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Blackstar Film Festival Premieres “They Die By Dawn” in Philly

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Photography by Renita Clarke

Jeymes Samuel’s “They Die By Dawn” is a fantastic 51 minute film based on the true lives of African American cowboys.

Saturday featured the premiere of the film at the 3rd Annual Blackstar Film Festival at the International House. The screening was sold out. I would say the crowd loved it as they laughed and even spoke back to the screen as the action was going on. Then we were blessed to have a great and informative Q & A with actor Michael K Williams (The Wire, Broadwalk Empire, The Sopranos).

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Jeymes was able to assemble a who’s who all star roster of greats actors, such as, Giancarlo Esposito, Michael K Williams, Jesse Williams, Erykah Badu, Nate Parker, Bokeem Woodbine and Rosario Dawson.

9th ANNUAL DC LOVES DILLA TRIBUTE

Written & Images by Renita Clarke

The 9th Annual J Dilla Tribute & Benefit Concert [DC Loves Dilla] celebrates the life of James “J Dilla” Yancey, one of the most prolific beatmakers ever – responsible for crafting hits for The Roots, Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, Common and many more. The tribute raises funds for the J Dilla and Lupus Foundations.

Last night N’Dea Davenport of the Brand New Heavies, Phife Dawg of the A Tribe Called Quest, Bahamadia, Pharoahe Monch and some great underground artists, all ripped the stage in honor of J Dilla. J Dilla’s mom came out and helped the Smithsonian announce that J Dilla’s Moog & MP players will be featured piece in the new “African American History” Museum. Then we found out that there will be show coming to the Kennedy Center for J Dilla.

The night was jammed packed with surprises and great hip hop music. Check out what you missed!

Photography by Renita Clarke

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