Tulsa (working title)

Status:  Development Status Unknown Release Date:  TBA Genre:  Drama Rating:  Not Available Studio:  OWN Director: TBA Cast: Octavia Spencer (Mattie Clay) Details:  According to Hitfix, OWN is developing Tulsa, a two-night miniseries set to star Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (The Help). The miniseries will tell the story of the largest race riot in U.S. history, during…

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My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story

Status:  Announced Release Date: TBA Genre:  Drama/ Biography Rating:  Not Available Studio:  OWN Director: TBA Cast: Toni Braxton (Darlene Love) Details:  On 4/3/14 Black America Web reported that The Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that Toni Braxton is set to star as Darlene Love in the network’s first scripted TV film My Name is Love:…

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From the Rough

Release Date:  4/25/14 (limited); 6/8/2013 (Ardmore open) Genre:  Drama Rating:  PG Running Time:  97 mins. Studio(s):  Royal Street Productions; Gyre Entertainment; Freestyle Releasing Director:  Pierre Bagley Cast:  Taraji P. Henson (Catana Starks) Michael Clarke Duncan (Roger) Tom Felton (Edward) Justin Chon (Ji-Kyung) Henry Simmons (Kendrick Paulsen, Jr.) James Saito (Won-Sik) Robert Bailey, Jr.(Craig) Tony Bentley…

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Drumline: A New Beat

Release Date:  10/27/14 Genre:  Comedy/Drama Rating:  Not Available Studio(s):  Fox Television Studios /VH1 Television Director:  Billie Woodruff Cast:  Nick Cannon (Devon Miles), Alexandra Shipp (Dani), Jordan Calloway (Jayven), Leonard Roberts (Sean Taylor), Lisa Arrindell Anderson (Lois Bolton), Letoya Luckett (Dr. Nia Phillips), Jasmine Burke (Tasha), Kamille Leai (Lori) Jackie Goldston (Dean Scott), Rome Flynn (Leon), Scott…

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Black Nativity

Release Date:  4/15/14, DVD; 11/27/13, Theatrical Release Genre:  Drama/Musical Rating:  PG Studio:  Maven Pictures; Fox Searchlight Pictures Director:  Kasi Lemmons Cast:  Angela Bassett (Aretha Cobbs) Jennifer Hudson (Naima) Forest Whitaker (Reverend Clarence Cobbs) Mary J. Blige (Angel) Jacob Latimore (Langston) Nasir Jones (Street Prophet /Isaiah) Tyrese Gibson (Loot /Tyson) Vondie Curtis Hall (Pawnbroker) Story:  In…

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Herb Jeffries

a/k/a Herbert Jeffery a/k/a The Bronze Buckaroo Update:  On May 26, 2014, Variety reported that a pioneer in African American-targeted Western movies and jazz singer Herb Jeffries, a/k/a the “Bronze Buckaroo,” died. He was 100.  Jeffries died of heart failure in West Hills, California on Sunday, May 25, 2014, according to the LA Times.  His health had been…

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