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Auntyland Film Festival launches, issues call for submissions

New festival celebrating aunts, women and girls everywhere seeks short films from women and BIPOC indie filmmakers NEW YORK (October 5, 2021)—Auntyland Film Festival (AFF) invites women and girl filmmakers to submit their creative work to its online film festival devoted...

‘No Time to Die’ film review

By Dwight Brown, NNPA News Wire Film Critic It’s a farewell. An elongated sendoff James Bond fans will instinctively desire. And they should. As should any action film enthusiast who likes a dash of style mixed in with their adrenaline-rush...

AFRO Exclusive: Cast of BMF series dives into psyches of legendary Detroit kingpins

By Nadine Matthews Special to the AFRO The new Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson produced crime drama BMF (acronym for Black Mafia Family), takes its name from the far-flung crime organization led by Detroit-raised brothers Terry and Demetrius “Meech” Flenory. Their organization,...

Muhammad Ali’ four-part documentary highlights life, legacy of the champ

By Wayne Dawkins Special to the AFRO "Muhammad Ali," a four-part, eight-hour documentary by Ken Burns, premiered Sept. 19 on PBS and concluded Sept. 23.    "Come for the boxing, the politics, the religion or conflict," said Burns, who directed a dozen-plus films,...

Emmys still so White; Black actors snubbed again

By Jessica Dortch AFRO News Editor The much-anticipated 73rd annual Emmy Awards was held Sept. 19. The night was hosted by Cedric The Entertainer and filled with fun and fashion, but when the thrill was gone some viewers noticed that only...

Friday actor and comedian Anthony Johnson dies at 55

By AFRO Staff Actor and comedian Anthony “AJ” Johnson, best known for his role as Ezal in “Friday,” has died. The family’s representative shared in a statement that “the family is heartbroken” over the death of the comedy legend.  Johnson also...

Cry Macho film review

By Dwight Brown, NNPA News Wire Film Critic When exposition and backstory weigh down an opening scene it’s tough for a film to get off the ground. That’s the burden screenwriter Nick Schenk (Gran Torino) and novelist N. Richard Nash’s...

Celebrities, fans remember actor Michael K. Williams

By Jessica Dortch AFRO News Editor The entertainment industry took a hit after learning of award winning actor Michael K. Williams’ death on Labor Day, Sept. 6. The 54-year old was discovered unresponsive in his Brooklyn penthouse with what appeared to...

Scenes from Week 3 of the R. Kelly sex-trafficking trial

By Tom Hays The Associated Press The third week of the R. Kelly sex-trafficking trial in New York City saw more accusers — including for the first time, a man — coming forward with array of disturbing allegations and a former...

9/11 family members call on HBO to restore final episode of Spike Lee Series

It was with profound disappointment that we learned last night from news reports that 30 minutes of Spike Lee’s HBO docuseries addressing the destruction of the Twin Towers and Building 7 would be removed from the final episode, which...

Baltimore native co-writes star studded romantic drama ‘Really Love’

By Nadine Matthews Special to the AFRO In the tradition of stories of young love such as Love Jones and Love and Basketball, Director and Co-writer Angel Kristi Williams and Writer Felicia Pride, a Baltimore native, bring us the romantic drama...

Josephine Baker is 1st Black woman given Paris burial honor

By The Associated Press The remains of American-born singer and dancer Josephine Baker will be reinterred at the Pantheon monument in Paris, making the entertainer who is a World War II hero in France the first Black woman to get...

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