That Daughter’s Crazy 7/24 - Rain Pryor in Person!

Reelblack Presents, in collaborration with The Painted Bride Art Center host the Philadelphia premiere of the acclaimed documentary, THAT DAUGHTER’S CRAZY.  The film’s subject RAIN PRYOR, and the film’s producer, DARYL SLEDGE and SAM ADELMAN will be on hand for a DVD signing post film Q&A.

Screening will take place Friday July 24, 2015 7pm at the Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.  Tickets are $10/ adults, $8/ Students and Seniors and $5/ Reelblack and Painted Bride members.  Tickets may be purchased in advance through Eventbrite at thatdaughterscrazyphilly.eventbrite.com

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That Daughter’s Crazy, directed by Elzbieta Szoka and produced by Paradox Smoke Productions, is a portrait of Rain Pryor, daughter to legendary comedian Richard Pryor. Rain grew up during an era when race, ethnicity and religion caused her constant internal and external conflict. The award-winning film unveils her vibrant and complicated life as a black Jewish girl, looking for self- identity and recognition in Hollywood, and as a woman coming to terms with the loss of her father, while learning to be a mother. That Daughter’s Crazy takes scenes from Rain’s one-woman stage show and intertwines them with personal interviews and anecdotes from Rain, her grandmother Bunny, and her mother Shelley for an intimate depiction of life as one of Richard Pryor’s progenies.

Wanting to find a way to share her artistic talents despite the barriers in Hollywood, Rain says “I wasn’t black enough to be black, I’m not white enough to be white…unique wasn’t in yet.”

Ahead of her time in many ways, Rain knew she was different from an early age, and that fact only became more apparent as she grew older. In That Daughter’s Crazy, viewers learn that Richard Pryor leaves the family home before Rain is a year old, while her mother struggles to make ends meet in the ‘middle class’ section of Beverly Hills. While growing up, Rain spends time at her father’s mansion and eventually moves in with him as a teenager. She shares his affections with an entourage of hookers and partygoers, but despite all this, she describes Richard as an involved and loving father. So, not only does the girl in the mirror with cocoa-colored skin and wild hair look different, she has a famous father with an extremely public lifestyle. Long before the age of social media in the 1980’s, Beverly Hills High is the gossip capital of the world. The school is crawling with the children of celebrities, so “inside” news travels fast and Rain is bullied and mocked relentlessly and regularly. She learns to adapt to the environment, capturing her father’s attention when she’s able, while navigating her mother’s growing hostility towards his indulgent way of life. http://www.thatdaughterscrazy.com/

Charles Woods on Black & White Sex in the Movies


Film historian and archivist CHARLES WOODS breaks down the history of Black and White sex in film and shares his theory of “The 3D Effect,” a series of tropes that are evident in the majority of films that portray interracial relationships in American and British films.  Look for more clips from The Professor coming soon.  A Reelblack Exclusive.  Camera and Edit: Mike D.

Harriet Glickman - The Woman Who Inspired “Franklin” on Peanuts


In 1968, HARRIET GLICKMAN wrote a letter to Peanuts creator CHARLES SHULZ, lobbying him to create an African-American character.  On July 13, 2015, she appeared at the 106th Annual NAACP Convention in Philadelphia to chat with WDAS-FM’s PATTY JACKSON about the letter that inspired FRANKLIN to be born.  At the end of the chat, she is joined onstage by Philadelphia Mayor MICHAEL NUTTER and actor MAR-MAR, who is the voice of Franklin in the upcoming PEANUTS MOVIE.

TODAY AT 11 on WURD

Tune in today at 11 to 900AM WURD.  Mike D. will be sitting in with the Mojo’s Stephanie Renee broadcasting Live from The Blackwell Library in West Philly.  Our guests will be The PHILADELPHIA YOUTH POETRY MOVEMENT at 11.  DR. BEVERLY RICHARDS will call in at 11:20 to discuss our upcoming Censored 11 show at AAMP (see below) and her current Indiegogo campaign.  at 11:40, producer JAMES GAY-REES will call in to talk about his new film, AMY, which opens today at the Ritz East (see sidebar).

Meetup - FRANK McCOMB at Reuben’s Marc 7/26

The Community Jazz Project & Philly Amplified are proud and honored to present one of the centuries, Vocal and instrumental geniuses, ˜FRANK McCOMB”!!

FRANK WILL BE PERFORMING THURSDAY, FRIDAY and SATURDAY. I’ll be there both Thursday and Saturday Filming, but I’ll have tie between sets to talk, eat and hang.

At a time when eyes, hearts and minds are opening to what’s really happening economically, socially, and spiritually, a few artist’s voices are becoming louder and clearer. Frank McComb is a giant who we choose to AMPLIFY. He has been an authentic powerful voice, producing classic, yet poignant material since day one. His time has come and we need to listen and support.

Frank McComb is a soul singer and keyboardist. Often compared to Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder, McComb has collaborated with many renowned recording artists including Prince, Chaka Khan, Teddy Pendergrass, Gerald Levert, Marcus Miller, Branford Marsalis and Teena Marie.

Philadelphia is a second home for Frank, and he loves to share his soul with his family all around the world, but he wants to give us “THREE” intimate nights in our warm, cozy, yet exclusive space. This is a unique opportunity for us all. Mr. Mccomb, generally graces the stage in front of thousands at huge festivals, so intimate time is precious and unexpected.

Two nights, will feature special guest accompaniment be the tremendously versatile ensemble,” VERTICAL CURRENT”, who are also world touring composers and producers. One night , Frank will also host a Philly Jam session, along with some of Philadelphia’s finest talent, who we can’t name but you will be pleasantly surprised! Join us one or all three nights sharing the “Intimate Soul” of Frank McComb with special guest Veritcal Current, and our lovely hostess, songtress, Suzanne Burgess!!
GET TIX NOW as seating is very limited.

CHAMELEON STREET at the Rotunda 7/9

Dan Buskirk guest hosts July’s Video Vault at the Rotunda 4014 Walnut Street with a special screening of the cult classic CHAMELEON STREET along with UFOria on Thursday July 9 at 8pm.  Admission is FREE.

WHY WE LAUGH at AAMP 7/9

Thursday, July 9 ~ 7pm (Doors open at 6:30pm) at the African-American Museum 701 Arch Street

Why We Laugh: Screening and Discussion ft. Darryl Littleton

What function does comedy serve in African American and American public life and social consciousness?

Join stand-up comedian and author Darryl “D’Militant” Littleton at AAMP as we screen and discuss his documentary, Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy. This film, based on Littleton’s book Black Comedians on Black Comedy: How African Americans Taught Us to Laugh, is a no-holds-barred documentary that is both an insider’s take and a critical examination of the cultural influence of black comedy, directed by Robert Townsend and exploring a history that includes everyone and everything from Stepin Fetchit and blackface minstrelsy to Dick Gregory and Katt Williams.

Littleton will kick off the evening with a stand-up set and will follow the screening by answering questions from the audience.

This program is presented in conjunction with Plan-Ta-Shun: Works by Colin Quashie.
$10 Adults, $8 Students with ID and Seniors, $5 AAMP Members and Children.
AAMP members must register and/or sign-in first to access online discounts. Get tickets at http://www.aampmuseum.org/calendar.html

Reelblack Contributes Footage For AMY (In Theaters Friday)

Certified Fresh on Rottentomatoes.com, Asif Kapadia’s AMY opens Friday at the Ritz East.  Surely to be talked about at Oscar time, this documentary portrait of the late British singer includes footage of Winehouse that Reelblack/Captured Soul filmed at the 2007 Black Lily Music and Film Festival.  We urge you to see this terrific new movie in theaters–not on bootleg.

Stephen “tWitch” Boss on Reelblack TV - Magic Mike XXL in Theaters Now


RBTV’s MIKE D. was so impressed by STEPHEN “tWitch” BOSS’ (Ellen, So You Think You Can Dance) appearance in MAGIC MIKE XXL (in theaters July 1) that he decided to give up filmmaking and become an exotic dancer,  In this exclusive interview, tWitch mentors the young hopeful.

THE CENSORED ELEVEN at AAMP 7/15

Does artistic expression trump offensive content? How does censorship impact our understanding of history?

In 1968, United Artists chose to withhold the distribution rights for 11 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons due to the offensiveness of racial stereotypes presented in them. Since that time, successive rights holders have upheld this ban on broadcast and theatrical screenings, and the short cartoons have only been shown once, in 2010, in a screening held by Warner Bros. However, copies do exist on VHS and DVD and we invite you to a special screening of all 11 of these controversial works!

Join Michael Dennis and Dr. Beverly Richards for this viewing, followed by a lively conversation on art, culture, race and history! Michael Dennis is a filmmaker and the founder of Reelblack, a full-service film and video production company dedicated to creating and promoting “good movies ’bout Black Folks.” Dr. Beverly Richards is the owner and curator of the A Cinema Apart Collection which includes African American Film memorabilia from the 1920s through 1950s. A Cinema Apart provides Vintage and hard-to-find African American films and products to enthusiasts across the globe. All Censored 11 shorts are presented courtesy of the A Cinema Apart Collection.

This program is presented in conjunction with Plan-Ta-Shun: Works by Colin Quashie.

$10 Adults, $8 Students with ID and Seniors, $5 AAMP, Reelblack Members and Children.
AAMP members must register and/or sign-in first to access online discounts.  FREE On-Street parking after 6:30pm.
*Reelblack Members please contact Reelblack_presents@yahoo.com to obtain your ticket discount code.
Get Tix at http://www.aampmuseum.org/calendar.html

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