The film takes viewers inside the underground world of fraternity hazing.
by Diahann Williams, February 23, 2017
Burning Sands, a powerful Netflix original drama that digs deep into the world of Black Greek life, just dropped its first trailer, and people are talking.
The film takes viewers on a raw, voyeuristic journey inside the illegal fraternity pledge process through the eyes of one interest, who is torn between honoring a code of silence or standing up against the intensifying violence of underground hazing.
While the film may hit close to home for some, it’s based on an outlawed tradition many champion but do not discuss outside of their fraternity or sorority because they adhere to the code of discretion.
Still, folks had a lot to say about the clip on Twitter.
Burning Sands is going to piss me off. Already know.
— Duke Thomas (@eryncharlesii) February 23, 2017
Directed and co-written by Gerard McMurray, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity who also served as a producer on Fruitvale Station, Burning Sands stars Trevor Jackson in a breakout performance, along with Alfre Woodard, Steve Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Tosin Cole, DeRon Horton, Imani Hakim, and Seraph McNeil.
That talent doesn’t stop there, producers of the film include Stephanie Allain (Beyond the Lights), Jason Michael Berman (The Birth of a Nation), Reginald Hudlin (Django Unchained) and Mel Jones (Dear White People).
Burning Sands premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival where it was selected for the US Dramatic Competition.
Take a peek at the trailer below and let us know in the comments if this film will be added to your “must watch” list.
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The entire first season, with all 13 episodes, is coming as an MOD title
Posted by David Lambert
Meet Virgil Hawkins, a mild-mannered teen in the wrong place at the wrong time when a chemical explosion rocks the streets of Dakota City – changing him from supergeek to super-hero. Based on the Milestone/DC Comics property, this animated series about the adventures of the first African-American teenage superhero follows quick-witted Virgil, who finds himself imbued with electromagnetic superpowers after being exposed to a mutagenic gas.
Taking on the guise of Static, an urban hero of his own creation, he must learn to control his powers, figure out how to patrol the skies at night and still make it home in time to study for school. Virgil’s greatest discovery becomes the real “charge” he gets out of helping people and making a positive difference as a super-hero in his community. The series confronts real problems and issues faced by today’s kids, including peer pressure, gangs and growing up in an ethnically diverse urban neighborhood.
In 2004, stores received a Warner DVD release titled, “Static Shock – Vol 1: The New Kid”…a single-disc, 6-episode package. The item is long out of print, and fans have been longing for more from the show. Putting aside a pair of crossovers with Justice League Unlimited, the Static Shock animated series ran for 4 seasons and 52 episodes…and the first season alone clocked in at 13 episodes.
Now the Warner Archive has announced that on March 28th they will release Static Shock – The Complete 1st Season on DVD. Our thanks to reader Jackson Burnett for the heads-up. This new manufacture on demand title will cost $24.99 SRP, and cover art is below (you’ll notice it’s the same key artwork as the old “Vol. 1” release!).
Amazon’s CreateSpace MOD program has a listing for the title, but they aren’t taking pre-orders as of this writing. On the other hand, you can pre-order it from Warner’s own WBshop.com online store right now, using this link: http://www.wbshop.com/product/code/1000638845.do
Written by: Najee Ali, Contributing Writer
Reggie Hudlin will once again be producing the Image Awards Show, which will be held Feb. 11 in Pasadena. (Courtesy photo)
Reggie Hudlin is this week’s African-American Heritage Month living legend. Hudlin is a pioneer of the modern black film movement, creating movies like “House Party,” “Boomerang and “Bebe Kids,” which are some of the most profitable and influential films of his generation.
The Oscar-nominated writer, producer and director co-produced last year’s 88th Academy Awards and for the last few year’s he’s also been the producer of the NAACP Image Awards.
Hudlin continues to be a force to be reckoned with after decades of being one of the most successful figures in Hollywood.
Hudlin was born in Centreville, Illinois, the son of Helen Cason, a teacher, and Warrington W. Hudlin Sr., an insurance executive and teacher. His older brother, Warrington Hudlin, is also a film director, as well as an actor and producer.
While an undergraduate student at Harvard University, Hudlin directed a short film entitled, “House Party,” which went on to receive numerous awards, including first place at the Black American Cinema Society Awards. It would serve as the basis for his first feature film of the same name.
He also directed “The Great White Hype,” “The Ladies Man,” “Serving Sara,” two episodes of the TV series “Modern Family,” an episode of “The Office,” an episode of “The Middle” and several episodes of “Outsourced.” He was a reoccurring producer and director of the “The Bernie Mac Show” for three years.
From 2005 to 2008, Hudlin was the president of sntertainment for BET. He was the writer of the Marvel Comics series “Black Panther” from 2005 to 2008, most notable for the 2006 storyline “Bride of the Panther,” which saw the characters Storm and the Black Panther wed.
He was one of the producers of Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. On Jan. 10, 2013, Hudlin received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture for the film.
And on a personal note, Hudlin is married to Chrisette Suter, who is now a friend of mine. But it didn’t start out that way. I met her several years ago as I attempted to lead a protest at a Hollywood event she was in charge of. She quickly corralled me and other protestors to hold off on the protest and wanted to have a deeper dialogue concerning our issues. We complied and things did work themselves out. I have nothing but respect and admiration for the Hudlin family.
As Hudlin prepares for this week’s Image Awards, it appears to be the best show yet.
Historian, author, curator and educator, Lonnie G. Bunch III will be presented with the NAACP President’s Award at the 48th NAACP Image Awards telecast live from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 11 on TV One.
The President’s Award, chosen by NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks, is bestowed in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service. Past honorees include John Legend, Van Jones, President Bill Clinton, Soledad O’Brien, Ruby Dee, Muhammad Ali, the founding Members of the Black Stuntmen’s Association, Kerry Washington and Spike Lee.
Congratulations go out to Hudlin for his decades of success and achievement in Hollywood.
Mannie Holmes | Events Editor
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (8344346u)
Sterling K. Brown and Mandy Moore
NAACP Image Awards, Show, Los Angeles, USA – 11 Feb 2017
The 48th annual NAACP Image Awards honored the past year in entertainment, specifically spotlighting projects with minority representation. Projects that took home awards included “Hidden Figures,” “This Is Us,” “Black-ish” and “Queen Sugar.”
Upon accepting his 20th NAACP Image award for outstanding actor in a motion picture in “Fences,” Denzel Washington spoke at length, motivating the newer artists who were listening.
“I am particularly happy and proud about the young filmmakers, actors, singers, writers, producers that are coming up behind my generation,” he said, citing “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins. “It’s not easy. If it was easy, there’d be no Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, Mykelti Williamson, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, and there’d be no Denzel Washington.”
Washington went on, “Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship, so keep moving, keep growing, keep learning. See you at work.”
While the year’s past achievements in television and film were highlighted, host Anthony Anderson couldn’t help but touch on the present political climate in his monologue. He used the latter half of his speech to commend the legacy of the Obama administration, even asking the nation “to make room on Mount Rushmore” for the 44th president.
It was Trevor Noah, however, who made the first direct jab at the expense of the current commander-in-chief when he said: “This room is so black and beautiful. It’s so black that it looks like a photo negative of the Trump administration.”
“The Daily Show” host went on, “Well let’s get to it; I’m black and an immigrant so I don’t have much time.”
Laughter rippled across the room, where Omarosa Manigault was seated in the center aisle to take it all in. (This all came moments after she praised president Trump for monitoring who comes into the country and calling out Chicago violence. The White House staffer also dropped mention of having a West Wing office.)
The audience also included Rep. Maxine Waters, Dwayne Johnson, Kerry Washington, Uzo Aduba, Tracee Ellis Ross, Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Regina King, Laverne Cox, TV One founder Cathy Hughes, and the entire adult cast of NBC’s “This Is Us,” which stood up to cheer after Sterling K. Brown took the best actor in a drama series trophy.
The ceremony not only presented awards to entertainers, but to community activists and humanitarians as well. Harvard Law School professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr. and historian Lonnie G. Bunch, III also received honors at the star-studded event.
Bunch, who is the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., accepted his award thanking the NAACP for the part that it has played in history.
“There is nothing more noble honoring all of our ancestors than remembering,” he ended, receiving a standing ovation.
After the ceremony, guests at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium kept the celebration going with cocktails, dinner and live performances in the ballroom next door.
A full list of winners can be viewed here.