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Black filmmaker points out inconvenient truth

Culture | Amazon initially rejects documentary by renowned screenwriter Shelby Steele
by Megan Basham
Posted 10/20/20, 05:07 pm

At the height of this summer’s Black Lives Matter protests, Amazon Prime put up a series of billboards promising to “Amplify Black Voices.” It also added an “Amplify” branded carousel of African American films to its home page.

But Amazon deemed black filmmaker Shelby Steele unworthy of amplification, at least until the company faced a barrage of negative press.

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Clouds director puts lens on faith

Culture | The real-life family behind the Disney movie shared its beliefs with cast and crew
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 10/13/20, 01:36 pm

After watching numerous auditions, director Justin Baldoni knew he’d finally found in Fin Argus the right young man to portray teenager Zach Sobiech in the new movie Clouds, based on a true story. But he did not cast him until consulting with Zach’s mom, Laura.

“This is Zach! I feel it. I feel it,” she quickly agreed with Baldoni.

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American poet takes home Nobel

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/08/20, 01:19 pm

The Swedish Academy on Thursday honored New York–born poet Louise Glück with the Nobel Prize in literature “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal.” Glück, 77, has avoided publicity and did not immediately offer a comment. The last American to win the Nobel Prize in literature was musician Bob Dylan in 2016.

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