Red Tails Weekend - Reelblack, Mahogany Mamas and WURD-AM Planning Trips In Support of Landmark Film

More details are now posted for this Sunday’s Field Trip in support of RED TAILS.  Screening is at 1:40pm at the UA Riverview Theater, Columbus Boulevard and Reed Streets in South Philly. Reelblack is hosting in collaboration with Mahogany Mamas Book Club.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the theater boxoffice or in advance through

You may want to pre-order you tickets using this link as this will likely be the most popular showtime

To encourage folks to bring their children, neices and nephews, we’ll forgo the regular  meal after the film and do our giveaways in the theater lobby.  So far we have a set of RED TAILS posters courtesy Lucasfilm and I’m expecting to get in a copy of the orginal Tuskeegee Airmen movie on Blu-ray courtesy of HBO Video.

If you can’t make it on Sunday, our friends at WURD-900AM are encouraging folks to attend the 3:40pm show on Saturday at the Pearl at Avenue North, Broad and Oxford Streets in North Philly.  No word yet on if they’ll have giveaways.

It should definitely be a fun event.  Let’s make history.  Let’s do our part to push Red Tails into the #1 spot this weekend.

Ask Around Entertainment to Release Urban, Un-Romantic Comedy “Exit Strategy” at AMC Theatres for Valentine’s Day

Opening February 10, 2012 at AMC Loews Cherry Hill 24 and Franklin Mills Mall 14 in Philadelphia; Featuring Cameo Appearances by Philadelphia Native and Comedian Kevin Hart Plus Power 106FM LA’s Big Boy

LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwire - Jan 19, 2012) - Ask Around Entertainment, the distribution shingle of Ask Around Productions, is releasing urban independent movie “EXIT STRATEGY,” an un-romantic comedy for Valentine’s Day, starring Jameel Saleem, Kimelia Weathers, Quincy “QDeezy” Harris, with Big Boy and Kevin Hart, at AMC Loews Cherry Hill 24 and AMC Franklin Mills Mall 14 in the Philadelphia area on February 10, 2012. Additional releasing cities and locations TBA.

In the movie, James (SALEEM) gets evicted from his apartment and moves in with his girlfriend of three months Kim (WEATHERS) and quickly discovers she’s everything he never wanted in a woman. He enlists best friends Carville (HARRIS), Leona (NOELLE BALFOUR) and strangers BIG BOY and KEVIN HART to find a relationship exit strategy, but for Kim, breaking up just isn’t an option.

Local Philadelphia radio personality Quincy “QDeezy” Harris was instrumental in bringing the first theatrical release of the movie to Philadelphia audiences by securing a media partnership with his Radio One urban format station WPHI-FM Hot 107.9. The station will be supporting the film’s release with significant on-air content focused on the movie’s relationship and break-up themes, a sponsored listener screening at the AMC Franklin Mills Mall 14 on February 10, and an opening night VIP screening at AMC Loews Cherry Hill 21, full details to be announced.

“EXIT STRATEGY’s” Executive Producer is nationally-syndicated morning radio host Big Boy from the nation’s top hip-hop station KPWR-FM Power 106 in Los Angeles. Big Boy’s production company, Ida’s Son Productions, helped finance the independent film in association with Los Angeles-based production company Ask Around Productions.

The movie’s soundtrack, including songs featured-in and inspired by “EXIT STRATEGY,” will be released on February 6, 2012 by Ocean View Entertainment, the digital distribution label of Stampede Management in Los Angeles — the team behind Snoop Dogg and Far East Movement. The soundtrack will be available for purchase on iTunes and, among others.

The screenplay was written by Baltimore and Philadelphia native and Slamdance screenwriting finalist Jameel Saleem, who also stars in the film. “EXIT STRATEGY” is directed by Michael Whitton and produced by Kellie Maltagliati and Quincy “QDeezy” Harris.

Kevin Hart has been featured in films such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Soul Plane,” “Scary Movie 4,” “Death at a Funeral,” “Little Fockers,” and Steve Harvey’s upcoming “Think Like a Man.Hart has also done several stand-up TV specials for Comedy Central, including I’m a Grown Little Man (2009) and “Seriously Funny (2010), which was released as both an album and DVD on Comedy Central Records. His stand-up movie “Laugh At My Pain,” which released theatrically in September 2011, has earned more than $7 million in domestic box office and released on DVD January 17, 2012.

Big Boy and his morning show Big Boy’s Neighborhood is syndicated nationwide and Big has been named “Personality of the Year” by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) three times, four times by the Radio Music Awards and six times by Radio & Records. Big Boy has appeared in Adam Sandler’s “The Longest Yard,”Charlie’s Angels 2,” “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” and the HBO show “Entourage.” His book, “An XL Life: Staying Big at Half the Size,” released earlier this year.


Daisy Bates: First Lady Of Little Rock Free Screening 1/17

Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

@WHYY Hamilton Public Media Commons, 6:30pm
Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
6:30pm-8:00pm (doors open 6pm)
150 N 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(venue is wheelchair accessible)

This event is FREE and Open to the Public, but registration is required.

Register Online or call (215) 351-0511 to register over the phone.

Please be sure to indicate if you need captioning and ASL interpretation when you RSVP.

As a black woman who was a feminist before the term was invented, Daisy Bates refused to accept her assigned place in society. Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock tells the story of her life and public support of nine black students who registered to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, which culminated in a constitutional crisis - pitting a president against a governor and a community against itself. Unconventional, revolutionary, and egotistical, Daisy Bates reaped the rewards of instant fame, but paid dearly for it.  Premieres Feb 2, 2012 on PBS.


Due to a scheduling conflict, tonight’s Soul Food Fundraiser at Temptations has been pushed back to 7:30pm.  We apologize for the short notice.

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In the spirit of Kuumba (Creativity) and Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), let us come together and support Community Youth Arts programs , January 15, 2012 at Temptations Banquet Facility 218 W. Chelten Avenue, Philadelphia Pa. 19144.
The evening will feature THE AZEL DIXSON BIG SOUL BAND with DENISE KING as one of the evening’s vocalists.

This evening will be filled with so much food for you Soul and Gut!! Please come out and support this fundraiser.

The ticket for this event includes a delicious Soul Buffet along with live entertainment throughout the evening.

For Tickets Contact Daryl @ (215)620-4776 or Azel @ (267)977-7172

Pre-Order Your Tix For TANGO MACBETH Premiere

Scribe Begins the 2012 Season with a Fundraiser & Screening of Harry Belafonte Sing Your Song

On Tuesday January 10, 5:30 PM at International House, Scribe Video Center, will host a fundraiser reception to support and celebrate the organization’s 2012 season and a very special edition of our Producers’ Forum series that evening beginning at 7PM. Immediately following the reception, there will be a screening of director Susanne Rostock’s 2011 Sundance Film Festival selection documentary Harry Belafonte Sing Your Song. The film’s director Susanne Rostock and editor Jason Pollard will be there in person at the fundraiser and for a post screening Q&A after the film. Pollard will also teach a Master Class, the Art and Craft of Editing, the following evening Jan 11, 7PM at Scribe.  See combo package and a la carte prices below:

Scribe Fundraiser Reception and Screening of Harry Belafonte Sing Your Song
Tuesday, January 10 @ International House
*Director Susanne Rostock and editor Jason Pollard in person for fundraiser and screening
3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
5:30PM for reception, 7PM screening

$60 reception, screening, and Master Class
$35 Reception and film screening
$25 for Master Class ($15 for Scribe members)
$10 screening (To see screening only must purchase tickets through International House)

Visit for details.

Frank McComb - Love Naturally (Live In Philly)

Singer/Songwriter FRANK MCCOMB performs “Love Naturally” at World Cafe Live on 10.27.2007. Original appears on his 2000 debut LOVE STORIES. For all things Frank McComb, visit

Camera Mike D, Daryl Debrest and Craig Carpenter. Edit Mike D. Special thanks Walkingbear Productions.


REJOICE & SHOUT covers 200 years of musical history of African-American Christianity, featuring the legends of Gospel music, including The Staple Singers, The Clara Ward Singers, The Dixie Hummingbirds, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Reelblack and Magnolia Home Entertainment are giving away 2 copies of this amazing new DVD.  ENTER TO WIN by sending an email with your FULL NAME in the body  of the email and the PHRASE “REJOICE AND SHOUT” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to
Winners will be notified on or before January 8.
Good luck!


Idle Warship is a perfect example of how a whole can become greater than the sum of its parts - and that is saying quite a lot given the musical components of this project. A collaboration between longtime friends and collaborators, hip-hop luminary Talib Kweli and critically acclaimed soulful singer and songwriter Res, Idle Warship was born out of sheer experimentation in the studio. But some of the best things in life happen when least expected. When fans of Talib and Res heard and reacted to some online MP3s of what these two had created during their off-the-cuff sessions, it became clear that something much bigger was brewing. Since making a huge splash at SXSW in 2009 and completing a successful European tour, Idle Warship made Party Robot - their mixtape with master DJ Mick Boogie and singer/songwriter Graph Nobel - available for free download in 2010. It only left the fans craving more, and now the wait is over!
Thursday, January 19, 2012 | Doors 7pm | Show 8pm | World Cafe Live 3025 Walnut Street

Advance Tickets:
Floor/Loge Standing Room: $25 ($20 ticket + $5 processing fee)
Floor/Loge Reserved Seating: $35 ($30 ticket + $5 processing fee)
Mezzanine (Reserved Seating): $45 ($30 + $15 premium service*/processing fee)


The points are not the point of LOUDER THAN A BOMB, the powerful Humanitas Prize winning documentary that premieres at 9pm Thursday January 5 on OWN (The Oprah Winfrey Network).  More to the point, it’s the friendships made, the voices found and the lives saved through the power of the pen.  Tune in or TiVo.  Highly Recommended.  To find OWN on your cable system, click here.

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