“Waiting to Exhale” Puts Spotlight on Black Women’s Stories

Take a deep breath. Director Forest Whitaker is about to showcase the struggles and triumphs of a year in the life of four extraordinary women in Waiting to Exhale (B). Angela Bassett is the standout in the circle of friends as a woman who puts her dreams on hold for a man who disappoints her. Loretta Devine also gets a plucky role as one of her friends searching for love. With music by Babyface and a script adapted from Terry McMillan’s bestselling novel, it’s a fresh tale of empowerment.