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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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Black Music Honors Dru Hill, Tevin Campbell, Mary Mary and The Whisphers

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Celebrating Legendary Artists and Institutions Making a Significant Impact in African-American Music, Black Music Honors Returns to Atlanta With Co-Hosts Two-Time Grammy Winner LeToya Luckett and Comedian DeRay Davis

Central City Productions announces the 7th Annual Black Music Honors live tapping at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Ga. on Thursday, May 19. The star-studded two-hour event will honor artists and musicians who have influenced and made significant contributions to American music.

This year’s remarkable group of honorees include Multi-Platinum, Award-Winning Supergroup Dru Hill who will receive the Urban Music Icon Award; Five-Time GRAMMY Nominee Tevin Campbell who will be honored with the R&B Icon Award and Multi-Award-Winning Gospel Duo Mary Mary will be presented with the Gospel Icon Award. NAACP Image Award-Winning Singer Karyn White will also be recognized with the Soul Music Award; Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter Keri Hilson will be honored with the Music and Songwriter Icon Award for her accomplishments penning songs for some of the biggest names in music; and the Legendary R&B Group The Whispers will take home the Legends Award for their incredible nearly six decade music career.

“We are more than excited to return to in-person taping for the first time in nearly three years with a live studio audience,” says Founder and Executive Producer, Don Jackson. “The pandemic had an unprecedented impact on the music industry and we’re honored to celebrate, commemorate and honor music trailblazers who have paved the way for the next generation of music and culture.”

Multi-hyphenate LeToya Luckett will co-host the epic night of celebration along with Chicago Actor and Comedian DeRay Davis. The televised special is set to air in national broadcast syndication Saturday, June 4 – Sunday, July 3 and on Bounce TV on Saturday, June 25. The 7th Annual Black Music Honors show is Executive Produced by Don Jackson with Jennifer J. Jackson serving as Producer and Michael A. Johnson as Producer and Director.

Tickets for the live-taping event are available at www.blackmusichonors.com or you can purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com by clicking here.

For 2022 Black Music Honors media credentials request click here and for additional press inquiries contact bmhpress@jlmediapr.com and jlmediapr@gmail.com.

ABOUT BLACK MUSIC HONORS

Black Music Honors is an annual two-hour event that acknowledges the legendary African-American artists who have influenced and made significant musical contributions to African-American culture and American music worldwide. Black Music Honors is produced by Chicago-based production company Central City Productions (CCP).

For more information, visit www.blackmusichonors.com and connect on social media @blackmusichonors on Facebook and Instagram or @blackmusichonor on Twitter.

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Patreon announces Pull Up

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PATREON ANNOUNCES PULL UP, AN INCUBATOR AND COMMUNITY FOR CREATORS OF COLOR, WITH CREATIVE PARTNERS ISSA RAE’S HOORAE MEDIA, BLAIR IMANI, AMANDA SEALES’ SMART FUNNY & BLACK, DURAND BERNARR, AND MORE

Patreon, a membership platform for creators and their most passionate fans, announced Pull Up, an incubator and creative community to give creators of color access to capital and other resources to grow their businesses. Pull Up, powered by Patreon, is supported by and developed with some of the biggest creators of color driving culture today – including Issa Rae’s HOORAE, Blair Imani, Amanda Seales’ Smart Funny & Black, Durand Bernarr, Jade Novah, Nicole Cardoza, Tim Chantarungsu, and Tina Yu, among others.

While the creator economy is growing at an exciting pace, a 2021 study found that BIPOC creators are paid almost a third less (29%) than their white peers. To help bridge this gap, and working with creators of color, Patreon launched Pull Up, a generative ecosystem where creators of color can learn from and grow with industry leaders, and each other, to “pull up” the next generation of creatives. 

“We are excited to be a part of Pull Up, powered by Patreon’s Creator Success team, who continue to be a champion for HOORAE on and off the platform,” said Issa Rae, creative partner for Pull Up powered by Patreon. “We share a core set of values in empowering creators of color with access and resources, so I’m thrilled my team and I get to be on this journey with the other creators in the initiative.”

Starting today, creators can visit pullup.patreon.com to learn more about the community and incubator and sign up to participate. Any creator can join the Pull Up Community and gain access to the Pull Up Salon Series, which is a series of community events, panels, and workshops featuring industry-leading creators of color who share how to hone your creative, entrepreneurial, and community-building skills as you grow a creative business of your own. They will also be invited to join the Pull Up community on a dedicated Discord server to connect and learn from their peers. Select Patreon creators will get the opportunity to apply to the incubator for funding.

On Wednesday, April 27, Patreon will host Pull Up Late Night, a worldwide livestream for creators, by creators. The special launch event will feature D Smoke, Nicole Cardoza, and RT TV who will introduce the program, share their creative journeys and discuss what Pull Up means to them. The event starts at 5 pm PT/8pm ET and creators can register for the event at events.patreon.com/pulluplatenight

“As a musician and creator of color, I know firsthand the challenges that many face when hustling to grow, perfect their craft and scale their businesses to be profitable,” said Hewan Abebe, Head of Creator Initiatives for the Patreon Creator Success team. “It’s these experiences that propelled me to develop Pull Up, and it is my hope that the program serves as a conduit for creators of color to retain ownership of their work, inspire community, and foster change to help generations coming up.” 

For more information on Pull Up, powered by Patreon, and the upcoming public livestream event on April 27, please visit events.patreon.com/PullUpLateNight.

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Mary J. Blige to Receive Prestigious Icon Award

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MARY J. BLIGE TO RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS ICON AWARD AT THE “2022 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS”

 MRC and NBC today announced that global superstar Mary J. Blige will receive the distinguished Billboard Icon Award at the “2022 Billboard Music Awards” (BBMAs). As a part of the recognition, the ten-time BBMA winner will take the stage for a breathtaking performance that will make for one of the most memorable moments of the evening. The BBMAs will broadcast live coast-to-coast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 15 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC and will stream live on Peacock.

Blige joins just ten other artists to ever receive the prestigious Billboard Icon Award, which recognizes outstanding artists who have achieved excellence on the Billboard Charts and have made an indelible

mark on music itself. Since the award’s inauguration in 2011, past recipients include Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Cher, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Garth Brooks, and P!NK.

“My career has been such an incredible and unexpected journey that has included many turns into avenues I never could have imagined like acting, producing, launching businesses and now even my own music festival,” said Blige. “Through it all, I always one way or another gravitated back to my first love, music. To be recognized in this way at this moment, with the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards, is an incredible honor and one that I am truly humbled by.”

Mary J. Blige truly defines what it means to be an icon with ten BBMA wins total, nine of which were won when she dominated the 2006 award show. Awards won include R&B Album of the Year (1995); Female R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year (2006); Hot 100 Airplay Song of the Year (2006); R&B Albums Artist of the Year (2006); R&B/Hip-Hop Album of the Year (2006); R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year (2006); R&B/Hip-Hop Song Airplay of the Year (2006); R&B/Hip-Hop Song of the Year (2006); R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Artist of the Year (2006); Videoclip of the Year (2006).

For more than 30 years, the BBMAs have celebrated music’s greatest achievements, honoring the hottest names in music today. Unique among music awards shows, finalists are determined by performance on the Billboard Charts. Since 1940, the Billboard Charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of artists, songs, and albums, and are the ultimate measure of success in music.

The “2022 Billboard Music Awards” is produced by MRC Live & Alternative. Robert Deaton is the executive producer. More information about the “2022 Billboard Music Awards,” including additional performers, host, presenters and more will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets to attend the show are open to the public. Prices per ticket start at $90 USD and are available for purchase HERE. Doors open at 6:30 P.M. ET / 3:30 P.M. PT.

For the latest news on the Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) visit billboardmusicawards.com and billboard.com/bbma. For exclusive content and more, be sure to follow the BBMAs on social media (TwitterFacebookInstagramSnapchatTikTokYouTube) and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #BBMAs.

ABOUT MRC LIVE & ALTERNATIVE
MRC Live & Alternative, a division of global entertainment company MRC, is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming with the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” and the “Streamy Awards.” MRC Live & Alternative owns one of the world’s most extensive and unique entertainment archive libraries with more than 60 years of award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. For more information please visit: www.mrcentertainment.com.

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