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Top Five Holiday Flix to Watch This Year

Nothing beats a warm blanket, hot cocoa, and loved ones enjoying the holidays together. If one runs out of memories to laugh about and the old VHS won’t play the video of Christmas karaoke night from 1983, the following holiday movies will suffice as another great memory to share.

A Diva’s Christmas Carol 

Holiday Flix to Watch This Year

This feature film tells the timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge but in stilettos. Vanessa L. Williams plays her role to perfection as an “ego-driven” megastar who has no time for the holiday spirit. Her character, Ebony Scrooge, has turned a blind eye to the real meaning of the holidays, but glamorous ghosts from Christmas past put her in check. Main cast members include Rozonda Thomas, also known as Chilli from TLC, and iconic comedian, Kathy Griffin.

Friday After Next

Holiday Flix to Watch This Year

The extremely comical Friday saga produced by Cubevision knocked down two birds with one stone with Friday After Next. All the usual suspects were present, but new faces were introduced like Katt Williams, who played an unforgettable role as Money Mike.

Friday After Next carries many different genres, all wrapped in one. But somehow, through the comedic tale of Craig (Ice Cube) and Day-Day (Mike Epps), there is a bit of Christmas cheer that faces the inevitable doom from Santa himself. 

This Christmas

If one wants to visit the cutest version of Chris Brown while cozying up by the fire, tune into This Christmas. He plays an angsty teenager with his heart set on singing. This Christmas is a classic film that brings in the warmth of a family, with a dash of drama to spice it up between eggnog sips. 

Ma’Dere Whitfield (Loretta Devine) calls her tribe together, bringing family members in close proximity. It starts off in the name of good cheer but carries hints of dreadful fears–of what might be uncovered…this Christmas. 

The Wiz

Watching The Wiz is a holiday right of passage. Everyone from all walks of life will ease down the road and into the spirit of connecting family throughout generations. This feature film follows the legendary Diana Ross on one of the craziest adventures that include a whole dancing moment by another music icon, Michael Jackson. The songs and the star-studded cast will have the entire family dancing around the house.  

The Best Man Holiday

The adored college quartet of friends brings in the holidays together in The Best Man Holiday. Lance ( Morris Chestnut) joins Harper (Taye Diggs), Candace (Regina Hall), Quentin (Terrence Howard), Robyn (Sanaa Lathan), Jordan (Nia Long), Murch (Harold Perrineau), And Mia (Monica Calhoun) for holiday festivities.

Although the beloved college days are long gone, the gang gets back together to bring in the holiday joy and rekindle passionate old flames. Laugh, cry, and feel the warmth of the holidays with the college group that’s 15 years strong. 

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Watch: Penny is All Grown Up in ‘The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder’ Trailer

Disney+ has released the first trailer for its highly anticipated animated series reboot. The streaming platform is bringing back The Proud Family  20 years later, with the original cast reprising their roles.

The show will continue to tell the story of Penny Proud and her family – parents Oscar and Trudy, twin siblings, and grandma Suga Mama.

Returning voices include Kyla Pratt as Penny Proud, Tommy Davidson as Oscar Proud, Paula Jai Parker as Trudy Proud, JoMarie Payton as Suga Mama, Cedric the Entertainer as Uncle Bobby, Carlos Mencia as Felix Boulevardez, Maria Canals-Barrera as Sunset Boulevardez, Alvaro Gutierrez as Papi, Karen Malina White as Dijonay Jones, Soleil Moon Frye as Zoey Howzer, and Alisa Reyes as LaCienega Boulevardez.

Joining the cast are Keke Palmer as young activist Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins and Asante Blackk as Penny’s boyfriend Kareem.

The returning series will also feature guest voice-overs from stars such as Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Tiffany Haddish, and Cedric the Entertainer among others.

The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder premieres Feb. 23 on Disney+. Check out the trailer below.

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Mary J Blige’s Most Memorable roles: From Guest Appearances to an Oscar Nomination

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Mary J Blige has been a music icon for many years now. With 13 studio albums and many awards, she has made her name known across the globe. Today, however, her portfolio includes not only music-related accolades. The R&B queen is making significant strides in the television and film industry. One of the biggest of them was her 2018 Oscar nomination for supporting actress for her role in Netflix’s Mudbound. And this is just the beginning!

Here are Blige’s most memorable television and movie roles thus far.

I Can Do All Bad By Myself (2009)

Mary J Blige Acting Timeline

Tyler Perry gave Blige her first feature film role. She played an inspiring singing bartender at the nightclub. Before this, the singer/songwriter only had cameos on television. I Can Do All Bad By Myself also starred Taraji P. Henson.

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The Last Days Of Ptolemy Grey: New Series Starring Samuel L. Jackson Gets Premiere Date & First-Look Images

Apple TV+ has announced the premiere date and released the first-look images for its new limited series, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. The six-episode drama stars Oscar-nominated Samuel L. Jackson in the titular role. BAFTA-nominated Dominique Fishback (Judas and The Black Messiah) will join the Hollywood heavyweight.

Based on the novel by Walter Mosley, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey follows the story of a lonely dementia patient forgotten by his family and friends. Suddenly left without his trusted caretaker and on the brink of sinking even deeper into his ill state, Ptolemy is assigned to the care of orphaned teenager Robyn (Fishback). When they learn about a treatment that can restore Ptolemy’s dementia-addled memories, it begins a journey toward shocking truths about the past, present, and future.

The Last Days Of Ptolemy Grey
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Other cast members include Cynthia Kaye McWilliams (Real Husbands of Hollywood), Damon Gupton (Criminal Minds), Marsha Stephanie Blake (When They See Us), Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight), and Omar Miller (Ballers).

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey is executive produced by Mosley and Jackson, and his wife of 40 years, LaTanya Richardson.

The highly anticipated series will debut with two episodes on March 11, 2022, according to Deadline. After that, episodes will drop weekly, every Friday.

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