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Boomerang

Network: Bet.

Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour).

Seasons: Ongoing.

TV show dates: February 12, 2019 — present.

Series status: Has not been cancelled.

Performers include: Lala Milan, Rj Walker, Leland Martin, Tetona Jackson, Tequan Richmond, and Brittany Inge.

TV show description:

From executive producers Halle Berry and Lena Waithe, the Boomerang TV show is a sequel to the 1992 romantic comedy feature film of the same name, which stars Eddie Murphy as Marcus Graham, Robin Givens as Jacqueline Broyer, and Berry as Angela Davis.

The serialized sitcom follows Jacqueline's son Bryson (Richmond) and Marcus and Angela's daughter, Simone (Jackson). It traces their journey as they try to forge a path outside the shadows their parents have cast and make a name
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Magnolia swoops on 'Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am'

Doc about first African-American woman to receive the Nobel Prize for literature premiered at Sundance.

Magnolia Pictures has swooped on North American rights to Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ documentary and recent Sundance world premiere Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am.

The film explores the life and works of the first African-American woman to receive the Nobel Prize for literature, from her childhood growing up in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio, to 1970s-era book tours with Muhammed Ali, to the front lines with activist Angela Davis, to her own riverfront writing room.

Greenfield-Sanders interviews Hilton Als, Davis, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez,
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‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am’ Documentary Acquired by Magnolia Pictures

  • The Wrap
Magnolia Pictures announced on Tuesday that it has landed North American rights to Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ uplifting documentary “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am.”

The documentary, about the legendary storyteller, who was the first African-American woman to receive the Nobel Prize, premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am,” offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the acclaimed novelist. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ’70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative.
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‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am’: Magnolia Pictures Acquires Doc On Nobel Prize Winner

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to director Timothy Greenfield-SandersToni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, an uplifting documentary chronicling the vibrant life and compelling works of the legendary storyteller who in 1993 became the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize.

In addition to Nobel Laureate Morrison, the film features conversations with Hilton Als, Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley and Sonia Sanchez, as well as Oprah Winfrey, who adapted Morrison’s 1987 novel Beloved into a 1998 feature film directed by the late Jonathan Demme.

Magnolia is aiming for a theatrical release before year’s end. The Pieces I Am, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, will stream on Hulu. The film will make its exclusive U.S. broadcast premiere in late 2020 on PBS as part of the American Masters series.

The documentary acquisition
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Ava DuVernay Says She’s Boycotting the 2019 Super Bowl in Support of Colin Kaepernick

Ava DuVernay Says She’s Boycotting the 2019 Super Bowl in Support of Colin Kaepernick
Ava DuVernay is standing in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.

The Selma filmmaker, 42, voiced her support for the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback — who started the #TakeAKnee movement to protest racial injustices — on Twitter on Sunday and said she won’t be tuning in to watch Super Bowl Liii.

“I will not be a spectator, viewer or supporter of the #SuperBowl today in protest of the @NFL’s racist treatment of @Kaepernick7 and its ongoing disregard for the health + well-being of all its players. To watch the game is to compromise my beliefs. It’s not worth it. #ImWithKap,” DuVernay wrote.
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Wakanda Over Everything: How the Fictional Country of ‘Black Panther’ Might Exist in Real Life (Bonus Podcast)

Wakanda Over Everything: How the Fictional Country of ‘Black Panther’ Might Exist in Real Life (Bonus Podcast)
What if there was an African nation that largely escaped the world’s notice, but produced a substance that powered cellphones, computers, and even electric vehicles? There is. But we aren’t talking about Wakanda, or vibranium. “Black Panther” fired imaginations with its story of a fictional country that has evaded colonialism and exploitation by mining a fictional substance, vibranium, to produce the greatest technology on earth. Vibranium has a real-life equivalent in cobalt, a mineral used to power everything from cell phones to electric cars. But Wakanda is only a dream. Also Read: Why Angela Davis Needs a 'Forrest Gump'-Style Biopic (Podcast) In real life, the...
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Roman J Israel, Esq review – strange but compelling

Denzel Washington’s Oscar-nominated performance gives this messy legal drama some zing

Roman J Israel, Esq is a strange film, much stranger than features containing Oscar-nominated performances tend to be. Denzel Washington plays Israel, a brilliant, socially awkward, behind-the-scenes civil rights lawyer who is left high and dry when his partner unexpectedly dies. Offered a new job by Colin Farrell’s wealthy criminal lawyer, he is thrust into a set of new circumstances and presented with a series of moral conundrums.

Directed by Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler), the film isn’t quite sure what it’s doing. It begins as a legal drama, but lacks a courtroom climax. It’s set in the present day, but is bogged down by period trappings (Israel listens to 70s soul on an iPod classic, carries a mobile and is guided by a poster of the civil rights activist Angela Davis that hangs in his
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Ida Documentary Awards: ‘Dina,’ ‘Edith + Eddie,’ ‘The Defiant Ones’ Take Top Honors

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Ida Documentary Awards: ‘Dina,’ ‘Edith + Eddie,’ ‘The Defiant Ones’ Take Top Honors
The documentary film and television community came together to honor their own at the festive 33rd Annual Ida Documentary Awards celebration Saturday night at the Paramount Studio Theatre. The evening’s top prizes went to Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini’s Sundance-jury-winning love story “Dina” for Best Feature, and Laura Checkoway’s Oscar-shortlisted “Edith+Eddie” for Best Short.

Other winners included Dan Lindsay and Tj Martin’s Oscar-shortlisted “La 92” for the ABC News VideoSource Award, PBS’ Independent Lens for Best Curated Series, HBO’s “The Defiant Ones” for Best Limited Series, BBC’s “Planet Earth II” for Best Episodic Series, The New York Times Op-Docs for Best Short Form Series (which boasts three Oscar-shortlisted shorts), and Joel Fendelman’s “Man on Fire” for the David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award.

Charles Burnett presented the Emerging Filmmaker Award to Yance Ford, winner of the Sundance Special Jury Award for Storytelling,
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Joshua Reviews Peter Bratt’s Dolores [Theatrical Review]

It’s becoming increasingly rare to see a day go by without hearing about a profoundly moving and human statement through the form of activism. In an age of reality show presidents and racism being propagated from the highest ranks of American political office, activism of all shades has become a major part of American life, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual preference or creed. However, that was not always the case.

One of America’s great activist leaders is still standing side by side with marchers across the country, and yet many don’t know her story. Dolores Huerta is less well known than most historic activists, even than someone like Cesar Chavez who would work hand in hand with Huerta in forming the modern workers movement. Co-founder of the first farm workers unions with partner in liberation Chavez, Huerta is at once a strong willed mother of 11 children
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Theatrical Trailer for Array's 'The House on Coco Road' Documentary

"There is a freedom tide rising in our hemisphere." Array has released an official trailer for a documentary titled The House on Coco Road, from filmmaker Damani Baker. The documentary profiles Baker's own family that moved away from Oakland, California in the 1980s only to end up directly inside the Grenada Revolution, which America was involved with. The film features first hand accounts from activists including Angela Davis, Fania Davis and Fannie Haughton. It also has a score by musician/songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello. This looks like another powerful, eye-opening doc about racism and the struggle for justice in America - including going all the way to Grenada to make a point. I'm very curious about seeing this doc. Here's the official trailer (+ posters) for Damani Baker's The House on Coco Road, direct from YouTube: Set amidst the Grenada Revolution, The House on Coco Road documents one family's flight from racial tensions in 1980's Oakland,
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Jay Z, Will Smith Executive Producing Emmett Till HBO Miniseries

Jay Z, Will Smith Executive Producing Emmett Till HBO Miniseries
Jay Z and Will Smith will executive produce an upcoming HBO miniseries about Emmett Till, a teenager whose death in 1955 helped spark the civil rights movement. A writer is currently being sought for the project that is in "active development," Deadline reports, with the as-yet-untitled miniseries expected to run six hours.

Till was 14 years old when he was brutally murdered in Mississippi after allegedly flirting with a married white woman. The two men charged in Till's killing were later acquitted; they would eventually admit to slaying the teenager but avoided further prosecution.
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Mistresses Recap: Bartender Dysphoria

Mistresses Recap: Bartender Dysphoria
We’ve all heard some variation on the “priest walks into a bar” joke, but this week’s Mistresses found the zinger walking right into the church, planting a not-exactly-chaste kiss on Karen Kim’s lips and scoring an invitation to a parish mixer — Kogi truck included!

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Surely this qualifies as divine intervention — even if the most open-minded of us are still trying to wrap our heads around the Lord-tell-me-this-isn’t-happening “Vivian feeds Alec toast, Alec kisses Karen on the forehead” montage that kicked off the episode. (Ditto the awkward house party for throuples, quints and quatros.
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Out in the Night: The So-Called "Attack of the Killer Lesbians"

In August of 2006, seven friends, New Jersey Afro-American lesbians all, decided to check out the West Village in Manhattan to escape the engrained homophobia of Newark. "That night we didn't have a destination. We came to the Village to have fun. Look at the girls. Be gay," one noted.

But as the septet was walking past the IFC Center, a multiplex art house on the Avenue of the Americas, Wayne Buckle, 28, who was sitting on a fire hydrant, tried to pick up one of the ladies, Patreese Johnson. When Johnson noted she was gay, Buckle was said to have made homophobic comments, reportedly employing such terms as "dyke," and "lesbian bitch," plus an antisocial phrase or two including "I'll fuck you straight, sweetheart" and "Let me get some of that."

Then he apparently spit on and threw a lit cigarette at the young women and approached them menacingly. Within the
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Attention, Documentary Filmmakers: Here Are 9 Tips for Finding and Securing the Archival Material You Need

  • Indiewire
Finding the right archival material for your documentary can be an enormous and daunting undertaking -- one that, if you don't go about it the right way, may not pay off. Panelists on the "Dig Into Archives" panel at Doc NYC yesterday highlighted the most important things to keep in mind when researching and trying to secure the rights to archival material. The panelists included Frank Keraudren, co-director, "The Dog," Shola Lynch, director, "Free Angela and all Political Prisoners," Tom Jennings, director, "Mlk: The Assassination Tapes" and Scott Norman, content manager, NBC News Archives. Judith Aley, who has worked as an archival researcher on "When the Levees Broke," "Sicko" and "The Tillman Story," among other documentaries, moderated. "Free Angela Davis" tells the story of how Angela Davis' radical political stance wrongly implicated her in a kidnapping attempt and landed her on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list. The final
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Watch: 'Free Angela' Filmmaker Shola Lynch On Being Pigeonholed As a Black Female Filmmaker

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Watch: 'Free Angela' Filmmaker Shola Lynch On Being Pigeonholed As a Black Female Filmmaker
Second-time filmmaker Shola Lynch, having just finished her first project about Brooklyn-based Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm's 1972 presidential bid, did not want to make her next film about "another black woman." But political activist Angela Davis was simply too rich of a subject for Lynch to pass up. After acquiring an exclusive contract that allowed Lynch access to Mr. Davis's story and the people in Angela's life, the process of constructing a second feature-length documentary was underway. "Free Angela and All Political Prisoners" took Lynch eight years to complete, but what came out of that long process is an emotional, political crime drama "with a love story at the center," a story that offers a detailed look into Angela Davis's life as a political activist and the activities that lead to her 1971 court case. Through rare verité footage, exclusive photographs, and never-before-seen courtroom sketches, Lynch weaves a narrative out of Angela's.
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Watch: 'Free Angela' Filmmaker Shola Lynch On Being Pigeonholed As a Black Female Filmmaker

Second-time filmmaker Shola Lynch, having just finished her first project about Brooklyn-based Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm's 1972 presidential bid, did not want to make her next film about "another black woman." But political activist Angela Davis was simply too rich of a subject for Lynch to pass up. After acquiring an exclusive contract that allowed Lynch access to Mr. Davis's story and the people in Angela's life, the process of constructing a second feature-length documentary was underway. Free Angela and All Political Prisoners took Lynch eight years to complete, but what ...
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Wow 2013 – Free Angela and All Political Prisoners Review

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Göteborg, Sweden – Free Angela and All Political Prisoners was screened at Way Out West 2013 in cooperation with Folkets Bio. This powerful feature-length documentary is centered on the struggle of legendary college professor and civil rights activist, Angela Davis, who finds herself accused in a failed escape attempt that ended in a shootout, four dead and Angela on the FBI Most Wanted list.

Directed by Shola Lynch, Free Angela combines archival material with new interviews including a series of interviews with Davis herself that makes for a well executed film. Through the film, Angela has the opportunity to share her intimate stories and speak out about her actions during that time.

Lynch’s film captivates the viewer, returning them to a troubled time in American history, during the civil rights movement and Angela’s struggle. Her story challenged the perceptions of political freedom in America back then and is as relevant then,
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Pratibha Parmar talks Alice Walker and "Beauty in Truth"

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The Color Purple, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about black communities and interpersonal relations between men and women of color in the South, catapulted Alice Walker to fame as a writer. But beyond this work (actually her tenth novel) many of us do not know the complexity and richness of her life, not only as a writer but as a global activist.

True to her artistic career, filmmaker Pratibha Parmar is continuing her efforts to make history through her latest film, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival on May 31. In this inspiring and informative documentary, Parmar tells the story of Alice Walker, from poverty-stricken child of the unbearably racist South to acclaimed writer and activist. Through a blend of archival footage that recreates the political and social contexts of Walker’s life from the mid
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New On DVD/VOD: 'Journey w/ Mumia Abu-Jamal,' 'I Want My Name Back,' 'Band Called Death'

Three very worthwhile documentaries are now available on DVD and/or VOD for you to check out! First, Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal is now on iTunes and DVD. Featuring contributions from the likes of Cornel West, Alice Walker, Angela Davis, Rubin Hurricane Carter, Dick Gregory, Peter Coyote, Ruby Dee, M-1, Giancarlo Esposito, Amy Goodman, and many others, Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal, focuses on Abu-Jamal's career as a prolific writer and journalist from Death Row. The DVD package includes the explosive new short film Manufacturing Guilt, which details the efforts of the Philadelphia Police Department and...
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Now You Too Will Be Able To See 'Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal'

First Run Features film will release Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal on iTunes and DVD on June 11. The home video package will Include the explosive new short film Manufacturing Guilt, which details the efforts of the Philadelphia Police Department and District Attorney's office to frame Mumia Abu-Jamal, as the press release states. Featuring contributions from the likes of Cornel West, Alice Walker, Angela Davis, Rubin Hurricane Carter, Dick Gregory, Peter Coyote, Ruby Dee, M-1, Giancarlo Esposito, Amy Goodman, and many others, Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal, focuses on Abu-Jamal's career as a prolific writer and...
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