Watch Phoenix Rise

Watch Phoenix RiseRelease Date:  1/5/16 (DVD); 2014
Genre:  Drama
Rating: NR
Running Time:  91 mins.
Studio: Maverick Entertainment Group; History In The Making Entertainment
Director:  Ramasses Head
Cast: Sierra Mora, Angelica Marie, Foota Turner, Karen Cox
Story:  Phoenix, a young girl from humble beginnings is destined to be just another pretty face until she becomes a fashion model. She soon realizes that the industry is full of users and abusers, so she starts a modeling agency with her best friend Angel. Phoenix struggles to maintain her rise to fame as her relationships with friends and family are tested. Source: Maverick Entertainment.

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Five Nights in Maine

Five Nights In MaineRelease Date:  2015
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  82 mins.
Studio:  Loveless, Yoruba Saxon Productions
Director:  Maris Curran

Cast:  David Oyelowo (Sherwin), Teyonah Parris (Penelope), Dianne Wiest (Lucinda), Rosie Perez (Ann).

Story:  A young African American man, reeling from the tragic loss of his wife, travels to rural Maine to seek answers from his estranged mother-in-law, who is herself confronting guilt and grief over her daughter’s death. Source: IMDB.  Photo Source:  Thompson on Hollywood.

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The Breaks

The BreaksRelease Date: 1/4/16 (VH1)
Genre: Drama
Rating: NR
Running Time:  Unknown
Studio(s):  VH1, Atlantic Pictures
Director:  Seith Mann

Cast:  Wood Harris (Barry Fouray), Tristan Wilds (DeeVee), Evan Handler (George ‘Juggy’ Aaron), Method Man (Darryl Van Patten, Sr.), David Call (David), Russell Hornsby (Sampson), Afton Williamson (Nikki), Antoine Harris (Ahm).

Story:  The Breaks, will chronicle the journey of Nikki, David, and Deevee, three friends united by their love of hip-hop, as they work to make their big mark in the music industry. The film will travel viewers back to the Summer of 1990 in New York City where the music industry’s artists and hustlers intersect in the dance clubs and the street corners of the still crime-ridden city.

Nikki Jones is a brilliant recent grad who abandoned a scholarship to law school to pursue her dream of becoming a record exec. Her boyfriend, David Aaron, is the scrappy son of a legendary music producer who is unwilling to rest on his father’s laurels and notorious reputation. DeeVee is an aspiring producer on the hunt to find the next big rapper on the come-up.

Nikki fast talks her way into an internship at the premier hip-hop company, Fouray Entertainment, and catches the eye of the label’s infamous founder, while David struggles at the city’s top R&B radio station whose celebrity DJ refuses to program real hip-hop. Meanwhile, DeeVee returns to his roots in the Fort Greene projects to scout for talent and runs into Ahm, a drug dealer with a lyrical gift whose talent could bring them all to the next level. However, they will soon discover lives can be broken as fast as legends can be born.  The Breaks has the potential to become a series after its movie premiere. Source: VH1.

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Skinned

SkinnedRelease Date: 1/9/16 (TV One); 2014
Genre: Drama
Rating: NR
Running Time:  88 mins.
Studio(s):  LOT10 Productions, Studio 11 Films
Director(s):  LisaRaye McCoy, Avery O. Williams
Cast:  LisaRaye McCoy (Mother), Brad James (Michael), Jasmine Burke (Jolie), Cycerli Ash (Dr. Smith), Nicky Buggs (Nikki), Tasia Grant (Melissa), Kerri J. Baldwin (Aunt Mabel), Van Vicker (Bobby).

Story:  Jolie is dark, beautiful, and appears confident at times, but her self-esteem is extremely low. This stems from the fact that she’s the object of childhood and adult cruelty concerning the darkness of her skin. Worse of all, her sisters are lighter in complexion and always considered the prettier ones. When Jolie gets to college she falls head over heels in love with Bobby, a light skinned swim star.

Bobby is the most popular guy on campus. Isabelle, a beautiful French Creole cheerleader, who would do anything to seduce Bobby, convinces Jolie that Bobby is only fond of light skinned girls. Out of frustration, Jolie is encouraged by a friend to begin bleaching her skin. After a little research, Jolie embarks on a mission to beautify herself and earn the attention of Bobby and the lighter girls on campus.

Fast forward 10 years later, Jolie is now married to Michael, an African business tycoon with a flair for light skinned women. When he questions her about the appearance of her skin at times, she lies and says that she has vitiligo. After 4 years of marriage, Jolie has not gotten pregnant. In an attempt to find out why, disturbing news turns affects their marriage and Michael begins spending lots of time outside of the home.  Thinking that he’s having an affair, Jolie enters into a deep depression.

Things begin to unravel when Jolie’s depression gets worse and Michael suggests that she see a psychiatrist. Dr. Smith is a beautiful, confident, dark skinned sister. Through counseling, a friendship develops between Jolie and Dr. Smith as Dr. Smith assists Jolie in realizing her issues and insecurities with skin color. Dr. Smith takes Jolie to a dark time in her life where she discovers how and why she has ended up in a place of darkness and sadness. Source: skinnedthemovie, official site.

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A Christmas To Remember

A Christmas To RememberRelease Date:  2015
Genre:  Drama/Family
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  112 mins.
Studio(s):  Atlanta Dream Team Productions, Distributors Signal 23 Television, Green Apple Entertainment.
Director:  Henderson Maddox

Cast:  Robin Givens (Veronica), Darrin Dewitt Henson (Michael), Brittney Level (Lauren Ford), Royce Munn (Reid Shepherd), Valerie Payton (Mary Ford), Benjie Anderson (Joseph Sheperd)

Story: Two families who have hated each other for years are forced to spend Christmas together. Source: IMDB.

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Christmas Wedding Baby

Christmas Wedding BabyRelease Date:  2014; 12/22/15 BET
Genre:   Drama/Romance
Rating: NR
Running Time:  112 mins.
Studio(s):  Cultivated Films
Director:  Kiara Jones

Cast:  Kimberley Drummond (Andrea), Maba Ba (Brent), Sawandi Wilson (Gabriel), Maria Howell (Miranda), Lisa Arrindell Anderson (Lori), Frances Turner (Charlotte), Stephen Hill (Isaac), Jason Vendryes (Kendal).

Story:  The film focuses on three sisters. The baby of the trio, Andrea is in town for her wedding to the wealthy Brent, but it’s clear something is amiss, as he’s been too busy to come for the pre-wedding preparations. This small town in North Florida doesn’t have too many professional photographers and Andrea’s ex Gabriel was hired by the wedding planner to effectively capture her beauty on this momentous occasion. Sparks fly between the two, compounding Andrea’s confusion. Does she do what her overbearing mom Miranda says and marry the “right man” or go with her heart…and what does that mean exactly?

Lori, is the oldest sister, and pregnant by a one-night stand to the chagrin of bratty and needy Andrea, judgmental mom Miranda, and middle sister Charlotte. Successful and adventurous, her decision to have a baby on her own doesn’t sit well with the rest of the clan because she lives life on her terms, something they can’t relate to, or in Miranda’s case, waited too long to act on.

Charlotte and her hunky baby daddy Isaac are in a rut. He has given up working as an international DJ and music producer to be the best stay at home dad to their two children while Charlotte focuses on her work as a daytime news anchor. As Isaac prepares to take their relationship to the next level, Charlotte entertains ideas of tasting the swirl with her white co-anchor. Source: Shadow and Act.

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What She Wants For Christmas

What She Wants For Christmas
Release Date:  2012
Genre:  Family/Holiday
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  90 mins.
Studio:  Throne Productions; Entertainment One
Director:  Jason Hewitt

Cast:  Brianna Dufrene, Denise Boutte, Christian Keyes, Jackie Long, Lily Hewitt.

Story:  Ten year-old Abigail has written to the North Pole and asked for something very special this year something she’s kept secret from her mother. But when Abigail discovers that Santa hasn’t brought her special gift, she activates her back-up plan and captures jolly St. Nick. Source: Amazon.

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