This week the guys are back to introduce the next film, the 1972 horror blaxploitation classic, Blacula. This episode has been long requested and now it's finally coming. The film takes the Dracula mythos and adds a unique Black take on the entire thing. The random topic of the week is all about successful Black people running from Blackness. The hosts discuss the humorous idea that rapper Waka Flocka Flame says that he's not Black, and the larger implications of such a position.
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys are back to discuss the 2017 romantic comedy, The Incredible Jessica James starring Jessica Williams, Chris O’Dowd, Lakeith Stansfield, and Noël Wells. The film follows a young struggling playwright whose life is thrown further into shambles as she recently broke up with her boyfriend and continues her journey to find herself as a 20 something Black woman in New York City.
The journey of self-discovery is plagued by daydreams, poor dating moments, surprise interactions with new people, and mentoring even younger playwrights on their own journey.
Video Version of this Review: HERE
This week the guys are back to introduce the upcoming 116th episode, The Incredible Jessica James (Netflix original film). The film follows the 20 something Jessica as she has just broken up with her boyfriend and is thrown back into the dating world as well as discovering who she really is a person. The random topic of the week is a multi-angled conversation on the devastation in Puerto Rico, the response from the President, shooting in Las Vegas, NFL kneeling, and overall discussion of one of the worst periods in the Trump administration.
Video version of this episode: here
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to discuss the 2016 Oscar-nominated documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro,” which dives into the life of the writer, poet, and social critic, James Baldwin. The film is largely based on Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript “Remember this House” and the effect that three civil rights leaders’ deaths had on Baldwin. Specifically, Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X in that order are the basis of the three acts of the film.
Documentaries are rare on this show, and generally don’t work directly with our beat by beat show style. So on this episode, we will do something a bit differently. For this particular episode clips and moments from the film have been chosen to garner an overall discussion about those topics that are broached by Baldwin directly and the director, Raoul Peck, indirectly.
Video Version of this Episode: here
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys are back to discuss the idea that "Black men are the white people of Black people." What does that concept mean when translating it out to ideas of intraracial sexism, abuse, etc. The hosts posit the idea that not listening, or truly hearing someone is a product of centuries of gender inequality, and some aspects of the modern day Internet culture. 3 Black dudes take on the topic of "what the hell is our problem" when it comes to supporting Black women. The next film introduced is the 2016 "I Am Not Your Negro." The documentary on the famous Black intellectual James Baldwin.
Video Version of the Episode: here
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.