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    Celebrity Sightings

    • Christina Applegate and Chole Sevigny
      at the BWE 100th episode party. They are both so blonde. That color blonde that does not exist in real life but only with chemical enhancement. They're beautiful though.
    • Melba Moore
      in the airport in Nairobi, Kenya! We smiled at each other over Nescafe (aka coffee).
    • Parker Posey
      at Murray's Bagels. She looked really punk rock.
    • Jessica Lange and Sam Shephard
      at A History of Violence at Cinema Village. They were so cute and followed us everywhere from the movies to Cedar Tavern and back to the movies. They probably thought we were following them.
    • Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe
      pushing their baby down 13th Street. I was having a meeting at Cosi around the corner from my overcrowded office. I looked out the window and there they were. They stopped in front of my window and were doing the, who should take the baby conversation. I was trying to listen to the person talking to me but I could not and she was not the type of person who would understand my distraction by these celebs. They are both really attractive but almost too much so. His sneakers were new. His jeans were new. It was weird. I like imperfection.
    • Joshua Redman
      running on 18th Street. I realized that I've seen him many times before and just did not realize it. He was smaller than I thought he's be but I guess most people are.
    • Patti Smith
      which was not a big deal to me but my friend Marina apparently sees her all the time. This was her fourth sighting. I said she should say something like, "I see you everywhere. We should hang out." Marina wouldn't take the bait.
    • Leonardo DiCaprio
      with Isha on our way to the PATH station on 9th Street and 6th Ave. He is very tall but as my friend says, one cheeseburger away from being fat. His bodyguard "subtely" was wearing a jogging suit next to him. I guess they exercise together. He wasn't so hot to me but another girl flipped out when she saw him so what do I know.
    • Sam Rockwell and Liev Schreiber
      on New Year's Eve but you gotta buy me a few drinks to hear that story.
    • John Turturro
      in Union Square looking tall and handsome. I’ve always had a strange little crush on him.
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    July 29, 2005


    Ms. World

    You have hit on a very interesting topic - the idea of Black people & their Blackness. I think some Black & non-Black people are obsessed with the idea of Blackness being the sole narrative to a Black person`s life. The issue of race is huge in many lives of African-Americans but it isn`t everything. However, since American society has yet to understand that African-Americans are complex & original human beings- the issue will continue to come up.


    I agree with Ms. World. And I don't think America is ready for "mainstream" black films. I think America is in a sort of comfort zone where blacks are concerned. Movies depicting us in "normal" situations don't draw the crowds or the critics. They "live" quietly among those of us who appreciate seeing reflections of ourselves on film (and will always appreciate Love Jones for being one of the first to bring an easy, cool, normal black story to the big screen). Same with TV. City of Angels was a great drama, but nobody was interested in watching a show about a hospital run by minorities. Stay encouraged and stick with it. You're just ahead of the curve. They'll catch up to you eventually.


    That's why I think shows like Grey's Anatomy are SO important. Say what you will about the quality of the show, having a show like that with many black actors and created by a black woman in groundbreaking! Now, if movies could catch up.


    I encourage you to submit to the Anchorage International Film Festival. 3 weeks to deadline. I'm on the lookout for films by women filmmakers that I can showcase and would love to see your work there. Let me know if you do submit!

    Anchorage International Film Festival (AIFF)
    December 2 - 11, 2005
    ENTRY DEADLINE: Sept. 1, 2005

    Filmmaker Area:

    Sean Johnson

    I'm working on a short film competition with a major cable network. The competition is for short films that cover the African American Experience in all of its forms. There is no entry fee and the winners' short film will be broadcast on national tv/ For more information, please email me at [email protected]


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