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Miss Lawrence added to Lee Daniels’ ‘The United States Vs. Billie Holiday’ (VIDEO)

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Lee Daniels is adding more star power to his upcoming film The United States Vs. Billie Holiday. Snowfall actor Melvin Gregg and Miss Lawrence formerly of STAR have been added to film which features Grammy-nominated singer Andra Day as the jazz and music icon.

According to DEADLINE, The United States Vs. Billie Holiday follows Holiday’s career as she was targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by black Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair. It will explore Holiday’s struggles with addiction, fame and heartbreaking love. Gregg will play Joe Guy, a famed trumpet player in Billie’s band, and one of her lovers, who is battling drug addiction at the height of Holiday’s reign. Miss Lawrence will portray Miss Freddy, Billie’s stylist.

The film also stars Trevante Rhodes, Garrett Hedlund, Natasha Lyonne, and Evan Ross, whose mother Diana Ross earned an Oscar-nomination for her portrayal of Ms. Holiday in the Motown classic film Lady Sings the Blues.

Check out Andra Day’s performance of the Billie Holiday classic “Strange Fruit” below:

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‘Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party’ to air 2/13 at 9 PM on VH1

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

TV’s unlikely duo—Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg—will be premiering the second half of the first season of their hugely popular VH1 show. “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” will air on Monday, February 13 with two back-to-back episodes at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. EST.

According to the press release, the series debuted as cable’s top new unscripted franchise of 2016 and winning its time period with all key demos. The weekly show features Martha and Snoop as they host weekly dinner parties with famous celebrity friends. In each episode, Martha and Snoop put a personal spin on dishes for a themed meal.

Check out the upcoming episodes below:

Monday, February 13th at 9 p.m. “Something Fishy”- Martha & Snoop take their rolling skills to the next level making sushi with special guests Kathy Griffin, Mike Epps, and sushi chefs Abe Hiroki & Morimoto and musical guest D.R.A.M.

Monday, February 13th at 9:30 p.m.  “They Got Game”- Huddle up! Martha & Snoop are making some game day favorites with special guest the Trap Kitchen chefs and youth players from Snoop’s Youth Football League and team – the Pomona Steelers.

Monday, February 20th at 10 p.m. “High On The Hog”- Martha & Snoop get things good and smoky when they roast a whole hog with special guests Fat Joe, Kelis and musical guests Fat Joe & Remy Ma.

Monday, February 27th at 10 p.m. “Keepin’ It In The Family”- Everyone knows there’s nothing better than home cooking, so Martha and Snoop invite special guests Ashlee Simpson, Evan Ross and Snoop’s Uncle Reo to whip up some of their family favorites and share some family secrets.

Monday, March 6th at 10 p.m. “Makin’ That Dough”- Martha & Snoop throw the ultimate pizza party with special guests Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Bella Thorne and musical guest October London.

Will you be watching?

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T.I., Russell Simmons and More attend L.A. Premiere of ‘Get Hard’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Wednesday night, T.I., Russell Simmons, Evan Ross, Adrienne Bailon, Stephen Hill, Affion Crockett, Kenny Burns, Yesi Ortiz, King Keraun, Teairra Mari, Laura Govan, Gloria Govan, Melanie Iglesias, Kyla Pratt, Hazel-E and Joe Torry enjoyed laughs at a private screening of “Get Hard” at All Def Comedy Live powered by The Brand Group in Hollywood.

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T.I. greeting Russell Simmons

Comedians James Davis and KDubb took the stage for an impromptu comedy show before T.I. took over to introduce the film, which he co-stars in alongside Kevin Hart, Will Ferrell and Edwina Finley. This laugh out loud comedy, “Get Hard” hits theaters Friday, March 27th, 2015.

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T.I. with Evan Ross/”Get Hard” actress Edwina Finley

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Joe Torry/Gloria and Laura Govan

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BET’s Stephen Hill/The Real’s Adrienne Bailon with T.I. 

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 T.I. with actress Kyla Pratt

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Danny Glover and others attend ATL Premiere of ‘Supremacy’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Lights! Camera! Action!

The Atlanta premiere of the upcoming indie film Supremacy  took place on Thursday evening at the historic Plaza Theater in Midtown. The red carpet event served as the opening night movie of the Pan African Film Festival – Atlanta and brought out the film’s leading star Danny Glover. The private screening was also attended by the film’s director Deon Taylor, associate producer Ephraim Salaam and a host of Atlanta celebrities and tastemakers.

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Deon Taylor, Danny Glover and Ephraim Salaam share a laugh

Supremacy  tells the story of a white supremacist and his ruthless girlfriend that kills a cop and while on the run break into a house and takes a Black family hostage. Over a long night of terror, a subtle psychological struggle ensues between the family patriarch (Glover), an ornery ex-con himself, and the convict as the patriarch must rely on his wit and understanding of the racist mind to find a plan to free his family, but not before he confronts his own brand of bigotry and anger.  The film features an all-star cast including Derek Luke, Evan Ross, Lela Rochon, Joe Anderson, Dawn Olivieri, Mahershala Ali and Anson Mount.

Check out some red carpet pictures below:

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 Deon Taylor and parents

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 Dr. Barbara King of Hillside International Truth Center

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 Former soap actress and singer Chrystee Pharris

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 Star of Black Jesus  and RoomieLoverFriend  Sabrina Revelle

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Jazz 91.9 WCLK’s Riva Blue/PAFF- Atlanta Producer Margaret Kargbo

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Evan Ross engaged to Ashlee Simpson

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Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Congratulations goes to Crazy, Sexy, Cool  star Evan Ross!  The 25-year-old actor and musician is engaged to his pop singer girlfriend, Ashlee Simpson. The two love birds posted the big news via Twitter earlier this week along with a photo of her new ring.  Simpson tweeted “My baby love and I are ENGAGED!!! Hallelujah Hawaii !!!!!”  while Ross tweeted, “The love of my life said YES!!!!!!

According to US Weekly,  Ross and Simpson have been friends for over 10 years and share a special bond. When the two hit the red carpet for the premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire  in November, Ross  indicated that the relationship was moving in the right direction.

Ross ring“It’s amazing. I’m so in love and we’ve got amazing things going on. And we inspire each other. So it’s cool,”  said Ross. Reportedly, when asked if Simpson was the one, he replied “Yeah, she’s the one”  and hinted that marriage was definitely in their future.

Ross is the son of legendary Motown singer, Diana Ross and has appeared in several films including ATL, Life Support  and 96 Minutes.  He will co-star in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,  which is currently filming.

Simpson is the sister of pop diva, Jessica Simpson. She was previously married to Fallout Boy singer Pete Wentz, with whom she has a 5-year-old son. The two divorced in 2011.

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TLC, Keke Palmer, Drew Sidora & Lil Mama chat with Wendy Williams (VIDEO + PHOTOS)

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Posted by | Ray Cornelius

TLC’s T-Boz and Chilli stopped by The Wendy William’s Show  on Thursday promoting their new VH1 biopic Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story.  The two ladies, who still hold the record as the most successful girl group of all time, sat down with Wendy to discuss the movie’s soundtrack, 20, their role in casting the film and helping to write the script. T-Boz also took time out to clear the air about the alleged drama between the group and its former manager and R&B singer, Peebles.

“We have no problem with Peebles at all. We did not slander her. This movie is from our perspective of what happened to us. We did not lie and yes, we did not tell everything that could have been told. We kept it clean,” explains T-Boz.

TLC was later joined by the film’s stars, Keke Palmer, Drew Sidora and Lil Mama. Each actress talked about their experience playing the iconic music stars and their eerily personal connection to each singer. Check out the video below as well as photos from their recent NYC premiere and the new super trailer:

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 Chilli, Drew Sidora, Lil Mama, Keke Palmer and T-Boz

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 Ne-Yo and Kandi Burruss

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 Rhonda Ross, Diana Ross, Evan Ross and Ashlee Simpson

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 Missy Elliott and K. Michelle

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TLC drops ‘20’ album featuring a new song by Ne-Yo

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T-Boz and Chilli are commemorating their twenty years in the music industry by releasing an anniversary album entitled “20.” The project features all of the group’s greatest hits including “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg,” “Creep,” “Waterfalls” and my personal favorite, “Red Light Special.” It also features an unreleased track called “Meant to Be” written by award-winning singer-songwriter, Ne-Yo.

According to THP, “20” will be released on October 15, just six days before the debut of their VH1 biopic, Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story  starring Lil Mama as Left Eye, Keke Palmer as Chilli and Drew Sidora as T-Boz. As previously reported, the film chronicles the group’s rise to international stardom in the early 1990’s and features an all-star cast including Carl Payne, Evan Ross and Rochelle Ayetes.

Chilli and T-Boz have enjoyed this resurgence in their careers, collaborating on projects with many of today’s top artists including Lady Gaga, Drake and J. Cole. Reportedly, the ladies will release an album of new material in 2014.

Take a look below at the tracklist for “20” as well as the second trailer for their upcoming movie:

1. “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg”
2. “What About Your Friends”
3. “Baby, Baby, Baby”
4. “Hat 2 Da Back”
5. “Creep”
6. “Waterfalls”
7. “Red Light Special”
8. “Diggin’ on You”
9. “Kick Your Game”
10. “No Scrubs”
11. “Unpretty”
12. “Silly Ho”
13. “Damaged”
14. “Meant to Be”

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Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story  airs on Oct. 21 on Vh1

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FIRST LOOK: Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

For weeks now we have been teasing you with Instagram photos and updates about the highly-anticipated biopic of 90’s girl group, TLC. Well now, VH1 released its first OFFICIAL PHOTOS today of actresses Drew Sidora, Lil Mama and Keke Palmer as Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes and Rozonda ‘Chilli” Thomas.

TLC First look 2As previously reported, the movie will chronicle TLC’s meteoric rise to superstardom and becoming one of the most popular girl groups of all time. Jeff Olde, Executive VP of Original Programming and Production for VH1 said this about the film in February:

“With this cast, we are thrilled with the talent assembled both in front of and behind the cameras. TLC are truly music pioneers and this movie is a fantastic way to expand our scripted push by combining our audience’s passion for music with their love of story. We know our viewers will be eager to go beyond the headlines and into the surprisingly personal, never before told stories of these groundbreaking women.”

Rounding out the all-star cast is Evan Ross as Dallas Austin, Anthony Payne as Antonio L.A. Reid and Rochelle Aytes as Perri ‘Pebbles’ Reid.

Tell us what you think of the new photos in our comments section!

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Terrence Howard set to produce and star in Caribbean adaptation of ‘Macbeth’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Dead Man Down  actor Terrence Howard is gearing up to star in a new film version of the Shakespearean classic, The Tragedy of Macbeth.

The Caribbean adaptation features Howard in the lead as Macbeth and his The Best Man 2  co-star Sanaa Lathan as Lady Macbeth.  Rounding out the all-star cast is Blair Underwood, Harry Lennix,  and Evan Ross. Howard will also co-executive produce the film along with ReShaun Frear and Kip Konwiser.

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Blair Underwood, Sanaa Lathan and Evan Ross

According to Shadow and Act, the film synopsis reads as follows:

“After a gallant military victory, General Macbett encounters the “Weird Sisters,” who are the spirit daughters of Mother Africa and reign over fire, water, earth and sky. They delight in manipulating Macbett by feeding him predictions of royal titles including “King.” Macbett soon becomes obsessed with ambition, as does his beautiful and ruthless wife Lady Macbett. As Macbett and his Lady spiral downward, indulging in treachery and political assassinations, they are soon haunted by their murderous deeds and driven mad. In a true exemplification of a tragedy, Macbett is defeated by his own zealous thirst for power, a heartbreaking end to a once beloved Hero.”

Pre-production is set to begin in the fall and will be shot on location in Jamaica and Puerto Rico.

RC will keep you posted as this project continues to develop.

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David Oyelowo talks about new films and not being afraid of a little controversy…

It may appear that 96 Minutes star David Oyelowo is new on the scene.  However, the British-Nigerian actor has been on his grind for quite some time [14 years to be exact] appearing in such films as The Last King of Scotland, The Help and most recently Red Tails.

Although Hollywood is just taking notice, he credits his recent success to making the right film choices and being a versatile actor.  Oyelowo recently sat down with BET.com to discuss his latest film projects including Lee Daniel’s The Butler and why he is not afraid of starring in unconventional movies.

On his recent success…

It feels like a marathon to me but I’ve chosen that path. I turned down a lot of easier opportunities in order to go for the things that I really and ultimately wanted to do. And what’s really nice is that it’s starting to work. I’ve been an actor for coming up on 14 years now and the level of activity that’s taking place now is a culmination of a slow cooker approach to [a career] as opposed to a microwave.

On collaborating with Lee Daniels for The Butler

We start [shooting] The Butler in June and that’s incredibly exciting for me because I get to work with the amazing Forest Whitaker again. It’s a phenomenal script and a great, great role — I play his son. Oprah Winfrey is his wife and my mother. My character is a radical, civil rights activist. I rebel against the profession his father has chosen — a butler who works in the White House from [President Dwight] Eisenhower to [Ronald] Reagan. I become a civil rights leader who’s involved in marches with [Martin Luther] King, moves onto Malcolm X and I become a Black Panther.

On not straying away from “controversial” movies…

We can’t afford to deny our past in a bid to be empowered. But what we can do is contextualize the past. The problem with us and the stories we’re trying to tell is that we get so few opportunities to tell them that the danger comes when we try to cram everything in. The Help sheds light on a certain truth in America, but the tragedy is if we don’t get a chance to contrast it with other points of views. The Butler does that, Red Tails does that and that’s what 96 Minutes does.

Catch David Oyelowo in 96 Minutes when the film opens in theaters April 27

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Evan Ross stars in new thriller ’96 Minutes’

It looks like Evan Ross has been quite busy these days…

The rising actor is starring in a new suspense thriller about four eclectic, young people who are involved in a car-jacking called 96 Minutes. The film is inspired by true events and also stars Brittany Snow (Hairspray), David Oyelowo (Red Tails) and Christian Serratos of the hugely popular Twilight series.

96 Minutes has already received rave reviews and earned Ross a Breakthrough Actor Award at SXSW.

96 Minutes lands in theaters on April 27!

Here’s a sneak peak of the film…

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Lela Rochon ‘in’, Stacey Dash ‘out’!

Supremacy is a race-based drama starring Danny Glover, Derek Luke, Evan Ross, Dawn Olivieri and now Lela Rochon (Stacey Dash’s replacement).  The true-life tale, helmed by Deon Taylor, centers on a paroled white supremacist who kills a cop and takes an African American family hostage over a long night of terror as authorities cordon off the neighborhood where he and his lady accomplice are laying low.

Apparently, producers grew tired of Dash’s “bad attitude” and said she was “disrespectful” to cast and crew members.  Dash was fired from the movie and quickly replaced by Lela Rochon.

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Production is supposed to wrap this week on the film, no word yet on the release date.

Source:  Indiewire