MV5BMTUzMzU1MTA0N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMjY3MDgwMDE@._V1._SX94_SY140_My Mom loves to tell me the story of how after watching "The Miracle Worker", I walked around the house pretending to be blind for .  She should've known then that she had an actress under her roof.  As we know, this film is the bio-pic of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan.  What we don't know is that the well where Helen first learned to sign "water" is located in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Hall created the "Muscle Shoals sound" and The Swampers, the house band at FAME that eventually left to start their own successful studio, known as Muscle Shoals Sound. Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals' magnetism, mystery and why it remains influential today.

The legendary rock band Lynard Skynard actually has a lyric in "Sweet Home Alabama" that says "...muscle shoals has got the swampers..."

MUSCLE SHOALS is a documentary that lefts the veil off of a part of American music history only privy to those  musicians and artists lucky enough to record there.  It's been said that everyone that records there comes away with a hit.  Treat yourself, grab some popcorn and take a trip down to Muscle won't regret it.


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, 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!!!