SAN FRANCISCO, CA, MARCH 6, 2014 – The International Black Women’s Film Festival(tm) (“IBWFF”) is accepting film submissions for the 12th International Black Women’s Film Festival –there are no submission fees until August 2, 2014. The IBWFF will celebrate its twelfth year showcasing innovative, independent shorts, features and documentaries by and/or featuring Black women, regardless of country of origin.

Films completed within the past year, specifically, after July 1, 2013, will be prioritized for consideration, though it is not a guarantee for selection.

All genres -except adult/pornography, technical instructional, or music videos–are accepted. The festival will have a concurrent pay-per-view, online festival to accommodate more films.


AUGUST 2, 2014 – Earlybird Deadline | Free
SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 – Regular Deadline
* Feature // Narrative feature is 45 to 120+ minutes in length | $20.00
* Short // Short film is no more than 25 minutes and no less than 1 minute. | $10.00
SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 – Late Deadline
* Feature // Narrative feature is 45 to 120+ minutes in length | $35.00
* Short // Short film is no more than 25 minutes and no less than 1 minute. | $25.00
SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 – Official Selection Announcement


The festival is committed to the environment and has drastically reduced the amount of paper waste associated with the submission process. Uploaded HD digital films are strongly encouraged and the application is strictly online.




Adrienne Anderson
International Black Women’s Film Festival
548 Market Street, #38322 | San Francisco, CA 94104 – USA | +01 415 935 4991


Founded in 2001 and debuting in 2002, the International Black Women’s Film Festival screens media by and/or about Black women from around the world in non-stereotypical, non-pornographic roles. IBWFF combats negative stereotyping of Black women in film, television and media. The International Black Women’s Film Festival explores the social, aesthetic and political contexts of Black women in society through film, television and media, and how Black women are viewed through the moving image while at the same time being rendered voiceless and invisible.


Exclusive Trailer! KINYARWANDA: Sundance Film Festival 2011 Audience Award Winner Hits Theaters


AFFRM, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement, is pleased to announce that it will open its second film, KINYARWANDA, in theaters on Friday, December 2 in eight cities nationwide.

KINYARWANDA will be released in AFFRM’s founding markets: New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Seattle. In addition, three new opening week cities have been added: Chicago, Washington DC and San Francisco.

Writer/director Alrick Brown’s compelling feature directorial debut garnered the Sundance Film Festival 2011 Audience Award in the World Cinema Drama category this year, and captured the Grand Prize at the lauded Skip City Film Festival in Japan last week.

In KINYARWANDA, a young Tutsi woman and a young Hutu man fall in love amidst chaos, a soldier struggles with being absent from her family to foster a greater good, and a priest grapples with his faith in the face of unspeakable horror. The Hollywood Reporter stated, “Brown presents these personal and heartbreaking stories with steadfast compassion.”

AFFRM is a collaborative theatrical distribution entity powered by the nation’s finest black film organizations. The founding organizations are Urbanworld Film Festival with Imagenation in New York, BronzeLens Film Festival in Atlanta, ReelBlack Film Series in Philadelphia and Langston Hughes African-American Film Festival in Seattle. AFFRM’s inaugural release was the award-winning film, I WILL FOLLOW, which opened March 2011 in more than 20 cities during its seven week run.

Press: An Intimate Look at Trailblazers in New and Encore Programming Before and During Black History Month 2011

This season PBS celebrates True Originals — innovators, artists, scientists, political leaders and ordinary citizens who dared to advance, challenge, improve, invent and explore. This February is no exception.

Throughout the year, PBS invites viewers to explore African Americans’ vast contributions to society. In honor and celebration of Black History Month, February 2011, PBS presents new and encore programs, beginning in January and continuing throughout the spring season.

Thousands of hours of PBS programming are available on the PBS Video Portal. In mid-January, the Video Portal will release a special collection for Black History Month 2011, featuring new and encore programming.

PBS Teachers offers the Unsung Heroes in African American History and Civil Rights Movement in American Literature Activity Packs for educators to use in the classroom or to post on their classroom, school or favorite social networking Web sites. The activity packs are designed for multiple grade levels and contain links to African-American history-themed education resources and activities from PBS.



Tuesdays, January 18-February 8, 2011, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET

Where would TV be without “Star Trek,” “Columbo,” “Romper Room” or “Gunsmoke”? The series returns for a look at the inception of four popular genres: science fiction, crime dramas, local kids’ TV and westerns, including the contributions of Bill Cosby, Nichelle Nichols and others. Nichols appeared on TAVIS SMILEY on 1/11/11 to discuss her early career in television, including how Dr. Martin Luther King encouraged her to stay on “Star Trek” in what he described as the “first non-stereotypical role” on television for an African American.

NOVA scienceNOW

Wednesdays, January 19-February 23, 2011, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET

Leading into NOVA, each episode of the upcoming season of NOVA scienceNOW hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson explores one of six “big” science questions: “Can We Make It to Mars?”; “Can We Live Forever?”; “How Does the Brain Work?”; “How Smart are Animals?”; “Where did I Come From?”; and “What’s the Next Big Thing?”


Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET

The story of Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted music student who found herself at the epicenter of racial controversy but struggled against the odds to reach the heights of international opera.


March 2011 ( check local listings )

Chicago is truly a tale of two cities. There is the legendary Chicago that emerged from hardship and misfortune on the prairie to attain world-class status. There is also a less known, but remarkable aspect of Chicago’s history — the essential contributions of African Americans to the city’s vitality. This film reveals the lives of the celebrated and the unsung — from the establishment of the first black community in the 1840s by free men of color and enslaved Africans seeking freedom, to the election of the nation’s first black president, Chicago’s own Barack Obama.

INDEPENDENT LENS “Pushing the Elephant”

Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 10:00-11:30 p.m. ET

When civil war came to Rose Mapendo’s Congolese village, she was separated from her five-year-old daughter, Nangabire. More than a decade later, mother and daughter are reunited in the U.S.


Tuesdays, April 19-May 10, 2011, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET

Travel with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. across Latin America to explore what happens when African and Hispanic worlds meet. Four-part series.


Monday, May 9, 2011, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET

SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music—the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in paddy wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. The music enabled African Americans to sing words they could not say, and it was crucial in helping protesters as they faced down brutal aggression with dignity and non-violence.  The infectious energy of the songs swept people up and empowered them to fight for their rights. Directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman (Nanking), and executive produced by Danny Glover, Soundtrack for a Revolution is a vibrant blend of heart-wrenching interviews, dramatic images, and thrilling contemporary performances by top artists, including John Legend, Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean, and The Roots—a film of significance, energy, and power.


Monday, May 16, 2011, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET

Acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s powerful and inspirational story of the more than 400 black and white men and women who, using non-violent tactics, risked their lives to challenge segregated travel facilities in the South in 1961.



Monday, January 24, 2011, 10:30-11:00 p.m. ET

Follows six survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to reveal successes and setbacks as the Louisiana coastline and culture continue to give way to the gulf and face disastrous new threats. Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated actress Patricia Clarkson, a native of New Orleans, narrates.

INDEPENDENT LENS “Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene”

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET

America’s original shock-jock, Petey Greene, became a leading activist during some of the most tumultuous years in recent history.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “Allen Toussaint”

Saturday, February 26, 2011, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET ( check local listings )

Legendary New Orleans songwriter Allen Toussaint hits the ACL stage with songs from his latest LP, The Bright Mississippi, and classic hits like “Southern Nights.”


February 2011 ( check local listings )

Gwen Ifill interviews Motown legend Smokey Robinson, giving viewers an insider’s look at the life and career of the Motown legend. The program features former Motown executive and film producer Suzanne de Passe as mistress of ceremonies, with musical tributes from Grammy-nominated artists such as Teena Marie, Howard Hewett and MusiqSoulchild.


February 2011 ( check local listings )

Arguably the oldest black neighborhood in America and the birthplace of jazz, Faubourg Treme was home to the largest community of free black people in the Deep South during slavery and a hotbed of political ferment. Lolis Eric Elie, a New Orleans newspaperman, tours this storied neighborhood.

INDEPENDENT LENS “Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness”

February 2011 ( check local listings )

Examines the forgotten legacy of Melville Herskovits, a controversial Jewish anthropologist, whose writings in the ’40s and ’50s challenged widely held assumptions about race and culture. Maggie Gyllenhaal hosts.


February 2011( check local listings )

This is the story of three counties that forcefully banished African-American families from their towns 100 years ago — and the descendants who return to learn a shocking history. Co-production of ITVS in association with NBPC. By Marco Williams.

POV “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North”

February 2011( check local listings )

Descendants of the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history uncover the vast extent of northern complicity in slavery.


February 2011 ( check local listings )

At the end of the American Revolution, slaves were offered freedom in return for service to the British. This is the story of their resettlement, first in Nova Scotia, then Sierra Leone, where dreams of a haven came to a tragic end.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “Bettye LaVette/Pinetop Perkins”

Saturday, March 12, 2011, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET ( check local listings )

R&B veteran Bettye LaVette sings songs from her critically lauded album The Scene of the Crime, followed by legendary pianist Pinetop Perkins and his catalog of blues classics.

INDEPENDENT LENS “Iron Ladies of Liberia”

March 2011 ( check local listings )

This intimate documentary goes behind-the-scenes with Africa’s first freely elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia.


Sunday-Thursday, April 3-7, 2011, 8:00-10:30  p.m. ET

On the 150th anniversary of the beginning of America’s Civil War, PBS will re-broadcast Ken Burns’ entire landmark 1990 series. Burns’ epic documentary brings to life America’s most destructive — and defining — conflict. THE CIVIL WAR is the saga of celebrated generals and ordinary soldiers, a heroic and transcendent president and a country that had to divide itself in two in order to become one. Voices for the series include Sam Waterston, Jason Robards, Julie Harris, Jeremy Irons, Morgan Freeman, Paul Roebling, Garrison Keillor, Kurt Vonnegut, Arthur Miller and Studs Terkel. Historian David McCullough narrates.



Monday-Friday, 11:00-11:30 p.m. ET ( check local listings )

Tavis Smiley hosts this program, featuring interviews with newsmakers, politicians, celebrities and everyday people. See 1/11/11 interview with pioneering African American actress Nichelle Nichols (PIONEERS OF TELEVISION).

Other series that regularly cover topics and profile guests and performers of interest to African Americans include FRONTLINE, GREAT PERFORMANCES, PBS NEWSHOUR, NEED TO KNOW, POV and WASHINGTON WEEK WITH GWEN IFILL, among many others.

Find more information and high-resolution images from these programs on PBS PressRoom at

Press: American Idol Winner Takes “Because of You Interactive Contest” Winner on Shopping Spree

Fashion retailer Dots and Grammy®-nominated singer Jordin Sparks fulfilled a dream yesterday for Fabiola Apollon, winner of Dots “Because Of You” Interactive Contest in partnership with Sparks. In collaboration with, the contest encouraged entrants to share a personal story about something they were inspired to accomplish by someone in their life. In honor of her fan-dedicated perfume launched exclusively at Dots this past fall, the “Because of You” contest promised a $500 shopping spree with Sparks at a Dots flagship store.

After seeing the Dots “Because of You” contest on AuditionBooth, Apollon was encouraged to share how her life was changed by the Lap Band surgery. With the support of her family and friends, Apollon has lost 60+ pounds and plans to lose even more. Apollon strives to serve as an example to others and provide hope for her peers who also struggle with weight issues.

“I’m excited that we were able to offer this contest with Dots through Audition Booth because it enabled my fans, regardless of their location, to celebrate someone who made a difference in their lives,” said youngest ever American Idol winner and Broadway star, Jordin Sparks.

Sparks and Apollon spent the afternoon on January 13th shopping for the latest trends of the season at Dots’ store in Addison, TX.

“Personally, I feel inspired to do more and make the most of every opportunity because of the support I have from the people around me. It’s amazing what you can accomplish with a little encouragement from influential people in your life!” said Apollon of the journey that she shared in her entry. “And I thank Dots and Jordin Sparks both for this amazing experience!” she added.

Kennedy Center Honors Oprah

The 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors will honor talk show queen, actress, and media mogul Oprah Winfrey on December 5, 2010!

Ms. Winfrey will end her talk show in 2011, and is re-focusing her empire building on media and her own television network named (you got it) OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network.

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“For more than 25 years, Oprah Winfrey has established one of the most innovative careers in the entertainment world, with distinctive accomplishments in television and film,” the Kennedy Center’s Chairman David M. Rubenstein said in a statement.

Oprah has accomplished what many have tried, but many have not achieved. She’s an accomplished actress (remember “The Color Purple,” “Beloved” and “The Women of Brewster Place”?), producer with her own production company, television executive and media magazine (“O Magazine”).

Many have compared her to Martha Stewart, but Martha Stewart can’t act.

Ms. Winfrey will get her due alongside such luminaries as dancer and Tony Award-winning choreographer (“FELA!” and “Spring Awakening”) Bill T. Jones (brother of San Francisco performing artist Rhodessa Jones), and others.
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 10: Oprah Winfrey in the audience during the 38th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Mike Nichols held at Sony Pictures Studios on June 10, 2010 in Culver City, California. The AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Mike Nichols will premiere on TV Land on Saturday, June 25 at 9PM ET/PST. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI)NEW YORK - JUNE 13: Actor Bill T. Jones attends the 64th Annual Tony Awards at The Sports Club/LA on June 13, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

Gala will be broadcast on CBS on December 28, 2010 at 9:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT

Teen pregnancy! Public drunkeness! Manslaughter! Adultery! Season 11 of Dancing with the Stars…

The new cast lineup for Season 11 of “Dancing with the Stars” is all confirmed and ready to go. This year –as with most– the lineup of “dancers” gets more and more interesting. However, the shows producers must have a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor because this year’s line up closely resembles the cast of any Seth McFarlane cartoon.
BEL AIR, CA - JULY 12: Singer Brandy attends professional tennis player Serena Williams' Pre-ESPYs House Party held at a private residence on July 12, 2010 in Bel Air, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for SW)

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With the current mix of reality and real stars (some are just reality blips, not stars) I’m waiting for the first ever on stage brawl or at least “call out”. Or maybe I’d just settle for slight mayhem.

“Dancing with the Stars” has become a creepy mea culpa comeback show for those trying to get out of the dog house, or at least trying to get their careers back on track. Some “stars” are really dancers, or at least make a concerted effort. Others, not so much. (Remember Kate Gosling?)

This year’s lineup includes singer and stunt driver and recently re-anointed reality star, Brandy. For those who remember, she was the bright and sunny, up-and-coming R&B/pop singer from the 90’s whose hit song, “I Wanna Be Down”, shot up the charts.  She was a bright spot for a lagging R&B industry and later sang a duet with fellow ingenue Monica, and often gave guest appearances in her videos to her brother, Ray J –now star of his own stupid reality show, “For the Love of Ray J.” (Yeah, I don’t watch that show –can you tell?)

Well, Brandy has some stiff competition on DWTS, starting with “Jersey Shore”‘s own Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino’s hair and abs.

You know who else doesn’t have abs of steel? Me and Bristol Palin, but she had a baby at 17 for her abs. She’ll be on the show, too.

Comedian and actress Margaret Cho will also be on the show, alongside Florence “I-Like-‘Em-Young” Henderson.

For a complete line-up, visit “Dancing with the Stars“.

Tyra’s Casting for Cycle 16 of America’s Next Top Model – DEADLINE Aug. 18th!

Okay, ladies. Get your photographs and attitudes on because media mogul Tyra Banks is casting for Cycle 16 of “America’s Next Top Model”!

If you ever watch the show, you know that it can be inspirational… or a big hot steaming pile of mess. Either way, it’s always fun and entertaining!

According to Tyra:

“Here’s what I need from you. You need to be:

* 18 – 27 years old

* a U.S. Citizen

* Apply by Midnight on August 18th!”

Sign up today at!

Janelle Monae:: ARCHAndroid – In Stores Now!

After her hit album “Metropolis,” Janelle Monae is back with the much anticipating “Arch Android” concept album. As with all of her work, she seamlessly incorporates music, video, art and social networking for a 22nd Century approach to music. MTV’s “Woody Awards” gave her a nod from the college crowd, but her real impact is live. She’s performed at the Afro Punk festival in NYC, and at a number of clubs, campuses and venues around the world.

Get your sneak peak into her new album, and purchase it today!

Tyra Banks Lands Book Deal

What can’t this diva do?! Super media mogul and model Tyra Banks has defied the “dumb model” stereotype, and has expanded her glamor empire beyond the shiny runways of New York, Milan and Paris.

The daring diva is a producer, talk show host, singer, and now, writer. She’s grabbed a three book partnership with publishing giant Random House, and launched a new division of her media empire called: Bankable Books.

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Tyra’s new book is called “Modelland” and is a fantasy story about a make-believe place where gorgeous “intoxibella” models have “special powers.” A young girl and her friends invade this magical land, but they’re not supposed to be there. And, as you can imagine, chaos will probably ensue.

Stay tuned for its release!

Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen presents Back to Our Roots!

Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen (MHHK) is a multifaceted hip hop event designed to showcase women artists, especially women of color. MHHK serves as a social justice community-organizing platform that educates and empowers women of color on issues that impact their lives, including HIV/AIDS and reproductive justice. Our mission is to create a dynamic interactive exchange and safe space for all women of color to express themselves through their art.

Invitation From the Event Organizers:

MHHK Volume 3, Back to Our Roots, will be honoring International Women’s Month by bringing together educators, students, environmentalists, djs, emcees, b-girls, poets, visual artists, dancers, healers, pastors, organizers and activists to collectively express our solidarity with women’s rights!
We hope that you can join us at this free and family-friendly event. Local organizations and businesses focused on these and/or related issues are encouraged to participate by tabling or simply attending.
When: Saturday, March 6th, 2010 @ the Hostos Center for Arts and Culture 450 Grand Concourse (at 149th St.) Bronx, NY (Main Theater)

Time: 2-5pm

This event is FREE and open to all ages.

For more information about the event, please visit our website @ or email hiphopkitchen[at] Organizations interested in tabling can register at

ANNOUNCEMENT: I Am An American: The Making of an Anthem


World Premiere
San Diego Black Film Festival
January 28 – 31, 2010

The screening will be held Saturday, January, 30 at 4:30 p.m. at the United Artists Horton Plaza 14– 475 Horton Plaza in San Diego.

From Air America to Access Hollywood, the “I Am An American” song has been praised by media nationwide since its 2008 release. Now, the seasoned musicians are releasing their 45-minute documentary, The Making of an Anthem, which follows Mr. Gamble through the “I Am An American” recording process at the Kimmel Center with the Temple University orchestra and choirs, and goes behind the scenes into the legendary Philadelphia International Records studio with the iconic Patti LaBelle. A powerful segment of the history of Father Divine and the Peace Mission Movement comes to life with vintage footage from the 1960s. The film is interspersed with a number of interviews that speak to the meaning and inspiration behind this project, and the tremendous honor that resulted from this unique collaboration.

“At a time of change in history, I believe America has a renewed feeling of patriotism. I’m proud to have produced a song in hopes of keeping that spirit alive through music and the message it gives. I’m especially proud to have the opportunity to share the song and its story at a festival whose primary mission is to preserve and promote African American cinema and the education of media arts. It is my hope that we as Americans continue to have the renewed sense of pride and patriotism that ‘I Am An American’ inspires.” – Kenny Gamble

You can view a brief video about the project here:

For further information about the “I Am An American” project, you can visit

For further information about the film festival, please visit

Austin Leech
Two Sheps That Pass…

Looking for Talent!! Conscious female rappers/artists/dancers/poets, etc…

DISCLAIMER: This event is NOT sponsored or hosted by the IBWFF. This is a re-post. As with any audition or casting call announcement, you are strongly encouraged to use your best judgment in attending an audition or casting call. It is your responsibility to contact local authorities if you suspect illegal activities, exploitation or violence from the hosts, attendees or other parties in attendance


Are you a FEMALE MC with a slick flow, crazy style, and great stage presence? Or are you a FEMALE VISUAL ARTIST, SPOKEN WORD POET, or DANCER? Are you also politically conscious and inspire others through your work?

If so please apply for Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen, Vol. 3: Back To Our Roots, Environmental Justice, Education Equality

We are looking for conscious female rappers/artists/dancers/poets, etc… Who are interested in performing on:
Saturday March 6th, 2010
at Hostos Community College
in the Bronx
Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen, Vol. 3: Back To Our Roots, Environmental Justice, Education Equality

If interested please apply by:

  1. Going online to
  2. Click on “Vol. 3: 2010”
  3. On the left hand side of the page you will see the link “Participant Application
  4. Click that link, and apply!

Please email if you have any questions


Description of the Event:
Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen Volume 3, Back to Our Roots, will be honoring International Women’s Month by shedding light and creating awareness on Environmental Injustices and Educational Inequalities and their impact on women of color.
Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen will bring together women of color educators, students, environmentalists, djs, emcees, b-girls, poets, visual artists, dancers, healers, pastors, organizers and activists. We will come together through a hip hop showcase to express our solidarity with women’s rights!

The South Bronx is a community that has been in constant resistance, seeking justice in education and the environment. It is a community resisting pollution, asthma, toxic wasteland, and budget cuts for art, music, and gym programs. It is a community that lacks access to healthy fruits and vegetables, adequate health care and after school programs. The South Bronx’s need for reproductive and sexual health education is highly reflected in its high levels of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections.
In place of access to healthy alternatives, the South Bronx has an over abundance of jails and prisons.

However, the South Bronx is not lost. It has experienced a period of healing through leadership guided by community organizations and collectives. This leadership has lead to the creation of new parks, food co-ops, recycling programs, and successful cultural community centers. We have won many amazing victories as a community!
Join us as we fuse our energy, our politics, our ancestry, our traditions, art, song and dance into a brew for Environmental Justice and Education Equality.

Turn Up the Heat and Let the Soul Simmer, as We Stir this Soup for the Hip Hop Soul!


Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen, Vol. 3: Back To Our Roots, Environmental Justice, Education Equality
When: Saturday, March 6th, 2010
Where: The Hostos Center for Arts and Culture
450 Grand Concourse (at 149th St.) Bronx, NY
(Main Theater)
Time: TBA (most likely 2-5pm)
This event is FREE and open to all ages.
for more information about the event, please
visit our website @
or email

Kathleen Adams and Lah Tere, Founders of Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen

Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen (MHHK) is a multifaceted hip hop event designed to showcase women artists, especially women of color. MHHK serves as a social justice community-organizing platform that educates and empowers women of color on issues that impact their lives, including HIV/AIDS and reproductive justice. Our mission is to create a dynamic interactive exchange and safe space for all women of color to express themselves through their art.

We Are the Girl Movement (W.A.G.)

Remember bomb-girl, Lin Que, or better known as, Isis from the X-Clan? Well she’s revving up an emcee movement of women, including, djs, emcees, dancers, etc.

Their first single is available for only 99¢! (Come on, your Caramel Macchiato probably cost $3.20, where 99¢ can spark a movement!!)

You can find them online at, or  read their blog at

Here’s a personal message from Lin:

The ‘We Are the Girl Movement’ makes history with its first release, “Suga-Coated.” For the first time since the inception of Hip Hop, nine female emcees assault the microphone without any help from their male counterparts. “Suga-Coated” features True School Veterans who have been in the game for quite some time, Underground Royalty as well as Up-and-Coming Talent who are eager to claim their spot in this male-dominated industry. One has no choice but to succumb to the incredible skill and energy exuding from this track. Whoever said, “Female Emcee’s can’t hold their own” obviously hasn’t had the pleasure of sampling the skills portrayed on this banger. In addition to the genuine talent of Mala Reignz, Knewdles, Bless Roxwell, Lin Que, Alana, Paula Perry, Toni Blackman, J-Boo & Tiye Phoenix, is the sultry voice of newcomer Rachel Walker. “Suga-Coated” displays the undeniable talent of women of many ethnicities and cultures.

‘We Are the Girl’ aka WAG was formed to give women in Hip Hop a platform to ‘Follow their Dreams’ and make careers out of what they love doing most. It seems as though women have not been given a fair share within the Hip Hop community. It’s time. We must claim our voice. We must claim our seat at the throne and be the ‘True Queens’ that we were born to be.

‘We Are the Girl’ believes in giving back to the community. All the proceeds from the download of “Suga-Coated” are going to one of the most highly visible and recognized breast cancer charities in America, NBCF. “Suga-Coated” was officially released on October 1st, 2009… just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Although October is designated for Breast Cancer Awareness, we all know that it is a day-to-day issue that needs our support. Support Women… Save the Hip Hop Culture… Heal the World.

You can purchase “Suga-Coated” by going to The track is $.99 to download.

If we all chip in, we can make a difference.

‘We Are the Girl’ website:

All DJ’s contact me at We need your support.

For Bookings & Sponsorship, please contact:

Contact: Barb Sherin
Office: 212.308.4180

Best Regards,

Lin Que aka Isis (X Clan)
Founder/Hip Hop Artist

Viola Davis to star with Foxx and Butler

Oscar nominee Viola Davis has joined psychological thriller “Law Abiding Citizen” alongside Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler. F. Gary Gray is directing the pic, which began shooting Jan. 21 in Philadelphia, for the Film Department.

It’s set for domestic release in 2010 with Overture Films handling.

Story focuses on a man who, 10 years after his wife and daughter are brutally murdered, returns to exact justice from the assistant district attorney who prosecuted the case against their killers. Bruce McGill, Leslie Bibb, Colm Meaney and Regina Hall have also joined the cast. Film Department co-topper Mark Gill and Butler are producing with Lucas Foster, Alan Siegel and Kurt Wimmer. The Film Department’s Neil Sacker, Robert Katz and Michael Goguen exec produce, with Jeff Waxman co-producing.

Read the full article here:

Overture and Rashida Jones Together ‘Forever’

Overture Films announced today that it has acquired Celeste and Jesse Forever, a romantic comedy co-written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack. Jones will also star in the film to be produced by Suzanne and Jennifer Todd of Team Todd.

According to Overture Films, “Rashida is among the brightest and funniest young actresses today and we are delighted to be working with her,” Overture CEO Chris McGurk and COO Danny Rosett said. “The script she and Will have put together is witty and touching and with Team Todd in the mix, the project has great promise.”

Team Todd is behind the successful Austin Powers franchise and has also produced the Oscar®-nominated musical adventure Across the Universe, the romantic comedies Must Love Dogs and Prime, and the Oscar®-nominated thriller Memento. The company is currently in post-production on Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, starring Johnny Depp. Disney is scheduled to release the 3-D film in March 2010.

Overture Films ( develops, produces, acquires, and distributes feature length, theatrical motion pictures worldwide. The studio is a wholly owned unit of Starz Media, a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Capital Group. Its affiliated companies, Anchor Bay Entertainment and Starz Entertainment, make the films available domestically to viewers via home video, premium television, Internet and other outlets.

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PRESS RELEASE: Urban Indie Film “What Goes Around” in Demand

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By great demand, Sunrason Films’ What Goes Around takes to the road this October with special screenings in the Philadelphia, Charlotte, Atlanta, Toronto, and Baltimore areas. The relationship drama, heralded for its gutsy outlook on the dangers of unprotected sex, and the spread of HIV/AIDS, features a stellar cast of actors, media personalities, and prominent entertainment figures.

Against the backdrop of South Florida’s vibrant entertainment scene, What Goes Around examines the intricacies of love, lust, romance, promiscuity, friendship, and family with the sharp and witty humor and bold frankness that is characteristic of Caribbean-Americans. Staring newcomers Sakina Samuda and Kim Goss alongside popular soundmen (DJs) Nohard ‘Noah’ Grant and Ricardo ‘Supa Twitch’ Sanchez, acclaimed Dancehall artists Andrew “Flippa Mafia” Davis, David “Mavado” Brooks, and Karl-Marx “KC Jockey” Waite, famed Jamaican dancer Kemar “Ding Dong” Ottey, dub poet Ras Atiba, and popular radio personality Mike B of South Florida’s 99 JAMZ, What Goes Around has been lauded as one of the most anticipated film releases of 2008.

The screening schedule is as follows:

• September 28th: Cinema Paradiso, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
• October 2nd: The Bridge, Philadelphia, PA
• October 5th: Allure Lounge, Charlotte, NC
. October 9th: Yorkdale Silver City, Toronto, Canada
• October 10th: Galaxy Complex Galleria Movie Theater @ South Dekalb Mall,
Decatur, GA
• October 12th: The Rich Auditorium @Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
• October 18th: Hoff Theatre @the Stamp Student Union, Univ. of Maryland,
College Park, MD

Screenings in New York City and Jamaica are tentatively scheduled for November.

For more information about What Goes Around and Sunrason Films, contact Charlene Campbell at 954-439-3820 or