Maybe you’ve never gone to a film festival or none are in your town. Maybe you’ve never heard of filmmaker Byron Hurt and his work including Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes. Either way you’re in for a treat. Hurt focuses his lens on African American cuisine and its affects in the lives and health of the black community. Best of all it will be airing on PBS‘s Independent Lens, which showcases independent film. Since we’re talking about diets you should consider detoxing from big budget Hollywood affairs with some indies. Enjoy the preview below and check your local listings for when it airs here. Continue reading
I’ve always preferred the underwater nature specials most of all so I’ll bet this one will be enjoyable.
From disney.go.com: Disneynature OCEANS is an inspiring adventure into a liquid world few of us have ever seen before. Yet the oceans cover more than 70 percent of our planet.
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The new documentary called Forks over Knives wants to give you the answer to the reason why Americans have “the most advanced medical technology in the world” though we are some of the sickest in the world.
Many of us don’t even think about how often we here warnings about heart disease, diabetes, cancer and stroke, let alone how many people we know with those afflictions. It brings it home to us in a different way when we ourselves are the ones with the morbid diagnosis.
Even then though, are we really surprised? Do we really not know the causes of these diseases?
My guess is yes and no. Diet and exercise sounds like common sense but as French philosopher Voltaire stated “Common sense is not so common”.
Forks over Knives attempts to give a bitter idea of what we’re dealing with while advocating a mostly plant based diet. This kind of diet is actually the “greenest” diet you can have because meat production as it stands is incredibly harmful to the environment.
Not ready to give up your cheeseburgers yet? Check out the trailer below the jump. What do you have to lose? It’s free! Continue reading
Oh goodie, controversial director Michael Moore is back with another highly watchable documentary. I’m sure there are people who hate documentaries but his are pretty entertaining. I’ve been checking out his work since Roger & Me, his first film in 1989, a documentary about when General Motors closed down its factories in Flint, Michigan and outsourced manufacturing to low paid Mexican workers. Continue reading
Official description: When Chris Rock’s daughter, Lola, came up to him crying and asked, “Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?” the bewildered comic committed himself to search the ends of the earth and the depths of black culture to find out who had put that question into his little girl’s head!…
It’s true ideas about “good” and “bad” hair are still alive and well among Black folk. These days the konk is still much celebrated. A Black icon like Beyonce comes off as looking “fierce” for scalping a Scandinavian woman and putting on her head in every video since “Me, Myself and I” while Cynthia McKinney’s natural do makes people think she’s “wild”. Hey, maybe Beyonce did scalp a Scandinavian woman and maybe Cynthia McKinney is wild but are burns on your scalp from relaxers worth it? I just think these questions should be asked and these topics examined. Ultimately I think it can become a mental and physical health issue.
By the way Lola looks way too young to be getting a relaxer, but that’s just me.
Here’s the trailer for “Good Hair”, the Recipient of A Special Jury Prize: U.S. Documentary. In theaters this October.
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