Category : Film/Television

  • TED conference heads to Tanzania

    Posted Jan 18th, 2007 By in Business, Events, Film/Television, General, Travel With | Comments Off on TED conference heads to Tanzania

    One of the most influential annual conferences for technology, entertainment, and design (TED) is touching down in Africa for the first time. Though the main conference will take place in Monterey. California in March as it usually does, the smaller TEDGlobal win be hosted at the Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge in Arusha, Tanzania, at the edge …

  • Africa fuels Golden Globe wins

    Posted Jan 16th, 2007 By in Events, Film/Television, General, Music With | Comments Off on Africa fuels Golden Globe wins

    Last nights Golden Globe awards solidified what newspapers have been saying for months. Africa is red hot for Hollywood filmmakers. Babel, filmed in Morocco and Tunisia, won for best film and Forest Whitaker (Platoon, Good Morning, Vietnam, The Color of Money) won the best actor award for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in …

  • Golden Globes nominations give African filmmaking a boost

    Posted Jan 15th, 2007 By in Film/Television, General, Travel With | 1 Comment

    The Golden Globe Awards are tonight and one clear winner for now is international film production. With movies like “Babel”, “The Last King of Scotland”, and “Blood Diamond” the ceremony has already set a tone for film in the near future. Though it hasn’t been publicized much, London-born Nigerian actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is up for …

  • LA Times: Hollywood’s dark approach to African films

    Posted Jan 15th, 2007 By in Film/Television, General, Politics With | 1 Comment

    The LA Times has an insightful op-ed piece written by Joe Queenan a writer who has written for Barron’s, the New York Times Book Review and London’s the Guardian. The piece titled “Tarzan’s children: Why movies about Africa require white saviors” sheds some light on what Joe calls the “Just Let Bwana Do It!” series …

  • This week in African style, 1/6 – 1/12/07

    Posted Jan 12th, 2007 By in Art, Charity, Events, Film/Television, General, Music, Politics, Travel With | Comments Off on This week in African style, 1/6 – 1/12/07

    • Will Smith plans to move to South Africa: • Wesley Snipes wants more Africans making films • Chris Rock vows to help Kenyans • Yale puts African art on a pedastel • DiCaprio adopts a South African girl. Thats one way to open the door to immigrants • George Clooney advocates for Darfur with …

  • Zimbabwe failing diamond test

    Posted Jan 9th, 2007 By in Business, Film/Television, General, Politics With | Comments Off on Zimbabwe failing diamond test

    On the conflict diamond front, it’s Zimbabwe who has now come under fire for it’s conflict diamond policies. Reports are surfacing that the African country is among a growing number who has not met the standards of the World Diamond Council’s Kimberley Process initiative. It’s funny to see how the council is suddenly cracking down …

  • Oprah leads African girls to success

    Posted Jan 8th, 2007 By in Business, Events, Film/Television, General, Politics, Travel With | 2 Comments

    Over the holidays the media was abuzz when Oprah Winfrey opened her school for girls in South Africa. No stranger to charitable endeavors, this one however struck a nerve with all kinds of people. While many saw the effort as a positive one, others questioned the racial mix of the school and why Oprah chose …

  • Botswana Bushmen win land after DiCaprio appeal

    Posted Dec 14th, 2006 By in Books/Magazines, Charity, Film/Television, General, Politics With | Comments Off on Botswana Bushmen win land after DiCaprio appeal

    Earlier this week the NY Daily News rang the bell on the newest blood diamond match this time between Russell Simmons and Blood Diamond director Ed Zwick. The director’s critisism comes as the latest part of the fallout from Simmons’ fact-finding African diamonds mission. Since last week’s press conference, Russell has been fending off all …

  • Akon nominated for 2007 Grammy Award

    Posted Dec 7th, 2006 By in Events, Film/Television, General, Music With | Comments Off on Akon nominated for 2007 Grammy Award

    So word’s in on the 2007 Grammy Awards nominees and my boy Akon is front and center. These are the categories and which he and other African artists have been nominated in. The awards ceremony will be begin at 8pm EST on February 11, 2007 and will be shown live on CBS * African artists …

  • Nas shines on with diamonds video

    Posted Dec 4th, 2006 By in Charity, Film/Television, General, Music, Politics With | Comments Off on Nas shines on with diamonds video

    With a new album nearing release, one of hip-hop’s elder statesmen and baddest lyricists, rhymes about blood diamonds. This video is for the track “Shine On ‘Em” from the Blood Diamond movie soundtrack which Nas is reported to have scored. Good work Nasir. Now you need to let a real Sierra Leonean in on the …

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