Wednesday, June 25, 2014

D'Angelo to Headline Afropunk in Brooklyn Aug 23-24 Commodore Park

AfroPunk is “the most multicultural festival in the US,” the word AFROPUNK itself has become synonymous with open-minded, non-conforming and unconventional, placing the institution at the epicenter of urban culture inspired by alternative music.
Adamant in promoting diversity, the festival stage is always studded with music’s most distinct acts. 

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Early Morning Rambling..

The search and longing for love that will never come in my opinion. I have always long for the love and have never really felt what it is. There where several instances when I thought i had finally found only to be deceived by what was probably strong lust. I am a loner, and i have come to the realization that i will always be alone, and i have accepted that and in some case, i believe its a good thing. I can only count on me at the end of the day, even though others can count on me if and when the times comes, but when its my turn in need, its always disappointment. They say you shouldn't put your trust in man, but its my nature too and slowly and surely i have been learning not to get to excited so easily over any situation which i foresee could be a positivity stride in my life. No there is no negative thoughts, because am in constant positivity of what life challenges are ahead.  Pressing forward as i always do with every hurdle, i am indeed a survivor of the bumpy roller coaster. I am optimistic though that one day love will take over.  Until that time all i have is me.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Malcolm D. Lee confirms Best Man 3 is in the works and more...

 Malcolm D. Lee who directed Best Man and Best Man Holiday walked the red carpet this past sunday in nyc at American Black Film Festival to support his cousin Spike Lee new film "Da Sweet Blood of Jesus" and confirms that there will be a best man 3 and also talks longevity as a director.

Monday, June 23, 2014

1 on 1 with Omari Hardwick talks Power Series, Being Mary Jane and whats...

Actor Omari Hardwick talks Power series, Being Mary Jane and more from the red carpet of Spike Lee's indie movie "Da Blood of Sweet Jesus" at the 18th annual American Black Film Festival in NYC.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Patrik Ian Polk talks "Blackbird" Film at NYC Premier at ABFF 6/19/14

Last night in New York City Patrik Ian Polk's latest film "Blackbird" made its debut as part of the American Black Film Festival at the SVA Theatre to a packed house of eager movie goers. D. Woods and Torrey Laamar were both on hand at the screening along with Patrik for the New York City premier. Blackbird is currently on a film festival run and is close to a distribution deal that will make the movie available nationwide soon so that the rest of you guys can see this amazing ensemble tell a powerful story that only Patrik Ian Polk can tell of a young man coming to grips with his sexuality as well as dealing with the conflict of his religious beliefs.

Based on the novel by Larry Duplechan, Blackbird is a powerful coming-of-age story about 17-year-old Randy Rousseau. A devout high school choir boy, Randy is struggling to come to terms with his sexuality in a small, religiously-conservative Mississippi town he calls home. Randy juggles his role as star of the church choir while facing the everyday trials of life as a high school misfit. Complicating matters, his little sister has gone missing and his parents have subsequently split up, leaving him to care for his heartbroken mother, Claire. When Claire discovers the shocking secret her son has been hiding, she blames him for the disappearance of his sister. Randy’s father, Lance, who has been keeping a watchful eye on his broken family, steps in to give his son a hand as he struggles to make the difficult transition into manhood.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Day 1 of #ABFF Think Like A Man Too Movie Premiere in New York City at the SVA Theatre

Hey guys the American Black Film Festival kicked off last night with the Think Like A Man Too movie premier at the SVA Theatre on 23rd Street, and an abundance of stars showed up on the red carpet to show support to the cast and directors Tim Story & Will Packer. On Hand to walk the red carpet were actress Nicey Nash, Terrence J, Morris Chestnut who is this year's ABFF Ambassador, Kevin Hart,  Rapper Fabolous, Rapper T.I., Actor/Rapper Ice T, Omari Hardwick, Actor Robert Townsend, Singer Ashanti,  Actor Romany Malco, Boxer Roy Jones Jr, Actor Brad James, Actress Tatyana Ali and also not pictured below Bill Duke. Please go out this weekend and support the movie Think Like A Man Too which is out in theaters now! Also follow me on Instagram Andresflava, Twitter Andresflava all weekend for video and pics from the various red carpet screenings.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

American Black Film Festival kicks off tonight with Think Like A Man Too Premier

The American Black Film Festival kicks off today in NYC and Andresflava will have your all access pass all weekend so follow us on IG: Andresflava, Facebook: Andreallenjr and Twitter: Andresflava for all the pics and videos and then come back here on Monday for a full recap from the weekend. to see what movies are playing and go support Think Like A Man Too this weekend in movie theaters starting tomorrow.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

2014 Tony Awards: Acceptance Speechs - Sophie Okonedo, James Monroe Iglehart, Audra Mcdonald and Kenny Leon

Sophie Okonedo


 Audra Mcdonald

 James Monroe Iglehart

Kenny Leon

The Cast of A Raisin in A Sun

Fantasia Barrino, Gladys Knight And Patti LaBelle Perform On Tony Awards...

 Fantasia, Gladys Knight & Patti Labelle are performed TOGETHER tonight during the 68th annual Tony Awards. They joined the cast of 'After Midnight' to pay tribute to Duke Ellington's orchestra that played at Harlem's Cotton Club.

Fantasia Barrino, Gladys Knight And Patti LaBelle Perform On Tony Awards...

 Fantasia, Gladys Knight & Patti Labelle are performed TOGETHER tonight during the 68th annual Tony Awards. They joined the cast of 'After Midnight' to pay tribute to Duke Ellington's orchestra that played at Harlem's Cotton Club.

Audra Mcdonald makes history at the Tony Awards!

Audra McDonald becomes the most winning actor in Tony Awards history with her 6th consecutive award. The actress took home the award for Best Actress In A Play for her riveting portayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day. Congrats Audra on your win! 

Patti Labelle returns to Broadway in After Midnight this Tuesday thru June 29

After Midnight is an evocative new musical that tackles the sexy, smoky glamour of the Jazz Age, set in the heyday of Duke Ellington’s years at Harlem’s Cotton Club. LaBelle has previously starred on Broadway in Fela! and Patti La Belle on BroadwayLaBelle is set to play performances from June 10 through 29. You can catch Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight and Fantasia Barrino who will open the Tony Awards tonight on CBS at 8pm live from Radio City Music Hall in NYC. The play which recently garnered seven Tony nods, including Best Musical, is playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Andresflava to cover the American Black Film Festival coming to NYC June 19-22

The American Black Film Festival which is usually in Miami has a new home this year here in New York City.  This year marks the 18th year for the festival, which will open with "Think Like A Man Too," the sequel to 2012's box office smash, "Think Like A Man," directed by Tim Story, and produced by ABFF alum, Will Packer; and will close, on June 22, with Spike Lee's mysterious Kickstarter-funded project, "Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus" (a film that I suggested is likely inspired by Ganja & Hess). The 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks project, which doesn't have an official release date yet, will be making its world premiere at the festival (Spike did say that he planned to release it theatrically during the summer). Andresflava has your all access pass to this year's festival so stay tuned for pictures and interviews from the red carpet and various screenings through out the weekend.  

A Genius Leaves the Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z (Festival Premiere)
Courtesy of Moguldom Studios
Produced by Jamarlin Martin and Marve Frazier, directed by Barion Grant
On the surface, A Genius Leaves the Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z chronicles how hip-hop’s most successful rapper of the past two decades reached the top; but at its core, the film attempts to divulge the savvy and cunning business acumen of a mogul who decided being at the top of the charts wasn’t enough.
Screening: Saturday, June 21 - 9:35 pm
ABFF Independent, Season 3 Sneak Peek (World Premiere)
Courtesy of ASPiRE TV
Produced by Sean Johnson
Panelists: Paul Butler, General Manager, ASPiRE TV; Tina Thompson, Director, Programming, ASPiRE TV; Sean Johnson, Producer, ABFF Independent
ASPiRE TV offers you a sneak peek of its original series ABFF Independent Season 3 hosted by Omari Hardwick, and focuses on how your film project can be a part of this flagship series.
Screening:  Sunday, June 22 – 2:10pm
“Black Dynamite” (Season 2 Premiere)
Courtesy of Adult Swim
Executive produced and directed by Carl Jones (N-BOMB SQUAD), executive produced by Jon Steingart (Ars Nova) and Cartoon Network Studios, Inc.
Produced by Byron Minns, Scott Sanders, Jillian Apfelbaum and Michael Jai White
Voice talents: Michael Jai White, Tommy Davidson, Kym Whitley and Byron Minns
Black Dynamite, the 30-minute animated series, is back for a second season on Adult Swim. Based on 2009’s critically acclaimed feature film, the Black Dynamite animated series further chronicles the exploits of the central character, Black Dynamite, and his crew.
Screening: Friday, June 20 – 6:30pm
Come Back Dad (World Premiere)
Courtesy of UP
Directed by Russ Parr, written by Kimberly Walker
Cast: Charles S. Dutton, Loretta Devine, Tatyana Ali and Brad James
Nima Babineaux appears to have it all until her absentee father, Othell, decides it is time to make amends and tries to reenter her life. This “2013 Honorable Mention” from UP’s Faith & Family Screenplay Competition was written by ABFF alum Kimberly Walker.
Screening: Saturday, June 21 – 4:30 pm
Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee (Festival Premiere)
Presented by Daughters of Eve Productions, sponsored by Macy’s
Produced by NJ Frank, directed by Muta’Ali Muhammad
Featuring: Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Harry Belafonte, Phylicia Rashad, Angela Basset, Alan Alda, Danny Glover, Cicely Tyson, Spike Lee, S. Epatha Merkerson, Malik Yoba, Dr. Cornel West, Giancarlo Esposito, Hill Harper, Sonia Sanchez, Marc Morial, Vernon Jordan, Samuel L. Jackson and Michelle Alexander
In this open-letter-style documentary, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis’ rich lives guide their grandson’s personal quest to master lasting love, conscious art, and undying activism.
Screening: Sunday, June 22 – 1:50pm
Through A Black Lens
Courtesy of American Family Insurance
Directed by Morris Chestnut
Through A Black Lens is an online video contest that invites entrants to share their vision of the American Dream. The winning project is produced by American Family Insurance, and will premiere at ABFF.
Screening: Saturday, June 21 – 6:35 pm

Blackbird (New York Premiere), produced by Keith Brown, Carol Ann Shine, Patrik-Ian Polk and Isaiah Washington, directed by by Patrik-Ian Polk and written by Rikki Beadle Blair and Patrik-Ian Polk, based on the novel “Blackbird” by Larry Duplechan
Cast: Mo’Nique, Isaiah Washington, Julian Walker, Terrell Tilford, Torrey Laamar, Nikki Jane, Gary L. Gray, Kevin Allesee, D. Woods and Lindsay Seim
A young singer struggles with his sexuality and the treatment of others while coming of ge in a small Southern Baptist community.
Screening: Friday, June 20 – 5:50 pm

CRU (World Premiere) – In Competition
Produced by Danny Green, Courtney Triggs, Matthew Hatchette
Directed by Alton Glass, written by Alton Glass & Oliver W. Ottley III
Cast: Keith Robinson, Richard T. Jones, Melissa De Sousa, Antwon Tanner, Sammi Rotibi, Harry J. Lennix and Alison Eastwood
Nearly twenty years after a tragedy, the reunion of four high school friends opens old wounds, exposes long-hidden secrets and paves the road to forgiveness and redemption.
Screening: Saturday, June 21 – 1:50 pm

Devil in the Detail (North American Premiere) – In Competition
Produced by Shirley Frimpong Manso and Ken Attoh, written and directed by Shirley Frimpong Manso
Cast: Ama Ampofo, Adjetey Anang, Eckow Smith Asante and Nse Ikpe Etim
A suspicious affair ruins an almost perfect marriage as husband and wife go on a wild goose chase into the world of sex, lies and betrayal, risking everything in one of the craziest love triangles ever.
Screening: Friday, June 20 – 12:00 pm

First Impression (New York Premiere)
Produced by Regis Le’Bron, Tabari Sturdivant and Lamman Rucker
Directed by Arthur Muhammad, written by Regis Le’Bron
Cast: Lamman Rucker, Lisa Arrindell Anderson and Elise Neal

First Impression is a romantic comedy that takes you on an enchanting journey into the complex world of Internet dating.
Screening: Friday, June 20 – 3:45 pm
Hard Time Bus (New York Premiere) – In Competition
Produced by Nicola Gregory and Dean Charles, directed by Dean Charles, written by Owen Mowatt
Cast: Neil Reidman, Naomi Ryan and Roger Griffiths
After a rude awakening, carefree and deceitful Mark Bishop makes hasty plans to marry his long-term girlfriend Denise, but soon learns with complacency comes risk.
Screening: Saturday, June 21 – 3:40 pm

Hear No Evil (World Premiere)
Produced by UpToParr Productions
Directed by Russ Parr
A freak accident jolts 15 year-old Shelby Carson from her peaceful world of silence and seclusion to the center of a world of chaos, confusion and imminent danger. As she struggles to cope with her new found circumstances, Shelby battles with what she learns about the people around her; complete strangers and her dearest loved ones. What seems to be a blessing from God on the surface could very well be a curse.
Screening: Saturday, June 21 – 8:55 pm
Myra’s Angel (World Premiere) – In Competition
Produced by Richard “Rip” Hamilton, Skye Dennis, Antonio Lambertis, Shane Daniels and Hakim Hudson, written by Skye Dennis and co-directed by Skye Dennis and Hakim Hudson
Cast: Tobi Gadison, Christopher Mann, Brian Anthony Wilson, John Canada Terrell, Omilio Sparks, Franklin Ojeda Smith, Antonio Lambertis and Skye Dennis
A film about a man’s journey for redemption, as he tries to clear his name of a robbery he didn't commit.
Screening: Saturday, June 21 – 7:00 pm 

Rise Up (North American Premiere)
Produced by Jeta Amata, Ori Ayonmike, Wil-son Ebiye and Dede Mabiaku, written and directed by Jeta Amata
Cast: Mbong Amata, Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, Hakeem Kae Kzim, Akon, Wycley, Anne Heche and Enyinna Nwigwe
Rise Up is a full-length fictionalized account of true events and tells the story of an educated Nigerian girl's return to her rural community to become the leader of a local movement fighting against the polluting oil company.
Screening: Sunday, June 22 – 4:10 pm

Sweetboy (North American Premiere)
Co-Produced by Pamela Vanderpuije and Anthony Vander, directed by Anthony Vander, written by Joe Havey
Cast: Joseph Bentil, Jason Carter and Henry Douthwaite
A married man's philandering ways catch up with him when his three girlfriends hold him to ransom.
Screening: Saturday, June 21 – 1:20 pm

Una Vida (New York Premiere) – In Competition
Produced and directed by Richie Adams, Brent Caballero, Nicolas Bazan and Nancy Green-Keyes, written by Richie Adams and Nicolas Bazan
Cast: Joaquim de Almeida, Bill Cobbs, Ruth Negga, Aunjanue Ellis, Sharon Lawrence and Andre Royo
A disillusioned scientist finds redemption in the peace he brings to a beautiful jazz singer suffering from a debilitating disease in New Orleans.
Screening: Sunday, June 22 – 11:30 pm
Produced by Darious J. Britt, Troy Hollar, Damon Mosier and Christina Marafino, written and directed by Darious J. Britt
Cast: Toreenee Wolf, Darious Britt, R.D. Mower and Kevin Black
An ambitious, young filmmaker must battle his mother's mental illness and his worst fears to save her from herself and reclaim his life.
Screening: Sunday, June 22 – 4:05 pm

The following three films compete for the Best Documentary Award, presented by CNN

25 to Life (World Premiere) – In Competition
Executive produced by Ron Simons, produced by Ron Simons, Leah Natasha Thomas, Khaliah Neal and Yvonne Shirley, directed by Mike Brown
William Brawner was infected with HIV before he was two years old and kept it a secret for over twenty-five years. Now he struggles to confront his promiscuous past and embarks on a new phase of life with his pregnant wife, who is HIV-negative. 25 to Life is a startlingly new and critical look at HIV and AIDS in America through the intimate perspective of the Brawner family and the African American middle class community that has been affected by one man's HIV diagnosis.
Screening: Sunday, June 22 – 11:30 am

Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me (North American Premiere) – In Competition
Produced by Carolyn Carew, Christian Beetz and Kerstin Meyer-Beetz, written and directed by Khalo Matabane
Nelson Mandela is viewed as one of the greatest political icons of the 20th century. His message of freedom, forgiveness and reconciliation has inspired people across the globe. He was elected as the first democratic president of South Africa. How do people interpret Nelson Mandela's message of freedom, forgiveness and reconciliation in today’s world?
Screening: Saturday, June 21 – 11:30 am
Transcending Surgeon (World Premiere) – In Competition
Produced by Kirsten Hampton, written and directed by Sam Hampton
Transcending Surgeon is a documentary film about renowned trauma surgeon Dr. Edward Cornwell III and the challenges and impact of his career. This film explores Dr. Cornwell's family upbringing, mentors, education and other guiding forces that led to his successful career. It does so in the context of African American pioneers in medicine, and that many of his patients represent the realities of another side of urban African American life, communities beset by poverty, inadequate education and violence.
Screening: Saturday, June 21 – 11:30 am

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Webseries: FreeFall Season 2 Episodes 203-205

The hit crime drama series is back! Season 2 has the guys coping with new acquaintances, changing relationships, and retribution from past decisions. Reality is distorted and salvation is a fairy tale. This time it's do or die.

Episode 203

Episode 204

Episode 205

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

New Music: Luke James feat Rick Ross "Options"

Luke James - Options (Feat. Rick Ross) -

The New Orleans crooner gives us “Options” on his new single featuring Rick Ross.
He faces the reality of a relationship on the emotional record, while Rozay references the infamous shower rod and boasts about running the city.
“But you can never see the future coming / So girl I’m just thinking about our options,” sings Luke.
His debut Made to Love is due later this year on N.A.R.S. Records/Def Jam.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014

R&B Divas LA Teaser Trailer Season 2 premieres July 16 on TVOne

R&B Divas: LA season 2 premieres on July 16 on TVOne at 10pm. Will you be watching?
Well it’s almost that time again for one of the few reality shows I actually do watch to head back to our tv screens R&B Divas LA.
A while back we told you all that there were two new divas on the block Chrisette Michele and Leela James. Well they seem to be fitting in pretty well with the drama with the divas from last season Claudette OrtizMichel’leLil Mo and Chanté Moore.

Sunday, June 1, 2014


Found on the upcoming soundtrack to the Will Packer produced film Think Like A Man Too, the first single of the year from Mary is different than that of the one she previewed last week on Instagram for the same film. However, we’re still here for this classic sounding Queen cut!
Singing, “While you tryin’ to explain, I’ll be zippin’ up my suitcase,” the veteran songstress takes us back to her “Not Gon’ Cry” days and gives us a ride down memory lane.
Take a listen to the new single below and keep an eye out for more of the summer hits from the Think Like A Man Too soundtrack!