OITNB Season 3 & The Worst On-Screen Dads (Cinema In Noir)

Orange is the New Black (OITNB) is BACK! Season 3 of hit Netflix series was released on June 12 and despite my BEST efforts to savor every moment, I finished binge watching the season in a week.


On the latest edition of Cinema in Noir, my co-host Candice and I discussed our thoughts about Season 3 of OITNB. Candice also reviewed the upcoming Netflix documentary What Happened, Miss Simone. And  I reviewed Rick Famuyiwa’s latest film, Dope.

Bad Dads

Also, in honor of Father’s Day, we chatted about the worst onscreen dads. From Papa Pope to Darth Vader, these bad dads really are THE WORST.


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#CinNoir Chat – Summer TV and Trans Visibility

#CinNoir chat is here again. Today, my co-hosts and I recapped the Critic’s Choice Television Awards.  We discussed the highs  (uh, did I tell yall Lorraine Toussaint won?) and lows (WHO is Cat Deely?) of the show that was broadcast last Sunday.

Next, we reviewed two trailers that hit the web this week. The trailer for Lila and Eve intrigued a lot of our #CinNoir chatters.  While the consensus is The Perfect Guy looks predictable. But super hot.


Our topic for the night was Summer TV. Remember when we were all forced to watch re-runs from May to September? Now, we are lucky enough to have plenty of options to choose from. Lastly, we discussed the Laverne Cox effect and trans visibility in film and television.

#CinNoir discussionIn case you missed it, here is the recap:

Critics Choice Television Awards, 2015 : Lorraine, Taraji and Bessie OH My!!!

Critics. You either love them, hate them, listen to them, totally ignore them or you are one. Well, they have spoken. The 5th Annual Critics Choice Television Awards aired on Sunday night and a few of my top picks took home awards.  Congratulations to three of my faves who won big at the award show:

Lorraine Toussaint, Best Supprting Actress in a Drama Series for Orange is the New Black

Critics Choice, Lorraine

I have loved Lorraine Toussaint since she starred on the Lifetime series, Any Day Now. She always brings her A game and I am OVERJOYED that she won for her work on one of my favorite series, Orange is the New Black.

Taraji P. Henson, Best Actress in a Drama Series for Empire

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Taraji P. Henson has been killing it on Empire. Cookie Lyons is one of my favorite characters on television right now.  I am so happy for her win.

Bessie, Best Movie Made for Television

Bessie Cast

Bessie was a GREAT movie. Director Dee Rees did an amazing job. And the cast that includes Queen Latifah and Khandi Alexander really embodied their characters and gave powerful and nuanced performances.

Click here for a FULL list of the winners.

Summertime Films 2015 (Cinema in Noir)

Summertime and the living is easy.

We’re BACK from our Memorial Day break and ready for some summertime fun!! On the latest edition of Cinema in Noir, my co-hosts and I had a LOT to talk about. First we discussed Zoe Saldana and her comments in support of Michael B. Jordan in the upcoming Fantastic Four movie.  We also discussed Hollywood’s history of casting white actors as ethnic characters.
Summertime films

Summertime us upon us and with is comes a great time for movies. My co-hosts and I listed the films we are most looking forward to this summer. Personally, I’m not big on summer blockbusters, but there are quite a few independent films that are on my rader for the summer.

DopeSummertime films

Lastly, we chatted about the nominees for the Critics Choice Television Awards. Listen to see if our favorites won.


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#CinNoir Chat – Ridiculous 6 Controversy

During the latest #CinNoir chat, my co-hosts and I chatted it up about the latest news and happenings in television and film. We started with our movie reviews.


I reviewed the Queen Latifah produced film Brotherly Love which stars one of my faves, Keke Palmer as well as Cory Hardrict and Macy Gray.  Also, Rebecca reviewed the teen horror flick, Unfriended.

We also discussed the Bruce Jenner interview with Diane Sawyer and the trouble surrounding the Adam Sandler project “Ridiculous 6.” Several Native American actors and one consultant walked off set because of the project’s degrading and stereotypical images of Native Americans. Of course we weighed in on the controversy.

In case you missed it, here is the recap:

#CinNoir Chat – Body Diversity on Primetime TV

Primetime television is leading the charge in Hollywood when it comes to body diversity and the images we see of women on a weekly basis.  Shows like Being Mary Jane and  The Mindy Project are going boldly where few have done before.  During the latest #CinNoir chat, my co-hosts Candice, Rebecca and I discussed this new wave of body diversity and the shows that we think are getting it right.


We started by discussing Being Mary Jane and the recent recurring storyline of Mary Jane encouraging her niece, to adopt a healthier lifestyle and lose weight.  In a recent espisode, Mary Jane even insunuated that Neicy need not wear a semi revealing dress because of her size. Body diversity, fat-shaming, and body acceptance are not topics usually discussed on television. For so long, we have been inundated with the blond haired, blue-eyed, thin standard of beauty.  But with the recent influx of more ethnically diverse women on television, we are seeing that there is more than one standard of beauty.

Also, Rebecca reviewed the upcoming documentary Mavis! about the life and career of soul singer Mavis Staples. Check out the trailer:

Mavis! – Documentary Trailer from Film First on Vimeo.

And lastly, we chatted about the Empire season finale.  We dished about the good, the bad, and what we hope to see in season 2.

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In case you missed it, here is the recap: 

International Women’s Day: Making Moves in Hollywood (Cinema In Noir)

International Women’s Day is a yearly celebration acknowledging and honoring the acheivements of women.  This year’s theme is “Make it Happen.”

On the latest edition of Cinema in Noir, my co-hosts and I celebrated International Women’s Day by chatting about the latest female centric tidbits of casting news.  Anika Noni Rose, Nia Long, Paula Patton, and Joy Bryant have all booked pilots for the upcoming television season. These women are making big moves in the world of television.


We also discussed the latest episode of Scandal.  The episode focused on the shooting of an unarmed black teen by a police officer and addressed the issue of race head on.  We also reviewed the premiere episode of the new series American Crime.

Lastly, we shouted out several of our favorite women of color making it happen in Hollywood, behind the scenes and on the web.

So, how did you celebrate International Women’s Day?  What women in Hollywood are making it happen in your opinion?


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#CinNoir – The Evolution of Black Female Characters on TV

Black female characters are reigning supreme in primetime television. During the latest #CinNoir chat, my co-hosts Candice, Rebecca, and I discussed the evolution of the black women on television. From Beulah in the 1950s,  Julia in the 1960s, Florida in the 1970s and Clair in 1980s, we chatted about all the black female characters that we have loved and admired through the years.

black female characters beulah

We also chatted about the black female charaters who are currently on top and the impact they are having on the television scene. Olivia, Cookie, Annalise, Mary Jane…which of these current black female characters  will reach icon status?

Candice also reviewed the new NBC mini-series, The Slap.

In case you missed it, here is the recap:

Who are your favorite black female characters, past and present?

Golden Globe Predictions (Cinema in Noir)

It’s Golden Globe prediction day on Cinema in Noir.   This week we returned from winter break with a show packed with review, news, and the Golden Globe predictions. We began with our review of Fox’s new his show Empire. The show stars Taraji P. Henson, Terrance Howard, and Jussie Smollett.


We then gave Golden Globe predictions for tonight’s telecast.  Listen in to see which ones we got right.


Lastly, we gave our 2015 resolution wish list of trends we hope to see in Hollywood this year and films we are looking forward to seeing.


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My 15 Movie Resolutions for 2015

Happy New Year! It’s only been a few days, but 2015 is shaping up to be an AWESOME year already. As usual, the new year marks a time of reflection and resolutions. This year, I have decided to focus my New Year Resolutions on the movies I watch.  In addition to watching more films, this year I want to expand my personal knowledge of film and  challenge myself to watch films that I usually would not, in genres that I tend to shy away from, and by a more diverse group of filmmakers.  So here are my 15 Movie Resolutions for 2015:

1. Watch 365 New (to me) Films in 365 Days (#TeamNFOTD)


2. Watch at least one documentary a week

3. Watch one throwback film a week (made before 1980)

4. Watch two foreign-language films a month

5. Watch at LEAST one film I vowed NEVER to watch

6. Watch one movie I’ve lied about watching (there are a few…LOL)

7. Watch twelve Academy Award Best Picture winners


8. Watch twelve Best Actor/Actress winning performances

9. Read one screenplay a month

10. Watch one horror film a month

11. Watch one science fiction/fantasy film a month

12. Watch a film trilogy


13. Watch twelve films my first time directors

14. Watch 52 films by a female directors

15. Watch 24 short films

AvaDuVernayCamera2BONUS: Watch, support, talk about, blog about, tell the WORLD about more films directed by and/or written by women of color


 What are your 2015 movie resolutions?