Movie of the Month – The Wiz

This movie is truly a classic. It’s a film adaption of the stage play of the hit broadway play “The Wiz” which was based of the cult classic “The Wizard of Oz”.
It’s cast included some of the premiere African American actors/singers of the day including Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Richard Pryor, Lena Horne and more. The movie was initially panned by many critics and movie goers but over the years it has developed into a classic in African American Cinema. This was the breakout film for Michael Jackson. He truly was truly the reason the movie had any sustainability and every scene with him in it was magical. It’s also one of the few films I enjoyed seeing Diana Ross ..LOL. the other movie was “Lady Sings the Blues” (which she should have won an Oscar). The best part of the movie was the music (mastered by the Legendary Quincy Jones and Ashford & Simpson) and the soulful dance sequences.
If you don’t have it in your DVD collection, GO GET IT!!!
You can buy the movie here!

Movie of the Month – Black Is…Black Aint

“Black Is, Black Ain’t” is the last film by the late Marlon Riggs. He is famous for his wildly popular, yet controversial, documentary – “Tongues Untied“. This film chronicles the inner battle with African Americans and their identity in this world. It has some of African American’s leading thinkers, such as Angela Davis, Dr. Cornel West and more lending their thoughts on African Americans and their struggle for self love, etc!

Check out this review here about “Black Is, Black Ain’t” and you can purchase here!

Movie of the Month – School Daze

This is one of the best from Spike Lee’s filmography. It was so underrated then as it is today! He tackles many issues in this movie that, unfortunately, the African American community, and probably the Latino community, still deal with (i.e. classism, colorism, etc.)

Here is a classic scene from the movie where the ladies meet at Madame Re Re’s Salon

Movie of the Month – Punks

The never-ending search for Mr. Right takes a surprise detour into totally unexplored territory with “Punks.” This sparkling, rhythm-and-blues-driven romantic comedy is the story of four close-knit friends trying to find that mythical relationship that will make finally make things right.

But if you think that sounds familiar, think again, because “Punks” is the first-ever comic love story set amidst the world of African-American gay men.

This movie stars Seth Gilliam (“Oz”), Rockmond Dunbar, Loretta Devine, Jazmun and more.

This is a very hard to find movie since it hasn’t been officially released. Also, this movie is the foundation of the hit TV Show on Logo “Noah’s Arc”!

Movie of the Month – Dirty Laundry

This is a hilarious movie from Director/Actor, Maurice Jamal, about a SGL man who comes back home to South Georgia to deal with some family issues. It’s a good mix of comedy and drama. And anytime you have a movie with Loretta Divine and Jenifer Lewis, you know it’s going to be a hoot!

You can purchase the movie here or here!

Movie of the Month – For the Bible Tells Me So

This is one DVD that needs to be your in your library. This is a great documentary on how religion has caused some LGBT individuals to rise up from the religious nonsenses or cave in to pressure not only from the church but also friends and family. This documentary will have you laugh, cry and more. A MUST SEE and HAVE!!!

Movie of the Month – Brother to Brother

Brother to Brother is a great movie starring the sexy Anthony Mackie who plays a student who befriends a homeless man, Bruce Nugent, who was a fixture in the Harlem Renaissance. He educates him on Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and others and their secret gay life during those times.
The movie was a hit with the film festivals and had a limited release. I highly recommend this film for your DVD library. A great film that chronicles Black and LGBT history.
You can purchase the film at Amazon !

Movie of the Month – Tongues Untied

This ground breaking documentary released in 1989 caused a major stir back in the early 90’s when released on many PBS stations. Marlon Riggs saught to, “…shatter the nation’s brutalising silence on matters of sexual and racial difference.” The film blends documentary footage with personal account and fiction in an attempt to depict the specificity of black gay identity. The “silence” referred to throughout the film is that of black gay men, who are unable to express themselves because of the prejudices of white and black heterosexual society.

This documentary is just as relevant today with the same sex marriage, Defense of Marriage Act (D.O.M.A.) and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” making headlines on a weekly basis.

If you do not have this in your DVD library, it is a MUST have! You can order it here!