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RC attends NYC Premiere of ‘Acrimony’ [PHOTOS +VIDEO]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Last night was literally a dream!

I had the distinct honor and pleasure of attending the New York City premiere of Tyler Perry‘s new romantic thriller Acrimony. I was the “plus one” of my friend and blogger boo Xaviera Bryant of Ice Cream Conversations, who was invited to the screening by Lionsgate.

Taraji P. Henson

The event took place at the Manhattan’s School of Visual Arts Theatre and began with a dazzling red carpet featuring most of the film’s stars: Taraji P. Henson, Lyriq Bent, Crystle Stewart, Ajiona Alexus, Antonio Madison, Jay Hunter, Nelson Estevez, Kendrick Cross, Racquel Bianca John, Jazmyn Simon and Ptosha Storey.

Tyler Perry

Of course, the man of the hour—Tyler Perry—was in attendance along with Tyler Perry Studios executive, playwright and producer Mark SwintonGMA’s Robin Roberts, media maven Gayle King, music mogul Kevin Liles, veteran actor Leon, reality starlet Laura Govan, The Haves and the Have Nots star Angela Robinson, celebrity stylists Tameka Raymond and Jason Bolden and CNN‘s Don Lemon. 

Taraji P. Henson as Melinda in ACRIMONY

Acrimony is one of Perry’s best film’s to date.  It features Henson as Melinda, a faithful wife who is tired of standing by her devious husband, Robert (Bent) and is enraged when it becomes clear she has been betrayed.

This movie will keep you on the edge of your seat and has a few twists and turns that you don’t expect. Only Perry could envision a story and plot like this and Henson truly delivers a performance that you won’t soon forget! I also love how the music of jazz icon Nina Simone is weaved throughout the story. It adds a nice touch that Simone fans will enjoy.

Ray Cornelius + Crystle Stewart attending the afterparty

Following the screening was the private afterparty at NYC’s famed “Boom Boom Room” overlooking Manhattan. (When I tell you that view is spectacular). I was able to get a few selfies with some of the film’s stars as well as a few other special invited guests including Miss USA 2017 Kara McCullough, Kindred the Family Soul and Broadway actor Bryan Terrell Clark.

Check out all of my photos below + a video of Tyler’s pre-screening speech:


Ray Cornelius with Kindred Family Soul

Tyler Perry 

Lyriq Bent 

Crystle Stewart 

Antonio Madison

Racquel Bianca John

Tyler Perry + Gayle King 

Jay Hunter 

Kendrick Cross 

Nelson Estevez 

Laura Govan 

Ray Cornelius 

Tyler Perry with ACRIMONY cast

Photo Credits: + Lionsgate

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Watch Final Trailer for ‘Acrimony’ feat. Taraji P. Henson (PHOTOS)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

In preparation for Friday’s debut of Tyler Perry’s Acrimony, Lionsgate has released a final trailer + new images of the highly anticipated romantic thriller. It features Oscar nominated actress and Empire star Taraji P. Henson and She’s Gotta Have It actor Lyriq Bent.

As previously reported, Acrimony stars Henson as Melinda, a faithful wife who is tired of standing by her devious husband, Robert (Bent) and is enraged when it becomes clear she has been betrayed.

Acrimony also stars Ajiona Alexus, Crystle StewartRaquel Bianca John, Ptosha Storey, Nelson Estevez and Danielle Nicolet. Rounding out the cast is my girl—Bresha Webb—along with Terayle Hill and Kendrick Cross.

According to Henson, she shot her parts in eight days and says this is her “Glenn Close/Fatal Attraction” moment.

Check out trailer and more pics below:

Taraji P. Henson as “Melinda”

Crystle Stewart as “Diana” and Lyriq Bent as “Robert”

Danielle Nicolet as “Sara,” Jazmyn Simon as “June,” Ptosha Storey as “Brenda,” Kendrick Cross as “Kalvin” and Nelson Estevez as “Casey”

Ptosha Storey as “Brenda,” Taraji P. Henson as “Melinda” + Nelson Estevez as “Casey”

Photo Credits: Chip Bergmann for Lionsgate

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New Poster for ‘Tyler Perry’s Acrimony’ with Taraji P. Henson (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out the new poster for the upcoming romantic thriller—“Tyler Perry’s Acrimony.” It debuts in theaters on March 30, 2018.

As previously reported, “Acrimony,” features Taraji P. Henson as a faithful wife who is tired of standing by her devious husband (Lyriq Bent, “She’s Gotta Have it”) and is enraged when it becomes clear she has been betrayed. The movie’s name was changed to  “She’s Living My Life” a few months ago but is now back to its original title.

“Acrimony” also features Ajiona Alexus, Crystle Stewart, Raquel Bianca JohnDanielle Nicolet, Bresha Webb, Terayle Hill and Kendrick Cross.

Watch the trailer + the new poster below:

Photo Credit: Instagram/Lyriq Bent

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First Trailer for ‘Breaking In’ starring Gabrielle Union (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Gabrielle Union is a on mission to save her family in the new Will Packer produced thriller “Breaking In.”

Union stars as Shaun Russell, a young mother who spends the weekend in the home of her deceased father when it is invaded by a group of thugs looking for something in the home.

“Breaking In” also stars “Empire” actress Ajiona Alexus as Jasmine Russell, Seth Carr as Glover Russell, Jason George as Justin Russell along with Billy Burke, Richard Cabral and Levi Meaden.

The film is written by Ryan Engle and directed by James McTeigue.

“Breaking In” debuts in theaters on Mother’s Day 2018!

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Reality-stars and more to appear on Season 2 of ‘The Rickey Smiley Show’

Written by | Ray Cornelius

The second season of TV One’s original hit sitcom The Rickey Smiley Show  is vastly approaching and a few details about the show’s guest stars have been revealed. According to Monday’s press release, a number of ATL reality-stars and singers will make appearances throughout the 13-week episodes which premiere starting Friday, July 26 at 9 p.m.

RHOA’s  Kenya Moore, Cynthia Bailey and Porsha Stewart as well as Love and Hip-Hop ATL’s  Lil Scrappy and Momma Dee are scheduled to make cameos on the show. Other stars include R&B Divas  Angie Stone and Syleena Johnson, rappers David Banner and Doug E. Fresh and Gospel diva Dottie People along with Pastor Creflo Dollar.

The Rickey Smiley Show  is loosely based on the real-life experiences and antics of the comedian, TV and radio personality Rickey Smiley. This second season intends to pulls TV One viewers even deeper into “Rickey’s World” while introducing two additional alter egos to his already beloved, wacky troupe of trademark personalities. Also returning for the wild ride is Smiley’s all-star cast including Ray J, J. Anthony Brown, Roz Ryan, Jay Lewis, Ajiona Alexus, Gabriel Burgess, Noree Victoria and Demetria McKinney.

“We are thrilled to debut The Rickey Smiley Show season two this July,” commented Maureen Guthman, SVP of Program Strategy and Acquisitions for TV One. “The series’ exceptional first season run—anchored by Rickey’s relatable and hysterical characters—puts a twist on our TV One motto by demonstrating that the network is a place ‘where black comedy unfolds.’ We are eager to bring an even-stronger season two to our viewers and build upon the network’s successful Friday night Retro Comedy programming block.”

Tell us what you think about the guest star line up for season two of The Rickey Smiley Show.