DWB: Dating While Black

Release Date:  9/18/18; DVD
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  NR
Director:  Van Elder
Studio(s):  Bullz Eye Productions, Maverick Entertainment
Running Time:  100 mins.

Cast:  Brandon Fobbs, Eddie Goines, Terry Dexter, William L. Johnson, Slink Johnson

Story:   DWB: Dating While Black is a very honest and comedic look at the dating process through the eyes of several individuals. Two former co-workers, Eric and Alex, have been recently laid off from their jobs and they run into each other on a job interview. While searching for new jobs, they forge a personal relationship that involves Alex, a womanizing ladies’ man, helping the naive and recently dumped Eric understand women better. Along the way are various dating scenarios from different characters who come in and out of the lives of both Alex and Eric who all demonstrate the struggles, strains, and triumphs of Dating While Black.  Source:  Maverick Entertainment.

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What Men Want

Release Date:  2/8/19; In Theaters
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  Adam Shankman
Studio(s):   Will Packer Productions, Paramount Pictures
Running time:  Unknown
Cast:  Taraji P. Henson, Tracy Morgan, Aldis Hodge, Tamala Jones, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Max Greenfield

Story:   Gender swapped remake of the film What Women Want which was released in 2000 and earned 375 million worldwide.  The remake stars Taraji P. Henson as a female sports agent who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues.  However, when she gains the power to hear men’s thoughts, she is able to shift the paradigm to her advantage as she races to sign the NBA’s next superstar.  Source:  Flickeringmyth

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Driving While Black

Release Date:  2/1/2018; Limited (Original Release Date – 2016)
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  Paul Sapiano
Studio(s):  Artist Rights Distribution, Anthem Films
Running time:  94 mins.

Cast:  Dominique Purdy (Dimitri), Sheila Tejada (Officer Borty-Lio), John Mead (Officer Kinnon).

Story:   Dmitri is a pizza guy who would rather smoke weed and suffer for his art, but his mom and his girl won’t stop nagging him to get a real job. When he’s offered a gig mouthing off to tourists behind the wheel of a Hollywood “star tour” bus, it looks like everyone might get what they want. Trouble is, our man can’t seem to step out the door to get to the interview without endless complications: busted radiators, simple weed scores gone sideways and LAPD cruisers seemingly everywhere. Dmitri’s skill at going unnoticed by cops is honed by painful experiences growing up Black in L.A., but even his keen survival instincts won’t save him from the week from hell.  Source:  Movie Insider.

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Bruce!!!

Release Date:  6/15/17; American Black Film Festival
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  102 mins.
Director:  Eden Marryshow
Studio:   Pope 3 Enterprises

Cast:  Eden Marryshow (Bruce), Jade Eshete (Kerri), Mallory Sparks (Amanda), Jason Tottenham (Greg), Nancy Sun (Vanessa), Celestine Rae (Whitney), Mlé Chester (Keira).
Story:  Bruce is an asshole. He’s shitty to everyone, until he falls hopelessly in love and is forced to grow up…in his thirties.  Source & Photo:  abff.com.

 

Girls Trip

Release Date:  7/21/17; In Theaters
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  R
Director:  Malcolm D. Lee
Studio(s):   Universal Pictures, Will Packer Productions.
Cast:  Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Larenz Tate, Tiffany Haddish, Deborah Ayorinde, Kofi Siriboe.

Story:  When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.  Source:  Shadow & Act.

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Little Boxes

Release Date:  4/14/17; In Theaters & VOD (2016)
Genre:  Drama/Comedy
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  84 mins.
Director:  Rob Meyer
Studio:   Kid Noir Productions, Mighty Engine, Related Pictures, Netflix

Cast:  Nelsan Ellis (Mack), Melanie Lynskey (Gina), Armani Jackson (Clark), Oona Laurence (Ambrosia), Miranda McKeon (Julie), Janeane Garofalo (Helena).

Story:  Little Boxes is a dramedy that tells the story of an interracial family from New York that moves to the mundane, overwhelmingly white suburb of Rome, Washington. As you may suspect, things don’t really go well for the family.

It’s the summer before 6th grade, and Clark is the new biracial kid in a very white town. Discovering that to be cool he needs to act “more black,” he fumbles to meet expectations. Meanwhile, his urban intellectual parents Mack and Gina try to adjust to small-town living. Accustomed to life in New York, the tight-knit family is ill-prepared for the drastically different set of obstacles that their new community presents. They soon find themselves struggling to understand themselves and each other in this new context.Source:  Variety; Shadow & Act.

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Merry Ex-Mas

merry-ex-masRelease Date:  12/10/16; TV One
Genre:   Comedy
Rating:  NR
Director:  Kenny Young
Studio:   Swirl Films; TV One

Cast:  London Brown (DeMarco), Angell Conwell (Katrina), Faune Watkins (Vilisa), Sean Patrick Thomas (Mitchell), Heather McMahan (Minnie), Patricia McRae (Diane), Jason Weaver (Perry), John ‘B.J.’ Bryant (Black Santa), Clifton Powell (Pastor Jordan).

Story:   A mild mannered, single mother, Katrina Jackson (Angel Conwell), and A.D.D. sufferer, DeMarco Gamble (London Brown) are two loving parents raising their daughter in separate households. When DeMarco falls in love with another woman, Vilisa Whitaker (Faune Watkins), and plans a Christmas wedding, Katrina sets in motion a diabolical plan to ruin their fairy tale wedding.  Source(s):  Style Magazine; IMDB.