Win A Copy of CHI-RAQ on DVD

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving five lucky readers a copy of the soon-to-be-released CHI-RAQ DVD, courtesy of our friends at Lionsgate.


Winner will be selected at random and notified next week.


The film everyone is talking about that has received four NAACP Image Award nominations is arriving for its initial Home Entertainment release on December 29 from Lionsgate. Chi-Raq will be available for purchase at all Digital HD retailers and simultaneously available via early On Demand on select digital platforms such as Amazon, Vudu, Xbox, Playstation, Google Play and MGO. Blu-ray + Digital HD and DVD + Digital will be available on January 26.
Nick Cannon (TV’s “America’s Got Talent”), Wesley Snipes (Blade franchise), Teyonah Parris (Dear White People), Oscar® winner Jennifer Hudson (Best Supporting Actress, Dreamgirls, 2006), Steve Harris (Minority Report), Harry Lennix (Man of Steel), D.B. Sweeney (Taken 2), Oscar® nominee Angela Bassett (Best Actress, What’s Love Got to Do with It, 1993) as “Miss Helen,” with John Cusack (Love & Mercy) and Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained) star in Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, a searing satire of gun violence in America inspired by the ancient Greek play “Lysistrata.” Touted as “the freshest film of 2015” by The Village Voice, Chi-Raq transports Aristophanes’ classic battle of the sexes to Chicago’s South Side, where the death of a child by a gang member’s stray bullet inspires a group of women to organize against the ongoing violence. From acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee, Chi-Raq is the first original feature production from Amazon Studios, which brought the world the Emmy®- and Golden Globe®-winning series “Transparent.”
Chi-Raq is a powerful and timely tale of a community at war with itself, with scathing commentary on gun culture, black-on-black violence, corrupt politicians and urban decay. Two rival gangs, led by Chi-Raq (Nick Cannon) and Cyclops (Wesley Snipes), are locked in bloody combat on the streets of Chicago, until the beautiful Lysistrata (Teyonah Parris) persuades the women of the Spartan and Trojan gangs to swear off sex with their men until the fighting stops. Featuring raw, original music by Cannon, Chi-Raq ignites a provocative dialogue on the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world.
The Chi-Raq home entertainment release includes “The Making of Chi-Raq” featurette, deleted scenes, extended scenes and a music video for “We Gotta Do Better” from Kevon Carter. The Chi-Raq Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.  Digital suggested retail prices will be $14.99 (HD) and $12.99 (SD).
· “The Making of Chi-Raq” featurette
· Deleted Scenes
· Extended Scenes
· “We Gotta Do Better” Music Video

Mike D. on Fox 29 #OscarsSoWhite

Broadcast from January 19, 2016.  Fox 29 Philadelphia reporter BRUCE GORDON’S news story on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy features interviews with film critic CARRIE RICKEY and Reelblack founder MIKE D.  What are your thoughts on this issue?  Feel free to comment below.  Video courtesy Fox 29.


Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving 8 lucky readers a copy of the soon-to-be-released STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON DVD/Blu-Ray combo, courtesy of Universal Home Video.


Contest has ended.  Thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations to the winners.

Clifford Brock – Yeadon PA

Leora Bryant – Philadelphia, PA

Donald Cleveland – Brooklyn NY

Donna Day – Philadelphia, PA

Karen Dowdell – Philadelphia, PA

Sterling Johnson – Philadelphia, PA

Elwood Morris, Jr. – Philadelphia, PA

Kristina Ollison – Aldan, PA

Geraldine Rodriguez – Boca Raton, FL

Ron Scott – Chatham, VA

Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how 5 young men, using brutally honest rhymes, put their anger about life into the most powerful weapon they had: their music.

Special Features

  • Digital Copy of Straight Outta Compton - Unrated Director’s Cut (Subject to expiration. Go to for details.)
  • Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to for details.)
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Deleted Song Performance
  • N.W.A The Origins
  • Impact
  • Director’s Journey
  • The Streets: Filming in Compton
  • N.W.A Performs in Detroit
  • Becoming N.W.A
  • Feature Commentary with Director/Producer F. Gary Gray
  • In stores and on demand 1/19/2016.

    Reelblack and PEC Present LIFT (2001) - Kerry Washington’s First Leading Role 1/8

    Reelblack is proud to host a special 15th anniversary screening of LIFT, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2001. Filmed in Boston and written and directed by DeMane Davis and Khari Streeter, it features Kerry Washington in her first leading role.

    As an added bonus, filmmakers DeMane Davis and Khari Streeter will join us via Skype for a post film Q&A.

    Friday January 8, 2016 7:00pm at the United Bank Building, 3750 Lancaster Avenue. Admission is $5.00 (includes refreshments).

    Lift is the story of an intelligent, young, African-American woman who works at an upscale department store, but sidelines as one of Boston’s most accomplished “boosters” or shoplifters. This stylish drama illustrates the effects that materialism has on a dysfunctional black family and was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Urbanworld Festival, nominated for two 2002 Independent Spirit Awards, and received critical acclaim at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.

    PIFVA CINEMA SPEAKEASY 1/13 | Films By Bryan Green

    PIFVA is proud to present a night of short films by member Bryan Green, including the Philadelphia premiere of his latest, THE PHILADELPHIA BICYCLE VIGNETTE STORY. FILMMAKER will be on hand for a post film Q&A.

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at L’Etage (6th and Bainbridge). Admission is FREE. L’Etage is a restaurant/bar known for their sweet and savory crèpes. Bring extra loot for drinks/food.

    The Philadelphia Bicycle Vignette Story

    a raving mad absurdist surrealist ridiculous preposterous comedy by Bryan Green

    “Philly’s just chock full of goodness!”

    The Philadelphia Bicycle Vignette Story is a series of loosely yet cleverly strung-together surrealist, socially scathing, comical vignettes. Many characters and recurring themes. Visual and aural experimentation. It’s a story about a city. A humorous and unique portrayal of Philadelphia’s current social climate, specifically in terms of hip-hop & the black experience, youth counter-culture, modern racism, poverty/homelessness, the public education system, recession themes and the city budget crisis.

    Bert Williams and Company January 13–19, 2016 | at MOMA in NYC

    The Museum’s celebrated restoration of the black-cast 1913 feature Lime Kiln Club Field Day returns after its 2014 world-premiere in a newly titled and tinted 35mm print. At a challenging time of segregation, in the fall of 1913, a pioneering cast of African American performers, led by the famed Caribbean American entertainer Bert Williams, gathered in the Bronx to make a series of movies based on the Lime Kiln Club stories of white humorist Charles Bertrand Lewis. After shooting over 80 minutes of film, the project was abandoned by its white producers, who packed the footage away in unidentified cans, leaving no written record. The recovery of this work stands today as testament to this community of entertainers at a moment in their struggle for the right to perform and the freedom to control their own image.

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    Movie Meetup - The Hateful Eight 1/2 in S. Philly

    Join us for a special movie meetup in support of THE HATEFUL EIGHT, the new film from Quentin Tarantino starring Samuel L. Jackson. Let’s pledge to support the 12:25pm show at the UA Riverview. Since this is the 3 hour “Roadshow” version of the film, ($15.00 ticket price), the meal/discussion afterward will be optional. We can determine where we should go after the movie (Options are Ruby Buffet, Warmdaddy’s, Chik-Fil-A or Famous Dave’s).

    I’ve seen this film. If you are a fan of Tarantino’s writing, you will not be disappointed.

    Bounty hunter John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his dangerous prisoner Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) encounter a treacherous blizzard en route to her sentencing in Wyoming. During their stagecoach ride they come across another bounty hunter, Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), and former Confederate rebel leader Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins). Seeking refuge from the weather, the group chart a course for a mountain cabin to wait out the storm. There, they meet four other traveling strangers (Tim Roth, Demián Bichir, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern) with whom they must share the stuffy confines until the end of the blizzard. Tensions eventually boil over as each individual has his or her own agenda in this inventive Western, which is set in the aftermath of the American Civil War and written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.

    Event is Dutch Treat, meaning tickets and food are paid separately by each person.