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Second annual Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival

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by Arab American News

Detroit — The Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival is returning next month for its sophomore run at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History,  The festival showcases the culturally diverse voices of women through creative motion picture works. DWC celebrates women from African American, Continental African, Caribbean, Latino, Native American, Arab and Asian communities.  The featured films are exciting, innovative works by and about women of color.

DWC presents exceptional films and videos on subjects ranging from racial identity, sexuality, science fiction, relationships, politics and history to empowerment, healing, Hip Hop, cultural traditions, spirituality and love.

Malik Booth’s “The Best Kept Secret” is a powerful short film that focuses on a topic that touches a secret that many women dread.

The film “Water” by Deepah Mehta was so controversial that the sets were burned and the filmmaker was forced to go to another country to complete the film.  “Water” is a profoundly moving and compelling, vibrant story of India’s “widow houses,” where women of all ages are taken to live separate from society following the deaths of their husbands.

The delicious film “Caramel” is a romantic comedy centered on the lives of five Lebanese women.

The DWC goes global with the powerful documentary “The Shape of Water,” informative stories of powerful, visionary women with new cultures and a passion for change confront the destructive development of the Third World.

Canadian filmmaker Claudia Molina films “Dancing Waters” in Venezuela. “Dancing Waters” is the beautiful story of a daughter watching her mother transcend death into the goddess Yemoja.

“The Souls of Black Girls” is a provocative documentary by Daphne Valerius with social commentary by Chuck D, Regina King, Jada Pinkett Smith, Gwen Ifill and Michaela Angela Davis. These powerful individuals confront the burning topic of women of color self-image disorder as a result of media images.

Six African-Native Americans from various regions of the U.S. reflect on the personal and complex issues of Native and African heritage, ethnic identity and racism within communities of color in the film “American Red and Black” by Alicia Woods.

Rolando’s “Eyes of the Rainbow” deals with the life of Assata Shakur, the Black Panther and Black Liberation Army leader who escaped from prison and was given political asylum in Cuba, where she has lived for close to 15 years.

“Gabrielle” by Stephanie Jones is a brilliant, simple short film that explores the premise of a soul brought to life. Gabrielle is faced with the choice of incarnation or death after seeing a brief retrospective of her life.

“Sweet Without Sugar,” written and directed by Detroit native Dara Frazier tells the story of Yolanda Wells (Michelle Joan Papillion), who isn’t exactly where she wants to be in life. Her job at one of the top casting agencies in New York City is only a means to pays the bills. Her college sweetheart, Mark has become distant. The highlight of her life is baking desserts with her grandmother (Johnnie Mae, “Law & Order: SVU”) on the weekends.

Everything changes when Yolanda finds out that she has diabetes, the same disease that caused her father’s early death. She must learn to let go of bad habits and relationships to embrace a new life.

This film was directed by Erik Kilpatrick (“White Shadow,” “New Jack City,” “Cornbread Earl & Me.”) It was written and produced by Dara Frazier, winner of the Best African American Filmmaker Award at the Brooklyn Film Festival for her short film “la Revolution.” This film is supported by the American Diabetes Association.

Sponsors of Detroit Women of Color include the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History; CVS; WDET 101.9 FM; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (Tau Alpha Kappa); Cinema Café; The Michigan Citizen; and Affluent Mag.

The festival is being held Friday, July 11, 2008 (6:00 pm to 10:00 pm) and Saturday, July 12, 2008 (12:00 pm to 10:00 pm).  Tickets are $15 for one day, $25 for both days. The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is located at 315 East Warren Ave., Detroit Michigan, 48201. For more information please contact Oya Amakisi at 313.544.8493 or The website is


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June 7, 2008 at 11:44 am

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  1. To whom it may concern:

    In conjunction with the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters’ Detroit Convention, a Free 8 hour

    “Entry Level” Workshop will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2008.

    This free workshop is part of the IABPFF’s community outreach initiative and is designed to motivate and prepare young men and women of diverse backgrounds for the application, testing and recruitment process within the fire service. Critical topics covered include the written, physical agility and oral testing components as well as interviewing, the building of a compelling resume and ways to best present one’s self as a viable candidate.

    If you or anyone you know is considering the fire service as a career, please inform them of this valuable opportunity as well as spreading the word within your organizations and other community groups.

    Work Shop Specifics:

    Title: Firefighter’s ABC’s – Eight-hour “Entry Level Workshop”

    Presented by: Russell G. Hayden, CEO Firefighter’s ABC’s & Founder “Firefighter Diversity Recruitment Council”

    Date: Saturday August 2, 2008

    Location: Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

    Room: Brule Meeting Room

    Registration Time: 7:00 AM to 7:45 AM

    Attendees must bring a copy of their application form and an ID.

    Workshop: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Applications must be received by Firefighter’s ABC’s no later than July 25, 2008

    Attendance is on a first come basis and is limited to the first 150 in line.

    Please visit the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters Detroit 08′ Convention Web Site to download a copy of the workshop application form. You will find all the material you need on the web site as attachments in PDF format.

    Please feel free to share this information with as many candidates as possible and thank you for your community effort in passing the word

    Best regards,

    Russell G. Hayden – CEO Firefighter’s ABC’s

    Visit for complete information.

    Complete application and submit no later than July 25, 2008 to:

    Firefighter’s ABC’s – 9315 Braquet Lane – Gilroy. CA 95020: 408-842-8326 (office) – 408-842-1447 (fax)

    Russell Hayden

    June 27, 2008 at 6:28 am

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