Category Archives: YouTube

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.

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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.

Check it out here:

#WaybackWednesday – Grace Jones on “Day By Day” (1985)

Check out this video I  found on Youtube of the ICONIC Grace Jones in a 1985 interview on the Australian show “Day by Day.”  In the clip the eccentric artist talks about her reputation, and her androgynous persona, and her undefinable sexuality. Check it out:

I LOVE Grace Jones SO much.  She is the epitome of a free black women.  She is the ultimate bodacious black eve 🙂

Happy 90th Birthday Dorothy Dandridge!!

Today would have been Dorothy Dandridge’s 90th birthday.

In honor of this day, I want to shine a spotlight on one of the most recognizable women in cinematic history by sharing some of my favorite Youtube videos that feature the iconic actress.

1. The Biography Channel Mini Biography

2. Dorothy with the Nicolas Brothers performing “Chattanooga Choo Choo” in the film Sun Valley Serenade (1941)

3. Dorothy in Tamango (1950)

4. Dorothy in her Academy Award nominated film Carmen Jones (1954)

5.Introduction to the documentary Little Girl Lost

What is your favorite Dorothy Dandridge moment?