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ReCap

I was perusing my blog and realized that it was a little…sterile. A little detached from who I am. I want to approach my blog a little different this year, I feel it can be more personal, more tangible, and  A LOT more updated. I was going through my film from 2010 and snagged some of my most memorable moments of the year and wanted to share them with you all. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them and being in the moment.  So, bear with me as I make changes here and allow me to expose to you more of what I do.

Hope to see some of you tonight at Eso Won Books for a night with the great Ms. Nikki Giovanni…

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What’s Your Legacy?

Here’s one that didn’t slip by us during the American Black Film Festival.

You know how there is one project/film/movie that takes an actor to the next level of their craft? You can almost feel the transition. See the whole thing unfold all within the 95 minutes of  the movie? You walk away saying to yourself, “Damn, I didn’t expect all that from him! Mark my words, he’s about to BLOW UP!” Get ready for that from Idris Elba in this film. You have never seen him like this before. A mentally battered Black Op’s Solider with some very personal issues he is trying to resolve in a room somewhere in Brooklyn all by himself, literally. This is one of those movies you have to watch twice to notice some of the intricate details. Watching this trailer again reminded me of just how talented this man is and the creativity of the filmmaker.

This labor of love was created by Thomas Ikimi a fellow countrymen of Elba’s. Ikimi takes you where most black filmmakers don’t… a psychological action thriller whose main character is black. His topic is unfamiliar for most of  us people of color, that it actually puts a whole new twist on how you view those who are defending our country.  This film made me feel heavy and drained but it keep me wanting more all the way to the end. If that was the mission of the director, he accomplished it.

Besides, having this indie out, Elba currently has a 6 week episodic drama which airs Sunday nights on BBC America; “Luther”. He plays John Luther, a sharp, über intelligent homicide detective, on the brink of a divorce, and self-destruction. The writing is stellar (Neil Cross), the acting flawless, and the theme fresh. Prepare yourself to become addicted to this series. There is one little thing that is a bit distracting to me and it’s Elba’s hair! What in the world are they doing with it? Fauxhawk? Disheveled look? Loss of…? or maybe he has another project in the works? Whatever it is, I must look past it and focus on the prize.

Make sure you support Black Films and cop your own Legacy DVD or Blu-Ray on December 28th.

BTW: Mr. Elba serves as Executive Producer on “Legacy” and Associate Producer on “Luther”. Talk about well-rounded.

Night Catches Us

I am looking over my shoulder as I write this post. I, well we (me and my sister), had the opportunity to see this film back in June of this year, at the African Black Film Festival and being part of the festival, it was free. That’s not the issue.  It was one of those crazy weekends full of must see indie movies, high energy entertainment (D-Nice and Idris Elba shut down LIV at the Fontainebleau), and I can’t leave out all the excitement that the FIFA World Cup was giving off. With all those distractions, I may have accidentally misinterpreted the time wrong and…well, damn it we missed it! Ok, I said it so there. I dropped the ball.  I have to admit my sister was not a happy movie-goer about that.  See, we grew up in an entertainment family (film and music) and we get a little competitive when it comes to seeing a film or hearing music way before another family members does (I know, crazy right?).

When we returned home to our father bragging about how great this movie is, with stellar performances from Anthony Mackie (please DON’T sleep on him), Kerry Washington, an unbelievable musical score by The Roots, noteworthy performances from the other cast members (I see you Tariq Trotter), and let’s not touch on all of the awards/recognition it has received, this surely didn’t help my case out one bit.  So, you’ll understand why I’m covering my back; this might bring up some unresolved feelings from my sis.

Anyway, the good thing about my little mishap is, the film premiered on the 29th of this month on, On Demand and on iTunes before it’s December 13th release. There is a price attached to it but hey,  I am all about supporting Black Films, Black Filmmakers, and Black Actors. Hopefully First Weekend Club will have a screening for this soon. If you haven’t joined/signed up to become a member with First Weekend Club (see “4 All Filmgoers“) make sure you do after reading this post. This is a “MUST SEE”.