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The black film renaissance of 2013

The black film renaissance of 2013

It looks like people will have to stop complaining about the lack of African-American stories on screen as 2013 ushers in as many as 10 new black films between summer and the end of the year, writes Michael Cieply in the New York Times.

Writes Cieply:

"Black filmmakers say the wave of 2013 releases was built in large part on the creativity that has flourished on the independent-film circuit, which has become a laboratory of sorts for more prominent African-American-themed productions. Writers and directors have been sharpening their skills on indie films the last several years while waiting for big distributors to regain interest.

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  • Written by The Root

It’ll be a girl for Kanye and Kardashian

It’ll be a girl for Kanye and Kardashian

Sometime in the not-too-distant future, Kanye West can once again break out the leather skirt and the pink Polos he once favored.

The rapper and his reality TV star girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, are having a girl.

The baby's gender was revealed in the eighth season premiere of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" on Sunday night.

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  • Written by CNN

Issa Rae to play Nina Simone in new Hansberry biopic

Issa Rae to play Nina Simone in new Hansberry biopic

An unconventional biopic of Lorraine Hansberry, author of "A Raisin in the Sun," is in development, according to Shadow and Act. Hansberry's grand-niece, Taye Hansberry, will take the title role, and Issa Rae, star of "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl" will play a pivotal role.

From Shadow and Act:

"Issa Rae is set to play Nina Simone, who was a close friend of Lorraine until her death.

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  • Written by Hillary Crosley/The Root

Colorism in Hollywood: Can Michelle Obama bring change?

Colorism in Hollywood: Can Michelle Obama bring change?

Recently I had the pleasure of moderating a conversation hosted by New York Women in Film and Television and the Fox Broadcasting Co. on the issue of diversity in Hollywood, particularly in terms of casting.

The panel included some of the industry's leaders on the subject. ... The industry veterans spoke candidly of the challenges that still exist in Hollywood regarding making the entire industry more diverse, challenges they have all confronted through their efforts to make diversity a priority in their projects.

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  • Written by Keli Goff/The Root

Hattiloo to stage groundbreaking ceremony June 8

Hattiloo to stage groundbreaking ceremony June 8

Hattiloo Theatre will conduct a groundbreaking ceremony for its new theatre on June 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The new Hattiloo Theatre is being built on the northwest corner of Monroe and Cooper and the building will be approximately 12,000 square feet.

"The addition of Hattiloo will provide more accessiblilty to black theatre and helps to diversify the theatre epicenter of Memphis, said Ekundayo Bandele, Executive/Artistic Director.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

McCartney leaves guitar pick at Elvis’ grave

McCartney leaves guitar pick at Elvis’ grave

When the former Beatle visited Graceland, the mansion once occupied by the late Elvis Presley, on Sunday, he reportedly left a personalized guitar pick at Presley's grave.

The singer was in Memphis, Tenn., as part of his "Out There" tour – with his performance marking his first visit to the city in 20 years – and he seized the opportunity to see Presley's old stomping grounds.

On Twitter, McCartney shared photos of himself holding a guitar, and another one leaving the pick at Presley's grave.

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  • Written by Breeanna Hare/CNN

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