Saturday, March 03, 2012

Black November

Vivica Fox

Photo credit: Paul Morigi, Getty Images
On site commentary: Dannia Hakki

The Library of Congress celebrated the final day of Black History Month with a powerful screening of Jeta Amata's political film, Black November

Guests arrived at the Madison building to support the acclaimed Nigerian director along with partner, Captain Hosa Wells Okunbo, congressmen and a few of the leading actors including Vivica Fox, Mbong Amata and Enyinna Nwigwe.

Fox, who is no stranger to the cinematic landscape of Washington, premiered "In the Hive" with director Robert Townsend last September in a rather controversial role.

 A look back in her words:

The night was hosted by Congressman Bobby L. Rush of Illinois in addition to Amnesty International and the Congressional Black Caucus, but it was boxing promoter and the always politically active, Don King, who hyped the crowd for a cause close to his heart.

King is known for his colorful presence and wardrobe.  During the 2004 Republican convention in New York, gawkers and stalkers lined up for a glimpse of Mike Tyson's former promoter who is never far from the American flag.  At the screening of Black November, he didn't disappoint.

After the compelling screening of Black November, a number of Washington heavyweights took to the podium to speak a few words on the struggle for the Niger Delta and to honor important figures who helped make the film possible. The night continued after the emotional and impressive presentation to Dupont hotspot, One Lounge, as the cast and crew toasted to a successful night on the mall.

Black November recounts the true story of the Niger Delta community’s struggle against their own government and a multi-national oil corporation. The star-studded film features Oscar winner, Kim Basinger, who reunites with Oscar nominee, Mickey Rourke, alongside Anne Heche, Sarah Wayne Callies and Vivica Fox. Although nearly fifty percent of Nigeria’s oil export goes directly to the United States, little is known to the public on an international platform about the hardships Nigerians face due to massive spills and lack of government involvement.