TV and Film

Artmattan Lands U.S. Rights to UK Race Drama ‘No Shade’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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By AFRO Staff Artmattan Productions has acquired U.S. rights to Clare Anyiam-Osigwe’s romantic feature film debut No Shade, produced by BUFF Originals - the production arm of the British Urban Film Festival. Written and directed by Anyiam-Osigwe, the award-winning dermatologist puts...

Beyoncé, Gaga Offer Hope At All-Star Event Fighting COVID-19

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By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Lizzo, Shawn Mendes and others sang classic songs brimmed with messages of hope and change during a TV special aimed at fighting the coronavirus, while Beyoncé...

‘Green Book’ Wins Audience Award at Toronto Film Festival

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By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Farrelly's crowd-pleasing Deep South road trip movie "Green Book" won the Toronto International Film Festival audience award on Sunday, putting it on an envious path to the Oscars. Toronto's People's...

Dr. Deborah Willis Accepts One Year Appointment at MICA

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By Savannah Wood Special to the AFRO swood@afro.com The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) recently celebrated the opening of Migrations and Meaning(s) in Art, a new exhibition curated by Dr. Deborah Willis at the College’s Meyerhoff Gallery. The show, which features...

Documentary About Modern Day Slavery

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EDWIN FREEMAN'S FILM "MODERN DAY SLAVERY" SHOWS HOW THE U.S. JUSTICE SYSTEM PERPETUATES SLAVERY Nationwide (BlackNews.com) -- Actor Edwin Freeman, best known for his roles in the 2009 Fox Searchlight biopic Notorious, and the 2016 Marvel/Netflix series Luke Cage makes...

New Film Honors the Life of Harriet Tubman

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia When one speaks of freedom fighters, Harriet Tubman’s name should always be among the first – if not highlighted as a primary justice crusader. For it was on this date 169 years ago –...

SNL Spoofs Baltimore Police

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By Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.com A series of Baltimore Police Department (BPD) scandals since the death of Freddie Gray in police custody and the subsequent uprising, have garnered national headlines. But, over the weekend the negative national commentary on Baltimore...

‘SNL’ Comedian Michael Che Hosts Benefit For Public Housing

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NEW YORK (AP) — "Saturday Night Live" funnyman Michael Che hosted a fundraiser for a cause close to home: New York City public housing. Che's "Weekend Update" co-host Colin Jost and fellow comedians Amy Schumer and Michelle Wolf joined Che...

With Kevin Hart’s Downfall, Hosting the Oscars Got Harder

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By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The "most thankless job in town" just got even more difficult. The Oscars have a longstanding host problem, but Kevin Hart's swift downfall over old anti-gay tweets has led to bigger...

7 Who Accused Cosby of Sex Abuse Settle Defamation Suits

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By MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press Seven women who said Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them decades ago and then labeled them liars by denying it have settled defamation lawsuits against the imprisoned actor. Court documents filed Friday in Springfield, Massachusetts, show a...

Fox’s ‘Masked Singer’ Draws a Strong Audience for Debut

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By DAVID BAUDER ,  AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Fox hoped to use a week when there wasn't much else on broadcast television besides football to draw attention to its new competition "The Masked Singer." The strategy proved sound. The...

Stars Deliver Inspirational Messages in Call to Unite Event

By The Associated Press Director Lee Daniels talked about past drug use and urged people not to give into the temptation to abuse drugs during the coronavirus pandemic, saying "You are not alone." Actress Eva Longoria said the pandemic is...

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