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David Otunga Joins Halle Berry For “The Hive”

Published by Ronke Reeves on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 11:07 am.

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Singer, actress and mom Jennifer Hudson turned into a  publicist for her fiancée David Otunga by announcing his first film role via Twitter.

“Big congratulations to my finance @David Otunga in his 1st movie role with Halle Berry in The Hive,” she tweeted.

Starring Halle Berry and, directed by Brad Anderson, The Hive is about a 911 operator (Berry) who tries to save an abducted girl. The film stars Abigail Breslin and will be produced and co-financed by WWE Studios and Troika Pictures.

That makes sense, since Otunga is a lawyer turned professional wrestler. He began his showbiz career as “Punk” on VH1’s reality series I Love New York 2.

Principal photography for The Hive is scheduled to begin this week and the film is due in theaters in 2013.

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In Theaters Today: Eddie Murphy’s “A Thousand Words”

Published by Ronke Reeves on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm.

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Gone are the various characters, latex and fat suits, Eddie Murphy is back on the big screen in the comedy A Thousand Words. This time out the funnyman plays Jack McCall a fast-talking literary agent who finds a Bodhi tree on his property, who soon discovers he only has a thousand words left to speak. Kerry Washington stars as his wife.

A Thousand Words is in theaters today, check out the trailer below.

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“The Help” and Hollywood’s Limited View of Black Actresses

Published by Ronke Reeves on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 9:20 am.

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While I wasn’t particularly jazzed about seeing the film, it didn’t really bother me that The Help was released in 2011, while we still have our first Black president and first lady in the White House. The movie, regardless of how annoying and trite some of its scenes and dialogue may be, is still a slice of U.S. history. Furthermore, Black women domestics who’ve worked hard behind the scenes to help establish this country in every corner of America always deserve to have their stories told.

The real problem is that in 2011 there is still no balance in the amount of films starring Black actors released yearly. Most people wouldn’t have a problem with The Help if it we had different African-American images to choose from at our local movie theaters (we still only get one or two movies annually). Much of the best, diverse film stories about the Black experience are either told through small budgeted indie films or shorts, but they continue to go unnoticed by the mainstream movie machine.

Despite the progress that Blacks have made throughout decades in the industry, it has also grown glaringly clear that Tinseltown still has no idea what to do with the Black actress, especially those with darker complexions. It echoes volumes that Viola Davis, one of the most talented working actresses of any decade, who has been mostly regulated to albeit dazzling, small moments on film, is offered a starring vehicle as a maid. I doubt that lighter counterparts Zoe Saldana or Halle Berry would ever be offered such a movie role.

But sadly in much of our cinematic history (with a few exceptions, mostly by way of biopics) it seems the shade of Black women usually includes two hues: the whore and the mammy.  Unfortunately, those images, the ones that Hollywood seems comfortable seeing us in, are designed to polarize us all; the working actor, the movie-going audience and sisters and brothers of all colors, all while leaving a limiting and damaging stereotypical depiction of us to the world.

Click here for a history of Black actresses who have played maids in Hollywood.

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