Legendary filmmaking John Daniel Singleton had a stroke several days ago. He began having pains in his legs and took himself to the hospital. Singleton has been in a coma for days and, sadly, the family will be taking him off life support today.
The end of an era for the Avengers has kicked off a new one for box office successes. Avengers: Endgame, which marks the end of Marvel’s 11-year narrative known as the Infinity Saga, grossed $1.2 billion worldwide in its opening weekend, including $350 million domestically, breaking all kinds of records in the process.
I’m someone who talks a lot about representation. It’s important that we see more black women on screen. Sometimes there isn’t necessarily a conversation around the nuance of, “what kind of black woman?” I mean, we are not a monolith. I feel heartened when a young woman sees a film that I’m in and says that she can relate to me. I’m also sympathetic that there are women of color and black women that see me in a film and don’t feel seen. That’s real and true.
In Hollywood, I don’t think there’s enough real representation and nuance in that space. I see a lot of incredible Afro-Latinas working, but I’m not sure that there are enough stories told that speak to that particular experience. I’m really interested in telling stories like my grandmother’s.
The Urban Mediamakers Film Festival prides itself on bringing some of the best award-winning projects from around the world to metro-Atlanta. And this year is no different. The 17th Urban Mediamakers Film Festival (UMFF) projects competing are from Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, France, Guiana, India, Ireland, Italy, Martinique, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Tiawan, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States!