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‘Greenleaf’ returns to OWN 8/28 & 29 at 10 p.m. (VIDEO)

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OWN has added more star power to the third season of its highly anticipated drama, Greenleaf. The one-hour series returns for a two-night premiere on August 28 & 29 at 10 p.m. EST.

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

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

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

Watch the teaser trailer below:

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TV One Presents new docu-series ‘We’re the Campbells’

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TV One has announced the start of production in Los Angeles for the new original docu-series We’re the Campbells.  The docu-series follows Gospel music power couple Warryn and Erica Campbell as they balance raising their family, building their own individual empires, growing their flourishing church ministry and maintaining their strong faith. Married since 2001,We’re the Campbells will allow viewers to follow Warryn and Erica as they manage their hectic daily work schedules while fostering a healthy marriage and raising three children with the help of their core group of family and friends.

At the center of this close-knit and loving musical family is Erica Campbell – in addition to her busy roles as a wife and mother, she is one half of the award-winning Gospel music super duo Mary Mary, an entrepreneur, co-host of the popular nationally-syndicated Reach Media program Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell and First Lady of a thriving church ministry.  Her equally ambitious husband, award-winning music veteran Warryn Campbell, has produced music for many of today’s most influential artists, is the founder of record label My Block Inc., and Pastor of the fast-growing church ministry, California Worship Center.

We’re the Campbells will film between the family home city of Los Angeles and Dallas, where Erica divides her time while taping her daily radio program. Slated to premiere in June 2018, the nine episode docu-series will highlight the obstacles many families face while trying to balance careers, maintain a healthy marriage, and raising their three children KristaWarryn and Zaya.

Will you be watching We’re the Campbells?

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‘The House That Misery Built’ featuring LaShun Pace, Q Parker, KeKe Wyatt + Kierra Sheard (VIDEO)

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Playwright Zuri Craig is pleased to announce his upcoming stage play The House That Misery Built on Sunday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. at ATL’s Center Stage Theater.

The show stars Gospel Legend LaShun Pace, Recording Artist and 1/4 of R&B Group 112 Q Parker, R&B Diva KeKe Wyatt, and Stellar Award winning Gospel Recording Artist Kierra Sheard.

Margaret Greene had it all…a loving husband, three wonderful children, a successful business, and a beautiful home. The perfect life.

When her husband mysteriously falls ill and dies, Margarets family and friends rush to be by her side in her time of need. While helping her cope with her husbands death, Margarets family and friends soon discover that everything about her perfect life is not as it seems.

The horrible things that took place inside of her beautiful home the secrets that she and her children had hoped to bury alongside her husband, are all coming to light for everyone to witness. Soon, all of us will know that Margaret and her picture perfect family are living inside of the house that misery built and its going to take all of the strength and the prayers of family and friends to fix whats been broken.

Zuri Craig is an American Actor, Renown Playwright, and 1/half of  Craig Lewis Band (the musically talented band sensation seen on BET, Tyler Perry’s stage play and tour Madea’s Big Happy Family, and America’s Got Talent).

Click here for tickets!

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David and Tamela Mann release first book ‘Us Against the World’

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 NAACP Image Award-Winning Actor and Comedian David Mann and his wife, Grammy® Award-Winning Recording Artist Tamela Mann, celebrated Valentine’s Day and #BlackLove with the announcement of their forthcoming new memoir, Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage, and Family. It is available on September 25, 2018.

With a love story spanning more than 30 years and celebrity careers that have garnered numerous prestigious awards and accolades, superstar couple David and Tamela candidly share about their lifelong love, marriage and blended family, while telling the honest truth about issues they’ve faced including communication, forgiveness, sex, finances, and faith, in their very first book. 

Us Against the World also reveals surprising details about how the pair met, married, and started a family, the challenges of managing the fame that comes with success, and the growing pains of working with their adult children in the family business.

“We’ve always been transparent about our relationship and family with fans. In our first book we’ll tell our whole story and share our secrets to a successful marriage,” said David Mann. “Our marriage is a top priority and our greatest accomplishment. As authors, we’re excited to share what we’ve learned about how to make doing life together work and how to fully love your spouse,” said Tamela Mann.

 Stay tuned…

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Toni Braxton stars in Lifetime’s ‘Faith Under Fire’ airing 1/27 (VIDEO)

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Check out the trailer for Lifetime’s upcoming original movie, Faith Under Fire starring Seven time Grammy® Award winner Toni Braxton.  The “Un-Break My Heart” singer will portray Antoinette Tuff, a struggling single mom from Georgia who heroically averted a tragedy, saving hundreds of lives when she convinced a deranged gunman who stormed an elementary school to surrender.

On August 20, 2013, shortly after arriving to work at the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Georgia, Antoinette the school’s bookkeeper, was in the front office when Michael Hill (Trevor Morgan), a young man with a history of mental illness, snuck in, armed with an AK-47 and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. As the school went into lockdown, Antoinette was left alone with Michael, who repeatedly threatened to kill everyone. Showing enormous courage and empathy, along with nerves of steel, Antoinette convinced Michael to surrender by using her own life struggles to connect with him. Antoinette’s faith in God guided her through the toughest moments of her life, ultimately preparing her for that fateful day.

Faith Under Fire also stars ANTM alum and Chicago Med star Yaya DaCosta as 911 operator Kendra McKay and veteran actor Malik Yoba as Sergeant Franklin. Antoinette Tuff’s son Derrick, who was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, is portrayed in the film by Doubt star Shalaby Omar, a young actor with Spina Bifida.

Faith Under Fire is produced by Sony Pictures Television and based on the book Prepared for a Purpose: An Inspiring True Story of Faith, Courage and Compassion in Crisis by Tuff and Alex Tresniowski. Executive producers are Braxton along with T.D. Jakes (“Heaven is for Real”), Judith Verno (“Masters of Sex”), Derrick Williams (“Miracles from Heaven”) and Craig Baumgarten (“Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart”).

Emmy nominee Vondie Curtis Hall (“Abducted: The Carlina White Story”) directs from a script written by Laura Harrington and Stephen Kay.

Lifetime’s Faith Under Fire premieres on January 27 at 8 p.m.

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WATCH Loretta Devine sing ‘Amazing Grace’ from ‘The Lost Souls Café’ (VIDEO)

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Nothing and I mean nothing says Easter Sunday like a good ole’ rendition of “Amazing Grace.” Check out the multi-talented Loretta Devine performing the classic tune from “The Lost Souls Café.” The theatrical television production airs tonight at 6 p.m. EST on TV One.

As previously reported, “The Lost Souls Café” stars Devine as a former ‘70s songstress Geneva Branch who is the proprietor of a restaurant lounge specializing in live soul music for the upscale, affluent crowd. When Branch learns that her nephew Taylor’s (Christian Keyes/Saints & Sinners) gambling problem has put the restaurant in jeopardy, she is nearly undone. Determined to make things right, Taylor tries to find a way to save the business.

Rounding out the cast is Kiki Haynes (For Better or Worse), Ernest L. Thomas (What’s Happening!!), Todd Anthony (Stock Option), Crystal P. Bazemore (Diary Of A Mad Black Woman) and Malika Blessing (The Perfect Man). Additionally, the show features a special appearance by R&B crooner MAJOR. performing his hit single, “Why I Love You.”

“The Lost Souls Café” airs TONIGHT at 6 p.m. on TV One.

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Costume Designer Johnetta Boone on ‘Greenleaf’ fashions & more (VIDEO)

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Who says that clothes don’t make the man or the woman for that matter?

If you ask Greenleaf‘s Costume Designer, Johnetta Boone, the drama of the series is in every suit, gown, earring and hard bottom shoe. Not only is she meticulous when it comes to the fashions and style of the Bishop or Lady Mae but she will even create a look if one is not available. Check out the video below where she takes viewers on a behind-the-scenes tour of the show’s apparel and how she transforms the actors into their characters.

In addition to that, you can also listen to my #UPFRONT interview with Boone from last October where she talked exclusively about the OWN series, her earlier work with uberly talented Tyler Perry and much more!

“Greenleaf” airs on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. EST on OWN.

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Watch a preview of Centric’s ‘BEING’ featuring Kierra Sheard (VIDEO)

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Gospel music sensation, Kierra Sheard is being profiled on tonight’s episode of CENTRIC’s “BEING.” Her episode is the story of a young woman born into a family of Gospel music royalty (The Clark Sisters) and a heavy Christian faith. With expectations set high to follow the successful blueprint already written, Kierra struggles to find her own way in both artistry and ministry. Not wanting to be boxed in by the presets of her mother and father, she is a lot more honest about her shortcomings than the gospel fan base is used to experiencing. Kierra is an open book and she connects to the masses by often discussing her weight issues, cosmetic surgery and her own character flaws – including her choices in men. She is boldly creating her own path, in hopes of reaching those who aren’t interested in stepping inside a church. But she is learning that sometimes the road less traveled, is a hard one…

Check out a sneak peek below:

“BEING” feat. Kierra Sheard airs tonight at 10 p.m. on CENTRIC
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Kirk Franklin releases video for ‘My World Needs You’

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10-time GRAMMY® Award winning recording artist, songwriter and producer Kirk Franklin, released his latest single, “My World Needs You” to radio stations on Monday and debuted a visual for the song exclusively on BET.com. The heartfelt song speaks about the social injustices happening around the world today and calling upon God to bring strength in time of hardships.

Penned by Franklin, his message on “My World Needs You” supports his continued endeavors in addressing and reflecting on issues that anyone faces, and uniting together to help each other. It also features the voices of gospel music sirens—Sarah Reeves, Tasha Cobbs and Tamela Mann.

He continues to give back with charitable organizations close by and abroad addressing these issues. This week, Franklin will be in Haiti, headlining Giving Hearts with Love’s  “Rising Up for Haiti” Benefit Concert on Thursday, January 12th. He has also worked with The Expectations Project, a non-profit organization that sheds light on education inequality.

Musically, Franklin’s chart-topping eleventh album Losing My Religion and singles including “123 Victory” and “Wanna Be Happy?” have been thriving. Billboard’s 2016 Year-End Charts recognized him with seven #1 positions and over ten other Top 25 positions on various Gospel and R&B/Hip-Hop artist, album, and song lists. Franklin is also nominated for four GRAMMY® Awards this year including Best Gospel Album for Losing My Religion, Best Gospel Performance/Song as a songwriter for Tamela Mann’s “God Provides”, Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song for Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam”, which he is featured on.

Click here to watch My World Needs You!

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WATCH New Extended Trailer for OWN’s ‘Greenleaf’ (VIDEO)

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Family secrets, adultery, mayhem and more are revealed in a brand new extended trailer for Oprah Winfrey‘s highly anticipated mega-church drama “Greenleaf.”  The new one-hour series, which debuts next month, features Winfrey as well as Lynn Whitfield, Keith David, Lamman Rucker, Deborah Joy WinansMerle Dandridge, Kim Hawthorne, Tye White and more.

As previously reported, “Greenleaf” centers on the journey of estranged daughter and disillusioned preacher Grace Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge) who has returned home after 20 years on the occasion of the mysterious death of her sister, Faith. As she reenters the world of Calvary Fellowship World Ministries, the Memphis megachurch run by her powerful parents Bishop James Greenleaf (Keith David) and Lady Mae Greenleaf (Lynn Whitfield), it becomes evident that things are not as virtuous as they seem and that the family’s outward display of faith hides sin and misdeeds.

“Greenleaf” premieres two-nights: Tuesday, June 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Wednesday, June 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN. The series will regularly air on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT for the remainder of its 13-episode first season. “Greenleaf” is produced for OWN by Lionsgate Television.

Stay tuned…

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Tasha Cobbs, The Walls Group, Canton Jones and more win ‘Steeple Awards’

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Congratulations to Tasha Cobbs, Bishop William Murphy, and “Preachers of Atlanta” stars Canton Jones and Le’Andria Johnson!  They all picked up awards over the weekend during the highly anticipated “Steeple Awards.”

The event took place at Siloam International Church and was created to recognize mainstream and independent artists who have contributed to the gospel music industry. In addition to the numerous singers and songwriters honored, a number of churches and pastors picked up Nehemiah awards, for their work that demonstrates the 5-fold ministries as outlined in the book of Ephesians.

Other highlights included a tribute to the late greate Pastor Daryl Coley who transitioned on March 15th with a riveting medley of three of Coley’s popular songs presented by Marica Chisholm and “Sunday Best” alums Corey Webb and Zebulon Ellis.

Check out the full list of winners below:

The 2016 winners of the Steeple Awards are:
• Church of the Year: The dReam Center Church of Atlanta (William Murphy, III)
• CD of the Year: One Place Live (Tasha Cobbs)
• Song of the Year: I’m Yours: (Casey J)
• Group or Duo of the Year: The Walls Group
• Female Artist of the Year: Le’Andria Johnson
• Male Artist of the Year: Canton Jones
• Author of the Year: DiShan Washington (Diary of a Mad First Lady)
• Choir of the Year: Kevin Lemons & Higher Calling
• New Artist of the Year: Ahmad Hall & Friends
• Best in Media: Twanda Black of KISS 104FM
• Comedian of the Year: Karlton Humes
• Inspirational Rap Artist of the Year: Luke G

The Nehemiah Award Honorees are:
• Bishop Stephen B. & Co-Pastor Vanessa Hall of The Rhema Nation Church
• Pastor Kerwin B. & 1st Lady Yolanda T. Lee of Berean Christian Church
• Bishop William, & Danielle Murphy of The dReam Center Church of Atlanta
• Dr. Jonathan C. & Co-Pastor Sylvia D. Carter of Siloam Church International
• General Overseer Craig L. & 1st Lady Chi’lra Oliver of Elizabeth Baptist Church

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Vanessa Bell Calloway dishes on playing ‘First Lady Ella’ in Bounce TV’s ‘Saints & Sinners’ (VIDEO)

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Bounce TV’s new original dramatic series “Saints & Sinners” airs tonight at 9 p.m. and one of the show’s brightest stars is acclaimed actress, dancer, and producer Vanessa Bell Calloway.

Best known for her unforgettable roles in such iconic films as “Coming to America” and “What’s Love Gotta Do With It,” Calloway has been doing her thang on the stage and screen for more than 30 years. From the original Broadway show “Dreamgirls” to “The Temptations” to “The Inkwell” and “CSI,” Calloway is a jack of all trades and has eight NAACP Image Award nominations to prove it.

Now the seasoned veteran is taking on the role of ‘First Lady Ella’ in “Saints and Sinners” and says that she was drawn to this character particularly because of her her flaws.  She was also attracted to Ella’s position of power as a city council woman.

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“From what I know of ‘church’ lives, she is not your typical first lady. She’s got a lot of ‘stuff’ going on with her and that makes for an interesting character. A person with flaws makes for an interesting arc in a character and as an actress that it makes it an interesting job for me to do. I’m not just this goody two-shoe loving wife. Those people exist and are good to play too but everyone has secrets!”

“Saints & Sinners” centers around the pursuit of power, intertwined with deceit, greed, corruption and murder – all set against the backdrop of a large southern church. It also stars Richard Lawson, Clifton Powell, Chrisitan Keyes, Jasmine Burke, Gloria Rueben and Keith Robinson. Also look for appearances by Kelly Price, David Banner, Erica Campbell and Deitrick Haddon.

Check out the newest teaser below and don’t forget to catch it TONIGHT at 9 p.m. EST on BounceTV:

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WATCH a Sneak Peek of ‘Mary Mary’ returning to WEtv March 3 (VIDEO)

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The Mary’s are back for another season on WEtv and here’s a sneak peek of what to expect…

Last season left audiences in limbo with Erica and Tina Campbell focusing on their individual careers…forcing Mary Mary into an indefinite hiatus. The sisters, now in direct competition with each other, are also feeling pressure to keep Mary Mary in the game…even if that means replacing a Mary! Tune in to season 5 of WE tv’s “Mary Mary”, premiering Thursday, March 3 at 9PM ET/PT.

unnamed-42This season, Erica Campbell is at the top of her game having won a Grammy, Dove and Soul Train Award; meanwhile Tina’s solo career is on the rise. These, now, solo sisters have become accustom to being at the top as part of the dynamic duo that is Mary Mary; however for the first time ever, they are competing for the same spot on the charts.

In the premiere episode, Warryn Campbell begins to feel pressure from Sony Records to deliver the next, long awaited, Mary Mary album. He immediately enlists Erica to help convince Tina that this is the right time to resurrect Mary Mary. Erica believes she has the perfect plan to get Tina onboard; however, it may not be foolproof as Tina is solely focused on her solo effort and is finally seeing her hard work pay off. With success come countless responsibilities, leaving Tina feeling a bit overwhelmed. Her husband Teddy’s task of keeping her from breaking under the pressure proves to be more challenging than expected.

Former Mary Mary manager, Mitchell Solarek, has finally moved on from his tumultuous relationship with the Mary’s; and just when he thinks he made a clean break, his new client will only work with one producer…Warryn Campbell. With Warryn on the hook for a Mary Mary album will do everything he can to stay in Sony’s good graces; even if the result is making a deal with the devil and possibly recasting Mary Mary.

Can Mary Mary survive the pressures of Erica and Tina’s individual ventures and personal lives, or will their success be the demise of Mary Mary?

Check out the clip below:

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UPDATE: OWN’s New Faith-Based Series ‘Greenleaf’ to air May 24 & 25

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OWN’s new megachurch drama “Greenleaf” will debut this spring in a two-night premiere. The one-hour scripted series will begin May 24 & 25 at 10 p.m. and stars Oprah Winfrey.

“Greenleaf” centers on the journey of estranged daughter and disillusioned preacher Grace Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge) who has returned home after 20 years on the occasion of the mysterious death of her sister, Faith. As she reenters the world of Calvary Fellowship World Ministries, the Memphis megachurch run by her powerful parents, Bishop James Greenleaf (Keith David) and Lady Mae Greenleaf (Lynn Whitfield), it becomes evident that things are not as virtuous as they seem and that the family’s outward display of faith hides sin and misdeeds.

The series also stars Desiree Ross as Grace’s teenage daughter Sophia, Lamman Rucker as Grace’s brother Jacob Greenleaf, Kim Hawthorne as her sister-in-law Kerissa Greenleaf, Deborah Joy Winans as her sister and the church’s Minister of Music Charity Greenleaf-Satterlee and Tye White as Grace’s brother-in-law Kevin Satterlee.  Winfrey will star as Grace’s Aunt and nightclub owner Mavis McCready and Gregory Alan Williams as Grace’s Uncle Mac.

The first season of “Greenleaf” will air over 13-episodes and is written by Craig Wright. It also executive produced by Wright, Winfrey, Clement Virgo and Lionsgate Television.

Stay tuned…