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New Film ‘Dope’ Is Bound to Be a Hit


By Diamond 10:59 am March 27, 2015 Dope, set in modern-day Inglewood, CA., but full of ’90s nostalgia, is the one film you need to see this summer.  The coming of age story follows Malcom (Shameik Moore) and his best friends as he descends into a drug dealer’s ring. The film is directed by Rick Famuyiwa […]

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New Film Revisits the 1983 US Invasion of Grenada


By Diamond 12:27 pm March 13, 2015 The 1983 United States invasion of the small Caribbean island of Grenada won’t be forgotten if filmmaker Damani Baker has anything to do with it. Baker was nine years-old when his mother moved him and his sister to Grenada during the nation’s revolution. His film, The House on […]

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Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo Will Produce Hurricane Katrina Drama


By Diamond 3:44 pm January 26, 2015 Selma director Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo have joined forces to develop a Hurricane Katrina drama.

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Video: ‘Light Girls’ film to explore colorism in Black community

By BYP @blackyouthproj 1:30 pm December 31, 2014 Making its world-premiere as part of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s (OWN) month-long celebration honoring civil rights legends will be “Light Girls,” Bill Duke’s documentary. The film, which is a follow-up to Duke’s “Dark Girls,” the critically-acclaimed film that focused on the narratives of dark-skinned women, will tell […]

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Egypt bans ‘Exodus’ movie for historical inaccuracies

By BYP @blackyouthproj 12:16 pm December 29, 2014 Egypt has banned the showing of the film “Exodus: Gods and Kings” in the country due to historical inaccuracies. 

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NWA biopic casting call criticized for being racist

By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:14 am July 18, 2014 The casting call for the upcoming NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton is, well, racist. The call is looking for women extras in the movie, directed by F. Gary Gray, set to be released next year. The call describes a hierarchy of women, “graded” from levels A through D. Read the casting […]

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Award-winning director Alton Glass makes history, wins in all nominated categories at Black Film Festival

By BYP @blackyouthproj 12:03 pm July 8, 2014 Alton Glass is a celebrated director, writer and producer. Now he can add history-maker to the list. At the 18th annual American Black Film Festival in New York City, Glass won awards for his heartfelt drama, “CRU” in all nominated categories. 

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Lupita Nyong’o options rights to film based on Americanah

By BYP @blackyouthproj 12:24 pm May 30, 2014 Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o has optioned the rights to a film based on Chimamanda Adichie’s most recent novel, Americanah.  Adichie had previously hinted at the project, but the news was just confirmed recently via the Stylist Magazine blog.

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Creator seeks to educate urban community on investing through film project


By BYP @blackyouthproj 9:32 am April 16, 2014 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 […]

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


By BYP @blackyouthproj 2:47 pm April 4, 2014 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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