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Codeblack Films Brings Life Of Angela Davis To Silver Screen

January 31st, 2013

Angela Davis Documentary

“Racism, in the first place, is a weapon used by the wealthy to increase the profits they bring in by paying Black workers less for their work.” ~Angela Davis

HSK Exclusive – The story of the female force whose name is as synonymous with Black Power as The Black Panthers is set make its public silver screen debut this spring.

We’re talking about political activist, scholar, and author – Angela Davis – whose fight against racism, sexism, and the prison industrial complex sparked a national cry for her freedom.

The film ‘Free Angela and All Political Prisoners‘ will be released exclusively in select AMC theatres in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Oakland, Philadelphia and Atlanta on April 5, 2013.

Here’s the latest from Codeblack Films:

“Codeblack Films has acquired the theatrical rights to the documentary Free Angela and All Political Prisoners. Written and directed by Shola Lynch, the film about Angela Davis premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year.

Free Angela chronicles how the young college professor became one of America’s most renowned revolutionaries and ended up on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list. Presented by BET Networks, the film will be released exclusively in select AMC theatres in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Oakland, Philadelphia and Atlanta on April 5, 2013.

We knew that this film was important and would not only shed a spotlight on history, but provide a flashlight for our future. Angela Davis is a staple in history and continues to cross generational and cultural lines in her plight to fight for the freedom of all people,” said Jeff Clanagan, CEO of Codeblack Enterprises in a statement Wednesday. Codeblack Films was launched by Lionsgate in May 2012 to develop and distribute films and other media for the urban market.

This is Lynch’s second film about activism and upheaval in the early Seventies. In 2004 the filmmaker debuted with Chisholm ’72 – Unbought & Unbossed about the African-American Congresswomen’s unsuccessful run for the Democratic Party’s 1972 Presidential nomination. Lynch, Carole Lambert, Carine Ruszniewski, and Sidra Smith produce Free Angela. The executive producers are Overbrook Entertainment, founded by Will Smith and James Lassiter, and run with partner Jada Pinkett Smith, and Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter’s Roc Nation.”





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33 Responses to “Codeblack Films Brings Life Of Angela Davis To Silver Screen”

  1. B_Lyn |

    Looking forward to seeing this movie.

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    Eva Reply:

    Yes, I welcome this film. I would love to learn more about her life.

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    BringThaNoize Reply:

    Angela Davis sold out big time. Why not tell Assata Shakur’s story instead- a true revolutionary?

    Free Mumia!!

    Media =s Medium =s Hypnotizing Minds

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  2. Knucckle up |

    Hmm, strange who the backers are and how they behave.. Props will look into the movie.

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    supa Reply:

    that’s EXACTLY what i was thinking! i’m hoping that they don’t have a not so positive motive, but based on their history, they probably do \o/

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    Knucckle up Reply:

    Glad somebody caught that!

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    empress Reply:

    My thoughts exactly! Things that make you go…..Hmmmm

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  3. Prinsex |

    I have a plausible theory to explain why jonathon jackson had her gun when he unsuccessfully tried to free the “Soledad brothers” at the Marin County courthouse. He was killed, she fled returned and was exonerated. She went on to become a hero and professor. I have my theory but some aren’t ready to go think that far out of the box…

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    thetasICit Reply:

    Tell….

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  4. christa |

    Just please, don’t cast Jada Pinkett Smith as Angela.
    The minute I read he name as an executive producer and backer my heart fell.

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    Miss Fitts Reply:

    LOL, I remember when Sista Soulja was doing those tours for young women and she mentioned that the Smiths bought the rights to Coldest Winter Ever.

    You could tell that she was excited but Jada (or her people) were in the audience and they signaled her to shut up. It was implied later that Jada wanted to play the lead character. Problem was the female lead was 16-18 and Jada was already in her early 30s.

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    empress Reply:

    That’s good news….but Jadas ole tail betta not try it. Major fail…Megan Goode or a fresh face. MG might even be too mature looking for the role. Looking forward to this book on the big screen!

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    Miss Fitts Reply:

    This was back in the late 90s/early 2000s so the project has pretty much been shelved. I would’ve like to have seen it as well or her debut book No Disrespect.

    It seems like unless Tylisha Perry gets behind it or its a made-for-cable movie, Quevenzhane[sp] Wallis will be old enough to play the role.

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    empress Reply:

    Awww :/ Sis Souljah just put out “A deeper love”. …it’s supposed to be abt Winters sister Porsche. I’ll chk it out this weekend!

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    empress Reply:

    *”A deeper love within”

    Miss Fitts Reply:

    Thx will check out too!

    christa Reply:

    *dead* @ Miss Fitts

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  5. BlackAnastasia |

    Wasn’t this broad married to a Whiteman after all the shit she talked?

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    CRAZYCHRIS Reply:

    YES SHE MARRIED A WHITE DUDE.

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  6. Keepitrealnotkeepinitreal |

    Angelas gay right?

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    christa Reply:

    I am not sure, but I always thought so. Of course Maya Angelou is also gay and she married a white dude back in the day.

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    keepitrealnotkeepinitreal Reply:

    In that black profiles special HBO did a few yrs back she came off as extremely butch. They profiled like a dozen prominent blacks.

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    Madraven Reply:

    @christa-hey sis! Yeah she is gay she was interviewed on black enterprise and they talked about how she had come out of the closet.

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  7. CRAZYCHRIS |

    OH YES LOVE THE BULLSEYE SYMBOL.

    SEE THE EYE IN THE MIDDLE IN THE CENTER, THE CIRCLE, THE CIRCE WHO WAS A DAUGHTER OF THE SUN GOD.

    EL TORRO.

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  8. Honey |

    Angela Davis is a woman after my own heart. I am looking forward to this movie. I hope whomever stars in role wears their own hair.

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  9. Honey |

    Let me clarify something after reading some of the comments, “I am not gay”. I just like her political views.

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  10. Anonymous |

    And I also dont trust anything that Black Homosexuals and Lesbians have anything to do with producing, financing or creating. They have historically been used by whites as a means to undermine, demean and supplant black family values and undercut any black liberation struggle by getting it all confused and tangled up with “isms”….Classism, sexism, genderism, etc.

    Black queers have historically been the shock troops of white domination and they make the best undercover spies and turncoats because they see themselves as seperate from us.

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    Chicca Reply:

    TELL IT!!!!!!!

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    Melrose man Reply:

    Excellent, Excellent, Point…..I must concur!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I’ve absolutely noticed the reverse trend when it comes to whites taking over and pushing out (gentrification) black people from predominately black neighborhoods with increasing real estate valuations.

    I’ve lived in Harlem and Bed Stuy in Brooklyln and I have noticed the same thing which makes a noticable trend…The first whites who are used as shock troops to gentrify and land on targeted black areas are white Bohemian types, white lesbians, white gays…The ones who black people mistakenly feel some type of mutual oppression with , which is a false assumption.
    After these Bohemian queers and white misfits land on the coastal areas, then the regular whites soon follow and , by that time the intention is clear…They havent come to blend in and be apart of the neighborhood but to initally build their own FORTS, then from those FORTS, engage in economic warfare to completely remove the Natives by any means necessary..

    Its very similar to the European strategem that was used to enter Africa…But in that case they used their religious Holymen, priests, bishops, etc. instead of Bohemiam queers(in truth they were usually both)..Once they disarmed the Natives with their God loves you bs, then came the mother fuckers with the guns in the boxes.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    MG, y’all beta tell it. I posted the same thing on the Flexmaster Payola thread and it was erased. Gays are the undoing of all struggles to end oppression. Don’t believe me? Ask the Palestinians. They are chameleon-like with their loyalty and they despise black straights. They are the ones screaming gay is the new black. The black gay entertainers are the ones who are redefining the black identity with these “other than” and “exotic” non-black women.

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    Whooosh Reply:

    I call bullshit on that. Black gays get it from all sides. There is rampant racism in the larger gay community and too much homophobia in the black community. I can’t speak for all the black gays, but the ones I know wholly identify with their black identities first and foremost. After all, sexuality isn’t worn on the sleeve for most. And if I read correctly, this is a documentary which means it should feature archival film footage/interviews, so no need to worry about anyone ‘playing’ Angela. She’ll do that herself.

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  11. BringThaNoize |

    Fred Hampton Jr look just like him, walk just like him…

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