ABFF gives Black filmmakers, actors and producers a necessary platform outside of Hollywood by Myrdith Leon-McCormack

Jeff Friday has done it again. This year marks the 16th anniversary of the American Black Film Festival in Miami, Florida, brought to you by his company, Film Life. In 2001 CEO, Jeff Friday, founded Film Life, Inc and a year later, he acquired the rights to The Acapulco Black Film Festival. He moved it […] Click to read more »

Cedar Lake fuses dance, fashion, visual arts and music for an electrifying performance Photos by Carlton Jones

Cedar Lake presented it’s latest installation project June 20th thorugh June 22 in New York City. Progressive Pulse correspondent, Carlton Jones was on hand to shoot images from this superb performance. The  installation was a tantalizing mix from the worlds of dance, fashion, visual arts and music, led by Cedar Lake Artistic Director, Benoit-Swan Pouffer. […] Click to read more »

A Real and Explicit Look at “Love” Comes to Outfest: An Interview with Director/Writer Travis Mathews by Kevin M. Thomas

“I Want Your Love” is so honest and raw that it seems like it’s actually real. The characters are named after the actors. And most of the actors have had little or no experience – perrhaps a few of them have been performance artists. It’s this fresh take on filmmaking that has made “I Want […] Click to read more »

Two fresh gay themed shows in time for San Francisco Pride: “Slipping” and “Lips Together, Teeth Apart”

Kevin M. Thomas brings us two new progressive theater options in San Francisco, both at the New Conservatory Theatre Center. “Lips Together, Teeth Apart” was written by Terrence McNally and tells the story of two straight couples who find themselves on the gay inhabited destination known as Fire Island.  While “Slipping” is a four character play […] Click to read more »

San Francisco’s LGBT Frameline Film Fest Has Plenty To See by Kevin M. Thomas

  It wouldn’t be fair to provide a Top Ten list of films from this year’s Frameline 36, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. After all, I haven’t seen all 217 films (but at the moment, I have screened 57…not bad). Perhaps the opening night film “Vito” or the closing “Cloudburst” would be among my […] Click to read more »

Pulitzer Prize winning play, ‘Clybourne Park’ shakes up Broadway with a two act play about race relations and real estate that aren’t so different in 1959 compared to today.

Nominated for four Tony awards including  Best Play, Direction, Scenic Design and Best Featured Actor (Jeremy Shamos), ‘Clybourne Park’ is an innovative look on race relations spanning over 50 years, plus a take on the classic, ‘A Raisin in the Sun’. In the classic Lorraine Hansberry play, ‘A Raisin in the Sun’, an African American […] Click to read more »

This year’s PULSE International Art Fair in New York featured notable work from Jordan Eagles, Jason Bryant, Fred Wilson and Courtney Love

    The seventh edition of PULSE  Contemporary Art Fair in New York took place last weekend at the Metropolitan Pavilion. The international fair also has an edition that coincides with Art Basel in Miami every year. This year’s fair featured surprising art work from Courtney Love as well as inspired work from Fred Wilson […] Click to read more »

Congratulations to Jessie Mueller and Condola Rashad for their nominations for Best Featured Actress in a Musical and Play

Jessie Mueller Nominated for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” “I’ve always dreamed about being nominated. I think everybody thinks about what they’d say in their Tony speech. But honestly, it just feels like, ‘Oh, this is happening to me? This is what happens […] Click to read more »