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Video Film Review: FREE ANGELA DAVIS & ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS is a riveting retelling

To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women.  -Angela Davis

Today’s host, Sha Hayes, meets up with our panelists, Lauren Hard and Theresa Anderson, at the British fish and chips hotspot, Atlantic Chipshop in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY,  to review the mesmerizing documentary, Free Angela Davis and all Political Prisoners.

Imagine being an outspoken and prolific young black female in America at a time when Ronald Reagan is Governor of the State of California, Richard Nixon is President of the United States and Herbert Hoover reigns over the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This triad set the tone for one of the most sinister periods in the history of this country. During this time, a series of events took place where the social activist and educator Angela Davis, ultimately found herself on the “FBI Top Ten Most Wanted” list in America.

That story is the basis for this documentary which offers a well executed historical verite of these events through the eyes, words and voice of Angela Davis herself. Expect to also hear from her then legal counsel, journalists, family members and even retired governmental officials who had a stake in the outcome of this historic trial. This monumental legal case managed to grab the attention of the whole world; something that was unprecedented at that time.

Shola Lynch, the film’s writer and director, does an impressive job with the stock and archival footage she utilizes throughout the documentary which offers validity and authenticity to this re-telling. Don’t be surprised to find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat about events of which the outcome has long been determined and you have long known the verdict. Executive produced by Jay-Z, Jada and Will Smith, Free Angela Davis and all Political Prisoners is a documentary that needs to be seen, heard and passed on and on and on.

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Film Review: BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD is a bayou jewel

Our host, Stefanie Alleyne, comes together with today’s panelists, Kyla Upshaw, a musician and fitness trainer; and Micheline Hess, an illustrator and graphic designer; to discuss the award winning independent film, “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” at the ambrosial Brazilian bakery and restaurant, “Bee’s Desserts,” located in Greenwich Village in New York City.

A winner this year at both Sundance Film Festival (Grand Jury Prize and Cinematography Award) and Cannes Film Festival (Best First Feature), “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” is melting hearts and receiving critical praise from around the globe. Co-written by Lucy Alibar, utilizing elements from her play, “Juicy and Delicious” and storyline ideas from Benh Zeitlin, who is also the film’s director, “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Continue reading

Film Review: BRAVE ushers in new era for fairytales

Our panelists today, Diana Quinones-Rivera, a filmmaker; Carla Rose Fisher, a songwriter and Stephanie Smith, an educator; discuss the ineffable animated feature, “Brave,” with our host, Stefanie Alleyne at the hip midtown west side restaurant, Hudson Eatery, in New York City.

Pixar’s latest animated film, “Brave” introduces us to their first female protagonist, Merida. A 21st century princess of Scottish descent, she is independent, fearless and like her wild mane of adorable curls, a force to be reckoned with. This wonderfully animated fairytale adventure was written by the team of Brenda Chapman, Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell and Irene Mecchi. It was directed by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman and Steve Purcell. Luscious and visually appealing, it is a feast for the eyes with music for your ears Continue reading