The critics are being tremendously harsh on Will Smith’s new Father/Son Sci-Fi epic.  Reelblack Season 10 members had a chance to preview the film earlier this week.  While not on the level of Smith’s earlier sci-fi like I, Robot or I Am Legend, this is a big step up for Philly homeboy M. Night Shyamalan, who directed.  It’s great to see people of color represented as heroes in the future and the universal theme of overcoming fear is great for viewers of all ages.  If you’re a fan of sci-fi or the Fresh Prince, ignore the critics and check this one out.

Emancipation Proclamation Weekend

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Philadelphia Premiere of Toussaint L’Overture 6/2

Philadelphia premiere of TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE starring Jimmy Jean-Louis! This is a special fundraising event for HIPCINEMA and Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia.  Sunday June 2 at 2pm.

The film is presented in conjunction with the Middle Passage Ceremony & Port Marker Project at the Independence Seaport of Museum of Philadelphia.

The English subtitled  180 minute film will be shown with a brief intermission.

Tickets only $10.00

Purchase your tickets now at

Late Night Poetry at Warmdaddys 5/24

Join us Memorial Day Weekend for a lil’ late night poetry at Warmdaddy’s… Philly’s own Just Greg will be your Master of Ceremonies as some of Philly’s dopest poets & performers take the stage! Enjoy performances by Lyrispect, Vision, STS and Furious George. Also a musical performance by Selina Carrera!

There are also 2 Open Mic (poetry) slots! Come between 11pm and Midnight to sign up!

Doors open at 11pm and the show starts at Midnight!
Free parking and the kitchen will be open until 12:30am.

Friday May 24 [Memorial Day Weekend]

Flygirrl, Artists First & Ms. Wise present
SpeakEasy - a lil’ late night word play.

with poetry by
Furious George

and special musical performance by
Selina Carrera

Hosted by Just Greg

Doors at 11pm
Show at Midnight
$10 / 21+
free parking behind venue
kitchen open until 12:30am

1400 S. Columbus Blvd @Reed St.
Philadelphia PA 19147

Winners of BROKEN CITY DVD Announced

Congrats to Felton McMillan of Northern Liberties and Robin Frink of Southwest Philly who were randomly selected to win DVD/blu-ray combo packs of BROKEN CITY starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe courtesy of 20th Century Fox.

Broken City is available wherever you find movies.

Broken City:

Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones star in this gripping crime thriller where everyone has a motive and no one can be trusted.   Seven years after being forced to resign as a New York police officer, private detective Billy Taggart (Wahlberg) takes on his toughest case yet: following the wife (Zeta-Jones) of the city’s hard-nosed mayor (Crowe), who’s convinced she’s cheating on him.  But by the time the mayor reveals his true intentions, Billy is already in too deep. Now, with his freedom — and quite possibly his life — on the line, Billy will risk it all in a desperate bid to expose the truth, and seek redemption in a city where second chances don’t come cheap.

Winner of LL Cool J AUTHENTIC announced

Congrats to Caprice Cooper of Frankford for winning a copy of LL COOL J’s latest CD, AUTHENTIC, courtesy of UMe.  The first rockstar of rap, star of the hit CBS TV series NCIS: Los Angeles, and host of this year’s Grammy telecast LL Cool J returns with a sultry new set. Includes the hit single “Take It” (feat. Joe), along with guest vocals from Eddie Van Halen, Snoop Dogg, Seal, Brad Paisley, Fitz & The Tantrums, Monica and more! Production from DJ Premier, Marley Marl, and Track Masters.

“Return of the Set” Filmmaker Mixer 5/22

at The Dreaming Building 618 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19123 6pm - 9pm

Come out to  Councilman David Oh’s Black Film Advisory Committee’s next event,

“Return of ‘The Set’.”

Enjoy a night of mixing and mingling with other professionals in the film industry in Philadelphia. Whether it’s food, filmmaking, makeup, set design or fashion, professionals involved in “The Set” will join to network!

Free catered event for the public and open to all filmmakers and individuals in the film industry.

RSVP to attend, space is limited!

Nana Sent Me A Smile

I feel like I’m being watched down upon. How funny that I’d be looking for something else on an old hard drive and I find a series of pictures taken exactly 12 years ago to the date of my grandmother walking her dog, Betty. Nana was not able to walk without assistance the last few years of her life. After she transitioned, I’d see her in my dreams, walking and smiling just like this, her health fully regained. I’d completely forgotten these photos existed. Now I’ll make sure they stay in a safe and cherished place. Coincidence? I think not. Thank you Nana for sharing a smile with me today.

New Episode of Reelblack TV on PhillyCAM tonight at 8pm

Don’t miss The Best of Reelblack TV. Featuring actors Craig Robinson (Peeples) and Anthony Mackie (Pain & Gain), Fillmmakers Chinonye Chukwu (AlaskaLand) and Terrence Nance (Oversimplification of Her Beauty). With music from Alice Smith. Thursdays at 8pm on PhillyCAM (Comcast 66/966• Verizon 29/30). Repeats 10pm Saturdays.

Dinner & A Movie 5/17 - Special Secret Screening

Friday night, May 17, Reelblack will host a special “Secret screening” of a work-in-progress by a local filmmaker.

Word has leaked that this long awaited film is full of great music. We’re sure you’ll get a kick out of seeing this cool little film.  If you enjoy our regular Dinner and a Movie, you will not be disappointed by this one.

As always, admission is FREE with the purchase of a Cafe Mills Vegan or Seafood Meal ($12 and up).

At Cafe Mills, 6460 Greene Street (at the Upsal Train Station). Doors open 6:30pm. Please arrive early as seating is limited.


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