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Kola Boof Dismissed as Star of Film

   

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 Spanish investors confirmed that they cannot get insurance for Kola Boof

 

 

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Books by Kola Boof  

 

Nile River Woman (Poems, Feb. 10, 2004)  / Long Train to the Redeeming Sin-Stories About African Women (April 6, 2004)

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Kam Black Film List

   

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 2005 has certainly turned out to be a breakout year for Terrence Howard. The versatile

thespian received rave reviews for his powerful performances in a half-dozen feature

 films, most notably, Crash, Hustle & Flow, Animal and Four Brothers.

 

 

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Blacktrospective 2005

 

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In Class with Hancock A Film Review

   

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Films like Hancock are rated PG with the expectation that parents would guide their

children in reading the codes in the movies but not all parents have the time, skill or interest

 to do so adequately. As a result, schools may have to fill this void

 

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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 Read the rest

Four Sophisticated Film Reviews

   

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Perhaps the movie’s most glaring omission involves the absence of any

African-American soldiers. No blacks were featured in any of the early war films from

the Forties and Fifties, and none were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor

 

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Four Sophisticated Film Reviews

By Kam Williams

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Focus on African Films

   

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The Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene, regarded as one of the pioneers

of African cinema, died this weekend at his home in Dakar at the age of 84,

his friends and family said Sunday. He had been ill since December.

 

 

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Films by Ousmane Sembene

 

Mandabi  / Xala

 

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Film Reviews of The Help

   

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Surely both taste and perspective will inform whether viewers will find The Help a revelatory celebration of interracial healing and transcendence, or a patronizing portrait that trivializes those alliances by reducing them to melodrama and facile uplift. (By way of comparison, the 2008 drama The Secret Life of BeesRead the rest

Filmmaker Molefi K. Asante, Jr.

   

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Asante’s poetry books are Beautiful. And Ugly Too and

Like Water Running Off My Back, an Academy of

American Poets Jean Corrie Prize winner. Asante directed

and produced The Black Candle, a film narrated by Maya Angelou.

 

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Film Review of American Violet

   

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 this brilliant bio-pic effectively illustrates the likely fallout visited upon a law-abiding but unsophisticated

person like Dee up against an impersonal legal justice system unconcerned with the truth. For when she is

falsely accused of distributing narcotics and held on $70,000 bail, the ripple effect of the ensuing nightmare … Read the rest

Dreamgirls Top Film of 2006

   

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Dreamgirls captured additional AAFCA honors, including Eddie Murphy as Best Supporting Actor, Jennifer Hudson

as Best Supporting Actress and Bill Condon as Best Director.

 

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African American Film Critics Association Dubs

 Dreamgirls Top Film of 2006

By Kam Williams

 

The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) has dubbed Dreamgirls as … Read the rest