We Belong Together

Release Date:  7/28/18; BET
Genre:  Thriller
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  Chris Stokes
Studio(s):   Footage Films
Running time:  Unknown

Cast:  Draya Michele (Tracy), Elise Neal (Megan), Charles Malik Whitfield (Thomas), Cassidey Fralin (Brittany).
Story:   After years of separation, Thomas, a loving father and ex-husband, rekindles his relationship with his former wife, Megan, played by Elise Neal. This enrages Tracy (Draya Michele), who is obsessed with making Thomas hers and wants his ex out of the picture. How far will Tracy go to make sure Megan and her family disappear forever?  Source:  BET.

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Night Comes On

Release Date:   8/3/18; Video-On-Demand
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Director:  Jordana Spiro
Studio(s): Superlative Films, Genera Entertainment, Thunderhead Pictures,
Samuel Goldwyn Films
Running time:  90 mins.
Cast:  Dominique Fishback (Angel Lamere), Tatum Marilyn Hall (Abby Lamere)

Story:   Night Comes On tells the story of Angel, a young woman released from juvenile detention on the eve of her 18th birthday. Haunted by her past, Angel embarks on a journey with her 10 year-old sister to avenge her mother’s death.  Source:  Firstshowing.net.

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The Hate U Give

Release Date:  10/19/18; In Theaters
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  George Tillman, Jr.
Studio(s):   Fox 2000 Pictures, State Street Pictures, Temple Hill Entertainment,
Twentieth Century Fox.
Running time:  Unknown
Cast:  Amandla Stenberg (Starr Carter), Regina Hall (Lisa Carter), Russell Hornsby (Maverick Carter), Common (Uncle Carlos Carter), Lamar Johnson (Seven Carter), TJ Wright (Sekani Carter), Issa Rae (April Ofrah), KJ Apa (Chris), Sabrina Carpenter (Hailey), Anthony Mackie (King).

Story:   Based on Angie Thomas’ novel of same name, the film stars Amandla Stenberg as a 16-year-old girl named Starr who grew up in a poverty-stricken area, but now attends a suburban prep school.  After she witnesses a police officer shoot her unarmed best friend, she’s torn between her two very different worlds as she tries to speak her truth.  Source:  Variety.  Photo Source:  Shadow & Act.

Us

Release Date:  3/15/19; In Theaters
Genre:  Horror/Thriller
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  Jordan Peele
Studio(s):   Monkeypaw Productions, QC Entertainment, Universal Pictures
Cast:  Lupita Nyong’o

Details:   Us will be the second in a series of thrillers that addresses what Director Jordan Peele calls “social demons.”  Much like his debut film, Get Out examines race and racism, this film will center around “these innately human monsters that are woven into the fabric of how we think and how we interact.”  While Peele says the movie will follow the same tone as Get Out, it will be a completely different film and not focus on addressing race.   According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story focuses on two couples, one white and one black. Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss are reportedly in early talks for the roles, with Lupita Nyong’o officially confirmed to star as one half of a couple.  The Hollywood Reporter also states that Us will be written and directed by Peele and produced by his company Monkeypaw Productions, along with Get Out producer Jason Blum.  Source:  Popsugar.

The Sun Is Also A Star

Release Date:   5/17/19; In Theaters
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  Ry Russo-Young
Studio(s):   Alloy Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Warner Bros.
Cast:  Yara Shahidi (Natasha Kingsley), Charles Melton (Daniel Bae), Camrus Johnson (Omar).
Story:   Based on the New York Times best-seller from Nicola Yoon, the movie centers on Natasha, a girl in New York City whose pragmatism is challenged when she falls in love right before her family is set to be deported back to Jamaica.  Source:  The Hollywood Reporter.  Photo Source:  Nicolayoon.com.

Dinner For Two

Release Date:  6/16/18 (American Black Film Festival); 9/16/18 (TV One)
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Director:  Orlando Bishop
Studio(s):   Swirl Films, TV One
Running time:  Unknown

Cast:  Tristan Mack Wilds (Chris), Chaley Rose (Angela), Shaun Baker (David), Brooklyn Summers (Jay), Skylar Brooks (Aisha), Kron Moore (Gloria), Naomi Mack (Renee).

Story:   When Christopher lost his one true love, Angela, his life became a complicated mess. He has a simple solution: Tonight, he will prepare his Last Supper. He will play his dinner music, the soundtrack of their love, of their life together. He will eat his meal, a meal they shared so many times.  And then he will take his own life, “un-complicating” things for good. Angela shows up to stop him. She has a simple message: “Live.”  He has a simple response:  “I want you back.” But as they both know, and as we will learn as they break bread over broken hearts, things between them are never as simple as they seem.  Source:  ABFF official site.  Photo Source:  TV One.

A Boy.  A Girl. A Dream.

Release Date:  6/13/18 – 6/17/18; American Black Film Festival
Genre:  Romance
Rating:  NR
Director:  Qasim Basir
Studio(s):   Datari Turner Productions, Samuel Goldwyn Films
Running time:  89 mins.
Cast: Omari Hardwick (Cass), Meagan Good (Free), Jay Ellis, Dijon Talton (Naqeeb)

Story:  On the night of the 2016 Presidential election, Cass, an L.A. club promoter, meets Frida, a beautiful and spirited Midwestern visitor dealing with a difficult breakup. She challenges him to revisit his broken dreams – while he pushes her to discover hers. Nothing will ever be the same again.  Source:  ABFF official site.

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