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16 Impactful Movies & Documentaries Every Black American Should See on July 4th Weekend | blackcinemadb

[BlackCinemadb.com] compiled a list of movies from the BlackCinemadb.com database and found some powerful movies and films that make us rethink the notion of freedom from a social, political and psychological perspective (some of which are currently streaming on Netflix). 

Take a look: 16 Impactful Movies & Documentaries Every Black American Should See on July 4th Weekend | blackcinemadb

How Jesse Williams Stole BET Awards With Speech on Racism | The New York Times

The most talked about experience Post-BET Awards 2016 is Jesse Williams acceptance speech for the Humanitarian Award. Black America will never forget this one.

The BET Awards Sunday featured tributes to Prince and Muhammad Ali, and a performance by Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar. But this year, the actor Jesse Williams commanded the spotlight with an impassioned speech calling for an end to police killings, racial inequality and cultural appropriation.

Please click here to view Jesse Williams’s speech in its entirety: JW BET Awards 2016

Source: How Jesse Williams Stole BET Awards With Speech on Racism – The New York Times

Racial attitudes are put under the microscope in satirical ‘Dear White People’ | 107.5 WBLS – Your #1 Source for R&B

The film follows four black students at a fictional Ivy League campus, where racial tensions have reached a boiling point over the party.But for star Tyler James Williams, his biggest problem was his hair.

The actor/rapper, 22, says he wishes he had the script earlier so he would have had time to grow out his character’s Afro. He instead had to sport an uncomfortable weave that he yanked out of his hair one morning.“Then a big patch was missing, so a wig got involved,” Williams tells The News. “It was a low point in my life.”

via Racial attitudes are put under the microscope in satirical ‘Dear White People’ | 107.5 WBLS – Your #1 Source for R&B.

Their Eyes Were Watching God [Full Movie] | #OYRchallenge

Youtube review:

“Their Eyes Were Watching God(2005):

Sassy Janie Starks looks unlike to get anywhere in pre-Great War Easton, Florida, but lands the best colored catch, lively shopkeeper Joe Starks, who even becomes town mayor. However her refusal to oblige his expectations of decency turn love into bitterness. After his death, she prefers to enjoy ‘freedom’ again, with cocky outsider ‘Tea Cake’ as playmate, and not just at chess. They even face the risks of seasonal labor. “

Official Trailer for ‘Dear White People’ Movie – Urban Cusp

The film, written and directed by Justin Simien, is a satirical film about being a black face in a white place.  According to the official Facebook page for the film, “Dear White People follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular “African American” themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film will explore racial identity in ‘post-racial’ America, while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world.” #OYRchallenge

via Official Trailer for ‘Dear White People’ Movie – Urban Cusp.#OYRchallenge

The Wait Is Over! Watch The First Trailer For Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years A Slave’ + Poster | Shadow and Act

12 years a Slave

The R-rated slave narrative, McQueen’s 3rd feature, boasts a rather impressive cast of actors, including: Chiwetel Ejiofor (as Solomon Northup, the star of the film and whose story it tells), Michael Fassbender, Ruth Negga, Adepero Oduye, Alfre Woodard, Lupita Nyong’o, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Scoot McNairy, Garret Dillahunt, Brad Pitt, Michael K. Williams,  Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson and others. 

I expect it to be an awards season favorite, especially in key roles, both in front of and behind the camera, in what will probably signal the beginning of the end of what I previously referred to as “slave movie fever.”

via The Wait Is Over! Watch The First Trailer For Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years A Slave’ + Poster | Shadow and Act.

SAD NEWS – Martial Arts Legend Jim Kelly Dies | Shadow and Act

Yes I know it’s a real shocker.

I heard the news this morning and I didn’t believe it at first, but it is true. Martial arts film legend Jim Kelly died yesterday at the age of  67. The cause of death is as yet unknown.

His ex-wife Marilyn Dishman confirmed the news on Facebook.

via SAD NEWS – Martial Arts Legend Jim Kelly Dies | Shadow and Act.

 

Alabama To Pardon Scottsboro Boys Who Were Wrongfully Accused Of Rape In 1931 | Your Black World

It was a Broadway play that ran for only six weeks and was nominated for twelve Tony Awards. It seemed like finally Broadway got it right by telling a story that was relevant to African American history. But as previews began opposition was strong.

via Alabama To Pardon Scottsboro Boys Who Were Wrongfully Accused Of Rape In 1931 | Your Black World.

Exclusive: Watch The First 7 Minutes Of ‘Better Mus’ Come’ (Opens Today In NYC & LA) | Shadow and Act

On the heels of the great success of its simultaneous one-night engagements in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Washington DC, Seattle, Chicago, and Houston 2 days ago, as well as in celebration of today’s theatrical debut of the film, AFFRM’s new multi-platform label ARRAY has shared the first 7-minutes of Storm Saulter’s acclaimed Better Mus’ Come, exclusively with Shadow and Act, for our readers.

via Exclusive: Watch The First 7 Minutes Of ‘Better Mus’ Come’ (Opens Today In NYC & LA) | Shadow and Act.

The Curious Case Of Hattie McDaniel’s Missing Oscar… Did You Know? | Shadow and Act

In the history of the Academy Awards, more than a few Oscars statuettes have either gone missing or were stolen. 55 disappeared from a Los Angeles loading dock just days before the ceremony in 2000. All but two were recovered. In 1938, an unidentified man jumped onstage to accept an award on behalf of Best Supporting Actress winner Alice Brady, who was too ill to attend. The man was never seen again — and neither was Brady’s award. In 2002, UPS lost Whoopi Goldberg‘s Best Supporting Actress Oscar when it was sent out for cleaning. It was later found in a trash can.

And then there’s the case of Hattie McDaniel, who won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mammy in the 1939 epic Gone With the Wind, making her the first African American to win an Academy Award. But that award has been missing for some 40 years!

via The Curious Case Of Hattie McDaniel’s Missing Oscar… Did You Know? | Shadow and Act.