dievbiere took a leap of faith and headed for America, landing in Atlanta. Dievbiere jumped right in to new opportunity, taking courses…

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What an amazing afternoon we had at the BronzeLens Film Festival held at Georgia Public Broadcasting. On Sunday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. Studio 11 Films premiered its 11 highly anticipated films. Eleven writers, 11 producers, 11 directors with 11 mentors all collaborated to bring 11 films to the big screen. The 11 short films…

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