By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. J. Douglas Johnston of RTQ Entertainment has acquired the rights to the story of the first African-American Naval Aviator and 3-Star Marine Corps General Frank Emmanuel Petersen, Jr. The intent is to turn General Petersen’s life story into a feature film. General Petersen, who died in...
Organization’s 55th Anniversary Celebration Shines a Light on An Overlooked History The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) is an agent for change. The AACM is celebrating their 55th anniversary this year, and is finding ways to perform and share their art despite pandemic-related restrictions. On October 31st...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. National Geographic to broadcast five-part critically acclaimed series “City So Real” From Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Steve James in an unprecedented one-night, five-hour, commercial-free event airing Thursday, October 29, at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT; 6:00 p.m. CST Twice Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Steve James (“America to Me,” “Hoop Dreams”)...
TV ONE announced the presentation of REPRESENT THE VOTE: OUR VOICE, OUR FUTURE, a three-part series of virtual town halls designed to tackle various social, economic and political issues impacting Black women voters across the U.S. CNN commentator and political analyst Karen Finney will moderate and host the series which...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. Most film festivals that are trying to still offer great content to moviegoers have pivoted to a virtual online platform, and the 26th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival (BHFF) is another fest that is set to run online from November 6 through November 30. The...
Drive-In Showing of “Fruitvale Station" and “Just Mercy” part of Inaugural Film Fest The Social Justice Now Film Festival (SJNFF), organized by the Film Life Foundation, announces that the spotlight screenings for the festival, which begins October 21, will be the documentaries “40 Years A Prisoner,” courtesy of HBO,...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. One Night in Miami The feature film debut of award-winning actress Regina King is screening through the 56th Chicago International Film Festival and will also be released in theatres on December 25. “One Night in Miami” will also be available on Amazon Prime on January...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. I have been able to virtually screen a few films that are available for moviegoers during the 56th Chicago International Film Festival, which is running until Sunday, October 25, 2020. With the 2020 tagline “Film Can Take You There” the 2020 Festival, created by award-winning...
Disney annotated “Dumbo” and other movies for including “negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures.” By Jeremy Blum, Huff Post A variety of older films on the Disney+ streaming service — including “Dumbo,” “Peter Pan” and “The Aristocats” — now carry strongly worded and unskippable disclaimers alerting audiences to racist...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. As they say, the show must go on. And for the 13th year, Walt Disney World Resort (WDW) is hosting 100 students from across the country to empower youth to Be 100 and make their dreams come true as part of the Disney Dreamers Academy...