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

By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:25 am March 4, 2014 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 […]

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NSBA adopts curriculum based on ’12 Years a Slave’

By BYP @blackyouthproj 11:30 am February 24, 2014 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 […]

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

By BYP @blackyouthproj 3:02 pm February 5, 2014 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 […]

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Are positive black male leads endangered in film?

By Rae Kae @nanking_ 1:37 pm December 24, 2013 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. […]

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

By BYP @blackyouthproj 3:12 pm December 23, 2013 “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 […]

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Kartemquin Films offers diversity film fellowship to people of color

By BYP @blackyouthproj 3:18 pm December 3, 2013 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 […]

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History Channel’s “Roots” remake in the works

The History Channel intends to remake Roots. Mark Wolper, whose father was the executive producer of the miniseries, sold the rights to the channel. The network is in talks with writers for the project, which will draw inspiration from both the book and the original mini series.

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Chadwick Boseman Lands Lead Role in James Brown Biopic

A forthcoming James Brown biopic will reportedly star Chadwick Boseman as the soul legend.

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Actor Lee Thompson Young Found Dead

Actor Lee Thompson Young – famous for roles in the The Famous Jett Jackson, Rizzoli & Isles, and Friday Night Lights – has died. It is suspected that Young committed suicide. He was just 29-years old.

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Moviegoer Accuses Regal Cinema of Racial Profiling at ‘The Butler’ Showing

A moviegoer in Silver Spring, MD reported a heavy and excessive police presence in the theater where they screened The Butler, and has accused the theater of racial profiling: “As soon as we enter the theater we were greeted by an actual police officer who herded traffic in one direction,” Flowers tweeted. “The almost entirely black audience of #TheButler was subjected to watching the film while armed guards faced the audience. Why?”

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