What Black History Month Programming Is On Demand?February 02, 2012

What Black History Month Programming Is On Demand?

Media savant T Tara Turk goes deep inside cable TV to reveal Video On Demand's Hidden Gems so even the busiest of our readers can get the most out of On Demand TV. Tell Tara what VOD shows you think deserves her attention.


Black History Month - On Demand

By T. Tara Turk


I generally celebrate being black 365 days a year since, well, I’m black and that’s who I am. But having a designated (albeit short) month to celebrate usually calls for the customary cards, parades, and customized television program on some channels. The TV part is my favorite because then we get to peruse some classics that usually go unnoticed in mainstream “Best Of” lists since some tend not to think outside of the regular classics box.

If you’re in the mood to add some culture to your February or you just want to take a dance down memory lane, I found a few titles available on Black Cinema on Xfinity On Demand this month that may help.

For the Beginner:

ROOTS: THE MINI SERIES - One of the most popular mini series of all time. Pre-dvr/vhs/on demand days, folks would actually plan their TV week with TV Guide and this was one series that scored high ratings across the board in the 1970s. And, since we’re spanning the first few hundred years of slavery, every black actor in Hollywood was able to get a job. -

RAY - Jamie Foxx appears to have an out of body experience playing famed musician Ray Charles. This performance was so good, Jamie continued to channel Ray in a Kanye West song. But seriously, not many people know the story of Ray Charles but most seem to benefit from it.

THE COLOR PURPLE - I don’t have a group of friends in my life that doesn’t, in some way, quote from this movie. While Alice Walker’s book about a black girl in the south who grows up beyond expectations touched so many lives, the movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, mad a lasting impression with its stellar cast which includes Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Margaret Avery and the late great Adolph Caeser.

MALCOLM X - For a long time, Malcolm was and has been misunderstood as a minister of hate but thanks to Spike Lee’s epic production and the genius of Denzel Washington, this should shed some light on the life of Malcolm while being hugely entertaining to watch.

DREAMGIRLS - Who doesn’t love a little retro glamour, a little heartbreak and some amazing singing from the likes of Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx,Anoki Rose and - GASP - Eddie Murphy! The long running Broadway story rumored to based on Diana Ross and the Supremes, finally made a huge dent at the box office and came away with a few Grammy nods.

For the Experienced:

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New Movies On Demand Preview: February 2013 - Academy Awards EditionFebruary 03, 2013

New Movies On Demand Preview: February 2013 - Academy Awards Edition

On Demand Weekly's Kate Wilson (@KateDoesLifegoes through all the new  movies each month for her New Movies On Demand Preview.



February Movies On Demand - Awards Season!


By Kate Asche Wilson

It’s February and you know what that means? It’s awards season! Thank god because frankly I was worried that Hollywood wasn’t getting the proper self-boosting accolades it deserves. Awards season is the absolute best and you know why? Because it’s so entertaining. Nothing’s better then watching your favorite celebrity get shit faced on national TV. Not to mention the terrible Dior dresses and the really awkward acceptance speeches that you have to mute because they’re uncomfortable. There’s actors, actors, more actors. It’s like a giant theatre party orgy but with better hair. I’m still hoping that someone gets backhanded with a Golden Globe.

Awards season is the greatest, and that’s why I’m here to help guide you on your path. Favorite best actor nominee? Easy Daniel Day-Lewis. Supporting Actress? Anne Hathaway. Obviously. I’ve picked out my top three Movies On Demand in February for awards season just for you. All are nominated in some way shape and form so watching them will be both educational and entertaining. I’ll also try to keep my personal bias out of the way so you can keep an open mind about these films. Actually I won’t. Two words: Leonardo Dicaprio.

I love awards season and hope that there are many more Lena Dunham jokes facilitated by Tina Fey in our future.

3. FLIGHT- Premiers February 5
FLIGHT is centered on William “Whip” Whitaker, an airline pilot who saves a flight from crashing. He’s initially praised as a hero, but a further investigation shows that there is more to the story then just the plane malfunctioning. Playing a man plagued by his love of Vodka and Latina women Denzel Washington leads the cast as Whip, and finds himself nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal. FLIGHT is also nominated for Best Original Screenplay, and is a must see film for anyone interested in checking out Daniel Day-Lewis’ competition.
R, Drama, Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Same day as DVD

2. SKYFALL- Premiers February 12
Bond films are always fan favorites, but never seem to do much at awards time. This I feel is a conspiracy by the American Government in order to keep the general public from thinking the Brits are cooler than us. It’s fine we know they are. That being said the updated Bond films are truly spectacular and have the countless visual effects nominations to prove it. Not to mention the gorgeous Adele herself is nominated for Best Original Song. Go England!
PG-13, Action, Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Same day as DVD

1. ARGO- Premiers February 19
Words cannot describe how much I love ARGO. I am not even going to tell you the plot because if you haven’t seen ARGO yet stop whatever you are doing and go watch it now. Seriously I am not kidding. Do yourself a favor and watch this masterpiece of filmmaking immediately, and then you will see what I mean. It’s incredible. It’s directed by the beautiful BAffleck who also stars in it. Proving that DAREDEVIL was just a small bump in his career. It also has an incredible ensemble cast that includes Alan Arkin and John Goodman. I’m already mad enough at The Academy for snubbing BAffleck for the Best Director category so in order to make it up to me they better give ARGO Best Picture. No negotiations because if this doesn’t win I will hurt them. Not really. But really.
R, Drama, Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Same day as DVD, Weeks before Netflix & Redbox

Now aren’t we excited for Awards Season? Pop open the champagne, watch some Movies on Demand to get prepared, and relax. It’s the best month of the year.
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