This week on Black on Black Cinema, the crew discuss the 2014 romantic drama, Beyond the Lights. Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, and Minnie Driver. The story of Noni a pop singer in England whose rise in fame is met with a lack of self and depression. When Noni tries to kill herself she is saved by a cop, Kaz, and her path is forever changed.
We got together to record a special cathartic conversation about the city we record from and what is happening here. While we normally spend our time talking about Black films and their impact and representation of us, we could not stand by and not speak on our city and the injustice and insanity that we are witnessing. With moments of levity and seriousness, we get into our feelings on our beloved Baltimore.
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the next film is introduced. Beyond the Lights, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, and Minnie Driver tells the story of a pop singer (Noni) who attempts suicide while at the height of her career only to be saved by a cop, Kaz, who she ends up falling for soon after. We also take a few minutes to discuss a video of a white man and his views on America's white supremacy issues and the odd theories of Black retribution.
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the crew discuss the 2014 romantic comedy with a massive cast of the biggest names in comedy. Written, directed, and starring Chris Rock, Top Five focuses on the life of Andre Allen and a reporter Chelsea Brown (Rosario Dawson). The two meet as Chelsea is interviewing Allen about his storied career and his shift from just being a stand up comedian. Delving into issues of black comedic popularity, branching out, and growth in one’s career, the guys dissect Chris Rock’s latest work and have a few laughs along the way.
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the next film is introduced. Top Five, written, directed, and starring Chris Rock as a sort of parody of his own life in the character of Andre Allen. The film covers a long one day scenario of Allen's life as he meets a journalist (Rosario Dawson) who wants to interview him about his change career path on the eve of his wedding. We also take a few moments to discuss an article written by Rock in which he discusses the myth of Black progress in America.