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Tribeca—what to see

he Tribeca Film Festival—15 years strong—is still celebrating the power of the storyteller. As they continue to push the boundaries of storytelling the interactive and virtual reality section has become a popular draw.

Must-see at Tribeca Film Fest

Here is what should not be missed at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Eve cuts it up in ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut’

She’s baaack! It’s been 10 years, but the fast-talking, hair-cutting, weave-weavers at Calvin Barbershop are back with full comedic force.

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The empire of Ice Cube

The new comedy “Barbershop: The Next Cut” opens April 15 and features Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson, Eve and Oscar winner Common.

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New season of 'Empire' kicks off with a bang

Co-creator Danny Strong wrote and directed the March 30 spring premiere of “Empire” entitled “Death Will Have His Day.”

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Oscar winners speak with the AmNews

In 2014, Jared Leto smiled and winked at me and let me hold his Oscar in the pressroom.

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BET, American Black Film Fest partner up for 2016 ABFF Awards

The 2016 American Black Film Festival on Feb. 21 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel (Los Angeles).

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Tel Aviv goes to Jamaica to find the ‘Congo Beat’

The heart knows, the mind knows, and when there is love behind the beat, borders are blown into a trillion pieces. That’s the power of music.

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Love and honor at the NAACP Awards

Black stars shine at the NAACP Awards.

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‘Preachers of Atlanta’ premieres February 3

The new reality series “Preachers of Atlanta,” which premieres on Oxygen Media, Feb. 3, is riveting, fascinating and engaging entertainment.

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Black History Month at the Apollo

The Apollo Theater will host a series of artistic and community programs in celebration of Black History Month.

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Road trip Hollywood: Year three, the Oscars

“It’s a fluke, it’s because of ‘12 Years a Slave’ that the Amsterdam News was approved. Wait. They won’t invite you back, they don’t need ‘you’—that’s how they view Black media and Black audiences.”

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88th Oscar noms announced

Today, the 88th Oscar nominations were announced, and the Amsterdam News will return to Los Angeles to cover all of the glitz, fun and glamour that makes the award season exciting.

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Franchising smart with ‘Ride Along 2’

In the not-so-distant-past, the mega-corporation that is Hollywood didn’t have much faith in the first “Ride Along.”

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We TV new series ‘Growing Up Hip-Hop’ premieres January 7

Raised by hip-hop legends and pioneers, “Growing Up Hip Hop” features the princes and princesses of the hip-hop world.

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New ‘Black Panther’ comic roars into April

Ryan Coogler to direct, Chadwick Boseman to lead

The level of talent in the African-American community is about to get a major, global jolt in the arm, and it’s all about “the new Black Panther.”

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‘Hateful Eight’ violent, outrageous, riveting

As Quentin Tarantino enters into his eighth film with “The Hateful Eight,” I’ve lost count on how many times the word “nigger” is sliced, diced and slapped upside the head of the viewer. In this film, however, the use of the N-word is slung with a venous truth that’s wrapped in historical facts.

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Interview with Ryan Coogler, ‘Creed’ director-writer, part 2

“Creed” is Ryan Coogler’s second feature film, and he shares a screenwriting credit with Aaron Covington, the movie based on a story by Coogler.

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‘Creed’ gets four stars

Writer-director Ryan Coogler confirms every bit of promise that he displayed in his 2013 debut “Fruitvale Station,” which also starred Michael B. Jordan.

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Ballet Hispanico to collaborate with Apollo Theater, host performances for youth

A few years ago, I rang up the PR team of Ballet Hispanico and asked to watch a rehearsal, and they said yes. I love dance but never felt comfortable enough to really dig in and write about it.

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Percy Miller gives master class in ‘Master P’s Family Empire’

Percy Miller is a single father who is raising five beautiful children: his daughter, Cymphonique, and four sons, Romeo, Veno, Hercy and Mercy.

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AmNews talks with ‘Creed’ director Ryan Coogler

“Creed” is the seventh “Rocky” movie and the first that the franchise’s creator and star, Sylvester Stallone, didn’t write, Ryan Coogler did.

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Lee Daniels to receive SAG honor

What I love best about my job,” said Lee Daniels in a past interview, “is that I can hire talented people of color to work in all departments, to work on ‘Empire.’ It’s one of the best parts of my job!”

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Chris Rock returns to host Oscars

Inclusion, i.e., diversity, or the lack of it, is a conversation that Hollywood is still having.

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NYFF opened ‘above the city’ and closed with a ‘trumpet’

The opening night film for the 2015 NYFF was the tremendous “The Walk,” directed by the masterful Robert Zemeckis. On hand and holding court was the Zemeckis, along with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays real-life high-wire walker Philippe Petit who was also in attendance.

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On the Verge: Up-and-coming film producer Mel Jones

Mel Jones’ official title is “Film Independent Manager Special Projects with the LA Film Festival.”

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Meagan Good is great in ‘Minority Report’

At this point, she’s a veteran, entering the game, in 1997, in the drama “Eve’s Bayou.”

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Wesley Snipes is ‘The Player’ for NBC

I’ve always enjoyed connecting with Wesley Snipes. He’s always respectful, fun, informative and, to my understanding, he’s a very loyal man.

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Don Cheadle makes directorial debut at New York Film Fest

Don Cheadle will make his directorial debut with “Miles Ahead,” a remarkable portrait of the artist Miles Davis.

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‘Empire’ returns for season two

"Empire" is set to be one of this season's hottest shows.

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Sanaa Lathan names Baldwin as one of her favorite authors

Actress and executive producer Sanaa Lathan is passionate about literacy, which “releases the power of the imagination.”

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‘The Devil Finds Work: James Baldwin on Film’ at Lincoln Center

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.

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs re-elected as Academy president

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.

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What’s next for Mike Epps

There are many solid reasons to add Starz to your viewing slate.

A new frontier for BET founder

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.

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Corey Hawkins makes history in ‘Straight Outta Compton’

Corey Hawkins has one simple ambition: He wants to do his best.

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Jason Mitchell new to the game as Easy-E in ‘Compton’

Jason Mitchell’s portrayal of the late and controversial Eazy-E is going to stampede over details about the actor, Mitchell.

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N.W.A. story comes to big screen with ‘Straight Outta Compton’

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.

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Bringing books to the big screen

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.

BAMcinematek presents 12th annual Animation Block Party

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.

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Inclusion and the Academy

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.

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Keeping it real with the new ‘Star Wars’ directors

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.

Blade returns—and he’s bringing his daughter

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.

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Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin discuss mojo for ‘Magic Mike XXL’

Like many of my colleagues, I have a love-hate relationship with press conferences.

‘Magic Mike XXL’ turns up the summer heat

“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.

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Nigerian actor takes on ‘Terminator’

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!”

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Sanaa Lathan to exec produce ‘Flyy Girl’ trilogy

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.

The best of LAFF

Choosing the best of the best from the Los Angeles Film Festival to highlight was tremendously challenging.

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Road trip: LAFF

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

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A father’s love creates a world of magic

Imagine that your little girl enters kindergarten bright eyed and full of self-confidence.

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