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1711, 2020

BET’s ‘Smoke’ shows how Black Americans deserve a piece of marijuana’s growing fortunes

By: Hank StueverSource: Washington Post BET’s sharp and persuasive documentary “Smoke: Marijuana + Black America” is undaunted by the enormous tasks it sets out for itself, not the least of which is to describe a certain profound link between pot and daily existence. The film, airing Wednesday night, is equal parts love story, tragedy and outrage — a cultural history running parallel to the nation’s systemic and hypocritical racism in [...]

1611, 2020

What’s on TV This Week: ‘Big Sky’ and ‘Between the World and Me’

By Lauren Messman Source: The New York Times Between network, cable and streaming, the modern television landscape is a vast one. Here are some of the shows, specials and movies coming to TV this week, Nov. 16-22. Details and times are subject to change. Monday ALL RISE 9 p.m. on CBS. Judge Lola Carmichael, played by Simone Missick, is back for a new season of this legal drama. The two-part premiere [...]

2710, 2020

BET Presents New Original Groundbreaking Documentary “Smoke: Marijuana + Black America”

Executive Produced and Narrated by Multi-platinum Rapper and Entrepreneur Nasir “Nas” Jones The Two-Hour Original Documentary Explores Black America’s Complex Relationship with Marijuana and the Current Fight to Reap the Benefits of Legalization. “SMOKE” Will Premiere Wednesday, November 18 at 10 PM ET/PT Produced by Swirl Films, “SMOKE” will Feature Sit-Down Interviews with Senator Kamala D. Harris, Senator Cory Booker, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, Cook County, Illinois State’s Attorney [...]

2209, 2020

Networks Are Prepping for the Craziest Fall Season in the History of Broadcast TV

By Lucas Shaw, Gerry Smith and Kelly Gilblom September 22, 2020 Source: Bloomberg.com The coming fall TV season promises to be full of drama—just not the kind that network executives originally imagined. In a normal year, Fox, CBS, NBC, CW and ABC would be rolling out a carefully engineered slate of new shows to premiere in late September or early October. For decades, the broadcast networks in the U.S. [...]

909, 2020
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10 Black Filmmakers Win Career Grants at 1st-Ever Black Life Film Festival

By: Jeremy Fuster Last Updated: September 10, 2020 @ 7:17 AM Source:The Wrap Swirl Films and Mansa Productions announced on Wednesday the top 10 winners of its first-ever Black Life Film Festival, a showcase of short films that show “the beauty and complexities of ‘Black Life’ and what that means to individuals and society.” The top 10 winners will receive $5,000 grants to continue their film careers and will [...]

909, 2020

Tyrese Talks Harlem’s Tupac, Music And More On TV One’s ‘UNCENSORED’ (Video)

Posted on 09/09/2020 by Harlem World Magazine TV One’s edgy docu-series UNCENSORED, which explores the private lives of some of today’s most notable personalities, highlights singer and actor Tyrese this Sunday, September 13, 2020, at 10 P.M. ET/9C followed by an encore presentation at 11 PM/9C The episode will re-air on Wednesday, September 16 at 10 PM/9C. In this episode, Tyrese opens up about his marriage, the colorism he faced [...]

2608, 2020

Atlanta Indie Swirl Films Expands Production Operations With Gray Television

By: Cynthia Littleton Aug 26, 2020 5:41am PT Source: Variety Atlanta-based Gray Television has expanded its investment in indie Swirl Films with a deal designed to provide Swirl with more resources to produce series and made-for-TV movies. Swirl Films, headed by producer Eric Tomosunas, is a prolific supplier of movies to outlets such as BET, Netflix, TV One, Lifetime, Hallmark Channel and Up. The company has expanded into multi-part series, scripted [...]

3007, 2020

Ex-2 Live Crew Rapper Luther Campbell, Swirl Films Pact for Film, TV Production (Exclusive)

Image: Mike Ehrmann/BIG3 via Getty Images By Etan Vlessing. 5:00 AM PDT 7/30/2020 Image: Mike Ehrmann/BIG3 via Getty Images Source: The Hollywood Reporter The man who fought censorship all the way to the Supreme Court is getting deeper into Hollywood production with the 'Saints & Sinners' producer. Former 2 Live Crew rapper Luther Campbell, who fought censorship all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, has partnered with Swirl Films [...]