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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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Road trip: The LA Film Fest

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.”

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‘Power’ cast lets loose on loyalty

The second season of “Power,” created by executive producer Courtney Kemp Agboh and executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, will premiere June 6.

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It’s the season of Kanan: Season 2 of ‘Power’

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?

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Codeblack and conversations on diversity in Hollywood

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. 

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Binge Watching: ‘Sense8’

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.

Omo Misha Jewelry comes out for Mother’s Day and all of May

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.

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African Film Fest returns to Lincoln Center

The 22nd New York African Film Festival will be held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center (May 6 to 12).

Seventh annual August Wilson Monologue Competition

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.).

Everything about ‘Song From the Forest’

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.

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The TFF, with Moet

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.

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Animation Showcase’ screens in New York City

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.

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A talk with ‘Manos Sucias’ creator Josef Wladyka

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.

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Tribeca Film Festival: two documentaries of note

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.”

FFF at TFF: Free family fun at Tribeca Film Fest

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. 

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Alfre Woodard and Gbenga Akinnagbe in Ben Bowman’s ‘Knucklehead’-Q&A with director Ben Bowman

Ben Bowman’s “Knucklehead” will open BAMcinématek’s fifth annual New Voices in Black Cinema, running March 26 to March 29.

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BAM’s New Voices: A chat with director Nefertite Nguvu

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.

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BAMcinematek presents New Voices in Black Cinema

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.

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Interview with Tituss Burgess

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.”

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Binge watching: ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’

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.

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Tasting Oscars: Road trip Hollywood

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.

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A VIP tour of a VIP event—Oscar style!

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.”

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AmNews talks with ‘Beyond the Lights’ creator Gina Prince-Bythewood

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.

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Road trip: Hollywood

Next Thursday, and continuing through Black History Month, do expect much, much more from the creative community of color

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Oscar-nominated ‘Timbuktu’ opens at Film Forum

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.

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Breakfast with Comedy Central’s Larry Wilmore

Brace yourselves, New York, there is a new Black man poised to make you think and laugh, but mostly laugh—while you’re thinking!

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Road trip: Hollywood

The 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS Sunday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m. (ET) /5 p.m. (PT). Kathy Connell is executive producer.

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Anthony Anderson to host NAACP awards

Hollywood will be celebrating it’s fabulous Blackness with the the 46th NAACP Image Awards, a two-hour star-studded (live) event Friday, Feb. 6, on TV One at 9p.m.

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D’ Angelo to perform at the Apollo

Romantic New Yorkers, of every persuasion, it’s time to really get 2015 started right!

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Making of an ‘Empire’

Sometimes, when you meet someone very special, you get that jolt that is associated with electricity or, as the hippies would say, you experience a “very good vibe.”

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A talk with ‘Selma’ director Ava DuVernay

If there is an Ava DuVernay fan club, I would like to pledge my membership.

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Students see Selma for free

27 African-American leaders in partnership with Paramount Pictures created a fund for students to see the film free of charge.

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Common reflects on role in ‘Selma’

In “Selma,” directed by the very skilled Ava DuVernay, there is a touching, late-night scene when a deeply troubled Martin Luther King (David Oyelowo) leaves the warmth of his bed to call a sleeping woman.

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Treat your family to see ‘Annie’

According to most reports, there are approximately 6,900 languages spoken in the world.

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Rock makes another hit with ‘Top Five’

Chris Rock has created a hit with “Top Five,” which wrote, directed and stars in. He has probably added this new film into many future “Top Five Films That We Love” categories—it certainly made my top 10 list for 2014.

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Rock makes another hit with ‘Top Five’

Chris Rock has created a hit with “Top Five,” which he wrote, directed and stars in.

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The Iconic Ben Vereen talks ‘Top Five’

Ben Vereen discusses his exciting new role in the upcoming film "Top Five"

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Chris Rock knocks it out with ‘Top Five’

Comedian Chris Rock discusses his new film "Top Five"

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Hang in Harlem for free

New York, you are welcome, and you can thank me later. This is a major holiday tip. On Sunday, you can enjoy the Studio Museum in Harlem for free, and that includes Family Day, which is designed for kids.

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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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