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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.

DETROIT may be AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL but an important STEP in moving forward.

Reggie Ponder, The Reel Critic, talks box office numbers and new releases Detroit, An Inconvenient Sequel and Step on Vocalo. He is joined by his daughter, Carri Ponder, The Reel Critic’s Critic.

Okay, my headline might be a bit corny but here’s my thinking:  The story we find in Detroit is not new.  In fact it is more than a sequel given that we have seen this narrative over and over again.  While sad, it is important to understand this part of history to provide a foundation for the similar situations we face today.  The story may hurt and be “inconvenient” to watch but important nonetheless.  And speaking of Inconvenient, the sequel is just what we need to better understand what is happening to our planet and what we can do about it.  An Inconvenient Sequel my not be in lock-step with the current presidential administration but it should keep the conversation and the innovation alive.  Finally, Step follows a few high school girls and their step team.  We get to see their problems, their possibilities and their performances.  So now, do you get it? Detroit may be An Inconvenient Sequel but an important Step in moving forward.  How clever, right?

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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.

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.

Sanaa Lathan thought she had The Perfect Guy

Sanna Lathan talks to Reggie Ponder, The Reel Critic, about her film The Perfect Guy. Does she find him? Can she handle him? Did she want him in the first place? You might have to watch the film to get all the answers but Sanaa was willing to give us a peek behind the screen.

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

ABFF Red Carpet is Where it is at! – Terrence J at 2014 ABFF – You have to be here this year June 11-14!

Terrence J was excited on The Red Carpet at the 2014 Premiere of Think Like A Man too. – Don’t miss this year’s excitement with film screenings, red carpet arrivals, celebrities and More. I will moderate TCM’s ABFF Remembers: “Boyz In The Hood” a screening and discussion with academy award nominated director and writer John Singleton. Hope to see you there!