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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
09/23 New York
09/24 Washington, DC
09/29 Seattle, WA
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.
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)
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
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:
If you enjoy our shows and podcasts, here’s a great opportunity to meet Mike and Charles in person!
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 email@example.com One winner will be selected at random at the end of the month. Good luck!
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About “Queen Sugar”
From award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay (“Selma”) and executive producer Oprah Winfrey, the contemporary drama “Queen Sugar” chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings in Saint Josephine, Louisiana: Nova (Rutina Wesley, “True Blood”), a world-wise journalist and activist; Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner, “Unforgettable”), the savvy wife and manager of a professional basketball star; and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe, “Awkward”), a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption. After a family tragedy, the Bordelons must navigate the triumphs and struggles of their complicated lives in order to run an ailing sugarcane farm in the Deep South. Led by acclaimed film director DuVernay, who directed the first two episodes, all episodes in the series’ debut season are directed by women. “Queen Sugar” is produced for OWN by Warner Horizon Television. The executive producers are Ava DuVernay, Melissa Carter and Oprah Winfrey. The series is based on the book by Natalie Baszile.
The expansive cast includes Tina Lifford (“Parenthood”) as Aunt Violet; Omar J. Dorsey (“Ray Donovan,” “Selma”) as Violet’s much younger boyfriend Hollywood Desonier; Dondré Whitfield (“Mistresses”) as trusted Bordelon family friend Remy Newell; Timon Kyle Durrett (“Single Ladies”) as Charley’s husband, professional basketball star Davis West, Nicholas L. Ashe (The Lion King - National Tour) as Charley and Davis’ teenage son, Micah; Greg Vaughan (“Days of Our Lives”) as a local cop and Nova’s lover, Calvin; and Ethan Hutchison (“The Path”) as Ralph-Angel’s son, Blue. Additionally, Emmy and multiple NAACP Image Award-winning actor Glynn Turman (“The Wire”) guest stars as family patriarch Ernest Bordelon; Henry G. Sanders (“Rocky Balboa”) recurs as Prosper Denton, a farmer and longtime friend of Ernest, Bianca Lawson (“Rogue”) guest stars as Ralph Angel’s ex-girlfriend and mother of Blue, Darla; and Marycarmen Lopez (“From Dusk ‘Til Dawn: The Series”) as Blue’s elementary school teacher.
DuVernay directed the first two episodes of “Queen Sugar” and hand-picked an all-female roster of directors to helm the subsequent episodes of the series’ first season. The slate of both seasoned and emerging directing talent includes Tina Mabry (“Mississippi Damned”), Victoria Mahoney (“Yelling to the Sky”), Tanya Hamilton (“Night Catches Us”), So Yong Kim (“Lovesong,” “Treeless Mountain”), Kat Candler (“Hellion”), Salli Richardson-Whitfield (“Eureka”) and Neema Barnette (“Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day,” “Being Mary Jane”).
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
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.