“To make a woman love you, KNOCK HER DOWN” – Bull Magee
Year of Release: 1920
Runtime: Not Available
Black & White
Studio: Micheaux Film Corporation
Producer & Director: Oscar Micheaux
Evelyn Preer (Mildred Carrison)
A.B. DeComathiere (Bull Magee)
Sam Langford (Tug Wilson)
Susie Sutton (Aunt Clara)
Lawrence Chenault (Herbert Lanyon)
Laura Bowman (Mrs. Carrison)
Mattie Edwards (A Guest in ‘The Hole’)
Alice Gorgas (Margaret Pendleton)
Virgil Williams (Referee)
Marty Cutler (Sidney Kirkwood)
Foy Clements (Irene Lanyon)
Louis Schooler (Klondike)
Herbert Lanyon and Mildred Carrison are engaged. When Herbert is presumed dead in a shipwreck, Mildred is forced by her gold digging Aunt Clara to marry gambler and crime boss, Bull Magee. Mildred is unhappy married to Bull who mistreats her. When Herbert is found alive, a repentant Aunt Clara and Herbert free Mildred from Magee, and the lovers are able to marry.
A subplot involves boxer “Tug” Wilson (played by boxing champion Sam Langford), who is ordered by his manager, Bull Magee, to throw a major fight at the film’s climax.
It is reported on Wikipedia that the original version of the film included a scene where the boxer defeats a white rival, but Micheaux was forced by the censors to remove the scene, though Black Cinema Connection has been unable to confirm this information.
This film is considered lost.
Source(s): TCM, Wikipedia; Quote: Zazzle Oscar Micheaux vintage movie ad card; Photo: Wikimedia Commons.
Release Date: 11/18/14 (DVD)
Running Time: 125 mins.
Studio: Redd Bone Productions; Maverick Entertainment Group
Directors: Owen McManus, Jr.
Cast: Robert McGill, Jr. (Mikey), Janell Flugence (Alicia), Selam Workeneh (Sasha), James Mastio, Drew Benson, Jonathan Sorapuru (Kevin).
Details: Women, money, power, greed, drugs, passion, desire, love, wealth, secrets, seduction…family, tragedy…choices. Protagonist Mikey searches for the alluring good life in an underworld where antagonist Fabian holds all power. Younger brother, Kevin, wants in, against Mikey’s will. Forced to choose between family and the good life, what will Mikey choose? Source: Maverick Entertainment.
a/k/a Englewood: The Growing Pains in Chicago
Release Date: 10/7/14 (DVD)
Running Time: 93 mins.
Studio: Forever Foreign Films LLC; Maverick Entertainment Group
Director: William Cochran
Cast: David Cowan (Joshua), William Cochran (Dennis), Rodney Harvey (Calvin), Aayisha Chanel (Kiesha)
Story: Englewood examines the lives of three young men in Chicago, growing up in the Englewood area, who all have different views on the world as well as their value in it. Source(s): Maverick Entertainment; Forever Foreign Films; Official Facebook page.
Release Date: 9/21/14 (Made-For-TV, UPTV)
Cast: Lynn Whitfield, Essence Atkins, GregAlan Williams, Jasmine Guy, Angie Stone
Story: Candace “Candy” Meyers (Essence Atkins) is a successful anchor on a top-rated national magazine show. Fiercely independent and committed to her job, Candy doesn’t make many friends with her demanding, gruff nature. In fact, her only true friend might be her long-time manager Lewis (Kendrick Cross). Candy discovers that an anonymous fan she’s had for years has passed way – and he was her biological father, Freddy Nelson.
Content with the love and support of her adoptive family, Candy has never been curious about her biological parents. That all changes when she travels back for her father’s funeral, meets the Nelson family – including biological uncle Abner (GregAlan Williams), Freddy’s wife Delores (Angie Stone) and her two step-brothers – and discovers that her reclusive, angry and stubborn birth mother, Mary Jo (Lynn Whitfield) is going to be a challenge. The journey these two surprisingly similar women take getting to know each other will break down walls and open them up to a life they never knew was possible. Source: UpTV.
Release Date: 1/15/16 (Direct-to-Video)
Running Time: 90 mins.
Studio: Cartel Urban Cinema
Directors: Seven; Toy Styles; Charisse Washington
Cast: Levar Miles-Turner, Shonda Mayes, Tia Shorts, Pierre Proctor, Steve Austin
Details: No official plot details yet, but the novel revolves around 4 women who wage war against their exes for ownership of a million dollar drug empire. Source: Amazon.
Release Date: 8/19/14, DVD; 11/8/13, Theaters (Limited)
Running Time: 123 mins.
Studio: Variance Films
Director: John Sayles
Cast: LisaGay Hamilton (Bernice), Yolonda Ross (Fontayne), Edward James Olmos (Freddy Suarez), Hilary Barraford (Cindy), Mahershala Ali (Dez), Harold Perrineau (Wiley), Isaiah Washington (Vernell).
Story: Bernice (LisaGay Hamilton) and Fontayne (Yolonda Ross) grew up so close people said they could “go for sisters”, but time sent them down different paths. Twenty years later, those paths cross: Fontayne is a recovering addict fresh out of jail, and Bernice is her new parole officer.
When Bernice’s son Rodney goes missing on the Mexican border, his shady associates all in hiding or brutally murdered, Bernice realizes she needs someone with the connections to navigate Rodney’s world without involving the police… and turns to her old friend. The pair enlist the services of disgraced ex-LAPD detective Freddy Suárez (Edward James Olmos) and plunge into the dim underbelly of Tijuana, forced to unravel a complex web of human traffickers, smugglers, and corrupt cops before Rodney meets the same fate as his partners. Source: Goforsisters.com, official site.
Year of Release: 1919
Runtime: 67 mins.
Black & White
Studio: Lincoln Motion Picture Company
Director: Harry A. Gant
Cast: Clarence Brooks (Richard Beverly), Webb King (Hubert Gordon), Tasmania Darden, Ethel Gray, Eva Johnson, Anita Thompson.
Synopsis: Richard Beverly and Hubert Gordon are rivals for the affections of a beautiful woman. A plan, contrived by Hubert to embarrass Richard in public, ends with the two spending a drunken night at a bordello. Learning of the trick the next day, Richard fights Hubert, who hits his head on a rock after Richard knocks him down. Richard, thinking that he is a murderer, leaves town and becomes a dissipated drunk in a distant city, where he meets Merriam Givens. Hoping to clear himself of disgrace so that he can marry Merriam, Richard writes home and learns that, although Hubert survived the accident, a prostitute is pregnant as a result of that night and believes Richard is the father. Will Richard do the right thing and marry the mother of his child, or will he follow his heart to be with his true love?
Notes: This was the first feature-length production of the Lincoln Motion Picture Co., one of the leading black independent companies of the period. Source(s): TCM. Photo Source: A Separate Cinema.