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‘The Wire’ actor to attend Harrisburg’s first African-American film festival | Penn Live

Sankofa African American Theater Company will host a special guest as they prepare for the region’s first African-American film festival. The 2019 Sankofa Film Festival will be held on Dec. 27 at the State Museum in Harrisburg. Actor Michael K. Williams, famous for his role as Omar Little in the hit HBO series “The Wire,” is planned to make an appearance at the festival. Williams is also known for roles in films such as “The Road,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Assassin’s Creed” and “Motherless Brooklyn,” and for appearances on television series including “Community” and “Boardwalk Empire.” Sean Adams, Penn Live […]

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‘Queen and Slim’ Director Melina Matsoukas Inks First-Look Deal at FX | Variety

Director Melina Matsoukas has signed a first-look deal with FX Productions. Under the deal, Matsoukas will develop new content for FX Networks. She recently directed the pilot for the upcoming FX series “Y,” based on the graphic novel series “Y: The Last Man.” Matsoukas will also serve as an executive producer on the series. Her feature directorial debut, “Queen and Slim” starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith, will debut in theaters on Nov. 27. “Melina is an enormously talented director and producer,” said Nick Grad, co-president of original programming for FX Entertainment. “We’re especially excited that Melina has such a […]

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André De Shields just won his first Tony at 73. Here are 5 facts on his epic career | Los Angeles Times

Makeda Easter, Los Angeles Times ANDRE DE SHIELDS. Photo by Lia Chang. Featured Image André De Shields capped a 50-year acting career by scoring his first Tony Award on Sunday, winning best featured actor in a musical for his role as Hermes in “Hadestown.” It’s been a long time coming. The 73-year-old performer has worked on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional theater and on film and television. In accepting his award, De Shields shared his three cardinal rules for longevity: One, surround yourself with people whose eyes light up when they see you coming. Two, slowly is the fastest way to […]

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This Family Just Opened the Only Black-Owned Movie Theater in Baltimore! | Because of Them We Can

BOTWC Staff, Because of Them We Can a new Black-owned movie theater right outside of Baltimore, Maryland! NextAct Cinema officially opened for business on March 7th of this year. According to the website: “NextAct Cinemas, is an independent boutique theater that offers a unique, personalized movie going experience for our customers. You will have the option of eating and drinking while relaxing in a comfortable leather chair or come socialize and join us for beer and wine at the bar. Seating is reserved so get your tickets early and join us at least 30 minutes prior to your movie showing […]

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#BlackGirlMagic: Georgia Teen Goes Viral After Sharing Photo Showing Dozens Of College Acceptances | Essence

Breanna Edwards, Essence not every day one gets accepted into 31 colleges and is offered more than $900,000 in scholarships to boot. It’s definitely something worth sharing, but Kayla Willis, a senior at Westlake High School in South Fulton, Georgia still hesitated, first asking her dad if it was appropriate. “He was like, ‘You need to show the world how great you are’,” Willis told 11Alive. And her dad was right, #BlackGirlMagic should never be denied. The teen ended up sharing the photo – showing her acceptances posted under a photo of her which was displayed in the senior hall […]

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Missouri man wrongfully imprisoned for 17 years sues police | AP

Nathan Skethaw, AP In this Sept. 2016 file photo, David Robinson poses for a portrait in the visiting area inside Jefferson City Correctional Center in Jefferson City, Mo. Robinson, wrongly imprisoned 17 years for murder alleges in a federal lawsuit that police not only knew he was innocent before his conviction, but helped prevent it from being overturned. The Southeast Missourian reports that attorneys for David Robinson filed the lawsuit Monday, March 11, 2019. (Laura Simon/The Southeast Missourian via AP File), Featured Image GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man wrongly imprisoned for 17 years on murder charges alleges in […]

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