Terry Crews - The Reelblack TV Interview

RBTV’s Aisha Benton spoke with actor Terry Crews. With two movies in theaters at the same time (LOTTERY TICKET and THE EXPENDABLES) and a sitcom picked up for 90 episodes by TBS (ARE WE THERE YET?), he has a lot to be proud of. He shares his insights into the business and the importance of patience, persistance and having the right attitude in winning the lottery of life.

New Spike Leee Movie Debuts 8/23 on HBO

RBTV’s Mike D. had the privilege of meeting with award winning filmmaker Spike Lee to discuss his latest project, IF GOD IS WILLING AND THE CREEK DON’T RISE, his eagerly anticipated follow-up to the Emmy Award Winning WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE. THE FOUR-HOUR, TWO-PART

Five years after Hurricane Katrina, director Spike Lee returns to New Orleans to see how the ambitious plans to reinvent the Crescent City are playing out in the all-new, four-hour documentary IF GOD IS WILLING AND DA CREEK DON’T RISE. He finds a patchwork of hope and heartache in a story that is book-ended by a pair of momentous events — the historic 2010 Super Bowl victory and the disastrous British Petroleum oil spill — that changed the history of America’s most unique city once again. The film debuts in two parts on MONDAY, AUG. 23 (9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) and TUESDAY, AUG. 24 (9:00-11:00 p.m.), exclusively on HBO.
HBO playdates for both parts (presented back-to-back): Aug. 27 (7:00 p.m.), 29 (3:00 p.m.) and 31 (9:00 a.m.), and Sept. 4 (11:00 a.m.) and 8 (3:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdate for Part 1: Sept. 13 (4:10 a.m.)
Other HBO playdate for Part 2: Sept. 14 (4:45 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates for both parts (presented back-to-back): Aug. 25 (8:00 p.m.) and Sept. 3 (4:00 p.m.), 12 (2:00 p.m.), 14 (1:00 p.m.), 22 (8:00 a.m.), 27 (1:55 a.m.)


Reelblack HIGHLY RECOMMENDS you check out the new comedy LOTTERY TICKET–in theaters, not on Bootleg.

Lottery Ticket is the latest comedy from Executive Producer ICE CUBE.  In the spirit of the classic FRIDAY, it follows Kevin Carson (Bow Wow), a young man living in the projects who has to survive a three-day weekend after his opportunistic neighbors find out he’s holding a winning lottery ticket worth $370 million.

A surprisingly strong script and a fantastic cast filled with cameos (Mike Epps, Keith David, Terry Crews) make this  a fun ride for both teens and grown ups.


Be sure to check REELBLACK TV’s Youtube channel all this weekend for exclusive interviews and Red Carpet coverage–direct from the Los Angeles premiere featuring Bow Wow, Ice Cube, Brandon T. Jackson, Terry Crews and Naturi Naughton.  New clips will post every day through Monday!

Be sure to check every evening and feel free to leave comments.  If you happened to attend last weak’s sneak preview at the Pearl, take a moment to leave your review as a comment on any of our Youtube clips.

Visit www.youtube.com/user/reelblack

Lee Scratch Perry Tonight at WCL

The Godfather of Dub and Reggae has returned….
Grammy Winning Reggae Icon Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry returns with the highly anticipated new LP “REPENTANCE”– with the sexually charged club anthem “Pum Pum,” as the debut single which demonstrates Lee’s mastery of all sounds. The album touches on a multitude of genres ranging from hip-hop & dancehall to club ready dance hits.

“Repentance” is considered the best album he has produced in decades, standing alongside the innovative records of the 60s & 70s where Perry placed the DJ in the role of the artist. What Perry created can easily be seen as the prelude to the dance, hip hop and pop music genres which makes it easy to see where artists from Jay Z, Santogold, Hot Chip, M.I.A., to Spank Rock cut their teeth and found their sound. With “Repentance,” Perry as truly reclaimed the thrown. He continues to influence the musical landscape of today by redefining every genre of music he touches with his unprecedented vision and production expertise. He remains revered by his peers and seen as one of the most influential artists by many of todays contemporary performers.

Also Performing: Lionize

With DJs Ruder1 (Dub**Sky Sound) and Rob Paine (Solomonic Sound)

Thursday, August 19, 2010 | Doors 7pm | Show 8pm | Downstairs Live

Advance Tickets:
Floor (Standing Room): $25 ($20 ticket + $5 processing fee)
Loge (Reserved Seating): $25 ($20 ticket + $5 processing fee)
Mezzanine (Reserved Seating): $35 ($20 + $15 premium service*/processing fee)


Justice For Her

Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 7:00pm
ticket price:
$5; Free for Scribe members

Scribe Video Center

4212 Chestnut Street 3rd Floor

Philadelphia, PA, 19104

Director Aginah Carter-Shabazz in person

In 1998 Yonzetta (Nas) Hudson was arrested and charged with capital murder. After 18 months and a 30-day trial, Nas and her co-defendants were acquitted by a jury. What led to this harrowing turn of events in Nas’ life? Nas’ mother, Aginah Carter-Shabazz turns the camera on herself and her daughter to recount an intergenerational story about how the choices both women made with men, money, and materialism led Nas into a nightmare entanglements with the Philadelphia criminal justice system. While focusing on the consequences of “lifestyle choices”, Justice for Her also suggests a framework for understanding these choices and their consequences within a context of unequal gender relations, a racist suburban school system, and a sometimes unjust criminal justice system. (2008, 77 min)

LOUIS THE MOVIE at the Keswick 8/31

LOUIS, a silent film directed by Dan Pritzker, starring Jackie Earle Haley, Shanti Lowry and Anthony Coleman, will premiere in US cities in late August with live musical accompaniment by Wynton Marsalis, renowned pianist Cecile Licad and a 10-piece all-star jazz ensemble. Marsalis will play a score comprised primarily of his own compositions. Licad will play the music of 19th century American composer L.M. Gottschalk. The group will perform live with the film in a series of special performances in New York City, Chicago, Washington DC, Detroit and a one night only performance at Philadelphia’s Keswick Thater on August 31.

Shot by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond as a modern re-imagining of early silent film, LOUIS is an homage to Louis Armstrong, Charlie Chaplin, beautiful women and the birth of American music. The grand Storyville bordellos, alleys and cemeteries of 1907 New Orleans provide a backdrop of lust, blood and magic for 6 year old Louis (Anthony Coleman) as he navigates the colorful intricacies of life in the city. Young Louis’s dreams of playing the trumpet are interrupted by a chance meeting with a beautiful and vulnerable girl named Grace (Lowry) and her baby, Jasmine. Haley, in a performance reminiscent of the great comic stars of the silent screen, plays the evil Judge Perry who is determined not to let Jasmine’s true heritage derail his candidacy for governor.

“The idea of accompanying a silent film telling a mythical tale of a young Louis Armstrong was appealing to me,” says Marsalis. “Of course, calling it a silent film is a misnomer — there will be plenty of music, and jazz is like a conversation between the players so there’ll be no shortage of dialogue.”

Thunder Soul

Scribe Video Center Presents
Philadelphia Premiere of Thunder Soul at the Ibrahim Theater at International House
With director Mark Landsman in person
Tuesday August 10 at 7 PM
3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia , PA

On Tuesday August 10 at 7 p.m., get ready for the Philadelphia premiere of Thunder Soul, at the Ibrahim Theater at International House presented by Scribe Video Center .  Directed by Mark Landsman and winner of the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival Audience Award, Thunder Soul tells the true story of Conrad “Prof”  Johnson and the legendary Kashmere Stage Band.  It was the ’70s, and an inner-city Houston high school was about to make history. Johnson, the charismatic band leader, would turn the school’s mediocre jazz band into a legendary funk powerhouse still respected by contemporary artists today. Now, 35 years later, his students prepare to pay tribute to the 92-year-old “Prof” who changed their lives.  Some haven’t played their horns in decades, still they dust off their instruments determined to retake the stage to show Prof and the world that they’ve still got it. Director Mark Landsman will be in person for a Q&A session following the screening. Tuesday August 10, 7 PM at the Ibrahim Theater at International House, 3701Chestnut Street, Philadelphia . $10, $8 for students/seniors, $5 Scribe members.

X-Cape Movie Premiere Tonight!

Tapestry Entertainment LLC is having a premiere for the film, X-SCAPE.

535 East Main Street

Marlton, NJ
Admission $10.00

A band of seven males escape from a maximum security prison. Each has a separate story to tell of how he arrived in his situation. After their escape, they go on a rampage of brutal rapes, robberies and murders. They are tracked by the police. Police Officer Rizzo has a personal reason to kill one of them.

Mad Dog, the self appointed leader, terrorizes everyone including the other escapees. He foresees each of his rapes seconds in advance through a distorted reality. He has no conscious and enjoys the pain he inflicts on others. No one is safe from these men! please contact us at

The Other Side Of The Water

Friday, August 20, 2010 - 7:00pm
ticket price:
$5; Free to Scribe members

Scribe Video Center
4212 Chestnut Street 3rd Floor

Philadelphia, PA, 19104

The Other Side of the Water
Directed by Jeremy Robins
The documentary follows a group of young immigrants who take an ancient music from the hills of Haiti and reinvent it on the streets of Brooklyn. The journey of this unlikely band offers a unique insight into the Haitian-American experience — a rare glimpse into a world of music, spirituality, and cultural activism.
Part-carnival, part-vodou ceremony, and grassroots protest, “Rara” is one of the most breathtaking and contested forms of music in the Americas. Rara originally served as a voice of the slaves in their revolt against the French, and as the voice of those struggling against ongoing dictatorships in Haiti. This documentary follows the journey of DJARARA - the only sustained rara band in America - through a hidden New York landscape of vodou temples, underground economies, violent politics, and ground-shaking music. (2010, 60 min).

Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê
Directed by Carolina Moraes-Liu
The short film follows three women competing to be the carnival queen of Ilê Aiyê, a prominent and controversial Afro-Brazilian group with an all-black membership. The selection is based on Afro-centric notions of beauty, in counterpoint to prevailing standards of beauty in Brazil, a country famous for slim supermodels and plastic surgery. Contestants for the title of Ebony Goddess dress in flowing African-style garments, gracefully performing traditional Afro-Brazilian dances to songs praising the beauty of black women. (2010, 19 min). Click HERE for more information.

Grease 2 Grits 8/20

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