Tell Them We Are Rising is a Love Letter to HBCU’s on PBS

Being a graduate of “The Mecca” Howard  University,  you know I had to check out  the Stanley Nelson directed Tell Them We Are Risingculminating the rise and (in some instances) the fall of Historical Black Colleges and Universities such as  Howard University, Hampton Institute,Morgan, Morehouse, Spellman, Fisk and so many other Historical Black Colleges and Universities.

Why Black Panther is the Crown Jewel of the Marvel Franchise

Black Panther is hands down the best film in the Marvel Franchise!!!  Why?  Black Panther is on the road to do for Marvel what The Lion King did for Disney.  The Lion King had Mufasa, Simba and The Pridelands…Black Panther has Wakanda, King T’Challa, Nakia and Killmonger.  Black Panther also manages to show tender young…

Joan Jett Has Earned Her Bad Reputation in Rock ‘N’ Roll

What do you do when your parents buy you a guitar from Sears at 13 years-old?  You start a rock band, become one of the few women to make rock ‘n’ roll history and are named Joan Jett!!! With a look infused from a love of Liza Minnelli from ‘Cabaret’, Hollywood and rock n’ roll,…

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind

A few years ago, I attended a live-taping of “The Odd Couple” in which the creator Gary Marshall loved to interact with the audience during taping breaks.  He shared tale after tale of all the now famous people he discovered from Julia Roberts to Henry Winkler to Robin Williams.  Williams had just passed a few…

Burden is Riveting True Life Story of KKK Klansman

From the moment I screened this film, I can’t seem to forget the images, the performances or the story that took more than 20 years to make it to the silver screen thanks to it Director/Writer Andrew Heckler.  Based on the true story of Mike Burden, during the late 90’s in Laurens, South Carolina, Burden…

Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons Showcase Music Chops in Hearts Beat Loud

Kiersey Clemons first got the attention of Sundance festival goers with her performance in “Dope” and got my attention again as the young  love interest in the Richard Gere film “The Only Lonely Boy in New York”.  But, her turn as a poetic, lesbian teen about to leave her single Dad for college is her…

Sneak Peak into 2018 Sundance Film Festival

                  Blackhouse, AAFCA, VR, Panels, Interviews and Screenings always make my Sundance Film Festival experience fulfilling, exciting and the official kick-off for the next awards season.  As one knows, there are several things needed to prepare to festival in Utah…  Download the Sundance and Blackhouse Apps –…

Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

Lorraine Hansberry:  Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart will open your mind and your heart to one of America’s most beloved playwrights who has inspired generations with her play, “A Raisin in The Sun”, but the woman behind those words was a well-rounded human being with a wealth of knowledge, heart and activism.

Hong Chau Emerges as a Star in Downsizing

In this economy, it is no surprise that most people would do anything to minimize their overheard debt.   Would you be willing to enter into an alternate universe to live comfortably and stress free? Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) are in debt up to their eyeballs when they make…

Hollywood Bombshell Hedy Lamarr was Brainy Inventor and Single Mother

One of my favorite movies to come on television when I was a kid was an old film by Don Knotts called “The Incredible Mr. Limpet.” Knots fall into water turning into a fish and becoming a secret weapon during wartime saving hundreds of lives with his throttle. The satellite signal used to communicate with…

Gary Oldman IS Winston Churchill in the Darkest Hour

Gary Oldman is like the Lon Chaney of our generation. He virtually gets so lost in a character that you believe you are  watching the real deal.  Simply said – Gary Oldman IS Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.