Coffee & Kareem

Release Date:  4/3/20; Netflix
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  TV-MA
Director:  Michael Dowse
Studio(s):  Pacific Electric Picture Company, Netflix
Running Time:  88 mins.
Cast:  Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Little Gardenhigh, Ed Helms, Betty Gilpin, RonReaco Lee, Andrew Bachelor, David Alan Grier.

Story:   While police officer James Coffee (Ed Helms) enjoys his new relationship with Vanessa Manning (Taraji P. Henson), her beloved 12-year-old son Kareem (Terrence Little Gardenhigh) plots their break-up. Attempting to scare away his mom’s boyfriend for good, Kareem tries to hire criminal fugitives to take him out but accidentally exposes a secret network of criminal activity, making his family its latest target. To protect Vanessa, Kareem teams up with Coffee – the partner he never wanted – for a dangerous chase across Detroit.  Source:  IMDB; Netflix.


29 Days Of Black History – Day 23: The Best of Enemies

Release Date:  4/5/19
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating:  PG-13
Director:  Robin Bissell
Studio(s):   Astute Films, Material Pictures, STXfilms
Running Time:   133 mins.
Cast:  Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Babou Ceesay, Anne Heche, Wes Bentley, Bruce McGill, John Gallagher, Jr., Nick Searcy, Sope Aluko.
Story:  Based on the book The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson, which focuses on the rivalry between civil rights activist Ann Atwater and Ku Klux Klan leader C. P. Ellis.

1971: at Durham, in North Carolina, Ann Atwater tries to get better housing conditions for poor black people, and is ignored by the all white judge panel. C.P. is the president of the KKK, and is shown as a loving family man.  Ann’s daughter’s school catches on fire (whether by accident or arson is unclear), and C.P. is afraid that the black children will come to the white schools. Bill Riddick sets up a meeting with the both of them, to discuss segregation and other issues.

At first, they both refuse since they hate each other, but then they are convinced. C.P. refuses to sit with Bill and Ann, since they are black and he is white.  They agree to pick some people randomly from the group to vote on the issues at the end of the meeting sessions. C.P tries to talk to these selected to vote, but is mostly rebuffed.  Bill makes the blacks and whites in their group sit next to each other in the cafeteria and eat. He makes C.P and Ann sit together alone. They eat in tense silence, then Ann asks C.P. if he has a boy in Murdock. C.P. hotly says that he won’t talk about his boy. Murdock is a facility that takes care of disabled boys, and his son has Down Syndrome.

C.P. is called to Murdock, and he rushes over. His disabled son, Larry, has been put in the same room with another disabled boy. The other boy is screaming, upsetting Larry. C.P. demands that his son be placed in a room of his own, but the nurses tell him that he can’t afford it. Later, Ann visits Larry and asks a favor from Bernadette, who works there to put Larry in his own room.

Bill takes Ann, C.P., and the rest of their group to visit the black school that was burned. C.P. is shocked by damage. C.P.’s wife, Mary, is overjoyed with Ann’s help, and goes to visit her to thank her. Ann asks her if C.P. has always been racist, and Mary says yes.  The night before the final vote, C.P.’s KKK troublemaking friends threaten the selected voters to vote for segregation. C.P. finds out about this and is dismayed. Ann also finds about it and screams at C.P., calling him a coward.  During the voting, all the issues pass, coming down to the final issue of desegregation. One by one, the voters vote. Ann votes for it, and C.P., surprising everyone, does the same, realizing the KKK is hateful. Also, he makes a speech and rips up his KKK membership card, much to the fury of his KKK friends. They threaten him and try to set the gas station that he owns on fire but C.P. puts it out. Now that the white community won’t buy his gas anymore, his station is going out of business. Ann and Bill visit him with smiles and they bring in the black community to buy from him instead.

The film reveals that the real life Ann and C.P. went around to different cities together, to talk about their experiences and remained friends to the end of C.P.’s life, with Ann giving the eulogy at his funeral.  Source:  Wikipedia; IMDB.


29 Days Of Black History – Day 21: Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

Release Date:  1/6/17
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  127 mins.
Director:  Theodore Melfi
Studio:  20th Century Fox

Cast: Taraji P. Henson (Katherine Johnson), Octavia Spencer (Dorothy Vaughn), Janelle Monae (Mary Jackson), Kevin Costner (Al Harrison), Kirsten Dunst (Vivian Michael), Jim Parsons (Paul Stafford), Mahershala (Jim Johnson), Aldis Hodge Aldis Hodge (Levi Jackson).

Details:  As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as “human computers”, we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history’s greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Gobels Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.  Source(s):  20th Century Fox, official site; IMDB.

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Nobody’s Fool

a/k/a The List

Release Date:  11/2/18 (In Theaters)
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  Tyler Perry
Studio(s):   Paramount Players, Paramount Pictures, Tyler Perry Studios
Running time:  Unknown

Cast:  Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Taraji P. Henson, Courtney Henggeler, Whoopi Goldberg, Amber Riley.

Story:   The film follows a woman who is recently released after serving her time in prison. Once on the outside, she reconnects with her sister, who is in the midst of discovering that her online relationship might be a man “catfishing” her.  Source:  Variety.


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


The Best of Enemies

Release Date:  4/5/19; In Theaters
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating:  PG-13
Director:  Robin Bissell
Studio(s):   Astute Films, Material Pictures, STXfilms
Running Time: Unknown
Cast:  Taraji P. Henson (Ann Atwater), Sam Rockwell (C. P. Ellis), Babou Ceesay (Bill Riddick), Anne Heche, Wes Bentley, Bruce McGill, John Gallagher, Jr., Nick Searcy, Sope Aluko (Henrietta Kaye).
Story:   Based on a true story, The Best of Enemies centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater (Henson), an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis (Rockwell), a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.  Inspired by the book by Oshay Gray Davidson.  Source:  Official site, thebestofenemies.movies.