Sanaa Lathan debuted her new film Wonderful Worldthis week at the Tribeca Film Festival. In the film, which also stars Matthew Broderick, Sanaa plays a Senegalese woman named Khadi who moves in with Broderick after her brother (Broderick’s roommate, played by Michael K. Williams) falls ill.
In addition to the April showers, this month brings two new films featuring today’s up and coming black actresses.
On April 17, American Violet hits theaters nationwide. The film follows the course of Dee Roberts, a 20-something single woman who is struggling to make ends meet in a small Texas town. When Dee is arrested in a drug sweep, she insists on her innocence and refuses a plea bargain that would allow her to avoid jail time. Instead Dee stands up against a corrupt law enforcement and judicial system.
Dee is played by newcomer Nicole Beharie. I have heard nothing but rave reviews for Nicole Beharie and I am sure that we will be seeing big things from her in the future. Alfree Woodard also stars in the film
On April 24, Beyonce Knowles hits the big screen by starring and producing in Obsessed. In the thriller, Knowles plays the wife of Idris Elba, a corporate executive whose new temp falls hard for him, wrecking havoc on his life and the lives of his family.
And although Ms. Knowles is not exactly “up and coming,” this fatal attraction-esque film marks the first time Knowles DOES NOT play a singer or sing in the film. So, I’m looking forward to it (and Idris Elba).
Vivica Fox’s latest film Cover will be released this monthon February 22, 2008 . The script was cowritten by Aaron Rahsaan Thomas and Aliya Jackson. In addition to Fox, the film stars Aunjanue Ellis, Paula Jau Parker, Victoria Platt Tilford as well as Mya Harrison and Patti LaBelle.
I look forward to seeing Cover.I love to see my people in suspenseful, dramatic films.
Also the trailer for the highly anticipated Meet the Browns was recently released. The film is the latest from super-producer Tyler Perry. This latest film stars the Oscar nominated Angela Bassett and is based on the stage play of the same name. The film focuses on a woman who goes down south to connect with the family of the father she never knew.
Here is the trailer:
I make it my business to take advantage of every opportunity given to see Angela Bassett on the big screen. She is truly a screen legend in the making and one of the most talented reel sistas working today.
Meet the Browns comes to the theatres on March 21, 2008.