Comedian Darryl “D’Militant” Littleton chats with RBTV about the history behind his book, BLACK COMEDIANS ON COMEDY, which became the basis for Robert Townsend’s WHY WE LAUGH. There is no beginning or end, just links in the chain. The Book and DVD are both available through Amazon.com


Malcolm X, Cry Of Jazz Added To National Registry

Hollywood Blockbusters, Independent Films and Shorts Selected for Preservation in the 2010 National Film Registry

Spike Lee’s epic and a early film featuring SUN RA among those selected.

The year 2010 will mark yet another December to remember in film preservation. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today named 25 motion pictures—Hollywood classics, documentaries and innovative shorts reflecting genres from every era of American filmmaking—to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

Spanning the period 1891-1996, the films named to the registry range from a rare glimpse of San Francisco before the 1906 earthquake and the political thriller “All the President’s Men” to George Lucas’ student film in 1967 and his sci-fi special-effects extravaganza “The Empire Strikes Back.” Also included in the registry are lesser-known, but culturally vital films such as the black independent film “Cry of Jazz,” Luis Valdez’s “I Am Joaquin” and John Huston’s war documentary “Let There Be Light,” which was banned by the War Department for 35 years. This year’s selections bring the number of films in the registry to 550.

Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian of Congress names 25 films to the National Film Registry that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant, to be preserved for all time. These films are not selected as the “best” American films of all time, but rather as works of enduring significance to American culture.

Of interest to Reelblack fans:

Cry of Jazz (1959)
“Cry of Jazz” is a 34-minute, black-and-white short subject that is now recognized as an early and influential example of African-American independent filmmaking. Director Ed Bland, with the help of more than 60 volunteer crew members, intercuts scenes of life in Chicago’s black neighborhoods with interviews of interracial artists and intellectuals. “Cry of Jazz” argues that black life in America shares a structural identity with jazz music. With performance clips by the jazz composer, bandleader and pianist Sun Ra and his Arkestra, the film demonstrates the unifying tension between rehearsed and improvised jazz. “Cry of Jazz” is a historic and fascinating film that comments on racism and the appropriation of jazz by those who fail to understand its artistic and cultural origins.

I Am Joaquin (1969)

“I Am Joaquin” is a 20-minute short film based on an epic poem published by Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales in 1967. Gonzales’ poem weaves together the long tangled roots of his Mexican, Spanish, Indian and American parentage and a past mythology of pre-Columbian cultures. The film is important to the history and culture of Chicanos in America, spotlighting the challenges they have endured because of discrimination. Luis Valdez, often described as the father of Chicano theater, produced and directed “I Am Joaquin” as a project of Teatro Campesino (the Farmworkers Theater), which he founded in 1965 to inform, encourage and entertain Chicano farm workers. Valdez later directed the Chicano-themed “Zoot Suit” in 1981, a retelling of the early 1940s Los Angeles race riots, and “La Bamba” in 1987.

Malcolm X (1992)
Director Spike Lee’s biographical film about the life of civil rights leader Malcom X was produced in the classical Hollywood style. Featuring an Oscar-nominated performance by Denzel Washington, the film exemplifies the willingness of the American film industry in the early ‘90s to support the making of mainstream films about earlier generations of social leaders.


The Rotation will feature artist lineups from a different label, or management company each month promoting the best talent in hip hop, rock, R&B, neo soul and spoken word. For info, to feature or sponsorship opportunities, email The Rotation@artists1st.net. The Rotation featuring Kin4Life, Sugar Tongue Slim (STS), Government Cheaze, and Cee Knowledge (aka Doodlebug of Diagble Planets) & The Cosmic Funk Allstars. Hoted by Tony Award winning Def Poet Black Ice. Special Performance by: DJ Sparkle(s)/ Playne Jayne

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CEE KNOWLEDGE (aka Doodlebug of Digable Planets) and THE COSMIC FUNK ALLSTARS






Special Performance by DJ SPARKLE(S) / PLAYNE JAYNE

Drink Specials: $2 Lionshead Bottles. $5 Cosmos and Apple Martinis.

$10 Cover

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Teena Marie, R.I.P.

RBTV was privileged to encounter TEENA MARIE backstage at the 2008 R&B Foundation Awards. Here is the raw uncut footage from her press conference after receiving the award. She will be sadly missed. Camera Bill Tucker and Mike D. http://www.rhythm-n-blues.org/. www.officialteenamarie.com/

Happy Holidays From Reelblack

JULIA (NBC-TV 1968-1971) Season 1, Episode 14: I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas

Original Air Date—24 December 1968

Congratulations To Our October/November Contest Winners

Congratulations to the following winners of recent Reelblack contests.  Note:  if you have yet to receive your prize, please contact me at miked@reelblack.com with your mailing address.

Jessica Jarmon of Fairmount - Blue Man Group Tickets at the Merriam Theater  courtesy of Allied.

Jazmen Darnell Brown of Los Angeles, CA - Just Wright DVD courtesy of Fox Video

Adrienne C. Walls of Philadelphia - Tinkerbelle and the Great Fairy Rescue Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack courtesy of Walt Disney Video

Gregory J. Allen of Southwest - Soundtrack For A Revolution DVD
courtesy of Docurama Films

C. Denise Pressley of Germantown - Blood Done Sign My Name DVD courtesy of Image Entertainment.

Karen Dowdell of Philadelphia - Becoming A Woman of Destiny Book courtesy of Tarcher/Penguin

E.C. Smart of Center City - Hatchet II Movie Passes courtesy Allied

Win A Copy of Floetic Soul or an IMAX Prize Pack

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American film wraps up the year with two chances for you to win some cool prizes.

FLOETIC SOUL is Floetry co-founder Natalie Stewart’s critically hailed solo debut CD from Shanachie Records.

Floetry founder Natalie “The Floacist” Stewart takes the Floetry concept she invented to the next level with her solo debut release. Trend-setting Floetry made its mark as a unique gold-selling duo featuring poet/emcee Natalie Stewart a/k/a “The Floacist” and singer Marsha Ambrosius, selling over 1.5 million copies of three albums of their ground-breaking mix of soul, hip-hop beats, singing and poetic rap.

Floetic Soul delivers the same unique concept that brought Floetry a devoted world-wide fan base. This time, a stellar line-up of guest vocalists join Natalie Stewart as the charismatic “Floacist” - produced by hit makers JR Hutson (Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild) and Chris “Big Dog” Davis (Will Downing, George Clinton, Kim Burrell).

IMAX Prize Packs

In celebration of the newly opened IMAX theater at the AMC Franlkin Mills, we’ve got two cool IMAX prize packs to give away.  I haven’t seen them yet but they include cool stuff like aluminum water bottles, ink pens and t-shirts all with the fabled IMAX logo.  If you should win, wear your prize to see TRON: LEGACY in IMAX 3D at AMC Franklin Mills Mall.  (Did I mention the AMC Franklin Mills Theater now has IMAX?  Nudge, Nudge.)

Enter To win

Simply send an email with your full name in the body of the email and the phrase “December Contests” in the subject line to contests@reelblack.com.  Winners will be notified on or about December 28.

MOOZ-LUM Red Carpet Coverage

Reelblack TV’s Angela Henry was in NYC for Mooz-Lum’s World Premiere at The Urbanworld Film Festival in September.

Check out our exclusive coverage above.

Demand That MOOZ-LUM Comes To Your Town

MOOZ-LUM is a new independent feature film starring Evan Ross, Danny Glover, Nia Long and Roger Guenveur Smith.  It recently was awarded Best Narrative Feature Film at this year’s Urbanworld Film Festival.  It is scheduled to open in theaters on February 11.  From now thru December 21, You can vote for Philadelphia to be one of the first 10 cities in which the film opens.

After sold-out advance screenings, online momentum, and heightened global anticipation, Mooz-lum, the critically-acclaimed film about a Muslim-American youth’s struggle with his faith and identity, will finally be released in U.S. theaters on February 11, 2011, Peace Films announced today.

Starring Nia Long (Are We There Yet, Love Jones), Evan Ross (ATL, Pride), Roger Guenveur Smith (American Gangster, Do The Right Thing) and Danny Glover (Dreamgirls,The Color Purple), Mooz-lum generated a groundswell of international support this year from thousands of fans in over 40 countries. Within weeks of the film’s trailer being posted on YouTube, it garnered nearly 200,000 views and over 77,000 people have “Liked” Mooz-lum on Facebook. Additionally, at the film’s New York premiere at the Urbanworld Film Festival in September, nearly 1,000 guests showed up at the 200-seat theater to view the film.

Mooz-lum won “Best Narrative Feature” at Urbanworld 2010 and was an official selectionat both the Chicago International Film Festival and the Cairo International Film Festival this year.
The film has been featured on CNN, NPR, Reuters, New York Times, BBC World News, ABCNews.com, “Good Day NY” and WPIX/CW 11.
Top 10 Cities Get The Film At Their Local AMC Theater

Peace Films has also secured a unique distribution deal with AMC Theatres and has partnered with digital media company Eventful to promote the film’s release. Moviegoers have until Jan. 21, 2011 to log on to http://eventful.com/moozlum and Demand that their city is one of the first 10 cities to see the film by using Eventful’s unique social media platform. They can also spread the word virally across Facebook, Twitter and MySpace by inviting their friends to Demand that their city be the first to see the film at their local AMC theatre on February 11, as a part of the AMC independent™ program.

To Demand Mooz-lum in your city, log on to http://eventful.com/moozlum by January 21.
About Mooz-Lum

Pulled between his strict Muslim upbringing by his father and the normal social life he’s never had, Tariq Mahdi (Evan Ross) enters college in a state of confusion. New relationships with Muslims and non-Muslims alike challenge his already shaken ideals, and the estrangement with his mother and sister troubles him. With the help of new friends, family and mentors, he begins to find himself and open up to an Islam he hasn’t been exposed to. But when the attacks of 9/11 happen without warning, he is forced to face his past and make the biggest decisions of his life.

Written and directed by Qasim Basir, Mooz-lum is one of the first-ever American feature films depicting the life of a young Muslim-American. The all-star cast includes: Danny Glover (Dreamgirls, The Color Purple), Nia Long (Are We There Yet, Love Jones), Roger Guenveur Smith (American Gangster, Do The Right Thing), Summer Bishil (The Last Airbender, Towelhead) and Evan Ross (ATL, Pride).


The upcoming theatrical tour of BLUE MAN GROUP kicks off in Philadelphia at the Merriam Theater from December 22nd thru January 2nd.

REELBLACK, has obtained a pair of tickets (value $180) to attend the opening night performance on Wednesday December 22 to give away to a lucky fan.

This high-octane performance combines music, comedy and multimedia theatrics to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. The blissful party atmosphere created at the live events has become the trademark of the BLUE MAN GROUP experience.

BLUE MAN GROUP will thrill Philadelphia with its high-octane theatrical experience. Escape the ordinary and surround yourself in an explosion of comedy, music, and technology. If you’ve never seen BLUE MAN GROUP, it’s a must-see. If you’re already a fan, don’t miss it.

Enter to win - Simply send and email with your FULL NAME  in the Body of the message and the phrase BLUE MAN GROUP in the subject line to Contests@reelblack.com.  Winner will be announced on December 17.

For ticketing information, please visit http://www.kimmelcenter.org/events/?id=3712 or call 215-893-1999.

Official Website http://www.blueman.com

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