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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.

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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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During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

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"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Katy Perry ($83 million) Taylor Swift ($80 million) Beyoncé ($60 million) P!nk ($52 million) Lady Gaga ($50 million) Jennifer Lopez ($47 million) Rihanna ($37.5 million) Helene Fischer ($32 million) Celine Dion ($31 million) Britney Spears ($30 million)

 

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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

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Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

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“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

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Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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