WIN A COPY OF PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW ON DVD


Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving one lucky reader a copy of PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW (2016) on DVD, which was released today by Magnolia Home Entertainment on DVD and Digital HD.

Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “PRINCESS SHAW” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@aol.com

The true story of the incredible Princess Shaw and the enigmatic composer Kutiman, who discovers her from the other side of the world.
By day, Samantha Montgomery cares for the elderly in one of New Orleans’s toughest neighborhoods. By night, she writes and sings her own songs as Princess Shaw on her confessional YouTube channel. Raw and vulnerable, her voice is a diamond in the rough.
Across the globe, Ophir Kutiel creates video mash ups of amateur YouTube performers. Known as Kutiman, he is a composer, a musician, and a pioneering video artist embraced by the world of fine art. Kutiman “transforms sampling into a multimedia art,” whether at his home on a kibbutz in Israel or at a live performance at the Guggenheim in New York.
Two strangers, almost 7,000 miles apart, begin to build a song. The film unfolds as Kutiman pairs Princess Shaw’s emotional performances in a beautiful expression of generosity and compassion, revealing the bona fide star underneath and her fight to never give up on her dreams.

Win A PAIR OF TICKETS TO SEE LOVE JONES: THE MUSICAL

Reelblack is giving one lucky reader a pair of tickets to experience LOVE JONES: THE MUSICAL, which comes to Philly September 14-18, 2016.  Tix will be for the Wednesday September !4th performance at 8pm.

Enter to win by sending an email with your name and phone number in the message and the phrase “Love Jones” in the subject line to reelblackinc@aol.com Winner will be selected at random and notified on Monday. Good Luck!

Listen at 11:05 AM to Reelblack Radio on 900 WURD-AM.  Our guests will be R&B stars CHRISETTE MICHELLE and RAHEEM DEVAUGHN from the Love Jones cast.

Love Jones – the Musical is not just a stage play… it is the MUST SEE musical event of 2016! No question about it. Fusing an A-List musical lineup with a movie title that is nothing short of a cultural phenomenon, Love Jones – the Musical is a brilliant idea coming along at exactly the right time!

Originally released as a movie in 1997, Love Jones became a cult classic that captured the imagination of an entire generation! Ask any African American woman over that age of 30 about Love Jones and you will almost certainly encounter a nostalgic, almost reverent, retelling of the classic, yet gritty, love story of Darius and Nine. The brand recognition of this title, amongst the core demographic, is astonishingly universal!

We’ve taken this title and brought it to life with some of the biggest names in music today. Musiq Soulchild, Chrisette Michele, Marsha Ambrosius, MC Lyte, Dave Hollister and Raheem DeVaughn have been carefully selected as they each bring a sizable audience and a recognizable catalog of hits that will make Love Jones – the Musical an event with unquestioned appeal. Produced with the size and scale of a concert, we’ve given this show all of the elements to make it a magical, transformative experience for the audience. Think of it like a concert, only with a theme. And that theme is the telling of a classic story that captured the hearts and minds of an entire generation of women.

Get tix at http://lovejonesthemusical.com

TEDDY PENDERGRASS FOUNDATION EXHIBITION & FUNDRAISER 10/29 & 30

You are cordially invited to attend I Am Who I Am, The Life and Legacy of Teddy Pendergrass: Entertainer and Advocate,
a traveling exhibition presented by The Teddy and Joan Pendergrass Foundation at the African American Museum, 701 Arch
Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
“I Am Who I Am” gives visitors a one-of-a-kind look at the life and career of musical giant, Teddy Pendergrass, one of the
most successful American R&B singers of all time.
The opening Reception, will be held on Friday, October 28, 2016, 6:00 9:00 PM. Tickets are $100 with a portion of the
funds being donated to Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.
On Saturday October 29, 2016 at 2PM we will have a special film screening, of the Teddy Pendergrass “Close the Door”
Live Concert selected and moderated by Michael Dennis, Host/Curator ReelBlack Presents. A discussion and reflections on
the life and career of Teddy Pendergrass will follow. Admission to the screening is $10.00.

ARRAY PRESENTS HONEYTRAP | AT UNITED BANK 10/14

The inclusive distribution collective ARRAY is proud to release the theatrical trailer for the 2015 SXSW and Urbanworld Film Festival Official Selection, HONEYTRAP. Marking the directorial debut of UK native Rebecca Johnson, HONEYTRAP will begin a national screening tour on September 23rd to include New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago, Seattle, Houston, Memphis, Montgomery and Boston in advance of its Netflix debut in the US and Canada on October 3rd. The announcement was made by ARRAY Founder Ava DuVernay.
HONEYTRAP is the harrowing rite-of-passage drama inspired by a 2009 real-life crime of love, betrayal and murder.  Featuring an international cast, the movie stars Jessica Sula (Skins, ABC Family’s Recovery Road) Lucien Laviscount (Fox’s Scream Queens), Naomi Ryan (GUARDIANS
OF THE GALAXY) and Ntonga Mwanza (LEAVE TO REMAIN).
Girlhood and gang culture collide in HONEYTRAP as 15-year old Layla (Sula) contends with bullying at a new school by transforming herself inside and out. The teen’s compulsive journey for love and acceptance soon becomes fatal in this cautionary tale based on headline news adapted by writer/director Rebecca Johnson.
NATIONAL TOUR ENGAGEMENTS:
09/23-09/25 New York
09/23 New York
09/24 Washington, DC
09/28-10/01 Memphis
09/29 Seattle, WA
10/01 Boston, MA
10/01 Montgomery, AL
10/02 Chicago, IL
10/06 Houston, TX
10/14 Philadelphia, PA

Movie Meetup - WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS 9/8 in North Philly

I’m planning on catching the new Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall movie this Friday 1:30pm at the new AMC Broad Street 7 at Broad and Oxford Streets, after I finish my radio show on WURD.  Any one want to join me?  It’s Dutch Treat.  Tix can be purchased at the box-office or in advance here: http://www.fandango.com/whentheboughbreaks_192900/movietimes

I might grab a bite right before at QDoba around 12:45pm.  I know its not optimal time but we have a show later that night and I’m booked this weekend.

Reelblack AND PEC PRESENT - MR. AND MRS. LOVING 9/9 in W. PHILLY

In celebration of the November release of LOVING, starring Ruth Negga and Joel Egerton, we host a rare public screening of MR. AND MRS. LOVING, a made-for-tv depiction of the same story from 20 years ago.

Friday September 9, 2016 at 7:15pm (doors open at 6:40pm)  Admission is $5.00 (includes refreshments)

JUST ADDED: WORLD PREMIERE OF KINDRED THE FAMILY SOUL’S LEGACY OF LOVE  SHORT FILM.  A 30 minute look into the lives of Philly’s First Family of Soul from director Konnee Rok.

Richard (Timothy Hutton) and Mildred (Lela Rochon), who grew up together in Central Point, Virginia, decide to get married in 1960. The only trouble is he is white and she is black.

After being told that interracial marriages are outlawed in the state, they get hitched in Washington, D.C., and return home. The Lovings are arrested on their wedding night and put in prison. A judge explains to them that God separated the races and did not intend for them to mix. They are exiled from Virginia for 25 years.

The Lovings settle down in a black Washington slum where Mildred learns about the civil rights movement while taking care of her two small children. A letter to Attorney General Robert Kennedy brings a lawyer connected to the ACLU to their aid. After three years of waiting, the Supreme Court strikes down 18 state laws forbidding interracial marriage. This drama, based on a true story, presents an important slice of civil rights history. (synopsis courtesy of spiritualityandpractice.com)

Alicia Keys Provides Music For Queen Of Katwe (In Theaters September 23)

DISNEY PARTNERS WITH 15-TIME GRAMMY® AWARD-WINNING

SINGER/SONGWRITER/PRODUCER ALICIA KEYS

ON MIRA NAIR’S UPCOMING FILM “QUEEN OF KATWE”

STARRING DAVID OYELOWO AND LUPITA NYONG’O

Here is your first look at a featurette featuring singer/songwriter/producer Alicia Keys and her new song “Back to Life,” which is featured in the upcoming film “Queen of Katwe.” The film, which is based on a true story, is the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess starring David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.

The soundtrack is now available for pre-order at Amazon, smarturl.it/KatweAM

Movie Meetup With Mike And Charles in NYC 9/10

Join RBTV’s MIKE D and CHARLES WOODS as they attend a special Movie Meetup Saturday September 10 at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theter, 165 West 65th St in NYC.

Lincoln Center is presenting special screenings of THE GLASS SHIELD (6:30pm) and TO SLEEP WITH ANGER (9:15pm). The films director, CHARLES BURNETT (Killer Of Sheep) will be unhand for Q&A of Glass Shield and to introduce To Sleep With anger.

Event is DUTCH TREAT, meaning each person is responsible for purchasing their own ticket(s).

Tix and details here:
https://www.filmlinc.org/films/the-glass-shield/
https://www.filmlinc.org/films/to-sleep-with-anger/
If you enjoy our shows and podcasts, here’s a great opportunity to meet Mike and Charles in person!

Win This Cool Item Signed by Ava DuVernay

In honor of the premiere of QUEEN SUGAR’S two night premiere on September 6/7 at 10pm on OWN, we are giving away an item personally signed by award-winning filmmaker AVA DuVERNAY (Middle of Nowhere, Selma, The 13th).  Don’t miss your chance to own an important piece of herstory!  Enter to win by sending an email with your full name and mailing address to reelblackinc@aol.com  One winner will be selected at random at the end of the month.  Good luck!

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MOVIE MEETUP - SEMBENE! 9/8 AT INTERNATIONAL HOUSE

Scribe Producer’s Series is showcasing the definitive documentary of Ousmane Sembene, The Godfather of African Cinema.

Thursday September 8 7:00pm at International House, 3701 Chestnut StreetAdmission $5.00-$10.00Get tix

at Scribe.org

Samba Gadjigo in person!

In 1952, Ousmane Sembène, a dockworker and fifth-grade dropout from Senegal, began dreaming an impossible dream: to become the storyteller for a new Africa. SEMBENE! tells the unbelievable true story of the father of African cinema, the self- taught novelist and filmmaker who fought a 50-year battle to return African stories to Africans.

Samba Gadjigo, is the author of the official biography, Ousmane Sembène: The Making of a Militant Artist. He is professor of African Studies and French at Mt. Holyoke College, where he has taught since 1986.

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