Harriet

a/k/a Freedom Fire

Release Date:  11/1/19; In Theaters
Genre:   Drama/Biography
Rating:  NR
Director:  Kasi Lemmons
Studio(s):   Martin Chase Productions, New Balloon, Stay Gold Features, Focus Features.
Running Time:  Unknown

Cast:   Cynthia Erivo (Harriet Tubman), Janelle Monáe, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, Clarke Peters, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Zackary Momoh, Deborah Ayorinde, Vondie Curtis-Hall.            

Story:   Based on the story of iconic freedom fighter Harriet Tubman, her escape from slavery and subsequent missions to free dozens of slaves through the Underground Railroad in the face of growing pre-Civil War adversity.  Source(s):  IMDB; Variety.

I Got The Hook Up 2

Release Date:  7/12/19; In Theaters
Genre:  Comedy, Sequel
Rating:  R
Director:  Corey Grant
Studio(s):   BondIt Media Capital, Genius Minds, RLJ Entertainment.
Running Time:  Unknown
Cast:   Romeo Miller, Master P, D. C. Young Fly, Michael Blackson, Fatboy SSE, KJ Smith, Clifton Powell, AJ Johnson, Tiny Lister, John Witherspoon, Sheryl Underwood.

Story:   After best friends Black and Blue’s restaurant is shut down, Black needs to find some cash — fast. He thinks his luck has turned when Blue’s son, Fatboy, and his best friend, Spyda, bring him a stash of stolen cellphones, and Black decides to sell them on the streets. There’s only one problem: the boxes with the phones also contains the Colombian cartel’s stash of Molly, which Spyda decides to sell.  Source:  Google; IMDB.

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Beats

Release Date:  6/19/19; Netflix
Genre:   Drama
Rating:   TV-MA
Director:  Chris Robinson
Studio(s):   51 Minds Entertainment; Global Road Entertainment; Netflix
Running Time:  109 mins.
Cast:  Khalil Everage, Anthony Anderson, Uzo Aduba, Emayatzy Corinealdi
Story:   An agoraphobic hip-hop prodigy and a disgraced former music manager cross paths in Chicago’s South Side and help each other face the demons of their pasts.  Source:  Netflix.

 

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Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta

Release Date:  6/1/19; Lifetime
Genre:   Comedy/Drama/Romance
Rating:  NR
Director:  Rhonda Baraka
Studio(s):   Big Dreams Entertainment, Swirl Films, Lifetime Television
Running Time:  Unknown

Cast:   Reginald VelJohnson (Reverend Bennet), Jackée Harry (Mrs. Bennet), Lizzie (Tiffany Hines), Raney Branch (Jane), Brittney Level (Mary), Reginae Carter (Lydia), Alexia Bailey (Kitty), Juan Antonio (Will Darcy), Kellee Stewart (Charlotte), Victoria Rowell (Catherine), Keshia Knight Pulliam (Caroline).

Story:   This contemporary adaptation of the Jane Austen classic, follows Reverend Bennet, a pastor of a prominent Southern Baptist church, and his wife, Mrs. Bennet, author of a self-help book on how to find the perfect husband.  Needless to say, Mrs. Bennet is less than thrilled that all five of their daughters — Lizzie, Jane, Mary, Lydia and Kitty — are still single.  When the very eligible Will Darcy arrives in town, Mrs. Bennet sets her sights on the handsome bachelor for daughter Lizzie, leading to a comedic modern-day take on themes familiar to fans of the novel.  The film was written by best-selling author Terry McMillan.  Source:  Blackfilm.com.

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All In

a/k/a Born In The Game

Release Date:  6/12/19 – 6/16/19; American Black Film Festival
(Original Release:  2018)
Genre:   Drama
Rating:  NR
Director:  Ibrahim Yilla
Studio(s):   Mega Mind Media
Running Time:  105 mins.
Cast:  Niatia ‘Lil Mama’ Kirkland (Keema), Elise Neal (Gina), Robert Christopher Riley (Lance), Dennis L.A. White (Dupree), Lyric Hurd (Treasure), Jim Jones (Assailant), Lena Anthony (Imani).

Story:   A dysfunctional single mother gets pulled back into a life of crime while trying to make a better future for her three children.  Source:  Blackfilm.com.

His, Hers And The Truth

Release Date:  6/12/19 – 6/16/19; American Black Film Festival (Original Release:  2018)
Genre:  Romance
Rating:  NR
Director:  Coke Daniels
Studio(s):   Flixville Studios, Flixville USA, Supremacy Films
Running Time:  90 mins.

Cast: Ashley A. Williams (Tanya), Brad James (Alan), Cocoa Brown (Mrs. Smith), Terri J. Vaughn (Craig’s Mom), Autumn Dial (Becky), Ashani Roberts (Rhonda), Dorien Wilson (Mr. Smith), Dawn Halfkenny (Tamela), Duane Finley (Teddy).

Story:  Behind every great love story, there are three stories: his, hers and the truth. Alan and Tanya meet on a blind date when they’re both fresh out of college. The date is disastrous as these two are the furthest thing from compatible. Alan is self-centered and cocky, and Tanya is a self-assured, independent career woman. They part ways only to reconnect many years later. This time they both mutually agree to be platonic friends. This doesn’t last long as they begin dating. Things fall apart as Alan can’t put aside his narcissistic ways long enough to form a genuine bond. They again part ways. Alan immediately realizes how much he misses Tanya and how much he needs her in his life. He bends over backwards in an attempt to win her back.  Source:  hishersthetruth.com, official site; Blackfilm.com.

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If Not Now, When?

Release Date:  6/12/19 – 6/16/19; American Black Film Festival
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Directors:  Meagan Good, Tamara LaSeon Bass
Studio(s):   Krazy Actress Productions
Running Time:  126 mins.

Cast:  Meagan Good, Meagan Holder, Mekia Cox, Tamara Bass, Valarie Pettiford, Edwin Hodge.

Story:   If Not Now, When? introduces us to Suzanne, Patrice, Tyra and Deidre, who have been friends since meeting at the age of fourteen. Over the course of their lives fights, disagreements and love have caused friction and distance to manifest between some of them, particularly Suzanne and Patrice, who haven’t spoken in almost fifteen years. When Tyra, who is mother to fourteen year-old Jillian, suffers a crisis, all four women are drawn back together to make it through, and soon discover that they also need each other, and sisterhood, to make it through what is currently happening in their  lives.

Tears, laughter and most importantly heart are at the center of this poignant drama. If Not Now, When? captures the essence of those female bonding movies that were prevalent in the 90’s, while telling a story that is stirring and will most certainly tug at your emotions.  Source(s):  Blackfilm.com; krazyactressproductions.com.