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The London Feminist Film Festival Seeks Submissions from African Women Filmmakers

The very first London Feminist Film Festival, held between Nov 29 – Dec 2, 2012 at the Hackney Picturehouse, is seeking submissions from African feminists. The organizers are actively working to solicit submissions from filmmakers with diverse backgrounds, including the LGBTI Diaspora. I may actually submit something, given how visually creative I’ve been feeling lately. Spectra, the aspiring filmmaker… I can see an Oscar already.

Zoe Saldana to Star in Nina Simone Biopic: How the Dark vs. Light Skin Debate Misses the Point about Black Women and the Media

In case you missed it, Hollywood is gearing up to release a biopic of Nina Simone, an African-American singer, pianist, and civil rights activists whose music was highlight influential in the fight for equal rights for blacks int he US. Zoe Saldana, a light-skinned Dominican actress has been cast to play the role (replacing Mary J. Blige), causing controversy about depictions of Black women in Hollywood. But this debate is completely missing the point.

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