#CinNoir Chat – Chris Rock Talks Race (ICYMI)

During the latest #CinNoir chat, my co-hosts Candice and Rebecca reviewed the films The Babadook, Wild, and Black Or White.


We were also joined by our friend Omar Moore of The Popcorn Reel.  We discussed Chris Rock’s piece on race for The Hollywood Reporter. Lastly, Omar gave us his predictions for the upcoming Oscar nominations.

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ICYMI – The Thanksgiving Edition of Cinema in Noir

Thanksgiving just passed and the holiday season is upon us. On the latest edition of Cinema in Noir, my co-hosts and I celebrated the Thanksgiving Holiday by chatting about the Hollywood movies, shows, stars, and trends that we are most thankful for.


We are thankful for TGIT

In addition to the latest casting and film news, my co-host Rebecca reviewed The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 while my co-host Candice and I reviewed the Nicole Beharie film My Last Day Without You.


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#CinNoir Chat: Black Love and Beyond the Lights

Beyond the Lights has arrived! And today my Cinema in Noir co-hosts and I focused our bi-weekly #CinNoir chat. around the film.  We started with our reviews the Gina Prince Bythewood directed film Beyond the Lights and the Lifetime biopic Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B.


We also discussed portrayals of Black love on the big screen and chatted about some of our favorite black love stories.

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ICYMI: Remembering Girlfriends (Cinema In Noir)

On the last Cinema In Noir podcast, my co-host Candice and I chatted about one of our favorite television series, Girlfriends. Recently there has been a lot of buzz about a the possibility of a big screen version of the show that starred Tracee Ellis Ross, Jill Marie Jones, Golden Brooks, and Persia White.


In a recently interview, Girlfriends creator, Mara Brock Akil stated that she wants to do a Girlfriends movie but ultimately the decision lies with CBS Paramount, the company that owns the rights to the show.

Mara creator of Girlfriends

We also listed some of our favorite television shows that we believe were cancelled too soon and deserve to be revived. In addition, we also discussed the highly anticipated trailer to the film Selma that was released this week.


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The Black Woman on TV: Making Room for Imperfection (Cinema in Noir)

The black woman is more visible than ever on primetime television. On the latest edition of Cinema in Noir, my co-hosts and I have a spirited conversation about making room on the television landscape for the new black woman. Today, characters like Olivia Pope, Annalise Keating, and Mary Jane Paul represent a more flawed reality than their television predecessors.

black woman, Annalise Keating, Olivia Pope, Mary Jane Paul

The discussion was inspired by a Crunk Feminist Collective article called Clair Huxtable is Dead: On Slaying the Cosbys and Making Space for Liv, Annalise, and Mary Jane. The writer suggests that the time has come to let go of the ideal black woman on television. She wants us to slay the legacy of Clair Huxtable and embrace the complicated and flawed black woman that exists in the lives of this new generation of characters.

But I have questions. Do we have to kill Clair for Annalise to  live? When talking about the black woman, why is it a matter of either/or and NOT both? Does this type of discussion occur when talking about male characters?  As you may expect, my co-hosts and I have our own thoughts on the situation.

Also, in honor of Halloween we listed some of our favorite women in the genre. We also discussed the  Gotham Award nominations that were announced last week. Congrats to Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Tessa Thompson on their nominations!


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ISSA Talks with Gina Prince-Bythewood and Lena Waithe

Black girls REALLY do rock.

Gina Prince-Bythewood, Issa Rae, Lena Waithe

Issa Rae, one of my faves and former Cinema in Noir guest, recently launched Issa Talks on her YouTube channel.  In the first installment she chats with writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood and writer/producer Lena Waithe.  The women discussed their initial meeting, the influence of music in their work and the journey to getting their latest projects (Beyond the Lights and Dear White People, respectively) made.

I can not say enough WONDERFUL things about this series of videos.  I have been a HUGE fan of Gina Prince-Bythewood since I saw Love and Basketball back in 2000. And I have been raving about Lena Waithe since I discovered one of my favorite webseries, Hello Cupid, which she co-created. It is really cool to get to know these women behind the camera.

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#CinNoir Chat 10.19.2014 (ICYMI)

Today, my Cinema in Noir co-hosts and I hosted our bi-weekly #CinNoir chat. During the chat,  my co-host Candice reviewed the new releases Dear White People and Birdman.


We also discussed the new series Jane the Virgin as well as the latest groundbreaking episode of How to Get Away with Murder and the season premiere of The Walking Dead.

In case you missed it, here is the recap:

Fall TV Review (Cinema in Noir)

Fall TV is upon us and it’s really, REALLY good. On the latest edition of Cinema in Noir, my co-hosts and I reviewed the best this Fall TV season has given us so far. From returning shows like Sleepy Hollow and Scandal, to new shows like Gotham, Black-ish, and How to Get Away With Murder, the Fall TV line-up has given us some solid premieres.

In addition to giving us comedy, great drama and fast paced action, the Fall TV line-up is full of diversity.  Jada Pinkett Smith, Lorraine Toussaint, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Viola Davis are all making their mark this Fall TV season.  Each woman, in her own way is expanding the image of black women on television with their remarkable performances and unforgettable characters.

Also find out which former teen actor will be making his return to television on the highly anticipated season on The Walking Dead.


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ICYMI: Social Justice Films and Television (Cinema in Noir)

Social justice is a topic that is constantly at the forefront of the media.  On the latest edition of Cinema in Noir, my co-hosts and I dedicated the majority of the show to the exploring the theme of social justice.  We started by chatting with Shanelle Little. Like the majority of the country, Shanelle has spent the last week watching the volatile situation in Ferguson, MI.  She noticed that many celebrities who usually have so much to say about everything were suddenly silent.  So Shanelle decided to keep a running list of celebrities who decided to use their social media platform to tackle the issues of social justice (including Jesse Williams, John Legend, and Kerry Wasington).  We also discussed whether a celebrity has a responsibility to comment on matters of social justice.

Social Justice TV

In keeping with the theme of social justice, the ladies and I listed some of our favorite social justice films and television series.  At the top of the list, is the WeTV series The Divide.  We all agree that it is one of the best shows on television right now.  The Divide handles the theme of social justice in a fresh and exciting way (Best explained here).

Social Justice Movie

Some of my other favorites include American Violet, Fruitvale Station , and the documentaries Let the Fire Burn and The Spies of Mississippi.

In addition to covering the latest news in film and television, my co-host Rebecca reviewed the film Expendables 3.

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