#TBF Higher Learning

HigherLearning(1).jpgWith so much talk this week about Oscars and lack of diversity there was a time when things started to look up for black people in behind and in front of the camera.  Spike Lee made folks sit up and notice, but it was a homegrown Southern Californian that would push the envelope a step further . John Singleton was like a shiny, new penny in Hollywood when he burst onto the scene as the director of Boyz in the Hood, which, garnered him an Oscar nomination.  Most of his characters were from South Central L.A. and were depicting a life that most Americans were not familiar with in other parts of the country.

Singleton jump-started the careers and introduced us to Cuba Gooding, Jr., Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Ice-Cue, Regina King, Tupuc Shakur and so many more...

Later this year, Singleton is slated to direct a feature film on Tupac Shakur, who starred alongside a young Janet Jackson in Poetic Justice, in June of this year.

However, it was Higher Learning that put Michael Rapport, Kristy Swanson, Tyra Banks and pre-Oscar winning Jennifer Connolly in a drama that made us all question the knowledge.

Let's question the knowledge one more time and go back to college with Higher Learning

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE4BdijGtu4

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!!!