Black on Black Cinema
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom - Episode 188

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom - Episode 188

December 24, 2020

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return with a special guest, T'ara, to discuss the 2020 film, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" starring Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Coleman Domingo, Glynn Turman, and Michael Potts. The film is based on the August Wilson play of the same name. Following the "Mother of Blues," Ma Rainey, as she and her band attempt a recording session in Chicago in 1927. Conflicts begin to arise between band members, Rainey, and an ambitious trumpet player named Levee.

Preparing For A Life of Blackness - Preview to Episode 188

Preparing For A Life of Blackness - Preview to Episode 188

December 18, 2020

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to introduce the next film, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" newly released on Netflix. The random topic this week is about the idea of movies/plays like "Fences" being inappropriate for some and why the hosts believe these type of stories help explain the complexity of being Black in America, and largely prepares young people for how to build their armor for being Black. 

Life - Episode 187

Life - Episode 187

December 2, 2020

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to discuss the 1999 comedy, "Life" starring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. The film follows two men during Prohibition, loudmouth Harlem grifter Ray (Eddie Murphy) and the no-nonsense Claude (Martin Lawrence) who team up on a bootlegging mission to Mississippi. However they run into trouble when a crooked lawman hits them with a phony murder charge. Ray and Claude are given life sentences and shipped off to jail, where they must think of a way to prove their innocence and avoid the brutal guards while battling their biggest enemies -- their opposing personalities.

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