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Jul 24th

Ava Has Arrived!

Ava Has Arrived!Ava Duvernay - 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.
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William Pierce: creating art that transforms

William Pierce: creating art that transformsPlaywright, director and producer William Pierce buried the stagnant habit of wondering through his desires by creating an addiction to exacting immortality through art and motivation.

Having spent years fighting his own ghosts, Pierce has redefined himself and entered the world of theater. He is now the newest voice to be reckoned with on the entertainment platform, and his company Second Chance Productions is definitely one to keep an eye on.

“My company, Second Chance Productions, tries to present an art form to people that will inspire them, educate them and encourage them to transform into the people that they desire to be, regardless of their past or the things they are dealing with today whether it is financial, mental or physical. Everyone deserves a second chance at life, and we want to allow them the opportunity to realize that and encourage them to take advantage of it,” said Pierce.
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Corinne Puts Her Record On and Lets Her Hair Down

Corinne Puts Her Record On and Lets Her Hair Down Corinne Bailey Rae - The “Live from the Artists Den” Interview

Corinne Jacqueline Bailey was born in Leeds, England on February 26, 1979, the eldest of three girls to bless the union of her British mother and Caribbean father from St. Kitts. As a child, she studied classical violin at school, and only sang in the church choir, until she formed an all-female rock band at the age of 15.

Corrine went on to major in English at the University of Leeds, and after graduating in 2000, took a job as a hat check girl at a local jazz club. It was there, while sitting in with various bands that she developed the sultry, soulful vocal style which would become her trademark. It was also at the pub that she met saxophonist Jason Rae, the love whose last name she would take when they married the very next year.
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Cautionary Tale Uncovers Another Reason to Avoid Mexico

Cautionary Tale Uncovers Another Reason to Avoid Mexico  Daniel & Ana

I don’t know anybody who’s considering Mexico as a vacation destination anymore, given the kidnappings of the rich for ransom, the mass murders in resort areas like Acapulco, the ever-escalating body count in the drug wars and the recent employment of bombings as a terrorist tactic. If, in spite of all of the above, you’re still thinking of venturing South of the Border, you might want to check out Daniel & Ana, a cautionary tale blowing the covers off another problem plaguing the troubled region.
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Groom and Best Man Get Waylaid En Route to Wedding in South African Romantic Comedy

Groom and Best Man Get Waylaid En Route to Wedding in South African Romantic ComedyWhite Wedding

Ayanda (Zandile Msutwana) is frantically putting the finishing touches on her impending, dream wedding reception set to transpire in Cape Town in a couple of days. Unfortunately, the ravishing beauty just can’t help herself, as she acts out like your typical Bridezilla, much to the frustration of her miffed mother (Sylvia Mngxekeza) and her flamboyant event planner.

Meanwhile, the relatively-mellow groom, Elvis (Kenneth Nkosi), is 1,800 kilometers away in Durban, where he is set to embark on what he reasonably expects to be an unremarkable drive sitting astride his lifelong friend, Tumi (Rapulana Seiphemo). However, upon arriving to pick-up his best man, he discovers the bon vivant in bed with three naked women. And although Elvis keeps his promise to Ayanda by declining the offer to participate in the impromptu bachelor party, the tone for their wild sojourn along the seacoast is nonetheless set.
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Idris Elba: The only barriers are ones we create

Idris Elba: The only barriers are ones we createIt isn’t everyday that we run into a Black actor whose caliber as an artist and adeptness for creating unparalleled roles in a motion picture is exulted by a universal audience.

The idea of “getting in where you fit in,” has at times, been a silent tradition for many brown skinned thespians in the entertainment industry. But according to Idris Elba, the only barriers that exist are the ones created within our own minds.

Elba, who’s appearing in this summer’s Takers, is at a point in his career where his ascent to the top of Hollywood makes a trip up Mount Everest look like a stroll through Martha’s Vineyard; as easy as breathing.
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Mos Def Review

 Mos Def Review

I sat in a multi-colored cushioned theater seat at Guthrie Theater, anxiously waiting for what the night had in store. I came with familiarity of Mos Def as a conscious Hip Hop artist, but more familiar with his talent as an actor. It didn’t take long for me to realize I have been living in a black hole. However, prior to my long awaited introduction, the audience was treated to Hip-Hop, Indie artist Dessa of Doomtree, the show opener who performed with a four piece band that included electronic bass upright, drums, electric guitar, keyboards, and a background singer named Becca.

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