ARRAY’S NAMOUR NOW STREAMING ON NETFLIX

NAMOUR is a film about why life can feel like it’s passing us by. Chronicling the unraveling of Steven Bassem (Kalim Saleh), a valet driver for a trendy Los Angeles restaurant caught between his dead-end job and the demands of his Arab-American immigrant family. NAMOUR made its world premiere at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival where Egyptian-American filmmaker (and Philly resident) Heidi Saman garnered the festival’s LA Muse Award.

NAMOUR debuts on Netflix starting March 15 via ARRAY.

WIN A SIGNED COPY OF LIKE COTTON TWINES ON DVD

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving away a copy of the festival hit, LIKE COTTON TWINES on DVD courtesy of RLJ Entertainment.
DVD is signed by filmmaker Leila Djansi.  Film is available now through Amazon and streaming on Urban Movie Channel (add on subscription to Amazon Prime or via Roku/Smart TV).
Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “LIKE COTTON DVD” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@aol.com

Winners will be announced next week.  Good luck!

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Like Cotton Twines;  Micah Brown (Jay Ellis) is an African-American volunteer who takes a teaching job in a remote Ghanaian village. There he meets Tuigi, a 14-year-old girl who is to become a slave to the gods through a practice of religious slavery called Trokosi. Locked in a battle between history, church and state, Micah is determined to give Tuigi a life outside tradition.

Reelblack Presents Black TV Movies at the Rotunda on 4/13

  • I’ve been asked to curate a night at Andrew’s Video Vault and decided to screen two rarely-seen TV movies from the 70s starring icons Levar Burton and Jimmie Walker.  Please come support.

    Thursday April 13, 2017 At the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street (next door to the Cinemark Theater). Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:10.  BYOB. Admission is Free.

    APRIL 13 – REEL BLACK CINEMA PRESENTS TV MOVIES OF THE 1970s
    Dummy (1979 / 75 minutes)
    Levar Burton plays a deaf mute wrongly accused of rape and murder. Based on the real-life case of Donald Lang, this Emmy-nominated film co-stars Paul Sorvino as hearing impaired lawyer Lowell Myers.
    The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened (1977 / 100 minutes)
    Adapted from the novel by Don Robertson, Jimmie Walker plays a high school basketball player stricken with sickle-cell anemia. Tony nominated director Gilbert Moses enlists a strong supporting cast, which includes James Earl Jones, Kevin Hooks and Debbie Allen (re-teamed with her Good Times co-star Walker in her movie debut).
    Guest Host and Curator: Mike D.

WIN TICKETS TO SEE DRUMLINE LIVE AT THE MERRIAM

Reelblack is giving three lucky readers a pair of tickets to see DRUMLINE LIVE this weekend at The Merriam Theater.

ENTER TO WIN BY REPLYING TO THIS EMAIL WITH YOUR FULL NAME, PHONE NUMBER and MAILING ADDRESS IN THE BODY OF THE MESSAGE.  Winners will be selected at random and notified Tuesday afternoon.

DRUMLINE LIVE’S WORLD TOUR BRINGS BRAND NEW PRODUCTION TO THE MERRIAM THEATER
MARCH 9-10, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, January 24, 2017) - The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is thrilled to welcome the return of DRUMLine Live, the show-stopping live event created by the musical team behind hit movies, Drumline and Drumline: A New Beat. DRUMLine Live embodies the soulful, high-stepping style of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching band experience with riveting rhythms, bold beats, and explosive energy, all set to classic music and top 40 hits. This brand-new show, part of the Kimmel Center’s Family Discovery Series, will play the Merriam Theater March 9 and 10, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
“DRUMLine Live is a high-energy party from start to finish that not only showcases the tremendous discipline and talent of these performers, but a musical tradition that has been in existence for generations,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “The cast will bring the energy of a full Super Bowl halftime show into our theater and we can’t wait to watch audiences tapping right along with these contagious beats!”
DRUMLine Live is an international tour with content based on HBCU marching band tradition. The stage show is a synchronized musical showcase of the HBCU experience incorporating original compositions and soul-infused interpretations of today’s top songs. The performances range from colorful, choreographed routines to heavy doses of intricate drum riffs and cadences.
Other upcoming performances on the Kimmel Center Campus include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (February 3-4, 2017, Merriam Theater), iLuminate (February 10-11, 2017, Merriam Theater), Balé Folclórico da Bahía (February 17, 2017, Merriam Theater), and PHILADANCO (April 13-15, 2017, Perelman Theater).
DRUMLINE LIVE
Merriam Theater
March 9, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
March 10, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
Tickets
Tickets are available now and start at $21.50. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at kimmelcenter.org, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling (215) 790-5883. More information at kimmelcenter.org.

ARRAY Presents NAMOUR 3/10 | Filmmaker Heidi Saman in Person

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American film, is proud to host the Philadelphia release of NAMOUR, by Heidi Saman. This marks the fifteen acquisition by ARRAY, Ava DuVernay’s film distribution collective. Writer/Director Saman will be on hand for a post film Q&A.

This Special Event will take place at 7:15pm on Friday March 10 at the United Bank Building, 3750 Lancaster Avenue Philadelphia, PA Tickets are $7.00 adults/ $5.00 Students, Reelblack & BlackStar Members and Seniors.

Tickets are available at the door or may be purchased in advance at https://namourphilly.eventbrite.com/

A sparse and stylized homage to Los Angeles, NAMOUR explores the complexities of personal responsibility versus moral convictions. Featuring an international cast, the movie stars Karim Saleh (IRON MAN 2, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN), Waleed Zuaiter (20th CENTURY WOMAN, LONDON HAS FALLEN, OMAR) and new comer, Wedad Abdou.

NAMOUR made its world premiere at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival where Egyptian-American filmmaker Heidi Saman garnered the festival’s LA Muse Award.

WIN TICKETS TO RUSALKA | LIVE AT THE MET HD 2/25

Fathom Events and the Metropolitan Opera celebrate 11 years of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Live in HD series with “The Met: Live in HD 2016-17 Season” on the big screen.

Reelblack is giving three lucky readers a pair of passes to see RUSALKA on Saturday February 25 at 12:55pm.  We have passes to local theaters in the city as well as in the suburban areas.

This is the final show of the Fall season.

ENTER TO WIN BY REPLYING TO THIS EMAIL WITH YOUR FULL NAME, PHONE NUMBER and MAILING ADDRESS IN THE BODY OF THE MESSAGE.  Winner will be selected at random and notified Wednesday evening.

Kristine Opolais stars in a new production of the opera that first won her international acclaim, Dvo?ák’s fairy tale opera about the tragic water nymph Rusalka.

RUSALKA (Dvo?ák)- New production
Saturday, February 25 (LIVE) - 12:55 p.m. ET / 11:55 a.m. CT/ 10:55 a.m. MT/ 9:55 a.m. PT
Wednesday, March 1 (ENCORE) - 6:30 p.m. local time

For tickets and list of theaters, visit http://www.fathomevents.com/event/the-met-live-in-hd-2016-17-season/more-info/the-met-live-in-hd-2016-17-season

WIN TICKETS TO SEE THE BODYGUARD STARRING DEBORAH COX

THE SMASH HIT WEST END MUSICAL The Bodyguard is based on the Oscar nominated film and features irresistible classics including “Queen of the Night”, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and of the biggest selling songs of all time - “I will Always Love You”.

February 21-26 at the Kimmel Center.

Deborah Cox will not be performing on the following dates:
Saturday Feb 25 at 2:00pm
Sunday Feb 26 at 6:30pm

Get tix at https://www.kimmelcenter.org/pdp-pages/201617/broadway-philadelphia/the-bodyguard

Reelblack is giving away a a pair of tix to see it to one lucky reader.  Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND PHONE NUMBER in the body of the message and the phrase THE BODYGUARD in subject line to Reelblackinc@aol.com

Good luck!

HARRY BELAFONTE’S 90TH BIRTHDAY TO BE CELEBRATED WITH A DAY OF SCREENINGS AND A LIVE EVENT IN QUEENS 2/4


A conversation with Walter Mosley about the legacy of his friend Harry Belafonte anchors a trio of screenings: The Strolling ‘20s, Kansas City, and Carmen Jones

Saturday, February 4, 2017


Astoria, New York, January 30, 2017—Actor, musician, activist, and humanitarian
Harry Belafonte will turn 90-years-old on March 1, 2017. On this occasion, Museum of the Moving Image will celebrate his legendary career as an artist and activist—a little early—on Saturday, February 4, with a three-film retrospective and conversation with Belafonte’s friend, the best-selling author Walter Mosley. The Harry Belafonte Pre-Birthday Celebration will feature screenings of The Strolling ‘20s, a television special produced by and starring Belafonte and featuring Sidney Poitier, Diahann Carroll, Sammy Davis, Jr. and more, that has hardly been seen in 50 years; Robert Altman’s Kansas City, which features Belafonte’s favorite of his own performances; and Otto Preminger’s classic Carmen Jones, in which he stars opposite Dorothy Dandridge.

This program is the fourth annual Black History Month collaboration between the Black Filmmaker Foundation and the Museum of the Moving Image and is organized and moderated by Warrington Hudlin, President of the Black Filmmaker Foundation and Vice-Chairman of the Museum of the Moving Image. Previous programs include Massa’s Gaze, Endangered by the Moving Image, and The Color of Comedy. This program is part of the Museum’s ongoing series Changing the Picture, sponsored by Time Warner Inc.


Admission to Individual programs is $15. A day pass including admission to all programs is available to the public for $25 ($20 students/seniors). All events in the Harry Belafonte Pre-Birthday Celebration are free for Museum members at the Film Lover and MoMI Kids Premium levels and above.  See below for schedule and descriptions or visit movingimage.us/belafonte


SCHEDULE FOR ‘HARRY BELAFONTE PRE-BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION’ (FEB. 4, 2017)
All screenings take place in the Redstone Theater at Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, Astoria, Queens, New York.

The Strolling ‘20s
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1:00 P.M.
Produced by Harry Belafonte. Directed by Charles Dubin. 1966, 60 mins. Digital projection. With Harry Belafonte, Diahann Carroll, Sammy Davis, Jr., Duke Ellington, Gloria Lynne, George Kirby, Brownie McGhee, Sidney Poitier, Nipsey Russell. The great poet Langston Hughes wrote the script for this star-studded hour-long TV special that was designed to evoke the “tempo, feeling, and spirit of Harlem in the 1920s.” This was Belafonte’s first TV production, broadcast on CBS.

A Conversation with Walter Mosley: The Living Legacy of Harry Belafonte
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2:15 P.M.
Walter Mosley, the prolific author best known for his Easy Rawlins mystery novels including Devil in a Blue Dress, will talk about his friend Harry Belafonte’s living legacy as an artist and activist, in a conversation with Warrington Hudlin.


Kansas City
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 3:30 P.M.
Dir. Robert Altman. 1996, 116 mins. 35mm. With Harry Belafonte, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Miranda Richardson, Steve Buscemi. Robert Altman’s lovingly crafted film set in his hometown is a period gangster film, filled with jazz, kidnapping, drugs, and featuring Belafonte’s favorite of his film performances. As Roger Ebert wrote, Belafonte “shows a hard-edged side not often revealed in his performances, plays Seldom Seen as a wise, canny, proud black gangster.”

Carmen Jones
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 6:00 P.M.
Dir. Otto Preminger. 1954, 105 mins. DCP. With Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge. Following up on his successful 1953 screen debut Bright Road, Harry Belafonte co-starred again with Dorothy Dandridge in this early CinemaScope musical, which adapts the love story of Bizet’s Carmen to World War II. Belafonte plays the young soldier Joe and Dandridge is the alluring parachute-factory worker, Carmen Jones.

MEET THE STARS OF GROWING UP SMITH - THIS SATURDAY AT AMC HAMILTON 1:30PM

Following the theatrical release of Growing Up Smith (In theaters February 3rd), producer, writer and actor Anjul Nigam (Bhaaskar Bhatnagar)  and actor, Roni Akurati (Smith Bhatnagar) will be participating in a special Q&A at the AMC Hamilton 24 in Hamilton, NJ on Saturday, February 4 after the 1:30 p.m. showing of the film. This will be in conjunction with a nationwide tour in celebration of the film’s opening weekend. The duo will be making various stops across the country. Tickets for the 1:30 p.m. showing are available for public purchase on-site or at Amctheatres.com. Growing Up Smith is the feel-good, coming-of-age story of Smith, a 10-year-old boy from India growing up in Small Town, America in 1979. As the boy’s family tries to straddle the line between embracing the American Dream and preserving their Indian heritage, Smith sneaks out for a taste of Kentucky Fried Chicken, dons a Saturday Night Fever costume, and contends with his parents as they send him to school with a yellow squash instead of a pumpkin to carve for Halloween. And as Smith falls head over heels in love with Amy, the girl next door, he finds in Amy’s father, Butch, the all-American cowboy he wishes his own father could be.

COMEDY MEETUP IN SUPPORT OF DICK GREGORY 2/15

Tix can be purchased in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soulcomedy-warmdaddys-presents-dick-gregory-by-popular-demand-tickets-31089759307?aff=es2

NOTE:there is a 2 ticket minimum.  Leave a comment below if you want to roll solo and are trying to find another member to purchase tickets with.

Wednesday February 15th!!
SoulComedy @Warmdaddys is honored to welcome back…
Comedian. Activist. Educator.
The venerable
Dick Gregory!!
ONE NIGHT ONLY!!
The author of “Nigger” & one of the originators of political satire & social comedy, live & hilarious at
SoulComedy @Warmdaddys
In a time of change four our country, let us enjoy an evening of laughter and information one of America’s wisest & funniest voices.
$35 Admission
SPECIAL EVENT!!
No passes/discounts accepted
Reserved Seating Available:
COMEDYBYTURAE.COM

THIS WILL BE A CAPACITY EVENT. PLEASE GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!!

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