We Spoke to Director Sam Pollard About His PBS Documentary ‘The Talk – Race in America’ Which Premieres Tonight, Feb. 20

Sam Pollard, director and supervising producer, "The Talk – Race in America" (Credit: © LaMont Hamilton Photographic Imaging)

Since our journey began in this country, parents of Black and brown children have had very frank and often chilling conversations with their offspring about encounters and interactions with law enforcement. While many police officers honor their code; others wield… Continue Reading

This 1984 Two-Hour Conversation with Filmmaker Kathleen Collins Will Make You Wonder What Other Great Art She Would’ve Made

"Losing Ground"

There’s no need to tell you that there have always been independent black filmmakers, long before Spike Lee burst upon the scene in the mid-1980’s; too many to mention just a few. But one significant name, who, until recently, had been… Continue Reading

Chatting w/ Orlando Jones & Director Kevin Hooks About BET’s ‘Madiba’ & Uncovering Nelson Mandela (Premieres Tonight)

Still from the miniseries, "Madiba". (Photo: Marcos Cruz)

There have been many films and documentaries about Anti-Apartheid leader and South African President Nelson Mandela’s expansive life. However with BET’s EPIC three-part miniseries, “Madiba,” viewers will finally get a comprehensive and personal story of the man who became a… Continue Reading

Interview: Raoul Peck on His Oscar-Nominated ‘I Am Not Your Negro,’ Encountering James Baldwin & Confronting America (Premieres Feb. 3)

Raoul Peck

In his spellbinding and heartbreaking Academy Award nominated film, “I Am Not Your Negro,” Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck examines the story that James Baldwin never finished writing. “Remember This House” was to be a sweeping narrative exploring the lives, journeys,… Continue Reading

Interview: ‘Imperial Dreams’ Director Malik Vitthal Talks Casting John Boyega, Film’s Dream-Like Style, More (Premieres Feb. 3)

Writer-director Malik Vitthal; IMPERIAL DREAMS

This Friday, February 3rd, Sundance-winning drama “Imperial Dreams” will premiere as a Netflix Original film on the streaming platform worldwide. A pre-“Star Wars” John Boyega gives an impressive performance in the movie as Bambi, a 21-year-old newly released from prison… Continue Reading

Interview: Director Chris Robinson & Cast of BET’s ‘New Edition Story’ Talk Becoming NE, Authenticity & All That Dancing

BET

The iconic musical group that shattered records and broke down doors is finally getting a biopic that has been nearly thirty years in the making. BET‘s “The New Edition Story” follows the legendary R&B group from their 1978 humble beginnings… Continue Reading

August Wilson’s ‘Jitney’ Opens Tonight on Broadway – We Spoke to Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson and His Cast (Including André Holland)

Manhattan Theatre Club

Opening night for August Wilson’s “Jitney” – directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson – is tonight, January 19th, at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in New York City. Set in the late 1970’s in the robust and colorfully textured world… Continue Reading

Director Messay Getahun Talks ‘Lambadina (Night Light)’ As a Different Kind of African Narrative

Lambadina (Night Light) - Directed by Messay Getahun

Feature narratives coming out of Ethiopia are exceedingly rare; stories about love and finding one’s place in the world are even more exceptional. Ethiopian American filmmaker Messay Getahun’s beautifully shot “Lambadina (Night Light)” which chronicles a young man’s journey from… Continue Reading

Interview: Producer Kimberly Brooks Revisits First Class of Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls 10 Years Later In ‘O Girls’

oprah-o-girls

Ten years ago, mogul and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey opened The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG), a school that would provide a once in a lifetime education and opportunities to South Africa’s most impoverished but intelligent girls. Winfrey said… Continue Reading

Interview: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis & Stephen Henderson on Returning to ‘Fences’ (Opens Wide Christmas Day)

Fences

Returning to their roles six years after the Tony Award-winning revival of August Wilson’s “Fences” stunned Broadway; Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, and Stephen Henderson are at long last presenting the sixth play in Wilson “Pittsburg Cycle” to film audiences. The… Continue Reading