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Aug 27th

Pal Secretly Serves as Sperm Donor in Biological Clock Comedy

Pal Secretly Serves as Sperm Donor in Biological Clock Comedy The Switch

The well-saturated blurb for The Switch asserts that the film comes “From the people who brought you Juno and Little Miss Sunshine.” That’s a serious claim given that each of those hilarious hits landed an Academy Award in the Best Original Screenplay category. Regrettably, I found myself scratching my head asking what happened during this relatively-funereal flick’s closing credits.

As it turns out, however, Juno was written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman, while Little Miss Sunshine was written by Michael Arndt and co-directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. And none of the above were on The Switch’s creative team. Comparing the casts, the only name that resurfaces is that of Jason Bateman, who enjoyed a supporting role in Juno. Therefore, excuse me for wondering what exactly The Switch’s marketing team meant with all the misleading hype?

America I AM

America I AM “’Would America have been America without her Negro people?’ The question posed by W.E.B. Du Bois serves as the underlying theme for America I AM… It spurs us to consider how the original gifts of African culture were uniquely manifested in America, and helped to lay the foundation for the creation of this country. If we wrestle with this question, we will begin to see just how central black people have been in creating, sustaining, and contributing to America, both past and present. Such contemplation allows us to finally recognize African-Americans’ indisputable economic, socio-political, spiritual, and cultural.” - Excerpted from the Introduction

My son has repeatedly said to me that he thinks of African-Americans as
the only true Americans, because we not only shed so much of our blood, sweat and tears as slaves during the foundation of the nation, but have also contributed to the country’s unique cultural legacy in terms of music, dance, language and elsewhat. Affirming such wisdom coming from the mouth of babes is America I AM, a journal edited by Clarence V. Reynolds, a veteran journalist who has written for Discover, The Network Journal and the Black Issues Book Review.

Crews on Call

Crews on Call Terry Crews - “The Expendables” Interview

Hailing from Flint, Michigan, Terry Crews has not only one of the most recognizable faces around, but maybe one of the most recognizable physiques as well. The handsome hunk is currently one of the busiest actors in Hollywood, having a trio of flicks released in August alone, namely, The Expendables, Lottery Ticket and Middle Men. He’s also starring in Are We There Yet, the hit, new TV sitcom airing on the TBS Network.

Prior to entering showbiz, Terry attended Western Michigan University where he blossomed into a football phenom as a walk-on. Senior year, he was drafted by the San Diego Chargers, and then went on to enjoy a six-year career in the NFL.

Ava Has Arrived!

Ava Has Arrived! - The “My Mic Sounds Nice” Interview

Ava DuVernay has worked in the world of film as a marketer and publicist for more than 14 years, forming DVA Media + Marketing in 1999. Her award-winning firm has provided strategy and execution for more than 80 film and television campaigns for acclaimed directors such as Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Michael Mann, Robert Rodriguez, Bill Condon, Raoul Peck, Gurinder Chadha and Reggie & Gina Bythewood.

Yet, in 2008, Ava stepped behind the camera to make her feature film directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed hip-hop documentary, “This is The Life.” DuVernay, a graduate of UCLA and a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, is based in L.A. Here, she talks about her skyrocketing second career.

Anticipating Takers

Anticipating TakersThe moment audiences laid eyes on the trailer last year for Takers, a Will Packer-produced film, we knew “urgency” would be the new diet, and “anticipation” would have to be the only ease for the palette.

For instant fans of the flick, it’s incredibly hard to have patience, especially if pressing the breaks, means waiting on the latest genius endeavor from one of the industry's most talented producers who also brought us features such as Stomp The Yard and This Christmas.

But finally, now that the wait is over and August 27 marks a new day and a new era in black entertainment, as we’re introduced to one of the most anticipated films of the summer.

Idris Elba, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Hayden Christiansen, Paul Walker, Chris Brown, Matt Dillon, Michael Ealy… dare I go on?

Guthrie production seeks Black community response

Guthrie production seeks Black community responseIt is a tragic storyline: white women falsely accusing Black men of rape. Historic records document actual circumstances spanning generations, from the days of frequent lynch mobs to present day mass media. However, the case of The Scottsboro Boys gained national attention and sparked the Civil Rights Movement. It was March, 1931, in Scottsboro, AL when nine African American youths were engaged in a fight with white youths on a freight train. The African American males were pulled off the train, and local authorities persuaded two white females riding the train to claim the men raped them. As word spread with the false accusations, streets filled with an angry lynch mob of local residents, only appeased by the promise of a quick trial, conviction to imprisonment and execution. For nearly fifty years the nine boys lives would never be the same as they were convicted and confined behind prison bars, and confined by the prison of injustice mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically.

Bouncing with Bow Wow

Bouncing with Bow WowBow Wow - The “Lottery Ticket” Interview

Born Shad Gregory Moss in Columbus, OH, on March 9, 1987, Bow Wow was a precocious kid who started rhyming as a toddler, and first appeared on stage at the age of five. His showbiz career was launched just a year later when he made the most of an opportunity to open for Snoop Dogg on the Chronic Tour.

At 13, Bow Wow released his first solo CD, “Beware of Dog,” which sold over 3 million copies. A hit single from that debut album, “Bounce with Me,” reached #1 on both the Rap and R&B charts. That achievement earned him recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest solo rapper to hit #1. He now has a half-dozen CDs to his name, with a new one in the works.
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