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21st Annual African-American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase to Feature Gina Prince-Bythewood & Michael Schultz



aafm14_logo-main*(Hollywood, CA) – The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) hosts its 21st Annual African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase January 16-18, 2015 at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California 90038.

Presenting 52 short films, youth films, documentaries and animated shorts, featuring over 45 Filmmakers from all over the country, Q&A after selected blocks of films, and an evening with famed director Michael Schultz and special surprise guest filmmakers.

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Director and producer, Michael Schultz

It is a great year for African American filmmakers, creating spectacular award winning films which will leave an impact on the world, and each filmmaker began their career by creating a short film in the Film Festival circuit.  Join us for an inspiring evening of storytelling through film.

On Friday, January 16, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at our Opening Night Reception BHERC will host a conversation with legendary director Michael Schultz as it presents the best BHERC independent short filmmakers of 2014.

BHERC is honored to present a Filmmaker’s Dialogue with Award Winning Director, Michael Schultz, an alumni of Princeton University, the Negro Ensemble Company, and an inductee into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, best known for his direction of “Cooley High,” “Car Wash” and “Which Way Is Up” (Richard Pryor) and most recently “Woman Thou Art Loosed.”  Some of his episodic television direction includes “Arrow,” “Single Ladies” and “Black-ish” to name a few.

Gina Prince-Bythewood (Writer/Producer/Director) wrote and directed the widely-acclaimed feature film “Love & Basketball,”  which premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. Prince-Bythewood won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay and a Humanitas Prize for her work on the film.

She followed that success with the HBO film “Disappearing Acts.”  In 2008, she wrote and directed the celebrated adaptation of the best-selling novel, “The Secret Life of Bees.” The all-star cast included Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Paul Bettany, Jennifer Hudson, Sophie Okonedo and Alicia Keys. The film won two People’s Choice Awards and two NAACP Image Awards.

Her third feature, “Beyond the Lights,” was released on Nov. 14, 2014. The love story set in the music world, stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver and Danny Glover. It received rave reviews and landed on a number of top critics Best of 2014 lists.

Prince-Bythewood studied at UCLA Film School, where she received the Gene Reynolds Scholarship for Directing and the Ray Stark Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Undergraduate.  Upon her graduation, she was hired as a writer on the television series “A Different World.”  She continued to write and produce for network television on series such as “Felicity,” “South Central,” and “Sweet Justice”  before making the transition to directing.

Her television directorial debut was the CBS Schoolbreak Special “What About Your Friends,” which won Prince-Bythewood an NACCP Image Award for Best Children’s Special and two Emmy nominations for writing and directing.  She also won a Community Service Emmy for her work with the “Rap-It-Up” campaign.

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Gina Prince-Bythewood

Prince-Bythewood obtained her first feature film producer credit in 2003 on “Biker Boyz,” a Dreamworks film which was co-written and directed by her husband, Reggie Rock Bythewood.   She is proud to fund an annual scholarship for African American students in UCLA’s film program.  She resides in Southern California with her husband Reggie and their amazing sons, Cassius and Toussaint.

Teryilyn A. Shropshire, A.C.E (Editor) “Beyond the Lights” marks Shropshire’s third collaboration with director Gina Prince-Bythewood as she continues to build on her successful relationships with some of the industry’s most talented filmmakers.

Her other work with Bythewood includes The Fox-Searchlight awarding winning feature, “The Secret Life of Bees” and New Line Cinema release”Love and Basketball.” Shropshire edited director Kasi Lemmons’ films”Black Nativity,” Eve’s Bayou,” “The Caveman’s Valentine,” “Talk to Me”  and The Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute to Sidney Poitier for the 74th Annual Academy Awards, for which Shropshire was nominated for an Emmy.

She has edited Salim Akil’s last two films “Sparkle” and “Jumping the Broom”  for Sony/TriStar Pictures.  Shropshire earned an American Cinema Editors (A.C.E.) Eddie Award for Best-Edited Motion picture for Commercial Television for “Redemtion: The Stan Tookie Williams Story”  for director Vondie Curtis Hall.

She edited his follow-up film, “Waist Deep”  for Focus Features.  Shropshire’s other feature editing credits include: “Among Ravens”(co-editor) directed by Russell Friedenberg and Randy Redroad, “Anerican Violet”  (co-editor) directed Tim Disney, Tyler Perry’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” directed by Darren Grant; Reggie Rock Bythewood’s “Biker Boyz;”  and Jose Luis Valenzuela’s “Luminarias.” She also edited Reggie Rock Bythewood’s film “One Night in Vegas” for ESPN Films 30 for 30 series.

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Editor, Terilyn A. Shropshire

The New York City native spent time in both West Africa and Wisconsin before beginning her career in Los Angeles. Shropshire holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Cinema from the University of Southern California. She is a member of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and American Cinema Editors.  She has been featured in L.A. Weekly Magazine and was on the Essence Magazine’s 2014 Hollywood Hot List.

On Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. to noon, founder, Sandra Evers-Manly is delighted to present the Annual Youth Diversity Film Festival showcasing the talents of young aspiring filmmakers who currently attend Washington Prep High School.  This portion of the Festival is Free to the Public for supporting our youth.

On Saturday, January 17 and Sunday, January 18, 2015 from 12:30 noon until 8:00 p.m. each day, the S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase will feature the artistry of emerging African American Filmmakers by screening short films.

The screenings will include blocks of short films with an extensive Q&A with directors, cast and crew immediately following.

Our 21st Annual African American Film marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase will close with our Soul Food & Film Reception at 9:00 p.m.  For a complete screening schedule, visit our website

Founded in 1996 by Sandra Evers-Manly, the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center is a nonprofit, public benefit organization designed to advocate, educate, research, develop, and preserve the history and future of Blacks in film and television.  Through film festivals, award ceremonies, book signings, script readings, contests, scholarships, other programs and special events, BHERC recognizes the contributions of African-American men and women in front of and behind the scenes in the entertainment industry.

Celebrate the artistry, our prices are affordable because the goal is to support our filmmakers, the diversity of topics, stories, techniques and themes are broad, dimensional and multi-layered with humor, drama and reality.  The costs include:  Opening Night Festivities $25; a Block of Films is still only $15; All Day Pass $25; Closing Night Reception $25 (Soul Food & Film); and Weekend Pass (includes Opening Night, All Day Pass for films and Closing Night Reception) $100.

Raleigh Studios is the largest independent studio operator in the country, located in the center of Hollywood, and BHERC is pleased to return to this historic studio time and time again utilizing the Fairbanks, Chaplin and Mary Pickford Theaters each day which accommodates 36 to 161 guests, featuring state-of-the-art digital projection in 2K, 4K & 3-D.

For complete information, please visit:  or call (310) 284-3170.  Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter, be active, engaged and inspired.



Lynne Conner
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  1. Lynne Conner

    January 16, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Thank you for Supporting African-American Filmmakers.
    Lynne Conner
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    • Billy Jones

      January 21, 2015 at 2:07 am

      Hi Lynne, FYI: There are (at least) two Michael Schultz’s in the film industry, Michael Schultz (primarily directory) and Michael D. Schultz (producer/editor) and at times they are confused with one another. This article refers to the former, but the associated hyperlink leads to a story regarding the latter. Can you confirm and effect a correction? Thanks

  2. Lynne Conner

    January 16, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Join us this weekend for over 56 short films by emerging African American Filmmakers from around the country, featuring works by Nate Parker (Beyond the Lights), Dana Dane (Hip Hop Artist), LaRita Shelby, Reuben Johnson, Evita Castine, Tarina Pouncy, Satie Gossett (starring Lou Gossett), ALAKAZIA, Darryl Dane Bohanan, and bad boy Columbus Short.

    Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose, Hollywood, CA

    January 16-18, 2015

    12:30 to 8:00 p.m.

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Kim Coles to Host Cheron K. Griffin’s Long Awaited Book ‘134 Reason You Can’t Find a Man’



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Cheron K Griffin - Kim Coles

*Houston – Sensational and inspirational author Cheron K. Griffin is scheduled to  release another masterpiece titled “134 Reason You Can’t Find a Man” on Friday, November 27, 2020 from 7-9pm CST.  The Virtual Book Launch will be hosted by Actress and Comedian Kim Coles via Facebook Live ( This is a book that will keep you at the edge of your seat and one you definitely do not want to miss. History will surely be made right here with learning and laughter.

Cheron K. Griffin has taken book and journal lovers to some unfathomably deep and extraordinary places, raising her writing skill’s reputation as one of the most explorative and experimental imprints in the novel world with every release. A multi-tendrilled hive mind that has potential to take book lovers even deeper into the unknown, Cheron K. Griffin makes her statement clear across this breathtaking new release.

The most impressive element of this book is its flow and evolution across its pages with every page giving one reason. The quality of the writing is extremely noticeable too, with every page sounding professional, both in vision and style. Through her signature style, Cheron K. Griffin has truly mastered her art, and is giving a new direction to the literary world with limited words.

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“134 Reason You Can’t Find a Man” will show you the raw truth that among today’s growing single population, 63 percent have never been married, 23 percent are divorced, and 13 percent are widowed. There are 56.8 million unmarried women in the U.S. They account for 26 percent of the overall population. Worldwide, 4.3 percent of women get to their late forties without ever marrying. Gallup finds that about one in eight women aged 18 to 60 worldwide — 13% — are unmarried and have children younger than 15 in their household. However, this figure is sharply higher in a few regions, especially sub-Saharan Africa at 32% and Latin America at 24%.

Book lovers will literally get chills every time they read “134 Reason You Can’t Find a Man.” This is the type of book that sucks you right in and refuses to let you go. The delivery, the 134 reasons, and everything about “134 Reason You Can’t Find a Man” makes it a must-read!

About the author
Cheron K. Griffin is a Celebrity Life Coach serving Industry Leaders and Athletes in Personal Development and beyond.  Her passion is guiding people to live their authentic lives while living on purpose especially regarding dating and relationships.  Griffin is the author of five books and a motivational speaker that transforms individuals and empowers people to dream big and aim high.  Griffin leads a spirit lead life and lives unapologetically offering no apologies.  She lives in her freedom and is a voice to those who are afraid to talk.  Griffin is the CEO of Grow A Girl Network, Inc (  and the creator of the I See You Suicide Prevention Campaign turned Movement (

To learn more about Cheron, visit her website at  Check out her YouTube Page “Cheron’s World.”

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‘Life After Lockup’ Exclusive Clip: Lamar Reunites with Daughter Shante [WATCH]



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*WE tv’s “Life After Lockup” returns this week with an all new epsiode that finds Lamar reuntiing with his daughter Shante reconnect.

“Growing up without my dad was really hard for me,” says Shante in the clip. “I only had one little picture to show me what my dad looks like. I missed out on a lot. I didn’t know who I was.”

Will old feelings come up when father and daughter reconnect or can they move forward?

Check out their emotional moment via our exclusive clip above.

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Elsewhere in the episode, Lindsey hatches a plan. Shawn’s M.I.A. fiancée might be pregnant. Lamar’s secret meeting puts his relationship in jeopardy. Tennison storms off and Andrea loses it.  Michael risks all with a sexy date, and Shavel’s family pressures her to cut off Quaylon. 

Meanwhile, this season on “Life After Lockup,” the couples will face plenty of firsts in their new lives together – from new marriages to divorce, new homes to new children, all while living under the challenges of their parole. Possible restrictions abound: early curfews, random check-ins, drug tests, travel prohibitions, consorting with ex-cons combined with the temptations of alcohol and drugs, the stakes have never been higher. Will they stay together and stay out of prison? 

Catch “Life After Lockup” Fridays at 9/8c.

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‘I Don’t Need Practice Shots. Against You?’ Colbert Challenges Obama to a Game of ‘Wastepaper Basketball’ (Watch)




Stephen Challenges President Barack Obama To A Game Of “Wastepaper Basketball” – The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (Nov 24, 2020)

*President Barack Obama was in full “That’s what I do”-style trash talk mode when Stephen Colbert challenged him to a game of “wastepaper basketball” during his appearance Wednesday on “The Late Show.”

Colbert waited until Part 3 of the interview to ask #44 if he wanted to play, then had the nerve to ask Obama if he needed to warm up with some practice shots.

“I Don’t Need Practice Shots. Against You?,” Obama responded. When Colbert suggested they wager on the outcome, with Obama having to mention the host in his next book if he loses, Obama asked, “Well what if I win?”

“What do you want?” Colbert asked.

Obama shrugged off the whole prospect, saying, “Nobody’s gonna read your book anyway.” He then added, “It doesn’t matter, I’m not gonna lose.”

Colbert said he would donate to Obama’s library if he loses. And with that, the game commenced.

Obama was “crushed” by Colbert, 8 to zero.

“That’s what I do!” Colbert yelled mid-thrashing.

Watch below:

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