Over more than two centuries men, women, and children escaped from slavery to make the Southern wilderness their home. They hid in the mountains of Virginia and the low swamps of South Carolina; they stayed in the neighborhood or paddled their way to secluded places; they buried themselves underground or built comfortable settlements. Known as maroons, they lived on their own or set up communities in swamps or other areas where they were not likely to be discovered.
Rihanna and DreamWorks Just Made History With The First 3-D Animated Heroine of Color
The film, to be released March 27, marks the first time that DreamWorks, or any 3-D animated feature, has had a young black woman as the lead character.
Part of Warner Bros. and DC Comic's mega-panel of all their new shows at Comic-Con on Saturday was the digital-only animated series Vixen.
Megalyn Echikunwoke will voice Mari Jiwe McCabe, AKA Vixen, who wears the "Tantu Totem," a necklace with mystical powers that was passed down through her family. Vixen was the first African-American female superhero in DC Comics. She's expected to make cameos on Arrow and The Flash in their upcoming seasons.
The first trailer for the highly anticipated Roots miniseries has arrived!
The Roots reboot features some pretty big names, including Laurence Fishburne, Anika Noni Rose and Forest Whitaker. The UK’s Malachi Kirby will star as Kunta Kinte.
Kirby was handpicked by executive producers and the original Kunta Kinte, LeVar Burton. The music should be pretty epic too as Questlove has joined the project as executive music producer.
If the trailer is any indication, this reboot is going to be just as good as the original. It’s a new way to present a legendary story to a brand new audience, bringing together generations for an incredible television event.
The eight hour, four night series premieres on The History Channel on Memorial Day.
The film was shot in Kilamba Kiaxi, a new city built outside Luanda, Angola. The city was built by Chinese construction company CITIC and financed by Hong Kong-based China International Fund. The new city is to be home to more than 210 000 people, and is the single largest investment project by China in Africa. The film’s narrative follows a young municipal worker who lives by night in the old city center of Luanda and works by day as a groundskeeper at the new city of Kilamba Kiaxi far away.
Queen of Katwe is the colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. Directed by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) from a screenplay by William Wheeler (The Hoax) based on the book by Tim Crothers, Queen of Katwe is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher (The Darjeeling Limited) and John Carls (Where the Wild Things Are) with Will Weiske and Troy Buder serving as executive producers. The film stars Golden Globe® nominee David Oyelowo (Selma), Oscar® winner and Tony Award® nominee Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave) and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.
For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong'o), is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende (Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated. Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking, all skills which are applicable in everyday life, and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and wit the game requires and immediately shows potential. Recognizing Phiona's natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she's inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her, but Harriet is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting to see her daughter disappointed. As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments, but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family. Disney's Queen of Katwe will open in U.S. theaters on September 23, 2016.
Watch the first trailer for the upcoming Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me has arrived. Here, we see the rise of one of rap's greatest performers, from his early life on through the violent east coast-west coast hip-hop rivalry that defined his career and all the way up to his death after a drive-by shooting in 1996.
All Eyes on Me, helmed by music video and film director Benny Boom, stars Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Shakur, looking every inch the part as he takes the stage. Joining him is Jamal Woolard, stepping back into the role of the Notorious B.I.G. after portraying him in 2009's Notorious. Rounding out the cast are The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira as Afeni Shakur; Kat Graham as Shakur's lifelong friend Jada Pinkett; Stefon Washington as Puff Daddy; and The Vampire Diaries' Lauren Cohan as Leila Steinberg, Shakur's mentor and first manager. All Eyez on Me hits theaters on November 11th.