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.

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

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.

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

Movie Scene Queen: Community benefiting from her mission

Merecedes Howze seemed to always go to the movies.

She transformed her love for cinema, creating a blog, reviewing movies and writing about the booming film industry in Pittsburgh.

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She soon began receiving invites to premiers and advanced screenings, and even landed a job, critiquing films for the New Pittsburgh Courier.

But it wasn’t enough for Howze.

She decided to find a way for others in the community to enjoy the magic of movies.

As Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 Anchor Mike Clark found out, Howze is marking her 5th Anniversary of being Pittsburgh’s “Movie Scene Queen,” bringing thousand of people to local theaters, spreading her passion with children and families.

SOURCE: WTAE- ABC Pittsburgh Movie Scene Queen: Community benefiting from her mission

June 2015 Screenings

I’m still a little jet lagged from a 10-day excursion in Paris, France.  In the midst of my exhaustion, it dawned on me that while Movie Scene Queen is hitting record website views, the number of subscriptions don’t reflect the same thing.  As a result, I am inviting you to submit your information below to subscribe to the ONLY urban film and entertainment site in Western Pennsylvania.

This week, Movie Scene Queen will be hosting a screening for Entourage, Spy, and Jurassic World…

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Later on this month, MSQ has screenings for Ted 2, Inside Out, Magic Mike XXL, and Me & Earl & The Dying Girl!

The only way to solidify your chances of grabbing tickets is to subscribe to Movie Scene Queen.  All it takes is one working email address to unlock endless opportunities to attend movies, concerts, and even comedy shows, for FREE.  Please comment below with your email address.  If you leave a general comment, it will prompt you for an email address, which will automatically be sent to administrators privately. 

I am NOT posting giveaway opportunities for tomorrow’s screening of Entourage and Tuesday’s screening of Spy.  So, I hope you’ll join!  Thank you for understanding!  More importantly, thank you to those who have already subscribed and are spreading the word about Movie Scene Queen!

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Movies for a Year 2015 Contest Winner

Congratulations, Mrs. Tonia Green…

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Mrs. Green is the winner of MSQ’s second annual Movies for a Year 2015 contest.  Her prize pack includes: An Invitation to ALL 2015 Screenings, $50 Fandango Gift Card, $25 South Side Works Cinema Gift Card, an Official Movie Scene Queen Dress, and Movie Snacks.

Thank you to all 144 people who entered the contest!

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Movies for a Year Contest 2015

It’s that time of the year again!

To commemorate Movie Scene Queen’s two year anniversary, the website is hosting the Movies for a Year 2015 contest…

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This year’s Movies for a Year 2015 package includes an invitation to all 2015 screenings, complimentary movie tickets to South Side Works Cinema, and a $25 Fandango gift card.

For your official entry, please simply comment below with the phrase: FREE MOVIES IN 2015?  SIGN ME UP!

One lucky winner will be randomly selected on Sunday, January 25, 2015.  GOOD LUCK!

Much Love,

The Movie Scene Queen

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Movie Scene Queen and Movies for a Year 2014 Contest Winner Stacey Smith

The Grand Budapest Hotel Passes

The Movie Scene Queen proudly presents a special screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel…

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Directed by Wes Anderson, the movie recounts the adventures of Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. (Courtesy of Fox Searchlight)

The screening is Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 7:30 PM at South Side Works Cinema. To RSVP, please comment below with your first and last name. Once you comment, I will automatically put your name on the list. You do NOT need passes, just mention your name once you arrive to the theater.

Much Love,

The Movie Scene Queen

Movies for a Year 2014 Contest

To commemorate the Movie Scene Queen’s one year anniversary, the website is hosting the Movies for a Year 2014 contest…

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The Movies for a Year 2014 package includes an invitation to all 2014 screenings, 7 complimentary movie tickets to South Side Works Cinema, and a $50 Fandango gift card.

For your entry, please visit Quiznos at 300 S Craig St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or simply comment below with the phrase: I’D LOVE TO NOT PAY FOR A MOVIE IN 2014!

One lucky winner will be randomly selected on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the one year anniversary happy hour. The happy hour will be held at Savoy (2623 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222) from 5-9 PM. Winner must be present to accept the prize. GOOD LUCK!

Much Love,

The Movie Scene Queen

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