TV One’s original movie, “When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story” is set to air on Labor Day. The network announced the big news during their recent 2017 Upfront Presentation.
When Love Kills tells the tragic true story of Falicia Blakely (Lil Mama), a teen mom who grows up in the fast-lane. When she becomes an exotic dancer, she attracts the attention of local pimp and predator, Dino (Lance Gross). His empty promises of a life together turns Falicia into a pawn in his dangerous games; and she’s forced to prove her love for him at the expense of innocent lives. “When Love Kills” also stars Tami Roman, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Big Freedia, Tiffany Black and Lil Zane.
As previously stated above, “When Love Kills” marks the directing debut of acclaimed actress Tasha Smith and was written and executively produced by Cas Sigers-Beedles, who previously wrote and executively produced TV One movies “Welcome to the Family” and “Girlfriends Getaway 1 & 2.”
“When you’re out there and you’re living that fast life, you can never say what you wouldn’t do,” says Falicia Blakely, a nude dancer and mother who committed multiple murders at age 18 in an interview with a Georgia newspaper.
Blakely murdered three men in a one-night robbery spree on orders of her pimp and is currently serving three consecutive life terms with no chance of parole.
Jordan Peele made movie history this weekend, becoming the first black writer-director to gross $100 million at the box office.
The Blumhouse Productions psychological thriller Get Out also became the movie house’s first $100 million movie.
Blumhouse made the film on a $4 million budget and a cast of unknowns, including a lead actor from across the pond.
Get Out‘s racial overtones helped push the movie over the $100 million threshold.
Movie houses are lining up to sign Peele to multimillion dollar contracts for his next film.
Peele, 38, made a name for himself as one half of the comedy duo Kay and Peele.
Peele and his wife Chelsea Peretti, 39, are expecting their first baby together.
After a notably devastating year for race relations in the US, Jordan Peele’s directorial debut “Get Out” may be a hit but causing an understandable stir.
The plot focuses on Chris (Sicario’s Daniel Kaluuya), a black man planning to meet the parents of his white girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) for the first time. But from the outset, something seems off. An uncomfortable encounter with a local cop puts them – and us – on edge and once they arrive at the family’s home and get settled, Chris becomes aware of increasingly strange, and potentially murderous, behavior. A major element of the movie.
It’s a thrilling conceit and one hopes that “Get Out” might signal a trend of culturally relevant horror films from film-makers of color.
While “Get Out” will act as entertainment predominantly (it’s from Blumhouse, the production company behind Insidious and The Purge), with daily reports of black men killed for the color of their skin, it’s also a vital reminder that racism remains a more terrifying force than any supernatural boogeyman.
“Get Out” is in theatres on February 24, 2017.
The movie Moonlight is about a young black boy named Chiron who grows up in a rough part of Miami and finally accepts his homosexuality after longing for a boyhood pal.
Moonlight stars Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monáe and Naomie Harries as Paula, Chiron’s crackhead single mom.
Chiron (played by 3 actors from childhood to adult) is bullied unmercifully by neighborhood thugs, mostly for his small stature and his effeminate nature.
Mahershala Ali plays Juan, the sympathetic neighborhood drug dealer who acts as a father figure to Chiron and teaches the boy to swim.
Monáe plays Juan’s empathetic girlfriend Teresa, who provides Chiron with a safe home away from home.
The following is a quote from a Wikipedia review:
“The only other person Chiron seems to find comfort and companionship in is his best friend Kevin (Jaden Piner), and their sexuality begins to bud when they stay after a dancing class during school to show their genitals to each other.”
Moonlight didn’t do well at the box office for obvious reasons (it grossed $8 million since opening day in October).