Well-Meaning White Friends & Preview to Episode 130

May 15, 2018

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys (minus Terrence) are back to announce the movie for the next episode, Proud Mary. A modern take on the Blaxploitation genre of film follows an assassin as she works to protect a young boy from a family of organized criminals. The random topic of the week is all about an article entitled " 7 things black people want their well-meaning white friends to know." Jay and Micah go through the articles points and add their thoughts to the overall discussion of well-meaning white friends dialogue. 

Link to original article that we discussed: http://www.upworthy.com/amp/7-things-black-people-want-their-well-meaning-white-friends-to-know


First Match - Episode 129

May 9, 2018

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys are back to review the newly released film, First Match. The story follows a young girl named Mo(nique) who's tough exterior and bravado are nothing but merely a cover for her harsh lifestyle of foster care and estrangement from her father due to his prison time. When she discovers that he is out of prison she seeks to connect with him via his high school passion for wrestling. When joining her school's team she hopes to connect with him on a deeper level and set her life back on the right path going forward. The film stars Elvire Emanuelle, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Colman Domingo, Jharrel Jerome, and Jared Kemp.


Canceling Black Celebrities? & Preview to Episode 129

May 1, 2018

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return with a preview for the next film, First Match. A film, available on Netflix streaming right now tells the story of a girl who decides to join a boy's wrestling team and that brings her back in the favor of her estranged father, but there is more to their relationship than it seems. The guys also discuss the random topic of the week which is all about whether or not certain Black celebrities need to be let go by the community AKA "canceled." The guys discuss Issa Rae's comments on Black women and Asian men, Bill Cosby history of rape, R. Kelly's pedophilia, and of course Kanye West's latest temper tantrum disguised as "free thinking."


Come Sunday - Episode 128

April 26, 2018

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys sit down to review and discuss the film, 'Come Sunday,' from the folks at This American Life. 'Come Sunday' is a 2018 American drama film based on Carlton Pearson's excommunication directed by Joshua Marston, from a screenplay by Marcus Hinchey. It stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Martin Sheen, Condola Rashad, Jason Segel, Danny Glover and Lakeith Stanfield.


The Starbucks Incident & Preview to Episode 128

April 19, 2018

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys are back to announce episode 128, "Come Sunday." The film tells the story of a Black preacher who challenges the very core of his religious beliefs and is forced to come face to face with religious leaders who oppose him. The random topic of the week is all about the latest incident at a Starbucks in Philadelphia, in which two Black men were arrested for just sitting there and not buying anything. Issues of implicit bias towards Black men and the response are discussed.


Roxanne Roxanne - Episode 127

April 11, 2018

Telling the story of the famed Queensbridge rapper, Roxanne Shante, Roxanne Roxanne takes us back to 1984 during the birth of rap in New York City. Young Shante is the Queensbridge battle rap champion, and sets herself on a path to fame, but is often thwarted by the actions of vicious and selfish men. The story of self-discovery, growing up quickly, and eventual perseverance is at the heart of the female rapper who inspired some of the largest names in the industry to this day. The film stars Chanté Adams as Roxanne Shante, Nia Long as her mother Peggy, and Mahershala Ali as Cross.


Reactions to “March for Our Lives” & Preview to Episode 127

March 29, 2018

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the hosts return to preview episode 127, Roxanne Roxanne. The story of the famed 80s rap pioneer, Roxanne Shante. The film is currently available on Netflix. The hosts also discuss the reactions to the "March for Our Lives" anti-gun violence rally that happened in DC with the survivors of the Parkland shooting, and around the world. They also discuss black gun ownership and the 2nd amendment in reference to Black people.


Why Did I Get Married? - Episode 126

March 20, 2018

Eight married college friends plus one other non-friend go to Colorado for their annual week-long reunion, but the mood shifts when one couple's infidelity comes to light. Secrets are revealed and each couple begins to question their own marriage. Over the course of the week, the couples battle with issues of commitment, betrayal, and forgiveness and examine their lives as individuals and as committed couples. This film explores the resultant emotional impact that infidelity and love have upon the constitution of marriage.

The film stars Tyler Pery, Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, Malik Yoba, Sharon Leal, Tasha Smith, Michael Jai White, Richard T. Jones, Denise Boutte, and Keesha Sharp.


The Bruno Mars Conundrum & Preview to Episode 126

March 14, 2018

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys are back to introduce the next film. It's that time again, our once a year deep dive into the crazy that is Tyler Perry. You asked for it, and we shall deliver. Next week's episode is on the 2007 film, "Why Did I Get Married." Dealing with married couples who each have unique interactions and problems. The random topic of the week is all about the rekindle conversation around cultural appropriation/appreciation and Bruno Mars. Is he a culture vulture? What does that mean in the modern era, and why is there such a rift between some GenX and Millenials on this particular topic?


Roman J. Israel Esq. - Episode 125

March 7, 2018

This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys return to discuss "Roman J. Israel Esq." The legal drama starring Denzel Washington as Roman J. Israel Esq., a lawyer who has spent his career as the man behind the curtain so to speak. An eccentric legal savant, Israel must confront his hardline views of helping the poor and the disaffected when he is thrust into a world of money and power that he's only seen from a safe distance.

When an opportunity for a different life comes into conflict with one's beliefs, this is where the character must decide if his lifelong held convictions are truly worth the sacrifices that he has made.


Denzel Washington
Colin Farrell
Carmen Ejogo