I want to stay away from the obvious cliches when I judge this film on its own and within the long view of Ava Duvernay’s career (‘this is an important film’), so I’ll try to find the right words at the end… The conceit of this documentary is that while the 13th Amendment abolished […]

Song of the Day – ‘Overjoyed’

I fell into this before Oscars week when I posted her covering Michael.  I generally try to space out using the same artist too close together. BUT… When you successfully cover my single favorite Stevie song… In the genre that’s the soundtrack to my life… In front of the President AND the songwriter… And kill […]


  Nothing I say to start your week will possibly match the eloquence of this. Harry Belafonte this past weekend accepting his honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards:  


  I had a dream to start the week; one of these dreams where as it goes on, you realize you’re not in reality.  I was out somewhere (the Grove maybe?), and I saw my dream girl and her kid.  We hadn’t seen each other in a real long time.  As I was debating whether […]

Moonrise Kingdom

  A Wes Anderson film.  A ‘filmmaker’s film’.  A ‘geek film’.  I open with a fair warning because I know all of you won’t dig Moonrise Kingdom.  You probably know going in if it’s the type of film you would like or not. The story is another ‘misfits in love’ story (popular this year it seems). […]

Middle of Nowhere

  Better late than never with this one. Middle of Nowhere is the best ‘Black’ film I’ve seen in quite awhile.  There’s a version of this story that you could see done in a very over the top fashion, but credit goes to the brilliant cast and director Ava DuVernay that the film never goes there. […]

The Help

Count me among the many whose face curled up in disgust as soon as I heard the re was a movie about black folks called ‘The Help’.  I mean, really?  That was the best title they could come up with?  There’s a very short list of actors at this point who I would consider ‘dream […]

I Love L.A. – #13 Early Start Times

  Today was a typically long Sunday, some outside time, some personal things I had to get done – like all hardcore sports fans though, this particular Sunday meant planning everything around the NBA Finals.  So what time did the game start for me?  5 PM, perfect to get to a friend’s house for an […]

Most Important Black Films – #4 Boyz N The Hood

Boyz N The Hood was the debut film by writer/director John Singleton.  The semi-autobiographical tale revolves around three young black men, Tre, Ricky, and Doughboy, and their daily lives growing up in South Central Los Angeles. On to the tale of the tape… Relevance:  While the phrase ‘black film’ can take on many different meanings […]