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Black History Caught on Film: Actress Theresa Harris Deserves All the Credit

by Betti Halsell

The acknowledgment gives artists their purpose. During the early development of motion picture, African American roles were set to subservient levels, and even when the acting was outstanding, Black talent did not see their names in the rolling credits. However, phenomenal actors and actresses like Theresa Harris still pushed for their name to be recognized and for their talent to be acknowledged.

It was New Years’ Eve, the turn of 1906, a star was born to Isaiah and Mable Harris. They were former sharecroppers from Louisiana. Harris was 11-years-old when her family migrated west, to Southern California. She attended Jefferson High School and studied at UCLA Conservatory of Music. Finding her passion in the arts, Harris connected with the “Lafayette Players,” a theatre group that performed comedic musicals.

In 1929, she was attracted to the spotlight, making her debut in the movie Thunderbolt, her voice carrying the soothing remedy to a restless audience, stealing every scene she was in. Harris presented her singing talent as her character of a jazz singer, she serenaded the viewers with, “Daddy won’t you please come home,” no one could take their eyes off of her. Other songs she christened included the “St. Luis Blues,” a masterful piece, showcasing her range and endurance.

Theresa Harris in Baby Face

Although she pushed for more leading roles, Harris was commonly cast as a maid, or in her words “a stooge or servant.” None the less Harris kept acting, with 18 different appearances, Harris played crucial assisting roles to some of the most iconic actresses that were highlighted during that time, yet for most of her acting career, she received zero credit.

Quoting her from IMDb, Harris stated, “I never felt the chance to rise above the role of a maid in Hollywood movies. My color was against me. The fact that I was not ‘hot’ stamped me as either an uppity ‘Negress’ or relegated me to the eternal role of stooge or servant. I can sing but so can hundreds of other girls. My ambitions are to be an actress. Hollywood had no parts for me.”

Harris continued to perform for over two decades, until her last appearance in 1958. For a young Black actress, her personal life (that’s recorded) was pretty traditional, she married only once, to a doctor and lived comfortably into retirement from the investment money she made while acting. To watch Mrs. Harris in her prime was enchanting and impeccable; Harris deserves all the credit and more for her cadence, style, and unmatched talent.

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Tati Gabrielle Stars as The Main Antagonist In ‘Uncharted’ Live-Action Movie

Sony has released the trailer for Uncharted live-action movie, and the emergence of Tati Gabrielle (YOU, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) in it has created a wave of excitement on social media.

Inspired by the best-selling PlayStation video game franchise, Uncharted introduces audiences to the young street-smart Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) and showcases his first treasure hunting adventure with wisecracking partner Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg). In the action-adventure epic, the two go in the dangerous pursuit of “the greatest treasure never found” while tracking clues that may lead to Nathan’s long-lost brother.

Gabrielle stars as the movie’s female lead, the antagonist named Braddock. Unfortunately, not much is known about her character at this time, except that we can not wait to get a closer introduction.

Shortly after the trailer dropped, Twitter users shared their excitement for the reveal. @azalben wrote, “Very excited for the Tati Gabrielle movie.”

@JarettSays wrote, “Tati Gabrielle is in the #Uncharted movie?!? I LOVE THIS FOR HER!”

Another one tweeted, “[Tom Holland] playing a protagonist and [Tati Gabrielle] playing [an] antagonist in [Uncharted]… at least the casting director did something right!”

Uncharted will play exclusively in movie theaters on February 18. Watch the full trailer below.

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‘Family Reunion’ Renewed For 3rd and Final Season

Family Reunion Renewed For Final Season

Netflix has renewed the two-time NAACP Image Award-winning family comedy series ‘Family Reunion’ for a third final season.

The show follows the McKellans who move from Seattle to Georgia to be closer to their grandparents. The family of six, however, struggles to make a smooth transition from the big city to small-town life in the South.

The sitcom stars Loretta Devine, Tia Mowry-Hardrict (Sister Sister), Anthony Alabi, Talia Jackson, Isaiah Russell-Bailey, Cameron J. Wright, Jordyn Raya James, and Richard Roundtree.

“I am so excited that Family Reunion will be returning for a third season,” series creator Meg DeLoatch told Deadline. “I will always be grateful to Netflix for giving me the opportunity to finally tell my story and the platform to share the beautiful, loving, and joyous McKellan family with the world.”

The final season will have 10 episodes.

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‘Bruised’: Watch Trailer For Halle Berry’s Directorial Debut

Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry directs and stars in a new Netflix mixed martial arts drama, Bruised.

The story follows Jackie Justice (Berry), a mixed martial arts fighter who leaves the sport in disgrace. Down on her luck and simmering with rage and regret years after her last fight, she’s coaxed into a brutal underground fight by her manager and boyfriend Desi (Adan Canto) and grabs the attention of a fight league promoter (Shamier Anderson) who promises Jackie a life back in the octagon. But the road to redemption becomes unexpectedly personal when Manny (Danny Boyd, Jr.) — the son she gave up as an infant — shows up at her doorstep.

Bruised also stars Adriane Lenox, Sheila Atim, Valentina Shevchenko, and Stephen McKinley Henderson.

The film is slated to release in theaters on Nov. 17 before dropping on Netflix on Nov. 24. Watch the trailer above.

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