HARVEST 6TH ANNIVERSARY TONIGHT AT WCL

WEDNESDAY-MARCH 11TH-7PM at World Cafe Live, 31st and Walnut Streets

The Harvest Open Mic and Showcase Experience turns 6 and turns seasonal! So, don’t miss your chance to catch Spoken Soul 215 back together hosting an engaging night of live performances and scintillating audience interaction on their 6th birthday! Ask someone who has been. Games, prizes, dancing, food, drink, live band and DJ.Its unlike any live experience you’ve ever had!

Get tix here http://bit.ly/Harvest6thAnn

REELBLACK RECOMMENDS: STORIES FROM THE PROMISE ZONE THIS THURSDAY IN W. PHILLY (FREE)

Philly Teens To Premiere Documentary Film On Philadelphia’s Promise Zone

WHAT: A group of teens will premiere their remarkable debut film investigating layers of complex issues nested in West Philadelphia’s federally designated Promise Zone.

West Philly Teens Grapple With Obama’s Declaration:
Does The Zipcode Of Your Birth Determine Your Life Outcomes?

WHEN: Thursday, March 12th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm.

WHO: Twelve teens, most of whom live in W. Philly’s Promise Zone and all of whom are first-time filmmakers.

WHERE: United Bank Building, 3750 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104

WHY/HOW: “A child’s course in life should not be determined by the zip code she’s born in, but by the strength of her work ethic and the scope of her dreams,” remarked President Obama in his speech on January 9th, 2014, while designating a section of West Philadelphia as one of five, initial Promise Zones in America. Nine months later a group of teens set out to learn about and document Philadelphia’s Promise Zone. Their film discovers complex communities, institutions, citizens and neighbors, all pushing forward, sometimes at odds with one-another, while all trying to realize the potential of the Promise Zone designation.

The film gives voice to community activists and leaders, neighborhood organizations and programs, local business people, Philadelphia’s Mayor Nutter, and most importantly, the teens themselves. Stories are told about initiative, mentoring, hard work and education. Challenges such as gentrification, rising property values and taxes, the need for affordable housing and the allure of the streets are all portrayed with clarity and candor. The film deftly demonstrates the true tests our communities face while trying to rise to the hopes of the Promise Zone designation.

The film was produced in a whirlwind, 8 week after-school filmmaking program led by Big Picture Alliance in collaboration with the City of Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (Shared Prosperity) and The Bridge Intensive Prevention Services, funded by the SM(art) Fund of the University of Pennsylvania and the involving MANY concerned community leaders and groups in West Philadelphia, many of whom appear in the film.

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stories-from-the-promise-zone-community-premiere-of-teen-film-tickets-5641289248

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FILM HISORIAN CHARLES WOODS ON TODAY’S REELBLACK RADIO

Join us Today at 5pm (New Time) on 900AM WURD for another installment of Reelblack Radio. Historian and Archivist CHARLES WOODS will call in to discuss the history of Black and White Sex in American Film. From Dorothy Dandridge to Sidney Poitier to Halle Berry, there is a defineable pattern that Woods describes as the “3-D Effect.”
Listen live at http://900amwurd.com
Join the Conversation: 866-361-0900 or 215-634-8065

BRADFORD YOUNG RETROSPECTIVE CONTINUES 3/4 WITH FREE SCREENING OF MISSISSIPPI DAMNED

4 march 2015 * 7:00pm at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street

Mississippi Damned (Tina Mabry, 2009, 120 min.)
Three sisters in a small rural Mississippi town endure cycles of family dysfunction that include alcoholism, illness and even murder. “One gets the feeling that the family, constantly menaced with eviction, would disintegrate entirely outside the walls that form both haven and prison,” writes Ronnie Scheib in Variety.

This is one of the best Black Indie films of the past decade.  Don’t miss your chance to see it on the big screen.

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