Black Girls Rock (Cinema Bun Edition)

The annual broadcast of "Black Girls Rock" aired this past Sunday, and I definitely basked in the glow of all of the Black girl magic flickering across my screen. We really are magic on some Bibbity Bobbity Boo steez. Black girls rock so hard! We rock like the big ball of mineral material you must live under if it's news to you.

I'm always super-geeked this time of year because it's a time where we can unapologetically stunt on national television and be wholly celebrated for it. About a week leading up to the telecast, Berook proposed a dope idea: to showcase a few Black girls that rock our socks. And will rock yours, too. 

So, as they say in the movies... let's cut to the chase! In no particular order...

Tanya Hayles - Event Planner. Professional Blogger. You can find her at her own blog, Now A Word Or Two and as a contributor to Blavity.

Marguerite Matthews - PhD in Neuroscience. Co-Creator of Ninjas Be Reading Books (#NBRB), a Twitter book club.  

Alise Leslie - Blogger. Self-published Poet. Mental Health Advocate. You can find her mental health series, "In My Mental Mind" and other creative musings at her site, Naturally Alise.

Stephani Page - PhD candidate in Biochemistry and Biophysics. Creator of the #BLACKandSTEM community on Twitter. 

Brandelyn Castine - Self-published Poet/Author. Artist. You can find her work, including her care package services, "Love by Bee," on her site, Bee N Cee.

Sossena Wood - PhD candidate in Bioengineering. National Chairperson of the National Society of Black Engineers (NBSE). 

These are just six of the vast array of Black girls in our respective lives and radars. If we could name them all here, well... we'd need an infinite amount of terabytes to handle it.  And probably an infinite number of fingers to type it all in a reasonable amount of time. I guess what I'm getting at is, Black girls rock, in general! From the way you sashay down the street to the way you inspire the younger generation. From the way you wear your hair to the way you manifest a pillar of strength for an entire community. 

Unfortunately, you -- WE -- aren't celebrated enough so this was our way of dropping some of that Black girl sweetness. We appreciate you like Tupac's mama. 

Keep on rockin'.

(Make sure to check out our Black Girls Rock shout-out on air during our review of Furious 7!)

- Tonja



Sometimes, It's Better Never Than Late

The past two years have given us sequels for two beloved comedies decades after their predecessors: Anchorman 2 (released 9 years after Anchorman) and Dumb and Dumber To (released 20 years after Dumb and Dumber). Both came nowhere near recapturing the glory of their forebears and were met with weeping and gnashing of teeth. Studios have had some success building on decades-old films, but those seem to be the exception. What we often get is The Godfather Part III, Blues Brothers 2000, or Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. 

Imagine trying to reconnect with an old flame who you haven't talked to in 20 years. Sure, you two may have had crazy chemistry back in the day and those memories still leave you feeling warm inside, but you've changed and it took seeing them again to realize that you didn't need that part of your life reopened.

Yet, there are number of films preparing to be released or currently in development that will attempt to revive since-dead franchises. And as crazy as it sounds, I'm actually really looking forward to some of them....

Jurassic World (14 years since Jurassic Park 3)

Jurassic Park is one of my all-time favorite films. The Lost World and JP3 left a lot to be desired, but that won't stop me from lining up and waiting with glee at another chance to see dinos in action. AT A COMPLETED PARK, NO LESS! Don't get me wrong, it won't come close to replicating the DNA of the first (see what I did there??), but I can't NOT watch this film. 

Zoolander 2 (15 years since Zoolander)

(See: Anchorman 2 and Dumb and Dumber To) I'm sure Old School 2 is next.

ID Forever Part 1 (20 years since Independence Day)

The movie that cemented Will Smith as a blockbuster star is finally getting a sequel....sans Will Smith. Listen, I'm already bowing out with this "Part 1" schtick they're pulling (gonna have to write a post on that little Hollywood trend), but I can't imagine this movie being any good past the over-the-top cityscape destruction scenes that Roland Emmerich is obsessed with.

Beverly Hills Cop 4 (22 years since Beverly Hills Cop 3)

Beverly Hills Cop is easily my favorite Eddie Murphy movie. I put it over Trading Places, Coming To America, and even the Remember The Time video. It holds a very special place in my heart. But this? I cannot abide. And Brett Ratner is directing?? Please, for the love of God, STAHP!

Mad Max: Fury Road (30 years since Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome)

I never got to see the third entry into this trilogy, but Mad Max 1 and 2 are pretty entertaining action flicks. And this one looks just as entertaining and even more chaotically beautiful than the previous entries. Count me in! 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (32 years since Return of the Jedi)