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Philly: Inaugural BlackStar Film Festival Kicks Off Aug 2nd

BlackStar Film Festival 2012 in Philadelphia.


The first annual BlackStar Film Festival, taking place Aug. 2-5 at the African American Museum, Art Sanctuary, and the International House in Philadelphia, seeks to celebrate the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and showcase indie film and video work by and about black people.

The Blackstar Film Festival will premiere several films, including Sonia Godding Togobo’s Adopted ID, and Oliver Hardt’s The United States Of Hoodoo. Byron Hurt’s Soul Food Junkies and Jason Orr’s acclaimedFunkjazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade, about the alternative soul scene in 1990s Atlanta, will also make it’s Philadelphia debut at the festival.

For ticket information and a complete list of films to be screened, visit blackstarfest.org

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News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

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Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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