The Final Year Shares Insider View of a Presidential Transition

Barack Obama made history as the first person of color to become President of the United States…twice.  It goes without saying that in these dark days we are dwelling in, longing for the days when I turned on the news and saw POTUS singing some Al Green, dancing with his Queen Michelle,  joking around with Jimmy Kimmel or giving a speech that ALL Americans could be proud of would be an understatement.

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.

Black Joy and Power Present at Black Panther Press Junket

Black women are all about our hair.  It’s a source of pride, whether it’s natural or fried, died and laid to the side.  When Danai learned that her character would have to have her head shaved, “…the pride started to grow, you know…This pride around it,  this sort of symbol of power in these women.  She (Okoye) doesn’t want to cover up. 

Peter Rabbit Keeps Classic Alive for New Generation

In this delightful version, the house next door to the bunny nook is taken over by the inhabitant’s nephew leaving the Peter and his family to believe that the torture may end with this new generation.  No such luck!  Not only is the new owner not a bunny lover, but threatens to ruin Peter’s relationship with Bea, which goes deeper than either one of them realize.

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,…

Assasination Nation Gives Revolution a Whole New Face

When I heard the lead character in a voice over state, “…this is the story of how my town Salem lost its m$%f**&n mind,” I knew I was in trouble. As twisted and perverse as this film was for me, it had relevant elements around real issues like the internet, teen suicide, hacking and a…

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…

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…

I Called Him Morgan Remembers Jazz Great Lee Morgan

Lee Morgan was the toast of the jazz community and revered by his colleagues by being named trumpet player with Dizzy Gillespie at the tender age of 18.  However,  on a snowy night in February 1972, Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife, Helen, during a gig at a club in New York…

Susan Lacy Peels Back Layers of Jane Fonda at Sundance

Jane Fonda is a tough cookie.  Icon. Movie Star. Wife. Mother. Activist.  Half rose-petal. Half thorn.  The rose petal is very girly and flirty when recalling the men in her life and how each one of them had a role in shaping the Jane Fonda we know and admire today.  The thorn has never been one to shy away from a challenge in her personal or professional life and shows no signs of slowing down now

SUNDANCE ACQUISITION: Gunpowder & Sky Nabs North American Rights to ‘Hearts Beat Loud’

PARK CITY, UT – January 24, 2018 – Gunpowder & Sky, the global content studio, announced today that it has acquired the North American rights to Sundance veteran Brett Haley’s (I’ll See You In My Dreams, The Hero) Hearts Beat Loud, a touching ode to the bonding powers of music.   Nick Offerman (“Parks and…