Muting R. Kelly is the only choice, says the Courier’s Merecedes J. Williams

One of R&B’s biggest stars is under fire after a damaging documentary sparked off the new year. R. Kelly has released 12 albums, sold over 75 million records, and earned three Grammys. We’ve all been to a gathering where his hit song, “Step in the Name of Love” was on the playlist, and “I Believe I Can Fly” was a moment of inspiration. But, even in the midst of all that success, seven women came forward in Lifetime’s heartbreaking six-part docuseries, “Surviving R. Kelly.”

“Surviving R. Kelly” is a never-ending horror show. It seems like there was not enough tissue for the women who reminisced on the real-life nightmares they underwent at the hands of the “Bump ‘n Grind” singer.

The nail in the coffin for me was the number of people who turned a blind eye to pedophilia, abuse, and human trafficking. R. Kelly is a monster, and it is time to silence R. Kelly indefinitely.

We need to not only “Mute R. Kelly” (#MuteRKelly is a nationwide movement), but we must strip him of every civil liberty and financial resource. Hurting his pockets and livelihood is the only way to stop a vicious predator from destroying any more lives. We need to stop buying his records and purchasing concert tickets.

Celebrities with power and influence, specifically those who have worked with R. Kelly in the past, need to denounce him as well. Similar to John Legend, who was part of the docuseries, they should publicly express their concern about his predatory behavior and refuse to work with him on any level.

Read more at the New Pittsburgh Courier: Muting R. Kelly is the only choice, says the Courier’s Merecedes J. Williams

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Pitch Perfect 3 Passes

Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return in Pitch Perfect 3!

After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth.  But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.

Pitch Perfect 3

Would you like to join Movie Scene Queen for the last installment of the Pitch Perfect franchise, PITCH PERFECT 3?  The screening will be held at Southside Works on Tuesday, December 19 at 7:30 PM. Please comment below with your favorite Pitch Perfect moment.

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

2Pac movie ‘All Eyez on Me’ is amazing, despite the haters

WAMO 100 ADVANCE SCREENING— The Courier’s film critic and Movie Scene Queen owner, Merecedes J. Howze, with rapper Kid Ink, who was in Pittsburgh to watch the advance screening of ‘All Eyez on Me’ with hundreds of WAMO 100 listeners at Southside Works, June 15. (Photo by Gail Manker)

Demetrius Shipp Jr. kicks off “Summer17” with an amazing portrayal of the late, great Tupac Shakur in “All Eyez On Me.” Yup, you read that right, “Amazing!”

While some took this film as an opportunity to nitpick, I watched “All Eyez On Me” as a film critic and beloved fan. Released on Tupac’s birthday, June 16, the picture was well-written and did a really great job of cramming 25 years of life into two hours.

Shipp, the man who played Tupac, was very authentic in capturing the thuggish, conscious ways of the Death Row Records rapper. Shipp not only resembles Tupac tremendously, he also perfected his mannerisms, from how he held his cigarette to his fast speech. We’ve seen the sad attempts of actors trying to play Tupac before and Shipp has risen to the top.

Read more at the New Pittsburgh Courier: 2Pac movie ‘All Eyez on Me’ is amazing, despite the haters

All Eyez On Me Passes

WAMO 100 and Movie Scene Queen are celebrating Black Music Appreciation Month with a special screening of All Eyez On Me, the untold story of Tupac Shakur.

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The true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur (Demetrius Shipp Jr.), from his early days in New York to his status as one of the world’s most recognized and influential voices. Against all odds, Shakur’s raw talent, powerful lyrics and revolutionary mindset establish him as a cultural icon whose legacy continues to grow long after his death.

The special premiere of All Eyez On Me will be held on Thursday, June 15 at South Side Works Cinemas.  Please comment below with your favorite Tupac song.  Issa tie for me: Brenda’s Got a Baby and I Ain’t Mad At Cha.

A special thank you to WAMO 100 for making this event possible!

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Review: How I literally fell for Beyoncé — New Pittsburgh Courier

PITTSBURGH, PA – Beyonce performs during the Formation World Tour at Heinz Field on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Daniela Vesco/Parkwood Entertainment)

Moments before Beyoncé hit the stage at Heinz Field last Tuesday, I hit the floor– literally!  Anxious to see the Queen Bey again was the least of my worries when I found out that there were two bathroom options for patrons with floor seats. You could choose from a series of ghastly portable bathrooms or walk up two flights of steps for a proper lavatory.

At 32 weeks pregnant, the journey was endless.  Fatigued and tired, I made my way back to my seat and fell coming down my last set of steps. Beyoncé didn’t hit the stage yet so I had two options; either seek medical attention immediately or bare the pain to catch a just one more glimpse of Mrs. Carter herself.

The decision was clear.  Although irresponsible, I stayed for one of the best concerts Pittsburgh has ever seen.  Yoncé throwbacks intertwined with cool sips from her “lemonade” made the pain unrecognizable.

via Review: How I literally fell for Beyoncé — New Pittsburgh Courier

Jem and the Hologram Passes

Jem and the Holograms

Starring Aubrey Peeples, Jem and the Holograms is about four musical sisters catapult from underground video sensations to global superstars.

Catch the movie on Wednesday, October 21 at South Side Works. Please comment below with your favorite music movie.  I pretty much love every movie based off of real music, but here’s a few of my favorites: Dreamgirls (2006), Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998), and What’s Love Got to Do With It (1993).

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

We Are Your Friends Passes

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Young Cole Carter (Zac Efron) dreams of hitting the big time as a Hollywood disc jockey, spending his days and nights hanging with buddies and working on the one track that will set the world on fire. Opportunity comes knocking when he meets James Reed, a charismatic DJ who takes the 23-year-old under his wing. Soon, his seemingly clear path to success gets complicated when he starts falling for his mentor’s girlfriend, jeopardizing his new friendship and the future he seems destined to fulfill.

Warner Brothers Pictures and Movie Scene Queen presents an advance screening of We Are Your Friends on Monday, August 24th in the Waterfront beginning at 7:30 PM.  Please comment below with your favorite Zac Efron moment.

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Straight Outta Compton Passes

In 1980s California, a group of young men (O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell) form the hip-hop group N.W.A and revolutionize music and pop culture with brutally honest songs about life in the ‘hood.  Director of Friday and Law Abiding Citizen, F. Gary Gray is teaming up with Ice Cube again to bring you…

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The advance screening of Straight Outta Compton will be held on Tuesday, August 11 at 7:30pm at the AMC Waterfront 22. To join me in this special screening, please comment below with your favorite West Coast movie.  I have a few: Next Friday (2000), Training Day (2001), and Rush Hour 2 (2001).

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Magic Mike XXL Passes

“Magic Mike XXL” reunites Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias, stars of the 2012 worldwide hit “Magic Mike” (2012).  Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, “Magic Mike XXL” finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them.

Magic Mike XXL film poster
(Courtesy of Warner Brothers Pictures)

Beginning at 7:30 pm on Thursday, June 25th, Movie Scene Queen and Warner Brothers Pictures is hosting a special screening at AMC Waterfront 22.  Please comment below with your favorite Channing Tatum movie for a chance to win tickets.

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

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