Priah Ferguson—An inspiration to young Black girls

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THE COURIER’S MERECEDES J. WILLIAMS interviews Priah Ferguson, left, who plays Erica Sinclair on the Netflix show “Stranger Things.”

There’s clearly no age requirement for Black Girl Magic. In recent months, we have seen a 14-year-old movie producer (Marsai Martin) and a 94-year-old icon grace the cover of Time magazine (Cicely Tyson). Now, to join the ranks and sprinkle her own magic around the world is 12-year-old Priah Ferguson.

The breakout Netfl ix star is on the verge of appear-ing in her second season on the hit show, “Stranger Things,” which will be released on Independence Day. On June 21 here in Pittsburgh, I had a chance to sit down with Ferguson and chat about some things we can expect from her in the near future.

Ferguson also threw out the first pitch at PNC Park, where the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Diego Padres, 2-1. Ferguson might have been a good luck charm because the Bucs went on to sweep the three-game series.

On a press tour for the third season of the science fi ction thriller, Ferguson says viewers “can expect a bigger role” from her character, Erica Sinclair. This season, Ferguson de-clares that Erica and her group of friends are “on a mission.”

Ferguson, who has also appeared in the Em-my-award winning series “Atlanta,” prepared for this role. From listening to ‘80s music to rummag-ing through her grand-mother’s photo albums, she got a pulse of what it means to be a kid 35 years ago. “I have a little bit of Erica in me,” she said.

Read more at the New Pittsburgh Courier, Priah Ferguson—An inspiration to young Black girls (Merecedes’ column July 3)

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The Hot Zone Passes

Starring Golden Globe and Emmy award winner Julianna Margulies as Dr. Nancy Jaax, The Hot Zone is based on the eponymous international best-seller by Richard Preston. It is inspired by a true story about the origins of Ebola, a highly infectious and deadly virus from the central African rainforest and its arrival on US soil in 1989. When this killer suddenly appeared in monkeys in a scientific research lab in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., there was no known cure. A heroic U.S. Army scientist (Dr. Nancy Jaax) working with a secret military specialized team put her life on the line to head off the outbreak before it spread to the human population.

Please join Movie Scene Queen for a special screening of the first two episodes on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in the Waterfront. Comment below with your interest.

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Mortal Engines Passes

In Mortal Engines, a mysterious young woman named Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar) joins forces with Anna Fang (Jihae), a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head, and Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan), an outcast from London, to lead a rebellion against a giant predator city on wheels.

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Movie Scene Queen is hosting a screening of MORTAL ENGINES on Tuesday, December 11 AM at the AMC Waterfront 22!  Please comment below with your interest, and we’ll send you two tickets!

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A Wrinkle in Time Passes

After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.

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Movie Scene Queen is hosting a screening on Monday, March 5, 2018.  Please comment below with your favorite Oprah moment.  It’s so hard to choose.  Recently, Oprah Winfrey was at a press event promoting this movie and she spoke so eloquently about negative forces.  Her explanation will stick with me for the rest of my life.  It’s so easy to be cynical.  But, it’s more rewarding to be the light.

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Black Panther Passes

T’Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.

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We have four prize packs which includes two tickets to a February 12th screening at Pittsburgh Mills, a Black Panther hat, shirt, and mini poster.  Please comment below with your favorite superhero.

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Downsizing Passes

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Downsizing imagines what might happen if, as a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall and propose a 200-year global transition from big to small.  People soon realize how much further money goes in a miniaturized world, and with the promise of a better life, everyman Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in Omaha in order to get small and move to a new downsized community — a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.

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Interested in joining Movie Scene Queen for an advance screening of DOWNSIZING on December  19?  Just answer one question:  What’s the first thing you would purchase with your “downsizing” fortune?  I’d buy a house.  It would be the size of a closet, but in the downsizing world that’s a mansion.

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Justice League Passes

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes-Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash-it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

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Movie Scene Queen and Warner Brothers Pictures are hosting a special screening of  JUSTICE LEAGUE on Tuesday, November 14 at AMC Waterfront 22 at 7:30pm.  Please comment below with your favorite Justice Leaguer.  Although I’m all for girl power, I have to skip on Wonder Woman and go with Cyborg.  He’s my favorite!

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Morgan Passes

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A corporate troubleshooter (Kate Mara) is sent to a remote, top-secret location, where she is to investigate and evaluate a terrifying accident.  She learns the event was triggered by a seemingly innocent “human,” who presents a mystery of both infinite promise and incalculable danger.

The screening of 20th Century Fox’s new horror film, MORGAN, will be at the AMC Waterfront 22 on Wednesday, August 24th at 7:30 PM. Please comment below with your LEAST favorite science fiction movie or TV series.  The X-Files was corny.  As hard as I tried, I just couldn’t get into it.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2 Passes

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As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts by the Capitol, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance.

Below please find more information about the screening:

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2 (PG-13)
Tuesday, November 17th
@ 7:30PM
AMC Waterfront 22

Please comment below with your favorite moment from The Hunger Games movie series.  Admittedly, I have never experienced The Hunger Games book or movie. First time for everything…right?

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