Melvin Van Peebles: “Godfather of black cinema” dies at 89

Pioneering filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles, dubbed the “godfather of black cinema”, has died aged 89, with directors Spike Lee, Ava DuVernay and Barry Jenkins leading the tributes. Van Peebles, famous for 1970s films including Watermelon Man and Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss…

“Titane” wins top prize at Cannes Film Festival

Titane has won the top award at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. The film described by critics as an outlandish film packed full of sex and violence is by 37-year-old director Julie Ducournau, who is only the second woman to…

*Police arrest 21-year-old UNILAG student over murder of Super TV CEO (Punch)*Court remands man for alleged armed robbery (Guardian)

Police arrest 21-year-old UNILAG student over murder of Super TV CEO (Punch) The Lagos State Police Command has arrested 21-year-old Chidinma for allegedly killing the Chief Executive Officer, Super TV, Usifo Ataga, in the Lekki area of the state. The…

*Man hit by Lagos ambulance driver seeks medical help from Sanwo-Olu (Guardian)*4 remanded for impersonating Lagos environmental officers (Punch)

Man hit by Lagos ambulance driver seeks medical help from Sanwo-Olu (Guardian) A 29-year-old man, Mr Ismaila Bakare, who was knocked down on March 13, 2021 by an Ajah General Hospital ambulance has appealed to Lagos State government for medical…

*#EndSARS: It’s unfair CBN froze my account, says Lagos panel member (Punch)*Sam Adeyemi, Davido, 2face, Kanu, 46 others sued over #EndSARS protests (Punch)

#EndSARS: It’s unfair CBN froze my account, says Lagos panel member (Punch) One of the arrowheads of the #EndSARS protests, Oluwarinu Oduala, has described the recent clampdown by the Federal Government on #EndSARS campaigners as an unfair practice in a…

Thomas Jefferson Byrd: Spike Lee pays tribute after actor’s ‘tragic murder’

Oscar winner Spike Lee has paid tribute to actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd, who has been shot and killed in the US. Writing on Instagram, Lee called the actor his “beloved brother”, adding: “Tom is my guy.” The 70-year-old had starred…

*Police nab 185 suspected cultists in Ikorodu, recover arms (Guardian) *Command nabs Lagos traffic robber (Punch)

Police nab 185 suspected cultists in Ikorodu, recover arms (Guardian) Fresh onslaught against cultism and gang violence in Lagos State has led to arrest of no fewer than 185 suspects by special forces attached to Lagos State police command. Two…

Spike Lee storms out of Oscars after ‘Green Book’ win, says Academy made ‘Bad Call’ (Variety)

Not everyone was happy about “Green Book”‘s best picture win. According to reports from inside the Dolby theater, “BlackKklansman” director Spike Lee was visibly upset by the announcement and tried to leave the ceremony before the speeches had concluded. “I’m snakebit. Every…

Spike Lee would not hire Liam Neeson for his films after rape revenge remarks (Metro)

Spike Lee has criticised Liam Neeson over his rape revenge comments and suggested he would not hire the actor for his films now. ‘I don’t know why he did it but he did it so he’s going through it now,’…

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