2013 is Probably One of the Most Successful Years in Black Cinema

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 In 2000, he made his movie debut in John Singletons’ groundbreaking film “Baby Boy” and has successfully shifted his formidable charisma and professional prowess from music to movies. Seamlessly transitioning between action and drama, he has amassed a body of work that includes “Four Brothers,” Waist Deep” “Transformers” and the upcoming African American drama “Black Nativity” alongside Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige, Nas and Vondie Curtis-Hall.

A contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes’ play, it is one of several movies directed by an African American director to be released this year.

“I am very proud to be a part of one of the movies to drop this year,” says the actor. “Old Hollywood practices would be that you can’t have a movie with that many black people and expect it to be successful because it’s going to cater to a specific demographic and audience. Things are changing,” he continues, “Especially this year with movies like Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,” “Fruitvale Station,” “Baggage Claim,” ”The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete,” ”12 Years a Slave” and a bunch of different type of movies that may have more of a prominent African American cast. All these movies are doing really well and getting a lot of buzz. Now everybody in Hollywood has to start rethinking what their opinion and approach to filmmaking is and that is important.”

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