Support MSQ During COVID-19 Pandemic

As movie theaters across the country temporarily shut their doors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Movie Scene Queen was forced to make some difficult decisions as movie screenings are our bread and butter. We are teaming up with Revival Printing Company to help small businesses, like Movie Scene Queen, during these hard times.

We encourage you to purchase a t-shirt for only $20. When you purchase a shirt, $10 goes directly to Movie Scene Queen supporting our Single Parent Project. So, you’ll be supporting two local small businesses– MSQ and Revival Printing Company.

 

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The first 50 people who purchase a Movie Scene Queen t-shirt will automatically be entered in a raffle to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card! The winner will be announced April 15th.

 

No taxes. No hidden fees. Free shipping. Shirts are available at https://www.pghtees.com/product/movie-scene-queen.

A Quiet Place Part II Passes

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Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.

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Movie Scene Queen and Paramount Pictures are hosting A QUIET PLACE PART II ADVANCE SCREENING. Please join us in Monday, March 16th at 7:30PM at AMC Waterfront 22.  Please comment below with your favorite sequel. My favorite sequel of all time is Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992).

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

The Invisible Man Passes

What would you do if your abusive partner suddenly became invisible?

Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer, NBC’s The InBetween), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge, Straight Outta Compton) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid, HBO’s Euphoria).

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The Invisible Man screening will be held on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 7:30 PM. Please comment below with your interest. See you at the movies!

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Sweat Equity: Merecedes Williams is ready for her closeup

By Tony Norman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The first row of the balcony at an advance screening for “Harriet” at AMC Waterfront 22 in Homestead was filled with high school students from Allderdice, laughing and enjoying the evening out.

The laughter settled down once the movie started and the life of 19th-century abolitionist Harriet Tubman unfurled on the screen. They were absorbing the re-creation of a world they had missed by more than 160 years. Still, there was no denying the parts that resonated.

Merecedes J. Williams, aka Movie Scene Queen, looks forward to that moment of recognition. The social media project assistant for Pittsburgh Public Schools is also the movie critic for The New Pittsburgh Courier.

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It was in her capacity as the Courier’s movie critic with access to free advance screenings that it occurred to Ms. Williams to make that opportunity available to Pittsburgh Public School students when it comes to films with educational value.

With the mission of expanding awareness of quality films for young people, Ms. Williams created the Movie Scene Queen entertainment blog seven years ago. Her goal then — as now — is to engage young people in discussions of films and to make free passes available to those in the Pittsburgh Public Schools who want to attend advance screenings.

On evenings when she is supervising a dozen or so students at a screening, Ms. Williams is also thinking about how to approach the movie critically and fairly as a reviewer. She’s both hostess and critic on those occasions, a burden she happily accepts many years into the gig.

The first movie she reviewed for the Courier was “Fruitvale Station,” the 2013 Michael B. Jordan classic about the killing of an unarmed and handcuffed black commuter by cops at a BART Station in Oakland, Calif.

“I thought, ‘Wow, how can I write about this?’” she said, recalling the tears streaming down her face when the movie was over. She fought her way through the sorrow to an evaluation of the film based on its aesthetic merits and social/political implications for African American viewers.

“This is much more than a movie,” she said of the film directed by Ryan Coogler. He would later gain even more fame as the director of “Black Panther,” one of the highest grossing movies of all time. “This is a film about unrepresented people who are being slaughtered by those who are supposed to protect and serve them,” she said.

Just as every superhero movie has an origin story, it was at that moment that Merecedes J. Williams became Movie Scene Queen.

There was so much educational value — painful as it was in a film like “Fruitvale Station” — that she wanted to play a role in exposing young people to that aspect of cinema culture.

“The idea was to stick with black films that predominantly showcase black actors, producers or directors,” she said. Early on, Ms. Williams also decided she had a social responsibility to bring things up in her movie reviews, even though it might cause some people to “look sideways at her” for being too preachy.

“It’s important to me to stay true to myself in every movie review, especially when I’m representing my opinion to a population I’m a part of,” she said of the Courier’s predominantly African American readership. “It’s a burden I’ll live with for the rest of my life as long as I’m black, female and writing.”

Read more at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sweat Equity: Merecedes Williams is ready for her closeup

Pittsburgh’s ‘Movie Scene Queen,’ Merecedes J. Williams, celebrates seven years in business

The New Pittsburgh Courier’s film critic, Merecedes J. Williams, will celebrate seven years in business by being a guest bartender at Stanley’s Lounge in Homewood, 7403 Frankstown Ave., on Jan. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. She will be joined by WAMO 100.1 FM’s Portia Foxx. All tips will directly benefit Williams’ Single Parent Project, an initiative that provides free movies, concessions and transportation to single-parent families, families with incarcerated parents, and foster families.

State Rep. Edward C. Gainey will present Williams with a state proclamation at Stanley’s Lounge to celebrate the business milestone and the corresponding community-based work.

In 2019, Williams distributed more than 4,200 free movie tickets, raised over $2,000 to send local high school students to see the movie “Harriet,” and sent 144 families to the movies via the Single Parent Project.

UPDATE: Movie Scene Queen raised $545 for the Single Parent Project. 

Read more at the New Pittsburgh Courier, Pittsburgh’s ‘Movie Scene Queen,’ Merecedes J. Williams, celebrates seven years in business

Dolittle Passes

Dolittle stars Robert Downey Jr. with an ALL-STAR voice cast of supporting actors. After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Downey), famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company.

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The screening will be Saturday, January 11 at 10:00 AM at AMC Waterfront 22. Please comment below with your favorite animal movie. For me, it’s easy! I love Monkey Trouble (1994) and Dunston Checks In (1996).

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Like A Boss Passes

Best friends Mia and Mel run their own cosmetics company — a business they built from the ground up. But they’re also in over their heads financially, and the prospect of a buyout offer from an industry titan proves too tempting to pass up. The beauty business is now about to get ugly as the proposal puts Mia and Mel’s lifelong friendship to the ultimate test.

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Calling all my bosses to the Pittsburgh advance screening of Like A Boss next Tuesday on the South Side. Please comment below with your favorite Tiffany Haddish or Billy Porter moment for a link to tickets. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Porter at CMU a few years ago, and he was the sweetest man ever. He let the students sing for him. He took photos. He signed autographs. A real treat!

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Hustlers Passes

Calling all female hustlers!

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Starring Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu, inspired by a New York Magazine article by Jessica Pressler that went viral, former strip club employees band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.

On September 11, Movie Scene Queen and female hustler Peachie Wimbush-Polk will host a special screening of Hustlers.

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Please comment below with the name of your favorite female hustler!

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Press Release: Movie Scene Queen Receives City Proclamation Alongside Pittsburgh’s Leading Ladies

Pittsburgh, PA May 8, 2019- Councilman Reverend Ricky Burgess will present a proclamation to declare Tuesday, May 14, 2019, as “Movie Scene Queen Day” in the City of Pittsburgh.

Movie Scene Queen (MSQ), an interactive entertainment blog for free movies and music, recently celebrated six years in business, hosting 215 advanced movie screenings, and distributing more than 50,000 free movie tickets to Pittsburgh residents.

Movie Scene Queen is calling on 100 queens to gather at the City-County Building at 10 AM to accept the proclamation. In celebration of women empowerment, one of Movie Scene Queen’s core values, Pittsburgh’s Leading Ladies are asked to stand beside founding owner Merecedes J. Williams as City Hall turns in to a gallery of accomplished female trailblazers.

“This day is more than glitz and glamour, but the celebration of women in business and their commitment to making Pittsburgh a better place,” said Merecedes J. Williams, founding owner of Movie Scene Queen. “Movie Scene Queen provides a platform in community service, a voice for the unheard, and access to entertainment for all.”

Later that day, City Council, Mayor Bill Peduto, and proclamation attendees are invited to a complimentary movie screening to commemorate the day. An advance screening of Universal’s A Dog’s Journey will be held at AMC Waterfront 22 at 7 PM. Starring Dennis Quad, A Dog’s Journey is about a dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he meets.

More about Movie Scene Queen
Movie Scene Queen is a one-woman show where all amenities and services are free. Movie Scene Queen serves as the official film critic for the New Pittsburgh Courier and Soul Pitt Magazine. The New Pittsburgh Courier honored Mrs. Williams as a member of the Class of 2013’s Fab 40 under 40. WHIRL Magazine inducted Mrs. Williams and Movie Scene Queen in the 2016 Women in Business Class. In April 2018, Movie Scene Queen earned Pennsylvania Keystone Press Award-second place for Feature Beat Reporting.

Beltzhoover native James ‘Ruff Bone’ White creates ‘Everyday Hustle’ — film showing at Penn Hills Cinema, Nov. 9

No script. No actors. No budget. That’s what Beltzhoover native James “Ruff Bone” White was working with when he created, directed, and produced the film, “Everyday Hustle.” White stars in the movie as a single father who fights the pressures of returning to the drug game. His criminal record haunts him at every job interview as he tries to live life right, all while taking care of his 6-month-old daughter, Kimora.

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“Everyday Hustle came about from me being at home watching my daughter. I was just filming myself feeding her, and then I thought about making a documentary about single dads. I started making up scenes and calling friends to be a part of it,” said White.

White takes “keeping it in the family” to a whole new level when his family and friends chipped in to serve as characters in “Everyday Hustle.” His wife, Quaila, plays his deceased wife and she is co-executive producer of the movie. Baby Kimora brightens the big screen with her beautiful smile, starring in the movie as his daughter. White’s children, Jadyn, Nason, Nasyr, Jayda, Norah and Jiana, serve as executive producers. Von Madden Tiffany “Fya” Lucas, Joe “Owey” Gales, Chevar “Fat Mac” Simpkins, James “Pwee” White, and Kizzl lent their talents as well. The institution of family is clearly a premise to the film.

Read more at the New Pittsburgh Courier Beltzhoover native James ‘Ruff Bone’ White creates ‘Everyday Hustle’ — film showing at Penn Hills Cinema, Nov. 9

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