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Bounce TV’s ‘Saints & Sinners’ returns July 7 (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Bounce TV’s original series Saints & Sinners is back for a fourth season. The highly anticipated drama returns on Sunday, July 7 at 9 p.m. with new episodes airing Sunday nights through the summer.

In this new chapter of Saints & Sinners, Mayor Ella Johnson (Vanessa Bell Calloway) sets her sights beyond Cypress, Georgia and using her power and influence to position herself for a state senate seat. When her mother’s (Donna Biscoe) deep buried secrets surface, they threaten the very foundation of Ella’s world as she struggles to keep her enemies at bay and her children safe. 

Tami Roman in Saints & Sinners

Saints & Sinners also stars Keith Robinson, Demetria McKinneyClifton Powell, J.D. Williams, Jasmine Burke, Dawn Halfkenny and Tray Chaney. Special guests this season include Tami RomanRoger Guenveur Smith and Karon Joseph Riley.

Bounce will air marathons of the first three seasons of Saints & Sinners Friday, July 5 through Sunday, July 7 beginning each day at 1:00 p.m. ET.  Additionally, all the scandalous episodes can be viewed anytime on Brown Sugar, Bounce’s subscription-video-on-demand service which is available on Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Comcast Xfinity X1, Amazon Channels, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Kindle, Android and Apple smartphones and tablets and web browsers via BrownSugar.com.

Saints & Sinners is produced in partnership with Swirl Film’s Eric Tomosunas & Ron Robinson (Behind the Movement: The Rosa Parks StoryLove Under New Management: The Miki Howard StoryTales, Pride & Prejudice.)

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Kandi Burruss hosts Atlanta Screening of Netflix’s ‘Bird Box’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

RHOA star Kandi Burruss teamed up with Netflix Wednesday evening to host a special screening of their new film Bird Box with cast member Lil Rel Howery.

When a mysterious force decimates the world’s population, only one thing is certain: if you see it, you take your life.  Facing the unknown, Malorie finds love, hope and a new beginning only for it to unravel. Now she must flee with her two children down a treacherous river to the one place left that may offer sanctuary. But to survive, they’ll have to undertake the perilous two-day journey blindfolded.  

Bird Box also features Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock, Moonlight star Trevante Rhodes as well as iconic film stars with Sarah Paulsonand John Malkovich. The film comes from Academy Award® winner Susanne Bier.

In addition to Kandi, Bird Box was also attended by Burruss’ husband Todd Tucker as well as Saints & Sinner stars Dawn Halfkenny and Demetria McKinney.

Watch the trailer and see more photos from the premiere below:


Bird Box is available to watch on Netflix NOW!

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‘CLEOtv’ hosts Atlanta Launch Party at the Gathering Spot [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

TV One’s new “sistah” network—CLEOtv—hosted a special launch party in Atlanta Thursday night and yours truly was there to take it all in. The invitation only event took place at the swanky Gathering Spot and was attended by a number of TV personalities, media influencers and tastemakers.

CLEOtv is the brainchild of TV One’s General Manager Michelle Rice and serves as an aspirational lifestyle and entertainment cable network for Millennial and Gen X women of color.  The unique name is derived from the Egyptian queen Cleopatra, who is revered as one of the most iconic women of color in history. 

CLEOtv programming offers quality content that defies negative and cultural stereotypes of today’s modern women. Programs include a variety of cooking and travel shows, scripted digital series, original movies, throwback sitcoms and the popular daytime talk show—Sister Circle.

A number of the network’s talent hit the red carpet including Chef Jernard Wells, travel maven Tai Beauchamp, Rickey Smiley for Real’s Gary With Da Tea and the divas of Sister Circle Rashan Ali, Syleena Johnson and Trina Braxton.  Other special invited guests included former Love and Hip Hop Atlanta starlet Althea Heart, Curls CEO and Mind Your Business star Mahisha Dillengeractress and singer Demetria McKinney, celebrity photographer Drexina Nelson, gospel music sensation Juan & Lisa Winans and Shea Pegues from OWN’s Ready to Love. 

CLEOtv will officially launch on January 19, 2019, which is the 15 year celebration of TV One’s debut and the timing couldn’t be more perfect.

Check out the rest of the photos from the premiere party below:

TV One’s Rahsan Lindsay

TV One General Manager Michelle Rice

Demetria McKinney

Adrienne Alexander + Michelle Gadsen-Williams

Michelle Rice +  Sister Circle hosts Rashan Ali + Syleena Johnson +  Trina Braxton

Kim Ford + Tosha Whitten-Griggs

Janeé Bolden

Christal Jordan + Jess Manning + Adrienne Alexander

Michelle Rice + Gary With Da Tea

Drexina Nelson

Shea Pegues

Juan Winans + Lisa Winans + Sophia Winans

LaSandra Boykin + Kimberly Clark 

Angela Watts

Autumn Bailey-Ford

Adrienne Alexander + Wanda Shelley +Lori Hall + Demetria McKinney

Ray Cornelius + Jess Manning + Shae Pegues

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Demetria McKinney + Andra Fuller star in ‘A Stone Cold Christmas’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Demetria McKinney and Andra Fuller are teaming up for Bounce TV’s first ever original movie A Stone Cold Christmas. It premieres this Sunday November 25 at 9 p.m. EST.

A twist on the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, A Stone Cold Christmas stars McKinney (Saints & SinnersTyler Perry’s House of Payne) as Mia Stone, a shrewd businesswoman and a dreadful boss, who is more concerned about money than family and friends. When Mia finds herself face-to-face with the love of her life, she is forced to deal with past decisions if she has any chance of a future.

Rounding out the cast are Andra Fuller (True to the Game, Black Jesus), Fred Williamson (M*A*S*H, Hell Up in Harlem), Brittany Perry Russell (13 Reasons Why, Grey’s Anatomy) and Lochlyn Munro (Scream, White Chicks). 

Prior to A Stone Cold Christmas premiere McKinney will be hosting a Saints & Sinners Marathon beginning Friday, November 23 at 1 p.m. with Season 1, Saturday, November 24 at 1 p.m. with Season 2 and Sunday, November 25 at 1 p.m. with Season 3.

Watch the trailer for A Stone Cold Christmas below and tell us what you think:

https://youtu.be/v1YUu3z3fmM

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Eric Benet, Demetria McKinney and more join ‘Redemption of Dogg’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

More star power has been added to Je’Caryous Johnson‘s new stage play Redemption of a Dogg featuring Snoop Dogg and Tamar Braxton.

The show chronicles a character built around the persona of the iconic rapper and examines the internal battle one man has between preserving his life-long legacy and losing the love of his life when he is faced with choosing fame and fortune over faith and family.

Redemption Of A Dogg is set against a backdrop of Snoop’s greatest hits, as well as, songs from his recently released chart-topping Gospel album, Bible Of Love. This will be the rapper’s theatrical debut while Braxton will star as “The Angel” who helps guide him through his life’s journey. 

New cast members include four-Time Grammy Award Nominee Eric Benet in the role of Terrence, Snoop Dogg’s manager who ultimately starts managing Snoop’s wife in more ways than one. Saints & Sinners star Demetria McKinney will take on the role of Shani, Snoop Dogg’s wife.  Family Time star Omar Gooding will appear as Ray Boogie, Snoop Dogg’s DJ and long-time friend and producer. Rounding out the cast is actor and comedian James “Lil JJ” Lewis in the role of Young Snoop + American Idol alum and original Color Purple Musical star LaTaya London

“Audiences will not be ready for what this show is going to give them,” said Johnson. “This will be unlike anything urban theatre audiences have seen. Think of merging some of the best moments of Cirque Du Soleil, Preacher’s Wife, Straight Outta Compton and Back to The Future all into one. It will be one of the most moving, visually stimulating, dramatic and musically charged shows they have seen with some of the most talented, iconic musical stars of our time. They can’t afford to miss this show.”

See the full schedule below:

October 5-7                          Houston, TX                    Hobby Center

October 11                           Newark, NJ                     NJPAC

October 12-13                      Philadelphia, PA             Tower Theater

October 14                           Brooklyn, NY                  Kings Theatre

October 19                           St. Louis, MO                  Stifel Theatre

October 20-21                      Chicago, IL                     Arie Crown

October 25-27                      Detroit, MI                      Music Hall

October 28                           Cleveland, OH                 KeyBank State Theatre

November 2                         Atlanta, GA                      Fox Theatre

November 8                         Norfolk, VA                       Chrysler Hall

November 9-11                    Washington, DC               Warner Theatre

November 16                       Los Angeles, CA                Microsoft Theater

November 17                       Long Beach, CA                  Terrace Theater

November 18                       Oakland, CA                       Paramount Theatre

*Dates Subject to Change Without Notice and More Cities To Be Added

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‘Black Music Honors’ to salute Stephanie Mills, Whodini, Bobby Brown + BeBe and CeCe Winans

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Congratulations to Grammy ®Award-winning singer and Broadway legend—STEPHANIE MILLS! She will be recognized during this year’s Black Music Honors. The highly anticipated evening, hosted by television and radio personality Rickey Smiley and Grammy® Award-winner and actress LeToya Luckett, will celebrate the artistry of the music industry’s most revered icons.

Mills will receive the Legends Award, honoring her illustrious music and acting career spanning more than four decades. Brooklyn-based rap group, Whodini, will be presented the Hip Hop Icon Award for their musical contributions. Both will join an impressive list of previously announced honorees – BeBe and CeCe Winans, Bobby Brown, Faith Evans and Dallas Austin

The celebratory night will also feature exciting performances by Keyshia Cole, Raheem DeVaughn, Next, Young Buck, Yo-Yo, Ruben Studdard, Jade Novah, Demetria McKinney, V. Bozeman, Tasha Page-Lockhart, Monie Love, Kierra Sheard, and Jonathan McReynolds.

The 2018 Black Music Honors will take place at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center on Thursday, August 16 and will air as a two-hour television special on Bounce TV Sept. 28, 2018.

Stay tuned…

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Demetria McKinney to star in Freeform’s ‘Motherland’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Congrats goes out to my buddy Demetria McKinney. The music star of Bounce TV’s Saints & Sinners has landed a role on the new Freeform series, Motherland.

Set in an alternate America where witches ended their persecution 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the U.S. government to fight for their country, Motherland follows three young women from basic training in combat magic into early deployment at Fort Salem. In this world, the traditional roles of gender and power are flipped, with the more dominant women on the front lines fighting looming terrorist threats that are familiar to our world — but with supernatural tactics and weapons.

McKinney will star as Anacostia, an articulate, tough, wryly humorous staff sergeant whose chief concern is keeping the young recruits alive through basic training.

Motherland also stars Taylor Hickson, Amalia Holm, Kelcey Mawema and Jessica Sutton.

The hour-long series comes from CLAWS creator Eliot Laurence and is produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick. The pilot is directed by Steven A. Adelson

RC will keep you posted as this continues to develop.

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#UPFRONT featuring Chrystale Wilson, Dr. Mathew Knowles + the cast of ‘Saints & Sinners’ (AUDIO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Check out today’s edition of UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry. It features my one-on-one interviews with actress Chrystale Wilson, music mogul Dr. Mathew Knowles and the cast from Bounce TV’s hit drama series Saints & Sinners.

2018 marks the 20th Anniversary of the cult classic film, The Players Club and Wilson opens up about her role as ‘Ronnie.’ She also talks about her new TV projects including The Rich & the Ruthless and much more.

Music executive and star maker—Dr. Mathew Knowles—drops by to discuss his new book, Racism from the Eyes of a Child. The book was released this past February and is a personal reflection on racism in America from his perspective as youth growing up in rural Alabama. He also talks about the issue of colorism in the music industry and his chance encounter with the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Bounce TV’s hit dramatic series Saints & Sinners is back and UPFRONT caught up with a few of the show’s stars. Clifton Powell, Jasmine Burke, Demetria McKinney and Tray Cheney all weight in on the series and what fans can expect this new season.

I’ll also be playing songs that celebrate freedom, justice and equality as we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Check it out below:

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WATCH New Trailer for Bounce TV’s ‘Saints and Sinners’ (VIDEO)

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Bounce TV’s hit dramatic series Saints and Sinners is back and I am so ready for it! The exciting third season returns on Sunday, April 8 at 9 p.m. EST.

A vicious, no-holds-barred battle for Greater Hope Baptist Church erupts between the old guard, Cypress Mayor Ella Johnson (Vanessa Bell Calloway) and Rex Fisher (Clifton Powell), and the young bloods Levi Sterling (Christian Keyes) and Jabari Morris (J.D. Williams) while Kendrick Murphy (Tray Chaney) tries to survive a life-threatening predicament in order to expose his grandmother, Leona Byrd (Donna Biscoe) as a killer. 

Miles Calloway (Keith Robinson) is once again caught between his wife and his one-time mistress, Christie Johnson (Jasmine Burke) as Tamara’s (Demetria McKinney) wild allegations threaten to put Christie away forever and rock Cypress to its core. Detective St. Charles (Afemo Omilami) has his hands full with chaos and crime running rampant in Cypress in season three.

The new season will also feature some familiar faces including Grammy nominated singer Angie Stone, RHOA star Kenya Moore, LHHATL diva Karlie Redd and veteran actress Robin Givens

Watch the new featurette below:

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UPDATE: ‘Set It Off’ Play adds Kyla Pratt, LeToya Luckett + Demetria McKinney

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The upcoming live version of Set It Off has added more star power to its cast! Kyla Pratt, LeToya Luckett and Demetria McKinney will join Da Brat in the new theatrical production that is taking place March 9-11 at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Centre.

As previously reported, Da Brat will take on the role of Cleopatra “Cleo” Sims while Pratt will star as Lida “Stony” Newsom, McKinney will portray Tisean “T.T.” Williams and Luckett will star as Francesca “Frankie” Sutton.

“Set If Off” was released in theatres nationwide on November 6, 1996 and was originally created by Takashi Bufford. It boasted one of the most superb casts ever assembled in a movie including Latifah, Vivica A. FoxJada Pinkett Smith and Kimberly Elise.

It also featured an equally powerful, platinum selling, chart-topping, cut straight to heart musical soundtrack with songs from En VogueBrandyTamiaBone Thugs-n-HarmonyBusta RhymesGoodie Mob along with legendary music icons like Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan.

The stage adaptation of Set It Off is written, directed and produced by Je’Caryous Johnson

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BET’s ‘The Quad’ hosts Advance Screening @ Clark Atlanta University [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Some of the cast members of BET’s popular HBCU series The Quad attended a special advance screening of next week’s episode at Clark Atlanta University Tuesday evening. The viewing took place at the Thomas W. Cole, Jr., Research Center for Science and Technology and was attended by students and fans of the show.

Actors Peyton Alex Smith, Larry Rhem, Sean Blakemore, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Jake Allyn, Zoe Renee and Erica Michelle all talked about their characters and this season’s juicy plots and twists. Other Quad stars in attendance included Tyshon Freeman, Terayle HillMiles Stroter and Sergio Joachim.  Show creator and executive producer Felicia Henderson served as the evening’s moderator for the post screening Q&A.

This season of The Quad has tackled a myriad of issues including Georgia A&M University’s growing financial crisis as well as fraternity and sorority matters, police brutality and student violence. Henderson says that no subject is off limits and that a number of the scenarios shown throughout the season come from real-life college situations.

While I can’t give too much away about next week’s show, I can say that it’s definitely one that you want to check out as there will be special appearances from two of my TV favorites—Sheryl Lee Ralph and T.C. Carson.“

The Quad follows an ambitious yet troubled Dr. Eva Fletcher (Anika Noni Rose), the newly-elected President of the fictional Georgia A&M University, who is charged with saving the prestigious HBCU from bankruptcy and her twenty-year marriage from crumbling. At the same time, she must manage to repair a tumultuous relationship with her rebellious only daughter (Jazz Raycole) while handling a diverse group of freshman who keep her hands full. It also stars Jasmine GuyE. Roger Mitchell and Demetria McKinney.

Check out more images below:

CAU Alumni – Terayle Hill and Larry Rhem

Sean Blakemore 

Erika Michelle 

Larry Rhem

BET’s The Quad airs on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. EST

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Sneak Peek of the ’26th Annual Bounce Trumpet Awards’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

BounceTV has released a first look at the “26th Annual Trumpet Awards” and I can hardly contain my excitement. I had the honor of covering the red carpet this year along with CAU-TV 23 for a television special that will air before the show on February 11.

This year’s honorees include Jermaine Dupri, Cameo, Richelieu “Rich” Dennis, Tamika Mallory, Marley Dias, Dr. Lonnie Johnson and Rhyon Brown.

The show is hosted by Larenz Tate and Erica Ash and was attended by actress Ashley Love-Mills, “Saints and Sinners” stars Vanessa Bell CallowayDonna Biscoe and Jasmine Burke, comedian Rodney PerryHGTV star Egypt Sherrod, Judge Penny Reynolds, actress DeEtta West, hip hop icon Ed Lover, actor and singer T.C. Carson.

Performers include Ludacris, Doug E. Fresh, XscapeSir the Baptist, Bilal, Anthony Hamilton, Arrested Development and “The Voice” star Wé McDonald and more.

Take a look + see more pics from the red carpet and more:

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Jermaine Dupri & more honored at ‘Bounce Trumpet Awards’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

It was all about African-American achievement Saturday night during the 2018 “Bounce Trumpet Awards.” The annual ceremony was taped at the beautiful Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center and yours truly was in the building to capture all of the sights and sounds.

Ray Cornelius with Trumpet Awards founder Xernona Clayton

My radio show, UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry teamed up with CAU-TV 23 to cover the red carpet for a future television special. I got a chance to interview a number of the evening’s honorees including Music Innovation Award recipient Jermaine Dupri, teen sensation and Trailblazer Award recipient Marley Dias and Rising Star Award recipient Rhyon Brown.

Ray Cornelius with Larenz Tate

I also got a chance to chop it up with the show’s hosts—Larenz Tate and Erica Ash as well as celebrity attendees Ashley Love-Mills, “Saints and Sinners” stars Vanessa Bell Calloway, Donna Biscoe and Jasmine Burke + Red Carpet hosts Demetria McKinney and Ed Gordon.  I also got additional interviews with comedian Rodney Perry, HGTV star Egypt Sherrod, Judge Penny Reynolds, actress DeEtta West, hip hop icon Ed Lover, actor and singer T.C. Carson + performers Xscape, Sir the Baptist, Bilal, Anthony Hamilton, Arrested Development and “The Voice” star Wé McDonald.

Angie Stone with Ed Gordon and Lamman Rucker

After the red carpet, I got an opportunity to get a few more pictures of the show’s other honorees including Tamika Mallory, Dr. Lonnie Johnson and Rich Dennis. Performers MAJOR., Donald Lawrence, Stokley Williams, KeKe Wyatt, Arrested Development and Angie Stone also stopped through the press room along with presenters Angel Conwell, Omar Gooding, Lamman Rucker and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

My “Red Carpet Trumpet Awards Special” will air on CAU-TV 23 on Sunday, February 11 a little before the “Bounce Trumpet Awards” at 9 p.m. Stay tuned…

Check out more images below:

Ray Cornelius and UPFRONT on the red carpet

Ray Cornelius with “Bounce Trumpet Award” host Erica Ash 

Anthony Hamilton 

Honoree Rich Dennis 

MAJOR. 

Honoree Tamika Mallory 

Ray Cornelius with red carpet host Demetria McKinney

Ray Cornelius with Ashley Love Mills

Angie Stone showing us love

Ray Cornelius with “If Loving You is Wrong” actress April Parker Jones

The cast of Bounce TV’s “Saints and Sinners”

(l to r) Tasia Grant, Dawn Half Kenny, Clifton Powell,

Vanessa Bell Calloway, Keith Robinson, Jasmine Burke and Donna Biscoe

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms 

Honoree Marley Dias 

Angel Conwell and Omar Gooding

Honoree Dr. Lonnie Johnson 

Sir the Baptist 

Wé McDonald

Donald Lawrence 

Stokley Williams 

Arrested Development 

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Winners + Red Carpet Pics from ‘NAACP Image Awards’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

It was all about Black excellence Monday night (January 15) during TV One’s live telecast of the “NAACP Image Awards.” Many of our favorite actors, actresses, personalities and music stars were honored for their creativity throughout 2017.

Winners included “Girl’s Trip” for Outstanding Motion Picture, Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, Power’s Omari Hardwick for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series and “Black-ish” stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross for Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series.

“Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time” director Ava DuVernay, picked up the fan voted NAACP Entertainer of the Year, William Lucy was awarded the NAACP Chairman’s Award and veteran actor Danny Glover received the coveted NAACP President’s Award. Several members of the Memphis Sanitation “I Am A Man” Workers were also in attendance and were presented with the NAACP Vanguard Award earlier in the week during a press conference at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN.

Other highlights included “Uncle” Charlie Wilson picking up the Music Makes a Difference honor, a soul-stirring musical performance by Oscar winner Common and Andra Day and a special #TIMESUP presentation featuring Ross, Angela Robinson, Kerry Washington, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Laverne Cox and Lena Waithe.

Presenters included Sterling K. Brown, Halle Berry, Mary J. Blige, Michael B. Jordan, Issae Rae, Chadwick Boseman, Terry Crews,  Yara Shahidi, Angela Rye, Danai Gurira, Isaiah Washington, Jacob Latimore, Jay Pharoah, Loretta Devine, Meta Golding, Michael Smith, Tyler James Williams and Mike Colter.

Click here to see all of the winners and check out more pics below:

The hosts from The Real

Omari Hardwick

Jussie Smollett + Jurnee Smollett-Bell

Halle Berry 

Charlie Wilson

June Ambrose 

Danny Glover 

Kerry Washington 

Girl’s Trip producers Will Packer Malcolm D. Lee + James Lopez

Issa Rae

Chadwick Boseman

Tina Lifford

Cast of “Behind the Movement” Meta Golding +

Isaiah Washington + Loretta Devine

Lynn Whitfield 

Tracee Ellis Ross

Anthony Anderson 

MAJOR.

Mary J. Blige

Tiffany Black

Rutina Wesley

LeToya Luckett + Tommicus Walker 

Demetria McKinney

Jacob Lattimore 

Logan Browning

Michael B. Jordan

Niecy Nash 

Andra Day

Ava DuVernay

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