“Flash” stars to debut short film

Hmm, looks like Generation X and a Millennial rob a bank. Does a Baby Boomer get shot? * snerk * Here’s the official trailer:



Cheddar Man, Black skin and all that…

Okay since it’s once again Black history month and folks are flipping out about genetic tests showing that Cheddar Man (the 10,000-year old skeletal remains of a native Briton) was dark-skinned, I figure this might be the appropriate time to lay this on you.

Senegalese scholar Cheikh Anta Diop tackled ALL of this back in his book Civilization or Barbarism. If I recall correctly, he believes this is how white skin evolved:

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It’s been awhile!

Happy New Year!  Good Lord, how long has it been? Don’t answer that! Just popping in to say hello to anyone who’s still here and thank you if you are.

Also, to say I’m still writing and hoping to actually turn this into a forum not just for coverage of the film awards but also to showcase my own work, particularly my non-fiction and also some of my fiction.

For my latest non-fiction work, check out my review of the film I, Tonya for Tinsel & Tine. And keep an eye out for my commentaries.

Take care!

Savor the flavor at Star Fusion

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(Howdy! I’m slowly catching up after being away for a while. Here’s one update on what I’ve been up to…)

I visited Star Fusion restaurant for lunch yesterday. I’ve wanted to get there for a while now and I’m glad I finally did. Nestled in the heart of the St. Joseph University campus, this is a GREAT little Philly find!

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Philly Indie Film Awards Is a Winner!

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There were prizes all around – in front of the cameras, behind the cameras, and in the audience – at the 1st annual Philadelphia Independent Film Awards held Sunday, May 22 at International House in Philadelphia.

LGBT romantic comedy “Cassanova Was a Woman” directed by Kevin Arbouet took home the most prizes with Best Picture, Best Actress for Jezabel Montero as Cassanova (pictured left), and Best Supporting Actress for Carolann Valentino. Montero was there with other cast members including co-stars Margo Singaliese (Lola) and Chaz Mena (Fantasy Man).

Diemiruaya Deniran earned Best Director honors for helming the gritty, undercover cop drama “Diary of a Badman.” Peter Cilella co-starring as Officer McVitie in the satiric comedy “Driving While Black” won Best Supporting Actor. And Blake Scott Lewis took the prize for Best Actor as the heroin junkie Skyler in “Imperfect Sky.”

Two lucky audience members took home mink wraps courtesy of awards sponsor Zinman Furs and everyone who purchased a ticket walked away with complimentary swag bags filled with upscale goodies like Razac hair care products, Kissy Kosmetics and Primal Derma skin care products. And everyone enjoyed complimentary hors d’oeuvres from D&D Quality Catering, gourmet cupcakes from Tonya Sears of Totally Delicious Delicacies and fine wines courtesy of Got Wine of Bristol (PA).

Bu the biggest prize goes to the Philadelphia Independent Film Awards team. It took bravery to start something new in a city that has such a fine array of arts institutions. But the organization, headed by Founder Floyd Marshall Jr., Director Angelique Marshall, and Assistant Director Keyon N. Smith pulled it off with assists from Media Relations Manager Karen Waller Martin, Sponsorships Director Tascha Coleman, Strategic Consulting from Stephanie Cain and Demetre Pough Edwards, and yours truly Webmaster and Content Manager Terri L. Heard.

Visit the site to learn more about what you missed at the awards gala, join our mailing list to get alerts about upcoming 2016 events and the 2017 awards, and to see event photos that will posted in the coming days.

Terri L. Heard is a former TV Guide writer and assignment editor who lives and writes in Philadelphia, PA She is currently working on a feature-length screenplay, “Game Change,” which combines James Brown’s “The Big Payback” with the 2015 film “The Big Short.” Visit her online portfolio at www.tlheard.weebly.com


Spend a night out with the stars!

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Every star started somewhere. Get your tickets for the Philadelphia Independent Film Awards and meet the up-and-coming actors, directors and screenwriters BEFORE they’re out of your reach!

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For just $40 you get:

  • FREE Swag Bag (while supplies last)
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Terri L. Heard is a former TV Guide writer and assignment editor who lives and writes in Philadelphia, PA She is currently working on a feature-length screenplay, “Game Change,” which combines James Brown’s “The Big Payback” with the 2015 film “The Big Short.” Visit her online portfolio at www.tlheard.weebly.com

Just 11 Short Days to the Philadelphia Independent Film Awards!

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Have you reserved your seat? Just $40 gets you:
A seat in the room as we honor WILL SMITH with our Trailblazer Award!

  • FREE wine
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