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Must-See Films Coming Out in 2014 [Video]

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We love being movie buffs. For that 2+ hour length of comedic, romantic, dramatic, or horrific storytelling, we get engulfed in these fantasies that compel us to want to see more. Last year was a huge year for African American directors and actors all across the board in Hollywood. Whether it was a "black film" or just a film with a myriad of black actors, the bar for quality portrayals and story lines has been raised. This year, the list of movies have grown and we're here for all the comedy and love scenes we can handle.

Flip the page to learn what movies are a must see this year.

Black Coffee
Opens: 1.10.2014
Starring: Lamman Rucker, Erica Hubbard, Darrin DeWitt Henson, Gabrielle Dennis, and Christian Keyes

Storyline: Robert (Darrin Henson) is down on his luck,loses his girlfriend and gets fired from his father's company on the same day. However, life gets better when he meets Morgan (Gabrielle Dennis) and the two are headed towards a loving relationship. If only they can keep both their exes from sabotaging their relationship. 

Ride Along
Opens:
1.17.2014
Starring: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, and Tika Sumpter

Storyline: In order for Ben (Kevin Hart) to prove himself worthy enough to marry cop James' (Ice Cube) sister Angela (Tika Sumpter),  he joins his future brother in law for a 24-hour patrol around Atlanta.

Reasonable Doubt
Opens: 1.17.2014
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Dominic Cooper, Gloria Reuben, Erin Karpluk, Ryan Robbins, and Dylan Taylor

Storyline: After up-and-coming District Attorney Mitch Brockden (Dominic Cooper) is involved in a fatal hit-and-run, he helps acquit the man that took the blame for his crime. That's until he realizes the man is a murderer and he's on the hunt to stop him before more victims surface.

That Awkward Moment
Opens: 1.31.2014
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Zac Efron, and Miles Teller

Storyline: This movie follows three guys whose lives are changed by their relationships with various women.

About Last Night
Opens: 2.14.2014
Starring: Regina Hall, Kevin Hart, Joy Bryant, and Michael Ealy

Storyline: The story of two couples: one competitive and the other on a journey of love.

Repentance
Opens: 2.28.2014
Starring: Forrest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, Sanaa Lathan, Mike Epps, and Nicole Ari Parker

Storyline: When life-coach Thomas Carter (Anthony Mackie) agrees to help deranged Angel (Forest Whitaker) out, Carter against his is kidnapped and forced along with his wife--played by Sanaa Lathan--and brother (Mike Epps) to take a dark and twisted journey of forgiveness for their past sins.

The Single Moms Club
Opens: 3.14.2014
Starring: Nia Long, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Amy Smart, Cocoa Brown, Tyler Perry, and Terry Crews

Storyline: A friendship is formed between 5 single moms who are forced to head their children's school fundraiser after all their kids are caught vandalizing school property.

A Haunted House 2
Opens: 3.28.2014
Starring: Marlon Wayans, Liana Mendoza, Dave Sheridan, and Iva La’Shawn

Storyline: After exorcising demons from his ex, Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) thinks he's starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her children. However,  the paranormal activity reoccurs again.

Draft Day
Opens: 
4.11.2014
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Kevin Costner, and Jennifer Garner

Storyline: General manager Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner) of the Cleveland Browns must fight to get the number 1 draft pick to save football in Cleveland.

The Other Woman
Opens: 4.25.2014
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Nicki Minaj, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, and Nikolaj Costar-Waldau

Storyline: After two women--a wife and girlfriend--find out they are both with the same man, they band together to get revenge. However, once they realize there is a third girl in the mix, they plan the ultimate revenge.


Belle
Opens: 5.2.2014
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Coulston, and Susan Brown

Storyline: Inspired by the true story of Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a illegtimate mixed  race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her uncle Lord Mansfield. She's given certain privileges based on her lineage but her color prevents her from full enjoying them. However once she falls in love with an idealistic young man, together they help change her uncle's role to Lord Chief Justice to help end slavery in England.

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Think Like a Man Too
Opens: 6.20.2014
Starring: Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Romany Malco, Megan Good, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, Lala Anthony, and Taraji P Henson.  

Storyline: The coupled up cast takes a trip to Vegas for a wedding.  However, after their romantic weekend plans go a-wall, their minor mishaps threaten to ruin the impending nuptials.

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Get On Up
Opens: 8.1.2014
Starring: Chad Boseman, Tika Sumpter, Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, and Jill Scott

Storyline: The biopic of James Brown--played by Chadwick Boseman--from his poverty-stricken upbringing to his rise to stardom.

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Addicted
Opens: 9.5.2014
Starring: Sharon Leal, Kat Graham, Boris Kodjoe, William Levy, Tasha Smith, and Tyson Beckford

Storyline: A woman's addiction to sex threatens her family. Based on Zane's bestseller.

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No Good Deed

Opens: 9.12.2014
Starring: Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson

Storyline: A woman's (Taraji P Henson) life gets rocked when an unexpected guest claiming car trouble enters her house, leaving her fighting for her life.

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The Equalizer
Opens: 9.26.2014
Starring: Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo, Marton Csokas

Storyline: After quitting a CIA-like agency, a former covert operativer puts an ad in the classified section that reads "Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer"

Photo Credit: Getty

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Annie
Opens: 12.19.2014
Starring: Quevanzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Tracie Thoms, Dorian Missick, and Rose Byrne

Storyline: The remake of the child's story starring Quevanzhane as Annie.

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SZA called for peace and understanding at Billboard's Women In Music event Thursday (Dec. 6).

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.

The recurring theme of unity among women was also heard on the carpet from artists like Tierra Whack. In addition to her message of love, the "Broken Clocks" singer also thanked her TDE family for rocking with her creative process.

"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.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

Watch SZA accept the Rule Breaker award above.

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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.

Scroll down to see Forbes' full list below.

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"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

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.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“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.”

She also explained a drop in confidence caused her hiatus. “I was thinking about pulling back from recording, but I couldn’t help myself: I still wanted to record. I still felt like I was missing something. The third year just came and left so fast. The fourth year I said: ‘I have to get to work’ and now I’m ready to release some music! I felt like I wasted so much time, and it was my husband who actually called me out on it. He said: ‘Babe, as great as those records were, I think you were nervous, you got gun-shy’, and when he said that it was like boom, a gong went off.”

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

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