Reelblack Presents PURPLE RAIN 30th Anniversary 9/30 at IHouse

What: Reelblack Presents PURPLE RAIN (30th Anniversary)

Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

When: Tuesday September 30, 2014 at 7pm

Cost: $10/ adults, $8 Students & Seniors, $5/Reelblack and IHouse Members

Get your tickets at the IHous Box office or in advance at

Reelblack kicks off its 12th Season with a special 30th Anniversary screening of the 1984 classic, PURPLE RAIN.  There are lots of surprises in store as we pay tribute to the music of Prince Rogers Nelson.  A special prize will go to the person wearing the best 80s fashion.

When Prince’s dazzling and dynamic Purple Rain (movie and soundtrack album) and the hypnotic hit single “When Doves Cry” exploded onto the pop-culture scene in 1984, it seemed there was nothing the purple one couldn’t do. The film is basically a feature-length music video, but no musician has ever had a better big-screen showcase for his many talents. The plot is really just a theme (about the son of an abusive father struggling not to continue the pattern) upon which to hang some of Prince’s most dazzling songs (including “Let’s Go Crazy” and the title tune), and some sizzling live-concert numbers. Apollonia Kotero is ravishing as the romantic interest, and Morris Day and the Time provide some terrific musical competition. Purple Rain is an essential artifact of the mid-’80s pop Zeitgeist. Prince took home an Oscar for the song score. –Jim Emerson

“The best rock film sincePINK FLOYD: THE WALL…A skillfull, exicting, personal film…One of the best combinations I’ve ever seen of rock music and drama” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Reelblack’s Birthday Bash 10/11 at the Point of Destination Cafe

Celebrate with Reelblack founder Mike D on the occasion of his 45th birthday and the kickoff of Reelblack’s 12th Season at the Point of Destination Cafe.  Party on two levels. Venue is adjacent to the Upsal train station and there is free parking.



Food will be provided by SIDE OF THE ROAD JERK CHICKEN (w/ burgers, beef franks and veggie treats grilled up by James as well).  Music by Cool DJ Frank.  This is a fundraiser for Reelblack’s new season.  Reelblack T-shirts will be available for sale. (We will also take special orders for Reelblack Hoodies in advance of the event–they can be picked up at the party) Season 12 memberships will also be available for sale.  Donation: $20 (members)/ $25 (nonmembers).

We encourage you to bring friends to our Birthday Bash.  Donations are accepted both big and small. Money raised before the day of the event will go to getting the food that we will serve at the party.  Be sure to RSVP so that we can adequately prepare for attendance.

You don’t want to miss this the Birthday Bash for Reelblack Founder Mike D.  Here’s 5 reasons why:

1. Great Food: Side Of The Road Jerk Chicken’s James Leggett has put together an awesome menu including his famous Jerk Chicken and Grilled Salmon plus there will be Grilled Cabbage, Broccoli, Corn on the Cob, Green Beans and Asparagus.  There will also be beef burgers and beef franks.  Your ticket gets you all you can eat.  There will be plenty of food.  Everything will be healthy and fresh.

2. Great People: Here’s a chance to meet your fellow Reelblack members and talk about movies and more.  Reelblack members are the coolest people on earth.  Let’s socialize and have fun.

3. Great Music: Cool DJ Frank will be playing the best mix of old school R&B and Classic Funk.  The music will be nonstop.

4. Be the first to get your Reelblack SWAG. Reelblack memberships will be available for purchase at the event.  Pick up your Season 12 cards and buttons and get discounts on T-shirts and hoodies (while supply lasts).

5. Convenient to Septa/ Free Parking: The Point of Destination Cafe is located right at the Upsal Train Station on the Chestnut Hill West Line.  There’s plenty of free parking adjacent and on Greene Street.

Things have cooled down so we have the option of being indoors or outside but we’ll have lots of fun.  Admission is $20 members/ $25 nonmembers but please RSVP so we can anticipate your presence.

Become a member–purchase at the Bash or online at

Don’t Miss REBELLUM 9/27 at The Painted Bride

Rebellum - a project of Burnt Sugar Arkestra

At The Painted Bride 230 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

Saturday, Sep 27 | 8pm
$25 in advance, $30 day of
Members: $17.50/$21

Painted Bride show-goers might notice a few familiar faces when REBELLUM hits the stage on September 27th for our season opener. This ensemble is an alter-ego (or “splinter cell,” as they put it) of Burnt Sugar Arkestra, the jazz provocateurs who tore up our stage in 2012 to the tune of Miles Davis and James Brown.

Over the past several years, Burnt Sugar Arkestra has gained notoriety for similar tributes to David Bowie and Steely Dan, among others. But this year, the ensemble stepped forward with a brand new album, a brand new name, and a brand new bag.

The Rebellum project started as an exercise in “radical conformity,” says conductor, guitarist, and former Village Voice author, Greg Tate. The Harlem-based band challenged themselves to pack their sprawling sound into more traditional, radio-friendly tunes. What emerged was The Darknuss, a 20-track debut LP packed with what they’re calling “snarky protest songs, wry race music and roman­tic warrior anthems.” The name ‘Rebellum’ came after, a necessary rebrand for the band’s segue into original music.

Burnt Sugar fans needn’t worry—Rebellum is no less spontaneous or theatrical because of its creative constraints. In fact, Tate says the Rebellum show has produced a different kind of drama–a surprising new level of showmanship.

“There’s no dress code for this show,” says Tate, hinting that each member of the 10-piece ensemble will be letting their freak flag fly. “I can never predict what characters will emerge.” Having recently returned from a 10-city Rebellum tour, that’s saying something.

If nothing else, Rebellum attendees can expect a night of experimental funk, soul, and Afro-Futurist insurgency. Tate, who has variously played in and organized bands since the early 90s is particularly stoked about the trajectory of the project, saying, “I’m excited to be in a rock band again.”

BUY TICKETS today and join us for our season opener and the Bride premier of Rebellum. And if you are a Bride Member, there will be a special members-only dessert reception with the artists following the concert!

Check out Rebellum’s debut The Darknuss via Bandcamp

Follow Rebellum on Twitter @RebellumBand

Visit the band’s official site at

Vote For Project Greenlight Finalist Shequeta Smith Today

After spending several years trying to break into Hollywood, working on shows like the CW’s “Everybody Hates Chris” and VH1’s “Flavor of Love,” North Carolina native, Shequeta Smith, recently beat out thousands of filmmakers to become one of the Top 20 finalists in HBO’s “Project Greenlight” Competition.

The newly revived Project Greenlight, HBO’s filmmaking documentary series, will be executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, executive producers of the original two seasons. Smith submitted a video bio in addition to a teaser trailer for her upcoming feature film, “The Gestapo vs. Granny”; a comedy set inside of a retirement home that tells the story of Agnes Monroe, a cranky senior citizen who has infamously been kicked out of eighteen retirement homes.

A North Carolina State Alum, Smith first got the idea to become a screenwriter after an English professor suggested it after reading a play that she authored freshman year. Shortly after graduating, Smith relocated to Los Angeles. Since then, she’s participated in writing programs at both UCLA and USC and has been selected into multiple film festivals with her short films.

“I just want to create smart and fun movies that take viewers on a roller coaster ride of emotions, whether they’re laughing or crying — or crying from laughing.” says Smith.

Though beating out thousands to become the only African-American Top 20 finalist is impressive, Smith will have to make it as a Top 10 finalist in order to guarantee a spot on the HBO television series. The Top 20 voting round started on Monday, September 15, 2014 and lasts until Friday, September 26, 2014.

The one video that receives the most votes from the Project Greenlight community during the voting period will be automatically included into the final Top 10. The remaining nine video finalists will be selected by a group of film industry professionals — including Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

Vote For The Gestapo vs. Granny Here:

Watch Shequeta’s Video Bio:

Follow Shequeta On Twitter:

David E. Talbert Actor’s Workshop Coming To Philly 10/18

Ever consider a career in theater, film, or TV? Ever watched a play or a movie and said, “I could do that!” Now, here’s your chance! Bringing two decades of skill and experience to the craft of acting, pioneering theater producer and respected Hollywood film director -­?David E. Talbert opens the door to a once-­?in-­?a-­?lifetime opportunity to learn, grow, and be discovered. Award-­winning playwright David E. Talbert will help thousands from coast to coast gain insight into the entertainment industry through his Multi City Actor’s Workshop & Talent Search Tour. For those who can’t get to Hollywood, David E. Talbert is bringing Hollywood to them through his leading-­?edge Actor’s Workshop & Talent Search.

“I’ve gotten so many emails over the years asking me to do a workshop,” expressed Talbert. But then I thought ‘doing a workshop is great, but what would be better is to give people an opportunity to put what they just learned to use by getting a chance to be cast in one of my productions.’ I realized that I have been blessed to be in a position to not only do what I love, but to also hire people to do what they love and help make someone’s dream come true like someone did for me.”

David E. Talbert’s Actor’s Workshop & Talent Search Tour kicks off in his hometown of Washington, DC on Saturday, October 4th at the Mayflower Renaissance. Other cities on the tour include Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, October 18th, Chicago, IL on Saturday, November 1st, Los Angeles on Saturday, November 8th and Dallas, Texas on Saturday, November 15th. There will be one session per day scheduled from 9 AM -­ 3 PM. The registration fee for the workshop is $250 per person. As an added bonus, everyone who attends the workshop will also receive a private one on one audition the next day with David E. Talbert for a chance to be cast in his next production.

“I’ve worked with so many incredibly talented actors, singers and comedians over the years in my plays and films, like Jamie Foxx, Paula Patton, Morris Chestnut, Ice Cube, Tracy Morgan and Jill Scott, just to name a few. Now, I’m looking forward to finding and helping to launch the career of the next great talent.”

Those interested in attending the workshop in their city should visit to receive full details on registration and location. Space is limited and early registration is encouraged. Reserve your seats today.

Perfect for the professional and the beginner, David E. Talbert’s Actors Workshop & Talent Search will give attendees a chance to learn first-­?hand what the entertainment business is all about and how to get their foot firmly in the door. Participants will receive detailed instruction on how to shape their performance and gain valuable insight into what directors really want. What makes David E. Talbert’s Acting Workshop & Talent Search really unique is the ability for participants to be able to audition with a working Hollywood director.

About David E. Talbert
David E. Talbert began his career in the world of theater, quickly establishing himself as a highly prolific and award winning playwright. The Los Angeles Times labels Talbert, “One of the most prolific theatre makers in America” and The Washington Post “A Playwrighting and directing wunderkind.” David E. Talbert has written and directed 14 nationally acclaimed touring productions that have garnered an unprecedented 24 NAACP nominations, winning Best Playwright of the Year for THE FABRIC OF A MAN. In 2007, Talbert received the New York Literary Award for Best Playwright of the Year for LOVE IN THE NICK OF TYME and the prestigious NAACP Trailblazer Award for his groundbreaking accomplishments in theater. While Talbert continues his success as a highly respected theatre-­?maker, with his most recent tour being the box-­?office juggernaut WHAT MY HUSBAND DOESN’T KNOW starring Morris Chestnut, he has also successfully expanded his brand into the world of feature films and television. His most recent film, the Fox Searchlight romantic comedy BAGGAGE CLIAM, which Talbert adapted from his own Essence best-­?selling novel, starred Paula Patton, Derek Luke, Jill Scott, Adam Brody, and Djimon Hounsou. This marks the first time an African American filmmaker has adapted and directed his own novel. BAGGAGE CLAIM, released in the fall of 2013, opened as the #1 Comedy in America.


For more information on David E. Talbert and to register for the Acting Workshop & Talent Search, go to

Follow David E. Talbert on Facebook at David E. Talbert & Follow David E. Talbert on Twitter @davidetalbert

BLACK POWER TV 9/18 at Annenberg

Thursday September 18 at the Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

In Devorah Heitner’s book Black Power TV, she chronicles the evolution of Black public affairs television during the 1960s and ’70s through the emergence of local and national programming. New York’s Inside Bedford-Stuyvesant and Boston’s Say Brother offered their own take on mainstream discourse while also highlighting important figures in Black history and exploring Black culture and art. Black Power TV reveals how the early Black public affairs television programs redefined African American representations in ways that continue to reverberate in society today.

Join Black Power TV author and media scholar Devorah Heitner for a screening and discussion of segments from Black public affairs shows from around the country including Philadelphia’s Visions. Led by Sara Lomax-Reese, WURD President and General Manager, the distinguished panel will include:

  • Trudy Haynes, Broadcast journalist, Former entertainment reporter for KYW 3; Host, The Trudy Haynes Show, Sunday Magazine and Sunday Side Up
  • Louis Massiah, Executive Director of the Scribe Video Center
  • Salamishah Tillet, Associate Professor of English at Penn
  • Devorah Heitner, Author, Black Power TV

At the conclusion of the forum, Heitner will be available to sign copies of Black Power TV. Copies will be available for sale at the event.

This event is free but a ticket is required!


Fathom Events, Lionsgate and Codeblack Films to Host Special Live Event Screening of Feature Film “Addicted,” Based on Smash Best-Seller, on October 9

Author Zane, Director Bille Woodruff and Film’s Cast will Treat Audiences in Select Cinemas Nationwide to Special Event on Eve of Addicted’s Theatrical Release

Live Performance from Estelle Performing Her Song “Conqueror” - Featured in the Film’s End Credits

Denver, Colo. - September 12, 2014 - The legions of fans of Zane’s provocative best-selling thriller “Addicted,” adapted into a major motion picture from Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) and Codeblack Films, will be treated to a unique one-night event, Addicted: Live With Zane,”

the day before the film’s nationwide theatrical release, it was announced today by event hosts Lionsgate, Codeblack Films and Fathom Events.

The three companies have joined forces to give fans an early chance to see the film and participate in a live Q&A with best-selling author Zane, Addicted stars Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe, Tasha Smith, Tyson Beckford and William Levy and the film’s director Bille Woodruff.  The event will be broadcast live from the AMC Magic Johnson Theater in New York and audiences will have the opportunity to ask questions via Twitter as well as hear Grammy®-winning recording artist Estelle sing her latest single, ”Conqueror,” featured in the film.

“Addicted: Live With Zane” will be presented in select cinemas nationwide on Thursday, October 9th at 8 pm ET/ 5 pm PT with a second tape-delayed showing at 11 pm ET/8 pm PT.

“‘Addicted’ is a film people will be talking about for a long time,” Fathom Events CEO John Rubey said. “Offering our large and loyal audience the chance to have an advance look and participate with the author, cast and filmmakers is an experience they won’t soon forget.”

“We’re excited to partner with Fathom Events to bring this unique in-theater experience to the fans of ‘Addicted,’” said Quincy Newell, Codeblack Films EVP & General Manager.   “This live interactive event with Zane and our fabulous cast, capped with Estelle performing her song ‘Conqueror,’ will add an extra dimension to the movie-going experience for audiences to savor.”

Tickets for “Addicted: Live With Zane” are available at participating theater box offices and online at The event will be presented in more than 340 select movie theaters nationwide through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).  Each online ticket purchase also allows audiences to get a free download of Zane’s new novella, Addicted With a Twist.

Based on Zane’s best-selling novel, Addicted is a sexy and provocative thriller about desire and the dangers of indiscretion. Successful businesswoman Zoe Reynard (Sharon Leal) appears to have attained it all - the dream husband she loves (Boris Kodjoe), two wonderful children and a flourishing career.  As perfect as everything appears from the outside, Zoe is still drawn to temptations she cannot escape or resist.  As she pursues a secret life, Zoe finds herself risking it all when she heads down a perilous path she may not survive.  The film also stars Tasha Smith, Tyson Beckford, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Kat Graham, and William Levy and is directed by Bille Woodruff from a screenplay by Christina Welsh and Ernie Barbarash.

Watch First Episode of Black-ish For Free on iTunes

ABC’s new family comedy, “black-ish”,  premiering on September 24th at 9:30pm, takes a fun yet bold look at one man’s determination to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family. The series stars Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and special guest star Laurence Fishburne. “black-ish” stars Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson, Jr., Miles Brown as Jack Johnson, Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson and special guest star, Laurence Fishburne.

“black-ish” was created by Kenya Barris and is executive-produced by Barris, Larry Wilmore, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and E. Brian Dobbins. The series is produced by ABC Studios.

Starring: Anthony Anderson | Tracee Ellis Ross | Yara Shahidi | Marcus Scribner | Miles Brown | Marsai Martin | Laurence Fishburne

Although it doesn’t premiere until 9/24 on ABC, The first episode of BLACK-ISH is available NOW as a FREE DOWNLOAD on iTunes.  I found it to be well written and of course the cast is great.  I’m still not a fan of the title, but if you liked The Bernie Mac Show or Modern Family, this might be your cup of tea.

Reelblack and PEC Present THE SUSPECT (Filmmakers In Person)

Reelblack and PEC continue its popular Second Fridays on Lancaster Ave Movie series with a special screening of THE SUSPECT, starring Mekhi Phifer. The film’s producer, Mary Jo Barthmaier and writer/director Stuart Connelly will be on hand for a post-film Q&A.

Friday September 12, 2014 7pm at 4017 Lancaster Avenue. Admission is $5.00 and includes refreshments.

Two African-American men partake in their own social science experiments by robbing banks to study the racial based decision making of small town law enforcement. The team would split up, one robbing the bank with a fake gun and the other acting as a decoy for police by looking suspicious near the scene of the crime. However, when one of the experiments goes wrong, it leaves a suspect who must answer a lot of complicated questions. During the interrogation, the suspect reveals that not all is what it seems.

Reelblack Radio Debuts Friday 4pm on WURD-AM

Big News!  Reelblack founder MIKE D has been tapped as one of several hosts to host a new entertainment and culture block of programming on 900 AM WURD.  The show will air Fridays from 4-7pm ET, in the slot previoulsy filled by Dr. Richard M. Cooper.  Morning host Stephanie Renee will co-host the entire block.  Mike’s show will run from 4-5pm with Black entertainment news, reviews and interviews.  The debut show will feature a discussion of NO GOOD DEED, TYLER PERRY’S NEW SHOW and guest KIM COLES.

It’s starting as a test run, but if the response is strong, it will evolve into a regular show.  Please tune in/call in.  Call in at 215-634-8065 | 1-800-361-0900.  Listen live at

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