Diahann Carroll, Actress Who Broke Barriers With ‘Julia,’ Dies at 84



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BHERC Film festival

SEPTEMBER 17, 2019 (LOS ANGELES, CA) – The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) is proud to announce its 25th Annual African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase. The Festival will take place Wednesday October 23 – Sunday, October 27, 2019 held in various locations in Los Angeles, California.  Since its inception in 1994, African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase have been a platform for rising and established filmmakers from emerging voices, while exploring innovations in storytelling across film, television, online, and more.

The Festival will present a combination of over 100 documentaries and short films, over 50 filmmakers and concludes with a Q&A after each film block. The community-at-large is invited to celebrate the artistry of this year’s filmmakers whose projects cover diverse topics, stories, techniques and broad themes multi-layered with humor, drama, and reality.

The African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Film Festival Showcase is a prominent film festival in its 25th year, which showcases a distinct selection of independent films. Since its inaugural year in 1994, it has become a recognized outlet for independent African American filmmakers to release their work to a broad audience. Those who attend will be inspired by the boundless creativity of independent storytellers. These storytellers are discovering and showcasing their boundary-pushing work, which is what truly makes this Festival great.

We have had an overwhelming response of incredible diverse films and we are excited to showcase these films. We are also excited about several films that will make their premiere at the festival. We have something for everyone, commented, John Forbes, Festival Director.

The Film Festival will open this year with dynamic feature-length, Films With A Purpose Premieres on Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 24. The aim is to educate, inspire and most importantly empower future filmmakers, writers, and directors; while raising the anticipation of audiences for meaningful storytelling and excellence in filmmaking for generations to come.

The Opening Night Reception and Award Gala are set to honor the behind-the-scenes entertainment professionals who have made laudable contributions to Black Hollywood on Friday, October 25. Honorees will be announced shortly.

The Film Festival will feature screening of films and documentaries that inspire, challenge, and make the viewers think, laugh, and much more.

One of the highlights of the Festival is the addition of the annual Youth Diversity Film Festival for Middle and High School students; presented by Billie J. Green, Director of the BHERC. These aspiring young filmmakers study the craft at local arts organizations and High Schools in the Los Angeles Community.

Closing the Festivities on Sunday, October 27 will include the classic Soul Food & Film Reception.

The costs to attend the Film Festival include:

  • Festival Pass – $350-General Admission/$300- Student and Senior Admission (Festival Pass includes Films With a Purpose Premieres, Opening Night, Youth Film Festival, All Day Pass for Films, Closing Night Reception, T-Shirt and BHERC Commemorative Bag)
  • Films With A Purpose Film Premieres (Two Nights) – $50-General Admission/ $45-Student and Senior Admission (per premiere);
  • Opening Night Festivities – $75-General Admission/$65-Student and Senior Admission;
  • Film Blocks – $25-General Admission/$15- Student and Senior Admission;
  • All Day Pass – $75-General Admission/ $65-Student and Senior Admission;
  • Closing Night Reception (Soul Food & Film) $35-General Admission/$25-Student and Senior Admission


Wednesday through Sunday, October 23-27, 2019

Films With A Purpose Los Angeles Premiere Screenings

October 23-24, 2019 / 7:00pm


Signature Film Festival Locations

“A Great Day In Black Hollywood” Awards Gala

October 25, 2019 / 7:00pm

Nate Holden Performing Arts Center

4708 West Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016


25th Annual African American Film Marketplace

And S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase

October 26-27, 2019 / 10:00am – 10:00pm

Cinemark@Howard Hughes, 6081 Center Dr., Ste 201, Los Angeles, CA 90045


Youth Diversity Film Festival

October 26, 2019 / 8:00am – 12:00noon

Cinemark@Howard Hughes, 6081 Center Dr., Ste 201, Los Angeles, CA 90045


Ticketed Events and Screenings, Weekend Passes

Awards Show Format, Hosted Receptions, Film Screenings, Q&A, Marketplace Vendor Booths



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About Black Hollywood Education & Resource Center

Founded in 1996 by Sandra Evers-Manly, BHERC is a nonprofit, public benefit organization designed to advocate, educate, research, develop, and preserve the history and future of Blacks in film and television. BHERC programs include film festivals, award ceremonies, book signings, script readings, contests, scholarships, and other programs and special events. BHERC recognizes the contributions of Black men and women in front of and behind the scenes in the entertainment industry.




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At the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Marvel announced that Black Panther 2 will open in theaters on May 6, 2022. Marvel boss Kevin Feige was joined on stage by Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, who made the announcement.

According to Feige, “Ryan’s hard at work on another black panther film, he has delivered us a treatment that I happen to have right here.” Feige jokingly asked Coogler if they should reveal the name of the film, but decided that it’s too early for that.

“We’re really hard at work on it, trying to give you guys something special. We’re definitely taking our time with this… We really really want it to be right,” Coogler said before walking off the stage.

Black Panther grossed $700 million in the U.S., becoming the highest-grossing Marvel movie of all time—domestically—until being unseated by Avengers: Endgame. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and took home three, for Best Original Music Score, Costume Design, and Production Design.

Fans have also speculated that Michael B. Jordan could return for the sequel as Erik Killmonger. However, Feige has denied that rumor for now. He said, “The honest answer… is that is pure rumor and speculation, because Coogler is just only in recent weeks sitting down at his keyboard and beginning to outline the movie.”
One thing is for certain. Black Panther II is on the way and that will have to do for now.

Toni Morrison, the Nobel laureate in literature whose best-selling work explored black identity in America-and in particular the often crushing experience of black women-through luminous, incantatory prose resembling that of no other writer in English, died on Monday in the Bronx. She was 88. Her death, at Montefiore Medical Center, was announced by her publisher, Alfred A. Knopf. A spokeswoman said the cause was complications of pneumonia. Ms. Morrison lived in Grand View-on-Hudson, N.Y. The first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1993, Ms. Morrison was the author of 11 novels as well as children’s books and essay collections. Among them were celebrated works like “Song of Solomon” which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1997, and “Beloved,” which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. 

A series about Judge Mablean Ephriam is coming to the small screen thanks to her Emmy winning producer (daughter) Taj Paxton! Described as “family drama series” inspired by the 70-year old’s life as the  owner of her private family law practice. Most known as a former Los Angeles prosecuting attorney, she also served as a lead attorney in L.A. inaugural Domestic Violence Unit.

Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger leads the list, the Murdochs drop from the Top 10, and Lebron James stakes his claim in a year of merger and #MeToo rising.  Disney CO Igler remains most powerful person in entertainment, only adding to his empire with $71 billion of 21st Century Fox assets. But his dominance is one of the few things that hasn’t changed since THR publishes 2017’s list of Hollywood’s most influential figures. Along with Disney-Fox, 2018 saw AT&T win a judge’s blessing to acquire Time Warner, spawning new entity  WarnerMedia – whose chief, John Stankey, arrives at No.4.

According to Variety, Bailey was “a clear front runner from the beginning,”following months of meeting with other talent. THR reports “the decision was made today with the budding actress notified Wednesday morning.” Halle and her sister Chloe started as a cover duo, who caught Beyonce’s eye and wound up opening for her during her Formation World Tour and the On the Run 2 Tour with Jay Z. The also performed “America the Beautiful” at the Super Bowl in 2019. 

African American movie director for “Boyz in the Hood” John Singleton died Monday due to complications from a stroke he suffered almost two weeks ago. He passed at age 51 which was confirmed by his family that he was taken off life support. “John Singleton left an indelible mark on the world through his masterful artistry, and uncompromising humanity, ” talent agency ICM Partners, which signed Singleton in 2014, said in a statement. “He was a visionary filmmaker and social commentator who created a path for a new generation of filmmaker, many of whom he mentored, in a way they never saw possible.”

After suffering a stroke April 17 while in hospital, the Academy Award-nominated director was placed in a medically-induced coma. He reportedly had checked himself into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after experiencing weakness in his leg, according to TMZ. Singleton’s family said Monday he had hypertension, which is blood pressure that puts more stress on blood vessels and vital organs.

At the young age of 24, Singleton became the youngest and the first black filmmaker to receive an Oscar nomination for best director and best original screenplay for “Boyz n the Hood,” starring Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, Angela Bassett, Nia Long, Regina King, and Laurence Fishburne. “Boyz n the Hood,” the 1991 crime-drama, centered on the three friends growing up during the gang and drug culture in South Central Los Angeles, became one of Singleton’s most notable films and remains a classic to this day.

Singleton directed a number of iconic films that examined the complexities of inner-city life and coming of age for African Americans, including “Poetic Justice” and “Baby Boy.” He’s also behind the movies “Abduction,” “Shaft,” “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “Rosewood” and “Four Brothers.” Furthermore, Singleton recently created and was executive producer of the FX drama “Snowfall,”about the start of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles and it’s ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it, ” according to FX Networks. In September, the show was renewed for a third season.

For more info click link: https://www.nbcnews.com/popculture/pop-culture-news/john-singleton-be-taken-life-support-weeks-after-suffering-stroke-n999466

The slow wheels of change for more diversity and inclusion is finally turning. Leading the pack, Netflix has hired Vernā Myer to serve as their Vice President of Inclusion Strategy. Her role will include promoting cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout Netflix’s operations worldwide.

She has worked for Netflix as a consultant prior to moving into her new role. She has also worked for the past two decades for various corporations to improve the discrimination towards race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Myer is an author, a TED talk speaker, and a contributor on multiple platforms. (Deadline)

To watch one of Vernā Myer’s TED talks visit the link below:


To read more on Vernā Myer visit Deadline’s article:


Ava DuVernay is stepping into the superhero universe.The filmmaker has come on board to direct “New Gods” at Warner Bros. as part of the studio’s DC Extended Universe. “New Gods,” based on the DC Comics series of the same name, is aimed at creating a new universe of properties for the studio. Created and designed by Jack Kirby, the comic was first released in 1971.The movie marks the second major superhero tentpole directed by a woman, following another DC property: Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman.”

DuVernay directed Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” becoming the first woman of color in Hollywood to helm a live-action film with a production budget of $100 million. The time-travel fantasy has grossed $42.2 million in its first six days in North America.

The New Gods are natives of the twin planets of New Genesis and Apokolips. New Genesis is an idyllic planet ruled by the Highfather, while Apokolips is a dystopia filled with machinery and fire pits ruled by the tyrant Darkseid. New Genesis and Apokolips call themselves gods, living outside of normal time and space in a realm known as the Fourth World.

DuVernay tweeted last year that Big Barda, who is one of the New Gods, was her favorite superhero character of all time.

Half a dozen “New Gods” series have been published following the original. The most recent, “The New 52,” was issued in 2011.

DuVernay also directed the Oscar-nominated documentary “13th” and the civil-rights drama “Selma.” She is the creator and executive producer of the OWN series “Queen Sugar.”

“New Gods” would be a major addition to the DC Extended Universe, which Warner Bros. launched in 2013 to take advantage of the massive DC library and compete with Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe. The DCEU launched with 2013’s “Man of Steel,” followed by “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Suicide Squad,” “Wonder Woman,” and “Justice League,” which was the lowest grosser of the five titles, with $657.9 million worldwide.

“Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa, is the next title in the DC Extended Universe, set for release on Dec. 21. The studio is also moving ahead with a “Wonder Woman” sequel with Gal Gadot and director Jenkins returning. The pic hits theaters on Nov. 1, 2019.

In the wake of the box office under-performance of “Justice League,” Warner Bros. is re-organizing the DC film operations by promoting Walter Hamada to president of DC-based film production in an effort to exert more quality control over its big-screen efforts. Toby Emmerich, who was promoted in 2016 to president and chief content officer at Warner Bros., worked with Hamada at New Line, which he ran before moving over to the main studio.

Emmerich was promoted early this year to the post of chairman of the Warner Bros. Pictures Group with oversight of worldwide theatrical production, marketing and distribution.

DuVernay is repped by CAA, and attorneys Gordon Bobb and Nina Shaw.


Charcoal Short Film Interview
Gustavo Azael Torres/Optik21/E’vo’nne Roy


Jan, 10, 2018

Colorism is a contentious topic within the Black community but with her short film, Charcoal, which follows two Black women and their journey to overcome internalized colorism, filmmaker Francesca Andre tells a personal and heartfelt story of the affect colorism has on Black women.

ESSENCE spoke to Andre about the film, which has been shown at a number of film festivals and picked up various awards, including the Visionary Award at 2017’s Crystal Ship Mini Indie Film Festival and the award for Best Short Film at Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival.

Andre touches on Hollywood’s roles in perpetuating colorism, what gets left out of the conversation on the issue, and why it is so deeply entrenched in our community.

What inspired you to create a short highlighting colorism?

One of my most vivid childhood memories was impacted by colorism. When I was a child, my school distributed Christmas presents to all the children. I received a beautiful Black doll made of cloth. In Haiti, they are called “poupe twal.” When I took the doll home, I was teased and many called my doll ugly because it was a dark-skinned doll. I stopped playing with the doll and asked for a different doll.

I grew up hearing people refer to my father and my grandfather as “ugly” solely because of their dark complexion.  I also grew up seeing women being praised for their beauty after bleaching their skin. Now we are in 2017, and it’s still happening. We are still getting messages from major brands saying lighter skin is better.  There‘s also a lack of representation in film and television, in media, in storytelling and a lack of dialogue within our own communities. I wrote charcoal as a way to highlight these issues, spark conversation and empower Black women to fully love themselves, skin, hair and all. I am grateful for all the actresses who helped bring this story to life —Chengu Kargbo, Lorry Francois, Kweta Henry, Heather Smith and Khamaly Bryan.

What do you think is often left out of conversations on colorism within the Black community?

The Black community is huge. It’s not only African Americans —there are so many other components and people from the African Diaspora. However, one thing is clear: We don’t talk enough about healing, collective healing. We have internalized so much toxic stuff that it takes a conscious effort to deprogram and recondition ourselves. Colorism is not dormant.. people are still being defined by their skin tone and hair texture.

Charcoal highlights how these are ideas about skin color are passed down in families. We know why colorism exists, but in a time where Blackness is being celebrated with hashtags like #melaninpoppin and #blackgirlmagic, why do you think these prejudices against dark skin still exist and are passed down to other generations?

The celebration of our blackness is viewed as a movement and often perceived as political. Blackness, being proud of our blackness makes this world uncomfortable. It’s shocking to me that loving yourself as you were created can be viewed as being political. It goes against the oppressive system that was created to destroy everything that makes you, you. For me, it was my hair. It was a journey for me to embrace and restore the relationship with my hair. I was 12 when I had my first relaxer. The celebration of our blackness has not been made mainstream and it’s not global yet. May we continue to embrace our magic, may we continue to heal, and to prosper.

We know the beauty industry perpetuates these ideas by selling products that use coded language, at least in the U.S., to sell skin lightening and brightening products, but what about Hollywood’s role in perpetuating colorism?

Hollywood handles images and images shape perceptions. That’s the danger in having a small group of people calling the shots. This is why it’s important to support women filmmakers and filmmakers of color because whoever controls your image and your stories, controls your future and defines your culture.

How can we eradicate an idea that is so deeply entrenched in our community?

I’m not sure I have the answer on how we can eradicate something that has been ingrained in us for centuries, but we can definitely start with dialogue and encourage more representation. The idea that one kind of complexion is better than the other is a lie, so let’s start spreading the truth. The beautiful thing is that Black women here in America are changing the narrative by using and amplifying their voices with hashtags like #melaninpopping, but healing is not an overnight thing. These ideas were not embedded in us in one day —there was an entire system that supported them, which is why we are still discussing racism, colorism, self-hatred. However, we know the truth, and through dialogue, we have the power to shift these types of divisive and regressive ideas.

Catch a screening of the short film at St John’s University, Manhattan Campus on Feb. 8 or the Brooklyn Academy of Music on March 14. 


Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, and director Ryan Coogler explain how ‘Black Panther’ elevates women to the center of the action like no other Marvel superhero movie before it.

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