[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).
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
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.”
“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. “
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 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.”
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.
- R.I.P. Jim Kelly aka The Dragon (dathistoryguy.wordpress.com)
- RIP Grandmaster Jim Kelly..One of the Martial Arts Iconic Figures Has Passed (moorbey.wordpress.com)
- Woman shuttling kids arrested for DUI (wtvr.com)
- Martial arts equipment (woodendummy123.wordpress.com)
- RIP Grandmaster Jim Kelly..One of the Martial Arts Iconic Figures Has Passed (hiphopandpolitics.wordpress.com)
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.
- Bill Could Pardon “Scottsboro Boys” (whnt.com)
- Justice Finally (thoughtprovokingperspectives.wordpress.com)
- Famous Civil Rights Case Revived in Alabama (wctv.tv)
- ‘Scottsboro Boys’ – New Tactics & Strategy for Civil Rights (washingtonspark.wordpress.com)
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.
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!
- The Best Oscars in History (organisedclutter.wordpress.com)
- Hattie McDaniel’s Missing Oscar (lawprofessors.typepad.com)
- Gone with the Wind: The Best Oscars in History (organisedclutter.wordpress.com)
- A 14-Year-Old’s Top 10 African-American Influencers (theroot.com)