Media Questions Of The Week

Will Patti LaBelle’s breakfast products become as popular as her pies? 

Does The Woman King starring Viola Davis tell the truth about the Dahomey people and their involvement in the slave trade? 

I Wanna Dance With Somebody Trailer Revealed

The first trailer for the Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody came out today. British actress Naomi Acke stars as Houston in the Kasi Lemmons-directed feature. Ashton Sanders plays Bobby Brown, Nafessa Williams portrays Robyn Crawford, Tamara Tunie is Cissy Houston and Stanley Tucci was cast as Clive Davis. The movie will look at Houston’s life and the challenges she faced in becoming the most respected voice of her generation and a timeless legend. Anthony McCarten, the screenwriter responsible for the story for the Freddie Mercury feature Bohemian Rhapsody, wrote I Wanna Dance With Somebody. The trailer is a quick rundown of Houston’s wedding to Bobby Brown, her destined meeting with Clive Davis, Robyn Crawford’s presence in her life and early guidance from her mother Cissy Houston.  

Houston has been the subject of five documentaries since her passing in 2012. Angela Bassett directed the Whitney documentary for Lifetime in 2015. Nick Broomfield’s Whitney: Can I Be Me debuted on Showtime in 2017. The Houston-estate authorized Whitney directed by Kevin Macdonald hit theaters in 2018. In 2021, Lifetime released Whitney Houston & Bobbi Kristina: Didn’t We Almost Have It All. 

I Wanna Dance With Somebody will be in theaters on December 21st. 

Media Questions Of The Week

Will the House Party reboot being helmed by LeBron James be successful? 


Will Snoop Dogg and Eminem record an album together? 

Why didn’t the U.S. Open announcer know the difference between Dionne Warwick and Gladys Knight?

The Outdoor Film Festival Launches July 6 In Harlem



What Does Purple Sound Like
What does PURPLE sound like Credit: Shocphoto

Hi-ARTS is launching the Outdoor Film Festival on July 6th. The urban arts incubator is presenting the three-day event in partnership with George Washington houses’ 1809 Resident Watch. It is part of the Festival Of New York with support from Maysles Documentary Center. The festival consists of interactive workshops and film screenings in open spaces and nature in East Harlem. The event is based around the theme of intergenerational healing for Black and BIPOC communities in New York City. There are two locations; the outdoor gardens of George Washington Houses which is a public housing development and the Hi-ARTS home at El Barrios Artspace. 

The festival starts Wednesday, July 6th with Taking Root ‘n’ Talking Roots and two interactive workshops led by Hakim Pitts, artist and Associate Producer of the BlackStar Film Festival award-winning documentary In Our Mothers’ Gardens featuring Tarana Burke. Pitts will guide participants through meditation and group discussion about family histories with the goal of providing tools to create intergenerational healing. The workshops run from 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM ET and require registration at  www.hi-artsnyc.org with priority given to residents of the George Washington Houses. 

On Thursday, July 7th the festival will continue with The Gardens We Tend. Two works-in-progress films:  GODSPEED: A Story from the Black Future by Celia C. Peters and I DIGRESS: The Intimate Insights of a Childhood Weirdo by Sauda Aziza Jackson and April Sweeney. There will also be two films from Hi-ARTs alumni, (construct)Clearing by Tanika I. Williams and What does PURPLE sound like? by Sydnie L. Mosley Dances (SLMDances). GODSPEED is a sci-fi film set in the future and it’s about a tech editor who refuses to believe that she is not human and must go to another planet to find her humanity. 

 I DIGRESS: The Intimate Insights of a Childhood Weirdo is a performance memoir consisting of four episodes that explores memory, and inheritance through 15 stories from Jackson’s childhood. 

(construct)Clearing opens up conversations about movement, labor, intention and care. The dialogue seeks to understand how individuals repeat family patterns of silence and separation. 

What does PURPLE sound like? celebrates the joy found in a place specifically public housing communities in New York City.  Longtime residents share their stories to reveal strategies of survival and lasting cultural traditions to change public discourse and policy. 

The festival concludes on Friday, July 8th with a screening of In Our Mothers’Gardens on the front lawn of El Barrio’s Artspace PS109. The evening will start at 7 PM with a community circle and discussion about themes in the film before the actual screening. The critically acclaimed documentary showcases Black women and the stories about their mothers and how those experiences contribute to self-healing. 

For more information about the festival go to:  hi-artsnyc.org