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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: 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: Unhinged & The 24th

This week the critics (Kathia Woods, Shawn Edwards and Mercendez Springer) talk about Unhinged and The 24th. Academy Award© winner, Russell Crowe, stars in Unhinged, a psychological thriller that explores the fragile balance of a society pushed to the edge, taking something we’ve all experienced – road rage – to an unpredictable and terrifying conclusion. THE 24TH tells the incredibly powerful andtimely true story of the all-black Twenty-Fourth United States Infantry Regiment, and the Houston Riot of 1917.

We also talked about the many Black biopics that are coming out with dueling entities making two Aretha Franklin projects and two Mahalia Jackson projects. The conversation was unhinged, unscripted and uncensored!

The Reel Critic Roundtable: Shawn Edwards, Reggie Ponder, Kathia Woods and Mercendez Springer

The Reel Critic Roundtable: Radioactive & The Fight S1E4

“Where Black Film Critics come to discuss, debate and have fun”

This week the critics, Kathia Woods, Shawn Edwards and special guest Ronda racha Penrice come together to discuss the movie Radioactive, a film about Marie Currie and the documentary, The Fight which looks at the ACLU and four important cases they are fighting. We talk a little bit about Nas. Yes, that’s right Nas! We look at Beyonce’s Black is King and discuss if Disney is right for this very provocative content and we have a lille fun!

The Reel Critic Roundtable

The Reel Critic Roundtable S1 E3: The Rental & Greyhound

The Reel Critic Roundtable got together to discuss the Dave Franco directed film, The Rental as well as the Tom Hanks film Greyhound. Kathia Woods, Shawn Edwards and Lonita Cook join Reggie Ponder, The Reel Critic for a spirited discussion of these films as well as pinning the winners and loser in the first ever Pandemy Awards.

Kathia Woods, Reggie Ponder, Shawn Edwards & Lonita Cook

The Reel Critic RoundTable: The Old Guard & Fatal Affair

This week Reggie Ponder, The Reel Critic, is joined by Kathia Woods, Shawn Edwards and Carolyn Hinds to discuss The Old Guard starring Charlize Theron and Kiki Layne and Fatal Affair starring Nia Long, Omar Epps and Stephen Bishop. We also discuss what movies we recommend for people who want to learn about the Black Experience and Culture. Finally, we talk about bingeing on particular series.

The Reel Critic RoundTable Launch

I have been wanting to have a Black Film Critic Show FOREVER. I pitched it in so many variations to advertisers, media outlets, entrepreneurs and friends but I could never get any traction (I think a book on the doors that were closed on Black Film Critique would be in order but I’ll save that for another day). I tried to get critics together on a regular basis but it was hard to get people to spend time at a shoot and not get paid when they had other paying gigs. I shot a pilot with my friend Bonnie DeShong. My sister, Tracie produced the program and I was sure this would be something others would like and investors (advertisers and corporations) could sink their teeth into. Well I was wrong.

The Reel Critic Roundtable

BUT… this pandemic has many of us at home and instead of having a costly shoot, I just did it by Zoom. I got the great Shawn Edwards to agree to be on the show and that was all I needed. If you don’t know, Shawn is celebrating 20 years on Fox 4 in Kansas City. He is the longest running Black Film Critic on TV and he had time for little old me. I got the fantastic Kathia Woods to join me. If you don’t know, here is a woman who has her own platform and employs others. That’s right she pays people (I get asked all the time to be on shows but no one is paying – but we do what we have to do to get exposure that might lead to money). I got my man, Al McGhee who also has his own platform. If you don’t know he does more than movies. Dude does theater, music and boxing. It’s on! I’m Set and Ready to Go!!

This week Shawn, Kathia, Al and I got together to review the movies Hamilton and John Lewis: Good Trouble (Hamilton is really a video production of a stage play – as Shawn was quick to put me in check), discuss the HBO Max decision to pull Gone With The Wind and add a preface and then each of us talked a bit about a particular topic.

I really hope you listen, enjoy and respond. Oh yeah, and share – maybe advertisers, media outlets and others might like to partner and help amplify Black Voices. Good for their customers, Good for us critics and good for the profits.

Reggie Ponder Talks Movies and Upcoming AAFCA Awards

This week I talk Box Office, talk Black History and the Oscars preview Winchester, review Bilal: A New breed of Hero and discuss The African American Film Critics Association Awards.

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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.