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Watch a Sneak Peek of Netflix’s ‘Queen Sono’ (VIDEO)

Netflix has released a teaser trailer and first look images for its first original African series Queen Sono starring Pearl Thusi. It premieres on February 28, 2020.

After the assassination of her mother, Queen Sono grows up to become a kick- ass yet unconventional spy devoted to protecting the people of Africa. During a dangerous field assignment, Queen unknowingly uncovers shocking details about her mother’s death, sparking her own truth-finding mission.

The series also features Vuyo Dabula as Shandu, an ex-spy who has taken a different path. Sechaba Morojele as Dr Sid, director of the SOG, with Chi MhendeLoyiso Madinga, and Rob Van Vuuren, playing agents on his team.

Kate Liquorish plays Ekaterina, heiress of an oligarch family with ulterior motives. Khathu Ramabulana plays Queen’s childhood friend, William, now in a relationship with Enhle Maphumulo’s Nova. Abigail Kubekha plays Mazet, Queen’s beloved Gogo (grandmother), who has always supported Queen – no matter the trouble she gets herself into. Rounding out the talented supporting cast are Connie ChiumeOtto Nobela and James Ngcobo.

Watch the teaser below:

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First Look at Alfre Woodard as Cookie’s Mama On ‘Empire’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

FOX has released a sneak peek of this week’s episode of Empire featuring award winning TV and film actress Alfre Woodard as Cookie’s mama Renee. In February, RC  reported that Woodard and Taraji P. Henson would be reuniting again as mother and daughter for the show.

If you have been keeping up with the current episodes, Cookie has been dealing with a lot including her checkered past and time behind bars. In last week’s episode, she received a surprise visit from a former cell mate (played by Henson’s real-life best friend Ptosha Storey) regarding her “freinemy” Poundcake (played by Tony nominated Broadway actress Da’Vine Joy Randolph).

Cookie also recently suffered a heart attack which prompted Lucious ( Terrence Howard) to call upon her sisters—Candace (Vivica A. Fox) and Carol (Tasha Smith). It was only a matter of time before “mama” would eventually enter the picture.

Check out the clip below of Renee handling Cookie as only she can:

Empire airs at 8 p.m. EST on FOX

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Watch Danai Gurira & Demetrius Shipp in First Look Clip from ‘All Eyez On Me’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

In celebration of Mother’s Day this Sunday, May 14, CodeBlack has released a first look clip of Danai Gurira and Demetrius Shipp as Afeni and Tupac Shakur in the upcoming biopic “All Eyez On Me.” The two are sharing a tender moment as mother and son in a scene that coincides with the lyrics to his classic Mother’s Day tune, “Dear Mama.”  Check it out below:

As previously reported, “All Eyez on Me” tells the true and untold story of the prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist—Tupac Shakur—from his early days in New York City to his evolution into being one of the world’s most recognized and influential voices of his generation.  Against all odds, Shakur’s raw talent, powerful lyrics and revolutionary mind-set propelled him into becoming a cultural icon whose legacy continues to grow long after his passing at the age of 25.  The film also stars Kat Graham as Jada Pinkett, Lauren Cohan as Leila Steinberg, and Jamal Woolard as Biggie Smalls. “All Eyez On Me” is directed by Benny Boom.

“All Eyez On Me” opens in theaters June 16
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FIRST LOOK at Morris Chestnut in Fox’s new series ‘Rosewood’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out Morris Chestnut as Dr. Beaumont Rosewood in Fox’s new medical crime drama, “Rosewood.”  According to Indie Wire, Chestnut’s character is being described as a gifted, charismatic pathologist, who owns one of Miami’s most sophisticated, state-of-the-art independent labs in the country. Somehow, he finds the secrets in corpses that others usually miss while his eternal optimism often frustrates the new female detective, played by Jaina Lee Ortiz. Check out the first trailer below and look for “Rosewood” to air on Wednesday nights this fall at 8 p.m. on FOX.

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WATCH Will Packer’s new NBC Comedy starring Bresha Webb & Tone Bell (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Check out a preview of Will Packer’s new NBC comedy, “People Are Talking” starring my girl Bresha Webb and Tone Bell. The show follows the unpredictable lives of two couples that just so happen to be neighbors and also features Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Meaghan Rath.

As previously reported, “People Are Talking” is just one of four new shows that Packer has developed for NBC.  The show is set to air on Friday nights.  Take a look at the trailer below and tell us what you think:

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FIRST LOOK at ‘DOPE’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Here is a FIRST LOOK at the critical hit and Sundance Film Festival audience favorite, “Dope.”

In “Dope” Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.

The film is directed by Rick Famuyiwa and produced by Forest Whitaker. Multi-Grammy winner Pharrell Williams serves as Executive Producer along with Co-Executive Producer, Sean Combs.

Check out the trailer below:

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DOPE opens in theaters June 19

 

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The Lyons come together in next episode of ‘EMPIRE’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

If you thought last week’s episode of “Empire” was off the chain, wait until you see tonight’s show. From the looks of the video below, we get a chance to see what happened when Cookie first went off to prison. We also see what takes place when Anika confronts Lucious about his sexual escapade with Cookie. It also appears that Hakeem’s “mama” Camilla has her eyes set on the Lyon’s throne. Finally, the family unites for a musical project that appears to leave Andre and Boo Boo Kitty out in the cold.  It’s hard to believe that we only have four episodes left of this season.  Take a look:

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FIRST LOOK at Kimberly Elise & Loretta Devine in ‘Back to School Mom’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Last July, we reported that Kimberly Elise was starring in a new film titled “Back to School Mom” alongside Loretta Devine and Garcel Beauvais. Well now it appears that Lifetime has released the film’s first promotional photos.

Elise stars as Mary Thomas, a 41-year old woman who goes back to college to finish her last year of school. While there, she becomes good friends with a classmate, Noah Riley (Denzel Whitaker) who turns out to be the son she gave up 20 years earlier.

The film also stars Harry Lennix and Rick Fox. Grammy winning jazz musician Robert Glasper has been tapped along with Derrick Hodge to compose music for the film’s soundtrack.

Check out photos below:

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Photo Credits: Blackfilm.com

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FIRST LOOK at Nina Simone Documentary, ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Netflix has released a FIRST LOOK clip from the upcoming documentary about jazz icon, Nina Simone, titled “What Happened, Miss Simone?”  As previously reported, the film comes from Academy Award® nominated director/producer, Liz Garbus and features never-before-heard recordings and rare archival footage together with Nina’s most memorable songs. Recorded over the course of 3 decades, Nina tells her life story to various interviewers and would-be biographers. The film premiered this weekend (January 23) during the Sundance Film Festival and will air later on this year.

“It is a film about the amazing life and music of Nina Simone. Nina Simone was a musical genius who never fully got her due, with a little-understood path to fame and a personal life strained by the exigencies of extraordinary times and her own nascent mental illness. But the film is a celebration of her genius and tenacity, without apology. It is structured as a musical; every song is intrinsically intertwined with the narrative,” says Garbus.

Check out the clip below which features Simone in her own words as well as a performance of her classic tune, “Backlash Blues.”

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FIRST LOOK at ‘An En Vogue Christmas’ airing Nov. 22 on Lifetime [PHOTOS]

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Lifetime has released first look images for the upcoming soulful musical, An En Vogue Christmas airing November 22.

As previously reported, the 2-hour made for television movie follows the Funky Divas—Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron and Rhonda Bennett—who must put their differences aside and come together to save the night club that was responsible for making them stars. In order to do so, they must first confront their former manager, Marty (played by David Alan Grier), who caused them to break up in the first place. The movie will feature the group’s hit singles and two new recordings.

Check out the images below:

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 An En Vogue Christmas airs Sat. Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime!

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FIRST LOOK at Common as Activist James Bevel in new Civil Rights Drama ‘Selma’

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Last week we saw Common bring out Mike Brown’s parents in an emotional performance and tribute during the 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards. Recent tragedies such as the murder of 18-year old Mike Brown have urged artists, such as Common, to speak publicly about the injustices faced by communities in America.  This December, we’ll see hip-hop and activism collide on the big screen in Paramount Pictures’ Selma,  as Common portrays James Bevel, a leader who spear-headed the monumental 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 Selma Voting Rights Movement.
Check out the full image of the rapper below:

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“Hip Hop has always been about truth and it’s been a powerful instrument of social change” -Common
As previously reported, Selma  is directed by Ava DuVernay and features an all-star cast including David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson, Andre Holland as Andrew Young, Omar J. Dorsey as James Orange, Dylan Baker as J. Edgar Hoover, Colman Domingo as Ralph David Abernathy, Ledisi as Mahalia Jackson, and Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper.
Selma  opens to limited theaters on December 25 and nationwide on January 9, 2015.

Photo Credits: Twitter/Ava Duvernay and Allied

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FIRST LOOK at ‘Madea’s Tough Love’ Animation Film (VIDEO)

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Oh Lawd!  Madea is back to her hijinks and shenanigans again but this time as a gun toting, sass mouth animated cartoon starring in Madea’s Tough Love.

The Lionsgate production features the voice of Tyler Perry as the hilarious characters “Madea” and “Uncle Joe” along with Cassie Davis as “Aunt Bam.” The video also includes the voices of entertainment veterans Rolanda Watts, Avery Kidd Waddell, William “Bootsy” Collins, and Cree Summers. In the film, Madea is forced to do community service and tries to save the Moms Mabley Youth Center from being shut down.

“We are thrilled to partner with Tyler Perry on the launch of Madea’s Tough Love,” said Anne Parducci, Lionsgate EVP of Marketing and Family Entertainment. “Given the tremendous success and appeal of his beloved character, Madea, across screen and plays for the last fifteen years, we know fans and families will love to watch and laugh with Madea in her first animated movie.”

Check out the preview below:

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Madea’s Tough Love  will be available on Digital HD January 13 and VOD January 20.

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FIRST LOOK at Lifetime’s ‘Aaliyah: R&B Princess’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Lifetime has released a SNEAK PEEK of actress Alexandra Shipp as Aaliyah Haughton in the upcoming biopic, Aaliyah: R&B Princess. The made-for-television film will chronicle her meteoric rise to superstardom in the 90’s until her untimely death from a tragic plane crash in 2001.

The film, which debuts on Saturday, November 15, also stars Elise Neal as Gladys Knight, Jackie Long as R.Kelly, Chattrisse Dolabaille as Missy Elliott, Izaak Smith as Timbaland and Anthony Grant as Damon Dash. It is also being executive produced by Sparkle’s  Debra Martin Chase and award-winning talk show host and radio personality, Wendy Williams.

Take a look below:

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FIRST LOOK at LeBron James’ new STARZ series, ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

NBA star LeBron James may have lost a few fans with his recent decision to leave Miami but I think he will gain a lot of them back with his upcoming STARZ series, Survivor’s Remorse.

The one-hour cable program follows a 20-something-year-old basketball phenom named Cam Calloway (Jessie T. Usher), who moves to Atlanta to play professional basketball along with his cousin Reggie Vaughn (RonReaco Lee).  However, drama ensues when the two confront the challenges of carrying opportunistic family members and their strong ties to the impoverished community that they come from. They also wrestle with the rewards and pitfalls of stardom, love and loyalty.

Survivor’s Remorse also stars Tichina Arnold as Cam’s mother Cassie and Mike Epps as Julius, Cam’s ghetto fabulous uncle who moves from the projects to his Atlanta mansion.  Erica Ash stars as Cam’s sister M-Chuck and rounding out the cast is Teyonah Parris as Reggie’s wife, Missy.

LeBron James serves as an executive producer along with former Cosby Show executive producer, Tom Werner.  Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think.

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Survivor’s Remorse will debut with 6-episodes this fall on STARZ.

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