Oscars Alternatives + More (JETflix Friday)
You’ve worked hard all week and you deserve some down time. Spend your evening checking out some of these newly released flicks and shows. Grab the popcorn, because these picks are JET-approved! JETflix Fridays starts now…
This documentary is about Black Americans, particularly the flick’s director Darnell Lamont Walker, who are escaping American tyranny. He wrote, “It was April  in the states. I had a ticket to backpack through Europe with friends in hopes of making it to Amsterdam for King’s Day, and Freddie Gray had just been killed by police in Baltimore, Maryland. Being raised not far from Baltimore and feeling very connected to the situation due to a racially-motivated run-in I had with the law several years ago that left me face down with a gun on my head, I strongly reconsidered my trip to stay and march in the streets. My friend, Terrence, who’d just learned of my trip two days before departure, asked, ‘Why are you going to Europe? To seek asylum? Perfect!’”
Watch It: On KweliTV
THE SIN SEER
From a young age, Rose Ricard has been blessed with a special gift. Looking into a person’s soul, she can see the lies they try to hide. Now, using her uncanny ability, Rose works as a private investigator, solving “cold” cases the police can’t unravel. With her new partner, ex-con Grant Summit, Rose takes on a deadly case that follows close on the heels of a murderer and threatens to reveal long-buried secrets from her own past. Rose’s divine gift may wind up being a curse that makes her the target of the killer she never saw coming. The amazing cast includes Richard Brooks, C. Thomas Howell, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Gregory Alan Williams and Michael Ironside.
Watch It: On DVD
If you’ve taken the Oscars off your radar this year due to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, there’s a ceremony that will highlight the diverse talent the Academy won’t. Black&Sexy TV is hosting Battle of the G.O.A.T.’s aka the Greatest of All Times Debates, an event where the crew will gather to debate about some of best in Black film. From vintage Black cinema to the great romance films of the 90’s, movie lovers will wrangle it out with exciting categories including Love Jones vs Love and Basketball, Greatest of All Time Denzel Performance and Coming to America vs Boomerang. Man, it’s bound to get heated! Catch the live broadcast on YouTube, Facebook and Periscope Feb. 28 at 6 pm PST – the same night as the Academy Awards.
Watch It: On YouTube