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OWN & V-103 host a Season 3 Screening of ‘Greenleaf’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out a few photos from Tuesday night’s Season 3 Atlanta Screening of Greenleaf.  The highly anticipated series returned to OWN this week in a two-night premiere with loads and loads of drama.

V-103’s Ramona DeBreaux

The screening took place at the SCAD Show (formerly 14th Street Playhouse) and was attended by a number of die-hard fans as well as media and Atlanta influencers. V-103’s Ramona DeBreaux served as the evening’s host and moderated a lively Q&A session featuring the show’s stars – Merle Dandridge, Lynn Whitfield, Deborah Joy Winans, Lamman Rucker and Keith David.

Merle Dandridge + Lynn Whitfield + Deborah Joy Winans

In season three of Greenleaf, all the turbulent forces that Grace’s (Dandridge) return to Memphis unleashed threaten to destroy not just the church her family built, but the family itself. Fallout from last season’s shocking revelation of Bishop’s (David) infidelities with Lady Mae’s (Whitfield) sister, as well as reverberations from his current dalliance with that insidious Jezebel, Rochelle Cross (LeToya Luckett) lead to all-out war in the Greenleaf home, setting the Bishop and Lady Mae on a collision course that, unless God or Grace intervenes, can only end one way: divorce.

Lamman Rucker + Keith David

In the wake of the marital mayhem, Lady Mae rushes to reconnect with Maxine Patterson (Patti LaBelle), an old friend and now a world-famous Christian motivational speaker, in an attempt to reclaim her forsaken call to preach and thus do what no First Lady has done before – survive as the sole head pastor of a megachurch after a major rift between its founding couple.

Merle Dandridge + Lynn Whitfield

Grace, meanwhile, works undercover in the company of Rochelle, hoping to discover Rochelle’s motives and true identity before the Bishop is swept away on a raging river of vanity and desire. Across town at Triumph, Jacob (Rucker) and Kerissa (Kim Hawthorne) try not to make the same mistakes Bishop and Lady Mae made as they work to build their own evangelical empire and manage parenting their teenage daughter Zora (Lovie Simone), but the roots of sin delve deep and old habits die hard.

Deborah Joy Winans

Sophia’s (Desiree Ross) faith is tested when an unforeseen medical issue arises; Charity (Winans) struggles to make peace with Kevin (Tye White) and find her place in the world; and Grace works to keep an abused woman from death row for the crime of defending her own life. Meanwhile, Darius (Rick Fox) finds himself in conflict due to being entangled in an increasingly strained relationship with Grace.

See more photos from the screening below:

Lynn Whitfield 

Lamman Rucker + Keith David

Keith David + Deborah Joy Winans + Merle Dandridge + Lamman Rucker

Will you be watching this season?

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Tina Lifford, Deborah Joy Winans and J. Bolin cover SHEEN

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

OWN actresses Tina Lifford (Queen Sugar) and Deborah Joy Winans (Greenleaf ) grace the cover of SHEEN Magazine’s Fashion Issue. The ladies are featured with their stylist and social media star J. Bolin.

“Timelessness doesn’t go out of style. I love trends, I like being on trend, but I don’t follow trends,” says Bolin. 

The inside cover of SHEEN features none other than the fashion shapeshifter Misa Hylton,whose iconic styling has been shaping pop culture since the early 90’s, influencing the looks of Lil’ Kim, Mary J. Blige, Foxy Brown and Missy Elliott.

“I create to create, not for it to be big, and maybe that’s why it ends up being big. I create from the heart, and it’s just about art for me—fashion is storytelling through wardrobe, and I love to tell stories, says Hylton.”

Other profiles include Dwight Eubanks, Keith Sweat and Dr. Jackie Walters.

Look for SHEEN Magazine to hit newsstands on Tuesday, August 28.

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Watch Official Season 3 Trailer for ‘Greenleaf’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out the exciting new Season 3 trailer for OWN’s mega-church drama—Greenleaf. It returns to prime time beginning next month August 28 and 29 at 10 p.m. EST.

As previous reported, music icon Ms. Patti LaBelle will have a recurring role as Maxine Patterson, a famous Christian motivational speaker and the CEO of a global Christian self-help empire and an old college friend of Lady Mae’s (Lynn Whitfield). Patterson will also serve as her sounding board and greatest ally as Lady Mae attempts to consolidate her power at Calvary.

Other guest stars include Dr. Iyanla Vanzant of OWN’s popular “Iyanla: Fix My Life.” She’ll be portraying herself and helping Charity (Deborah Joy Winans) finally find her place in the Greenleaf family.

TV and film icon Beau Bridges will play Bob Whitmore, the folksy and charming founder of Harmony of Hope Ministries, a massive denomination with churches all over the world who will use any unsavory tool at his disposal to win.

Watch below and tell us what you think:

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Stars of ‘Power,’ ‘Greenleaf’ and more attend ‘Kimmie Awards’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

All eyes were on the ATL last night as SHEEN Magazine hosted its annual “Kimmie Awards.” The gala was held at the beautiful Atlanta Marriott Marquis and was attended by some of our favorite TV, film and social media stars.

The “Kimmie Awards” are named after SHEEN‘s beloved publisher Miss Kimberly Chapman and recognizes talented individuals for their outstanding contributions to hair & beauty, business, law and entertainment.

A number of this year’s honorees were in attendance including Power actor Rotimi, Greenleaf actress Deborah Joy Winans, music mogul Dr. Mathew Knowles, Bring It dance coach Dianna Williams, health and fitness expert A.D. Dolphin, celebrity makeup artist AJ Crimson and celebrity hairstylist Razor Chic.

Additional honorees included Empire actress Serayah, Sister Circle Live co-host Miss Quad Webb-Lunceford and Lethal Weapon actress Keesha Sharp. 

Other special invited guests who hit the red carpet included Greenleaf actress Merle DandridgeProject Runway contestant Terri Stevens, Swirl Film’s Keith Neal, Saints & Sinners star Keith Robinson, reality stars Genise Shelton and Dr. Ron Williamson and PPM Entertainment artist Jas. 

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Snoop Dogg, Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin and more attend ‘Stellar Gospel Music Awards’ [PHOTOS]

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Gospel music’s biggest night was celebrated over the weekend at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. I’m talking about none other than the 2018 Stellar Gospel Music Awards. This year’s show was hosted by Grammy winning performer Kirk Franklin and will air this Good Friday, March 30 at 9 p.m. on TV One.

This year’s award’s ceremony opened with Stellar Awards alum Erica Campbell reuniting with her sister Tina Campbell as the hit gospel duo Mary Mary for the first time in more than six years. The show also included an all-star tribute to the late, great Edwin Hawkins, with his sister Lynette Hawkins accepting the Edwin Hawkins Icon Award in his honor. Also, a stand out moment featured the multi-platinum award-winning Snoop Dogg performing material from his new gospel album, “Bible of Love.”

The night also included performances by Kierra Sheard, Tori Kelly, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Anthony Brown, JJ Hairston, Travis Greene, Jonathan McReynolds, Ricky Dillard, Todd Dulaney, Tasha Page Lockhart, KeKe Wyatt, Canton Jones, Deitrick Haddon, Koryn Hawthorne, Le’Andria Johnson and more. Special presenters included Donnie McClurkin, Merle DandridgeDavid MannAnika Noni Rose and more.

Top winners of the night were JJ Hairston winning six awards; Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Travis Greene each winning four awards; and Anthony Brown winning two awards.

Don Jackson bestowed special honors upon gospel greats who have made significant contributions to the genre. The incomparable Tamela Mann was the 2018 recipient of the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award and the legendary Rev. Milton Biggham received The Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award.  Stellar Honors Hall of Fame Inductees includes Kurt Carr, Ben Tankard, and Dr. Marabeth Gentry – President of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses.

The 2018 Stellar Gospel Music Awards will air on March 30 at 9 p.m. on TV One.

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Tiffany Haddish, Idris Elba, Mary J. Blige, Jordan Peele & more win ‘NAACP Image Awards’

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The winners of the “49th NAACP Image Awards” in the non-televised categories were announced during a gala dinner celebration that took place on Sunday evening (January 14) at the Pasadena Conference Center. The event was hosted by The Real’s Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley.

Winners included Tiffany Haddish for her role in “Girls Trip,” “Insecure” star Jay Ellis, David and Tamela Mann for their reality series, “The Manns,” TV One’s “UNSUNG” for Outstanding News and Information and Roland Martin for Outstanding Host in Talk or News.

In addition to the nominees, a record number of other stars were in the building including “Queen Sugar” actors Dondre Whitfield and Tina Lifford, “Greenleaf” stars Lynn Whitfield, Keith David, Deborah Joy Winans and Merle Dandridge and the cast from “This Is Us” Sterling K. Brown, Susan Kelechi Watson and Lonnie Chavis. OWN star Iyanla Vanzant was also in attendance as well as The CHI’s Lena Waithe, R&B singers MAJOR. and Ledisi, jazz musician Damien Escobar, “Black Girls Rock” creator Beverly Bond, Gospel sensation Marvin Sapp, filmmaker Reginald Hudlin, “The New Edition Story” actors Wood McClain and Yvette Nicole Brown and NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Winners in 47 categories were announced during the event while the remaining 9 categories +  Entertainer of the Year will be announced LIVE on stage during TONIGHT’s two-hour star-studded telecast at 9p.m.  The ceremony is hosted by “Black-Ish” star Anthony Anderson.

See the complete list of Non-Televised Categories below:



Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Jay Ellis – “Insecure” (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Marsai Martin – “`black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Joe Morton – “Scandal” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Naturi Naughton – “Power” (Starz)

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited – Series or Dramatic Special

“The New Edition Story ” (BET)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Idris Elba – “Guerrilla” (Showtime)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited -Series or Dramatic Special

Queen Latifah – “Flint” (Lifetime)

Outstanding News/ Information – (Series or Special)

“Unsung” (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series

“The Real” (Syndicated)

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series

“The Manns” (TV One)

Outstanding Variety or Game Show – (Series or Special)

“Lip Sync Battle” (Spike)

Outstanding Children’s Program

“Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited Series)

Caleb McLaughlin – “Stranger Things” (Netflix)

Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble

Roland Martin – “News One Now” (TV One)

Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble

LL Cool J – “Lip Sync Battle” (Spike)



Outstanding New Artist

SZA (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)

Outstanding Male Artist

Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Female Artist

Mary J. Blige (Capitol Records)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration

Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

Outstanding Jazz Album

“Petite Afrique” – Somi (Sony Music/OKeh)

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album (Traditional or Contemporary)

“Greenleaf Soundtrack Volume 2” – Greenleaf Soundtrack (RCA Inspiration)

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album

“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Song – Traditional

“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Album

“DAMN.” – Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

Outstanding Song – Contemporary

“HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)



Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction 

“The Annotated African American Folktales” – Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Editor),Maria Tatar (Editor), (Liveright Publishing Corporation)

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction

“Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies” – Dick Gregory (Author), (HarperCollins Publishers)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

“No One Is Coming to Save Us” – Stephanie Powell Watts (Author), (HarperCollins Publishers)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography / Autobiography

“Becoming Ms. Burton – From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women” – Susan Burton (Author), Cari Lynn (Author), Michelle Alexander (Foreword By), (The New Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional

“The Awakened Woman: Remembering & Reigniting our Sacred Dreams ” – Dr. Tererai Trent (Author), Oprah Winfrey (Foreword By), (Simon and Schuster)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

“Incendiary Art: Poems” – Patricia Smith (Author), (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children

“Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History ” – Vashti Harrison (Author), (Hachette Book Group)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth / Teens

“Clayton Byrd Goes Underground” – Rita Williams-Garcia, (Author), Frank Morrison (Illustrator), (Amistad/HarperCollins Publishers)


Motion Picture

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Idris Elba – “THOR: Ragnarok” (Marvel Studios)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Tiffany Haddish – “Girls Trip” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

“Detroit” (Annapurna Pictures)



Outstanding Documentary (Film)

“STEP” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Documentary (Television)

“The 44th President: In His Own Words” (History)



Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

Janine Barrois – “Claws” – Batsh*t (TNT)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series

Gina Prince-Bythewood – “Shots Fired” – Hour One: Pilot (Fox)

Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie or Special 

Abdul Williams – “The New Edition Story ” – Part 2 (BET)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture

Jordan Peele – “Get Out” (Universal Pictures)



Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

Anton Cropper – “`black-ish” – Juneteenth (ABC)

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series

Carl Franklin – “13 Reasons Why” – Tape 5, Side B (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie or Special

Allen Hughes – “The Defiant Ones” (HBO)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture

Jordan Peele – “Get Out” (Universal Pictures)



Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance

Tiffany Haddish – “Legends of Chamberlain Heights” (Comedy Central)

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BeBe Winans to release ‘Born For This’ Album + West Coast Premiere of Musical (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Six-time Grammy winning Gospel music icon BeBe Winans is gearing up to release his first solo project in five years. The album is titled, Born For This and is inspired by his highly successful musical, “Born For This: The BeBe Winans Story.” The musical is making its West Coast Premiere today (July 11) through August 6th. 

As previously reported, “Born For This” boasts an esteemed creative team triumvirate, with a book written by Winans, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright (Motown: The Musical, “Greenleaf”), with music supervision by Donald Lawrence. It is an emotional journey that chronicles Winans’ early years as the youngest son born to a family whose name is synonymous with Gospel music, and depicts his rise to superstardom and his internal conflicts between faith and fame.  Broadway World declares, “This spectacular musical is impossible not to enjoy.” The captivating production begins in the Winans family’s humble home in Detroit, MI, and follows Winans as he travels the unexpected and unparalleled road toward his destiny.

 The musical documents the inception of BeBe and CeCe Winans, played with eerie accuracy by Winans’ nephew and niece, Juan Winans and Deborah Joy Winans (“Greenleaf”), respectively, their unconventional beginnings as cast members of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s televangelistic phenomenon, “Praise the Lord,” their chance meeting and subsequent friendship with Whitney Houston, and their relationship with their older brothers, the legendary Gospel quartet, The Winans.

Born For This, the album will feature guest appearances by Tramaine Hawkins, Tobbi & Tommi, Debra Winans-Lowe, Margaret Bell, Pastor Marvin Winans, and Mom Winans, as well as newcomer Kiandra Richardson, who stuns in her portrayal of Houston in the live production.

Click here to see photos from the Atlanta Premiere of the show and watch a clip below:

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Deborah Joy Winans, Justin Hires & Dionne Farris featured on #UPFRONT

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Just in case you missed it! Here is link to this past weekend’s edition of my radio show, “UPFRONT.” It featured “Greenleaf” actress and Stellar Award nominee Deborah Joy Winans. The rising superstar stopped by the studio to talk about the second season of the popular OWN series as well as singing on the series’ soundtrack and starring in the musical, “Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story.”

CAU Alumni, Justin Hires stopped by the studio to chat about his role on the CBS reboot of “MacGyver.” He also talked taking his standup act on the road this summer.

“UPFRONT” also celebrated the 20th anniversary of the movie, “Love Jones” by playing tunes from the iconic soundtrack. We also pulled out of the vault our November interview with Dionne Farris, where she talked about her song “Hopeless” and the film’s enduring legacy.

“UPFRONT” Inside Atlanta Entertainment Industry is 30-minute radio magazine that features one-on-one interviews with all of the major players and behind-the-scenes superstars that make Atlanta the “Entertainment Capital of the South.” It airs every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK and his hosted by yours truly, Ray Cornelius.

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OWN hosts ATL Screening of ‘Greenleaf’ Season 2 [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

The cast of OWN’s hit series, “Greenleaf” attended a special advanced screening of season two Monday night and RC was there to capture all of the excitement! The invitation only event took place at Atlanta’s SCAD Show and was followed by a red carpet and VIP reception at the W Hotel – Midtown.

Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, Merle Dandridge, Deborah Joy Winans, Kim Hawthorne, Lamman Rucker and GregAlan Williams were all in attendance along with one of the show’s directors Clement Virgo. Other cast members included Desiree Ross, Lovie Simone, Parnelle Damone Marcano, Jason Dirden and acting veteran—T.C. Carson.

The second two premiere episode is definitely an explosive one as new characters emerge and more secrets are revealed that will literally rock the Greenleaf family to its core. While I can’t give away any details (you gotta see it for yourself), I will say that these new twists and turns will definitely add more depth to the show’s plot and will help viewers understand these complex characters a little more. Also look for a special guest appearance by gospel music superstar Kirk Franklin, “Being Mary Jane” star Aaron D. Spears plus three new additions – Sean Dominic, Roshon Fegan and Julian Brittano.

A number of other Atlanta celebrities were in attendance including “Saints & Sinners” stars Clifton Powell, Dawn HalfKenny, Reece Odum, media personality Gary With Tha Tea, gospel singer Micah Stampley and Grammy winning singer LaTavia Roberson.

“Greenleaf” was one of the hottest new dramas of 2016 and was OWN’s #1 new series for women last summer. The one-hour show takes viewers into the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis church where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful.

Check out more photos below and make sure you tune into #UPFRONT this Saturday, March 18 at 9 a.m. and listen to my one-on-one interview with “Greenleaf” star Deborah Joy Winans. We’ll be discussing this new season, “Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story” and more!

Kim Hawthorne

Deborah Joy Winans 

GregAlan Williams with WABE 90.1’s Rose Scott 

Julian Brittano with Karyn Greer 

LaTavia Roberson 

Clifton Powell with Swirl Film’s Keith Neal 

Parnelle Damone Marcano, Lovie Simone,

Deborah Joy Winans and Desiree Ross

“Greenleaf” Season 2 airs this Wednesday (March 15) at 10 p.m. EST on OWN.

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‘Greenleaf’ star Deborah Joy Winans celebrates the release of Season 1 Blu-Ray/DVD [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Singer and actress Deborah Joy Winans made a surprise visit this weekend in Atlanta in honor of the season one Blu-Ray/DVD release of her hit OWN series “Greenleaf.”

The party took place at The Gocha Salon in Midtown and featured “Greenleaf” inspired treats, discounted beauty products and salon services. Atlanta’s Gospel Station, Praise 102.5 was also on hand to help celebrate and gave away prize packs to all attendees.

Winans plays “Charity Greenleaf-Satterlee” on the show and is currently in town taping the second season.  She most recently starred as her aunt CeCe Winans in the Alliance Theatre production of “Born For This: The BeBe Winans Story” opposite her brother Juan Winans.

See more images from Saturday’s event below:



“Greenleaf” season one is available on Blu-Ray/DVD December 6, 2016.

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Sneak Peek of ‘The Triumph Awards’ airing TONIGHT at 7 p.m. on TV One (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out a sneak peek of Fantasia‘s performance at “The Triumph Awards” which air tonight at 7 p.m. EST on TV One. The show is hosted by “Survivor’s Remorse” star Tichina Arnold (pictured above) and recognizes distinguished individuals in civil rights, the arts, entertainment, education, business and sports.

This year’s honorees include music moguls Sean “Diddy” Combs and Jermaine Dupri, legendary filmmaker Spike Lee, attorney Benjamin Crump and execs from FedEx and Mastercard—Gina Adams and Tim Murphy.  There will also be other amazing performances like Fantasia’s and a very special appearance by the “Mothers of the Movement” – Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon Martin), Gwen Carr (Eric Garner) and Leslie McSpadden (Mike Brown).

Celebrity presenters include Larenz Tate, Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Erica Ash, Juan and Deborah Joy Winans, Kandi Burruss, Dondre Whitfield and more. The show is presented by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN).


Jermaine Dupri


Spike Lee


Attorney Benjamin Crump

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Spike Lee, Jermaine Dupri & others honored at ‘Triumph Awards’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The stars aligned last night for The Triumph Awards. The private ceremony took place at the historic Tabernacle Concert Hall in the heart of downtown Atlanta, GA. Yours truly was in the building to capture all of the red carpet action.

img_8903The Triumph Awards are presented each year by Reverend Al Sharpton‘s National Action Network (NAN). The invitation only event recognizes distinguished individuals and corporations in civil rights, the arts, entertainment, education, business and sports. The show was taped before a live audience and will premiere on Sunday, October 2  at 7 p.m. EST on TV One.

This year’s honorees include hip hop superstar and music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs; legendary film director Spike Lee, music mogul Jermaine Dupri, Attorney Benjamin Crump, FedEx executive Gina Adams and Tim Murphy of Mastercard. “Survivor’s Remorse” actress and beloved TV and film star Tichina Arnold served as the host.

img_8765Celebrity presenters and performers that walk the red carpet included TV One President Brad Siegel, TV and film star Nick Cannon, R&B crooner Joe, “Survivor’s Remorse” star Erica Ash, TV and film star Larenz Tate, Grammy winner and RHOA Kandi Burruss, “Hollywood Divas” star Lisa Wu, “Queen Sugar” actor Dondre Whitfield, TV and film actor Carl Payne, “Empire” actress and music star V. Bozeman, “Survivor’s Remorse” actress Teyonah Parris, “If Loving You is Wrong” actress April Parker Jones, recording star BJ the Chicago Kid, WNBA star Angel McCoughtry, comedic actor JB Smoove, James Brown’s daughters Dr. Yamma and Deanna Brown-Thomas, “Saints and Sinners” star Clifton Powell, “Born For This” stars Juan and Deborah Joy Winans, gospel sensation Jekalyn Carr, TV and fashion personality Fonzworth Bentley, media maven Ebony Steele, Recording artist Cristina Quinones, TV and film star Pooch Hall,  TV and film actress Denise Boutte and the Mothers of the Movement: Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon Martin), Gwen Carr (Eric Garner) and Leslie McSpadden (Mike Brown).

Check out all of the photos below:


Honoree Benjamin Crump


Tichina Arnold 


BJ the Chicago Kid


Deborah Joy Winans and Juan Winans 


Larenz Tate 


Teyonah Parris 


Nick Cannon 


V. Bozeman


Pooch Hall 


Tichina Arnold throwing up the Lupus advocate sign


Brad Siegel with Kandi Burruss


Fonzworth Bentley and his wife Faune Bentley


April Parker Jones 




Kandi Burruss


Dondre Whitfield


Honoree Gina Adams FedEx Corporation 


Carl Payne 


Ebony Steele 


JB Smoove 


Cristina Quinones


Rev. Al Sharpton playing with Tichina‘s gown


Honoree Tim Murphy Mastercard 


Erica Ash


Honoree Benjamin Crump and his mother


Clifton Powell and guests


Bart Phillips and guest


Dr. Yamma Brown and Deanna Brown-Thomas


Denise Boutte


Carl Payne and Dondre Whitfield

aka “Cockroach” and “Robert” from “The Cosby Show”


Lisa Wu and guest


Music mogul Michael Mauldin


Jekalyn Carr


Tim Murphy, Brad Siegel, Teyonah ParrisTichina Arnold

and Rev. Al Sharpton sharing a laugh on the red carpet


The Mothers of the Movement ~ Gwen Carr (Eric Garner),

Leslie McSpadden (Mike Brown) and Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon Martin)

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Shirley Caesar, Deborah Joy Winans, Dottie Peoples to appear on ‘Greenleaf’ Soundtrack

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Fans of Oprah Winfrey‘s new hit series “Greenleaf” will soon get to enjoy the music of the show in a compilation CD titled, Greenleaf – The Gospel Companion Soundtrack Volume 1.  The project features songs by such iconic singers as Mavis Staples and Pastor Shirley Caesar along with “American Idol” alum Melinda Doolittle, Dottie Peoples and “Greenleaf” stars Deborah Joy Winans and Desiree Ross. The 14-track album is being released by Malaco Records and is produced by BeBe Winans along with Tim Lauer and Russell Ziecker.

“Greenleaf” airs Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. on OWN and takes viewers into the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. It stars Winfrey alongside Lynn Whitfield, Keith David, Lamman Rucker and many more.

Winans, who portrays ‘Charity Greenleaf’ on the show, most recently starred as her famous aunt, CeCe Winans in the BeBe Winans musical, “Born For This.” She says,  “This was my first time recording a song and what a musical ride it has been! Bringing Charity to life through the power of music was challenging yet a beautiful experience. Growing up in a family of natural-born singers certainly came in handy when I took on this incredible role.”

Check out the tracklist below and pick up your copy on August 26th!

1)    The Root (feat. Mavis Staples) (Greenleaf Main title)

2)    Ring Them Bells (feat. McCrary Sisters)

3)    (God Bless the) Broken Road (feat. Deborah Joy Winans)

4)    Testimony (feat. Deborah Joy Winans)

5)    Say Something (feat. Melinda Doolittle)

6)    Satan, We’re Gonna Tear Your Kingdom Down (feat. Shirley Caesar)

7)    Let Love Find a Way (feat. Deborah Joy Winans)

8)    The Master’s Calling (feat. Deborah Joy Winans)

9)    Battle Hymn of the Republic (feat. Deborah Joy Winans)

10)  Get Your House In Order (feat. Dottie Peoples & The Peoples

Choice Chorale)

11)  Take Me To the Water (feat. Deborah Joy Winans)

12)  Blessed (feat. Deborah Joy Winans)

13)  River (feat. Deborah Joy Winans)

14)  (We’ll Understand It Better) By and By (feat. Desiree Ross)

Check out the making of Caesar’s “Satan, We’re Gonna Tear Your Kingdom Down”

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Oprah Winfrey hosts L.A. Premiere of OWN’s ‘Greenleaf’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by  | Ray Cornelius

The cast of OWN’s highly anticipated new series “Greenleaf” attended a special advanced screening last night at The Lot in West Hollywood.

The family megachurch series, which features Oprah Winfrey’s first recurring scripted television role in two decades, takes viewers into the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis church where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. After the screening, Oprah gave welcoming remarks and invited guests to join her at the Memphis BBQ reception that followed.

Oprah Winfrey at OWN Los Angeles Premiere of Greenleaf_PhotoCredit_GettyImages_Mark Davis MWD10460_r1Attendees included Winfrey, who stars as Mavis McCready and serves as one of the show’s executive producers, along with “Greenleaf” cast members Merle Dandridge (Grace Greenleaf), Keith David (Bishop James Greenleaf), Lynn Whitfield (Lady Mae Greenleaf), Kim Hawthorne (Kerissa Greenleaf), Lamman Rucker (Jacob Greenleaf), Tye White (Kevin Satterlee), Deborah Joy Winans (Charity Greenleaf-Satterlee), Desiree Ross (Sophia Greenleaf),GregAlan Williams (“Mac McCready”), Benjamin Patterson (“Noah Kendall”), Kristin Erickson (“Alexa”), Anna Diop (“Isabel”), Terri Abney (“Faith Greenleaf”), Zachary S. Williams (“William”), Jason Dirden (“Bassie Skanks”), Deji LaRay (“David Nelson”), plus Craig Wright (Executive Producer/Creator), Clement Virgo (Executive Producer/Director), Erik Logan (President, OWN), Kevin Beggs (Chairman, Lionsgate Television), and Sandra Stern (President, Lionsgate Television Group).  Additional attendees include Niecy Nash (Scream Queens), David Oyelowo (Selma) and more.

“Greenleaf” will launch with a two-night premiere on Tuesday, June 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Wednesday, June 22 at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.  The series will regularly air on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT for the remainder of its 13-episode first season.

Check out the making of the “Greenleaf” theme below featuring “the first lady of gospel music,” Shirley Caesar:

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