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Watch Season 4 Trailer for HBO’s ‘Insecure’ (VIDEO)

HBO has dropped the Season 4 trailer for the Issa Rae‘s comedy series Insecure. It premieres on Sunday April 12.

Issa and the gang are back for another season of hi-jinks, shenanigans and tomfoolery and we are here for it!

Insecure is loosely based on Issa’s uberly popular web series, Awkward Black Girl. It also stars Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, Natasha Rothwell, Amanda Seales, Y’lan Noel, Lisa Joyce and Alexander Hodge.

It also appears from the trailer that Twenties actress Christina Elmore will also be on this season. Can’t wait!!!!!

Take a look below:

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Issa Rae + LaKeith Stanfield star in ‘The Photogragh’ (VIDEO)

Issa Rae is teaming up with LaKeith Stanfield for the new romantic drama titled The Photograph. The film is written and directed by Stella Meghie and produced by Will Packer.

When famed photographer Christina Eames unexpectedly dies, she leaves her estranged daughter Mae Morton (Rae) hurt, angry and full of questions. When a photograph tucked away in a safe-deposit box is found, Mae finds herself on a journey delving into her mother’s early life and ignites a powerful, unexpected romance with a rising-star journalist, Michael Block (Stanfield).

The Photograph is executive produced by Meghie, Erika Hampson (co-producer Late Night, Life Itself) and Rae.

The film also stars Chanté Adams (Roxanne Roxanne) as Mae’s young mother Christina, Y’lan Noel (HBO’s Insecure) as Christina’s secret love, and Rob Morgan (Mudbound) as Isaac Jefferson, a New Orleans fisherman with a mysterious connection to Mae’s mother. Rounding out the cast is Lil Rel Howrey, Teyonah Parris, and Courtney B. Vance.

Watch the trailer below:

The Photograph opens in theaters on Valentine’s Day 2020.

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Production begins for ‘The LoveBirds’ starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani

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And so it begins…

Production is currently underway in New Orleans for Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani‘s new film, The Lovebirds.

According to VIBE, the film focuses on an interracial couple who are on the brink of separation but become enthralled in a bizarre murder mystery to clear their names and solve the case. While the couple is on the strange adventure, the pair will figure out if their characters and their relationships can survive this predicament.

In addition to starring in the project, the two are also the executive producers.

RC will keep you posted as The Lovebirds continue to develop.

Photo Credit: Instagram/Issa Rae

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Watch the Trailer for ‘Little’ starring Marsai Martin, Issa Rae and Regina Hall (VIDEO)

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Check out the trailer for the hilariously new comedy Little. It opens in theaters on April 12, 2019.

Girls Trip‘s Regina Hall and Black-ish’s Marsai Martin both star as Jordan Sanders – Hall as the take-no-prisoners tech mogul adult version of Jordan and Martin as the 13-year-old version of her who wakes up in her adult self’s penthouse just before a do-or-die presentation.

Insecure’s Issa Rae plays Jordan’s long-suffering assistant April, the only one in on the secret that her daily tormentor is now trapped in an awkward tween body just as everything is on the line. Little is an irreverent new comedy about the price of success, the power of sisterhood and having a second chance to grow up – and glow up – right.  

Will Packer, blockbuster producer of Girls Trip, the Ride Along franchise, and ten movies that have opened No. 1 at the U.S. box office, including Night School, No Good Deed and Think Like a Man, brings an all-new perspective to the body-swap comedy.

Little is directed by Tina Gordon with a story by Tracy Oliver. It is based on an idea by teen actress Martin. The film is also produced by Packer and his producing partner James Lopez and by Kenya Barris. 

Tell us what you think…

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Issa Rae + Laura Dern join forces for HBO Series ‘The Dolls’

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Insecure star and pop culture phenom Issa Rae is expanding her relationship with HBO by starring in and producing a new limited series for them titled The Dolls.

According to S&A, The Dolls will recount the aftermath of the Christmas Eve riots that took place within two small Arkansas towns in 1983 over the Cabbage Patch Kids Doll. The film will also “examine class, race, privilege and what it takes to be a good mother.”  Joining Rae on this project is iconic actress Laura Dern.

Cabbage Patch Kids were all the craze during the early 1980s and it seems as if every little girl in the country wanted one. Like many of today’s popular toys, the dolls were a “must have” item during the holiday season and parents (mothers especially) would do just about anything to get their hands on one.

Check out a 2015 Black Friday video below that vent viral showing a Caucasian mother trying to steal a toy from an African American child and then accuses his mother of being “aggressive” as she tries to take the toy back from her. #ReallyLady

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Issa Rae to star in new comedy ‘American Princess’

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Insecure actress and co-creator Issa Rae is teaming up with Stella Meghie for Paul Feig’s comedy American Princess. Rae will star in the film while Meghie will direct.

According to THR, American Princess centers on an American woman who moves to London, where she’s drawn into a world of wealth and high society and falls in love in a very unexpected way.

The script was written by Amy Aniobi, who has previously worked with Rae as a writer and executive producer on Insecure.

Meghie was the director of the 2017 drama Everything, Everything starring Amandla Stenberg.

RC will keep you posted as this project continues to develop.

Photo Credit: Mahoghani Dawn for RayCornelius.com

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HBO renews ‘INSECURE’ for a 4th Season + more [PHOTOS]

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HBO’s hit series Insecure has been renewed for a 4th season. The show’s Instagram page announced the big news this week along with this video.

The 30-minute series focuses on “awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern day African American woman living in L.A.” and features award-winning actress Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji and Y’lan Noel.  In addition to the show’s renewal, Rae is currently featured on the October issue of GLAMOUR magazine where talks about the series and much more.

“There was no blueprint to do this. There was no one I could look to to be like, ‘Oh, so-and-so made some videos and then had a television show, and then did movies,’” she says. “You kind of just do it.”

See the rest of her GLAMOUR photos below:

Insecure airs Sunday nights at 10:30 p.m. on HBO.

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Donald Glover, Issa Rae, Tiffany Haddish, Rupaul & more nominated for Emmys

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Congratulations are in order as a number of our favorite African American actors and entertainers picked up Emmy Nominations this week.

The big news was announced on Thursday with nods going to Donald Glover and his hit FX series Atlanta, Issa Rae, Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony AndersonRuPaul, Viola Davis, Jeffrey Wright, Sterling K. Brown and This is Us, Cicely Tyson and Tiffany Haddish.

Click here to see the full list of nominees and don’t forget to tune in on Monday, September 17 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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Issa Rae covers GQ + Releases Premiere Date for ‘Insecure’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Award winning actress, producer and pop culture phenom Issa Rae is having the best week ever. Not only did she just announce that her popular HBO series, Insecure is coming back on August 12 but she is also gracing GQ‘s new comedy issue along with Sarah Silverman and Kate McKinnon.

“Our intention was to celebrate the three super-funny superstars, who are all that is smart and perceptive and riotous and necessary in comedy right now. We deeply regret that the results violated GQ‘s rigorous standards of editorial excellence and the laws of nature,” says GQ.

Profiles on each of the ladies will be released on GQ.com next week.

In addition to Insecure, also look for Issa Rae to star in Little with Marsai Martin and The Hate U Give with Common, Regina Hall, Amandla Stenberg and Anthony Mackie.

Photo Credits: Instagram/GQ

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Issa Rae teams up with BET for ‘Script to Screen’ Writing Contest

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Are an aspiring writer for television?

Well Insecure star Issa Rae is looking for you. Her company—ColorCreative—is partnering with BET Networks for a writing contest to find new voices for a television series.

According to S&A, the first ColorCreative Script to Screen Contest is also launched in partnership with the American Black Film Festival (ABFF). Whether it is an original comedy or drama pilot, the chosen winner’s work will be fully developed and produced.

“ColorCreative’s mission has always been to provide opportunities for underrepresented writers by developing and producing their work. With this latest initiative, I couldn’t be more excited to be collaborating with BET Networks to help identify a fresh voice and an original idea that highlights the Black American experience,” said  Deniese Davis, co-founder and chief operating officer at ColorCreative.

 

Three finalists will be selected to receive a trip to the 2018 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) in Miami from June 13-17, where they will have an opportunity to attend roundtable sessions with industry veterans and a private luncheon with BET and ColorCreative executives. After the festival, the finalists will receive script feedback and have time to submit a revised draft. After this, one winner will be given a cash prize and have their pilot script produced by ColorCreative for BET.

Check out the contest dates below and good luck:

 

April 20 – Contest launch date

April 20 – May 2 – One page pitch submission window opens

May 2 – Submission window closes (at midnight)

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Kim Kimble names Diana Ross, Beyoncé & Michelle Obama among her ‘Top Hair Divas’

Written by | Ray Cornelius

If you’ve ever wondered who inspires celebrity hairstylist—Kim Kimble—well look no further. I recently caught up with the reality show star and chatted with her about the women whose locs give her life!  The list wasn’t given in any particular order but it includes a wide range of hair mavens from the iconic Madam C.J. Walker to the #LITAF Issa Rae.

Kimble has worked with a number of celebrities throughout her twenty plus year career including Oprah WinfreyMary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, Brandy and the late Whitney Houston. She’s also worked her magic on such films sets as Double PlatinumDreamgirls, Sparkle, Cadillac Records, B*A*P*S and Beyoncé‘s Lemonade.

Her most recent work is seen in Ava DuVernay‘s epic Disney adventure, A Wrinkle in Time, where she designed all of the hair and wigs for the film.  She talked exclusively to UPFRONT earlier this month about the project and much more.

Check out Kimble’s list of “Top 7 Hair Divas” below:

1. Madam C.J. Walker 

“I have to pay homage to Madam C.J. Walker just because. For me it wasn’t so much about her hair as it was her impact on the hair industry.”

2. Diana Ross

“Miss Ross always brings BIG, FABULOUS hair!”

3. Michelle Obama

“She’s a pretty incredible person and she gives you ‘First Lady’ hair.”

4. Beyoncé 

“She’s been a BIG impact on today’s hair and fashion!”

5. Issa Rae

“Issa is part of that new generation of hair. I love that she came out with natural hair.”

6. Josephine Baker

“If you wanna go way back in fashion, I would say Josephine Baker with that cool finger wave. It was sexy!”

7. Tina Turner

“I kinda hit the 80s with Diana Ross but you gotta mention Tina Turner when she came out with her ‘What’s Love Gotta Do With It’ hair.

Who are your favorite hair divas?

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‘A Wrinkle in Time’ stars attend L.A. Premiere [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

“All the stars were closer” on Monday night for the mystical L.A. premiere of Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time. The lavish screening took place at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.

The film’s stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Zach Galifianakis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Storm Reid, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, Rowan Blanchard were joined by director Ava DuVernay for a walk down the blue carpet where they greeted enthusiastic fans and press. 

Mindy Kaling + Reese Witherspoon + Oprah Winfrey

Other special invited guests included Viola Davis, Rosario Dawson, Laura Dern, Angela Bassett, Kerry Washington, Kobe Bryant, America Ferrera, Tracee Ellis Ross, Janelle Monáe, Jay Hernandez, Don Cheadle, Eva Longoria, Tessa Thompson, Constance Wu, J.J. Abrams, Niki Caro, Ryan CooglerIssa Rae and many more. 

Ava DuVernay with Tracee Ellis Ross + Tessa Thompson

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. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.

Check out more photos below:

Winston Duke + Anthony AndersonYara Shahidi + Ava DuVernay

Tiffany Johnson + Lena Waithe

Emayatzy Corinealdi

Gugu Mbatha-Raw + Jim Whitaker

Omar Dorsey 

Lalah Hathaway

Dewanda Wise + Alano Miller 

Yvette Nicole Brown 

Chloe X Halle

Bellamy Young 

Angela Bassett + Slater Vance + Bronwyn Vance 

Ryan Coogler

Tarana Burke + Ava DuVernay

Timon Kyle Durrett

Kobe Bryant

Dre Terrell Whitfield + Dondre Whitfield + Parker Richardson Whitfield

Bridgid Coulter + Don Cheadle

Ava DuVernay + Issa Rae 

Aisha Hinds

Marsai Martin

Deric McCabe + Chris Pine + Storm Reid

Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time arrives in

theaters on Friday, March 9.

Photo Credits: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

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ICYMI: Photos from Morehouse College’s Screening of ‘GIANTS’ (VIDEO)

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Check out photos from the recent Atlanta screening of the popular YouTube series GIANTS. The viewing was presented by the Morehouse College Cinema, Television, & Emerging Media Studies Program (CTEMS) in partnership with Morehouse Safe Space organization and took place at the Bank of America Auditorium. 

Dr. Stephane Dunn

The evening started with a welcome delivered by CTEMS director—Dr. Stephane Dunn—before introducing GIANTS producer Takara Joseph and creator and star of the series, James Bland.

GIANTS is presented by Issa Rae and Executive Produced by Jussie Smollett

The evening included a screening of episode 201 followed by a preview of the upcoming second season. Following the screening, Dr. Dunn welcomed Bland and Joseph back to the stage with special guests Ryan Davis, motivational speaker and author of “Who Are You?” and Ramon Johnson, president of Morehouse Safe Space, for a conversation on the themes and inspiration of the digital series.

“The main objective for me with GIANTS is to be honest,” responds Bland when asked if he had any hesitation on writing about many of the taboo topics shown in GIANTS. “I’m not creating this show with a censor or filter,” he continues.

Ryan Davis + Ramon Johnnson + Takara Joseph + James Bland

GIANTS follows three black millennials (Malachi, Journee and Ade) each battling their own inner giant as they approach the age 30.​ The series is presented on Issa Rae‘s YouTube channel and is executive produced by Empire Star Jussie Smollett

Watch the entire episode 201 below:

Catch new episodes of GIANTS every Wednesday on YouTube

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WATCH the ‘Black Panther’ World Premiere Red Carpet Special (VIDEO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Marvel teamed up with YouTube Monday night for the World Premiere Red Carpet Special for “Black Panther.” The video streamed live beginning in the 9 p.m. hour and features interviews with the film’s leading actors Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Danai Gurira, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, Winston Duke and director Ryan Coogler. Other stars of the film in attendance included Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Atandwa Kani, and Florence Kasumba.

The special also features interviews with Jordan’s “Creed” co-star Tessa Thompson, “Black-ish” star Miles Brown, and recent Grammy winner Donald Glover.

Other celebrities spotted on the “Purple Carpet” include Usher, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar (who worked on the film’s soundtrack), Issa Rae, Janelle Monáe and “Black-Ish” star Yara Shahidi.

The highlight of the video was Joh Kani breaking down the cultural relevance of the film and how it will change people’s perceptions of the African continent. Kani plays King T’Chaka in the movie.

“This movie will prove that we built the pyramids in Egypt! Will prove the Timbuktu libraries of the history of mankind is in Africa. Will prove that the Zimbabwe ruins were built by us. Will prove that the cradle of humankind is in Southern Africa. So this is one time whereAfrican people are shown the fullest potential, when they’re able to travel from space and back with incredible technology. We’re all Africans anyway,” said Kani boldly.

Check out the full video below + photos of the stars:

Photo Credits: Instgram/Marvel