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Now in its second year, the Bet Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors was a full-blown, star-studded affair that celebrated Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard, F. Gary Gray, and others on Friday at the Beverly Hilton.
“I’ve been in here on different days and it never looked like this. This is beautiful,” said Latifah as she accepted the entertainment icon award.
Black actors, musicians, and filmmakers, such as Viola Davis, Lee Daniels, Cicely Tyson, Diahann Carroll, Pharrell Williams, and Washington, who was on hand to receive the Hollywood legacy award, attended the event — Bet’s first film-based awards show. Host Regina Hall supplied the laughs throughout the ceremony, poking fun at both the stars in attendance and even Abff founder Jeff Friday.
“That was such a long speech, Jeff’s last name just went from Friday to Saturday,” Hall quipped after the Abff founder thanked everyone involved »
- Mannie Holmes
This July, they're ready to Set. It. Off. The restricted trailer for Universal Pictures' Girls Trip has just debuted online. We also have the first poster and plenty of new images from this R rated party that are sure to get your motor running.
Producer Will Packer (Ride Along and Think Like a Man franchises, upcoming Almost Christmas) presents Girls Trip, a new comedy from director/producer Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man franchise, Barbershop: The Next Cut). When four lifelong friends, Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish, travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there's enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush. James Lopez, head of motion pictures for Will Packer Productions, and Preston Holmes, executive produce.
"I miss being with her onscreen," Smith tells Et's Kevin Frazier. "I was like, 'Why have we waited so long?'"
In the movie, four friends travel to Nola for a fun weekend, but what starts off as a trip to rekindle sisterhood turns into rediscovering wild sides salacious enough to make The Big Easy blush.
"You're going to see some fights; you're going to see some dance battles; you're going to see some grown things," Pinkett Smith says.
"And some crazy stuff," Latifah chimes in. "Some ziplining that goes real bad over Bourbon Street. It's a lot."
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Because we could all use a little levity and beauty right now, here’s the Girls Trip trailer, which offers the mini-Set It Off reunion of our dreams. Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith are joined in this bawdy rom-com by Regina Hall and The Carmichael Show’s Tiffany Haddish. They make up a quartet of lifelong pals whose friendship nonetheless needs rekindling (adulthood will do that to you). So they go to New Orleans for the Essence Music Festival, where they encounter Luke Cage himself, Mike Colter. Larenz Tate and Queen Sugar’s Kofi Siriboe round out the cast as vacation hotties who are bound to tempt the Queen & Co. This year’s Rock That Body promises similarly star-studded shenanigans, but we’re still a few movies short of a female-led vacation comedies trend.
Girls Trip will be on your itinerary July 21.
- Danette Chavez
4 items from 2017
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