Multicultural Arts and Entertainment News

Multicultural Entertainment News is a special edition of MMRnews featuring news about theater, film, music, dining and entertainment events and entertainment marketing news with a multicultural focus. It covers audience and outreach campaigns aimed at markets including Hispanics, African Americans, Asian Americans, women, GLBT and people with disabilities. Sign up to subscribe to MMRnews.

National Museum of Women in the Arts’ Exhibition of Trailblazing African-American Artist Lois Mailou Jones

The National Museum of Women in the Arts is presenting Lois Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color, the first major retrospective surveying Jones' diverse subjects and styles, on view October 9, 2010, through January 9, 2011. The exhibition of more than 70 works begins with the sketches and designs Lois Mailou Jones (1905-1998) created during the Harlem Renaissance. After graduating in 1927 from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Jones began her career as a textile designer. She sold her bold fabric creations to department stores until a decorator told her that a colored girl wasn't capable of producing such beautiful designs. This incident prompted Jones to shift her focus to the fine arts so she could sign her works. Jones' influences were extensive throughout her career. As a student in Paris in the late 1930s, she painted nudes, city scenes, the French countryside, and traditional still lifes. After returning to the states her works conveyed the social struggles of African-Americans through powerful psychological portraits such as Jennie (1943) and Mob Victim (1945).  In addition to her outstanding accomplishments as an artist, Jones was also a noted educator at Howard University in Washington, D.C. for 47 years. Among her illustrious students: David Driskell, Elizabeth Catlett and Robert Freeman. Lois Mailou Jones continued to create her vibrant paintings until her death in 1998. A Life in Vibrant Color is organized by the Mint Museum of Art in collaboration with the Lois Mailou Jones Pierre-Noel Trust, and toured by International Arts & Artists. Lead support provided by Walmart with additional support from Lois Lehrman Grass, National Endowment for the Arts, Verizon, and ESSENCE. Visit Read more >>

The 14th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival Announces Winners

The 14th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by BET Networks, announced its winners including the narrative feature (MOOZ-LUM, written and directed by Qasim Basir; produced by Dana Offenbach and Samad Davis), documentary feature (BOUNCING CATS, written and directed by Nabil Elderkin, Isaac Hagy; produced by Nyla Hassell, George Mays, Claude Merkel and Charles Spano), screenplay (GRACEY, written by Julian Breece), teleplay (LOVE AND POLITICS, written by Tracy Oliver), and audience award categories, including FINDING GOD IN THE CITY OF ANGELS, written by Simon J. Joseph, Ph.D; directed by Jennifer Jessum; produced by Jennifer Jessum, Simon J. Joseph and Edward Osei-Gyimah.  The five-day festival was held September 15-19 in New York City and concluded with an awards brunch -- hosted by tv/radio personality FREE and VIBE editorial director Datwon Thomas. Founded by Stacy Spikes Urbanworld, which screened 71 films this year, is the largest internationally competitive festival dedicated to the exhibition of independent cinema by and about people of color. Urbanworld closed its 14th film festival  with the world premiere of I Will Follow, directed by Ava DuVernay (My Mic Sounds Nice) and starring Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Sci Fi Channel's "Eureka"), Omari Hardwick ("Dark Blue," "For Colored Girls"), Dijon Talton ("Glee"), Michole White ("Medium"), and comedian Royale Watkins. The film received a standing ovation, after which ESSENCE entertainment director, Cori Murray, moderated a Q&A session. Additional screenings included the ESPN "30 for 30" documentary One Night in Vegas, directed by Reggie Rock Bythewood and HBO's Boardwalk Empire, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire). Visit Read more >>

Lionsgate and Televisa Join Forces to Launch Pantelion Films for Latino Moviegoers in the U.S.

Lionsgate, the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, and Televisa, the Spanish-language media company, has announced the launch of Pantelion Films, a joint venture designed to target Hispanic moviegoers in the U.S., the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. moviegoer population. The new venture was unveiled by Lionsgate Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer and Grupo Televisa Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Emilio Azcarraga. Noting that 26 million U.S. moviegoers are Hispanic and that they represent more than one-fourth of all frequent moviegoers in the U.S., Pantelion will release a slate of eight to 10 films a year over the next five years targeted to Latino audiences, kicking off with the January 2011 release of the comedy From Prada To Nada.  "Pantelion is unprecedented in terms of the production, distribution and marketing resources we are focusing on the Latino moviegoer in the U.S. and the consistent pipeline of movies we are offering Hispanic audiences," said Feltheimer. "Lionsgate is an ideal partner for extending Televisa's reputation for original, quality, commercially exciting filmed entertainment to the vast market of Spanish-speaking moviegoers in the U.S.," said Azcarraga. Pantelion was immediately hailed by the top three U.S. theatrical exhibitors, including AMC Cinema, Cinemark and Regal Entertainment Group, representing more than 50% of U.S. screens, and the new venture is in active discussions with major exhibitors for showcasing its slate. "The Hispanic audience is one of the most vibrant parts of the U.S. moviegoing community, and we are always looking for ways to broaden our selection of offerings to them," said Gerry Lopez, President and Chief Executive Officer of AMC Cinema.  Read more >>

The 11&1/2 Polish Film Festival Los Angeles

This past week, the 11&1/2 Polish Film Festival Los Angeles celebrated the achievements of Polish filmmakers from October 15 to 21, 2010. At the Gala Opening at the Laemmle's Sunset 5 on October 14th the organizers presented All That I Love by Jacek Borcuch (the Polish submission to the 2010 Oscars® in Foreign Language Film Category). For the eleventh and half time anniversary the festival organizers presented the most recent achievements of Polish cinema, among others: Odd Man Out by Pawel Wendorff, Baby Project by Adam Dobrzycki, The Christening by Marcin Wrona, Decalogue 89+ vol. 1 & 2, Case Unknown by Feliks Falk, Janosik. The True Story by Kasia Adamik & Agnieszka Holland, Mall Girls by Katarzyna Roslaniec, Mother Teresa Of Cats by Pawel Sala, and Piggies by Robert Glinski. The Festival continues to grow each year by screening more films and drawing larger crowds. Visit for details.  Read more >>

Fox Home Entertainment Releases Celebrated Women of Color Film Collection

Twentieth Century Fox and MGM Home Entertainment has released the Celebrated Women of Color  film collection, a selection of films featuring performances from Queen Latifah, Angela Bassett, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Hudson, Alfre Woodard, Alicia Keys, Sanaa Lathan, Loretta Devine, Whitney Houston and Whoopi Goldberg.

Movies in the collection include Beauty Shop, The Secret Life of Bees, How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting to Exhale, among others in two separate volumes of four films.    Read more >>

Lincoln Center Out of Doors Presents Outstanding Latino and Latina Artists

This year's Lincoln Center Out of Doors (LCOOD), will offer three weeks of FREE music and dance on the plazas of Lincoln Center, and will run from August 5 through August 23.

The 39th annual edition of the festival will present a wide range of music and dance events by dozens of international, U.S. and local artists, including outstanding Latino and Latina artists representing a wide range of backgrounds, and music and dance styles and traditions. One of New York's most anticipated summer traditions, Out of Doors has grown into one of the largest free summer festivals in the U.S., and is enjoyed annually by thousands of people who come to its music, dance, spoken-word, special events, and family programs representing traditional and contemporary arts and culture from around the world. Visit Read more >>

The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival Puts Spotlight On Special Interest Films

The Tribeca Film Festival, founded in 2001 is an annual celebration of film, music and culture. This year’s festival, April 21 through May 2 in New York, features numerous categories of films that reflect the diversity of the film program.

This year's program themes include Hispanic & Latino, East Asian, women, Middle Eastern, Irish, Scandinavian, LGBT, among others. This year’s participants include filmmakers from South and Central America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Also, this year the Festival offers the inaugural 2010 Tribeca Film Festival Virtual, a new online extension of the Tribeca Film Festival. The Virtual Festival will be available to Tribeca Film Festival Virtual premium passholders to screen from their computers, anywhere in the continental United States from April 23–April 30. The Tribeca Film Festival has attracted over two million attendees from the US and abroad since its founding and has generated more than $425 million in economic activity for New York City. For more information visit: Read more >>

New Orleans Leaps from the Big Screen in The Princess & The Frog

Streetcars, carriage rides and an enchanted love story capture the beauty of New Orleans in Disney’s new animated film The Princess and The Frog.

The New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network (NOMTN) has leaped on this opportunity to present a family of four the chance to visit the real New Orleans and to visit the places and hear the music showcased in the film. Filmgoers in the Atlanta, Dallas and Houston regional markets are part of a new in-cinema advertising campaign promoting the Enchanted Vacation contest. Before the main feature, a 30-second commercial airs inviting audiences to enter the contest by sending a text from their phones. The spot previews some of the historical landmarks and fun attractions that are synonymous with New Orleans and featured in the film. “New Orleans was ranked second by Travel+Leisure magazine as having the friendliest residents,” said Toni Rice, president of the New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network. “The Enchanted Vacation package for four to New Orleans reflects that welcoming spirit, and it gives moviegoers the opportunity to see firsthand why we love this wonderful city.” Founded in 1990, NOMTN works to encourage multicultural visitation to New Orleans. Its mission is to identify and promote the cultural diversity of New Orleans and to increase leadership, career, and business opportunities at all levels of the hospitality industry, partnering with local businesses and tourism entities to help keep New Orleans in the hearts of travelers.  Read more >>

Raisin in The Sun: Diversifying Broadway By Eric Schnall

For this inaugural column, we asked Eric Schnall, Associate Producer and Marketing Director, of the Broadway show “Raisin in The Sun” to share the case study of its highly successful marketing campaign (with a budget of just over $800,000 total for advertising, including pre-production, and under $7,000 for street promotion, for the entire run) that attracted a diverse audience to Raisin in The Sun and is a prime example of how Broadway is responding to an increasingly multicultural America.  Read more >>

Lincoln Center Celebrates Black History Month 2010

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts marks Black History Month 2010 and celebrates the contributions of African-Americans to the arts with a variety of programs presented by Lincoln Center resident organizations and in collaboration with community partners.

This year’s events include “Basie And The Blues” presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center; “Dee Dee Bridgewater - To Billie With Love—A Celebration Of Lady Day” presented by Lincoln Center’s American Songbook; “American Girl, World Citizen: A Musical Journey Of Nina Simone” presented by Lincoln Center, Black Rock Coalition and CUNY and “Leslie Uggams Uptown Downtown” presented by Lincoln Center’s American Songbook. For additional information and program details visit