Fifty Shades of Black

Release Date:  1/29/16 (In theaters)
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  Unknown
Running Time:  Unknown
Studio(s):  IM Global, Open Road Films
Director:  Michael Tiddes
Cast:  Marlon Wayans, Jane Seymour, Mike Epps, Kali Hawk, Fred Willard.

Story:  A parody of the popular film/novel Fifty Shades of Gray.

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Details:  According to Variety Mike Epps, Kali Hawk, Jane Seymour, Affion Crockett and Fred Willard have joined Marlon Wayans in IM Global’s spoof Fifty Shades of Black.  Wayans, who stars as mysterious entrepreneur Christian Black, is a producer and writer of the film alongside regular writing and producing partner Rick Alvarez. Mike Tiddes is directing and Open Road, which distributed both of Wayans’ A Haunted House spoofs, has set a Jan. 29 release for the U.S.  Hawk (“Bridesmaids”) portrays the young woman drawn to Christian Black.

IM Global launched Fifty Shades of Black after Universal’s Fifty Shades of Grey took in $570 million at the worldwide box office. Source: Variety.

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Call Me King

Call Me KingRelease Date 9/8/15; DVD
Genre:  Drama/Crime
Rating:  Unknown
Running Time: 118 mins.
Studio(s):  Dark Energy Pictures, Shadow Motion Pictures, GVN Releasing.
Director:  R.L. Scott
Cast:  Amin Joseph (Rhyis), Maurice Whitfield (Khalil), Sean A. Riggs (Grimm), Johnathan McDaniel (Zho), Chris Mulkey (Angelo Costa), Bai Ling (Li Soo), Bill Cobbs (Malachi), Gabrielle Dennis (Leena), Shaun Mixon (Knight), Del Zamora (Feris).

Story:  Call Me King is the story of two young heirs, Rhyis (Amin Joseph) and Khalil (Maurice Whitfield) members of an ousted Haitian dictatorship who immigrate to the United States. Now as adults, the brothers are seeking to right the wrongs perpetrated by their father by assembling their own four-member crew of gun runners, “The Strap Set.”

The team is led by the eldest brother Rhyis. His goal is to earn enough capital and power in America to return to Haiti and reclaim his birth rite. Khalil, the younger brother, handles the lion’s share of sales and distribution to foreign buyers. Grimm (Sean A. Riggs) handles heavy artillery and deals with local distributors and Zho (Johnathan McDaniel) is a lethal sharp shooter.

Rhyis answers to only one man… Angelo Costa (Chris Mulkey) head of the Italian syndicate. Angelo utilizes “The Strap Set” as his key enforcers. When the rules of the underworld are broken, these four men inflict punishment to the letter. Heavily armed with automatic weapons, lethal fighting skills, and the strategies of war… “The Strap Set” are locked, loaded, and intent on returning victorious to the docks of Port-Au-Prince Haiti. Source(s): Callmekingmovie (official site); IMDB.

Chapter & Verse

Release Date:  9/23/15 – 9/27/15 (Urbanworld Film Festival); 2014
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  62 mins.
Studio:  Harlem Film Company
Director: Jamal Joseph
Cast:  Daniel Beaty (Lance), Loretta Devine (Miss Maddy), Omari Hardwick (Jomo),
Selenis Leyva (Yolanda), Marc John Jefferies (B-Rock), Khadim Diop (Ty), Justin Martin
(G-Rod).

Story:  Upon his return from serving a ten-year sentence in prison, reformed gang leader, S. Lance Ingram, struggles to adapt to a changed Harlem. Unable to use the technological skills he acquired in jail, Lance is forced to accept a position delivering meals for a local food bank. It is here that he befriends Ms. Maddy, a past beauty with an irreverent and hardened shell to whom he delivers dinners. Through her, Lance finds hope, relearning the joys of life and living despite the outwardly bedeviled society in which they find themselves. Source: IMDB.