Brooklyn is the place where the intellectuals meet as our resident 'prof' Vince Williams sits down with Fordham's Lisa M. Gill, PhD for a learned tete-a-tete on Spike Lee's 'fuller' length bio pic MALCOLM X featuring a riveting performance by Denzel Washington. Oh - and co-host Len Webb and NYC writer/designer George Carmona say hello once or twice too.
Has there ever been a movie about a group of friends that snapped crackled and popped as hard as 1996's SET IT OFF? Starring the crunch berries of Jada Pinkett, Vivica Fox, Queen Latifah and Kimberly Elise, this flick got the nerve to have Blair "Chocolate Milk" Underwood all poured in it too!
The director duo of Allen and Albert Hughes hit it out the park with their gut-wrenching debut film, 1993's gangland tale MENACE II SOCIETY with career defining roles from Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate, Jada Pinkett-pre-Smith and timely cameos.
Wesley Snipes makes his claim as THE action hero of the 90s with 1992's PASSENGER 57. He's having a ball but do the director, co-stars and script let him down? CH'MON!!!
Writer-director Leslie Harris brings a coming-of-age tale unlike any other to the screen as young teenage women in 1992 Brooklyn, led by Ariyan Johnson in the lead role of Chantel, open the world up to the other side of the urban streets. A young woman's struggle to just be; funny that its still a refreshing take 25 years later?
Who knew that 1995 would give Black America the film that keeps on giving 20 years later? Ice Cube announces himself as a creative force to be reckoned and Chris Rock shines, from a cast of stalwarts, brighter than the sun - and you know this, man! Its FRIDAY, y'all!
Whoopi Goldberg stars in the musical comedy that gave life to a Broadway adaptation, gave the world the effervescence that is Kathy Najimy and - unbeknownst to us all - the beginning of the end of Lauryn Hill. SISTER ACT is a goodie; SISTER ACT 2 is a meal! CHARMEL SIPPIO of Black and Syndicated is our guest!
The usual recap of listener feedback brings up a question of time and a list of holidays songs of a certain hue. The fun times stop when its time to review 1997's HAV PLENTY. Or do they?
Our Halloween Month of Bloodsuckers caps off tonight with Eddie Murphy, Angela Bassett in VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN, directed by Wes Craven and a cog in a brief Denzel vs Eddie debate.
Wesley Snipes electrifies the screen as BLADE, the Vampire Hunting Daywalker, and single-handedly creates TWO genres of film that Hollywood continues to feast upon 20 years later. And - is this REALLY the last great Black action movie?
Its seems that Driving Miss Daisy illicit quite a response from the Micheaux Missionaries; let's see what they think of 1992's animated feature BEBE's KIDS!
The Men of Micheaux sit down with Actor/DJ DORIAN MISSICK and SIMONE MISSICK, the one and only 'Misty Knight' of Netflix and Marvel's Luke Cage and The Defenders to chop it up about the movie (and city) Detroit, Kid n Play vs Nice and Smooth, the sexuality of Halle Berry, Black Thought, Larenz Tate, Bill Bellamy and...oh yeah, we reviewed STRICTLY BUSINESS too.
It's JORDAN KAUWLING of the movie radio show Philly on Location joins the Men to revel in the warm tones, smart acting and skilled direction of Spike Lee's CROOKLYN, his greeting card to the 70s, family and growing up. Starring Alfre Woodard, Delroy Linda and Zelda Harris.
Vince and Len love New Jack City. There really is nothing to say - Enjoy!
The Men litigate 'what is a Black film?' one more time and Len laments that no one likes him before they review one of Vince's favorite 'bad movies' - director Hype Williams' BELLY starring Das and DMX.
The Micheaux Missionaries - our loyal fans - are on a mission to get Vince some face time with Anika Noni Rose, Roosevelt Franklin counts and the Men are charmed by mack-mode Denzel Washington in Mira Nair's MISSISSIPPI MASALA.
Vince and Len use a review of Janet Jackson and Tupac in John Singleton's POETIC JUSTICE to remember A Different World crushes, appreciate Tyra Ferrell and demystify the allure of Tupac Shakur. What does that say about the movie?
Director Matty Rich leans on his Brooklyn community and the burgeoning stardom of actor Lawrence Guillard Jr. (The Wire, The Walking Dead) to tell the story of a complicated family living thru extraordinary personal strife. The 1991 Sundance Film Festival favorite gets the Micheaux treatment.
It's the 50th stop on the Micheaux Mission so Vince and Len make it a big one, with a review of one of the seminal films of black cinema in the last 30 years - Robert Townsend's THE FIVE HEARTBEATS (1991). First they chat about songs that could/should be movies, read listener feedback and share the world's greatest iTunes review with one another.