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Gina Prince- has a sleeper hit with ‘Beyond the Lights’

I was first introduced to Gugu Mbatha-Raw at the seventh annual Black Women in Hollywood press conference while covering the Oscars in Los Angeles in March.

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DOC NYC returns for fifth edition

DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, starts this week, running Nov. 13 to 20.

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Creating an ‘Empire’

“When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.”—William Shakespeare, “King Lear”

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Halloween, Hollywood, Broadway and Harlem

Here come the holidays and all the joys and tribulations associated with the “festive” part of city life.

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Reginald Hudlin to produce Governor’s Awards

Good is good and talent is talent. That realization in Hollywood continues to bring gifted people of color to the forefront and into the spotlight.

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‘Kill the Messenger’ talks about crack and the late Gary Webb

The studios’ marketing machines usually position their important films in carefully calibrated rollouts in the fall for consideration for a variety of awards, ending with the coveted Oscar as a hopeful win.

The future is in 3-D, and it’s in Washington Heights!

On a Google search to learn about the wonders of 3-D printing, which is poised to revolutionize the way business and consumers interact, I discovered 3-D Heights.

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Curator brings Ntozake Shange roaring to new life in Harlem

Curator Souleo has faith in other artists. If there is a charity benefit, you can count on his support, plus Souleo shares the love.

On the Verge: Roselyn Coleman Williams

Roselyn Coleman Williams developed the app “Acting in the Digital Age: An Actor’s Guide to Finding Work in New Media” to help actors maneuver and succeed in the digital age. Right now, it’s free.

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‘In Jesus time’: God and Hollywood

This past weekend, those faith power players broke “spiritual, creative and financial bread” at the Merge Summit, one of the largest events for people of faith, held in Los Angeles at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

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Oscar winner Steve McQueen's message to Harlem

Steve McQueen shares his thoughts on Harlem after recent casting call.

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‘Through a Lens Darkly’ debuts in NYC

Thomas Allen Harris’ documentary “Through a Lens Darkly,” which begins a two-week engagement in New York City, is inspired by the book “Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present,” shared the film’s producer, Deborah Willis.

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‘Can you achieve your goals? Yes or yes!’

The very first words that I heard from Broadway star, theatrical producer and stage director Luis Salgado were aimed at a group of sweaty kids, stuffed like happy sardines inside a smelly rehearsal studio. “Can you achieve your life’s goals?” Salgado shouted, bouncing around the Broadway space like a live firecracker. “Can you make your dreams come true? Yes or yes!”

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A hilarious franchise in the making

“Let’s Be Cops” is being positioned as the “ultimate buddy cop movie”—except that the leads, Justin Miller (Damon Wayans Jr.) and Ryan O’Malley (Jake Johnson), aren’t cops!

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Seun Kuti speaks

Seun Kuti, 31, is the youngest son of musician/activist and founder of the Afrobeat rhythm, Fela Kuti. The new film about his father’s life and the making of the successful and Tony Award-winning musical, “Fela!,” is directed by Alex Gibney and executive produced by Stephen Hendel and Ruth Hendel (the producers of the Broadway stage production). The film opens Aug. 1.

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‘In the South—he’s a legend!’

The biopic “Get on Up,” based on the life of the legendary James Brown, marks director Tate Taylor’s first project since the four-time Oscar-nominated film “The Help.” It stars Chadwick Boseman (“42”) in the title role.

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‘Get on Up’ gets it right

“Get on Up” is an excellent peek inside the fascinating life of the undeniably brilliant funk-soul legend, James Brown, a complex man who displayed as many quirky personalities and personas as he did colorful nicknames and honorary titles.

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Performance as protest: ‘Finding Fela’ opens August 1

“Finding Fela,” a look inside the mesmerizing life of steadfast activist/musician Fela Kuti under award-winning director Alex Gibney’s keen cinematic eye, is a joyful adventure that’s creatively supported by hypnotic music and skillfully coupled with heart-wrenching politics and personal insight into the life of a man who has become a legend—Fela.

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Sugar Hill ‘home’ to art exhibit

"I strongly suggest that all interested New Yorkers, especially artists of color, make a beeline to see the art, which is housed inside studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. A selection of the apartments are set aside for modest- to low-income families and struggling artists."

‘Judge Judy’ bailiff is on a mission

Petri Hawkins Byrd has an urgent message for our nation’s African-American community. Television audiences know him affectionately as Byrd on the Emmy Award winning television show “Judge Judy.”

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‘Joe Louis, the legend’

It was the boxing rematch that pitted U.S. pride against Nazi Aryan aggression. The world was at war, and the African-American community was still struggling under fierce enforced institutional racism. And then young boxer Joe Louis Barrow, aka Joe Louis, stepped into the ring with German native Max Schmeling, Adolph Hitler’s champion.

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On The Verge: Zaraah Abrahams, the Next Hale Berry

The programming of HBO’s American Black Film Festival (ABFF) concluded with the screening of Spike Lee’s “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus,” along with Art Shirian and I meeting the leading lady of the film, the “next star in Hollywood.”

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ABFF focuses on film and finance

In 2012, Screen Gems released “Think Like a Man” (based on Steve Harvey’s successful book) with low expectations. It opened along with “The Hunger Games,” so most Hollywood analysts predicted low domestic receipts—Hollywood was wrong. It captured the No. 1 spot and earned a domestic total gross of $91,547,205.

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The 18th American Black Film Fest

If you’re a young filmmaker and you haven’t been introduced to Jeff Friday, CEO of Film Life and the creative life force behind the 2014 American Black Film Festival, don’t fret. Your chance to understand this man’s mission manifests with the screening of 52 films (June 19-22 ).

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Uncompromising. Revolutionary. Loyal. Legend: Ice Cube

On June 13, Columbia Pictures releases one of the most anticipated comedies of the summer, “22 Jump Street,” starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and produced by Neal H. Moritz, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.

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June is FPPT: Film, pride, parades and theater

On June 8 the award show for excellence on Broadway, the Tony Awards, will broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on CBS

Tony Has a Pop-Up Shop

The 68th annual Tony Awards has gone ultra modern with its first theme-related pop-up shop at the Paramount Bar and Grill

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This summer, spend ‘After Midnight’ with LaBelle, Knight and Cole

“After Midnight” is a celebration of Duke Ellington’s years at the famed Harlem nightclub in the 1920s and 30s.

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‘Power’ in the city: 270 million and counting!

On June 7 at 9 p.m. EST/PST, the new series “Power” premieres on Starz, and it’s going to be a Twitter favorite once the first episode breaks; good news the network will have seven more ready to follow it.

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Children’s book fair in Harlem

Strolling down Amsterdam Avenue, searching for new bargains and the prices that only Harlem can create, the store window of the Studio Museum of Harlem (on the ground floor, which houses the studio store) made me stop and, like a child, press my nose against the glass window and wish!

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On the verge: Jerrod Carmichael

It’s official: Jerrod Carmichael is a comic on the rise, and the fact that he’s one of the stars of an official summer hit, the R-rated “Neighbors,” is just one indicator.

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‘Godzilla’: The biggest monster

Combine every famous woman, man, child, superhero and archvillain who ever dared to make a dent in the cultural lexicon, and they won’t come close to the popularity achieved by the one, the only, international superstar—Godzilla!

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Tonys: ‘Raisin’ earns five impressive nods

The 68th annual Tony Awards nominations were announced this week

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‘Kid, you’ll never be on Broadway’: Another ‘Rocky’ beating the odds!

Luis Salgado is a hero to many people. It’s not a job or title that he aspired to wear, but the die is cast, and “hero” is an adjective that mildly describes the actor, dancer, producer, director and choreographer.

How to get into the film biz!

Harlem Commonwealth Counsel (HCC) will start its five-week production assistant and digital production trainee program this week.

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2014 Tribeca Film Festival makes NYC jam-packed with great choices!

The festival programmers for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, which will be presented by AT&T on April 16-27, should stand proud and strut with a cocky style often associated with “big pimping.”

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‘Women’s Work’ showcased at the LeRoy Neiman Art Center

The LeRoy Neiman Art Center is holding a special treat that was designed by creative women whose artistic contributions will be on display to celebrate Women’s History Month and beyond

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Leguizamo’s ‘Ghetto Klown’ a pitiful disappointment

When the powers at HBO get behind a developing artist, they absolutely pour their resources and passions into that artist’s growth.

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Hollywood is in the Black

Hollywood is in the black. This term, which is used to describe a profitable business state, is also an excellent metaphor for the wave of creative, savvy business minds that are continuing to shape the industry from the inside.

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The persistent playwright of ‘HAIR’itage’

Niccole Nero Gaines is persistent, a character trait which, in my experience, is necessary for success in the theater world.

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Fans of the original ‘300’ have nothing to fear

Action and fantasy lovers, have no fear! “300: Rise of an Empire” is going to thrill old fans and gain new ones!

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In the press room at the Oscars

I am a cinephile, so there is no greater thrill than covering the Oscars.

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‘300: Rise of an Empire’ won’t disappoint!

“300: Rise of an Empire” won’t disappoint fans of the first blockbuster

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Animation in NY

Here are some tidbits from two of my favorite animation directors, Chris McKay, director of “Robot Chicken” and box office winner “The LEGO Movie,” and “The Lion King” director Rob Minkoff, whose new Dreamworks animation comedy “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” opens March 7.

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‘The Lego Movie' is loveable fun

The curious child inside of me got some serious playtime at the advance screening of “The LEGO Movie,” directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and produced by Dan Lin and Roy Lee. Chris McKay also served as animation co-director.

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Motown a ‘hit’ at the Schomburg

The myNewYorkeye crew was invited to the unveiling of “Motown: The Truth is a Hit,” the new exhibit currently at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

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Black women of soul shaped Joplin

“A Night With Janis Joplin,” currently knocking audiences sideways with nuclear-fueled rock and roll at the Lyceum Theater, is much more than the title suggests.

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Tagged in a ‘Ride Along’

Twitter was abuzz that the rising street artist known by the moniker “oVeR"

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And the Academy Award goes to … Cheryl Boone Isaacs

the 86th Oscars nominations will be announced by actor Chris Hemsworth

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Notes from Sundance: Pre-festival buzz

What to screen at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival