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The Reel Critic Roundtable: Black Box, Yellow Rose and The Forty Year Old version

This week the critic talk about three films: Black Box, Yellow Rose & The Forty Year Old Version. In this version we add Carolyn Hinds to the mix of Shawn Edwards, Kathia Woods and myself. We discussed, debated and had some fun. Check us out!

The Reel Critic Roundtable: On The Rocks, The Boys In The band and The Way I See It

This week the conversation got a bit heated and it wasn’t me. The fire came when discussing The Boys In The Band. Did we like it? well check out the discussion. We also talked about the romantic dramady On The Rocks. And talking about romance Peter Souza’s The Way I See It is a love letter to President Barack Obama and we talk about the bro-mance.

The Reel Critic Roundtable: Antebellum & Alone

This week the critics discuss Antebellum and Alone. Shawn Edwards declares this week a bad week for women and Kathia Woods and Lonita Cook agreed citing these too films as problematic. I chimed in too so check out the show and let us know your thoughts.

The Reel Critic Roundtable: Chadwick Boseman Impact, Tenet & Mulan

The week the critics discuss Tenet and Mulan. But before Kathia Woods, Shawn Edwards, Sharronda Williams and myself talked movies, we were joined by Michele Prettyman Ph.D. (Assistant Professor Mercer University Scholar of Film, Race and Visual CultureMedia Consultant) and Terri Prettyman Bowles (writer, content curator and a co-founder of Daughters of Eve Media) to talk about the loss and the impact of Chadwick Boseman. suffice it to say, while he will be missed he left a footprint that will live forever.

The Critics discuss Chadwick Boseman, Tenet and Mulan

The Reel Critic Roundtable: The Personal Life Of David Copperfield, Words On Bathroom Walls and Social Unrest impact on entertainment

This week the critics talk about two movies, The Personal Life of David Copperfield and Words on Bathroom Walls. And you guessed it, there was no consensus. This discussion was all the way live. Reggie’s critic for a minute, well maybe more than a minute, was about the stress and trauma of this moment of racial awakening. Later, all the critics weigh in on what role critics can play during these very difficult times.

The Reel Critic Roundtable: The role & importance of Black critics and The personal Life of David Copperfield & Words on Bathroom Walls

The Reel Critic Roundtable: Work It & Black Is King

This week the critics (Shawn Edwards, Kathis Woods, Carolyn Hinds and myself) talk about the Netflix movie Work It and the Disney+ presentation Black Is King. We also talk about how creating content is not just good for the greater community by presenting diverse images but it is also good for business. Finally we look at black networks like Bounce, Aspire, TV One & Own and what they need to survive. And we had a special guest, fashionista and dancer extraordinaire, Bobbi Ponder.

The Reel Critic Roundtable: Work It & Black Is King

LOVE Hair Love

I got a chance to catch up with Matthew Cherry, director of the Oscar Nominated Best Animated Short film, Hair Love at the African American Film Critic Association Awards where he was award Breakthrough Director. I also spoke to Producer Karen Rupert Toliver and Directors Everett Downing jr and Bruce W. Smith.

I’m going to post the interviews but nothing can say it better than the actual film. This Film is SO IMPORTANT, SO FANTASTIC and SO TOUCHING. This should be seen by all and I hope it inspires, encourages and breaks down barriers. A towering achievement for such a short film. It connects personally, culturally and universally. MUCH LOVE to HAIR LOVE

Here’s the film

Here’s Matthew Cherry and I talking about the film

Here I am talking to Producer Karen Rupert Toliver and Directors Everett Downing jr and Bruce W. Smith.

WakandaCon: Reggie Ponder catches up with Allison Manswell – connecting the Black Panther Movie to lessons we can use in our careers

 

 

DOPE writer/director Rick Famuyiwa and cast members talk about new film

Rick Famuyiwa, Kiersey Clemons and Allen Maldonado talk to Reggie Ponder, about their new film, DOPE.

DOPE is shared at the 2015 ABFF

That’s right, Dope was shared at the 2015 ABFF. But not puff, puff, pass, pass or snort or sniff, or even shoot up. It was ingested in cinematic form, that is. While I can’t review the film yet, I can say the stars came out and even had fun at the Old School party with D-Nice on the one’s and two’s.

Taraji P Henson with Jeff Friday and Butch Graves

Taraji P Henson with Jeff Friday and Butch Graves

Rick Famuyiwa 2015 ABFF

Rick Famuyiwa 2015 ABFF

Taraji P Henson with Jeff Friday and Butch Graves

Taraji P Henson with Jeff Friday and Butch Graves

 Rick Famuyiwa 2015 ABFF with Reggie Ponder

Rick Famuyiwa 2015 ABFF with Reggie Ponder

Quincy Brown @ABFF

Quincy Brown @ABFF

Quincy Brown @ABFF 2

Quincy Brown @ABFF 2

Kiersey Clemons at 2015 ABFF

Kiersey Clemons at 2015 ABFF

Kiersey Clemons with Reggie Ponder

Kiersey Clemons with Reggie Ponder

Jenifer Lewis @ 2015 ABFF & Reggie Ponder

Jenifer Lewis with Reggie Ponder

Jenifer Lewis @ ABFF

Jenifer Lewis @ ABFF

Chanel Iman @ 2015 ABFF

Chanel Iman @ 2015 ABFF

Bevy Smith @ ABFF 2015

Bevy Smith @ ABFF 2015

Allen Maldonado @ 2015 ABFF

Allen Maldonado @ 2015 ABFF