If Not Now, When?

Release Date:  6/12/19 – 6/16/19; American Black Film Festival
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Directors:  Meagan Good, Tamara LaSeon Bass
Studio(s):   Krazy Actress Productions
Running Time:  126 mins.

Cast:  Meagan Good, Meagan Holder, Mekia Cox, Tamara Bass, Valarie Pettiford, Edwin Hodge.

Story:   If Not Now, When? introduces us to Suzanne, Patrice, Tyra and Deidre, who have been friends since meeting at the age of fourteen. Over the course of their lives fights, disagreements and love have caused friction and distance to manifest between some of them, particularly Suzanne and Patrice, who haven’t spoken in almost fifteen years. When Tyra, who is mother to fourteen year-old Jillian, suffers a crisis, all four women are drawn back together to make it through, and soon discover that they also need each other, and sisterhood, to make it through what is currently happening in their  lives.

Tears, laughter and most importantly heart are at the center of this poignant drama. If Not Now, When? captures the essence of those female bonding movies that were prevalent in the 90’s, while telling a story that is stirring and will most certainly tug at your emotions.  Source(s):  Blackfilm.com; krazyactressproductions.com.

The Family Business

Release Date:  5/11/18; In Theaters
Genre:  Drama/Crime
Rating:  NR
Director:  Trey Haley
Studio(s):  Urban Books Media, Tri Destined Studios
Running time:  Unknown

Cast:  Ernie Hudson (L.C. Duncan), Valarie Pettiford (Charlotte Duncan), Darrin Dewitt Henson (Orlando Duncan), Armand Assante (Sal Dash), Nicholas Turturro (Councilman Ronald Sims), Emilio Rivera (Alejandro Zuniga), Miguel A. Núñez, Jr. (Harris Grant), Clifton Powell (Uncle Lou), Tami Roman (London Duncan), Javicia Leslie (Paris Duncan), Christian Keyes (Niles Monroe), Sean Ringgold (Junior Duncan), Sebastian Siegel (Tony Dash), Michael Jai White (Vegas Duncan), James Black (Rob).

Story:   Based on Carl Weber’s The Family Business, first in a series of eight novels, about the travails of the Duncan family.  Ernie Hudson portrays L. C. Duncan, patriarch of the family, who runs a thriving exotic car dealership. When he thinks about passing the leadership reigns to one of his sons, the Duncans quickly come under siege from some of the Top Politicians, Mafia and Drug cartels in the city. The Duncan’s will have to stick together–or die separately.  Source:  Deadline; IMDB.

Welcome to the Family

Welcome to the Family

Release Date 9/26/15; TV One
Genre:   Comedy
Rating:  NR
Studio:  TV One
Director:  Alton Glass

Cast:  Kali Hawk (Stella), Quinton (B.J. Britt), Valarie Pettiford, Telma Hopkins, James Black, Chelsea Tavares, Glenn Plummer, and Brooklyn McLinn.

Story:  Welcome to the Family centers on Stella, an internet producer who has to learn how to balance her personal and professional lives. She utilizes her family reunion to not only reveal her engagement to fiancée Quinton but also to prove she can host her own web series. Stella is blinded by her own ambition, as each family member’s antics and escapades hit the World Wide Web. Caught up in the world of media mania and surrounded by a crazy cast of relatives, Stella learns that her fiancée Quinton is her cousin. Captured by cameras for the world to see, the couple’s relationship is thrown into turmoil as Stella’s web series turns into a social media hit. Source: Broadway World; Photo source: TVOne.

My Favorite Five

Release Date 1/6/15
Genre:  Romance
Rating:  Unknown
Running Time: Unknown
Studio: Overflow Entertainment, Silver Lining Entertainment, Cassiopeia Productions
Director: Paul D. Hannah

Cast: Rochelle Aytes (Hailey Colburn), Brian White (Christopher Michaels), DeRay Davis (Sans), Erica Hubbard (Sybil), Jay Ellis (Jonathan Colburn), John West, Jr. (Darnell Raye), Steven Williams (Robert Colburn), Valarie Pettiford (Pamela Colburn), Jillian Murray (Shelly), Quinton Aaron (T.I.), Angeline-Rose Troy (Rebecca), Leonard Roberts (Matthew), Elimu Nelson (Peter), Amin Joseph (Jamison).

Story: Hailey is a self-proclaimed serial dater who has no interest in marriage, kids or a picket fence. Hailey does however enjoy the company of men, five to be exact. She believes no one man can possess all five of her most coveted qualities. She works as a recovery specialist for a glorified corporate collection agency that specializes in the “million dollar debtor”. Hailey’s methods are scandalous, but gets the job done. Soon Hailey meets Christopher, her next mark, who has sworn off women and has no interest in her. As the five falls from the flock one by one, Hailey has to cross lines to get the one man who has it all. Source: IMDB.

The Choir Director

Drama in the Church

Release Date:   2/5/18 (TBA)
Genre:  Drama
Rating: NR
Running Time: Unknown
Studio: Urban Books Media
Director: Trey Haley
Cast:  Darrin Dewitt Henson (Aaron Mackie), Christian Keyes (Dante Wilson), Clifton Powell (Bishop T.K. Wilson), Valarie Pettiford (First Lady Charlene Wilson), Denise Boutte (Simone Wilcox), Drew Sidora (Tanisha), Kellita Smith (Anita Emerson), Roger Guenveur Smith (Trustee Jonathan Smith), Rose Wakesho (Aisha), Jaleel White (Deacon James Black), Anna Maria Horsford (Deaconess Moss).

Details:  Part Two of New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber’s “Drama in the Church” trilogy  – The Preacher’s Son, The Choir Director and The First Lady.

Story:  Bishop T.K. Wilson has done all he can to make First Jamaica Ministries a success, but with his last choir director getting caught in a scandal, attendance and cash flow are down. The Bishop is counting on a new choir director to revive the church. Little does he know, this decision may also put his job as the Bishop — as well as his family — in jeopardy. Source: IMDB.  Photo Source:  Facebook.

The Preacher’s Son

Drama in the Church

Release Date:  3/3/17; Netflix
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  110 mins.
Studio: Tri Destined Studios, Urban Books Media
Director: Trey Haley

Cast: Christian Keyes (Dante Wilson), Clifton Powell (Bishop T.K. Wilson), Valarie Pettiford (First Lady Charlene Wilson), Drew Sidora (Tanisha), Vanessa Bell Calloway (Elena), Kellita Smith (Anita Emerson), Jaleel White (James Black), Anthony Montgomery (Reverend Reynolds), James Black (Deacon Emerson).

Details: This film is the first of New York Times bestselling author, Carl Weber’s “Drama in the Church” trilogy – The Preacher’s Son, The Choir Director and The First Lady.

Story:  Bishop T.K. Wilson, his wife and two children are a respectable family in their community. Yet the Wilson kids are fighting temptations and son Dante has thoughts other than taking over his father’s church. Source: IMDB.  Photo Source:  Facebook.

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