Genius:  Aretha

Release Date:  3/21/21; National Geographic Genre:   Biography Rating:  TV-14 Director:  Anthony Hemingway Studio(s):  EUE / Sokolow, Fox 21 Television Studios, Imagine Television, MWM Studios, National Geographic Channel Cast:  Cynthia Erivo (Aretha Franklin), Shaian Jordan (Little Re, young Aretha), Courtney B. Vance (C. L. Franklin), David Cross (Jerry Wexler), Malcolm Barrett (Ted White), Patrice Covington (Erma…

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Them: Covenant

Release Date:  3/18/21; SXSW & 4/9/21; Amazon Prime – Series premiere Genre:  Drama/Horror (Limited TV Series) Studio(s):  Hillman Grad, Sony Pictures Television, Vertigo Entertainment, Amazon Studios Cast:  Deborah Ayorinde (Lucky Emory), Ashley Thomas (Henry Emory), Shahadi Wright Joseph (Ruby Emory), Melody Hurd (Gracie Emory), Ryan Kwanten (George Bell). Story:  Them is a limited anthology series that explores…

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Don’t Waste Your Pretty

Release Date:  2/28/21; TV One Genre:  Drama Rating:  NR Director:  Tamara Bass Studio(s):  Swirl Films, TV One Running Time:  Unknown Cast:  Keri Hilson (Mykah), Deborah Joy Winans (Jeanné), Redaric Williams (Michael), Jasmine Burke (Aisha), Kaye Singleton (Amma) and Rainey Branch (Lisa). Story:  Based on the eponymous book penned by award-winning author and media personality Demetria L. Lucas,…

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Death Saved My Life

Release Date:   2/13/20; Lifetime Genre:  Thriller Rating:  NR Director:  Seth Jarrett Studio(s):  Lifetime Running Time:  Unknown Cast:  Meagan Good (Jade), Chiké Okonkwo (Ed), La’Myia Good (Leigh) Story:  On the surface it seems Jade (Meagan Good) has it all, a successful marketing career, a husband admired and respected in the community, and a young daughter they both dote…

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Passing

Release Date:   1/30/21; Sundance Film Festival Genre:  Drama Rating:  NR Director:  Rebecca Hall Studio(s):  AUM Group, Film4, Flat Five Productions, Forest Whitaker’s Significant Productions, Gamechanger Films, Picture Films, Sweet Tomato Films, TGCK Partners, XRM Media. Running Time:  98 mins. Cast:  Tessa Thompson as Irene Redfield, Ruth Negga as Clare Kendry, André Holland as Brian Redfield, Alexander…

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The United States vs. Billie Holiday

a/k/a Billie Release Date:  2/26/21; Hulu Genre: Drama/Biography Rating:  NR Director:  Lee Daniels Studio(s):  Paramount Pictures Running Time:  TBD Cast:  Andra Day as Billie Holiday; Trevante Rhodes as Jimmy Fletcher; Garrett Hedlund as Harry J. Anslinger; Tyler James Williams as Lester ‘Prez’ Young; Natasha Lyonne as Tallulah Bankhead; Da’Vine Joy Randolph as Roslyn; Evan Ross as Sam…

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