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Margaret Avery - 9th Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon 2016 held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 25th February 2016

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Margaret Avery - 2015 BET Awards Debra Lee Pre-Dinner at Sunset Tower Hotel - Arrivals at Sunset Tower Hotel - West Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 24th June 2015

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Margaret Avery

Ted Lange and Margaret Avery - 22nd Annual Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival at Electric Lodge - Venice, California, United States - Friday 27th March 2015

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Ted Lange, Alice Tuan and Freda Payne
Ted Lange, Esperanza America and Freda Payne
Ted Lange, Esperanza America and Freda Payne
Ted Lange, Katharine Kramer and Freda Payne
Ted Lange and Freda Payne

Margaret Avery Tuesday 2nd October 2012 The world premiere of the 'Kingdom Come' at the Harmony Gold Theater - Arrivals

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Margaret Avery

Meet The Browns Review


Weak
Whenever anyone mentions Tyler Perry, two questions almost always enter the conversation: Why is he so popular, and when will his 15 minutes of unearned fame finally end? The first is easy to answer -- it's all about preaching to a truly underserved demographic. The second issue is more complicated. While audiences still line up for his theatrical works, his films have been finding less and less acceptance at the box office. That trend will probably continue with his most recent turn behind the camera, the so-called comedy Meet the Browns.

Hard working Brenda (Angela Bassett) is at the end of her rope. She's lost her job, she can't afford to feed her kids, and her basketball-playing son is responding to the lure of the streets. Then she learns that the father she never met has just died. His funeral is in Georgia, and the relatives have sent bus tickets so she can attend. After saying goodbye to her Latina friend Cheryl (Sofia Vergara), she heads down South.

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Margaret Avery and Tyler Perry Thursday 13th March 2008 World Premiere of Tyler Perry's 'Meet the Browns' - Arrivals Hollywood, California

Margaret Avery and Tyler Perry
Margaret Avery and Tyler Perry

Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins Review


Very Good
In the growing list of potentially humorous backdrops, the African-American family reunion is rapidly becoming an overused archetype. Everyone from Tyler Perry to Red Grant has utilized the setting for their combination of slapstick and cultural satire. Granted, it gives a filmmaker ample opportunity to splatter a broad spectrum of larger-than-life personalities onto an equally oversized and recognizable canvas, but the tendency toward stereotypes and sentimentality often ruins the insights. At first glance, it appears that the new ensemble comedy Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins will fall into that same clichéd category. But looks, as we all know, can be very deceiving indeed.

Having abandoned his Deep South roots for big city fame, Roscoe Jenkins (Martin Lawrence) is now Dr. R.J. Stevens, TV self help guru, media mogul, and fiancé to supermodel Survivor winner Bianca Kittles (Joy Bryant). When his parents (James Earl Jones and Margaret Avery) announce a family reunion for their 50th wedding anniversary, Roscoe is reluctant to go. Seems he still carries sour memories of life with siblings Otis (Michael Clarke Duncan), Betty (Mo'Nique), and adopted "cousin" Clyde (Cedric the Entertainer). Guilt eventually brings him back home, and after nine long years, things haven't changed much. The same old rivalries exist, his father remains aloof and critical, cousin Reggie (Michael Epps) is a no-good hustler, and high school crush Lucinda (Nicole Ari Parker) is as hot as ever. It will be a trying four days -- if he survives that long.

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The Color Purple Review


Very Good
Heart-wrenching and universally loved, The Color Purple isn't really about the color purple. It's about the trials and tribulations of black women in the turn-of-the-century south, and how they conquered over all the abuse, the poverty, and the lack of anything resembling a life. And it's directed by Steven Spielberg.

Whether this was Spielberg's most desperate attempt to win an Oscar (didn't work: The Color Purple received a whopping 11 Oscar nominations and won precisely zero) or a genuine kinship with the black women of the 1910s we'll never really know. But Purple is a solid enough film, though it lacks true inspiration and gets a little wandering and lost after an hour of running time (and you've still got 1 1/2 more to go!).

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Which Way Is Up? Review


Weak
Decades before Eddie Murphy made his career comeback by playing a handful of different characters in The Nutty Professor, Richard Pryor showed how it was done in Which Way Is Up? And this isn't some kid-friendly piece of fluff like Murphy's recent productions. This is typical Pryor -- full of foul-mouthed trash talk that definitely had people cringing back in 1977 and still has them doing the same thing 25 years later.

Unfortunately, a pioneering performance idea and raunchy dialogue doesn't actually make the movie any good. The story follows a migrant farm worker named Leroy Jones (Pryor), who accidentally becomes selected for a management job and along his ride to the top he makes enemies of his former co-workers and friends, and finds his formerly sex-starved life filled with options. And wouldn't you know it, the only one which satisfies him is the local reverend's wife.

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