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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"

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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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Kim Kardashian Credited For Making Crimped Hair Cool Like Beyonce, Janet Jackson And Naomi Campbell Don't Exist

Spring is nothing without doses of cultural appropriation from those out of touch with black culture.

Insert Vogue, who decided to give props to Kim Kardashian for bringing back crimped hair on Friday (March 15). The businesswoman has been on the move lately, rocking a mix of kanekalon and yaki ponytails during fashion month, Chance The Rapper's wedding and other Kardashian-related events.

“What makes this look so modern is that the front is sleek,” explained her stylist Justine Marjan. “This gives a cool contrast to the texture.”

The texture? 

With many trends from the aughts coming back to the mainstream, this is one that hasn't really gone anywhere. But black beauty markers (layered gold chains, perfect baby hairs, name chains) paired with media ignorance and the Kardashian's own fascination with black culture has made it okay for her to receive all the props.

But we can't forget those who have slayed kanekalon, yaki and crimped styles like...

Janet Jackson

The singer's look for her comeback has been a uniform-like one, with Ms. Jackson rocking all black and her now signature ponytail.

Beyoncé

This. was. last. year. How could anyone forget this? The entertainer rocked various styles of kanekalon hair for Beychella.

There was also this amazing look at Serena Williams' wedding.

 

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Ruth E. Carter

The Oscar-winning designer made the look all her own while on the red carpet for Black Panther. 

Nicki Minaj

Fans of the rapper are aware her early looks included fun crimped and wavy styles. When she made to move to ditch her color wigs in 2014, she's kept the crimped styles close to her heart.

And we cannot forget about our queen, Naomi Campbell

She's owned the look her whole career, from the runway to the red carpet, Ms. Campbell has always been on the forefront of casual beautiful looks.

Social media also got wind of Vogue's post, including actor O'Shea Jackson who like many of us, is just over it.

Maaaaaaan come on now. Come ooooon now. Bringing it back? Vogue stop this https://t.co/FEGSw3GM9V

— Stone Cold Shea Jackson (@OsheaJacksonJr) March 15, 2019

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Perhaps there's a bit of truth of the theories of fashion outlets trolling readers but this just deserves a permanent eye roll.

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'Boomerang' Episode 6 Recap: Homecoming

On this episode of BET’s Boomerang, the love story between Bryson and Simone begins with a flashback to their freshman year of college. After several years of not seeing one another since their childhood, Bryson is shocked to see a slick-back pony-tail wearing Simone insert herself into his class during a presentation. Nothing has changed with her. Even pre-bob and with Bryson rocking a sharp Steve Harvey-like hairline, even from their younger days, they have always been the dynamic duo of marketing strategy. The product featured this week: Pro-Black T-Shirts.

The devastation of not having his secret love in his life spills over into their sophomore year when a beanie-wearing David and Crystal are happy in their fake hood love. By this time, a rapper named Prisoner has all of Simone’s attention and this makes Bryson big mad. The man can’t even hide it. In an apparent fit of jealousy, he calls Simone out for living under her father’s shadow, in front of everyone. It’s safe to say that sophomore Bry struck out badly.

This isn’t just about Simone and Bryson; they’re not the only ones who’ve made transformations over the years (and I’m not just talking about their hair ‘dos). In his earlier life, Ari was less eccentric and more focused on making his family proud as a young black man in college who isn’t running on BPT for class. Ari was as straight as 180 when he’s first put into a situation where he’s forced to confront his sexual identity. As big and bad as he looked while working as a “rough & tough” bouncer at a nightclub, a flirtatious patron sees right through that persona.  After being charmed by the man who helps him realize self, the rainy night sets the tone for a steamy kiss between the two in the front seat of Ari’s car. The look on Ari’s face is a blend of fear, then relief, then ultimately bliss as he seemingly reminisces on his random but welcomed encounter. Although he enjoyed it, Ari didn’t seem to embrace his identity totally. That same year, we see a less hood-David changing more into the Christian we now know and Ari isn’t buying it. Something about this “we can do all things in Christ mentality” rubs him the wrong way. Facing one’s true self is tough.

Junior year, Bryson has a much better barber but things haven’t changed; he’s still checking for Simone. She and Prisoner are still dating if you want to call it that. Prisoner is the type of dude you’d expect to see Simone date in college. He’s flashy, has money, probably doesn’t even go to the school, and he’s rude AF. As Simone and Bryson reconnect for the two millionth time, Prisoner’s pimp tone telling Simone to hurry up is a strong indication he’s not here for their friendship. In analyzing the hair, it’s clear that Simone is not herself. Seriously, at this point, she’s rocking a glueless lace wig.

With her new hairstyle, she realizes that she made the mistake of loving a man more than herself. Prisoner is officially a dub. To celebrate her revelation, she finds herself drunkenly wining and grinding on her childhood bae, Bryson. Does this look familiar? Well, think back to last week when they were doing the same in the parking lot before 5-0 arrived. Because she couldn’t hold it, Simone ends up using Bryson’s bathroom which leads to a very sober thoughts-type of conversation in the bedroom. It is recognized that Bryson has always had a thing for the kid and Simone regrets that she never said anything about her feelings. His commandeering attitude (like the day she walked into his class freshman year) reminded her of the Different World “Strangers on a Plane” episode. It was an iconic one because it’s where Dwayne and Whitley’s love story began. That’s a telling comparison.

With that being said, Simone always felt Bryson was the Dwane to her Whitley. Unfortunately, the timing was always off and just when we think the two finally catch up to one another, cue: the vomit. Poor Bryson. Did someone do brujeria on this kid? He has the worst luck. But, like the gentleman he is, he takes care of his queen to make sure she’s all comfy in her drunken slumber. He whispers, “I love you Simone Graham,” but on the wake up it looks like sis suffers from sudden amnesia. She pulls the “best friend” card, making it clear that it’s friend zone from here on out. Prisoner’s trifling friend calls to offer to take Simone out to eat and in an act of “let me solidify that Bryson knows this is going nowhere,” Simone agrees to go out with her ex's friend. Once again, a blue-balled Bryson is left sorting out his feelings that Simone continues to perpetually confuse.

It’s important to note that the story of Brymone is not a new one. We’ve seen it in many action movies, comic book flicks, and on “Strangers on a Plane” where the geeky male character is overlooked by the badass female, only to win her affection in the end. Nice guys don’t always finish last, but in Bryson’s case, could it possibly be heading in that direction and is Simone even the heroine worth winning? In browsing through what is essentially the best years of any young adult’s life, Simone had many times to figure out if Bryson was the one for her and yet she chose to ignore her feelings. Unlike David, it’s not like she found Jesus; she hasn’t yet found herself.

One thing she does know is that she cannot lose Bryson because it’s possible she may love and need him more than she’d like to verbally admit. He’s no Prisoner or no flashy member of the entourage. He’s the “gentleman who wears tuxedos and makes sure his homegirl is safe” type of dude and unfortunately, that isn’t one Simone is interested in, for now.

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Alexis Fields To Star In Church Comedy Produced By Kerry Washington

Our favorite actresses from the 90s are coming back bigger than ever. Alexis Fields, known for her work on Moesha, Sister Sister and Kenan & Kel is heading back to the small screen in a church comedy pilot produced by Kerry Washington.

Shadow & Act reported Wednesday (March 12), the untitled series will also star singer-actor Leslie Odom Jr. of Hamilton fame and is based on real-life married progressive pastors Touré Roberts and Sarah Jakes-Roberts. penned by Saladin K. Patterson (The Last O.G., The Big Bang Theory), the comedy  "revolves around Omari and Hope, who are joint pastors at a young, hip, diverse church in Los Angeles. Through their services, online streams and books, they are experts at uniting people across different races, genders, orientations and opinions. But when it comes to uniting the people in their blended family, they are way out of their comfort zone, and as a result, the teachers often find themselves the pupils."

Fields joins as the lead of the show with Odom Jr. Kelly Jenrette from The Handmaid's Tale will also be apart of the series after a three-year hiatus from acting.

Fields took to her Twitter account to express her gratitude. "Humbled....grateful....so honored," she said. "God doesn't give up on us. Any of us."

 

Humbled....grateful....so honored. God doesn’t give up on us. Any of us. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/EaLwRLLiPf

— Alexis Fields (@Alexis_Fields) March 12, 2019

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