The Bobby DeBarge Story

Release Date:  6/29/19; TV One
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating:  NR
Director:  Russ Parr
Studio(s):   Swirl Films, TV One
Running Time:  Unknown

Story:   The movie explores the tumultuous life of the former lead singer of 70’s R&B/funk band Switch, also the eldest sibling of the world-famous pop group DeBarge. Despite his success in music, the iconic falsetto found his life in peril as he struggled with fame and fortune while coping with the memories of his dysfunctional childhood.  Bobby, born in 1956 Detroit to Etterlene and Army soldier Robert DeBarge, Sr., the latter whom he says was abusive, was introduced to heroin at the age of 15. Heroin would soon become his lifelong addiction. After his parents divorced and Etterlene and the children moved to Grand Rapids, Bobby, a talented musician and vocalist, began playing in local bands along with his younger brother Tommy. In 1976, Bobby DeBarge, along with Tommy DeBarge, Phillip Ingram, Jody Sims, Eddie Fluellen, MC Clark and Arnett Hayes, formed the group Switch and a year after signing to Motown, they dropped their debut album. In the late 80’s Bobby joined his younger siblings’ group, DeBarge but his personal problems, drug use and legal troubles caused major issues both internally and within the group. After contracting HIV in the 1980s Bobby died of AIDS complications in 1995.

The film’s stars include Roshon Fegan in the lead role as Bobby DeBarge, Tyra Ferrell as Etterlene DeBarge, and Adrian Marcel as James DeBarge.  Big Boi portrays legendary music mogul Berry Gordy, while Lloyd appears as Switch member Gregory Williams.  Sources:  Official Site, TV One.com; Global Grind; The Philadelphia Tribune.

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Three’s Complicated

Release Date:  1/13/19; TV One
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  NR
Director:  Shari L. Carpenter
Studio(s):   Swirl Films; TV One
Running Time:  Unknown
Cast:  Shanola Hampton (Deja), Tyler Lepley (Sonny), Kyanna Simone Simpson (Eleni), Charles Malik Whitfield (Craig)

Story:  Three’s Complicated chronicles the complicated love story of 42-year-old divorcee Deja (Hampton) who after a bad day and one too many drinks has a whirlwind weekend fling with a man ten years her junior, Woodson (Lepley). That wouldn’t be so bad, until she suspects she might be pregnant and discovers that her weekend lover may be her daughter’s (Simpson) new beau.  Source:  TV One.

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Dinner For Two

Release Date:  2018
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Director:  Orlando Bishop
Studio(s):   Swirl Films, TV One
Running time:  Unknown

Cast:  Tristan Mack Wilds (Chris), Chaley Rose (Angela), Shaun Baker (David), Brooklyn Summers (Jay), Skylar Brooks (Aisha), Kron Moore (Gloria), Naomi Mack (Renee).

Story:   When Christopher lost his one true love, Angela, his life became a complicated mess. He has a simple solution: Tonight, he will prepare his Last Supper. He will play his dinner music, the soundtrack of their love, of their life together. He will eat his meal, a meal they shared so many times.  And then he will take his own life, “un-complicating” things for good. Angela shows up to stop him. She has a simple message: “Live.”  He has a simple response:  “I want you back.” But as they both know, and as we will learn as they break bread over broken hearts, things between them are never as simple as they seem.  Source:  ABFF official site.  Photo Source:  TV One.

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Down For Whatever

Release Date:  7/22/18 (TV One)
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  Timothy Wayne Folsome
Studio(s):   Swirl Films, TV One
Running time:  Unknown
Cast:  Letoya Luckett (Tracy), Hosea Chanchez (Mike), Bre-z (Denise), Imani Hakim (Sonya)

Story:   Down For Whatever chronicles Tracy, a young successful doctor and her detective husband, Mike.  Although happily married, one thing has always been missing in their relationship – a sense of family.  Tracy grew up in foster care and longs for the traditional family environment that she never had.  When Mike suddenly loses his partner in a senseless cop-killing, Tracy is there to support him.  That is, until she receives an unexpected visit from a social worker who informs her that the ruthless killers suspected in the murder are her biological sisters, Denise and Sonya.  Tracy is overwhelmed and in disbelief by the news, but before telling her husband, she decides to track her sisters down herself.  Will she make it to them before the cops do?  Source:  Futoncritic.  Photo Source:  TV One.

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Behind The Movement

Release Date:  February 2018; TV One
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  Aric Avelino
Studio(s):  Swirl Films, TV One
Running time:  Unknown
Cast:  Meta Golding as Rosa Parks, Roger Guenveur Smith as Raymond Parks, Loretta Devine as JoAnn Robinson, Isaiah Washington as E.D. Nixon, Shaun Clay as Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Derek Roberts as Fred Gray, Keith Bolden as Rev. Ralph Abernathy.

Story:   Behind the Movement is a fast-paced retelling of how Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat launched the history-making Montgomery Bus Boycott. The film reveals the untold story of how a group of everyday people decided this incident was the right time to take a stand for their civil rights and demand equal treatment.   Source:  TV One.

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Miss Me This Christmas

Release Date:   12/3/17; TV One
Genre:  Comedy/Holiday
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  87 mins.
Director:  Kenny Young
Studio:   Pokeprod, Reel One Entertainment.

Cast:  Erica Ash (Regina Young), Redaric Williams (Franklin Young), Eva Marcille (Trish McDonald), Allen Maldonado (Ulysses Danbert), Nathan Davis, Jr. (Thomas Wallace), Mykel Shannon Jenkins (Chris Dunn).

Story:  The Chesterton Hotel was the location of the Christmas Day wedding of Regina and Franklin Young.  When Franklin, a record exec at an up-and-coming hip-hop label, comes home at dawn after a long night of partying in the city, Regina mistakenly thinks he has cheated on her with his ex-girlfriend and present pop star client, Alex Palomino. Franklin denies it but the trust has been broken and there’s nothing he can say to make it right. The couple separate and the divorce is set to be finalized on Christmas Day.

Regina’s best friend and sneaker empire heiress, Trish, gets Regina back into the dating scene. Franklin still loves Regina and is hoping for a reconciliation, but when she gets engaged to multimillionaire tech entrepreneur Ullyses Danburg, Franklin thinks there’s no way he will ever win her back. But there may be a happy ending for Franklin after all, and just in time for Christmas.  Source:  TV One.

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You Can’t Fight Christmas

Release Date:  12/10/17; TV One
Genre:   Comedy/Holiday
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  87 mins.
Director:  Kenny Young
Studio(s):   Pokeprod, Reel One Entertainment

Cast:  Brely Evans (Leslie Major), Andra Fuller (Edmund James), Persia White (Millicent Williams), Porscha Coleman (Belinda King), Travis Winfrey (Kevin Boudreaux), Nathan Davis, Jr. (Thomas Wallace).

Story:  In You Can’t Fight Christmas the Chestertown Hotel is being all decked out for Christmas by Leslie Major, who is the designer behind the Christmas magic. While decorating the hotel, Leslie finds out about the plans that Edmund James, nephew of the hotel owner, and his uptight business partner and love interest Millicent, have to turn the old hotel into an upscale resort once Edmund inherits the hotel from his uncle.  Scheming Millicent also has plans for Edmund that involve a wedding ring but Edmund may not be ready to take their partnership to the next level.

Leslie enlists her merry team of helpers to help save the hotel and in the process, shares more than a little Christmas spirit with Edmund, who hasn’t celebrated Christmas since his parents divorced around Christmastime when he was a teen. Actress Marla Gibbs makes a special appearance in this holiday romance as one of the many hotel patrons who return to the homey Chesterton every Christmas season.  Source:  TV One.

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