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Regina King + Russell Hornsby star in Netflix’s ‘Seven Seconds’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Take a look at the official trailer for Netflix’s upcoming anthological crime drama, Seven Seconds starring two-time Emmy winner Regina King and Fences star Russell Hornsby.

In an instant, life is forever changed for Brenton Butler and his family. After a white cop accidentally hits and critically injures a black teenager, a northeastern city explodes with racial tensions, an attempted cover up and its aftermath, and the trial of the century.

The series also features breakout British actress Clare-Hope Ashitey (Doctor Foster), Beau Knapp (Sand Castle), Michael Mosley (Ozark), David Lyons (Safe Haven), Raul Castillo (Special Correspondents), Zackary Momoh (A United Kingdom), Patrick Murney (Public Morals), Michelle Veintimilla (Gotham), Nadia Alexander (Blame), and Coley Mustafa Speaks (Circle).

Seven Seconds comes from creator and executive producer Veena Sud.

Seven Seconds premieres on February 23.

Photo Credits: NETFLIX

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Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay and Storm Reid appear on ‘ESSENCE’ (VIDEO)

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Stars of “Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time” appear on the February cover of ESSENCE. Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay and newcomer Storm Reid are #BlackGirlMagic personified as they talk about their highly anticipated film.

“I just watched ‘The Wizard of Oz’ again last year with one of my godchildren who was seeing it for the first time, and the magic of that is exactly what ‘Wrinkle’ is going to be for another generation…” —Megastar Oprah Winfrey on the impact of “A Wrinkle in Time” 

Reid, the film’s leading lady, is super excited about the opportunity to star alongside such giants of television and movies. “This is a huge milestone in my career,” says the Atlanta born actress, who also appeared in “12 Years a Slave,” “TV One’s “White Water” and most recently, Jay Z‘s “Family Feud” video.

“Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time,” is an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. The film also stars Reese WitherspoonMindy KalingGugu Mbatha-RawMichael PeňaLevi Miller and Deric McCabe with Zach Galifianakis and Chris Pine.

DuVernay has already made history with the project as the first woman of color to direct a live-action film with a budget of over $100 million. For her, Wrinkle, was an opportunity to be diverse and inclusive.

“I read it, and of course, as any reader, you put yourself in the book. You see people that you know inhabiting the world. So when I went in to talk to [Walt Disney Studios EVP of Production Tendo Nagenda] about it, I said, ‘This is how I see it. I see this as being multicultural, even down to the main character. I’m like, ‘She’s gotta be brown…’”

Check out a behind-the-scenes video of their photoshoot below:

Photo Credits: Warwick Saint for ESSENCE