This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to announce the upcoming episode on the 2018's "Tales from the Hood 2." This is a follow up to the original Tales from the Hood, which was a series of short stories dealing with race in America. The follow-up takes up the same premise, sort of. The random topic of the week is all about the issue of Kevin Hart being asked to apologize to the LGBTQ community for insensitive jokes he made a decade ago in his stand-up. The hosts discuss apologies from comedians, growth, and odd double standards for past transgressions.
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to discuss in depth the 1990 musical drama film, Mo Better Blues. The film is directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington as Bleek Gilliam. The story follows Bleek as he works to balance his budding yet successful jazz career with his personal relationships with two different women. Focusing in on the plight of the artist and who Bleek is willing to give up for his music and what he is not.
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys are back to preview the next film, "Mo Better Blues." This 1990 Spike Lee-directed film follows a jazz trumpet player through a series of bad decisions that affect his personal relationships and his career. The random topic of the week is about a newly released episode of Love and Hip Hop in which former rapper/now podcaster, Joe Budden and his girlfriend Cyn Santana discuss the fact that Joe doesn't want to have sex all the time. The guys discuss marriage and sex versus the single sex life.
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to discuss the 2018 Boots Riley directed film, 'Sorry to Bother You.' The film stars Lakeith Stansfield as Cash Greene, a telemarketer who has little to no sales at his job until he is advised to use his "white voice" to sell to his customers. After doing so, Cash sees new found success which begins to spiral as he is introduced to some more extreme elements of this capitalistic society in which he now thrives.
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys are back to announce the next film, "Sorry to Bother You" starring Lakeith Stanfield. The film is about a young man forced to affect a white voice in order to be successful in his job to disastrous consequences. The random topic of the week is on Black people convincing other Black people not to vote. As the midterm elections have just passed, the notion of voting as Black people (regardless of party affiliation) is discussed and why voting truly matters.
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to discuss 2018's socially aware horror film, The First Purge. While the fourth movie in the "Purge" franchise, The First Purge is a prequel and details the beginning of the lawless night started on Staten Island, NY. Focusing on Black and Brown lower socioeconomic citizens, the government allows for a single 12 hour period where all crime is legal, including murder. This is supposed to work as a catharsis for the citizenry, but the fears of some thinking the government is up to something sinister turn out to be truer than they thought.
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys are back to announce the next film. For their Halloween episode this year, the hosts have decided to do "The First Purge." A film dealing with the brutality of a state sanction night of crime that is experimented on Black people and other People of Color in a low socioeconomic situation. While the fourth movie in the series, this one deals with exclusively with the perspective of Black and Brown folks at the center of this plan of purging the so-called "undesirables" in society. The random topic of the week is on Megyn Kelly's recent ignorant comments on not understanding why Blackface is a problem. The hosts discuss her ridiculous statements but further point out the hypocrisy of white women in her position, and rules for Halloween costumes!
"Nappily Ever After" is a 2018 American romantic comedy film directed by Haifaa al-Mansour and written by Adam Brooks and Cee Marcellus. The film tells the story of Violet (Sanaa Lathan) who is a perfectionist obsessed with her hair, amongst other things, who is forced to do some soul searching and self-reflection when she breaks up with her long-term boyfriend and shaves her head in a fit of drunken depression.
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to introduce the next film to be reviewed, "Nappily Ever After." A film that explores what happens to a Black woman who's hair was a source of her "perfection," and what that means to her and how others see her when that protection perfection is gone and she can be truly seen for who she is. The random topic of the week is all about "black toxicity," what it is, what it means to us inside and outside the community, and how much are we responsible for its existence and continued influence.
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to discuss the 2017 documentary, "Not Black Enough." The film deals with issues of internal bias inside the Black community when it comes to the color complex, activities of Black people, our hair choices, and much more. The documentary takes testimonies from Vanessa Williams, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Petey Pablo, and many others on the topics at hand.