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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Essence "Black Women in Hollywood" to Be Held Thurs., Feb. 6th

ESSENCE Celebrates Women Owning Their Narrative and Transforming the Art of Storytelling at “Black Women in Hollywood” Oscar-Week Celebration

Honorees: Niecy Nash, Melina Matsoukas, Lashana Lynch and TV Series Pose Billy Porter Joins Star-Studded Lineup of Presenters

First-Ever ESSENCE House: Hollywood Edition Launches During Oscar Week

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ESSENCE, the number one media, technology and commerce company dedicated to Black women globally, has unveiled the honorees for its highly-esteemed 2020 Black Women in Hollywood Awards. The highly coveted invitation-only Oscar-week event—spotlighting Hollywood’s most renowned and accomplished women at the forefront of the industry—will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA. This year’s theme, in honor of the brand’s 50th anniversary, will be a celebration of women owning, expanding and transforming the art of storytelling. ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood is presented by Ford and sponsored by AT&T Humanity of Connection, Geico, L’Oréal Paris and Netflix.

    “For fifty years, ESSENCE has remained committed to portraying and highlighting the triumphs, aspirations and dynamic lives of Black women”

The 2020 illustrious Black Women in Hollywood honorees include: EMMY Award-winning actress, comedian, director and producer Niecy Nash (When They See Us, Claws, Kidnapped: The Kamiyah Mobley Story); DGA nominated director and two-time Grammy Award winning music video director Melina Matsoukas (Queen & Slim, Master of None’s “Thanksgiving”, “Formation” by Beyoncé); actress Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel and the upcoming No Time to Die); and the trailblazing cast and co-executive producer/director/writer of Pose (Janet Mock, Mj Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Angelica Ross and Hailie Sahar). The star-studded list of presenters will include EMMY, GRAMMY and Tony award-winning actor Billy Porter (Pose, American Horror Story.) Additional presenters will be announced at a later date.

“For fifty years, ESSENCE has remained committed to portraying and highlighting the triumphs, aspirations and dynamic lives of Black women," said Michelle Ebanks, CEO of ESSENCE Communications, Inc. "The ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood luncheon has become an amazing platform to recognize and honor the unparalleled talents of Black women in an industry that often hasn’t. We celebrate all of our honorees this year for their fearlessness and strength as they boldly continue to own their narratives and share our stories.”

“ESSENCE is thrilled to commemorate the creative and critical achievements of Black women as originators, nurturers, makers and creators during our 13th Black Women in Hollywood awards luncheon,” said MoAna Luu, ESSENCE Chief Content & Creative Officer. “Whether they’re reclaiming our culture or dismantling traditional gender ideas, each of our honorees uplift us as they present their unique gifts on the screen and behind the camera. As ESSENCE celebrates 50 years of the power of our presence, we are proud to salute them all.”

In addition, ESSENCE’s Oscar week activities will culminate with the launch of the inaugural ESSENCE House: Hollywood Edition, which will be held on Friday, February 7th, 2020. This communal space will provide a catalyst for diverse creatives to connect and collaborate through an interactive program. The event will feature a curated schedule of panels, workshops and screenings focused on uplifting emerging storytellers through the mentorship of established Hollywood movers and shakers. Scheduled speakers and participants include talent attorney Nina Shaw; celeb hairstylist Kim Kimble; filmmaker/author Nelson George, producer Nina Yang Bongiovi and more. For more on ESSENCE House: Hollywood Edition visit

ESSENCE’s January/February 2020 issue (on newsstands now) features its annual Black Women in Hollywood package highlighting each honoree. Stay tuned to for highlights and behind-the-scenes access to the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @essence #BlackWomeninHollywood. Join in the discussion on Facebook.

Essence Communications is the number one media, technology and commerce company dedicated to Black women and inspires a global audience of more than 20 million through diverse storytelling and immersive original content. With a multi-platform presence in publishing, experiential and online, ESSENCE encompasses its signature magazine; digital, video and social platforms; television specials; books; as well as live events, including Black Women in Music, Black Women in Hollywood, Street Style and the ESSENCE Festival. Essence Communications is owned by Essence Ventures, an independent Black-owned, technology-driven company focused on merging content, community and commerce to meet the evolving cultural and lifestyle needs of people of color.


Sunday, February 3, 2013

2013 NAACP Image Award Winners - Complete List

It took George Lucas over two decades to bring Red Tails to the big screen, and Friday night it was named the "Best Motion Picture of 2012."  Kerry Washington had a big night winning three awards, including won as a supporting actress for Django Unchained.

The NAACP Image Award an award bestowed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The award honors outstanding achievements by people of color in film, television, music, and literature. The awards are voted on by members of the NAACP.

The 2013 NAACP Image Awards were presented live on NBC, Friday, February 1 at 8pm.

44th NAACP Image Awards winners:


Motion Picture:
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
"Django Unchained" (The Weinstein Company)
"Flight" (Paramount Pictures)
"Red Tails" (Lucasfilm) WINNER
"Tyler Perry's Good Deeds" (Lionsgate)

Writing in a Motion Picture - (Theatrical or Television)
Elizabeth Hunter - "Abducted: The Carlina White Story" (Lifetime) WINNER
John Gatins - "Flight" (Paramount Pictures)
John Ridley, Aaron McGruder - "Red Tails" (Lucasfilm)
Keith Merryman, David A. Newman - "Think Like a Man" (Screen Gems)
Ol Parker - "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Actor in a Motion Picture:
Denzel Washington - "Flight" (Paramount Pictures) WINNER
Jamie Foxx - "Django Unchained" (The Weinstein Company)
Morgan Freeman - "The Magic of Belle Isle" (Magnolia Pictures)
Suraj Sharma - "Life of Pi" (20th Century Fox)
Tyler Perry - "Alex Cross" (Summit Entertainment)

Actress in a Motion Picture:
Emayatzy Corinealdi - "Middle of Nowhere" (AAFRM)
Halle Berry - "Cloud Atlas" (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Loretta Devine - "In The Hive" (Eone Entertainment)
Quvenzhané Wallis - "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Viola Davis - "Won't Back Down" (20th Century Fox) WINNER

Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture:
David Oyelowo - "Middle of Nowhere" (AFFRM)
Don Cheadle - "Flight" (Paramount Pictures)
Dwight Henry - "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Lenny Kravitz - "The Hunger Games" (Lionsgate)
Samuel L. Jackson - "Django Unchained" (The Weinstein Company) WINNER

Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture:
Amandla Stenberg - "The Hunger Games" (Lionsgate)
Gloria Reuben - "Lincoln" (The Walt Disney Studios)
Kerry Washington - "Django Unchained" (The Weinstein Company) WINNER
Phylicia Rashad - "Tyler Perry's Good Deeds" (Lionsgate)
Taraji P. Henson - "Think Like a Man" (Screen Gems)

Independent Motion Picture:
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" (Fox Searchlight Pictures) WINNER
"Chico & Rita" (GKIDS)
"Red Tails" (Lucasfilm)
"Unconditional" (Harbinger Media Partners)
"Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day" (Codeblack)

International Motion Picture:
"Chico & Rita" (GKIDS)
"For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada" (ARC Entertainment)
"Special Forces" (eOne Films)
"The Intouchables" (The Weinstein Company) WINNER
"The Raid: Redemption" (Sony Pictures Classics)

DOCUMENTARY – Documentary - (Theatrical or Television)
"Black Wings" (Smithsonian Channel)
"Brooklyn Castle" (Producers Distribution Agency)
"First Position" (IFC Films)
"Marley" (Magnolia Pictures)
"On the Shoulders of Giants - The Story of the Greatest Team You've Never Heard Of" (Showtime) WINNER


Comedy Series:
"Glee" (Fox)
"Modern Family" (ABC)
"The Game" (BET) WINNER
"The Mindy Project" (Fox)
"The Soul Man" (TV Land)

Writing in a Comedy Series:
Karin Gist - "House of Lies" - Mini-Mogul (Showtime)
Marc Wilmore - "The Simpsons" - The Spy Who Learned Me (FOX) WINNER
Michael Shipley - "Last Man Standing" - High Expectations (ABC)
Prentice Penny - "Happy Endings" - Meet the Parrots (ABC)
Vali Chandrasekaran, Robert Carlock - "30 Rock" - Murphy Brown Lied to Us (NBC)

Actor in a Comedy Series:
Anthony Anderson - "Guys with Kids" (NBC)
Damon Wayans, Jr. - "Happy Endings" (ABC)
Don Cheadle - "House Of Lies" (Showtime) WINNER
Donald Faison - "The Exes" (TV Land)
Hosea Chanchez - "The Game" (BET)

Actress in a Comedy Series:
Amber Riley - "Glee" (Fox)
Cassi Davis - "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" (TBS) WINNER
Kellita Smith - "The First Family" (Syndicated)
Tatyana Ali - "Love That Girl" (TV One)
Wendy Raquel Robinson - "The Game" (BET)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
Aziz Ansari - "Parks and Recreation" (NBC)
Craig Robinson - "The Office" (NBC)
Donald Glover - "Community" (NBC)
Lance Gross - "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" (TBS) WINNER
Tracy Morgan - "30 Rock" (NBC)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:
Anna Deavere Smith - "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime)
Gabourey Sidibe - "The Big C" (Showtime)
Gladys Knight - "The First Family" (Syndicated)
Rashida Jones - "Parks and Recreation" (NBC)
Vanessa Williams - "Desperate Housewives" (ABC) WINNER

Drama Series:
"Boardwalk Empire" (HBO)
"Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)
"Scandal" (ABC) WINNER
"Treme" (HBO)
"True Blood" (HBO)

Writing in a Dramatic Series
Cheo Hodari Coker - "SouthLAnd" - God's Work (TNT) WINNER
Janine Sherman Barrios - "Criminal Minds" - The Pact (CBS)
Shonda Rhimes - "Grey's Anatomy" - Flight (ABC)
Shonda Rhimes - "Scandal" - Sweet Baby (ABC)
Zoanne Clack - "Grey's Anatomy" - This Magic Moment (ABC)

Actor in a Drama Series:
Dulé Hill - "Psych" (USA)
Hill Harper - "CSI: NY" (CBS) WINNER
LL Cool J - "NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS)
Michael Clarke Duncan - "The Finder" (FOX)
Wendell Pierce - "Treme" (HBO)

Actress in a Drama Series:
Chandra Wilson - "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)
Kerry Washington - "Scandal" (ABC) WINNER
Khandi Alexander - "Treme" (HBO)
Regina King - "SouthLAnd" (TNT)
Sandra Oh - "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
Clarke Peters - "Treme" (HBO)
Dev Patel - "The Newsroom" (HBO)
Omar Epps - "House M.D." (FOX) WINNER
Rockmond Dunbar - "Sons of Anarchy" (FX)
Rocky Carroll - "NCIS" (CBS)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Archie Panjabi - "The Good Wife" (CBS)
Joy Bryant - "Parenthood" (NBC)
Loretta Devine - "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC) WINNER
Lucy Lui - "SouthLAnd" (TNT)
Rutina Wesley - "True Blood" (HBO)

Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special:
"Abducted: The Carlina White Story" (Lifetime)
"Hallmark Hall of Fame's FIRELIGHT" (ABC)
"Raising Izzie" (GMC TV)
"Steel Magnolias" (Lifetime) WINNER
"Sugar Mommas" (GMC TV)

Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special:
Afemo Omilami - "Steel Magnolias" (Lifetime)
Cuba Gooding, Jr. - "Hallmark Hall of Fame's FIRELIGHT" (ABC) WINNER
Michael Jai White - "Somebody's Child" (GMC TV)
Rockmond Dunbar - "Raising Izzie" (GMC TV)
Tory Kittles - "Steel Magnolias" (Lifetime)

Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special:
Alfre Woodard - "Steel Magnolias" (Lifetime) WINNER
Jill Scott - "Steel Magnolias" (Lifetime)
Keke Palmer - "Abducted: The Carlina White Story" (Lifetime)
Phylicia Rashad - "Steel Magnolias" (Lifetime)
Queen Latifah - "Steel Magnolias" (Lifetime)

Actor in a Daytime Drama Series:
Aaron D. Spears - "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS)
Erik Valdez - "General Hospital" (ABC)
James Reynolds - "Days of Our Lives" (NBC)
Kristoff St. John - "The Young and the Restless" (CBS) WINNER
Rodney Saulsberry - "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS)

Actress in a Daytime Drama Series:
Angell Conwell - "The Young and the Restless" (CBS)
Julia Pace Mitchell - "The Young and the Restless" (CBS)
Kristolyn Lloyd - "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS)
Shenell Edmonds - "One Life to Live" (ABC)
Tatyana Ali - "The Young and the Restless" (CBS) WINNER

News/ Information - (Series or Special):
"Ask Obama Live: An MTV Interview with The President" (MTV)
"Judge Mathis" (Syndicated)
"Save My Son with Dr. Steve Perry" (TV One)
"Unsung" (TV One) WINNER
"Washington Watch with Roland Martin" (TV One)

Talk Series:
"Don't Sleep!" (BET)
"Oprah's Lifeclass" (OWN)
"Oprah's Next Chapter" (OWN)
"The View" (ABC) WINNER
"Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell" (FX)

Reality Series:
"Dancing with the Stars" (ABC)
"Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" (HBO)
"The X Factor" (FOX)
"Tia & Tamera" (Style)
"Welcome to Sweetie Pie's" (OWN) WINNER

Variety Series or Special:
"Black Girls Rock" (BET) WINNER
"Oprah and the Legendary Cast of Roots 35 Years Later" (OWN)
"Oprah's Master Class" (OWN)
"The First Graduating Class: Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls" (OWN)
"Verses & Flow" (TV One)

Children’s Program:
"Degrassi" (TeenNick)
"Kasha and the Zulu King" (BET) WINNER
"The Legend of Korra" (Nickelodeon)
"The TeenNick HALO Awards 2012" (Nick@Nite)
"The Weight of the Nation for Kids" (HBO)

Performance in a Youth/ Children’s Program - (Series or Special):
China Anne McClain - "A.N.T. Farm" (Disney Channel)
Keke Palmer - "Winx Club" (Nickelodeon)
Loretta Devine - "Doc McStuffins" (Disney Junior block on Disney Channel) WINNER
Nick Cannon - "The TeenNick HALO Awards 2012" (Nick@Nite)
Tyler James Williams - "Let It Shine" (Disney Channel)


New Artist:
Elle Varner (MBK / RCA) WINNER
Gary Clark, Jr. (Warner Bros. Records)
Lianne La Havas (Nonesuch Records Inc. / Warner Bros. Records)
Melanie Amaro (Epic Records)
The OMG Girlz (Pretty Hustle / Grand Hustle / Streamline / Interscope)

Male Artist:
Bruno Mars (Atlantic)
Lupe Fiasco (Atlantic)
Miguel (ByStorm / RCA)
Trey Songz (Atlantic)
Usher (RCA Records) WINNER

Female Artist:
Alicia Keys (RCA Records) WINNER
Elle Varner (MBK / RCA)
Estelle (Atlantic)
Missy Elliott (Atlantic)
Tamela Mann (Tillymann Music Group)

Duo, Group or Collaboration:
Chuck D, Johnny Juice,, Herbie Hancock (Iconomy Multi-Media & Entertainment)
fun. feat. Janelle Monae (Atlantic)
Lupe Fiasco feat. Guy Sebastian (Atlantic)
Mary Mary (Columbia) WINNER
Ne-Yo, Herbie Hancock, Johnny Rzeznik, Delta Rae, Natasha Bedingfield (Forward Song, LLC)

Jazz Album:
"Bone Appetit [Vol. 1 and 2]" - Jeff Bradshaw (Hidden Beach)
"Dreams" - Brian Culbertson (Verve Records)
"Renaissance" - Marcus Miller (Concord Jazz)
"Seeds From The Underground" - Kenny Garrett (Mack Avenue Records)
"The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection" - The Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Legacy) WINNER

Gospel Album - (Traditional or Contemporary):
"Best Days" - Tamela Mann (Tillymann Music Group)
"Go Get It" - Mary Mary (Columbia) WINNER
"God, Love & Romance" - Fred Hammond (Verity Gospel Music Group)
"I Win" - Marvin Sapp (Verity Gospel Music Group)
"Le'Andria Johnson The Experience" - Le'Andria Johnson (Music World Gospel / Music World)

World Music Album:
"Ayah Ye! Moving Train" - KG Omulo (KG Omulo)
"Country, God, Or The Girl" - K'NAAN (A&M / Octone Records)
"Diversionary" - Brother B (King Chero Records)
"Wonderful Life" - Estelle (Atlantic) WINNER

Music Video:
"Adorn" - Miguel (ByStorm / RCA)
"Girl On Fire" - Alicia Keys (RCA Records) WINNER
"Locked Out Of Heaven" - Bruno Mars (Atlantic)
"This Christmas" - CeeLo Green (Elektra)
"You're On My Mind" - KEM (Universal Motown)

"Be Mine for Christmas" - KEM (Universal Motown)
"Glorify the King" - KEM (Universal Motown)
"I Look To You" - Whitney Houston and R. Kelly (RCA Records) WINNER
"Locked Out Of Heaven" - Bruno Mars (Atlantic)
"You're On My Mind" - KEM (Universal Motown)

"Bad - 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" - Michael Jackson (Legacy / Epic)
"Girl On Fire" - Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
"I Will Always Love You: The Best Of Whitney Houston" - Whitney Houston (RCA Records) WINNER
"On the Shoulders of Giants - The Soundtrack" - Chuck D,, Herbie Hancock, Nikki Yannofsky (Iconomy Multi-Media & Entertainment )
"Perfectly Imperfect" - Elle Varner (MBK / RCA)


Literary Work – Fiction:
"A Wish and a Prayer: A Blessings Novel" - Beverly Jenkins (HarperCollins Publishers (William Morrow Paperbacks))
"Destiny's Divas" - Victoria Christopher Murray (Touchstone / Simon & Schuster)
"Silent Cry" - Dywane Birch (Strebor Books)
"The Reverend's Wife" - Kimberla Lawson Roby (Grand Central's Wife) WINNER
"The Secret She Kept" - ReShonda Tate Billingsley (Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster)

Literary Work - Non-Fiction:
"Fraternity" - Diane Brady (Spiegel & Grau (Random House))
"Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation" - Deborah Davis (Atria Books / Simon & Schuster)
"Power Concedes Nothing: One Woman's Quest for Social Justice in America, from the Courtroom to the Kill Zones" - Connie Rice (Scribner)
"The Courage to Hope" - Shirley Sherrod (Atria Books)
"The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court " - Jeffrey Toobin (Doubleday) WINNER

Literary Work - Debut Author:
"A Cupboard Full of Coats" - Yvvette Edwards (HarperCollins Publishers (Amistad))
"Antebellum" - R. Kayeen Thomas (Strebor Books)
"Congo: Spirit of Darkness" - Mayi Ngwala (Genet Press)
"Nikki G: A Portrait of Nikki Giovanni in Her Own Words" - Darryl L. Lacy (Darryl L. Lacy-iUniverse) WINNER
"The Sister Accord: 51 Ways To Love Your Sister" - Sonia Jackson Myles (The Sister Accord, LLC)

Literary Work - Biography/ Auto-Biography:
"Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change" - John Lewis (Hyperion) WINNER
"Interventions: A Life in War and Peace" - Kofi Annan (The Penguin Press)
"The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo" - Tom Reiss (Crown Publishers)
"The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities " – Will Allen (Gotham Books)
"The One: The Life and Music of James Brown" - RJ Smith (Gotham Books)

Literary Work – Instructional:
"12 Ways to Put Money in Your Pocket Every Month Without A Part Time Job; The Skinny Book That Makes Your Wallet Fat" - Jennifer Matthews (Pickett Fennell Publishing Group)
"Formula 50: A 6-Week Workout and Nutrition Plan That Will Transform Your Life " – 50 Cent (Avery (Penguin Group))
"Health First: The Black Woman's Wellness Guide" - Eleanor Hinton Hoytt, Hilary Beard (SmileyBooks) WINNER
"It's Complicated (But It Doesn't Have to Be): A Modern Guide to Finding and Keeping Love" - Paul Carrick Brunson (Gotham Books)
"The No Excuse Guide to Success: No Matter What Your Boss or Life Throws at You" - Jim Smith, Jr. (Career Press)

Literary Work – Poetry:
"Hurrah's Nest" - Arisa White (Virtual Artists Collective)
"Maybe the Saddest Thing" - Marcus Wicker (HarperCollins Publishers (Harper Perennial))
"Speak Water" - Truth Thomas (Cherry Castle Publishing) WINNER
"The Ground" - Rowan Ricardo Phillips (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
"Thrall" - Natasha Trethewey (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Literary Work – Children:
"Fifty Cents and a Dream" - Jabari Asim (Author), Bryan Collier (Illustrator) (Little,nBrown Books for Young Readers)
"Harlem's Little Blackbird" - Renee Watson (Author), Christian Robinson (Illustrator) (Random House Books for Young Readers (Random House Children's Books))
"In the Land of Milk and Honey" - Joyce Carol Thomas (Author), Floyd Cooper (Illustrator) (HarperCollins / Amistad)
"Indigo Blume and the Garden City" - Kwame Alexander (Word of Mouth Books)
"What Color is My World?" - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Author), Raymons Obstfeld (Author), A.G. Ford (Illustrator) (Candlewick Press) WINNER

Literary Work - Youth/Teens:
"Fire in the Streets" - Kekla Magoon (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)
"Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons - A Dialogue With America's Young Leaders" - Gregory Reed (Amber Books) WINNER
"Pinned" - Sharon G. Flake (Scholastic Press)
"The Diary of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess" - Alice Randall (Author), Caroline Williams (Author), Shadra Strickland (Illustrator) (Turner Publishing Company)
"The Mighty Miss Malone" - Christopher Paul Curtis (Wendy Lamb Books-Random House Children's Books)

President's Award: Kerry Washington

Spingarn Medal (consists of a gold medal and is the NAACP’s highest honor): Harry Belafonte

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Harry Belafonte Honored Tonight at 2012 Montreal Black Film Fest

The Legendary HARRY BELAFONTE Will Receive the 2012 Humanitarian Prize at the 8th Annual Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF)

The legendary Harry Belafonte will receive the Montreal International Black Film Festival's 2012 Humanitarian Prize on opening night, Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at Cinéma Impérial, at 7 p.m. The MIBFF is granting Belafonte this award for his amazing contributions to the Civil Rights Movements as well as for his incredible selfless and dedicated efforts in addressing injustice and inequality in whatever form they took, even at the risk of his own wellbeing. In other words, for making the world a much better place.

"It is a tremendous honour and a real privilege for all of us to welcome the living legend, Harry Belafonte, to Montreal and to honour him with the very first Montreal International Black Film Festival's 2012 Humanitarian Prize. Giving him this award is also an excellent way for us to recognize the true value of his spirit that goes far beyond the Award-winning singer and movie star everyone knows. His constant fight for human rights have allowed people from all over the world to believe, hope, break down barriers and achieve great things," said Fabienne Colas, president and founder of the MIBFF.

The tribute to Harry Belafonte on September 19 will be followed by the screening of the opening film, Darrell Roodt's WINNIE, presented by Global Montreal, co-produced by Equinoxe Films and starring Oscar- and Grammy-award-winning Jennifer Hudson and Oscar-nominated Terrence Howard.

The following day, Thursday, September 20, Mr. Belafonte is pleased to answer questions from the public following the special presentation of Susanne Rostock's bio-pic Sing your Song, which retraces the defining moments of Belafonte's life as an activist, singer and actor. This event will take place at Concordia University (Room H-110) at 7 p.m.

"The Montreal International Black Film Festival is more than just a festival. It exposes viewers to international Black realities through cinema and other forms of expression.We want the festival to be a place of inspiration, motivation and development for filmmakers, but also for individuals who want to further their professional and personal lives," stated Emile Castonguay, Programming Director and co-founder of the Festival.

Award-winning Harry Belafonte is as well-known for his social activism and pursuit of social justice as he is for his acting and musical talent. His album "Calypso" made him the first artist in history to sell more than one million LPs. He won a Tony award for his Broadway debut in "John Murray Anderson Almanac" and an Emmy for "An Evening with Belafonte," in which he was also the first Black network television producer. He was also awarded the National Medal for the Arts by President Clinton.

He has been equally recognized in the social justice arena, with honors such as The Albert Einstein Award from Yeshiva University, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize, and the Nelson Mandela Courage Award as well as awards from the American Jewish Congress, the NAACP, the City of Hope, Fight for Sight, The Urban League, The National Conference of Black Mayors, the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, the ACLU, the State Department, the Boy Scouts of America, Hadassah International and the Peace Corps.

Over the decades, Mr. Belafonte has worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President John F. Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, and was the driving force behind the 1985 "We Are the World" project to help people affected by war, drought, and famine in Africa. He has served as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and is a recipient of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors for excellence in the performing arts. He currently resides in New York City with his wife Pamela, and has four children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchild.

The 8th annual MIBFF will take place from September 19 to 30, 2012, and is presented by Global Montreal.

Presented by Global Montreal, the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) was created in 2005 by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, anon-profit organization dedicated to promoting Cinema, Art and Culture. The mission of the MIBFF is to stimulate the development of the independent film industry and to showcase more films on the realities of Blacks from around the world. The Festival wants to promote a different kind of cinema, cinema that hails from here and from abroad and that does not necessarily have the opportunity to grace the big screen, groundbreaking cinema that moves us, that raises awareness and that takes us all by surprise! The MIBFF wants to deal with issues and present works that raise questions, that provoke, that make us smile, that leave us perplexed, that shock us... A fresh new look at black cinema from the four corners of the globe.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

2012 Montreal International Black Film Festival Programming Unveiled


SEPTEMBER 19 - 30, 2012

Today, at the Cinémathèque québécoise, the 8th annual Montreal International Black Film Festival program was unveiled. The Festival is presented by Global Montreal, in collaboration with the Fabienne Colas Foundation, and will run from September 19 to 30, 2012.

The Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) is back with a diverse and exciting line-up featuring 115 films from nearly 40 countries! Moviegoers will have the chance to watch short-, mid- and feature-length films, documentaries, and narrative and animated films. Most films will be making their global, international, Canadian, or Québécois debut. In addition, a number of international celebrities will be appearing at the Festival.

The MIBFF's mission is to shed light on international Black realities, and this year's program is no exception. The 8th edition of the Festival features bold films that underscore the wealth of diversity and deserve to been seen by the public.

During twelve days of innovative cinema, actors and filmmakers from here and abroad will come to meet festival audiences and share their passion for the seventh art. And there's something for everyone! Productions are divided into ten categories: drama, art/poetry/music, comedy, Haiti, history/traditions, immigration/segregation, human conditions, animation, success and L'Afrique en mouvement (The Changing Face of Africa). Here is an overview of the Festival line up's top picks: Sing Your Song, Le Bonheur d'Elza, Lucky, How to Steal Two Million, LUV, Otelo Burning, Sonny Boy, Winnie, Dear Mandela, Alaskaland, From Zimbabwe to Santa Fe, Hotel Haiti, Ithemba, Slavery by Another Name, Surfing Soweto, The Carrier, The Central Park Five, The Girls in the Band, The Fourth World, The Three Way, Hopelessly in June, On the Wings of Men, MacPherson, and many more!

MIBFF is broadening its horizons and pushing boundaries! As an arena for debates on major social, cultural and economic issues, its programming is bolstered by renowned guests that have made their mark. Drawing on exceptional personal experiences, these guests bring enthusiasm and inspiration to the Festival. This year, the legendary Harry Belafonte, activist and award-winning actor and musician, will receive the 2012 Honorary Humanitarian Award. Stedman Graham, internationally-renowned speaker, executive and best-selling author, will be awarded the Career Excellence Award.

Sonia Benezra, star television and radio host who has been nominated for two Gémaux awards this fall for her show on Musimax, Bénézra reçoit, has been named spokesperson for the 8th edition of MIBFF. The Festival's honorary ambassador remains cultural reporter Francine Grimaldi.

Opening film - WINNIE and tribute to HARRY BELAFONTE - Presented by Global Montreal

Wednesday, September 19 at 7 p.m., at Cinéma Impérial, the joint Canadian (Equinoxe Films) and South African production WINNIE, directed by Darrell Roodt, will open the Festival, making its Québécois debut. Starring Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson and Oscar nominee Terrence Howard, WINNIE is an intimate, in-depth and impartial film that tells the remarkable story of Winnie Mandela, one of the world's most famous female activists, by exploring both her personal and political life. Winnie Mandela is a complex historical figure, lauded for her role in the fight against apartheid led by her husband. But because of some questionable relationships, Winnie is an equally controversial personality. The director Darrell Roodt and producer Michael Mosca will be present at the opening.

Harry Belafonte, famous activist, musician and actor will be awarded the Festival's 2012 Honorary Humanitarian Award during the course of the evening.

Closing film - THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE - Presented by the Fabienne Colas Foundation
Sunday, September 30 at 7 p.m., at Cinéma Impérial, THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, directed by Ken Burns, David McMahon and Sarah Burns, will close the festivities with its Québécois debut. In 1989, five Black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and later convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park. They spent between six and thirteen years in prison before a serial rapist confessed that he alone had committed the crime, leading to their convictions being overturned. Set against a backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and racial tension, the film tells the story of this horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, a media clamoring for sensational stories and an outraged public, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice. The director Sarah Burns and two of the film's five protagonists, Raymond Santana and Yusef Salaam, will be present.

Special presentation and talk with HARRY BELAFONTE
Thursday, September 20 at 7 p.m., at Concordia University (room H-110), the Harry Belafonte bio-pic, SING YOUR SONG, will be shown. Wonderfully archived, and told with a remarkable sense of intimacy, visual style, and musical panache, this inspiring biographical documentary surveys the life and times of singer, actor and activist Harry Belafonte. From his rise to fame as a singer, inspired by Paul Robeson, and his experiences touring a segregated country, to his provocative crossover into Hollywood, Belafonte's ground-breaking career personifies the American Civil Rights Movement and made an impact on many other social justice movements. Belafonte is a tenacious, hands-on activist who worked intimately with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., mobilized celebrities for social justice, participated in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, and took action to counter gang violence and the incarceration of youth. The movie will be followed by a talk given by none other than the film's star, living legend Harry Belafonte! Belafonte's appearance is an honor and a privilege for Montreal.

Conference and tribute to STEDMAN GRAHAM
On Thursday, September 27 at 7 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, best-selling author, internationally-renowned speaker, and successful executive, Stedman Graham will present his conference entitled The Nine-Step Plan for Success. He will also be awarded the Career Excellence Award. More than just a businessperson, Graham is also an educator and orator. He provides training to corporations and non-profit organizations on identity development, leadership, diversity, personal wellness and personal and professional branding. Graham has written eleven books, two of which have become New York Times best-sellers. He has always shown a commitment to youth and community and actively participates in leadership programs in South Africa. A big name coming to Montreal!

Cinémathèque special presentations
A brand new partnership with the Cinémathèque québécoise gives the Festival the opportunity to screen the powerful three-part documentary NOIRS DE FRANCE, which retraces the construction of the French Black identity, and gives a voice to the actors and inheritors of this story from 1889 to present day (Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 28, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 5 p.m.). The Cinémathèque will also present the L'Afrique en mouvement (The Changing Face of Africa) series on Friday, September 21 at 8:30 p.m., which brings together the work of African artists living both in Africa and in Diaspora.

An evening of Haitian cinema at La Perle Retrouvée cultural centre
Haiti is a constant presence in the Festival's programming. This year, it will be featured in a 100% Haitian evening that will take place at the La Perle Retrouvée cultural centre on Saturday, September 22, starting at 7:30 p.m. We will be showing: cinema in a series of five films, JIJ JIJEM BYEN (Mr. Judge, be fair with me), directed by Carl Lafontant, in Créole (two with English subtitles), followed by a dance.

Movie Passes: The Festival is pleased to offer a $70 Movie Pass valid for 10 films, a $100 Movie-Buff Pass valid for all films shown at Cinéma du Parc, a $150 Movie Passport valid for all films (including the opening and closing films, as well as the tribute to Harry Belafonte), and a $300 Prestige Pass granting priority access to all Festival events, including events featuring Stedman Graham and Harry Belafonte.

Individual Tickets: Individual tickets are now available for $10 per screening at Cinéma du Parc or on the Festival website ( Tickets for opening and closing nights, and the special presentation and Harry Belafonte talk are available for $25 on the Festival website. Tickets for Stedman Graham's conference are available for $95 on the Festival's website.

Theatres: All films will be screened at Cinéma du Parc (3575, av. du Parc), except the opening and closing nights, including the Harry Belafonte tribute, which will take place at the Cinéma Impérial (1430, rue de Bleury). The screening of Sing Your Song and the talk with Harry Belafonte will take place in room H-110 at Concordia University (1455, boul. De Maisonneuve West). The conference and tribute to Stedman Graham will take place at the Hyatt Regency Montreal Hotel (1255, rue Jeanne-Mance). The four special screenings are at the Cinémathèque Québécoise (335, De Maisonneuve East) and the Haitian event is at the La Perle Retrouvée cultural centre (7655, 20e ave).

Presented by Global Montreal, the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) was created in 2005 by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, anon-profit organization dedicated to promoting Cinema, Art and Culture. The mission of the MIBFF is to stimulate the development of the independent film industry and to showcase more films on the realities of Blacks from around the world. The Festival wants to promote a different kind of cinema, cinema that hails from here and from abroad and that does not necessarily have the opportunity to grace the big screen, groundbreaking cinema that moves us, that raises awareness and that takes us all by surprise! The MIBFF wants to deal with issues and present works that raise questions, that provoke, that make us smile, that leave us perplexed, that shock us... A fresh new look at black cinema from the four corners of the globe!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Negromancer News Bits and Bites for July 28, 2011

Here's a roundup of stuff that interests me or may interest you, dear reader:

Apparently, some people feel that Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis has to defend her role in The Help.  I don't.  I think that people who are uncomfortable with the subject matter of the film and the book upon which it is based should just avoid the film, which I may do.

Anyway, BET cribbed some quotes from an interview she gave to another website.  Here, is a good one:

Davis: “I feel one of the most revolutionary things you could do [in film] is to humanize the Black woman. And what I mean by that is that is… there is no way that I’m going to believe that if Meryl Streep or a Jodie Foster or any number of fabulous Caucasian actresses were sitting in front of you that anyone would ask them why they did a role if there was something about that character that they didn’t feel was politically correct...


Yep, it's been 20 years.  John Singleton talks to about the Oscar-nominated Boyz N the Hood, which is 20 years old this year.


Deadline: New York has an exclusiveJ.J. Abrams is ready to begin work on the sequel to his 2009 smash hit reboot, Star Trek (the first Trek flick to win an Oscar).  But the film will not meet its June 29 2012 release date, so Paramount Pictures is giving that release date to G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  Currently, Star Trek 2 does not even have a script. Egads!


More from Deadline:  Paramount has moved Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol from December 16th to Dec. 21st.  Meanwhile, the next Tom Cruise franchise, based upon the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child, is set to launch in February 2013.


We love Simon PeggWord is out about a new movie, "A Fantastic Fear of Everything," which has him playing, "a children’s author turned crime novelist whose research into the lives of Victorian serial killers turns him into a paranoid wreck, especially when a Hollywood executive decides he wants to make a film out of his findings."


Movieline has the lineup for the 68th Venice Film Festival, which runs from August 31st to September 10th.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Halle Berry Declines Aretha Role

Recently, I posted about Aretha Franklin stating that Halle Berry would play her in a film about the Queen of Soul's life.  More recently at the Golden Globes, Berry politely declined.  Shadow and Act has the story and some opinion.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Mo'Nique and Academy President to Announce Oscar Nominations

Press release:

Mo'Nique To Join Academy President Tom Sherak For Oscar® Nominations

Beverly Hills, CA (January 4, 2011) –Beverly Hills, CA — Nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards® will be announced on Tuesday, January 25, by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and Oscar-winning actress and Academy member Mo’Nique.

Sherak and Mo’Nique will unveil the nominations in 10 of the 24 categories at a 5:30 a.m. news conference at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, where hundreds of media representatives from around the world will be gathered. Nominations information for all categories will be distributed simultaneously to news media in attendance and via the Internet on the official Academy Awards website,

Last year Mo’Nique received her first Oscar nomination and win for her supporting performance in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.” She currently hosts her own late-night talk show, "The Mo'Nique Show," on BET.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wesley Snipes Reports to Prison

According to Brian Ross, via this story, Wesley Snipes, 48, reported to McKean Federal Correctional Institution in Lewis Run, Pennsylviania, shortly before noon.  He is reportedly Bureau of Prisons inmate No. 43355-018

In April 2008, Snipes was convicted of three misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file income taxes.  He had spent the time since unsuccessfully appealing his conviction.

Eventually, Snipes will be housed in the adjacent, satellite minimum security prison camp to McKean, according to Ross.  McKean is supposed to be a federal prison that convicts, especially the rich and famous, prefer.

I send good wishes to Wesley and prayers to his family.  I can't wait for him to be back in action.  Blade will live!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Time Runs Out for Blade; Snipes Must Report to Prison

E! Online has reported that Wesley Snipes has been ordered to report to prison immediately to begin serving his 3 year sentence on charges of federal tax evasion.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Russell Crowe and The RZA, Again

Both Russell Crowe and The RZA were in American Gangster.  They reunite in Crowe's just-came-out-flick, The Next Three Days.  The duo give a joint interview to BV on Movies.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halle Berry Makes Late Bid for Oscar Nomination

Halle Berry news from Deadline.  Her based-upon-a-true-story, 1970s psychological drama, Frankie and Alice, is a last minute entrance into the Oscar race.  The film, which Berry produced, has been moved up to a December 17 released date in L.A. and NYC in order to qualify for the 2011 Oscars.  It will go into a wider release (the top 20 cities) on Feb. 4th, shortly after the Oscar nominations are announced.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Anthony Mackie Smacks Rapper-Actors

"I don't go into the hospital and let the janitor perform surgery on me, you know what I mean?"

Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) on rappers-turned-actors.  The blog entry from "BV on Movies" also brings up some old quotes from Samuel L. Jackson and Nia Long about rapper-actors.

Personally, I'm ambivalent about rapper-actors.  Will Smith and Queen Latifah have turned out some exceptional performances, and Smith has earned two Oscar nominations, while Latifah has one (for Chicago).  On the other hand, guys like Ice Cube, Ludacris, and 50 Cent are average actors, and that's being generous considering some of their performances.  I like Ice Cube and Ludacris, but for the most part, they, like a lot of rapper-actors, are just taking roles that should go to trained African-American actors.

LL Cool J and Ice T have been good in parts tailored towards their personalities, but they're also deficient.  I think that a guy like Mos Def doesn't get enough credit for how good he is as an actor.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Twilight's Edi Gathegi Cast in "X-Men: First Class"

From AOL Black Voices' "BV on Movies" blog:  Kenyan-born actor Edi Gathegi who played the vampire Laurent in Twilight and Twilight Saga: New Moon has signed on to "X-Men: First Class," the upcoming X-Men movie that looks back at the early days of the X-Men.  The 31-year old Gathegi will reportedly play Armando Munoz, the mutant also known as "Darwin."

The film is being directed by Matthew Vaughn and stars James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lensherr, Alice Eve as Emma Frost, Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy, also known as Beast, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Caleb Landry Jones as Banshee, Lucas Till as Havok, and Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw.  20th Century Fox will release the film on June 3, 2011.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Blacula's Lady, Vonetta McGee Dead at 65

Vonetta McGee, the African-American actress who had a starring role in Blacula, has died at the age of 65.  Born in San Francisco, McGee debuted in the 1968 Italian comedy, Faustina, playing the title role.  Among the films in which McGee appeared are the 1972 black action movie, Hammer (with Fred Williamson), the 1972 crime drama, Melinda, and Shaft in Africa (1973).  She also appeared opposite Clint Eastwood in The Eiger Sanction (1975).  McGee would go on to having recurring roles in 1980s television drama, Cagney and Lacey and L.A. Law.

The website for the magazine Cinema Retro has a small obit for the actress, but a longer article about her can be found at AOL's Black Voices.

Rest in peace, my Queen.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Danny Glover's Short Film "Second Life" Debuts Online

Danny Glover’s Newest Short Film Debuts on The Responsibility Project

“Second Line” Reminds Viewers to “Do the Right Thing”

Directed by Danny Glover and Produced by Moving Parts, Inc.

--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Liberty Mutual Group:
About the Film: A neighbor, a friend or a stranger in need of a small act of kindness often passes by us unnoticed. It’s a decision we make every day — “Am I too busy to lend a moment of my time to another person?” Despite overloaded schedules and the struggle to balance the responsibilities of daily life, it’s important to remember how little time it takes to “do the right thing.”

Danny Glover directs and stars in the latest short film from Liberty Mutual’s Responsibility Project entitled, “Second Line.” Glover portrays a wealthy and frustrated businessman who is forced to walk to work after his car will not start. The man, characterized as being too busy and self-consumed to notice the people and places he passes, rushes through the streets of San Francisco. Viewers join the man on what appears to be an ordinary walk to work. After breezing past others in need, the man arrives at work and finally realizes all that he has missed. A changed expression appears on his face and he suddenly becomes present again as he helps a homeless man on the street. The film ends as the businessman enters his office building, turns around and notices another “lost soul” speeding by.

The four-and-a-half minute short film, “Second Line” was written by Nicole Middleton, directed by Danny Glover and produced by Moving Parts, Inc. The film’s director of photography, Michael Chin, was nominated for an Emmy® in Outstanding Cinematography for “The American Experience,” a series of documentaries on American history. The filmmakers were inspired by the collective spirit of street parades or “second lines,” a long-standing cultural tradition in New Orleans that celebrates family and community. The short film can be found at

About the Director:
Danny Glover, who grew up in San Francisco, where “Second Line” was filmed, made his directing debut in 2002 with “Just A Dream.” Glover, a beloved American actor, has produced over 20 films and television productions. He has been nominated for four Emmy® awards and has been recognized for his support of various humanitarian and political causes.

About The Responsibility Project:
The Responsibility Project, created by Liberty Mutual, uses entertainment content to create a forum for people to discuss personal acts of responsibility. Through short films, online content and television programming, The Responsibility Project is a catalyst for examining the decisions that confront people trying to “do the right thing.”

Individuals can participate in online conversations about personal responsibility and also review live-action and animated film shorts on the project’s online community,

About Liberty Mutual:
Boston-based Liberty Mutual Group is a diversified global insurer and fifth largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2008 direct written premium. The Company also ranks 71st on the Fortune 500 list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2009 revenue. As of December 31, 2009, Liberty Mutual Group had $109.5 billion in consolidated assets, $94.9 billion in consolidated liabilities and $31.1 billion in annual consolidated revenue.

Liberty Mutual Group offers a wide range of insurance products and services, including personal automobile, homeowners, workers compensation, commercial multiple peril, commercial automobile, general liability, global specialty, group disability, assumed reinsurance, fire and surety.

Liberty Mutual Group ( employs over 45,000 people in more than 900 offices throughout the world.

Where: “Second Line” is available now on

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Halle Berry Headed for the Great White Way? (Negromancer New Bits & Bites)

I found this news at AOL's Black Voices:  Halle Berry is apparently close to being cast in a Broadway production of The Mountaintop, a play about the final hours of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s final hours, written by Katori Hall.  Of course, I'll being watching for more news on this.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Khalil Kain in Typer Perry's "For Colored Girls"

AOL Black Voices' "BV on Movies" blog has the following exclusiveKhalil Kain is to appear in Tyler Perry's upcoming "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf."

Kain played "Raheem Porter," the murder victim shot by Tupac's "Rolland Bishop", in the 1992 film, Juice.  Kain was also a series regular on the late sitcom, Girlfriends.  According to the blog, Kain's character will be paired with a character played by Anika Noni Rose of Dreamgirls and Walt Disney's The Princess and the Frog.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Vanessa Williams to Be Wicked Housewife

Apparently, ABC has announced that Vanessa Williams, just off the recently cancelled "Ugly Betty," will join the cast of "Desperate Housewives" for its seventh season in 2010-11.  I'll post ABCs fall lineup as soon as I find it.

Friday, April 23, 2010

John Singleton to Adapt Kevin Grevioux Graphic Novel for Television

The following Negro movie news comes from an article at AOL Black Voices "BV on Movies" blog:

John Singleton is reportedly going to direct a television miniseries for EPIX TV, a premium movie channel owned by Studio 3 Partners, a joint venture between Paramount Pictures, MGM and Lionsgate.  The series is called "The Gray Men" and is based on a new graphic novel by actor Kevin Grevioux.

Grevioux wrote the original screenplay for the 2003 film, Underworld, although Grevioux was excluded from contributing to the screenplays for the Underworld sequels.  Grevioux played the werewolf, Raze, in the original film.  Grevioux also writes comic books for his own line of comics and also for Marvel Comics, including the series, New Warriors and Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel.  As of this writing, "The Gray Men" has not been published.
"The Gray Man" is apparently a period piece set in the 1960s, and looks at a time when the government was recruiting young African-American college students to infiltrate radicals groups, including the Black Panthers.

Grevioux reportedly has another film, "I, Frankenstein," in pre-production.  Scheduled to start shooting this summer, "I, Frankenstein" is based on the comic book series from Darkstorm Comics and features Frankenstein's monster, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, among others.  Patrick Tatopoulos, who directed Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, will helm this live-action feature with Grevioux, Robert Sanchez, and Lakeshore Entertainment (which produced Underworld) serving as producers.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Chris Rock to Remake Akira Kurosawa Film

According to AOL Black Voice, BV on Movie blog, Chris Rock is working on a screenplay for director Mike Nichols' planned remake of High and Low, a film from legendary Japanese filmmaker, Akira Kurosawa.  According to the article, Rock revealed this news while promoting his new film, Death at a Funeral (itself a remake of a British comedy).