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‘Lexus UPTOWN Honors Hollywood’ recognizes Robin Thede, Marsai Martin + more [PHOTOS]

Uptown Ventures Group, the parent company of Uptown Magazine, kicked off Oscar week with their annual event, Lexus Uptown Honors Hollywood, at NeueHouse Hollywood Wednesday evening. Celebrity guests gathered to honor Power Player Women within the film industry. The evening honorees included writer, producer and creator of “Power (Starz),” Courtney A. Kemp, Executive Vice President of Film Production at Warner Bros. Pictures Niija Kuykendall, writer, performer, producer and show runner Robin Thede, along with creative, young power player, award-winning actress and executive producer Marsai Martin. The night of excellence was hosted by Tai Beauchamp and Chris Spencer


As a prelude to the Academy Awards® the star-studded event was lavishly decorated with beautiful white rose centerpieces, a 5-course dinner was served, followed by a private after-party. Highlights from the evening included the cast of “Power,” Naturi Naughton, Larenz Tate and Jospeh Sikora presenting writer, producer, and creator Courtney A. Kemp with her award. Honoree Robin Thede delivered a belly-aching hilarious speech as she accepted her award, Honoree Niija Kuykendall spoke about breaking barriers and being fearless in the industry and mini-mogul and Hollywood starlet Marsai Martin delivered an empowering speech and let the crowd know that being a teenager was much harder than being the youngest executive producer working in Hollywood.

“Tonight is about celebrating exceptional talent leading the way and contributing to the industry in front and behind the camera,” says Len Burnett co-CEO and chief revenue office, of UPTOWN Ventures Group.


Celebrity guests and VIP’s in attendance included Naturi Naughton, Larenz Tate, Joseph Sikora, Malinda Williams, Curtis Hamilton, Affion Crockett, Miss J. Alexander, Gabrielle Dennis, Tai Beauchamp, TJ Jackson,Kenny Lattimore, Terrence J, Bresha Webb, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Mike Hill, Cynthia Bailey & more.


For almost a decade, LexusUptown Honors Hollywood is made possible by the generous support of Lexus as the returning title sponsor. 

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RC talks to Tyler Perry and cast of ‘A Fall from Grace’ (VIDEO)

Check out this past weekend’s edition of UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry. It features Stephanie Heydt from the High Museum of Art, AAFCA’s Ed Adams plus Tyler Perry and the ladies of the Netflix movie, A Fall from Grace: Crystal Fox, Bresha Webb and Phylicia Rashad

Curator Stephanie Heydt stopped by to chat about the High Museum’s current exhibition, Something Over Something Else: Romare Bearden’s Profile Series. The show, which is now in its final weeks, features work from the iconic artist that go back as early as the 1910s all the way to the 1940s and beyond. Stephanie also opens up about an event associated with the exhibition that takes place on 1/25. (Click here for more information). 

Edward Adams from the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) is here to chat about this week’s Oscar nominations including snubs and the lack of diversity and inclusion amongst the nominees. 

Closing out the show is my exclusive interview with Tyler Perry and the cast of his new Netflix movie, A Fall from Grace – Crystal Fox, Phylicia Rashad and Bresha Webb. I got a chance to chat with them about their roles and more at the new Tyler Perry Studios.

Listen to the show and watch the full Tyler Perry interview below: 

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Watch Crystal Fox, Bresha Webb and more in ‘Tyler Perry’s A Fall From Grace’ (VIDEO)

Check out the trailer for Tyler Perry‘s upcoming Netflix thriller, A Fall from Grace. The drama features all of my favs—Crystal Fox, Bresha Webb, Phylicia Rashad and Cicely Tyson and debuts on January 17.

A Fall from Grace features Fox as Grace Waters, a divorced woman whose faith in love is restored by a new romance with Shannon, played by Mehcad Brooks. But when secrets surface, Grace’s vulnerable side turns violent.

A Fall from Grace was written and directed by Tyler Perry.

Will You Be Tuning In?

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Watch Trailer for Marlon Wayans Netflix Film ‘Sextuplets’ (VIDEO)

Check out the trailer for Marlon Wayans hilarious new Netflix film Sextuplets. It debuts on Friday August 16.

According to S&A, Sextuplets tells the story of Alan (Wayans), a man embarking on a personal journey to meet his birth mother before the arrival of his first child. When Alan meets his brother, Russell, he discovers that he was born a sextuplet and decides to seek out his four other siblings (all played by Wayans). Together, the two brothers set out on a road trip to track down the rest of the family that they’ve never known, and Alan quickly realizes he may have gotten more than he bargained for.

Sextuplets also stars Wayans Marlon co-star Bresha Webb. It was written by Wayans along with Rick Alvarez and Mike Glock.

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Watch New Trailer for ‘Night School’ with Tiffany Haddish & Kevin Hart (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Check out the new trailer for Night School starring comedic actors Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish. The film opens in theaters on September 28.  

As previously reported, Night School follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes in the longshot chance they’ll pass the GED exam. It also features Rob RiggleTaran Killam, Bresha Webb, Donna Biscoe, Keith David and Romany Malco

Night School is directed by Malcolm D. Lee and produced by Will “Power” Packer

Tell us what you think!

Photo Credit: YouTube.com/Night School

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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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UPFRONT featuring Regina Belle, Joseph Sikora, Essence Atkins & Bresha Webb (AUDIO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius

This weekend’s edition of UPFRONT was truly star-studded. It featured snippets of my one-on-one conversations with R&B/Jazz diva Regina BellePower actor Joseph Sikora and Marlon stars Essence Atkins and Bresha Webb.

Belle is appearing on this weekend’s edition of UNSUNG and stopped by to chat about that and her musical legacy. She also talked about what the rest of 2018 holds for her and much more. (Click here for the full conversation).

Sikora stars as the unpredictable ‘Tommy’ on the hit series Power and opens up about playing a character with “edge.” He also talks about his crazy fan experiences, his love for theater and working with La La Anthony. (Click here for the full conversation).

My last segment features the very funny actresses from NBC’s Marlon – Essence Atkins and Bresha Webb. The two stopped by this week to chat about Season 2 of the series, which debuts on Thursday, June 14 at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. EST. (Click here to watch the conversation).

I also feature music from Regina Belle, Sons of Kemet and Shirley Horn!

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WATCH #UPFRONT Interview with Essence Atkins & Bresha Webb of NBC’s ‘Marlon’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Check out my full conversation with Essence Atkins and Bresha Webb of NBC’s hit comedy series Marlon.  The ladies were in Atlanta earlier this week to promote the show’s second season and stopped by UPFRONT to dish about that and so much more.

Marlon features 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.  Rounding out the cast is Diallo Riddle, Notlim Taylor and Amir O’Neil.

S/O to CAU-TV 23 for filming and editing this video. You guys are the best!

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‘Marlon’ returns to NBC on June 14 at 9 p.m.

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Super excited to announce that NBC’s comedy series Marlon returns to primetime this summer beginning June 14 at 9 p.m. EST.

Marlon features 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 Essence 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.

Rounding out the cast are Diallo RiddleBresha Webb, Notlim Taylor and Amir O’Neil.

I got a chance to go to Hollywood last month and talked to the cast about the new season and what fans can expect. Stay close to RC and my radio show UPFRONT to get all of the exclusive news and much more.

Photo Credit: NBC

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Watch First Trailer for ‘Night School’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Comedic actors Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish are coming together for the hilarious new film Night School. It arrives in theaters on September 28. 

Night School follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes in the longshot chance they’ll pass the GED exam. It also features Rob Riggle, Taran Killam, Bresha Webb, Donna Biscoe, Keith David and Romany Malco

Night School is directed by Malcolm D. Lee and produced by Will “Power” Packer. Both were responsible for last summer’s blockbuster hit, Girls Trip

Watch the trailer below:

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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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Watch Taraji P. Henson + Lyriq Bent in Tyler Perry’s ‘Acrimony’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out the exciting new trailer for Tyler Perry‘s dramatic thriller “Acrimony” starring “Empire” actress Taraji P. Henson. It arrives in theaters on March 30, 2018.

In “Acrimony,” Henson stars 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 stars Tika SumpterDanielle Nicolet, Bresha Webb, Terayle Hill and Kendrick Cross.

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NBC renews ‘MARLON’ for another season! #YAY

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

CONGRATS to the cast of “Marlon!” NBC has ordered a new season of the 30-minute comedy series that stars the very funny Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins.

According to DEADLINE, “Marlon” was the summer’s #1 new scripted series on the Big 4 networks in the 18-49 demographic and total viewers.

As previously reported, the show features him 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 Essence. 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.

Rounding out the cast are comedic writer Diallo Riddle as his unemployed best friend, Stevie and comedic actress Bresha Webb as Ashley’s no-nonsense BFF, Yvette + Notlim Taylor and Amir O’Neil as Marlon’s teenage daughter, Marley and his young son, Zack.  “Marlon” is also loosely based on his zany adventures as a husband, father and friend.

Click here and listen to my #UPFRONT interview where he talked about incorporating real life situations into the show, his undeniable on screen chemistry with Essence and much more.

Photo Credit: Paras Griffin / Getty Images for NBC