Category Archives: Movies

La Negrada Movie Trailer

Long-neglected and discriminated by governments and societies across Latin America, Afro-Latino communities have slowly begun to gain visibility in cinema. Films like Venezuela’s Pelo Malo, Puerto Rico’s Ángelica, Colombia’s La Playa D.C., or the Dominican Republic’s Sand Dollars, represent important vehicles towards starting the overdue conversation about race in the region.

In Mexico, where classism is deeply tied to racism Afro-Mexicans represent one percent of the total population, but they are not recognized as an official ethnic group. Addressing the unjust treatment towards this segment of the citizenry, director Jorge Pérez Solano (who previously directed La tirisia), has just released La Negrada – hailed as the first Mexican fiction movie portraying the country’s black population.

Shot entirely in small towns throughout Oaxaca’s Costa ChicaLa Negrada employed local non-professional actors to tell the story of two women, Juana and Magdalena, romantically involved with the same man, Neri.

The official trailer begins with a Mexican immigration official asking one of the story’s protagonists about her nationality, solely based on her skin color. “You are not Mexican right? Where are you from negra?” he tells her. A title card reminds us, “There are Mexicans that nobody sees.” What ensues is a series of ethereal vignettes by the ocean emphasizing the paradisiacal beaches and the Afro-Mexicans’ daily lives spent fishing and processing what they caught.

Luminous underwater sequences and scenic sunsets are paired with the off-center framing of subjects in multiple shots, which are in turn accentuated by softened natural light. Rather than summarizing the plot, the clip is more concerned with flaunting its visual attributes. Not for nothing did it win the cinematography award at the 2018 Guadalajara International Film Festival. Based on this preview, La Negrada also flirts with the documentary genre, as we occasionally see characters directly address the camera.

Sonically, the trailer adds a thematic bonus with the song “El Zanate” by Bertín y Su Condesa. Its title refers to the black-feathered Mexican grackle, and the lyrics have the bird confess he is hated because of the color of his plumage. Such a fitting track speaks volumes about the underlying alienation Afro-Mexicans feel in their own homeland.

The release of the film in Mexico has not come without controversy. Several organizations – such as Mexico Negro, Huella Negra, and Afrodescendencias en Mexico – put out a statement denouncing the director’s use of the word “savage” in an interview with a national newspaper to describe Afro-Mexicans. They also contend that the drama peddles stereotypes about blacks. One can only hope their concerns will be heard.

La Negrada opened theatrically in Mexico City on August 10. It screens in Washington DC as part of African Diaspora International Film Festival on August 18.

Source – RemezCla 


Street racing in New York City has never been legal, but drivers with no access to a drag strip or track within the 5 boroughs or the surrounding cities in the tri-state continue to elude the police while shutting down highways to hold races. In part 2 of our 4 part series Street Gods, VICE’s cameras gain access to New York City’s underground street racing circuit.

Street Gods : NY Underground Car Scene | DOC

Car meets were once the first step in making a name for yourself in New York’s underground street racing circles. Now, car clubs like the Mpireboyz are using them as a space to legitimize and promote talented drivers and dirt bike riders from NYC. VICE’s cameras follow car clubs and drivers from Queens and Brooklyn as they work to legitimize New York City’s emerging car culture against opposition from the NYPD.

007 No Time to Die Trailer

In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.


Questlove to Direct BLACK WOODSTOCK Documentary

Questlove will be taking his creative talent to the film space as he will be directing “Black Woodstock,” a feature documentary about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival. 

Held in Mount Morris Park in Harlem, the outdoor festival brought together a star-studded list of artists—Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Mahalia Jackson, and more—for a day of music and celebrating African-American culture and politics as well as black unity and pride. The event received little media attention despite bringing out 300,000 people the same year Woodstock was being held. 

Black Woodstock will contain 40 hours of original footage shot by late television pioneer Hal Tulchin. “I am truly excited to help bring the passion, the story and the music of the Harlem Cultural Festival to audiences around the world,” The Roots drummer said in a statement. “The performances are extraordinary. I was stunned when I saw the lost footage for the first time. It’s incredible to look at 50 years of history that’s never been told, and I’m eager and humbled to tell that story.”

On top of Black Woodstock being his directorial debut, Questlove will be co-producing an upcoming Soul Train Broadway musical. 

Source – NPR

Daily Focus 024

Today the topic of discussion is movies and randomess. The cultural importance of proverbs. We do a deep dive in a shallow pool of analysis on the newly released documentary Netflix.  If I were mayor and how would I fix things in Hells Kitchen. The importance of influence and that one time I ran into 2pac as a young yodahan

Quotes of the day

Doings ones best drives away regret

Its better to spend the night in the irritation of the offense than the repentance of revenge

The kings dog thinks they bow because of his bark

Honorable Mentions

Avocado & Honey Dear Mama Episode #72

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Gat Damn

Documentary Select: Voodoo Child Jimi Hendrix

This biographical documentary sets out to tell rock pioneer Jimi Hendrix’s story in his own words, by combining the musician’s private writings and recorded interviews. It also delves into the Hendrix family archive, working in such elements as the artist’s personal sketches, postcards that he wrote to his father, and more. Bob Smeaton directs. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi