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Tamra Davis's "Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child"

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The rise and fall of Jean-Michel Basquiat as captured by his friend, filmmaker Tamra Davis. It’s tragic and poignant, but if you’re like me, you may find yourself hoping against reason that somehow this time it will be different and he won’t be dead by age 27.

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UPCOMING: Screening of Kenyan sci-fi film "Pumzi" — 6/5

Click to enlarge the above images As if the BRC Anniversary show weren't enough on Saturday, there's a screening of Pumzi.  Recall that I mentioned the film back in February, just after the film finished its run as an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival. This looks like it'll be a great afternoon, as […]

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VIDEO: Nelson George/Diane Paragas — "A Walk Through Fort Greene" (trailer)

A Walk Through Fort Greene – TRAILER from Diane Paragas on Vimeo. For those of us who lived in Fort Greene, Brooklyn during the early 90s, this will take you back.  Nelson George and Diane Paragas co-direct.  From the Vimeo page: A feature length documentary of the black arts movement that exploded in Fort Greene […]

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NEWS: Director’s cut of “Electric Purgatory” available now

Happy to share that the director’s cut of Raymond Gayle’s doc Electric Purgatory: The Fate of the Black Rocker is available today.  While Electric Purgatory was released originally on DVD in 2008 and is enjoying a broadcast run this month on Ovation, this version contains an extended interview with Bad Brains front man HR, as […]

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Pumzi: Kenya's first sci-fi film

So, in addition to rock bands, Kenyans are making science fiction films.  How cool is that? Pumzi, directed by Wanuri Kahiu, is an official selection from the recent Sundance Film Festival.  More expectations being confounded, right? For more info on the film, head over to my man G. Kofi Annan's blog, Annansi Chronicles.  He's got […]

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TONIGHT: "Passing Strange" on PBS

The Spike Lee-directed adaptation of the Broadway musical airs tonight at 9pm EST.  Check your local listings. Additional link: All “Passing Strange” posts on Boldaslove.us

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"Precious" Manipulation

  It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that, if you’re African American, you’ve probably been around or involved with at least one conversation–and maybe heated–about Lee Daniels’ film, Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire.  Our house has been no different.  So, to all the POVs out there, I offer this from my […]

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TOMORROW: Michael Jackson's Video Art @ Lincoln Center

Already got my tickets for this event, which takes place tomorrow.  Here's the description via the Film At Lincoln Center site: Armond White joins us on stage for a one-of-a-kind tribute to the King of Pop. White will also be signing his new book Keep Moving: The Michael Jackson Chronicles. Michael Jackson’s pioneering work in […]

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"Medicine For Melancholy": Down, but caught out, in San Francisco

  Originally, I wrote this for Vibe.com but the piece fell through the cracks of the regime change.  I've written about Barry's film before.  This was just posted to The Huffington Post and timed to the yesterday's DVD release of the film.  Here's an excerpt: In his assured feature debut Medicine for Melancholy, which was […]

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VIDEO: Trailer for "Precious"

I have yet to read Sapphire's novel Push, on which this film is based.  But, if this trailer is any indication, the film looks to be a powerful piece.  With some bold casting choices (Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz), as well as what look to be riveting performances by Mo'Nique and newcomer Gabourey Sidibe, it's […]

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