The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar

Release Date:  2/3/18; Lifetime
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating: NR
Cast:  Jeante Godlock (Simone Biles); Julius Tennon (Ron Biles); Tisha Campbell-Martin (Nellie Biles), Kathleen Rose Perkins (Aimee Boorman), Kelsey Scott (Shanon), Marilyn Norry (Martha Karolyi), Nakai Takawira (Young Simone).
Story  Based on her book, Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance, The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar follows Simone Biles (Jeanté Godlock) through the sacrifices and hard work that led her to win 19 Olympic and World Championship medals and ultimately cemented her stake as one of the greatest gymnasts of all time. After a field trip to a gymnastics training center when Simone was six years old, she caught the eye of a local coach who recognized that Simone had a remarkable gift for the sport. But pursuing her dream of becoming an elite gymnast also meant giving up high school football games, prom or starting college at UCLA. With her parents Ron (Julius Tennon) and Nellie Biles (Tisha Campbell) and younger sister Adria (Raven Bowens) supporting her every step of the way, Simone’s journey from foster care to the Olympic podium – with all of its triumphs and heartbreaks – can serve as an inspiration for every little girl with a dream.  Source:  Lifetime.

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Behind The Movement

Release Date:  February 2018; TV One
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  Aric Avelino
Studio(s):  Swirl Films, TV One
Running time:  Unknown
Cast:  Meta Golding as Rosa Parks, Roger Guenveur Smith as Raymond Parks, Loretta Devine as JoAnn Robinson, Isaiah Washington as E.D. Nixon, Shaun Clay as Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Derek Roberts as Fred Gray, Keith Bolden as Rev. Ralph Abernathy.

Story:   Behind the Movement is a fast-paced retelling of how Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat launched the history-making Montgomery Bus Boycott. The film reveals the untold story of how a group of everyday people decided this incident was the right time to take a stand for their civil rights and demand equal treatment.   Source:  TV One.

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Bobbi Kristina

Release Date:  10/8/17; TV One
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating:  NR

Cast:  Joy Rovaris (Bobbi Kristina), Demetria McKinney (Whitney Houston), Hassan Johnson (Bobby Brown), Nadji Jeter (Nick Gordon), Vivica A. Fox (Pat Houston), Carl Kennedy (Gary Houston).

Story:  Our story begins immediately after Whitney’s (played by Demetria McKinney) death and takes us into Krissi’s struggle to come to terms with her mother’s death and her own life. Even as she finds herself in an increasingly volatile relationship with Nick Gordon (played by Nadji Jeter), the young man with whom she grew up and ultimately fell in love with.  Even as she endures the pain of a strained relationship with her father (played by Hassan Johnson) and aunt Patricia Houston (played by Vivica A. Fox).  Even as she wages her own war with addiction and physical abuse.  For the first time, Krissi will be revealed in a way the world has never seen and may never forget — through the eyes of her best friends and those who knew her well. Bobbi Kristina introduces us to the girl we thought we knew and the woman we never got to see.  Source:  TV One.  Photo Source:  People.com.

According to E! News on this date – Bobby Brown is Suing Over Abusive Portrayal in Bobbi Kristina Biopic.  Fresh off the successful premiere of TV One original movie, When Love Kills, the network is preparing to release their controversial biopic on the late Bobbi Kristina Brown, a move father, Bobby Brown, is attempting to block by any means necessary.  The New Edition member has officially filed a lawsuit against TV One, seeking over $1,000,000 in damages.  Source:  Ebony.com.

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Michael Jackson:  Searching for Neverland

Release Date:  5/29/17; Lifetime
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating:  NR
Director:   Dianne Houston
Studio:   Lifetime, Silver Screen Pictures, Lifetime Television

Cast Navi (Michael Jackson), Chad L. Coleman (Bill Whitfield), Sam Adegoke (Javon Beard), Aidan Smith (Prince Jackson), Taegen Burns (Paris Jackson), Michael Mourra (Blanket Jackson).

Story:  Based on the best-selling book, Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days, and told through the eyes of Jackson’s trusted bodyguards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard. The movie will reveal firsthand the devotion Michael Jackson had to his children, and the hidden drama that took place during the last two years of his life.  Source:  Lifetime.

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Marshall

Release Date:  10/13/17; In Theaters
Genre:   Drama/Biography
Rating:  Unknown
Running Time:  Unknown
Director:  Reginald Hudlin
Studio:   Chestnut Ridge Productions, China Wit Media, Starlight Media, Super Hero Films, Open Road Films (II).
Cast:  Chadwick Boseman (Thurgood Marshall), Josh Gad (Sam Friedman), Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, James Cromwell, Sterling K. Brown, Keesha Sharp, Jussie Smollett, Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas.

Story:  The film covers Marshall’s early years as a young lawyer tasked with defending a black chauffeur in a highly publicized sexual assault case.  Paired with young Jewish lawyer Friedman in a segregationist court, he’s forced to fight prejudice as he and Friedman work their case — which helped set the stage for the future Civil Rights Movement.  Source:  Indiewire.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Release Date:   4/22/17; HBO
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  Unknown
Director:  George C. Wolfe
Studio:   Your Face Goes Here Entertainment, Harpo Films, HBO Films and Cine Mosaic.
Cast:  Renée Elise Goldsberry, Oprah Winfrey, Courtney B. Vance, Rose Byrne, Rocky Carroll, Kyanna Simone Simpson, Leslie Uggams, Reg E. Cathey, Reed Birney, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, John Douglas Thompson, Adriane Lenox, Roger Robinson, Melvin Van Peebles.
Story:  The film tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman, whose cervical cancer cells were harvested without permission in 1951, and were used to create numerous medical breakthroughs – including the first immortal line of cells.  Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks, the film chronicles Deborah’s search to learn about the mother she never knew and to understand how the unauthorized harvesting of her cancerous cells changed countless lives and the face of medicine forever.  It’s a story of medical arrogance and triumph, race, poverty and deep friendship between the unlikeliest of people.  Source(s):  Deadline, We Got This Covered.

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Roxanne Roxanne

roxanne-roxanne-stillRelease Date:   1/22/17; Sundance Film Festival
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  100 mins.
Director:  Michael Larnell
Studio(s):   Forest Whitaker’s Significant Productions, IamOTHER Entertainment.
Cast:  Chanté Adams (Roxanne Shanté), Mahershala Ali (Cross), Nia Long (Ms. Peggy Gooden), Elvis Nolasco (Ray), Jermel Howard (Roland), Eden Duncan-Smith (Latifa), Tonye Patano (Ms. Denise), Sean Ringgold (Keith), Taliyah Whitaker (Young Roxanne Shanté).

Story:   Roxanne Roxanne will reportedly tell the story of female hip-hop trailblazer Roxanne Shante’s early beginnings in hip-hop as a fearless 14-year-old MC who set the rap world ablaze with the release of her “Roxanne’s Revenge” response record in reply to the UTFO single “Roxanne Roxanne,” in 1984.  The film will chronicle the infamous Roxanne Hip-Hop Wars that spawned as a result of the track and take viewers back to the early days of hip-hop culture in the ’80s.  The film is co-produced by Forest Whitaker. Source:  Essence.  Photo Source:  Sundance.org.