‘Black America Again,’ starring Common and directed by Bradford Young, wins LAFF Best Short Documentary

Thursday, the Los Angeles Film Festival announced its winners. Respective of Shadow & Act’s interests, we’re noting that the award for Best Short Documentary went to Black America Again, directed by cinematographer extraordinaire Bradford Young and produced by Ava DuVernay. Young and DuVernay worked together on Selma.  In Young’s directorial debut, Common stars in the short…

Trailer Premiere: ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ Season 4

The highly-anticipated Season 4 return of STARZ Original comedy series “Survivor’s Remorse” is set for Sunday, August 20th at 10PM ET/PT. The upcoming season will include ten half-hour episodes and include guest stars: Isaiah Washington, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Neal McDonough and DJ Khaled to name a few. “Survivor’s Remorse” Season 3 averaged 3.0M viewers per episode…

Roundup: 6 more new castings in Black Hollywood that you need to know

It’s been a huge week for casting in Black Hollywood. Big casting announcements have included: Michael Ealy and Meagan Good will star in psychological thriller, ‘Motivated Seller’ with Dennis Quaid Sharon Leal to star in CBS drama ‘Instinct,’ replacing Khandi Alexander Kat Graham Will Play Forest Whitaker’s Daughter in Netflix’s Apocalyptic Thriller ‘How It Ends’…

B&N Reports Falling Sales in Fiscal 2017 Report

Barnes & Noble finished the fiscal year with sales of $3.89 billion, a decline of 6.5% from fiscal 2016. Despite the decrease in sales, operating income in fiscal 2017, which ended April 29, jumped to $54.3 million, up from $14.6 million. The retailer was able to improve its bottom line largely by reducing its losses…

The Line Between Speech and Censorship at Bookstores

How do booksellers, particularly small independent stores, respond to books that not only challenge their ability to host an event but likely offend their own political or moral principles? At a BookExpo panel entitled “Selling Controversial Books,” a group of independent booksellers offered differing views on dealing with inflammatory books and their authors. The discussion,…

Summer Book Pics: Fly Me

Fly Me Daniel Riley. Little, Brown, $27 (400p) ISBN 978-0-316-36213-9 PURCHASE  Flying the friendly skies in the 1970s was definitely an adventure, what with all those skyjackings, as Riley demonstrates in his first novel. Suzy Whitman is a stew working out of Sela del Mar, a coastal community near L.A. The year is 1972, and…

ALA 2017: ALA, Google Announce $500,000 in Grants to Support Computer Skills

The American Library Association began its 2017 annual conference with a reception at Google’s Chicago office on Thursday to celebrate a new $500,000 competitive grant program, sponsored by Google, to encourage computer skills in America’s libraries. The grants are the latest phase in the ALA’s “Libraries Ready to Code” program, and will support as many…