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Small Axe: Alex Wheatle/Education - Episode 191

Small Axe: Alex Wheatle/Education - Episode 191

January 28, 2021

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to discuss the final two episodes of Steve McQueen's anthology series, "Small Axe." The first episode is "Alex Wheatle," which follows the title character on his journey from housing for kids abandoned by their parents to becoming a revolutionary writer in West London during the 1980s. The second film is entitled "Education," which follows a young kid named Kingsley Smith as he is put into the British ESN (Education Sub-Normal) system unfairly.

Small Axe: Lovers Rock/Red, White, and Blue - Episode 190

Small Axe: Lovers Rock/Red, White, and Blue - Episode 190

January 19, 2021

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to discuss episodes 2 and 3 of the Small Axe anthology series co-written and directed by Steve McQueen. This episode will cover the short films entitled "Lovers Rock" and "Red, White, and Blue." 

"Lovers Rock" tells the story of two people who meet at a party in 1980 in West London. The hosts discuss the stylized storytelling, the cinematography, and most importantly the messaging behind community insulation, vulnerability, and outright physical expression.

"Red, White, and Blue" follows Leroy Logan, a Black man who joins the London Metropolitan police force to try and change it for the better. He deals with push back from his few officers who are white, as well as, from his father. 

Small Axe: Mangrove - Episode 189

Small Axe: Mangrove - Episode 189

January 19, 2021

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to discuss and review the first episode of the Small Axe anthology directed and co-written by Steve McQueen. This episode is entitled "Mangrove." The film is about the Mangrove restaurant in west London and the 1971 trial of the Mangrove Nine. It stars Shaun Parkes, Letitia Wright, Malachi Kirby, Rochenda Sandall, Alex Jennings, and Jack Lowden.

…All Wars and Strife in Existence - Preview to Episode 189

…All Wars and Strife in Existence - Preview to Episode 189

January 8, 2021

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to announce the next film of sorts. The guys will be tackling the first episode of the Steve McQueen anthology, Small Axe. The first episode is entitled "Mangrove." The episode (2 hours long) is about the Mangrove restaurant in west London and the 1971 trial of the Mangrove Nine. It stars Letitia Wright, Shaun Parkes, Malachi Kirby, Rochenda Sandall, Alex Jennings, and Jack Lowden. The random topic of the week is about the riots from Trump supporters in Washington D.C. and the level of hypocrisy we see with the treatment of white domestic terrorists vs people of color fighting for civil rights.

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