Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American Film has obtained a small quantity of passes for two to see BROOKLYN’S FINEST, starring Richard Gere, Don Cheadle and Wesley Snipes.  Screening will take place next Thursday February 4 @ 7:30 pm in North Philly.

Burned out veteran Eddie Dugan (Gere) is just one week away from his pension and a fishing cabin in Connecticut. Narcotics officer Sal Procida (Ethan Hawke) has discovered there’s no line he won’t cross to provide a better life for his long-suffering wife and seven children. And Clarence “Tango” Butler (Cheadle) has been undercover so long his loyalties have started to shift from his fellow police officers to his prison buddy Caz (Snipes), one of Brooklyn’s most infamous drug dealers. With personal and work pressures bearing down on them, each man faces daily tests of judgment and honor in one of the world’s most difficult jobs. When NYPD’s Operation Clean Up targets the notoriously drug-ridden BK housing project, all three officers find themselves swept away by the violence and corruption of Brooklyn’s gritty 65th Precinct and its most treacherous criminals. During seven fateful days, Eddie, Sal and Tango find themselves hurtling inextricably toward the same fatal crime scene and a shattering collision with destiny.  Directed by Antoine Fuqua, Brooklyn’s Finest was an official selection of the Sundance Fim Festival in 2009.

Rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America, the film will open in theaters on March 5, 2010.  View trailer at http://www.brooklynsfinestthemovie.com/

Simply send an email with your FULL NAME in the body of the message and the PHRASE “BROOKLYN’S FINEST” to Passes@reelblack.com.
Reelblack Season 7 Members get priority  status on this event.  Any unclaimed passes will be distributed randomly.  Confirmation letters will be sent before Tuesday night.

Good luck!

Love, Peace and Nappiness,

Mike D.


Academy Award-winning An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim focuses his probing lens on a subject that’s decidedly less urgent but no less fascinating with this look at the electric guitar featuring Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, U2’s The Edge, and The White Stripes’ Jack White. Growing up, all three guitarists realized their rebellion through music: Page was attempting to subvert the sugary sweet pop music of the 1960s, The Edge was hell-bent on making the guitar solos of the 1970s a distant memory, and White used his screeching strings to buzz out the droning bass machines of the 1980s. Later, Page makes way for Headley Grange to revisit the birthplace of “Stairway to Heaven,” The Edge digs out the original four-track rehearsals for “Where the Streets Have No Names” in Dublin, and White expresses his exuberance for revered bluesman Son House — all the while displaying their deep love for their instrument of choice by permitting the viewer a rare chance to see them refining as-yet-unreleased material. When the trio comes together for a landmark jam session, their spectacularly diverse styles and instruments become just as apparent as the shared passion that binds them all together. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide


Kudos to Filmmaker (and former Reelblack Presents host) Shannon Newby.

His homegrown sci-fi anhology series, HEAVY SEDATION, has just been picked up for a five week run by WHYY TV 12 in Philadelphia.

Episodes will air Sunday nights at midnight.

‘Heavy Sedation’ has already been picked up by  over 40 stations across the country since its national debut in September 2007. As the popularity of Heavy Sedation continues to grow, new stations are picking up the syndication.

For more info on the show visit http://outthehouse.com/heavysedation.html


PHILADELPHIA, PA - Three years ago, Philly native SARAH C. POINDEXTER headed to Los Angeles with a completed feature film, a handful of contacts and a goal of making films in Hollywood.  On Friday, August 21 at 7pm, Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American Film, is proud to host the Philadelphia Premiere and Homecoming of Sarah’s most recent project, “THE GREATEST SONG”.  This ONE NIGHT ONLY event will take place at the International House, 3701 Chestnut Street in University City.  Admission is $8 for Adults, $6 for Students, IHouse Members and Reelblack Season (6) Six Members.  Those who purchase a Reelblack Season (7) Seven Membership ($30) will be admitted FREE of charge.

Sarah, who has an MFA in film and media arts from Temple University, accomplished this goal with the help of her partners of ON THE REEL PRODUCTIONS.  They are a filmmaking team made up of her former students brothers MIKEY and ANDRE JONES and JUAN VELEZ. Sarah met Mikey and Andre as teenagers, after being hired by the Philadelphia Youth Network to transition them from students of film into instructors and professional filmmakers. Mikey and Andre first job as instructor was as a local Philadelphia after school program where they met and taught Juan, who was only 14 at the time.

On The Reel produced its first feature film in 2006 called “Soulful”. “Soulful”, is the story of a woman addicted to crack who sells the soul of her unborn child to the devil so that it may be born healthy.  The film was released to video in 2007 by Koch Entertainment.  They eventually paired up with writer-producer-star AIDA RODRIGUEZ to create this uplifting and inspiring romance with music.


A successful music producer (LAMMAN RUCKER of Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns) thinks he’s got all the answers, but heaven help him when he meets a pretty church choir director (AIDA RODRIGUEZ). Sparks fly as the pair tries to save two imperiled churches of different ethnicities. Their only hope… is to help the choirs join together to win first prize in a National Gospel Competition. In order to reach their goal, the choirs have to overcome racial tensions and learn how to work together if they’re going to have a prayer of winning.

The Greatest Song was born directly out of a frustration Aida had over the lack of roles for Latina women, being of Puerto Rican and Dominican decent. “So instead of waiting for a great script, I just wrote one for myself” states Aida.    Sarah agreed to produce and direct the project, which was released earlier this month to DVD via Image Entertainment . “My first introduction to Aida was as an actress that I cast in a short film but quickly learned she is also a writer and producer. Both of us are battling the challenges of being women of color in Hollywood. It’s not easy but that’s not stopping us.”

After the ONE NIGHT ONLY premiere screening, copies of the film will be available for the audience to purchase.  Guests will also have the opportunity to meet several members of the cast and crew including  Writer and Actor -Aida Rodriguez,  Producer and Director –Sarah C. Poindexter, co-star-Cat Wilson. They will be on hand for a post film Q&A to share their insights as Black and Latina women who are making it in Hollywood.

To pre order your tickets online go to  http://www.ihousephilly.org/programs-film-at-IHouse.htm or to find out more about Reelblack Season 7 membership,  please visit http://reelblack.com/wordpress/?page_id=11.

Sponsored by Rolling Out Urbanstyle Weekly, International House, WURD 900AM and L.W. Farmbry and Associates.  Community Partners are Afrotaino Productions, American Dreaming Magazine, One Punch Promotions and Raveena Media Group.

Cold Souls

No black folks in this one but if you like Paul Giamatti and weird movies like Being John Malkovich it’s definitely one to check out.


It’s that time again. Reelblack, Philadelphia’s #1 Promoter is now soliciting
memberships for its Seventh Season. Members receive discounts at our shows at
International House and on select merchandise. Members also receive exclusive
invitations to attend sneak previews of major Hollywood films.

More importantly, your membership dollar provides the fuel needed to ignite
a New Black Film Revolution here in the City of Brotherly Love. Membership dollars
help pay for our TV Show, now entering its third season. Membership dollars
keep our website running and membership dollars, combined with sponsorship allow
us to do special events like last Summer’s A GOOD DAY TO BE BLACK AND SEXY premiere
at the Bridge.


Our Season ends in August but we still need your support. Purchase a $30 membership now get exclusive movie pass invites all Summer plus Season Seven benefits, which begin in Septmber 2009 and runs Through August 2010.

BONUS: Your Season Seven Membership gets you ONE FREE TICKET to our first two shows at INTERNATIONAL HOUSE.

On Friday August 21 we’ll be hosting the DVD Release Celebration and Homecoming for Filmmaker Sarah C. Poindexter’s THE GREATEST SONG. Sarah’s a Philly native who spent the last three years in Hollywood, pursuing her dream.  On Tuesday October 13 we bring you the Philly Premiere of BLUE, written and starring Don Wallace, it won the Audience Award at this year’s Hollywood Black Film Festival. Directed by Temple alum Ryan Minningham, this gritty drama is not to be missed.

Don’t Miss Out! Join/Renew now by clicking the link below

or by mailing a check or money order for $30.00 payable to:


PO Box 12302

Philadelphia, PA 19119

Membership cards and buttons will be sent out before the end of October.

Love, Peace and Nappiness,

Mike D.


“Good Movies ’bout Black Folks”



What: Soul Food Cinema Presents THE GREATEST SONG preceded bya sneak peek at HAPPY HOLIDAZE, the new film by Derrell Lawrence
When: Friday August 21, 2009 at 7pm
Where: International House 3701 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 tel 215-387-5125 
Cost: $8 Adults/ $6 Students and Reelblack Season 6 Members/ FREE with Season 7 Membership Renewal or purchase ($30 gets you a whole season of benefits). 

Reelblack is proud to celebrate the DVD release of our Philly homegirl SARAH POINDEXTER’s (Soulful) latest feature film, THE GREATEST SONG.

A successful music producer (Lamman Rucker, Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns) thinks he’s got all the answers, but heaven help him when he meets a pretty church choir director (Aida Rodriguez). Sparks fly as the pair tries to save two imperiled churches of different ethnicities. Their only hope…helping the choirs join together to win first prize in a National Gospel Competition. In order to reach their goal, the choirs have to overcome racial tensions and learn how to work together if they’re going to have a prayer of winning.

Sarah, a Mt. Airy native has been doing it big in Cali with her ON THE REEL production company, completing three features in as many years.  We’re proud to host this event.  Please arrive early as seating is limited.  Featuring giveaways courtesy of Image Entertainment.


JACQUELINE THERESA JOHNSON, of Ardmore, PA died on July 31, 2009 at the age of 24. Cherished daughter of Linda and the late Robert Johnson; devoted sister of Shawn Richardson, Robert S. Johnson Jr. and Chelsea J. Johnson. She is also survived by her loving grandparents, LeRoy Henry Johnson Sr and Dolores Jones; 2 nieces; a nephew; numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and dear friend, Sharon Dickison. 

VIEWING: The family will receive guests Tues. evening 6-8 P.M. in THE CHADWICK AND McKINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 30 East Athens Ave., Ardmore PA 19003 Phone: (610) 642-6303 Fax: (610) 642-3773 and after 9:30 A.M. Wed morning at ST COLMAN CHURCH, Lancaster Ave. and Argyle Rd. Ardmore, PA http://www.stcolmanchurch.org.

Funeral Mass will take place at St. Colman’s at 10 A.M. with burial at Fernwood Cemetary 6501 Baltimore Avenue, Lansdowne, PA 19050. 

Memorials may be made in Jackie’s name to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 225 City Ave., Suite 104, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.

If you are unable to attend, please leave a note in the online guestbook at LEGACY.COM:



Linda is appreciative for all your thoughts and prayers during his difficult time.  If you wish to contact her directly, please send emails to info@reelblack.com.



Reelblack TV’s Linda Limar Johnson aka Big Sis.



“The uncertainty of tomorrow can only be understood by those who don’t know for sure if they will live another day. I’d love to see my dad again once my time is up, but until then, anybody that wants to chat…come on this way, cause my friendly door is always open ^-^” 

–quotes from Jaqui’s Myspace Page.