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Film Society of Lincoln Center announces The Non-Actor Nov. 23 through Dec. 10

What is a non-actor? It’s a question that’s being asked and answered by The Film Society of Lincoln Center in their brand-new series, beginning Nov. 24.

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Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat’

New York City is my home and has been since the 80s.

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Tommy Davidson brings families together in ABC’s ‘Vacation Creation’

My Google calendar gave me an alert that my presence was expected at the Viceroy Hotel. I was scheduled to interview iconic comedic actor Tommy Davidson—of “In Living Color” fame—about season two of his new show, ABC’s “Vacation Creation,” which premieres Sept. 30.

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Film celebrates superhero Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall said it elegantly and honestly when he said that “sometimes history takes things into its own hands.” The more brutal assessment is that history is told by the victors, not the victims, so the truth is rarely part of what really happened, and therefore history is flimsy and, mostly, false.

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‘Leap!’ into the mind of a tiny dancer with heart

Dreams of being a famous ballet dancer dressed in bright pink tutus and a life filled with dazzling pirouettes, all viewed under the spotlights is what makes this sweet new animated story “Leap!” such a charming cinematic family viewing experience.

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Tabay Atkins: The youngest certified yoga instructor in America

Tabay Atkins is the youngest certified yoga teacher in America and he’s been practicing yoga since he was just 6 years old.

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First look: ‘Detroit’ from the Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow

Aug. 4, the nation will get another major wake-up call about our lack of civil rights in American in the form of the new movie “Detroit,” directed by Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, who is best known for her visceral and hard-hitting work in “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”

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‘The Defiant Ones’ documentary airs on HBO July 9

Allen Hughes has made a lasting imprint in the documentary world with HBO’s “The Defiant Ones.”

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Silly summer fun with ‘Despicable Me 3’

I’m confident that the minions would gleefully follow Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy and Chris Renaud anywhere this dazzlingly creative group would go!

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‘Wonder Woman’ is bulletproof

The Amazonian lives! All hail our female warrior, our super-heroine, “Wonder Woman.”

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Writing On It All offers free fun on Governors Island

If you want to leave your mark, it’s time to write on the wall. Writing On It All is a participatory writing project open to all interested members of the public.

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“Alien: Covenant” doesn’t disappoint

Terror is back, the alien type of terror. Do you remember the terrifying image of a larva alien exploding out of a bloody human body—ravenous—and moving like a bullet in search of a new host?

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Javier Bardem bent on revenge in ‘Pirates’

There are some actors who could—literally—read anything and make it exciting.

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‘Guardians 2’ serves up more of the same—fun, laughs and plenty of action

In Hollywood, big-budget, sci-fi films that have the universal “geek” stamp of approval—i.e., Marvel—don’t require a strong script.

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Academy focuses spotlight on music and sound

There is a notion that all the work that’s done by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is aimed at producing the speculator Oscar celebration, but there is much, much more to know about the Academy than just the pursuit of the famed gold man, Oscar.

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Treat Mom to free theater at the Public

Treat your mother—hey, your whole family—to a free performance of the Mobile Unit’s “Twelfth Night,” directed by Saheem Ali at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater.

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‘The Get Down’ is still getting down

Brother Nelson George has a wide-open smile that, at first glance, gives the appearance that you are staring into the eyes of a gentleman who’s been slumbering away.

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J.D. Dillard’s ‘Sleight’ opens April 28

“Sleight,” J.D. Dillard’s strong directorial debut, a film that he co-wrote with Alex Theurer stars up and coming actor, Jacob Latimore, Dulé Hill and ingenue Seychelle Gabriel.

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Leguizamo’s ‘Latin History for Morons’ now at Public Theater

Four stars has become the industry standard for excellence, but like John Leguizamo—the inventive one-man unstoppable force of entertaining truths—I break those stupid rules and I offer the canopy of the stars above to rate his most recent one-man show, “Latin History for Morons.”

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‘Ghost in the Shell’ re-boot makes casting misstep

The film based on Masamune Shirow’s cult manga series of the same name, “Ghost in the Shell,” has taken big hits for the casting of white woman Scarlett Johansson instead of casting a Japanese woman in the lead role.

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‘Underground’ director Salli Richardson-Whitfield

While acting in one of Ava DuVernay’s first films the striking actress, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, got the first clue that working behind the camera might be in her future.

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Misha Green, ‘Underground’ co-creator and executive producer, is woke

Misha Green is co-creator of WGN’s hit series “Underground,” which she also executive produces along with co-series creator, Joe Pokaski, and executive producer and Academy Award-winner John Legend.

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Logan’s days of future past

Williams: He first appeared in 1974 in “The Incredible Hulk #180,” but I first saw him in “Uncanny X-Men #116” where he popped out razor sharp claws from his fist, (probably) killed someone, reasoned with a sabertooth tiger and tracked teammates by their scents.

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Viola Davis: A winner, period

Viola Davis is a winner, and that has nothing to do with her awards or critical accolades.

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Mahershala Ali: A man of peace and gratitude

Mahershala Ali has a regal aura. It’s in the way he walks, stands, listens and speaks.

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‘Lion’ leaps with six Oscar noms

The New York Amsterdam News has been invited to cover the 89th Oscars, marking our fourth consecutive year.

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‘A United Kingdom’—a true-life romance

For film producer and lead actor David Oyelowo, his six-year passion to bring the powerful true story of African King Seretse Khama to the U.S. has finally materialized with “A United Kingdom.”

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Daniel Beaty writes and stars in ‘Chapter & Verse’

“Chapter & Verse” is the first film by veteran Hollywood producer Cheryl Hill—co-owner of the new production company, Harlem Film Company—directed by Jamal Joseph, written by Daniel Beaty and Jamal Joseph, and starring Daniel Beaty, Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine and Selenis Leyva.

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First annual Black Web Fest to debut at National Black Theatre

The bigger the digital world becomes, the more the demand for content will continue to grow.

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Oscars: A word from the nominees

Cheryl Boone Isaacs and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are people of their word, as witnessed by the 2017 Oscar nominee announcements.

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89th Oscars: A very colorful year

The nominations for the 89th Oscars have been announced, with three out of five actresses nominated under Best Supporting role being African-American—Viola Davis in “Fences,” Naomie Harris in “Moonlight” and Octavia Spencer in "Hidden Figures”—in competition with Nicole Kidman in “Lion,” and Michelle Williams in “Manchester by the Sea.”

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An evening of music, dance, spoken word inspired by Dr. King

In these trying times, the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have never been more vital to our collective sanity.

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‘Hidden Figures’ opens Christmas Day

“Hidden Figures” is based on the lives of mathematicians, Katherine Goble-Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae). Hollywood could not make it up—nor would Hollywood make it up.

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Denzel: ‘Be the best you, that you can be’

As the award-season moves swiftly to the Jan. 24 Oscar nominations, the pre-awareness screenings for “Fences,” which stars director and producer, Academy Award winner Denzel Washington, has picked up a powerful momentum. Make no mistake. Acquiring a nomination and winning an Oscar are like campaigning for political office.

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Ailey’s Judith Jamison to teach exclusive dance workshop

For many New Yorkers, the holiday tradition includes watching an electrifying performance by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

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‘Fences’ open Christmas Day

The buzz about the 89th Academy Awards nominations is swirling strong around actor/producer/director Denzel Washington’s theatrical version of August Wilson’s award-winning play “Fences.”

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‘Fences’ opens Christmas Day

The buzz about the 89th Academy Awards nominations is swirling strong around actor/producer/director Denzel Washington’s theatrical version of August Wilson’s award-winning play “Fences.”

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Do the right thing, ‘Party People’

“Do the right thing, for the right reason regardless of the consequences,” is the message that I heard while watching “Party People” at the Public Theater.

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‘Fantastic Beasts’—better than ‘Harry Potter’

J.K. Rowling’s prequel, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” is better than her “Harry Potter” series, which took the single mother, who was living on government assistant programs, into the realm of the very wealthy and beloved.

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‘Moana’—Disney’s new Pacific Islander princess

Polynesian princess Moana will quickly become as popular as Cinderella as the revival of Disney begins to reflect the global communities. The film is as exciting as “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin,” which are also directed by Ron Clements and John Musker.

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‘Loving’ delivers knockout performances

“Loving,” directed and written by Jeff Nichols, has managed to deliver a film that finds the center of the human story, laying out the gross injustice without provoking frustration and utter rage.

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Ruth Negga—A ‘Loving’ Oscar hopeful

Ruth Negga’s eyes stop you cold. They are large, deep and expressive, combining her delicately etched beauty and connecting it to a voice that’s melodic and measured.

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‘Moonlight’—Beautiful and heartbreaking

“Moonlight” is based on the story “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue,” by MacArthur genius grant recipient, playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney.

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‘The Birth of a Nation’ hits theaters

Veteran cinematographer Elliot Davis should be nominated and win several awards this season for his stunning visuals in Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation.”

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‘Queen of Katwe’—An African queen arrives in theaters

“Queen of Katwe,” is directed by Mira Nair and based on Tim Crothers’ book.

Nicholas Brothers take flight at the Film Forum

“The Nicholas Brothers defied gravity, they hung in the air and stayed there for a long time. I saw this with my own eyes.”

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20th annual Urbanworld Film Festival runs Sept. 21-25

The 20th annual Urbanworld Film Festival (www.urbanworld.org), presented by Revolt with founding sponsor HBO, is one of the largest competitive film festivals and is designed to advance the presence and impact of diverse content creators.

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New music series at Grill On The Hill

The Grill On The Hill, located at 1624 Amsterdam Ave. (646-838-8879), is a lot like “Cheers” but with African-Americans, Latinos and a vibrant rainbow tribe.

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‘Nine Lives’—Not cute even with kittens

“Nine Lives,” the animated comedy starring Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner and Christopher Walken, did the impossible. This jumble of a film made cats not cute.

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Harry Lennix of the ‘Blacklist’ keeping it busy

The first thing that hits you about Harry Lennix is the booming sound of his voice. It’s deep and comforting and sounds like God but not the “fire, hail, brimstone, hell bound” version of God.

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