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The Hidden Winners at the Emmy’s

Article written by Meah Denee Barrington 

The 2017 Emmy’s included a lot more wins than we thought, some of this year’s big wins included Donald Glover, Sterling Brown, and Lena Waithe but the heavy hitter was Ava Durvernay. The Netflix’s original documentary, 13th, directed by Duvernay brung in four Emmys! I know some of you are confused on how you missed this news but no worries you can catch up here.

Were you aware that there are two nights of glitz and glam at the Emmys? The first night, the Creative Arts Emmy, honors the best in animation,  variety, reality and documentary programming followed by the Primetime Emmy Awards. Unfortunately, one of the Emmy’s biggest winners became a hidden figure, but thankfully Duvernay’s work and influence is win enough for us to survive. The documentary, 13th, garnered four wins including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special, Writing for Nonfiction Programs, Outstanding Motion Design and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for “The Letter to the Free” by Common, Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins. Common is the first rapper to have won an Emmy, a Grammy and an Oscar. Imagine if he wins a Tony no that would be spectacular. Common would be the 13th person in history to achieve that phenomenal accomplishment of winning the EGOT.

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Alongside Duvernay, winning big was W. Kamau Bell and Ru Paul Charles. The second season of Bell’s show, United Shades of America pulled in an Emmy for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program. The show airs Sundays at 10pm on CNN and follows the comedian and political disrupter as he explores cities across America to understand their challenges.

 

Ru Paul Charles’, was another hidden winner with, RuPaul’s Drag Race, having big night winning three Emmy’s for Outstanding Host for a Reality/Reality-Competition Program and Outstanding Costumes For Variety, Nonfiction Or Reality Programming, and Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured or Competition Reality Program. It even seems that Ru Paul manifested these wins with the Emmy statue skit he did with Stephen Colbert. Check it out below! For more black film news follow us on Instagram and Facebook!

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“DeadPool 2” Stunt Driver Dies On Set

 

Stunt driver dies performing a motorcycle stunt on the set of Deadpool 2 in Vancouver on Monday. Joi “SJ” Harris, 40, was the stunt double for actress Zazie Beetz who plays Domino in the upcoming super hero movie, Beetz is best known for her role as Vanessa in Atlanta.

Deadline reports that Joi “SJ” Harris, 40,  performed the stunt four time successfully before getting into the accident that propelled her into a first floor glass window without her helmet. Harris, the first African American female professional road racer, was working in her first movie as a stunt double. Production on the film stopped immediately until further notice.

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What Would “Black America” Look Like With Reparations?

Producer, Will Packer, continues to keep our eyes glued in and waiting for what he will do next. Right behind the success of Girls Trip, Packer has developed a new show alongside The Boondocks creator and Black Jesus co-creator, Aaron McGruder. In development for over a year with Amazon, Black America is an alternative history drama series showing a post reparations America.

This show comes right on time with recent partnerships between HBO and Game Of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, confirming the production of Confederate. Another alternative history show that depicts an America where slavery is still legal and has become a modern institution.

Black America is the perfect counter balance, the show depicts a post slavery America where African Americans have formed there own sovereign nation, New Colonia, containing the southern states Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama. Throughout the season we will see the struggles between New Colonia and the US during a post Reconstruction era where New Colonia has become an industrialized country and the US struggles to survive economically. It also taps into the complex relationship between these two countries violent history and the freed slaves journey to create their own destiny.

In an interview with Deadline Packer stated, “what if reparations were given, what would this country and that alternate country look like today, how would Americans look, our communities, relations, I think that there definitely is a message about how we co-exist today where that didn’t happen, there weren’t reparations, and you still have black Americans who are suffering from the effects of slavery in various ways,” Packer said. “You still have the prison-industrial complex that disproportionally imprisons black and brown people, you can trace that back for many reasons to slavery.”

What if reparations were given? That is a question that many African Americans have asked themselves and others. How different would life be if my ancestors were really given what they were promised? Now with Packer and McGruder we can witness some of those “what if’s.” What would you like to see happen in Black America? Lets Get Reel Below!

Grace Jones Documentary “Bloodlight and Bami” Premiers at TIFF

The iconic model and singer, Grace Jones, exposes herself in a new way in the forthcoming documentary Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami directed by Sophie Fiennes.

The film debuts in September at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) after 10 years of collecting footage from the Jamaican born artist. “This film began in a collaborative creative spirit,” Fiennes said. “Grace had fiercely controlled her public image, but made the bold decision to un-mask. She never sought to control my shooting process, and I didn’t second-guess the narrative of the film as I was shooting. I just gathered evidence.”

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“The stage is where her most extreme embodiments

are realized and her theatrical imagination lets loose:

this is where the musical of her life is played out.”

 

The film includes performances from Jones classic hits Slave To The Rhythm, Pull Up To The Bumper, as well as the more recent autobiographical tracks Williams’ Bloods and Hurricane. It also takes us on a journey with Jones across Jamaica to visit her family during the holidays unveiling her family roots and her rough childhood. Jones has showed it all on stage but this documentary gives fans personal view of Jones off stage. Take a peak at the trailer below and get ready to see Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami hitting theaters in the UK on October 27 and hopefully move to the states soon after.

Wondering what the title means? Well here’s a little background: “In Jamaican patois, ‘Bloodlight’ is the red light that illuminates when an artist is recording and ‘Bami’ means bread, the substance of daily life.”

Hey Meah Discusses Mental Health

The newest episode of Hey Meah addresses mental health and host Meah Denee brings two experts to the show to break down what a mental illness is and how it affects our everyday lives. Special guest Dr. Glorious Dunkerley has worked as a psychologist for over 15 years and deals mostly with patients that suffer from ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma by providing different kinds of counseling; group counseling, family therapy, couples counseling, and filial therapy.

Our second guest Rwenshaun Miller is a mental health awareness advocate and the founder and executive director of Eustress Inc. A non profit organization dedicated to starting conversations to raise awareness and educate underserved communities about mental health. The organization works within the community starting conversations, providing educational content, interactive programming and having annual Lets Talk About It Walk’s to help people acknowledge negative stressors in their lives that might effect their health.

“The word, ‘Eustress,” (pronounced yoo-stress) is stress that is deemed healthful or giving one the feeling of fulfillment.”

Stay tuned for more information within this two part episode about mental health. Take the time to learn more about Dr. Glorious Dunkerley and Rwenshaun Miller and their initiatives on their sites! Let us know what you thought about this episode and any other questions you may have for our guests or information you may want to know!

Have you every suffered from some form of a mental health disorder? How did you handle this and seek help? #LetsGetReel