Magazine article Colorlines Magazine

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Magazine article Colorlines Magazine

Films

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GOOD DAY TO BE BLACK AND SEXY (Directed by Dennis Dortch)

Six interconnected vignettes unfold in a single day in Los Angeles, capturing a series of intimate moments between Black couples that have reached their boiling-points. One couple finds themselves in the middle of an erotic tug-of-war between the sexes; a girl faces the limits of teen sexuality in questionable situations; and interracial taboos keep a boy locked up in his girlfriend's room. Compelling performances are foregrounded with gorgeous hues and innovative cinematic style that evoke a '70s aesthetic and permeate the senses with strong, witty and unabashed voices.

Dennis Dortch's ambitious and daring directorial debut played to packed crowds at Sundance 2008 and had its theatrical release in Los Angeles last December. While it has been compared to Spike Lee's 1986 She's Gotta Have It in its provocations around Black sex and sexuality, Dortch's film pushes the frame by whizzing past overdone stereotypes about Black sexuality to explore the nuances of desire and emotion in all their complexity and humor. Updates and trailers can be found at theblackandsexymovie.com.

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I LIKE IT LIKE THAT (Directed by Darnell Martin)

Lisette Linares has an adoring husband, Chino, and three cute little rowdy kids--but a girl also needs some space for herself. When Chino goes to jail after a blackout night of looting, financial troubles move her to break with macho expectations of a woman's role and look for a job. With her trans sister's help, Lisette lands an opportunity to develop the creative independence she's been craving, until rumors start flying that pit her against Chino.

An upbeat soundtrack and fluid cinematography present a fresh take on a bustling Bronx neighborhood in the early 1990s that eludes cliches of "the hood" or the struggling Latino-Black couple. …

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