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4 Programming Premieres Featuring African American Personalities To Watch On TV This Weekend

by Courtney
March 7, 2014 12:35 PM
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 Lifetime's 'Trip to Bountiful'

A busy TV weekend lies ahead, especially where black actors (and non actors) are concerned, since that's the part of this blog's focus. So get ready for an attack of the senses (or set your DVRs).

First, originally set to premiere last month, in celebration of Black History MonthLifetime moved the debut date for its film adaptation of the recent all-black Broadway revival of The Trip to Bountiful, starring Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood and Keke Palmerto March 8, 2014, which is tomorrow, Saturday, at 8/7c.

The Trip to Bountiful is based on American playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote's Tony nominated play of the same name, which is set during the final years of the Jim Crow South, and follows one woman's quest to reconnect with her past in order to ensure her family's future. 

The trailer for the film is embedded below (click on below for the second offering):

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  • C. Kay | March 7, 2014 3:35 PMReply

    I agree with the last comment. Why can't there be another Cosby type show on TV? Just an ordinary comedy where middle class folks can be entertaining without destroying the English language. It's the problem I have with Tyler Perry movies and other Black programs. I want to see programs and movies where any color actors could play the parts. As a retired English teacher, it was difficult enough to teach the language arts without having media fight against progress. There needs to be some balance...

  • Miles Ellison | March 8, 2014 7:30 PM

    Unfortunately, you are one of the few black people who actually wants to see that. Most of the black audience is happy with what they're getting.

  • JulieB | March 7, 2014 3:16 PMReply

    YES!!! Thank goodness I came on this site today. This looks like a quality film, and something that I'm interested in. I would've never know, and would've missed it!

  • Heather | March 7, 2014 2:10 PMReply

    Now THIS is what I read Indiewire for. Thanks for the heads up! I've missed seeing Omar Epps on TV...

  • Winston | March 7, 2014 12:46 PMReply

    I am so SICK of these types of films. That photo of Underwood and Tyson looks just like a scene out of "Mama Flora's Heart"-- another TV movie about Jim Crow times. As actors, they're better than this. I really wish we'd get some contemporary tales about black people in this world. I'm TIRED of seeing shit about JIM CROW, SLAVERY, WAR IN AFRICA, BAD RECORD DEALS, DRUG ADDICTION, FAMINE IN AFRICA, and all that other bad shit. We do other shit, too, you know? We LAUGH. We LOVE. We DREAM ABOUT OUTER SPACE. I'm tired of this shit!

  • Demetrius | March 12, 2014 11:10 AM

    I feel you Winston. Part of why I visit and appreciate this site's work! Time for some NEW. Past time.

  • KIM | March 8, 2014 11:21 PM

    NO YOU STFU!!!!

  • Winston | March 8, 2014 11:00 PM


  • Ty | March 7, 2014 6:12 PM

    And plus this film has nothing to do with them being black or segregation. It was done on the 80's first on film with an all white cast.

  • Kim | March 7, 2014 2:08 PM

    stf up!! if you don't want to watch then don't

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