Monthly Archives: February 2015

50 Essential African-American Independent Films


While there are still too few African-American voices being recognized in Hollywood, recent films like Ava DuVernay’s Selma and Spike Lee’s Da Sweet Blood of Jesus speak to a vital tradition of black independent filmmakers. Even controversial creators like Tyler Perry hail from a long line of filmmakers that includes the directors and stars of the “race films” of the 1920s and 1930s. Many pioneering African-American directors, like Melvin Van Peebles and Julie Dash, were trailblazers who found money for their fiercely idiosyncratic visions. They defied expectations and proved that there was an audience for films about black characters as told by black artists.

From now until February 19th, New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center hosts Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968 – 1986, an exhaustive survey of unsung movies about African Americans. In celebration of the retrospective and Black History Month, Flavorwire…

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New Trailer: Straight Outta Compton (NSFW)

Looking forward to seeing this film!

Fights & Film

Straight Outta Compton is an upcoming semi-biographical movie that follows the founding members of the legendary rap group N.W.A. during the early years of the groups history. I wasn’t really aware of rap music/alive during NWA’s heyday so I can’t say they’re one of my favorite groups of all time, but I can definitely appreciate their story and the music they made. Straight Outta Compton looks like a very interesting film set in Southern California during the 1980’s. I have to say, the filmmakers made some excellent casting choices because the actors all look very similar to the men they portray in real life.

Straight Outta Compton is scheduled to come out in theaters on August 14th.

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Meet one stars of the film

Meet Bianca Franklin one stars of our film “Black Fist, Chocolate City”


Bianca is a California native that in addition to being an actress is also a model. Cassandra has made appearances in films like “Think Like a Man 2” and couple of short films. She is a rising star.

Bianca plays “Angie” a recent college graduate who teach yoga classes. Angie is a new to DC area and also the romantic love interest of Greg.

Make sure you go follow her on Twitter and Instagram