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TOMORROW: Michael Jackson's Video Art @ Lincoln Center

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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

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  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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SCREENING: Creatively Speaking at BAMcinematek — September 7

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It's not always music that point you in the direction of the new Black imagination.  In fact, there's a lot of good Black indie film being made.  As was the case a with last week's screening of 6 Things I Never Told You, Creatively Speaking returns to the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Now in its [...]

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SCREENING: 6 Things I Never Told You — August 27

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My friend, Stacey Holman, is an alum of NYU's Graduate Film program.  Along with five other NYU alums, they formed an underground film collective called 6 Leagues.  Together, they put together a film anthology that looks at relationships in flux, with each filmmaker looking at a different point on the relationship's timeline.  The result is [...]

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How you can see "Passing Strange — The Movie"

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It's called nationwide on-demand, baby! Yes, New Yorkers will have the pleasure of seeing Passing Strange (the Spike Lee joint) at the IFC Film Center starting on Friday.  Spike will be at a couple of the Friday screenings. For those of you in the rest of the country, you'll finally get to see what I've [...]

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"Passing Strange" film trailer: A Spike Lee joint

I've always said that the musical Passing Strange was the bomb.  Here's what The Onion's AV Club says about the film version: Like Jonathan Demme's Stop Making Sense it captures with visceral power the sweaty intensity and raw intimacy of a live performance before a packed, euphoric crowd…In Passing Strange irony, post-modern meta-commentary, pop-culture geekery [...]

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UPCOMING: Advanced Screening of "Passing Strange" + Tamar-kali performance — Aug. 11

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On Tuesday, August 11, our friends over at Imagenation are presenting an advanced screening of Spike Lee's film of the black rock musical Passing Strange.  You'll recall that the musical won a Tony Award last year.  The film went to Sundance this year, where it was acquired by PBS and, I understand, will have its [...]

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Thoughts (pre- and) post the National Black Arts Festival

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l to r: Farai Chideya, Rob Fields, Boston Fielder, Barry Jenkins photo: Yemi Toure So, the first things first: It was an honor to participate in this year’s National Black Arts Festival.  Thanks to Leatrice Ellzy, the programming director and outgoing executive director Stephanie Hughley, for the opportunity.  It’s no small thing to be asked [...]

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"Soul Power" opens today in NYC & LA

In 1974, the most celebrated American R&B acts of the time–James Brown, B.B. King, Miriam Makeba, The Fania All-Stars (featuring Celia Cruz), Bill Withers, The Spinners, The Crusaders, Sister Sledge– came together with the most renowned musical groups of Southern African for a 12-hour, three night concert held in Kinshasha, Zaire.  The dream-child of Hugh [...]

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Fear Of A Black President

Some excerpts from Ta-Nehisi Coates’s tour de force on Obama, race and the limits of integration.

GOOD READ: Hate Crimes Always Have A Logic: On The Oak Creek Gurudwara Shootings

A perspective on the Oak Creek, WI shootings from a member of the Sikh community

GOOD READ: Erykah Badu to Wayne Coyne: “Kiss my glittery ass!”

In case you missed it, Ms. Badu’s choice words to Mr. Coyne

GOOD READ: Jeff Chang On The Legacy of Chuck Brown

A worthwhile read on the go-go legend

GOOD READS: #TrayvonMartin Around The Web

So much conversation–and now maybe some justice–for this young man.

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