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The American Film Institute presents its 30th iteration

festivals can be a welcome departure from the formula driven blockbusters that dominate the movie industry. This year’s 30th annual American Film Institute Festival, held Nov. 10-17, offers up a platform for emerging talents to showcase their wares, along with tributes to established stars and the festival’s yearly Legacy lineup of cinema classics.

Documentary recalls the history of local dissent

Among the offerings at the upcoming “I’ve Known Rivers Film Festival” is a documentary highlighting an obscure facet of the Black Liberation struggle, titled “Jackson: Not Just a Name.”

Vaino Spencer, First Black female judge, dead at 96

Vaino Hassan Spencer, the first Black female judge in California, passed away in her Los Angeles home at 96 of natural causes, her family reported.

CAAM introduces fall exhibition season with ‘Can’t Stop Won’t Stop’

“While the California African American Museum opened its doors in 1984 (chartered in 1977), it has until recently remained one of the best kept secrets in Los Angeles.” —Deputy Director Naima J. Keith

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Mourners turn out for funeral of Olympian’s daughter

Hundreds of mourners gathered for the funeral of Trinity Gay on Oct. 22 at the Southland Christian Church in the Lexington suburb of Nicholasville, Ky. Gay, the 15-year-old daughter of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay and a budding track star in her own right, suffered a gun shot wound to the neck at approximately 4 a.m. on Oct 16, in a Lexington Restaurant parking lot near the University of Kentucky.

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Walton Isaacson uses cultural awareness to reap profits for clients

One of the most successful television shows in recent years, the period drama “Mad Men” was alternately criticized for its accuracy and it’s exclusion of ethnic minorities in its depiction of the advertising industry of the 1960s.

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Eso Won Books hosted ‘Birth of a Nation’ forum

Following the media build up prior to its Oct. 7 opening, “The Birth of a Nation” generated some $7 million in box office revues in its first weekend, short of the projected $10 million anticipated.

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Junior welterweight champ succumbs to heart disease at 60

Aaron Pryor, whose aggressive, predatory pugilist style (earned him the nickname “Hawk”) which allowed him to claim the Junior Welterweight Championship and a spot in the International Boxing Hall of Fame, died in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, on Oct. 9 at 60. He had been suffering from heart disease and vision problems for several years.

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‘Birth of a Nation’ explores one man’s conflict with spiritual duality

Social control or call for emancipation?

The union between slave descendents and Christianity is one of the most enduring covenants in American history.

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Manna from Heaven?

News of a major nonprofit jackpot to Black Lives Matter may be premature

“Now is the time to call for an end to state violence directed at communities of color. And now is the time to advocate for investment in public services—including but not limited to police reform—together with education, health, and employment in communities for people that have historically had less opportunity and access to all those things.”

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