Black Coffee

Last night, I had the awesome opportunity to attend an open mic sponsored by the movie “Black Coffee”, which begins its limited run in AMC theatres in Washington, DC, Baltimore, Atlanta, and Chicago.  The event was hosted by Panama Jackson from “Very Smart Brothas” and featured poets, singers, and musicians.

My girls and I went out and enjoyed ourselves.  Attendees received free cocktails and awesome gift bags with “Black Coffee” swag.  But the highlight of the evening for me was seeing (and speaking to) Lamman Rucker, who is one of the stars of the movie.  (Yes, he is tall and fine and personable! :)) Plus, he will be at AMC Hoffman tonight to greet moviegoers!

And if you don’t know what the film is about, let me tell you.  Robert, played by Darrin Henson, is fired from his dad’s company AND his girlfriend breaks up with him, all in the same day.  But, he meets the gorgeous Morgan, played by Gabrielle Dennis, and it seems as if things are going great for them.  But when you insert Robert’s ex-girlfriend and Morgan’s ex-husband who wants to reconcile, problems are sure to arise.

As someone who supports Black Cinema, I implore all of you to go see this movie.  Unfortunately, it’s only in theaters for a limited run, so make sure you go see it this weekend!  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

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14 Years in the Making

It’s December of 1999.  A 17 year old high school senior goes to the movies to see “The Best Man”.  She LOVES the movie.  She thinks it’s great.  She laughed. She was shocked!  And she thinks the acting was great.  She has her favorite characters and wonders if she will grow to be a writer like Harper, sharp tongued and no-nonsense like Jordan, or if she’ll stay as sweet and innocent as Mia (appears to be).  As she has done with each event she has attended since August, she saves the ticket stub to commemorate one more thing she has done during her senior year and adds it to her Senior Book.  As she gets older, she will eventually purchase the VHS of “The Best Man”, and during her senior year of college, she and her BFF/roommate watch this movie NO LESS than once a week…and quote each line of said movie.  As more time passes, she does away with the VHS and upgrades to owning a DVD.  And during her BFF’s wedding weekend, “The Best Man” is the movie of choice during mani/pedi time; and yes, they are still quoting lines 5 years later.

Now, it’s the fall of 2011.  It is announced that a sequal to “The Best Man” is being made-and the ENTIRE original cast has signed on.  This 17 year old girl is now a grown woman.  And she is SUPER excited to hear this news.  Now she will get to see if Lance and Mia stayed married, if Harper and Robin get married, and if Jordan ever finds someone she wants to marry.  What becomes of Murch and Candy?  And do Quentin and Shelby become a couple???  A year and a half passes, and a release date is announced for “The Best Man Holiday”.  As the date quickly approaches, the cast is seen everywhere, they are doing radio interviews, and the commercials for the movie put a smile on her face each time she hears Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and sees the four male stars entertaining their women by pretending to be New Edition.  (A LOT of resources have been put into this movie; so much so that she hopes that people will still spend their money to go see it.)  She has already decided she is going to see this movie opening weekend, even if she has to go by herself.  (She believes in supporting quality black cinema.)  Not to mention the New Potential stated that since he doesn’t share her same enthusiasm for the film, he probably shouldn’t go with her to see it.  -_-  The great thing is that she doesn’t have to go solo, because she and a girlfriend, who is just as hype as she is about seeing this movie, decided to go together and have purchased advance tickets. (She hasn’t known this friend long, but the more she finds out about her she thinks they may just be kindred spirits.)  One thing that does not escape her about this movie is that out of all of the people that have been to an advanced screening, NO ONE has said a negative thing about this film.  From men to women to people who didn’t care for the first one, all bloggers and Facebook sharers have said that there is something for everyone in this movie.  This little tidbit is not lost on her, even though she would probably love it no matter what anyone says.  And before she’s seen the movie, she’s already decided it’s going to be added to her DVD collection to join its predecessor.

What’s Wrong with Elle-The Movie Edition

We all love a good bargain.  And so today I took advantage of a deal that’s happening on Living Social where you can buy 2 movie tickets for $9 at Fandango.com. (Go here to get yours!)  While celebrating my purchase, I was trying to decide what movie I wanted to go see.  We all know “supporting Black cinema” is one of my personal mantras, and I sadly realized that there are no Black movies coming out this year. 

Now, let me define how I view Black cinema.  I view Black cinema as a movie that has a Black director and/or (mainly and) has Black people as main characters.  Some examples include “The Best Man”, “Jungle Fever”, “Mahogany”, and “Jumping the Broom”.  Movies that could be included due to them having a Black director include “Summer of Sam” and “25th Hour”.  Now, if we use the criteria of having  Black people as the main characters, then we can use “The Color Purple” and “Bird”.  Following that criteria, the only remaining movie that comes out in 2011 that qualifies is “The Help”.  “The Help” is a movie set in 1960s Mississippi and follows the relationship of Black maids with the white families they work for and the mayhem that arises when the maids decide to share all of the secrets they see.  I’ve heard the book is good and the trailer makes the movie seem interesting, but I don’t want this to be my only option for a major motion picture in Black cinema this summer.  And it’s sad to note that there appears to be at least 3 Black people listed as stars…and even one of them is suspect in her billing. 

I’m saying all this to say that I’m disappointed there aren’t more Black films coming out this summer. I guess since one Madea movie and “Jumping the Broom” came out in 2011 I should be satisfied.  Well, I’m not.  One good thing about the summer is the movie festivals.  I hope that there are some great Black films that debut, and they will get picked up by a major studio for nationwide distribution.  Maybe I should just stock up on my DVD collection and have “Black Movie Night” each week at my house.  (Actually…that’s not a half-bad idea.)  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.