African Americans

If Beale Street Could Talk

This Movie was not on my list of must see even though it was an African American movie until I realized it was directed by Barry Jenkins.  The brilliant writer directer of Moonlight (Oscar winning).   Jenkins took the book written by James Baldwin and wrote the screenplay for this amazing romantic dramatic movie about two young lovers.  Sadly it goes from Romance and love to drama and tragedy that you see intimately through out the movie.  Should have been on the list for best movie of the year. 

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Sorry to bother you (The Movie)

This independent movie made by rapper Boots Riley from the rap group "The Coup". Was something  Alicia and I saw previews on it and couldn't wait to see.  This strange and controversial movie is a strong commentary on labor and social interactions in our society today. It takes a turn towards the end but we left the theater with a good feeling about this creative well acted movie that critics are really ranting about.

In an alternate reality of present-day Oakland, Calif., telemarketer Cassius Green finds himself in a macabre universe after he discovers a magical key that leads to material glory. As Green's career begins to take off, his friends and co-workers organize a protest against corporate oppression. Cassius soon falls under the spell of Steve Lift, a cocaine-snorting CEO who offers him a salary beyond his wildest dreams

Black Panther (Marvel)

Tonight Alicia and I go out on the premier night of the Black Panther Marvel Movie.  Sitting in the theater, it was a historic feeling and highly enjoyable experience.  Based on the reviews and the many trailers that showed half of the movie.  It was well worth it.  

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T'Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. While maintaining the the title of The Black Panther.

She's gotta have it (2017) Netflix

Growing up New York's thus making us Spike Lee fans.  We were interested at seeing Spike's remake of his own iconic "She's gotta Have it".  We've seen a couple of Spike's last few movies so you can understand why we came to this Netflix series with questionable expectations.  

Iconic filmmaker Spike Lee revisits his first feature film with this Netflix original series of the same name. Brooklyn-based artist Nola Darling struggles to stay true to herself and her dreams while dividing her time between her friends, her job and her lovers -- all three of them. That trio includes married businessman and father Jamie Overstreet, photographer and self-described "biracial Adonis" Greer Childs and chatty Michael Jordan fan Mars Blackmon. In addition to creating the series, Lee directs all the episodes and serves as an executive producer alongside wife Tonya Lewis Lee

Mudbound (Netflix)

Alicia and I were moved to see this film on Netflix by the reviews and the Golden Globe nomination of Mary J. Blige.  An interesting movie we initially thought was a typical southern white family story aligned beside a southern black family in the 1940's. But this movie showed an amazing directorial process and interpretation of the book "Mudbound" by Hillary Jordan by Dee Rees.   

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Laura McAllan is trying to raise her children on her husband's Mississippi Delta farm, a place she finds foreign and frightening. In the midst of the family's struggles, two young men return from the war to work the land. Jamie McAllan, Laura's brother-in-law, is everything her husband is not - charming and handsome, but he is haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the McAllan farm, now battles the prejudice in the Jim Crow South

Marshall - The Movie

Young Thurgood Marshall faces one of his greatest challenges while working as a lawyer for the NAACP. Marshall travels to conservative Connecticut when wealthy socialite Eleanor Strubing accuses black chauffeur Joseph Spell of sexual assault and attempted murder. He soon teams up with Sam Friedman, a local Jewish lawyer who's never handled a criminal case. 

Girls Trip (2017)

This episode Alicia and I go see the movie Girls trip.  Not top on my list but we heard a lot of critical pluses about the movie and it did have some great veteran female leads.  so we took the chance and went to see it.  Yup I went too.  What we found was something that wasn't what the trailers totally represented or what the normal raunchy buddy trip normally shows us.

Best friends Ryan, Sasha, Lisa and Dina are in for the adventure of a lifetime when they travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival. Along the way, they rekindle their sisterhood and rediscover their wild side by doing enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

Detroit (the Movie)

Amidst the chaos of the Detroit Rebellion, with the city under curfew and as the Michigan National Guard patrolled the streets, three young African American men were murdered at the Algiers Motel.

This episode Alicia and watch another one of the best directors working today (Kathryn Bigelow ) The director of the previous two blockbusters The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty.  Since we didn't have much history of what went on in the city of Detroit during this era.  We weren't sure if this was worth going to see  But when we found out Kathryn was director it, I knew we had to see it.  This is a very intense and contemporary movie of what is going on in our society right now.

Insecure Season Finale

This episode we finally get to finish the HBO series "Insecure".  We left off at episode 4 and we get all the way to the season finale.  We get into the battle of the sexist debate on who was wrong or right that has been flooding the internet as well as a little personal perspective into the conversation. 

We also get ready for the season premiere of the new season.