Mo’Nique, Omar Epps, Gabrielle Union and Danny Glover team up for Will Packer’s ‘Almost Christmas’

 

 
Mo’Nique, Omar Epps, Gabrielle Union and Danny Glover are just some of the stars who teamed up for the new movie, “Almost Christmas,” which is produced by Will Packer (Ride Along, Think Like a Man series, This Christmas) and written and directed by David E. Talbert (Baggage Claim).
 
Glover plays the patriarch who asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along and spend five days under the same roof during the Christmas holiday.
 
The all-star cast also includes Kimberly Elise, Romany Malco, Mo’Nique, Nicole Ari Parker, J.B. Smoove, Jessie Usher and DC Young Fly.
 
Almost Christmas is due out in theaters on Nov. 11.

Tavis Smiley to Appear at South Florida Book Festival

Award-winning journalist and talk show host Tavis Smiley will be discussing and signing his latest book, My Journey with Maya Angelou at this year’s South Florida Book Festival July 17-18 at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC).
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Charlie Wilson shares his life journey in memoir

As lead singer of the funk group the Gap Band, Charlie Wilson enjoyed a string of hits in the 1970s and 1980s before losing his musical momentum to drugs and alcohol. After a stint in rehab, Wilson got his career back on track with six solo albums and nine Grammy nominations.

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Jazmine Sullivan dishes on ‘Reality Show’

In 2008, Jazmine Sullivan stepped onto the music scene with her debut single Need U Bad, produced by Missy Elliott, which became No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.  After a three-year hiatus, she is back with her third studio album, Reality Show, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.

The recipient of Billboard’s Rising Star Award, Sullivan recently discussed her break from the music industry, writing a hit song for singer Monica and meeting Stevie Wonder.

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Interview: Writer-Director discusses “Beyond the Lights” movie

Writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood of “Love & Basketball” brings another love story to the big screen. This time around, she explores the world of a female artist (played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw) struggling to cope with her hypersexualized image and the cop (played by Nate Parker) who saves her when she dives off a balcony.

Prince-Bythewood recently discussed her motivation for the movie and her hopes of seeing the reversal of the hypersexualized image of young female artists and its effects on society.

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Robin Thicke vows to “Get Her Back”

Crooner Robin Thicke has dropped his new video,”Get Her Back” a song dedicated to his estranged wife, actress Paula Patton.

A bloody Thicke appears in the video that shows text messages seemingly between him and his wife. The couple have been married for eight years and have a have a three-year-old son named Julian Fuego.

Thicke’s album, “Paula,” is set to drop July 1.

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Kevin Hart stars in “The Wedding Ringer” movie

Fresh off the No. 1 box office success this weekend of “Think Like a Man Too,” Kevin Hart has a new movie, “The Wedding Ringer” set to hit theaters early next year.

Hart plays the character Jimmy, who provides best man services for grooms.  Actor Josh Gad plays the role of Doug Harris, who needs Jimmy’s help in finding a best man and groomsmen as his wedding approaches.  “The Big Bang Theory” actress, Kaley Cuoco plays the bride.

“The Wedding Ringer” is scheduled to hit movie theaters Jan. 16, 2015.

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En Vogue, Joe and Erica Campbell perform at 100 Black Men conference

R&B group En Vogue, soul crooner Joe and gospel singer Erica Campbell rocked the crowd at the 28th annual 100 Black Men of America conference this past weekend in Hollywood,Florida.

Joe got the couples dancing Saturday when he crooned some of his hits including, “All the Things (Your Man Won’t Do),” “More & More,” and “Good Girls.”  He recently released a duet “Love and Sex (Part 2),” featuring Kelly Rowland,  from his upcoming CD, “Bridges,” that will hit stores on June 23.

Erica Campbell belted out her singles, “Help,” and “Little More Jesus,” from her solo album also entitled “Help.”

En Vogue proved they still got the pipes when they sung their hits, which included  “Hold On,” “Don’t Let Go” and “Free Your Mind.” Original members Dawn Robinson and Maxine Jones are no longer with the group.  Rhona Bennett, who starred in “The Jamie Foxx Show,” joined the remaining members Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron.