Reelblack Radio This Friday 1/30 on WURD 900 AM

Award-winning Nigerian filmmaker JETA AMATA will call in to discuss his long-awaited film BLACK NOVEMBER, which Reelblack will host the Philadelphia Premiere of next Thursday at The Pearl (details below).  Plus we will discuss the latest entertainment news.

Tune in as we will be giving away a pair of tickets to the Black November screening.

Listen live at Join the Conversation: 866-361-0900 or 215-634-8065


On Thursday February 5, Reelblack will host the Philly Premiere of the long awaited Nollywood/US production BLACK NOVEMBER, starring Vivica A. Fox, Wyclef Jean, Akon and Kim Basinger. Screening will take place at 7pm at The Pearl at Avenue North, Broad and Oxford Streets in North Philadelphia. Admission is $10 adults/ $8 Students and Seniors/ $5 Reelblack Season 12 Members

Tickets will be available at the door but may be purchased in advance at

Anne Heche, Akon, Vivica A. Fox, Mbong Amata, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Wyclef Jean, Sarah Wayne Callies, Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke

A volatile, oil-rich Nigerian community wages war against their corrupt government and a multi-national oil corporation to protect their land from being destroyed by excessive drilling and spills. To seek justice, a rebel organization kidnaps an American oil executive and demands that his corporation end the destruction and pollution. Inspired by true events, Black November is the gripping story of how a community rises up and takes drastic measures to make sure their voices are heard.


Opening in area theaters tonight is BLACK OR WHITE, starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer.  Reelblack members had a chance to preview the movie this week.  The reaction was uniformly positive.  It is not what you might expect based on the previews.  See it in theaters–not on bootleg.

Continuing in area theaters is SELMA.

Available this Friday on iTunes and On Demand is SUPREMACY starring Danny Glover and Evan Ross (Not Previewed).

Vimeo On Demand is a new online streaming platform you can discover independent films on.  Spike Lee recently announced the premiere of his new feature DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS a month in advance of its theatrical release.  You can rent or purchase it HERE.

Also Soul Food Cinema alum Al Robbins (The Next Day) has made his sophomore feature, RALTAT available there as well.  CHECK OUT THE TRAILER AND RENT THE FILM HERE.

Vimeo On Demand is also the place to find the recent festival hit, BAD BRAINS: A BAND IN DC.  Rent or Own it HERE.


It’s a comedy show, music concert & more, INSIDE A MOVIE THEATRE. Find out what Jonathan Shecter, founder of The Source Magazine calls “Hilarious Entertainment with a side of popcorn!” It’s not just a show, it’s bigger than an event, IT’S THE ULTIMATE COMEDY EXPERIENCE & it’s returning to The Pearl (Broad and Oxford Streets) on Wed. Feb 4th, 2015.

Hosted by KeithFromUpDaBlock ( Dr. Phil Show, Jay Z’s Hangar Tour )

Featuring Magazine Centerfold, Reality Star, Actress & Designer Cat Washington (mscat215) & The Body By Ms Cat Models ripping the runway with sexy High End Cat Suits, Dresses etc.

STARRING 2 winners of HELIUM COMEDY CLUBS “Philly’s Funniest” competition David James (2006)
& Matt McCusker (2014)

Special music performance by the R&B Group Aviance Musiq


GET YOUR TIX ONLINE AT http://www.StandUpAt

Call 215.554.9480
or text AFRO to 55469

Peep the trailer: EnfQ8mb_hWM

See ya at the movies! :)


In collaboration with Penn Cinema Studies and International House Philadelphia
You don’t want to miss this awesome retrospective of Black films photographed by BRADFORD YOUNG.  All screenings are FREE and open to the public. At International House, 3701 Chestnut Street.

RSVP HERE for the screenings

4 February 2015 * 7:00pm

Pariah (Dee Rees, 2011, 86 min. Sundance Excellence in Cinematography Award)
Alike, a 17-year-old African American teenager, comes to terms with her identity as a butch lesbian and its impact on her family. Trailer

A world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, “Pariah” is the feature-length expansion of writer/director Dee Rees’ award-winning 2007 short film by the same name. Spike Lee is among the feature’s executive producers.

4 march 2015 * 7:00pm

Mississippi Damned (Tina Mabry, 2009, 120 min.)
Three sisters in a small rural Mississippi town endure cycles of family dysfunction that include alcoholism, illness and even murder. “One gets the feeling that the family, constantly menaced with eviction, would disintegrate entirely outside the walls that form both haven and prison,” writes Ronnie Scheib in Variety. Trailer

18 march 2015 * 7:00pm

Middle of Nowhere (Ava DuVernay, 2012, 97 min. Sundance Best Director Award)

The Door (DuVernay, 2013, 9 min.)
In Middle of Nowhere (trailer), medical student Ruby learns to live another life when her husband is imprisoned. Fifth in fashion brand Miu Miu’s “Women’s Tales” series, The Door (trailer) follows five African American women whose strong bond helps one overcome a deep depression following divorce.

FREE | Reelblack Action Double Feature at The Rotunda 2/12

I’ve been asked to guest host a couple shows this season of ANDREW’S VIDEO VAULT. I Took the opportunity to dig out some of my guilty pleasure movies. The screenings are FREE and will take place starting at 8pm at THE ROTUNDA, 4014 Walnut Street in West Philly.  Guest Host and Curator: Mike Dennis of Reelblack Cinema Co-presented with Irv Slifkin, author of Filmadelphia and Groovy Movies.

On February 12 we will screen two long-lost “salt and pepper” action flicks from the 1980s never released on DVD.

ENEMY TERRITORY (1987 / 89 minutes) Gary Frank and Ray Parker, Jr. star as an insurance salesman and a phone company worker trapped after dark in an apartment building that is terrorized by a street gang called “The Vampires.” Photographed by Ernest Dickerson (Do The Right Thing) and featuring early appearances by Tony Todd, Stacey Dash and Kadeem Hardison. Directed by Peter Manoogian.

CERTAIN FURY (1985 / 87 minutes) Tatum O’Neal and Irene Cara star in this New World Pictures rip-off of The Defiant Ones. Directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal.


Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American film is giving one lucky reader a copy of the recently released CANTINFLAS on DVD.


The winner will be selected at random and notified Monday.  Good luck!

In “Cantinflas”, the trust story of Mexico’s greatest and most beloved comedy film star is told for the first time. From his humble origins on the small stage to the bright lights of Hollywood, Cantinflas became famous around the world - one joke at a time. Relive the laughter that has charmed generations.


Congrats to PAULA WILLIS of North Philly who won a copy of Madea’s Tough Love on DVD courtesy of Lionsgate.

Congrats to Tatiana Bacchus, Joseph Blanding. Carolee Dunn, Elaine Gillison and Shanada Malik who won pairs of tickets to see Maceo Parker at The Merriam Theater.

and to Jacquelyn Brack and Delores Sapp who won copies of MIDDLE OF NOWHERE on DVD courtesy of Lionsgate/Codeblack

Reelblack and PEC Present THE WELL (1951) *A LOST CLASSIC* at the United Bank Building 2/13

In honor of Black History Month, Reelblack and PEC unearth the “lost” classic THE WELL (1951).

Friday February 13, 2015 7pm at The United Bank Building, 3750 Lancaster Avenue | Philadelphia, PA 19104.  Admission is $5.00 (includes refreshments).

As Carolyn Crawford, a five-year-old African-American girl, skips through a vacant field on her way to school, she slips and falls into a well. Her mother Martha and grandfather give her description to Sheriff Ben Kellog, who then learns that three classmates saw a man speaking with her in front of Woody’s flower shop. Woody tells of a white man who bought flowers for the girl, whom he had never seen before. Word soon spreads in the black community that a white man abducted Carolyn.

Nominated for two Academy Awards (including Best Screenplay) when it was first released in 1951, THE WELL is undeniably a forgotten classic.  It was one of the first in a wave of American films to address the “Race” issue and depict African-Americans from a non-stereotyped point-of-view.  Now, nearly 65 years after it first ignited screens, it is time for a re-discovery (and re-appraisal).

Preceded by pair of short subjects and cartoons from the same era as THE WELL.

RIGHT ON (45th Anniversary) 2/24 at IHouse

In honor of Black History Month, Reelblack is proud to host the Philadelphia Premiere of the 45th Anniversary restoration of RIGHT ON! (1970), starring The Original Last Poets.  Admission is $10 adults/ $8 Students and Seniors/ $5 Reelblack and IHouse members.

At International House, 3701 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Just added! We will also showcase the Philly Premiere of the short film, DREAMS DON’T CHASE THEMSELVES starring and directed by HEZEKIAH.

Presented in collaboration with Spoken Soul 215

Tickets my be purchased in advance at

Described as “a conspiracy of ritual, street theater, soul music, and cinema,” Right On! is a pioneering concert film, a compelling record of radical Black sentiment in 1960s America, and a precursor of the hip-hop revolution in musical culture. Shot guerilla-style on the streets and rooftops of lower Manhattan, it features the original Last Poets performing 28 numbers adapted from their legendary Concept-East Poetry appearance at New York’s Paperback Theater in 1969. Opening almost simultaneously with Melvin Van Peebles’s Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, Right On! was described by its producer as “the first ‘totally black film,’” making “no concession in language and symbolism to white audiences.” The film has rarely screened over the past 30 years, and this is the premiere run of MoMA’s new restoration, made from the recently recovered 35mm negative. This restoration was undertaken by The Museum of Modern Art with support from the Celeste Bartos Fund for Film Preservation and Paul Newman (San Francisco).

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