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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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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

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