May 2001
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May 4th thru May 10th


The winter moon was a yellow stain across the sky, softly illuminating the countless storefronts lining the sidewalk. Coming outta The Oasis after going to pick-up some loot from mommy, I could still hear Red Jackson talking in his bellowing Little Caesar/James Cagney voice, stirring stardust echoes in my head...
by Michael A. Gonzales

Being British - New 5/17 !
I've decided I want to become British. And, for me, the final straw was TOM GREEN.
by Scott Southard (Los Angeles)

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Brewmeister Heineken is spending an estimated $10 Million...

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"When I read the script I was really caught up in the emotion of the storytelling. And that’s what this movie is about. " ...
Interviewed by Habiba

CARL BRASHEAR has the kind of story that lends itself to legend.
Interviewed by Sekou

In the film industry, the road to success isn't so easy.
Interviewed by Wilson Morales (NY)

Interviewed by Wilson Morales (New York)

"I was never booed at the Apollo, but I've been booed before. I was booed at a club called IBEX in D.C. Booing is not that bad, it is the silence that bothers you. At least booing is a reaction. You've got to treat the crowd like you treat your women. Women don't mind when you argue, they hate it when you don't argue."
Interviewed by Wilson Morales (New York)

Regina King "I'm co-producing a movie, a coming of age piece called MY TRIBE IS LOST and although I was trying to stay away from playing a mother again, this role spoke to me."
Interviewed by Wilson Morales (New York)

If you have seen his work in LOVING JEZEBEL, HE GOT GAME or THE NEPHEW, then you know Hill is thorough at his craft. For those of you that have not seen him perform, don't miss him in THE VISIT from Urbanworld Films.
Interviewed by Shelby Jones (Washington D.C.)

Did you know Kasi Lemmons, the writer/director of EVE's BAYOU and the director of CAVEMAN's VALENTINE, started out as an actress? She's lensed 18 flicks and 5 TV guest spots that have ranged all over the creative spectrum. She got her big break as a director by convincing Samuel Jackson to attach his name to EVE's BAYOU. If it hadn't been for his involvement the movie never would have been made.

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[All Features]

Filmmaker John Singleton addresses fellow USC alumni and guests Critically-acclaimed filmmaker John Singleton, writer / director / producer of the much anticipated summer film, “Baby Boy” took time from his demanding soundtrack production schedule to toast student scholars and awardees as Honorary Chairman of the 23rd Annual USC Black Alumni Association (BAA) Scholarship Gala 2001...

 By Roslyn J. Bradford (Los Angeles)

The Acapulco Black Film Festival is a celebration of the cinematic work of Black filmmakers and artists. The ABFF offers a competitive showcase of independent Black cinema from around the world....

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Angel Eyes - New 5/17 !
In the last few years, there have been a few actors who have multi-talented skills such as Will Smith and Jennifer Lopez. Both have appeared on TV shows and both are singers. Their fan base stretches farther than the film community. Lopez has a new movie called “Angel Eyes,” which is being marketed in the wrong direction and may leave her fans disappointed.
by Wilson Morales (New York)

Time and Tide - New 5/11 !
With "Time and Tide", Tsui Hark has returned to the roots that made him the "Sam Peckingpah of Hollywood".
by Wilson Morales (New York)

It’s “Charlie’s Angels” – with a sci-fi twist! What if there were four “Angels” instead of three – give ‘em sketchy back stories, complex motivations, and a dash of cyberpunk.
By Daos Boonma (Los Angeles)

Now comes a newly formed company aimed at distributing so called "risky" films - Urbanworld Films. They want to show films that have a sense of realism. Its first feature is "The Visit" and it deserves to be seen for its story is powerful and cast is wonderfully played out to perfection.

Gary Hardwick's feature film is a joyous and entertaining.
By Wilson Morales (New York)

In her second feature, THE CAVEMANS VALENTINE, she proves that her first effort was no fluke, but falls short of emulating the same success.
By Wilson Morales (New York)

"For anyone who has ever sacrificed to chase a distant dream, "Sparkle" will speak to your heart. Brilliantly acted, this film has endured the test of time to remain a favorite of many."
By Nasser Metcalfe (New York)

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"Film Duds" is a testament to my love of film and fashion. This column is meant to be humorous commentary on the ever-changing and frequently wild relationship between clothes and movies, celebrities and designers. Fashion and film are intrinsically intertwined. You'll see.
by Kellye Whitney (Chicago)

This NEW FEATURE @ will deliver news and information about Latino films, actors, directors, stage plays and more. . We would like to thank Elaine Del Valle for contributing the first article to a section that we hope will grow with us. Thanks Elaine. DA SPANISH MOB Adds Latino Flava To A New York City Stage
by Elaine Del Valle (New York)

"One of those golden childhood memories is truly being destroyed by Hollywood. The implication of it can't help but boggle the mind."
by Scott Southard

Brandorf Marsalis Branford Marsalis is playing the Sax - Listen up. "My first performance was at a club called the Horse in New Orleans in 1974. We had an R&B band called The Creators. We played on a Monday night for the door, and made 75 cents each. We used it to catch the bus home."
by Shelby J. Jones (Washington D.C.)


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