October 2001
Week of Oct 26th thru Nov 2nd


The screening of "Cold Feet" in New York City was simply excellent. Our Presenting Sponsor, Martell Cognac provided our guests with fabulous cosmos and popped a few bottles of Cordon Bleu as Martell's Keith Harvey orchestrated a toast to Brian Evans in celebration of his work. DJ Fink kept the sounds bouncing without tearing down the walls as people had a great time seeing old friends and meeting new ones. The evening's greatest joy was that so many of our guests informed us that it was their first time going out since the attacks on Gotham. We felt honored that you chose to spend time with us. The family aspect of blackfilm.com means a lot to us. Thanks New York for showing us that you are a part of our family. If you haven't been to one of our events, brush up on your film trivia and bring your business cards, but don't forget to bring your spirit and check your problems at the door. Once inside, we'll take care of you. We promise.

And thanks a million to our left coast family as well. We could feel the vibe in the east!

Stay tuned to blackfilm.com…there is more to come.

Till next week,

The blackfilm.com crew

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Editor's Note

Latest Editorial Addition:
Les Pine
It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Les Pine, who died last month after a long and valiant battle with cancer.

by Shelby J. Jones, Editor

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Latest Features Additions:
The 2001 season has offered filmgoers a great opportunity to see many African-American stars flourish and 2002 will offer even more. During this year, we have observed many fine performances and we think it will be hard to disagree with the people we have chosen for this list.

Intro by Shelby J. Jones

In a way, it's Haile Gerima's fault. I went and saw the acclaimed writer/director of the film, “Sankofa” about six years ago and it changed my life. He was giving a lecture and an impromptu debate started about Black art and it's responsibility to the public.

Intro by Shelby J. Jones

A lot Can Happen In “One Week”
When I was asked to take part in the review of new feature film “One Week”, I was down partly because the creators hail from my hometown of Chicago. That also meant I was even more critical.

Interviewed by Kellye Whitney

Let’s Get Ready To Rumble : An Interview with Erika Conner of Naa’Ila Entertainment
In this interview, Erika Conner takes us on a journey through her early industry experiences and the fortuitive circumstances that have blessed her to date.

Interviewed by Midas

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Latest Review Additions:
Training Day
America, Bush, Oprah, Clinton, Bin Laden, Springer, Judge Mathis, Jordan, Gates, Greenspan, and Eminen - what else does America have to endure?

Reviewed by Lee "Kansas" Moore

What would you do if honesty might kill you?
What she tells him is every man or woman’s worst nightmare: he may have been exposed to the AIDS virus and must get tested. The results won’t be in for one week - the day of his wedding.

Reviewed by Kellye Whitney

Training Day Is In Session
Denzel Washington. What does that name mean to you? To me it means a man that has defined the fine art of film & stage acting for more than a decade. It is also no secret amongst my friends that I am still peeved that he didn’t win an Oscar for his gut- wrenching performance in “Hurricane.”

Reviewed by Shelby J. Jones

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