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I was seriously thinking about going to see Black Nativity this weekend. With no set plans for my Saturday afternoon or Sunday evening, I thought, ‘what a better way to get into the holiday spirit than to go see a holiday musical with gospel music and Angela Bassett?’ I mean, it is Angela Bassett, and the movie is based on the play of the same name by Langston Hughes. Yeah, I had all this on my mind, but then I was reminded of the following:
I can’t stand musicals of any kind.
There are some that I’ve been able to sit through without my face completely turned up, but I’ve found that I ask out loud “WHY DO THEY HAVE TO SING EVERYTHING!? JUST TALK!” at least a few times out loud in most musical films. That might explain why my friends weren’t too fond of sitting next to me when we saw Dreamgirls since I huffed and puffed through a few different parts. So with that, I stayed home and caught up on my shows before heading into the city to do some Christmas shopping. While the movie wasn’t necessarily for me, I thought it might appeal to others since one of my colleagues saw an early screening of the film and said she enjoyed it.
But according to Shadow and Act, that was not the case. Very few people saw it. In fact, most people must have either stuck to shopping, or spent their ducats on helping Hunger Games: Catching Fire have another triumphant weekend at the box office. Not only did Black Nativity not debut in the top five, it came in at number eight and only made $5 million, despite being made for $17.5 million. Hell, Best Man Holiday showed better (number four) after more than a week in cinemas.
So why didn’t you see it? In a funny yet serious piece for Shadow and Act, writer Sergio had quite a few ideas of why the movie wasn’t a banger, and one thing I could agree with most was that the promotions for the film didn’t explain enough (other than the fact that you were going to see a musical), and the trailer came off mad corny:
Despite the mostly very positive reviews, the film got stuck with a bland poster that said nothing, and the trailer made the film look like a very old fashioned, cornball picture, which also didn’t give a real idea of what the film was. Was it a musical, a drama or none of those? And seeing Mary J. Blige with wings and that awful white afro wig sure didn’t help matters at all.
Say that. If anybody asked me what I knew about the film before its release, I would just sing the following: “This ain’t livin’! I got a mouth to feed, but I can’t make these ends meet…” Of course, this is what we heard out of Jennifer Hudson’s mouth within the first few seconds of one of the few TV spots. Oh yeah, that and young actor Jacob Latimore saying, “It’s time to forgive!” with a great deal of passion/angst in his face. Yeah, that’s not all that enticing.
Despite all the film possibly had to offer, I never knew what exactly to expect, and it seems that other moviegoers didn’t either. And what we did know (struggling daughter estranged from her traditional parents after having a child young sends said child to stay with them for the holidays while she gets her life together), sounded like a plot we’d all seen or heard before. And yes, I’m still mad at Mary and that wig. Plus, as Sergio pointed out, there were very few other people, white folks included, who were going to jump at the chance to see a movie called “Black Nativity”–emphasis on black. We really were all this movie had to make a strong impression in theaters.
Despite the major names in Academy-Award winners Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker, as well as the star power and strong acting chops of Oscar nominee Angela Bassett, even they couldn’t draw you to theaters, as the movie might have been better suited for a Lifetime network holiday event since it didn’t receive much backing or promotion from famous black folks with influence (like Oprah, as was pointed out).
You still have a chance to check out the movie, as it just came out on Wednesday, but do you really want to? I’m sure that if you didn’t see it during a holiday weekend you probably won’t at all. But what kept or keeps you from spending your money to support the movie?
Angela Bassett appears on the December issue of JET Magazine looking absolutely gorgeous. While she was there to promote her work on “American Horror Story: Coven” and the upcoming movie Black Nativity (in theaters November 27), she also chatted about her personal life. She spoke about her struggles to get pregnant, disagreements with her husband Courtney B. Vance, her public persona and how her children had to deal with racism as early as four years old. Check out the highlights below.
“After trying and trying, I unfortunately couldn’t have my babies. It was my reality. I heard about the surrogate option and it worked out beautifully.”
Her children facing racism
“The kids were playing one day, and a blonde, blue-eyed girl said that she didn’t want my daughter to be a part of the family. My son stood up to her and asked the child how would she feel if she was treated like that, and the girl said ‘bad.’ They were only 4 years old at the time.”
Her public persona
“I’m pretty sure that people think that I’m really serious. I know that they think I’m stern as well. People are always surprised that I’m actually fun, and not all stuck-up and mean!”
Her son is a bold one. I don’t know if I would have had the courage to speak up at just four.
You can read more of the cover story over at JET and pick up this issue on newsstands November 25.
Christian beliefs are built upon the basis of faith, but the experience of coping with unanswered prayers can be a pretty faith-wounding scenario. While promoting her new film, Black Nativity, actress Angela Bassett sat down with the Christian Post to discuss why there isn’t really a such thing as an “unanswered prayer” and her blind trust in God.
“Prayers are answered in their own time, we pray for what we think we want right now, but to answer that one might set of a chain reaction of other things we might not want,” said the New York City native.
“As they say, there’s grace and there’s mercy; grace is a gift you don’t deserve, and mercy is a punishment you do deserve, but God keeps from you,” Bassett continued.
The Olympus Has Fallen actress went on to recount the story of a time when an answered prayer came in the form of a stranger.
“I believe in guardian angels, I have been stranded on the freeway on the way to an audition. It seems trivial, but not to me, it was a big deal. I was driving and my jeep’s gas gauge wasn’t fixed. LA is a driving culture, you can’t be late, you want to be a professional person, on the 101, accelerating and going nowhere fast, the pedometer kept going down, and I went into the median.”
“I remember praying, ‘Oh lord,’ I threw my hands up, ‘Lord you gonna have to help me, I don’t know what to do.’ And then within 30 seconds, a flatbed truck drove up in front of me, backed up, drove down to a gas station, and pumped $10 gas, for me.”
The 55-year-old beauty adds that this scenario reaffirmed her faith in God, because while she didn’t get the job, her faith was strengthened.
“He was just an answered prayer, an angel in that moment, I was stranded and I said a prayer. I didn’t get the job though, what I got was so much more.”
Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
Celebrity hair trends come and go. Sometimes styles that seemed like a good idea in the moment quickly become a cringe-worthy reminder of a very particular time and place. But other times, celebrities who take a hair plunge emerge as newly-minted style icons. And the latest track to beauty icon status? The pixie cut. It definitely takes quite a pair of cojones to chop off long, luscious locks, but these celebrities were certainly rewarded with quite a pay off for their risk. Here are our favorite pixie-haired celebs.
After watching this year’s Emmy awards, many people felt as if actress Kerry Washington was robbed. After losing out to Claire Danes in the category for “Best Actress,” the “Scandal” star took it in stride but here is a list of other actors who were passed over for their stellar roles.
Denzel Washington: Malcom X
Denzel Washington has had a long and stellar career in Hollywood that has spanned almost four decades. In addition to playing various characters, Washington also had to flex his acting skills when it came to playing real-life people. He received critical acclaim for his portrayals of Steve Biko, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Melvin B. Tolson, Frank Lucas, and Herman Boone but it was his starring role in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X that should’ve earned the native New Yorker an Academy award. Although he was nominated for Best Actor, Washington lost out to Al Pacino. Lee was very vocal about his feelings saying, among other things, “I’m not the only one who thinks Denzel was robbed on that one.”
LeToya Luckett On “Single Ladies,” Slim Thug, And Who From Destiny’s Child She Would Work With Today
While the other former members of Destiny’s Child have been out here having babies, cutting their hair off, releasing tell-all tracks and touring with Fela! on Broadway, it’s been a while since we’ve seen the lovely LeToya Luckett. The singer has been bitten by the acting bug over the last few years, and while she’s been busy honing her craft, working on shows like Treme and in movies like Preacher’s Kid. it seems that 2013 is about to be her year. Luckett is not only the new host of Centric’s half-hour lifestyle and entertainment series CultureList, but she’s working on a new album, AND she’s also part of season three of Single Ladies, which is premiering in January. We caught up with the busy beauty and chatted about everything from her dating life, Slim Thug, and which lady from Destiny’s Child she would want to work with on a song. It’s not who you think…
What People Expect From Luckett On “Single Ladies”:
“I play a character by the name of Felicia Price who’s a record exec. She’s a different kind of gal. She doesn’t take no flack from her employees. Very strong-willed. All about fashion. Almost like, have you seen Devil Wears Prada? Like that character. Yeah, same vein. So you already know what to expect from that.”
Which Destiny’s Child Member She Would Work With Now:
“Good question…I love all the girls. But I would love to do a gospel song with Michelle. That’s my friend. I love her. She’s such a sweetie pie, and I’m blessed to call her a friend. She’s such an amazing girl. She’s a girl-friend, a real girlfriend. Almost like a sister.”
Who She Would Like To Work With On Camera:
“Oh my God, Angela Bassett. And I would love to work with Gabrielle Union. People are always like, ‘Have people ever told you that you look like Gabrielle Union?’ Even on Second Generation Wayans they would say that. But I love her.”
If She’s Dating And What She Wants In A Relationship:
“No. Girl, when? For what? [laughs]
But no, I want the right relationship. I want something that’s right for me…Of course I want to cuddle, of course I want somebody to go to the movies with, and to talk to at night. But I’d rather wait on the right person God has for me instead of just jumping in to a person. As far as dating as an entertainer, or just in this generation period, there’s texting going on. Nobody’s really picking up the phone. We had to meet out on a date back in the day. You got to know a person. Back in the day you had no choice. There wasn’t Instagram, Twitter…You really had to go in and get to know the person. I think that’s kind of missing in today’s time. But I really want to find the time for a relationship. Hopefully they’ll find time for me and I’ll find time for them. I really want to get to know someone on all levels.”
What Advice She Would Give To Women Trying To Balance Dating And Their Career:
“We can get into “I don’t need a man, I don’t need this and I don’t need that,” and I believe that’s not true. God put us on this earth with the purpose of loving. Adam and Eve, hello! He created us for each other. So don’t get so caught up in your career that you forget to LOVE. Make sure you get to know that person so you’re not just jumping in to something.
I just think girls need to value themselves much more than they do. I think a lot of women don’t know their worth and they’re settling and I would definitely NOT do that. I would say it’s important to find that balance if you’re in a relationship already with work and your man. You’ve got to take care of him, honey. And if you’re getting out of a relationship, take the time for you to really clean house. If you knew you were having a guest over, nobody wants to come to a dirty home. Clean house. Don’t just put it away in a closet because one day somebody’s going to open that and everything, your past and business, is going to fall out. Figure out you, figure out what you really really want. It’s a hard thing to do, easier said than done, but I think we go into these new relationships with cluttered minds. We’re not freed up. There’s no space or room for him.”
On Cleaning House After Dating Slim Thug:
“…that was a very very long time. When you have somebody you were friends with for such a long time, it’s hard to let go of the friendship. And you get used to it, and comfortable with one person. We’re still cool. I see him– ‘Hey, what’s up what’s good?’ But I think we’ve both kind of outgrown each other…”
Luckett’s Thoughts on Bey’s Haircut and Kelly’s “Dirty Laundry”:
“As far as B’s new haircut, I did see a picture of it. I didn’t know what it was for. She has a beautiful face, but I didn’t know if she actually cut her hair…But she has a beautiful face. I know a lot of people have things to say about it, but c’mon, you sound like a hater when you’re looking at a girl like that. She can wear whatever! I’ll say it’s beautiful. She’s a beautiful girl.
As far as Kelly’s ‘Dirty Laundry,’ I feel like it’s very hard, especially as an artist, to be that vulnerable and come out and say some of the things that she did. I commend her for standing up and speaking out and pouring her heart out. She knew judgment was going to come from that, even backlash, but she didn’t care. That’s when you have the better song because you don’t care. You’re being free, you have that freedom, you’re speaking your mind. I love her for that.”
And we love LeToya! Check out Culturelist on Sunday at 11 p.m. on Centric. And once again, Single Ladies will be back in January. LeToya was such a sweetheart and we see major things happening for her this year!
We’re all getting settled in to the heat of summer preparing to celebrate the fourth of July. But we know by now just how quickly time flies. One day we’ll look up and it’ll be Christmas. Which is why we’re telling you about this Holiday film, Black Nativity now.
The movie, which is a modernized version of a 1961 Langston Hughes play originally called Wasn’t It A Mighty Day, follows the story of a boy who is sent to live with grandparents he’s never met. While he’s there he learns about faith and family.
A little bit of trivia: When the name of the original play was changed to Black Nativity, shortly before opening, dancers Alvin Ailey and Carmen de Lavallade left the cast because they didn’t approve of the name change.
Now director Kasi Lemmons, the woman behind Eve’s Bayou and Talk To Me, is directing a film version, a musical, that will be released on November 27th later this year.
The film will feature big named actors like Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Nas and Jacob Latimore is the singer/actor who will play the lead character.
Check out the trailer on the next page.
In 2006, when black movies usually dealt with themes of drug deals, poor choices and the ghetto, Akeelah and the Bee represented a stark contrast. The film, which featured heavy hitter actors Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett, was uplifting and inspirational. It was a message audiences of ages, races and backgrounds could enjoy. We’re sure you remember this movie, but we bet you don’t know
Though Akeelah took years to come together, once the funding and the actors were in place, the movie was filmed in just 31 days. The film was relatively small budget at just $6 million dollars. During it’s opening weekend, it made that back and 3 times that much ($18, 811, 135) when it closed in July of 2006. Filmed in 31 days with a budget of $6 million.
We all know there’s Hollywood and then there’s black Hollywood. African American stars don’t get the same notoriety as their white counterparts despite their good looks, amazing acting chops and undeniable star power. Sad,right? From heartthrobs to veterans, these 15 thespians deserve the awards and accolades more than any other. Check out this list of black actors and actresses that should be leading in Hollywood.
Nia Long is beautiful. She is also the girl next door with a great deal of sass and sophistication. She lit our fire playing Nina in “Love Jones” and Bird in “Soul Food.” She’s been acting for quite some time and her staying power is phenomenal. Hollywood should take a deeper look.
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I’m Just Saying, You Can Do Better: 10 Talented/Classic Actors And The Ratchet Movies They Shouldn’t Have Messed With
I know that times are hard and everybody, including the big wigs and legends in Hollywood, need to go to work. But there are just some movies that I never thought these 10 very talented and even legendary actors and actresses would take part in. From films about video girls to black superheroes and random snakes on planes, as the anti-drug organization D.A.R.E. used to say, “Just say no.” That’s what these folks should have done when the scripts to these movies came across their desks.
Ruby Dee – Video Girl
Anytime a cast includes names like Lisa Raye, Bun B, Melyssa Ford, Meagan Good, Angela Lola Luv and Yung Joc, the legendary Ruby Dee’s name shouldn’t be attached to it. But sadly, Ruby Dee surprised the hell out of me when she appeared in the movie, Video Girl, starring Meagan Good, playing in a lead role as her grandmother. The film was about a failed dancer who becomes a popular star in hip-hop music videos, but sadly becomes addicted to drugs.The small-budget film is already a BET Thursday night classic. Coming just a few years after she picked up an Academy Award nomination for her role in American Gangster, I definitely wasn’t expecting to find one of the legendary stars of A Raisin in the Sun acting alongside the star of The Players Club in the same movie.