This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to discuss the 1999 film, The Best Man. Starring Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, and Nia Long. The film follows four friends post-college who are gathering for their friend's wedding all before the release of a book that is a semi-fictional retelling of their college life. Lines get crossed, old flames re-emerge, and new revelations hit the forefront in this Malcolm Lee directed movie. Set in the golden age of modern Black cinema (the 1990s) when being Black meant being successful without hesitation and telling personal human stories without backgrounds of violence, racism, or drugs.
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys are back to preview the next film, 1999's The Best Man, starring Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Morris Chestnut, and Sanaa Lathan. The film follows a writer who uses his friends' real-life experiences for inspiration in his book but ends up revealing more than he planned to when they realize what he has done. The random topic for this week is all about the controversy surrounding Serena Williams and her medically designed catsuit and it ban from the French Open.
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys are back to discuss the newly released Spike Lee Joint, "Blackkklansman" starring John David Washington. The film (based on true events) follows Ron Stallworth, the first Black cop on the force in Colorado Springs. During his first assignment, he decides to try and infiltrate the local KKK chapter. He successfully does so over the phone and with the help of his fellow white officer Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver). The film pivots between Stallworth's work, him growing in his own sense of Blackness, Zimmerman's internal Jewish awakening, and the local klansmen's devious plot.
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys and special guest are back to preview the next film, Blackkklansman. The film is directed by Spike Lee and retells the true story of a Black police officer who successfully infiltrated the KKK.
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys (with special guest T'ara) return to discuss the 2018 Tyler Perry film, Acrimony. Breaking the "one Perry a year" rule, the hosts discuss a film that sees a woman slowly lose it as she finds herself in a dead end marriage to an inventor who's big break is always just around the corner. A story of disappointment, heartbreak, regret, and of course revenge. The film stars Taraji P. Henson.
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to preview the next episode. They will break their one rule and do a second film this year by the infamous director, Tyler Perry. The 2018 film about a woman scorned, Acrimony, stars Taraji P. Henson. The random topic of the week is all about the new precedent of white people calling the police on Black people for just living their lives. We've seen the rise of the Permit Patti and now even Flagrant Freddie. While the Internet nicknames are hilarious, the root of the issue is far more terrifying. Dealing with a sense of privilege, payback, arrogance, and even pure malice is what the issue is truly about. The guys give their thoughts on it.
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys are back to discuss "Crooklyn," the 1994 semi-autobiographical film co-written and directed by Spike Lee. The film takes place in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York during the summer of 1973. Its primary focus is a young girl, Troy (played by Zelda Harris), and her family. Throughout the film, Troy learns life lessons through her four rowdy brothers, her loving but strict mother (Alfre Woodard), and her naive, struggling father (Delroy Lindo).
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to announce the next film, the 1994 Black family drama "Crooklyn" directed by Spike Lee. The film takes place over the course of a hot summer in 1973 from the perspective of a young Black girl in BedSty, Brooklyn with her four brothers, mother, and father. The random topic of the week is all about the Trump administration's new push to remove guidance information for educational institutes for using affirmative action to keep their student bodies diverse.
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to discuss the 2017 South African film, Catching Feelings. The film follows an urbane young academic and his beautiful wife, as their lives get turned upside down when a celebrated and hedonistic older writer moves into their Johannesburg home with them. Discussions of modern-day South African life, white South Africans role in that life, past and present-day influence, and an insecure man terrified that he is losing his wife.
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys are back to reveal the next film, Catching Feelings. An independent South African romantic drama where a young couple is forced to look at their relationship through a new lens when a hedonistic famous writer begins living with them. The random topic of the week is all about the dilemma of doing financially well as a Black person by staying in proximity to your community when historically Black people have been put at a disadvantage financially.