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Forest Whitaker acted in 2 of the movies listed. The Butler, Black Nativity and produced Fruitvale Station, Considering the oscar winner started  2013 with being stopped and frisked in New York a law that would later determine  who would be  New York’s  next  Mayor,  the NAACP should present him a humanitarian award for bringing dignity back to African-American films. Two of the films below have yet to be released  Black Nativity and The Best Man Holiday Malcolm Lee has a built-in audience with the sequel to the 1999 hit  and a new audience curious to what the old fogeys are so hyped about.   Outside Charles Burnett,  Kassi Lemons is one of  our most important yet overlooked directors and considering Whitaker’s batting average this may be the movie that  Lemons receives well earned attention.

I will also point out that Jennifer Hudson is also in two movies mentioned  Black Nativity and The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete. but the constant roles of the  irresponsible mother is doing nothing for her career.

Peeples was neither a critical or box office hit, but first time director Tina Gordon Chism deserves support, how many black  female director can you count on one hand and two are listed below.

Finally 12 Years a Slave Steve McQueens unflinching look at slavery and potential best picture nominee. I wonder did McQueen (a Black Brit,) decide to make a film on slavery after being asked about minority’s in film click to watch McQueen unflinching answer

Hopefully 2013 has set the stage for even more challenging  directorial efforts in 2014


Lee Daniels

Lee Daniels the Butler

LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family. Forest Whitaker stars as the butler

Rotten Tomatoe  74%
A history lesson in violence and endurance. A sentimental journey. A tribute. Director Daniels and the dedicated cast of The Butler deliver all that. full review

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Black Nativity

In a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes’ celebrated play, the holiday musical drama BLACK NATIVITY follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend Cobbs’ rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson). Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family

Release Date Thanksgiving 2013
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The Best Man Holiday

When college friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited


Tina Gordon Chism


Sparks fly in the Hamptons when “regular guy” Wade Walker (Craig Robinson) crashes the preppy Peeples family reunion to ask for their precious daughter Grace’s (Kerry Washington) hand in marriage. Wade might be a fish out of water among this picture-perfect East Coast clan always trying to keep up appearances, but he’s not about to let himself sink. Instead, in a wild weekend of fun, dysfunction and hilarious surprises, Wade is about to discover there’s room for all kinds of Peeples in this family, no matter their differences

Rotten Tomatoes 34%
It’s often rote and by-the-numbers, but writer-director Tina Gordon Chism injects the proceedings with enough smart chat, clever situations and spot-on casting choices to make this well-traveled road feel a little less stale. full review


Steve McQueen

12 Years a Slave

Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup, the New York State citizen who was kidnapped and made to work on a plantation in New Orleans in the 1800s. Steve McQueen (Hunger) directs from a script he co-wrote with John Ridley, based in part by Northup’s memoir. Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, and Paul Giamatti co-star. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Rotten Tomatoes 97%

It provokes recognition in us of the very heart of darkness. It makes the unimaginable imaginable. full review

Zombie Television is AJ Harper 4th novel in the Tales of Urban Horror series. You can reach him on twitter @harperworx


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