Category Archives: ICYMI

Music and Movies – #CinNoir Chat (ICYMI)

Music and Movies go together like peanut butter and jelly,  mornings and coffee,  Barack and Michelle.  During the latest #CinNoir Chat, my co-hosts and I relived some of our favorite moments in music and movies.  From amazing soundtracks to iconic songs from lackluster films, we discussed it all. We also mentioned some of our favorite movie musicals. Check out a clip from my personal favorite, Dreamgirls.

Additionally, we talked about two upcoming films.  A documentary about the legendary Prince is in the works.  Although it seems a bit soon, I am intrigued to see how the film takes and movies

Also, TV One is producing a biopic on Bobbi Kristina Brown, the late daughter of music icon Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown.

In case you missed the music and movies chat, here is the recap:

#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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#BlackPantherSoLIT – #CinNoir Chat (ICYMI)

During the latest #CinNoir chat, my co-host Rebecca reviewed the film Captain America: Civil War. The film features Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther.  The character and casting news about the upcoming Black Panther movie inspired the hashtag #BlackPantherSoLIT. We discussed the casting and the popularity of the hashtag  with creator @ChadwickNChill.


Lastly, in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, chatted about @StarringJohnCho, the hashtag and social movement dedicated to showing  the world “what it would look like if today’s Hollywood blockbusters cast an Asian-American actor as their leading man.”

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#ICYMI – CONFIMRATION and Whitewashing in GHOST IN THE SHELL (#CinNoir Chat)

During the latest #CinNoir chat, my co-hosts ad I reviewed and discussed several new releases. Among them was the HBO film Confirmation, based on the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court Confirmation hearing and the sexual harassment allegations that followed. The film starred Wendell Pierce as Thomas and my fave Kerry Washington as Anita Hill.


We also chatted about the whitewashing controversy surrounding the upcoming film Ghosts in the Shell as well as Islamaphobia in film and television.

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ICYMI – #CinNoir Chat

During the latest #CinNoir chat, my co-hosts and I reviewed and discussed several new releases and premieres. One of my faves was Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill starring the incomparable Audra McDonald.

#CinNoir Chat
My co-host Candice also reviewed  Eclipsed on Broadway starring Lupita Nyong’o and written by Danai Gurira  (You can read her full review here). We also chatted about Billie Woodruff’s The Perfect Match and season 4 of fan favorite House of Cards.

In case you missed it, here is the recap:

Missed our February Chat? Check it out here

The Force Awakens and #BestOf2015 (#CinNoir Chat)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a certified BLOCKBUSTER. During the latest Cinema in Noir chat, my co-host Rebecca reviewed The Force Awakens, a film that boasts one of the most diverse casts in the franchises history. And it seems that despite a few angry trolls, fans are responding to the film whose cast includes John Boyega and Lupita Nyong’o. So far the film has made over 200 million dollars.

The Force Awakens

We also discussed the hashtag #AAIronfist and the controversy surrounding Marvel only looking at white actors for the lead role in the upcoming Ironfist series. Finally, my co-hosts and I listed our favorite films of 2015.

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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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#CinNoir Chat – WTF Did He/She Say?

During the latest #CinNoir Chat, my co-hosts and I discussed several hot topic issues that have been in the news recently. First we chatted about the news that Chris Rock will be returning to the Oscar stage as host.  This will be the comdian’s second turn on the big stage. He previously hosted in 2005.


We also discussed the controversial comments made by Anthony Mackie and Whoopi Goldberg. Anthony stated that he does not believe that race or gender should matter in choosing a director (you can read his full statement here). Then In other WTF news, Whoopi disagrees with Viola Davis’ historic Emmy speech about the lack of opportunities for women of color (you can read her statement here). Again, I say WTF?  Anthony has become a major attention whore in recent years. It’s really sad because he is a talented actor. And poor Whoopi.  I love her.  God knows I do. But if opportunites were as plentiful as she believes, she would be making movies and NOT hosting The View. But that’s just my opinion. What do you think about their remarks?

Comedian, actress and talk show host Whoopi Goldberg.

Lastly, we chatted about the women of color we would like to see in horror films.

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