Drama

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. “

Gifted Hands The Ben Carson Story 2009 DVDRip XviD ViSiON | #OYRchallenge

A story of African American neurosurgeon, Dr Ben Carson.

‘The Knick’ on Cinemax : Review #OYRchallenge

Andre Holland | 'The Knick'

African Americans are told to be “humble” and wait on the Lord’s day. Well, I think it is here. “The Knick” begins its first season in an uproar. The 1900’s post-Reconstruction was a prickly era for African Americans, – dangerous at best. “The Knick” exploits the African American learned characteristics, genius and pride tempered by restraint, compassion and “subterfuge,” to create the amazing character, Dr. Algernon Edwards played by Andre Holland. He is the assistant chief surgeon in a New York hospital, forced to endure barbs and overt racist messages while expected to teach and develop surgical techniques for his white colleagues. Edwards is a genius, but the creators of this series, Jack Amiel and Michael Begler are not too shabby either.

I watched the first three episodes, which drew 3.6 million viewers of Cinemax’s 13 million subscribers according to Mike Hale’s New York Times review, but the first 9 minutes of the fourth episode had me reeling. Dr. Edwards must lead his team through a surgery he has developed. The chief surgeon demands that he “instruct” but must not touch the patient. How Edwards handles this situation is priceless. Definitely a must watch.

Mike Hale’s review is most salient in that it attaches the same rife racist tremor as the series, denoting resilience and fortitude as smugness, yet he cannot fail to give the same space to Edwards as the character Gallenger throughout.

Mike Hale (NY Times): When the white surgeon Gallinger Eric Johnson — whose attitude toward the interloping black doctor, Algernon Edwards Andre Holland, has been an interesting mix of pure racism and wounded professional pride — called his rival a “smug bastard” on Friday night, you thought, wait a minute, he’s right — Edwards, the show’s most sympathetic character, IS kind of a smug bastard. Mr. Holland makes us see how smugness and egotism coexist with, are inextricably bound with, Edwards’s reserve and compassion.

Will Andre Holland swoop in to take the lead in this drama? It looks so. Gallenger, as most racist, must put-Edwards-in-his-place. But who is breaking who? Instead, Edwards owns his racist. He is the puppet master midst a status quot meant to break him, yet Edwards maximizes his power to show genius top-side, while working secretly to provide healthcare to the indigent African American population below. Incredible story line, cast, and rendition of a history told over decades.

Although Clive Owens is heralded as the star of this television period piece, Andre Holland’s performance continuously overshadows reviews with an eerie similarity with the show’s running theme. Watch ‘The Knick,’ 10pm, Friday night on Cinemax. #OYRchallenge

via ‘The Knick’ Recap: Sins of the Flesh, With a Kick – NYTimes.com.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story | Talk Video | TED.com #OYRchallenge

Chimamanda Adichie codes her novels with respect for a Nigerian culture that as an African American I can only describe as NOT of American Black or White daydreams and NOT of European influence. As entrapped African Americans, we want to know more, hear, see, feel, and smell more throughout her works. It is tasty. We feel at home or we puzzle as to how we can reach that lever that will transform us into what we once were, with all of the positive human imperfections and pensive dramas. The novel, Purple Hibiscus was my first read and her first novel. It still is my favorite audio book for driving through busy cities. Adiche’s second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, erased the flat European images of bloated-bellied brown babies. Their skin ashed and packed with dirt. Their mouths unseemly for feeding. I shudder, at the recall of  “Oh-my-Gods” coming from pink twisted American pouty mouths at Biafran charity events and fundraisers. African Americans leaving slums with sweaty pictures of disgraced Biafran war-type photos headed to the airport with dreams of how they are going to save Africa; hoping behind swelled chests and jaws that Africa would save them. Through her work, they disappeared. I was left with a new history and a new vision of the people that birthed me.

So in love and excitement, I dove into “The Thing Around Your Neck,” Adiche’s collection of short stories and her third book. It sits on my table and never makes it to the cluttered shelf. There is always one more time, one more story to read over and over again.

I haven’t read her third novel as yet, Americanah, because that is an experience I will save for this cold winter when the snow is so deep that all is quiet, except snow plows breaking across my New York street. It is just that serious.

Adiche:

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

via Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story | Talk Video | TED.com.

First Trailer For ‘The North Star’ (Jeremiah Trotter As Escaped Slave, Keith David As Frederick Douglass) | Shadow and Act

Recapping… Former NFL linebacker Jeremiah Trotter stars as escaped slave Big Ben Jones, alongside Keith David as Frederick Douglass, in writer/director Thomas K. Phillips’ upcoming indie feature film, The North Star, which we first alerted you to last summer, and have been following since then.

via First Trailer For ‘The North Star’ (Jeremiah Trotter As Escaped Slave, Keith David As Frederick Douglass) | Shadow and Act.

 

4409 — LAPD chase man EXECUTE him Claim Self Defense

LAPD chase a man down shoot him in the back and then EXECUTE him at point blank range. Then if that was not bad enough they have the balls to claim self defense and exonerate the officer of any wrong doing.

 

Poland’s African Diaspora Film Festival – AfryKamera – Call For Entries (Compensation For Selected Films) | Shadow and Act

Yes, we are repped all over the world, even in Poland.

All kidding aside, AfryKamera: African Film Festival in Poland (www.afrykamera.pl) is the first film festival in the Eastern European region dedicated to African diaspora film in general.

The 8th annual AfryKamera African Film Festival, jointly organized by two NGOs from Poland: Filmgramm Foundation and the Foundation for Somalia, will take place in Warsaw from the 10th to the 14th of April, 2013.

via Poland’s African Diaspora Film Festival – AfryKamera – Call For Entries (Compensation For Selected Films) | Shadow and Act.

Nollywood.com – African & Nollywood Movie Trailers – The Gods Are Still Not To Blame trailer

The Gods Are Still Not To Blame trailer

via Nollywood.com – African & Nollywood Movie Trailers – The Gods Are Still Not To Blame trailer.

 

The real-life Django: The legendary African-American Wild West marshal who arrested 3,000 outlaws and killed 14 men

Bass Reeves | Django

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

PUBLISHED: 09:44 EST, 19 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:15 EST, 19 January 2013

Bass Reeves was born a slave in 1838 and later broke from his owner to live among Native Americans

Reeves became a Deputy U.S. Marshal in 1875 at the age of 38

During his 32-year career as a Deputy Marshal he arrested 3,000 felons, killed 14 men and was never shot

via The real-life Django: The legendary African-American Wild West marshal who arrested 3,000 outlaws and killed 14 men.

 

Trailer: Rom-Com ‘Miss Dial’ (Robinne Lee, Gabrielle Union & Hill Harper); To Be Released March 12th | Shadow and Act

Trailer: Rom-Com ‘Miss Dial’ (Robinne Lee, Gabrielle Union & Hill Harper); To Be Released March 12th | Shadow and Act.

Miss Dial -Trailer photo

Here’s a project we have been following since the summer of 2011. We last alerted you in August of last year that the rom-com Miss Dial has been acquired by Phase 4 Films, with a multi-platform release planned.

A quick recap…

Written and directed by David H. Steinberg, the Iron Triangle Productions Miss Dial stars Robinne Lee, Sam JaegerJon HuertasSara RueDule HillGabrielle Union and Hill Harper, among others.

Robinne plays the lead role of Erica, described as “a consumer affairs rep who deals with irate customers calling about everything from the availability period of the “limited edition” cheddar cheese to whether it’s safe for dogs to drink the blue toilet water.