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In 1940s Harlem, two sisters take in a hepcat as a boarder. Although he is young and they are older, their life choices parallel one another.

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Debbie Allen

Writer:

Shauneille Perry (teleplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Phylicia Rashad ... Elizabeth
Debbie Allen ... Quilly (nee 'Queen Esther')
Bumper Robinson ... Husband
Eartha Robinson Eartha Robinson ... Lula Mae
Crystal Fox ... Lou Bessie (segment "Charmaine")
Paul Mooney ... Man At Counter
Randy J. Goodwin ... Bucket
Ella Joyce ... Waitress
Steven Smith Steven Smith ... Herman
Michael Ralph ... Speaker
Bebe Drake ... Geneva
Steven Smith Steven Smith
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kelli Dawn Hancock ... Dancer
Kimo Keoke ... Swing Dancer
DeVonda Manghane DeVonda Manghane ... Dancer
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In 1940s Harlem, two sisters take in a hepcat as a boarder. Although he is young and they are older, their life choices parallel one another.

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 2001 (USA) See more »

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Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen who play sisters in the movie, are sisters in real life. See more »

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Warm, moving
24 June 2001 | by honey_locsSee all my reviews

I taped this movie on PBS about a month or so ago. I just watched it last night. It was such a warm and moving film, the kind that pulls you into the time setting. The dynamics of the sisters were wonderful, and you could feel the hope, anger, dashed dreams of all of the characters. It was interesting, also, to learn what the title meant. If you understand and are interested in the zeitgeist of the Harlem Renaissance, it will be very interesting viewing


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