Tag: black filmmakers

Hey, Wig! The Photograph Trailer Debuts—and We Can’t Take Our Eyes off of Issa Rae’s Hair

Screenshot: Universal Pictures (YouTube) Ahh, black love…that deep, dark and magical force the luckiest among us experience, but which is too rarely shown on film. No wonder that we’re eagerly anticipating The Photograph, the romantic drama starring Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield, dropping into our hearts on—you guessed it—Valentine’s Day, 2020. Advertisement Will it take […]

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Jordan Peele Inks 5-Year Moviemaking Deal With Universal Pictures

Jordan Peele attends an event in Universal City, Calif., Sept. 12, 2019.Photo: Rich Polk (Getty Images for Universal Studios Hollywood) Moviemaker Jordan Peele is obviously a hitmaker, with his blockbuster debut, Get Out, and his follow-up hit, Us. But with a new five-year production deal he’s inked with Universal Pictures, Peele is set to be a king […]

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The Root’s Guide to the 10 Blackest Experiences of the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival

Dolemite Is My NamePhoto: Courtesy of TIFF Are you runnin’ through The Six with your cinematic woes? Well, you’re in luck, because it’s time for the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)! Much like myself—who will be reviewing films from the fest this year for The Root—a bunch of Americans will be descending upon America’s […]

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23 Years and Counting: 2019 Urbanworld Film Festival to Screen Harriet, Just Mercy and More

Harriet ; Just Mercy Photo: Courtesy of Urbanworld Film Festival The magic number is 23 for one of the biggest festivals highlighting creators of color! That’s right, the 23rd Annual Urbanworld Film Festival is back and has announced its 78 official selections and 7 spotlight selections, along with its founding partner, HBO. (Editor’s Note: The […]

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Robert Townsend Talks Cooley High, Carmen: A Hip Hopera and Paying It Forward to Young Filmmakers

(L-R): Anthony Rose and Robert Townsend at Gentleman Jack Real to Reel in Los Angeles.Photo: Courtesy of Gentleman Jack Real to Reel Hollywood Shuffle, The Meteor Man, The Five Heartbeats, B*A*P*S, The Parent ‘Hood, Jackie’s Back!, Holiday Heart and beyond—you know a Robert Townsend project when you see it. A tenacious and prolific writer, director, […]

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Lena Waithe Calls Out Will Smith, Denzel Washington for Not Funding More Black Films

As Lena Waithe’s star continues to rise, she’s taken her responsibility as a black filmmaker seriously. Not only does she make it a point to create opportunities for other deserving black creatives, but she holds other Hollywood veterans in positions of power accountable to do the same. Despite our unquestionable talent, financing is one of […]

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‘None of My Favorite Artists Are Humble’: Issa Rae Refused to Play Insecure at the 2019 Women in Film Awards

Issa Rae at the 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala presented by Max Mara with additional support from partners Delta Air Lines and Lexus Photo: Amy Sussman (Getty Images for Women In Film) “As women, we tend to downplay ourselves, to dim our light, and we’re kind of conditioned, socially, to be humble….I grew up […]

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Sony Honors John Singleton by Renaming One of the Biggest Theaters on Its Movie Lot After the Filmmaker

John Singleton in 2017Photo: Rich Fury (Getty) Sony Pictures on Friday honored John Singleton by renaming one of the biggest theaters on its Hollywood movie lot for the filmmaker, who made his first feature film, the iconic Boyz n the Hood, with Sony and Columbia Pictures. The Backstage Theater located on Sony and Columbia Pictures’ […]

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Steve McQueen, on the Blackest Soundtrack of America and Music’s Impact on His Filmmaking

Director Steve McQueen attends the 3rd AACTA International Awards on January 10, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. Photo: Mike Windle (Getty Images for AACTA) It’s African American Music Appreciation Month and filmmaker extraordinaire Steve McQueen certainly has an appreciation for music. In fact, he proved it by directing an entire Soundtrack of America. Presented by […]

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AAFCA and Revolt TV Partner For New Culture Series, Short and Fresh; Announce Call For ‘Hip-Hop Identity’ Films from Young Creatives

Short and Fresh: Dope Short Films, Presented by AAFCA and REVOLT TVGraphic: Courtesy of AAFCA & REVOLT TV There’s always room for fresh voices and the African American Film Critics Association and Revolt TV seem to agree. The leading black film critic organization and broadcast network have partnered up with new series, Short and Fresh. […]

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