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6th Annual Capital City Black Film Festival Kicks Off This Week

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The Capital City Black Film Festival returns to Austin for its 6th year with events planned Friday, Aug. 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Austin Convention Center at 500 E. Cesar Chavez St.

This year’s festival will be filled with special screenings, talkbacks with Hollywood directors and producers, thought-provoking panel discussions and film screenings for more than 80 independent films from across the nation.      

Friday, August 31

  • 9:00 AM – Film Screenings begin
  • 11:30 AM – Filmmaker chat with Director/Producer Amani Martin (The Last Defense, HBO Sports)
  • 12:30 PM – The Last Defense Screening           
  • 2:30 PM – The Last Defense Panel Discussion featuring co-creators, director, exec. prod., and cast members
  • 6:30 PM: Red Carpet Opens (Special Guests: Filmmaker Jeremy Sadowski, UT Precursors Leon Holland and Charles Miles)
  • 7:30 PM: Texas Premiere of Breaking Down Barriers: The C.R. Roberts Story w/ panel discussion immediately following with Producer Jeremy Sadowski and UT Precursors Leon Holland and Charles Miles

Saturday, September 1

  • 9:00 AM: Film Screenings Begin
  • 11:30 AM: Reconstructing the Narrative – Storytelling and Diversity with Rob Williams (JuVee Productions)
  • 3:30 PM Marketing on a Shoestring Budget
  • 7:00 PM: Red Carpet Opens (Special Guests: Participating Filmmakers)
  • 8:00 PM: Filmmaker Awards Presentation

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Young and Restless Star Dead

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Kristoff St. John, one of the few black actors on daytime television for many years, sadly passed away on Feb. 3 at the age of 52.

Most people knew him for his portrayal of “Neil Winters” on the “Young and Restless” daytime soap opera –  a role that he played since 1991, which earned him 9 Daytime Emmy Award nominations. He also won 10 NAACP Image Awards.

TMZ.com reported that the actor was treated at a California hospital in January for depression. His son, Julian, also died in 2014 from mental illness. It’s not clear the cause of death, but authorities pronounced St. John dead on the scene.

St. John started acting as a kid and starred in other roles, such as “The Bad News Bears.” and “Charlie & Company.”

After his son’s death, his ex-wife and international boxer, Mia St. John, started El Saber Es Poder (Knowledge Is Power) Foundation to provide resources for those suffering from mental health issues. St. John was recently engaged to model Kseniya Mikhaleva.

In 2017, around the third anniversary of his son’s death, Kristoff threatened to kill himself, prompting police to place the actor under a 72-hour hold for psychiatric evaluation.

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Three’s Complicated

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TV One‘s latest original film, THREE’S COMPLICATED will premiere on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 7 p.m. ET/6C, followed by encores at 9 p.m. ET/8C and 11 p.m. ET/10CShanola Hampton (Shameless), executive produces the project and stars as the film’s central character Deja, a 42-year-old divorcee who falls for a younger man that may very well have a romantic connection to her college-aged daughter. Also starring Tyler Lepley (Ringside, The Haves and The Have Nots), Kyanna Simone Simpson (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) and Charles Malik Whitfield (The Temptations), the film depicts a complicated love story with a humorous take on the dynamics between older women dating younger men.

Audiences are introduced to Deja, who has been passed over for a promotion at work and decides to drown her sorrows during a night out at the bar. She meets Sonny (Lepley), an attractive man ten years her junior, who sweeps her off her feet during a whirlwind weekend romance. Deja moves on, but discovers her daughter Eleni (Simpson), who knows Sonny from school, is infatuated with the handsome teacher’s assistant. Deja experiences a myriad of emotions as she struggles to control her attraction to Sonny, protect her daughter’s heart and deal with her ex-husband Craig (Whitfield), who seems to think a reconciliation is on the horizon. Conflicted and uncertain, Deja finds herself in a complex love triangle. Will this tricky scenario bring her to the brink of heartbreak or set her on a path to a new beginning?

THREE’S COMPLICATED is written and directed by Shari L. Carpenter. The film is produced for TV One by Swirl Films. For Swirl, Executive Producer is Eric Tomosunas and Producers are Darien Baldwin, Keith Neil, James Seppelfrick and Gingi Rochelle. Shanola Hampton also serves as Executive Producer. The film was casted by Leah Daniels Butler. For TV One, Tia A. Smith is Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting, and Robyn Green Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

 

For more information about TV One’s upcoming programming, including original movies, visit the network’s companion website at www.tvone.tv. TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram  and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hashtag #THREESCOMPLICATED.

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Women Should Know the Signs of Cardiac Arrest

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News broke Thursday evening of the death of Kim Porter, the mother of Sean “Diddy” Combs’ three children, and his former longtime girlfriend. News outlets reported she died from cardiac arrest.

The 47-year old actress and model had a son and twin girls with Diddy. She also had a son with Al B. Sure.

To read the full story of Porter’s death, go here.

According to BlackDorctor,org, cardiac arrest is, unfortunately, becoming more and more common for Black woman like Porter, according to the American Heart Association.

The Mayo Clinic said the most common heart attack symptom in women is some type of pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest. But it is not always severe or even the most prominent symptom, particularly in women. And, sometimes, women may have a heart attack without chest pain. Women are more likely than men to have heart attack symptoms unrelated to chest pain, such as:

  • Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in one or both arms
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Unusual fatigue

To read more about heart disease in women, go here.

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