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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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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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