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Edi Mue Gathegi – Slated to Shine in ‘Twilight’

Written by Shirlene Alusa-Brown | April 7, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Edi Gathegi - Twilight

A graduate of New York University’s acting program, Edi Gathegi is making a name for himself in movie circles. He has been featured in ‘House, M.D.’ and, from what I’ve seen, this brother is going to have a great career. He has a recurring role as Cole in House and has been a guest star in the TV drama, Lincoln Heights, as Boa. These are pretty heavyweight roles and he does a great job.

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Filmmaker Spotlight: Ousmane Sembène (January 1, 1923 – June 9, 2007)

Written by Laura Adibe | April 6, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Ousmane Sembène

Born the son of a fisherman, Senegalese film director, writer and producer Ousmane Sembène started off writing novels earlier in his career. His novels dealt with issues of racism and classism. Sembène’s third and most famous novel Les Bouts de Bois de Dieu (God’s Bits of Wood, 1960) is considered by most critics a masterpiece. The novel fictionalizes the real-life story of a railroad strike on the Dakar-Niger line and lasted from 1947 to 1948.

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Freema Agyeman heats up the small screen in Torchwood

Written by Laura Adibe | April 4, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Freema Agyeman
The 28-yr old London born actress of Ghanian and Iranian heritage, currently stars as Martha Jones on the British TV series Torchwood, which premiered in 2006 on the BBC.

According to her fan site, Freema is likely to make her return as Martha Jones to the fourth season of the BBC sci-fi series, Doctor Who, on April 26th. Freema is best known for her role as Jones, a medical student and doctor’s companion. Torchwood is a spin-off of Doctor Who.

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Danai Gurira stars in ‘The Visitor’

Written by Shirlene Alusa-Brown | April 3, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Danai Gurira Is ‘The Visitor’

Danai Gurira first made waves in the play, In the Continuum, a critically acclaimed play that was performed in both Africa and the US. The play focused on the problem of AIDS in African and African-American women and showcased the lives of two women living parallel lives in South Central, L.A., and Harare, Zimbabwe. She co-wrote the play with Nikkole Salter, her co-actress.

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Caroline Ekanem – Nollywood Princess, Nigerian Princess

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 31, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Princess Caroline Ekanem

Caroline Uduak Abasi Ekanem is a princess from the royal family of Ekanem in Eket, Cross River State in Nigeria. She is the child of a British father and a Nigerian mother who loves singing and acting. She started off in modeling (which she did for three years), and then moved into acting, thanks to her friend, Rita Dominic.

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Djimon Hounsou bares it all in his latest movie “Never Back Down”

Written by Prudence Chauke | March 27, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Djimon Hounsou in Never Back Down

Mr Hounsou is back on the big screen after his breathtaking perfomance on Blood Diamond. He’s at it again baring it all in his latest movie Never Back Down, starring as Jean Roqua a mix martial arts trainer who takes a young boy under his wings and teaches him how to be the best fighter. He also is gearing him up to his awaited journey with the world that’s against him.

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Angel is Crazy Like A Fox!

Written by Shirlene Alusa-Brown | March 25, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Angel Melaku a.k.a. Lola Luv

Angel, Angel, Angel…..suddenly she is everywhere! The last we heard, she was trying to be an actress and now she is acting. We have the video of her movie, Crazy Like A Fox which highlights her…uh…..assets and acting ability ( I use the phrase loosely).

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Thandie Newton Does it Again!

Written by Shirlene Alusa-Brown | March 25, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Thandie Newton and Ol Parker Thandie at the Premier of Run Fat Boy Run

Thandie Newton’s latest movie, Run, Fat Boy, Run, is slated to open in theaters on March 28, 2008. She plays a jilted pregnant bride, Libby, who’s husband-to-be, Dennis (Simon Pegg), runs out on her on the day of their wedding. Years later he comes back and realizes that he still loves her. She, however, has moved on and is dating a young man, Whit (Hank Azaria), who is great with her son, and very accomplished.

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4th Annual Women of Color Arts & Film Festival (WOCAF)

Written by Laura Adibe | March 19, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Iyàlódè Productions

Iyàlódè Productions will be hosting its 4th annual Women of Color Arts & Film (WOCAF) Festival, which runs from March 20th- March 22nd, 2008. The festival is dedicating a segment to celebrate the Nigerian film industry, popularly known as “Nollywood”. The festival segment, titled “Nollywood Nights: A celebration of Nigerian Cinema” will highlight several Nigerian films, including The Amazing Grace, the first Nigerian/Nollywood film to be distributed widely throughout North America. The film is based on the true story of captured slaves form the Calabar region of Nigeria who inspired the song Amazing Grace.

The feature film, The Narrow Path, by celebrated Nigerian director Tunde Kelani will also be screened. The film centers on village life and the courage of women. Other films to be screened include Catch Them Young by Awoba Bob Manuel, Ìràpadà (Redemption) by Kunle Afolayan and Osanle by Abimbola Ogunsanya.

Nollywood is the 3rd largest producer of films after Hollywood and Bollywood,

Founded in 2005, WOCAF is dedicated to promoting cultural, political and social issues about and/or related to women of color. The Film Festival segment of WOCAF will be held at 101 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Festival contact:

Mojisola Sonoiki
Festival Director
Founder Iyàlódè Productions
moji@iyalodeproductions.com
iyalodeproductions@yahoo.com

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Exclusive Interview with Sexy Leading Man, Van Vicker

Interview by Mwabi Kaira-Murdock | March 18, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Van Vicker - Ghana’s Sexy Leading Man

Van Vicker is one busy man. Trying to catch up with him was like playing musical chairs. One minute we’d be on and the next he’d have one phone call after another to answer. It may sound like the life of all these celebrity divas we often hear about, but it was far from it. He apologized each time he was pulled away and when we finally got going, Van gave me his full attention. Can you believe that I had to convince him that he is sexy and a movie star?!

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First Annual Stars of South Africa Awards a Big Success!

Written by Prudence Chauke | March 9, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Menzi Ngubeni

South Africa hosted its first Annual Stars of Mzansi (SA) Award ceremony, equivalent to the Emmy Awards in Honor to bestow the men and women from its different industries for their work in the industry and their role in the society. The birthing process of this award ceremony was to encourage South African celebrities to work even harder in their roles as actors, actresses, radio and television hosts, artists, designers, sports players etc. These were also some of the categories that the South African celebrities were up for.

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