Just one day after the triumph of PRECIOUS at the Oscars, Cartoon Network unleashed FREAKNIK, THE MUSICAL, a grotesque and ignorant comedy featuring voice talent by T-Pain, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, George Clinton and Lil Wayne.  Ironically, the 1 hour special lampoons the Boule–a supposed secret society of the richest 10% of Blacks, who  conspire to keep the remaining 90% under.
After watching “Freaknik”, it doesn’t look like Cosby and Oprah could’ve taken the day off.
FREAKNIK THE MUSICAL is a self-inflicted gunshot to the Soul.

FTM has (appropriately) been bootlegged and posted on Youtube.


Friday, March 12, 2010
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Scribe Video Center
4212 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

Directed by Barbara Attie (in person) and Janet Goldwater (in person)

This documentary explores issues of human rights and asylum in a film about a mother’s journey to protect her daughter. Declared a “heart-wrenching testament to the integrity and solidarity of women in the face of staggering adversity” by Ed Gonzalez in the Village Voice, “Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter” explores a Malian mother’s struggle for political asylum in the U.S. so that she can keep her two-year-old daughter healthy and whole.

To avoid deportation, Mrs. Goundo must convince a judge that she is unable to protect her daughter, Djenabou, from her well-intentioned grandparents in West Africa, who believe all girls should undergo female genital cutting. Djenebou’s situation is not isolated - an estimated three million girls each year are subjected to this procedure. (2009, 58 minutes)

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Mike D. On The Radio

Tune in TODAY at noon on WURD 900 AM (or listen live online at  Reelblack founder Mike D. will be on  Dr. Richard Cooper’s radio show to discuss last Sunday’s Oscars.  Specifically the success of Precious and The Blind Side.

Feel free to call in.

The Yellow Handkerchief - In Theaters Friday

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Brett Hanson is an ex-convict, just released from prison after serving six years for manslaughter and now adrift in a world of new freedoms and responsibilities. Finding initial difficulties in reconciling himself to a troubled past, Brett crosses paths with lonely and troubled teenager Martine and her new ‘ride’ Gordy. The trio head out in the same car and direction–Martine to cut loose and get away from her family, Gordy to get closer to Martine, and Brett who must decide whether he wants to return to his troubled past and an uncertainty with May, the woman that he left behind. Once on the road, the trio find their relationships forging and changing in myriad ways, but it is Brett’s story and his need to reconcile his past to his future that drives the two young people to reassess their own passages as well.

A Talented Filmmaker Needs Your Help

I just got the following message from Jan Johnson, a fellow AFI alum who has devised a novel way to raise funds for her new short film.

Many of you may have been present at our screening of her films STONE MANSION and GAME (both collabortions with Philly playwright Ed Shockley) , a few years back.  Jan has Oscar caliber talent.  With your support of as little as $5, she can realize her next project.

Dear Film Enthusiast

I am producing HOMECOMING QUEEN, a tween comedy with several Disney Channel stars attached to the project. Our production start date is summer (2010) in Atlanta, GA. Our project is a new presence on the KICKSTARTER site. I am reaching out to ask for your help to fund a VERY specific area of the project.

Our team has been approached by a Branding Company located in Marina Del Rey, California. Branded In Entertainment ( has a solid history and background in this arena and has the ability to bring THE MOST APPROPRIATE brands (product placement) to the project.

Our goal is to raise $12,000 dollars to pay the company’s necessary “administrative” fees. This fee will not only pay the company’s administrative costs but will help them help us secure distribution.

As an additional incentive, the producers have agreed to include your name in the “on-screen” producer acknowledgements along with the other pledge benefits on the site. Thank you (in advance) for your precious contribution.

Please visit
to make your  pledge of any amount.

Many thanks,
Jan Johnson
Hollywood, California

I so much appreciate your efforts and look forward to seeing you in Hollywood, California at our special screening of HOMECOMING QUEEN Fall 2011.

Jan Johnson

We have a short window of opportunity (until May 1,2010) to
accomplish this goal.

ABOUT JAN JOHNSON–As a second year thesis student, JAN JOHNSON developed her thesis script and won American Film Institute’s MARTIN RITT AWARD - a $10,000 cash production grant. She was the only African American recipient of an AFI 2003 Women in Film Scholarship. JJ’s independent short film - STONE MANSION was one of the 2004 Showtime Network’s BLACK FILMMAKERS SHORT FILM SHOWCASE Winners. Stone Mansion was licensed in 2004 to the Showtime Network and aired over February in honor of Black History Month. JJ’s thesis film, was also sold in 2004 to HBO and is currently in rotation. STONE MANSION was sold to AMERICAN PUBLIC TELEVISION (PBS) in 2005 and aired in 45 US markets. Both films have screened in over fifty (50) national and international festivals.

Please feel free to forward this info to anyone you think can be of asssistance.

Ludacris’ Battle Of The Sexes In Stores Now

More than a year in the making, the seventh studio album “Battle of the Sexes” from Ludacris is in stores Tuesday. On this album Ludacris tackles the timeless paradox in history, the differences between men & women. Armed with the first hit single “HOW LOW”, the album features guests including Ne-Yo, Nicki Minaj, Flo Rida, Ciara, Trey Songz, Lil’Kim, Eve, Trina, and Plies.  At fine retailers and ITunes.

Plus the Award-Winning PRECIOUS on DVD and Blu-Ray Tuesday.  Contains audio commentary and audition reel.

Brooklyn’s Finest Mini Review

Reelblack Season 7 members had the opportunity to attend an advance screening last month of BROOKLYN’S FINEST, the new feature from Antoine Fuqua that reteams him ith Etahn Hawke of Training Day.  The audience response was virtually unanimous:  BKF is a gritty, sexist, violent crime thriller that delivers the goods.  Equal parts The Wire, Crash and Grand Theft Auto, all the actors bring their “A” game.

After Fuqua losing the opportunity to direct American Gangster, he proves, on a much smaller scale and budget that he is a master visual storyteller on the level of Scorscese, Mann and Cimino.  BKF is a richly textured tapestry.  While it may not be for all tastes, it is a minor-key masterpiece that capures a slew of great actors at their best.

Monitoring Hollywood ll This Thursday

Precious: A Discussion On Hollywood’s Image of The Black Woman

Thursday, March 4, 2010 from 7 to 9 p.m. in The Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News Public Room.
The Oscars are around the corner and Philadelphia native Lee Daniels’ gripping film Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
is winning acclaim for its tale of a young Black girl’s heartache and struggle living in the inner city. The Media Watch Committee of The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists in conjunction with The Temple Association of Black Journalists is sponsoring a panel discussion consisting of some of the area’s well-known entertainment insiders, culture critics and activists to delve into the progress and failures of Hollywood’s portrayal of Black women. Refreshments will be offered; Admission is free - Just in time for Women’s History Month!

Moderator: Patty Jackson WDAS

Rel Dowdell- Film Writer, Director

Khalid Patterson – Lecturer on Race and Hollywood, Co-founder of The Minority Reporter
Golden Girl
– Broadcaster Power 99FM

Patrick Riley – Producer/Personality/Writer, Chair NABJ Arts & Entertainment Task Force
Cheryl Wadlington
– Fashionista, Founder and Creative Director of EvoLuer Image Consultants
Denise Beek –
Director, Multicultural Affairs, Philadelphia Film Office

Annette John Hall
- Columnist, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Sheryl Lee Ralph -

For more information go online at

The Harvest Open Mic & Showcase Experience ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW!

WHAT? Celebrate the one year anniversary of Philadelphia’s largest Open Mic and Showcase Experience featuring the areas best poets, emcees, singers, and comedians.Vendors will be in the building just for YOU!

THE TEAM? Spoken Soul 215 (Just Greg, Lyrispect, Rhapsode, Reuben Jones, & Vision), Buje Concepts Event Planning, SP Photography, DJ Maggy ThUMP keeping the crowd MOVING with a Motley Mix of old and new favorites!!!

LIVE ART on location BY:
the ever experimental, gifted and mysterious :) POPULART YIN!
and one of the illest to touch a canvas, 2010 Creative Ambassador Artist TATYANA FAZLALIZADEH!

Special Guest Photographer: S.BADIYAH AUSTIN!


PRESS WILL BE IN THE BUILDING!!! So be on your baddest!;)

The Evening will be shot by MIKE DENNIS of REELBLACK
( featured this week on the Cover of the Philadelphia Weekly)

and MOST importantly, YOU’re gonna be there so its a CELEBRACION AMIGOS! If that’s not enough, of course you want to be there to celebrate the accomplishments of Philly Legend/Pioneer and Vibemistress STEPHANIE RENEE as she bids Philly adieu!!!

When? TUESDAY, March 2nd, 2010 - 7PM (Tuesday for March ONLY)

Where? World Cafe Live DOWNSTAIRS, 3025 and Walnut Street. Downstairs in capitalized for a reason. Once you see it, you’ll understand.

Why? Because it performances are AMAZING, the energy is POSITIVE, YOU ARE FREE TO BE YOURSELF and you’ll leave INSPIRED. You never know who will stop through The Harvest as well! Believe me,its worth being sleepy the next morning at work!;)

How? Car (plenty of street parking available),
Public Trans (the Septa Blue Line El Train to 30th Street, then walk two short blocks south to Walnut),
and to our NY, Bmore, and DC folk, the Bolt and Mega buses stop at 30th Street Station (then walk two blocks south - doesn’t get any easier than that)…

If you’ve never been or meaning to come…this is THE HARVEST, you dont want to miss. It’s an experience like no other! WE GO IN, ALL CRAZY!!! This is the show to make if you’ve never been. It will be our biggest and best show thus far. Come celebrate with us…and wear your Harvest Original gear (T-shirts/Hoodies) to help us celebrate and…well you never know! See you Tuesday!

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