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Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield Star in ‘The Photograph’

Mae Morton, played by Issa Rae, is angry and wants answers after her mother, famed photographer Christina Eames, dies unexpectedly in “The Photograph,” which hits theaters today. 

A photograph stashed away in a safe-deposit box sends Mae delving into her mother’s early life. This investigation leads to an unexpected romance with rising journalist Michael Block, played by LaKeith Stanfield.

Chuckles and giggles filled the Regal Gallery Place in Chinatown especially when Michael’s cousin Kyle, played by  Lil Rey Howery, came on the screen. Kyle was very sarcastic and witty, which engaged the crowd at a private screening sponsored by NBCUniversal for Howard University students. 

“The Photograph” is produced by Will Packer (“Girls Trip,” “Ride Along,”  “Think Like a Man,” “Night School”) and James Lopez, president of his production company.  

In addition to co-starring in “The Photograph,” Rae was executive producer along with writer-director Stella Meghie and Ericka Hamson. 

Overall, the consensus from students was that the film was great, and they would definitely recommend it to others. Many students described the movie as a cute love story, but thought the plot was dragged out a bit. 

They also liked the soundtrack, which featured artists such as H.E.R., Anderson .Paak, Ari Lennox and Chaka Khan.“The soundtrack was fire,” Steve Anusie said.

Chenoa Tyehimba said that the movie is “a good date night movie, especially if you like the arts.” If you are thinking of something to do with your significant other for Valentine’s Day, this movie might be just what you are looking for.

Ravyn Hardwick

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