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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Coming-of-Age Drama BLACKBIRD, Starring Mo'Nique and Isaiah Washington, To Hit Theaters in April

Remember nearly a year ago when I first wrote about Oscar winner Mo'Nique's return to the big screen in the coming-of-age film BLACKBIRD? Well it is finally making its way to the big screen on April 24, according to a press release from Urban Movie Channel, which has acquired the film.

Based on the novel of the same name by Larry Duplechan, BLACKBIRD is directed by Patrik-Ian Polk and also stars Isaiah Washington and newcomer Julian Walker. Here's new synopsis: 

BLACKBIRD is a personal, controversial, and inspiring story that introduces two up-and coming actors – Julian Walker and Kevin Allesee. It tells the story of seventeen-year-old Randy (Julian Walker), a devout Christian who tries very hard to be a good person. Since his father (Isaiah Washington) left, Randy takes care of his emotionally disturbed mother (Mo’Nique), sings lead in the church choir and is the kind of friend all of his classmates can depend on. As strong as he seems on the outside, Randy is hiding a secret inner struggle - a denial of his true self. It is not until he opens himself up to love that he discovers that becoming a man means accepting who you really are.

I'm just glad this film is finally seeing the light of day. I was a little worried that I didn't hear much about it after the post hit a year ago. Without having seen the film yet, I know that it has three things that stand out about it: 1) it's a black film, 2) it's not a biopic or historical nonfiction, 3) it brings to light something too many films shy away from: homosexuality in the black community. Oh, and I'm always happy to see new faces on screen. Mo'Nique on what the film means to her: "After first reading the script, I knew this was a story that we had to tell. It’s a story that will resonate profoundly in the hearts of many, and a story that I knew, if told correctly would create a movement and bring about change to the lives of so many people, especially within the African-American and LGBT communities." 

I really, really hope this is good. 


Unknown said...

Hoping for the same. I remember hearing about this a year ago, but it completely slipped my mind. I'm hoping Seattle will get it.

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