Tangerine

TangerineRelease Date 11/10/15 (DVD); 7/10/15
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  R
Running Time:  88 mins.
Studio(s):  Magnolia Pictures, Duplass Brothers Productions, Through Films.
Director:  Sean Baker.
Writer(s):  Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch.

Cast:  Kiki Kitana Rodriguez (Sin-Dee), Mya Taylor (Alexandra), Karren Karagulian (Razmik), James Ransone (Chester), Mickey O’Hagan (Dinah).

Story:  It’s Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend hasn’t been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the working girl and her best friend, Alexandra, embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, including an Armenian family dealing with their own repercussions of infidelity. Source: Official Facebook Page.

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Of Sentimental Value

Of Sentimental ValueRelease Date:  8/1/16
Genre:  Drama/Family
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  76 mins.
Studio(s):  Cambium Break Pictures, Princess of Suburbia Films, Green Apple Entertainment.
Director:  Jean Senelier
Writer:  Princess Fumi Hancock
Cast:  Aleta Myles (Siberia Tonka), Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister (Tee), Malik Yoba (Alan Hamilton), Richard Neal (Jake O’Conner), Inder Kumar (Aashish Babu), John Dumelo (Jack Rubeau), Vitalis Ndubuisi (Siberia’s father), Patsha Bay (Onka).

Story:  An African Immigrant’s life turns upside down when she mistakenly loses a family artifact while desperately seeking relief from her heap of debt in America! Unknowingly she unleashes a mystical power around her in America and also amongst her loved ones in Africa. She must race to save her sister’s life by retrieving the family artifact while juggling her two unexpected and very different love interests, an African US based wealthy art collector and a simple American consignment store owner. Who wins her heart and will she save her sister in time? Source(s): Official Facebook Page; YouTube.

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No More Mr. Nice Guy

No More Mr. Nice Guy stillRelease Date:  9/7/17
Genre:  Action/Thriller
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  Unknown
Studio(s):  Tri Destined Studios, Urban Books Media.
Director: Trey Haley
Writers:  Stephanie Covington, Carl Weber.

Cast:  Christian Keyes (Niles Monroe), LisaRaye McCoy (Bridget St. John), Luke Goss (Johnathan Dotson), Miguel A. Núñez, Jr. (Willie Monroe), Sean Ringgold (Robert ‘Majestic’ Moss), Valarie Pettiford (Lorna Monroe), Roger Guenveur Smith (El Gato), Lamman Rucker (Bruce Wright), Erica Hubbard (Keisha Smalls), Derrick Simmons (Fight Well).

Story:  A former military expert is blackmailed into becoming a hit man. He has to do everything in his power to escape special ops to get his life back. Source(s): IMDB, Movie.info.  Photo source:  Tracthertrailher.com.

7 Magpies

Seven Magpies

Status:  Announced
Release Date: TBA
Genre:  Horror/Anthology
Rating:  Unknown
Studio(s):  Cruell World Productions
Director(s):  Lucy Cruell, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nicole Renee, Robin Shanea, Lary Love Dolley, Meosha Bean, and Rae Dawn Chong.
Writer(s):  Tananarive Due, Sumiko Saulson, Eden Royce, Crystal Connor, Valjeanne Jeffers, Linda D Addison, Paula Ashe.
Cast:  TBA

Details:  The First All African-American Female Written & Directed Horror Anthology.

According to Joblo, 7 Magpies will be made up of seven “haunting, unforgettable supernatural horror shorts”, each written by an African-American female, each brought to the screen by an African-American female director. Created by L.C. Cruell in reaction to the fact that no African-American female directors have been asked to contribute to any of the recent horror anthologies and inspired by the nursery rhyme “One for Sorrow”, 7 Magpies has the following description:

Ancient superstitions in many cultures have considered magpies to be a bird of ill omen. According to one old superstition, the number of magpies one sees determines if one will have bad luck or not.

7 Magpies
One for sorrow,
Two for mirth,
Three for a wedding,
Four for a birth,
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret,
Never to be told.

Source(s): Joblo.com; Official Facebook Page.

Black Belle

Zoe Kravitz

Status:  Development Unknown (as of 12/15/16)
Release Date:  TBA
Genre:  Western
Rating:  Unknown
Studio(s):  Brain Scratch Prods, Mad Riot Entertainment.
Director:  Shana Betz
Writer:  Tasha Huo
Cast:   Zoe Kravits
Details:   Zoe Kravitz will star as a hitwoman in Black Belle, a Western set shortly after the Civil War. The film will follow a loner/bounty hunter who specializes in revenge killing when a client shows up with information about her mother’s murderer. It takes a turn when she realizes just who the alleged killer really is.  Production for the film will begin in September. Source(s): Women and Hollywood; Deadline.  Photo Source: IMDB.

Tammi Terrell Biopic

Tammi TerrellStatus:  Announced
Release Date:  TBA
Genre:  Biography
Rating:  Unknown
Studio(s):  Panthera Pictures
Director:  Maryam Myika Day
Cast:  Kat Graham (Tammi Terrell)

Update:  On 10/6/15 Black America Web wrote Castle star Tamala Jones will be behind a Tammi Terrell biopic based on the Motown singer’s tragically short life. According to Deadline.com, Jones will not star in the biopic but will produce based on the book My Sister Tammie written by Terrell’s sister, Ludie Montgomery. Although there is another production in the works produced by and starring Vampire Diaries actress Kat Graham, Montgomery and the Terrell estate are backing Jones’ version.

The as-yet unnamed project will start production in 2016.  Although a screenwriter, Sylvia Jahshan has been announced, there is no word on casting. The Graham project is also slated to start filming next year.

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Details:  On 5/27/15, Shadow and Act reported that Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham will play Tammi Terrell in an upcoming biopic of the late singer. The biopic is the first full-length feature through Graham’s Panthera Pictures production company.

Over a 12 month period, starting in April 1967, the super duo of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell enjoyed a string of hits, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” “Your Precious Love,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” and “You’re All I Need to Get By”, all of which were some of the greatest love songs ever recorded at Motown Records. In October 1967, Terrell collapsed onstage and was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Sadly on March 16, 1970, at the age of 24, she died of complications from the tumor. During her 10-year career, Terrell appeared as an opening act for Patti Labelle & the Bluebelles and later joined James Brown’s live revue as a backup singer. In 1965, at the age of 20, she signed with Motown Records, but it wasn’t until Motown decided to pair her with Gaye that Terrell became a star.

Principal photography on the yet-to-be-titled feature film is set for 2016.  Source(s): Shadow and Act; Deadline. Photo Source: Huffington Post.

Beat Street Resurrection

a/k/a Beat Street
Beat Street Resurrection
Release Date:  12/31/16 (DVD)
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  89 mins.
Studio(s):  Green Apple Entertainment, 2-G Multi-Media
Directors:  Greg Galloway, Thomas Mikal Ford

Cast:  Gregory Alan Williams (Captain Tim Weathers), Terri J. Vaughn (Mayor Cummings), Thomas Mikal Ford (Chief Carey Sommers), Jeremy Strong (Frederick McAllister), Naeemah McCowan (Ashley Banks).

Story:  A washed up police chief must team up with a rookie detective to infiltrate an underground hip-hop dance crew to find the killer of small town Mayor’s son.  Source:  Official Facebook page.

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