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Activism

ReelAbilities Film Festival Announces Special Guests & Events

REELABILITIES FILM FESTIVAL: NEW YORK 2019 ANNOUNCES SPECIAL EVENTS & SPEAKERS INCLUDING ACADEMY AWARD WINNER CHRIS COOPER, “SEINFELD” ACTOR DANNY WOODBURN, AND MORE!   Also Reveals Rachel Handler and Crystal Arnette as Winners of the “What’s My ReelAbility?” Film Competition, with their film “Authentically Me,” In Partnership with the Mayor’s Office for Media and Entertainment…

VH1 TRAILBLAZER HONORS Airs TONIGHT on International Women’s Day

“VH1 TRAILBLAZER HONORS” AIRS ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, TONIGHT AT 9 PM ET/PT ON VH1 AND LOGO ANNUAL TELEVISED SPECIAL IS CENTERED AROUND INCREDIBLE BREAKTHROUGHS IN FEMALE EMPOWERMENT AND HUMAN RIGHTS HONOREES THIS YEAR INCLUDE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI (FETED BY CHER!!!!), ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED FILMMAKER AVA DUVERNAY, THE HANDMAID’S TALE AUTHOR MARGARET ATWOOD, #METOO FOUNDER TARANA BURKE…

TIME FOR ILHAN hits DVD/VOD today – see who the controversial Congresswomen really is in the new doc following her historic run for office

DOCUMENTARY TIME FOR ILHAN TO BE RELEASED IN MARCH 2019 WITH THE “TIME FOR ILHAN TAKE ACTION SCREENING TOUR” Nominated for Outstanding Documentary at the 2019 NAACP Image Awards In her short time in the U.S. Congress, llhan Omar, the nation’s first Somali Muslim Legislator, has been constantly in the news. Now see for yourself…

The Handmaid’s Tale Author Margaret Atwood and #MeToo Founder Tarana Burke Join Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Filmmaker Ava DuVernay as “VH1 Trailblazer Honors” Recipients

The Handmaid’s Tale Author Margaret Atwood and #MeToo Founder Tarana Burke Join Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Filmmaker Ava DuVernay as “VH1 Trailblazer Honors” Recipients Landmark Event to Air Friday, March 8th at 9PM on International Women’s Day  (NEW YORK, NY – February 13, 2019) The author behind The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood and #MeToo founder and activist Tarana Burke will join previously announced Speaker Nancy…

Racism, Bullying, Self-Hatred iIs What A 10yr old Boy Must Face In The Oscar-Nominated Short Documentary BLACK SHEEP – On The Guardian Website and In Theaters Now

RACISM/BULLYING/SELF HATRED IS WHAT A 10 YEAR OLD BOY MUST FACE IN THE OSCAR NOMINATED – BLACK SHEEP Directed by ED PERKINS, Produced by JONATHAN CHINN & SIMON CHINN IN THEATERS NOW AND STREAMING ON THE GUARDIAN WEBSITE **NOMINEE – 91st Academy Awards – Best Documentary Short** **WINNER – Sheffield Doc Fest 2018 – Best…

Recording Academy Task Force On Diversity And Inclusion Announces Industry-Wide Initiative To Expand Opportunities For Female Producers And Engineers

JUSTIN BIEBER, CARDI B, COMMON, ANDRA DAY, ARIANA GRANDE, LADY GAGA, JOHN LEGEND, NICKI MINAJ, KATY PERRY, P!NK, KEITH URBAN, AND MORE AMONG THE FIRST TO SIGN ON TO THE PRODUCER AND ENGINEER INCLUSION INITIATIVE SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (FEB. 1, 2019) — Today, the Recording Academy™’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion announced an unprecedented new…

BLACK SHEEP – Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Short by The Guardian / Powerful Look at Racism and Identity / Free To Watch

BLACK SHEEP follows the story of Cornelius Walker whose mother moved him and his family out of London to Essex after ten-year old Damilola Taylor was killed in what became one of the UK’s most high-profile killings. Now living on a predominantly white estate run by racists, Cornelius became a target of extreme verbal and physical…

“DENIAL” – 1st Trans CEO, Christine Hallquist’s Efforts to Transition Herself & Energy Industry’s Future

DENIAL is a dynamic and fascinating documentary of the first American CEO to transition in office. What starts as a son filming his father’s fight to transform the Energy Industry, uniquely morphs and parallels into the extraordinary story of his father’s fight to transition into Christine Hallquist (Vermont energy CEO and first Transgender Candidate for Governor). Synopsis:  Before…

Interview Q&A with Phyllis Keino (Founder, Lewa Children’s Home in Kenya) and World 2018 Humanitarian Award Honoree

Phyllis Keino is the 2018 Humanitarian Award Honoree at the 2018 World of Children annual awards. She is the founder of Lewa Children’s Home in Kenya. She started as a mother of seven, and kept going until now being a mother to thousands. She has transformed not only thousands of children’s lives, but also the…

Interview with Dylan Avery, Filmmaker behind BLACK AND BLUE, Documentary on Police Brutality Featuring Method Man, Charlie Murphy, and Flavor Flav

Black & Blue is by acclaimed filmmaker Dylan Avery – director of the renowned 911 documentary Loose Change. Black & Blue is a documentary about police brutality that follows a DJ beat up by off duty DEA agents, a man arrested for filming a police officer, and many others as they fight for justice for their loved…

Interview with Caragan Olles, the Creator Of Bright Young Dyslexics, and the 2018 World of Children Youth Award Honoree!!

Interview with Caragan Olles, an extraordinary high school student making a real impact on other kids of all ages with dyslexia. She is the creator/founder of Bright Young Dyslexics, and the 2018 World of Children Youth Award Honoree!! More info here: https://worldofchildren.org/honoree/caragan-olles/  But first, Q&A! Joanna:  Last year your own math teacher mocked dyslexia in front…

RISING directed by Game of Thrones’ David Nutter | Available online today!

Ad Council and R/GA presents RISING Premiering Tuesday, November 13 on the Love Has No Labels website https://lovehasnolabels.com/ Directed by David Nutter Screenplay by Lena Waithe and Azia Squire Rising will also air on Showtime on Friday, November 16, 2018. In the aftermath of a severe storm, a family and their diverse neighbors struggle to survive rising…

Political, Cultural and Legal Expert, Dr. Christopher Metzler Kicks-Off Nationwide “Politics of Cannabis”

Political, Cultural and Legal Expert, Dr. Christopher Metzler will take to the stage for a one on one Politics of Cannabis discussion surrounding the medical, recreational, and statutory components of the powerful plant. Black Hollywood Live Executive Producer and Reelz Channel Television Host Derrial Christon will moderate the Q & A from 6 to 8…

New Book Rocket Man: Nuclear Madness and the Mind of Donald Trump Alongside #UNFIT Film

#UNFIT Executive Producer and Subject John D. Gartner Drops a Book: Rocket Man: Nuclear Madness and the Mind of Donald Trump New Book Publication Unfolds Alongside Production of Dan Partland Documentary #UNFIT Los Angeles, CA (June 11, 2018) – As the historic summit with Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un unfolds concludes at this moment in…

Interview with Donna Zaccaro – Filmmaker behind “To A More Perfect Union: U.S. V. Windsor”, Documentary Encapturing Gay Civil Rights History

I interviewed Donna Zaccaro about her amazing documentary, To a More Perfect Union: U.S. V. Windsor. Her answers give insight into not only the making of the film, but how by documenting history, law, time spans, culture changes and law, it truly does take people of the US towards a more perfect civil rights Union.…

Interview with Filmmaker Imran J. Khan About His Latest Work PROM: a blossoming romance thwarted by racial discrimination

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JP: It says that this was based on his a true story by Hasan Minhaj. How did you guys meet? And why didn’t you use him directly as the actor? (Jonah did a great job though!)  Imran J. Khan: Hasan and I have actually known each other for a pretty long time, we went to college…

Alliance For Women In Media Foundation Presents The 43rd Annual Gracie Awards!

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ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN MEDIA FOUNDATION PRESENTS THE 43RD ANNUAL GRACIE AWARDS Attendees Included Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Rita Moreno, Performer Kelsea Ballerini, Host Lisa Joyner, Honorees Megan Mullally, Pam Oliver, and Elizabeth Smart, and Presenters Norman Lear, Nick Offerman and Jon Cryer LOS ANGELES (May 23, 2018) – The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) handed…

PBS American Experience special THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT to have NATIONAL PBS BROADCAST DEBUT ON TUESDAY, MAY 29 from 8:00-10:00 PM ET

THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT TO HAVE NATIONAL PBS BROADCAST DEBUT ON TUESDAY, MAY 29 FROM 8:00-10:00 PM ET A TIMELY NEW FILM ON THE AMERICAN IMMIGRATION STORY FROM EMMY® WINNING FILMMAKERS RIC BURNS & LI-SHIN YU TRAILER – THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT “This is not simply an immigration story,” director Ric Burns told the Television Critics Association…

RECORDING ACADEMY™ NAMES DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION TASK FORCE MEMBERS

SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (MAY 9, 2018) — Tina Tchen, Chair of the Recording Academy™’s newly formed task force on diversity and inclusion, announced the names of the 16 members joining her in examining barriers and biases affecting women and other underrepresented voices in the music industry and, specifically, the Recording Academy. Since her appointment, Tchen has…

Review of Meeting A Monster – Skinheads, Belonging, and Redemption

Angela King was 110% racist. I say over 100% because she was also part of a skinhead gang, and not just internally racist, but openly, violently and aggressively racist too. Some people are closet racists; only saying their real thoughts/feelings around their trusted circles. But skinheads are outright about it, and gangs are an open and…