African American

When They See Us - Neflix

The Netflix series by Ava Duvenay about the tragedy inflicted on young teenagers named the Central Park Five. This reenacted series about five young boys wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park back in 1989. A 5 part series that spans the years they were convicted to 14+ years being exonerated of the crime. Its a brutal view of the people of the justice system and the racist system that still exist today. A very emotional series that is a must see for people who respects justice.

Us - Jordan Peele

We watched Peele on his show a few times and felt he was a funny dude with a creative mind.  But after seeing Get out and knowing he was one of the producers of Spike Lee's Black KKKlansman.  We couldn't wait to see his next creative project.  So with any of us knowing what this was all about.  We were looking forward to understanding this new concept of doppelgängers terrorizing a family and why.  A complicated plot and right in the middle of the new generation horror films.  This was a very good movie to watch.  Also an amazing performance by Lupita Nyong'o

 

The Equalizer I & II

So you know - we did go see the first equalizer when it came out in the movies and i watched the TV series growing up.  I barely recalled anything about it but remember this series and the night stalker series.  We review the first movie by Denzel Washington then go into the newly released one.  Full transparency,  I didn't really like the first one.

If you have a problem and there is nowhere else to turn, the mysterious and elusive Robert McCall will deliver the vigilante justice you seek. This time, however, McCall's past cuts especially close to home when thugs kill Susan Plummer -- his best friend and former colleague. Now out for revenge, McCall must take on a crew of highly trained assassins who'll stop at nothing to destroy him

Bright (Netflix)

Alicia and I sit down to watch one of Netflix new movies that cost over $90 million.  A fantasy cop drama that was totally beat up by the critics but got some love from the viewers and audience.  We add our review to the mix.

In an alternate present day, humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time. Two police officers, one a human, the other an orc, Battle both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies together, to protect a young female elf and a thought-to-be-forgotten relic

Moonlight

A young man deals with his dysfunctional home life and comes of age in Miami during the "War on Drugs" era. The story of his struggle to find himself is told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love while grappling with his own sexuality

This is our last of the 3 Oscar nominated African American movies we wanted to see.  This story chronicles the story of a young man growing up in the drug populated area of Miami and we see how this child to a teenager then adult deals with coping with a dysfunctional family life and struggle to know who he is in this world as well as his own sexuality.  We talk about this amazing movie and talk about the other Oscar hopefuls

Hidden Figures

Three brilliant African-American women at NASA -- Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) -- serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.

Today we talk about the very uplifting and empowering movie Hidden Figures (not Hidden Fences).  This is so much more of a movie than just 3 women working for NASA.  It really teaches you on so many levels that we had to talk about this.  I hope you get to see the movie if not, take a listen to what our observations are.

The Birth of a Nation 2016

Nat Turner is an enslaved Baptist preacher who lives on a Virginia plantation owned by Samuel Turner. With rumors of insurrection in the air, a cleric convinces Samuel that Nate should sermonize to other slaves, thereby quelling any notions of an uprising. As Nate witnesses the horrific treatment of his fellow man, he realizes that he can no longer just stand by and preach. On Aug. 21, 1831, Turner's quest for justice and freedom leads to a violent and historic rebellion in Southampton County.

Listen to the Podcast of the review