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#UPFRONT featuring casts of ‘Unsolved’ & ‘Atlanta’ + Dr. Nsenga Burton talks Oscars (AUDIO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

This week’s UPFRONT is pure fiyah! I’ll be talking to Emmy winning producer and director Anthony Hemingway and the cast of USA’S Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. Bokeem Woodbine, Wavvy Jonez and Marcc Rose.

The 90th Oscars are this Sunday evening and CAU Mass Media Arts Chair, Dr. Nsenga Burton gives us her projected winners. Nominees include Denzel Washington, Mary J. Blige, Daniel Kaluuya and Octavia Spencer.

And closing out the show is an UPFRONT exclusive with the stars of FX’s ATLANTA. I attended the recent Season 2 Red Carpet Premiere and captured interviews with Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry and more. 

I’ll also be playing music from Glover, Notorious B.I.G and Incognito featuring Mario Biondi and Chaka Khan.

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Anthony Hemingway to EP + Direct CBS’s new pilot #Murder

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Emmy winning producer and director Anthony Hemingway has joined the producing team of CBS’s upcoming dramatic pilot Murder.

According to S&A, Hemingway will executive produce and direct the project that stars former Survivor’s Remorse actress Teyonah Parris.

As previously reported, Murder will explore crime through the unique and often-conflicting perspectives of cops and killers, witnesses and victims, friends and family. The series will invite the audience inside the emotional journey of an investigation, allowing them to discern the truth and judge the suspects’ guilt or innocence for themselves.

Parris will star as Detective Ayana Lake, who is described as “a rising star in the NYPD whose keen intellect and quick, analytic mind are the keys to her success.

Hemingway has worked on a number of popular series and films throughout his career including Empire, Underground, Shameless, Orange is the New Black, Treme, Red Tails, American Crime Story, True Blood and Shots Fired. 

Stay tuned to this weekend’s edition of UPFRONT where I talk to Hemingway and the cast of his new USA Network series Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. It premieres TOMORROW night at 10 p.m. EST.

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John Legend + Andra Day party with the cast of ‘Underground’ [PHOTOS]

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The cast of WGN’s “Underground” partied like rock stars on Saturday night during a private screening and celebration of its second season during the Sundance Film Festival. Executive producer and Oscar winning singer-songwriter John Legend joined cast members Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Aldis Hodge + show co-creator and executive producer Misha Green, director Anthony Hemingway and Executive producer Mike Jackson, for “Clips and Conversation.”

Director Anthony Hemingway, Misha Green, John Legend, Aldis Hodge, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Mike Jackson attends WGN America’s “Underground” Season Two Party, hosted by John Legend, at 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for WGN AMERICA)

“Underground” struck a cord with audiences around the country and touched on some issues that are still relevant today including race, class, colorism and freedom. The event took place at the Riverhouse on Main and included special appearances by soul music superstar Andra DayAtlanta‘s LaKeith Stanfield, Before I Fall’s Medallion Rahimi, Adam Shapiro, The Mindy ProjectsXosha Roquemore, Insecure‘s Yvonne Orji and The Affair’s Joshua Jackson and actor Kevin Phillips.

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 21: Aldis Hodge and DJ Dolph attend WGN America’s “Underground” Season Two Party, hosted by John Legend, at 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for WGN AMERICA)

Season two of the 10-episode, hour-long series follows an unremitting struggle for freedom within a divided America on the brink of civil war, each side vying to enact their own justice, and begs the question – Are you a Citizen or a Solider? Set in the aftermath of the Macon 7’s daring attempt to stage the greatest escape in history, this group of American heroes continues on their harrowing journey to freedom, with legendary abolitionist Harriet Tubman blazing the trail.

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 21: John Legend, Yvonne Orji and Aldis Hodge attend WGN America’s “Underground” Season Two Party, hosted by John Legend, at 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for WGN AMERICA)

Lastly, a BIG CONGRATS goes out to the “Underground” stars, who will be picking up the Annual Cast Award at SCAD’s aTVfest for Outstanding Achievement in Television.  The event, which is presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design, will take place on Thursday, February 2nd in Atlanta, GA and will include first looks, extended sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes of the show. The cast and the show’s co-creator Misha Green will be in attendance and will stick around for a Q&A and panel discussion.

Check out images from Saturday’s Sundance event below + the latest trailer:

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 21: John Legend, Aldis Hodge and Jurnee Smollett-Bell attend WGN America’s “Underground” Season Two Party, hosted by John Legend, at 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for WGN AMERICA)

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 21: Lakeith Stanfield attends WGN America’s “Underground” Season Two Party, hosted by John Legend, at 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for WGN AMERICA)

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 21: Yvonne Orji attends WGN America’s “Underground” Season Two Party, hosted by John Legend, at 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for WGN AMERICA)

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 21: Kevin Phillps attends WGN America’s “Underground” Season Two Party, hosted by John Legend, at 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for WGN AMERICA)

The highly anticipated second season premieres on WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on WGN America.

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Lee Daniels, Anthony Hemingway & others to be honored during AAFCA’s ‘Special Achievement Awards’

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Congrats to “Empire” creator Lee Daniels! The famed Oscar nominated-producer and director will receive the Cinema Vanguard Award during next year’s AAFCA “Special Achievement Awards” Ceremony. The affair will take place on Saturday, January 7 at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, California.

Other honorees include: Anthony Hemingway, Director of Underground (AAFCA Horizon Award), Mike Philips, Film Critic of Chicago Tribune (AAFCA Roger Ebert Award), Vanessa Morrison, President of Fox Animation (AAFCA Ashely Boone Award) and Floyd Norman, animator for Disney/Hanna-Barbera (AAFCA Legacy Award).

“All of our honorees are serious players who are helping to move the industry forward in terms of creating images that are diverse and inclusive,” says Gil Robertson, AAFCA president/co-founder. “They are all cultural visionaries who deserve to be recognized for their roles in advancing projects that have paid off critically and financially and we look forward to celebrating their careers.”

In the next month, AAFCA will host its signature event, The 8th AAFCA Awards on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood. Winners will be announced on Monday, December 12, 2016.

Established in 2003, the African American Film Critics Association is the largest black film critics’ organization in the world, representing television, radio, print and online critics.

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UPDATE: HBO developing ‘Bros Before Hos’

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In July, we reported that the producing team behind Red Tails  and the new satirical comedy, Dear White People  (in theaters now) had released a pilot presentation titled, Bros Before Hos.  Now it appears that HBO has acquired the project and will develop it as a future series.

According to THR, the cable giant purchased the show from producing partners Anthony Hemingway, Mark Taylor and Lena WaitheBros Before Hos  follows three brothers—two straight, one gay—who struggle with modern-day issues in Los Angeles while trying to find love. The show was created to “try and reach the widest audience possible in order to show the wit and complexities of people of color and people within the LGBT community.”

Bros Before Hos  stars Dijon Talton, Kevin Phillips, Americo “Tuffy” Questall, Dana Sorman, Nia Jervier and Kristopher Gordon.  The project was written and created by Benjamin Cory Jones.

Check out the full pilot presentation below and tell us what you think:

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WATCH Pilot Presentation of ‘Bros Before Hos’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Here is a new series from the team behind the 2012 film, Red Tails and upcoming satirical comedy, Dear White People. It’s called Bros Before Hos and it takes a bold, new approach to what it’s like to fall in love in this crazy world we live in now.

This comedy is centered on three brothers—two straight, one gay—who struggle with modern-day issues in Los Angeles while trying to find love.  It is written and created by Benjamin Cory Jones and stars Dijon Talton, Kevin Phillips, Americo “Tuffy” Questall, Dana Sorman, Nia Jervier and Kristopher Gordon.  Serving as executive  producer and director is Anthony Hemingway along with Lena Waithe and Mark Taylor as producers.

Reportedly, the pilot presentation was created to “try and reach the widest audience possible in order to show the wit and complexities of people of color and people within the LGBT community.”

Check it out below and tell us if you would like to see more of the series:

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