Here’s a look at African American people and issues making headlines throughout the country.
The Urban Victory Online Film Festival (UVOFF) opened this week at www.urbanvictory.com. It will be the first ever online festival to focus on films by or about African Americans and people of African descent. The festival will run from Aug. 15 to Sept. 30, and will feature more than 30 short films—dramas, comedies, and documentaries from a diverse group of filmmakers. See the list of films at http://urbanvictory.com/ film_makers. Viewers can watch any or all films for free upon registration at www.urbanvictory.com. If they view, rate, or comment on the films, they will be automatically registered in a drawing to win a pair of theater passes to one of the top regional Black film festivals in the U.S. Three viewer/advocates will win two passes each. In addition, awards will be given to filmmakers for best narrative short, best documentary and best international film.
Visual icon Bernard Stanley Hoyes wowed an enthusiastic house recently with his “Seven Paintings, a Story in Performance” at the Ford Amphitheatre. Presented by Bernard Hoyes’ Caribbean Fine Arts Publishing and the Jamaica Cultural Alliance, “Seven Paintings” served as a tribute commemorating the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence. “Seven Paintings” serialized a story of ambition and redemption, featuring art selections from Hoyes’ popular Revival Series, the choreography of Pat Taylor with her Jazzantiqua Dance Ensemble, drumming in the Yoruba/Nyabengi tradition from the Kabasa Drum Ensemble and the “Tambourine Chorus.”
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan recently presented actress Brély Evans, star of the recently opened film “Sparkle,” with the key to the city for her charitable contributions to the bay area community and the Sharon Randolph Foundation. Evans also hosted a private screening of “Sparkle” at Jack London Cinemas in Jack London Square. The event was part of the Sparkle for a Cause fundraiser that also featured an All-White Party Affair at Geoffrey’s Inner Circle. Proceeds from the screening and white party benefited the Sharon Randolph Foundation.