Tika Sumpter in Tyler Perry’s A MADEA’S CHRISTMAS

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HOLLYWOOD – Tyler Perry’s latest film offering, A MADEA’S CHRISTMAS, features Tika Sumpter, in this holiday comedy, set in a struggling Midwest community hit by hard economic times yet bound together by dedication and faith. The synopsis describes the fast-paced, 90-minute romp thusly; Madea accompanies her niece, Eileen (inveterate funny lady Anna Maria Horsford), to […]

Stars Return for ‘Best Man’ Sequel

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NATIONWIDE – Writer and director Malcolm D. Lee’s latest film doesn’t enjoy the Oscar buzz that accompanied several other African-American movies this year, nor should it. While the big screen premieres of “12 Years a Slave,” “Fruitvale Station” and “The Butler” have helped to make 2013 one of the most memorable for black filmmakers, Lee’s […]

In Banner Year For Black Films, Hopes For Momentum

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NEW YORK – Oprah Winfrey has heard this story before. A wave of high-profile films about black people receives accolades. A heart-warming trend of greater on-screen equality is declared. Hollywood basks in its multiculturalism – and then returns to business as usual. From the slavery odyssey “12 Years a Slave” to the day-in-a-life drama “Fruitvale […]

Rachel Robinson To Visit Sacramento for Screening of “42″

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DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO — In conjunction with the California Legislative Black Caucus, State Sen. Roderick D. Wright (D-Inglewood) welcomes Rachel Robinson to the State Capitol for a special screening of “42.” The film will be shown at 7:00 p.m., at the Crest Theatre, Monday, Sept. 9, at 1013 K Street. Actress Nicole Beharie played Mrs. Robinson […]

Sacramento Native Tommy Wright Gets His Shot in Fruitvale Station

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NATIONWIDE – Having just moved to Los Angeles to pursue a professional acting career, Sacramento native Thomas Wright was long on ambition, but short on cash. When he got a call from a casting director to audition hundreds of miles away in San Francisco in less than 24 hours, his lack of funds made him […]

Ryan Coogler on Fruitvale Station

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NATIONWIDE – Home on Christmas break from the University of Southern California, he watched televised cell phone footage of an unarmed Black man being roughed up and subsequently shot by a White Bay Area transit officer who said he mistook his gun for his taser. He knew it could easily have been him. Four years […]

Craig Robinson Feature—“This Is the End”

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SAN FRANCISCO – Comedian Craig Robinson, who audiences may best remember as Darryl Philbin, the warehouse manager on the long-running hit NBC TV show, “The Office,” is now enjoying even more success on the big screen. Robinson, 41, most recently starred with Kerry Washington (TV’s “Scandal”) in the family comedy, “Peeples” and in the end […]

Anthony Mackie: “PAIN & GAIN”

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MIAMI – Anthony Mackie is showing Hollywood that he can do it all, and do it extremely well. The 33-year old, New Orleans native has garnered critical acclaim for his extensive body of work that includes such diverse films like “Million Dollar Baby,” “8 Mile,” “Notorious”–(he played Tupac Shakur)–“We are Marshall,” “Half Nelson” “Gangster Squad,” […]

Film Review: 42

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NATIONWIDE – Jackie Robinson’s life is lesson in courage. It’s a sobering but inspiring reminder of the barbaric cruelty of racism and those who rallied against it. This revealing film tracks his ascension from the Negro Leagues to Major League Baseball. And though you think you may know his story, you couldn’t possibly fathom the […]

Beautiful Creatures’ Viola Davis, Stunning Love Story

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HOLLYWOOD – Nominated in 2012 for her formidable role as Aibilene in Tate Taylor’s “The Help” and in 2008, as the unrelenting Mrs. Miller in John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt,” Viola Davis costars as Amma, an all-knowing librarian in “Beautiful Creatures” from Oscar® nominee Richard LaGravenese (“The Fisher King,””P.S. I Love You”), who directs the supernatural […]