Great Debaters  Top Film of 2007

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    Mr. Cheadle’s work in 2007, from Reign Over Me to Ocean’s Thirteen, continually challenges

and entertains us. But it was his portrayal of Ralph ‘Petey’ Greene in Talk To Me that cinched

the honor this year,” notes AAFCA President Gil Robertson, IV.



 The African American Film Critics Association

Selects The Great Debaters as Top Film of 2007

By Kam Williams


Charles Burnett Recognized With Special Achievement Honors

Los Angeles, CA (December 17, 2007) – The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) has named The Great Debaters as Best Picture of 2007. Directed by Denzel Washington, The Weinstein Company release from Harpo Productions captured a majority vote by the organization comprised of African-American media professionals from across the nation. Don Cheadle was selected as Best Actor 2007 for Talk To Me, with Marion Cotillard earning recognition as Best Actress 2007 for La Vie En Rose.

“Mr. Cheadle’s work in 2007, from Reign Over Me to Ocean’s Thirteen, continually challenges and entertains us. But it was his portrayal of Ralph ‘Petey’ Greene in Talk To Me that cinched the honor this year,” notes AAFCA President Gil Robertson, IV. “And, although our organization gives specific consideration to work by artists of African descent, Ms. Cotillard’s astonishing portrayal of Edith Piaf is a standout performance worthy of recognition.”

AAFCA honored Ruby Dee and Chiwetel Ejiofor of American Gangster as Best Supporting

Actress and Actor of 2007. Filmmaker Kasi Lemmons was named Best Director 2007 for Talk To Me. Charles Burnett is recognized with the AAFCA Special Achievement Honor 2007, a year which saw the release of his seminal classic Killer of Sheep more than 30 years after its making. 

Films in the AAFCA Top Ten include Gone Baby Gone, No Country for Old Men and Michael Clayton. “2007 embodied a year of powerful, personal filmmaking by high-profile directors who stepped up their game to create what we believe are future classics,” says AAFCA Vice President, Wilson Morales, editor of

The African-American Film Critics Association’s

Top Ten Films of 2007

1. Great Debaters

2. American Gangster

3. Talk To Me

4. Gone Baby Gone

5. No Country for Old Men

6. Michael Clayton

7. Juno

8. Sweeney Todd

9. Things We Lost in The Fire

10. There Will Be Blood

About  AAFCA

Founded in 2003, The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) honors excellence in cinema by creating awareness for films with universal appeal to black communities, while emphasizing film about the black experience and those produced, written, directed and starring performers of African descent. The association actively reviews the quality and standard of black talent, content and media coverage. AAFCA also supports the development of future black film critics and filmmakers. The organization is based in Los Angeles.

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2007 NYFCO Movie Awards

By Kam Williams

There Will Be Blood Dominates NYFCO Annual Awards    

The New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO) announced its movie awards for 2007, considered an early indicator of Oscar potential, at its annual luncheon at  O’Neals’ Restaurant in Manhattan on Sunday, December 9th.  There Will Be Blood emerged as the day’s big winner, netting five awards overall, including Best Picture, which it shared with “The Divine Bell and the Butterfly.”

Daniel Day-Lewis was named Best Actor for his role as a voraciously greedy oil tycoon in There Will Be Blood while Julie Christie received Best Actress honors as an aging, married woman slowly losing her battle with Alzheimer’s in “Away From Her.” 

The honor for Best Director went to Paul Thomas Anderson, also for There Will Be Blood and the organization picked Michael Moore’s Sicko, a scathing indictment of America’s health care system, in the Best Documentary category. The Lives of Others and Persepolis tied as the Best Foreign Picture.

NYFCO is a New York-based group whose membership is composed of 24 web-based reviewers and 3 print critics with a strong online presence, including the author of this article.The Complete List:

BEST PICTUREThe Diving Bell and the Butterfly (tie) There Will Be Blood (tie)BEST DIRECTOR Paul Thomas Anderson – There Will Be BloodBEST ACTOR Daniel Day-Lewis – There Will Be BloodBEST ACTRESS Julie Christie – Away From HerBEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Javier Bardem – No Country for Old Men BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Cate Blanchett – I’m Not ThereBEST CINEMATOGRAPHY There Will Be Blood – Robert Elswit BEST SCREENPLAY The Darjeeling Limited – Wes Anderson, Jason Schwartzman, Roman CoppolaBEST FOREIGN PICTURE The Lives of Others (tie)Persepolis (tie)BEST DOCUMENTARY SickoBEST ANIMATED FEATURE PersepolisBEST MUSIC/SCORE There Will Be Blood – Jonny GreenwoodBEST BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE Ellen Page – JunoBEST DEBUT AS DIRECTOR Sarah Polley – Away From HerBEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE Before the Devil Knows You’re DeadBEST PICTURES (alphabetical)

Atonement (Focus Features) Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (THINKFilm) The Darjeeling Limited (Fox Searchlight)The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Miramax)I’m Not There (The Weinstein Company) Juno (Fox Searchlight) Michael Clayton (Warner Bros.) No Country for Old Men (Miramax) Persepolis (Sony Pictures Classics)Sweeney Todd (DreamWorks) There Will Be Blood (Paramount Vantage)

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Greenback Planet: How the Dollar Conquered

the World and Threatened Civilization as We Know It

By H. W. Brands

In Greenback Planet, acclaimed historian H. W. Brands charts the dollar’s astonishing rise to become the world’s principal currency. Telling the story with the verve of a novelist, he recounts key episodes in U.S. monetary history, from the Civil War debate over fiat money (greenbacks) to the recent worldwide financial crisis. Brands explores the dollar’s changing relations to gold and silver and to other currencies and cogently explains how America’s economic might made the dollar the fundamental standard of value in world finance. He vividly describes the 1869 Black Friday attempt to corner the gold market, banker J. P. Morgan’s bailout of the U.S. treasury, the creation of the Federal Reserve, and President Franklin Roosevelt’s handling of the bank panic of 1933. Brands shows how lessons learned (and not learned) in the Great Depression have influenced subsequent U.S. monetary policy, and how the dollar’s dominance helped transform economies in countries ranging from Germany and Japan after World War II to Russia and China today. He concludes with a sobering dissection of the 2008 world financial debacle, which exposed the power–and the enormous risks–of the dollar’s worldwide reign.  The Economy

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Sex at the Margins

Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry

By Laura María Agustín

This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label ‘trafficked’ does not accurately describe migrants’ lives and that the ‘rescue industry’ serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry, and although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice. “Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality.”—Lisa Adkins, University of London


The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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