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  • Montreal, CANADA, July 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Felix & Paul Studios, the industry-leading creator of immersive entertainment experiences, has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Interactive Program for their virtual reality experience, Traveling While Black. This is Felix & Paul Studios’ fifth Emmy nomination. Most recently, the studio was awarded a Primetime Emmy Award for its VR experience, The People’s House: Inside the White House with Barack and Michelle Obama.

    Traveling While Black was directed by Roger Ross Williams, the first African American director to win an Academy Award (Music by Prudence). Ayesha Nadarajah co-directed Traveling While Black in collaboration with Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël. Bonnie Nelson Schwartz served as executive producer. The 19-minute experience was produced in collaboration with Traveling While Black Inc., Oculus from Facebook, and the New York Times Op-Docs.

    Traveling While Black is an immersive experience that immerses the viewer in the long history of restriction of movement for black Americans and the creation of safe spaces in our communities. The film transports you to historic Ben's Chili Bowl in Washington DC, where the viewer shares an intimate series of moments with several patrons as they reflect on their experiences of restricted movement and race relations in the U.S. Confronting the way we understand and talk about race in America, Traveling While Black highlights the urgent need to remember the past and also to learn from it, and facilitates a dialogue about the challenges minority travellers still face today.

     "It's an honour to be recognized again by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences," said Félix Lajeunesse, co-Founder and Creative Director of Felix & Paul Studios. "Since the experience premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival, the themes and ideas of Traveling While Black have resonated with audiences worldwide. We hope this nomination inspires more people to virtually step inside Ben’s Chili Bowl and join the conversation."

    In 2016, Felix & Paul Studios was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Inside Impact: East Africa with President Clinton and Inside the Box of Kurios, a collaboration with Cirque du Soleil Media, for which they won the Emmy for Outstanding Interactive Media.

    Traveling While Black was supported by the 10th Anniversary of the New Frontier at Sundance Institute, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and ITVS, in association with The New York Times Op-Docs.

     

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    When Frances-Anne Solomon received an email from filmmaker Ava DuVernay letting her know she was being invited to the Oscars academy, she thought someone was pulling her leg. 

    "I thought it was a hoax," she told Matt Galloway with a laugh on CBC Radio's Metro Morning. "I showed it around my office and everybody thought it was a joke." 

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    Source: Adam Roberts, The Guardian

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  • A 2015 survey of 133 respondents among black businesses in Toronto found networking, marketing, accessing financing and connecting with mentors were some of the major areas where entrepreneurs believed they could be better supported.

    Source: CBC.ca

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  • My mourning mind, compromised and searching for coincidence, processes the age Toni Morrison was when she died, eighty-eight, as two infinity signs, straightened and snatched right-side up. If we are Morrison-fearing, as some others are with their icons, well, we were socialized by her novels.

    Source: , Newyorker.com

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