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MAY 2000 BLAST OFF

During the months of January, February, March and April, blackfilm.com was busy trying to usher you into theaters to view some of the top products from New Line Cinema, Artisan Entertainment and Sony Pictures. We certainly have enjoyed working with you on Next Friday, Ghost Dog, Black & White and definitely Love & Basketball. In March, we introduced you to our weekly e-mail newsletters from which we have received many responses and reaction to our views and news. We really appreciated the responses we received to our Oscar Commentary. In the coming months as the Summer Blockbusters come rolling in, we will be working even harder to bring you information about the stars, and films as well as a few advanced screening opportunities. We would like to thank the studios for allowing us to be a part of their efforts in delivering quality motion pictures to the world. Stay tuned for Scene II!
 
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
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John Amos

JOHN AMOS - BEFORE COSBY, JAMES EVANS WAS THE FIRST DAD OF BLACK LIFE.
"When I would pose arguments about J.J.'s role being too stereotypical, I was..."
By Margretta Browne

Wendell Pierce
PIERCE IS FIERCE
I moved to NY to study at The Juilliard School. While living with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, I studied at school during the day and went to the jazz clubs at night. I learned to act from Jazz musicians because they understood how…
By Shelby Jones

REGGIE ROCK BYTHEWOOD - BEING HONEST AND ALL ABOUT THE ART
After writing and directing his own plays, and completing the prestigious Disney Writers Fellowship, his first job as a television writer was on the highly praised A Different World. This experience was rewarding to him because...
by Nasser Metcalfe

ARTICLES
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THE GHETTO MATRIX
Like the Matrix in the movie, the ghetto matrix was developed to protect, maintain and enrich itself. It has evolved to be self-perpetuating, requiring little upkeep to stay functioning. It is not in the creators interest for the people to escape. The inhabitants are discouraged from leaving both physically and mentally
By James Richards
COMMENTARY
When Gwyneth Paltro said, 'And the Oscar goes to Kevin Spacey,'my hopes sank like the Titanic.
by Shelby Jones

INDUSTRY FEATURES
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BLOWING A SPOT FILM FESTIVAL: NO ORDINARY FESTIVAL
Nearly 400 people attended Cinema Shorts:A Woman's Perspective 2000, a three day film and video festival which highlighted the work of emerging women directors with a special emphasis on Latin American and African American women films.
by Latrice Dixon

DID YOU KNOW?
That quirky movie, U-Turn was based on a novel written by an African- American?

John Ridley, an African American writer who got his start as a stand up comic in NYC, has written for several sitcoms including Martin, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The John Larroquette Show. Oliver Stone directed the film version of Ridley's first novel, Stray Dogs under the title U-Turn. Ridley is also the author of Love is a Racket and Everyone Smokes in Hell. He is definitely a talent to keep your eyes on.
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REVIEWS

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Scene from Love and Basketball

LOVE AND BASKETBALL SCORES BIG TIME!
Basketball films have been entertaining us for years. There was Hoosiers, He Got Game, Above The Rim and many more, but rarely have we seen a film that investigates the lives of African-American teenagers from the burbs who've got game just like the kids from the streets.
By Shelby Jones

Scene from Gladiator
GLADIATOR - Honor & Strength
Gladiator captures Rome in its glory days and shows us how they handled things before the days of boxing gloves and the WWF.
By Max Sin

FROM THE VIDEO VAULT

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Cornbread, Earl and Me

Cornbread, Earl, and Me
With the Police brutality issue being thrust into the national spotlight once again, and the recent acquittal of the four New York City Police officers who gunned down unarmed African immigrant, Amadou Diallo, this film is still quite pertinent today.
By Nasser Metcalfe

INDIE REVIEWS

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LOVING JEZEBEL
Hill Harper stars in a story of love depicting the great romances of a young man's life... yet this man is cursed with always falling for someone else's girl. As we watch our hero Theodorus (Hill Harper) mature, will he ever find true love? Or will he remain the dupe of Jezebels, constantly loving women who are unavailable and unfaithful?
By Kendall
RECENTLY RELEASED/COMING SOON

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Who would risk his life for his brother-man?
HINT - He is a complicated man and no one understands him except for his woman? Give Up? Click Here to find out

HELD UP
Any Given Sunday certainly gave Jamie Foxx a brighter star in HWOOD. The talented Foxx now appears opposite Nia Long in Held Up.

BATTLEFIELD EARTH
John Travolta is back looking like a crazy-ass Rasta on digital hormones. Travolta plays the leader of alien invaders called Psychlos. Also appearing in this summer thriller is big-man Forest Whitaker.
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LOVE AND BASKETBALL
blackfilm.com's favorite film of the year! This film is not just about basketball. It deals with first loves, family strife, family love, hopes, dreams and the it's all packaged with a hoops background.
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