[TIME SENSITIVE] Invitation to special advance screening of the controversial new movie "Belle"

BELLE Regal Sobe Screening


Constance Jones

Local news anchor Constance Jones and Fox Searchlight are hosting a special screening of BELLE this coming Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Regal South Beach, 7:30pm. 

BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral.  Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing.  Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.

Because it is private event, a ticketing system is not being used but a special guest list is being created. RSVP by emailing your name to [email protected]. The deadline is Monday May 12, 2014.



Painting of Dido Belle with her cousin Elizabeth, formerly attributed to Johann Zoffany

Wikipedia:  Dido Elizabeth Belle


Spike Lee's mini-documentary on Miami Northwestern's former QB Teddy Bridgewater


Check out this very touching  video of Miami's Teddy Bridgewater and his mother, Ms. Rose Murphy. When Teddy was a little boy, he like many other young black boys, dreamed of becoming a professional football Player. Teddy also told his mother he would buy her mother a pink Cadillac Escalade when he went to the pros. As a nine year-old, he didn't know his mother would later be diagnosed with breast cancer. The signature color of the breast cancer awareness campaign is pink.

Of the hundreds of thousands of young boys throughout the United States who dream of playing sports, Teddy has succeeded and accomplished all of his goals thus far. Cadillac has partnered with famed film director Spike Lee to make a documentary on Teddy's life. If the film is anything like this clip we see here, the viewers should be proud of Teddy Bridgewater, his mother and his entire family. Be prepared to cry.

A side note not to be ignored is the incredible positive publicity this video/mini-documentary generates for Miami Northwestern High School. Prayerfully Teddy Bridgewater will be a role model for many children in Miami's inner-city and beyond.


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JET Magazine Rides Along with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

Hart Cube COVER

CHICAGO, Ill. — As actors Ice Cube and Kevin Hart prepare for the release of their film, Ride Along, the two sat down with JET magazine to discuss making the film, mixing business and entertainment, and building their legacies in Hollywood.

Cube, who has established himself as a hip-hop artist, record producer, actor, screenwriter, film producer, and director, not only stars in the action-comedy, but is also one of its producers.

“From 48 Hours to Lethal Weapon to Bad Boys, I wanted Ride Along to have the same kind of feel as those movies,” said Cube responding to what movie-goers can expect from the film.   

Hart, who has established himself as a mainstream comedian and actor, is anticipated to deliver the same “belly-busting” humor fans expect, if not more.  However, while known for jokes and laughter, Hart is serious about his craft and discusses in detail the sacrifices made during his climb to stardom.

“I took a gamble when I quit my job, which meant putting my all into stand-up comedy,” said Hart.  “When you don’t have a backup plan, you work as hard as you can because you know there cannot be a negative outcome, only positivity.  When you let go of other things, you help yourself to evolve into great things.”

Readers can read the article in its entirety and more in the January 27 issue of JET magazine, on newsstands January 6. Ride Along hits movie theaters on January 17. 


Photo: Johnson Publishing Company



ABFF "American Black Film Festival" Is Now Accepting Feature And Documentary Submissions For 2014


NEW YORK/PRNewswire/ -- Film Life announced that it is seeking exceptional narrative feature and documentary films made by or about people of African descent for consideration for the 18th annual ABFF (American Black Film Festival). The 2014 ABFF is scheduled to take place in NYC, next June 19-22.

"2013 has certainly been a tremendous year in Black cinema, providing great inspiration for Black artists. We are looking forward to the promise of even more original and dynamic work to emerge on the independent front in 2014," states Jeff Friday, ABFF founder and CEO of Film Life, Inc.

Films must be completed post January 1, 2013. Documentaries should have a minimum running time of 45 minutes, and narrative features a minimum of 72 minutes. Submission deadlines are February 7, and March 10, 2014, respectively. For full eligibility criteria, please visit www.abff.comor where submissions are being accepted online only.


"Go For Sisters" with Edward James Olmos, LisaGay Hamilton and Yolonda Ross


John Sayles, the dean of American indie filmmakers and a two-time Academy Award nominee, brought his latest movie, Go For Sisters, to the Coral Gables Art Cinema for its exclusive South Florida premiere run beginning Friday, December 13.  LisaGay Hamilton and Yolonda Ross star as two long estranged childhood friends who make their way down to Mexico in search of Hamilton's on the lam son, along with a tough-as-nails ex-cop played by iconic Latino actor Edward James Olmos. As much a fascinating character study as it is nominally a thriller, it has just been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award (the art house version of the Oscars). 

Read more at Miami Art Guide.






Art of Life Film To Be Screened at Big Night Little Haiti Friday, December 20, 2013 [VIDEO]

Art of Life Movie
South Florida debut of the film, The Art of Life, Friday, 12/20/2013, 10p.m., Little Haiti Cultural Center
Moving the Lives of Kids Art Center (MLK Mural) is pleased to present the “Art of Life” as part of Rhythm Foundation and Little Haiti Cultural Center Big Night in Little Haiti. The film will be shown at the Little Haiti Cultural Center Theater located at 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137. 
The feature length film is the directorial debut of mural artist, and Executive Director of MLK Mural, Kyle Holbrook. The film screening will be followed by a special performance by Woffgang playing his original track from the score of the movie. 
Many young men and women living in neighborhoods across America suffer the absence of a path or a toolkit for survival. Sometimes that toolkit is there, but they just need a guide or an angel to show it to them. In the “Art of Life” the two lead characters Chay and Cheyanne, are looking for a way out of the suffocating pain and misery of their surroundings, but they need a plan. As both develop their artistic skills, their future prospects grow brighter, even if their present environment maintains its darkness. Will they be able to escape to the light? In this story, which blends the magic of cinema, animation, sketches, paintings and music, we learn that art is all around us, and realizing this could help make survival more vividly apparent to those trapped in the dark. 
This unique organic and artistic film features scenes shot inside a County Jail, in the middle of the marches during the G20 Summit, and on site during the production of several MLK Mural Projects around the world. “Art of Life” also features several original pieces by MLK Mural artists woven into scenes as animation.
Official website:
If You go: 
WHAT:           Debut of “Art of Life” film, followed by performance by Woffgang
WHERE:        Little Haiti Cultural Center
                       212 NE 59th Terrace
                       Miami, FL 33137 
WHEN:          Friday, December 20, 2013
                              10:00pm  – Midnight
Admission:   FREE

New Book for Young Readers on African American Film Pioneer Oscar Micheaux

MICHEAUX2.225x225-75LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oscar Micheaux: A Self-Made Man, a new release from The Hollywood Press, brings the story of America's greatest African American filmmakers to life. The book is designed for everyone who loves movies and would like to introduce young audiences to the history of film. The illustrated soft cover book provides insightful glimpses into the lives and work of African American filmmakers, memorable screen icons and less familiar figures.

Written by Jeremy Geltzer, a film professor, entertainment lawyer and author, the book is targeted to middle grade readers, ages 9-13. Oscar Micheaux’s life vividly demonstrates the American Dream. The son of ex-sharecroppers, Micheaux worked odd jobs from Pullman Porter to Dakota homesteader before becoming one of the first black filmmakers. He made films outside Hollywood that were tailored to black audiences using his own stars. Among Micheaux’s discoveries were Paul Robeson and Robert Earl Jones, father of James Earl Jones.

In less than 30 years Micheaux directed over 40 films. While the director has been passed over in many film history books, his story remains inspirational. Micheaux believed in his dream; he struggled to share his message of self-reliance and betterment. Other chapters in the book chronicle the African American community’s hard fought battle for recognition in Hollywood, from Sidney Poitier to Octavia Spencer and other black directors from the silent era to Spike Lee and Lee Daniels.


The Best Man sequel coming to movie theaters this Fall [VIDEO]


The Best Man Holiday
The Best Man sequel premieres November 15!

Looking forward to watching the sequel to the 1999 hit movie, The Best Man, starring Taye Diggs; Morris Chestnut; Nia Long; Sanaa Lathan; Terrence Howard; Monica Calhoun; Harold Perrineau; Melissa De Sousa and Regina Hall. It’s official title is The Best Man Holiday but some folks are calling it The Best Man 2. It will premiere on November 15 and show get great box office vibes based on the internet buzz alone. 


The Best Man 2

All of the main characters return.  This time around, Nia Long’s character, Jordan, appears to have moved on to a nice career at MSNBC judging from the PoliticsNation and The Rachel Maddow Show posters on the wall in her office. Joining the cast as her love interest is Eddie Cibrian (Brian McDonald). 

Although this film is a comedy, I’ve read there is drama and a few tears will likely be shed. Since my birthday is Veteran’s Day, November 11, I’ve already planned to celebrate by seeing The Best Man Holiday on opening night with friends. You’re welcome to join us. Stay tuned for more info. Let the countdown begin, family… Smooches… 





New Film About Life in Miami: 'The Magic City' [VIDEO]

The Magic City

A new coming of age film about sisters growing up in Liberty City is set for release in 2013. The film’s title is ‘The Magic City.’ It stars some actors you know: Jenifer Lewis; Keith David and Jamie Hector. It also features some new faces: Latrice Jackson; LaShay Jackson; and Amiya Thomas. Check out the trailer below.



Official website: The Magic City 



Dynamic Duo Tapped to Spin and MC the 16th Annual American Black Film Festival Opening Party


Miami Beach welcomes TV & Films top Stars to the Fontainebleau's Arkadia tonight


In Miami these days when one speaks of a Duo, they're generally talking about the Miami Heat's Lebron James and Dwayne Wade, respectively.  But another dynamic duo is invading Miami for the American Black Film Festival (ABFF).  Collectively, DJ Shogun and Aaron "Mr. MusicIsMyBusiness" Arnold have worked with everyone from Hollywood Actor Idris Elba to Global Icon Sean "Diddy" Combs; They've DJed and hosted everywhere from Switzerland to Harvard University and many places in between.  Tonight at 10pm this duo will be bringing their talents to Miami Beach for the 16th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) opening party where DJ Shogun (@DjShogun) will be spinning and Mr. MusicIsMyBusiness (@MrMimb) MCing.    

This spectacular event, sponsored by Uptown Magazine and Stella Artois, will take place at the Fontainebleau's Arkadia on Miami Beach and not only host some of the top emerging film-makers, producers, directors from all over the world but stars like Will Packer, cast members from “Think Like A Man,” Tracee Ellis Ross, Vanessa Williams, Rockmond Dunbar and many more. 

“This is our third year and as the American Black Film Festival (@ABFF) continues to grow in magnitude and impact we're honored to be growing with it," said the duo (DJ Shogun and Aaron). "We're always excited to support & celebrate the Black arts. To provide the soundscape for the week and rub elbows with legendary & rising stars is a pleasure.” 

Some of the Festival highlights this year will include:  The first ever Webisode ChallengeA Conversation with Salim & Mara Brock Akil;  “Beasts of The Southern Wild” (took top awards at Sundance and Cannes) and the HBO Short Film competition to name a few.  



About The DJ 

DJ Shogun, a Queens, NY Native, is fast  becoming the go-to-dj for many high-profile events: Miami's  International Fashion week, Russell  Simmon's launch party at The W Hotel in LA,  Michael Jordan's Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament @ Atlantis,  Carmelo Anthony's Shoe Launch Party @ Jaguar, LA, Derek Jeter's  All-Star Party @ Marquee, NYC, etc. He also  spins with celebrity-friend, Idris  Elba. His music style (i.e.Hip Hop, House, Electro, etc.). The currently serves as MusicIsMyBusiness' anchor DJ and is a part of the newly form Monster DJ collective.  You can learn more about him at


About The MC

Aaron "mr.musicismybusiness" Arnold is CEO of MusicIsMyBusiness.  The Chicago Native has built MusicIsMyBusiness (MIMB) into one of "America's Smartest New Companies led by people under 30," according to Inc Magazine.  Recently, Sean "Diddy" Combs gave Mr. Arnold a great endorsement to his 5million plus followers as the "future" of music and business.  He's spoken everywhere from Harvard Business to Capital Hill on behalf of Google to hosting parties in ATL-DC-Miami-Chicago and St. Thomas, Vi.   His story and growth continue to peak interest from kids to businessmen across the globe.  In the past, he's been featured in Black Enterprise (twice), Inc Magazine, CNN, MTV, Vh1 and blogs for Fast Company Magazine re: Social Media &TheModernStartup. You can learn more about him at or 


About ABFF

Founded in 1997, the American Black Film Festival is an industry retreat and competitive marketplace for films by and about people of color. The festival's mission is to facilitate distribution opportunities for quality films and introduce the top echelon of emerging artists to the industry at large. Since its inception, the ABFF has premiered over 500 films, positioning it as the leading film festival for Black and urban content. The ABFF is a property of Film Life, Inc., a New York-based event marketing, production and distribution company founded in 2002 by Jeff Friday (CEO).  For more information, please visit