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:
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.