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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New Video: Ginuwine “What Could Have Been”

Reflecting on the past, Ginuwine sums up a relationship that he regrets letting slip through his fingers. The titled track is called “What Could Have Been”.

Overall, this is a fairly good video. The only thing I could have done without were the color scenes/visuals mixed in. It threw the video off just a little.

Special shouts out to the homie Lamar J. Ballard (pictured above) who appears in the video as the prospective groom that is about to marry Ginuwine’s past soul-mate, played by Malinda Williams.

Check it out after the jump…

Last Night in NYC

LAST NIGHT IN NYC: The Dream’s Listening Session…

Last Night Moet and Chandon presented The Dream’s private listening session for his new album Love King. It was held at Ink 48 in NYC and attracted quite a few tastemakers…

The Event was hosted by Idris Elba, and SFPL correspondents said the ladies were quite happy about that one as the line outside was ridiculous. We heard that the Album is quite good and were told that “Panties to the side” was one of the crowds favorite tracks… O_o

Notables and tastemakers including Malinda Williams, Nina Sky, Tyga (Young Money), Maino and Fefe Dobson were in the building as well. No Christina though? 😦

-Stay Fly!