ISSA RAE, the creator of the YouTube sensation THE MISADVENTURES OF AWKWARD BLACK GIRL shares with Reelblack viewers some good advice on when to focus and whether you should leave your job to pursue greener pastures.  Full interview will post soon.  Special thanks Art Sanctuary and Leeway Foundation.  Follow @IssaRae on Twitter.

Victoria Mahoney - “Strength in Numbers” (The Yelling To The Sky Interview) on Demand and ITunes

Please take a moment to check out our interview w filmmaker Victoria Mahoney . Her debut feature YELLING TO THE SKY is out now On Demand and iTunes. Highly recommended.

Happy Holidays From Reelblack | Django Unchained in Theaters Now

I’d like to personally wish you a safe, healthy and very happy holiday.   2012 was one of our most productive ever.  Thanks for sharing in some great experiences.  2013 promises to be even better and brighter.  Thanks for all your support.  (and go see Django Unchained –if you want to.  I found it quite entertaining. Even though Tarantino has absolutely no right to use the N word, like Richard Pryor, he can be very artful with it.  I give him credit for getting any mainstream movie that addresses slavery through the studio system.  My two cents.)

Special Screening NIGHT CATCHES US 12/20 6pm at African-American Museum

Just a quick reminder that I’ll be hosting a very special screening of Tanya Hamilton’s 2010 Sundance hit NIGHT CATCHES US this Thursday night (12/20) at the African-American Museum, 7th and Arch streets.  The event is being put on by Cinematheque Internationale of Philadelphia.  Ms. Hamilton will be present for a post-film discussion.

I’ll be digging into my collection for a rare full sized NCU poster that one lucky audience member will get to take home.  If you’ve never seen this classic film starring Kerry Washington and Anthony Mackie (ans shot in GTown), here’s your chance to see it on the big screen and meet the writer/director. Admission is just $8.00.

For more info and to pre-order tix, visit

The Last Fall World Premiere Tonight on BET 7:30pm

In case you missed last April’s Reelblack Presents THE LAST FALL, BET is screening the World Television Premiere of filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry’s
debut feature tonight at 7:30pm.

DVD will be released on January 15 through Image Entertainment.

Kyle Bishop (Lance Gross) is a recently cut NFL free agent barely getting by and running out of options. He moves back in with his contentious mother and younger sister, all while dealing with his own unrequited field dreams. When an old flame steps back into his life, Bishop soon begins to re-evaluate his disposition.

Written and directed by ex-NFL player Matthew A. Cherry, The Last Fall is a down-to-earth look at what happens when field dreams deflate and the transition back to a regular life is more challenging than the game itself. Tune in to BET on Tuesday, December 18 at 7:30P/6:30C for the premiere of The Last Fall!

Handbag Signing With Actress/Designer Tiffany E. Green 12/18 in Manayunk

This is a personal invite to sip, chew, and chat with Tiffany E. Green, who has a small part as Chris Tucker’s date in Silver Lining’s Playbook. Learn how Ms. Green landed a cameo in Silver Linings Playbook and what role her stylish clothing designs played in her accomplishments as an actress. Admission is FREE. Come prepared to purchase a personally autograph design made by Ms. Green. What A Perfect Gift!

Where: A Perfect Gift shop

4361 Main St.

Philadelphia, PA 19127

Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Time: 6:00PM to 7:00PM

RSVP: 267.934.4298 ask for Keiwana

Kevin Hart Bottle Signing 12/20 In Philly

Philly-bred comedian Kevin Hart (Scary Movie 3, Laugh At My Pain) will sign bottles of Crown Royal whiskey at 2 p.m. Dec. 20 at the State Store at Second Street and Girard Avenue. (He’s at the Wells Fargo Center that night.)

Crown Royal is a sponsor of his “Let Me Explain” comedy tour.

To get an autograph, you must buy a bottle of Crown Royal Deluxe/Crown Royal Maple (both on sale for $23.99), Crown Royal Black ($30.99), or Crown Royal Reserve ($43.99).

Samples will be available for those 21 and older.

Victoria Mahoney - On Working With Actors (Yelling To The Sky In Theaters and iTunes Now)

Actress-turned-filmmaker VICTORIA MAHONEY reflects on her training under Oscar winner Shelly Winters at the acclaimed The Actor’s Studio and how it prepared her for her directorial debut, YELLING TO THE SKY.  Starring Zoe Kravitz and Gaborey Sidibe, it is playing in theaters in NYC and available now On Demand and iTunes.

Yelling To The Sky Opens This Friday (12/14) in NYC

The wait is finally over.  MPI Media is finally releasing Victoria Mahoney’s directorial debut YELLING TO THE SKY in  NYC next Friday 12/14 (at Cinema Village and Imagenation Raw Space), the same day it hits iTunes/on demand.  Starring Zoe Kravitz (Lenny’s daughter with Lisa Bonet) and Gabourey Sidibe as rivals at a New York high school.  Subject to incessant bullying, Zoe’s character suddenly has the power to turn the tables on her foe when she starts hanging with a local drug dealer (played by Black Thought of the Roots) in this dark coming-of-age drama.  This is definitely a must-see.  Seek it out.

Special Screening of JELLYSMOKE 12/12 at the Arts Bank 6pm

Still waiting for all the details, but Arts Sanctuary is hosting a special FREE screening of a film we’ve been tracking for quite some time. (donations accepted).

Jellysmoke is the 2006 Spirit Award nominee starring Michael Ealy and Andre Royo about a young man struggling with bipolar disorder.  It garnered some of Ealy’s best reviews of his career, but has largely remained unseen–until now.

Screening will take place Wednesday December 12 at the Arts Bank at 6pm. Immediately following the movie, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill panel discussion featuring Siwe Project founder, Bassey Ikpi, Jellysmoke Producer Cliff Charles, Therapist, Lisa Jones, Mental Health Advocate and Jellysmoke Director, Mark Banning.
After his latest stay in a psychiatric facility, Jacob (Michael Ealy) struggles to prevent his mental health from spiraling out of control. Returning home, he finds himself isolated by his mother’s refusal to acknowledge his illness and his brother’s warning that a relapse will not be tolerated. Jacob soon meets and begins a relationship with a young single mother named Cindy (Opal Alladin) and decides not to tell her he’s been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. When Cindy comments that he seems sluggish, Jacob stops taking his prescribed anti-depressants and his condition gradually worsens, as his manic episodes become increasingly psychotic.

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