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Urban Action Showcase Appeals For More Diverse Action Heroes

Kaboom! The Urban Action Showcase and Expo is headed to New York City, just ahead of the holidays, to celebrate the blockbuster action-adventure, sci-fi, and fantasy genres. The gathering of heroes and villains also brings a real-life message about multiculturalism in entertainment. Up, up, and away!

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Heroes Of All Descriptions, Unite!

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When the amazing Urban Action Showcase & Expo comes to the heart of NYC's Times Square on November 10th and 11th, fans, performers, and artists will converge, celebrating all those superheroes we love, and those villains we love to hate. Official sponsors HBO and Cinemax are ready to take you on a whirlwind trip to Gotham, Metropolis, and everywhere in between. Attendees will enjoy a VIP Red Carpet, International Action Film Festival (IAFF) Awards, selected screenings at the AMC Empire 25 Times Square movie theater, which also hosts the Urban Action Expo (UAE). At the UAE, you'll enjoy celebrity signings, meet comic book creators, take master classes, and much more. Underscoring the festivities, is a sober, educational look at diversity in the action genre, as it emerges into a new century.

Multicultural Vision

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Meet UASE founder and Executive Producer Demetrius Angelo. An accomplished martial artist and filmmaker, Demetrius says action is his passion. "I love superheroes," he says, and notes that he created UASE with a purpose. "We need to see more heroes of color," Demetrius observes. "It's good to see Luke Cage on Netflix, or the Black Panther movie coming next year, but there still aren't enough positive role models." UASE highlights this disparity, and raises awareness among fans and filmmakers of the need for "shifting of the common and unflattering portrayal of minorities in entertainment." The Cinemax Action Short Film Short Competition, supported by UASE, encourages young cinematographers to explore diversity in this genre. Demetrius, the son of a real-life hero (his father helped integrate the Washington, DC police force), is all about a multicultural vision!

Change In Action

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In the fight against negative portrayals of minorities in today's media, Demetrius says UASE plays an important role. "We want to restore equal value to people of color," he reflects, so that today's superheroes reduce stereotyping and depict affirming images of people from all backgrounds. Notables joining Demetrius in this effort during the festival include the legendary Michael Jai White, Straight Outta Compton star R. Marcos Taylor, David Harris, of the '70s cult classic film, The Warriors, plus a who's who of other luminaries from action films, martial arts, and the comic-book world. Discover UASE, get event passes, and book hotel rooms at their official website, and strike a super-powered blow for equality!

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