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Release Date:  3/23/18; Netflix
(2017 – original release date)
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  100 mins.
Director:  Michael Larnell
Studio(s):   Forest Whitaker’s Significant Productions, IamOTHER Entertainment, Neon.
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:   The film, set in the 1980s, tells the story of a 14-year-old rap prodigy from New York City’s Queensbridge Projects named Lolita Shante Gooden, who would go on to become the famed rapper hip hop fans know her as: Roxanne Shanté.

Shanté’s career kicked off after meeting fellow rapper Tyrone Williams, D.J. Mr. Magic and record producer Marley Marl outside the Queensbridge housing project, the same complex that produced rap legends like Nas and Mobb Deep.  She gained commercial success after teaming up with Marl to produce a response track to U.T.F.O.’s popular song “Roxanne, Roxanne.” Her version, which legend has it was free-styled in Marl’s apartment in between laundry loads, was titled “Roxanne’s Revenge” and became an instant hit.  Sources:  Black Film; Essence.  Photo Source:  Sundance.org.

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Beaches

beachesRelease Date:   1/21/17; Lifetime
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Director:   Allison Anders
Studio(s):   A+E Studios, Lifetime Television.
Cast:   Nia Long (Hillary), Idina Menzel (CC Bloom), Colin Lawrence (Bryan), Grace Capeless (Young Hillary), Gabriella Pizzolo (Young CC), Sanai Victoria (Tory Whitney).

Story:  Friends are family that you choose to have for a lifetime.  In this contemporary remake, Beaches follows the serendipitous meeting of two young girls on the Venice Boardwalk, who, though worlds apart in lifestyle, embark on unexpected and lifelong friendship.  CC (Idina Menzel) is an aspiring singer trying to make it in Los Angeles until she is discovered by a director who gives her her first big shot.  Hillary (Nia Long) is the daughter of a prominent civil rights lawyer who struggles to find her own destiny.  Their friendship—even with its ups and downs—sustains them for decades.   Source:  Lifetime; IMDB.  Photo Source:  (TV Line).

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Keanu

KeanuRelease Date: 4/29/16; In theaters
Genre: Comedy
Rating: Unknown
Running Time: Unknown
Studio: Warner Bros., New Line Cinema
Director: Peter Atencio
Cast: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Luis Guzmán, Will Forte, Nia Long, Method Man
Story:  Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele star as Clarence and Rell, two cousins who live in the city but are far from streetwise. When Rell’s beloved kitten, Keanu, is catnapped, the hopelessly straight-laced pair must impersonate ruthless killers in order to infiltrate a street gang and retrieve the purloined feline. But the incredibly adorable kitten becomes so coveted that the fight over his custody creates a gang war, forcing our two unwitting heroes to take the law into their own hands. Source: JoBlo.

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Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club

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Release Date: March 14, 2014
Genre: Comedy
Rating: Not Available
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: Tyler Perry
Cast: Tyler Perry
Wendi McLendon-Covey (Jan)
Nia Long
William Levy
Amy Smart
Eddie Cibrian
Zulay Henao (Esperanza)
Cocoa Brown (Lytia)
Terry Crews (Branson)
Kendra C. Johnson (Alicia)

Story:  Brought together by an incident at their children’s school, a group of single mothers from different walks of life bond, and create a support group that helps them find comedy in the obstacles of life, as well as their inner strength to overcome their personal challenges. (Synopsis taken from comingsoon.net).

The Best Man Holiday

The Best Man HolidayRelease Date: 2/11/14 (DVD);
11/15/13 (Theatrical)
Genre:  Romantic/Comedy
Rating:  R
Studio:  Universal Pictures
Director:  Malcolm D. Lee
Cast:  Taye Diggs (Harper Stewart)
Morris Chestnut (Lance Sullivan)
Terrence Howard (Quentin)
Harold Perrineau (Julian Murch)
Nia Long (Jordan Armstrong)
Sanaa Lathan (Robin)
Monica Calhoun (Mia Morgan)
Melissa De Sousa (Shelby)
Regina Hall (Candace)

Story:  After nearly 15 years apart, Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa and Regina Hall reprise their career-launching roles in The Best Man Holiday, the long-awaited next chapter to the film that ushered in a new era of comedy. When the college friends finally reunite over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited (Synopsis taken from the official site best-man.com).

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