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Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

The problem with Hollywood Mandelas

More important than the inaccuracies (and makeup malfunctions) is what "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" (which stars Idris Elba) erases. Among its elisions are the Cold War, communism (the South African Communist Party recently confirmed that Mandela was indeed a member, which had been something of an open secret for years), U.S. support for apartheid and the...

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Shameless self-promotion. Ghanaian film posters and film viewing culture

Axe of Vengeance: Ghanaian Film Posters and Film Viewing Culture opened last week in Bloomington, Indiana. This exhibit features hand-painted Ghanaian film posters made by Ghanaian artists in the late 1980s to mid-1990s advertising Hollywood, Kung Fu, Bollywood,...

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Nelson Mandela (Hollywood; plural)

Rumours are circulating on various Hollywood gossip and film blogs that Stringer Bell also known as Idris Elba — the East London boy made good in Hollywood — is next in line to play Nelson Mandela. Surfing...

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

A ‘new wave’ of African film

“Sometimes I wonder: Will God ever forgive us for what we’ve done to each other?” says Leonardo DiCaprio, sullen and bleary-eyed, stoically staring just off camera. “… I look around and I realize…” pause for emotion, “God...

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Africa on Film: A New Series

We also aim to educate. Over the next few months, Allison Swank will commence a new weekly series on popular (and not-so-popular) films in the United States ‘about’ Africa. The focus will be on the idea of...

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

ADVERTISING / WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO LOUIS GOSSETT JR?

If you’re an Oscar winning black actor but and Hollywood stops calling you, what do you do? You do what many before you did: you go make TV commercials somewhere else. It used to be the Gulf...