Category Archives: Cinema in Noir

Q & A with Gina Prince-Bythewood (Cinema in Noir)

Gina Prince-Bythewood is one of my FAVORITE directors.  On the latest edition of Cinema in Noir, my co-host Candice and I had the opportunity to chat with Gina about her series Shots Fired.  At Cinema in Noir, we have been very vocal about how much we LOVE the limited edition series, so this was a treat.


During the conversation, Gina spoke about the decision to delve into television, re-teaming with her Love and Basketball star, Sanaa Lathan and what it was like filming in my hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. It was an insightful conversation. Although it will be bittersweet, I can not wait to see how the story concludes when the season finale of Shots Fired airs on May 24.


We kicked the show off with my review of the film Everything, Everything.  Directed by Stella Meghie, the film stars Amandla Stenberg, Anika Noni Rose, and Nick Robinson.  Based on the young adult novel by Nicola Yoon, the film is a coming of age love story about a girl forced into seclusion due to a rare illness and her desire to experience life.

We also chatted about the upcoming Wonder Woman film and the lack of promotion we have seen for the film.

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Tribeca Review, Shots Fired and Dear White People (Cinema in Noir)

On the latest edition of Cinema in Noir, my co-host Candice gave her review on some of the films that debuted at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The one that I am most excited about is The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson.

I first heard about the LGBT activist a few years ago and can not wait to see her story on the big screen.  You can check out Candice’s review here.

We also chatted about two shows that people are talking about.  The first is Shots Fired.


The show is created and executive produced by power couple Reggie Rock Bythewood and Gina Prince-Bythewood. It stars Sanaa Lathan and centers around a small town that is the scene of racial discord after a black police officer shoots an unarmed white teen.

We also chatted about Dear White People, the new Netflix series that is based on the 2014 film of the same name.

The show hilariously tackles the black experience on an Ivy League campus.

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#CinNoir Award Nominations Round-Up (The Best and Worst of 2016)

Tis the season for award nominations galore.  On this week’s edition of Cinema in Noir, we chatted about the NAACP Image Award nominations in addition to the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and the Independent Spirit Award nominations.  There has been an abundance of great film and television this year. The nomination lists provide a diverse group of nominees.

Award Nominations

NAACP Image Awards 

The NAACP Image Awards always acknowledge the underappreciated black talent that doesn’t get the mainstream recognition they deserve. And this year is no different.  The Best Comedy Series category is the most exciting.  The nominees include five of the best shows on television: Atlanta, black-ish, The Carmichael Show, Insecure, and Survivor’s Remorse. Tika Sumpter is nominated for her work in the film Southside With You. Shout out to my soror, Twitter homie, and BFF (in my head).

Golden Globes and SAG Awards

These two are basically the same lists.  The film Loving . It is without question one of the best films of the year.  Ruth Negga’s performance is understated perfection. I am glad both received nominations.   Also, Issa Rae and Tracee Ellis Ross made history with their nominations. They are the first black women nominated in the Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy category in over 30 years.  The last time a black woman was nominated in the category was 1984 when Debbie Allen, Nell Carter, and Isabel Sanford were nominated.

Independent Spirit Awards

The Independent Spirit Awards are always fun to watch because I am introduced to films I have not seen and some I’ve never even heard of.  Shout out to a few of my faves: Ava DuVernay, whose documentary The 13th is nominated in the Best Documentary category, Edwina Findley who is nominated in the Best Supporting  Female category for her work in the film Free Indeed, and Stella Meghie who is nominated for Best First Screenplay for her film, Jean of the Jones.

The #CinNoirAwards – The Best and Worst of 2016

We ended the show with our yearly round-up of our personal picks for the Best and Worst of 2016. As usual, you can expect some films that you may not see on other mainstream Best of lists.

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Fall 2016 TV Preview and Our Fave Actors Under 25 (Cinema in Noir)

The Fall 2016 television season is upon us!  Tonight, my co-hosts and I will be live-tweeting the Emmy telecast as we root for some of our favorites who are nominated.
5da611e5-5d70-4b0e-b77d-982668a4b23cThe fall 2016 season officially kicks off tomorrow with the premiere of many new and returning shows.

Last week on  Cinema in Noir, we talked about the shows we are most looking forward to this fall 2016 season. The most highly anticipated show of the season is Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar, which premiered on September 6. Rebecca and I reviewed the show which is a joy to watch. Additionally, Rebecca reviewed Atlanta and the Netflix series Luke Cage.

Fall 2016

Other shows I am looking forward to include Issa Rae’s Insecure, NBC’s Parenthoodesque This is Us.  Also, I am super excited about Pitch.  Kylie Bunbury stars as the first woman to play professional baseball. Finally, the TV adaptation of Lethal Weapon is also on my list of shows I am looking forward to.

We are witnessesing a boom in the number of talented young actors working in Hollywood. Due to this resurgence, we chatted about some of our favorite actors under 25. Most noteworthy, include Ethan Hutchison and the entire younger cast of ABC’s blackish.

Fall 2016

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Tony Awards Preview and Remembering Muhammad Ali (Cinema in Noir)

The Tony Awards are TONIGHT!! On the latest edition of Cinema and Noir, my co-hosts and I chatted about the 2016 nominees, the shows we are most excited about and Broadways ongoing commitment to diverse and inclusive casts.

Eclipsed Tony Awards

Of course,  the show I am most rooting for tonight is the groundbreaking musical Hamilton.  With a 16nominations, it is expected to win big.  But I am also hoping Eclipsed and The Color Purple get some love tonight.

Tony Awrds

We also remember the late Muhammad Ali who passes away June 3, 2016. We talked about Hollywood’s treatment of The Champ and discussed the films and documentaries that best explored his life and career.

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Beyonce’s LEMONADE and the Black Feminist Film (Cinema In Noir)

LEMONADE, Beyonce’s recently released visual album and film almost broke the internet when it debuted on HBO on August 23. On the latest edition of Cinema in Noir, my co-hosts and I discussed LEMONADE,  it’s representations of black feminism, artistic celebrations of black women, and of course Becky with the good hair.  We also discussed other films and television shows that exemplify the black feminist tradition that LEMONADE follows (Eve’s Bayou, Something New, Living Single). Lemonade

May is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To commemorate the month, we discussed cinematic representations of illness and grief.  One of my faves is Ava DuVernay’s I WILL FOLLOW.  The film is an excellent meditation on grief for those left after someone passes. I highly recommend it. lemonade and grief

We also discussed one filmmaker in particular who seems to continuously miss the mark (#TylerPerryMovieCancer)

Also, in addition to the lastest film news, we discussed the recently released trailer to SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU, the film that reimagines Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date in Chicago back in 1989.  The film, which is directed by Richard Tanne, stars my fave Tika Sumpter and newcomer Parker Sawyers and is produced by John Legend. I  am SO excited about this film.  It got solid reviews at Sundance this year and I look forward to seeing the story on the big screen.  To quote my co-host Candice, SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU could be the blerd romance we’ve been waiting for.”  You  can check out the trailer here:

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My Movie Resolutions of 2016 (Cinema in Noir)

Resolutions are usually broken by February.  Last year, I posted an extensive and detailed 15 point list of my 2015 Movie Resolutions.  Honestly, I abandoned the list before February 1st.  This year, I vow to take a simpler approach to my movie resolutions. Below are my personal resolutions. It is my hope that these will make me a better movie watcher and a better movie blogger.

2016 Resolutions

Watch 365 New (to me) Films in 365 Days (#TeamNFOTD) – This is a yearly goal for me. I have not accomplished it yet, but I feel like this may be my year. 2016 resolutions


Watch more foreign films. I am especially interested in those that spotlight the black experience in other countries.


Expand #BlackWomenDirect. It’s more than a hashtag, it’s a movement.


Write and blog more. Self explanatory.


Watch, support and share  more films directed by and/or written by women of color. Between this space here and Cinema in Noir on Blog Talk Radio, I hope to expland the conversation of women of color in film both in front of and behind the camera.

Team Cinema in Noir Resolutions

In case you missed it, on the latest edition of Cinema in Noir, my cohosts Candice, Rebecca and I discussed the film trends we want to see sustained over the course of 2016. We also gave our personal movie resolutions. Lastly, we discussed the 2016 Golden Globe nominees and our hopes for the winners.


Breaking Down the 2015 GLAAD TV Report (Cinema In Noir)

On the latest edition of Cinema in Noir my cohosts and I break down the 2015 GLAAD TV Report. The “Where We Are” GLAAD TV Report is a yearly update on LGBT representation on network, cable, and for he first time, streaming services Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon.


While some strides  have been made, the report shows that LGBT characters of color as well as transgender characters still have a ways to go.  The report also shows that the quality of the storylines featuring LGBT characters are at times problematic.

We also discussed the fate of fan favorite Glenn (played by Steve Yeun) on The Walking Dead.  There has been much debate over the fate of the character who was last seen beneath a pile of zombies.

However, his fate has yet to be revealed.  There are MANY theories regarding whether he is or isn’t…only time will tell.

In addition to film and casting news, my cohosts Rebecca and Candice also reviewed Aziz Ansari’s new series Master of None.

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Fall Television 2015 (Cinema in Noir)

The Fall Television 2015 season is set to kick off this week. In preparation, on the latest edition of Cinema in Noir, my co-hosts and I chatted about the series we are looking forward to returning and the new shows we HOPE live up to expectations.

Fall Television 2015

In addition to returning favorites like Shondaland’s TGIT (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder), black-ish, and Empire, we are looking forward to new series like Rosewood, The Minority Report, and Scream Queens.

Fall Television 2015

We also dicussed the possible return of the black sitcom. The Fall Television 2015 season was preceeded by the success of two summer sitcoms on NBC, The Carmichael Show and the recently cancelled Mr. Robinson.

THE CARMICHAEL SHOW -- Season: Pilot -- Pictured: (l-r) Lil Rel Howery as Bobby Carmichael, Loretta Devine as Cynthia Carmichael, Jerrod Carmichael as Himself, David Alan Grier as Joe Carmichael, Amber West as Maxine -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Additionally with the Tichina Arnold helmed Survivor’s Remorse on Starz, TV One’s, Born Again Virgin, and a slew of series on Bounce TV, it seems that we may be in the midst of a resurgence in the popularity of the black sitcom. What do you think?


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A Chat with Tichina Arnold (Cinema in Noir)

Tichina Arnold is a awesome. After watching her on the small and big screen in a career that has lasted nearly 30 years with no signs of slowing down, I figured as much. But after chatting with her on the latest edition of Cinema in Noir, I am further convinced of her awesomeness.  Tichina Arnold Main Shot

My Tichina Arnold obsession began in 1986 the first time I saw the greatest movie EVER made, Little Shop of Horrors. During our chat, I asked Tichina about making the film and whether or not she and the cast knew the film would become a cult classic.

Tichina Arnold
Michelle Weeks, Tisha Campbell, Tichina Arnold, 1986, © Warner Brothers

My co-hosts and I also asked Tichina about her latest role as Cassie Calloway on the hit Starz series, Survivor’s Remorse and how the character is resonating with fans.

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The down to earth actress also reminised with us about fan favorites Martin and Everybody Hates Chris. The consummate entertainer also talked about and her desire to bring the life story of Sarah Vaughn to the screen, her Broadway dreams, and hopes to put together a one woman show.  Lastly, she discussed her work with the We Win Foundation, an organization she established with her sister to raise awareness about lupus. It was a great interview. Tichina Arnold is the real deal.

Keiynan Lonsdale

We also checked in with our friend Jamie of Black Girl Nerds about the controversy surrounding the casting of black actor Keiynan Lonsdale in the role of Wally West on the CW series, The Flash. This week, dudebro angst was at an all time high, despite the fact  news regarding Wally being black was announced over a year ago.


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