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PBS To Feature “The Story of Black Colleges & Universities” On ‘Independent Lens’ (Trailer)

Last year, we got the new mind-blowing documentary from Stanley Nelson about the rise and fall of The Black Panthers. This year, like right now, we get a trailer letting us know about the new new documentary due out 1st Quarter 2018 – “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges & Universities.”

Stanley Nelson, the preeminent storyteller of the African-American experience and Firelight Films, the award-winning production company committed to making films about pivotal events, movements, and people in American history, unveil a new full-length trailer for the upcoming documentary Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities. The trailer provides a fast-paced, rousing overview of the complex history of how HBCUs, havens for Black intellectuals, artists and trailblazers, offered a path of promise toward the American dream, educated the architects of freedom movements throughout the decades and cultivated leaders in every field.

Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges & Universities premieres on the acclaimed series Independent Lens on PBS on Monday, February 19th 2018 at 9p ET (check local listings). For more details on the film and #HBCURising campaign go to www.hbcurising.com

– Firelight Films

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Julius Horsthuis’ Computer Presents “Fraktaal” (Short Film)

So this is what’s hot now? Computers are just randomly banging out dope short films like this “Fraktaal” joint? Wowwww, Julius Horsthuis has found a way to make movies that are compelling to watch, quite literally, without even trying.

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Finally, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Has Come Back… With A Trailer For His New Movie “Rampage” (Video)

And the undisputed testosterone-releasing arcade game of the ’90s – Rampage! Hope they have some building punching in this?

On April 20, big meets bigger. Watch the trailer for Rampage The Movie, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson!
– ComingSoon.net

(That’s rhetorical and tongue in cheek. They are gonna do waaaay more than ‘punch’ a building or two. Hahahaaa!)

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Watch This ‘Wet on Wet’ Teaser For “Deadpool 2” And Try To Relax… Try! (Trailer)

Keep your hands dry and your dreams wet.

How DARE he pervert classic PBS promgramming like this…Bwaaahahaaa! Ryan Reynolds Deadpool is f**king HILARIOUS maaan! And he is doing the worst with this Bob Ross painting show impersonation. Disclaimer: Ross was NOT on that coca (waaaay too chill for that power powder). Shiiiid, but Deadpool… He LOVES it (and is so NOT chill)!

But don’t hold that against him or this “Deadpool 2” trailer. It’s crazy. Crazy awesome! Hurry up June 2018!

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A Look At The Upcoming “Betty” Davis Documentary (Trailer)

Hmmm. Now this is interesting! Scuttlebutt around the Interwebs is that this was supposed to come out as a project called “Nasty Gal” but is finally seeing the [Festival] light in this form. Above is the trailer for Phil Cox’s upcoming Betty Davis documentary, They Say I’m Different.

She dropped MAJOR names at the end (Miles, Jimi) and put her name right up there with them, didn’t she? Dope. But maybe some folks are not knowing about the funk for real… yet! Wait and watch for this. Like the rest of us. Should be well worth it.

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Watch An Extended Teaser For “Hostiles” (Starring Christian Bale) [Trailer]

Not that it’s anything to base what your personal experience with a movie will be like, but the ‘reviews’ on this western “Hostiles”… Whew! Might be too raw for some of y’all. Being called ‘one of the bloodiest westerns ever’ by some. Hopefully, it’ll be ‘bloody’ good, too.

We’ll see. Next month.

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Meryl Streep & Tom Hanks Expose Government Corruption In “The Post” (Trailer)

In our society, the press is supposed to function as a ‘watchdog on government’… to ‘comfort the afflicted and afflict to comfortable’… a very necessary role. But we have seen, time and again, how that can be a very DANGEROUS role for those in the press; who have dealt with threats on their lives and livelihoods to keep us all up in OUR government’s business (because it is OUR business).

Watergate. Iran Contra. The baseless war in Iraq (to take out weapons of mass destruction that were NOT there)… scandals uncovered by the press. When they do what they are meant to do, reporters serve a critical role in our democracy; holding those in power accountable.

This is an homage to those in the press who did their duty, at great risk, back in the day. “The Post” is looking like another incredible movie that tells a compelling real-life story about what some key figures in the press went through to keep America (and the world) informed about what the government tried to keep covered up.

Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in “The Post,” a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light.
– 20th Century FOX

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Check Out The Teaser For Danny Brown’s Documentary, “Live At The Majestic” (Trailer)

Going back to his fam, the good folks of Detroit. Watch Danny celebrate with good drank and good dank. And the crowd went wild! An Apple Music film. Looks dope.

Danny Brown “Live at the Majestic” is Andrew Cohn’s new concert documentary featuring the uniquely indie, Detroit rap star. The documentary takes you behind the scenes as the famed rapper prepares to take the stage at the Majestic Theatre in his very own hometown. Like any return to the place you grew up, the journey is filled with hilarious stories of youthful misdeeds, wrestling with a new and more honest assessment of home and a deeper understanding of yourself. What Cohn delivers is both an intimate and poignant conversation with Brown and a wholly entertaining rock doc featuring explosive concert footage.
– Apple

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One Month To Go: One More Teaser For “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Trailer)

This is not going to go the way you think!

F**k that!! Start this mothaf**ka NOWWWW! You know it’s gonna be an epic last ride for the franchise… maybe… Why stop with this one, ya know? But okay, let’s get through this movie first.

Darkness rises… and light to meet it. See Star Wars: The Last Jedi in theaters December 15th.

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Making French Montana’s “Unforgettable” Provided Opportunity & Footage For A Compelling Documentary: “My Project, Their Reality” (Video)

Remember that “Unforgettable” joint that Montana did with Swae Lee? This documentary/behind-the-scenes is about the place (Uganda) and people that provided the backdrop and warmth for the video. Gave French Montana life again when it came to Hip-Hop. Watch and get a feel for why…

(After the jump, in the pics, you see the most gripping moment of the short film… The kid, Ronnie, said “if” he grows up. “IF”… no kid his age should be ‘hedging’ in life because he may not live to grow up. Wow. Well worth watching this story.)

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A Look At Life “Across The Tracks” In The 1960s (Trailer)

Powerful story on racial identity: The way you see it, the way the world sees it, the way the way you see it changes as time goes on and the world changes… Wow.

If you could choose, which would you choose? Are you sure? This is SELF-examination time. Be sure to examine in context, too. This treatise always makes for compelling movie-making (ex: “Imitation Of Life”).

Two African American sisters grow up in racially charged 1960s Georgia, but one is born with fair skin. And when schools integrate in their small town, she decides to change her destiny – by passing for White.
Mike Cooke

Watch the whole film at acrossthetracksfilm.com

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Check Out The Trailer For OWN’s Life-After-Prison Series “Released” (Trailer)

OWN’s docu-series “Released” tells the stories of formerly incarcerated men and women as they re-enter society.

The new docuseries Released is the story of six of these individuals, who are all searching for a fresh start after their release from prison.
– OWN

The series premiered September 30th on OWN. It comes on Saturdays at 10pm EST.

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VICE on HBO: Heroin Crisis & The New Age of Nukes (Video)

Two topics that are about ‘blowing up’ in their own ways. Truthfully always thought that the drug game was going the way of pills more so than that ‘ron… And “modernizing” our nukes, never really thought of that. But VICE did. Glad they are on the job.

America is facing the worst drug epidemic this country has ever seen: more people are dying from overdoses than from car accidents-and at the center of it is an explosion in the use of heroin. Thomas Morton traces the causes and impacts of the crisis, from the poppy farms of Mexico to the hills of West Virginia, and investigates how users, first responders, and government officials are responding to the new reality of American drug use.

Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, America’s vast nuclear arsenal is beginning to show its age, and the government has embarked on the largest nuclear modernization effort in our history, costing American taxpayers as much as $1 trillion. Kaj Larsen goes aboard a ballistic missile submarine and visits the facilities on the front line of our nuclear weapons program to see why the military wants to upgrade the nukes we have-and why that might be a dangerous idea.

– VICE

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A Powerful Cast, Including Queen Latifah And Jill Scott, Tells The Story Of The Water Crisis In “Flint” (Trailer)

Coming to Lifetime Television in a few days. Cannot believe this went on… is likely still going on. And it is NOT fake news. Hell, it is hard to imagine that this is real life sometimes. But this trailer is teasing a movie that tells the story as it should; with passion and high emotion. People HAVE to CARE when this happens; made to care, and care enough to DO SOMETHING!

“Flint” is the gripping retelling of a crisis that shook a nation and shines a light on the whistleblowers who exposed the biggest environmental scandal of our generation. LeeAnne Walters (Betsy Brandt, “Breaking Bad”), Melissa Mays (Marin Ireland, “Sneaky Pete”) and Nayyirah Shariff (Jill Scott, “Steel Magnolias”) join forces after discovering that the drinking water in Flint, Michigan is contaminated, resulting in a slew of devastating medical problems for their families. When their claims go unheeded, they band together to expose the wrongdoings committed by their reckless, bean-counting government officials whose carelessness caused irrevocable harm to the lives of its residents. Golden Globe®-winner, Academy Award® and Grammy®-nominee Queen Latifah (“Star”) also stars and executive produces. World Premiere October 28 at 8/7c on Lifetime.
– Lifetime

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This New Film With John Travolta Playing John Gotti Looks Good… Scary Good (Trailer)

This life of ours is a wonderful life… if you can get away with it.

That right there. Is that some gangster sh!t to say or WHAT??! Travolta’s play gangster before, but it seemed like he was ‘playing.’ This “Gotti” film is NOT for play-play. Watch the trailer.

GOTTI follows infamous crime boss John Gotti’s (John Travolta) rise to become the “Teflon Don” of the Gambino Crime Family in New York City. Spanning three decades and recounted by his son John Jr. (Spencer Lofranco), GOTTI examines Gotti’s tumultuous life as he and his wife (Kelly Preston) attempt to hold the family together amongst tragedy and multiple prison sentences.
– Lionsgate Movies

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John Boyega Stars In “Pacific Rim: Uprising” (See The Latest Teaser) [Trailer]

Oh… so John Boyega is playing Idris Elba’s character’s son. Hmm. Could be a rare case of a sequel being even doper than a dope original. Plus Kaiju Godzilla-level mad monster mash movie actions and more huge robo-tech squabbles! Shiiiid, let’s GO!

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Former NFL Receiver Josh Gordon On Trying To Beat Drug Addiction, Again. But This Time With A ‘Brutal Dose Of Reality’ (Documentary)

Man. To be this real about his process so far. At this point, after Gordon has had Lindsey Lohan-level amounts of second chances to get over his drug problems… After EVERYONE has written him off… Doing this video expose. Respect for that, at least.

Back at the gym and on track to return to the NFL, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon reveals details of the substance abuse violation in 2014 that has prevented him from playing professionally ever since.
– Uninterrupted

All the best to the former Brown. Complete the comeback, Gordon. Push yourself. Push through!

(Compelling story to watch.)

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Matt Damon Mixes It Up, A Lot, In “Suburbicon” (Trailer)

Not all the way sure WTF this movie is gonna be (a “crime comedy” though?). But I know that Matt Damon is a solid movie bet (e.g. he does not make trash) and this trailer has me hooked! Plus the title: “Suburbicon.”

Yooooo! PLUS… mad people get f*cked the f*ck up in this flick quick (looking at the trailer)! YUSSSH!!! Hitting folks dead in the FACE, hitting screens October 27th!

George Clooney directs (he doesn’t make trash either, he and Damon have that “Oceans Eleven” franchise connection, too).

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Audio Push – “Last Lights Left” (Documentary)

No features. Just Price and Oktane and the tracks for their “Last Lights Left” album. But wait, in case there are haters about (because they show up any and everywhere), who want to say, “That all?” NO! Not all.

There’s a documentary, too. Peep that above. And follow the iTunes link below.

AUDIO PUSH – LAST LIGHTS LEFT (ALBUM)

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Civil Rights Activist James Baldwin At Cambridge University Union In 1965… Speaking Like He Is With Us Today (Video)

Is 400 years of slavery building this country (and oppression thereafter) plus many wars of service not enough to justify our right to have some say in its running… without having to hear, “You can leave it if you don’t love it”… Well, isn’t it? Answer: YES! Moreover, we are not going to be ousted by anyone. We helped BUILD this place ‘they’ say we can ‘leave’ (like it isn’t OURS, too)! Sure, this declaration has an angry tone. So I will let activist/scholar James Baldwin say it. Words from so long ago. Could he have known they’d still be so applicable today?

Prior to the UK release of the Oscar-nominated documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, we take a look at a seminal speech by the film’s subject – writer, essayist, poet and civil rights activist James Baldwin. At Cambridge University Union in 1965, Baldwin debates whether the ‘American dream’ has been achieved at the expense of African-Americans.
– The Guardian

Yeah. And Baldwin even has something to say about the flag in this. So on point.

@ojones1

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