YOUNG MC IS TODAY’S GUEST ON REELBLACK RADIO

Tune in today at 11am ET to Reelblack Radio. At 11:10am we will chart with filmmaker BRETT STORY, whose documentary, The Prison in Twelve Landscapres, Premiere on PBS’ Independent Lens on May 8.
At 11:30, Grammy-winning rapper MARVIN YOUNG (Young MC) will call in to discuss JUSTICE SERVED, a new film he directed and co-stars in, which will be released on VOD on Tuesday.
Tune in/listen live at www.900amwurd.com

FREE SCREENING - DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST AT AAMP 5/5

Films at AAMP: Daughters of the Dust Screening & Artists Talk
Friday, May 5, 6 to 9 p.m.
Cost: Free with RSVP
In conjunction with our latest special exhibition, Tone Poems & Light Stories: The Great Migration presented in collaboration with Scribe Video Center, theAfrican American museum in Philadelphia presents a special screening of the 25th anniversary restoration of Julie Dash’s landmark film, Daughters of the Dust.
At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina - former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions - struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland, even further from their roots. The story unfolds over the course of a family picnic, the last supper. Along the way, the film saturates us with impressionistic colors, African symbolism, Geechee-Gullah rituals, cooking, dialect, and the sound of field cries, all expressing the complex resonances of the Lowcountry lifestyle.
The first wide release by a black female filmmaker, Daughters of the Dust was met with wild critical acclaim and rapturous audience response when it initially opened in 1991. Casting a long legacy,Daughters of the Dust still resonates today, most recently as a major in influence on Beyonce’s video album “Lemonade.” Restored (in conjunction with UCLA) for the first time with proper color grading overseen by cinematographer AJ Jafa, audiences can now see the film exactly as Julie Dash intended.
This event is free and open to the public, and is part of Art Sanctuary’s month long Celebration of Black Arts festival lineup. Doors for this event will open at 5:30 p.m. Then at 6 p.m., the event will kick off with a Tone Poems & Light Stories: The Great Migration artist talk, which will be followed by the film screening. RSVP today!

Win A Download of I Am Not Your Negro

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving away a three download codes for LIKE I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO from FandangoNOW, the premium on-demand video service from Fandango.
Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “NOT YOUR NEGRO” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@aol.com

Winners will be announced Friday.  Good luck!

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Directed by Raoul Peck, I Am Not Your Negro has ignited conversation since its theatrical release as it dives into the Civil Rights Movement and topics that are still very relevant in today’s conversation about American injustices. Adapted from James Baldwin’s unfinished book, “Remember This House,” and narrated by Academy Award-nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction), the documentary revisits the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers, while relaying a powerful message that’s vital to all Americans.

FILMMAKERS AYOKA CHENZIRA JAMAL HILL AND SYDNEY FREELAND ON FRIDAY’S REELBLACK RADIO

Tune in Friday at 11am ET for Reelblack Radio on The Mojo.  Mike and Steph will speak with Filmmaker AYOYKA CHENZIRA (and Philly native), who recently released a DVD boxset of her pioneering film and video work. We will also talk with director SYDNEY FREELAND whose 2017 Sundance hit, Deidra and Laney Rob A Train recently debuted on Netflix and writer/director JAMAL HILL, whose DUECES drops tomorrow on Netflix.

Listen live at http://www.mainstreamnetwork.com/listen/player.asp?station=wurd-am

or watch on facebook live at https://www.facebook.com/900amwurd/

REELBLACK PRESENTS KNUCKLEHEAD 4/14 AT UNITED BANK

Reelblack is proud to host a very special screening of KNUCKLEHEAD, starring Gbenga Akinnagbe, Alfre Woodard and Amari Cheatom.  Screening will take place on Friday April 14, 2017 at 7:15pm atthe United Bank Bulding, 3750 Lancaster Avenue in University City. Admission is $7 adults / $5 Reelblack Members, Students and Seniors.

Following the screening, writer/director BEN BOWMAN and actor/producer GBENGA AKINNAGBE will join us live via Skype for a Q&A.

When his brother (Amari Cheatom - Night Catches Us, Newlyweeds) is shot, mentally disabled Langston Bellows (Gbenga Akinnagbe - The Wire, The Good Wife) is left without a protector in Brooklyn’s housing projects. Now under the control of his abusive mother (Alfre Woodard - 12 Years a Slave, Luke Cage) Langston must take his future into his own hands. He sets out to find the one doctor he believes can cure him, a celebrity magazine columnist who touts questionable prescription drug cocktails. If Langston can become “mentally excellent”, it will mean moving into an apartment of his own with his girlfriend, who may herself be a creation of his wishful thinking. Plunged into the unscrupulous world of pharmaceutical marketing, the search for his mysterious doctor and hero leads to some surprising discoveries. Langston strives for independence from his prior life, from his mother, and from his fractured mind. Released by RLJ Entertainment in the U.S. and Canada in the fall of 2016, KNUCKLEHEAD has received critical praise and won awards at film festivals across the North America, including the VH1 Audience Award (2015, ABFF).

Reelblack Presents Black TV Movies at the Rotunda on 4/13

  • I’ve been asked to curate a night at Andrew’s Video Vault and decided to screen two rarely-seen TV movies from the 70s starring icons Levar Burton and Jimmie Walker.  Please come support.

    Thursday April 13, 2017 At the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street (next door to the Cinemark Theater). Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:10.  BYOB. Admission is Free.

    APRIL 13 – REEL BLACK CINEMA PRESENTS TV MOVIES OF THE 1970s
    Dummy (1979 / 75 minutes)
    Levar Burton plays a deaf mute wrongly accused of rape and murder. Based on the real-life case of Donald Lang, this Emmy-nominated film co-stars Paul Sorvino as hearing impaired lawyer Lowell Myers.
    The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened (1977 / 100 minutes)
    Adapted from the novel by Don Robertson, Jimmie Walker plays a high school basketball player stricken with sickle-cell anemia. Tony nominated director Gilbert Moses enlists a strong supporting cast, which includes James Earl Jones, Kevin Hooks and Debbie Allen (re-teamed with her Good Times co-star Walker in her movie debut).
    Guest Host and Curator: Mike D.

ARRAY’S NAMOUR NOW STREAMING ON NETFLIX

NAMOUR is a film about why life can feel like it’s passing us by. Chronicling the unraveling of Steven Bassem (Kalim Saleh), a valet driver for a trendy Los Angeles restaurant caught between his dead-end job and the demands of his Arab-American immigrant family. NAMOUR made its world premiere at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival where Egyptian-American filmmaker (and Philly resident) Heidi Saman garnered the festival’s LA Muse Award.

NAMOUR debuts on Netflix starting March 15 via ARRAY.

WIN A SIGNED COPY OF LIKE COTTON TWINES ON DVD

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving away a copy of the festival hit, LIKE COTTON TWINES on DVD courtesy of RLJ Entertainment.
DVD is signed by filmmaker Leila Djansi.  Film is available now through Amazon and streaming on Urban Movie Channel (add on subscription to Amazon Prime or via Roku/Smart TV).
Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “LIKE COTTON DVD” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@aol.com

Winners will be announced next week.  Good luck!

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Like Cotton Twines;  Micah Brown (Jay Ellis) is an African-American volunteer who takes a teaching job in a remote Ghanaian village. There he meets Tuigi, a 14-year-old girl who is to become a slave to the gods through a practice of religious slavery called Trokosi. Locked in a battle between history, church and state, Micah is determined to give Tuigi a life outside tradition.

WIN TICKETS TO SEE DRUMLINE LIVE AT THE MERRIAM

Reelblack is giving three lucky readers a pair of tickets to see DRUMLINE LIVE this weekend at The Merriam Theater.

ENTER TO WIN BY REPLYING TO THIS EMAIL WITH YOUR FULL NAME, PHONE NUMBER and MAILING ADDRESS IN THE BODY OF THE MESSAGE.  Winners will be selected at random and notified Tuesday afternoon.

DRUMLINE LIVE’S WORLD TOUR BRINGS BRAND NEW PRODUCTION TO THE MERRIAM THEATER
MARCH 9-10, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, January 24, 2017) - The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is thrilled to welcome the return of DRUMLine Live, the show-stopping live event created by the musical team behind hit movies, Drumline and Drumline: A New Beat. DRUMLine Live embodies the soulful, high-stepping style of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching band experience with riveting rhythms, bold beats, and explosive energy, all set to classic music and top 40 hits. This brand-new show, part of the Kimmel Center’s Family Discovery Series, will play the Merriam Theater March 9 and 10, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
“DRUMLine Live is a high-energy party from start to finish that not only showcases the tremendous discipline and talent of these performers, but a musical tradition that has been in existence for generations,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “The cast will bring the energy of a full Super Bowl halftime show into our theater and we can’t wait to watch audiences tapping right along with these contagious beats!”
DRUMLine Live is an international tour with content based on HBCU marching band tradition. The stage show is a synchronized musical showcase of the HBCU experience incorporating original compositions and soul-infused interpretations of today’s top songs. The performances range from colorful, choreographed routines to heavy doses of intricate drum riffs and cadences.
Other upcoming performances on the Kimmel Center Campus include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (February 3-4, 2017, Merriam Theater), iLuminate (February 10-11, 2017, Merriam Theater), Balé Folclórico da Bahía (February 17, 2017, Merriam Theater), and PHILADANCO (April 13-15, 2017, Perelman Theater).
DRUMLINE LIVE
Merriam Theater
March 9, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
March 10, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
Tickets
Tickets are available now and start at $21.50. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at kimmelcenter.org, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling (215) 790-5883. More information at kimmelcenter.org.

ARRAY Presents NAMOUR 3/10 | Filmmaker Heidi Saman in Person

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American film, is proud to host the Philadelphia release of NAMOUR, by Heidi Saman. This marks the fifteen acquisition by ARRAY, Ava DuVernay’s film distribution collective. Writer/Director Saman will be on hand for a post film Q&A.

This Special Event will take place at 7:15pm on Friday March 10 at the United Bank Building, 3750 Lancaster Avenue Philadelphia, PA Tickets are $7.00 adults/ $5.00 Students, Reelblack & BlackStar Members and Seniors.

Tickets are available at the door or may be purchased in advance at https://namourphilly.eventbrite.com/

A sparse and stylized homage to Los Angeles, NAMOUR explores the complexities of personal responsibility versus moral convictions. Featuring an international cast, the movie stars Karim Saleh (IRON MAN 2, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN), Waleed Zuaiter (20th CENTURY WOMAN, LONDON HAS FALLEN, OMAR) and new comer, Wedad Abdou.

NAMOUR made its world premiere at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival where Egyptian-American filmmaker Heidi Saman garnered the festival’s LA Muse Award.

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