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Watch Trailer for Rom-Com "He's Mine Not Yours" (Caryn Ward, Jason Weaver, Gabrielle Dennis)

by Vanessa Martinez
October 22, 2011 11:53 AM
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Airing on BET this December, He’s Mine Not Yours will star Gabrielle Dennis (The Game), Jason Weaver (Lottery Ticket, Dysfunctional Friends), Caryn Ward (The Game), Carl Payne (Martin, Girlfriends), Clifton Powell, Wendy Raquel Robinson (The Game, 35 and Ticking) and Darius McCrary.

The film, written by Marlon Jones and directed by Roger Melvin, centers around Mandy, “an undercover seductress who is hired to tempt men in order to prove their infidelity.”

Watch the trailer below.


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  • MovieBuff | October 25, 2011 11:18 AMReply

    Well said, Caryn. I am one person looking forward to this movie. Personally I think you and Gabrielle are two of the most talented, underrated actresses out there and I'm glad I will get to see you two shine. This is why I'm so critical of the Akil's, because I think they honestly didn't utilize two extremely great actresses the way they should have. I'm not one that falls for gimmicks and big names, I appreciate great acting when I watch a movie on tv show. So I will always support anything you do. Keep up the good work!

  • Pharisees Among Us | October 25, 2011 7:18 AMReply

    Thank you Caryn for putting the knee-jerk reactions in place. The weave commentary is so out of line and distracting.

  • Caryn Ward | October 25, 2011 1:58 AMReply

    Hey Guys! Thank you so much for the the debate and lively conversation on the film. I LOVE it! I think it is healthy to examine and be critical of the ways we are portrayed in film and media.

    I also suspect many of you will be surprised to see the POSITIVE reflections of Black men and women in this film. And more importantly, how the two female protagonist ( yours truly being one of them:), handle their differences with Honor, Respect, and Grace. Something we don't often see reflected in the media between women of color.....

    Have any of you seen the film? As they say, you can't judge a book by it's cover. The same goes for films.
    And more importantly, people! :)


    All LOVE & LIGHT,
    Caryn

  • JMac | October 24, 2011 11:17 AMReply

    Thanks for the tip misha but twists aren't my friends either, lol. I keep trying though.

  • Questions & Answers?!?!! | October 24, 2011 8:19 AMReply

    Misha,

    I wondered the same thing too!

  • misha | October 24, 2011 7:25 AMReply

    @Cherish Ah ok. I see what your saying. I do believe actresses have some say in how they look (unless it's a period piece). Although that isn't always the case, particularly for black actresses. I find it difficult to believe that Nicole Beharie chose to wear that bad wig on The Good Wife. It's almost as if they're trying to age her and that is so not necessary. Perhaps there's a racial element in play here but I'm not so sure, considering that Julianna Margulies' hair/wig is even worse! LOL

    @JMac I have a tighter, kinkier curl pattern and I've discovered that twistouts are my best friend! You can wear the twists for weeks, depending on how big/small you make them. I actually wear them for a few days and then unravel for a twistout. I maintain the look by making larger twists at night (takes me about 30 minutes) and unraveling again in the morning. It's really not all that time consuming and I end up with a nice curly fro that lasts me a week or even two sometimes.

  • MovieBuff | October 24, 2011 4:46 AMReply

    I wonder why people don't have a problem with the Akil's. They are the creators of "The Game". More garbage that BET picked up. Season 4 was horrible and coonery at its worst. But people still beg for support of this show. People praise the Akil's like their work is any good. Jumping the Broom was a complete mess. The coonery of Mike Epps character actually saved the movie. I've always thought the Akil's were overated. I read that they actually stole the concept of "The Game" from someone else.

  • Moviebuff | October 24, 2011 4:38 AMReply

    People please, it is not that serious. I for one don't have a problem with this movie. It's a romantic comedy so as long as i see a relationship develop and laugh, Im cool. At least everyone's pants are not sagging and there is no gang banging. I'm also glad to see good actors in this instead of popular faces. I do agree that J. Weaver is not the finest thing in the world, but women normally don't fall in love solely based on looks, so that doesn't bother me either. I believe Jason co-produced this movie so that would explain him being the leading man. As for the weave, I have to believe it was a choice made by the production company. I personally never worn weave, but to each his own. At least they have different variety of black women in this film and not all light skinned women.

  • JMac | October 23, 2011 12:11 PMReply

    There should be no surprise at Black Evil Television's insistence on airing this type of crap despite the recent announcement about targeting a different, more mature demographic. Watch that Boondocks episode again.

    As for the weave vs. natural debate, I'm only upset when you have black people in control behind the scenes and they have these women so weaved up it's unbeweaveable (fake, overdone, and unnatural for any woman).

    Now these two women don't look weaved up. And the third one in the clip doesn't look too bad. It would be nice to have more naturals in movies but heck who says those two women aren't. I don't wear a weave or a perm but 85% of the time my hair is straight. Natural hair salons (if you're lucky enough to live near one) are expensive as hell and I can't get my hair as nice naturally on my own. Maybe the lack of other natural hair styles is due to the cost or the ease in keeping straight or fake hair neat between takes and during all types of weather. Speaking for myself, except for twa's, locs, or braids, it's difficult to keep non-straight natural styles looking nice for more than two days - if that long - and then you have to fix it all over again. That can be a pain in the rear and too time consuming. May also explain why many naturals in tv commercials tend to have a certain type of wave pattern, i.e. looser or texturized waves. Their styles probably last longer and aren't as difficult to recreate even if they only shoot for a few hours.

  • mlm | October 23, 2011 10:20 AMReply

    I want to know how these stories get so cheesy. I mean you've got actors we enjoy on tv and on screen. You've got a not so bad storyline well it is a story but how does it get to this level? Seriously, I hate to hate on these films. Usually, I'm saying it's the production quality or the dialogue. How can these films be made better? I'm all for more black movies and even ones that show the stereotypical black female characters which do exist but why why why do I get the corny vibe? Someone explain it to me.

    SN: Maybe they need to stop trying to be funny and be more genuine.

  • Cherish | October 23, 2011 8:07 AMReply

    "I’m not into criticizing women who wear weave, no matter how long or short. "

    This isn't about criticizing the average woman you see on the street.

    Unless I am wrong (and someone go ahead correct me), actresses do NOT choose their hairstyles and how they appear on film.

    THAT'S what I'm talking about.

    Aren't casting directors, producers, whoever in charge make decisions on hairstyles, clothes, for their characters?

    Am I wrong?

    So again, what's with this look?

  • misha | October 23, 2011 5:51 AMReply

    @Cherish I'm with you on wanting see more diversity. But you lost me on criticizing the length of one's weave. LOL Again, I'm not into criticizing women who wear weave, no matter how long or short. Also, what does a "regular" black woman look like? I know quite a few "reqular" permed and natural sisters with long hair.

  • blaqbird | October 23, 2011 5:29 AMReply

    @Lee

    You have to understand that in the commercial world, it is popular to have diversity with hair, ethnicity, etc. But for film or television? Like I said before, unfortunately natural hair (locs, twists, afro, etc.) is still considered unprofessional, and most tv shows and films are set in some kind of professional setting like an office. Do I agree with their assessment? Heck nah. This girl is rockin a natural fro and I don't intend to weave it up in order to get a part. Do you know how many black actors I know that have a commercial headshot w/their natural hair then a theatrical headshot w/a wig or weave in? So it's not all black sistas' fault.

  • blaqbird | October 23, 2011 5:11 AMReply

    As to why there aren't really many women who wear their natural, unprocessed hair in movies????

    Answer: Because most of the hairdressers are white and have NO idea what to do w/black folks hair if it isn't smooth, silky, and straight. So it's either a yaki weave or a wig. Also, folks are still under the impression that natural=unprofessional, militant, etc.

  • Cherish | October 23, 2011 3:36 AMReply

    The issue I'm talking about is not as simple as a "weave vs. natural" debate.

    One point is Diversity. My circle of friends is made up of women with both natural hair and perms and/or weaves. We natural heads don't berate or push those with weaves to change. And those with natural hair are no more militant or progressive than those with perms. Why can't that be reflected on film? In THINK LIKE A MAN, why can't one sista have twists or locs? And not be portrayed as the stereotypical militant or flower child?

    My other issue is the TYPE of weaves. Why do they have to be so long? Sanaa Lathan usually rocks a shoulder-length hairstyle on the red carpet, but in CONTAGION she had a long-as weave to her back. WHY???

    Same goes for Taraji Henson, who wears a bob, but had a horrible wig/weave in Karate Kid.

    At least Meagan Good is still rocking her short cut on film. I wonder how long that will last.

    It's as if Black women aren't allowed to look like a 'regular' Black woman. They have to achieve an 'exotic' or 'mixed' look for these films. And one easy way to do this is with hair.

    And Black directors and producers are perpetuating this just as much as White directors. It's not mentally healthy.

  • Ghost | October 23, 2011 3:22 AMReply

    Black Hollywood is just as inadequate (or disinterested) in creating such types as white Hollywood it would appear.
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    Well how do we define him? White Hollywood has him in every different shape and size.

    Kevin James, Jim Carey, Leonardo Dicapio, Al Pacino, Don Johnson, Adam Sandler. White folks are willing to accept the variety.

    We on the other hand would take issue with anyone you tried to put out.Complaints form "I think blank is gay" to "he's too light skinned" "he's a sellout because he only does white shows" and so on.

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    I argued that actually there were far too many black rom-coms.
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    We as black folks REFUSE to think we can do anything but gang, black women being abused by brothers, ghetto or romcom movies.

    Where is the black superhero, syfy, rock, skater and other films that white folks seem to do?

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    I would like to see them put the wealth of black talent they have to use in CREATIVE and adventurous roles and plots.
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    How much of that black talent doesn't wnt to do anything with BET because of how the network has treated others?

    Didn't they reject Soul Food the series?
    Didn't want to air Black Panther animated series?
    Did they even try to do anything with Milestone Media (home of Static Shock)?
    Boondocks vs BET?
    There are a lot of web series that could do well on BET that they don't bother with made by well known folks
    Funny how other networks can do tv shows and movies with black males in the lead but BET can't.

    Jason Weaver probably keeps getting these roles because he's probably the only name big enough going for them who MIGHT attract some white viewers who remember him from The LOin King and Smart Guy.

  • misha | October 23, 2011 2:26 AMReply

    I'm sorry but this weave vs. natural debate annoys me. LOL Listen, I've been natural for about 2 years and have only worn weave twice in my life (and they were both bad experiences). But I would never criticize anyone else for how they choose to wear their hair. Would I like to see more naturals represented on film? Yes! But I'm just not into criticizing women who wear weave.

  • lee | October 23, 2011 1:30 AMReply

    I have noticed that many of the black women cast in commercials are wearing natural hair. So the white advertising world has no problem with it. We have no one to blame for a black woman's one-dimensional look in film but ourselves.

  • AccidentalVisitor | October 22, 2011 12:20 PMReply

    {{{don’t see the appeal of Jason Weaver. Not trying to deny the brotha a paycheck, but he keeps getting cast in these leading man roles and I don’t get it. Just not sexy to me. He’s best in comedic roles.}}}}

    This.

    {{{My other pet peeve is the hair weaves. So many Black women are moving towards naturals today, yet Black Hollywood still rarely cast women with naturals. Unless when it comes to biracial mixed little girls, anyway.}}}

    And this! I didn't want to write that but you are spot on about the weaves. And even if the hair on many of these ladies is natural I was thinking to asking myself why is it that there are barely any working young black actresses with wooly-like hair.

  • Darkan | October 22, 2011 10:13 AMReply

    In defense of Nadine Ellis and Caryn Ward, know them personally and the hair is naturally theirs. Can't speak for the others though.

  • Sergio | October 22, 2011 8:03 AMReply

    @ Cherish

    I was going to make a rude crack about those ridiculous yaki weaves but you did it for me. Aren't there any women who wear their natural hair in these type of movies

    And I don't know what Jason Weaver has been in but I Do know according to the black gossip blogs, that he was arrested in Atlanta a few months ago for public defecation.

    I'm sure that speaks for itself

  • JP | October 22, 2011 7:07 AMReply

    Now we're making Mokenstef songs into movies...will the buffonery and coonery ever end?!

  • Cherish | October 22, 2011 6:43 AMReply

    I don't see the appeal of Jason Weaver. Not trying to deny the brotha a paycheck, but he keeps getting cast in these leading man roles and I don't get it. Just not sexy to me. He's best in comedic roles.

    My other pet peeve is the hair weaves. So many Black women are moving towards naturals today, yet Black Hollywood still rarely cast women with naturals. Unless when it comes to biracial mixed little girls, anyway.

    And it's not just having hair weaves, but these long EXAGGERATED ones. Seeing that actress from The Game in that long-ass weave is killing me. Why couldn't she just have a bob/shoulder length cut instead?

    Ugh, I can't take it anymore.

  • Nia | October 22, 2011 6:12 AMReply

    Correction "...they WOULDN'T keep churning out the same..."

  • Nia | October 22, 2011 6:09 AMReply

    @Accidental Visitor Tell us how you REALLY feel. I don't think anyone was holding their breath for this, but I was kinda hoping with BET trying to revamp their image they would keep churning out the same storylines we see on movies they play on the channel anyway. This could've been something like failure to launch a simple rom com. It does look like alot of cheap laughs though. THE VOICE OVER IS ANNOYING.
    I don't expect BET to rival HBO or Showtime on the original series front, but I would like to see them put the wealth of black talent they have to use in CREATIVE and adventurous roles and plots. Maybe they are scared of bad ratings for doing something unique.
    My grandma will probably love it though...

  • misha | October 22, 2011 6:03 AMReply

    AV, there you go again. LOL

    Anyhow, is this something original and exciting? No. Will I be rushing home to see it? No. But I don't see why black folk can't have their share of silly, predictable films. *shrugs*

  • AccidentalVisitor | October 22, 2011 3:03 AMReply

    Seriously. Enough of this stuff. First of all the plot appears to be dull, absurd and dead-on-arrival. The declared war between the two female protagonists looks to be especially silly and contrived.

    Second of all the dude here may be a guy who has a steady job but he doesn't seem like some type of prize that an attractive woman would be too worried about losing, nor does he in any way look like the sort of dude beautiful women will battle over. And that voice? Unless the filmmakers are playing the fight over this non-alpha male as a mere joke, something went wrong in the casting. It goes back to that whole black leading man issue. Black Hollywood is just as inadequate (or disinterested) in creating such types as white Hollywood it would appear. I mean did they even bother to try finding an ideal guy for this role or did they simply hire one of the grips on the set.

    Lastly someone last week posted that when it comes to black films way too many deal with gangbangers. I argued that actually there were far too many black rom-coms. It is bad enough when majority black cast flicks are dominated so much by the buppie romance/buppie sex farce storylines, but what makes it worse is that the vast majority seem to be of the same low quality cloth that this trailer suggests “He’s Mine, Not Yours” is cut from.


    I know it is only airing on BET but good grief. This is just more garbage from the Tyler Perry school of insipid storytelling. Sorry, Rev Al. I couldn't help myself.

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