Category Archives: Film

Throwback: Aretha Franklin-A Deeper Love

Aretha Franklin covered Clivillés & Cole’s “A Deeper Love” with a backing vocal from Lisa Fischer after they had success with it in 1991. The production duo used vocalist Deborah Cooper on the original version and it increased their profile in the music industry as it was a big hit in clubs and on the dance music charts. Franklin hired them to produce the album version of the song for her Greatest Hits (1980-1994) album and remixes as a single. Her voice made “A Deeper Love” a no. 1 hit and it also functioned as the leading song from the new album. Greatest Hits (1980-1994) compiled some of Franklin’s most popular songs on Arista Records up until 1994. Critics and fans were aware of certain omissions like her duets with Whitney Houston and Elton John but the compilation achieved platinum status and was nominated for a Best Female R&B Performance Grammy of which Franklin already had nine. The 37th Grammy Awards also bestowed a Lifetime Achievement Award on her in 1994. “A Deeper Love” was also used in the Whoopi Goldberg film Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit

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Media Questions Of The Week

Why are international distributors refusing to take Boots Riley’s Sorry To Bother You because “Black movies” don’t do well internationally? 

Inconvenient truth to some of the rich and famous.

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Is Eric Benet’s right about gangsta rappers being agents of white supremacy? 

 

Will Denzel Washington take on any role for Antoine Fuqua’s Scarface remake? 

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Sugar Town Film About The “Houdini Suicide” Of Victor White III Screens At NABJ Convention

Rev. Victor White and Tony Brown

Victor White III was 22-years old in 2014 when he died of a gunshot wound in the back of a police car while handcuffed. The New Iberia, Louisiana police officers who took White into custody said that he committed suicide with a gun that was hidden in his backside while sitting in the back of a police car. Sugar Town is a documentary that examines the circumstances of White’s death, the conduct of the police force, their Sheriff Louis Ackal and his family’s fight for justice. The film screened Saturday at the National Association of Black Journalists’ convention taking place in Detroit. 

Shan Nicholson directed the two-hour documentary that features home videos of Victor White III, interviews with his family, friends, radio host Tony Brown, civil rights attorney Carol Powell Lexing, journalist Dwayne Fatheree and more. The title comes from the area’s sugar crop industry. White’s last day alive is retraced with video footage and anecdotes from his loved ones. The timeline follows White from his initial interaction with the police at a convenience store to being detained and then later his mysterious death that had no video footage from a fully equipped car. Police found him in possession of cocaine and marijuana but did not find a weapon after searching him two times. In the film, White’s father shares how evasive hospital staff, the police, and coroner were when he tried to seek answers regarding his son’s death. The coroner’s report is finally delivered to him six months after the passing of White III when the documentation is usually available within 48 hours. 

At the center of the story is Sheriff Ackal who has had a litany of legal problems connected to his officers’ use of deadly force and his alleged consent for their actions. Ackal is eventually indicted for conspiracy and civil rights violations after a federal investigation. The senior White chronicles how necessity made him become an activist to hold those responsible for his son’s death accountable. He also created a hashtag with the name of the famous magician Harry Houdini to criticize the police’s version of events. The issues with New Iberia’s police department are rooted in America’s relentless racial divide proven by controversial comments made by Ackal. The abuse allegations were disproportionately experienced by the city’s African-American residents. 

During the question and answer period after the screening White explained how his son was supposed to be his legacy but now he is his son’s legacy. Radio host Tony Brown talked about the difficulty that comes with telling these kinds of stories but how important it is to seek the truth. 

Sugar Town will air Monday, August 6th on the Investigation Discovery Network at 8 PM ET. 

 

 

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Bohemian Rhapsody Official Trailer

Bohemian Rhapsody is an upcoming biopic about the rise of Queen in the ’70s and ’80s. Rami Malek has the role of the band’s dynamic leader Freddie Mercury. The film chronicles the band’s rise to success in the ’70s and ’80s. Mercury’s extraordinary abilities as a vocalist, his songwriting and colorful stage presence made Queen one of the greatest rock bands ever. Mercury left the band to pursue his solo career ambitions but returned before their famous Live Aid performance. The celebration of Queen is the ultimate aim of the film but Mercury’s AIDS diagnosis and subsequent death is also in the film. Bohemian Rhapsody opens in theaters November 2nd. 

 

 

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Saul Williams Releases New Song & Kickstarter Campaign

Saul Williams has a Kickstarter campaign for his film Neptune Frost and he has released the single “The Flaw You Worship.” On his Kickstarter page, Neptune Frost is described as,

 “The love story between an inter-sex runaway and a coltan miner and the virtual marvel born as a result of their union”

Williams started working on the project as a graphic novel and musical. He wanted to create something addressing and connecting all the global issues he was reading about in his timelines. Neptune Frost appears to be an anti-establishment heroine who is questioning the politics of certain African countries. There is a trailer for the film on Williams’ Kickstarter page. “The Flaw You Worship” is a gift to his fans for supporting his campaign. 

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