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Purple Tramble also known as "Purple Reels The Go Getter" is an Independent Filmmaker an alumni of Howard University where she studied Communications - [TV/Film Production]. Tramble is passionate about working with small businesses, bands, artists etc. by giving them a tool to market themselves through video promotion. She is also passionate about the progression of the modern filmmaker by providing them with new ideas to keep them ahead of the game. Tramble is an Activist and Advocate of Educating and Empowering the next generation by providing them with positive images that destroy racial stereotypes and sexist or demeaning behavior in regards to young women. Her mission is to provide hope to the hopeless, a voice to the voiceless, and support others on a mission to bring peace, spread love, and make a positive change. "Protect and effect the minds of the youth and save a nation." ~ Purple Reels ~

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Check out this Doc - Great Story! [The story of Coney Island Basketball Star, Sebastian Telfair]

Check out this documentary from ESPN Films in Association with TRI BECA Films. It was breathtaking in its approach at chronicling the story of Sebastian Telfair. His story is very interesting, poignant, and tells the story with real accounts from his family and key people involved in his journey to the top. The film also gives insight into the "business" side of the NBA. It is not all glitz and glamour, behind the scenes lies a whole new ballgame. Five stars for "Through The Fire," indeed.                                                                                                    ~ Purple Reels ~

Check out the synopsis below...

Through the Fire (2005) More at IMDbPro »

During his senior year in high school, basketball star Sebastian Telfair wrestles with the idea of taking his Coney Island team to the championship, decide whether to attend college or go pro, secure an endorsement deal, and get his family out of the projects. Written by Anonymous
Since the age of 9, Sebastian Telfair has been one of the best-known basketball players on the streets of New York. At the start of his senior year at Lincoln High School, while his friend LeBron James is making history with a $90 million sneaker deal and NBA contract straight out of high school, Sebastian calls a press conference to announce his decision to attend college at the end of the year. But 18 years of poverty in the public housing projects of Coney Island have created a hunger in Sebastian, and when two young men are gunned down in the hallway right outside his apartment, Sebastian begins to feel that he wants to get his family out now, and that - if he can - he might try to make the jump right from high school to the pros. Five years earlier, Sebastian's older brother, Jamel Thomas, was a basketball star at Providence College, expecting to be drafted into the NBA and get the family out of the projects himself. But no NBA team picked him, and he and the family were devastated. Their mother, Erica, was heartbroken, and Jamel was forced to go overseas to play in obscurity. Now it is up to Sebastian to set things right for their mother, for Jamel and for his eight other brothers and sisters. Under pressure that builds with every game, Sebastian continues to show his genius on the court. Everyone - from the media who build up his legend to the sneaker companies who compete for his loyalty to the NBA scouts who dog his every step - claims a piece of Sebastian for themselves. Dwayne "Tiny" Morton, a former champion player at Lincoln who failed to make the NBA himself, turns up the heat on Sebastian even higher. Against the backdrop of despair that seemingly awaits all the young African-American men in Coney Island who don't make the NBA, Tiny drives Sebastian and his team mercilessly, treading a fine line between tough love and abuse. In the end, Sebastian is an 18-year-old boy forced to carry the hopes of his family, his coach and all of Coney Island on his shoulders. When he finally decides to pursue the NBA instead of college, the media that helped create his legend turn on him almost instantly, saying he is not ready to be a pro. Under Jamel's guidance, Sebastian drives himself harder and harder, while the family braces for another heartbreak. As America wrestles with the phenomenon of poor children passing up the traditional means of upward mobility for the win-it-all/lose-it-all gamble of professional sports, Sebastian Telfair has become the focal point of the debate. Through Sebastian's story, this film provides a candid, provocative and intimate look into the culture that can push these children to greatness, or drive them to ruin. Written by HFI of IMDB

                              As always remember to be "REEL" and stay on the MOVE! 

Films to Look out For [Gangster's Paradise, The American, Animal Kingdom]

Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema  
[In theaters June 11, 2010]
Inspired by a true story, Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema is an unflinching look into the crime, corruption and the transgressions of those looking to survive in the most crime-infested district of Johannesburg.

[In theaters August 13, 2010]
Tells the story of seventeen year-old J as he navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him. 

The American

[In theaters September 1, 2010]
An assassin hides out in Italy for one last assignment.

                                As always remember to be "REEL" and stay on the MOVE! 

In theaters this Friday!!!


Prince of Persia - The Sands of Time 

Sex and The City 2

Kites: The Remix

                                As always remember to be "REEL" and stay on the MOVE! 

Alicia Keys gives us the "Un-thinkable"

 This is how music videos used to be.... there used to be a plot... there used to be substance... a story... just like a short film [miniature film]. Here Alicia Keys takes another stab at acting in her new music video for her hit single "Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)." It comes to us at a time where these same issues of interracial dating are becoming more and more prevalent. It is just refreshing to see something new and original with all of the same stuff being produced and re-produced these days. The song comes to life through the music video and gives the world insight into a world that some of us may be unaware of. Please open your hearts and minds as you watch this unique creation.

~ Purple Reels ~

                           As always remember to be "REEL" and stay on the MOVE! 

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

SCANDALIZE MY NAME (Stories from the BlackList) - A Must See [Documentary]

Make sure you check out the following documentary. It is very informative giving the audience a personal look inside the entertainment business at a time when racism and discrimination ran rampant. It really illustrates how far our society has come in this area and how much further we still have to go. It is not over. Don't ever think just because we have a Black President that all of our problems will cease. OHHHH NOOO! Don't be deceived ... or bamboozled...! Just because there aren't anymore sirens that doesn't mean the war is over. Yet I digress. Please check out the documentary. It is a must see!
~ Purple Reels ~

Directed and Written by Alexandra Isles

Scandalize My Name provides a searing examination of how "Red Scare" politics were used to hinder America's civil rights movement. This powerful film documents the first-hand experiences of African-American performers faced with blacklists, loyalty oaths and other discrimination. It explores the impact these tactics had on the performers' careers and on civil rights as a whole. Paul Robeson, Jackie Robinson, Harry Belafonte, Ossie Davis, and Dick Campbell are just a few of the notable personalities featured. ~ Scott Albright, All Movie Guide  

                              As always remember to be "REEL" and stay on the MOVE! 

Robin Hood - Purple Reels gives it 3 stars ***

Robin Hood was kind of a disappointment ... very long... too long for no reason. There are so many remakes out right now it is kind of getting overwhelming. If they keep putting out the same type of movies people will begin to become numb to the powerful effects that action can have on the senses. It wasn't what was expected and definitely didn't live up to the hype. Remakes are good but too much is just not a good idea. However, just like any fad people will jump on the bandwagon for a while and then realize that they're seeing the same thing over and over again. Robin Hood... what a disappointment. The music score was alright though. If you want to save your money then I suggest you wait for this one to come out on DVD.

                                 As always remember to be "REEL" and stay on the MOVE! 

Monday, May 17, 2010


Director Rachid Bouchareb, is setting up a movie on the early life of legendary civil rights activist Angela Davis (read about her life) and in a recent interview with THR, he said he wants Beyonce to play the leading role:
“I want Beyonce Knowles to play Angela Davis,” he said. “It’s a great dramatic role for her.” [SOURCE]
Bouchareb, who will produce the movie through his French production company, plans to shoot in summer 2010 with a budget in the region of $20 - $30 million.

"I think Beyonce has the potential to do very well in this role. I just hope she can act better than she did in that Austin Powers movie. Now that was horrible acting but she's grown since then ... I liked her in Obsessed. Let's keep an eye out for this movie. Since it is a French production company... who knows when it will reach the states. Maybe they will put the film in American Film Festivals or Cannes even. Who knows. On that note keep an eye out for a French film about the life of Angela Davis."
~ Purple Reels ~

IN OTHER NEWS:    Angela Davis   to speak at Evergreen State College    in Olympia, WA this Saturday!

The Evergreen State College CRC (Gym)

2700 Evergreen Parkway NW 98505

Olympia, WA
Below is more information on the event:                                                                              


• ANGELA DAVIS (Birmingham, Alabama)



MAY 22nd, 2010

CRC (College Recreation Center aka Basketball Gym)

DOORS OPEN @ 3:30pm
ANTWI @ 4:30
ANGELA @ 5:30
Book-signing @7:00


• $5 ADVANCE TICKETS for ANY students, staff, & faculty of ANY school w/school i.d.:

Hours: Mon-Thur: 8:30am-5:30pm, Fri: 8:30am-5pm
Number: 360-867-6212



• $15 ADVANCE TICKETS for general public:

Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 12pm-5pm
Address: 301 5th Avenue SE in Downtown Olympia
Number: (360)-357-4755



$20 at the Door for everyone

(We will be checking I.D. for WILL CALL as well as student/staff/faculty tickets.)




DISABLED ACCESS (hearing aids & close seating)


ABOUT ANGELA DAVIS (Author, Educator and Activist):

Through her activism and her scholarship over the last decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in our nation’s quest for social justice. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender equality.

Professor Davis’ teaching career has taken her to San Francisco State University, Mills College, and UC Berkeley. She has also taught at UCLA, Vassar, the Claremont Colleges, and Stanford University. She has spent the last fifteen years at the University of California Santa Cruz where she is Professor of History of Consciousness, an interdisciplinary Ph.D program, and Professor of Feminist Studies.

Angela Davis is the author of eight books and has lectured throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America. In recent years a persistent theme of her work has been the range of social problems associated with incarceration and the generalized criminalization of those communities that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination. She draws upon her own experiences in the early seventies as a person who spent eighteen months in jail and on trial, after being placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List.” She has also conducted extensive research on numerous issues related to race, gender and imprisonment. Her most recent books are Abolition Democracy and Are Prisons Obsolete? She is now completing a book on Prisons and American History.

Angela Davis is a member of the executive board of the Women of Color Resource Center, a San Francisco Bay Area organization that emphasizes popular education – of and about women who live in conditions of poverty. She also works with Justice Now, which provides legal assistance to women in prison and engages in advocacy for the abolition of imprisonment as the dominant strategy for addressing social problems. Internationally, she is affiliated with Sisters Inside, a similar organization based in Queensland, Australia.

Like many other educators, Professor Davis is especially concerned with the general tendency to devote more resources and attention to the prison system than to educational institutions. Having helped to popularize the notion of a “prison industrial complex,” she now urges her audiences to think seriously about the future possibility of a world without prisons and to help forge a 21st century abolitionist movement.

ABOUT ANTWI AKOM (Award Winning Educator, Scholar and Writer):

Antwi Akom is a leading expert on the green economy, climate change, and educational equity. His research focuses on the links between race, environmental health, and educational equity in cities and schools; the role of the green economy in facilitating pathways out of poverty for vulnerable populations; and the role of local knowledge in the production of environmental health and educational equity.

Dr. Akom’s research and practice works to build partnerships between local residents, schools and universities, environmental and educational experts, community based organizations, labor unions, green businesses, and city planners working together to generate policy and planning solutions that improve community health, economic mobility, and the pedagogies and practices of community leaders and decision-makers.

Professor Akom is currently working with The California Endowment and a number of non-profit organizations to conceptualize a set of “Emerald city” projects and develop a set of “Green Health Equity” indicators; all aimed at promoting human health, job creation, and environmental sustainability.

He is also working with the Ella Baker Center, the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and the East Bay Green Corridor to create “Green Education Technology” (GET) academies that attract and engage students, especially low-income students, students of color, and other vulnerable populations who have been marginalized by the educational system, for career pathways into existing and emerging green energy careers.

In 2009, Professor Akom co-founded the Environmental Sustainability Planning Network (ESPN), a national learning and climate change action network working to improve the lives of residents in seven cities across the United States. The project team, which includes the California Center for Civic Participation, the Youth Planners Network, the Lawrence Berkeley Hall of Science, and the Global Metropolitan Studies Initiative at U.C. Berkeley, are drafting local and regional climate action plans and policies aimed at significantly reducing carbon emissions, securing land tenure, and improving economic opportunities, infrastructure and improving environmental health. The team is also conducting a youth participatory action research project culminating in the production of an Environmental Justice Bill of Rights.

Professor Akom is a 2010 recipient of a RIMI Investigator Award in Health Disparities Research from the National Center on Minority and Health Disparities. He is currently co-editing a book with Professor Jason Corburn from U.C. Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design/City Planning entitled Revolutionary Urbanism: Race, Climate Justice, and the Politics of Pollution in Cities and Schools, which explains the nature of climate change in urban communities in the United States and abroad, the ways in which cities and schools in the global north and global south are responding to climate change, and the potential role for public and private partnerships to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis.

Additionally, he is working on his first solo authored book, Ameritocracy: The Racing of our Nations School Children. He has received research support for his work from the National Institutes of Health, The David and Lucille Packard Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, The Charles Mott Foundation, The California Endowment, and the National Science Foundation.

He has also served as a consultant on community based participatory action research processes and outcomes with major philanthropic organizations, departments of public health, school districts, and community based organizations in the United States as well as abroad. Professor Akom has held research appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, and UC Berkeley’s Institute for the Study of Social Change.

*This Event is Co-sponsored by:
• The Presidents Diversity Fund
• S&A Productions

                               As always remember to be "REEL" and stay on the MOVE! 

Thursday, May 13, 2010

IRON MAN 2 - Purple Reels gives it 5 Stars!

Iron Man 2... is that hardcore action filled adrenalin rush you've been craving with a mysterious twist! Five Stars! *****
~ Purple Reels ~


It is non-stop action... edge of your seat mayhem. Robert Downey Jr.'s performance as (Tony Stark) is exquisite! This film is definitely a step up from the last film. Don Cheadle (Lt. Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes / War Machine) and Robert Downey Jr. are a classic pair that really makes this film come to life. A classic tale of the villain - who is played by Mickey Rourke (Ivan Vanko) - and the hero but in this film there are actually two heroes. Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts) came through with a great performance as well. She becomes a significant part of the film as her role changes dramatically towards the middle of the film. Scarlett Johansson does an amazing job as Natalie Rushman / Natasha Romanoff the female opposite of Samuel L. Jackson who plays Nick Fury. A woman in an action role is always something great to watch but if they can act and pull off the stunts as well (with no stand in) that is just amazing!

"You think you got what it takes to wear that suit?"
"Don't get so attached to things. Learn to let go."

Although Samuel L. Jackson's role as Nick Fury role wasn't very long in this movie he still adds something to the film as well. The casting choices are very fitting in this film and bring out the best in each actor/actress.

Special effects are out of this world but the choice of shots make an even more distinct impact on the quality of the film. If you have not seen this film you definitely need to set aside some time to go check it out. Iron Man 2... is that hardcore action filled adrenalin rush you've been craving with a mysterious twist!

                               As always remember to be "REEL" and stay on the MOVE! 

Monday, May 10, 2010

Actress/Jazz Singer Lena Calhoun Horne Dies [June 30, 1917 - May 9, 2010]

                                    TRAILBLAZER. INNOVATOR. ORIGINATOR. RISK TAKER.

  "To pass away on Mother's Day may not have been an accident... Horne was a Mother of her era and a trailblazer paving the way for many African-American Actresses to succeed just as she did... to break barriers just as she did... and to open the world's eyes to the beauty in accepting our differences. Lena Horne will truly be missed for she possessed a timeless beauty, intelligence, and flair that cannot be duplicated. "

    ~ Purple Reels ~

"Stormy Weather" is a musical extravaganca that still enthralls today after more than 65 years after its' intial release.This picture also has turned into a valuable musical historical treasure,showcasing some of the best black talents of the 20th Century.It is like an animated museum piece but there's no dust or relics here,brother.This film is still alive and vibrant and each performance still gives out and has as much to say now as it did in 1943.
The plot is a trifle to be sure.The star Bill Robsinson is sitting on his front porch with some young relatives reminiscing about his career,which is told in extended flashbacks.Each flashback is filled with various musical numbers by his co-stars and/or himself.This continues unabated until the pictures' closing moments.
The producer and director give all acts ample time to showcase their talents throughout and in most cases are given at least two numbers each;in Bill Robsinsons' and Lena Hornes' cases it is multiple numbers.Of course we all know the legend of Bill Robinson,his superior terpsichorean abilities and the inspiration he gave(and still gives)to so many dancers throughout the years,both black and white.Lena Horne was just coming into her own and she is showcased beautifully throughout the film with several numbers to her credit.Each song is sung in her inimitable style along with the famous title song..." 
-- Robert Badgley
 "Stormy Weather"

Don’t know why
There’s no sun up in the sky
Stormy weather
Since my man and I ain’t together
Keeps raining all the time
Life is bare
Gloom and misery everywhere
Stormy weather
Just can’t get my poor self together
It’s rainin’ all the time
Since he went away
The blues walked in and met me
If he stays away
Ol’ rocking chair will get me
All I do is pray
The Lord above will let me
Walk in the sun once more
Can’t go on
Everything I had is gone
Stormy weather
Since my man and I ain’t together
It’s raining all the time
I walk around heavy hearted and sad
Night comes around
And I’m still feeling bad
Rain’s pourin’ down
Blindin’ every hope I had
This pitterin’ patterin’
Beatin and spattering
Drives me mad
This misery’s just too much for me
Can’t go on
Everything I have is gone
Stormy weather
Since my man and I ain’t together
It’s rainin’ all the time
Keeps rainin’ all the time


The first film directed by Vincente Minnelli (who directed the original Broadway version), this musical offers its pleasures, but also may make you squirm at the racial stereotypes that were considered both acceptable and entertaining in 1943. A story of the struggle between good and evil for the soul of a man named Little Joe (Eddie "Rochester" Anderson), the film plays with the same kind of racial notions that made Stepin Fetchit a star. Still, there's much to recommend it, particularly performances by some of the greatest musical stars of the day: Lena Horne, Ethel Waters, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington, among others. The film also includes a terrific score, a combination effort by Ellington, Harold Arlen, Vernon Duke, and E.Y. Harburg that includes the song "Taking a Chance on Love." --Marshall Fine
LENA CALHOUN HORNE [June 30, 1917 - May 9, 2010]
"Ode to Lena"
Dedicated to Lena Horne 
"We thank you for all that you have done for us as a people. You paved the way for so many of us to succeed. You gave us hope in knowing that one day we could be all that you have been and more. In that hope you gave us a reason to believe once more. It is an honor to have had the privilege to witness your beauty and soak in your wisdom. You took the risk... you paved the way... you blazed a trail that cannot be erased... a spirit like yours cannot be easily replaced... you were a phenomenal woman... phenomenal in every way... a beautiful mix of our history... the history of a nation that is still realizing its full potential ... now we can rest assure that your efforts will not go  unnoticed... a jewel that was sent here to shine so bright that change could not put up a fight... Lena was her name... beauty and wisdom were her claim to fame...
Ode to Lena
may they always remember your name"

Written by Purple Tramble [Purple Reels The Go Getter]

 As always remember to be "REEL" and stay on the MOVE! 
"Purple Reels The Go Getter"