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RHOA’s Cynthia Bailey hosts ATL Screening of ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Last night, Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey hosted a private screening in Atlanta of Fifty Shades Freed – the final movie in the Fifty Shades trilogy. You may remember, Cynthia is a fan of the franchise and hosted a #50ShadesofCynthia party for her 50th birthday celebration last February.

A number of her celebrity friends were also in attendance including her RHOA co-stars Eva Marcille and Shamea Morton as well as Quad Webb-Lunceford, Dr. Heavenly Kimes and Dr. Contessa Metcalfe from Married to Medicine.

Bailey was also joined by a few shirtless “Mr. Greys,” who posed with the ladies all night.  

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Freed, the climactic chapter based on the worldwide bestselling Fifty Shades phenomenon.  Bringing to a shocking conclusion events set in motion in 2015 and 2017’s blockbuster films that grossed almost $950 million globally, the film arrives for Valentine’s Day 2018.

Believing they have left behind shadowy figures from their past, newlyweds Christian and Ana fully embrace an inextricable connection and shared life of luxury.  But just as she steps into her role as Mrs. Grey and he relaxes into an unfamiliar stability, new threats could jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins.

Also returning from prior Fifty Shades entries are Academy Award® winner Marcia Gay Harden, Eric Johnson, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Callum Keith Rennie, Bruce Altman and Robinne Lee.

Fifty Shades Freed is directed by Fifty Shades Darker’s James Foley (Fear, House of Cards) and once again produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Marcus Viscidi, alongside E L James, the creator of the culture-spanning blockbuster series.  The screenplay is by Niall Leonard, based on the novel by James.

Click here to watch the trailer!

See more photos below:

Cynthia Bailey

Quad Webb-Lunceford

Cynthia Bailey + Quad Webb-Lunceford 

The ladies + the “Mr. Greys”

Photo Credits: Moses Robinson/Getty Images for Universal Pictures

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Isaiah Washington, Meta Golding + more attend ATL Premiere of ‘Behind the Movement’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

It was standing room only Friday night for TV One’s advanced Atlanta screening of its new original movie, “Behind the Movement.” The event took place at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and featured appearances by the film’s stars Isaiah Washington, Meta Golding, Keith Arthur Bolden and Andrea Frye.

Isaiah Washington + Meta Golding

Behind The Movement,” is a unique and fast paced retelling of how Rosa Parks refusal to give up her seat launched the history making Montgomery Bus Boycott. It features Golding as the iconic Rosa Parks along with Washington as E.D. Dixon, Loretta Devine as Jo Ann Robinson, Roger Guenveur Smith as Raymond Parks, Shaun Clay as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Atlanta’s own Keith Arthur Bolden as Ralph David Abernathy.

Keith Arthur Bolden

A number of the film’s other stars were also in attendance including Jermaine D. Thomas, Marquita Goings, Sir Brodie, Bill Southworth and Al Mitchell.

Special invited guests included TV One’s SVP of Programming and Production D’Angela Proctor, “America’s Next Top Model” alum and RHOA star Eva Marcille and her fiancé Michael T. Sterling, singer Lyric Rachae, celebrity trainer Gerald Bryant, TV and stage actress Tinashe Kajese, “Stranger Things” star Karen Ceesay and “Saints & Sinners” actresses Dawn Half-Kenny and Reece Odum.

The evening ended with a post film Q&A session with the cast followed by more picture taking.  Check out the rest of the red carpet images below:

Eva Marcille + Michael T. Sterling 

Dawn Half-Kenny + Marquita Goings

D’Angela Proctor

Gerald Bryant 

Kim McNair + Isaiah Washington 

Derek J

Jermaine D. Thomas 

Andrea Frye

 Marquita Goings 

Sir Brodie 

Karen Ceesay

Reece Odum

Isaiah Washington 

Al Mitchell

Dawn Half-Kenny

Bill Southworth

Keith Arthur + Tinashe Kajase

Lyric Rachae

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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VH1’s ‘America’s Next Top Model’ to premiere on 1/9/18

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

VH1 announced today that the highly anticipated new season of “America’s Next Top Model” with Tyra Banks will premiere on Tuesday, January 9th at 8PM ET/PT.   For the first time in franchise history, there will be no age limit as well as more contestant diversity than ever before.

This season includes guest appearances by former judge Nigel Barker and season three winner Eva Marcille, Director X, beauty and social media guru Patrick Starr, choreographer Jermaine Browne, supermodel Jourdan Dunn and Hip Hop artist Maejor among others; as well as a VH1 crossover with “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fan-favorites Valentina, Katya and Manila.

Supermodel and body activist Ashley GrahamPaper Magazine Chief Creative Officer Drew Elliott and celebrity stylist and image architect Law Roach return as judges.  Banks and Ken Mok will continue as executive producers.

Stay tuned…

Photo Credit: VH1.com

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

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

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!

Photo Credits: TV One

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Kelly Price, Trina, Major. + more perform at Hurricane Relief Concert [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Check out photos from Grammy® nominated singer Kelly Price‘s recent Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert at ATL’s City Winery. The event was presented through Price’s TriFectHer Entertainment and featured heart-felt performances from Price along with her industry friends—Gritz and Jelly Butter, Algebra Blessett, Major., Donell Jones, Pastor Troy, Big Freedia, Mia X, Raheem DeVaughn, Trina, Case, 112, Kelly Price, and Slick Rick and more.

This was a ticketed event in which all proceeds, including ticket sales, wine sales, a silent auction, and physical donations will be donated to recover the lives of the families affected by Hurricanes – Harvey and Irma.  The evening was hosted by Ed Lover and model actress Eva Marcille!

Check out more photos below:

BIG FREEDIA

EVA MARCILLE

MAJOR.

SLICK RICK 

MIA X WITH 112

TRINA

RAHEEM DEVAUGHN

ED LOVER

MAYOR KASIM REED 

Photo Credits: Michael Walker/UMeek Images

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Robi Reed hosts ‘Sunshine Beyond Summer’ Celebration [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Emmy® Award-winning casting director and talent executive Robi Reed, Founder of The Reed For Hope Foundation (RFHF), recently presented her 14th Annual “Sunshine Beyond Summer” (SBS) Celebration – The Day Party at a private estate in Holmby Hills (between Beverly Hills and Bel-Air).

Hundreds of celebrities and influencers attended this health-themed awareness event and annual fundraiser. Actress, Tasha Smith, currently starring in Starz’s “Power” and OWN’s “For Better or Worse,” co-hosted the event. Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter Estelle and Hip-Hop icon Doug E. Fresh added stunning performances, and celebrity DJ D-Nice kept attendees dancing while the foundation showcased its innovative Wellness Row concept featuring free health screenings, affirmations and their ‘Certified Fit To Party’ platform.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and Sundial Brands (maker of SheaMoisture) partnered with RFHF on the event to bring these celebrities, entertainment industry tastemakers and community leaders together to encourage them to use their voices to help shift cultural attitudes about wellness, disease prevention and health disparities. AHF and Sundial Brands announced their intent at the event to become corporate partners for 2018 to add resources to help RFHF empower one million friends advocating for health.

“I want to build the One in a Million campaign within our Love Healthy Movement to bring people of all colors, genders, races, political affiliations and ages together to unite and focus on the health of our women. Life begins within us. When we heal, our world heals,” said Reed.

Additional event attendees included: Debra Lee, Chairman & CEO BET Network; Duane Martin, (The New Edition Story) & wife Tisha Campbell Martin, (Real Husbands of Hollywood); Eva Marcille (America’s Next Top Model) & RFHF Health Ambassador; Danielle Nicolet, (The Flash/Born Again Virgin); Apryl Jones (Love & Hip Hop Hollywood); Isaiah Washington (Survivor’s Remorse); T.I., Actor/Hip Hop Artist, Danielle Mone’ Truitt (Rebel); Director F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton & The Fate of The Furious); Creator/Director John Singleton (FX’s Snowfall); LisaRaye McCoy (Single Ladies); Lance Gross (Sleepy Hollow, Grey’s Anatomy); Yvonne Orji (HBO’s Insecure); Richard Brooks, (Being Mary Jane); Michelle Mitchenor (Lethal Weapon); Vanessa Williams, (Days of Our Lives); Tim Johnson (Hit The Road); Omar Dorsey (Queen Sugar); Garcelle Beauvais, (Spiderman/Homecoming); Elise Neal (BET’s Tales); Eugene Byrd (Bones) and many others.

The event was live streamed to key SBS enthusiasts. A virtual crowd of partygoers joined the fun by taking the Love Healthy pledge; dancing at home and watching their Hollywood favorites get “certified fit to party.”

Immediately preceding the SBS, RFHF’s Annual Sunshine Awards took place honoring several awardees including the cast and crew of the soon to be released film, “A Question of Faith,” for the courage to create a film that tackles the important – yet under-discussed – issue of organ donations. AHF’s Rise Above Campaign received a ‘Sunshine Award’ for their work in AIDS awareness, prevention and sexual health. Marcille and Brandee Evans (Hip Hop in Heels) were the RFHF Health Awareness Ambassadors for the event and year. New partner, Sundial Brands, received the Corporate Partner – Sunshine Award, for committing to collaborate with RFHF’s Love Healthy: One In A Million Campaign with a skin health and hair component and for its commitment to making products with natural and organic ingredients. Other awardees were Dr. Valencia Mathews and Lorna Johnson.

Photo Credits: Kengi Carr

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ATL Celebs attend ‘War For the Planet of the Apes’ Screening [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

A number of Atlanta celebrities and reality stars came out this week for the 20th Century Fox Red Carpet Premiere of “War For the Planet of the Apes.” The advanced screening took place at the Regal Atlantic Station and the movie opens nationwide in theaters today.

The evening was hosted by “Dish Nation” and “Rickey Smiley Morning Show” personality Headkrack and featured appearances by NBA basketball superstar Dwight Howard, actress/celebrity model Eva Marcille, double Emmy Award-winning actor GregAlan Williams (OWN’s Greenleaf), famed Hollywood director/producer Rob Hardy, reality newcomer Brandon Barnes (WEtv’s Growing Up Hip-Hop), Ceaser and Sky (VH1’s Black Ink Crew New York), Dr. Heavenly (Bravo’s_Married To Medicine), Bambi (VH1’s Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta), Lil Webby(hip-hop artist), John Grant (Executive Director of ESPN Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, Egypt Sherrod (HGTV’s Flipping Virgins), Final Draft (America’s Got Talent_ Season 12), Fahamu Pecou (Visual Artist & Scholar), famed Gospel artist, Micah Stampley, and more.

In “War for the Planet of the Apes,” the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. The movies stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer & Terry Notary.

Check out the trailer and all of the red carpet pics below:

Dwight Howard 

Eva Marcille 

Rob Hardy 

GregAlan Williams and sons 

HeadKrack

Egypt Sherrod and DJ Fadelf 

Fahamu Pecou 

Brad James 

Final Draft 

Dr. Heavenly and daughter

Photo Credits: Robin Lori Photography

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AAFCA recognizes Sidney Poitier, ‘Moonlight,’ Lee Daniels & more! [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) held it’s 8th Annual AAFCA Awards Ceremony recently in Los Angeles and the event was nothing short of spectacular. A number of 2016’s top films were honored including “Moonlight,” “Fences,” “Loving,” and “Hidden Figures.” TV series like OWN’s “Queen Sugar” and FX’s “Atlanta” were also recognized as Top programs.

This year’s awards ceremony took place at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood, CA and was attended by a number of the honorees including Janelle Monáe (Breakout Performance, “Moonlight” “Hidden Fences”), Barry Jenkins (Best Director, “Moonlight”) and Lee Daniels (Cinema Vanguard Award). Screen legend Sidney Poitier was also recognized for the 50th Anniversary of his groundbreaking film, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”

A list of who’s who in film and television were also present including Nischelle Turner, John Singleton, Sanaa Lathan, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Jovan Adepo, Joe Morton, Tommy DavidsonAnna Marie HorsfordDemetrius Shipp Jr., Laz Alonso, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Eva Marcille, Rhyon Nicole, Marcus Scribner, Kendrick Sampson, Neil Brown Jr., Lou Diamond Phillips, Karen Sharpe and Kat Kramer.

“Queen Sugar” cast members Dawn Lyen-Gardner, Timon Kyle Durrett, Omar J. Dorsey, Tina Lifford and Dondre Whitfield were also present to pick up their “Best TV Show Award” along with the cast of “Underground” Alano Miller, Aisha Hinds and show creator Misha Green.

“Our members had a plethora of outstanding movies, documentaries and TV shows to choose from this year,” says AAFCA Co-founder Shawn Edwards. “It was an exceptional year in terms of the quantity and quality of films about the black experience. And while this by no means solves the diversity issue in the film industry it was definitely refreshing to have such a wide-range of exceptional work to choose from to honor and celebrate with our approval.”

“2016 provided our membership with many great films to choose from,” says AAFCA President and Co-founder, Gil Robertson. “Every movie and TV show on our Top 10 Lists could have easily been number one. The number of incredible performances by black actors and actresses added to a very competitive field of performances and represents a step towards inclusion that our membership warmly embraces. We look forward to what 2017 has in store.”

See more pictures and a full list of winners below:

Lee Daniels 

Janelle Monáe

Barry Jenkins 

See the full list of winners below:

FILM
BEST PICTURE : MOONLIGHT – (A24)
BEST DIRECTOR: BARRY JENKINS, MOONLIGHT – (A24)
BEST ACTOR: DENZEL WASHINGTON, FENCES– (Paramount)
BEST ACTRESS: RUTH NEGA, LOVING – (Focus Features)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: MAHERSHALA ALI, MOONLIGHT – (A24)
BEST ENSEMBLE: THE Cast of HIDDEN FIGURES (20TH Century Fox)
BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE 2017 – Janelle Monae for MOONLIGHT AND HIDDEN FIGURES
BEST INDEPENEDENT FILM: “MOONLIGHT” (A24)
BEST ANIMATION FILM; ZOOTOPIA (Disney)
BEST SONG – “VICTORY” from HIDDEN FIGURES (20th Century Fox)
BEST DOCUMENTARY – 13 (Netflix)
BEST FOREIGN FILM – TANNA (Lightyear Entertainment)
BEST SCREENPLAY – AUGUST WILSON, FENCES – (Paramount)

TV
BEST TV SHOW (Drama) – QUEEN SUGAR – OWN
BEST TV SHOW (Comedy) – ATLANTA – FX
BEST TV SHOW (CABLE/NEW MEDIA – UNDERGROUND – WGN America
BEST TV SHOW (Special/Limited Series) – LEMONADE – HBO

AAFCA Top Ten Films of 2016 are as follows in order of distinction:

1.      MOONLIGHT – A24
2.     FENCES – Paramount
3.     HIDDEN FIGURES – 20th Century Fox
4.     LION – The Weinstein Company
5.     LALA LAND – Lionsgate
6.     BIRTH OF A NATION – Fox Searchlight
7.     LOVING – Focus Features
8.     MANCHESTER BY THE SEA – Amazon Studios / Roadside Attractions
9.     HELL OR HIGH WATER – CBS Films
10.  QUEEN OF KATWE – Disney

AAFCA Top Ten TV shows of 2016 are as follows in order of distinction:

1.      QUEEN SUGAR – OWN
2.     UNDERGROUND – WGN America
3.     ATLANTA – FX
4.     INSECURE – HBO
5.     LUKE CAGE – NETFLIX
6.     THIS IS US – NBC
7.     BLACKISH – ABC
8.     THE GET DOWN – NETFLIX
9.     WESTWORLD – HBO
10.  SURVIVOR’S REMORSE – STARZ

Photo Credits: AAFCA

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Eva Marcille’s ‘FIRST AVE’ Eyewear honors late friend Stephanie Moseley [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

When model and actress Eva Marcille set out to launch her new line of eyewear there was one person that stood out the most in her creative process and that was her “bestie” and beloved dancer Stephanie Moseley.

The America’s Next Top Model Cycle 3 winner launched her “FIRST AVE” Eyewear Collection Saturday night in Atlanta’s trendy Castleberry Hills district and says that the line of spectacles are a nod to her late friend, who was killed by her husband in a murder-suicide in 2014.

“The inspiration behind my brand are actually my best friends, the people that inspire me in life. I’m pretty funky and unique in my styles but I wanted to make sure my collection encompasses everybody and different energies and styles and swags. So I kinda look to the people that I love the most and kinda embodied their swag into each pair of shades. Those that I wore tonight are the ‘Moseleys.’ It’s in honor of my girlfriend Stephanie Moseley, who passed away and is now my guardian angel,” said Marcille about the popular dancer who last appeared on VH1’s “Hit the Floor” series.

“FIRST AVE”  includes an array of black, gold, silver, pink, blue and green shades that Marcille feels will also compliment any and all skin tones.

“I’m naturally drawn to gold and I think there’s something about skin tones and gold that go really well together.”

Marcille’s “FIRST AVE” is a partnership with Atlanta’s own Tiffany Williams, owner of EyeCandy Creations LLC, and the brains behind “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Cynthia Bailey‘s hugely successful, Cynthia Bailey Eyewear. For Williams, the collaboration with Marcille has almost been like a second marriage.

“I told my husband that I hope he knows that Eva and I are one. (LOL) No really, the collaboration has been amazing and I’m so blessed to have her in my life. A lot of celebrities can put their name on anything and not push the brand and are not passionate about the brand but Eva has been just the opposite and that is what has been so refreshing and beautiful.”

Check out more photos below including yours truly in a pair of FIRST AVE’s below:

Eva Marcille covers the latest edition of Rolling Out Urban Style Weekly

“FIRST AVE” comes in an array of colors for every skin tone

DJ KiX provided dope sounds at the launch party for “FIRST AVE”

ICC’S Xaviera Bryant testing out a pair of “FIRST AVE” shades

EVA the DIVA

Eva Marcille pictured with the evening’s sponsors

Derek J in tha house

Tiffany Williams, Eva Marcille and Racquel Smith

“Bravo’s Married to Medicine” starlet Genise Shelton

Ray Cornelius interviewing Eva Marcille about “FIRST AVE”

Tiffany Williams talking to Ray Cornelius about her “FIRST AVE” partnership

SAY CHEESE!

Ray Cornelius rocking a pair of “FIRST AVE” #ImReadyForMyCloseUp

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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TV One stars attend L.A. Premiere of ‘Born Again Virgin,’ ‘The Next:15’ and ‘Here We Go Again’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Stars from TV One’s newest shows—“Here We Go Again,”The Next: 15” and “Born Again Virgin“—attended a red carpet premiere Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

Wendy Raquel Robinson struts

Wendy Raquel Robinson werking the stage!

The star-studded event was hosted by Hip Hop Weekly and Armadale Vodka and took place at H.O.M.E (House of Music and Entertainment). Celebrities spotted on the red carpet included Born Again Virgin‘s Danielle Nicolet and Eva Marcille; Here We Go Again’s Wendy Raquel Robinson, Kyndall Ferguson, Andra Fuller, Monique Coleman, Travis Winfrey, Chris O’Neal and Kennedy Rue-McCullough. Also in attendance was The Next: 15’s Claudia Jordan, Karamo Brown, Laura Govan, Benzino and Jennifer Williams.

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Claudia Jordan with Nicole Murphy and Christy OKeith

Guests enjoyed light bites and cocktails by Armadale Vodka. The program began with welcome remarks by Lori Hall, TV One’s senior vice president of marketing, followed by additional remarks from D’Angela Proctor, senior vice president of programming and production at TV One.

Danielle Nicolet - Eva Marcille

Danielle Nicolet and Eva Marcille

Then, showrunners Ranada Shepard (“Born Again Virgin”), Meg DeLoatch (“Here We Go Again”) and Carlos King (“The Next :15”) each presented sneak peeks from their upcoming shows, while cast members thanked the audience for their support. The evening quickly turned into a party, thanks to the sounds provided by DJ Fatz.

Guest with Michael Jai White, Gillian White

Michael Jai White, Gillian White and Guest

Additional attendees included Michael Jai White (“For Better or Worse”), Kenya Moore (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”), Nicole Murphy (“Hollywood Exes”), Jensen Atwood (“Noah’s Arc” on LOGO) Tara Reid (Sharknado), rappers Trinidad James and K. Camp, “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” stars Hazel-E, Jason Lee, Miles Brock and Moneice Slaughter and many more.

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TV One’s Lori Hall with Denise Boutte

“Here We Go Again” premieres Tuesday, February 9 at 8PM ET/PT followed by an all-new season of “Born Again Virgin” at 8:30PM ET/PT. “The Next :15” debuts Wednesday, February 10 at 9PM/ET.

Check out more photos below:

Jensen Atwood Andra Fuller

Jenson Atwood and Andra Fuller

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Carlos King and Claudia Jordan

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John Chaffin and Benzino

D'Angela Proctor - Ranada Shepard - Danielle Nicolet - Eva Marcille

D’ Angela Proctor, Ranada Shepart, Danielle Nicolet and Eva Marcille

selfie with Karamo, Laura, Jennifer

Karamo Brown, Laura Govan and Jennifer Williams taking a selfie

Kennedy-Rue McCullough - Chris O'Neal - Kyndall Ferguson

Kennedy Rue-McCullough, Chris O’Neal and Kyndall Ferguson

EJ King - Eva Marcille Trinidad James

Eva Marcille with EJ King/ Trinidad James 

Photo Credits: Milan Carter/TV One

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Eva Marcille to star in unscripted BET series ‘About the Business’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Eva Marcille is hoping to make a dent in the luxury container home business in a new unscripted series for BET titled “About the Business.”  The one-hour docuseries follows Marcille and four other Hollywood professionals as they hustle to make it in the industry.

The tight-knit group often find themselves blurring the lines between work, play and personal relationships. Their careers and long-time friendships will be tested, tough choices will be made, but they will always be “About The Business.”

Joining Marcille on this journey is Crystal Renay, model and fiancée of Ne-Yo, PR Maven Sparkle Holmes, Celebrity Stylist EJ King, and marketing executive for Nick Cannon‘s Ncredible Entertainment, Danielle Crawley.  The series will also feature, Sparkle’s business partner and Eva’s project manager, Krista Kolley, as well as host, model and recording artist, Candice Brooks.

“About the Business” launches Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 10 P.M. ET/PT on BET Networks.

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Eva Marcille covers SHEEN Magazine’s ‘Woman of the Year’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Born Again Virgin star Eva Marcille covers the “Woman of the Year” issue for SHEEN Magazine. Inside, the flawless model-turned-actress discusses everything from faith to family and is the epitome of the new age “superwoman.” Not only is Marcille a mother but she’s a cutting-edge fashion and beauty mogul with a career that is second to none.

SHEEN’s Beauty section explores the idea of a simple lip color and how it can transform your look from a zero to a hero while Master Colorist and Celebrity Stylist Mychael Michelle shows readers how to achieve vivacious hair color.

In salute of the Obama’s last year in the White House, SHEEN replicates one of FLOTUS Michelle Obama’s iconic looks and highlight her graceful style through the years.

Lastly, a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to the SHEEN Magazine team for over 10 years of existence as a beauty and style cultivator. The Black owned and operated publication is one of the country’s leading sources for all things fashion, beauty, style and culture. Founder Kimberly Chapman has done an outstanding job with the brand and RC salutes her for achieving such a milestone!

Take a look at the full cover below:

Eva For Sheen

The Year of the Woman January/February issue of SHEEN Magazine lands on stands December 29, 2015.

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TV One hosts ATL Premiere of ‘Born Again Virgin’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

TV One hosted an exclusive premiere party Tuesday night at Atlanta’s American Spirit Works for its new original series, Born Again Virgin. The one-hour comedy stars Danielle Nicolet, America’s Next Top ModelEva Marcille, Meagan Holder and R&B superstar Tank and airs TONIGHT with back-to-back episodes beginning at 10 p.m. EST.

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Meagan Holder, Brad James and Danielle Nicolet

The series is focused on Jenna (Nicolet), a 34 year-old up-and-coming blogger, who decides to become celibate when she finds her body count is starting to trump her age. Using her blog as encouragement for her newly adapted sex diet and also as a sounding board for her girlfriends’ often amusing “sexcapades,” Jenna is determined to make the blog a success and transform her friends in the process. But just as Jenna is settling into her new found virginity, in comes her new fine-as-wine neighbor Donovan (Tank). Will she be able to hold out?  Marcille and Holder play Jenna’s BFF’s Tara and Kelly.

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Chrystale Wilson taking a selfie with Tank and Gary with the Tea

All of the show’s stars were in attendance as well as TV One President, Brad Siegel. Other Atlanta celebs included  Hollywood Diva star Lisa Wu; UP’s Marry Me for Christmas stars Chrystale Wilson and DeEtta West; celebrity hairstylist and Fashion Queen, Derek J; actress and reality star, Stacii Jae Johnson, Ricky Smiley co-host, Gary with the Tea; For Better or Worse actor, Brad James; actress Jasmine Burke;  actress Terri J. Vaughn and her actor husband, Karon Riley; Survivor’s Remorse star RonReaco Lee and hip hop artist, Bone Crusher. 

The 3-hour party featured complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, a preview of the show and a live performance by Tank.  Check out all of the photos below:

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 Eva Marcille with TV One President Brad Siegel

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UPtv stars DeEtta West and Chrystale Wilson

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Eva Marcille and Meagan Holder being interviewed by my girl, Reyonce from AllHipHop.com

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Derek J with Danielle Nicolet and Meagan Holder

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 DJ Tron provided dope sounds all through the night

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 Eva Marcille with her boyfriend, Michael T. Sterling

 

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 Born Again Virgin cast

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Bone Crusher and his wife

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 Eva Marcille and Tank on the red carpet

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Media maven Ebony Steele with Terrance Terry and guest

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 Lisa WuChrystale Wilson and Stacii Jae Johnson

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 Tank performing “Maybe I Deserve”

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 Tank performing “Please Don’t Go”

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Tank with TV One’s Lori Hall/ RonReaco Lee with friend

 Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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Eva Marcille, Sheree Whitfield & more attend Mayor’s Cup VIP Reception [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed hosted his 18th Annual Mayor’s Cup Reception last night at PIRCH – Kitchen & Bath in Buckhead. The invitation only event was presented in conjunction with Atlanta’s Workforce Development Agency’s Mayor’s Youth Scholarship Program, which provides Atlanta students with funds to attend any college or university.

Mayor Reid with Perch GM

 Mayor Reed with PIRCH GM

The reception featured a select number of gourmet eats, complimentary cocktails, decadent desserts and a DJ. There was also a silent auction and photography booth. Mayor Reed, who recently celebrated his birthday, was serenaded and presented a cake from his friend and Executive Director of AWDA, Michael T. Sterling.

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 Former RHOA star Sheree Whitfield

Atlanta notables spotted in crowd included Atlanta’s First Lady, Sarah Elizabeth ReedLaRonda Sutton(Director of Atlanta’s Office of Entertainment), Kwanza Hall (City Councilman), Alex Davis (Bloomingdales) and I’na Saulsbery (The Starfire Group). Celebrity guests included ANTM winner and actress, Eva Marcille and former Real Housewife of Atlanta star, Sheree Whitfield.

Check out more photos below:

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The stunning – Eva Marcille 

Kwanza Hall

 Kwanza Hall with I’na Saulsbery

LaRonda Sutton

 LaRonda Sutton and friend

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 PIRCH – Kitchen & Bath

Mayor and First Lady

 Mayor Kasim Reed and First Lady Sarah Elizabeth Reed 

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ADWA’s Michael T. Sterling

Happy Birthday Mayor

Singer serenading Mayor Reed

BE magazine

 My crew from BE Magazine

Auction items

 Silent Auction Items

RC with Alex and I'na

RC with Alex Davis and I’na Saulsbery

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