Ciara Is ‘Speechless’ About New Album & Movie Debut

Last week Ciara dropped a new video for the song "Speechless" from her album Basic Instinct, which is supposed to arrive one of these days. I say that only because her project has been pushed back too many times to count and the album is now allegedly scheduled for release on November 29th. We'll see about that. While I'm not the biggest Ciara fan, I have been following her with interest this past year when I got word that she was going to be starring in the film version of Mama, I Want to Sing. Though I'm convinced that I'm one of probably five people who actually give a hot damn, I was wondering what the skinny was on the release of the movie because there has been an eerie absence of information to be found on the web to answer any queries about why the project has not been released yet.

After the bounce

The film is an adaptation of the gospel stage play by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro and is based on the life story of singer Doris Troy who was discovered by James Brown. In the movie, Ciara stars as the main character based on Troy, Amara Winter, who rises to celebrity as a soul singer while her mother, played by Lynn Whitfield, is gaining celebrity as a church pastor. While I never saw the play myself, I grew up hearing the commercials on the radio for the play and was interested in seeing the movie for nostalgia's sake. I also am interested in the rest of the cast, including Patti LabelleHill HarperBen VereenMarvin Winans and Juanita Bynum.

With the recent spate of movies based on stage plays coming from the Tyler Perry factory making it to the big screen, it would be a shame if Ciara's film debut is shelved with no release in sight. And if it's not feature film material, then can we at least get it direct-to-DVD? All in all, I can't help but think that the delays for Basic Instinct and Mama, I Want To Sing are not a good thing. What gives, SoulBouncers? Are people still feeling Ciara or is she teetering on the edge of irrelevance?

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8 Responses

  1. That voice...

  2. Ciara is a humble,talented and gorgeous young lady. It's too bad bloggers prefer to write inflammatory blogs like this one rather than give credit to a young black sister who is doing her thing in a tough industry.
    I have supported Ciara since she came out with Goodies in 2005 and she will always get my support. Her new video for Speechless is just another example of how far she has come as an artist and of how positive she is in spirit.
    Alas nobody wants to hear positive stories, right Soulbounce ?

  3. @Connie
    Bad day, huh? It must have impacted your ability to read clearly and notice what the blog post was saying. No one in this post, namely me, since I wrote it, was saying anything disparaging about Ciara. Geez Louise. Do you know when her movie is coming out, because, seriously, I want to know. I want to see it.

  4. I'm not Connie, but I (kinda) see where she's coming from. If you're curious about a musical project, you question the artist behind it. But if you're curious about a film, you question the producers or studios -- not the stars of the film. It does seem like Ciara is getting a bit of shade for the movie being "pushed back" like her albums, but was the movie's release date within the realm of her control? It's grasping at straws to try to tie together Ciara's troubles with her music career to whether or not a film is released. "Burlesque" is going full speed ahead in spite of Christina Aguilera's latest musical endeavor.

  5. Ciara's old manager Philana WIlliams is best friends with the director of the movie. Philana has since then been sued by Jive Records as well as given the boot by Tiffany Evans and Diamond. Philana got mad at Ciara leaving her and leaked songs from her last album which resulted in every song but two from the album being online over 6 months early. Since Laface is suing Philana, Codeblack won't move forward with the movie. THey did however shoot new scenese for one of the younger characters and they have intentions of it being released in theaters. Ciara has gotten alot of praise from her performance from many.

  6. teetering. although with that said i like this track a whole helluva lot better than speechless.
    as for mama i want to sing that was supposed to come out in like 2007. her and hill harper were on the BET awards presenting together talking about the movie way back when.
    i think if she don't get it together her whole career may get shelved.

  7. The movie is being released in theaters on January 14, 2011

  8. it's a pretty nice record, but the duet version with The Dream is better IMO..not mad at Ciara, but I think the A&Rs/label people need to pick her best songs to promote the album, not necessarily whatever they think the latest fad/sound might be