The Reel Critic Interviews: Thandie Newton on “For Colored Girls”

Fact: The film For Colored Girls is coming November 5 to every probable theater near you.

Fact: Written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry and starring a bevy of Black actresses that are no less than powerful.

Fact: Taken from a beacon in African American literature entitled, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange*.

Fun Fact: *say N-toe-zauk-kay and then say Shong-ay

As a writer and a “lil colored girl for which the rainbow was more than enuf”, I stand as one of the people who are nervous about this film being guided by Tyler Perry.   No need to lay out the reasons, we all have them.  I’m nervous.  This is a serious piece of Black culture and the lady Shange carries  Tony, Emmy and Grammy nominations behind this serious piece of Black history.   I’m just saying… I wanna be surprised.

The cast is filled with strong backs that can carry lightweights (no naming names)… and we love the mix of Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Janet Jackson, Kimberly Elise, Phylicia Rashad, Loretta Devine, Tessa Thompson, Whoopi Goldberg, Macy Gray and Thandie Newton.

You’d have to almost purposefully mess up to mess this up.

Tyler – please… surprise me.  Make me feel it.  Let me know that Brown and Madea weren’t done in vain…
I want you to win Tyler Perry.  But you gotta earn this one, or they(we) are gonna eat you.


That said… we turn our gaze to our favorite movie critic – Reggie Ponder, The Reel Critic.  I’ve had the pleasure of working with Reggie on press junkets and I love the way he gets people to really open up.  Sometimes, you catch beautiful moments like this one…when artists truly ARE artists in their expressions.

Reggie interviewed the lovely Thandie Newton about For Colored Girls, and when you watch… you can see how she feels about participating in something so powerful.  These are the moments I gain respect for artists… when it’s real you can feel it.  This almost makes me feel less nervous…

Yeah well, we’ll see.  November 5 – For Colored Girls will be up for the checking.

Great part 1 interview – I’m looking forward to sharing part 2 with you guys once it’s in my inbox.

As always… smashing work Mr. Ponder.


Devil in the Details: Doritos After Dark w/ Rihanna

Apparently all this chit chat on various sites about occult meanings in Rihanna’s music has hit motherload status, and it was only a matter of time before brands started taking advantage of the appeal.

Doritos has partnered with Rihanna for an augmented reality spree that let’s the consumer(read: user) flow between the sweet and colorful and the darker sides of her personality.  Users point the on-bag graphic on special edition Doritos Late Night bags at webcams for a special Rihanna performance that can be altered depending on how you move the bag – playing on the day and night themes.

First thought: Sounds like someone in the marketing dept. is living out his teen fantasy…

The Doritos Late Night campaign kicks off with special single called Who’s That Chick?”  by David Guetta featuring Rihanna that flows into an interactive experience.

I’ll post the dual-sided video here so all my conspiracy friends can discuss the symbols…I see ’em too, my loves.. I see them too.

I’ll also post a link for my marketing/pr friends who might actually wanna read the press release announcing the program.


Overall – should be a global winner… and yet another giant leap forward in speculative fiction-flavored advertising.

Marketers… augmented reality, conspiracy theory and pop culture just had a menage a trois.  If you haven’t stepped your game up yet…goodnight and goodbye.

The Indie Grinder: Room 11

Nothing makes me happier than balls out creativity in music…

We live in a world of cookies, cutters and haters, where everyone either falls in line or stands on the box to find something wrong with going against the grain.

I love Room 11.  For the sheer audacity to be something other than… and for doing it so well.

Now that we’re back in the time before hip hop and in a state of world poverty…acts like this one are on the rise.

Salute to the Indie Grinder… and my peeps.  Room 11.

Dolores – Vocals

Allegra – Vocals, Keys

Marty Murphy – Drums

Frankie Blaze – Plays Guitar “like a muhfuh”

Big Ced – Bass, Vocals, Gumption


Now, go make Mark Zuckerberg happy and Facebook these people!

How to Win: “Do” First

Interesting video and amazing insights for the rogue worker bee turned entrepreneur.

This is how I think… amazing.  Huge admiration for the folks at Threadless.

I truly believe there is no better way to get things done, than to just start doing.
We have an intense fear of success in this world and it’s important to break that nasty cycle.
Go out…make a mistake in the name of “doing” and always be visualizing “getting it done”.

You never know where you’ll end up.

Where’s my blowdart gun dammit??

Word to those rappers who holler about “winning”.   Firing clients!?  LOL  Threadless is SO WINNING.