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‘Black Nativity,’ ‘Best Man Holiday,’ Madea and parties galore

scene black_nativity_600In the midst of what is turning out to be a very busy holiday season, I have somehow found time to catch a couple of movies! As far as the African-American moviegoer is concerned, this holiday season has been very nice. We have at least three major films that are geared toward "us" that will be in theatres by Christmas day.

Of course, the first was "Best Man Holiday," which was a great film that I'd go see again and you should see at least once. Then there was "Black Nativity," which opened this past weekend and stars Jennifer Hudson, Tyrese, Angela Bassett and Forrest Whitaker. Not quite the blockbuster that I hoped for, however, it still was a really good film.

"Black Nativity" had a lot of good moments, most of which came with music. If you watched the trailers, it should have come as no surprise that this film was actually a musical. If you get to check it out, be sure to pay close attention to Mary J. Blige's scene where she sings. That had to have been the most soulful Christmas music I have heard in a long time. I'm not sure if this was actually lip-synced, but both Bassett and Whitaker's characters sang as well. If it wasn't actually them, it was at least great acting.

It's a film the entire family can watch with no issue. The Rev. T.D. Jakes was one of the executive producers and there is actually no profanity. Regardless of what you think about the movie, it's probably one that will be around African-American households for many holidays to come. You know how we do it.

Another that will probably be around as well is "A Madea Christmas," which opens on Dec. 13th. I'm sure we can expect the standard Tyler Perry formula as well as a few racial twists sprinkled in here and there. Secrets will be revealed, old relationships will be tested and at the end of the movie, everyone will feel all nice, warm and fuzzy on the inside.

And of course there's Madea, who is pretty much an entire world of her own.
Dare I say it? I'm actually looking forward to seeing it. Yeah, I know that we have been hit over the head with Madea for years now. However, we might be in for a surprise this time...or maybe not. But at least you will feel all nice warm and fuzzy on the inside. And that's what Christmas is all about, right?

Christmas Party Tour

While I'm on the subject of the holidays, the time has come for my Annual Holiday Party Tour. Nothing official, it's just me attending as many holiday parties as I can before Christmas Day!
As it stands, there's gotta be at least 13 Christmas parties on my agenda this year! It kicked off this week with the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum's annual function at the FedExForum. It was a top-notch affair as always!

Partygoers enjoyed the sounds of Will Grave & Soul and dined on some of the most delicious food ever prepared. An assortment of great door prizes were given away as well. When the first ticket was pulled, guess who won? Yes, for the first time I actually won something! Do you know how many useless raffle tickets I have collected until now?

Shouts out to Luke Yancy and his staff for putting on another great event.

Parting shot

Stay tuned! Next week, I'll have more as I continue my 2013 tour. It's the Leadership Memphis, The Conventions & Visitors Bureau and the New Memphis Institute holiday parties...and that's just this week alone.

Happy Holidays, so far! Until then, that's what's happening!

(Got a Holiday event you'd like for me to add to my tour? Email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)


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