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Black America and COVID-19

Documenting the impact of COVID-19 on Black America.


      I'm a storyteller.  As an independent filmmaker my job is to bring your story to life. As a black filmmaker I want to see our people flourish in this industry behind and in front of the camera. For years blacks have played the servant role or the sidekick to the white lead actor. I want to make films that cast us in a different light.  I want to make films that we want to see ourselves in.
Co-Curator: Bam Sutton,Independent Documentary Film Producer

Keyword Search Terms: film, entertainment, film industry, documentary, television, t.v., streaming, actor, movie theater, movies, home entertainment


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How coronavirus could permanently change the movie industry
Julia Boorstin
​March 21, 2020
news Tom Holland and Chris Pratt voice teenage elf brothers in Pixars’ “Onward.” The pair embark on a quest to spend one last day with their father, who died when they were too young to remember him. Disney
Pen America
March 25, 2020
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Oprah Winfrey to Discuss Coronavirus' 'Deadly Impact on Black America' for New Special
April 13, 2020

View Oprah Talks Covid-19 here
news Emma McIntyre/Getty Images Oprah Winfrey speaks onstage during 'Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus Tour' presented by WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) at The Forum on Feb. 29, 2020 in Inglewood, Calif.
Pen America
April 13, 2020
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CORONAVIRUS BET hosts COVID-19 relief special to aid black communities: Kelly Rowland, Anthony Anderson, Terrence J and Regina Hall will host the two-hour broadcast on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.
NBC News
Wilson Wong
news Children wait in line to pick up packages of free food during a food rescue operation run by City Harvest during the outbreak of the coronavirus in the Bronx, N.Y. on April 22, 2020.Mike Segar / Reuters
Define American Sets ‘Building Solidarity For Black And Asian Communities Through COVID-19’ Forum With Jon M. Chu, Franklin Leonard, Prabal Gurung And Nikole Hannah-Jones​
Dino-Ray Ramos
news L-R) Jon M. Chu, Franklin Leonard, Prabal Gurung and Nikole Hannah-Jones Shutterstock
Spike Lee Debuts New Short Film Paying Tribute To New York As It Faces Coronavirus Crisis
Ted Johnson
May 7, 2020

Watch the video here
news, video Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/Shutterstock
A New Spike Lee Movie Takes a Tour of a New York That’s Deserted but Not Defeated: Until it’s safe to roam the five boroughs yourself, let Spike Lee show you the town.
Sam Adams
May 8, 2020

Watch the video here
news, video Spike Lee/Instagram
How the film industry will look different after COVID-19 and what Hollywood is doing to prepare
Fox News
Tyler McCarthy
May 8, 2020
news, video A movie theatre is closed Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Phoenix due to the coronavirus. Experts say the film industry may have more trouble bounding back than previously thought.  (AP Photo/Matt York)
Spike Lee's Latest Short Film Is A 'Love Letter' To New York
Keyaira Boone
May 11, 2020

Watch the video here
Brooklyn Actor and Entrepreneur Lloyd Cornelius Porter Dies of Coronavirus
Black Enterprise
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Sony Pictures CEO: Theatrical release is vitally important to film industry
Julia Boorstin
May 20, 2020
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Salma Hayek, Oscar-winning Mexican directors start fund for movie industry people out of work due to COVID-19
Fox News
Tyler McCarthy
June 12, 2020
news, video Salma Hayek joined prominent Mexican directors in starting a fund for out-of-work movie industry workers. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
Ayesha Takia opens up about being bullied in film industry
The Indian Express
June 17, 2020
news Ayesha Takia has been away from films since Mod (2011). (Photo: Ayesha Takia/Instagram)
The UK film industry has to change. It's wrong, it's blatant racism
The Guardian
Steve McQueen
June 20, 2020
opinion Steve McQueen with his Oscar for best film for 12 Years a Slave. He wants fast-track training and access for talented BAME youngsters to the British TV and film industry. Photograph: Carl Court/AFP via Getty Images
Jitendra Kumar says the problem of nepotism exists everywhere but the film industry is more exposed
Bollywood Hungama
Bollywood Hungama News Network
June 22, 2020
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How Netflix Beat Hollywood to a Generation of Black Content
New York Times
Ben Smith
July 5, 2020

news A promotional image for “When They See Us,” Ava DuVernay’s mini-series on the false convictions of the Central Park Five, in the lobby of the Netflix offices in Los Angeles.Credit...Hunter Kerhart for The New York Times
6 Roxbury International Film Festival Alums On Value Of Filmmaking During Overlapping Pandemics
Erin Trahan
July 8, 2020
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Coronavirus wipes out 98% of location shoots in L.A. in second quarter
L.A. Times
Anousha Sakoui
July 8, 2020
news Filming for the Netflix movie “The Prom” takes place at the Northridge Fashion Center in the San Fernando Valley.(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
Movie theaters face ‘existential’ threat from COVID-19: ‘Without new movies, it’s over’
L.A. Times
Ryan Faughnder
July 11, 2020
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