Daily Archives: May 23, 2017

Queen Sugar Season 2 Official Trailer

OWN has released the official trailer for season 2 of Queen Sugar. The new season will have a two-night launch on June 20th and 21st at 10PM ET. On June 19th The LA Film Festival will host show creator Ava DuVernay with season 2’s all women directors for a discussion and a screening of the first episode. In the trailer, the Bordelon family is battling with the establishment over their desire to have the first Black-owned sugar mill.


Melvin Van Pebbles’ Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song Soundtrack Reissue

Stax Records is reissuing Melvin Van Pebbles’ Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song soundtrack on May 26th. Earth, Wind & Fire performed the music for the soundtrack that marketed the film to audiences that were hesitant to see the X-rated movie. For the first time, the album will be available digitally and the vinyl has been remastered from the original analog tapes. New liner notes from music critic Jeff Weiss and Pebble’s son Mario who directed New Jack City are included with the reissue.

Pebble’s film was self-released and became required watching by The Black Panthers because it captured a lot of the frustration felt by Black communities. Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song grossed $10 million making it the most successful independent film at the time. The movie was a game-changer that opened the doors for the Blaxploitation era and films like Shaft and Super Fly.

The reissue is part of Stax Records’ 60th-anniversary celebration and can be pre-ordered now.


Chuck Berry Gets First Posthumous Video With Big Boys

“Big Boys” is the first posthumous video for Chuck Berry who passed two months at age 90. There were already plans in place for the release of the album Chuck, which is the first time the public will hear new music from him in 40 years. The “Big Boys” video has a Berry impersonator and some high energy dance sequences. Chuck can be pre-ordered before the June 9th release date.


Maxwell: King And Queens Of Hearts Tour Documentary

Maxwell takes his fans behind the scenes of his King And Queens Of Hearts tour with Mary J.Blige. The black and white film is a companion to Maxwell’s black SUMMER’s night album. Maxwell is touring again now with Ledisi and Leela James.


Cheo Hodari Coker Talks About Luke Cage

Luke Cage creator Cheo Hodari Coker talks to BlackTree TV about the show, Mahershala Ali and his latest choices in binge-watching. When asked what he wanted for season 2 Coker told Mashable:

“Just bulletproof dopeness”  and he also used A Tribe Called Quest; “The analogy I say is that, I want Season 2 to be ‘The Low End Theory. Low End Theory, if you’re a hip-hop fan, you know that that’s A Tribe Called Quest’s second record. The first record,  People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, was great, but then Low End Theory was the record that everyone says … when they think of A Tribe Called Quest taking it to the next level.”

Mike Colter, who plays the role of Luke Cage, hopes to see the show’s new season out early next year.