We’ve been hearing about the film ‘Blackbird‘ since last year, but finally the film is making its way to theaters.
The new coming of age drama was directed by Patrik-Ian Polk and stars Mo’Nique and Isiah Washington.
Blackbird centers around 17-year-old Randy (played by Julian Walker) who is a devout Christian trying to be the best person he can be.
His father (played by Isaiah Washington) leaves and he’s forced to take care of his emotionally disturbed mother (played by Mo’Nique) — all while dealing with the inner turmoil of learning to love his true self and accepting who he really is.
“I am truly proud to bring this amazing film to the big screen,” said Oscar-winning actress Mo’Nique who is an executive producer for the film. “BLACKBIRD is about a young man in Mississippi coming to terms with his sexuality. It’s an incredibly inspiring story that beautifully tells the journey of life, love, family and finding one’s truth through a myriad of personal triumphs, strength and acceptance. After first reading the script, I knew this was a story that we had to tell. It’s a story that will resonate profoundly in the hearts of many, and a story that I knew, if told correctly would create a movement and bring about change to the lives of so many people, especially within the African American and LGBT communities,” she concluded.
Check out the Blackbird trailer below. The movie hits theaters April 24th.