Saturday, September 23, 2017

The 15th Annual Lucie Awards: ART SHAY 2017 Honoree, Lifetime Achievement

ART SHAY
2017 Honoree, Lifetime Achievement



“Art Shay’s photography shakes you up, sets you down gently, pats you on the head and then kicks you in the ass.” Roger Ebert

Art Shay was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1922. During World War II, he was lead navigator on 30 missions in the Eighth Air Force. His service, which also include 23 combat supplies missions, earned him five Air Medals, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the French Croix de Guerre. He is credited with shooting down one Focke Wulf 190, a German fighter plane.
Shay has pursued photography since his teens, and he took his first Leica to war with him. His first published photographs—documenting a mid air collision over his English Air Base—were printed in a September 1944 issue of Look magazine. Upon returning to civilian life, Shay wrote Sunday features for the Washington Post before becoming a staff reporter for Life magazine. In San Francisco at age 26, he became Life’s youngest bureau chief. His specialty was story ideas and he wrote text and captions for photographers such as Alfred Eisenstaedt, Peter Stackpole, Wallace Kirkland and Francis Miller.
Shay moved to Chicago in late 1948. A longtime fan of literature, he befriended novelist Nelson Algren, the winner of the first National Book Award for Fiction. Throughout the 1950s, they wandered Chicago documenting Algren’s “rusty heart” neighborhoods. In 1951, Shay left his staff position at Life magazine and became a freelance photographer. He found success shooting for major magazines including Life, Time, Fortune, Ebony, Sports Illustrated, The Saturday Evening Post and The New York Times Magazine. Shay earned a reputation for getting the shots editors wanted. As former editor of Lifeand Fortune Roy Rowan put it, “Art Shay’s extraordinary talent lies in capturing the human spirit of all those who come before his lens.”

In Nollywood, Financiers, Marketers and Pirates Are Partners in Crime - Investigation


In Nollywood, Financiers, Marketers and Pirates Are Partners in Crime - Investigation

It is here, in the belly of the beast, that I conducted a study of the informal networks of movie pirates. There are two categories of pirates, often working together.

First are registered retailers who displayed original (white face) copies of films for sale, but conceal the green face (pirated) copies in their shops. They claimed to be retailers of original Nigerian films, but use the original copies purchased legally to mass-produce “pirated” copies for sale to increase profit.

Nollywood Diva, Stephanie Linus Speaks at the UN General Assembly


STEPHANIE LINUS TAKES 'DRY' TO THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

It’s been a busy week for #Nollywood diva, filmmaker, philanthropist and UNFPA Ambassador,  Stephanie Linus as she joined other world leaders, policy makers and key stakeholders for strategic meetings at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly currently taking place in New York, USA.

This high profile event which has been graced by world leaders such as United States of America President Donald Trump, and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations comprising of 193 Member States. In her capacity as the UNFPA Ambassador for Maternal Health in West and Central Africa, Mrs Linus has reaffirmed her commitment to ending Fistula by mobilizing the support and commitment needed to rid the world of Fistula once and for all.



The actress also recorded another milestone as her advocacy movie on fistula awareness, DRY, was screened at one of the events in an audience comprising of several African leaders, first ladies, health experts and policy makers.

Friday, September 22, 2017

The $42 Billion "Black Girl Magic" of African American Women

Gail Warrior.
Warrior is founder/CEO of Warrior Group, a commercial construction company headquartered in Dallas. Since 2009, her company has ranked in the Top 10 of the Dallas Business Journal’s 100 Largest Woman-Owned Businesses in North Texas
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What is Black Girl Magic?


Sheena Wright, First African-American Female President & CEO of United Way of NYC, USA.

According to African-American Women: Our Science, Her Magic, a Nielsen report released today. Self-made and self-reliant, the number of businesses majority-owned by Black women grew 67% between 2007 and 2012, more than all women combined.


The latest U.S. Census figures show African-American women have majority ownership in more than 1.5 million businesses with over $42 billion in sales.

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#TIFF 2017 Winners



There were 339 films at the 42nd annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) held from September 7-17, 2017.

2017 TIFF Winners


Grolsch People's Choice Awards

THE GROLSCH PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD:
WINNER — MARTIN MCDONAGH'S THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

First runner-up: Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya
Second runner-up: Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name

THE GROLSCH PEOPLE’S CHOICE MIDNIGHT MADNESS AWARD:
Winner: Joseph Kahn’s Bodied
First runner-up: James Franco’s The Disaster Artist.
Second runner-up: Craig Zahler’s Brawl in Cell Block 99

THE GROLSCH PEOPLE’S CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARD:
Winner: Agnès Varda and JR’s Faces Places
First runner-up: Long Time Running by Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas De Pencier
Second runner-up: Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!

International Jury Awards

TORONTO PLATFORM PRIZE PRESENTED BY AIR FRANCE


Winner:
Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country

JURY: Chen Kaige, Malgorzata Szumowska, and Wim Wenders.
Jury remarks: “This is a spiritual epic taking place in 1929 in Australia’s Northern Territory. It is a great saga of human fate, and its themes of race and struggle for survival are handled in such a simple, rich, unpretentious and touching way, that it became for us a deeply emotional metaphor for our common fight for dignity.”
Speaking about their deliberations, the Jury statement added: “We saw twelve films from all over the world that took us into very different universes of the soul and to extremely different places on our planet. We were thankful to be able to see these films and we very much appreciated that actually exactly half of them were made by women. TIFF is leading the way, we feel. As we only had one award to give, we had to be quite radical. We also limited ourselves to only one special mention, even if other films might have imposed themselves for best acting, writing or directing.”

Platform Prize, Honourable Mention
Clio Barnard’s Dark River.
The Jury said: “This film deeply rooted in the Yorkshire countryside convinced us, as its characters and actors, its photography, its story and its sense of place were all so utterly believable and controlled, that we were totally taken by it.”

THE PRIZES OF THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF FILM CRITICS (FIPRESCI PRIZES)
Winner - Discovery: Sadaf Foroughi’s Ava
Winner - Special Presentations:
Manuel Martín Cuenca’s The Motive (El Autor)

International FIPRESCI jury composed of Jury President, Jonathan Rosenbaum (USA), Robert Daudelin (Canada), Martin Horyna (Czech Republic), Ivonete Pinto (Brazil), Marietta Steinhart (Austria), and Jim Slotek (Canada).

NETPAC AWARD
Winner: Huang Hsin-Yao’s The Great Buddha+
Jury remarks: “The NETPAC Jury awards The Great Buddha+ for depicting the interface between the haves and have-nots, with black humour and style, innovating with noir in representing the social reality of Taiwan today.”

Jury members include jury chairperson Rashmi Doraiswamy (India), Jian Hao (China), and Savine Wong (Canada).

Short Film Jury Awards
The Burden (Min Börda)

IWC SHORT CUTS AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN SHORT FILM
Winner: Marc-Antoine Lemire’s Pre-Drink
Jury remarks: “A monumental yet intimate portrayal of a woman in transition.“

IWC SHORT CUTS AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM
Winner: Niki Lindroth von Bahr’s The Burden (Min Börda)
Jury remarks: “Whimsical but tragic, imaginative and just plain weird, this is exactly what one can expect from a Scandinavian musical with fish in bath robes singing out their existentialist crisis. This is a film that stands out in this program and any film program it will ever be part of.”
Honourable mentions to Matthew Rankin’s The Tesla World Light (Tesla: Lumière Mondiale) and Qiu Yang’s Xiao Cheng Er Yue (A Gentle Night).

Canadian Film Jury Awards
Best Canadian First Feature Film
Luk' Luk'l by Wayne Wapeemukwa.

The Canadian awards below were selected by a jury comprised of Mark Adams, Min Sook Lee, and Ella Cooper.

CITY OF TORONTO AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN FIRST FEATURE FILM
Winner: Wayne Wapeemukwa’s Luk' Luk'l
Jury remarks: “The award goes to a striking debut film that disrupts borders - of form and content and suggests new cinematic territories. This beautifully realized film offers a unique Canadian perspective, made with real compassion, insight and remarkable characters from Vancouver’s East Side.”
Honourable mention to Sadaf Foroughi’s Ava.

CANADA GOOSE AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN FEATURE FILM
Winner: Robin Aubert’s Les Affamés.
Jury remarks: “A hybrid art-house film that proved to be something of a revelation. Wonderfully scripted and perfectly cast, this film managed the rare feat of featuring genuinely interesting and well-rounded characters; surprising dramatic and comedic moments with well thought-out multi-generational female roles (who were totally badass) while also dealing with poignant and contemporary issues, set against a striking rural backdrop and hundreds of ‘ravenous’ zombies.”
Honourable mention to Simon Lavoie’s The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches (La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes).


Top 5 Most Watched TV Shows By African American Women in 2017



Top 5 Most Watched TV Shows By African American Women


Black women (18+) spend more time watching live TV, listening to the radio and using multimedia devices than total U.S. women.

  1. Empire on FOX was the most watched show during the 2016–2017 broadcast season among Black women 18+, followed by 
  2. The New Edition Story (BET)
  3. Star (FOX)
  4. The Have and the Have Nots (OWN) and 
  5. Love and Hip Hop Atlanta (VH-1)—rounding out the top 5 shows.

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Happy 71st Birthday "King" Sunny Adé!



Happy 71st Birthday "King" Sunny Adé!

"King" Sunny Adé (born Sunday Adeniyi, 22 September 1946).

We wish King Sunny Adé happy birthday with thanksgiving to Almighty God JEHOVAH for many happier returns for the day with long life and more prosperity.


Cheers to the King of African music.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Oak Lane Films Casts Amen Ra As Longinus In Film Adaption Of Dianne Marshall's "Spear of Destiny."


Oak Lane Films Casts Amen Ra As Longinus In Film Adaption Of Dianne Marshall's "Spear of Destiny."

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Oak Lane Films announced today that actor Amen Ra has been cast as the Roman Centurion, Longinus, for the film adaption of Dianne Marshall's book "Spear of Destiny: The Journey Begins." Oak Lane Films recently concluded an option agreement for Marshall's book and screenplay and has initiated pre-production efforts for the film.


"Oak Lane Films is excited to be working with Dianne Marshall in bringing her powerful book to the screen," said Donald Bredberg, CEO of Oak Lane Films' parent company, the Adventure Entertainment Cos., "and we are delighted to cast Amen Ra in the role of Longinus. Amen will deliver what is required, he can handle the fight and combat scenes including some on horseback, and he has the dramatic gravitas that Dianne Marshall envisioned." The Longinus character, the film's lead character, at various times in the story takes to horseback and engages in close quarters combat with Roman gladius', which would ordinarily require some extensive stunt work.

Original Film Poster Paintings by Famous Hollywood Art Director Bill Gold Now on Sale


The Original Film Poster Paintings from the Collection of Famed Hollywood Art Director Bill Gold Now on Sale 
Collection includes My Fair Lady, Cool Hand Luke, Camelot, Mame, Deliverance, Hair, and more

Exclusively Offered by San Francisco Art Exchange LLC




The Original Film Poster Paintings from the Collection of Famed Hollywood Art Director Bill Gold Now on Sale; Collection includes My Fair Lady, Cool Hand Luke, Camelot, Mame, Deliverance, Hair, and more

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- San Francisco Art Exchange LLC (SFAE) has the privilege to present an incredible opportunity to collectors to own these original artworks which were used to create the film posters for a number of timeless Hollywood films released between the 1960s and 1990s. These iconic images have been emblazoned into the memories of millions upon millions of movie-lovers throughout the world.

Who is the Most Accomplished Nollywood Director of the Decade?


Who among the most accomplished directors of the best Nollywood movies since 2007 to date can we call the "Nollywood Director of the Decade"?

1. Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen


Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen, is one of the most accomplished filmmakers in the Nigerian film industry who is one of the pioneers of Nollywood even before the New York Times coined the name in 2002.
In 2008 a Canadian documentary Nollywood Babylon co-directed by Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal, and produced by AM Pictures and the National Film Board of Canada in association with the Documentary Channel, followed Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen while he was shooting his 157th film "Bent Arrows". The documentary played in the Official Competition at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2009. "Bent Arrows" was released into the Nigerian home market in 2010. He has directed more than 100 movies and the most popular include “A Private Storm” with Ikechukwu Onyeka, starring famous Nollywood leading man, Ramsey Nouah and leading lady, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and Ghanaian actor John Dumelo; “Games Men Play” starring Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Chioma Chukwuka, Monalisa Chindu, Ini Edo, Mike Ezuruonye, Kate Henshaw, Bob-Manuel Udokwu and Uche Jombo;“Bent Arrows” starring Desmond Elliot, Olu Jacobs, Joke Silva and Omoni Oboli with soundtracks album of music from Nikki Laoye, Stella Damasus, Styl Plus and production by Cobhams Asuquo; "Home in Exile" starring Chiwetalu Agu, Francis Duru, Desmond Elliot. Justus Esiri, Uche Jombo and Beverly Naya; “Invasion 1897”, the epic historical film based on the invasion of the great Benin Kingdom by the British in 1897 with the dethronement of Oba Ovonramwen Nogbaisi, starring Mike Omoregbe, Segun Arinze, the late Justus Esiri, Rudolph Walker, Charles Inojie and Paul Obazele and “Victims”, starring Olu Jacobs, Juliet Ibrahim, Fathia Balogun, Seun Akindele and Saidi Balogun.




2. Izu Ojukwu


Izu Ojukwu is a Nigerian film director. In 2007 he won Best Director for Sitanda at the 3rd Africa Movie Academy Awards, which received nine nominations and won five awards at the event, including Best Picture and Best Nigerian Film. His most anticipated new film is the epic "Amina" based on the legendary Queen Amina of Zaria. His other critically acclaimed movies include the multiple awards winning historical film "'76" (2016), "White Waters" (2008), "Cindy's Note" (2008), "Laviva" (2007), "Sitanda" (2006), "GL 1 & 2" (2005), "Across the Niger" (2003), "Moving Train" (2003) and "Battle of Love" (2003).


3. Teco Benson




Teco Benson is a Nigerian film director and producer. He was nominated for Best Director at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2006 and 2008, and won Director of the Year at the 2011 Best of Nollywood Awards. In 2012 he was decorated by President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic.[1][2][3] He started his career as an actor in 1994 before switching producing and directing. In 2003 he made the first Sierra Leone-made film titled "Blood Diamonds".

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

When Facebook Came To Nollywood



Over a year ago, the famous Mark Zuckerberg, Co-founder and CEO of #Facebook came to Nollywood during his first ever visit to Sub-Saharan Africa in August 2016.

He was excited to meet with the celebrated Nollywood star Richard Mofe-Damijo, popularly called RMD with famous filmmakers, Kunle Afolayan and Mildred Okwo, Nollywood divas Stephanie Linus and Rita Dominic, popular comedian Basketmouth, DJ Cuppy, top rated singers, Yemi Alade, Chidinma and others at the Afrinolly Space in Oregun, Lagos on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016.

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Matthew West Named Christian Music Songwriter of the Year


Matthew West Named Christian Music Songwriter of the Year, Joel Smallbone Named Top Songwriter-Artist at 39th Annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards
"The River" Claims Top Song Honors; Capitol CMG Publishing Earns Publisher of the Year for 15th Consecutive Year




NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) honored the songwriters and publishers of Christian music's most performed songs of the past year at the 39th annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards on Tuesday, September 19th, at the Franklin Theatre in downtown Franklin, Tennessee. The evening was hosted by ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews, President and Chairman Paul Williams, Executive Vice President of Membership John Titta and Vice President of Nashville Membership Michael Martin, before an audience of distinguished songwriters, Christian music stars and music industry leaders.

Top honors were awarded to the following:

ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter of the Year: Matthew West
ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter-Artist of the Year: Joel Smallbone (of For King & Country)
ASCAP Christian Music Song of the Year: "The River," written by Colby Wedgeworth, published by Colby Wedgeworth Music and Fair Trade Music Publishing
ASCAP Christian Music Publisher of the Year: Capitol CMG Publishing
Country music star Reba McEntire made a special appearance to present the Song of the Year award to writer Colby Wedgeworth and publisher Fair Trade Music. Performances included Jordan Feliz with Wedgeworth on "The River;" Hannah Kerr, "Warrior;" Ryan Stevenson, "Eye of the Storm;" Emily Weisband, "Thy Will;" and Matthew West with Randy Phillips (of Phillips, Craig and Dean) on "Tell Your Heart to Beat Again." A total of 24 most-performed song awards were presented by Martin along with ASCAP Senior Creative Director Mike Sistad, Director of Strategic Services Kele Currier and Creative Manager Beth Brinker.