* Celebrated Women Of Color invites viewers to revisit a selection of beloved films featuring celebrated performances from Queen Latifah, Angela Bassett, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Hudson, Alfre Woodard, Alicia Keys, Sanaa Lathan, Loretta Devine, Whitney Houston and Whoopi Goldberg.
* From the wildly popular comedy Beauty Shop to the touching and critically acclaimed The Secret Life Of Bees, Celebrated Women Of Color has something for every movie lover.
* Celebrated Women Of Color is comprised of two separate volumes of four films and each set is available for the suggested retail price of $29.98.
Celebrated Women Of Color Collection, Volume One: (Catalog # M122493)
* Out Of Time
* Jason’s Lyric
* The Secret Life Of Bees
* Woman Thou Art Loosed
Celebrated Women Of Color Collection, Volume Two: (Catalog # M122494)
* Holiday Heart
* How Stella Got Her Groove Back
* Beauty Shop
* Waiting To Exhale
CELEBRATED WOMEN OF COLOR COLLECTION SYNOPSES:
Holiday Heart (2000)
Based on the wildly successful play by writer Cheryl L. West, Holiday Heart is a “poignant” (The Hollywood Reporter), heartfelt drama about how love can overcome addiction and prejudice. Choirmaster by day and female impersonator by night, creatively talented Holiday (Ving Rhames, Mission Impossible: 2) is a lonely man living with a broken heart until he befriends a bright young girl and her drug-addicted mother (Alfre Woodard, The Family that Prey’s). Helping them off the street, Holiday quickly forms a special bond with them. But when the mom hooks up with a dangerous drug-dealing boyfriend, their worlds are again turned upside-down, forcing Holiday to confront his own prejudices if it means saving the two people he so desperately loves.
Out Of Time (2003)
This spellbinding thriller stars two-time Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington (Training Day), Eva Mendes (2 Fast 2 Furious) and Sanaa Lathan (“The Cleveland Show”). In Banyan Key, a small Florida town surrounded by azure seas and sultry secrets, Chief of Police Matt Whitlock (Washington) is investigating the murder of a woman he was secretly seeing. As he races to uncover a murky trail of stolen money, drugs and deceit, Whitlock attempts to stay two steps ahead of his own detectives as he finds that all the evidence points to him as the killer.
How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
Get ready to groove with this heartwarming comedy full of love and friendship, starring Angela Bassett (Waiting To Exhale) and Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost). Through good times and bad, Stella (Bassett) and Delilah (Goldberg) have always had each other. Now, Stella’s so busy building a life that she’s forgotten to really live. But Delilah is about to change all that. What starts as a quick trip to Jamaica ends as an exhilarating voyage of self discovery as Stella learns to open her heart and find love – even if it’s with a man 20 years her junior. A captivating comedy that’s sure to entertain, How Stella Got Her Groove Back glows with warmth, humor and tenderness.
Jason’s Lyric (1994)
Jason (Allen Payne, The Walking Dead) and Joshua (Bokeem Woodbine, Ray) are two brothers left fatherless by a family fight that spun out of control. Trying to make good and get off the ghetto streets of Houston, Jason finds a source of inspiration in a beautiful and sexy girl named Lyric (Jada Pinkett Smith, The Matrix Reloaded), whose dreams of fleeing the city together give him hope for a better life. But when Joshua turns to a life of crime and drugs, Jason finds he’s torn between his love for Lyric and his obligation to family. And as the time comes for Jason to leave, he finds that Joshua will stop at nothing to see that he stays, even if the fight to keep him rivals the one that killed their father.
Beauty Shop (2005)
Queen Latifah (Chicago) heads an “excellent ensemble” cast in this “warm, funny, empowering” (New York Post) comedy co-starring Alicia Silverstone (Clueless), Andie MacDowell (Groundhog Day), Alfre Woodard (Holiday Heart), Mena Suvari (American Beauty) and Kevin Bacon (Footloose). When Jorge (Bacon), the egotistical boss at a posh salon, pushes his star stylist Gina (Latifah) a hair too far, Gina leaves and opens a beauty shop of her own. Inheriting an opinionated group of stylists, a colorful clientele and a sexy upstairs neighbor, Gina proves that you can’t keep a good woman down – and you can’t keep a shop full of outrageous women from speaking their minds.
The Secret Life Of Bees (2008)
Starring Queen Latifah (Chicago), Dakota Fanning (The Runaways) and Academy Award-winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), The Secret Life Of Bees is the tale of Lily Owens (Fanning), a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen (Hudson), her caregiver and only friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters, Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping.
Waiting To Exhale (1995)
Whitney Houston (The Bodyguard) and Angela Bassett (How Stella Got Her Groove Back) star in this funny and touching film about four women who find strength through their rare and special relationship. Savannah, Bernadine, Robin and Gloria are all searching for the Real Thing: true love. Bernadine thought she had it, until her husband left her for another woman. Savannah and Robin are successful in business but their love lives are bankrupt. And divorcée Gloria is getting back in the game by flirting with her new, very eligible neighbor Gregory Hines (The Gregory Hines Show).
Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004)
Based on the bestselling novel by Bishop T.D. Jakes, Woman Thou Art Loosed is the story of Michelle Jordan (Kimberly Elise, Beloved), a young woman raised in an environment of abuse and molestation at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend Reggie (Clifton Powell, Ray); which her mother Cassie (Loretta Devine, Death At A Funeral) unwittingly condones. While incarcerated, Michelle sends Bishop Jakes a letter requesting a visit. Jakes agrees to meet Michelle and soon uncovers the painful history that led to her personal demise.
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