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When: Tuesday January 13, 2009 at 7PM

Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19101

Cost: $7.00 Adults/ $5.00 Students, Reelblack and IHouse Members   

Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene USA/2007/60min/DIGIBETA/COLOR America’s original shock-jock, Petey Greene, overcame poverty, drug addiction and prison time to “tell it like it is,” shocking and entertaining everyone from the ghetto to the White House. During an era of civil unrest in our nation’s capital, Petey used taboo words and ideas, forcing people to confront their own prejudices on his raw, uncensored TV and radio shows. His brash style unsettled the establishment as Petey battled the system and his own demons to become a leading activist in a turbulent era. Don Cheadle narrates this documentary, which features a face-off between Petey and an up-and-coming deejay named Howard Stern. -preceded by- (MIS) LEADING MAN short film Directed by: Morocco Omari and THE 13TH AMENDMENT by Michael Dennis.


What: Philadelphia Premiere of THIS IS NOT A TEST starring Hill Harper

When: Friday January 16, 2009 at 7PM

Where: The Point of Destination Cafe,  Greene and Upsal Streets Philadelphia, PA 19119

Cost: Free w/ Purchase of a Soul Food Friday Meal ($10 and up) 

Soul Food Cinema returns in January 16 at 7pm with the DVD release celebration of This Is Not A Test, starring Hill Harper and Tom Arnold.

Paranoid that terrorists will unleash a nuclear attack on Los Angeles, Carl (Hill Harper) gets caught up in a web of frantic, overzealous preparation that puts a cold-war freeze on his relationship with his beautiful wife, Viv (Robinne Lee). Fueling his hysteria is Carl’s new pal and unusual ally Tom Arnold (playing himself), who shares Carl’s obsessive zeal to prepare for the worst. Carl goes as far as constructing a bomb shelter, which makes everyone around him think Carl has lost his mind. And being torn between his love of safety and love for his wife could result in fallout Carl is totally unprepared for in this smart, hilarious satire about homeland security that will have you
exploding in laughter.

Reelblack Recommends - In Theaters Now

Seven Pounds - Strong performances and direction uplift a difficult scenario.  Rosario Dawson is a strong Oscar contender for this melodrama.

Yes Man - Jim Carrey looks a little long in the tooth next to his younger co-stars, but he delivers the goods in this pleasant romantic comedy.

The Spirit -  Samuel L. Jackson goes medieval on Gabriel Macht in this comic book adaptation by writer/director Frank Miller.  The look and feel is similar to Sin City and 300.  The material isn’t nearly as strong.  For comic book fans only.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - This Christmas’ most interesting film stars Brad Pitt as a man who ages backwards.  When put to the logic test, there are many flaws.  But on an emotional level, the film will make you reflect on life and love.  Similar films include Forrest Gump and The World According To Garp.

Poster and DVD Winners Announced

Congrats to Kia Mayes, Kimberly Grandy and Joann Manuel, all of Philadelphia.

Kia won our special SOUL MEN  prize pack, which included a James Brown Live DVD courtesy MVD and  signed poster and CD soundtrack courtesy of Allied/Weinstein Company.

Kimberly won a signed Miracle At St. Anna poster courtesy of Allied/Touchstone.
Joann won a When The Leves Broke DVD boxset cortesy of HBO Video in our special Trouble The Water movie ticket contest.

Keep posted for more ways to win.



Kudos to filmmaker M.K. Asante, Jr, who appeared on CBS’ Early Show
this week to discuss his movie, THE BLACK CANDLE.

Reelblack showcased his feature-length documentary earlier this month and featured him on the most recent episode of Reelblack TV.

Check him out atwww.theblackcandle.com

Filmmaker Malcolm Lee To Visit Drexel Jan 22



Filmmaker Malcolm Lee (Soul Men) will screen his film SOUL MEN and field questions afterwards.

Who: Malcolm Lee
Film Screening: SOUL MEN

Where:  Bossone Auditorium, (3128 Market St.)

When:  Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 7 PM/ Doors 6:30 PM

Cost: FREE and open to the public

More Information:  215-895-1029 or visit www.drexel.edu/westphal 

This free event on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at Drexel’s Bossone Auditorium (3128 Market St.) is open to public.  

Malcolm D. Lee is a young African American director/composer who discovered his creative niche in film.  His film career started on the sets on several of his cousin Spike Lee’s movies Malcolm X, Girl 6, and Clockers.  Malcolm D. Lee wrote and directed The best Man (1999) then went on to direct Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, Roll Bounce, Undercover Brother, an episode of Everybody Hates Chris and Soul Men.  
The screening and Q & A session will begin at 7:00 PM.  Doors open at 6:30 PM.  For more information, contact Film and Video Program Director, Karin Kelly at kpk23@drexel.edu.

Mike D. On CNN This Weekend

Tune in to Cable News Network (CNN) this Saturday and Sunday at 8pm for a special IReport Year-end Special.

Reelblack founder Mike D. will be interviewed briefly about his short film THE 13TH AMENDMENT, which won the Jury Prize in the first annual IReport Film Festival.

Mike will also be a guest on Dr. Richard Cooper’s THE KARAMU radio show this Friday at 1:50pm.  He will discuss the current movie releases SEVEN POUNDS and CADILLAC RECORDS.  On WURD-900AM Philadelphia.  You can tune in online at http://900amwurd.com/2008


What: Philadelphia Premiere of WHITE LIES, BLACK SHEEP

When: Tuesday December 9, 2008 at 7PM

Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19101

Cost: $7.00 Adults/ $5.00 Students, Reelblack and IHouse Members

Synopsis: A.J.’s real name is Ajamu Talib. His dislike for his African name is the least of his problems, still it says a lot about him. Brooklyn born and bred yet outcast by his peers, his only escape was music. A.J. found freedom in rock n roll.

Tight clothes, straightened hair, popular with girls and partying every night, he is fully entrenched, in the debaucherous New York rock n roll scene. For once he feels like everyone else. Well almost.

He begins to find that his chosen community, the white rock world, only seems to run smoothly for white rockers. A series of events force him to recognize his friends both exotify him and are in denial of his blackness. Black, but not “really” black.

What’s a young black rocker to do?  www.afropunk.com www.myspace.com/whiteliesblacksheep


nanavoteWriter/director Darnell Martin’s (I Like It Like That, Their Eyes Were Watching God) musical biopic of legendary Chicago label Chess Records is jam-packed with unforgettable characters and songs.  Beyonce expands her range as an actress portraying tough-as-nails Etta James.  Jeffrey Wright is solid as Muddy Waters and Eamonn Wakler literally channels Howlin Wolf.  Mos Def delivers the laughs as Chuck Berry.  But it is Columbus Short (Stomp The Yard) that runs away with the movie as the tortured and crazy Little Walter. 

The screenplay, while based on true events, plays it a little loose with the facts.  Chess Records was founded by two Chess Brothers.  Cedric The Entertainer is poortly cast as Willie Dixon.  And where’s Bo Diddley?

But those looking for a glimpse at post-war, pre-Motown Black music are in for a treat.  Cadillac Records is an ambitious undertaking.  Each character in the film could be the subject of their own film.  Overall it is successful.  Reelblack recommeds you see it on opening weekend.  If it does well, there will be more opportunities for filmmakers to do period biopics capturing our celebrated musical legacy.  

Reelblack Recommends


nanavoteSamuel Fuller’s infamous 1982 film WHITE DOG finally sees it’s official home video release in this stellar Criterion Collection DVD.  Produced by Paramount Pictures and never released (save for a brief run in the early 80s on cable TV), the late Paul Winfield co-stars as an animal trainer who risks his life to tame a stray dog who has been taught to attack Blacks by its previous owner.  White Dog stands alongside Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss as a  powerful metaphor of the dark side of humanity.  If you dare, it’s an experience that will not be forgotten.  http://www.criterion.com/current/posts/933

Outliers Is A Must Read

Malcolm Gladwell’s (The Tipping Point, Blink) latest nonfiction explores the unseen patterns and variables behind extraordinary success.  A lot of it may seem like common sense, but the way he breaks it down is thought-provoking nonetheless.  This is a must-read for anyone with children.  There is one chapter where he demonstrates that encouragement is often more important than intellect in determining how far one will go in society.  If we all leard to understand and identify these variables, the myth of scarcity will be disproved.  More people will have the chance to reach their full potential. A New York Times bestseller, it is available at bookstores everywhere.

Help Catch A Killer

Wanted For Arrest

shooter The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $10,000 reward for the arrest of Antoine Russell, 15 (pictured) in the murder of Terrence Davis, 18, after an argument at 40th and Ludlow streets, West Philadelphia, Oct. 17.
Russell is also accused of shooting another youth, 19, at the same time.
Davis, a soldier from Mantua home on leave, was an innocent bystander and the son of Reelblack member Valrita Gordon.
He died the next day. Russell, described as 5-foot-6, 140 pounds, is charged in a warrant with murder and related charges.
Tipsters can call 215-686-TIPS.  More information about the crime can be found here.

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