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If you’ve ever been curious about what happened to Duck, Choir Boy, J.T., Eddie and Dresser after the conclusion of The Five Heartbeats, it looks like you’ll finally get a chance to find out. Actor and producer Robert Townsend recently confirmed that he is in the process of putting together a sequel for the popular 1991 drama.
“I am working on a sequel. Next year I’ll be making an announcement,” the former Parent Hood actor told Black America Web.
So far not many details about the upcoming sequel have been released, but our guess is that fans will be pretty receptive. In 2011, the film’s all-star cast reunited on the BET Awards show stage for an awesome performance and they seemed pretty stoked about it.
“You know, I thought tonight, from my point of view, it was incredible. It was great to have everyone together. To think twenty years ago that we started something and it continued and there’s an audience still in love with the film,” Robert Townsend told NecoleBitchie on the night of the performance.
“And I think the biggest thing for us tonight is that we got all of the dance steps,” he continued.
“You know, it’s just a great moment for all of us,” added Leon. “Michael said this earlier, ‘You make movies that hopefully people will remember.’ Memorable performances and memorable movies is what this is all about and memorable songs.”
So are you looking forward to this sequel?
In 1991, after the success of his self-funded project, Hollywood Shuffle Keenan Ivory Wayans and Robert Townsend decided to take on a studio film, a first for Townsend. The collaboration didn’t do so well in theaters but over 20 years later, it’s a favorite in the black community. You know the lines and the songs. Check out these behind the scenes secrets.
Where did the story come from?
Though the story was based on several R&B groups and solo artists, including The Temptations, The Dells, Frankie Lymon and Sam Cooke, Robert Townsend told Black Voices that the breakup of The Temptations when he was a child, inspired the story. “I grew up with a lot of the singing groups from the ’60s, such as The Temptations, The Dells and The O’Jays. I always loved music. When The Temptations broke up, I took it personally. [The Five Heartbeats] came out of that.”
You just might be asking yourself, why, oh why are you exploring the secrets behind B.A.P.S?! I know. The movie is far from a classic but that doesn’t stop it from being entertaining. Despite the fact that you can probably find this flick in the 2 for $5 bin at Walmart, I still get quite a kick out of it. Which is why I’m bringing you these secrets today. An even better question is why did you click on the post? Aha! Gotcha! You love it too. Now that you’re here, you might as well learn something. Let’s begin.
We’re continuing to roll our BET exclusives out. Even if you missed the BET Awards on Sunday night, we got you covered with our red carpet interviews. Check out our one-on-ones with Robert Townsend, his daughter Skye (who is releasing an EP soon) and the ever-entertaining Bobby V (formerly known as Bobby Valentino) who may have had a little something somethin before he stopped by our station.
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Up and comers in Black Hollywood gathered to shoot the cover of Be Magazine. You may recognize their parents but these budding starlets aren’t content to live off their parent’s stardom. They’d rather grind for their own. Hip Hop/Pop recording artist, H Wood City, who’s worked with Lil Kim and Soulja Boy, and director, Alfredo Flores (whose credits include Justin Bieber and Mariah Carey)don’t have celeb parent backing which is why they’re all the more ready to get out there and do the work to get where they want to go. Good deal.
Check out pics from the shoot and what each of young ones had to say about their careers and their work ethic.
“Jade is actually studying to be a psychologist, and she’s striving to be a humanitarian. Her character is so dope because they allow her to be beautiful, intelligent, eloquent and classy. And that’s a great thing to be as a black woman shown on TV because of the current negative images. I think people will like Jade cause she’s fighting for the right things. I kind of like the challenge. I’m proud of the character, maybe she can learn to sing in season two!”No matter how positive Jade is, there’s always some attention-grabbing drama on a show like this. But aside from the drama played out on screen during the four to five-minute episodes (short, right?), Townsend wants people to know that the show is a positive representation of young black people trying to do big things. “We’re trying to do something positive without being preachy and shoving statistics down your throat. I think people should stay tuned and they ‘ll find the show to be inspiring.” And if that doesn’t push you to check it out, you’ll be happy to know that her famous pops is a huge fan of the show and its direction.
“My dad is ecstatic. He’s always checking his Google Alerts and he’s like, “I got a Google Alert for the next episode!” He’s my number one supporter. I was always watching him and watching him learn his lines back in the day and now he’s like, “Wow, my daughter’s an actor.”While the show currently airs, the bubbly Townsend is hoping to show off those awesome pipes she has and hopes to sing and collaborate with other young, positive artists. But her major hope right now is that you’ll tune into the web series, leave comments with your thoughts on the show, and help play a part in getting the uber-cute series on BET’s actual channel and lineup. “We’ve just had so much fun filming it and we’re all like a family. I love the show, and I think the cast is absolutely amazing. I’m excited that we got to start on the web but I’m hoping bigger things can come from it.” Check out the premiere of the seventh episode at BET.com as well as here at Madame Noire at 7 p.m. EST. Until then, see the first six episodes below: Episode 1 – “The World is Mine” Episode 2 – “Can’t Hold Me Down” Episode 3 – “Touch the Sky” Episode 4 – “On to the Next One” Episode 5 – “Reality Check” Episode 6 – “Don’t Call it a Comeback”
(Black Enterprise) — Robert Townsend hopes his latest film, In the Hive, joins his critically acclaimed and popular works such as Hollywood Shuffle and The Five Heartbeats. (In the Hive, which premiered at the American Black Film Festival and screened at this year’s Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge, may be in wide release next year.) The veteran entertainer broke into acting as an extra in Cooley High more than 30 years ago but branched into drama, writing, directing, and producing. From 2003 to 2007, the 44-year-old was president and CEO of The Black Family Channel. In 2009, he ventured into the digital world with Diary of a Single Mom, a Web series that will make the leap to television in a one-hour pilot on TV One on Oct. 9.
(The Loop) — If the studios and gatekeepers refuse to fund anything else besides a cross-dressing male lead (thanks Big Momma and Madea!), then black filmmakers have to create a new construct in order to tell our own stories. The online space as well as other mobile platforms may be the cure to the black movie bottleneck. Black filmmakers are now turning to the Web to produce projects and market them virally to the community. Notable directors such as Robert Townsend are using the online space to tell stories that reflect the experience of the black community. Townsend recently produced an original award-winning Web series Diary of a Single Mom, starring Monica Calhoun. Also, Idris Elba is currently executive producing Milk + Honey, a Web series about four ambitious women navigating Hollywood, after he noticed a lack of authentic and relevant content on television. The original scripted series stars Debbie Allen and Lance Gross.