CINEMA: COOKING UP A HIT

SOUL FOOD HAS A NEW RECIPE--BUT IS HOLLYWOOD REALLY HUNGRY FOR A BROADER RANGE OF BLACK FILMS?

When Cheryl Stallings, a 32-year-old associate producer for NBA Entertainment, went to see the movie Soul Food at the Sony Meadows 6 in Secaucus, N.J., last week, she ended up doing something she never does: she talked back to the screen. Now, creative commentary during a film is an established custom among some urban moviegoers--catch a showing of Gang Related (the late Tupac Shakur's last film) in a major city, and it's a fair bet the action will not go unremarked on--but Stallings would rather listen. However, during Soul Food, there was just something about that part where the sisters (Vanessa...