What: Mike D.’s Birthday Bash

When: Saturday October 10, 2015 3:00-7:00pm

Where: The Point Of Destination Cafe  6460 Greene Street (at the Upsal Train Station) Philadelphia, PA 19119

Cost: $20 Members/ $25 nonmembers BYOB

Mike D’s Birthday Bash has quickly become a tradition. It is our way of bringing the Reelblack family together, to celebrate the start of a new season with good food, good music and good times.

Join us on Saturday October 10 from 3pm – 7pm at The POD Café, 6460 Greene Street (at the Upsal Train Station) for this year’s bash. Party on two levels. Venue is adjacent to the Upsal train station and there is free parking.  All-you-can-eat meal will be provided by SIDE OF THE ROAD JERK CHICKEN (w/ burgers, beef franks and veggie treats grilled up by James as well).  Music provided by This is a fundraiser for Reelblack’s 13th 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 memberships and Reelblack DVDs will also be available. BYOB.


Let’s get together and support the Philadelphia Premiere of STRETCH AND BOBBITO: RADIO THAT CHANGED LIVES on Wednesday October 21, 2015. Screening will take place at Franky Bradleys, 1320 Chancellor Street. Tickets are $12.00-20.00 and may be purchased at

I saw this film at Urbanworld recently and absolutely loved it. Fo those who are a fan of East Coast hip-hop in the 1990s, this is a treat not to be missed. Stretch and Bobbito will be at the screening for a post-film Q&A.

Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Garcia are the unsung heroes of Golden Era Hip Hop. 89tec9 (89.9FM) will forever be remembered as the place where some of your favorite rap stars of the 90s got their first chance to shine, often long before their groundbreaking LPs and singles ever hit the commercial marketplace. Stories and perspectives never before shared, from some of the most influential hip hop artists ever, all of whom credit Stretch, Bobbito and their program for being their springboard to success.

Franky Bradley’s is proud to present The Philadelphia Premiere

Followed by a Q&A session, moderated by Rich Medina

Followed by The Official Stretch & Bobbito Screening After Party with Stretch, Bobbito & Rich Medina at Franky Bradley’s.

Screening Time: 7pm - Q&A Time:8:45pm - Party Time: 10pm


Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving one lucky reader a copy of Mark Harris’ MY FIRST LOVE, courtesy of eOne Entertainment.

Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “MY FIRST LOVE” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to Winner will be selected at random and notified next week.

In a world of social media and technology a married couple with serious marital problems has reached the peak of conflict when Omar (played by Pooch Hall) becomes distracted with a constant need to check his phone and social media notifications. Carmen (played by Gabrielle Dennis) is fed up with her husbands obsession and is ready to call it quits unless Omar gives her the proper attention she desires.


Comedy legends PAUL MOONEY and DICK GREGORY are appearing at The Rrazz Room at the Prince Music Theater on October 2 & 3.  GET TICKETS HERE (they are almost sold out). and check out a snippet from our 2010 interview with Mooney below.

Win A Pass to See CAPTIVE

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American Film has obtained 7 run-of-engagement passes for two to see CAPTIVE, the new thriller starring David Oyelowo and Kate Mara.  Passes are good for any Mon - Thurs show.


Denise Allen

Tim Barksdale

Sean Burns

Carolee Dunn

Pam Ford

Elaine Gillison

Cynthia Johnson

Yolonda johnson young

Alberta Mapp

Terri Mathis

Shauna Mensah

Barbara Price

Ja-Nell Riley

Tasha Russell

Whose names were selected to win.


CAPTIVE, based on a miraculous true story that drew the attention of the entire nation, is the dramatic, thrilling, and spiritual journey of Ashley Smith and Brian Nichols. After being taken hostage by Brian in her own apartment, Ashley turns to Rick Warren’s inspirational book, “The Purpose Driven Life,” for guidance.  In reading from the book, Ashley not only finds purpose in her own life, but helps Brian find a more peaceful resolution to a harrowing situation.

Now playing at area theaters.

Michael Schultz at the Museum of the Moving Image NY

RBTV was at the kickoff of a moth-long celebration of filmmaker MICHAEL SCHULTZ at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, NY.   The 4oth Anniversary screening of COOLEY HIGH, hosted by WARRINGTON HUDLIN is part of the four-part series “Black Film Pioneer: Conversations with Michael Schultz” and also that this is part of “Changing the Picture,” the Museum’s monthly program that celebrates and explores the work of film and TV artists of color who are bringing diverse voices to the screen. Features interviews with Schultz, Woodie King, Jr and Charles Woods. For more information, visit


THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION opens Friday 9/18 at the Ritz Bourse.  Let’s support this one with our dollars by pledging to attend the Friday 7pm showing.

Filmmaker Stanley Nelson examines the rise of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s and its impact on civil rights and American culture.

Producer LAURENS GRANT is scheduled to be at the 4:00 and 7:00 shows on 9/18.  Director STANLEY NELSON will be at the 4:00 and 7:00 shows on 9/20.  This event will sell out.  Get your tickets now at

The North Star Red Carpet Premiere 9/17

LuckPig Studios’ THE NORTH STAR, a Thomas K. Phillips feature film based on true events, will celebrate its theatrical release with a Philadelphia Red Carpet Premiere at the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, September 17th before the local theatrical release on Friday, September 18th.  THE NORTH STAR, starring former Philadelphia Eagles Linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, was filmed in Bucks County, PA over 24 days during the summer of 2012.

Red carpet attendees will include Jeremiah Trotter, Doylestown, PA native Writer and Director Thomas K. Phillips, and Producer and former Executive Director of the NAACP, Dr. Benjamin Chavis Jr., along with key members of the cast.  Tickets for the 8:00 PM red carpet premiere start at $12.99 and are available at

Reelblack Presents SONG OF THE SOUTH 9/11 at United Bank Bldg.

Following up on our successful screening of THE CENSORED ELEVEN, On Friday September 11, Reelblack will present a rare public screening of SONG OF THE SOUTH. Considered a masterful blend of live action and animation at the time of its release, it was shunned during the Civil Rights era for its depiction of Uncle Remus (James Baskett won an honorary Oscar for his performance). Unseen in US theaters since 1986 (and never released on home video), we re-examine this lost classic.

Friday September 11 at 7:00pm at the United Bank Building, 3750 Lancaster Avenue. Admission is $5.00 (includes refreshments)

The kindly story-teller Uncle Remus tells a young boy stories about trickster Br’er Rabbit, who outwits Br’er Fox and slow-witted Br’er Bear.

Movie Meetup - Spirits of Rebellion 9/15 at IHouse

Special Work-in-progress screening with filmmaker ZEINABU IRENE DAVIS in Person!

Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 PM Special Work-In-Progress Screening

at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

Zeinabu irene Davis in person
$10, $7 Students/Seniors, $5 Scribe and IHP members

Co-sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Social Justice Series, with special thanks to Josslyn Luckett and Dean John Jackson

Spirits of Rebellion provides intimate access to key filmmakers trained at UCLA who are identified with the movement known as the L.A. Rebellion, including Charles Burnett, Julie Dash, Haile Gerima, Barbara McCullough, Billy Woodberry and Davis herself, at work and in discussion. The film engages the origins of the name “L.A. Rebellion,” the importance of public education to this group and in today’s world, and the intriguing question, “What is a Black film?”

Zeinabu irene Davis is an independent filmmaker and Professor of Communication at UC San Diego. Her work is passionately concerned with the depiction of women of African descent. Her films include Mother of the River, A Powerful Thang, Cycles, Trumpetistically Clora Bryant, and her feature film, Compensation that was selected for the dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival (2000).

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