In the late 1960s, three close Chicago friends, Deena Jones(Beyoncé Knowles), Effie White (Jennifer Hudson), and Lorrell Robinson (Anika Noni Rose) form a promising singing trio called "The Dreamettes".
The group travels to New York to compete in a talent show where they meet the ambitious Curtis Taylor, Jr. (Jamie Foxx), who gets them a gig as James “Thunder” Early (Eddie Murphy) backup singers. This is their 'rags to riches' story.
Also starring Danny Glover, Keith Robinson, Bobby Slayton, Hinton Battle, and Sharon Leal. Directed by Bill Condon.
This film adaptation of the legendary stage musical, "Dreamgirls"definitely lives up to the hype.
Eddie Murphy is so good in this film, he may be up for an Oscar!
This is a must see. No doubt about it.
Three sisters from Harlem form a singing group, "Sister and the Sisters". Sister (Lonette McKee) gets 'strung-out ' on drugs and Sparkle (Irene Cara) ends up being the one who becomes famous while becoming involved with Stix (Philip Michael Thomas) along the way.
In turn, Sister's drug abuse ruins her own relationships and eventually ends her life.
Also starring Dwan Smith, Dorian Harewood, and Mary Alice.Directed by Howard Rosenman.
"Sparkle" is one of our greatest African American films, but it is as obscure as it is great.
Many people haven't seen the movie but you know the songs from the soundtrack...even though you may not know from which they come.
The original soundtrack was produced by the late great Curtis Mayfield and sang by "The Queen of Soul" herself, Aretha Franklin.
The best song of the best is "Something He Can Feel", that she just KILLS!
You may be familiar with the remake of the same song by the group, EnVogue. Those girls can sing but "Auntie Ree-Ree" can BLOW!
Pick up both the DVD and the soundtrack and give it to your mother for Christmas.