Win A Copy of WE THE PARTY - Out Now On DVD

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 Promoter of African-American Film, is giving away 4 copies of the just-released movie WE THE PARTY on DVD.

A revealing look at contemporary youth culture, writer-director Mario Van Peebles’ We the Party shows teenagers as they are, not as adults would like them to be. Set amidst the latest trends in music, dance and fashion, We The Party is a colorful, cutting-edge comedy set in an ethnically diverse Los Angeles high school during America’s first black president. The film focuses on five friends as they deal with romance, money, prom, college, sex, bullies, facebook, fitting in, standing out, and finding themselves. Evoking such classic teen comedies as The Breakfast Club and House Party but with an attitude and style all its own, We The Party captures the hopes, confusion, challenges and dreams of today’s teenagers as they plunge headlong into an uncertain future.

RBTV had the pleasure of interviewing writer-director MARIO VAN PEEBLES and his son MANDELA, who stars in the film about the project in advance of its theatrical release in the Spring.

We want fans to tell why they’re the life of the party to qualify for a chance to win We The Party DVD.
If you’re the life of the party, and want to win We The Party DVD, simply send an email with your full name and a few sentences telling why you’re the life of the party all in the body of the email, and the phrase WE THE PARTY CONTEST in the header to

Winners will be selected and random and notified at the end of the week. Good luck!

Reelblack Recommends INIQUITY - Now Playing at the Ritz East

Kudos to Philly Filmmaker JOSHUA COATES whose debut feature INIQUITY is now playing a limited run at Landmark Theaters RITZ EAST.

David Marshall’s rise to fame as the top lawyer in Philadelphia is threatened by his affair with a married woman.

Location / Times July 27th - 29th 2012
Showtimes and Tickets
Friday July 27th. 11:00am
Saturday July 28th. 11:00am
Sunday. July 29th. 11:00am

Ritz East Theaters / LAND MARK THEATRES
Web :
125 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia Pa, 19106
(215) 925-7900


Reelblack strongly recommends you check out the one and only LADY ALMA, who celebrates the release of her new CD, LADY ALMA LIVE, tomorrow night at Warmdaddys.

Eavesdrop Radio + gL Productions present

Eavesdrop Sessions featuring

Lady Alma (celebrating the release of Lady Alma Live)

Opening sets by Anessa LaRae + Electric Lady

Hosted by Dave Ghet

Sounds by Eavesdrop Radio DJs Junior + lil’dave

Thursday 7/26

Warmdaddy’s (1400 S Columbus Blvd)

Doors at 7p, show starts at 8p


New Trailer! | Sundance Winner MIDDLE OF NOWHERE

MIDDLE OF NOWHERE | In theaters October 12, 2012

Synopsis: Winner of the Best Director Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, MIDDLE OF NOWHERE follows Ruby, a bright medical student who sets aside her dreams and suspends her career when her husband is incarcerated. As the committed couple stares into the hollow end of an eight-year prison sentence, Ruby must learn to live another life, one marked by shame and separation. But through a chance encounter and a stunning betrayal that shakes her to her core, this steadfast wife is soon propelled in new and often shocking directions of self-discovery - caught between two worlds and two men in the search for herself.

Studio: Participant Media/AaFFRM

Genre: Romance, Drama

Official Site

Writer/Director: Ava DuVernay

Cast: Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, Omari Hardwick, Lorraine Touissaint, Edwina Findley, Sharon Lawrence

Free Gordon Parks Screening This Wednesday at Vivant 7/25

Vivant Art Gallery in Old City has teamed with Reelblack to bring you a monthly screening series focusing on art and artists.  This month’s selection is HALF PAST AUTUMN: THE LIFE AND WORKS OF GORDON PARKS.

Screening will take place on Wednesday July 25 at Vivant Art Gallery, 60 N. 2nd Street in Old City.  Screening begins at 8pm and there is Free on-street parking in Center City after 5:30pm.
Admission is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

A true twentieth century Renaissance man, Gordon Parks is one of the most prolific and diverse artists in America today. A preeminent photographer, poet, novelist, composer and filmmaker, Parks’s artisitc vision knows no boundaries. This candid portrait of the artist is a journey throught the watershed moments on America’s social history, punctuated by Parks’ seminal works and his unique ability to follow his instincts to the most fascinating and challenging places in the world.

Free Screening Tomorrow Night of DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK at Penn’s Landing

The Awesome Film Fest Presents



Sat, 07/21/2012 - 8:30pm

Special Announcement

Race Street Pier Outdoor Summer Series, Columbus Boulevard and Race Street.


This documentary explores the definition, history, culture, and social impact of New York City’s outdoor summer basketball scene, the worldwide “Mecca” of the sport. In NYC, pick-up basketball is not just a sport, it’s a way of life. DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK lovingly uncovers this movement through the voices of playground legends, NBA athletes, and most importantly, the common ballplayer. Co-directors Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau visited 180 courts throughout NYC’s five boroughs primarily by bicycle, carrying their video equipment and a basketball in their backpacks.


Soul Food Cinema returns after a month’s absence to the newly christened MILL’S CAFE (formerly the Point of Destination Cafe), which specializes in vegan delights.  This month’s movie is LET’S TALK, the first film written, produced and starring Philly’s own CLAYTON PRINCE.

Mr. Prince will be on hand to discuss his work and career, from his days at CAPA to performing on the Cosby Show to becoming a mufti-hyphenate filmmaker who continues his close ties to the City of Brotherly Love.  Admission is FREE with the purchase of a MILL’S CAFE DINNER ENTREE.

Preceded by James Bowman’s animated short, THE QUESTION. Show starts at 7pm.  At MILL’S CAFE 6460 Greene Street (at the Upsal Train station) 215-849-7771.

2 Days In New York Available Now On Demand and iTunes

Chris Rock received some of the best reviews of his career when 2 DAYS IN NEW YORK premiered this Spring at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The comedy, about a happily coupled man whose sanity is pushed to the brink when his girlfriend (Julie Delpy)’s French relatives crash their small NYC apartment, is now available to view on demand on Comcast, Amazon and iTunes before it hits theaters.

Volunteers Needed for BlackStar Film Festival

Blackstar Film Festival Trailer from BlackStar on Vimeo.

We need your help to make the BlackStar Film Festival a success.

Volunteers are key to the success of the festival and are needed to assist as ushers, greeters, and special events staff.

Volunteering with BlackStar is a unique opportunity to work hard, gain valuable event management experience, earn community service hours, network and/or have fun while supporting the mission of a pioneering organization dedicated to championing the work of aspiring and established independent filmmakers of African descent.

Here are some details about volunteering:

When will I need to be available?
The Festival begins Thursday afternoon, August 2, 2012 and ends on Sunday evening, August 5, 2012, you will be assigned to a 3-hour shift during the festival. There will be opportunities to work on each day.

How will I know what to do?
There will be a volunteer orientation on TBD. On your assigned day(s) you will meet with a volunteer manager who will explain your job and assign you duties for the day.

What Will I Receive?

For each 3-hour shift, you will receive:
- (2) Two tickets to a screening of your choice
- (1) Invitation to the Opening Night Reception

If you work three shifts (9 hours total), you will receive:
- (1) All-Access Festival Pass
- (1) Invitation to the Opening Night Reception
- (1) VIP Gift Bag

To sign up, please fill out this form and select your desired shift(s). We will do our best to accommodate your preference(s). Once your registration has been processed you will receive a welcome letter from us with your assignment and the date of the orientation.

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Meet The Freedom Riders This Saturday at 1pm

The African-American Museum in Philadelphia will host a panel event, film screening and reception honoring the heroic works of original 1960s Freedom Riders Saturday July 21 at 1PM.

A panel discussion featuring original Freedom Riders talking about their experiences during the Civil Rights Movement will kick off the event with a light reception. Following the panel will be a screening of the documentary film “Freedom Riders” by Emmy award-winning director Stanley Nelson.

The film documents the heroic efforts of the 1960s Freedom Rides, as young Americans from all walks of life organized to protest against racial injustice in the Deep South.

The film and panel discussion are free with museum admission to the Freedom Riders portrait exhibit which showcases over 80 artistic renderings of the infamous Freedom Rider mugshots. Artist Charlotta Janssen will attend to talk about her work.

Tickets range from $8 for Children, Students, Seniors and Military Personnel. $10 for Adults. Septa is offering $2 OFF admission with proof of Septa ticket.

The African-American Museum in Philadelphia is located at 701 Arch St. in center city Philadelphia.!/photo.php?fbid=10151009018307974&set=a.314736012973.151998.75206587973&type=3&theater

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