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

The Courier’s ‘Movie Scene Queen’ has a new Leading Man

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As many in Pittsburgh know, Merecedes has been reviewing movies for more than five years and, as a writer for the Courier, was recently recognized as one of the best feature category writers in the state by the Pennsylvania Newsmedia Association! The movie-themed wedding was held in Cheswick, where the couple welcomed 125 guests.

Source: New Pittsburgh Courier The Courier’s ‘Movie Scene Queen’ has a new Leading Man

FILM REVIEW: ‘Stranger Fruit’ documentary reminds one of Antwon Rose shooting

While everybody was renewing their Starz subscription for the fifth season of “Power,” I was browsing through the new movies in my down time and stumbled across “Stranger Fruit.”

The documentary originally premiered at the 2017 SXSW film festival and received some backlash for never-before-seen footage of Mike Brown the day before his murder. So, filmmaker and director Jason Pollock did some more digging and released an extended version of the film in April. Starz picked it up in June.

And, now, we are here.

The most controversial part of the documentary was a key piece of evidence that the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department decided to bury. A surveillance video of Mike Brown the night before his murder showed him in the same convenience store where he was accused of a strong-arm robbery. The question begs: Why would Mike Brown, who seemed to have a working relationship with store staff, go in the very next day and “rob” the joint?

The video was never admitted into evidence or released to the public, further proving the modern-day cover up in the death of Michael Brown Jr.

Read more at the New Pittsburgh Courier: Is East Pittsburgh the new Ferguson? ‘Stranger Fruit’ documentary reminds one of Antwon Rose shooting (July 11)

MORE THAN PIZZA: I am Jade Martin

How ironic that MLK weekend in Pittsburgh was kicked off with viral footage of a woman named Jade Martin being assaulted by a Pizza Milano staff member.  Everything Dr. King stood for like non-violence, peace, and civil rights were dismantled when Jade Martin was physically disrespected.

For each time her head banged off of that cold floor, a tear fell down my face.  That could have easily been me.  Jade Martin could have been me.  I am unapologetic.  I am defiant.  I have a “smart mouth.”  I sometimes have an attitude.  I am Jade Martin!

Zone 2 police should have been called, but instead a coward dispatched his innermost hate to inflict pain on Jade Martin.

Shame on all of the people saying “she should have just left”, “oh well”, “we won’t be talking about this tomorrow”, “y’all still going to eat down there”, “logging off of Facebook”.  The insensitivity is deafening, and it’s a sign of everything but courage and compassion.

As a Pizza Milano frequent flier, I will never step foot in there again.  It’s more than copping pizzas and chilling down there after a PPG Paints Arena event. It’s our responsibility to take notice and cripple the entire economic foundation Pizza Milano sits upon.

Every large institution in a 2-mile radius should also refuse its convenient services— The Penguins, PPG Paints Arena, and Duquesne University.

I couldn’t be there physically but I salute the men and women who are on the front lines boycotting Pizza Milano: I see you, Bo, Allison, Lance, and Vernard! 💪 No Justice.  No Pizza.

I am JADE MARTIN!

With Love,

Yours in Service,

Merecedes J. Howze
Owner, Movie Scene Queen

All Pittsburgh Black women need a ‘Girls Trip’

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NEW ORLEANS, LA – JUNE 30: Hand fans featuring the cast of the movie Girls Trip are seen during the Essence Music Festival at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images for Universal)

Starring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish, the Flossy Posse head to New Orleans for the Essence Festival after a five-year hiatus. Tension and drinks fly as the women try to enjoy their trip and rekindle their sisterhood.

Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett-Smith were already a part of a bad girls group in 1996’s “Set It Off,” which they reference in the film. The best buds reunite after 21 years and manage to gain two new besties. “Girls Trip” reminds us that, regardless of turmoil or disagreements, Black women have an unbreakable bond amongst their closest friends.

This movie is an uplifting, tear-jerking ball of entertainment. On screen, the women mesh so well and create a friendly reminder of what it is like to hang with your girls. Regina Hall is mild-mannered and gorgeous. Queen Latifah is representing for all of the big girls with a tasteful, flaunting wardrobe. Jada Pinkett-Smith puts all other 45-year-olds to shame with her impeccable physique.

But, the newest actress to Hollywood stole the show. Tiffany Haddish is raunchy, cross-the-line funny, and simply effervescent. I couldn’t imagine any other leading actress playing that role. She nailed it.

Read more at the New Pittsburgh Courier: All Pittsburgh Black women need a ‘Girls Trip’ (Merecedes’ Movie Review July 19)

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