It's not often you get a film that's an original concept, entertaining, with a talented cast and a pretty decent educational value these days. It's even far less common with films with a predominately African-American cast, unfortunately. Sudz Sutherland's Home Again is all those things and then some. The latest from the Canadian director and writer does not disappoint.
I'll be the first to admit it, generally I'm not a huge fan of musicals. But when I got wind that Fantasia Barrino was on Broadway again, making an appearance in another musical, I got a bit excited. The musical, After Midnight is a bit different than any I've ever seen, a look at Harlem's nightlife through a contemporary lens while focusing on the Jazz Age. As the title suggests it’s specifically looking at what happens after the midnight hour. Imagine the go to night club in Harlem narrated by actor and singer Dulé Hill, ("Psych" & "The West Wing") After Midnight looks at cheating men, love and marriage, night time funerals, as well as competition, both friendly and potentially dangerous.
For a play making its official world premiere there has been plenty of hype around the theatrical production simply titled, SEED. The hype, I found is very much well deserved for the play about a social worker starring down a long career, constantly dealing with the decisions she's made over the course of her career. The social worker, Anne Colleen Simpson, wants to end her career with a book of all she's learned, but the torment of past catches up to her when she's faced with a similar situation and a chance to make amends for her past wrongs.
A new K-Ci & JoJo album wasn't exactly anticipated, especially after having been away from music as a duo seemingly since their last studio effort Emotional, which was released back in 2002. While they've still been making strides with a solo K-Ci album, a duo album released in Japan in 2008, and a reality show about their struggles with addiction on TV One in 2010, a new album seemed like it would never be released in the states. Though not expected, for a fan like myself, the new project, My Brother's Keeper is greatly appreciated.
The Trip To Bountiful is without a doubt, an amazing coming out party for Cicely Tyson. The acting legend gives us her all on stage for the Broadway play, singing, dancing, providing humor and bringing the audience to the edge of tears as Carrie "Mama" Watts, her first theater role since 1983. It’s not fair to say that she steals the show considering that she is the lead, but, Tyson almost makes you feel that no matter who’s to play the characters alongside her, she could make you forget their Hollywood and Broadway resumes.
One of the most anticipated albums of the year, Nothing Was the Same, Drake's third studio album is a brasher Drake. The inner-directed collection of tracks is sonically well executed. Nothing Was The Same, is quite different from Thank Me Later and Take Care, as they stay away from the carbon copy radio friendly formulas providing Drake more leeway to delve into meaningful subject matter.
It's been a few years in the making but Nelly has finally released his latest album, M.O. Hard to believe, but it's already been 13 years since the critically acclaimed debut by the rapper, Country Grammar, was released. Here he is all these years removed from the release, with years of success under his belt, but not much has changed for the emcee. He's still got the Midwest slang, still putting his vocals to the test on his hooks, and he's still repping St. Louis, Missouri, as evidenced by his latest album's title.
The Three Kings project is a few years in the making, for the R & B trio of legends that is Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank. They first released a single two years ago and announced a Single Ladies tour, but with solo projects, movie projects and label issues in the way, the project and tour were delayed. It wasn't until Atlantic Records picked them up earlier this year that things became official. The lead single, "Sex Ain't Never Felt Better," provides quite the preview into what audiences can expect from the overall album. It's R & B at it's core, slow jams, baby making music, love ballads and songs that champion women. Simply put, it's what the game's been needing.