*It’s never too late, or early for that matter, to tell the Black version of any story.
“Black Nativity” is a contemporary film adaptation of Langston Hughes’ play, about a street-wise teen from Baltimore, raised by a single mother, who journeys to New York City to spend his Christmas holiday.
“‘Black Nativity’ has a been a part of my life for many years and I am so excited to be teaming up with Fox Searchlight to bring this unifying and transformative experience to the movies,” said writer/director Kasi Lemmons. “This is a universal story of faith and family, a marker of our times, and an endearing Christmas tale, infused with music from hip-hop to R&B to gospel.”
The movie also stars Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Tyrese Gibson.
*Miramax is attempting to garner the necessary support to get “Paid in Full” on Blu-ray.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Charles Stone III’s groundbreaking film about three Harlem friends and the hip-hop culture they epitomized.
Based on true events, “Paid in Full” tells the cautionary tale of Ace, Mitch, and Rico — three friends whose illegal exploits resulted in riches, notoriety, and ultimate tragedy.
When it premiered on October 25, 2002, the film drew comparisons to iconic crime films like “Goodfellas,” “Casino,” and “The Godfather,” though to this day, it has yet to be released on Blu-ray.
The company recently set up an online petition to get 25K signatures to convince the distributor that it will be worth the effort.
“Paid in Full,” the seminal hip-hop classic from Miramax & Roc-A-Fella Films stars Cam’ron, Mikhi Phifer and Wood Harris. The title of the film was inspired by Eric B. & Rakim’s debut album.
Check out the petition here.
*With the recent number one finish of “Think Like A Man” in movie theaters across the country for 2 straight weeks, it made us wonder about some other black films.
Some black films that finished number one and some that didn’t.
But what we were looking for at the end of the day were those films that made a dent in the hearts, minds and souls of African Americans all over the country.
Let us ring off a few before we send you to the list:
“Waiting to Exhale” for the females and “Boyz N The Hood” which touched all of us as well.
Our partner site MadameNoire recently came out with a list of their top black films.
Check out an excerpt below:
House Party (1990)
This ’90s Kid ‘n Play classic is a hit. It reminds many viewers about their school days way back when, where being invited to parties was all the rave, and sneaking out the window just to go to one was even considered. And the dance scenes had everyone in the mirror practicing for the next party. Who else was trying to get someone to do the Kid ‘n Play dance with them???
Read more at MadameNoire