With the recent death of actor, Chadwick Boseman, Black TV Film Crew featured Jennifer Franklin, an oncology nurse with 20 years experience who also happens to be a colon cancer survivor. We wanted to honor Chad’s life and educate our community. The video is below…
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The Grace & Grit Speaker Series is a two-day virtual event that brings together inspiring talks from diverse women working in film and television. The speakers are a mix of industry veterans with over 20 years of experience, and young up-and-comers who have made incredible strides in the span of a few years. Based in Los Angeles, New York City and Atlanta, each speaker covers a different craft in the business, including directing, cinematography, production design, casting and acting.
These women share wisdom learned from career struggles and speak truth to being underrepresented in entertainment. Amid COVID-19 and renewed calls for systemic change across all facets of American society, the arrival of Grace & Grit is timely, to say the least. As Hollywood’s future hangs in the balance, this series intends to empower and encourage women struggling to make it in Tinseltown, and those desiring to break in.
The Grace & Grit Speaker Series occurs on Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26. The event weekend is free to register, with an optional VIP upgrade.
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More Melanin Media was created to help women of color pursue thriving careers in entertainment. In the wake of ongoing dialogue surrounding representation and inclusivity, the current Hollywood landscape is still disappointingly homogeneous. The company continues to strive for media to reflect the world we live in by offering resources such as career coaching, online courses, digital guides and more.
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From the Netflix site: The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.
A film like the 13th is not always easy to watch. To see how Black history unfolds is unsettling. But we need to see it and we cannot deny it. We celebrate Director, Ava Duvernay for her brilliance and tenacity in creating this film. Her light shines bright and we appreciate her.
- What are your initial reactions after watching the film?
- The film discusses the power of the media in shaping people’s opinions and actions. For example, the use of the term ‘super predator’ in mass media resulted in an identity shift among people of color. Do you agree that media has a strong influence over the actions andopinions of society? What are some examples you can think from today?
- What was the most surprising thing you learned from the film?
- Did the film change any of your ideas about the prison system in America? Affirm any ideas you already had? If so, in what way?
- Title cards in the film show the steep increase of the prison population from the mid to late 90’s until today. What was your reaction to these numbers?
The above questions were provided by Netflix.They have an entire discussion guide for students and parents to discuss their thoughts after watching the 13th film. It’s a history lesson that should not be missed.
We were so moved by Dave Chappelle’s 8:46 special that we wanted to host it on our site as well. Get your watch on. We thank Dave Chappelle for sharing his thoughts with the world.
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