Filmmaker John Daniel Singleton, Dies at 51

John Daniel Singleton, Filmmaker

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.

Read the full family statement below:

It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and friend, John Daniel Singleton will be taken off of life support today.  This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors.
https://www.thewrap.com/john-singleton-to-be-removed-from-life-support-family-says/

Announcement Source: The Wrap

Tessa Thompson Talks About the Lack of Afro-Latino Stories in Hollywood

Tessa Thompson

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.

Read the entire article by Carmen Phillips in Remezcla –
https://remezcla.com/features/film/little-woods-interview-tessa-thompson-nia-dacosta/

Urban Mediamakers Alumnus KADE WISE Recurring On Fox Drama Series ‘EMPIRE’

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Wise will play Preacher Azal, a politically conscious, Muslim rapper who piques Jamal Lyon’s (Jussie Smollett) musical interest. Hanks will play Blake, a blue-collar rapper, a skilled MC and and lyricist.

Season 4 has seen Lucious (Terrence Howard) battling to regain his physical and mental faculties after the explosion and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) with her own challenges, revisiting her traumatic 17 years in prison in a series of flashbacks.

Wise’s recent credits include guest starring roles in Lucifer on Fox, Showtime’s Homeland and the horror indie Murder in the Woods opposite Danny Trejo. He’s repped by Entertainment Lab and Global Artists Agency.

Hanks has recurred on IFC’s Maron, Showtime’s Shameless, and HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, and guest-starred in BET’s Tales. His film credits include Bratz, Indiana Jones: The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Larry Crowne, and Project X. He’s repped by Untitled Entertainment and Loeb & Loeb.

Empire was created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, who executive produce with Brian Grazer, showrunner Brett Mahoney, Ilene Chaiken, Francie Calfo and Sanaa Hamri.

Empire returns Wednesday, March 28 at 8/7c on Fox.

Source: http://deadline.com/2018/02/empire-kade-wise-chet-hanks-recur-fox-drama-series-1202278888/

Black Hollywood, Your Turn #MeToo

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When Will Black Hollywood Speak Out On Their Sexual Harrassment Offenders?

Yes, I know that we do not want to bring down black Hollywood now that we are finally being given an opportunity to put our stories in front of the viewing public of the United States. I know that we do not want to throw shade on our black community. I know that if white women have been abused since the beginning of Hollywood, then black women and men have been abused sexually since the beginning of Hollywood.

But who am I to say?

Well, let’s take Atlanta, Georgia for instance – the number one spot in the world for film and television production. The state where Tyler Perry has put down stakes as the black mecca of film and television, and where many Hollywood production companies are running over each other to get to for production incentive gold.

But what are the secrets of Georgia’s Black Hollywood?

From personal experience, I have witnessed Roger Bobb stand on the podium of the Black Women’s Film Network luncheon and cat calling throughout the event as black women walked around, entered the venue, and spoke to attendees. With his arrogance in a general setting, I can imagine what was going on with him behind closed doors.

I’m just saying.

I admire Tyler Perry, but we all know the rumors about him in the past regarding men in his productions.

So I challenge may soul sisters and brothers to tell the stories of sexual harrassment in Black Hollywood. Don’t be afraid. We have your backs. Tell your stories. Contact me direct and confidentially to tell me what you have experienced at 404.460.2793.

White Hollywood is cleaning up … Black Hollywood needs to do the same – speak out with #metoo.