Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Movie Review: House Party.

January 17, 2023 by  
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Calmatic is successful with sight gags, physical pranks and the dance offs in party scenes. Though the crux of the movie takes place at LeBron’s place, the most outrageous wacky stuff comes in a sequence where Cudi takes the duo to an underground, secret-society world populated by weird Caligula-looking people. The debauchery, depravity and horrific violence on view are so funny viewers will lose their lunch, spill their drinks or gag on their weed. That’s the frustration with this update. It could have been better, tighter, funnier and even more frenzied.

Movie Review; Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody.

January 5, 2023 by  
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If Whitney Houston fans long to feel her essence again, this movie and its illusions gives them a chance. But not like an extraordinary biofilm. More like a condensed diary with lots of wonderful music. 

Stephen tWitch Boss Shattered the Myth of Black Suicides.

December 29, 2022 by  
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Researchers also found that the narratives on real or suspected Black suicides were far more likely to use words and phrases such as “questionable,” “nothing” and “no further details.” This further minimized both the impact and the numbers of Black suicides. In trying to understand why Blacks such as tWitch commit suicide, a suicide note is the prime evidence sought and scrutinized. However, again there’s a disparity between whites and Blacks who commit suicide. Whites are more likely to leave a note than Blacks. tWitch was an exception. He did leave a note.

Video Production Tips: Understanding About Stock Music.

December 1, 2022 by  
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Stock music can be a great option for video production. It’s affordable, accessible, and has all of the necessary rights associated with it. All you need is a good ear for picking the right tune. They are all there for the taking.

Rapper Kanye West: ‘Just a Black Man Stating the Obvious’.

As imaginary grievances loop inside their brains, the problems in lagging black communities have become so severe that they’re spilling out everywhere.  It’s obvious.  

Tyler Perry’s A Jazzman’s Blues Premieres at Toronto Film Festival (2022).

September 28, 2022 by  
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Writer/director Tyler Perry had never had a movie programed at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. He said as much on the night of his latest film’s premiere.

Film Review; Elvis.

July 1, 2022 by  
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Tweet ( (**1/2) Baz Luhrmann photobombs this Elvis portrait with over-extravagant filmmaking that dwarfs the iconic rock and roller. And that ain’t easy. The script, cowritten by Luhrmann, Sam Bromell and Craig Pearce (Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet), puts it all out there. Ambitious singer borrows heavily from R&B music, fuses it with up-tempo rock and […]

Broadway Veteran Fearlessly Confronts Music Industry Exploiters.

Tweet ( Let’s begin by introducing Chapman Roberts. In a biographical sketch distributed in a Carnegie Hall celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy, he is described as a “Singer-actor–composer-vocal/choral arranger-conductor-musical supervisor-concert producer.” He is also a four-time Grammy Award recipient who has been successful in show business for over 50 years. During that time, […]

The Different Types of Banjos to Choose Between.

February 8, 2022 by  
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Tweet ( The beauty of learning the banjo is that you will have diverse types of banjos to choose from. For instance, you could choose a 5-string or 4-string instrument to play. A beginner would be advised to choose a 5-string banjo to start on, but a musician already experienced in playing other stringed instruments […]

Black Films Thrive at Sundance Film Festival 2022.

February 3, 2022 by  
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Tweet ( At the last minute, due to Omicron concerns, the 2022 Sundance Film Festival morphed from an in-person and virtual event to a purely digital experience. Thanks to streaming, Black filmmakers and Black films were on center stage all over the world. Check them out… Aftershock (***) According to WHO, the U.S. ranks 60th on the […]

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