From the Academy Award winning makers of the Muhammad Ali doc, WHEN WE WERE KINGS comes SOUL POWER, the long awaited concert film filmed in 1974, Zaire.  In NYC and LA in July.  Hopefully it will make its way to Philly.


Chris Rock’s crowd-pleasing look into the subject of African-American hair culture to hit theatres this fall

LOS ANGELES (May 15, 2009) – Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainment have acquired worldwide rights to Chris Rock’s GOOD HAIR, a hilariously insightful and entertaining, yet remarkably serious, look at the African American hair culture, produced by HBO Films.  The film had its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Prize: U.S. Documentary.  The deal was announced jointly by Howard Cohen, Co-President of Roadside Attractions, Mickey Liddell of Liddell Entertainment and Michael Lombardo, President, Programming Group and West Coast Operations, HBO.  Roadside plans to release the film domestically this fall.  Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) will handle home video and other domestic ancillary rights and HBO will retain pay cable rights and will broadcast the film in their traditional pay TV window.

An exposé of comic proportions that only Chris Rock could pull off, GOOD HAIR visits hair salons and styling battles, scientific laboratories, and Indian temples to explore the way black hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks, sexual relationships, and self-esteem of black people. Director Jeff Stilson follows Chris Rock on this raucous adventure after Rock’s daughter, Lola, came up to him crying and asked, “Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?” Celebrities such as Ice-T, Nia Long, Paul Mooney, Raven Symoné, Maya Angelou, and Reverend Al Sharpton all candidly offer their stories and observations to Rock while he struggles with the task of figuring out how to respond to his daughter’s question.

“I’m very happy to be working with the good people at Roadside Attractions.  I loved the job they did with SUPER SIZE ME and hope we can have similar success.” says Chris Rock.

“Chris has been part of the HBO family for more than 15 years.  We were thrilled to support his vision in making GOOD HAIR and we hope it reaches the widest audience,” says Michael Lombardo, President, Programming Group and West Coast Operations, HBO.

“Chris Rock has always been able to come at everyday topics from a completely fresh perspective. His ability to mix incisive social commentary with huge laughs, I believe, makes him this generation’s answer to Mark Twain,” adds Howard Cohen, Co-President, Roadside Attractions. “GOOD HAIR is revelatory, provocative, thoroughly-researched and, most importantly, just funny as hell.”

The film was represented by ICM and the deal negotiated by ICM, Michael Lombardo, President, Programming and West Coast Operations, and Glenn Whitehead, Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs on behalf of HBO, Howard Cohen on behalf of Roadside Attractions and Robb Klein of Sheppard Mullin on behalf of Liddell Entertainment.  GOOD HAIR is an HBO Films presentation of a Zahrlo production, an Urban Romances production. Produced by Chris Rock, Nelson George, Kevin O’Donnell and Jenny Hunter.  Directed by Jeff Stilson.  Written by Chris Rock, Jeff Stilson, Lance Crouther, and Chuck Sklar.



Click image to witness trailer

Click image to witness trailer



The trailer for the sci-fi drama THE ROAD was just released and it looks amazing.   Based on a pulitzer prize winning novel, it seems like the movie M. Night Shyalaman should’ve been making all these years since The Village.  Great cast, but it always amuses me that in the future, with the exception of Will Smith, there tend to be no people of color in these movies.  No–wait at 2:18, there is a brotha holding a switchblade, looking like he’s got a case of swine flu.  Anyway, THE ROAD hit theaters on October 16.  See it in theaters, not on bootleg.

Reelblack Recommends - URBAN SUBURBAN FILM FEST June 17 - 20



The Urban Suburban Film Festival (USFF) was created to bring together artists who have a passion for film making, and seek to find an opportunity to showcase, and distribute their film. The USFF will also provide an opportunity for the businesses associated with the organization, to collaborate with talented individuals, and increase their involvement in the community.


The USFF will host a festival showcase that will involve film screenings, workshops, and panel discussions. The three day event will highlight screenings from narratives, documentaries, animation, and short films. Each artist will be recognized for their work, and give a brief synopsis of why their film was made. The workshops are intended to bring together the emerging artist and industry professional, with instructions, direction, and quick tips to enhance their craft. This event will also provide an atmosphere for individuals to network, and collaborate with each other on future projects. Aspiring entrepreneurs, industry professionals, community businesses & organizations, local dignitaries, and emerging film makers will be in attendance for this upcoming gala.

For a full list of films and events visit




Dinner and a Movie Presents SUN RA ARKESTRA: POINTS ON A SPACE AGE (2009)
5/15/2009 7:00 PM at the Point of Destination Cafe, Greene and Upsal Streets, Philadelphia, 19119

Cost: free /meal

Reelblack’s Soul Food Cinema Celebrates The DVD release of SUN RA ARKESTRA: POINTS ON A SPACE AGE, filmed between Spring’06 and Spring ’07, explores the recent activity of the remaining members of the influential Sun Ra Arkestra. The film examines the work the Arkestra in the physical absence of Sun Ra. After Sun Ra “left the planet direction of the band was left to his most faithful musician and companion Marshall Allen (a member of the band since to mid 1950’s). Since the passing of Ra, the band under the direction of Allen (now age 86) continues to maintain an active touring schedule and continues to recruit younger members into the Sun Ra lifestyle. A lifestyle committed to human development through the disciples of Music and Spirituality.



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Tickets are moving fast to next Tuesday night’s screening of LAST NIGHT AT THE FIVE SPOT.  If you haven’t already, please consider purchasing your tickets online.   This is destined to be on of our best shows ever with, food, prizes and surprises.  Make sure your face is in the place.  The direct link to order tix is here:

Audience members will have chances to win prizes including DVDs courtesy of Fox, Image and Magnolia Home Entertainment.


This just in…Husband and wife singing duo (and co-stars of LAST NIGHT AT THE FIVE SPOT) will be recording a live CD at the official afterparty for LN@TFS.  

Admission is $10.00 there is no list and limited space be there early …(after the movie screening).At Elenas Soul lounge 4912 Baltimore ave. Visit to rsvp