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Paula Patton, Erica Ash & Marques Houston to star in ‘Sacrifice’

Paula Patton, Erica Ash and Marques Houston are coming to BET+ in 2020 as part of an original movie titled Sacrifice. The film is executive produced, written and directed by Chris Stokes.

The legal thriller follows Daniella Hernandez (Patton), a highly sought after entertainment lawyer who navigates through the nefarious lives of her rich and famous clients. Daniella has a reputation that proves problematic to LA Law enforcement, forcing her to be at odds with her sorority sister turned nemesis District Attorney Beverly Rucker (Ash). In an attempt to protect her often unscrupulous clients, Daniella enlists the services of her resourceful assistant and a young ex-hacker and tech genius.

The show also features Juan Antonio, Altonio Jackson, V. Bozeman, Nelson Bonilla, Michael Toland, James Trevena-Brown, Liliana Montenegro and Josué Ramon Gutierrez.

Houston will also serve as the film’s co-executive producer for Footage Films. Principal photography for Sacrifice took place in New Orleans.

“We are thrilled to have Paula and the talented ensemble cast join our first original film on BET+, as we continue to strengthen our commitment to quality storytelling while meeting our audience on all platforms,” said Connie Orlando, Head of Programming, BET Networks.

Check out the character breakdowns below:

Paula Patton will play Daniella Hernandez

Daniella is an all-around boss and power player. As an entertainment attorney, she uses her quick-wit and attention to detail to secure clients and manage their unruly lives.

Erica Ash will play Beverly Nicole Rucker

A powerful district attorney, and sorority sister of Daniella, Beverly is relentless in her pursuit to rid the city of celebrities who live above the law.

Juan Antonio will play Dominiq Mayfield aka Big Dom

Big Dom is a powerful, confident and extraordinarily successful hip hop artist and mogul. He and Daniella have a long history.

V. Bozeman will play Tamika Bland

Daniella’s loyal and resourceful assistant, Tamika is a professional partner and personal confidante.

Altonio Jackson will play Steven Somwon
An ex-hacker, Steven is pulled into Daniella’s camp after working at her firm in the mailroom.

Nelson Bonilla will play Miguel
Daniella’s trusted driver and fatherly figure. Miguel has a unique and specific skill set. It’s those sets of skills, combined with his fidelity to Daniella, that make him a valuable asset to the team.

Michael Toland will play Arnold Lang
Arnold is the founding partner of Daniella’s firm, Lang & Associates.

James Trevena Brown will play Joshua Lang
Joshua is Arnold Lang’s son and next in line to make partner at the company.

Liliana Montenegro will play Gabriella Hernandez
Daniella’s Spanish-speaking aunt who comforts her at home.

Marques Houston will play Jason Pratt

Jason is a young Assistant District Attorney who knows the law better than anyone and does everything by the book.

Josué Ramon Gutierrez will play Oscar Baptiste
A client of Daniella’s and Dom’s biggest hip hop rival.

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WATCH UPFRONT Red Carpet Coverage of ‘Bounce Trumpet Awards’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Just in case you missed it! Here is the full video of my UPFRONT Red Carpet Coverage of the 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards.  It aired on Sunday (February 11) at 8 p.m. on CAU-TV 23 and featured interviews with this year’s honorees Jermaine Dupri and Marley Dias as well as celebrity presenters and performers like Xscap3Anthony Hamilton and Arrested Development.  I also got a chance to chat with this year’s co-host and star of BET’s new series In ContemptErica Ash + Trumpet Awards creator Xernona Clayton.

Check it out below and tell us what you think!

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Bounce TV to air ‘Am I Black Enough’ and more for Black History Month (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Bounce TV, the first-and-only over-the-air broadcast television network for African Americans, is celebrating Black History Month in February with a variety of compelling programs and tributes that are worth watching.

Check out the highlights below:

  • The 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards, the prestigious annual event celebrating African-American achievements and contributions premieres Sunday, February 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET hosted by actors Larenz Tate and Erica AshLudacris, CeeLo Green, Cameo, Doug E. Fresh, Xscape, Bow Wow, Keke Wyatt and more gather to perform and to honor the outstanding accomplishments of African Americans and those who have succeeded against great odds and inspired success in others.
  • A special installment of the Bounce newsmagazine show Ed Gordon called “Am I Black Enough?” which will examine the nuances of cultural identity within the Black community to define exactly what it means to “be Black.” The award-winning journalist and series producer/host Gordon explores this interesting subject matter with influencers such as Samuel L. JacksonAnthony AndersonWayne BradyYara Shahidi, Taye Diggs, Charlamagne Tha GodMisty CopelandBoris Kodjoe and others. On Monday, Feb. 12,”Am I Black Enough?” will be available for streaming exclusively on Brown Sugar, the new subscription-video-on-demand service featuring the biggest collection of the baddest African-American movies of all-time which also showcases Bounce original programming. The special will premiere on Bounce on Saturday, Feb. 17.  
  • A new original short-form series of vignettes called “Your Story Matters” spotlighting the unique and inspiring experiences of trailblazing African Americans, including legendary actress, philanthropist and Brown Sugar spokeswoman Pam Grier, Academy Award®-winning actor and community activist Lou Gossett, Jr. and NASA engineer and 2018 Bounce Trumpet Award Honoree Dr. Lonnie Johnson.

In addition to the specials, Bounce will also feature a variety of relevant movies throughout February including: “Amistad,” starring Morgan Freeman and Djimon Hounsou; the 2008 adaptation of “A Raisin in the Sun” featuring Phylicia Rashad, Sanaa Lathan, Sean Combs and Audra McDonald; “Panther” with Courtney B. Vance, Kadeem Hardison and Chris Rock; “Ruby Bridges,” “Selma” “Lord, Selma” and more. Additionally, a one-hour documentary chronicling the civil rights movement, “Trail of Hope: The Journey to Equality,” will air on Sunday, Feb. 18.

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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.

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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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Jermaine Dupri, Cameo, Tamika Mallory and more to receive ‘Bounce Trumpet Awards’

Written by | Ray Cornelius

The “Bounce Trumpet Awards” are taking place this Saturday, January 20 at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and information is beginning to surface about this year’s honorees.

According to the Trumpet Awards site, legendary funk band Cameo will be picking up this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. This group stayed on the R&B charts during the 70s, 80s and 90s with such hits as “Candy,” “Word UP,” “Single Life” and “She’s Strange.”

So So Def’s Jermaine Dupri will be honored with the Music Innovation Award for his decades of influence in the R&B and Hip Hop realms. Dupri totally transformed Atlanta’s music scene in the 90s along with LA Face Records and has worked with a number of iconic artists over the years including Aretha Franklin, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Jay Z, Usher, TLC, Xscape, Kriss Kross, Bow Wow and Da Brat.

Other honorees include Tamika Mallory (Impact Award), Dr. Lonnie Johnson (Innovator), Ryon Brown (McDonald’s Rising Star Award), Richelieu Dennis (Entrepreneur) and Marly Dias (Trailblazer). Trumpet Awards for Trailblazer and Philanthropy have yet to be announced as well as the ceremony’s celebrity presenters and performers.

The “Bounce Trumpet Awards” will be hosted by actors Erica Ash and Larenz Tate and will air on Bounce Sunday, February 11 at 9 p.m.

Stay tuned…

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Erica Ash + Eva Marcille star in TV One’s ‘Miss Me This Christmas’ (VIDEO)

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TV One is getting us into the holiday mood this December with two original movies: “Miss Me This Christmas” and “You Can’t Fight Christmas.” The films debut December 3 and 10 at 7 p.m. and features some of our favorite new stars. 

First up is “Miss Me This Christmas,” starring Erica Ash, Redaric Williams, Eva Marcille, Allen Maldonado and Nathan Davis Jr.  Regina (Ash) and Franklin (Williams) celebrated a fairytale Christmas wedding three years ago and seemed to have it all. Yet, now their marriage is on the rocks. When Franklin comes home at dawn after a night of partying with colleagues, Regina thinks he has cheated on her with his ex-girlfriend. Though Franklin denies it, the trust has been broken. The couple separates and the divorce is set to be finalized on their three-year anniversary.

Depressed and ready to drink her way through the holidays, Regina’s free-spirited best friend Trish McDonald (Marcille) intervenes. To cheer her up, the sneaker empire heiress drags Regina off to her place, a luxurious suite at The Chesterton. Franklin still loves Regina and wants to reconcile. But, when Regina accepts a hasty marriage proposal from millionaire tech entrepreneur Ulysses Danburg (Maldonado), Franklin fears he’ll never win her back. Fortunately, there may be a happy ending after all. And just in time for Christmas.

Check out trailer and tell us what you think!

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Larenz Tate and Erica Ash to host the 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Larenz Tate and Erica Ash will host the 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards, an exciting night of inspiration, history and crowd-rousing performances celebrating African-American achievements and contributions.

The gala black-tie ceremony will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia on Sat. Jan. 20, 2018 and will world premiere nationwide on Bounce on Sun. Feb. 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Bounce, the fastest-growing African-American network on television, now exclusively owns, produces and telecasts the star-studded event, rebranded this year as the Bounce Trumpet Awards. Honorees, performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tate is a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award-winner and currently stars on the hit series “Power” on STARZ. He has also appeared on the popular shows “Rescue Me,” “Game of Silence” and “House of Lies.” On the big screen, Tate most recently appeared in “Girls Trip,” with previous roles in “Ray,” “Menace II Society,” “Love Jones,” “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” and more.

Ash is an NAACP Award-winning Broadway, film and television actress currently starring on the hit series “Survivor’s Remorse” on STARZ, as well as playing Brigette Hart (ex-wife of Kevin Hart) on “The Real Husbands of Hollywood.” She will star in the new legal drama series “In Contempt” and will appear in the new theatrical motion picture “Uncle Drew” from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment.

The Trumpet Awards were conceived to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of African Americans and those who have succeeded against great odds and inspired success in others. Founded in 1992 by American Civil Rights leader Xernona Clayton, The Trumpet Awards were acquired by Bounce in 2016. The list of prestigious honorees over its 26-year history includes Muhammad Ali, Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Halle Berry, Stevie Wonder, The African-American Women of the United States Congress, Steve Harvey, Martin Luther King, III, Janelle Monáe and Spike Lee.

 Bounce (@BounceTV) airs on the broadcast signals of local television stations and corresponding cable carriage, and features a programming mix of original and off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports, and more. Bounce has grown to be available in more than 99 million homes across the United States and 95% of all African-American (AA) television homes, including all the top AA television markets. Among the founders of Bounce are iconic American figures Ambassador Andrew Young and Martin Luther King, III

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Casting BUZZ!

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Award-winning actress, director and producer Regina King has been added to Barry Jenkins’ film adaptation of James Baldwin‘s “If Beale Street Could Talk.” King will reportedly a “key” role in the project that also includes Stephan James, Teyonah Parris and Kiki Layne. “If Beale Street Could Talk” follows Fonny and Tish, a young couple who are in the midst of a whirlwind romance until Fonny is falsely accused of rape. After his imprisonment, Tish finds out she is pregnant and she, her family, and her lawyer race against the clock to find evidence that frees Fonny before the baby is born. [DEADLINE]

Oscar-winning actor, comedian and TV host Jamie Foxx is set to play Black Panther Party Leader Geronimo Pratt in the new film tentatively titled “Signal Hill.” The movie follows famed attorney Johnnie Cochran (played by Anthony Mackie) as he helps to overturn a murder conviction that sent Pratt to prison for 27 years for the allegedly kidnapping and murdering Caroline Olsen. Cochran also helped the family of Ron Settles win a civil suit against Los Angeles County police after it was discovered that the sports star was killed while in police custody and didn’t commit suicide as had been documented. [SHADOW&ACT]

Versatile actress Erica Ash (pictured above) will star as the lead in a new legal drama for BET titled “In Contempt.” The show reportedly follows Gwen Sullivan (Ash), an opinionated New York City attorney whose passion for her job and clients make her arguably the most talented public defender in her district. It also features Christian Keyes, Richard Lawson and Tobias Truvillion. Ash most recently starred in the NBA drama “Survivor’s Remorse” which aired on STARZ for four seasons. [TheHollywoodReporter]

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Kontrol Homme Cover Release Party featuring RonReaco Lee [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

KONTROL Magazine teamed up with STARZ Tuesday night for the unveiling of the fashion brand’s new men’s magazine—KONTROL HOMME. The “Obsession Issue” features TV/film actor and “Survivor’s Remorse” star RonReaco Lee.

The invitation only event took place at The Marke in Midtown – Atlanta and was attended by Lee and his “Survivor’s Remorse” cast members—Tichina Arnold, Jessie T. Usher, Erica Ash and Teyonah Parris.  The show returns for a fourth season beginning this weekend (Sunday, August 20) and will air following “POWER.”

The 30-minute dramedy series chronicles the life of fictional basketball star Cam Calloway, who is thrust into the limelight after signing a huge contract with a pro basketball team in Atlanta.

Other celebrities and influencers in attendance included TV/film actress and producer, Kim Fields;  TV actress and filmmaker, Terri J. Vaughn; reality star and singer, Trina Braxton; gospel recording artist, Byron Cage; actor Tray Chaney, former football player and reality star Stevie Baggs, Jr.; DJ Fadelf, reality star Dedra Allen and many more.

Check out the red carpet photos below:

Karras + Travis Cure +  Zimzon Lelo + Stevie Baggs, Jr. 

Bryon Cage

Dedra Allen 

Tray Chaney

Erica Ash 

KONTROL’s Julian Lark + Erica Ash

DJ Fadelf

Kim Fields and her husband Christopher Morgan

Terri J. Vaughn

KONTROL’s Julian Lark + Teyonah Parris 

RonReaco Lee

Erica Ash, RonReaco Lee and Jessie T. Usher

Teyonah Parris 

Jessie T. Usher 

RonReaco Lee‘s KONTROL HOMME cover

Tichina Arnold and Kontrol Magazine’s Julian Lark

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Big Boi honored during PEPSI’s #ChampionTheDream [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

PepsiCo closed out Black History Month with a bang this week by presenting its “Champion The Dream” Event. The world renowned soft drink giant partnered with the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Film & Entertainment for an inspirational conversation with some of the city’s top innovators and philanthropists. They also honored ATL’s own Big Boi for his outstanding musical career as part of the iconic hip hop duo Outkast and for his community engagement through his Big Kidz Foundation.

The invitation only event took place at the Park Tavern, which is located on the edge of historic Piedmont Park, and featured an illustrious panel of speakers including Jennifer Keitt of the Keitt Institute, Amplify4Good Founder and CEO Joey Womack, Phoenix Leadership Foundation’s Jay Bailey and BlackCelebrityGiving.com’s Jasmine Crowe. The evening was also co-hosted by media personality Rashana Ali and V-103’s Big Tigger.

A few notables were spotted on the red carpet including “Survivor’s Remorse” actress and Atlanta native Erica Ash, hip hop icon and radio personality Ed Lover, Food Network star Chef Wells, BET’s “The Quad” actor Kevin Savage, Funk Jazz Kafe creator and rising filmmaker Jason Orr, Stellar Award winning gospel singer Ted Winn, Atlanta City Councilman and mayoral candidate Kwanza Hall and his wife Natalie and veteran music industry executive Shanti Das.

Check out photos below:

Rashana Ali

Chef Will

Kawan Prather aka “KP the Great” provided dope sounds

Kevin Savage

Jasmine Crowe

Kwanza and Natalie Hall 

Big Boi explaining how he champions his dreams

Shanti Das 

Ted Winn

Attendees enjoying the #ChampionTheDream experience

Big Tigger talking to the panelists:

Jennifer Keitt, Jay Bailey, Joey Womack and Jasmine Crowe

Everybody say CHEESE!

Big Boi with Erica Ash

Jason Orr

Big Tigger

Big Boi with Ed Lover

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New Edition, Peabo Bryson, Wendy Williams & more receive Trumpet Awards [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

The 2017 Trumpet Awards were taped on Saturday evening at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and your truly was in the mix to capture all of the sights and sounds of one of Atlanta’s biggest nights. This year, I covered the red carpet for my radio magazine #UPFRONT and gathered exclusive interviews with some of the attendees, honorees and presenters. That segment will air this Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on WCLK.com.

After the red carpet, I was able to go backstage and cover the media room where most of the show’s presenters, performers and honorees stopped by for photo opportunities. As previously reported, this year’s 25th Anniversary show recognized the accomplishments of some of the biggest names in the African-American community including talk show host Wendy Williams, whose Trumpet Award for Entertainment was picked up by her media brother, hip hop icon Ed Lover.

New Edition’s Rickey Bell, Ronnie DeVoe, Michael Bivins and Johnny Gill, collected their much deserved Lifetime Achievement Trumpet Award. The iconic group from the 1980s, who laid the foundation for many  boy bands of the 90s and 2000s, was recognized just days before their highly anticipated biopic which airs tonight on BET. The group was saluted by R&B groups Transitions, Silk and Jagged Edge.

Music legend Peabo Bryson was honored for his enduring career as a Grammy winning-singer and songwriter. He has performed some of music’s most beloved duets including “Tonight I Celebrate My Love” with Roberta Flack, “Beauty and the Beast” with Celine Dion and “A Whole New World” with Regina Belle, who also performed the song with R&B crooner Kenny Lattimore as part of Bryson’s musical tribute. Bryson’s award was presented to him by music legend—Bill Withers. I had a chance to see Bryson perform last spring and he was simply amazing. He is one of the few veteran performers that still puts on an entire show including stories, dazzling costumes, a live band and back to back hits. This award is very well deserved and was one of the evening’s highlights.

NBA star Dikembe Mutombo picked up the Humanitarian Trumpet Award and praised gospel vocalist Tamela Mann for her amazing performance. She was a ray of sunshine when she entered the media room and bought a smile to everyone’s face. Fashion Blogger Gabi Gregg, was also glowing as she picked up this year’s Trailblazing Trumpet Award. I got a chance to chat with her on the red carpet and she described the moment as “surreal.”  I believe she is the first blogger to receive this award and was really humble to be in the midst of such greatness.

Gospel superstars Jekalyn Carr, Le’Andria Johnson, Travis Greene and Derek Minor were all in the house for a foot stomping, hand clapping, spirit-filled musical tribute. While I wasn’t able to see it from the media room, we were all in awe when the Queen of Gospel, Shirley Caesar, walked into the room. She even took pictures with a dry eraser sign that we created with the famous tag line, “You Name It.”  That was the name of the remixed song that created quite a frenzy over the Thanksgiving holiday and used a line from iconic tune, “Hold My Mule.”

The icing on the cake was Oscar winning-actor Louis Gosset Jr. being there to present Trumpet Awards founder Xernona Clayton with the distinguished Golden Trumpet Award. She also joined us backstage and had everyone’s full attention with her radiant white and gold gown and dazzling head piece.

Other stars spotted on the carpet included Ed Gordon, Erica Campbell, Dr. Bobby Jones, T.C. Carson, Lalah Hathaway, the show’s hosts Nicole Ari Parker and Deon Cole, the cast of Bounce TV’s “Saints and Sinners,” Gary Owens, BJ The Chicago Kid, KeKe WyattErica AshWillie Moore Jr., Tyler Williams from “The New Edition Story” and more!

See more backstage photos below and stay tuned for red carpet pics:

Vanessa Bell Calloway

Tamela Mann

Tamela Mann with Miss Georgia Pre-Teen Damacia Howard

showing off their sparkling shoes

Honoree Dikembe Mutombo with Ed Gordon

BJ The Chicago Kid 

Honoree Peabo Bryson with Bill Withers and Ed Gordon

Kenny Lattimore, Erica Ash and Bill Withers 

KeKe Wyatt

Le’Andria Johnson and Jekalyn Carr

That shoe tho! #Jekalyn Carr

Canton Jones with Shirley Caesar 

Shirley Caesar

Willie Moore Jr. 

Honoree Gabi Gregg

Gary Owens taking part in our backstage shenanigans

The group Transitions performed as part of the NE Tribute

Honorees Ronnie DeVoe and Michael Bivins 

Tyler Williams 

Ronnie DeVoe and Lyfe Jennings 

Trumpet Awards Founder Xernona Clayton

The Trumpet Awards airs this

Sunday, January 29 at 9 p.m. EST On Bounce

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WATCH a Sneak Peek of TV One’s ‘Donnie After Dark’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out a sneak peek of the second season of “Donnie After Dark” premiering tomorrow night at 11 p.m. on TV One. The show is hosted by my idol and radio/TV legend Donnie Simpson and features some of the biggest names in music, television and film.

In the premiere episode, Angela Robinson (Veronica Harrington from OWN’s The Have and The Have Nots) talks about the gift and curse of being the villainess everyone loves to hate; Comedian D.C. Young Fly reveals his tried and tested formula for elevating your brand on social media; and Pooch Hall (Ray Donovan, Media) reveals his undercover talent as an amateur boxer and a freestyle rapper. The show also features a sensual performance by musical guest Ro James performing his hit singles “Permission” and “Already Knew That.”

Following the special holiday premiere, “Donnie After Dark” moves to its regular time slot on Sundays at 11 p.m. EST.

Take a look at future episodes:

Sunday, Dec. 4 at 11 p.m. ET
Simpson invites rapper and activist David Banner, spoken word artist Ernestine Johnson and Interactive One VP of News and Men’s Programming Jamilah Lemieux to discuss the pros and cons of the Black Lives Matter movement. Comedian Lil Duval brings the laughs, plus “Empire” singer V. Bozeman delivers a breathtaking performance.

Sunday, Dec. 11 at 11 p.m. ET
Simpson sits down with music mogul and super producer Jermaine Dupri and catches up with the incomparable LisaRaye McCoy. He shares a few laughs with “Survivor’s Remorse” actress Erica Ash and comedian Special K. And don’t miss two unforgettable performances by musical guest, 112.

Sunday, Dec.18 at 11 p.m. ET
Simpson is joined by heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. Power star Naturi Naughton stops by, along with the hilariously funny comedian Tony Roberts. Plus, R&B crooner Musiq Soulchild hits the stage.

Simpson, known for his sultry voice, warm smile and piercing green eyes, is the son of a record shop owner. Having been exposed to multiple genres of music, he began his radio career at 15 with WJLB in Detroit, Mich. He relocated to Washington, D.C., where he began working at WRC-TV. Soon after he hosted the groundbreaking “Video Soul,” a music video show on BET, and many other network specials.

Simpson eventually hosted “The Donnie Simpson Morning Show” on WPGC-FM where he continued to captivate listeners for 17 years until his retirement in 2010. In 2015, Simpson returned to radio as the host of “The Donnie Simpson Show” on TV One’s sister property WMMJ-MAJIC 102.3 FM.

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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).

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Jermaine Dupri

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Spike Lee

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Attorney Benjamin Crump

Click here to see more red carpet photos and enjoy the show!

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