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Films and Filmmakers Announced for 25th Annual S. E. Manly Short Film Festival




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*The African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Festival takes place at the Cinemark 18 & XD Theaters at the Howard Hughes Promenade in Los Angeles, CA; October 23-24 and 26-27, 2019.

 The BHERC Youth Diversity Short Film Festival, featuring young aspiring filmmakers from youth-based organizations and High Schools, from across the country takes place Saturday October 26 beginning at 9 am. Closing Festivities on Sunday night includes a Soul Food Reception at 9:00 p.m.

In recognition of the 25th year anniversary, David Massey’s Oscar-nominated short, “Last Breeze of Summer,” and celebrated filmmaker and USC Film professor Dianne Houston’s’ “Tuesday Morning Ride,” starring the late Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee will be featured.  Visit or the full line up of films.

This year’s festival is packed with heartfelt and emotional themes,” said Sandra Evers-Manly. “We celebrate the class of 2019 filmmakers for their perseverance and determination. We are also elated to premiere five powerful films funded through our Films With Purpose philanthropy initiative!” Directed and written by five talented emerging filmmakers. The premiere will take place October 23 and 24 at Cinemark 18 & XD  Theaters at the Howard Hughes.  For tickets click here.

For a complete list of the 2019 class of filmmakers, films and synopsis’s log on to

Films With A Purpose Premieres One Chance” is Wednesday, October 23rd  7:00pm at Cinemark 18 & XD Theater and on Thursday, October 24th Films With A Purpose Premieres “Imani,” “Dallas Invisible” & “Avenging Angels” at 7:00pm at Cinemark 18 & XD Theater and on Sunday, October 27th at 10am Films With A Purpose Premieres “DAD Speak” A Docu-short about a daughter who grew up without her dad, and dads who have been separated from their children.

We invite the community to help us to celebrate this monumental accomplishment. Meet the filmmakers Friday, October 25, during the opening Gala at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4708 W Washington Blvd, LA, CA 90016. Opening Gala $75; block of films $20 for students with ID and $25 for the general public; Day Pass $70; Closing Night Reception $35; Weekend Pass (includes Opening Night, All Day Pass for films, Closing Night Reception, T-Shirt and BHERC Commemorative Bag) $350.

The films screened in blocks are followed by a Q&A session with directors, cast and crew immediately following each film. To purchase tickets please visit or call (310) 284-3170.  For a complete list of the 2019 class of filmmakers, films and synopsis’s log on to






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Bubba Wallace Refuses Trump Apology Demand in Root Insurance TV Spot [WATCH]




*NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace stars in a powerful and provocative new spot from Root Insurance, in which he addresses Donald Trump’s demand that he apologize over the noose controversial. 

Back in June, NASCAR notified Wallace that a noose was found hanging in his garage stall at the Talladega Superspeedway. 

After an investigation into the incident, the FBI declined to file any hate crime federal charges.

According to a statement from U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, the noose had been in the garage since last fall, per USA Today

Wallace “was not the target of a hate crime,” NASCAR said in a statement.

“There is no place in our sport for this type of racism and hatred,” said NASCAR President Steve Phelps in a press call with media at the time. “It’s not who we are as a sport.”

READ MORE: Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin Form NASCAR Team with Bubba Wallace as Driver


President Trump called the incident a “hoax” and demanded Bubba apologize for it. 

Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX? That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!,” Trump tweeted. 

In the Root commercial, Bubba walks through a crowd of reporters who ask him for the apology and he staunchly refuses.

Scroll up and watch the ad via the YouTube player above. 

According to a press release, Root partnered with Wallace (who recently signed with the newly formed Michael Jordan racing team) and Tool of North America with director Wesley Walker as creative lead, to tell his story and share his conviction for unapologetic societal change. 

“Root Insurance is doing what is right and making insurance more fair, and I will be proud to drive a car with their colors next season,” said Wallace. “I stand firmly with the goal of eliminating bias from insurance, and I truly believe we can work together to help make the world a better place.”

“Getting to know Bubba Wallace and what he stands for made this partnership one that we couldn’t pass up,” said Alex Timm, Root Co-Founder and CEO. “He is dedicated to standing up for what is right, even when it involves facing adversity. Root was created to make car insurance more fair, standing up against the established industry that priced more on demographics than driving behavior. We are proud to support Bubba Wallace.”

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LeBron James to Produce ‘Rise and Fall of Black Wall Street’ Documentary



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*LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment has partnered with CNN Films for a new documentary about Black Wall Street and the 1921 massacre in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Salima Koroma will direct the project, titled “Dreamland: The Rise and Fall of Black Wall Street,” which is now in production, Variety reports.

In a statement, SpringHill’s chief content officer Jamal Henderson noted that this documentary highlights the company’s goal of producing stories showing “the fabric” of American history.

“We cannot move forward until we acknowledge our past and this is about honoring a prosperous, booming Black community, one of many, that was brought to an end because of hate,” Henderson said. 

“Dreamland” will feature archival footage, new interviews, narrated elements and personal essays. 

The announcement coincides with news that James’ SpringHill Company has inked a multi-project deal with Audible, focused on producing culturally influential audio content.

According to the press release, the multi-project slate kicks off with More Than A Vote: Our Voices. Our Vote. The first-of-its-kind special, produced in collaboration with Cadence 13, will launch in support of the More Than A Vote initiative, a new voting rights organization led by a coalition of Black athletes and artists including James aimed at combating voter suppression and misinformation that disproportionately disenfranchises communities of color.

More Than A Vote is available for pre-order today at, and will premiere on October 27th for free within the Audible Premium Plus catalog.

“Influential creators like LeBron, Maverick and the SpringHill team keep us motivated to continue creating storytelling experiences that spark critical conversations and cultivate change,” said Rachel Ghiazza, Executive Vice President, Head of US Content at Audible. “Joining forces with this fearless group, we strive to empower our millions of listeners and provide resources to elevate their voices, and what better way to start than with an inspiring Words + Music special to reinforce the mission of LeBron’s More Than A Vote initiative.”

The exclusive audio special will also incorporate facts about the electoral process and education around the very real threat that voter suppression poses to American democracy – specifically in African-American communities.

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‘Fake Melania’ Trending Amid Photo of ‘Mystery’ Woman with President Trump



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Donald and Melania Trump (Getty)

*Social media users are convinced that Donald Trump is travelling with a Melania Trump doppelganger because the real first lady is quarantined while battling COVID-19. 

On Thursday, Melania Trump was photographed smiling while boarding Marine One wearing a black sleeveless dress and black glasses. Critics claim her smile is proof that the woman in the images is not the real Mrs. Trump. Many noted that the teeth of the mystery woman is another dead giveaway that she’s not Melania. 

“Good luck finding any photos of Melania smiling like that,” George Conway, husband of former counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, tweeted

“Not even anywhere close to being convincing Melania doubles,” user Daniel Noriega tweeted, along with pictures of Melania’s alleged body doubles. 

Check out the images below of the side by side comparison of the two women via the Twitter posts below. 

READ MORE: Rapper Lil Pump Endorses Donald: ‘F**** sleepy Joe n— Trump 2020 b****!’

Meanwhile, Melania’s apparent disdain for her husband supports this conspiracy theory.

She has frequently been captured avoiding holding her husband’s hand at various events. Most recently, she was filmed pulling her hand away from Trump’s after his last presidential debate. 

The hashtag #FakeMelania continues to trend on Twitter, with users posting side-by-side images of the real Melania’s teeth compared to fake Mrs. Trump.

“Swipe these two photos back & forth. Notice the two front teeth. Melania’s are more squared…THAT AIN’T HER in the other photo. #FakeMelania,” read a post by BlueinaRedState.

And then there’s this post…

And another one for comparison…

Do you think Trump is travelling with a fake Melania? Sound off in the comments below. 

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