THE INSPECTION – Review by Diane Carson

Some “inspired by a true story” narratives are self-indulgent and strained. Not writer/director Elegance Bratton’s autobiographical The Inspection detailing his own courageous determination to become a Marine. As the protagonist gay Black man Ellis French says, “Most of my friends are dead or in jail. If I die in this uniform, I’m a hero to somebody.”

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Spencer and Union Nab COFFEE WILL MAKE YOU BLACK – Brandy McDonnell reports

Oscar-winning actor Octavia Spencer has announced that she is teaming with Wyolah Films’ Tate Taylor and John Norris and award-winning actress and New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Union to produce the film version of the seminal novel Coffee Will Make You Black under her Orit Productions shingle.

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