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Worst and Best Black Films of 2013

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2013 proved to be a great year for films thanks to the works of many black filmmakers. Story lines were compelling, acting was superb and our love for these fictional and non-fictional big screeners grew. The Oscars will have a hard time nominating actors and actresses in each category because a myriad of hollywood's elite gave award-worthy performances. In the midst of all the winners, there were a few straight-to-dvd movies that made it to theaters. Help us count down our worst to best films of this year!

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16. I'm in Love With a Church Girl

The only good thing that came from this movie was Ja Rule having a job post jail-something most convicts can tell you is a hard feat. The rapper starred alongside Adrienne Bailon in this movie that we predicted was a flop from the trailer alone.

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15. Baggage Claim

This is Paula Patton's career side eye. The movie starred many acting favorites and was complete with tons of eye candy, but that was the only plus from this epic fail. Between the failed storyline to the lackluster acting, we've seen and expected better from this cast.

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14. Peeples

Because Kerry Washington had a great year with Scandal, many missed this year's movie fail. Craig Robinson starred as her boyfriend (not believable) that heads to her family's house for the weekend to ask her father for her hand in marriage and later proposes to her. The movie was so bad we actually wished Madea would make an appearance to save us from this satirical nightmare.

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13. Tyler Perry's A Madea's Christmas

It's time for Madea to retire from acting in any more movies. When Madea first came out, we overlooked her mammy actions and mannish exterior. Too many movies later, we're tired of seeing a negative and poorly acted depiction of the grandmother we never knew. The storyline was predictable as all of Madea-featured movies are and the well-known and growing actors were over acted and gave an epic fail of a performance.

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12. The Call

With hollywood veteran Halle Berry starring in a film, we expected a better storyline at least. The acting was good on all parts but the storyline became more unbelievable as the movie went on. While Halle Berry's actions (until the end) were understandable, the interaction between the killer and the teenage girl, Casey Welson (played by Abigail Breslin), was unrealistic--for anybody trying to stay alive that is.

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11. Temptations: Confesssions of a Marriage Counselor

This was a better Tyler Perry film than we expected, Kim Kardashian included. We expected a train wreck because he featured the reality star but her short performance wasn't entirely cringe-worthy and the three main characters- Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Lance Gross, and especially Robbie Jones- did stellar jobs. The downside of the film was that it was predictable and Perry rushed the ending.

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10. Winnie

Could anyone believe Terrence Howard to be Nelson Mandela? Granted the film was focusing on the life and fight of his ex-wife Winnie Mandela, the casting was poorly put together. While Jennifer Hudson can sell the part of Mrs. Mandela, Howard's portrayal of the former president of South Africa is lackluster. Good thing he had two other superb films this year to make up for it.

Black Nativity

9. Black Nativity

Black Nativity is a good holiday family film. The message of family, faith, forgiveness, and love are clearly seen throughout the movie, however the best part of the movie is the ending. Much of the beginning and middle can and mostly likely will be skipped.

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8. Let Me Explain

Kevin Hart is hilarious. While it's not the best stand up out of his growing collection, his material is always fresh even if the subjects are the same. The negative is there is so much leading up to the actual stand-up and it seems as his routine is only a half hour long; definitely more worth your money watching home or live.

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7. LUV

Common proves once again that he's not just a talented musician, but has a promising and respectable acting career. Newcomer Michael Rainey Jr. gives a stellar performance. Together they tell a moving coming-of-age story that unfortunately is very common in the black community.

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6. The Butler

Lee Daniels does a superb job of depicting the White House and the presidents that inhabited it's walls through the various trying times of a butler. Also, the underlying story of family and a father/son relationship was understood as well. The entire cast of the film gave Oscar worthy performances.

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5. 42

This film told the inspirational story of the two men who helped changed baseball forever- Robinson and Branch Rickey. The movie was accurate of the prejudice Robinson faced on and off the field and both actors, Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford, gave compelling performances.

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4. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Idris Elba embodied the walk, look, and soul of Nelson Mandela. He gave a powerful and Oscar worthy performance that evoked various emotions and celebrated the life of a man whose accomplishments and fight against apartheid supercedes anything we can fathom.

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3. Fruitvale Station

Racism is alive and well. Opening around the verdict of Trayvon Martin aided in the message and powerfulness of the story line. Michael B Jordan's portrayal of Oscar Grant's story in all his heartbreaking glory make him a future A-lister.

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2. Best Man Holiday

A sequel that outdoes the original, this team of actors bring chemistry past the screen and into your hearts. Reminisce of the original, you’ll yearn for a romance like Lance and Sullivan, want the four guys unbreakable bond, imagine the “what ifs” between Jordan and Harper and get great laughs out of Quentin even when the scene is serious. It’s a feel good depiction of black love and success and it resets the bar on storytelling.

5 Movies To Catch This Fall 12 Years A Slave

1. 12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave was degrading, relentless, tortureful, and goery, but then again so was slavery. This film found it's limit on what's acceptable and pushed passed it. It forces you to squirm as you are forced to understand for years this was life for blacks forced into slavery. Chitewel Ejoifor gave a career changing performance, but new actress Lupita Nygon'o demanded her presence in Hollywood with her portrayal. If you want to understand and can handle the real America, this is the film to see.

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The entertainer and businesswoman gifted her family and celebrity pals with treasure trunks of goodies. From Solange to Yara Shahidi, celebs shared pieces from the collection on social media this week. Adidas announced its multi-year partnership with the mogul last April, making history in the process. The singer is the first black woman to be the sole owner of an athleisure brand. Bey took the steps to own the brand entirely after her initial collab with Topshop in 2016 by purchasing the shares of Phillip Green after sexual harassment claims were filed against him.

“It’s a dream come true to re-launch IVY PARK as the sole owner,” Beyonce said in a statement. It’s her first collaboration with adidas but not her first time building buzz for a product. The legend cleverly shared the mysterious orange boxes in all shapes in sized to her friends, thus creating quite the conversation on social media.

Ivy Park is also creating bigger conversations in the corporate world. According to a November research note by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Ivy Park's sales can slowly surpass Kanye West's Yeezy line.

“In-line with adidas approach on other franchises, we would expect there to be a low volume, high priced launch ... to create brand heat and in the following years the brand will likely become more democratized,” the note says.“Initially, Ivy Park will be smaller than Yeezy, but Ivy Park has the potential to be larger, if managed properly,” says Matt Powell, a senior footwear analyst at NPD Group.

We love to see it.

See the celebs bask in their Ivy Park glory below.

Tina Lawson

 

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I love this couture beautiful Orange IVY PARK Adidas dress thanks @beyonce. @ivyparkadidas @ivypark. @beyonce. @dougspearman

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Reese Witherspoon

 

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Thank you, @Beyonce for the #IvyPark swag!

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Janelle Monae

 

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Thank you Bey for these @weareivypark pieces ! And a special thank you for my new hide out where I’ll bey escaping my duties . S O proud of you ! Luhhhhh uuuuu @beyonce swiiiipe ☄️

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Hailey Bieber

[email protected] unboxing her #adidasxIVYPARK package. pic.twitter.com/Y3rcxIDhCe

— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) January 15, 2020

Kelly Rowland

[email protected] unboxing her #adidasxIVYPARK package. pic.twitter.com/vGqwwnZrnl

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Yara Shahidi

 

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ADDIDASXIVYPARK PEEK

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Scottie Beam

 

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Check my instastories to see what Beyonce SELECTED for me. Lmfao! Thank you so so much @weareivypark @beyonce ✨ THE INFEED PHOTO IS COMING!

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Ellen DeGeneres

Thank you, @Beyonce. I love my big orange box. Your new clothes are really cool too. #adidasxIVYPARK @adidas pic.twitter.com/ecTxZ5o0CG

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 15, 2020

Missy Elliott

Thank you so much @Beyonce I am soooooooo humbly grateful you are a GEM! Lol the box was so big I was scared to open I thought a whole human was gonna jump out but this FYE sis #IVYPARK I LOVE IT! pic.twitter.com/hJbrfDWvXL

— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) January 16, 2020

Diplo

[email protected] unboxing his #adidasxIVYPARK package. pic.twitter.com/D2BKKVzLBw

— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) January 14, 2020

Zendaya

Zendaya has gotten her Ivy Park box....#IvyParkXAdidas #IvyPark #adidasxIVYPARK #adidas pic.twitter.com/fLYdYAVyWn

— Yoncé Headlines (@YonceHeadlines) January 15, 2020

Kim Kimble

 

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Thank you @beyonce @weareivypark @adidas for this drip and I’m going to buy some as well

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Rita Ora

Rita Ora out and about in her Ivy Park x Adidas wear. pic.twitter.com/hFt4OQjE4v

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Quincy

Diddy’s son, Quincy, also got a box of the upcoming Ivy Park/Adidas collection, officially dropping on the 18th of January, 2020 pic.twitter.com/rUJOWgy2l4

— Beyoncé, Period! (@ourhermitage) January 12, 2020

Cardi B

 

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That new @weareivypark bomb

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Laverne Cox

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#mood4eva in my Adidas X IVY Park ... #mood #TransIsBeautiful @adidas @weareivypark @beyonce #DisclosureDoc

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Michelle Williams

 

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Looks coming soooooooooon!!! “I GOT IT” by @rickydillard is appropriate! @beyonce @weareivypark @adidas!! Ok bye for now!!

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Solange

Solange getting the Ivy Park x Adidas from her sis pic.twitter.com/G2bRO2lTYc

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Kendall Jenner

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