Reelblack Recommends Charlie Murphy This Weekend at Helium

In the need for a laugh?  Charlie Murphy is one of the best natural storytellers out there.  Since breaking free of his famous brother’s shadow with his classic appearances on CHAPPLELLE’S SHOW, the Long Island native has gone on to appear in numerous films and is one of the hardest working club comics in the business.  To put it simply, when you go see Charlie Murphy Live, you’re going to see a show.

Reelblack Highly Recommends yo catch him this weekend at Helium Comedy Club, 20th and Sansom Streets.  He’ll be performing Thursday - Sunday.  For a list of showtimes and to purchase tickets, visit https://center-stage.seatengine.com/venues/helium-comedy-club/events/4289/shows

VANISHING PEARLS Coming to Philly This Wednesday 5/21

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American Film will host the Philadelphia premiere of the 2014 Slamdance hit, VANISHING PEARLS. Vanishing Pearls is the 7th release from AFFRM, The African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement. The one night only screening will take place on Wednesday May 21, 2014 at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street at 7pm. Tickets are $10/adults, $8 Students and Seniors, $5 for Reelblack Scribe and IHouse Members.

Pre-order tix now at http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/544439

Filmmaker NAILAH JEFFERSON will participate in a live post-film Q&A via Skype.

Presented in Conjunction with SCRIBE VIDEO CENTER and PROTECTING OUR WATERS.

Following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, VANISHING PEARLS chronicles the untold story of personal and professional devastation in Pointe a la Hache, a close-knit fishing village on the Gulf coast. The filmmaker delves into the worst environmental disaster in American history just as news cameras leave the scene of the crime. While 49 Million barrels of oil settle in the once vibrant coastal waters, a generations-old community of African-American fishermen pledge to fight for justice, accountability and their way of life.

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Win A Pair of Tickets to See B.B. KING: THE LIFE OF RILEY 5/25 at Philly MOCA

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African American Film and MVD are giving one lucky reader passes to the 7:30pm screening of B.B. KING: THE LIFE OF RILEY.  Screening will take place on Sunday May 25 at

PhilaMOCA
531 N 12th St
Philadelphia PA19123
BB King: The Life Of Riley

This film will have two showings only at 4:30pm and 7:30pm  Tickets can be purchased at
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/675568

Reelblack is planning a meetup in support of the 7:30pm showing.  For details visit www.meetup.com/reelblack

PUT YOUR NAME IN THE HAT BY SENDING AN EMAIL WITH YOUR FULL NAME AND PHONE NUMBER IN THE BODY OF THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “B.B. KING”  IN THE SUBJECT LINE TO contests@reelblack.com Winner will be chosen at random and notified on Wednesday evening.  Good Luck!

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One of the Most Inspirational Stories in the History of Music

Narrated By Morgan Freeman

In Select US Theaters Beginning May 21st

On VOD June 1st, and on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Platforms June 17th

Original Soundtrack available digitally on May 20th

“The invaluable and definitive autobiography on film of the last great bluesman, BB King.”
- The Observer

Cardinal Releasing Ltd., MVD Entertainment Group, and Syndctd Entertainment are pleased to announce the US release of The Life of Riley, the much-lauded feature documentary film on the extraordinary life of Blues legend B.B. King. The film will be in theaters nationwide starting on May 21st, on VOD June 1st, and on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms on June 17th. Tickets for the theatrical screenings will go on sale beginning May 1st only at www.BBKing.com

King worked closely with Director Jon Brewer for 2 years to create this powerful film. The heartfelt contributions from a plethora of music’s superstars were a vast indication that this was the time for his story to be told. At 88 years old, King, his family, friends and contemporaries unveil the true-life drama that was the springboard for the future ‘King of the Blues’.

Battling unrelenting racism and the humiliation of segregation whilst working in the cotton fields as an orphaned child, King lived to overcome the toughest critics in the entertainment industry and ultimately be hailed as one of the kingpins of an entire genre of music. This candid biopic of the life story of one of our living legends is highlighted by rare archive footage and beautifully shot scenes of the deep American south. Informative and visually stunning, The Life of Riley is the definitive document of a true American treasure.

“We all have idols,” said King. “Play like anyone you care about, but try to be yourself while you’re doing so.”

The Life of Riley includes appearances and contributions from: Aaron Neville, Bill Cosby, Bill Szymczyk, Bill Wyman, Bono, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Willis, Buddy Guy, Carlos Santana, Carver Randle, Derek Trucks, Dr. John, Eric Clapton, George Benson, Joe Bonamassa, Joe Walsh, John Mayer, John Mayall, Johnny Winter, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Mick Taylor, Morgan Freeman, Paul Rodgers, Rev. David Matthews, Ringo Starr, Ronnie Wood, Slash,, Susan Tedeschi, Tina France, Walter Trout, and Wayne Cartledge.

The Life of Riley Original Soundtrack, available digitally on May 20, 2014, carefully follows the specifically chosen music sequence used in the film. The soundtrack contains career spanning songs as featured in the movie from his 1951 hit “3 O’Clock Blues” to his 2000 GRAMMY© winning duet, “Riding With the King,” plus two live songs never available on digital or CD “Walking Dr. Bill” and “Sweet Sixteen.”

Official Website and Screening Tickets: http://www.bbking.com/
Tickets for Philly Screening  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/675568

Reelblack Recommends - Wicked Urban Dramatic Arts Festival 5/30

On Friday, May 30th, from 7pm until 11pm, Raw Yankee Theater will present The Philadelphia Wicked Dramatic Urban Arts Festival; an affair that will put the spotlight on underground spoken word, poetry, and short plays.

Visit the Vox Populi Gallery at 319 N 11th Street in Philadelphia, PA for this affair presenting dramatic expressions from the rich diaspora of American urban culture, including short original dramas and provocative spoken word artistry.

The Philadelphia Wicked Dramatic Urban Arts is a theatrical event that is sure to stay in the minds of many for some time to come. Not only will patrons be entertained for the evening, but also culturally enriched.

Feature presentations include the plays
Ruthless Spouse, My Husband Didn’t
Teach Me French,
and Distorted Trickery,
and the slice-of-life skit We Are the
Hustlers—each
by rising playwright and
director Francine D. Miller. Talent
participating in the festival includes
Jameal Bowen, Jeanine Fennal, Ashton Carter, Jasmine Hammond, Channing Ackason, Jonathon Steadman, and actor & spoken word artist Alexander Warrick.

Raw Yankee Theatre is passionately and intelligently expressive about enriching and educating the public through art, especially on the state and nature of life and culture in urban areas. And, as passionate about providing opportunities for artistic discovery and inspiration. Raw Yankee Theatre presents the theatre arts primarily from the perspectives of, or about, urban peoples, to engage folks of all walks of life.

For more information, to volunteer, or to see how your business can get involved contact Raw Yankee Theatre at WeTheTheatre@gmail.com.

Releasing My East African Rhythm 5/28

Reelblack member L.A. Virgil is hosting a very special event on 5/28.

HisMultiMedia Intl.Inc. and The Community Education Center and the Meeting House Theatre with DanceAfrica Philadelphia(DAP) Workshop Series Proudly Presents…

“Releasing My East African Rhythm”

A first time Master East African Dance Experience in Philadelphia with Master Dance Instructor Judge Joanne aka Jo-1 from the hit Kenyan Dance Reality TV Show, Sakata http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5InoqaX_VHI http://www.youtube.com/v/tpQpp_uz40A


Learn traditional East African dances from Kenya and Uganda and be a part of the showcase of the hit Kenyan single, “Chiziqa” and other surprises.


Date:  Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

@ CEC(Community Education Center)  3500 Lancaster Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19104-4916


Time: 6:30-8pm


Dance Class Cost: $20 per student and includes showcase


Industry Showcase 8:30 -10pm  $10


Further enquires call LA @215-9648514

Angela @215-254-8936 and CEC 215) 387-1911

DVR ALERT! CHANGING THE GAME AIRS TONIGHT ON BET 7PM

Shout out to Philly Filmmaker REL DOWDELL.  His sophomore feature, CHANGING THE GAME will premiere on BET AS THE “MOVIE OF THE WEEK” TONIGHT at 7pm! Encore presentation Friday at 10 AM! BET reaches over 92 million homes in the United States.

Jeff Bradshaw at Kimmel 5/28

Nominated for an NAACP Image Award, award-winning trombonist and producer Jeff Bradshaw brings his incredible live show to the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall for a historic, live album recording concert! Bradshaw, a Philly ambassador and Sittin’ In alumnus, will be backed by his ten-piece band, a string ensemble, and a stellar lineup of Grammy Award winning and nominated special guests including Trombone Shorty, Take 6, Marsha Ambrosius, Kim Burrell, Najee, Kenny Lattimore, Eric Roberson, Bilal, a surprise Philly musical icon, and a special salute to Will Downing.

HOME will be Bradshaw’s first LIVE album and is anticipated to garner his first Grammy Award win. Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime evening of R&B, soul, and jazz.

http://www.kimmelcenter.org/events/index.php?id=4881

AMMA ASANTE - THE BELLE INTERVIEW

Filmmaker AMMA ASANTE visited Philadelphia on the opening of her 2nd feature film BELLE.  In this exclusive clip, she talks about what inspired her to make the film, the difference between Black film in the UK and the States and how she hopes BELLE will inspire generations to come.  BELLE is now playing in select cities.  http://www.foxsearchlight.com/Belle/

Win A Pair of Tickets To See GODZILLA

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American Film, is giving 13 lucky readers tickets to see GODZILLA, the highly anticipated 3D epic adventure picture from Warner Bros.

The admit two complimentary passes are good anytime between May16th - June12th at the theater of your choice.

ENTER TO WIN by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE BODY OF THE MESSAGE and the PHRASE “GODZILLA” IN THE SUBJECT LINE TO contests@reelblack.com Winners will be selected at random and notified on Wednesday morning.

WEBSITE:             http://www.godzillamovie.com/

SYNOPSIS:          In Summer 2014, the world’s most revered monster is reborn as Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures unleash the epic action adventure “Godzilla.”  From visionary new director Gareth Edwards (”Monsters”) comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless.

This film has been rated PG-13 for intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence.

IN THEATERS MAY 16TH

CONTEST HAS ENDED.  CONGRATS TO OUR WINNERS:

Sherdina Barnes

Linda Brooks

Keith Chamberlain

Christopher Crist

Regina Davenport-Bey

Earlene P. Drummond

Carolee Dunn

Lilly Heller

Wynton Kelly Bannister

Rashawn Lamar Tucker

Monica Mason

Jackie Massey

Maryam Muhammad

Misha Powell

Herman Tolbert

Movie Meetup in Support of B.B. KING: THE LIFE OF RILEY 5/25 at Phila MOCA

Lets support 7:30pm screening of B.B. KING: THE LIFE OF RILEY. Screening will take place on Sunday May 25 at

PhilaMOCA
531 N 12th St
Philadelphia PA19123
BB King: The Life Of Riley

Tickets can be purchased at
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/675568

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One of the Most Inspirational Stories in the History of Music

Narrated By Morgan Freeman

In Select US Theaters Beginning May 21st

On VOD June 1st, and on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Platforms June 17th

Original Soundtrack available digitally on May 20th

“The invaluable and definitive autobiography on film of the last great bluesman, BB King.”
- The Observer

Cardinal Releasing Ltd., MVD Entertainment Group, and Syndctd Entertainment are pleased to announce the US release of The Life of Riley, the much-lauded feature documentary film on the extraordinary life of Blues legend B.B. King. The film will be in theaters nationwide starting on May 21st, on VOD June 1st, and on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms on June 17th. Tickets for the theatrical screenings will go on sale beginning May 1st only at www.BBKing.com

King worked closely with Director Jon Brewer for 2 years to create this powerful film. The heartfelt contributions from a plethora of music’s superstars were a vast indication that this was the time for his story to be told. At 88 years old, King, his family, friends and contemporaries unveil the true-life drama that was the springboard for the future ‘King of the Blues’.

Battling unrelenting racism and the humiliation of segregation whilst working in the cotton fields as an orphaned child, King lived to overcome the toughest critics in the entertainment industry and ultimately be hailed as one of the kingpins of an entire genre of music. This candid biopic of the life story of one of our living legends is highlighted by rare archive footage and beautifully shot scenes of the deep American south. Informative and visually stunning, The Life of Riley is the definitive document of a true American treasure.

“We all have idols,” said King. “Play like anyone you care about, but try to be yourself while you’re doing so.”

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