Mel Jones’ official title is “Film Independent Manager Special Projects with the LA Film Festival.”
At this point, she’s a veteran, entering the game, in 1997, in the drama “Eve’s Bayou.”
I’ve always enjoyed connecting with Wesley Snipes. He’s always respectful, fun, informative and, to my understanding, he’s a very loyal man.
Don Cheadle will make his directorial debut with “Miles Ahead,” a remarkable portrait of the artist Miles Davis.
"Empire" is set to be one of this season's hottest shows.
Actress and executive producer Sanaa Lathan is passionate about literacy, which “releases the power of the imagination.”
One of the most engaging, invigorating and rewarding perks of living in New York City is being able to enjoy and absorb the rich and diverse cultural offerings provided by the Film Society of Lincoln Center season after season.
A solid person stands on the weight of their “word,” and true to that, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences re-elected Cheryl Boone Isaacs as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
There are many solid reasons to add Starz to your viewing slate.
As the spokesperson for a new chapter in digital network history, Traci Blunt's words are an anointing, given the weight of UMC’s founder.
Corey Hawkins has one simple ambition: He wants to do his best.
Jason Mitchell’s portrayal of the late and controversial Eazy-E is going to stampede over details about the actor, Mitchell.
In 1988, the raw and ferocious rhymes of a new hip-hop sound by the group N.W.A. made their song “F–k tha Police” an anthem that resonated with communities around the world.
The trilogy of “The School of Good and Evil” is hard to describe because it’s complicated and it shifts depending on your vantage point.
A single picture is worth a thousand words, so mark your calendars: Friday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 2, it’s the 12th annual Animation Block Party, the East Coast’s premier animation festival, presented by BAMcinematek.
Inclusion, the noun, is defined as “the action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure,” and this is the word that most creative people of color are using to describe the continued issue they face within the inner circles of Hollywood.
The two men, pictured above, are creative, fun, rich and (notice their posture) very down to earth. In the law of attraction, you must “let go of negative thoughts” and know that you are going to be successful, despite appearances that might suggest the absolutely opposite.
Writer Tim Seeley is bringing a new twist to the “Blade” series at Marvel, but the Daywalker won’t be fighting creepy evil demons and blood thirsty vampires alone.
Like many of my colleagues, I have a love-hate relationship with press conferences.
“Magic Mike XXL,” co-written by Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin, appears to be a simple story about chiseled strippers whose one passion is to give lap dances to screaming women shaking dollar bills.
More than 30 years ago in the 1984 sci-fi cult classic, body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger—whose accent is so thick, a full-time interpreter could be a legitimate tax write-off—uttered a phrase that has become part of the global zeitgeist: “I’ll be back!”
When the casting news broke that CodeBlack Films, a Lionsgate company, had partnered with Sanaa Lathan to executive produce and star in the feature film adaptation of the “Flyy Girl” book trilogy, written by New York Times bestselling author Omar Tyree, I was confirming my meeting with the Quincy Newell, the executive vice president and general manager of CodeBlack.
Choosing the best of the best from the Los Angeles Film Festival to highlight was tremendously challenging.
LA Film Fest Director Stephanie Allain gives credit where credit is due, fully acknowledging the strength of her programming team Roya Rastegar and Jennifer Cochis, who curated an “energetic slate of films from around the world,” which includes 45 world premieres and over 55 first-time directors
Imagine that your little girl enters kindergarten bright eyed and full of self-confidence.
While covering the Oscars in February, my colleague and I had the opportunity to kick it with Los Angeles Film Festival Director Stephanie Allain at the hip coffee joint Aroma, which she affectionally calls “my back kitchen because I am here so much.”
The second season of “Power,” created by executive producer Courtney Kemp Agboh and executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, will premiere June 6.
Since the launch of Starz’s “Power,” which is executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and features show creator and executive producer Courtney Kemp Agboh (“The Good Wife”), the media chatter about “can the market place maintain interest in following the lives of complex African-American characters?
The issues swirling around the lack of diversity in Hollywood is still a hot-button topic despite the fact that corporations have concluded that inclusion—across the board—is excellent for the bottom line.
It’s perfectly acceptable to admit to being a “binge watcher,” and I openly blame Netflix, or applaud Netflix, depending on which side of the coin you wish to view this new global obsession.
Just in time for Mother’s Day, designer and curator Omo Misha, of Omo Misha Jewelry, is bringing out some of her vintage pieces as part of “Harlem Days Harlem Nights” at the Studio Museum in Harlem.
The 22nd New York African Film Festival will be held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center (May 6 to 12).
Jujamcyn Theaters and True Colors Theatre Company have announced the judges for the seventh annual August Wilson Monologue Competition, to be held Monday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at the August Wilson Theatre (245 W. 52nd St.).
Louis Sarno explains his inspiration for writing his book, “Song From the Forest: My Life Among the Pygmies,” which is playing currently and receiving strong accolades from a wide variety of his peers and critics alike.
New York has always been cool. That’s a fact, but with the Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studios, the chic factor has been amped up.
In New York City, April 24 to May 29, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present “An Animation Showcase: From Celluloid to CGI,” an animation series aimed at highlighting the techniques that make up the craft of animation.
During the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, director and screenwriter Josef Wladyka’s “Manos Sucias” won the award for Best New Narrative Director and an Audience Award.
Sometimes when you say the word “documentary,” it’s perceived as “boring” or depressing. Although, sometimes that’s true, it isn’t for “Song of Lahore” and “In My Fathers’ House.”
Tribeca Film Festival wants to give you and your family something very special. Throw your hands up and say “yes” because it’s free and that’s great news, considering we live in one of the most expensive cities in the world.
Ben Bowman’s “Knucklehead” will open BAMcinématek’s fifth annual New Voices in Black Cinema, running March 26 to March 29.
Nefertite Nguvu’s “In the Morning” will screen at BAM’s New Voices in Black Cinema, Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m., and will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers and cast members.
Pull out your MetroCard because Thursday, March 26 through Sunday, March 29, it’s time to go to Brooklyn and enjoy the richness that BAMcinematek will present throughout their New Voices in Black Cinema film festival.
Thank you, Netflix, for connecting me with Tituss Burgess. He is the very one who turned Broaday on its head, making a huge splash on Broadway in “Guys and Dolls” and “The Little Mermaid.”
Perhaps you hate to admit that you’ve joined the world in its new obsession, cleverly coined “bw,” binge watching. I will admit to my #bwaddiction to quality TV viewing and the added bonus of watching these provocative documentaries, taunt thrillers and smart comedies, at my convenience, on my choice of devices.
Master chef Wolfgang Puck literally smacked right into me as he was taking his place behind a feast of delicious delights at the invite-only preview of this year’s Governors Ball, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ official post-Oscar celebration, which will immediately follow the 87th Oscars ceremony Sunday, Feb. 22.
This year, the Oscar team went out all, inviting the Amsterdam News to all of the VIP opportunities associated with the “biggest award night” for the film industry, which is lovingly coined “the Oscars.”
Hearing is great, but listening is needed in crafting interesting stories, and Prince-Bythewood devoted herself to delivering 55 drafts of the screenplay for “Beyond the Lights,” and if you know anything about screenplay structure, her work is sublime.
Next Thursday, and continuing through Black History Month, do expect much, much more from the creative community of color
Filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako’s bold film, “Timbuktu,” is masterful storytelling from the first frame to the last, leaving a lingering impression of deeply felt human emotion that is presented in richly shaded tones.
Brace yourselves, New York, there is a new Black man poised to make you think and laugh, but mostly laugh—while you’re thinking!