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When Chris Rocks daughter, Lola, came up to him crying and asked, Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair? the bewildered comic committed himself to search the ends of the earth and the depths of black culture to find out who had put that question into his little girl’s head! Director Jeff Stilsons camera followed the funnyman, and the result is Good Hair, a wonderfully insightful and entertaining, yet remarkably serious, documentary about African American hair culture.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. Celebrities such as Ice-T, Kerry Washington, 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 daughters question. What he discovers is that black hair is a big business that doesnt always benefit the black community and little Lolas question might well be bigger than his ability to convince her that the stuff on top of her head is nowhere near as important as what is inside.

Reelblack at Street Movies 8/5

Scribe Video Center’s Neighborhood Outdoor Screening Series

Friends Housing CoopWednesday, August 5 @ 8:30pm
Friends Housing Cooperative (Outdoor Courtyard)
703-705 Fairmount Avenue

FREE & Open to the public

In collaboration with Friends Neighborhood Guild 
& Friends Housing Cooperative

Scribe Video Center’s 13th Annual Street Movies! kicks off with a program that highlights the role of art and culture in our collective histories of struggle and achievement.

The Doll (2008, 20 mins) by Dante James, is set in the early 1900s and tells the story of Tom Taylor, the black proprietor of the The DollWyandot Hotel Barbershop. Taylor’s humanity, his dignity, and his responsibility to family and community are severely challenged when he realizes that he has an opportunity to avenge an injustice that was inflicted on his father decades earlier. Emmy award winning independent filmmaker Dante James based the screenplay on a short story by Charles W. Chesnutt.  Available for purchase, on a DVD that includes a classroom educational component, at

The 13th Amendment (2008, 5 mins) by Michael Dennis
A 90 year old great-great grandmother on her trek to vote for Barack Obama in the 2008 Pennsylvania Primary. Having voted all her life, this is the first time she’s had the opportunity to vote for a Black man for the office of President of the United States. 

Oscars ComebackOscar’s Comeback (2008, 10 mins) 
by Lisa Collins and Mark Schwartzburt

Witness all the behind-the-scenes drama of a unique annual mom-and-pop film festival — held in a remote, all-white, town, in rural South Dakota — dedicated to the town’s native son, controversial black film pioneer Oscar Micheaux. Trailer for a work-in-progress feature film.

Dreaming (2007, 6:40 mins)
by Village Arts Challenge media program @ Village of Arts & Humanities

Tired of being told what to do, a young boy wishes to be grown. He quickly discovers, however, that being an adult is not all it’s cracked up to be. 

Renaissance on Sacred Ground (2009, 21:30 mins)
bVillage of Arts and Humanities, Arthur Hall Afro American Dance Ensemble Alumni & Scribe Video Center Community Visions Program
Ile IfeA documentary about the healing power of African cultural art forms, including music and dance, to transform the lives of everyday people. It tells the story of Ile Ife, the House of Love, an African cultural center located on Germantown Avenue in North Philadelphia and created by famed dancer choreographer, Arthur Hall. Produced collaboratively by the alumni of Ile Ife/the Arthur Hall Afro American Dance Ensemble and young people from the Village of Arts and Humanities, which now occupies the same site, Renaissance on Sacred Ground looks at how a four decade tradition of cultural expression - rooted in African music and dance, has helped nurture and sustain a community. This documentary combines contemporary interviews, came the spirit that builds video journaling and extraordinary archival footage of performances from the Arthur Hall Collection and Ile Ife films.



She’s an innovative music maker, a style-forging pioneer. Grammy-winning multi-talented Jody Watley has also led the way as an entrepreneur working in the independent music world as one of the few already-established female best-selling artists to produce, create and own her recordings as CEO of Avitone Recordings formed in 1995.

With an amazing 32 Top Ten Singles and 13 No. 1 Singles in the R&B, pop and dance music genres over the past three decades – including such classics as “Looking For A New Love,” the groundbreaking collaboration with Eric B and Rakim on “Friends”, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Billboard Magazine, and countless accolades – Jody has consistently broken new ground in music, video and fashion. In recent years, she has continued to broaden her music evolution and growth as an artist working successfully the jazz influenced ambience of electronic soul.

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 | Doors 6pm | Show 7:30pm | Downstairs Live

Advance Tickets: 
Floor/Loge (Reserved Seating): $40 ($35 ticket + $5 processing fee)
Mezzanine (Reserved Seating): $50 ($35 + $15 premium service*/processing fee)


One of the funniest (and dirtiest) comics around, Patrice O’ Neal (Opie and Anthony, The Office) will be putting his thing down July 23 - July 25 at Helium Comedy Club 2031 Sansom Street in Center City.

Thursday, July 23, 8pm - $20
Friday, July 24, 8pm & 10:30pm - $25
Saturday, July 25, 8pm & 10:30pm - $25

Call to make your reservation today 215-496-9001 or visit

Check out REELBLACK’S exclusive interview with Patrice O’Neal HERE:



The 13th Amendment

We’re very proud to announce Reelblack Founder Mike D’s two most recent short films, URSULA RUCKER: POET and THE 13TH AMENDMENT have been chosen to screen at the 2009 Roxbury  Film Festival in Boston, MA.  Fest Runs from July 30-August 2.


If you have any friends in Boston, please let them know Mike will be in attendance.


Details will soon post on their website:


Although FAME isn’t coming out until September 25th, SIX FLAGS is putting on a FAME National Talent Search with auditions at Great Adventure (located off I-95 in Jackson, NJ) the weekend of August 8th & 9th. One winner from the local competition will fly to Los Angeles and compete in the finals at Six Flags Magic Mountain on Saturday, September 5th for a long list of awesome prizes.


Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) has launched the FAME National Talent Search to coincide with the upcoming release set to open in theaters on September 25th.

MGM is looking to give the most-talented actors, singers, musicians, and dancers in the nation their shot at FAME.

One grand-prize winner will receive the following:
•    One $5,000 cash prize
•    A photo spread in OK! Magazine
•    A 5 day/4 night trip to Hollywood
•    Meet and greet with a top talent agent
•    Meet and greet with a studio executive
•    Plus, the winner’s final performance will live forever on the FAME DVD

Contestants can enter by auditioning at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey.
•    Auditions: Saturday, August 8th  (Registration Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm)
•    Local Semi-Finals: Sunday, August 9th   (3:00pm – 4:00pm)

The top ten performers move onto the Semi-Finals Show on Sunday, August 9th where a special performance by V-FACTORY with FAME’s Asher Book will also take place.

Six Flags Great Adventure is one of the six Six Flags stops where MGM will be holding auditions. Contestants can also upload a video entry via

Seven finalists (6 Six Flags winners and 1 MySpace winner) will fly to Los Angeles and compete in the finals at Six Flags Magic Mountain on Saturday, September 5th.

A reinvention of the original Oscar®-winning hit film, “Fame” follows a talented group of dancers, singers, actors, and artists over four years at the New York City High School of Performing Arts—a diverse, creative powerhouse where students from all walks of life are given a chance to live out their dreams and achieve real and lasting fame…the kind that comes only from talent, dedication, and hard work.  The film opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, September 25th.

For more information on both the “Fame National Talent Search” and the film itself, visit GENERATIONFAME.COM



How do you fund, create, distribute and sustain as a filmmaker, musician, and media artist in today’s difficult climate? DIY DAYS (Do-It-Yourself Days) aims to answer these questions with a FREE day of speakers, panels, case studies, roundtable discussions and workshops presented by an impressive list of innovative thinkers and doers. Speakers include acclaimed author and filmmaker Douglas Rushkoff (Life Inc.), comic book artist Dan Goldman (Shooting War), film producer Scott Macaulay (Gummo, Raising Victor Vargas), writer/director Lance Weiler (The Last BroadcastHead Trauma) producer Michael Monello (The Blair Witch Project), filmmaker Arin Crumley (Four Eyed Monsters) plus many more. 

The WorkBook Project, PIFVA (Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association) and Shooters present DIY DAYS Philadelphia on SATURDAY, AUGUST 1st from 8:30AM to 6:30PM. Location: the 17th floor of the Terra Building at 211 S. Broad St., UArts. Followed directly by an after party and mixer at Brandywine Workshop, 230 S. Broad St.. For more info visit or

Win A Copy Of DO THE RIGHT THING 20th Anniversary DVD

Reelblack readers can win a copy of the just released DO THE RIGHT THING 20th Anniversary Edition DVD courtesy of our friends at Universal Studios Home Video.  This is the Ultimate edition of the film.  The 2-disc set includes remastered picture and audio, two making-of docs and a full length audio commentary by Director Spike Lee and crew. Still relevant today, this is one disc that belongs on the shelf of any true movie fan.

There are two ways to win:

1. Send and email with your FULL NAME in the body of the message and the phrase DO THE RIGHT THING in the subject line to one name will be randomly chosen at the end of July.

2. Attend our next Dinner and A Movie on July 17 at the Point of Destination Cafe, 6460 Greene Street at 6:30pm.  One guest will be a lucky winner.

Soul Food Cinema Presents CHAMELEON STREET (1989) and THE JACKSON FIVE LIVE IN MEXICO (1974)

Friday July 17, 2009 at 6:30pm (doors).  At the Point Of Destination Cafe, 6460 Greene Street (at the Upsal R8 Train Station). Admission is free with the purchase of a Soul Food Friday Meal ($12 and up).
For more details call 215-849-7771 or visit
Reelblack’s Soul Food Cinema is proud to host the 20th Anniversary screening of the Sundance award-winner CHAMELEON STREET (1989/Color/ 94 minutes).
Unjustly neglected upon its initial release, writer/director/lead actor Wendell B. Harris’ tour-de-force about an amazing con man, William Douglas Street who exchanges his dead-end life for a brand-new identity. In fact, many new identities…reporter, doctor, lawyer, Detroit Tiger! He becomes whatever he can to make some money, and soon his life is turned upside down.  This art-house comedy provides a snapshot of the direction African-American film could’ve taken, had there been more opportunities for visionary independent filmmakers like Harris (sadly, this remains his only feature film credit to date).  Compare to Will Smith’s performance in SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, which was also inspired by the  same true story.
Please arrive early (6:30pm) for a Reelblack’s special tribute to Michael Jackson - a  rare screening of THE JACKSON FIVE LIVE IN MEXICO (1974/ Color/50 minutes). Michael is at his dancing best while the Jacksons (sans Jermaine) perform songs from the latter half of their Motown career along with medleys of  their early hits.



letseat Wednesday, July 8, 2009 | Doors 8pm | Show 9pm | Downstairs Live

Philly’s husband-and-wife Soul duo return for an intimate and electrifying night perfect for lovers.  Expect a tribute to MJ as well.  Hire the babysitter and order the roses.  This one’s going to be great!

Floor/Loge (Reserved Seating OR Standing Room): $25 ($20 ticket + $5 processing fee)
Mezzanine (Reserved Seating): $35 ($20 + $15 premium service*/processing fee)*priority seating and VIP amenities/service

to pre-order tix and see more info on upcoming Soul concerts at World Cafe Live.

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