Robert Johnson’s RLJ Entertainment Announces SVOD Channels (UMC & Acorn) More Than Double Subscribers in 2016

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BET founder and former CEO Robert Johnson’s RLJ Entertainment Inc. today announced that its proprietary digital channels, the SVOD services Urban Movie Channel (UMC) and Acorn TV, realized subscriber growth that exceeded 2016 year-end expectations. Acorn TV is the premier… Continue Reading

Watch All the Informative Panels from the Schomburg Center’s 5th Annual Black Comic Book Festival

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Over the weekend, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City held the 5th installment of its annual Black Comic Book Festival, which was expanded to 2 full days this year, an indication that it’s growing.… Continue Reading

Barry Jenkins, Issa Rae and More to Participate In 16th Annual Film Independent Directors Close-Up

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Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the LA Film Festival and Film Independent at LACMA, announced the guest speakers and program today for the 16th annual Film Independent Directors Close-Up series, taking place… Continue Reading

Award-Winning Author Marlon James’ “African Game of Thrones’ Will Be a Trilogy – Title, Story Details & Release Date Revealed

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If you’re not already familiar with Jamaican author Marlon James, now is the time to become familiar, as he’s had a great last couple of years! Most notably, his latest novel (also his 3rd), “A Brief History of Seven Killings,”… Continue Reading

250 Young Filmmakers from 71 Countries Selected for Berlinale Talents Program + ARRI Becomes New Co-Partner

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Berlinale Talents welcomes 250 emerging professionals from 71 countries to its 15th edition. Exploring the theme “Courage: Against All Odds”, the Talents will participate in a six-day program featuring over 100 events, with many open to the public. Berlinale Talents… Continue Reading

Is This the ‘Star Wars’ Film You Were Looking For? Watch Fan-Made ‘Star Wars: Exile – Episode 1’ w/ Jamaican Leads

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Independent filmmakers and Georgia State University alumni Noel Braham and Pokey Spears, devoted “Star Wars” fans, directed and produced the below fan-made film, “Star Wars: Exile – Episode 1.” An entirely fan-made story set within the “Star Wars” universe, here’s the official synopsis:… Continue Reading