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|Tue, March 22, 2011 at 9:47 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
The acclaimed Lexus Listening Lounge event series will make another appearance in Atlanta, Georgia, this time to honor Actor, Author and Mentor Hill Harper with the Lexus Pursuit of Perfection Award. The Lexus Pursuit of Perfection Award recognizes the career achievements of successful African Americans who have left an undeniable positive mark on the community around them.
The Award exemplifies Lexus' commitment toward recognizing accomplished African Americans, and Harper is the perfect recipient. He is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister, and The Conversation. To date, his collective writing and acting work has been recognized with six NAACP Image Awards: Outstanding Literary Work: Debut Author (2007), Outstanding Literary Work: Youth/Teens (2007,2008), and Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010).
Performing at this Lexus Listening Lounge is the platinum-selling, six-time Grammy nominated, singer, songwriter and producer Marsha Ambrosius. This invitation-only event will provide an intimate setting for attendees to celebrate Hill Harper's success and experience songs from Ambrosius' newest album, Late Nights & Early Mornings, her debut as a solo artist. Late Nights & Early Mornings is destined to be a classic as Marsha offers a candid glimpse of her life and perspectives as a woman. Each artist that has graced the Lexus Listening Lounge stage brings with them the style and sophistication Lexus guests have come to expect.
The event will be held at the Mason Murer Gallery located at 1999 Armour Drive in Atlanta. The pristine and spacious, industrial atmosphere is just the urban feel a listening lounge needs. This intimate setting is sure to create the perfect setting for Atlanta's most influential urbanites as they receive a fabulous experience brought to them by Lexus.
Thursday March 28, 2011
7:00pm - 11:00pm
Mason Murer Gallery
199 Armour Drive
Atlanta GA, 3032
|Mon, March 21, 2011 at 9:40 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Congolese director Djo Munga (Viva Riva!) is flying to Hong Kong's Filmart to find local backers for a new feature he's billing at the first ever Sino-African co-production.
In Inspector Lou, a veteran Chinese cop heads to Kinshasa to track down his Chinese gangster nemesis, who escaped to the Congolese capital and now lives like a king. Once there, Inspector Lou teams up with a young local cop to bring the man to justice.
"It's a genre movie and I love genre movies because I think they are a great vehicle for talking about a society and its people," Djo says. "The biggest change in Congo in the last 10 years has been all these Chinese people coming into the country. I didn't want to do a stereotypical story about the 'bad Chinese stealing African resources.' This won't be a political film, but a film about the stories of these people, how they have changed Congo and how Congo has changed them."
Djo adds that his experience of Chinese immigrants to Africa has been sharply different than the exploiter image often portrayed on Western TV.
"They tend to be much more open to the local culture than the Europeans who came to Africa in the past, much more willing to learn the language," he says. "They're pretty dynamic."
"One of my characters is a Chinese woman living in Kinshasa and I think it would be great to have a Chinese actress on screen speaking Lingala and French in addition to Cantonese."
Djo will be shopping around the treatment for Inspector Lou, which he plans to make through his own Suka! production shingle, tapping African, Chinese and European funding.
His last feature, Viva Riva!, was a Congolese, French, Belgium and South African co-production and tapped funding from Canal Plus as well as Belgium's film fund. Music Box picked up the drama for U.S. release after its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last year. Beta Cinema, which handled world sales on Viva Riva! is also attached to Inspector Lou.
|Mon, March 21, 2011 at 7:15 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
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|Mon, March 21, 2011 at 7:24 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Beginning in November, Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett will begin her run as a conflicted pastor in the world premiere of "Pastoral," a play by Frank Tangredi, as part of California's Pasadena Playhouse's 2011-12 season, the company announced this week.
In the drama, according to Pasadena Playhouse, "Pastor Emily has a dark secret, hidden from even her own son. When a terrible crisis ensues, she must set her pain aside and look within to discover the true capacity of her forgiveness."
The play was developed in The Playhouse Hothouse reading series. Casting and additional creative personnel for the season will be announced at a later date.
Bassett also starred in "Fences" at Pasadena Playhouse.