Film depicts Black Lives Matter, #MeToo as new feminist wave

Film depicts Black Lives Matter, #MeToo  as new feminist wave

LOS ANGELES — The documentary genre’s power of immediacy is evident in “Not Done: Women Remaking America,” which includes the still-unfolding possibility of the first Black female vice-president and the loss of Breonna Taylor. The film depicts a powerful female-driven advocacy, one represented by Black Lives Matter, #MeToo and other 21st-century movements that have built […]

Oliver Samuels back for Jay Martin’s 50th birthday celebration

Oliver Samuels back for Jay Martin’s 50th birthday celebration

For fans of Jamaican comedian Oliver Samuels who missed his performance last weekend on Jay Martin’s 50th Birthday Celebration and Crowdfunding event, there is another chance to catch the show this weekend. Also appearing on  this “telethon /award type” show are Kardinal Offishall, Russel Peters, Jully Black, Mike “Pinball” Clemons, Melanie Durrant and others, says […]

Tennis champion Naomi Osaka visits Haiti, her father’s homeland

Tennis champion Naomi Osaka visits Haiti, her father’s homeland

Three-time Grand Slam singles  champion Naomi Osaka arrived in Haiti on Monday last for a “surprise and discreet visit.” An official from the Haitian Ministry of Sports said that Osaka, 22, was accompanied by a few members of her family and is expected to visit the famous Citadelle Laferrière, in Milot (North). The winner of […]

Emmy winners highlight push for social justice

Emmy winners highlight push for social justice

Regina King and Uzo Aduba used the come-as-you-are fashion edict for Sunday’s virtual Emmy Awards to highlight the national struggle for social justice. Both Black actresses wore T-shirts featuring Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old EMT from Louisville, Kentucky, who was shot and killed by police in March. King’s T-shirt featured Taylor’s face. “The cops still haven’t […]

‘Akilla’s Escape’ shows cycle of violence hurting Black boys

‘Akilla’s Escape’ shows cycle of violence hurting Black boys

Toronto-raised filmmaker Charles Officer remembers returning to his home city after playing professional hockey in England around age 18 and his mother being upset over his dreadlocks. “The front cover of every newspaper was a Black boy criminalized with dreadlocks and my mother was freaking out,” Officer, now 44, recalled in an interview. “She wanted […]

Caribbean Tales Film festival opens with ‘Trini in me’ theme

Caribbean Tales Film festival opens with ‘Trini in me’ theme

By Stephen Weir The 15th annual Toronto-based CaribbeanTales Film festival opened last night online.  “ In spite of what’s happening in the world right now, we have continued to forge ahead,” said festival founder and moviemaker Frances-Anne Solomon. “ In our new online programming we able to reach an even wider, global audience than the […]

Montreal International Black Film Festival goes online Sept. 23- Oct. 4

Montreal International Black Film Festival goes online  Sept. 23- Oct. 4

By Stephen Weir The  annual Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) will be held  online from September 23 to October 4. For 16 years,  the MIBFF has presented films from all over the world, providing a platform to thousands of Black artists who otherwise would not have been seen or heard. The  MIDFF usually alternates  […]

Toronto film festival brings back Planet Africa program

Toronto film festival  brings back Planet Africa program

The Toronto International Film Festival which runs Sept. 10-19 with a mix of virtual and in-person screenings, is bringing back its Planet Africa program. First created in 1995 by Cameron Bailey, who is now TIFF’s co-head and artistic director, the program ran for 10 years with cinema from Africa and the African diaspora. This year’s […]

Naomie Harris backs new Extinction Rebellion climate change film

Naomie Harris backs new Extinction Rebellion  climate change film

LONDON – British actress Naomie Harris and musician Brian Eno have teamed up to produce a short film backing calls for urgent action to slow climate change, in support of civil disobedience campaign Extinction Rebellion. Harris, who plays Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond movies “Skyfall,” “Spectre” and the forthcoming “No Time To Die”, provides […]

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