Category Archives: Film

Media Questions Of The Week

Is Spelman going against its creed because of its new policy that will allow transgender women to attend?

Will Tisha Campbell participate in VH1’s Hip-Honors tribute to Martin Lawrence for his TV show Martin?

 

Why didn’t the editors at British Airways’ High Life magazine know that Lupita Nyong’o is not from Wakanda because it is a fictional African country from the upcoming Black Panther movie she has a role in?

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Grace Jones: Bloodlight And Bami Trailer

Sophie Fienne’s Bloodlight And Bami documentary about Grace Jones has a trailer. Scenes of Jones in various stage outfits flash by as you hear her describing her journey and outtakes of her conversations with other people. Jamaican producers Sly and Robbie appear in the film as well as Jones’ longtime collaborator and father of her son Jean-Paul Goude. Grace Jones: Bloodlight And Bami will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7th 9:30 PM at the Elgin Theatre.

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Prince’s Sign O’ The Times Concert Film To Air On Showtime

Prince’s 1987 concert film Sign O’ The Times will air on Showtime September 16th. The movie was the companion piece to his double album of the same name and is one of the most vividly filmed concerts. Sign O’ The Times was critically acclaimed when it was originally released in movie theaters. The concert was filmed at Paisley Park and footage was also used from his tours in Belgium and the Netherlands. It will be the first time in more than a decade that it will be seen on television. Fans are still waiting for the film to be reissued because it went out of print in 1991 and never had an official DVD release.

 

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Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me Trailer

This is the first trailer for the documentary Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me.  Davis was a child prodigy who became famous in Las Vegas after having a hit record, starring on Broadway having his own TV show and being in the Rat Pack film Ocean’s 11. He fought racism his entire career and was a supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. Davis was friends with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and he participated in the March On Washington. Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me is the first documentary about his life and there are interviews with Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Quincy Jones and Kim Novak. The film will debut next month at the Toronto Film Festival.

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Grace Jones: Bloodlight And Bami Trailer

Sophie Fiennes’ Bloodlight And Bami documentary about Grace Jones has a trailer. Jones is putting on her makeup in the clip and explains to the camera that she is “going tribal” for her look. “Bloodlight” means red light of the recording studio in patois and “bami” means bread. Fiennes shot the documentary over the course of 10 years and it promises to be an “unconventional” look at Jones. There is unseen footage of Jones performing “Pull Up To The Bumper” and other songs from her catalog. Bloodlight And Bami will debut in the UK on October 25th but there is no opening date yet for the United States.

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