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Dear Young Black Pittsburgh

GSKY5160Dear Young Black Pittsburgh,

This letter is short, sweet and straight to the point.  It’s not filled with attractive anecdotes, but my truth as a Pittsburgh native.

Life MIGHT hand you shut off notices, rejection letters, government assistance and other tangible evidence of insurmountable failures.

These setbacks can also come in the form of friends, family, and foes…

Black Pittsburgh is supposed to be “inclusive” and, instead, even the smallest difference promotes exclusion.  Money and power reigns over servitude and generosity.

Some people will be intimidated by your strength and find ways to emasculate your talents.  The compare and contrast is a sign of their weakness to keep you from sitting at a table you were never meant to break bread on.

There are imposters amongst you that are NOT meant for the good of advancement and community. These wolves, in their rightful clothing, want the spotlight and not the sacrifice. They want awards and accolades, not ambition. They want quick finessing and not quality fixing.

But, don’t worry.  You will be okay!

The only advice I have for you is to rip up this letter, and any other letter that does not have a physical charge. There is work to be done. Actions speak louder than words and I am here to serve BESIDE you.

Trust in God and remain unapologetic in your journey!  In the words of my Pastor Brian James Edmonds, YOU ARE ENOUGH!

Much Love,

Merecedes J. Howze
Founding Owner, Movie Scene Queen

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IT Passes

A group of bullied kids band together when a monster, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children.

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Movie Scene Queen and Warner Brothers Pictures are teaming up to host an advance screening on Tuesday, September 5 at 8:00pm at AMC Waterfront 22.  Please comment below your interest.

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

 

Step Passes

STEP is the true-life story of a girls’ high-school step team set against the background of the heart of Baltimore. These young women learn to laugh, love and thrive – on and off the stage – even when the world seems to work against them. Empowered by their teachers, teammates, counselors, coaches and families, they chase their ultimate dreams: to win a step championship and to be accepted into college.

This all female school is reshaping the futures of its students’ lives by making it their goal to have every member of their senior class accepted to and graduate from college, many of whom will be the first in their family to do so. Deeply insightful and emotionally inspiring, STEP embodies the true meaning of sisterhood through a story of courageous young women worth cheering for. 

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The screening will be held on Tuesday, August 8th at 7:30 PM at AMC Waterfront 22.  For tickets, please comment below with your favorite dance/step movie.  MSQ’s Favorite: Stomp The Yard (2007)

Much Love,

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)

Dunkirk Passes

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From acclaimed director, Christopher Nolan, DUNKIRK is an epic action thriller that tells the race against time to rescue 400,000 British and Allied troops trapped by enemy forces on the beaches of Dunkirk in World War II.  DUNIRK opens in theaters and IMAX worldwide on Friday, July 21.  #DunkirkMovie

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Movie Scene Queen and Warner Bros. Pictures are hosting an advanced screening of DUNKIRK on Monday, July 17th at 7:30 PM in the Waterfront.  Wanna go?  Please comment below with your favorite war movie.

Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Atomic Blonde Passes

On Tuesday, July 25, join Movie Scene Queen at AMC Waterfront 22 for an advanced screening of Universal’s ATOMIC BLONDE.

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Oscar® winner Charlize Theron explodes into summer in Atomic Blonde, a breakneck action-thriller that follows MI6’s most lethal assassin through a ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors. 

 The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission.  Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies. 

 A blistering blend of sleek action, gritty sexuality and dazzling style, Atomic Blonde is directed by David Leitch (John Wick, upcoming Deadpool 2).  Also starring John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella and Toby Jones, the film is based on the Oni Press graphic novel “The Coldest City,” by Antony Johnston & illustrator Sam Hart.  Kurt Johnstad (300) wrote the screenplay.

Please comment below with your favorite Charlie Theron movie.  MSQ’s Favorite Charlize Theron Movie: Hancock (2008).

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

‘Spider-Man’ displays diversity, ‘Despicable Me 3’ shows off

Summer is such an exciting time for the cinemas. Not only are the year’s best films released during this season, but the movie theater is the best place to sit back, relax, and beat the heat. I have two family-friendly flicks for you to catch this week: “Despicable Me 3” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

After refusing to go back to a life of crime, the yellow cuddly minions desert their fearless leader, Gru (Steve Carrell). But, after losing his job and finding his long-lost twin brother, Dru (also Carrell), Gru is tempted to go back to his villainous ways.

“Despicable Me 3” is as cute and funny as its predecessors, “Despicable Me” (2010) and Despicable Me 2” (2013). There are so many random parts of the movie, but it all comes together for a wacky, whimsical animation.

The glue that holds this film series together is Gru. Carrell worked double-time in the third installment with the introduction of the new character. The audience gets twice the amount of clean comedy. Carrell is a comedic genius, and his success with “Despicable Me 3” only confirms his range and brilliance.

Read more at the New Pittsburgh Courier: ‘Spider-Man’ displays diversity, ‘Despicable Me 3’ shows off 

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

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