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Tanya Kersey – Hollywood Black Film Festival June 3rd – 8th, 2008

Posted by TSUE on April 21, 2008

Hollywood Black Film Festival

Hollywood Black Film Festival, Inc.

8306 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2057 | Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Phone: 310-407-3596 | Fax: 310-943-2326 | Web: http://www.hbff.org

Tanya Kersey





(April 7, 2008 – Beverly Hills, CA) – The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) has announced the initial line-up of official selections for the 9th annual competitive festival for Black filmmakers, to be held June 3rd  – 8th , 2008 in Beverly Hills, CA.  The slate includes 51 shorts, 11 student films, 2 animated films and 2 music videos. The roster of narrative and documentary features will be announced on April 14th.

HPFF, dubbed “The Black Sundance,” is an annual, six-day celebration of Black cinema, serving as a forum to showcase the talents of Black filmmakers and enhance appreciation for Black filmmaking. The festival has become a focal point for Hollywood’s African-American creative community, attracting producers, executives, screenwriters, film and television personalities, aspiring artists and diverse audiences from Southern California and around the world.

20 YEARS, written & directed by Kevin Gordon

A BABY WAY, written & directed by Courtney Franklin

A COLD DISH, written & directed by Eddie Smith

AKIRA’S HIP-HOP SHOP, written by Joe Doughrity

AN INCIDENT IN THE LIFE OF A SLAVE GIRL, written & directed by Karen Hayes

B.A.M., written by Neil Lewis, directed by Laron Austin

BENJAMIN, written & directed by Traci Nickerson

BLOOK OVER A BROKEN PAWN, written & directed by Chadwick Boseman

BURUNDI FILM CENTER: 5 SHORT FILMS, executive produced by Christopher Redmond

CHOICES, written by Maurice Hines, directed by Michael David Ricks

CLASSIFIED, written & directed by Sherman Payne

COMMUNITY ALERT, written by Alvaro Visers, directed by Richard Islas

COONS, written & directed by Chris Cloyd

CURTAIN CALL, written & directed by Hezekiah Lewis

DISTRACTIONS, written by Kevin Craig West, directed by Michalina Almindo

DON’T GO, written & directed by D. Kevin Epps

DRAWING ANGEL, written by Craig Williams, directed by Rosalyn Coleman Williams

FELIZ CUMPLENOS, written by Roger Payano, directed by Frank Jackson

FIVE MAN CONFESSION, written & directed by Jeffrey Williams

HOMELESS DESTINY, written by Kathryn J. Taylor, directed by Trey Haley

HYPOTHETICALLY, written & directed by Jeffrey Snell

JAMERICAN, written & directed by Sharena Downey

KeANTHONY: A HUSTLAZ STORY, written by Marshall Dean, directed by John Tucker

LIFE IS…, written & directed by Tommie Tyhefe Bayliss

LIFTED, written & directed by Randall Dottin

LOVE CONQUERS ALL, written & directed by Kamali Minter

MAN II MAN, written & directed by Eddie Smith

MENTAL BLOCK, directed by Karen Palmer

MISTA NICE GUY, written by Stacy Pyles & Carol Shine, directed by Stacy Pyles

ONE WORD, written& directed by Shalako Gordon

PROMISES KEPT, written & directed by Jason Camp

RABIA, written & directed by Muhammad Ali Hasan

RAIN: A LOVE STORY, written by Anthony Brooks, directed by Elizabeth Shivers & Anthony Brooks

SIRI OKO OFU, written by Heather Murphy & Ebbe Bassy, directed by Heather Murphy

SNITH, written by Eric Richardson Hagans & Richard Johnson, directed by Eric Richardson Hagans

SPENT, written by Angela Perkins, directed by Boris Schaarschmidt

SUICIDE BOYZ, written & directed by Anthony Martin

TAXI FOR THE COMEDIEN, written & directed by Matt Blaize

TEARS ON A LETTER, written by Billy Shell, directed by Billy Shell & Patrica Marret

THE BUZZARD, written & directed by Troy Ransome

THE CLUB, written by Ilunga Adell, directed by Ian Foxx

THE CURRY CLUB, written & directed Rita Osei

THE DON OF VIRGIL JUNIOR HIGH, written & directed Deon Dayman

THE DOLL, written & directed by Dante James

THE QUICKIE, written & directed by Cosmos Kiindarius

TOOLE’S SUBSTITUTE, written & directed by Arvel Chappell III

VILE, written & directed by J. David Shanks

VISTA VIEW, written & director Kofi Oliver

WHAT A DIFFERNECE A DAY MAKES, directed by Guensly Delva

WHISTLE LESSON, written & directed by Nikki Young

WOMAN’S WORK, written & directed by Chad Benton

A FATHER’S PROMISE, written & directed by Bradley Nesbitt

BIRTH, written & directed by Arvell Campbell III

CRENSHAW NIGHTS, written Peter Gelles, directed by Greg Navarro

HOPE, written & directed by Atiya Whellings

HUG, written & directed by Khary Jones

KEYS, written & directed by Christopher Babers

LUNCH MONEY, written by Deneen Reynolds, directed by Elvira Carrizal

MAMA ‘N EM, written & directed Omawale Akintunda

MY TURTLE’S NAME IS DUDLEY, co-directed by Johnny Gill & Patrick Jean-Joseph

SISTHAS IN THE NAME OF LOVE, written & directed by Kena Tangi Dorsey

URBAN GENESIS, written & directed by Larry Bryant

OBARA & THE MERCHANGS, written by Michelle Bodden, directed by Manauvskar Kublall

PORN EDITOR, written by Brian Shackelford, directed by Yehudi Mercardo

GIVE IT TO ME, directed by Tim Mosley (Timberland)

REVOLUTION, written by Trevor Parkam, directed by Aled Ordu

Founded in 1998 by Executive Director, Tanya Kersey, HBFF’s mission is to foster and develop the vision of independent filmmakers by bringing their projects to the attention of the filmmaking industry, media and mainstream audiences through a public exhibition and competition program. Since its inception, HBFF has attracted over 40,000 attendees and screened a total of 596 independent films from across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the Caribbean, hosting 203 world premieres. The festival’s adjunct Infotainment Conference features over 20 panels and workshops and more than 100 speakers, covering a broad range of entertainment industry topics.
Additionally, HBFF has created the HBFF Cinema Lounge and HBFF Film Finance & Distribution Summit, complementary platforms to showcase and develop filmmaker projects. The HBFF Cinema Lounge is a casual, monthly networking event, screening 4 to 5 short films which are followed by a discussion panel and Q&A between audience and filmmakers. The annual HBFF Film Finance & Distribution Summit boasts a senior roster of seasoned industry professionals offering their insights on a broad range of film finance and distribution topics.

The Hollywood Black Film Festival’s mission and goal is to play an integral role in discovering and launching independent films and filmmakers by bring them to the attention of the industry, press and the public.   
Visit http://www.HBFF.org for festival updates.  



Cecy Galvan  
HBFF Publicity

Bleu Entertainment PR  
(310) 558-1696

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Ellia English Turns to Drama with Nurse Role in Cameron Diaz

Posted by TSUE on April 21, 2008

Baldwin. In the film Diaz will play a former defense attorney who returns to the courtroom to defend herself and her husband when they are sued by their 13-year-old daughter for emancipation. The girl was conceived as a genetic match with the hope she could prolong her cancer-ridden sister’s life. Ellia English plays a pivotal role as a nurse in the film, thus marking a turn toward the dramatic genre for Ellia’s career. My Sister’s Keeper will be released in 2009.

Though currently filming her work in My Sister’s Keeper, Ellia has wrapped work on two other movies that will be released this summer, including: The Hustle starring Charles Murphy, Ashanti and Kim Whitley and the horror movie Cornered starring Steve Guttenberg.

acting resume is already thick with memorable comedic roles acting with some of today’s greatest comic talents. From her outrageous shenanigans with Dane Cook in Good Luck Chuck (now on DVD) to her current onscreen role in Will Ferrell’s Semi-Pro. Now Ellia is expanding her range with a juicy dramatic role in My Sister’s Keeper.

About Ellia English
Ellia English is thoroughly dedicated to a professional life of acting and singing. Ellia has starred on stage in such productions as Haarlem Nocturne, Down Hearted Blues (The Bessie Smith Story) Cotton Club Gala, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Colored Museum, Dreamgirls, Romeo & Juliet, Spunk, Showboat, Barnum, Nunsense, and One Mo’ Time, to name a few. She also sang with the New York Community Choir as one of their solo-recording artists. On television, Ellia was a series regular (as Helen King) on The Jamie Foxx Show. Some of her other television credits include Martin, Sinbad, Empty Nest, The Five Mrs. Buchanans, Love & War, Get Smart and Thea. She was also featured in the made for television movies The Innocent, The Barefoot Executive and Based on an Un-true Story. And, on the silver screen, Ellia was featured in Wildcats, Sidewalk Stories, Rain Without Thunder, Woman Thou Art Loosed, Matchups and most recently Ellia can be seen in the feature film Good Luck Chuck now in stores on DVD, as well as, in Larry David’s sixth season of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, also in stores on DVD , as a series regular in the role of Auntie Rae.

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact ESP Public Relations at 310.827.9727 or at

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Danica Patrick wins the IndyCar Series

Posted by TSUE on April 21, 2008

Danica Patrick


Danica Patrick


 Danica Patrick won her first IRL race in the rain delayed race at Twin Ring Motegi. She becomes the first female to win in the IndyCar Series. Patrick took advantage of fuel mileage after Scott Dixon pitted. She passed Helio Castroneves and pulled away to win by over 5.8 seconds. Danica said “It’s a long time coming, finally…I was managing to save fuel and keep the speed up and when I saw Helio, I knew he was the one to beat,”.


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Isiah Thomas Fired as New York Knicks Coach and General Manager

Posted by TSUE on April 21, 2008

Isiah Thomas


Team President Donnie Walsh fired Isiah Thomas as coach of the New York Knicks. Walsh said during a late-afternoon conference call. “I value Isiah and his knowledge of the game, and he will remain with the organization, reporting directly to me.” Thomas lost a franchise record-tying 59 games this season, and along the way seemed to lose the support of his players, who didn’t always play hard for him the way they did last season. Things began to go downhill from the time training camp opened. The jury came back with its verdict that day, finding that Thomas and MSG sexually harassed former team executive Anucha Browne Sanders and ordering the company to pay $11.6 million in damages. Criticized by Al Sharpton and Rutgers women’s coach C. Vivian Stringer for comments he made in his taped deposition, Thomas seemed downcast during most of training camp. He also feuded with point guard Stephon Marbury and benched center Eddy Curry.  With Chants of “Fire Isiah” coming from fan starting minutes after home games his position as coach and general manager came to an end.



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Former NBA Player “Mark Jackson” Possbile Candidate for New York Knicks Coach

Posted by TSUE on April 21, 2008

Mark JacksonFormer NBA Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson, the former Knicks point guard, hinted that he might like to coach the Knicks, and got the approval of former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy. Donnie Walsh, the new Knicks president, fired Isiah Thomas as coach on Friday and confirmed that Jackson was a candidate for the job. Walsh said it would take “a special person” to overcome a lack of coaching experience. But he has hired rookies in the past, including Thomas and Larry Bird in Indiana.

Mark Jackson — born in Brooklyn, a star point guard at St. John’s and a Knick for five seasons has obvious appeal in New York. The Knicks drafted Jackson with the 18th pick in 1987, and he teamed with Patrick Ewing to lead them into the playoffs the next five years. Jackson retired in 2004 with the second-most assists in N.B.A. history.  Jackson was often lauded as an intelligent player who served as a virtual coach on the court.  Former NBA standout Mark Jackson is also a game and studio analyst for ABC broadcasts of the NBA.  Jackson serves as a studio analyst for the NBA Sunday Countdown pre-game show on ABC with host Dan Patrick and analyst Michael Wilbon from the site of the ABC NBA Sunday game broadcast each week.  Jackson provides analysis during the game, paired courtside with ESPN and ABC lead play-by-play commentator Mike Breen.


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Posted by TSUE on April 21, 2008

Former NFL-Miles McPherson

McPherson, a former NFL defensive back with the San Diego Chargers, stands at the forefront of “transformation evangelism” and “ministry mobilization”. In addition to leading the Rock Church and Academy in San Diego, McPherson is the President of Miles Ahead which has organized events in 18 cities, including Canada and Africa. An author, McPherson also is an Emmy Award winning producer for the documentary Master Meth, which examines the abuse of crystal methamphetamine.

McPherson, who was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised on Long Island, said the ministry activities in Jamaica are all centered on the practical application of the gospel of Jesus Christ. “Our focus is to represent Christ in both the community and the culture by building smart partnerships and healthy relationships;” said McPherson who emphasized that “faith without works is dead.” (James 2:20).


MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (April 18, 2008) – This month “faith tourism” will reach a new level in Jamaica when hundreds of visitors travel from California to donate their time and treasure to social and humanitarian development programs on the western Caribbean nation.   

Close to 300 volunteers from the San Diego-based Miles Ahead organisation will visit the island between April 24 and May 5. They will be led by former National Football League (NFL) player Miles McPherson, who founded Miles Ahead and is known for encouraging people of faith to “DO Something.” (www.therocksandiego.org/dosomething).  

Teams of volunteers are scheduled to work on projects that range from health screenings to sports clinics and from deaf interpretation workshops to rebuilding local elementary schools, while making a positive contribution to the island’s economy. The visit forms part of Jamaica Broilers Group’s 50th anniversary celebrations and three major family-oriented festivals, under the Best Dressed 50Fest banner, which will be presented in Mandeville, Montego Bay and Kingston between April 26 and May 4. 

 The festivals – put together by Jamaica Broilers in partnership with churches across Jamaica, the Luis Palau Association and Miles Ahead – will feature both local and international gospel musicians, including Papa San, Carlene Davis, Prodigal Son, Toby Mac, and Israel Houghton & New Breed, as well as messages of hope from evangelists Luis Palau, Andrew Palau and McPherson himself.  Andrew Palau will present at the Mandeville Festival to be held on the Manchester High School grounds April 26 and 27; Miles McPherson will be at Montego Bay’s Dump Up Beach on May 2 and 3; and Luis Palau will be on the King’s House grounds in Kingston on May 3 and 4.

“We are so excited to be in a position to make evangelistic, social and economic contributions to a culture that has influenced my upbringing and has helped shaped my faith,” said Miles McPherson, senior pastor of the 10,000-strong Rock Church in San Diego. His father and grandparents are from Jamaica.

He is a speaker renowned for his bold, down-to-earth and humorous style and his DO Something trademark. The intense relevance of his message challenges the young and young-minded alike, often compelling them to re-calibrate their lives in light of the Gospel.

For further information, visit www.milesahead.com and www.bestdressed50fest.com.

Contacts: Trish Teves + 1 858 405-4385


                Bevan Springer + 1 201 861-2056


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