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UPDATE: Mykelti Williamson added to ‘Sunday Bruch with the Bros.’

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

The BronzeLens Film Festival (BLFF) has added more star power to this weekend’s Sunday’s Brunch with the Brothers. Fences star Mykelti Williamson will join the conversation that is taking place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and is hosted by yours truly.

As previously mentioned, Sunday Brunch with the Brothers is an intimate gathering that puts a spotlight on African-American men in television and film who are making bold moves in their own unique way. Each “brother” also opens up about the numerous obstacles he’s faced in the entertainment industry.

Previously announced “brothers” include The Last O.G. star Allen Maldonado and iconic triple threat performer T.C. Carson.

CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets and see you there!

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‘MARLON’ stars host Season 2 Viewing Party during ABFF [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

I had the distinct pleasure of attending a private screening of the season 2 premiere of NBC’s Marlon this past Thursday evening with the show’s stars—Essence Atkins, Bresha Webb and Diallo Riddle. The event took place during the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) and was held at the luxurious 1 Hotel South Beach in Miami, FL.

Marlon follows Marlon Wayans as an attentive — somewhat juvenile — single father who is co-parenting his two young children with his mature and very put-together ex-wife, Ashley, played by Atkins. While his fatherly advice may often be misguided, and he sometimes lets his own outsized personality and unpredictable Internet superstardom get in his way, for Marlon, family always comes first.

The cast were tweeting and interacting with fans all throughout the night and was trending heavily on all social media platforms. A number of their celebrity friends were also in attendance including actresses Terri J. Vaughn and Kym Whitley, media personality Jawn Murray, iconic model and actor Tyson Beckford, Superfly and Last O.G. star Allen Maldonado and many more NBC executives and media influencers.

Click here to watch my UPFRONT interview with Atkins and Webb as they dish about the new season and see more photos below:

Marlon airs on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. on NBC

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Watch Official Trailer for ‘Superfly’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The official trailer for the remake of Super Fly is here and it is fiyah!

The film stars Trevor JacksonJason Mitchell, Esai Morales, Michael K. Williams, Lex Scott Davis and Allen Maldonado.

Superfly follows Priest, a drug dealer who decides that he wants to get out of his dangerous trade. Working with his reluctant friend, Eddie, Priest devises a scheme that will allow him to make a big deal and then retire.

Also look for appearances by hip hop stars Big BoiRick Ross and Big Bank Black.

Superfly is produced by Future and directed by Director X.

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Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer & more attend NYC Premiere of ‘The Last O.G.’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The stars from TBS’ The Last O.G. were in the Big Apple Thursday evening for a special advanced screening of their new comedy series. Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer and Allen Maldonado were all smiles at the red carpet event that took place at The William Vale.

The Last O.G. centers on Tray (Morgan), an ex-con shocked to see just how much the world has changed when he is released from prison for on good behavior after a 15-year stint. Returning to his newly gentrified Brooklyn neighborhood, he discovers that his former girlfriend, Shay (Tiffany Haddish), has married an affable, successful white man (Ryan Gaul) who is helping raise the twins (Taylor Mosby & Dante Hoagland) Tray never knew existed. Wanting nothing more than to connect with his kids, but having neither the money to support them nor himself, Tray falls back on the skills he learned in prison to make ends meet while treading on unfamiliar territory.

Following the screening was an after party which featured a special performance from iconic rapper Busta Rhymes.  The Last O.G. debuts on TBS April 3 at 10:30 p.m. EST.

Watch the trailer below:

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Watch Teaser Trailer for ‘Superfly’ by Director X (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

It’s all about money, women and cars in this new teaser trailer for the upcoming remake of Superfly. The film stars Grown-ish actor Trevor Jackson, The Chi’s Jason Mitchell and veteran actor Esai Morales.

As previously mentioned, Superfly follows Priest, a drug dealer who decides that he wants to get out of his dangerous trade. Working with his reluctant friend, Eddie, Priest devises a scheme that will allow him to make a big deal and then retire.

Rounding out the cast is Lex Scott Davis as Georgia, Andrea Londo as Cynthia, Jacob Ming-Trent as Fat Freddy, Allen Maldonado as Litty and Michael K. Williams as Scatter.

It also looks like there are appearances Big BoiRick Ross and Big Bank Black. I also see that CAU alumni Terayle Hill is appearing in the film as Dee.  Way to go T!!

Hip hop stars 21 Savage and KiaShine are also attached to the film + Future and Zaytoven are curator’s of the soundtrack.

Superfly is remake of the 1972 blaxploitation film, Super Fly.

Check out teaser trailer below:

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Tiffany Haddish + Tracy Morgan attend SXSW Debut of ‘The Last O.G.’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out photos of Tiffany Haddish and Tracy Morgan during the recent SXSW premiere of their TBS series The Last O.G. The show debuts April 3 at 10:30 p.m.  Haddish and Morgan were joined by their co-star Allen Maldonado as they walked the red carpet, mingled with fans and signed autographs.

The Last O.G. centers on Tray (Morgan), an ex-con shocked to see just how much the world has changed when he is released from prison for on good behavior after a 15-year stint. Returning to his newly gentrified Brooklyn neighborhood, he discovers that his former girlfriend, Shay (Haddish), has married an affable, successful white man (Ryan Gaul) who is helping raise the twins (Taylor Mosby & Dante Hoagland) Tray never knew existed. Wanting nothing more than to connect with his kids, but having neither the money to support them nor himself, Tray falls back on the skills he learned in prison to make ends meet while treading on unfamiliar territory.

Watch the trailer below + more photos from the premiere:

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Watch Tracy Morgan + Tiffany Haddish in TBS’ ‘The Last O.G.’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Comedy superstar and multiple Emmy® nominee Tracy Morgan returns to television with TBS starring in The Last O.G., a new comedy series that he executive produces alongside creator and executive producer Jordan Peele. Beginning April 3, episodes will air Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT).


The Last O.G. centers on Tray (Morgan), an ex-con shocked to see just how much the world has changed when he is released from prison for on good behavior after a 15-year stint. Returning to his newly gentrified Brooklyn neighborhood, he discovers that his former girlfriend, Shay (played by emerging, breakout star actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish), has married an affable, successful white man (Ryan Gaul) who is helping raise the twins (Taylor Mosby & Dante Hoagland) Tray never knew existed. Wanting nothing more than to connect with his kids, but having neither the money to support them nor himself, Tray falls back on the skills he learned in prison to make ends meet while treading on unfamiliar territory.


The Last O.G. also stars Cedric the Entertainer as the head of the halfway house where Tray is staying, and Allen Maldonado as Tray’s cousin Bobby, who helps him adjust to life on the outside. Executive-producing with Morgan and Peele are Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum, John Carcieri and Joel Zadak of Principato Young.

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UPDATE: ‘Superfly’ adds Micheal K. Williams and more to cast

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

DEADLINE is reporting that “Bessie” actor Michael K. Smith is joining the cast of “Superfly.” The versatile TV and film star will portray Scatter in the project that includes “Grown-ish” star Trevor Jackson and “The Chi” actor Jason Mitchell.  In addition, veteran actor Esai Morales will also star in the film as Adalberto.

As previously reported, “Superfly” follows Priest, a New York City drug dealer who decides that he wants to get out of his dangerous trade. Working with his reluctant friend, Eddie, Priest devises a scheme that will allow him make a big deal and then retire. Jackson will portray Priest and Mitchell will star as Eddie.

Rounding out the cast is Lex Scott Davis as Georgia, Andrea Londo as Cynthia, Jacob Ming-Trent as Fat Freddy and Allen Maldonado as Litty.

Hip hop stars 21 Savage and KiaShine are also attached to the film + Future and Zaytoven are curator’s of the soundtrack. Director X is on board as the film’s director.

Stay tuned…

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Tracy Morgan & Tiffany Haddish to star in new TBS comedy ‘The Last O.G.’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Emmy® nominated comedy star Tracy Morgan is teaming up with “Girls Trip” actress Tiffany Haddish for the new TBS comedy series, “The Last O.G.” Morgan serves as the show’s executive producer alongside “Get Out” creator and comedic actor Jordan Peel.  Episodes begin Tuesday, April 3 at 10:30 p.m. EST. 

According to the press release, “The Last O.G.” centers on Tray (Morgan), an ex-con shocked to see just how much the world has changed when he is released from prison for on good behavior after a 15-year stint. Returning to his newly gentrified Brooklyn neighborhood, he discovers that his former girlfriend, Shay (Haddish), has married an affable, successful white man (Ryan Gaul) who is helping raise the twins (Taylor Mosby & Dante Hoagland) Tray never knew existed. Wanting nothing more than to connect with his kids, but having neither the money to support them nor himself, Tray falls back on the skills he learned in prison to make ends meet while treading on unfamiliar territory.

“The Last O.G.” also stars Cedric the Entertainer as the head of the halfway house where Tray is staying, and Allen Maldonado as Tray’s cousin Bobby, who helps him adjust to life on the outside. Special guest stars include Edi Patterson (“Vice Principals”), Chrissy Metz (“This is Us”), Malik Yoba (“Designated Survivor”), Joel Marsh Garland (“Orange is the New Black”), Heather Simms (“As the World Turns”), Wendy Makkena (“NCIS”) and Ray Anthony Thomas (“The Hoop Life”).

“The Last O.G.” is also executive produced by Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum, John Carcieri and Joel Zadak of Principato Young.

Stay tuned…

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Erica Ash + Eva Marcille star in TV One’s ‘Miss Me This Christmas’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

TV One is getting us into the holiday mood this December with two original movies: “Miss Me This Christmas” and “You Can’t Fight Christmas.” The films debut December 3 and 10 at 7 p.m. and features some of our favorite new stars. 

First up is “Miss Me This Christmas,” starring Erica Ash, Redaric Williams, Eva Marcille, Allen Maldonado and Nathan Davis Jr.  Regina (Ash) and Franklin (Williams) celebrated a fairytale Christmas wedding three years ago and seemed to have it all. Yet, now their marriage is on the rocks. When Franklin comes home at dawn after a night of partying with colleagues, Regina thinks he has cheated on her with his ex-girlfriend. Though Franklin denies it, the trust has been broken. The couple separates and the divorce is set to be finalized on their three-year anniversary.

Depressed and ready to drink her way through the holidays, Regina’s free-spirited best friend Trish McDonald (Marcille) intervenes. To cheer her up, the sneaker empire heiress drags Regina off to her place, a luxurious suite at The Chesterton. Franklin still loves Regina and wants to reconcile. But, when Regina accepts a hasty marriage proposal from millionaire tech entrepreneur Ulysses Danburg (Maldonado), Franklin fears he’ll never win her back. Fortunately, there may be a happy ending after all. And just in time for Christmas.

Check out trailer and tell us what you think!

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TVOne presents ‘Ringside’ starring Tyler Lepley, Sevyn Streeter & more (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out the trailer for Russ Parr‘s TVOne original movie, “Ringside” starring Tyler Lepley, Allen Maldonado, Sevyn Streeter and Jackie Long. It airs this Sunday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. EST.

ringside_male_cast“Ringside” follows the biggest fight in boxing history that will take place May 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spencer “Timber” Collier (Maldonado) defends his title against the undefeated Jaxon Hollie (Lepley). “Boxing 365,” the popular documentary series, chronicles the events leading up to the big fight. Jaxon, a college educated boxer, deals with the issue of being his brother (Long) and his sister’s keeper.

Jaxon’s record label is in the red due in part that his only artist is his very untalented little brother, TC (Tequan Richmond). In addition to the backstabbing seedy world of the boxing and recording business, Jaxon’s babysister, Selita (Streeter), a young, naive woman who gets involved with his top heartbreaking producer.

Considering all the distractions of the world of gambling, groupies and drugs, Jaxon falls in love with a freelance photographer (Raney Branch) who may not be who she claims to be. Oddsmakers don’t give Jaxon much of a chance against the much bigger steroid abuser, Spencer Collier. Jaxon Holley eventually figures out that fighting in front of millions is less stressful than all the drama that leads up to the big fight.

“Ringside” also stars Da’Vone McDonald, Julissa Bermudez, Joel Steingold and more. It was produced by Keith Neal and Eric Tomosunas from ATL’s Swirl Films.

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RC attends ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ ATL Viewing Party (PHOTOS + VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The cast from the STARZ hit series “Survivor’s Remorse” attended a VIP screening of their second season Thursday night in Atlanta at the Regal Cinemas at Atlantic Station.  Actors Tichina Arnold, Mike Epps, RonReaco Lee, Erica Ash, Allen Maldonado and Teyonah Parris all walked the red carpet along with the show’s creator Mike O’Malley, executive producers Victor Levin & Hilton Smith and associate producer Dianne Asfhford.

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 Mike Epps with Erica Ash

“Survivor’s Remorse” stars Jessie T. Usher as Cam Calloway, a hard-working, young basketball star thrust into the limelight after signing a huge contract with a pro team in Atlanta. In the second season, we see Cam and his cousin and confidant Reggie Vaughn (Lee) continue trying to navigate Cam’s meteoric rise. From business deals to relationships and friendship, the two confront the challenges of balancing the needs of family with the rewards and responsibilities generated by their newfound wealth and fame. Cam, Reggie and the unforgettable group of characters that is the Calloway clan wrestle with the rewards and pitfalls of stardom, love and loyalty.

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 Tichina Arnold

Arnold stars as Cam’s “tell it like it is” mother, Cassie; Epps is his unpredictable Uncle Julius; Ash plays his “straight-no-chaser” sister, M-Chuck; and Parris is Reggie’s militant wife, Missy. Unfortunately, Jessie T. Usher was not in attendance because he is currently filming the sequel to “Independence Day.”

Other special guests included RHOA’s Claudia Jordan and Demetria McKinney, Visual Artist, Fahamu Pecou; HLN anchors Melissa Knowles and Yasmin Vossoughian; HGTV’s Egypt Sherrod; HLN Sports Correspondent Brian McFayden; Radio One personality, Darlene McCoy and singer-actor Jacob Latimore, who guest starred in first season of the show.

Following the two episode preview was a lively Q&A with the cast and producers hosted by McFayden.  Check out more pics + the hilarious new season two trailer below:

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 Mike Epps

Allen Aldamto Jacob Lattimore

  Allen Maldonado and Jacob Latimore

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 Tichina Arnold

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Egypt Sherrod and Claudia Jordan

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 RonReaco Lee

Demetria McKinney

Demetria McKinney

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Erica Ash

Diane Ashbery and Hilton Smith

Hilton Smith and Dianne Ashford

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Teyonah Parris

 Mike and Mike

 Mike Epps  and Mike O’Malley

Yasmine HLN Victor Levin

Yasmin Vossoughian and Victor Levin

RonReaco Lee and Brian McFadden

RonReaco Lee and Brian McFayden

Darlene McCoy Reporter

Darlene McCoy and Melissa Knowles

Fahamu Pecou and his wife

Fahamu Pecou and his wife

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 “Survivor’s Remorse” cast during Q&A

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 Erica Ash on Periscope

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 Mike Epps and Teyonah Parris

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 Erica Ash, RonReaco Lee and Teyonah Parris

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 Victor Levin, Tichina Arnold and Erica Ash

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 Mike Epps

 “Survivor’s Remorse” airs TONIGHT at 9:30 p.m. on STARZ!

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