August 2001
Week of August 3rd thru August 10th

THE EDITORS NOTE

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TIME FOR SOME ACTION!
The headline might make you think about Redman’s club-classic, but right now I would like for you to really take some action.

by Shelby J. Jones, Editor

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Specials Section

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Special Summer Theatre Review : Blue
With Ja Rule, Lil Zane, and Tyrese currently expanding their talent to the film industry, one has to wonder as to where are the real thespians. Well, look no further than to your local theater where some are working on their skills.

by Wilson Morales

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Articles

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John Singleton and USC Honor their Own
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

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The Sound Garden

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A Q&A With Branford 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

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INTERVIEWS

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Interview with Chris Tucker
In the sequel to the mega hit, Rush Hour, Chris Tucker takes us on a comedic joyride from Vegas to Hong Kong and back again and.... he even does his own stunts!! The funny man tells blackfilm.com what it was like the second time around.

by Niambi Sims

Keenan Wayans
An Interview with Shawn and Marlon Wayans : “Getting the job done by making us laugh, again”
The Wayans family name has become synonymous with comedy and pushing the envelope on what is in “good taste.” As a family the list of memorable accomplishments include “In Living Color,” and “The Wayans Brothers” to name a few.

by Alberlynne “Abby” Harris

Keenan Wayans
An Interview with Keenen Ivory Wayans : “Working around the clock from the Director’s Chair”
Keenen Ivory Wayans is no stranger to Hollywood or the director’s chair. In his latest family venture, Keenen faced new challenges in orchestrating the “fast track” development of the “Scary Movie” sequel.

by Alberlynne “Abby” Harris

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Festivals

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Confessions of an aspiring filmmaker post : 2001 Acapulco Black Film Festival
"LUMUMBA should win an Oscar for something so tell me how it didn't win the award for Best International Film?"

by Brandi Smith

"ONE WEEK" in Acapulco
"In a community where homophobia still plays a major role socially, "One Week" comes direct in it's dealings with an epidemic that is affecting young African-Americans at an alarming rate."

by Neil Hodges

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books for your mind

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Exclusive - "Babies & Fools, The Burning of Superflyville"
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...

Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV

by Michael A. Gonzales

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