I wasn't sure where Bill Duke's new film on the downlow was going to open up in L.A., but it's been confirmed today that "Cover" will open up at the AMC Magic Johnson Crenshaw 15 theaters in Los Angeles, yes, at the Black theater. Somebody on Bill's team is not sleeping at the wheel and knows where this film's audience is.
Black films do well when they are accessible to Black audiences. Something that the film "Dirty Laundry" wasn't quite afforded but definitely deserved.
Starring Aunjanue Ellis, Razaaq Adoti, Vivica A. Fox, Richard Gant, Mya, Louis Gossett, Jr., Leon, Paula Jai Parker, Roger Guenveur Smith, Patti LaBelle and Obba Babatunde, "Cover" tells the story of Ryan Chambers (Leon) who is murdered on New Year's Eve, the prime suspect is Valerie Maas (Aunjanue Ellis), a church-going homemaker whose life unravels when she discovers that her husband (Razaaq Adoti) of 15 years has been leading a double life. Her strength of character and faith keeps the family alive as a deadly disease threatens to destroy all that they have known.
"Cover" is set to open in limited theatrical release today. Limited as in Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia, Newark, and Baltimore. Limited as in this Black movie will have the benefit of opening up in traditional Black neighborhoods, a luxury that "Dirty Laundry" was never afforded which might have---no make that directly resulted in its being pulled from theaters about a week into its very limited engagement.
Despite my personal feelings regarding the film "Cover" and how it's just another sista done wrong by a brotha movie and could possibly further divide the Black community from itself, it is a Black movie that has distribution, a rare thing indeed. Now we just have to find a way to make sure that when the downlow craze hits again, that we address it from a point of reality and not the blame game. The downlow exists because of Black America's homophobia, not because men and women (keep it real) are dishonest about their sexuality.