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Black artists make waves at 2015 Toronto International Film Festival
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Black artists make waves at 2015 Toronto International Film Festival

[caption id="attachment_25647" align="alignleft"]image001Singer Sharon Jones is the subject of the documentary Miss Sharon Jones![/caption][caption id="attachment_25648" align="alignleft"]image002Fereweni Gebregergs stars in the Ethiopia drama Price of Love.[/caption]TORONTO (NNPA) – The Toronto International Film Festival has aged gracefully into its 40th year anniversary. Black directors, actors and writers have enhanced the celebratory occasion with fine performances and artistic contributions in indie films, big budget movies and life-affirming documentaries. Their work in films that are positioning themselves for the upcoming awards season is on display in movies that will be released this fall and on into next year in theaters, VOD, Netflix, VH1….

Mixed Me!
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Mixed Me!

mixed-me-coverMixed Me!
by Taye Diggs
Illustrated by Shane W. Evans
Feiwel and Friends / An Imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
Paperback, $17.99
40 pages, Illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-250-04719-9

Mixed Blood opens its 40th season with ‘An Octoroon’
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Mixed Blood opens its 40th season with ‘An Octoroon’

“An Octoroon” opens the 40th season of the Mixed Blood Theatre Company.

The play is a take on “The Octoroon,” a 19th-century melodrama about illicit interracial love. From playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, has been characterized as a funny, disturbing, whirlwind about the antebellum South as well as present-day America. The play delves into the complexity of American identities and their unresolvable connection to America’s legacy of slavery and genocide.

NOW PLAYING AT GUTHRIE THEATER: “Mockingbird” reveals evil, shame
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NOW PLAYING AT GUTHRIE THEATER: “Mockingbird” reveals evil, shame

[caption id="attachment_25594" align="alignleft"]mockingbird0021rBaylen Thomas (Atticus Finch), J.C. Cutler (Court Clerk), Ansa Akyea (Tom Robinson), Peter Thomson (Judge Taylor) and the cast in the Guthrie Theater’s production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” Photos: Joan Marcus[/caption]I still remember being in my sophomore English class of about 30 students (only three of us African-American) reading aloud the American classic “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

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