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The San Antonio Black International Film Festival (SABIFF) was founded by native indie filmmaker Ada M. Babino, and a group of community filmmakers and community movie enthusiasts who began meeting at the Carver Library in the fall of 2018, with the purpose to create a Black independent film festival in the Alamo City. Birthed from mutual interests, the San Antonio Black International Film Festival was born under the umbrella of Forward Progress Arts and Entertainment Center, Inc., a 501(c)3 arts and entertainment organization founded by DeAnna Brown that “encourages creative dreamers to become authentic artists.” The Carver Library, a staple on the Eastside officially and successfully launched SABIFF on February 23, 2019, with the start of what will be an annual endeavor.

The mission of SABIFF is to expose audiences in San Antonio and beyond to the myriad of narratives and diverse images of Diaspora peoples. The goal is to present a variety of video/filmmakers and film professionals of color to audiences through their film products, genres, panel discussions, lectures, and trainings.

SABIFF 2019 will feature indie film showcases, an international film competition, filmmaking workshops, and enlightening panel discussions, combined with events that allow the public to network and unwind at an inagural film festival that proudly affirms that Black Films Matter. SABIFF partners include respected community institutions and businesses such as: the Carver Community Cultural Center, The Carver Library, DreamVoice the founders of Dream Week SA, The Institute of Texan Cultures, La Villita Arneson River Theater, Idle Time Cinema, Frank Dunn Insurance, and First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio’s Black Lives Matter Work Group, a key fundraising supporter for the festival. “Giving audiences in my hometown the opportunity to experience a wealth of stories, and perspectives by Black filmmakers and professionals from across the globe is invigorating,” says Babino, Festival Founder and Director.

The festival also forged positive alliances with national organizations and film practitioners who have a global love and commitment to the development, promotion and expansion of Black indie film. Participating in SABIFF 2019 are: New York based Black Public Media, now celebrating their 40 year anniversary; AfroLandTV with founder Michael Maponga, internationally renowned Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima, and Shirikiana Gerima, Husband and wife tech media team Maxie and Schatar Collier founders of Super Livestreams a new network of TV channels, Social Cinema curation by filmmaker, Ralph Scott, and Chicago based filmmaker/ visual thinker Floyd Webb, the founder of Black Star Film Festival, and co-editor of the revitalized Black Film Magazine.

Casting our Texas net, we’re proud to present Dr. Gerald Horne, Author/University of Houston Moores Professorship of History and African American Studies faculty, XXX Angela Bennett of Bennett Connection Talent Agency in Austin, Mikaela Gibson (Fear the Walking Dead), and Houston based actor John Henry (American Horror Story, Focus). Charles Murray, veteran Hollywood writer (Marvel’s Luke Cage, Criminal Minds, Sons of Anarchy, Roots) and independent film director will make an appearance at the Carver’s Red Carpet opening night gala and speak after his film screening.

SABIFF 2019 festival line up includes four days of partnerships, venues and events:

October 10 The Carver Community Center 226 N. Hackberry, SA, TX 78202 [$] [6:00 pm – 10:30 pm] CCCC Hosts SABIFF 2019’s Opening Night Film and SA Premiere of the movie #TRUTH with special guest veteran writer/producer/director, Charles Murray.

The Red Carpet Gala is sponsored by DreamVoice, the presenters of DreamWeek and supporter of organizations that exist to better the human condition through the promotion of media assets and resource contributions.

October 11 – (1). Carver Library 3350 E. Commerce Street, SA, TX [12 pm – 3 pm] [NC]
(1). Black Public Media (BPM), formally founded as The National Black Programming Consortium celebrates 40 Years as an organization whose mission is committed to fully realized expression of democracy by supporting, developing, producing and distributing innovative media about the Black experience and investing in content makers. BPM is pleased to present AfroPop to SA audiences. Now in its 10th season, AfroPop short films depict informative and entertaining stories from across the globe that are beautifully and poignantly told. This free event features Food trucks and vendors on site.

October 11 – (2). Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC) 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd, SA, TX [$] [9:30 am – 5:30 pm] [A Full Day Pass includes Theater In The Round, Panels/Forums, and Museum Exhibits, purchased on SABIFF.com website or Universe.com ticketing platform]
ITC – Three levels of activities will take place at ITC.

*First Level – [Forums and Panels are included in Full Day Pass price[$] “Overcoming isms’, Bad Hair and Other Social Constructs,” short films presented in ITC’s Theater In The Round followed by a Host lead discussions, and audience interactive Talk Back. As an added treat, Black World Cinema with curator & visual thinker, Floyd Webb presents an AfroFuturism showcase featuring Black science fiction flicks. Also on display in the museum is a Black Quilting Exhibit by the African American Quilt Circle of San Antonio, and a Black Fashion Week exhibit, and other ITC museum offerings.

*Basement Level – [Forums and Panels are included in Full Day Pass price] [$] African American Cinematic History, Steeped with Hidden Figures [11:30 am – 12:45 pm] A panel hosted by UTSA College of Education and Human Development’s Department of COEHD and African American Studies. Moderated by Karla Broadus, Senior Lecturer and Director. Panelists include: UTSA Professors/Lecturers, Mario Salas, Dr. Charles Gentry and Dr. Vanessa Kenon.

Think Acting Abroad: A Forum for Underrepresented Actors to Consider Alternatives When the US is not Enuf – [1:30 pm – 2:45 pm]
Hosted by: Mikala Gibson is an award-winning stage and screen actress, published writer and master teaching artist. Featuring Michael Maponga, Actor/Founder of AfroLandTV. Angela Bennett, Talent Agent, Industry Consultant and founder of Bennett Connection Talent Agency in Austin, Texas.

Culture – A Return on Investment in Cinema – [3:15 pm – 4:30 pm]
A panel led by internationally renowned Author/Professor, Dr. Gerald Horne (University of Houston), Author of over 30 books, including: Class Struggle in Hollywood 1930 -1950, and Paul Robeson: the Artist as Revolutionary. Horne and panelist bring context to the business of Hollywood as it relates to culture and Black professionals in the industry; diversity & inclusion – How it Impacts ‘US’ in Movies, What artists’ roles and responsibilities should be; Where do we stand, and where do we go from here in the sphere of movie making?
Features actor: John Henry (Focus, American Horror Story), Filmmakers Haile Gerima and Shirikiana Gerima (Sankofa, Door of No Return, Foot Prints, and Teza)

ITC 2nd Floor Level – Workshops +[Workshops Individually priced] [$]

FILM GAME PLAN [10:00 am – 1:00 pm] [$]
A hands-on workshop for aspiring film directors taught by SA based Producer/Director Michael Jackson owner of Idle Time Cinema, a full service production company founded in 200 that specializes in short films, music videos, commercials and television variety shows. Jackson provides instruction on necessary filmmaking techniques for low budget video/ filmmaking from budgeting tips, to blocking actors, framing shots, lighting and sound recording). Jackson is the director of Solomon’s Dilemma, Cost Effective on Amazon, and the upcoming feature Sabbath Ceremony of the Besat. 3 hours. Lunch provided.

The Art of Cinematic Storytelling Master Class [11:30 am – 2:00 pm] [$]

Taught by Haile Gerima, internationally renowned filmmaker, the original UCLA Black Rebellion filmmaker, and former tenured film professor at Howard University. Gerima gives an integrative and holistic approach to the narrative art form of the visual storyteller. With over fifty years of filmmaking, advocacy and education, Gerima takes participants through the creative processes that are critical in arming the Film Storyteller with the cinematic narrative language.

He utilizes all of these creative processes are a means of discovering one’s own unique Cinematic Narrative Logic, voice and ‘art’ of cinematic storytelling. 2.5 hours. Lunch provided.

SABIFF MIXER at the Cherrity Bar – 302 Montana St. [5:30 pm – 11:00 pm] [NC] Wind-down after a full day of films, panels and workshop exchanges! Film festival participants and the public are welcomed to chill out and enjoy happy hour, network, mingle, purchase vendor treats, and enjoy food and festivities. There will be a soulful a mix of music and spoken word, hosted by SA’s own Andrea ‘Vocab’ Sanderson. This is a family friendly event. Vendors will be on site.

October 12 – (2). Carver Library [10:00 am – 4:00 pm] [NC] (1). Take II with the Black Public Media 40 Year Anniversary continues with more screenings of AfroPop the ultimate cultural exchange. Now in it’s 10th season, this series depicts informative and entertaining stories across the globe. Food Trucks will be outside on site.

*films & times to be posted on websites – coming soon.

October 12 – (1). Buena Vista Theater (UTSA Downtown Campus) [9:00 am – 6:30 pm] [$] Selected films were submitted, and prejudged. Those with winning scores were invited as best to show in SABIFF 2019. Four-month Open Call film submissions primarily included narrative shorts from the U.S., however filmmakers submitted indie films from: Iran, Haiti, Germany, Canada, India, Belgium, and Turkey.

A total of thirty-three out of the fifty-five were selected for competition to screen at the University’s state of the art theater and adjoining screening room, Aula Canaira.

Programmed films are broken down into thematic blocks. Schedules and tickets can be obtained on the http://www.sabiff.com or universe.com website. Tickets can also be purchased day of the event at the UTSA Buena Vista theater’s box office for $10 per block of films which will be programmed and screened simultaneously on two screens. There will be a 15 minute admission between films to clear theater and user patrons for the next block showcased.

For more information about the San Antonio Black Int’l Film Festival (SABIFF) Forward Progress Arts & Entertainment Center, Inc. please visit www.sabiff.com | sabiffteam@gmail.com | fwdprogress2@gmail.com |

ABOUT FORWARD PROGRESS ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

FPAE is a 501c3 organization founded in 2013 by actress/educator DeAnna Brown as a vehicle to allow young people the opportunity ot gain exposure to an industry that has historically shun people of color. Forward Progress aims to be a conduit to cultivate the God given gifts and talents of young dreamers who are drawn to the world of arts and entertainment with the desire to grow and develop their craft. Authentic collaboration is encouraged, to teach the behind-the- scenes crafts, and produce professional movies, music, stage plays, videos, television shows and/or web series and our newly founded venture, the SAN ANTONIO BLACK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (SABIFF) .

INTERVIEWS

For interviews with any SABIFF team members, the Founder/Director Ada Babino, co-director Patsy Whitfield, Forward Progress Director, DeAnna Brown, or local filmmakers contact sabiffteam@gmail.com or call Dianne Green at (210)801-2611. Website: https://www.sabiff.com

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“Not All Lost”

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Oscar-nominated producer teams with PBS KVIE, KVIE2 Sacramento, non-profit organizations The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) and Films With a Purpose to debut celebrity driven reality-based stories of inspirational youth.

Actor Jaleel White and Premiere Black Celebrities Share Spotlight With Exceptional Youth in PBS Special “Not All Lost

During Black History Month 2020, PBS KVIE and KVIE2 airs a special program Not All Lost. This half hour reality-based program is designed to provide inspirational profiles of today’s youth, notably those of color that dispel stereotypes often attached to them.

Not All Lost shines light on the flip side of a coin that too often lands on the negative. It’s refreshing to see the positive side up,” states Glynn Turman, actor/director. The show spotlights inspirational youth. Not all are academically or athletically exceptional. Many are just determined to someday have a normal adult life by whatever positive means necessary. It focuses on their determination to achieve success despite being faced with unfavorable life circumstances and iterating the obstacles that they had to encounter along the way sch as steering clear of gangs, drugs and peer pressure.

“There are hundreds of stories about young people of color succeeding in life despite difficult situations. Not All Lost allows us the opportunity to share those stories with the world,” says David M. Massey, Oscar-nominated producer.

The program features profiles of:

* Peyton Polk – A legally Blind Student attending UCLA
* Brian “Dusty” Merriweather – The Horse Whisperer
* Marcus Johnson – Master Scuba Diver turned Investment Advisor, Principal Johnson Capital

The show is hosted by actor Jaleel White. Celebrity interviewers and mentors are: Kym Whitley, actress/writer/comedienne Young and Hungry; James Pickens, Jr., actor Grey’s Anatomy; Glynn Turman, actor/ writer/ director/ producer House of Lies and Nick Cannon, actor/ comedian/ rapper/ director/writer/producer/television host America’s Got Talent. This program provides truthful truthful accounts using real people, with the intent of filling the void or hunger for affirmative, encouraging stories of today’s young adults.

The highlighted individuals exemplify that they are Not All Lost.

The program airs:
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 7:30 PM, PBS KVIE; Thursday, Feb. 20, 8:30 AM; and 7:30 PM, PBS KVIE2; Friday, Feb. 21, 1:30 AM, PBS KVIE2; and 4:00 PM, PBS KVIE; Saturday, Feb. 22, 3:00 AM PBS KVIE2; and 7:30 AM, PBS KVIE; Sunday, Feb. 23, 3:30 PM PBS KVIE2, and Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2:00 PM, PBS KVIE2

For additional information log onto www.bherc.org or contact Lura Ball at 323-348-3739

About the Producers

Davis M. Massey, Oscar-nominated Director/Producer
David Massey is the first African American in the history of the Academy Awards to be nominated for an Oscar in the Live-Action Short Film category for Last Breeze of Summer (1992). He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications & Education from Ohio Dominican University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Advanced Film & Television from the American Film Institute. He has produced and directed several films and television shows. His hour-long docudrama Men of Courage received an NAACP Image Award and aired on BET and PBS. Massey produced and directed six short films for UCE Productions banner, including Island Song, which won the Audience Award at the 2013 Pan African Film Festival. When Justice Isn’t Just, a short documentary available on iTunes, examines the shootings of unarmed African Americans by law enforcement. Massey’s latest projects are Where We’re From, a feature chronicling the independent hip hop movement in L.A. in the early 90s; Passage, a short film examining the African slave trade; Not All Lost, a reality-based, celebrity driven PBS TV show; and A Dangerous Road, a feature film based on the first of Kris Nelscott’s seven novels featuring African American private eye Smokey Dalton.

Dawn Kirk-Alexander -Producer
The mother of a young African American male, Dawn created this project with a deeply felt commitment for his safety and the safety of other young Black men in America. When Justice Isn’t Just is her most recent attempt to address justice thru film. Producer-writer of the award-winning documentary Not All Lost, she has produced the short film Baby Girl and several award-winning commercials and public service announcements for TBWA/Chait/Day and Grey Advertising. Winner of the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Award for her screenplay Madness, she holds an MFA from Columbia University. She was a line producer for television show American Gladiator and several music videos by directors F. Gary Gray Straight Outta Compton, The Italian Job and Paul Hunter’s Bulletproof Monk.

About Black Hollywood Education & Resource Center
Founded in 1996 by Sandra Evers-Manly, BHERC is a nonprofit, public benefit organization designed to advocate, educate, research, develop, and preserve the history and future of Blacks in film and television. BHERC programs include film festivals, award ceremonies, book signings, script readings, contests, scholarships, and other programs and special events. BHERC recognizes the contributions of Black men and women in front of and behind the scenes in the entertainment industry.

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Heart & Soul Music Festival

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On March 21, 2020 at the fabulous Apopka Amphitheatre, actor Christian Keyes will be hosting the Heart & Soul Music Festival, a fundraiser to help children travel to, and experience Africa, with the Kid’s Free Trip to Africa program! Christian Keyes is a long-time actor and is well known for his roles played in Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail and Diary of a Mad Black Woman. He has also held a recurring role in the television shows Let’s Stay TogetherSaints & Sinners, and most recently the well-known soap opera The Young and The Restless.

The Kid’s Free Trip to Africa program was created in collaboration with several non-profits, WMCHN, Inc. and WHPB 98.5 The Wire, which is based in both Florida and Michigan. The Kid’s Free Trip to Africa program took its first group of students to Ghana, Africa in 2017 and have since taken a total of 22 high school students to the continent, free of charge. Through fundraising, the program has been able to pay for the student’s passports, immunizations, airfare, and accommodations. This has indeed been the experience of a lifetime and life changing experience for these young students.

The goal of the Kid’s Free Trip to Africa program is to give students, especially African American students, the opportunity to travel to Africa and obtain valuable knowledge and experience the cultures of their ancestors. In past years, students have been able to meet new friends, experience new food, learn about the history of African slaves, experience life-changing activities, and grow a deeper love and respect for Africa. It is an educational cultural exchange experience that lasts a lifetime.

100% of the proceeds from this fundraiser will be used for the Kid’s Free Trip to Africa Program. The demand has been high for students who are interested in going, in comparison to the funds available to support their trip. The goal of the program is to fund 100% all interested students, the opportunity to experience this trip of a lifetime.

The festival headliner act is Midnight Star, who in the eighties and nineties had hits such as Curious, Wet My Whistle, Slow Jam, and No Parking on the Dance Floor. Also, on the line-up, is the 3 decades hit maker Meli’sa Morgan with hits such as Do Me Baby, Do You Still Love Me?, Back Together Again, and a duet with Kasif called Love Changes. Another female legendary singer in the show is Angela Winbush, who is a songwriter, arranger, and producer, with songs such as Angel, You Don’t Have to Cry, and other top ten R&B hits. The final act is Loose Ends featuring Jane Eugene, who had the hits in the 80’s, Slow Down and Hanging on a String. This will be an amazing show!

The mission of WHPB 98.5 is to serve and educate the urban community about issues that impact their families, their community, and their well-being. The station has been in operation for 3 1/2 years and is a 24-hour full-service station. In September 2019, Orlando Magazine named The Wire 98.5 FM in the “Music Radio Station category of their Best of Orlando 2019 Issue.” General Manager Paul Billings largely credits the station’s community partnerships, supporters and the listeners for the remarkable success which the low-power FM station has enjoyed over the time present.

Paul Billing and The Wire team would like to thank all the sponsors; Florida Lottery, Bud Light, Hope&Help, Mentality Grooming Company, and 30 Something Orlando for their continued support of the station.

For more information on tickets, go to www.heartandsoulfestival.com, call 407-601-7565, or visit https.//heartandsoulmusicfestival.eventbrite.com/

General Admission: $35, day of show: $40, Reserved Silver Seating: $40, day of show: $50, fixed seat under canopy, Reserved Gold Seating: $60, day of show: $75, fixed seat under canopy, Reserved VIP Diamond Seating: $80, day of show: $100, under canopy.

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Gayle King Blames Her Employer CBS

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Nationwide — Journalist Gayle King is reportedly upset at her long-time employer, CBS News, for resurfacing and sharing a video clip of her provocative line of questions about Kobe Bryant’s sexual assault case from 2003, which has sparked a national outrage against her.

King, who is the host of CBS This Morning, has come under fire from many Twitter users and celebrities including Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, and Ari Lennox after seeing the clip.

King addressed the issue through a video posted to her social media accounts, defending herself and blaming her home network, CBS News.

“I know that if I had only seen the clip that you saw, I’d be extremely angry with me too,” she said. “I am mortified, I’m embarrassed and I am very angry. Unbeknownst to me, my network put up a clip from a very wide-ranging interview — totally taken out of context — and when you see it that way, it’s very jarring. It’s jarring to me. I didn’t even know anything about it.”

In the clip, King asked Leslie about Bryant’s sexual assault case which was eventually settled in 2005. During the interview, she says, “It’s been said that his legacy is complicated because of a sexual assault charge which was dismissed in 2003, 2004. Is it complicated for you, as a woman, as a WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association) player?”

Leslie then responded, “It’s not complicated for me at all… I just never see — have ever seen him being the kind of person that would be — do something to violate a woman or be aggressive in that way. That’s just not the person that I know.”

Bryant’s untimely death in a helicopter crash last month revived the issue of the 2003 sexual assault, but King claimed that “last thing I would want to do is disparage him (Bryant) at this particular time.”

Meanwhile, CBS said in a statement that King “conducted a thoughtful, wide-ranging interview” with Leslie but the clip that was posted “did not reflect the nature and tone of the full interview.” Their spokesperson added that they “are addressing the internal process that led to this and changes have already been made.”

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