Happy Birthday Dr. King!

Story As a student at Howard University, I remember well the day the 2nd historic March on Washington happened.  It was arctic cold and Dr. King's birthday was still not recognized like the national holiday we know today.  There were a few states holding out, so the March on Washington happened spearheaded by Stevie Wonder who penned s song for the occasion.

Ironically enough, it was President Ronald Reagan who signed the bill into existence on November 2, 1983 with his widow Coretta Scott King present for this historic occasion.

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In celebration of Dr. King and his legacy, here is a list of films chronicling the life of this man along with his famous speeches "Mountaintop" and "I Have a Dream"

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King: Man of Peace in a Time of War

 

You can also catch the made for television series by PBS - Eyes On The Prize on Amazon.com and a King movie especially made for children...

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Enjoy, Embrace and Remember although much progress is made...we still have a long way to go.  Nominated for two Academy Awards this year, SELMA is the recent film specifically dealing with the infamous Montgomery, Alabama march and is in theaters now.  For my review...click on the link below

Review:  SELMA

 

 

 

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!!!

#TBT Clear And Present Danger

images-1 Tom Clancy became one of the best-selling writers of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries, starting with the publication of his 1984 thriller, The Hunt for Red October (1990) by the Naval Institute Press in 1984. The hardcover sold 45,000 copies, an amazing amount for a first novel from a publishing house peddling its first book of fiction, but the paperback -- boosted by a strong recommendation from President Ronald Reagan -- sold two million copies..  In all, he wrote 28 books, mostly fiction but also, military themed non-fiction books. Clancy placed 17 books on the New York Times Best Seller List, many of which hit #1. His oeuvre accounted for sales of 100 million copies, making him one of the all-time most popular writers in history.

Clancy was successful lending his name and ideas to video games, and his video game company Red Storm Entertainment was bought out for $45 million in 2000. Movies adapted from Clancy's works racked up $786.5 million at the box office.  By the time 1994 came along, he was to "go to guy" for having his books adapted for the screen.

Clear and Present Danger starring Harrison Ford, Willem DaFoe and Anne Archer would go on to be the most successful of his films being nominated for two Academy Awards.

Here is a trailer and look at one of Harrison Ford's most popular roles and Tom Clancy's  "Clear and Present Danger"

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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!!!

Review FREE ANGELA

MV5BMTY1ODk4MDk2M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzYyOTUwOQ@@._V1._SX95_SY140_Growing up I remember the images of radical Communist UCLA professor Angela Davis with her big afro, gapped teeth and serious demeanor.  What I didn't remember was why the mere mention of her name caused such a stir. FREE ANGELA, produced by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, along with Grammy winning rapper Jay-Z is a documentary that chronicles the life of young college professor Angela Davis, and how her social activism implicates her in a botched kidnapping attempt that ends with a shootout, four dead, and her name on the FBI's 10 most wanted list.

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It also chronicles a time in American history when political unrest and racial injustice were at its height.  Nixon was in office, J. Edgar Hoover was running things over at the FBI and future POTUS Ronald Reagan were all using this case to make names for themselves.  The ultimate state punishment was thrown at Davis, the most threatening of Black people, at a time when the state felt most threatened. This is within ten years of the murders of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, John F. and Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.  At the end of the day, this case ultimately came down to the the Second Amendment's right to bear arms...an issue that is still prevalent today.

I believe the biggest issues that Americans (mainly white americans) had with Angela Davis were simply obvious.  Davis was educated at Brandeis University, spent a great deal of time in Europe (where she learned to speak fluent German), she was a popular professor of philosophy at a prestigious institution of higher learning and came from a very affluent middle-class upbringing.  She was not from "the hood" speaking broken English and collecting welfare or unemployment from the state.  She WAS, however, an extremely bright young woman who openly declared her membership to the Communist Party.  Being a Communist was not a popular association for Americans...no matter what race (remember the McCarthy hearings in the 50's?)

Not to mention the fact the during her trial, the prosecution insinuated that she be convicted for not only bearing the arms that resulted in lives lost, but that she did so based on her love for a political prisoner by the name of George Jackson.  They claimed her judgement was so clouded that she would've done anything for them to be together.  That in and of itself is extremely chavaunistic and preposterous.  Did they really think that an Ivy League educated woman was so in love that her judgment was really that clouded?

Ms. Davis got on the stand in her own defense and basically expressed that exact same sentiment.  What was at stake?  Angela Davis, if convicted, faced four counts of murder carrying three life sentences along with it.  Evidently, the all-white jury related with Angela and she was acquitted on all counts.

Where is Angela Davis today?  Today, she is in high demand as a Guest Speaker around the world and spends most of her time dedicated to the support of other political prisoners.

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FREE ANGELA is an enlightening, inspiring and heart wrenching account of how one person can make a difference and how one person can change the course of history and life as we and THEY know it.  You can catch this documentary on NETFLIX, HULU or YOUTUBE.

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!!!