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ATL movie fans, it looks like your dreams of a sequel are finally coming true. Both unconfirmed speculation from hopeful fans and whispers from the film’s actors about an “ATL 2” have been gaining traction over the past few years, with starring cast member T.I. even confirming earlier this summer that the entire original cast had […]

The Screen

Actress Sanaa Lathan has maintained a consistent presence on the Hollywood scene over the last decade or so with movies including Love & Basketball, Brown Sugar, Out Of Time, Something New, The Best Man, The Family That Preys and others under her belt, and she will now play a vital part in bringing the adaptation […]

In 2013 writer/director Neil Drumming released is debut feature film, “Big Words,” a romantic drama set in Brooklyn on the eve of President Obama’s history-making first election. Three former members of a promising hip-hop crew cross paths again to discover that some things never change.     Former frontman John, once known as Big Words, is […]

2013 will go down in history as the year Black cinema turned a corner.  While mainstream outlets like the NY Times  declared 2013  the “breakout year in Black film” and BuzzFeed cynically observed that “we’ve been here before” (we haven’t), ultimately moviegoers had the final say at the box office.  First time directors like Sheldon Candis (“LUV”) and Ryan Coogler […]

  Ava DuVernay dreams big and in color.  After years of creating campaigns for big budget studio films, the former publicist took her life savings and in 2011, bankrolled her first feature film, “I Will Follow.”  DuVernay’s career as a filmmaker has skyrocketed, making history as the first African-American woman to win the coveted Best […]

The late Roger Ebert loved movies. All kinds of movies.  For over three decades he was one of the definitive voices in film criticism until on Thursday April 4, 2013 he succumbed to his battle with cancer. But what endeared Ebert to us was that he was just as committed to offering a fair and […]

Award-winning director Ava DuVernay brings her feature length film chops to this engaging short, “The Door.”  The vibrant and dense clip stars Gabrielle Union as a woman trying to get out of an emotional funk and gets visited by the ghosts of friendship present to help her get by. The symbolic centre of The Door […]

Fifteen years years ago, first time director Theodore Witcher changed the look and sound of black love with the classic romantic drama Love Jones.  Starring Nia Long and Larenz Tate, Love Jones was a delicious slice of modern African-American life with smart, hip and self-aware characters trying to find happiness in both their personal and […]

The New Voices In Black Cinema Film Festival is back for a second year at The BAM Center in Brooklyn, NY .  The four day festival kicks off Friday February 17th,  celebrating up and coming filmmakers with narrative features, shorts and documentaries that redefine the Black experience in America and around the world. The Urban […]

The 2012 Sundance Film Festival kicks off today in Park City, Utah, showcasing the best independent filmmakers across the country. This year there are  21 films directed by or featuring black talent, take to the festival stage in the hopes of landing distribution deals for their projects.  Below is a list of featured projects that […]

We all know that “tomboyish” sister or  the  eternal bachelor uncle who’s lived with the same male “roommate” for decades.  Filmmaker Dee Rees tackles one of the  hush-hush topics in our families  with her feature debut, Pariah.  The film is a lovely coming-of-age story about Alike, a bright and talented student (Adepero Oduye), who is […]

Comedian/actor Chris Rock has joined that cast of the ensemble comedy/drama What To Expect, When You’re Expecting, which already stars Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Brooklyn Decker and Anna Kendrick. The film is an adaptation of the pregnancy manual of the same name, and, as the producers note, will follow a similar style as previous ensemble romcoms […]