Upon discovering her husband's infidelity, Joyce Alfre Woodard abruptly decides to move her daughters Megalyn Echikunwoke, Kajuana Shuford from New York to her hometown deep in the heart of the American South. Not Yet Rated 1 hr 48 min. Reuniting with her cousin Dearie Loretta Devine and her ailing aunt Ethel CCH Pounder , Joyce and her long-lost relatives confront demons from their past, notably the year Joyce left for the big city. In repairing her relationship with her family, Joyce learns about herself. Director: Julie Dash.
Adapted from a short story by J. When Manhattanite Joyce Woodard discovers that her husband is having an affair, she packs up her two daughters, Lauren Megalyn Echikunwoke and Gail Kajuana Shuford , and heads home to the deep South for some recovery time. Slow-witted cousin Dearie B. Devine is trying to cope with her dying mother, Ethel B.
She had a role in the series Everybody Hates Chris as Rochelle's mother. Devine was born in Houston , Texas. Devine has worked extensively on Broadway. Her Broadway debut was in in a musical called A Broadway Musical , which closed after 14 previews and only one performance on December 21, She captured attention in the Apollo Revival of The Wiz as Glinda The Good Witch of the South and shortly after, acted in Dreamgirls , a Broadway musical loosely based on the history of The Supremes , in which she originated the role of Lorrell Robinson a fictional character based on Mary Wilson.