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Reggie Ponder at Mather’s – More Than a Cafe: 33 E. 83rd Street in Chicago This Friday 5/1/15 1pm-2pm

I’m speaking this week at Mather’s – More Than a Cafe on 33 E. 83rd Street COME JOIN ME!! 1pm-2pm!

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Is Furious 7 One Too Many?

The 7th installment of the Fast & Furious series is fast but is 7 too many? Phenomenal Cars, Exciting Chases, Fantastic Fight Scenes and Ludicrous Stunts could be enough to keep the franchise alive.

March To SELMA

The wait is over. Ava DuVernay’s SELMA is available nationwide and you just need to go see it. Important historical event, dynamic national leader with amazing current relevance. We all should March to SELMA this weekend.

America The Beautiful 3: The Sexualization of Our Youth comments on Hip Hop and its affect.

It’s Proven, Blacks don’t like Romantic Dramas with predominately Black casts


Box Office Mojo reports “Opening at 1,789 theaters, Beyond the Lights bombed with $2.3 million. For the weekend, it’s on track to wrap up in the $6-to-$7 million range.”

I’ve concluded that Blacks do not like Romantic Dramas, especially ones with an all Black cast. I know I’m not always right but the poor performance of Beyond The Lights really caught me off guard. I thought that after the success of Best Man Holiday, a film like Beyond The Lights might do pretty well. I was wrong and here are my Top 5 reasons why:
1) Best Man Holiday was a comedy with drama not a drama with a few ha ha moments like Beyond The Lights

2)Love and Basketball only made $28 million in 2000 but the problem is the film’s budget was $20 million so the film didn’t break even. Why would I have expected Beyond The Lights to do any better?

3) GuGu Mbatha-Raw beat out Beyonce and Rihanna for the role and casting one of them might have been better for ticket sales. Celebrity sells and few people know Mbatha-Raw

4) Black on Black Love is so rarely seen on the big screen consumers didn’t know what to do with this film. They were confused. Is this a date movie, a girls night out movie, a young people’s movie or an old folks film. Folks just didn’t know if they were the target.

5) Dumb and Dumber To was by far a better movie option. It had iconic characters, great marketing, bigger budget and funny material. Yeah, there was some real drama in Beyond The Lights but a romantic drama will never win over a funny celebrity driven film, right.

Bonus reason: Many people complain about Tyler perry Movies but secretly those folks just want to laugh and can’t resist a man in drag. Even Perry’s poorly attended movies have done better than Beyond The Lights. Perry has only one film as a writer/director to open under $10 million.

So let’s face it, Beyond The Lights was doomed to flicker out long before they turned on the lights on the set.

Does Beyond The Lights Shine?

I’m always complaining about the lack of Black on Black love in major media. I don’t have any problem with interracial relationships, I just have a problem that Hollywood seems reluctant to show Black love. So i was excited to see Gina Prince-Bythewood’s new movie Beyond The Lights. The question is does it shine?

Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier – These men inspire me

Belafonte is still fighting for equality. His presence is majestic, His words are moving and his challenge memorable. Belafonte holds us all to a higher standard and Hollywood is not exempt. Check out his speech at this year’s Governor’s Awards:


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From Love and Basketball to Love and Music – Writer/Director Gina Prince-Bythewood on her new film Beyond The Lights

Lena Waithe says Dear White People more than a film its a “movement”

I got a chance to catch up with Lena Waithe, one of the producers of Dear White People and she has a lot to say about Black Film and the images of Blacks offered by Hollywood. Here is a snippet of the Q&A we had after a showing of the film.

Reggie Ponder reviews Dear White People

Justin Simien goes beyond the linear discussion of race pointing out and poking fun at stereotypes, political incorrectness and general stupidity. The issues are real but the times have been changed to protect the ignorant.