We’ve gone to Hollywood!

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Black Chick Media is happy to be working with the Hollywood Black Film Festival this year. We are soliciting gift bag placements and prizes for winners. This is a great opportunity to get YOUR PRODUCT/MESSAGE/ORGANIZATION into the hands of Black Hollywood’s elite and trend-setters through gift-bag placements! Landing your products into our 500 gift-bags will allow you to build brand awareness in the Hollywood community. The exposure to filmmakers and producers is also a great product placement opportunity for their films. Previous gift bag sponsors include Nike, Garrett Popcorn, Ambi, Fuji Film, Iman Cosmetics, Bonner Brothers, Motions HairCare, Clear Essence, Miss Jessie’s, and Rene Furterer Paris, just to name a few. If you would like to contribute to the goodie bags, VIP bags, or celebrity baskets, message us!

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BCM

This Rocks Our Socks! Diahann Carroll, Sophie Okonedo, Anika Noni Rose Join Denzel Washington in Broadway Revival of ‘A Raisin in the Sun’.

Diahann Carroll Joins Denzel Washington in ‘Raisin in the Sun’ Revival

Diahann Carroll at the Crystal + Lucy Awards in Beverly Hills on June 12, 2013.

(Diahann Carroll at the Crystal + Lucy Awards in Beverly Hills on June 12, 2013.)

This, my dearest darling readers, is the stuff of my DREAMS! All my favorite actors on the stage at the same time?! Bliss. I was lucky enough to see Denzel Washington in his Tony Award winning role in August Wilson’s’ Fences (And I was right next to Halle Berry too, on opening night!), so I am happy to see him once again returning to the stage. Of course, Ms. Carroll needs absolutely NO introduction; to say I swoon over this woman would be putting it mildly. She has been such an inspiration. And Sophie and Anika too?! I can’t even handle it I adore them both.

For the past few years I have applauded Broadways attempt at diversifying the stage–at bringing together talented actors of color in popular and poignant plays. This, is what theater can be, what theater should be. I will never forget the first time (or second) I saw a play with an all Black (well, mostly) cast–I was in Stratford-Upon-Avon at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the summer I graduated from University (culturally diverse theater is QUITE difficult to come by here in the Midwest). They were showing Richard III and I sat in awe the entire time; so shocked that a play could and did have Black actors in starring roles; not neglected to the sidelines or the comic relief of any other stereotype we are often regulated to. It’s such a rare thing (which is incredibly sad), and the last thing I expected to see in the United Kingdom (perhaps I was not giving the UK as much credit as it deserved?). Most recently, I was lucky enough to attend the RSC’s all Black production of Julius Caesar, and that, too, changed my life forever. And speaking to the cast afterward only solidified that I am in the right business, I am doing the right thing–supporting the work of African-American artists; encouraging those that are unsure. Advocating for change, creating opportunities and providing guidance.

So, like the good little theater goer (fan girl) I am, I shall be sat there, opening night, beaming.

Love

BCM

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Now Taking Submissions for the 22nd Pan African Film Festival!

Currently, PAFF is accepting submissions of independent features, shorts, narratives and documentary films made by or about people of African descent. Applications are available via the PAFF website at www.paff.org, by emailing ao@paff.org  or calling (310) 337-4737.

ABOUT THE PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL

Gearing up for its 22nd anniversary, the Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF), is America’s largest and most prestigious Black film and arts festival. Each year, it screens more than 150 films made by and/or about people of African descent from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Latin America, Europe and Canada. PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the country.

PAFF was founded in 1992  by award-winning actor Danny Glover (“The Color Purple,” “Lethal Weapon” movie franchise), Emmy Award-winning actress Ja’Net DuBois (best known for her role as Willona  in the tv series, “Good Times”) and executive director, Ayuko Babu, an  international legal, cultural and political consultant who specializes in African Affairs.  PAFF is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of ethnic and racial respect and tolerance through the exhibit of films, art and creative expression.

The goal of  PAFF is to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images, help to destroy negative stereotypes and depict an expanded vision of the Black experience. PAFF believes film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time, serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.

ELIGIBILITY:

The PAFF is currently accepting applications for films and videos made by and/or about people of African descent. (Please note:the filmmaker(s) need not be of African or African American descent.) Films should preferably depict positive and realistic images and can be of any genre — drama, comedy, horror, adventure, animation, romance, science fiction, experimental, etc. PAFF accepts features and shorts both narrative and documentary. The film festival will accept submissions of works in progress; however, the final version  of the film must be completed no later than January 2, 2014.

COMPETITION:

The PAFF competition categories are: Best Narrative Feature,Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary, Best Director — First Feature, plus, Audience Favorite Awards  for Narrative Featureand Favorite Documentary. Films in competition must be copyrighted no earlier than 2013. With the exception of Audience Favorite Awards, all films are judged by industry professionals, selected by PAFF. In addition to competition awards, other programming and festival special prizes will be awarded.

SUBMISSION:

For information about the festival, submission procedures, fees and registration, visit www.paff.org or call 310. 337-4737. Submissions will be accepted from now through October 19, 2013. Late submissions will be accepted until November 16, 2013.  Official selection announcements will be made beginning December 16, 2013.

For more information, please visit http://www.paff.org or call (310) 337-4737.
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Via the Hollywood Black Film Festival: Celebrity Casting Director Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd Gives Actors Their Big Break with Twinkie Byrd’s Monologue Slam

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Celebrity Casting Director Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd
Gives Actors Their Big Break with Twinkie Byrd’s Monologue Slam

WHO: Hollywood Black Film Festival and Celebrity Casting Director Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd
WHAT: Twinkie Byrd’s Monologue Slam
WHEN: October 5th, 2013 at 7PM
WHERE: W Hotel, 6250 Hollywood Boulevard; Hollywood, CA

The 2013 Hollywood Black Film Festival and Twinkie Byrd’s Monologue Slam is looking to give actors the chance to get in front of the entertainment industry’s top casting directors, agents, producers, and celebrity judges to showcase their talents.

Those interested in taking part in the competition, which has a submission deadline of July 31, 2013, should visit the Hollywood Black Film Festivals website submission page and learn more about the requirements and rules for participation. 10 finalists will be selected, from all of the entries received, to perform their monologues live at the 2013 Hollywood Black Film Festival.

Entrants pay a $30 entry fee, and submit a two minute or less video submission of a monologue.

More information can be found and submissions can be made at www.HBFF.org.

The 2013 Hollywood Black Film Festival runs October 2-6 at the Montalban Theatre and the W Hollywood Hotel.