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Chadwick Boseman To Play African Samurai ‘Yasuke’ In Deal With Picturestart, De Luca Productions, Solipsist & X●ception Content | Deadline

Mike Fleming, Deadline : Fresh from playing the African warrior king Black Panther in Avengers: Endgame, Chadwick Boseman has officially aligned himself to play Yasuke, the first African samurai to swing a sword in Japan. Erik Feig’s Picturestart has teamed with Mike De Luca and his De Luca Productions banner, Stephen L’Heureux and his Solipsist banner, and Boseman and Logan Coles’ X●ception Content to produce the film adaptation of the story of Yasuke, who served under Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga in 16th century Japan. Yasuke was a native of Portuguese Mozambique who was brought to Japan as a slave to […]

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Mati Diop on being the first black female director in Cannes | The Washington Post

Jake Coyle | AP, The Washington Post Ms. Rivers founded the Black Bourbon Society in 2017. It now has more than 4,700 members.CreditAaron Borton for The New York Times. Featured Image , France — Mati Diop was initially disappointed when she, by reading a news article, discovered that she was the first black female filmmaker in the Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious competition in its 72-year history. “I hadn’t realized myself. I didn’t know,” the 36-year-old French-Senegalese filmmaker said in an interview. “My first reaction is that I found it quite sad. I thought, ‘Oh, is it?’ So there’s still a long way […]

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Obamas to Produce Slate of Films for Netflix | The Washington Informer

WI Web Staff, The Washington Informer Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle arrive at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago, Illinois in 2017. (Jim Young/AFP/Getty Images), Featured Image President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions is producing for release on Netflix a feature film adaptation of author and Pulitzer Prize winner David W. Blight’s “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.” Douglass, who died in 1895, escaped slavery and became a leading abolitionist, formative writer, stirring orator, statesman and photography theorist. “We created Higher Ground to harness the power of storytelling. That’s why we couldn’t […]

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