Sundance 2017: John Singleton, Common, Malinda Williams & more


The Blackhouse Foundation continued with their 2017 Sundance event line-up on Sunday, hosting a discussion about black masculinity featuring Oscar winner and activist Common discussing the bridge of social activism and art, and The Making of Burning Sands. The Campaign for Black Male Achievement and Blackhouse were the event sponsors.

“An artist’s duty is to reflect the times” Nina Simone. In 2017, the time for artists to stand up against injustice and speak truth to power is more important than ever. In the age of #BlackLivesMatter, artists have a social responsibility to use their art forms as tools of resistance and leverage their platforms to spotlight the most pressing issues of our time.


Award-Winning Rapper, Actor and Producer Common and Burning Sands Filmmaker Gerard McMurray conversation was centered on the intersection of arts and activism. McMurray was also the director and producer for 2013’s Fruitvale Station. The panel was moderated by Franklin Leonard, Founder of The Black List.

The Blackhouse Foundation, an organization whose mission is to create a community for black content creators, is in its 10th year at Sundance.


John SingletonMalinda WilliamsYvonne Orji and Bevy Smith were among the partygoers at last night’s Sundance 2017 kickoff soiree at The Blackhouse.

Filmmakers and industry insiders packed into the Blackhouse’s Sundance headquarters and jammed to the sounds of Grammy-nominated DJ/producer Vikter DuplaixSTARZ and Morgan Stanley were the sponsors of the evening’s festivities.

Attendees mixed and mingled while enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres, but the Blackhouse’s co-founder, Brickson Diamond, made it clear that while having a good time is important, Blackhouse means serious business, “It’s not about a party. It’s about the mission of expanding access and opportunity. It’s about getting our stories told, distributed and our artists heard again and again.”

The Blackhouse Foundation, an organization whose mission is to create a community for black content creators, is in its 10th year at Sundance and will be at the 2017 festival from January 20-23. Programming highlights this year include a conversation with Grammy-and-Oscar-winner John Legend and Jurnee Smollett-Bell about the upcoming season of Underground, and a discussion about black masculinity featuring Oscar winner and activist Common and sponsored by the Campaign for Black Male Achievement.


The Blackhouse Foundation works to expand opportunities for Black content creators by providing pathways to opportunities within film, television, digital and emerging platforms. Blackhouse provides opportunities for minority creative to learn about the financial, production, marketing and distribution resources that will raise the profile of their content, while also providing participants with a nucleus for continuing support, community and education.


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Fly Interview: Darius McCrary Talks Playing The Legendary Gerald Levert, His Role in John Singleton’s Newest Film, Being in the Studio With Slash and More

Darius McCrary stopped by the studio last week and sat down with SFPL TV to discuss his role in TV One‘s biopic Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story and his various other projects. McCrary portrayed the legendary R&B singer Gerald Levert who unexpectedly passed back in 2006. While speaking on the film the actor touched on Levert’s musical legacy and the impact of Motown on the industry.

McCrary then briefly spoke on his role in John Singleton‘s upcoming FX series Snowfall which takes place during the 1980’s cocaine epidemic, with the pilot expected to premiere later on this year. The Anger Management star also dished on his relationship with co-star Charlie Sheen which led to him getting to work with Slash in the studio. McCrary currently has a new single out “Seasons #GO,” with the album slated to be out later in the year.

Watch Darius McCrary’s full interview with SFPL TV below. As a bonus you can also check out the video for his new single “Seasons #GO” as well.

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