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“There’s a Lot of Crazy Black Muthaf***as” Sanaa Lathan Talks New Film “Repentance,” Relationships & “Love & Basketball”

February 28th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Today is the day. The psychological thriller Repentance is coming to theaters. Recently, we had an opportunity to speak with Sanaa Lathan about her role in the film and how she prepared for it. In case you haven’t seen our other posts, this film boasts an all star cast, including Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie and Nicole Ari Parker. And Mike Epps is taking on a serious role this time around. She spoke about black actors getting a chance to participate in all the film genres. And whether or not she appreciates the “Black Film” label.

Since the film deals with mental health issues, we also asked Sanaa whether or not she feels like black folk are hesitant to seek psychological help. To which she responded, “I don’t know why because there’s a lot of crazy black muthafu***as.” No lie.

And lastly, she spoke about her other work including the third The Best Man and whether or not she’d ever do another Love & Basketball. Her answer may surprise you. Check out Sanaa’s interview above and then be sure to check out Repentance, in theaters today.

Watch This Clip Of The New Thriller “Repentance”

February 24th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Watch This Clip Of The New Thriller "Repentance"
Late last year, we told you that Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, Nicole Ari Parker and Sanaa Lathan were starring in a psychological thriller called Repentance. And in our upcoming interview with Sanaa, she’ll speak about her experience filming the movie.

Many of you expressed an interest in seeing the film and since we’re all about pleasing our readers, we decided to hook you all up with a special clip from the movie.

Check it out below and then let us know if you plan on seeing it this Friday, February 28th.

What Happened There? The Origins Of Celebrity Scars

January 13th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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We all have permanent marks or scars on our bodies that tell a story from our lives and celebrities are no different than the rest of us. Here are the origins of these well-known celebrity scars.

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Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige has always shared the highs and lows of her life with her fans but when it comes to how she got the scar right below her left eye, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul has been cagey. One story claims the scar is a reminder from a fight with another woman in Blige’s younger years. Another story claims the scar is from a traumatic event in the “Just Fine” singer’s childhood that she refuses to discuss. Though she hasn’t confirmed either tale, Blige did speak about loving her imperfections, including the scar on her face. “If I don’t accept the scar on my face, the lips that God gave me, the big giant feet, the long legs, whatever it is that I’m deformed with, I got to love it so everybody else can love it. And I started loving it.”

Will You Watch? Forest Whitaker, Sanaa Lathan & Anthony Mackie To Star In New Thriller “Repentance”

November 21st, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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For those of you who are tired of all the slave movies…stop watching slave movies. Just kidding…not really. But if you’re looking for a little something different, get into the trailer for a new thriller starring some of our favorite black actors: Anthony Mackie, Forest Whitaker, Sanaa Lathan and Mike Epps. Speaking of Mike Epps, did anyone else notice how convincing he was in Sparkle?

Anyway these four will team up for an independent psychological thriller called Repentance. The premise of the movie is that Thomas Carter (Mackie) is a spiritual advisor and Angel Sanchez (Whitaker) is a man struggling with the sudden death of his mother. Angel has read Thomas’ writings and reaches out to him for help. Thomas takes Angel on as a client to help raise money for his brother (Epps) but things go way left when Angel…snaps.

Sanaa Lathan plays Thomas’ love interest and Nicole Ari Parker is also in the film, though it’s not exactly clear what connection her character has to Angel.

Anyway, take a look at the trailer below and gasp and be freaked out like I was when I first saw it.

Repentance will open on February 28, 2014.

Does this look like something you’d be interested in seeing?

Malcolm D. Lee: USA Today Is Ignorant For Calling “Best Man Holiday” “Race-Themed”

November 20th, 2013 - By Madame Noire
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From The Grio 

 

Director Malcolm D. Lee isn’t surprised that The Best Man Holiday had a huge debut the weekend at the box office.

The film which held down the No. 1 spot at the box office Friday, brought in an estimated $30.6 million, only about $8 million behind the chart-topper Thor: The Dark World.

During an interview with theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon, Lee talked about The Best Man Holiday smashing box office expectations, and weighed on USA Today calling the sequel to The Best Man a “race-themed” film.

“I thought the expectations for The Best Man Holiday were low,” Lee says. “I was not surprised that we did better than they thought. I had a number in my head north of $22 million or north of $25 million. I felt if we did that we would be in really great shape. To be north of $30 million is fantastic. I resent the notion that we over-performed I felt like we were underestimated.”

“I think they had no idea what this movie meant to the fans of the first Best Man,” Lee explained. “They completely underestimated that fans would come out in droves. I completely underestimated that people would call out of work and come to Friday matinees. However I definitely expected people to come out.”

USA Today set of a social media frenzy Sunday when they tweeted and published a headline that read“‘Holiday’ Nearly Beat ‘Thor’ as Race-Themed Films Soar.” Twitter erupted with many finding the headline to be racially insensitive. 

Read more at TheGrio.com 

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

November 18th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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In 1989, Terry McMillan took the stories from her three-year relationship and turned them into inspiration for her novel Disappearing Acts. Over a decade later, the novel would be turned into an HBO, made-for-tv movie. You may remember the book as well as the movie but we bet you didn’t know these behind the scenes secrets.

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Director Gina Prince-Bythewood

Surely by now you recognize Gina Prince-Bythewood’s name. She was the woman behind the camera for some of your favorites like Love and Basketball and The Secret Life of Bees. But before she did Bees, she took on the Disappearing Acts project. In preparation to direct this film, she read the book 10 times and worked with McMillan to write the script for screen. In an interview with JET Magazine, she said the hardest part of rewriting the script “was not being able to put more of the book into the script.” But she must of put her all into the film because she was so exhausted afterward that she almost missed the chance to direct her next film The Secret Life of Bees. She was so tired from the experience she threw the manuscript in her closet. It wasn’t until five years later, after someone else had been offered the director’s position, that she realized this was the movie for her. That person eventually lost the job and Prince-Bythewood picked up from there.

Underneath It All: Celebs Who’ve Shown Off Their Real Natural Hair

November 18th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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Is it an accessory or a necessity? These 15 celebs prove that although they may wear weaves out in public, they actually have a head of beautiful hair underneath it all.

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Sanaa Lathan

Actress Sanaa Lathan is known for her high-end hair extensions but over the summer, the Best Man Holiday star decided to switch things up. Posting a photo of herself on Facebook sans a weave, Lathan revealed a thick and full head of hair. Lathan added the following caption: And the weave is out! #yesihaveALOTofhair #sandybrown #ineedatrim #ilovemyscalp

SideEye: Celebrity Women Who Are Surprisingly Single

November 18th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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These single celebrity women have a lot going for them. They’re smart, Hot, beautiful, talented, and make their own money So why hasn’t anyone but a ring on it yet — assuming they want one?

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Sanaa Lathan

Actress Sanaa Lathan has been a Hollywood staple since the late ’90s. While she has maintained consistent work since leaving the theater world behind and relocating to L.A., Nathan has kept her private life mostly private. The 42-year-old Best Man Holiday star dated football player Adewale Ogunyele for a few years but other than that, Lathan has kept her dating life to herself. A few months ago, she shared a photo of herself and San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick out together on a romantic dinner date. No word on if the two are a couple or if it was just dinner with a friend.

Nia Long Says She Wanted A White Love Interest In “The Best Man Holiday” And It’s No Disrespect To Black Men

November 15th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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When we asked Malcolm D. Lee about his decision to include an interracial relationship in “The Best Man Holiday,” he told us the idea was actually Nia Long’s, so when we got the beauty together alongside Sanaa Lathan and Taye Diggs we had to ask where the inspiration came from.

When we asked whether there was any concern about whether that story line would perpetuate the notion that there are no good black men Nia said not at all, telling us explicitly:

“[Jordan and Brian] meet because of the social worlds that they’re in and it works; and when something works you don’t judge it based on what package it comes in. You judge it on how it makes you feel and if it works for your life…

We’re living in a modern world where it happens and it’s OK and it’s no disrespect to any black man. I love black men, but the reality is the sistahs are marrying white men and the brothas are marrying white women and that’s the world that we live in and it’s not to be judged, and if it works for you then embrace it.”

Unsurprisingly, Taye Diggs co-signed Nia’s sentiments, but as we already see from the comment thread developing on our YouTube feed, some folks are not so understanding. Check out the full interview with these three in the video below and tell us what you think about Nia’s comments.

Sanaa Lathan Stuns In Bohemian Chic Spread For ‘Rolling Out’

November 14th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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In less than 24 hours, long awaited sequel, Best Man Holiday, is slated to hit theaters. While promoting the new film, actress Sanaa Lathan sat down for a chat with Rolling Out, where she opened up about why maintaining a low profile and why she opened up more in recent years. She also posed for a sultry photo spread with the mag. Check out her interview highlights below.

On what the public doesn’t know about her:

“I’m really goofy and silly. Everyone in my life knows that, but I don’t think that the public really knows that I like to have fun. I like to laugh … you know, is life is short, so it’s all about having fun.”

“I just don’t feel like people know that I really like to be silly and have fun. I think that some people look at me like I’m a very serious kind of person. Honestly, I don’t know how people perceive me, but …”

On opening up more:

“Well, this is definitely a new thing for me. I was very resistant to social media at first, and actually just a couple months ago when I was on [The Best Man Holiday] set, I started having fun with it. At first, it was just a creative thing for me, and then I got encouraged by everyone from my agent to the studios, to keep it up. It’s really interesting to me how involved social media can be from a business perspective, so I’m interested in exploring where it can go as it relates to my career.”

On caring what people think of her:

“Yes, I care, but after being in the business for so long, you just learn to let it roll off your back.”

On the challenges of playing a pregnant woman:

“It was really hard. They created a real prosthetic, where they molded the belly and made it very real for me. I had to wear it every day, and it was like a personal sauna. So, I feel like I was experiencing some of the problems that a real pregnant woman would feel, because I was dying of heat the entire time, and always needed a personal fan. I honestly think it helped me be more believable as a pregnant woman.”

On what she does when she’s not acting:

“You know, I go through phases. I have really social periods where I have to be around lots of friends, and go out … I love the club, loud music, and the energy of the nightlife. But then I go through periods where I’m literally a hermit. I’m a Virgo, and they call the Virgo the hermit, so I’m just by myself, and I read and lay in bed all day, and retreat inward. So you know, it swings with me, and really just depends on how I’m feeling.”

 Check out the rest of the photos from Sanaa’s sultry spread on the next page.

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