New Voices in Black Cinema Submission Deadline Ends Tomorrow


Programmed by ActNow Foundation, it all takes place February 15th-18th 2013 at BAMcinématek (the movie wing of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the nations oldest ongoing performance center); the festival which in the past has played independent films like Tanya Hamiton’s “Night Catches Us’ (starring Kerry Washington & Anthony Mackie) , Ava DuVernay’s ‘I Will Follow,” the Aunjanue Ellis starring “The Tested,”as well as compelling documentaries such as “Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise & Fall of the Spook Who Sat By The Door,” “Sneaker Stories,” and “The Furious Force of Rhymes.”

The deadline to submit is November 20, 2012.

Read it at Shadow and Act.

Palestinian Civilian Death Toll Climbs in Gaza

The Palestinian civilian death toll mounted Monday as Israeli aircraft struck densely populated areas in the Gaza Strip in a campaign to quell militant rocket fire menacing nearly half of Israel’s population. An overnight airstrike on two houses belonging to an extended clan in Gaza City killed two children and two adults, and injured 42 people, said Gaza heath official Ashraf al-Kidra. Shortly after, Israeli aircraft bombarded the remains of the former national security compound in Gaza City. Flying shrapnel killed one child and wounded others living nearby, al-Kidra said. Five farmers were killed in two separate strikes, al-Kidra said, including three who had been identified earlier by Hamas security officials as Islamic Jihad fighters. Civilian casualties began to shoot up on Sunday, after Israel said it was stepping up attacks on the homes of suspected Hamas activists. After that warning, an Israeli missile flatted a two-story house in a residential area of Gaza City, killing at least 11 civilians, most of them women and children. It remained unclear who the target of that missile attack was. However, the new tactic ushered in a new and risky phase of the operation, given the likelihood of civilian casualties in the crowded territory of 1.6 millionPalestinians. The rising civilian toll was also likely to intensify pressure on Israel to end the fighting. Hundreds of civilian casualties in an Israeli offensive in Gaza four years ago led to fierce international condemnation of Israel. In all, 87 Palestinians, including 50 civilians, have been killed in the six-day onslaught and 720 have been wounded.

Read it at The Huffington Post.

Artwork: LL Cool J “Authentic Hip Hop”


LL Cool J is getting everything prepared for his 14th album, Authentic Hip Hop. Scheduled for a February 13 release, James Todd Smith keeps the artwork simple and to the point. The album will feature Joe, who is on his recently released “Take It” single, though no other features have been officially announced as of yet. Hopefully the album lives up to the title’s expectations.

[via Essence]

Nike Unveils New Ohio State Football Uniform

Undefeated Ohio State will take the field this weekend in brand new, innovative football uniforms from Nike. The Buckeyes have a tradition of game changing kit, beginning when legendary coach Woody Hayes took charge in 1967. He sought out the most innovative fabrics of his day, and also pioneered the tradition of adding Buckeye leaf decals to players’ helmets to reward big plays. The new uniform follows Hayes’ legacy, employing an integrated system predicated on speed. The classic Buckeye Stripe is highlighted, sitting pretty on each element from helmet to shoe. Nike Chain Maille Mesh—a lightweight, ultra-breathable fabric—is used in the construction of the jersey. Strategically placed seams, pads, and cooling zones minimize distraction and maximize protective coverage. In all, it’s a uniform that pays homage to the past while looking forward to future gridiron glory.