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The 46th NAACP Image Awards - Arrivals

Paula Jai Parker - The 46th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at the Pasadena Civic Center - Arrivals at Pasadena Civic Auditorium - Pasadena, California, United States - Saturday 7th February 2015

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46th NAACP Image Awards

Paula Jai Parker - A host of stars were photographed on arrival to the 46th NAACP Image Awards which were presented by TV One and held at the Pasadena Civic Center in Pasadena, California, United States - Friday 6th February 2015

THE 46th NAACP Image Awards

Daphne Wayans and Paula Jai Parker - THE 46th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium - Pasadena, California, United States - Friday 6th February 2015

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Daphne Wayans and Paula Jai Parker
Daphne Wayans and Paula Jai Parker
Daphne Wayans and Paula Jai Parker

The world premiere of 'Life Of A King'

Derrick McMillon and Paula Jai Parker - The world premiere of 'Life Of A King' - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 22nd June 2013

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Jaida Iman Benjamin, Eugene Brown, Paula Jai Parker and Derrick McMillon
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The Genius Club Review


Terrible
A movie about the world's greatest minds should include -- at the very least -- a modicum of intellectual discourse. What a disappointment then to get a bunch of dopes spitting out earnest soap-opera dialogue. That's The Genius Club, a low-budget wannabe thriller that's anything but smart.

In fact, writer-director Timothy Chey's failed feature sets up one implausible scenario after another, on top of uniformly unremarkable acting. What's left to the story then? An ambitious concept that's flat from the first clich├ęd line of narration.

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Woo Review


Grim
It's about time the You Go Girl crowd got a movie to call its own besides Waiting to Exhale. Too bad it sucks eggs by virtue of being completely stupid and asinine, by virtually all counts. Woo is the inexplicable story of a girl inexplicably named Woo (Pinkett) who is set up on an inexplicable date with a loser (Davidson) and whom spend an inexplicable night together, inexplicably falling in love. Woo is big and brassy -- you know, like her name. "You go, Woo!" Or not. Woo is so boring and obnoxious you'll wish Woo went away. Fortunately, the extra-inexplicable moments like Parker playing "the chicken ho" are extra fun and make up for having to watch the rest of this dreck.

Hustle and Flow Review


Good
As is duly noted in the chorus of the catchiest of the songs used in Hustle & Flow: It's hard out here for a pimp. Especially when said pimp only has three girls working for him (one pregnant, all with pretty lousy attitudes), his car has no air conditioning, and he's sliding into a mid-life crisis. In Craig Brewer's hot and sticky Memphis homebrew of a film, the pimp is far from what we're used to seeing. He's not a character of impossible swagger or campy ridicule (no fur coats, it's too damn hot). He's just DJay, a guy stuck in his way of life because he came from nothing but has a gift for bullshit that lends itself to the profession. As personified by Terrence Howard, this pimp becomes far more than the sum of the job's cliches, even if the film itself doesn't always know how to be quite as original as its star.

Until recently, Howard has been one of American film's mostly unnoticed gems. A journeyman actor since the early '90s, he came into his own in Malcolm Lee's romantic comedy The Best Man, in which he served as the sleepy-eyed provocateur, wisely watching all the fools who surrounded him, goading them into fury by slyly undercutting their fantasies with his keenly observed truths. It was one of that year's great performances, but being mired in such a conventional work (not to mention being in a black film aimed at black audiences, and thus mostly invisible to the critical establishment), he never received his due. He's worked steadily since then, coming into his own with this year's Crash - turning in an open wound of a performance that stood out even in that film's excellent ensemble. In Hustle & Flow, he's found a role that puts him in the spotlight, and he grabs the role tight with both hands, though never so showily as to make you notice how hard he's really working.

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SHE HATE ME Review


Terrible

What could Spike Lee have been thinking?

Right on the heels of an unalloyed masterpiece, "25th Hour," the great American filmmaker delivers "She Hate Me," a bizarre, head-scratching hodgepodge of poorly executed bad ideas.

Many film buffs consider Lee a hit-and-miss director, but even his biggest failures ("Jungle Fever," "Summer of Sam," "Bamboozled") have had some kind of coherence, some alignment of angry, passionate ideas, painted with Lee's singular vision and voice.

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