Episode 114: The Family that Preys

September 13, 2017

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to do their yearly duty of reviewing one Tyler Perry film. This year's herculean task is on the 2008 family drama film, The Family that Preys. Often mentioned as Tyler Perry's best film, the movie focuses on two families and their intersecting lives both good and bad.

The two families, the Cartwrights ( a rich white family that owns a multimillion dollar construction company) and the Evans family (a working class Black family, which some work for the Cartwrights).

The film's main focus is on the relationship between Charlotte Cartwright (Kathy Bates) and Alice Evans (Alfre Woodard) as the two best friends and matriarchs of their respective families. Their friendship endures while Andrea Evans is cheating on her husband with William Cartwright (who is also married). Lines are crossed, people are humiliated, and somehow these families endure.

Video Version of the Episode: here

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Black Atheism & Preview to Episode 114

September 5, 2017

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys are back to in this preview episode to announce the next film, "The Family that Preys." The guys will do their yearly duty of tackling one Tyler Perry movie every 365.25 days. The random topic this week is about Jay's experience with being a Black atheist in Black spaces, and what drove him to his heathen ways (lol). Jay and Micah also have existential conversations on what it means to be religious as a Black person in America.

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Episode 113: Message from the King

August 23, 2017

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the crew is back with a special guest to discuss the 2016 action thriller, "Message from the King" starring Chadwick Boseman. The film tells the story of a man who comes from South Africa to find out why his sister left him a message asking for his help in Los Angeles. After discovering her death, Jacob King (Boseman) goes on a tour of vengeance against the people who he believes had something to do with her death. However, he might have found a larger conspiracy that goes beyond her sister.

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Dear America, WE TOLD YOU SO! & Preview to Episode 113

August 16, 2017

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys are back to introduce the next film, 'Message from the King.' The newly released film starring Chadwick Boseman as a brother getting revenge for the death of his sister. The random topic this week is all about our reaction to the Charlottesville, VA white supremacists rally and the implications of having an inarguably racist president heading the country. We also discuss the fact that minorities tried warning white people of this for 2 years and weren't listened to.

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Episode 112: Naz & Maalik

August 8, 2017

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys are back to discuss the 2015 indie film, Naz & Maalik. The film follows two young Black Muslim men who are stuck between the aspects of their religion, their romantic love for one another, and doing all of this is a post-9/11 world rife with stereotypes, assumptions, and harassment. 

PREMISE:

The film follows two high-school friends, Naz and Maalik, who spend a hot summer day bopping around Bedford-Stuyvesant hustling lottery tickets, as well as trying to make sense of their new—and highly secretive romantic—relationship. Over the course of the afternoon, the boys’ petty—though illicit—small-time scheming, along with their secretive dashes into alleyways to kiss, sets a high-strung FBI operative named Sarah Mickell on their tail. Having observed the teens' erratic and mountingly tense behavior, Mickell worries these two may, in fact, be radicalized Muslims, and surveils them as they go through their day. Naz and Maalik's carefree afternoon starts to darken when they realize they’ve given Mickell different alibis and the boys begin to panic about being uncovered by their families.

 

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Alt-History, Censorship, and Group Think & Preview to Episode 112

August 2, 2017

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys are back to introduce the next film, "Naz and Maalik." The 2015 indie film about two young Black Muslim twenty somethings living in NYC trying to balance their sexuality and love for each other in a post-9/11 world. The random topic this week is all about the two alternative Black history television shows that have been announced and our thoughts. Conversations on censoring art, and battling group think inside our own community.

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Episode 111: Gimme the Loot

July 26, 2017

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys are back to discuss the 2012 film, Gimme the Loot. This independent comedy chronicles the day in the life adventure of two Brooklyn, NY graffiti artists who have a simple goal of becoming famous in their small world. Dynamics between men and women are explored as the artist while friends, seem to have an underlying affection for one another.

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Letting Some Black People Go & Preview to Episode 111

July 19, 2017

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys are back to introduce the next film, "Gimme the Loot." The 2012 film about two friends who a graffiti artists and perhaps more as the strike out to make a name for themselves. The hosts also discuss the idea of letting certain Black people go after we find out about their terrible behavior. In light of the latest R Kelly sexual manipulation and holding women hostage speculative news, the guys wonder why people still cape for people like Kelly, OJ Simpson, Bill Cosby, etc. There is also a conversation on whether or not letting these people go harms us as a community, and what that means long term.

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Episode 110: Undercover Brother

July 12, 2017

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys are back to discuss the 2002 action comedy, Undercover Brother. Set in the screwball comedy world starring Eddie Griffin as the super spy man-out-of-time-esque Black title character. He joins up with a secret Black organization called The B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D. to stop "The Man" once and for all from harming Black people.

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Celebrating America While Black & Preview to Episode 110

July 4, 2017

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys are back to discuss the next upcoming episode, Undercover Brother. The 2002 comedy film about a Black spy trying to stop a plot by The Man. Our random topic of the week is about what is the balance of celebrating holidays like the 4th of July and other American jingoistic moments while simultaneously being Black. Should you not, should you not care, or is there a middle ground?

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