Reelblack Memberships Make Great Holiday Gifts

Join before Novemeber 30 and have achance to win this sautographed poster

Join before Novemeber 30 and have achance to win this autographed poster

For just $30, you can become a REELBLACK SEASON SIX member and enjoy discounts at our shows at International House, free movie passes for advance screenings of movies like SOUL MEN, CADILLAC RECORDS and THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES. Join online before Nov. 30, and be automatically be entered in a drawing to win a special SOUL MEN prize package which includes a full sized poster autographed by Samuel L. Jackson and director Malcolm Lee, a SOUL MEN soundtrack CD + a copy of the just-released JAMES BROWN LIVE AT STUDIO 54 and CHASTAIN PARK DVD, courtesy of Allied Advertising, The Weinstein Company and Music Video Distributors. See SOUL MEN in theaters now–not on bootleg. Note: You must have a valid e-mail account to enjoy the full benefits of membership.For details click “Membership” the tab in the upper right.


What: Soul Food Cinema Presents LOVE FOR SALE
Where: The Point Of Destination Cafe, 6460 Greene Street (At the Upsal R8 Train Station) Philadelphia, PA 19119 215-849-7771
When: This Friday November 21, 2008 at 7PM
Cost: Free w/ purchase of a Soul Food Friday Meal ($10.00 and up)

Giveaways will include Mariah Carey Live DVD courtesy of Image Entertainment

The latest from radio personality and filmmaker RUSS PARR (The Last Stand), this sexy comedy proves that sometimes too much of a good thing can be the worst thing for you. Trey (Jackie Long) is a young deliveryman who can’t seem to catch a break. His whole life is a shambles–no money for college and no game to attract the ladies. After a failed attempt to get together with the girl of his dreams (Mya Harrison), Trey gets caught up by a seductive older woman (Melyssa Ford) who pays for his “personal delivery services.” He’s having the time of his life - at first, but this deceptively ideal situation soon sends his life spinning out of control!


What: Soul Food Cinema Presents THE BLACK CANDLE
Where:The Point Of Destination Cafe, 6460 Greene Street (At the Upsal R8 Train Station) Philadelphia, PA 19119 215-849-7771
When: Thursday December 4, 2008 at 6PM
Cost: Free w/ purchase of a Soul Food (Thursday) Meal ($10.00 and up)
DVD signing. Meet filmmaker M.K. Asante, Jr. in person

The Black Candle is a landmark, vibrant documentary that uses Kwanzaa as a vehicle to explore and celebrate the African-American Experience.

Narrated by world renowned poet Maya Angelou and directed by award-winning author and filmmaker M.K. Asante, Jr., The Black Candle is an extraordinary, inspirational story about the struggle and triumph of African-American family, community, and culture.

Filmed across the United States, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean, The Black Candle is a timely illumination on why the seven principles of Kwanzaa (unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith) are so important to African-Americans today.

The first feature film on Kwanzaa, The Black Candle traces the holiday’s growth out of the Black Power Movement in the 1960s to its present-day reality as a global, pan-African holiday embraced by over 40 million celebrants.


Coming Tuesday December 9 at 7PM
The Exciting New Drama From
(Director of Afro Punk: The Rock ‘n Roll N**-er Experience)
Official Selection Toronto Film Festival, Urbanworld Film Festival, American Black Film Festival and over 50 others.
Features music and appearances by Theo, Skyscrapers, Antibalas and Moldy Peaches
ORDER YOURTICKETS NOW @ or 866-468-7619


It takes a while to figure out what’s going on in BALLAST, Lance Hammer’s directorial debut, which won best Filmmaker and best Cinematography prizes at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

An example of Pure Cinema, Ballast is less interested in telling a story than conveying a feeling.   Capturing moments an moods in poetic fashion.  Of what it’s like to discover your twin brother dead of suicide.  The loneliness and pain of not knowing your father.  The desperation and pain of losing your job after being physically beaten.

Shot in the sparse farmland of the Mississippi Delta in saturated shades of blue and deep blacks with a cast of non-professional actors, BALLAST has a way of pulling you in.  Reminiscent of such classics as NOTHING BUT A MAN (1964) and GEORGE WASHINGTON (1998) Ballast is not designed for everyone’s taste.

Ballast, is, at its core,  a meditation on pain.  As in life, if you’re patient and provide acceptance, you will find reward (and healing) in this very special film.

BALLAST opens today at The Ritz at The Bourse, 4th Street Between Market and Chestnut Streets in Old City and is Not Rated (Drug use and Violence).

Official Site:

Special Screening of THE MAN (1972) this Thursday Night

Sorry for the late notice but Andrew’sVideo Vault at the Rotunda is offering a free screening of THE MAN (1972) starring James Earl Jones this Thursday November 13 at 8pm.

The Man (1972 / 93 minutes / 1.37:1) “It took an accident to make this man President of the United States. What they do to him now won’t be an accident.” James Earl Jones becomes the first black President of the U.S. in Joseph Sargent’s satirical movie penned by Rod Serling from the novel by Irving Wallace. With Martin Balsam, Burgess Meredith and Lew Ayres.

–screening with–

Hail (1973 / 88 minutes / 1.33:1) “No more Congress! No more Supreme Court! Just me!” The paranoid, power-mad President of the United States plans assassinations and creates secret prisons in this hilariously chilling Dr. Strangelove-like allegory from the Nixon era.

The Rotunda is located at 4014 Walnut Street, next door to the Bridge Cinema Deluxe.

Visit for details.


Also This Thursday Night:

makes its TV premiere on Black Entertainment Television. Reelblack
hosted its Philly Premiere last season. It was our biggest movie of the year.
Check it out at 8pm on BET.

new travel and music series SOUL CITIES kicked off this week
with a half hour devoted to the music of Philadelphia. The show features interviews
with Gamble and Huff, the newly re-formed Labelle, The Roots, Kindred The Family
Soul and Jazmine Sullivan.
on VH1-Soul Thursday at 1pm and 9pm. Friday at 5am and Saturday at 1pm and 9pm.

and finally Award-winning Philly
filmmaker RON KANTER’S latest project NEW COPS airs
on WHYY TV 12 at 10PM.

John Legend World Cafe Live Radio Brodacast 11/7

November 7, 2008
John Legend at World Cafe Live

John Legend joins us for a Free At Noon Show on November 7 from World Cafe Live. A co-production of WXPN and NPR Music. The show is sold-out but you can listen live online or on 88.5 FM WXPN Radio in Philly.

John Legend Soul singer John Legend is a five-time Grammy winner of sultry and sophisticated R&B style. His albums, full of easy vocals and piano-based hip-hop instrumentation, are also great collaborative efforts. Legend began playing the piano at the age of three and by the time he was 7-years-old, he was fully immersed in traditional gospel singing with his church. Though he was also classically trained on the piano, most of his current work draws heavily from the gospel R&B traditions he grew up with. After attending the University of Pennsylvania, Legend used his experience as an a cappella musical director and his distinct sensual and refined sound to wow audiences in nightclubs.

His smooth, heartfelt style won over many established musicians and soon enough he was working with notables such as Lauryn Hill. The release of his debut album Get Lifted in 2004 was a remarkable multi-platinum success for the up-and-coming artist. In addition to his stream of successful top charters, he became quite politically active. In 2007, he launched the Show Me Campaign (based on his hopeful song “Show Me”), to fight poverty and help lower-income communities. In addition to such philanthropic efforts, he has played a big role in the current democratic political campaign by holding speeches as well as performances.

Legend’s latest album since 2006, Evolver, features OutKast’s Andre 3000, emerging hip-hop/soul artist Estelle and established musical superstar Kanye West. November 19 marks the start of Legend’s worldwide tour to promote the album.


In celebration of this Friday’s Release
of SOUL MEN, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac, Reelblack is giving
of Stax Records and Allied Advertising. Featuring remakes of Stax classics by
Anthony Hamilton, John Legend, Leela James, Michell Ndegeocello, Sharon Jones
and the Dap Kings, Bernie Mac & Samuel L. Jackson and more this great CD
is in stores everywhere this Tuesday.

To enter to win, simply send
an email with your full name in the body of the email and the phrase SOUL MEN
CONTEST in the header to

Winners will be notified next Friday
November 14.

SOUL MEN is in theaters everywhere
this Friday November 7. See it in theaters, not on bootleg.

Love, Peace and Soul,

Mike D.

Check Out The ROLE MODELS Website

 ”…You know what I used to eat for breakfast? … COCAINE … You know what I used to eat for lunch? … COCAINE.”  - Gayle Sweeny, STURDY WINGS

If you want some good, solid role model advice … or rather, a proper example of what NOT to do, head over to the NEWLY launched ROLE MODELS website at:!      

Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott star in Universal Pictures’ upcoming comedy Role Models as Danny and Wheeler, two salesmen who trash a company truck on an energy drink-fueled bender.  Upon their arrest, the court gives them a choice: do hard time or spend 150 service hours with a mentorship program.  After one day with the kids, however, jail doesn’t look half bad. 


ROLE MODELS, starring Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jane Lynch, Bobb’e J.Thompson and Elizabeth Banks and directed by David Wain, provides an interesting lesson on life, love and everything in-between! 

 Go to and enjoy all of the NEW website features, including:

  • RESTRICTED Materials:  If you’re 18+ you’ll definitely want to check out the film’s risqué R-rated materials that are only available ONLINE! 
  • “Boobies - BOOBIES!”:  Play ”The Mammary Game” and test YOUR skills at boobie-watching!
  • “F-U Miss Daisy!”  - Get hilarious FREE mobile ringtones and downloads featuring your favorite inappropriate quotes from the film! 
  • Mobile Advice:  Need to make sense of it all? Get daily advice on “how to” and “how not to” be a role model via TEXT MESSAGE.  Just text “Advice 2UFilms” for updates!
  • David Wain Blog:  Tune into director David Wain’s zainy blog for updates and sneak peaks from the film -