The Call In - Nailah Jefferson & Neil Drumming

Check out the next installment of THE CALL-IN, with AFFRM’s filmmaker Nailah Jefferson in celebration of VANISHING PEARLS premiere on Netflix this Monday, September 1st!

Reelblack Recommends - DeRay Davis (This Weekend @HeliumComedy)

In need of a laugh this weekend?  May we HIGHLY RECOMMEND you check out comedian DERAY DAVIS (MTV’s Wild ‘n Out), who is performing this weekend at Philly’s Helium Comedy Club, 20th and Sansom.  Tickets are $30 and may be purchased online at

A South side Chicago native, comedian-turned-actor DeRay Davis developed and honed a hip, sardonic, streetwise mentality. He is currently the host of GSM’s “Mind of a Man,” he has also guest-starred on “21 Jump Street,” “Entourage,” “Reno 911!” and “Barbershop.” He was also a standout MVP on Shaq’s “All Star Comedy Jam Tour.”

Win A Copy of Frankie & Alice (Out Now on DVD)

Reelblack and Codeblack are giving one lucky reader a copy of FRANKIE & ALICE, out now on DVD.

Academy Award® winner Halle Berry (Best Actress, Monster’s Ball, 2001) “gives a tour-de-force performance” (Access Hollywood) in the riveting psychological drama, Frankie & Alice, arriving on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD, Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View August 12 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment and Codeblack Films. Berry will “have you captivated from beginning to end” ( in her Golden Globe ® nominated portrayal of Frankie, a woman with multiple personalities trying to put her life back together. From the executive producers of Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, the film also features Stellan Skarsgård, Phylicia Rashad and Chandra Wilson. The Frankie & Alice DVD including a “making of” featurette, will be available for the suggested retail price of $26.98.

The remarkable true story of an African American go-go dancer named “Frankie” who has dissociative identity disorder (DID). She struggles to retain her true self while fighting against two very unique alter egos: a seven-year-old named “Genius” and a Southern white racist woman named “Alice.” In order to stop the multiple voices in her head, Frankie (Berry) works with a psychotherapist (Skarsgård) to uncover and overcome the mystery of the inner ghosts that haunt her, and the truth that is locked inside her mind.


The winner will be selected at random and notified over the weekend.  Good luck!

Reelblack Recommends - Stand Up At The Movies 8/27

STAND UP AT THE MOVIES, hosted by KeithFromUpTheBlock will premiere KINDRED THE FAMILY SOUL’S new short film, A COUPLE OF FRIENDS, written and directed by JAMAL HILL (Brotherly Love).  Attend the Red Carpet premiere at 7pm and stay for a night of live comedy and music.  At the Pearl Theater at Broad and Oxford.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at


Hosted By KeithFromUpDaBlock from Urban X-pressions, The Dr. Phil Show & Jay-Z’s Hangar Tour

Featuring A World Premiere vid from Actor/Comedian Chris Jarell a.k.a CHILL RELL from the movie Brotherly Love & BET’s 106 & Park

Starring The Notorious KING of Philly Comedy, Buck Wild from Mike Epps Tour & 2 time Philly Hip Hop award winner for Best Comedian.

Also starring The Man Of Many Faces Tommy Too Smoov from BET’s Comic View.

Special Music Performance by Kindred Thefamily Soul doing classics and songs from their new album “A Couple Friends”. They will also be doing a red carpet world premier of their short film “A Couple Friends” from 7pm to 7:45 before the main event starts!

*** Ticket holders also receive a FREE PASS for The Ruffin Vision Film Festival that begins 2 hours prior to the main event on that same day. The festival features new work by indie film makers and music artist on the large screen. ***

KEM CD Signing This Wednesday at Sound of Market

Beyond The Lights - In Theaters November 14

One of the highlights of this Fall’s Black Movie season is Gina Prince-Bythewood’s BEYOND THE LIGHTS (formerly titled Blackbird).  It’s been selected ad the opening night film at next month’s Urbanworld Film Festival and hits theaters nationwide on November 14.  Take a look at the trailer and feel free to share!

Release: November 14, 2014

Writer: Gina Prince-Bythewood

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood

Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, Colson “MGK” Baker and Danny Glover

Producers: Stephanie Allain, Ryan Kavanaugh, Amar’e Stoudemire, Reggie Rock Bythewood

Executive Producers: Tucker Tooley, Matt Alvarez, Robbie Brenner, Ron Burkle, Jason Colbeck

Rating: PG-13


Beyond the Lights is the story of Noni, the music world’s latest superstar. But not all is what it seems, and the pressures of fame have Noni on the edge  - until she meets Kaz Nicol, a young cop and aspiring politician who’s been assigned to her detail. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them who urge them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance.  But it is ultimately Kaz’s love that gives Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.

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 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, $5/Reelblack and IHouse Members

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.

Movie Meetup This Saturday 8/23 - An Evening With John Sayles

The first annual REEL EAST FILM FESTIVAL is hosting a special event featuring legendary filmmaker John Sayles (Brother From Another Planet, Honeydripper).  He will be screening his most recent film, GO FOR SISTERS (starring LisaGay Hamilton and Yolonda Ross), and participating in a post film Q&A.

Saturday August 23rd@ 8PM-GO FOR SISTERS  and John Sayles Q and A-$30.00
An Evening with filmmaker John Sayles (Eight Men Out, Lone Star) who will present his latest film, “Go For Sisters”, with a post-screening discussion.

At the Ritz Theatre Company
915 White Horse Pike
Arts District
Haddon Twp, NJ 08107
P: (856) 858.5230

Event is “dutch treat” meaning each person is responsible for their own tickets and food.

Note: A full festival pass, which includes admission to all events on Friday and Saturday is only $40.00.  If you live in South Jersey (or just love films, this is an absolute bargain)  For a full list of films and to pre-order tickets, visit

Go For Sisters - Trailer
Go For Sisters - Trailer

Go For Sisters is the 18th feature film written and directed by independent cinema pioneer John Sayles.

Bernice (LisaGay Hamilton) and Fontayne (Yolonda Ross) grew up so close people said they could “go for sisters”, but time sent them down different paths. Twenty years later, those paths cross: Fontayne is a recovering addict fresh out of jail, and Bernice is her new parole officer.

When Bernice’s son Rodney goes missing on the Mexican border, his shady associates all in hiding or brutally murdered, Bernice realizes she needs someone with the connections to navigate Rodney’s world without involving the police… and turns to her old friend. The pair enlist the services of disgraced ex-LAPD detective Freddy Suárez (Edward James Olmos) and plunge into the dim underbelly of Tijuana, forced to unravel a complex web of human traffickers, smugglers, and corrupt cops before Rodney meets the same fate as his partners.

As much a story of relationships as a story of crime, GO FOR SISTERS is a welcome return to the border for master filmmaker and two-time Academy Award nominee John Sayles (“Lone Star,” “Passion Fish”).

Movie Meetup - FINDING FELA This Sunday 1pm at Ritz Bourse

Since it is important to support the release of quality Black film–in theaters, not on bootleg, Reelblack is organizing a movie meetup in support of FINDING FELA this Sunday 1:00pm at the Ritz Bourse 4th and Ranstead.

Finding Fela — Official Trailer (Dir. Alex Gibney) from Kino Lorber on Vimeo.

This meetup is “Dutch Treat,” meaning everyone pays for their own tickets and food. Afterward, we will meet at Cosi Cafe across the street for discussion and giveaways.  Tickets are $7.75

Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance. He created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. His influence helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria and promoted Pan Africanist politics to the world. The power and potency of Fela’s message is completely current today and is expressed in the political movements of oppressed people, embracing Fela’s music and message in their struggle for freedom. Finding Fela was directed by the Academy Award winning director, Alex Gibney.

Director Alex Gibney

Academy Award winner Alex Gibney, known for his gripping, deeply insightful documentaries, is one of the most accomplished non-fiction filmmakers working today. His 2008 film, Taxi to the Dark Side, received an Oscar for Best Feature-Length Documentary. Alex received another Academy Award nomination in 2006 for Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.

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