dailyphoto090921‘Precious’ Wins Toronto Film Festival Prize
“Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire” won the top award at the Toronto International Film Festival Saturday, giving the Oprah Winfrey-produced film some early momentum heading into Oscar awards season. The film, a gritty tale of the abuse and redemption of a teenage girl in Harlem, captured the festival’s People’s Choice award, which is voted on by filmgoers. Last year it went to best picture Oscar winner “Slumdog Millionaire.” Critics have roundly praised “Precious” since its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and audiences in Toronto warmly received the film, which is directed by Lee Daniels and will hit theaters in November. (Continue Reading…)

All-Black Model Line-Up Hits London Fashion Week
t seems that so far London Fashion Week has been more about the controversial model casting than the clothes. First Mark Fast sent three size 14 models down the catwalk and then PPQ cast the first ever all-black show in the capital. (Something Sophie Theallet did in New York last year). Picking up on an issue that’s been hotly debated in the fashion industry recently – just a fortnight ago Naomi Campbell said she thought the recession was harming black model’s chances to get cast – we decided to nip backstage to find out what had influenced PPQ’s Amy Molyneaux and Percy Parker decision. (Continue Reading…)

African Author Uwem Akpan Says Humbled by Oprah Pick
Nigerian author Uwem Akpan, who is a Jesuit priest, said he was “humbled” that his debut collection of short stories was chosen by influential U.S. talk show host Oprah Winfrey for her book club. Oprah picked “Say You’re One Of Them” as her 63rd book club selection, the first time she has chosen a book of short stories, saying these stories “left me stunned and profoundly moved.” The collection, published in 2008, includes five separate stories from the perspective of an African child that were described as capturing the resilience of children growing up in the face of unimaginable devastation. (Continue Reading…)

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