Angela Bassett and Paula Patton to star in Jumping the Broom
Posted by: Brad Sturdivant
Angela Bassett and Paula Patton have signed on to the wedding comedy JUMP THE BROOM. The film is about the clash of two black families from opposite ends of the social-economic scale that have to come together for a wedding. Laz Alonso, Loretta Devine and Romeo Miller will also be starring in the film from director Salim Akil. Although they’re keeping it in the same race, I feel like this is way too similar to the recent OUR FAMILY WEDDING, which featured the clash of two different races at a wedding.
I feel pretty special that I actually know where the “jump the broom” phrase comes from. Several years ago, R. Kelly put the phrase into one of his songs, prompting me to look it up. Turns out, the tradition of jumping over a broom was a way for slaves to signify their marriage when marriage between slaves was outlawed.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter