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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.

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Watch the Trailer for OWN’s ‘Cherish the Day’ (VIDEO)

OWN has released the official trailer for its upcoming drama series 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 is produced for OWN by ARRAY Filmworks and Harpo Films in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. DuVernay, Paul Garnes, Tanya Hamilton, and Oprah Winfrey serve as executive producers. 

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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. 

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‘First Look’ Photo from Ava DuVernay’s ‘Cherish the Day’

Check out this “first look” image of the cast from Ava DuVernay‘s new OWN series Cherish the Day. It features Dorien Wilson, Ann Marie-Johnson, Kellee Stewart and Alano Miller.

As previously reported, Cherish the Day chronicles the stirring romance of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day.  The season-long 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. The drama also stars Xosha Roquemore, Larry Bates, Loren Lott and Cicely Tyson.

Cherish the Day is created and executive produced by DuVernay and will be directed by Tanya Hamilton.  

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Cicely Tyson to star in OWN’s new series ‘Cherish the Day’

Ava DuVernay is adding more star power to her new OWN series Cherish the Day. Screen legend and film icon—CICELY TYSON—will be a series regular and joins previously announced actors Xosha Roquemore and Alano Miller.

Cherish the Day, chronicles the stirring romance of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. The season-long 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.

Tyson will star as Miss Luma Lee Langston, a legendary star of stage and screen in decades past. She is also the employer of Gently James, played by Roquemore.

Cherish the Day is produced for OWN by Array Filmworks and Harpo Films in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Acclaimed filmmaker Tanya Hamilton (Queen SugarNight Catches Us) will direct the Cherish the Day series premiere written by DuVernay.

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Angela Bassett, Ava DuVernay, Ryan Murphy and more recognized at ‘AAFCA TV Honors’ [PHOTOS]

Check out photos from this past weekend’s First Annual AAFCA TV Honors. The exclusive awards luncheon, presented by the African American Film Critics Association, was held at the Fireside Room at the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey and recognized some of the biggest stars on television.

Ava DuVernay and the cast of When They See Us
AAFCA’s Gil Robertson along with Ava DuVernay and the cast of When They See Us

Awards were handed out to Emmy nominee Ava DuVernay and her cast of When They See UsNiecy Nash, Aunjanue Ellis, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Jharrel Jerome and Asante Blackk. She picked up the award for “Best Limited Series” and the actors picked up “Best Ensemble” as well as “Breakthrough Performance” for Jharrel.

Gil Roberston with Sterling K. Brown and Ryan Michelle Bathe

CBS’s The Neighborhood featuring Cedric the Entertainer and Tichina Arnold picked up “Best TV Comedy.” Emmy winner and This is Us star Sterling K. Brown won for “Best TV Performance – Male” along with iconic film actress Angela Bassett for “Best TV Performance – Female.”

Janet Mock, Ryan Murphy, Angela Bassett and MJ Rodriguez

POSE and 9-1-1 producer Ryan Murphy also earned the AAFCA TV Honors first Icon Award for his outstanding contributions to television.

Special invited guests included Chaz EbertSheryl Lee Ralph, Janet Mock, Richard BrooksMj Rodriguez, among many others.  The event was presided over by AAFCA President Gil Robertson.

See the full list of winners below:

Best TV Comedy: “The Neighborhood” (CBS)

A comedy series, limited series, television movie or special that stands out for its quality and cultural significance presented to the series creator Jim Reynolds and cast members Cedric the Entertainer,  Tichina Arnold, Max Greenfield, Marcel Spears, Beth Behrs, and Sheaun McKinney.

Best TV Drama: “Power” (Starz)

A drama series, limited series, documentary series, television movie or otherwise that stands out for its quality and cultural significance presented to show writer Eric Haywood and director Anthony Hemingway.

Best Limited Series: “When They See Us” (Netflix)

A limited series, television movie or special that stands out for its quality and cultural significance presented to creator, co-writer and director Ava DuVernay.

Best Ensemble: “When They See Us” (Netflix)

This award may be given to an ensemble in a drama series, limited series, documentary series, television movie or otherwise that stands out as a groundbreaker or gamechanger in the television landscape. Presented to cast members Niecy Nash, Aunjanue Ellis, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Jharrel Jerome and Asante Blackk.

Breakthrough Performance: Jharrel Jerome “When They See Us”

This award may be given to an actor, creator or project that stands out as a groundbreaker or gamechanger in the television landscape

Best Writing: “When They See Us” (Netflix)

Writing for a drama series, comedy series, limited series, documentary series, television movie

or otherwise that stands out for its quality and cultural significance. Presented to writer Attica Locke.

Best TV Performance – Female: Angela Bassett

An actress whose work during the calendar year has been extraordinary.

Best TV Performance – Male: Sterling K. Brown

An actor whose work during the calendar year has been extraordinary.

Inclusion Award: CBS

Recognizes a network or production entity that demonstrates a powerful commitment to diversity and inclusion presented to Kelly Kahl President, CBS Entertainment.

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OWN presents ‘Cherish the Day’ featuring Xosha Roquemore + Alano Miller

Emmy nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay continues to build her dramatic catalogue of stories with a new anthology series for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network titled Cherish the Day.

Each season of Cherish the Day will chronicle the stirring romance of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day.  The season-long 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. The series is created and executive produced by DuVernay through Array Filmworks from Warner Horizon Scripted Television. 

Xosha Roquemore (The Mindy Project) will star as Gently James and Alano Miller (Underground) will star as Evan Fisher. The couple meets and falls in love in Los Angeles, with the full season spanning five years in eight episodes.  Roquemore is best known for her role as Tamra Webb on Mindy Kaling’s long-running hit series The Mindy Project, and most recently recurred as Dawn Lima on I’m Dying Up Here.  On the big screen, Roquemore appeared in Lee DanielsPrecious and will be seen in the upcoming film Brian Banks.

Miller starred as Cato in Underground and as Raymond Green in the acclaimed film Loving.  He has appeared in episodes of The Red Line and recently wrapped production on feature film Sylvie starring opposite Tessa Thompson.  

Cherish the Day is produced for OWN by Array Filmworks and Harpo Films in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Acclaimed filmmaker Tanya Hamilton (Queen Sugar, Night Catches Us) will direct the Cherish the Day series premiere written by DuVernay.

Enjoy Sade‘s classic tune “Cherish the Day” which I am assuming is probably the source of inspiration for the series title. Stay tuned…


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Watch a Sneak Peek of OWN’s When They See Us Now (VIDEO)

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Check out a sneak peek of OWN’s When They See Us Live. The event airs this Wednesday June 12 at 10 p.m. EST following the season premiere of Ava DuVernay‘s Queen Sugar.

When They See Us Live was taped Sunday evening in front of a live audience during the Netflix FYSEE space and featured an intimate conversation between Winfrey and the series’ actors Niecy Nash, Jharrel Jerome, Michael K. Williams, Joshua Jackson, Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse, Jovan Adepo, Chris Chalk, Freddy Miyares and Justin Cunningham. Winfrey also talked to executive producers Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 09: ≈ look on at the Netflix “When They See Us” FYSEE Event at Raleigh Studios on June 09, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Netflix)

The second portion of the show features her interview with the Exonerated Five – Antron McCray, Korey Wise, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana and Yusef Salaam.   

Based on a true story that gripped the country, When They See Us chronicles the notorious case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit.

In addition, Winfrey also sits down with DuVernay, who co-wrote and directed all four parts.

See the video and more photos below:

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 09: Freddy Miyares, Michael K. Williams, Jovan Adepo, Jharrel Jerome, Caleel Harris, Niecy Nash, Asante Blackk, Chris Chalk, Justin Cunningham, Ethan Herisse and Joshua Jackson attend the Netflix “When They See Us” FYSEE Event at Raleigh Studios on June 09, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Netflix)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 09: Yusef Salaam and Ethan Herisse attend the Netflix “When They See Us” FYSEE Event at Raleigh Studios on June 09, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Netflix)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 09: Kendrick Sampson, Freddy Miyares and Aurora Perrineau attend the Netflix “When They See Us” FYSEE Event at Raleigh Studios on June 09, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Netflix)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 09: Jharrel Jerome and Niecy Nash attend the Netflix “When They See Us” FYSEE Event at Raleigh Studios on June 09, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Handout/Getty Images for Netflix)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 09: Korey Wise attends the Netflix “When They See Us” FYSEE Event at Raleigh Studios on June 09, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Handout/Getty Images for Netflix)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 09: Raymond Santana embraces Kharey Wise onstage at the Netflix “When They See Us” FYSEE Event at Raleigh Studios on June 09, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Handout/Getty Images for Netflix)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 09: Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay speak onstage at the Netflix “When They See Us” FYSEE Event at Raleigh Studios on June 09, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Netflix)
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‘When They See Us’ premieres at NYC’s famed Apollo Theatre [PHOTOS]

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Check out photos from the New York City premiere of Ava DuVernay‘s new Netflix movie When They See Us. The star-studded red carpet event took place at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre and was attended by the cast and a number of celebrity guests including Oprah Winfrey, Dapper Dan and the Reverend Al Sharpton.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 20: (L-R) Kevin Richardson, Antron Mccray, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana Jr., and Korey Wise onstage during the World Premiere of Netflix’s “When They See Us” at the Apollo Theater on May 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

Based on a true story that gripped the country, When They See Us will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. The four part limited series will focus on the five teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise. Beginning in the spring of 1989, when the teenagers were first questioned about the incident, the series will span 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 20: Blair Underwood, Desiree DaCosta, Niecy Nash, and Jay Tucker attend the World Premiere of Netflix’s “When They See Us” at Lincoln Ristorante on May 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

When They See Us cast members in attendance included Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, Niecy Nash, John Leguizamo, Blair Underwood, Christopher Jackson, Joshua Jackson, Omar J. Dorsey, Famke Janssen, Aurora Perrineau, William Sadler, Jharrel Jerome, Kylie Bunbury, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Storm Reid, Dascha Polanco, Chris Chalk, Freddy Miyares, Justin Cunningham, Ethan Herisse, Caleel Harris, Marquis Rodriguez, and Asante Blackk.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 20: (L-R) Jonathan King, Berry Welsh, Jane Rosenthal, Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay speak onstage during the World Premiere of Netflix’s “When They See Us” at the Apollo Theater on May 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

Other special attendees included veteran actress Suzanne Douglas, Selenis Leyva (Orange Is The New Black), Antoni Porowski (Queer Eye), Brett Gray (On My Block), Carrie Preston (CLAWS) and Jenn Lyon (CLAWS)

See more images + the trailer below:

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 20: (L-R) Freddy Miyares, Marquis Rodriguez, Raymond Santana Jr., Kevin Richardson, Asante Blackk, Ava DuVernay, Cindy Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Korey Wise, Antron Mccray, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse, Yusef Salaam, Chris Chalk attend the World Premiere of Netflix’s “When They See Us” at the Apollo Theater on May 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 20: Korey Wise, Niecy Nash, and Jharrel Jerome attend the World Premiere of Netflix’s “When They See Us” at the Apollo Theater on May 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 20: Gayle King (L) attends the World Premiere of Netflix’s “When They See Us” at the Apollo Theater on May 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 20: Michael K. Williams attends the World Premiere of Netflix’s “When They See Us” at the Apollo Theater on May 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 20: Storm Reid attends the World Premiere of Netflix’s “When They See Us” at the Apollo Theater on May 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 20: Dascha Polanco and Niecy Nash attend the World Premiere of Netflix’s “When They See Us” at Lincoln Ristorante on May 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 20: Omar J. Dorsey attends the World Premiere of Netflix’s “When They See Us” at the Apollo Theater on May 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 20: Dapper Dan attends the World Premiere of Netflix’s “When They See Us” at the Apollo Theater on May 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 20: Carrie Preston (R) attends the World Premiere of Netflix’s “When They See Us” at the Apollo Theater on May 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 20: Suzzanne Douglas attends the World Premiere of Netflix’s “When They See Us” at the Apollo Theater on May 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 20: John Leguizamo and Ava DuVernay attend the World Premiere of Netflix’s “When They See Us” at Lincoln Ristorante on May 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 20: Blair Underwood attends the World Premiere of Netflix’s “When They See Us” at the Apollo Theater on May 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 20: Ethan Herisse, Asante Blackk, Joshua Jackson, Marquis Rodriguez and Caleel Harris attend the World Premiere of Netflix’s “When They See Us” at Lincoln Ristorante on May 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)z

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Netflix releases the Official Trailer for Ava DuVernay’s ‘When They See Us’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Check out the new trailer Ava DuVernay‘s new Netflix drama When They See Us. It focuses on the infamous “Central Park Five” case where five teen age boys of colors were wrongfully convicted of raping a white woman in New York’s famed Central Park in 1989. The trailer is being released on the 30th Anniversary of the event and the film will debut on May 31.

According to Netflix, the four part limited series will focus on the five teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise. Beginning in the spring of 1989, when the teenagers were first questioned about the incident, the series will span 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.

When They See Us was created by DuVernay, who also co-wrote and directed the four parts.  Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King from Participant Media, Oprah Winfrey from Harpo Films, and Jane Rosenthal, Berry Welsh and Robert De Niro from Tribeca Productions executive produced the limited series alongside DuVernay through her banner, Array FilmWorks.

The series stars Emmy Award® Nominee Michael K. Williams, Academy Award® Nominee Vera Farmiga, Emmy Award® Winner John Leguizamo, Academy Award® Nominee and Emmy Award® Winner Felicity Huffman, Emmy Award® Nominee Niecy Nash, Emmy Award® Winner and two-time Golden Globe Nominee Blair Underwood.

It also features Emmy Award® and Grammy Award® Winner and Tony Award® Nominee Christopher Jackson, Joshua Jackson, Omar J. Dorsey, Adepero Oduye, Famke Janssen, Aurora Perrineau, William Sadler, Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Aunjanue Ellis, Kylie Bunbury and many more.

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Watch Trailer for Ava DuVernay’s CBS series ‘The Red Line’ (VIDEO)

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CBS has released a first look at Ava DuVernay‘s new limited series The Red Line. It premieres on Sunday, April 28 at 10 p.m.

The Red Line follows three very different Chicago families as they journey toward hope and healing after a tragedy connects them all. It features the incredible Noah Wyle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Noel Fisher, Howard Charles, Aliyah Royale, Michael Patrick Thornton, Vinny Chhibber, Glynn Turman, Regina Taylor and Elizabeth Laidlaw.

Joining DuVernay as executive producer are Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Caitlin Parrish, Sunil Nayar and Kevin Hooks.

Tell us what you think!

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Ava DuVernay signs a $100 Million Dollar Deal with Warner Bros. TV

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

DEADLINE is reporting that history maker and Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay has signed a $100 Million Dollar Deal with Warner Bros. Television Group.

DuVernay’s multi-year and multi-genre deal consist of her developing and producing drama and comedy series, documentaries, digital content, event projects and longer form projects for broadcast and cable, premium cable. It also includes streaming services and other platforms. All of these projects will be funneled through her company – Forward Movement.

“I’ve had nothing but beautiful experiences working with Peter Roth, Susan Rovner and Brett Paul,” Duvernay told Deadline today. “They love and support artists in wonderful and nourishing ways,” the Queen Sugar and Red Line EP added. “They work within a traditional studio headed by Kevin Tsujihara that is stirring with untraditional energy and fresh protocols for intentional, inclusive image-making. Warner Bros. is a terrific partner about matters of visibility and belonging for all kinds and cultures of people, which is our mission at Forward Movement. I couldn’t be happier to call Warner Bros. TV my production home.”

Roth, Warner Bros. TV Group President and Chief Content Officer, said in a statement:

“Ava DuVernay is one of the leading lights in our industry, a brilliantly talented writer, producer, director and entrepreneur whose ability to inspire with her art is exceeded only by her ability to entertain. We have had the great pleasure of working with her on Queen Sugar and The Red Line, and we are extremely excited about the new stories she has to tell.”

Congrats Ava! We can’t wait to see what you do with this new deal!!

Stay tuned…

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Watch Cicely Tyson receive her Honorary Oscar (VIDEO)

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“This is the culmination of all those years of have and have nots…”

That is what iconic actress CICELY TYSON told the audience during Sunday night’s 2018 Governors Awards. The Tony-Award winning Broadway star, who is turning 94-years-old on December 18, was recognized for her legendary career.

She opened her 11-minute speech by recalling her 1973 Oscar nomination for the role of Rebecca Morgan in the film version of Sounder. She was nominated alongside Diana Ross, Liv Ullman, Maggie Smith and Liza Minelli, who won the award for her role in Cabaret.

Tyson also talked about inviting her friend Arthur Mitchell to escort her to the ceremony. He attended the Oscars with her in 1973 but was unable to do so this time around due to illness. Unfortunately, he died two days after she extended her invitation.

Tyson ended her speech by recognizing Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg and her mother, whom she claims wasn’t proud of her decision to become an actress until she appeared in the 1974 television movie The Story of Miss Jane Pitman.

Tyson is by far one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood and has a body of work that most actresses dream of. She admitted that she sat there and wept when she received the call from her agent that she was being recognized by the Academy.

Oscar nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay did the honors of presenting Tyson with the award. Other notables in attendance to help her celebrate were Winfrey along with Shonda Rhimes, Spike Lee, Tyler Perry, Steve McQueen, Barry Jenkins and Lee Daniels.

Watch the entire speech below:

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Watch Trailer for Ava DuVernay’s ‘August 28: Day in The Life of a People’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

If you watched the season finale of Queen Sugar Wednesday night you may have noticed that star studded trailer for Ava DuVernay‘s August 28: A Day in the Life of a People. The short film will debut on Tuesday, August 28 at 7 p.m. EST.

According to the press release, August 28 is a 22-minute scripted film that was written, produced and directed by DuVernay, and traverses a century of black progress, protest, passion and perseverance of African-American people. The project gives historical perspective within the creative framework of one date that has had a profound effect on America including: the passing of The Slavery Abolition Act on August 28, 1833, the lynching of Emmett Till on August 28, 1956, the first radio airplay from Motown Records on August 28, 1961 with The Marvelettes “Please Mr Postman,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech during the massive March on Washington on August 28, 1965, Hurricane Katrina making its tragic landfall on August 28, 2005 and then-Senator Barack Obama’s acceptance of the Democratic nomination for the presidency on August 28, 2008.

August 28 features an all-star cast including Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle, Regina King, David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, André Holland, Michael Ealy and Glynn Turman.

The film was lensed by cinematographer Malik Sayeed and edited by Oscar nominee Spencer Averick. Ten-time Grammy nominee Meshell Ndegeocello composed the score. Paul Garnes produced, with co-producers Tilane Jones and Tammy Garnes.