Filmmakers Yance Ford and Sonia Lowman on This Friday’s Reelblack Radio

Tune in Friday 9/15 #reelblackradio @onwurd at 11:05 @vibemistress & I will speak with #yanceford whose @strongislanddocpremieres @netflix tomorrow. 11:30 director #SoniaLowman calls in to discuss @teachusallfilm the latest @arraynow release that hits #netflix and screens @aampmuseum on 9/25, the 60th Anniversary of #littlerocknine Listen live at or watch us on #facebooklive on WURD radio page.


Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving away two copies of  DEFINING MOMENTS IN HISTORY: READING BETWEEN THE LIES, the eleventh book by the great Dick Gregory, courtesy of our friends at Amistad Books.. The book was just released last week and can be purchased at and and all major retailers.


Winners will be announced 9/22. Good luck!

Win signed Dick Gregory book


With his trademark acerbic wit, incisive humor, and infectious paranoia, one of our foremost comedians and most politically engaged civil rights activists looks back at 100 key events from the complicated history of black America.

A friend of luminaries including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Medgar Evers, and the forebear of today’s popular black comics, including Larry Wilmore, W. Kamau Bell, Damon Young, and Trevor Noah, Dick Gregory was a provocative and incisive cultural force for more than fifty years. As an entertainer, he always kept it indisputably real about race issues in America, fearlessly lacing laughter with hard truths.

Reelblack Presents SWEET LOVE, BITTER (Dick Gregory’s Only Starring Film Role) 10/13

Reelblack kicks off its 15th Season with a rare public screening of SWEET LOVE, BITTER (aka It Won’t Rub Off, Baby), filmmaker Herbert Danska’s 1967 film that features the great DICK GREGORY in his only starring film role.

Following the film, we will present previously unseen exclusive interviews with Mr. Gregory and co-star DON MURRAY about the making of the film, taken from the Reelblack vault. Plus, we will give away a copy of Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies Dick Gregory’s latest book, courtesy Amistad Books.

Friday October 13, 2017 at THE BANK, 3750 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Admission is $7 adults/ $5 Students, Seniors and Reelblack Season 15 Members.

(Note: Memberships will be available for purchase at this event)

Drugs and alcohol get the best of a black jazzman (Dick Gregory) and a white professor (Don Murray) who hang out at an espresso bar.

The producers of this very rarely screened film notoriously rejiggered its sequencing after Herbert Danska finished it (much to his chagrin). Still, it remains a finely sustained, elegiac take on saxophonist savant Charlie Parker’s life. The corrosive effects of drug abuse, racial hostility, and mental instability are seen gradually taking hold of the protagonist’s career, leading to his ruin. Pianist Mal Waldron scored the film brilliantly, no doubt thanks to his intimate knowledge of its subject matter—he suffered his own fabled mental breakdown a few years prior to taping. — Tayt Harlin

ARRAY Presents TEACH US ALL 9/25 at AAMP

Reelblack is proud to host the Philadelphia theatrical premiere of TEACH US ALL, the latest release from ARRAY, Ava DuVernay’s distribution collective. On September 25, ARRAY will debut TEACH US ALL on Netflix accompanied by a national tour to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine’s momentous school integration.

Screening will take place on Monday September 25, 2017 at The African American Museum In Philadelphia at 7:00pm. Admission is pay-as-you-wish (donation). RSVP at

TEACH US ALL | Synopsis
Through case studies in Little Rock, New York City and Los Angeles, TEACH US ALL examines one of the most urgent civil rights issues of our time; a quality education for all children. TEACH US ALL chronicles the landmark 1957 “Little Rock Crisis” were a group of African-American students known as the Little Rock Nine courageously attempted to defy the notion that skin color should determine educational access by integrating an all-white southern high school to the present day disparities in access and inequalities in education that are culminating into a re-segregation of schools across the nation.

TEACH US ALL seeks to bring the critical lessons of history to bear on the current state of U.S. education system and investigate: 60 years later, how far have we come – or not come – and where do we go from here?

Reelblack PRESENTS SIT-IN (1960) w Special Guests

Reelblack and PEC are proud to present a rare public screening of SIT-IN (1960), filmmaker Robert M. Young’s seminal documentary on how the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and Students of Fisk University desegregated the lunch counters in Nashville, TN.

Produced as part of NBC’s White Paper series, the hour long show is a masterpiece of film journalism.  Interviewing Nashville citizens on both sides of the struggle, it captures the true spirit of the Civil Rights Movement and marks the very first TV appearance of JOHN LEWIS.

As an added bonus, we will share an exclusive audio interview with Mr. Young about the making go the film.

At The Bank 3750 Lancaster Avenue in West Philly.  Friday September 8, 2017 at 7:15pm. Admission: $7.00 adults/ $5.00 Students, Seniors and Reelblack members.