Easter Sunday

(**1/2) He’s the talk of Netflix. Streaming audiences watch Filipino comedian Jo Koy bring the house down as he headlines shows in L.A., Hawaii and the Philippines. This edgy, urban comic loves his Asian culture and now he’s sharing that joy in movie theaters. In Easter Sunday, screenwriters Ken Cheng and Kate Angelo keep Koy in […]

Bullet Train

(***) “Fate will do what it wills,” says The Elder. But what happens when fate turns out to be a series of unpredictable and ultra-violent events aboard the world’s fastest train? The basis for this cutthroat railroad trip is a book by the very popular Japanese novelist Kôtarô Isaka. Hence the setting and situation. Ladybug (Brad Pitt) is an operative who’ll steal […]

Eat and Play Your Way Around the U.S. Virgin Islands

Welcome to St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John! Visit the United States Virgin Islands and your foodie experience will be as pleasurable as your playtime.  This tropical archipelago has three main and 50 smaller islands. It was originally inhabited by Native Americans—Ciboney, Caribs, and Arawaks. Spain, France, Britain, the Netherlands and Denmark once claimed VI and Africans came during the slave trade. In 1917, […]

DC League of Super-Pets

(***1/2) Somebody really put their paw in this.  Humans are credited for writing and directing this fun-filled ani//act/adv, but don’t be surprised if a four-legged friend ghostwrote and directed the whole thing. The dialogue, jokes and storyline are so pet friendly and perceptive it seems that way. Krypto the Super-dog (voice of Dwayne “The Rock” […]

Nope

(**1/2) It came from outer space. Or somewhere.  Something’s hovering over Otis Haywood’s (Keith David, Barbershop) ranch in SoCal’s parched Santa Clarita Valley. Otis comes from a long line of horsemen and is a noted animal wrangler for TV and film. His son OJ (David Kaluuya, Get Out) works beside him and his stallions. That thing in […]

Let’s Toast Black Women Winemakers

Black women are starting and running their own wineries at a rate that is eclipsing other demographics. Discover how they’re climbing to the top of the wine industry, doing it their way and sharing stories and success with others who will follow. Check out my article on Essence.com. Click here: https://www.essence.com/lifestyle/black-women-in-wine/

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

“You’re a dreamer.” That’s what her friends say. That’s her essence.  Middle-aged Ada Harris (Lesley Manville, The Crown) works tirelessly as a housekeeper for rich folks in 1950s London. She scrubs, sews and keeps things tidy for wealthy, impervious snots. Her husband Eddie, a solider, went missing and never returned from WWII. She’s alone and grieves […]

Houston — Take an Illuminating Black History and Cultural Tour  

Visit Houston and its rich African American heritage will amaze you. Discover historic sights, bike around iconic neighborhoods. Visit museums and cultural centers. Eat and drink around the city. Experience Black life in HTX and your soul will be enriched.  Houston’s Long History of Black Folks The African American population in Houston has been significant almost […]