Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Hits All the Right Notes

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom tells the story of one afternoon in a Chicago recording studio in 1927. Two white men were determined to record 4 songs by Ma Rainey and her band. They intended to make big money from the records. It’s streaming on Netflix.

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Review: Troop Zero

Troop Zero is a moving, inspiring, underdog story streaming on Prime Video. It’s about an unlikely gaggle of kids who stand up to the universe and say, “I am here.”

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Review: Fast Color

I absolutely loved Fast Color! I loved the actors, I loved the plot, I loved the ending. I love the premise that Black women have the power to save the world. Fast Color is available on Amazon Video. If you haven’t seen it you really must watch it.

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There are so few women-written reviews of “Widows,” it’s ridiculous!

So I wrote a review of Widows. I’m a woman. I was reading a review by another woman, Carmen Phillips, at Autostraddle. I suddenly had a burning desire to see just how many Widows reviews by women I could find. Continue reading “There are so few women-written reviews of “Widows,” it’s ridiculous!”

Review: Widows

Widows is crammed with star power, blessed with an engaging but tricky plot, and is a paen to female empowerment. I was expecting lots of action from the women, but the story built slowly toward a few moments of action at the end. Continue reading “Review: Widows”

Brain Dump: New Amsterdam, The Gifted, Manifest

The fall TV season started this week and it’s time for a few short pot shots at new and returning shows. Comments will include New Amsterdam, The Gifted, and Manifest. A couple of really short comments about this and that may get tacked on, too. Continue reading “Brain Dump: New Amsterdam, The Gifted, Manifest”

Review: America Inside Out with Katie Couric

America Inside Out with Katie Couric is a 6 episode documentary series of discussions with Americans in various situations. Each episode is a deep dive into a topic of importance at the current time in the country. Continue reading “Review: America Inside Out with Katie Couric”

Brain Dump: The Gifted, Ten Days in the Valley, Supergirl, and Etc.

The fall TV season is underway, with old favorites coming back and new shows revealing their opening episodes. Time to unleash a brain dump, which is a few short takes on several shows. Continue reading “Brain Dump: The Gifted, Ten Days in the Valley, Supergirl, and Etc.”

Watch This: Trailer for Custody with Viola Davis

Lifetime TV’s Custody premiers March 4th. It has an outstanding cast including Viola Davis as a NYC family court judge, Hayden Panettiere as a lawyer, and Catalina Sandino Moreno as a mom who may lose her kids. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Custody with Viola Davis”

Brain Dump: Thursday Nights on ABC

I haven’t done a brain dump in a while. My definition of a brain dump is sharing a few thoughts about several things at once. This time it’s Thursday night on ABC with Grey’s Anatomy, Notorious and How to Get Away with Murder on my mind. Continue reading “Brain Dump: Thursday Nights on ABC”