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Did You Watch? Some Of The Highest-Grossing Black Movies Ever

August 24th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Straight Outta Compton is still blowing up at the box office and raking in the dollars. As that film continues to have major success, we were wondering, do you know what some of the highest-grossing Black films are? If you missed out on these box-office hits, it might be time to make it a Netflix night.

Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “Mahogany”

June 11th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: Motown Productions

Source: Motown Productions

Mahogany came out a little bit before my time. Still, I had always heard so much talk about how classic the piece was. And since the film is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, I decided to see what all the hype was about. If we’re being honest here, it’s far from classic film. Still, the movie is iconic, in several ways, for several reasons. So in honor of its anniversary and the doors it opened for other Black actresses and directors, we’re sharing a few secrets you might not have known.

Watch: Micheal Ealy Plays Deranged Ex Boyfriend In “The Perfect Guy”

June 2nd, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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I’m all here for diversity in Black film. While I love the classic Black rom coms like Love Jones and the coming of age stories like Boyz in The Hood, I’m also excited for Black actors, writers and directors tapping into other genres.

Last year, Taraji and Idris had No Good Deed and now, three of our faves: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut are starring in another put-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat flick called The Perfect Guy.

Movie Insider described the movie as follows:

Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan) appears to have the ideal life. She enjoys a challenging, fast-paced career as a lobbyist; Dave (Morris Chestnut), her long-term boyfriend loves her. And yet, at 36, she’s ready to move to the next phase. Marriage and a family seem a logical and welcome step. Dave is not so sure. A bit commitment phobic, his misgivings lead to a painful break up.

Enter Carter Duncan (Michael Ealy), a handsome, charming stranger whose path keeps crossing with Leah’s. Caring and solicitous of Leah and her family and friends, their relationship rapidly progresses. It seems Leah has met the perfect guy. But if it seems too good to be true… Soon Carter’s protective nature morphs into something more sinister. It’s clear Leah has to end this new relationship and when she does, her onetime lover becomes her ultimate enemy. It will take every bit of her cunning and resolve to escape and outwit him.

Ooo wee.

If you aren’t convinced, check out the trailer for the film in the video below.

Michael Ealy and Morris Chesnut will both star in the upcoming film “The Perfect Guy.” in Madame Noire Polls on LockerDome

Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “Monster’s Ball”

May 18th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: Lions Gate

Source: Lions Gate

When you say the title Monster’s Ball, you’re liable to get a few reactions. Some people will immediately and only remark on the sex  scene with Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thorton. Others will tell you how, aside from all the hoopla, it was actually a really good film; and others think it was completely overrated. Everybody’s got an opinion. It’s something like a polarizing film, particularly in the Black community. But we’ll get into that later. Check out some of the lesser known facts behind the making of this movie.

Flashback Friday: 10 Family Movies We Loved Most

April 24th, 2015 - By Rich
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They are the people we can’t stand but they are the people we can’t live without. No literally, we couldn’t live without them because our family created us. Good, bad, or indifferent, we all have been raised by someone in a familial setting.

Being that this is a parenting site, virtually all of us can attest to the fact not only are all families dysfunctional; but we contribute to the chaos as well. I think this is one of the reasons that we love movies about families. We see a little of ourselves or our loved ones in the characters. We love seeing them come together in the midst of conflict because we know that if whatever is onscreen happened to us we know who would be there. So for this week’s flashback is dedicated to 10 movies about family that we loved and which remind us to bring it altogether.

Flashback Friday: 10 Family Movies We Loved Most

Flashback (Good) Friday: 10 Faith-Based Films We Loved

April 3rd, 2015 - By Rich
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For those of the Christian faith, this Sunday is Easter. Preparations have been made for the Easter Bunny to visit children and we have to remind them that whenever a mythical person comes overnight to deliver presents it is a religious holiday. We have bought a new outfit for church so we can stunt because it’s tradition and because it is the one Sunday that everyone goes to church (which means unless you’re early you’ll be in the overflow room with the metal folding chair). These are all secondary to what the day is really about.

It’s the most important day of the Christian calendar because it is the resurrection of Jesus’ death to save us from sin. It is considered the supreme sacrifice that represents all that we stand for.

If you turn on the television after church and brunch you will see all kinds of movies based around some theme of love, faith, religion, and/or all of the above within a historical context. If none of those interest you, here is a list of some to enjoy with your family to remind us all valuable lessons while being entertained.

Flashback (Good) Friday: 10 Faith-Based Films We Loved

Throwback Thursday: 10 Inspiring Movies On Moving Forward

April 2nd, 2015 - By Rich
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On January 2nd, I walked into my local gym at 8 am and it was packed. By yesterday evening, it looked the same way it did two weeks prior to NYE. I say this to say that many have already broken the resolutions they mentally prepared for just months ago. For those who haven’t yet done so, I salute you. To those who already have given up on their resolutions, I say the year is just entering it’s second quarter and it’s no time like the present to get back at it! With that said, this week’s Throwback Thursday is dedicated to films in which there was a theme of moving forward… something we can all aspire to as spring ushers in a new season.

Throwback Thursday: 10 Inspiring Movies On Moving Forward

Flashback Friday: 15 Memorable Black Movie Moms of the 90’s

March 27th, 2015 - By Rich
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In the 90’s, we watched as some of our favorite actresses played hard-working, inspirational and sometimes feisty mothers. Today we take a look back at some of our favorite black movie moms of the 90’s. Now, not all these mothers were perfect—with some movie moms, we were inspired by their fortitude and with others we were turned off by their bad decision making. Either way, these complex characters were memorable—from Halle Berry as Khalia Richards in Losing Isaiah to Angela Basset as Reva in Boyz n the Hood.

Flashback Friday: 15 Memorable Black Movie Moms of the 90’s

5 Black Female Filmmakers to Know Now

March 11th, 2015 - By Rich
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Despite America becoming increasingly diverse, Hollywood has been slow to catch on. After years of failing to cater to audiences of color, networks finally got the memo that having an inclusive lineup pays.

Shows like the Walking Dead, Empire, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, Fresh Off the Boat, Jane the Virgin, and Black-ish are burning up the airwaves and attracting millions of viewers each week. Even more important? Their successes have not only resulted in high ratings and profits for the networks, but have also opened the door for more shows for and by people of color.

But what about films?

Shonda Rimes, TV’s top showrunner, recently asked that very question.

When Oscar nominations were announced earlier this year, many wondered why Hollywood failed to be as diverse as the movie-going public. Last year, Chris Rock called the film industry “kinda racist” and said actors of color are not cast as frequently as their white counterparts because they aren’t seen as mainstream.

“You can go to whole movies and not see one black woman. They’ll throw a black guy a bone…. But is there a single black woman in Interstellar? Or Gone Girl? Birdman? The Purge? Neighbors?” Rock wrote in the Hollywood Reporter. “I go to the movies almost every week, and I can go a month and not see a black woman having an actual speaking part in a movie.”

While Hollywood tries to deal with its diversity problem, thankfully filmmakers of color aren’t waiting for permission to create. In 2014, women like Ava DuVernay (“Selma”), Amma Asante (“Belle”), and Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Beyond the Lights”) released critically-acclaimed films that showed Black women directors not only have something to say, but are a force to be reckoned with as well. Even better? There are many more sisters in the pipeline.

5 Black Female Filmmakers to Know Now

Throwback Thursday Debate: Love & Basketball vs. Brown Sugar

February 12th, 2015 - By Rich
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Within the last 15 years a Black romance movie seems to not exist unless it stars Taye Diggs, Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, or Sanaa Lathan (Paula Patton could also be included in this). It’s true. We know this and for the most part aren’t bothered because we still go to the movies to see them. Last week I pit Poetic Justice against Love Jones in a debate for the superior romance film. They weren’t two films one would necessarily think to compare; but it made sense. Going into Valentine’s Day, we’re doing the same for two that are even more similar: Brown Sugar and Love & Basketball.

Essentially, this is the debate of romance with a subject being the driving force of the story. I didn’t think about it at first; but this Throwback Thursday debate could also be dubbed the “Which Sanaa Lathan Movie is Better?”

Throwback Thursday Debate: Love and Basketball vs. Brown Sugar