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Kandi Burruss hosts ATL Screening of ‘The Kitchen’ [PHOTOS]

Monday night, Warner Bros. hosted a special ‘Girl Boss’ screening of the upcoming mob drama film The Kitchen at CineBistro Theatre in Atlanta. 

RHOA star Kandi Burruss hosted the event bringing together a number of her girl boss friends including Toya Wright, Marlo Hampton, Shamea Morton and Yovanna Momplaisir, among others. Viewers enjoyed complimentary popcorn and specialty cocktails (‘The Mafia’s Kiss,’ ‘The Mob Moll’ and ‘The Hell’s Kitchen’) as they watched. 

Following the screening, guests stopped by The Kitchen x Mess in a Bottle vending machine to choose a custom t-shirt; the bespoke collection of short sleeve t-shirts are printed with positive and uplifting messages inspired by The Kitchen

#TheKitchenMovie is in theaters August 9. 

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Anthony Mackie, Jay Roach and Robert Schenkkan attend ATL Premiere of ‘All the Way’

Written by | Ray Cornelius

I had the distinct honor and pleasure of attending a special advanced screening of HBO’s “All the Way” last night at Atlanta’s historic Carter Center.  The viewing also included a pre-film reception and post-film discussion with the director Jay Roach, the award winning-screenwriter Robert Schenkkan and one of the film’s stars Anthony Mackie.

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“All the Way” is a retelling of President Lyndon B. Johnson‘s efforts to maneuver members of the 88th United States Congress to enact, and civil rights leaders including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to support, the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The film takes its name from Johnson’s 1964 campaign slogan, “All the Way with LBJ.” It’s also based on the Tony winning-play of the same name and is directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg.

Bryan Cranston reprises his role as President Johnson and totally nails his performance much like Jamie Foxx did in “Ray.” Oscar winning-actress Melissa Leo stars as Lady Bird Johnson while Mackie takes on the role of a lifetime as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  According to the versatile actor, he wanted to play the “King” he knew growing up and was more interested in “capturing the essence of him” versus trying to look and sound like him.

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“I feel like Dr. King is one of the only men in the history of the world who are known and recognized for their achievements and not how they look.  I felt that it would be a huge disservice to try and look like him and act like him as opposed to capturing the essence of the man. So it was very important to me to hit a home run with his actions as opposed to being selfish and hitting a home run with the way I look. I would much rather portray him in the light of a progressive leader than Anthony in a fat suit.”

Mackie also admitted that he got the role while filming “Captain America” in Atlanta and immediately began doing research at Morehouse College. While he didn’t connect with the King family, he did stop by historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and King’s childhood home where he sat, prayed and listened.

Robert Schenkkan’s “All The Way” premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival on July 28, 2012. The production later opened in Boston in 2013 and then made its way to Broadway in 2014, where it picked up a Tony Award for Best Play and Cranston won for Best Actor in a Play. When Schenkkan was offered the opportunity to take the epic story from the stage to the big screen, he said he couldn’t resist.

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Robert Schenkkan

“This was a second opportunity to get a bite at the apple and to do things that I couldn’t do on stage. To have that opportunity is extraordinary,” said Schenkkan.  Film also offers you the unique possibilities like the epic wide shots or the ability to place your actors in very naturalistic environments or intimate over the shoulder closeups or the ‘in their face’ shots that are so revealing of character. These are things you just can’t do on stage.”

He also confessed that the film’s subject matter is very timely considering the social and political landscape of the United States right now.

“I think 1964 is kinda the origin story for 2016. We live in a world that LBJ created. All of the issues over which people fight so bitterly today—-budget, immigration, institutionalize violence against black bodies, voting rights—-all of these have their origins in 1964.  You also had a charismatic but very controversial candidate who threatened break the Republican party apart and here we have Donald Trump. It’s kinda Déjà vu all over again!”

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Anthony Mackie talking to Ambassador Andrew Young

“All the Way” features a number of standout performances including Bradley Whitford as Hubert Humphrey, Frank Langella as Sen. Richard Russell, Joe Morton as Roy Wilkins, Stephen Root as J. Edgar Hoover, Aisha Hinds as Fannie Lou Hamer and Mo McRae as Stokley Carmichael.

Civil Rights icon Ambassador Andrew Young, who was in attendance last night, also served as one of the film’s consultants. Other Atlanta notables spotted in the audience included BronzeLens Film Festival creator Kathleen Bertrand and actress Porsha Ferguson from OWN’s “The Haves and the Have Nots.”

Check out more photos and the film’s trailer below:

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Darlene Hamilton with BLFF’s Katleen Bertrand
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Ambassador Andrew Young with actress Porsha Ferguson

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Post-film panel discussion

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“All the Way” debuts TOMORROW Saturday, May 21 at 8 p.m. EST

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Stevie Baggs, Sherri Shepherd, Porsha Williams & more attend ATL Premiere of ‘Match Made in Heaven’ (PHOTOS)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Stars of WEtv’s new reality dating competition “Match Made in Heaven” attended a special Atlanta screening of the show Wednesday night. The new season airs TONIGHT at 10 p.m. EST following the season premiere of “Braxton Family Values” at 9 p.m. EST.  The VIP event took place at the Rich Auditorium at The Woodruff Art Center and featured the show’s lucky bachelor Stevie Baggs, his mother Lola Robinson and the show’s host Sherri Shepherd.

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Stevie Baggs with his college mentor Eugene Phillips 

On this new season of “Match Made in Heaven,” former professional football player and successful Atlanta businessman, Stevie Baggs is putting his heart on the line on a quest for true love. Sherri Shepherd will oversee Stevie’s journey as 18 sexy singles duke it out to win his heart. With unexpected twists and turns, the competition is tougher than ever as the heavenly and hellish collide. Also helping out in the search is Stevie’s outspoken mother Lola Robinson and Pastor Ken Johnson, who will offer his spiritual guidance all along with dramatic temptations designed to test the their virtue.

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WEtv President Marc Juris, Kenya Moore and Matt Jordan

A number of Atlanta celebrities came out to support Baggs and the show including his WEtv family members from “Cutting It in the ATL” Maja Sly, Beautii J and Dedra Allen. “L.A. Hair” star Gocha Hawkins was spotted on the carpet along with RHOA stars Porsha Williams and Kenya Moore. “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” star Mimi Faust was also in attendance with HGTV’s Egypt Sherrod and DJ Fadelf. WEtv’s “Selling It in the ATL” stars Chrishena Stanley, Gwen Boyd Moss and Sarah Lowe were also in present along with actors Charmin Lee, T.C. Carson, relationship expert Spirit and Grammy nominated-singer Kelly Price. Trina Braxton also made a special appearance on behalf of “Braxton Family Values,” which was previewed last night as well.

Check out more pics and the trailer “Match Made in Heaven”  below:

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T.C. Carson, Charmin Lee and Spirit

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Bo Talley, Dominic Tennant and Pearl Fils-Aime

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Dedra Allen and new “Cutting it in the ATL” castmember

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Stevie Baggs hugging his former college mentor Eugene Phillips

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Stevie Baggs with Linda Phillips

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Kelly Price

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Kimberly Clark, DJ Fadelf and Egypt Sherrod

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Gocha Hawkins

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Sherri Shepherd with Betty Dobbs and Terrence Allen

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Mo’Nique, D. Woods and More attend ATL Screening of ‘Blackbird’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

A special Atlanta screening of the Patrik Ian-Polk’s new coming-of-age film, “Blackbird,” was held Tuesday night at the historic Midtown Arts Cinema. The screening was co-presented by RLJ Entertainment and Urban Movie Channel and was hosted by V-103’s midday radio personality Ramona Debreaux.

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Many of the film’s stars were in attendance including Oscar-winning actress and executive producer of the project, Mo’Nique along with her husband and executive producer Sidney Hicks, D. Woods, Torrey Laamar, and Nikkie Jane.

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“Blackbird” tells the story of Randy (Julian Walker), a talented teenage singer and aspiring actor who’s struggling with religion, sexuality, a troubled home life and other high school woes in a small Southern Baptist town. It’s a journey that ultimately leads to him to love and acceptance. Mo’Nique plays Randy’s overberring mother along with Isaiah Washington as his father. “Blackbird”  is based on Larry Duplechan‘s 1986 book of the same name.

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Following the screening, Mo’Nique and the rest of the cast took part in a Q&A session with the audience where they talked about making the film. Mo’Nique also revealed why she had to be apart of the project and why the film is a reflection of the times.

 “Were getting to a place where people just want to be free. People just want to be accepted. People just want to stop apologizing. We want to stop having to make an announcement. I’ve never had to go anywhere a say, ‘I want to let y’all know ‘m a heterosexual!’ I’ve never had to do that.”

Mo’Nique later went on to say that this film is part of  a ‘Gay Turn’ where the rights and privileges of the LGBT community are no longer ignored but are accepted by mainstream America. She hopes the film will also spark constructive conversation in communities that will ultimately lead to acceptance and understanding.

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Special invited guests included Rodney Perry, Dr. Heavenly KimesGary With Tha Tea, Meelah WilliamsBobby V,  Melissa KnowlesTone X, Funky Dineva and more.

Take a look at more photos below:

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 Mo’Nique with Sidney Hicks

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 Mo’Nique and Sidney Hicks with Dr. Heavenly Kimes from “Married to Medicine”

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Mo’Nique and Sidney Hicks with V-103’s Ramona Debreaux

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 Mo’Nique sharing a moment with Nikkie Jane

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Mo’Nique and Sidney Hicks with Gary With Tha Tea

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 D. Woods signing the film’s poster

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Mo’Nique and Sidney Hicks are executive producers of the film

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RC with Mo’Nique

“Blackbird” opens in theaters nationwide April 24

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Will Packer hopes audiences will view ‘The Wedding Ringer’ as a ‘good’ film [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Tuesday evening, film producer extraordinaire Will “Power” Packer and comedic actor Affion Crockett hosted an exclusive Atlanta screening of their upcoming romantic comedy, “The Wedding Ringer.” The premiere took place at the Regal Atlantic Station and was followed by a 45-minute post film Q&A with Atlanta press at STRIPE Restaurant and Bar. Celebrities in attendance included Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Bobby V, Terri J. Vaughn, RL (Next), and Shanti Das, just to name a few.

“The Wedding Ringer” stars funnyman Kevin Hart as Jimmy aka Bic Mitchum – a witty, smooth talking guy who makes a living as a best man for hire. He, along with his no-nonsense assistant (Jenifer Lewis), must pull off the perfect wedding for Doug Harris (Josh Gad), a socially challenged guy who has no best man or groomsmen and is less than two weeks away from marrying the girl of this dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting). Trouble ensues for the two when Jimmy enlists a motley crew of groomsman who must also fool Harris’ soon-to-be bride and prudish in-laws.

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The film, which was conceived, written and directed by Jeremy Garelick of Hangover fame, has already been criticized and compared to Will Smith’s “Hitch.” However, Packer declares that Ringer’s story line is completely different from the 2005 film and was originally intended for two white actors and not a white and black actor.

“The ‘Hitch’ comparisons actually didn’t come out until people started seeing commercials for the film. This originally wasn’t a ‘salt and pepper’ film as they say in Hollywood.  It wasn’t about a black dude and a white dude. It also wasn’t so much about one character teaching another character how to be cool as much as much as it was about helping him get through his wedding,” says Packer. “You hired me and I’m going to create you a fake world—that’s the premise. Once the marketing came out then people were like, ‘Look at Kevin Hart!’ ‘Look at the black dude and the chunky white boy.’ That’s when we starting hearing the comparison because it wasn’t even in the DNA of the movie.”

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Packer also expressed his concern that audiences will try to put the Ringer in a box and explains how that way of thinking creates problems for him as a producer and for the actors like Crockett seeking to gain more work. Rather than seeing the film as ‘Black’ or ‘White,’ see it as just a ‘film.’

“I have tried as a filmmaker to make good content that just so happens to have African-Americans in it and content that didn’t necessarily have to have all Black people in them. I personally feel that if you look at ‘Think Like a Man’ or ‘Think Like a Man Too’ you can easily make those films with an all-white cast,” says Packer.  “It will be interesting to see how people categorize ‘The Wedding Ringer.’ One of the things I’ve heard some people say, ‘Oh this is Kevin Hart trying to be crossover in this white movie’ and I feel like that way of thinking limits us.  That means if Kevin is in a movie and it’s not all black people then he’s trying to do something that ain’t real or something that shouldn’t be seen or something that’s not him?  Why can’t we have this movie with Kevin, with Affion, with Cory Holcomb in it and it be a movie that wasn’t written with them in mind? Why can’t we make that movie as well?

Packer further explains, “As a producer, I am always working against these labels and the boxes that we’re put in. But the people who can really bust those labels and boxes wide open are the audiences. They’re the ones that can come out of the theaters saying, ‘Man that shit was funny! I don’t care who was in it, I just know if was funny. That was a good movie.’”

“The Wedding Ringer” opens nationwide on this Friday, January 16.

Check out photos below from the premiere as well as the hilarious trailer:

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 Will Packer with fiancée Heather Hayslett

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 Will Packer and Affion Crockett with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

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 Ladies Night Out – Heather Hayslett with Cas Sigers-Beedles, Terri J. Vaughn and Stacii Jae Johnson

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Will Packer and Affion  Crockett addressing the attendees before the film

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After the film Will Packer took pictures with Atlanta influencers including Atlanta City Council’s Kwanza Hall

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Affion Crockett with R&B singer Bobby V

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Will Packer getting a hug of support from hip-hop executive Shanti Das

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Affion Crockett with ComedyHype.com’s Jonathan Williams

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Will Packer greeting Atlanta press during post Q&A Dinner

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BET to Celebrate BHM with ‘Being Mary Jane,’ ‘Book of Negroes’ + ‘BET Honors’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

BET is celebrating Black History Month in a major way with the highly anticipated return of the #1 new original drama series “Being Mary Jane,” the epic premiere of the miniseries “The Book of Negroes” and the superstar “The BET Honors” 2015 lineup.

The hit original series “Being Mary Jane,” starring Gabrielle Union, is back bigger than ever with 12, one-hour episodes beginning Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 10 PM ET/PT. Created and executive produced by Mara Brock Akil, this season of “Being Mary Jane” finds Mary Jane once again juggling more than she can handle between family drama, bold career choices and a budding new relationship – possibly involving a child of her own.

BET launches its first-ever event miniseries “The Book of Negroes,” a six-part historical drama in the tradition of Roots, based on Lawrence Hill’s award-winning, Oprah Winfrey-listed novel (known in the United States as Someone Knows My Name). The highly anticipated television event will run over the course of three consecutive nights in two-hour installments starting Monday, February 16, 2015 at 8 PM ET/PT. “The Book of Negroes” depicts the extraordinary life journey of Aminata Diallo, an indomitable African woman who cuts a swath through a world that is pre-disposed to underestimate her. Kidnapped by slave traders in West Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate her way through the American Revolution in New York, the isolated refuge of Nova Scotia and the treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone before ultimately securing her freedom in England at the dawn of the 19th century. The star-studded cast features lead actress Aunjanue Ellis, Oscar winners  Cuba Gooding Jr. and Louis Gossett Jr., Lyriq Bent, Oscar nominee Jane Alexander, Ben Chaplin and Allan Hawco.

BET's Stephen Hill 2Rounding out the star studded month is the years can’t miss lineup for “The BET Honors” 2015. Dedicated to celebrating black excellence, this year’s show will recognize the achievements of five spectacular African Americans: Kanye West, Phylicia Rashad, Usher Raymond, Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole and John W. Thompson. Hosted by Wayne Brady, “The BET Honors” 2015 premieres on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 9PM ET/PT.

In other related BET news, the network has appointed Stephen Hill as President of Programming. In this newly created position, Hill will lead the Original Programming, Music Programming & Specials, and the BET News teams responsible for creating, developing, and producing programming across BET. Hill was most recently President of Music Programming & Specials at BET which was responsible for BET’s music shows and specials including, “BET Awards,” “BET Honors,” “Black Girls Rock,” “The Hip Hop Awards,” and “Celebration of Gospel.”

“I have worked with Stephen for over 15 years, and his passion for the BET Brand has been apparent from the very beginning. He has grown our music shows and specials into iconic and highly-rated programs beloved by our audience,” said Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO, BET Networks. “Over the past several years, he has expanded his role into scripted programming, launching our hit series ‘Real Husbands of Hollywood.’ He is well-qualified and ready for this new challenge and I am excited to have him in this new role.”

Congrats BET and Stephen Hill!

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RC attends ATL Screening of Lee Daniels’ new drama ‘EMPIRE’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

The ATL premiere of Lee Daniels’ new hip-hop drama, “EMPIRE” was held last night at the Fernbank Museum. The event was hosted by FOX & Liquid Soul and featured a VIP screening in one of the IMAX theaters as well as drinks and delicious desserts.

As previously reported, “EMPIRE”  follows a family-run-hip-hop dynasty governed by Lucious Lyons (Terrence Howard) who is attempting to take his record company, Empire Entertainment public. His plans come to screeching halt when his ex-wife, Cookie Lyons (Taraji P. Henson) emerges from prison for drug trafficking and an all-out family war ensues.  Lyons must groom one of his three sons Andre, the shrewd music executive; Jamal, the gay singer-songwriter; and Hakeem, the headstrong rapper, to take control of the business before Cookie does. Actors Trai Byers, Jussie Smollett and Bryshere Y. Gray portray the Lyons’ sons respectively.

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BJ and Sydney Mitchell with Dr. Rondrick Williamson

Rounding out the all-star cast is Malik Yoba as Lyons’ business associate Vernon Turner, Gabourey Sidibe as Lyons’ hardworking assistant, Becky and Grace Gealey stars as Lyons head of A&R and current girlfriend.  Music legend Gladys Knight will also appear on the show and Timbaland serves as the show’s music producer.

Liquid Soul CEO Terrell Whitley revealed that Rob Hardy, formerly of Rain Forest Films. was currently working on the 10th episode in Chicago which features musical divas Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Hudson. Modeling icon, Naomi Campbell will also appear in the episode and will reportedly play Camilla, an alluring woman involved in a steamy affair with Hakeem that also exercises considerable influence over him.

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Crowd anxiously awaiting the premiere

Atlanta notables attending the screening included General Manager of Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Erica Qualls; Area Development Director for United Negro College Fund, Miranda Mack McKenzie; “Instant Mom” star BJ Mitchell, “The Doctors” star Dr. Rondrick Williamson; Former “Big Rich Atlanta” stars Sabrina and Kahdijiha Rowe; Media mavens, April Love, Keisha Hines and Satchel Jester; actress and singer, Jasmine Burke; Chairman of CIO Entertainment, Ted McCloud; Lexis Jones Mason from “I Dream of NeNe” and Straight From the A’s Michelle Brown.

Check out more photos below and the latest trailer:

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Dance Choreographer and reality star Victor Jackson

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General Mgr. of Atlanta Marriott Marquis Erica Qualls with her niece

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Liquid Soul’s CMO Nick Nelson with UNCF’s Miranda Mack McKenzie

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Instant Mom’s BJ Mitchell with his sister Sydney/Actress and singer Jasmine Burke

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Brian Ingram with  Ted McCloud/ Lee Daniels’ cousin William Leecan

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Liquid Soul CEO Terrell Whitley talking to audience about “EMPIRE”

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Fox 5 Atlanta’s Cynne Simpson/”The Doctors” star Dr. Rondrick Williamson

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“EMPIRE” social media winners

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LaRonda Sutton, Director, Mayor’s Office of Film & Entertainment, City of Atlanta

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Sabrina and Kahdijiha Rowe with Keisha Hines and Meghan Moorer

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“EMPIRE” premieres Jan. 7 at 9 p.m. EST on FOX

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ATL Stars attend Exclusive Screening of ‘Drumline: A New Beat’ [PHOTOS]

l to r: Lisa Arrindell Anderson, BLFF’s Kathleen Bertrand and Jasmine Burke

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Thursday night the BronzeLens Film Festival hosted an exclusive premiere for the highly anticipated VH1 Original movie, Drumline: A New Beat.  The red carpet screening took place in Atlanta at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema and was attended by the film’s director Bille Woodruff and cast members Lisa Arrindell Anderson, Jasmine Burke and Big Tigger.  Also in attendance were Renee Lawless (The Have and The Have Nots), Chanita Foster (Football Wives), Keshia Knight-Pulliam, John Grant (100 Black Men Atlanta), Rob Hayes (model), Carl Payne (Martin) and Don Roberts, executive band coordinator.

Drumline: A New Beat  stars Alexandra Shipp as Danielle (Dani) Bolton an upper-class Brooklyn girl who defies her parents in order to attend Atlanta A&T so she can join – and revitalize – their once-prominent drumline. Dani’s quest to become the first female section leader of the drumline in the school’s history will be hampered by upperclassmen (including her cousin, Tyree); her feelings for fellow band mate and rival, Jayven; and the school’s crosstown rivals. Rounding out the cast is Letoya LuckettJordan CallowayJeff PierreLeonard Roberts and Scott Shilstone. Executive producer, Nick Cannon makes a cameo appearance as his memorable character, Devon Miles.

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Carl Payne and Jasmine Burke

For actress Jasmine Burke, starring in the sequel is a full circle moment considering she was an extra in the original film. “This is amazing especially because I was an extra in Drumline. Fast forward to ten years later and I’m co-starring in Drumline 2. It’s been both nostalgic and inspiring all at the same time,” said Burke.

Drumline: A New Beat  was initially supposed to be shot in New Orleans.  However, director Bille Woodruff wanted to bring the story back to Atlanta, giving the sequel a direct connection to the first movie.

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“I switched locations because I really wanted to shoot the film in Atlanta. (LOL) I love the ATL and wanted the sequel to feel a lot like the first film. I also wanted people to see some familiar places like, ‘OMG, that’s the same band room.’ I also shot scenes in the same Quad area too. I did do some new things as well but I really wanted a strong connection to the first film and I believe I achieved that,” said Woodruff.

Drumline: A New Beat airs this Monday, October 27 at 9p.m. on VH1

Check out photos from the red carpet below:

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The Have and the Have Nots star Renee Lawless

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Don Roberts and guest/John Grant of 100 Black Men Atlanta

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Model Rob Hayes

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Football Wives stars Chanita Foster

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Over the Weekend: Nene Leakes, ABFF, Kevin Hart & Beyoncé

Greg and Nene Leakes at their wedding on Saturday/Photo Credit: TheYBF

Posted by |Ray Cornelius

Reality-diva Nene Leakes jumped the broom for the second time this weekend. The Glee  actress remarried her ex-husband Greg Leakes in a lavish wedding on Saturday at The InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta Hotel. The very private affair was taped for the upcoming Bravo reality-series, I Dream of Nene and was attended by a number of Leakes’ RHOA buddies including Cynthia Bailey & Peter Thomas, Phaedra Parks & Apollo Nida and Kim Zolciak & Kroy Biermann.  Other reality stars in attendance were The Millionaire Matchmaker  Patti Stanger, Jill Zarin (formerly of RHONY ), Jennifer Williams (formerly of Basketball Wives) and Andrea Kelly of VH1’s Hollywood Exes; who both served as bridesmaids.  Thank you TheYBF!

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 Jawn Murray, Terrence J, Boris Kodjoe, David E. Talbert and Derek Luke at ABFF/Photo Credit: TheYBF

Some of the actors from the upcoming rom-com, Baggage Claim  were on hand for a Q&A this weekend during the ABFF in Miami.  Boris Kodjoe, Derek Luke, Terrence J and the film’s producer David E. Talbert talked to AlwaysAList’s  Jawn Murray about the resurgence of Black-led films in Hollywood. According to Kodjoe, it’s about supply and demand:  “It’s not about ‘Black being in again’, it is about supply and demand and how basically Black people have a lot of buying power.”

As previously reported, Baggage Claim  features Paula Patton as a flight attendant who must find love within 30 Days or 30,000 miles.  The film, which also stars Jill Scott and Trey Songz, lands in theaters September 27. Thanks again TheYBF!

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 Monyetta Shaw, Kevin Hart and Keisha Knight-Pulliam at the ATL premiere of Let Me Explain

Comedian Kevin Hart received a little southern hospitality Friday evening during the Atlanta premiere of his new concert film, Let Me Explain.  A number of Kevin’s friends were present at the private screening that took place at the Regal Cinema at Atlantic Station.  Spotted at the premiere were Ne-Yo and his fiancée Monyeta Shaw, Keisha Knight Pulliam, Ludacris, and former Destiny’s Child star LeToya Luckett.  Hart also attended a Miami screening as well on Saturday as part of the ABFF.  Thank you @kevinhart4real!

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Lastly, Saturday June 22 marked the 10-year anniversary of Beyoncé’s first album, Dangerously in Love. The multi-platinum project earned Bey several awards and spawned a number of classic hits records such as “Crazy in Love,” “Baby Boy,” “Naughty Girl,” and my personal favorite, “Me, Myself and I.” Take a look at the video below. Thanks ESSENCE!

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