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Attend our Race & Community Screening of Do The Right Thing + #Blacklivesmatter Panel Discussion



Kush ‘Film Boutique’ – The UK’s No 1 Exhibition Platform for Urban Films
Presents a Special ‘Race & Community’ Film Screening Event

Kush Films presents a special cinematic event focussing on race and community on Thursday 11th August.  Its 26 years since the release of Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed comedy/drama ‘Do The Right Thing’, we revisit this important film and its contentious racial storyline. Following the screening will be a special #BlackLivesMatter panel debate with invited guest speakers focusing on the relevance of Do The Right Thing today and how the BLM social movement can unite supporters in the US and UK and progressively move positively forward; bringing about tangible lasting change which better alters community relations with law enforcement and unites black communities both home and abroad economically.

Join us for networking and music in the bar prior to film.
Date: Thursday 11th Aug
Time: 7.30pm (music/networking in bar) for 8.30pm film start

Guest Panel: George Ruddock (Editor – The Voice Newspaper), Lee Jasper (Social Justice Activist), Temi Mwale (Founder 4Front Project), Kayza Rose (Blackoutlnd) & others attending representing Blacklivesmatter.

Hosted by: Livingston Gilchrist

Tickets: Early Bird Sale: just £6 up to 5th Aug & then thereafter £15 (students, OAP’s reduced prices)
Venue: Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent street, London, W1B 2UW

Bookings: www.regentstreetcinema.com / Tel: 0207 911 5050

Do The Right Thing (15)
Spike Lee’s incendiary look at race relations in America, circa 1989, is so colourful and exuberant for its first three-quarters that you can almost forget the terrible confrontation that the movie inexorably builds toward. Do the Right Thing is a joyful, tumultuous masterpiece–maybe the best film ever made about race in America, revealing racial prejudices and stereotypes in all their guises and demonstrating how a deadly riot can erupt out of a series of small misunderstandings. Set on one block in Bedford-Stuyvesant on the hottest day of the summer, the movie shows the whole spectrum of life in this neighbourhood and then leaves it up to us to decide if, in the end, anybody actually does the “right thing.”

Starring: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, John Turturro, Spike Lee, Giancarlo Esposito, Richard Edson, Ruby Dee, Bill Nunn, Paul Benjamin, Rosie Perez, Robin Harris, Frankie Faison, Frank Vincent, Steve White, Leonard L. Thomas, Samuel L. Jackson, Joie Lee, John Savage, Miguel Sandoval, Rick Aiello, Roger Guenveur Smith & Martin Lawrence.

More info: Kush Promotions & PR / Tel: 0203 070 3200 / email: info@kushfilms.com

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Colourfulradio.com, Blaksox.com, BlackOutLDN.co.uk, voice-online.co.uk, thebritishblacklist.co.uk

Come & Celebrate 25 years of cult classic House Party – Screening July 19th

Original article courtesy of www.voice-online.co.uk


A special pyjama-themed screening will take place in London on July 19

THE HILARIOUS, hip-hop coming of age film House Party celebrates its 25th year this year.

Yet, three sequels and several spin-off fragments later, nothing compares to the 1990 classic.

In 1986, Harvard University undergraduate Reginald Hudlin won an award for a short thesis film called, House Party. Three years later, he and brother, Warrington, expanded the short film into the full-length version we know today.

The first House Party’film grossed $26,385,627 in its run at the box office with its widest release being in 700 theatres.

The original film script was written for crossover rap superstars, Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince HouseParty_stillturned Hollywood star Will Smith. However, they declined the offer and the film was modified for Kid – of Kid N’ Play fame – to occupy the role originally intended for Will Smith. Martin Lawrence was cast in the role originally intended for DJ Jazzy Jeff.

Robin Harris, who played Kid’s widower father, passed away nine days after the film was made. His comedic genius was able to live on through the film’s director, Reginald Hudlin, who produced an animated film called Bébé’s Kids in 1992, which was based on Robin’s comedy routines and voiced by Faizon Love.

Its release coincided with a black film resurgence taking place in the United States.

Spike Lee, Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Mr. Paul Mooney, Robert Townsend, Keenan Ivory Wayans and his brother Damon Wayans were all at the heights of their fame and formed part of a collective dubbed by the media as ‘The Black Pack’ – a play on ‘The Brat Pack’ of the 1980’s.

The influence of Kid N’ Play and House Party are sometimes overlooked in terms of their role as pioneers in the rap crossover of the early 1990s, which we often more associate with MC Hammer and The Fresh Prince.

In fact, the Fresh Prince of Bell Air TV show was the brainchild of Quincy Jones and Benny Medina, who pitched the idea after seeing the success of the film and knowing both Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith had declined previously.HouseParty_still2

The rap duo accepted and in September 1990, the show became a huge hit worldwide and is often cited as ‘the black Only Fools And Horses’.

In terms of making rap music and hip-hop accessible and more accepted in mainstream circles, House Party was one of the biggest platforms to do such at the time.

To celebrate this pioneering piece of black cinema, the Tabernacle Theatre in Notting Hill, west London will be screening House Party on Sunday, July 19, in a special Pyjama Jam themed screening.

It will be Certificate 15 and dress code will be Pyjama Jam.

For tickets visit: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/house-party-film-tickets-17450607236