American Son

Release Date:  11/1/19; Netflix
Genre:   Drama
Rating:   NR
Director:   Kenny Leon
Studio(s):   Netflix, Simpson Street
Running Time:  90 mins.

Cast:   Kerry Washington (Kendra), Jeremy Jordan (Larkin), Steven Pasquale (Scott Connor), Eugene Lee (Lt. John Stokes).

Story:   Heart-wrenching story about a mother, Kendra Ellis-Connor (Kerry Washington), who’s on a mission to find her missing son. Desperate for answers, she tries to figure out what happened at a South Florida police station.

It soon becomes clear that she and her estranged ex-husband (Steven Pasquale) are alone in wanting to solve the mystery as law enforcement undermine their panic with attitudes laced with bias and discrimination. Packed with emotion, the story – based on the Broadway play by Christopher Demos-Brown – depicts the plights of black Americans, raising an interracial son, and finding a point of convergence somewhere beyond racial barriers.  Source:  Pop Sugar.



Confirmation stillRelease Date:  4/16/16; HBO
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Running Time:   Unknown
Studio(s):  ABC Signature Studios, Groundswell Productions, HBO Films.
Director:  Rick Famuyiwa
Cast:  Kerry Washington (Anita Hill), Wendell Pierce (Clarence Thomas), Erika Christensen (Shirley Wiegand), Zoe Lister-Jones (Carolyn Hart), Greg Kinnear (Joe Biden), Grace Gummer (Ricki Seidman), Jeffrey Wright (Charles Ogletree), Eric Stonestreet (Ken Duberstei), Kimberly Elise (Sonia Jarvis), Jennifer Hudson (Angela Wright), Alison Wright (Virginia Thomas).

Story:  Confirmation, the HBO original movie details the 1991 Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearings.  Kerry Washington portrays law professor Anita Hill, who accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.  With Wendell Pierce as Judge Thomas and Greg Kinnear as Democratic Senator Joe Biden, who presided over the hearings as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Jeffrey Wright plays Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree, Professor Hill’s lead attorney during the hearings.

Also Kimberly Elise plays Sonia Jarvis, a civil rights attorney on Anita Hill’s legal team. Jennifer Hudson portrays Angela Wright, another Thomas accuser.  Erika Christensen plays Shirley Wiegand, Hill’s close friend and Alison Wright portrays Ginni Thomas, Thomas’ wife.  Source:  Shadow and Act.