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Apr 23rd

Jade Jenise Dixon’s directorial debut out on DVD

Jade Jenise Dixon’s directorial debut out on DVDLike an outrageous cross between The Best Man and Waiting to Exhale, Truth Hall is a daring melodrama revolving around the very eventful reunion of five best friends who had been inseparable in college when they pledged the same sorority and lived in the same dorm, Truth Hall. Now, this once tight-knit quintet of accomplished and attractive black women is getting back together for the wedding of one of their sorors.
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Bruce Willis back in futuristic sci-fi thriller

Bruce Willis back in futuristic sci-fi thrillerIt’s Boston in 2017, a time when people live in near total isolation from one another. Instead of ever leaving their homes, they send remote-controlled robots out into the world as their virtual emissaries. In this scenario, you are legally allowed to rely on a surrogate that looks like a younger version of yourself, although it’s a felony to control a computerized clone registered to someone else.
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Megan morphs into monster in tasteless zombie flick

 Megan morphs into monster in tasteless zombie flickMegan Fox’s Transformers 2 may have been the biggest box-office hit of the summer, but her new film, Jennifer's Body, has a better chance of becoming the biggest flop of the fall. This relentlessly-offensive horror film is based on a screenplay by Diablo Cody, the stripper-turned-scriptwriter who won an Oscar last year ago for her debut offering, Juno. Unfortunately, Ms. Cody succumbs here to the proverbial sophomore jinx, despite an obvious attempt to imbue her latest title character with the identical, above-it-all attitude of her previous one.
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Eddie Murphy kiddie comedy coming to Blu-Ray

Eddie Murphy kiddie comedy coming to Blu-Ray When was the last time Eddie Murphy was upstaged on screen? In Imagine That there are actually a couple of co-stars who steal nearly every scene from him. One is the adorable Yara Shahidi, who plays his young daughter; the other, Thomas Haden Church, who appears in red face, as his conniving, Native-American colleague.
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Equal time with the Empress of Soul

Equal time with the Empress of Soul The great ones endure, and Gladys Knight is a testament to that sage maxim. Over the last half-century, this seven-time Grammy-winner has enjoyed #1 hits in pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, on television and in concert.
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Book review: Losing Control: Loving a Black Child with Bipolar Disorder

Book review: Losing Control: Loving a Black Child with Bipolar Disorder“Pediatric bipolar disorder manifests itself similarly in the African-American population to the way it does in the Caucasian population. The disease has no cultural boundaries. However… if an African-American child manifested the same symptoms as a Caucasian child, he or she would receive a different diagnosis and a different treatment. This is the clear danger of ignoring cross-cultural commonalities.
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Michael Jai White stars in straight-to-video street fight DVD drama

Michael Jai White stars in straight-to-video street fight DVD drama After Isaiah Bone (Michael Jai White) is paroled from the penitentiary he has a hard time finding a legit line of work so he can provide for his loyal and patient wife, Tamara (Nona Gaye). So, given that he’s buff and good with his fists and feet, he descends upon the underground street fighting scene where rumor has it that a purse can be as much as $5 million. Of course, even in back alley brawling, you still have to work your way to the top before you can get a piece of the reigning champ.
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