The brutality of the Jim Crow era is well known to most. The casual terror unleashed on black bodies and psyches through lynchings and beatings still echoes loudly through our collective memory, even for those who were born under the first black president.
OSN, the Middle East, and North Africa region’s leading entertainment network, has signed the first partnership deal in the region with Netflix – the world’s leading internet entertainment service – marking a bold first step for industry collaboration and integration.
REGINALD F. LEWIS, FIRST BLACK $BILLION DOLLAR DEALMAKER — NEW DOCUMENTARY TO BE BROADCAST IN FEBRUARY, BLACK HISTORY MONTH
WNET has announced the television premiere of Pioneers: Reginald F. Lewis and the Making of a Billion Dollar Empire (Watch the trailer).
Above: A still from the film Monsters and Men with Jeffery Wright and Jennifer Hudson. After 10 days and 123 feature films, the 2018 Sundance Film Festival’s Awards Ceremony took place tonight, with host Jason Mantzoukas emceeing and jurors presenting 28 prizes for feature filmmaking in Park City, Utah.
The 10th anniversary season of the documentary series AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange opens with Rachel Perkins’ Black Panther Woman, a look back at the Black Panther Party in Australia, and a legacy tarnished by #MeToo charges from one of the women involved in that movement.
For this year’s screenings in SoundScape Park on the 7,000 square-foot outdoor projection wall of the New World Center, David Gryn has selected films that engage with the diverse and global language of dance, as well as the connection between movement and music.
Director Ava DuVernay and Composer Quincy Jones Lead November Programming at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture
Above: Ava DuVernay. Photo from Ms. DuVernay’s website. The National Museum of African American History and Culture’s November public programming features 2017 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award-winners, Selma director Ava DuVernay and legendary musician and composer Quincy Jones, and special guest Selma lead actor David Oyelowo.
Sundance Institute has selected 10 original independent pilots for holistic support at its fourth annual Episodic Lab. With topics ranging from awkward family dynamics to the rippling effect of crime on a community, the scope of this year’s projects, and the diverse backgrounds of their creators, speaks to the Institute’s broad and visionary support of the episodic format;
Above: Left, Morayo Akandé as Rebecca Atkinson and Moyo Akandé as Emma Atkinson. Photo by Jonathan Birch. When we think of slavery and the Atlantic Slave trade, we picture the Americas and the Caribbean.
Prolific writer, producer and television hitmaker Shonda Rhimes is bringing her Shondaland production company to Netflix under a multi-year deal to produce new series and other projects.