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Watch Season 4 Trailer for HBO’s ‘Insecure’ (VIDEO)

HBO has dropped the Season 4 trailer for the Issa Rae‘s comedy series Insecure. It premieres on Sunday April 12.

Issa and the gang are back for another season of hi-jinks, shenanigans and tomfoolery and we are here for it!

Insecure is loosely based on Issa’s uberly popular web series, Awkward Black Girl. It also stars Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, Natasha Rothwell, Amanda Seales, Y’lan Noel, Lisa Joyce and Alexander Hodge.

It also appears from the trailer that Twenties actress Christina Elmore will also be on this season. Can’t wait!!!!!

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Martin Lawrence parties with the Cast of BET’s ‘Boomerang’ [PHOTOS]

Last night, BET Networks celebrated the season two premiere of its Lena Waithe and Halle Berry executive produced show BOOMERANG, at Paramount Studios. Show cast members Tequan RichmondTetona JacksonLala MilanDime DavisLeland B. Martin, Brittany Inge and RJ Walker were in attendance along with BET President Scott Mills.

Following the success of Waithe’s BOOMERANG first season, the half-hour subversive, smart, serialized comedy that is fielded by romance, friendship, gender politics and more returns for season two.

The original cast are back to deal with the ramifications of Simone and Bryson’s breakup and how it effects the group’s friendship.  Throughout the season, each of our main characters: Simone (Tetona Jackson), Bryson (Tequan Richmond), Crystal (Brittany Inge), Ari (Leland Martin), Tia (Lala Milan) and David (RJ Walker) look inward to find out who they truly are while discovering that together, they’re growing apart.

Guest stars for season two will include Jaleel WhiteJoey Bada$$, Walter Emmanuel Jones and Kim Wayans

Special guests in attendance included: Terrence JMartin LawrenceTerrence J, Lance GrossKellee Stewart, Lauren Lott, Cameron Hamilton and Lauren Speed and more.

BOOMERANG season 2 premieres TONIGHT at 10PM EST on BET.

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Ledisi releases a new book ‘Don’t Ever Lose Your Walk’

Grammy nominated R&B, jazz and soul music songstress Ledisi has released a new book entitled “Don’t Ever Lose Your Walk: How to Embrace Your Journey.” It’s available now on Amazon and can also be purchased during her current tour with Gregory Porter.

“Many people know me as a recording artist with an enormous gift, but there is so much more to me. In regaining my power to complete my book, the right way, I have learned how to conquer rejection, depression and more recently deceit. I made a commitment to myself to feel proud of every step and every goal, at every level, as much as I possibly can,” Even my mistakes are shared in this book,” said Ledisi to Amazon. “This book is my way of reminding others to embrace every part of their journey. Our life as a whole is important, all of it – the highs, the lows, the challenges, and everything in between. In all of it, there is a lesson.”

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Tracee Ellis Ross teams up with Dakota Johnson for ‘The High Note’ (VIDEO)

Check out the trailer for upcoming musical drama The High Note featuring Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross

Set in the dazzling world of the LA music scene comes the story of Grace Davis (Ross), a superstar whose talent, and ego, have reached unbelievable heights. Maggie (Dakota Johnson) is Grace’s overworked personal assistant who’s stuck running errands, but still aspires to her childhood dream of becoming a music producer. When Grace’s manager (Ice Cube) presents her with a choice that could alter the course of her career, Maggie and Grace come up with a plan that could change their lives forever.

The High Note also stars Kelvin Harrison Jr., Zoe Chao, Eddie Izzard, Bill Pullman and Diplo.

It is directed by Nisha Ganatra and opens in theaters on May 8.

Photo Credit: Instagram/Tracee Ellis Ross

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BET’s ‘Sunday Best’ Auditions Taking Place in ATL on 2/15

Returning to BET Network’s for season 10 is America’s most inspirational singing competition, “Sunday Best.” The well-established gospel show welcomes back Grammy Award®-winning music legend Kirk Franklin as host. Returning for the second consecutive year as judges are gospel songstress and host of “Get Up Mornings,” Erica Campbell, and Grammy-Award® nominated artists Kelly Price and Jonathan McReynolds.

Season 10 open call auditions will be held Saturday, February 15th in Atlanta, GA at The House of Hope (4650 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur, GA 30034; registration 6am-11am). Atlanta auditions will be filmed for television. Aspiring contestants should be age 18+ and should prepare to sing a song from the list below:

1. Amazing Grace

2. Blessed Assurance

3. Have Thine Own Way, Lord

4. His Eye is On The Sparrow

5. I Need Thee Every Hour

6. I Surrender All

7. It Is Well With My Soul

8. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

9. Love Lifted Me

10. Mary, Don’t You Weep

11. Nothing But the Blood of Jesus

12. O Come, All Ye Faithful (O Come Let Us Adore Him)

13. Oh, How I Love Jesus

14. Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior

15. Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus

16. What A Friend We Have In Jesus

Aspiring contestants from around the country are encouraged to submit their audition online and get additional audition information at BET.com/SundayBest.

The final day for online submissions is Monday, February 10, 2020, at 5:00 pm EST.

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First Look Teaser for NatGEO’s’Genius: Aretha’ feat. Cynthia Erivo (VIDEO)

National Geographic and Fox 21 Television Studios will release a first-look, national teaser promo for GENIUS: ARETHA during this TONIGHT’s Oscars® telecast airing on ABC. Cynthia Erivo, a 2020 Academy Award® nominee, stars as Aretha Franklin in the third season of the critically acclaimed global anthology series.

Set to perform “Stand Up” live during Hollywood’s biggest night, Erivo is nominated in two categories: Actress in a Leading Role and Music (Original Song) for the film “Harriet.”

GENIUS: ARETHA will premiere over four consecutive nights, beginning Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, at 9/8c. GENIUS: ARETHA will be the first-ever, definitive and only authorized scripted limited series on the life of Aretha Franklin. The eight-part series will explore Franklin’s musical genius and incomparable career – and the immeasurable impact and lasting influence she has had on music and culture around the world. GENIUS: ARETHA will broadcast in 172 countries and in 43 languages on National Geographic Channels.


The cast includes Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet,” Broadway’s “The Color Purple”) as Aretha Franklin; Courtney B. Vance (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”) as C.L. Franklin; David Cross (“Goliath,” “Arrested Development”) as Jerry Wexler; Malcolm Barrett (“Timeless,” “Preacher”) as Ted White; Pauletta Washington (“She’s Gotta Have It”) as Grandmother Rachel; Patrice Covington (Broadway’s “The Color Purple”) as Erma Franklin; Rebecca Naomi Jones (“The Big Sick”) as Carolyn Franklin; Steven Norfleet(“Watchmen”) as Cecil Franklin; Kimberly Hébert Gregory (“Vice Principals”) as Ruth Bowen; Omar J. Dorsey (“Queen Sugar”) as James Cleveland; Marque Richardson (“Dear White People”) as King Curtis; and introducing Shaian Jordan as Little Re.

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OWN hosts ‘Cherish The Day’ Launch Party [PHOTOS]

All eyes were on the A-T-L Thursday night for OWN’s swanky launch party for its newest dramatic series, Cherish the Day. The highly anticipated two-night premiere begins on February 11.

The invite-only soiree took place at the Stave Room in the Midtown district of the city and was hosted by OWN president and CEO Tina Perry along with the show’s creator and executive producer Ava DuVernay.

Chapter One of the “anthology series” chronicles the stirring relationship of the two star-crossed lovers, with each episode spanning a single day. The narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments in their relationship that compel us to hold true to the ones we love.

Cherish the Day cast members in attendance included the show’s leads—Alano Miller and Xosha Roquemore as well as Kellee Stewart, Michael Beach and Anne-Marie Johnson. Not present but also included in the show are Dorien Wilson, Loren Lott, Bryan Terrell Clark and the queen mum—CICELY TYSON.

Other notables in attendance included the hosts of TV One’s Sister CircleRashan Ali, Syleena Johnson and Trina Braxton plus actresses DeWanda Wise, Jasmine Guy and Terri J. Vaughn. Other famous faces spotted in the crowd were actors Joel Rush, Karon Riley, André Holland, Omar Dorsey, celebrity makeup artist Derrick Rutledge and Exonerated Five member Raymond Santana and his fiancé Delicious.

The evening included a sneak peek of three different scenes along with commentary and a Q&A session featuring the cast and DuVernay. We also listened to some dope sounds from DJ Princess Cut and enjoyed some refreshing cocktails, food and much more.

See the picture gallery below including a few of my selfies:

CHERISH THE DAY premieres on February 11 and 12 on OWN.

Photo Credits: Paras Griffin Getty Images/ OWN + RayCornelius.com

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TV One’s ‘UNSUNG’ returns 2/23 at 10 p.m. (VIDEO)

TV One’s longest-running and award-winning documentary series UNSUNG continues its stellar run with an all-new season premiering Sunday, February 23 at 10 P.M. ET/9C.

The season kicks off with the popular 90s R&B group Dru Hill.  The season continues with memorable stories of influential artists including rap’s first female star MC Roxanne Shante; singer/actor Christopher Williams; funk and disco band Skyy; the “Mother of Freestyle” Shannon; Grammy Award-winning crooner behind the 1972 number one single “Me and Mrs. Jones,” Billy Paul; vocal powerhouse Betty Wright, best known for the 70s hit single “Clean Up Woman;” multi-Grammy Award-winning musician Al Jarreau; and Atlanta hip hop quartet Goodie Mob.

UNSUNG, nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding News/Information – (Series or Special), celebrates the lives of trailblazing musicians whose full stories and journeys have yet to be explored. Through first-hand accounts, interviews with family and friends, and archival footage, each episode weaves a tale of the highs and lows of a life in the limelight. 

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‘The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel’ to air 4/11 at 8 p.m. (VIDEO)

Lifetime has released the official trailer for the highly anticipated biopic The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel. The movie debuts Saturday, April 11 at 8 p.m. EST.

As previously reported, the film recounts the story of the highest selling female gospel group in history and of their trailblazing mother, Mattie Moss Clark (Aunjanue Ellis). Credited with bringing Gospel music to the mainstream, the five Clark sisters (Christina Bell as “Twinkie,” Kierra Sheard as “Karen,” Sheléa Frazier as “Dorinda,” Raven Goodwin as “Denise,” Angela Birchett as “Jacky”) overcame humble beginnings in Detroit, enduring abuse, loss, rejection, betrayal, and sibling rivalries to achieve international fame as icons of the Gospel music industry.

In addition to the film, the Clark Sisters will be honored with the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Stellar Awards. CONGRATS LADIES!!!!

Watch the trailer below + photos from a recent press event in Pasadena, CA with executive producer Queen Latifah.

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‘Scoop on Blogging’ Podcast featuring Ray Cornelius (VIDEO)

Check out my interview with IceCreamConvos.com creator, media maven and dear friend—Xaviera Bryant. I talked to her for the very first Scoop on Blogging Podcast, which is aimed at helping aspiring bloggers and media content creators.

In the video, we chat about the inspiration behind this website, my radio show, UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry and my future plans of content creation for television and films.

We also talk about the current media landscape and some media “do’s and dont’s.”

This is a conversation you don’t want to miss if you’re looking to become a blogger or want a career in media!!!!

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Watch the Season 3 Trailer for ‘The Chi’ (VIDEO)

Showtime has released the new trailer for Lena Waithe‘s hugely popular dramatic series THE CHI.  In this third season, the series will feature the Emmy® winning creator (Queen & SlimBoomerang) in a multi-episode arc as a Chicago mayoral candidate.

This season will also feature appearances from RHOA star Kandi BurrussPower actress La La Anthony and STAR actor Luke James.

THE CHI also includes Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jacob Latimore, Alex Hibbert, Yolonda Ross and Armando Riesco. It premieres Sunday, July 5 at 10 p.m. EST.

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‘Essence’ to honor Niecy Nash, Melina Matsoukas, Lashana Lynch + ‘POSE’ Series

Essence will recognize CLAWS star Niecy Nash plus Queen & Slim director Melina Matsoukas during this year’s Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards. It’s all going down on February 6 at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA.

The annual highly-anticipated celebration will shine a deserving spotlight on several Black women in Hollywood who are owning their narrative and transforming the art of storytelling.

Other honorees include 007 actress Lashana Lynch and the divas of POSE: Janet Mock, Mj Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Angelica Ross and Hailie Sahar.

“For fifty years, ESSENCE has remained committed to portraying and highlighting the triumphs, aspirations and dynamic lives of Black women,” said Michelle Ebanks, CEO of ESSENCE Communications, Inc. “The ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood luncheon has become an amazing platform to recognize and honor the unparalleled talents of Black women in an industry that often hasn’t. We celebrate all of our honorees this year for their fearlessness and strength as they boldly continue to own their narratives and share our stories.”

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OWN presents Ava DuVernay’s ‘Cherish the Day’ (VIDEO)

Check out the teaser trailer for OWN’s new original anthology drama Cherish the Day. It is created and executive produced by Emmy® winner and Academy Award®-nominee Ava DuVernay. 

Chapter one of Cherish the Day chronicles the stirring relationship of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. The narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments in a relationship that compel us to hold true to the ones we love, from the extraordinary to the everyday. 

Xosha Roquemore (“The Mindy Project”) stars as Gently James and Alano Miller (“Underground”) stars as Evan Fisher. The couple meet and fall in love in Los Angeles, with the full season spanning five years in eight episodes.  

OWN previously announced additional cast including legendary Emmy®-winning actress Cicely Tyson, as well as Michael Beach, Anne-Marie Johnson and Kellee Stewart. The DuVernay led series also recently announced it achieved full gender parity with a production crew of over 50% women, including 18 female department heads.  Directors for the series are Tanya Hamilton, Blitz Bazawule, Aurora Guerrero and Deborah Kampmeier.

Cherish the Day, which is set for a February 2020 premiere, is produced for OWN by ARRAY Filmworks and Harpo Films in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes, Tanya Hamilton, and Oprah Winfrey serve as executive producers. 

WILL YOU BE WATCHING CHERISH THE DAY?

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Watch Teaser Trailer for ‘RESPECT’ featuring Jennifer Hudson (VIDEO)

Jennifer Hudson is ARETHA FRANKLIN in this new teaser trailer for the highly anticipated 2020 biopic…RESPECT. MGM released a sneak peek of the Oscar winner as the “Queen of Soul” and I can’t wait.

RESPECT follows the rise of Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, RESPECT is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.

RESPECT also features Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Tate Donovan, Heather Headley, Skye Dakota Turner and Mary J. Blige.

It is directed by Liesl Tommy and written by Tracey Scott Wilson. It is also produced by Harvey Mason Jr. and Scott Berstein.

PHOTO CREDIT: MGM