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'Belle' Director Teases Potential Idris Elba Project

Posted 08.20.2014 | Black Voices

Originally slated for development as a script for HBO, Amma Asante’s second directorial project, “Belle,” managed to defy the odds and attract F...

Amma Asante's Belle: An Important Film

Sheryl Estrada | Posted 07.28.2014 | Entertainment
Sheryl Estrada

As a black woman of diverse heritage myself, which includes a grandmother who was biracial and raised in the deep south of the U.S. in the 1930s, where slavery only ended only about 60 years prior, this important film resonates with me.

Hit and Myth: Belle

Laura Shamas, Ph.D. | Posted 07.14.2014 | Entertainment
Laura Shamas, Ph.D.

Throughout this new film, we are invited to "look," and to understand that "the dominant white male gaze" is related to power in 18th-century England.

Amma Asante's Belle May Lead to Real Freedom for Women Around the World

Michelle Bernard | Posted 07.14.2014 | Women
Michelle Bernard

Maybe, in some small way, Asante's Belle will lead men the world over to recognize that equality and justice for all of humankind is the foundation of freedom, democracy and peace. Asante's Belle reminds us that women are as free by nature as the men we give life to.

'Belle': An Austenesque with a Racial Twist

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.03.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The name of this utterly charming movie conjures images of the Disney cartoon feature with a brunette cartoon star singing in the library. Dido Belle,...

On the "A" w/Souleo: Patrick Kelly's Fashion Legacy Lives On Through Buttons and Bananas

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 07.01.2014 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Now that's how you make a splash for a worthy cause.

'Belle' Set To Offer A 'Surprise' During Limited Opening

AP | JESSICA HERNDON | Posted 07.01.2014 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES (AP) — British director Amma Asante knows how hard it is to get a costume drama off the ground — especially when it stars a black fema...

Week in Film: Amazing Spider-Man 2 and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.30.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Yes, yes, I know -- spidermanspidermanspidermanspiderman. I'll get to it. But my favorite movies of the week, as usual, are the small ones. Let's start with Amma Asante's Belle, a Jane Austen-ish film based on a true story.

Live from Toronto International Film Festival: Wednesday, Sept. 11

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.12.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Movies can amaze with their ability to not just take you out of yourself but to put in the middle of worlds you otherwise would never get a chance to see or experience.