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WATCH New Trailer for Will Smith’s ‘Concussion’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Will Smith is one actor who is not afraid of going against the grain when it comes to the roles he plays. The multi-talented entertainer and film producer is suiting up to tackle the issue of NFL player safety in the upcoming true story titled, Concussion.

The dramatic thriller, whose trailer was released on Monday, tells the David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known.  The film also stars acting veterans Alec Baldwin, Richard T. Jones, Hill Harper, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Mike O’Malley and Beyond the Lights starlet, Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Because of the film’s controversial subject matter, The NFL has already released a statement in response to the trailer according to PEOPLE. Check it out below along with the 2-minute clip of Concussion.

“We are encouraged by the ongoing focus on the critical issue of player health and safety. We have no higher priority. We all know more about this issue than we did 10 or 20 years ago. As we continue to learn more, we apply those learnings to make our game and players safer,” the organization told Fox News.

What are your thoughts about the trailer? Are you going to see Concussion?

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Angie Stone and daughter appear on ‘T.D. Jakes Show’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

R&B Diva, Angie Stone and her daughter, Diamond appeared on the new “T.D. Jakes Show” today with the hopes of reconciling their fragile relationship. If you recall, the mother and daughter were involved in an altercation earlier this year that resulted in Stone being arrested and jailed for knocking out Diamond’s two front teeth. Check out this heart-felt “After show” clip of the two receiving more counseling from the great Bishop Jakes.
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As previously reported, “The T.D. Jakes Show” will continue to test through Friday, September 11. The show can currently be seen in Atlanta, Dallas, Cleveland and Minneapolis during the 2-3 p.m. hour. Check your local listing.
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5-minutes with BOUNCE TV star of ‘In the Cut’ Dorien Wilson (AUDIO EXCLUSIVE)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

BOUNCE TV is set to tickle your funny bone TONIGHT with the premiere of its hilarious new original series, “In the Cut” starring Dorien Wilson.  You may remember him as Professor Stanley Oglevee on the hugely popular UPN sitcom, “The Parkers” starring Mo’Nique and Countess Vaughn. Well now he is back with a new situation comedy alongside TV vets and industry friends, Jackée Harry, Ken Lawson and John Marshall Jones. The series was created by Bentley Kyle Evans (“Martin,” “The Jamie Foxx Show,” “Love That Girl”)  and will air in a special-six weeks summer series run Tuesday nights at 9 p.m.

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 Ray Cornelius with “In the Cut” star Dorien Wilson

I recently had the pleasure of talking exclusively to Wilson when BOUNCE and the BronzeLens Film Festival premiered a snippet of the show at the Neighborhood Awards. During our brief discussion, Wilson talked candidly about the series and his character. He also dished about why he would never do reality television and the advice he would give to an aspiring actor.

Check out the audio interview + a sneak peek of “In The Cut” below:

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RC attends ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ ATL Viewing Party (PHOTOS + VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The cast from the STARZ hit series “Survivor’s Remorse” attended a VIP screening of their second season Thursday night in Atlanta at the Regal Cinemas at Atlantic Station.  Actors Tichina Arnold, Mike Epps, RonReaco Lee, Erica Ash, Allen Maldonado and Teyonah Parris all walked the red carpet along with the show’s creator Mike O’Malley, executive producers Victor Levin & Hilton Smith and associate producer Dianne Asfhford.

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 Mike Epps with Erica Ash

“Survivor’s Remorse” stars Jessie T. Usher as Cam Calloway, a hard-working, young basketball star thrust into the limelight after signing a huge contract with a pro team in Atlanta. In the second season, we see Cam and his cousin and confidant Reggie Vaughn (Lee) continue trying to navigate Cam’s meteoric rise. From business deals to relationships and friendship, the two confront the challenges of balancing the needs of family with the rewards and responsibilities generated by their newfound wealth and fame. Cam, Reggie and the unforgettable group of characters that is the Calloway clan wrestle with the rewards and pitfalls of stardom, love and loyalty.

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 Tichina Arnold

Arnold stars as Cam’s “tell it like it is” mother, Cassie; Epps is his unpredictable Uncle Julius; Ash plays his “straight-no-chaser” sister, M-Chuck; and Parris is Reggie’s militant wife, Missy. Unfortunately, Jessie T. Usher was not in attendance because he is currently filming the sequel to “Independence Day.”

Other special guests included RHOA’s Claudia Jordan and Demetria McKinney, Visual Artist, Fahamu Pecou; HLN anchors Melissa Knowles and Yasmin Vossoughian; HGTV’s Egypt Sherrod; HLN Sports Correspondent Brian McFayden; Radio One personality, Darlene McCoy and singer-actor Jacob Latimore, who guest starred in first season of the show.

Following the two episode preview was a lively Q&A with the cast and producers hosted by McFayden.  Check out more pics + the hilarious new season two trailer below:

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 Mike Epps

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  Allen Maldonado and Jacob Latimore

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 Tichina Arnold

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Egypt Sherrod and Claudia Jordan

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 RonReaco Lee

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Demetria McKinney

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Erica Ash

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Hilton Smith and Dianne Ashford

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Teyonah Parris

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 Mike Epps  and Mike O’Malley

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Yasmin Vossoughian and Victor Levin

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RonReaco Lee and Brian McFayden

Darlene McCoy Reporter

Darlene McCoy and Melissa Knowles

Fahamu Pecou and his wife

Fahamu Pecou and his wife


 “Survivor’s Remorse” cast during Q&A


 Erica Ash on Periscope

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 Mike Epps and Teyonah Parris

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 Erica Ash, RonReaco Lee and Teyonah Parris

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 Victor Levin, Tichina Arnold and Erica Ash

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 Mike Epps

 “Survivor’s Remorse” airs TONIGHT at 9:30 p.m. on STARZ!

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WATCH new promo for NBC’s ‘The Player’ starring Wesley Snipes (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

NBC is looking to add some kick to its Thursday night lineup this fall with a sexy new crime drama starring acclaimed television and action film star, Wesley Snipes!  The show is called “The Player” and it will go toe-to-toe with ABC’s mega hit series, “How To Get Away with Murder” starring Oscar nominated actress, Viola Davis.
According to the show’s webpage, “The Player”co-stars Snipes as the pit boss and Charity Wakefield as the dealer for a high-stakes game, where an organization of wealthy individuals gamble on the ability of former military operative turned security expert Philip Winchester to stop some of the biggest crimes imaginable from playing out. Can he take them down from the inside and get revenge for the death of his wife, or is it true what they say: The house always wins. The series also stars Damon Gupton as Detective Cal Brown
Check out the hot new trailer below and tell us what you think!

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The Player debuts on Thursday, September 24 at 10 p.m. on NBC

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Chris Brown, Lil Kim, Kelly Price, Monica & More to appear at ATL’s Black Gay Pride

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The stars will align Labor Day Weekend for Atlanta’s 2015 Black Gay Pride.  Pop superstar, Chris Brown will join R&B divas Kelly Price and Monica plus hip-hop queen, Lil Kim for the Pure Heat Community Festival, the country’s leading LGBTQ celebration. Also slated to appear over the weekend is RHOA star Porsha Williams, Good Music’s Teyana Taylor, “Empire” star Az Marie and “L.A. Hair” starlet, Gocha Hawkins.

Pure Heat Community Festival takes place on Sunday, September 6 from 12p-8p at historic Piedmont Park and will also feature market and food vendors, educational forums and lots of giveaways. In addition to all of the entertainment, Pure Heat will offer an opportunity to bring heighten awareness to issues that greatly impact the LGBTQ community including HIV/AIDS, human rights, education, health & wellness and homelessness.

“Pure Heat Atlanta Black Pride is a dynamic opportunity to showcase the diversity and uniqueness of the LGBT community. 2015 promises to be even greater than previous years” says Traxx Girls founder, Melissa Scott.

Click here for more information!

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Ledisi attends Design Essentials 25th Anniversary Celebration in ATL [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Grammy nominated R&B songstress Ledisi made a special appearance on Sunday evening during the Bronner Bros. International Beauty Show in Atlanta, GA. The beloved singer-songwriter and natural hair diva attended the 25th Anniversary celebration for hair dynasty, Design Essentials. She is the new Brand Ambassador for the company and stopped by to salute the McBride family on their huge accomplishment.

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 Ledisi and Atlanta media personality and singer Darlene McCoy

The celebration took place at the majestic 200 Peachtree venue and was attended by a number of stylists, tastemakers and Atlanta celebrities including Dedra Allen from WEtv’s “Cutting It In the ATL,” Radio One personality Darlene McCoy, and Oprah Winfrey’s hairstylist, Andre Walker.

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 Ledisi with McBride family

Earlier that day, Ledisi hosted a fan meet and greet at the Bronner Bros. International Beauty Show as well as an “Intimate Truth” Empowerment Session where she dished about defining her own style, embracing her unique beauty and loving her natural hair. Attendees also got an autographed copy of her Ledisi Lockbook, featuring inspirational style tutorials by Design Essentials.

Check out more photos below:

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 Andre Walker with Dedra Allen

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 Atlanta press—Kodak, Adrienne, Darien—with Darlene McCoy

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Jubilee Magazine’s Kim Ford and Ask April Love’s April Love

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 Ledisi singing “Congratulations” to the McBride Family on 25 years as hair industry leaders

Andre McBride and Shalonda Armstrong

Andre McBride and Shalonda Armstrong

Cornell McBride with Mr. McBride

Design Essentials’ Curtis McBride with his father Mr. McBride

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 Ledisi is a nine-time Grammy nominated singer, actress and natural hair icon

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 Ledisi with the McBride family

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Wayne Brady to take over lead in ‘Kinky Boots’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Emmy award-winning comedian, actor, and singer, Wayne Brady, will return to Broadway after 10 years this fall in the gender bending musical, “Kinky Boots.” Brady will take over the role of ‘Lola’ from Tony Award-winner, Billy Porter, beginning November 21.

“Kinky Boots” tells the story of Charlie Price, who inherits a shoe factory from his father. To save the business, Charlie forms an unlikely partnership with cabaret performer and drag queen,  Lola. With Lola’s help, Charlie develops a plan to produce a line of high-heeled boots.  In the process, he and Lola discover that they are not so different after all. The musical is based on the 2005 British film of the same name that featured Oscar-nominated actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor as the fabulous drag performer, ‘Lola.’

Brady was last seen on Broadway in the role of ‘Billy Flynn’ in the smash hit musical, “Chicago.”  He was most recently seen on television as the host of the “BET Honors” and made a brief appearance on the network’s highly watched series, “Being Mary Jane.”

“I’m thrilled to join the ‘Kinky Boots’ family and unleash my inner Lola,” Brady said. “It’s the role of a lifetime! Billy and his prodigious talent have left some pretty big red boots for me to fill. Starring in a Broadway show of this caliber has been my dream since I started performing at age 16. I’m ready to jump in with both feet!”

Check out the original movie trailer that started it all below:

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We’ve Got You COVERed (PHOTOS + VIDEO)

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History makers—Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Misty Copeland—grace the covers of magazines for the month of September.  The ladies look absolutely amazing in their photos and are definitely at the top of their game.

First up is American Ballet  Theater (ABT) superstar Misty “On Pointe” Copeland for ESSENCE. The Kansas native made us all proud in June when it was announced that she was promoted to the role of principal dancer for the prestigious institution. It was the first in the company’s 75 year history and no one was more deserving of that honor than Copeland. She will also make her Broadway debut this week in the smash hit musical, “On the Town,” where she will play the role of ‘Ivy.’

Next up is Grammy winning singer-songwriter, actress, and philanthropist, Beyoncé for VOGUE. The multi-talented performer slays on the coveted issue and is the first African-American female music artist to do so. Inside, Bey is applauded by fashion icons Richard Tisci, Marc Jacob and Stella McCarthy, and dishes about the art of global domination.

Check out their stunning photos below + a behind-the-scenes video of Bey in action:

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More stars added to ‘The Wiz’ + Photos from ‘The Wiz is 40’ NYC Show (VIDEO)

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And then there were three…

NBC’s “The Wiz” has added pop superstar Ne-Yo, The Butler’s Elijah Kelley and Oscar-winner, Common to the cast of its live production according to THR. Ne-Yo will slide into the role of the Tinman, Kelley will play the Scarecrow and Common will portray the royal gatekeeper.

The guys join an all-star cast that already includes Queen Latifah as the ‘Wizard’  Mary J. Blige as ‘Evillene The Wicked Witch of the West,’ David Alan Grier as the ‘Cowardly Lion,’ Uzo Aduba as ‘Glinda the Good Witch of the South,’ Amber Riley  as ‘Addaperle the Good Witch of the North,’ Stephanie Mills as ‘Aunt Em’ and newcomer Shanice Williams as ‘Dorothy.’ The show is directed by Kenny Leon and airs on NBC December 3.

In other related “WIZ” news, stars from the original 1975 Broadway show gathered last night for a special 40th anniversary performance at Summerstage in New York City’s Central Park. Andre’ De Shields and Dee Dee Bridgewater reprised their iconic roles as the ‘Wizard’ and ‘Glinda the Good Witch’ while Phylicia Rashad, who starred as a Munchkin and company member, served as the evenings’s host along with original choreographer, George Faison.

From the looks of several pics, De Shield wore his original costume from the show including his platform shoes and red & white cape. Also in attendance was dance legend, Carmen de Lavallade, who’s late husband Geoffrey Holder, served as the show’s original director and costume designer. He won a Tony Award for both positions.

Check out a video of De Shields performing “So You Wanted to Meet the Wizard” and photos below:

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Ebony Jo-Ann, Andre’ De Shields, Dee Dee Bridgewater and George Faison

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George Faison with Phylicia Rashad 

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The Friends – Dorothy, Tinman, Lion and Scarecrow

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Andre’ De Shields with Carmen de Lavallade

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Andre’ De Shield’s original costume from the show

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The Wizard’s cape and platform shoes

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Bounce TV hosts star-studded screenings at ‘Neighborhood Awards’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

The stars of BOUNCE TV’s hilariously funny sitcoms “Family Time” and “Mann & Wife” attended screenings over the weekend during Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards. Hundreds of fans from across the country packed the Sydney Marcus Auditorium of the GA World Congress Center for two hours of side-splitting humor and big laughs! The event took place Saturday morning and was presented by my friends at The BronzeLens Film Festival.

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Rodney Perry with ‘Family Time’ stars Omar Gooding & Angell Conwell and show producer Bentley Evans

Actors in attendance included David and Tamela Mann (Mann and Wife) along with Omar Gooding and Angell Conwell (Family Time). Show producers Roger M. Bobb and Bentley Evans were also in the building. Each series screening was followed by a lively Q&A sessions with the actors led by comedian and star of BOUNCE TV’s “Off The Chain,” Rodney Perry. As a special treat, BOUNCE TValso showed a sneak peek of their new sitcom, “In the Cut” starring Dorien Wilson, Jackee Harry, John Marshall Jones and Ken Lawson. After the screenings, all the actors signed autographs and took pics with fans.

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“Mann & Wife” is a new original Bounce TV series starring David and Tamela Mann as newlyweds Daniel and Toni Mann. The show revolves around the newly married couple and their blended family, each with two children from previous marriages. Daniel, a police officer from Atlanta, and Toni, a school teacher from Dallas, along with their kids all move into Daniel’s house in the Atlanta suburbs and have to adjust to their new lives together. The show also stars JoMarie Payton and Tony Rock.

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RC with Angell Conwell of Family Time

“Family Time” chronicles the lives of the recently relocated Stallworth family, guided by Tony (Gooding), a struggling general contractor and Lisa (Conwell), an unfulfilled stay-at-home mom. These high school sweethearts lovingly quarrel with each other and their mischievous children Devin and Ebony as they make up their own rules to love, marriage and family along the way. When they are not battling each other they are contending with a host of family, friends and neighbors, including Tony’s snobby older brother Todd (Chris Williams) and Lisa’s feisty sisters Rachel (Tanjareen Martin) and Lori (Paula Jai Parker), all set in the tight-knit suburban community of Windsor Hills.

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RC with Dorien Wilson of In the Cut – airing August 25

“In the Cut” centers on Jay Weaver (Wilson) who owns several businesses in a strip mall in San Diego and spends most of his time working in his barbershop, Jay’s Chop Shop. Jay also co-owns a beauty salon a few doors away – Nadine’s Shop – named for his ex-wife (Harry) who still runs it. One day, a young man named Kenny Clark (Lawson) shows up out of nowhere claiming to be Jay’s 31-year-old illegitimate son from a short-lived fling. Kenny sticks around and begins to take on a role in the family business as he and Jay start to bond.  Jay’s long-time sidekick Clevon “Smitty” Smith (Jones) also works at the barber shop and adds to the comedy — as well as the occasional drama — that comes into their lives. The show premieres on Aug. 25.

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Rodney Perry with David & Tamela Mann,  Roger M. Bob and Ryan Glover (holding David’s B-Day cake)

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BLFF’s Kathleen Bertrand and “Mann & Wife” star Demetrius Bridges

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 “Family Time” actress Angell Conwell with “In the Cut” actor Dorien Wilson

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Actress Brely Evans with her cousin and super producer Bentley Evans 

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David and Tamela Mann

The Group

Lamman Rucker, Brely Evans, Angell Conwell, Omar Gooding and Trey Haley

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UPDATE: BET to develop and produce ‘New Edition’ mini-series (VIDEO)

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A New Edition biopic is coming to television courtesy of BET Networks and Jesse Collins Entertainment. The big news was announced earlier on Monday and the project will be co-produced by only five of the group’s six members: Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant.

Wait! No Bobby Brown?

According to the press release, the project is being developed by the network and will premiere in a three night mini-series in 2016.  Here is what the group had to say in a statement:

“It’s been a long time coming and that time is finally here! Now that we have signed the deal, New Edition’s journey will be captured in a three night miniseries to tell our life story through our very own eyes. We are happy to have New Edition Enterprises collaborate with BET Networks’ Debra Lee and Stephen Hill along with Jesse Collins Entertainment.  From our beginning in the Orchard Park Projects in Boston to Hollywood and everything in between, just like The Temptations and The Jackson Five—we are ready to retrace our footsteps and show everyone how we got here. For the fans all over the world, this one’s for you,” says New Edition.

This news actually comes as a shock to me considering there was a very well produced trailer floating around the internet in March of a proposed New Edition film produced by Atlanta filmmaker, Bobby Huntley. If you recall, Huntley’s passion project was titled, “NE Heartbreak” and he was soliciting support from the group via social media to be the production team to tell their story.

“The NE Heartbreak The Movement is a ‘labor of love’ mission, set up by a creative team of New Edition fans, to produce an authentic biopic, that will tell a sincere and honest narrative, of the lives and journey of New Edition,” said Huntley in a statement on his website.  “NE Heartbreak The Movement’s main objective, is to be the production team entrusted to tell the story of 6 young men, who had a dream of success, happiness & music.”

Not sure what this new development means for Huntley’s project but at least the group’s story will finally be brought to the screen. RC will keep you posted as this story continues to develop. Check out Huntley’s 3-minute trailer below:

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Highlights from Blue Carpet of 2015 Neighborhood Awards [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius


It was on like DONKEY KONG, last night for the Blue Carpet of Steve Harvey’s 2015 Neighborhood Awards. Yours truly was in the house capturing all of the celebrity arrivals and while this year’s carpet was not as robust as last year, it was packed with just as much star power!

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 Vincent Herbert, Evelyn Braxton and Tamar Braxton

This year’s interviews and photo opportunities took place inside of Atlanta’s Philips Arena versus outside in the sweltering Georgia heat. Anyone who covered the event last year will tell you it was a challenge for both media and the celebrities to try and stay cool in 90 degree weather. As usual fans were line-up outside the venue in a gated area screaming their heads off and snapping pictures of their favorite celebrity as they stepped out of their limousine and into the arena.

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 Michael Ealy and Sanaa Lathan

Some of this year’s superstars gracing the carpet included Grammy-winning divas, Michelle Williams and Erica Campbell;”The Real” co-hosts Loni Love and Tamar Braxton; Hip Hop icons, MC Lyte and Yo Yo; “Born Again Virgin” actors Tank, Danielle Nicole and Meagan Holder; RHOA stars Kandi Burruss, Todd Tucker and Mama Joyce. Other celebrities spotted were Judge Glenda Hatchett;  “Mann & Wife” stars David and Tamela Mann; Comedic actresses Kim Whitley and Sheryl Underwood; R&B vocalist, Kelly Price; TV/Film and stage actress, Sheryl Lee Ralph; “The Perfect Guy” co-stars Sanaa Lathan and Michael Ealy; and actors from Bounce TV’s “Family Time” Omar Gooding and Angell Conwell.  “Steve Harvey Morning Show” personaity Shirley Strawberry served as this year’s red carpet host.

Once inside, attendees were treated to three star studded performances by Usher, Tyrese and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds as well as the “no holds barred” award ceremony, hosted by the man himself, Steve Harvey.

Check out all of the photos below:

Sheryl Lee Ralph

Sheryl Lee Ralph

Yo Yo

 Yo Yo

The Manns

 David and Tamela Mann

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 Michelle Williams and Nephew Tommy

Kandi Todd and Mama Joyce

 Kandi Burruss, Todd Tucker and Mama Joyce

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 Tamar Braxton and ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith

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 Kelly Price

Born Again Virgin

 Meagan Holder, Tank and Danielle Nicolet

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 Kym Whitley

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 Angell Conwell and Omar Gooding

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 HGTV’s Eygypt Sherrod and her husband DJ Fadelf

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 Judge Glenda Hatchett

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 Erica Campbell

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Media stars Ed Gordon and Mo Ivory and her fiance Robert Martin

Mocha Girls

 MC Lyte, Loni Love and Angelique Perrin of Cafe Mocha Radio

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YAY! Uzo Aduba & Amber Riley join NBC’s ‘THE WIZ’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Emmy Award winner Uzo Aduba and Screen Actors Guild Award winner “Glee” star Amber Riley have joined the all-star cast of NBC’s hotly anticipated holiday production of “The Wiz Live!,” set for Thursday, Dec 3.

“We are so happy to welcome two actors we’ve admired and wanted so much to work with,” said executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “We look forward to showcasing the amazing musical talents of Amber and we are eager to introduce Uzo’s remarkable singing voice for those who know her solely as an extraordinary dramatic actress.”

Aduba, who once again is nominated for an Emmy this year, is best known for her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black.” She will play ‘Glinda, the Good Witch of the South,’ who finally reveals the secret of the silver slippers to Dorothy and points her way home.

Before starring on television, Aduba made her Broadway debut in “Coram Boy” in 2007 followed by the hit musical revival of “Godspell” in 2011. She discovered her talent for singing at a very early age and became a classical music major at the Boston University School of Fine Arts. Last year Aduba won the Emmy for guest actress in a comedy series as well as two SAG Awards — outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series and outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe in 2014.

Riley will play ‘Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North’ who isn’t the best at magic but she does try. She is a sister of ‘Glinda,’ ‘Evillene’ and ‘Evvamene,’ the other three witches of Oz. She points Dorothy to the Yellow Brick Road and her journey to Emerald City.

The ladies join Queen Latifah as ‘The Wiz,’ Mary J. Blige as ‘Evilene The Wicked Witch of the West,’ David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion and newcomer, Shanice Williams as Dorothy.

Check out the late Lena Horne singing “Believe in Yourself”

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“The Wiz Live” airs on NBC December 3rd.

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