December presents THE GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING and we kick things off with Don Cheadle in his scene-stealing performance as ‘Mouse’ in DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS (1995), the Carl Franklin film noir adaptation of Walter Mosley’s pulp crime novel starring Denzel Washington as reluctant private eye Easy Rawlins.
Lisa Nicole Carson
The Men welcome Dr. Michele Prettyman Beverly by way of Mercer University in Georgia to take a trip further south...to Louisiana and 1997's EVE'S BAYOU. Starring Lynn Whitfield, Samuel Jackson, Debbie Morgan and Diahann Carroll and directed by Kasi Lemmons, this essential of black cinema features star making performances by young Jurnee Smollett and Meagan Goode.
The bluesy side of Southside Chicago is bathed in the gorgeous browns of the cast and visuals of 1997's Love Jones, writer-director Theodore Witcher only feature film. Larenz Tate shows the chops and cut of a star rising, Lisa Nicole Carson and Isaiah Washington flirt with the promise of what could be and Nia Long becomes Nia Long.