Hey, It's the Black Film Festival

class=img_thumbleft> Click here to watch a great short film ( The Evolution of Streetball ) screening as part of this weekend's Twin Cities Black Film Festival at MCTC (1501 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis). The fest opens Friday with 2002's It's Black Entertainment! (reviewed here in City Pages) and closes Sunday with the local premiere of The Art of 16 Bars: Get Ya' Bars Up , a "how-to" for aspiring rappers starring Kanye West, Rakim, Jay-Z, and Slick Rick--who also happens to be performing later the same evening at the Twin Cities Celebration of Hip Hop . If you've never seen it, don't miss the Saturday 1:55 p.m. matinee of North Star: Stories of Minnesota's Black Pioneers (reviewed here ), which includes a segment on local racecar driver and inventor Fred Jones (pictured). Here's the complete schedule with more in the print edition of City Pages on page 52.

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