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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

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The legacy lives: The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

in 1981, Robert Redford decided to create the Sundance Institute, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing artistic expression in film and theater

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On the Verge: ‘Anchorman 2’ love interest Meagan Good

Megan Good surprising interview with Lapacazo Sandoval.

‘Anchorman 2’ comedic holiday miracle

Ron Burgundy—the one and, thankfully, the only—is back, and New York City is his oyster!

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On the Verge: Michael Wilkinson, designs ‘American Hustle’

I hope that Amy Adams, who plays Sydney Prosser in “American Hustle,” remembers to thank costume designer Michael Wilkinson at every single podium!

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Kevin Hart rubs shoulders with Stallone and De Niro

If you haven’t noticed, Hart is winning, and at the New York City press conference for the new Warner Bros. Pictures comedy “Grudge Match,” starring Oscar winner Robert De Niro (“Raging Bull,” “The Godfather 2”) and Oscar nominee Sylvester Stallone (the “Rocky” films, “The Expendables”), he was awash in praise.

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David Koechner of ‘Anchorman’ isn’t a foul-mouthed racist; he just plays one in the movies

His name is David Koechner, but the movie world knows him as Champ Kind, one of the hilarious misfits who delivers sports news in the “Anchorman” movies

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On the Verge: Gita Pullapilly is living the dream

The Gotham Independent Awards looked like the Oscars this year

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On the Verge: Jacob Latimore

Black Nativity's Jacob Latimore talks about his role in the new blockbuster

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‘Black Nativity’ director talks with AmNews

There are many reasons to embrace the feel-good holiday film “Black Nativity"

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‘Black Nativity’—a gift from Harlem, Langston Hughes and Kasi Lemmons

“Black Nativity,” written and directed by Kasi Lemmons, is based on the rich and timeless work of Langston Hughes

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A day in Harlem with ‘Black Nativity’

Last night, we soaked up the soulful vibes of Harlem as the swinging hamlet welcomed the cast and crew of director Kasi Lemmons’ holiday musical “Black Nativity.”

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A Hollywood Weekend

This year, it seems that the industry has taken a deeper interest in films depicting the past struggles of African-Americans

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Aziz Ansari is ‘Buried Alive’ and loving it

"Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive” will debut on Netflix on Nov. 1

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Save the date, take a date: Holiday movie sneak peeks

New holiday films choices coming your way

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On the Verge: Barkhad Abdi on the seas with Tom Hanks

The film awards season—September through March—is upon us, and I’m confident that “Captain Phillips,” directed by Paul Greengrass and starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks, will receive a heap of nominations and awards—and it will be deserving of all of them.

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‘Gravity’ director Alfonso Cuarón says ‘If you need it, create it’

Some of the tools needed to make the new thriller “Gravity,” written by Alfonso Cuarón and his son, Jonás Cuarón, and starring Academy Award winners Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) and George Clooney (“Syriana”), visually exciting didn’t exist when the team began their journey. Those visual innovations were born from creative necessity, and those brave innovators should stand tall and proud.

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‘Gravity’ dazzles with cinematic wizardry

Conception, birth and the journey called life. Rebirth and the effects of gravity. Why do I exist? That weighty question has been asked by people for ages. Our collective heads tilt toward heaven as we marvel at the canopy of stars and ponder our place in the vast and unknowing universe. That existential question still remains the topic of debates. These simple and immediately gripping topics are brilliantly explored in “Gravity,” written by Alfonso Cuarón and Jonás Cuarón and starring Academy Award winners Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) and George Clooney (“Syriana”).

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