Same Difference

Release Date:  6/12/19 – 6/16/19; American Black Film Festival
Genre:  Mystery
Rating:  NR
Director/Writer:  Derege Harding
Studio(s):   Datari Turner Productions
Running Time:  88 mins.
Cast:  Essence Atkins, Terrence Jenkins, Edwina Findley, Demetrius Shipp, Jr., Melvin Gregg, Ginger Gonzaga, Page Kennedy, Kandi Burruss, Affion Crockett, Lew Temple.

Story:   Same Difference follows a young woman named Tonya (Atkins) who is told that her death is imminent by a mysterious group of people who all start dying one by one. Tonya becomes compelled to let go of the past and reconcile with her estranged twin sister, also played by Atkins, who is suffering from alcohol addiction.  Source:  Blackfilm.com.

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Illicit

Release Date:  5/23/17 (VOD & DVD)
Genre:  Thriller
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  120 mins.
Director:  Corey Grant
Studio(s):   New Breed Entertainment, Breaking Glass Pictures
Cast:  David Ramsey, Shireen Crutchfield, Mckinley Freeman, Michele Weaver, Lanett Tachel, Tank, Essence Atkins, Dionne Gipson, Dean Cain, Vivica A. Fox.

Story:  Sasha and Guy’s marriage is tested when they are independently seduced by sexy, young lovers, both with dark pasts and hidden nefarious agendas.  Source:  Official Site, Illicitmovie.com.

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Girlfriends’ Getaway 2

Girlfriends' Getaway 2Release Date:  6/14/15 (American Black Film Festival); 8/29/15 (TV One)
Genre:  Drama/Comedy
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  84 mins.
Studio:  Unknown
Director:  Roger Bobb 

Cast:  Garcelle Beauvais, Terri J. Vaughn, Essence Atkins, Malinda Williams, Stephen Bishop, Khalil Kane.

Story:  Girlfriends’ Getaway 2 reunites actresses Garcelle Beauvais, Malinda Williams, Terri J. Vaughn, and Essence Atkins from the original film. Four girlfriends travel to Puerto Rico for a destination wedding. But, what starts as a simple intimate ceremony chaotically turns into an extravagant nightmare once the bride discovers that her ceremony will be featured in a major magazine. Chaos ensues, secrets are divulged and friendships are tested. Source: Shadow and Act, AMC Theaters.  Photo Source:  Black Film.

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My Other Mother

My Other MotherRelease Date 9/21/14 (Made-For-TV, UPTV)
Genre:  Drama
Cast:  Lynn Whitfield, Essence Atkins, GregAlan Williams, Jasmine Guy, Angie Stone

Story:  Candace “Candy” Meyers (Essence Atkins) is a successful anchor on a top-rated national magazine show. Fiercely independent and committed to her job, Candy doesn’t make many friends with her demanding, gruff nature. In fact, her only true friend might be her long-time manager Lewis (Kendrick Cross). Candy discovers that an anonymous fan she’s had for years has passed way – and he was her biological father, Freddy Nelson.

Content with the love and support of her adoptive family, Candy has never been curious about her biological parents. That all changes when she travels back for her father’s funeral, meets the Nelson family – including biological uncle Abner (GregAlan Williams), Freddy’s wife Delores (Angie Stone) and her two step-brothers – and discovers that her reclusive, angry and stubborn birth mother, Mary Jo (Lynn Whitfield) is going to be a challenge. The journey these two surprisingly similar women take getting to know each other will break down walls and open them up to a life they never knew was possible.  Source: UpTV.

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Girlfriends’ Getaway

Girlfriends GetawayRelease Date:  8/30/14; TV One
Genre:  Drama/Comedy
Rating:  Not Available
Running Time:  Not Available
Studio(s):  Bobbcat Films, Nina Holiday Entertainment
Director:  Roger M. Bobb

Cast:  Garcelle Beauvais (Vicky Holmes), Terri J. Vaughn (Sophie), Malinda Williams, Essence Atkins.

Details:  Vicky Holmes, a successful business owner, is outwardly hitting a stride in love and life. However, just days before a romantic birthday trip, she is blindsided by her boyfriend’s decision to relocate and end their relationship. Vicky ultimately decides to bring her best girlfriends – who are all facing turning points in their lives as well – with her, for a grown-up girls’ getaway in Trinidad. After their first wild night, an innocent mistake sets off a chain of events that will forever change each of their lives. When the very pregnant Sophie is kidnapped and held for $10,000 ransom, the remaining girls have 24-hours to come together in order to get Sophie back safely or end up in jail.  Source(s): The Wrap; Shadow and Act.

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A Haunted House 2

A Haunted House 2Release Date: April 18, 2014
Genre: Comedy/Horror
Rating: Not Available
Studio: Open Road Films
Director: Mike Tidde
Cast: Marlon Wayans ( Malcolm)
Jaime Pressly
Essence Atkins (Kisha)
Affion Crockett (Ray-Ray)
Dave Sheridan (Bob)
Gabriel Iglesias
Story: After exorcising the demons of his ex, is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events. (Synopsis taken from comingsoon.net).