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6th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon

A.J Johnson - 6th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 21st February 2013

ASCAP 4th Annual Grammy Brunch

AJ Johnson - ASCAP 4th Annual Grammy Brunch West Hollywood California United States Monday 22nd January 2007

Baby Boy Review


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Ten years after releasing the groundbreaking Boyz N the Hood, writer-director John Singleton revisits his "young black man in the ghetto struggling against a violent end" cautionary tale, but with more humor and realism, in his newest film Baby Boy, showing that maybe baby boy Singleton's done some growing up himself.

In the same South Central Los Angeles neighborhood, real life is about to crash down on 20-year-old Jody (model/singer/VJ Tyrese Gibson). He has two children by two different "baby mamas" -- level-headed Yvette (Taraji Henson) and too-young Peanut (Tamara LaSeon Bass) -- he's unemployed, and he's still living with his own mama Juanita (A.J. Johnson). He's also clashing with his mom's new man, an aging "O.G." named Melvin (Ving Rhames) who's looking to move in; and, he's got to keep his volatile roughneck friend Sweetpea (Cuba Jr.'s brother Omar Gooding) out of trouble, without getting dragged down into more trouble himself. And to top things off, he's seeing competition from Yvette's ex-con ex-boyfriend (the inimitable Snoop Dogg).

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Baby Boy Review


Grim

At the heart of "Baby Boy" -- director John Singleton's return to his "Boyz 'N the Hood" roots -- is a character with whom it's extremely hard to sympathize.

Played by R&B hip-hop artist Tyrese Gibson, his name is Jody and the fact that he's only 20 years old is supposed to excuse him for being a selfish, shallow, disdainful, disloyal, disrespectful, lying, cheating, irresponsible hypocrite with a huge chip on his shoulder.

Singleton, who set this story in the same neighborhood as "Boyz," expects us to see "Baby Boy" as Jody's journey into manhood because toward the end of the film he has a tired cliché of an insincere quickie epiphany. He realizes maybe he should stop running around on one of the two girls who have already borne his children, start taking some responsibility, get a job and support his kids -- or at least one of them. Well, duh.

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