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    'Jumping The Broom' Sequel Moving Forward?

    We've learned that Jumping The Broom 2 is moving forward from Our Stories Films and TD Jakes Productions.

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    Review: BET Makes Its Dramatic Entry with the Fresh & Entertaining 'Being Mary Jane'

    Review: BET Makes Its Dramatic Entry with the Fresh & Entertaining 'Being Mary Jane'

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    HBO Developing Mockumentary Comedy About Black Hollywood From Salim Akil

    HBO's comedies have been pretty solidly white, from "Curb Your Enthusiasm" to "Eastbound And Down" and "Veep," with "Girls" in particular attracting criticism for its lack of diversity in its depiction of its slice of Brooklyn hipsterdom. But the premium network's recently announced a slew of half-h...

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    Casting Director Tracy "Twinkie" Byrd Talks 'Black Nativity,' 'Fruitvale Station,' Writing Her Memoir, and More

    It's been over a year since casting director Tracy "Twinkie" Byrd spoke with Shadow & Act about her career and projects, which at the time included work on Sparkle, Woman Thou Art Loosed: On The 7th Day, and Sundance feature Filly Brown.

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    Solid Ratings Debut For BET's 'Being Mary Jane' - 4 Millions Viewers, Highest-Rating On Cable

    It's been quite a week for the BET network, starting with Sunday night's record-breaking broadcast of its flagship awards show, BET Awards 13, (which drew 7.8 million viewers and set some social media records), and now with this news, which I've been waiting to receive all day...

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    Salim and Mara Brock Akil Will Tackle 'Abandonment Issues' With Paramount Pictures

    And the beat doesn't stop for the husband/wife team Salim and Mara Brock Akil, who have made a deal with Paramount Pictures to write (Mara) and direct (Salim) a new project titled Abandonment Issues.

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    First-Look At Gabrielle Union As Mary Jane Paul In 'Being Mary Jane' + What To Expect

    Here's hoping we get our first look at a trailer for the Akils Being Mary Jane BET Original Movie soon - before its Urbanworld Film Festival opening night debut would be nice!

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    Sparkle—movie review

    I don’t think anyone going to see 'Sparkle' expects a gritty slice of realism or a life-altering experience. It’s an unabashed soap opera with the curiosity value of singer Jordin Sparks in her big-screen debut and Whitney Houston in her final film appearance. If you know all that going in, I don’t ...

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