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(July 1, 1899 – January 23, 1993)

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From the movie “Say Amen, Somebody” with the famous of Gospel singers and legends Thomas Dorsey, Willie Mae Ford Smith, Sallie Martin, The Barrett Sisters and many others. This is interview with Thomas A. Dorsey discussing about The First choir he formed at Pilgrim Baptist Church, The writing of “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”.








shadow and act

July 1, 2015




Crowdfund This:

Shola Amoo’s


on Gentrification

in London


By Curtis Caesar John | Shadow and Act

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A Moving Image Promo Directed by Shola Amoo starring Tanya Fear (Kick Ass 2, Touch) from Shola Amoo on Vimeo.

UK-based filmmaker Shola Amoo has been featured a number of times here on Shadow and Act in the past few years. First it was for his breakout science-fiction centered (but so much more) short film “Touch” which has since toured the film festival circuit as well as being included in the British Film Institute (BFI) Sci-Fi Season and winning the Shooting People’s ‘Film of the Month’ competition, as selected by Oscar nominated cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (“Wolf of Wall Street”).  

Now following up on Amoo’s most recent mention announcing the filming “A Moving Image,” his current multimedia feature film about gentrification in Brixton and South London – which includes narrative, documentary, and performance art elements with shades of Afrofuturism – he is now seeking a modest amount of funds to complete the film’s production through the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform

Reuniting with the lovely and talented “Touch” lead actress Tanya Fear for “A Moving Image,” the story follows Nina, a young stifled artist who returns to her community after a long absence and is soon accused of being a symbol of gentrification. Choosing to be an artist who represents solutions, Nina strives to create a piece of art that can bring her community together.  

Award-winning filmmaker Shola Amoo is seeking funds to finish production on his newest film

Award-winning filmmaker Shola Amoo is seeking funds to finish production on his newest film

As the filmmaker says in the crowdfunding promotional video, “A Moving Image” is about more than creating a great piece of filmmaking, it’s about “creating a resource.” Amoo wants the audience to be more than viewers, he wants you to “be part of the conversation” as the film reflects the housing crisis struggles of “working class people looking to hold onto their spaces” that include a diversity of the African diaspora, reflecting the gentrification happening in USA communities in Brooklyn and Harlem.  

Keeping with that community-minded aspect, the production will also be mentoring young people on set during the project to help them gain skills for employment through local British charity Iconic Steps

But that’s not all. “A Moving Image” is also significant in its intentionally diverse cast and crew.  With actress Tanya Fear it is important for Amoo to have a Black female character with agency in a modern feature film, which frankly does not happen enough in cinema.  Additionally, the film is produced by Rienkje Attoh, a National Film and Television School (NFTS) graduate and an inaugural Prince William scholar.

See more about the multilayered film “A Moving Image” at their IndieGogo page, with crowdfunding perks that include winning a cameo in the film, and support this unique project and filmmaker.  You can also read more about the film at their website, and on their Facebook and Twitter pages.  


Curtis Caesar John is a longtime contributor to Shadow And Act, for which he created the regular feature ‘This Week in Black Television.’  Currently the Film Editor for Bold As Love Magazine, he also covers film and culture for Limité Magazine and is the Film Programmer for mobile multicultural movie & music app Project Catalyst. Follow him on Twitter at @MediaManCurt.








Written/Directed/Produced by Shola Amoo
Co-Produced by Ian Aryeh 

WINNER Film Of The Month 2014 selected by Oscar Nominated cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (Wolf of Wall Street, Brokeback Mountain) read his review (Indiewire)

















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Royal Nonesuch

Humor Writing Contest


July 10, 2015
Entry Fee: 


E-mail address:


A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a humorous short story or essay. Excerpts of the winning piece will be published on the Mark Twain House & Museum website. Ben Yagoda will judge. Submit a short story or essay of up to 7,000 words with a $22 entry fee by July 10. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Mark Twain House & Museum, Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest, 351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105. (860) 247-0998. Julia Pistell, Director of Writing Programs.











kenneth patchen award

Kenneth Patchen Award

for the Innovative Novel

Please see the bottom of the page for details about next year’s Patchen Award contest.


Journal of Experimental Fiction announces 2015 Winner of the Kenneth Patchen Award Winner for the Innovative Novel!

GENEVA, IL—November 22, 2014—The 2015 winner of the Kenneth Patchen Award for the Innovative Novel is Kate Horsley, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, for her novel Between the Legs.

In his encomium for the award, contest judge James Chapman stated,

I have no idea what Kenneth Patchen would say about this book, but my god. The actual reason novels need to be experimental is because our lives are desperately experimental. The bright book of life is at least as fragmentary and unstructured as you can bear, and any shape you bring to it may turn out to be the shape of your pain. Kate Horsley knows all about that stuff, and has written a novel that reads fluently and is full of unspoken knowing about these specific lives–yet it isn’t a conventional book at all, because she has a voice that transcends her characters. She sounds like a bitter ancient angel who sculpts emotions for a living and knows so deeply well how these lives always end up that she can’t even protect herself from the knowing. I admire this book hugely (and it kills me that I didn’t write it myself).

Between the Legs was chosen as the winner of the Kenneth Patchen Award for the Innovative Novel over many other worthy candidates for the exceptional craft and originality with which it is written as well as for its deep sympathy for the human condition, both qualities epitomized by Kenneth Patchen himself.

After a hiatus, the Kenneth Patchen Award for writing was revived in 2010.  In the 1990s, The Kenneth Patchen Prize for Literature was a much-coveted prize administered by Pig Iron Press of Youngstown, Ohio, in honor of famous experimental fiction author, proletarian poet, and Ohio native Kenneth Patchen.  Beginning in 2011, the Award was reinstituted as the Kenneth Patchen Award for the Innovative Novel, and will honor the most innovative novel submitted during the previous calendar year.

Kenneth Patchen is celebrated for being among the greatest innovators of American fiction, incorporating strategies of concretism, asemic writing, digression, and verbal juxtaposition into his writing long before such strategies were popularized during the height of American postmodernist experimentation in the 1970s.  His three great innovative novels, Sleepers Awake The Memoirs of a Shy Pornographer and The Journal of Albion Moonlight, have long been a benchmark for beats, postmodernists, and innovators of all ilks, inspiring younger writers on to greater significance and innovation in their own work.


Founded in 1986, The Journal of Experimental Fiction is the English language’s pre-eminent source for innovative fiction.

Links  Contact: Eckhard Gerdes, editor & publisher.









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New Millennium Awards

July 31, 2015
Entry Fee: 


Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings and on the journal’s website are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay that have not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages, a short short story of up to 1,000 words, or a story or essay of up to 6,000 words with a $20 entry fee by July 31. All entries are considered for publication. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines.

New Millennium Writings, New Millennium Awards, 4021 Garden Drive, Knoxville, TN 37918. Alexis Williams Carr, Editor.








generation bass
JUNE 4, 2015





MC-C Imperatriz

MC-C Imperatriz







Black(s) to the Future is a project which develops an Afrofuturistic imagery upgrading our outlook on what’s up in Africa and among its diaspora. It is conceived as a transmedia platform and leans upon broadcasting a new format, a hybrid medium associating visuals and articles around the theme AFRICA + FUTURE.

01 – Rocky Marsiano – Kassula (feat. Sagaz) – Portugal

02 – DJ Lilocox – La Party – Portugal

03 – Freddy Da Stupid – Ta Xuxuado – Mozambique

04 – Staff Paulo – Sapeleme (feat. Gaia Beat & DJ Ricardo Orange) – Angola

05 – O.C Los Bradas – Mokwatzoto (Angola)

06 – DJ Ganyani – Xigubu (feat. FB) – South Africa

07 – Tilla – Alamdullilah – Cameroon

08 – Jovi – Et P8 koi – Cameroon

09 – Kiff No Beat – Tu es dans pain – Ivory Coast

10 – Amenem – Thobghe Si – Gabon

11 – Tour 2 Garde – Pistolet Moutouba – Ivory Coast

12 – Tweezy – Pata Pata – South Africa

13 – Alma Negra – Kuduro da Alma – Netherlands

14 – Gazza – Shuna (feat. Uhuru & DJ Buckz) – Namibia

15 – Max Le Daron – Gulder Riddim – Belgium/Ghana

16 – Owiny Sigoma Band – Changa Attack – UK/Kenya

17 – Batida – Bazuka – Portugal

18 – Kaba Blon – Moriba Yassa (Daniel Haaksman Edit) – Mali

19 – Dr.Dragon – Sonny – Gabon

20 – DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn – DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn Meet Tshetsha Boys – US/South Africa

21 – Yola – To Mbora Brinca – Angola

22 – Os Nove Beijos – Dança Mexe Mexe (feat. Puto Cossa) – Angola


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