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Misty Copeland is betting the odds in more ways than one. She is anything but typical. Copeland is a Black woman with an athletic physique in ballet that has survived an almost career-ending injury to become the first African American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater. She is everything a ballerina “shouldn’t“ be,…

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The 19th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival was swarming with the hottest entertainers in the industry from Sept. 23-27. The event, presented by BET and founding sponsor HBO, featured over 80 independent documentaries, narratives, and shorts that were all shown at the AMC Empire 25 theater in NYC. Some of the most riveting films of the…

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On the “A” w/Souleo:  At this year’s 17th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by BET Networks, numerous attendees were seeking the funk. One of the event’s most anticipated films, Finding the Funk was screened and brought out stars including George Clinton of Parliament Funkadelic, Nona Hendryx, Melvin Van Peebles and Questlove. With the project author, filmmaker and producer, Nelson…

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The year of transcendent black directors and breakthrough films with black casts continues along with the 17th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival presented by BET Networks in New York. Actually, black directors are producing quality films every year. But a confluence of agreeable circumstances produced the meteoric successes of Lee Daniels The Butler, while Steve McQueen’s…

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