black entertainment in 2013

The new year always brings new music, movies and breakout stars. In no particular order, here’s a list of 12 projects to look forward to this year.

1. After Earth
The Pursuit of Happiness father-son duo is coming back to the big screen. This summer, Will and Jaden Smith will star in the sic-fi action film After Earth. The movie follows the two lead characters as they explore a planet that was evacuated by humans 1,000 years earlier.

2. The Best Man 2
Everyone’s back — Morris Chestnut, Sanaa Lathan, Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Terrance Howard, Regina Hall and Monica Calhoun. A follow-up to the 1999 hit, The Best Man, has officially been greenlit by Universal Pictures. The romantic comedy is set for a November 2013 release.

3. 42
Jackie Robinson was the first black man to play in Major League Baseball and his upcoming biopic is being categorized as a Hollywood must-see. The film, written and directed by Brian Helgeland, stars newcomer Chadwick Boseman. It hits theaters on April 12.

4. Destiny’s Child: Long Songs
The 14-track compilation album drops on January 29. It’s composed of the groups most romantic songs, plus a new track called “Nuclear.” This is the Grammy Award-winning trio’s first song together since 2004.

5. Nina
Everyone is waiting to see how Zoe Saldana executes the role of legendary songstress Nina Simone in the upcoming biopic. It’s yet to have a release date, but we do know Saldana will be sharing the big screen with Mike Epps and David Oyelowo.

6. Ciara: One Woman Army
Ciara’s fifth album, One Woman Army, is scheduled to be released this year. It was originally supposed to drop on December 4, however, a new released date has yet to be announced.

7. Motown the Musical
Motown the Musical, about the life and career of music mogul Berry Gordy, will ope its curtains on April 14. The Broadway play stars Valisia Le Lae as Diana Ross, Charl Brown as Smokey Robinson and Brandon Victor Dixon as Berry Gordy.

8. We the Peeples
This Tyler Perry film stars Kerry Washington, Craig Robinson, and Tyler James Williams from Everybody Hates Chris. Set for a May 10th release, the movie is about a psychologist who realizes he need to help his girlfriend’s family after he arrives unannounced to their annual end-of-summer party.

9. Big Sean: Hall of Fame
The Detroit rapper is gearing up to release his sophomore album, Hall of Fame, this year. We can’t confirm a release date, but the 24-year-old said it’s his best work to date.

10. 12 Years a Slave
This is the follow-up role for Oscar-nominated actress Quvenzhané Wallis. The film is based on the autobiography of the same name by Solomon Northup. It tells the story of a man in the mid-1800s who is kidnapped and sold into slavery. The cast includes Brad Pitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Michael Fassbender. A release date is yet to be announced.

11. Kanye West: Black American Psycho
If there is one thing we can say about Yeezy it’s that he makes darn good music. He’s currently working on his sixth studio album, rumored to be called Black American Psycho. There’s no release date yet for the project but its scheduled to drop this year.

12. Azaelia Banks: Broke With Expensive Taste
The sassy rapper is finally making her official debut this winter. She’s worked with everyone from Kanye West to Lady Gaga, and she recently announced an upcoming song with Beyoncé. Let’s see if she can live up to the hype!

Tell us which projects you are most looking forward to this year.

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