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WATCH my #UPFRONT Interview with ‘The Paynes’ star Cassi Davis (VIDEO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius

This morning edition of UPFRONT was packed with stars from beginning to end

I continue our celebration of Black History Month with interviews from the cast of TV One’s original movie Behind the Movement. Isaiah Washington, Loretta Devine and Roger G. Smith open up about their characters that helped shape the iconic Civil Rights Movement. The film airs tomorrow night at 7 p.m. EST.

UPFRONT also catches up with the cast of Horizon Theatre Company’s The Ballad of Klook and Vinette. Brittany Inge and Amari Cheatom discuss their sexy new musical production that has everyone talking.

Closing out the show is my exclusive interview with TV and film star Cassi Davis. The Spelman College alumnus chats about her return to primetime as “Ella” in OWN’s new series The Paynes. We also take a trip down memory lane and commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Spike Lee’s School Daze.

Watch my entire interview with Cassi Davis below + click here for the entire show:

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Isaiah Washington, Meta Golding + more attend ATL Premiere of ‘Behind the Movement’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

It was standing room only Friday night for TV One’s advanced Atlanta screening of its new original movie, “Behind the Movement.” The event took place at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and featured appearances by the film’s stars Isaiah Washington, Meta Golding, Keith Arthur Bolden and Andrea Frye.

Isaiah Washington + Meta Golding

Behind The Movement,” is a unique and fast paced retelling of how Rosa Parks refusal to give up her seat launched the history making Montgomery Bus Boycott. It features Golding as the iconic Rosa Parks along with Washington as E.D. Dixon, Loretta Devine as Jo Ann Robinson, Roger Guenveur Smith as Raymond Parks, Shaun Clay as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Atlanta’s own Keith Arthur Bolden as Ralph David Abernathy.

Keith Arthur Bolden

A number of the film’s other stars were also in attendance including Jermaine D. Thomas, Marquita Goings, Sir Brodie, Bill Southworth and Al Mitchell.

Special invited guests included TV One’s SVP of Programming and Production D’Angela Proctor, “America’s Next Top Model” alum and RHOA star Eva Marcille and her fiancé Michael T. Sterling, singer Lyric Rachae, celebrity trainer Gerald Bryant, TV and stage actress Tinashe Kajese, “Stranger Things” star Karen Ceesay and “Saints & Sinners” actresses Dawn Half-Kenny and Reece Odum.

The evening ended with a post film Q&A session with the cast followed by more picture taking.  Check out the rest of the red carpet images below:

Eva Marcille + Michael T. Sterling 

Dawn Half-Kenny + Marquita Goings

D’Angela Proctor

Gerald Bryant 

Kim McNair + Isaiah Washington 

Derek J

Jermaine D. Thomas 

Andrea Frye

 Marquita Goings 

Sir Brodie 

Karen Ceesay

Reece Odum

Isaiah Washington 

Al Mitchell

Dawn Half-Kenny

Bill Southworth

Keith Arthur + Tinashe Kajase

Lyric Rachae

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‘Love Jacked,’ ‘Traffik,’ + ‘Behind the Movement’ to play PAFF

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The 26th Annual Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is back for another year and RC is excited to share with you this year’s impressive lineup of films and premieres.  Festivities will begin Thursday, February 8 through Monday, February 19 at the Cinemark Rave 15 Theatres/Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles, California.

This year’s slate of premieres includes the Paula Patton led thriller “Traffik” as well as TV One’s new original movie “Behind the Movement” starring Isaiah Washington, Meta Golding and Loretta Devine. It will also include the all-star comedy “Love Jacked” featuring Amber Stevens-West, Shamier Anderson, Lyriq Bent, Keith David, Mike Epps and Marla Gibbs.

“The Pan African Film and Arts Festival has been recognized as one of the largest celebrations of Black culture and Black films,” mentions Ayuko Babu, PAFF Executive Director. “For 26 years, we have presented diverse and inclusive programming that features the creative work of leading disruptors in film and entertainment. The 2018 PAFF experience aims to step outside the ‘business as usual’ film festival norms and move the needle forward by amplifying the game-changing voices of influential, ethnic, millennial and LGBTQIA storytellers.”

Additionally, PAFF shares reign as one of two international film and art festivals that screen a large selection of new Black films and exhibit fine art and unique crafts from around the world. What’s more, as an official Oscar-qualifying festival for shorts and live-action films, PAFF will hold special screenings for several works that are up for consideration for the 90th Annual Academy Awards ®.

Check out some of the lineup below:

 

OPENING NIGHT

Love Jacked (US)

Directed By: Alfons Adetuyi

Date: Thursday, February 8

Time: 6PM Red Carpet | 7PM Screening

A warm family comedy centered around Maya, a headstrong 28-year-old with artistic ambitions and her father Ed, who wants a dutiful daughter to run the family store. Ed is shocked when Maya, asserting her independence, decides to travel to Africa for inspiration and returns with a fiancé. Stars Amber Stevens-West, Shamier Anderson, Lyriq Bent, Keith David, Mike Epps, Marla Gibbs, Angela Gibbs, Demetrius Grosse and Nicole Lyn. Cast members will be present.

 

CLOSING NIGHT

Traffik (US)

Directed By: Deon Taylor

Date: Sunday, February 18

Time: 5:45PM Red Carpet | 6:45PM Screening

Journalist Brea and her boyfriend John are off for a romantic weekend in the mountains. On their way up the coast they stop in a small town and are accosted by a group of men on motorcycles. Barely avoiding a fight, Brea and John continue on their trip, unaware that they have inadvertently come into possession of a cell phone–a cell phone that the bikers are desperate to retrieve. Now, alone in the mountains in an isolated rental home, Brea and John must defend themselves against the bikers who will stop at nothing to get the phone, destroy the evidence it holds and kill anyone who would tell their secrets. Stars Paula Patton, Omar Epps and Laz Alonso. Cast members will be present.

 

SPOTLIGHT SCREENINGS

Behind the Movement (US) – Presented by TVOne

Directed By: Aric Avelino

Date: Friday, February 9

Time: 7PM Red Carpet | 8PM Screening

 

King of the Stage: The Woodie King, Jr. Story (US) – World Premiere

Directed By: Juney Smith

Date: Saturday, February 10

Time: 6PM Red Carpet | 7:15PM Screening | 9PM Lifetime Achievement Presentation

 

Nothing Like Thanksgiving (US)

Directed By: Mark Harris

Date: Saturday, February 17

Time: 7:15PM Red Carpet | 8PM Screening

 

UP FOR OSCAR CONSIDERATION

Félicité (Senegal) – Oscar Short List

Directed By: Alain Gomis

Screening Dates & Times:

Friday, February 9 @ 8:50PM

Saturday, February 17 @ 9PM

 

The Train of Salt and Sugar (Mozambique) – LA Premiere

Directed By: Licínio Azevedo

Screening Dates & Times: 

Wednesday, February 14 @ 7:30PM

Saturday, February 17 @ 8PM

 

The Wound (Inxeba) (South Africa) – Oscar Short List

Directed By: John Trengrove

Screening Dates & Times:

Saturday, February 10 @ 7:05PM

Tuesday, February 13 @ 6PM

Monday, February 19 @ 9PM

 

Woodpeckers (Dominican Republic) 

Directed By: José Maria Cabral

Screening Dates & Times:

Saturday, February 10 @ 8:40PM

Friday, February 16 @ 1:25PM

 

Click here to see the full schedule!

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TV One hosts Advanced Screenings of ‘Two Sides’ + ‘Behind the Movement’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Check out images from TV One‘s recent advanced screenings of their upcoming original programs, “Behind the Movement” and “Two Sides.” The events took place during the recent “49th NAACP Image Awards.”

Roland Martin + D’Angela Proctor + Julius Tennon + Lemuel Plummer

A number of Los Angeles VIPs gathered at The Museum of Tolerance to pre-screen “Behind The Movement,” while the advance screening of the Viola Davis executive produced docu-series “Two Sides” was screened at First AME Church. Both events featured Q&A’s with in depth conversation, featuring notable cast-members, executives and community leaders. Famed “NewsOne Now” host Roland Martin moderated the Q&A for “Two Sides” while TV One SVP of Original Programming & Production, D’Angela Proctor, moderated the Q&A for “Behind The Movement.”

The cast + crew of “Behind the Movement”

Behind The Movement,” is a unique and fast paced retelling of how Rosa Parks refusal to give up her seat launched the history making Montgomery Bus Boycott starring Meta Golding (“The Hunger Games”) as Rosa Parks. Additionally, the film will star Roger Guenveur Smith (“American Gangster”), Isaiah Washington (“The 100”) and Loretta Devine (“Waiting to Exhale”),  Shaun Clay as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Keith Arthur Bolden as Ralph David Abernathy. “Behind the Movement” premieres Sunday, February 11 at 7/6c on TV One.

Two Sides” is a landmark limited four-part docu-series exploring watershed moments for law enforcement and the Black community at the crossroads between life and death, premiering Monday, January 22 at 10 p.m. ET on TV One. Executive produced by Academy Award® winner Viola DavisJulius Tennon (JuVee Productions) and Lemuel Plummer (L. Plummer Media) with narration by Davis, each one-hour episode of “Two Sides” offers an in-depth, comprehensive look into disturbing cases of officer-involved deaths.

See more photos below:

Michael Jai White + Gillian White 

Roland Martin

Mother of the Movement –  Gwen Carr

Lemuel Plummer + Julius Tennon

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Winners + Red Carpet Pics from ‘NAACP Image Awards’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

It was all about Black excellence Monday night (January 15) during TV One’s live telecast of the “NAACP Image Awards.” Many of our favorite actors, actresses, personalities and music stars were honored for their creativity throughout 2017.

Winners included “Girl’s Trip” for Outstanding Motion Picture, Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, Power’s Omari Hardwick for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series and “Black-ish” stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross for Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series.

“Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time” director Ava DuVernay, picked up the fan voted NAACP Entertainer of the Year, William Lucy was awarded the NAACP Chairman’s Award and veteran actor Danny Glover received the coveted NAACP President’s Award. Several members of the Memphis Sanitation “I Am A Man” Workers were also in attendance and were presented with the NAACP Vanguard Award earlier in the week during a press conference at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN.

Other highlights included “Uncle” Charlie Wilson picking up the Music Makes a Difference honor, a soul-stirring musical performance by Oscar winner Common and Andra Day and a special #TIMESUP presentation featuring Ross, Angela Robinson, Kerry Washington, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Laverne Cox and Lena Waithe.

Presenters included Sterling K. Brown, Halle Berry, Mary J. Blige, Michael B. Jordan, Issae Rae, Chadwick Boseman, Terry Crews,  Yara Shahidi, Angela Rye, Danai Gurira, Isaiah Washington, Jacob Latimore, Jay Pharoah, Loretta Devine, Meta Golding, Michael Smith, Tyler James Williams and Mike Colter.

Click here to see all of the winners and check out more pics below:

The hosts from The Real

Omari Hardwick

Jussie Smollett + Jurnee Smollett-Bell

Halle Berry 

Charlie Wilson

June Ambrose 

Danny Glover 

Kerry Washington 

Girl’s Trip producers Will Packer Malcolm D. Lee + James Lopez

Issa Rae

Chadwick Boseman

Tina Lifford

Cast of “Behind the Movement” Meta Golding +

Isaiah Washington + Loretta Devine

Lynn Whitfield 

Tracee Ellis Ross

Anthony Anderson 

MAJOR.

Mary J. Blige

Tiffany Black

Rutina Wesley

LeToya Luckett + Tommicus Walker 

Demetria McKinney

Jacob Lattimore 

Logan Browning

Michael B. Jordan

Niecy Nash 

Andra Day

Ava DuVernay

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‘NAACP Image Awards’ to honor Danny Glover + Presenters & Performers

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

TV One and the NAACP has announced that this year’s “NAACP Image Awards” will recognize actor, activist, humanitarian and philanthropist Danny Glover. He will be honored with the coveted “President’s Award” which is given to individuals for their special achievement and distinguished public service.

In addition, this year’s list of presenters features a who’s who of celebrity talent including Sterling K. Brown, Mary J. Blige, Michael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya, Issae Rae, Chadwick Boseman, Terry Crews, Yara Shahidi, Danai Gurira, Isaiah Washington, Jacob Latimore, Jay Pharoah, Jemele Hill, Josh Gad, Loretta Devine, Meta Golding, Michael Smith, Tyler James Williams, Sonequa Martin-Green, Judge Greg Mathis and Mike Colter

Common and Andra Day are scheduled to perform their Grammy nominated song, “Stand Up For Something.” There will also be appearances by Halle Berry, Mandy Moore, Octavia Spencer, Chris Sullivan, Tracee Ellis Ross, Ava DuVernay, Jurnee Smollett-Bell and more.

The all-star celebration will be hosted by Anthony Anderson and will broadcast live from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium at 9pm/8c on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, January 15, on TV One. A one-hour pre-show hosted by Terrence J will air live from the red carpet at 8pm/7c with Tanika Ray as special correspondent.

In addition, the NAACP “Entertainer of the Year” will be revealed. This special honor is bestowed upon an individual within the entertainment industry who has achieved notable success in multiple projects and mediums. The nominees include Ava DuVernay, Bruno Mars, Chadwick Boseman, Chance the Rapper, Issa Rae, and JAY Z.

CONGRATS and stay tuned…

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T.I., Wesley Snipes + Terence Howard to star in ‘Cut Throat City’

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DEADLINE is reporting that Wesley Snipes, Terence Howard and T.I. are currently shooting an upcoming drama directed by RZA titled, “Cut Throat City.”

The film centers on four boyhood friends who return to New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina, to find their home decimated and prospects for work swept away. Turning to a local gangster for employment, the crew is hired to pull off a daring casino heist, right in the heart of the city.

Rounding out the cast are Eiza GonzálezDemetrius Shipp Jr., Shameik Moore, Joel David Moore, Kat Graham, Rob Morgan, Keenan Johnson, Denzel Whitaker and Isaiah Washington.

Stay tuned…

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WATCH New Trailer for TV One’s ‘Behind the Movement’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

TV One has released its first teaser trailer for the upcoming original movie, “Behind the Movement.” The film debuts this February as part of the network’s Black History Month programming.

As previously reported, “Behind the Movement” is a retelling of how Rosa Parks‘ refusal to give up her seat launched the history-making Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955-56. The film will reveal the untold story of how a group of everyday people decided this incident was the right time to take a stand for their civil rights and demand equal treatment.

“Behind the Movement” stars Meta Golding as Rosa Parks, Roger Guenveur Smith as Raymond Parks, Loretta Devine as Jo Ann Robinson, Isaiah Washington as E.D. Dixon, Shaun Clay as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Keith Arthur Bolden as Ralph David Abernathy.

“Behind the Movement” is written by Katrina M. O’Gilvie. 

“To us, Rosa Parks was an icon but before she was an icon, she was a regular person and who was empowered to make the choices she did and created change for so many of us. So, were telling a personal story of these people. They aren’t saints but they are people who had the courage and stood up in a time that was even more treacherous than it is now,” said the film’s director Aric Avelino.

Watch the trailer below and click here to see more BTS photos!

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#UPFRONT visits the set of TV One’s ‘Behind the Movement’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

I had the pleasure this week of going on the set of TV One’s upcoming original movie, “Behind the Movement.” The film is slated to premiere during Black History Month 2018 and is being produced for TV One by Atlanta’s very own Swirl Films.

“Behind the Movement” is a unique and fast-paced retelling of how Rosa Parks‘ refusal to give up her seat launched the history-making Montogomery Bus Boycott of 1955-56. The film will reveal the untold story of how a group of everyday people decided this incident was the right time to take a stand for their civil rights and demand equal treatment.

“Behind the Movement” stars Meta Golding as Rosa Parks, Roger Guenveur Smith as Raymond Parks, Loretta Devine as Jo Ann Robinson, Isaiah Washington as E.D. Dixon, Shaun Clay as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Keith Arthur Bolden as Ralph David Abernathy. “Behind the Movement” is written by Katrina M. O’Gilvie. 

“To us, Rosa Parks was an icon but before she was an icon, she was a regular person and who was empowered to make the choices she did and created change for so many of us. So, were telling a personal story of these people. They aren’t saints but they are people who had the courage and stood up in a time that was even more treacherous than it is now,” said the film’s director Aric Avelino.

Check out more images below of the actors and stay tuned to my radio show #UPFRONT for my exclusive interviews with the cast and much more.

LORETTA DEVINE

ROGER GUENVEUR SMITH 

KEITH ARTHUR BOLDEN

ISAIAH WASHINGTON 

Photo Credits: TV One and RayCornelius.com

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Robi Reed hosts ‘Sunshine Beyond Summer’ Celebration [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Emmy® Award-winning casting director and talent executive Robi Reed, Founder of The Reed For Hope Foundation (RFHF), recently presented her 14th Annual “Sunshine Beyond Summer” (SBS) Celebration – The Day Party at a private estate in Holmby Hills (between Beverly Hills and Bel-Air).

Hundreds of celebrities and influencers attended this health-themed awareness event and annual fundraiser. Actress, Tasha Smith, currently starring in Starz’s “Power” and OWN’s “For Better or Worse,” co-hosted the event. Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter Estelle and Hip-Hop icon Doug E. Fresh added stunning performances, and celebrity DJ D-Nice kept attendees dancing while the foundation showcased its innovative Wellness Row concept featuring free health screenings, affirmations and their ‘Certified Fit To Party’ platform.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and Sundial Brands (maker of SheaMoisture) partnered with RFHF on the event to bring these celebrities, entertainment industry tastemakers and community leaders together to encourage them to use their voices to help shift cultural attitudes about wellness, disease prevention and health disparities. AHF and Sundial Brands announced their intent at the event to become corporate partners for 2018 to add resources to help RFHF empower one million friends advocating for health.

“I want to build the One in a Million campaign within our Love Healthy Movement to bring people of all colors, genders, races, political affiliations and ages together to unite and focus on the health of our women. Life begins within us. When we heal, our world heals,” said Reed.

Additional event attendees included: Debra Lee, Chairman & CEO BET Network; Duane Martin, (The New Edition Story) & wife Tisha Campbell Martin, (Real Husbands of Hollywood); Eva Marcille (America’s Next Top Model) & RFHF Health Ambassador; Danielle Nicolet, (The Flash/Born Again Virgin); Apryl Jones (Love & Hip Hop Hollywood); Isaiah Washington (Survivor’s Remorse); T.I., Actor/Hip Hop Artist, Danielle Mone’ Truitt (Rebel); Director F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton & The Fate of The Furious); Creator/Director John Singleton (FX’s Snowfall); LisaRaye McCoy (Single Ladies); Lance Gross (Sleepy Hollow, Grey’s Anatomy); Yvonne Orji (HBO’s Insecure); Richard Brooks, (Being Mary Jane); Michelle Mitchenor (Lethal Weapon); Vanessa Williams, (Days of Our Lives); Tim Johnson (Hit The Road); Omar Dorsey (Queen Sugar); Garcelle Beauvais, (Spiderman/Homecoming); Elise Neal (BET’s Tales); Eugene Byrd (Bones) and many others.

The event was live streamed to key SBS enthusiasts. A virtual crowd of partygoers joined the fun by taking the Love Healthy pledge; dancing at home and watching their Hollywood favorites get “certified fit to party.”

Immediately preceding the SBS, RFHF’s Annual Sunshine Awards took place honoring several awardees including the cast and crew of the soon to be released film, “A Question of Faith,” for the courage to create a film that tackles the important – yet under-discussed – issue of organ donations. AHF’s Rise Above Campaign received a ‘Sunshine Award’ for their work in AIDS awareness, prevention and sexual health. Marcille and Brandee Evans (Hip Hop in Heels) were the RFHF Health Awareness Ambassadors for the event and year. New partner, Sundial Brands, received the Corporate Partner – Sunshine Award, for committing to collaborate with RFHF’s Love Healthy: One In A Million Campaign with a skin health and hair component and for its commitment to making products with natural and organic ingredients. Other awardees were Dr. Valencia Mathews and Lorna Johnson.

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‘Love Jones the Musical’ to premiere this fall

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Some of R&B music’s biggest names are set to star in a stage adaptation of the 1997 film “Love Jones.” Chrisette Michele, Musiq Soulchild, Marsha Ambrosius, MC Lyte, Raheem DeVaughn and Dave Hollister make up the cast for a new production that begins on September 9th in Oklahoma City.

unnamed-91According to the show’s press release, the stage play takes the essence of the film and tells its story through music. Fusing chart-topping hits and fan favorite songs from the music artists, along with a few original songs, “Love Jones The Musical,” will be a transformative experience for the audience.

“We are really excited about this opportunity to break new ground with this musical, as it relates to African American offerings in theater around the country,” says producer Melvin Childs. “Our team has created something truly special and sincerely hope to live up to the expectations of the fans of the iconic film, Love Jones.”

“Love Jones” was originally released on March 14, 1997 and became a cult classic film that captured the hearts and imagination of an entire generation. The soundtrack was equally impressive with a blend of neo-soul and R&B hits that fueled the 90s including Lauryn Hill, Maxwell, Dionne Farris, Kenny Lattimore and Xscape. The film was written and directed by Theodore Witcher and tells the classic, yet gritty, love story of Darius Lovehall (an up & coming writer and self-proclaimed renaissance man) and Nina Mosley (an aspiring photographer). The film starred Larenz Tate, Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Bill Bellamy and Lisa Nicole Carson.

Check out all the show dates below and click here for tickets:

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Lisa Arrindell Anderson & Princess Filmz attend NYC Premiere of ‘The Sin Seer’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Two of my favorites—actress Lisa Arrindell Anderson and filmmaker Princess Monique of Princess Filmz—were spotted recently at the 18th Annual African American Women Film Festival’s opening night of the thriller “The Sin Seer.” The screening took place at the Bread & Roses Gallery in New York City.

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Princess Monique / Lisa Arrindell Anderson

The Sin Seer” stars Anderson as Rose Ricard, a woman who has the gift to see into your soul. She can discern the truth from a lie and sometimes, she can perceive the very thoughts before they are formed in your mind. She uses these gifts to solve unsolved cases and bring closure where there is none. Her most recent case, unwittingly opens the doors to her own past and that of her new partner Grant Summit, played by Isaiah Washington.  “Sin Seer” also includes veteran actor C. Thomas Howell, “Being Mary Jane” stars Salli Richardson and Richard Brooks along with Gregory Alan Williams.

Monique, who produced the 2014 Lifetime movie “Seasons of Love,” served as this year’s festival ambassador. “The Sin Seer” is available now on DVD!

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WATCH trailer for ‘The Sin Seer’ starring Lisa Arrindell Anderson & Isaiah Washington (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Secret powers, murder, greed and lust make up the latest indie film titled, The Sin Seer starring my good buddy, Lisa Arrindell Anderson.

The new project features Anderson as Rose Ricard, a woman who has the gift to see into your soul. She can discern the truth from a lie and sometimes, she can perceive the very thoughts before they are formed in your mind. She uses these gifts to solve unsolved cases and bring closure where there is none. Her most recent case, unwittingly opens the doors to her own past and that of her new partner Grant Summit, played by Isaiah Washington.

The film also includes veteran actor C. Thomas Howell, Being Mary Jane stars Salli Richardson and Richard Brooks along with Gregory Alan Williams, who was most recently seen in BET’s Let the Church Say Amen.

The Sin Seer was written and directed by Paul D. Hannah.

Check out the 2-minute trailer below:

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Patrik-Ian Polk’s ‘Blackbird’ gets release date and new movie poster

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Patrik-Ian Polk’s coming-of-age film, “Blackbird” will be released in theaters nationwide on April 24. The news was announced this week by Urban Movie Channel’s creator and BET founder, Robert Johnson.

“I am very excited to bring ‘Blackbird’ to theaters and to UMC,” said Johnson, adding, “’Blackbird’ is in line with my vision for UMC to bring together the African American/urban production and talent community with a distribution channel dedicated to showcasing and supporting their creative works. I have had the pleasure of knowing Mo’Nique since early in her career as a comedian and her appearances on BET, and I know and admire Isaiah’s work as both an actor and a producer. I am certain that audiences will enjoy the inspirational storyline and powerful performances by this extraordinary cast.”

As previously reported, Blackbird follows Randy (Julian Walker), a talented teenage singer and aspiring actor who’s struggling with religion, sexuality, a troubled home life and other high school woes in a small Southern Baptist town. It’s a journey that ultimately leads to him to love and acceptance. Blackbird  is based on Larry Duplechan‘s 1986 book of the same name.

Blackbird  features Isaiah Washington as Randy’s father Lance and Mo’Nique as his overly religious mother, Claire. The Oscar winning-actress also served as one of the film’s executive producers along with her husband, Sidney Hicks. Rounding out the cast is Terrell Tilford, Gary L. Gray, Kevin Allesee, Torrey Laamar, Nikki Jane, Terry Henry and former Danity Kane singer, D. Woods.

Check out the new poster and trailer below and click here to see photos from last year’s ATL Premiere:

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