I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

Each time I have watched this, I walk away thinking the same thing I thought when I watched 13th, Selma, Hidden Figures, Loving and so many other films covering the experience of people of color our country.  The more things change...the more they stay the same.

James Baldwin could see this even when he began writing this unfinished piece compiled of his notes chronicling encounters with Medger Evers, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X allowing viewers to explore and experience a fresh, yet familiar narrative of the radical perspective and current tension in America as we knew it then and today.

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Let It Fall

Let It Fall

Remembering the L.A. Riots and the Rodney King beating vividly, I was surprised to become enlightened about all the elements and incidents that were popping off.  I had no idea that a young LatashaHarlins was shot in the head over some orange juice by the shop owner.  No idea that Karen Toshima, a budding artist, was gunned down in Westwood.  No idea that James Mincey, Jr. was murdered based on the stereotype that he "looked" "big and threatening" or that innocent families had their homes ransacked for drugs leaving their abode inhabitable.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

For decades, scientists had been collecting tissue samples from patients without consent, searching for cells that could live outside the human body.  In 1951, Henrietta Lacks entered a hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and everything changed.

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Born In China

Born In China

In celebration of Earth Day,  DisneyNature  releases  "Born In China."  This remarkable documentary is narrated by John Krasinski and takes audiences on a breathtaking journey into the wilds of China.

Directed by Chinese filmmaker Lu Chuan, produced by Disney’s Roy Conli and renowned nature filmmakers Brian Leith and Phil Chapman, "Born In China" shows an authentic side of nature in China that global audiences have never seen before,” says director Lu Chuan.   “These animals are metaphors.  They give birth, like we do and do their best to raise their cubs, like we do.  They succeed and they fail. Their drive to do what is best for their families resonates with all of us.”

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Smurfs: The Lost Village

Smurfs:  The Lost Village

If Beyoncé' lit a match under millennial women with her concept album "Lemonade", Smurfette is the ringleader for  the Female Smurf Nation.  At least until she stumbles upon the "lost village", which is saturated with female Smurfs.  These dolls have a strong sense of self, confidence and identity.  For all these reasons and more, Smurfs:  The Lost Village will really strike a chord with young girls.

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Beauty and The Beast

Beauty and The Beast

Love and stories about love never go out of style.  These types of stories make us sentimental,  long for a lost love or a love that was never to be realized.  Disney's Beauty and Beast stays true to form with this latest incarnation of  "a tale as old as time"!

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#inspiringWomanPBS Maya: And Still I Rise

#inspiringWomanPBS Maya:  And Still I Rise

We don't know the heartbreak of never having a lifetime love.  We don't know how isolating and lonely it is to be a strong, intelligent, independent black woman.  We don't know what it is to balance love for a parent, even when that parent treats you as if you have rocks for a brain.  These are the Maya Angelou private images that we would never know...until now.

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An Inconvenient Sequel - Truth to Power

An Inconvenient Sequel - Truth to Power

Al Gore has been instrumental in keeping the conversation front and center, but like any issue that reaps the benefits of government assistance, he has been met with resistance and criticism from likely and unlikely sources.  His biggest critic? The 45th President of the United States - Donald J. Trump.  Trump has gleefully boasted that global warming is a hoax and at one point demanded that Gore's Nobel Peace Prize be taken away.

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Marches, Trump, The Blackhouse and HBCU's at the Forefront of Sundance 2017

Marches, Trump, The Blackhouse and HBCU's at the Forefront of Sundance 2017

Hosted by Jessica Williams, the 2017 awards ceremony was a celebration of independent film, but also a detestation of the new administration of President Donald Trump.   With Executive Orders banning citizens from a number of Muslim majority countries from entering the U.S. for the next several months and more, his January 20 inauguration threw a shadow over the festival, coming one day after this year’s Robert Redford-founded shindig kicked off.

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Stranger Things hit SAG Awards with Viola Making History and Hidden Figures Blasting Off

Stranger Things hit SAG Awards with Viola Making History and Hidden Figures Blasting Off

The Screen Actors Guild Awards are always a highlight of the award season because the love comes directly from the acting community.  Needless to say, actors showed up and showed out casting their Ensemble votes for Hidden Figures and giving Fences mad love by honoring Best Actor Denzel Washington with his very first "actor" along with Mahershala Ali  for Best Supporting Actor (Moonlight) and Supporting Actress Viola Davis for her mind-blowing performance in Fences.  Davis is making history all over the place in 2017.  

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SLEEPLESS

SLEEPLESS

In Sleepless, Jamie Foxx plays a cop who gives the impression that he is trying to tag in on a deal to "get rich quick".  Unfortunately, for him, that deal goes all kinds of wrong and leads to a "sleepless" night of action mind-games and survival by any means necessary.

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Bright Lights: RIP Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

Bright Lights:    RIP Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

As many people have seen in numerous posts over the years, I unequivocably love my mother.  She's my sheroe.  She taught me that it was never too late in life to accomplish ANYTHING.  She is one of the bravest women I know, loves me unconditionally and sometimes behaves as if she doesn't want to ever let me grow up.  One day, as we prepared to go out somewhere, she was tugging on my clothes annoying me to no end.  Being a smartass I quipped, "You're always going to be my mother aren't you?".  She quickly snapped, "Well, what did you expect...of course I am".

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One Piece Film: Gold

Musicals are the "it" thing this year and even the anime game is getting in on the action with the release of Funimation Films...One Piece Film:  Gold!  The opening montage is complete with a Swinging Big Band, showgirls, kick lines and pirates ships.  The Gran Tesoro, where most of the action is set, reminds me of a golden version  The Venetian Hotel on the Vegas strip.  Aboard the Gran Tesoro, where it rains gold upon a golden river, The Straw Hat pirates become enamored with their VIP status and 300 Million dollars line of credit.  However, deception is king and the crew soon discovers that all that glitters is NOT gold.

Based on the wildly popular hit anime manga and television series, One Piece Film: Gold  follows the Straw Hat pirates to the big screen in an all-new high-flying adventure. The Batman-like graphics, slot machine sound effects and high-octane music keep the energy of this entertaining flick moving and grooving.

Originally a Japanese manga series, One Piece was adapted into a television series by Toei Animation (Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Super, Sailor Moon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Digimon) that has since aired over 760 episodes. As of August 2016, the original manga series has more than 380 million copies printed worldwide – the best-selling manga series in history.

 

The new film One Piece Film: Gold is a standalone film that does not require new audiences to be familiar with previous content to enjoy the thrill of this new adventure.  Do the Straw Hat pirates luck turn them into billionaires?  Or,  are they turned into gold slaves?  You can find out for yourself when On Piece Film:  gold begins its North American Release begins TODAY  through January 17th.   Click Here to Grab Tickets to One Piece Film: Gold

 

 

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

Hidden Figures and Fences Get No BAFTA Love - 2017 BAFTA Nominations

Hidden Figures and Fences Get No BAFTA Love - 2017 BAFTA Nominations

BAFTA nominations were announced today and the love toward American artists in general was a little less than stellar.  American Cinema has always outstretched our arms embracing artists from other countries...particularly the Brits.  How many times have we nominated Dames Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, Emma Thompson or Sir Anthony Hopkins?

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FENCES

FENCES

Recreating their award-winning roles, Davis and Washington are masterful as Rose and Troy.  Set in 1950's Pittsburgh, we watch the demise of a family unit for a variety of complex, yet familiar reasons.  Troy (Washington) constantly relives his days from the Negro Baseball League with the realization that his life as a sanitation worker are less that what he dreamed for himself and his family.

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MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Manchester By The Sea is taking this American Cinema award season by storm...literally.  With award-winning performances by Casey Affleck and Lucas Hedges, the audience is taken on the journey of what it feels like to have to go back home when a tragedy strikes.

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