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Keesha Boyd Talks To Reggie Ponder About Comcast’s Commitment To African American Content

Keesha Boyd, Executive Director, Multicultural Consumer Services, spoke with ReggiePonder, The Reel Critic, about movies and Comcast’s commitment to African American content.

Orlando Bishop Talks About His TVOne Movie, Dinner For Two.

Reggie Ponder speaks with writer/director Orlando Bishop about his new TVOne film Dinner for Two.Screen Shot 2018-08-31 at 5.24.44 PM

 

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

 

 

It’s Been An Odd Summer Movie Season: Reggie Ponder talks summer with Central Time WPR on NPR

It’s been an odd summer movie season. Typically summer movies are big blockbusters, like superhero movies or sequels of Pirates of the Caribbean. While we did have some superhero movies and one Pirates sequel, we’ve also had more serious movies, like the World War II movie Dunkirk. And there have been several movies with a social message, like An Inconvenient Sequel. We talk to a Reggie Ponder, The Reel Critic about these movies and why it’s been such a different summer.

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An Inconvenient Truth Sequel- Truth To Power

This sequel to An Inconvenient Truth lives between despair and hope. Despair in that we have surely done damage to this planet and even if people don’t believe the science they are experiencing the dramatic effects. Hope in that we can do something about this issue. Directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk give us a hard pill to swallow yet a prescription for recovery.  See what they have to say about the film and what we can do.

Is Hollywood so White because we don’t support Hollywood so Black?

The issue of Hollywood so White has been a constant issue across decades.  Now and again there are these moments when Black films and actors rise to the surface and shine but these moments are not long-lasting.  I got a chance to discuss the latest crop of Black movies and their recent success at the SAG Awards on The Maggie Linton Show on SiriusXM Urban View.

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Words Matter! The Obama Years:The Power of Words

Over eight years, President Obama delivered more than 3,500 speeches and statements – officially ending his era with a farewell address on Tuesday in Chicago. His speeches ranged from redefining patriotism, candidly addressing race relations, inspiring hope and healing, and turning divisive moments into an opportunity for national unification. But which are the moments that history will remember? A new hour-long Smithsonian Channel special tells the story of Barack Obama, “writer in chief,” and takes viewers inside the defining moments of his political career through the prism of his most memorable speeches. THE OBAMA YEARS:THE POWER OF WORDS, narrated by actor and producer Jesse Williams, premieres on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

I got a chance to interview executive producer Charles Poe, SVP, Production, Smithsonian Channel about the making of the film, which is a must see!

I know that the political climate is such that people who Hate Obama or Love Trump may say “I don’t want to see anything about Obama” but this film doesn’t get into policy.  This film is about Obama’s ability to use words and connect with the nation during trying times.  Some may say that these events are political because they are about race, mass shootings and religion and they would be right in that all these issues impact the political landscape. But if you can suspend, for a minute, the political angle and just observe how Barack Obama was able to use words to inform, educate, inspire and console, you will see a man who love him or hate him was able to connect with the nation in a personal and unique manner.