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Creator seeks to educate urban community on investing through film project

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A California-based writer hopes to inspire and educate people on the importance of investing. But instead of teaching workshops, he’s doing so through a comedy/drama.  Just Say Yes is about a wise-cracking hustler named Connie who is “convinced” to take a business internship while working at a non-profit organization called the Granville Academy. 

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Every single lead actor in the ‘Gods of Egypt’ is white

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Last Wednesday, creation of Alex Proyas’ Gods of Egypt began. The $150 million film centers on the showdown between the evil god Set and Horus. The issue? All of the lead actors are white. Gerard Butler stars as Set and Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldeu plays Horus. 

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‘Dear White People’ film creator uses satire, comedy to tackle race

College students across the country are tackling race and prejudice, and a new film is taking on the issue through comedy and satire. Dear White People follows a group of black students at a fictional, Ivy League school. One of the characters host a radio program of the same title where she confronts racism faced by […]

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Video: Documentary explores vilification, fear of black men

There are countless examples of black men being portrayed as people who you should be afraid of. Studies show that black men are viewed as less innocent than their white counterparts, and more threatening to the general population. But a new documentary is challenging that notion. “Afraid of Dark” takes an honest look at how […]

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Newspaper under fire for offensive ’12 Years a Slave’ headlines

A central Illinois newspaper is under fire for its choice of words when announcing the big Oscar winner for Best Motion Picture. The News-Gazette decided to play off of 12 Years a Slave’s title and write “12 Years a Slave” escapes with top Oscar” as its main headline. The twittersphere was not amused. 

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NSBA adopts curriculum based on ’12 Years a Slave’

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) has partnered with New Regency, Penguin Books and the filmmakers of 12 Years a Slave to distribute copies of the film, book and study guide to public high schools in America. The initiative, headed by Montel Williams will be launched nationwide in September.

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Lawsuit: 10-year-old gets leg broken by cop after filming him

According to papers filed in a New York court, a Brooklyn cop kicked a 10-year-old boy in the shin, breaking his leg as the child recorded him with his cell phone. Police appeared at the boy’s mother Krystle Silvera’s Flatbush home looking for her ex-boyfriend. The lawsuit also contains allegations that Silvera was sexually assaulted […]

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Are positive black male leads endangered in film?

Despite the belief that there aren’t enough positive roles or representations of Black men in media, this year I noticed that there ARE. Movies like 12 Years a Slave, Fruitvale Station, and Mandela, have rose to the occasion to provide a vision of the Black man in different eras. All of these movies are based on true stories, […]

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Italian poster for ’12 Years A Slave’ diminishes star Chiwetel Ejiofor, highlights Brad Pitt

“12 Years A Slave’s” true lead role goes to Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays Solomon Northup, the film’s protagonist, but posters in Italy make him out to be anything but the star. In fact, actor Brad Pitt who plays the small role as a Canadian man who aides in the release of the enslaved Solomon Northup, is presented as the film’s lead […]

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Kartemquin Films offers diversity film fellowship to people of color

Kartemquin Films in collaboration with the Community Film Workshop is offering a series of workshops to minority filmmakers and aspiring storytellers. As part of the Diverse Voices in Docs fellowship, participants will have the chance to grow professionally in the field and network with other filmmakers from Chicago.

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