black inequality

  • New Line To Give Shaft Another Shot



    New Line Cinemas, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. entertainment, has acquired the rights 1970s class Shaft and are planning to reboot the franchise.

    John Davis has been pulled on board for producing, but that is all that is known so far in the early stages of this project.

    This isn’t the first reboot for the brand. Samuel L. Jackson starred in a Shaft film 15 years ago, acting as the nephew of the original detective portrayed by Richard Roundtree.

    It is unclear what the new storyline will be, as no screenwriting has taken place yet. Whether the film will continue down the family tree or revert back to the original character is still to be seen. But one thing is almost certain: the original theme song, which may be more iconic than the character, is sure to make an appearance:

    With black inequality in film taking center stage as an issue in the last few years, and a wealth of actors to choose from to star in the leading roll, it will be interesting to see who is chosen to revive the brand.

    This could certainly be a major opportunity for whoever is chosen, especially if New Line decides that to turn this into a franchise series. For that to happen, however, the initial film will have to be a success.


    February 19, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 3830

  • Black Inequality in Film


    Simply put, 2013 was a monumental year in Black cinema with hits like Lee Daniel’s The Butler and The Best Man Holiday and critical darlings such as Fruitvale Station and 12 Years A Slave. However, this is hardly the first time that we’ve seen a glut of diverse and accomplished Black filmmakers emerge, only for Hollywood studios to return to putting out the obligatory two to four films per year aimed at African-American audiences. As the filmmaker Ava DuVernay has stated, “The Hollywood machine has selective amnesia. It’s not like we haven’t gone through a season of robust black image makers before.” In the Black Inequality in Film infographic, the New York Film Academy has charted the history of Black film over the past century while analyzing more recent statistics to assess how Black filmmakers and performers have been represented on screen and behind the camera during the last six years. By classifying “Black Film,” we are referring to movies where the plot revolves around lead characters who are of African descent. The purpose of this infographic is to present some talking points to initiate a discussion on the role of African Americans in Hollywood.

    Click on the image below to view the entire infographic.

    Black Inequality in Film


    April 8, 2014 • Infographics • Views: 9411