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Gregg Reese

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Black documentarians offer networking opportunities

Also provide peek at works in progress

To say that narrative filmmaking dominates the local movie industry is a gross understatement. Depictions of make believe shape civilization and culture across the globe, a social manifestation that surpasses even the considerable monetary influence of the entertainment industry. Yet the medium of the documentary is well represented within the shadow of Hollywood, as manifested by the turnout for the annual holiday party for the Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers, better known as BADWest. The event was held Dec. 3 at the Writer’s Guild of America, West.

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Doctor Funkenstein explains it all

George Clinton chronicles his musical odyssey in a printed memoir

Once upon a time, there was a barbershop in a Black enclave in the wilds of deepest, darkest New Jersey, circa the 1950s. Like similar establishments, it was a hub of the cultural and social life of the neighborhood, and dispensed chemically straightened “processed” hair, and other, more conservative styles to a clientele of picturesque characters who often earned a living skirting the propriety of the legal system.

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In search of ‘The One’

George Clinton and the road to Afrofuturism and Astro-Blackness

Not merely escapist fantasy, science fiction does in fact make positive contributions to society, albeit in an indirect way. Generations of innovators have used these yarns as sources of inspiration, and as a portal to the future.

Darkening of the GOP: What does it mean?

Three Black Republicans win historic elections

The recent election results have flown in the face of conventional wisdom. After a disastrous presidential defeat in 2012, the Republican Party regrouped and gained control over the Senate while solidifying their sway over the House.

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Cold War memories from the turret of a Pershing tank

Next week marks the celebration of the Marine Corps birthday (Nov. 10) and Veteran’s Day (Nov. 13). In order to acknowledge both occasions at once, Our Weekly presents the story of a bona fide military pioneer who bridged the gap between World War II and the Cold War.

Hollywood humanizes the whistleblower in ‘Kill the Messenger’

Central to any compelling story is conflict. In the case of the recently released “Kill the Messenger,” the conflict is already well known: Investigative reporter from a mid-sized daily paper in San Jose stumbles upon a report of international intrigue involving government-sponsored narcotics smuggling into inner-city America. The movie unfolds as reporter Gary Webb (played by Jeremy Renner) vacillates between devoted family man (albeit with a past history of infidelity) and dogged, hard-nosed journalist captivated by the conspiracy unraveling before him.

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Ike Jones, film and entertainment pioneer dead at 84

Interracial marriage to movie star Inger Stevens kept secret for 10 years

He was a bonafide star of the UCLA Bruins football teams of the 1950s, and the first African American graduate of the UCLA film school. In his professional life, he worked as an actor and assistant director, and was the first Black producer of a major motion picture, but Ike Jones may be best remembered for his secret marriage to Blonde movie star Inger Stevens during the 1960s.

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The ‘New’ Hollywood?

Diversity and innovation play key role in Blacks increasing on-screen popularity

Recent advances for artists of color have some proclaiming a new era in “Tinsel Town” while others dismiss it as a false flag for social progress.

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Award-winning author J. California Cooper dies at 82

J. California Cooper, the author and playwright whose folksy, first-person narratives depicted Black women as they struggled through a world of hostility and indifference, died on Sept. 20 in Seattle, Wash. She was 82.

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Merchants of Fear:

Exploring the militarization of the police

“In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in folly.” —Poet & Literary Critic Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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