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Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman and Jada Pinkett Smith star in ‘Angel Has Fallen’ (VIDEO)

Lionsgate Movies have released the official trailer and images for Angel Has Fallen starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman. It opens in theaters August 23.

When there is an assassination attempt on U.S. President Allan Trumbull (Freeman), his trusted confidant, Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Butler), is wrongfully accused and taken into custody. After escaping from capture, he becomes a man on the run and must evade his own agency and outsmart the FBI in order to find the real threat to the President. Desperate to uncover the truth, Banning turns to unlikely allies to help clear his name, keep his family from harm and save the country from imminent danger.

Angel Has Fallen also stars Jada Pinkett Smith and Lance Reddick.

Watch the trailer and a few of the character posters below:

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Da Brat to star in new theatrical version of ‘Set It Off’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Grammy winning Hip Hop star Da Brat is starring in a theatrical adaptation of the 90s classic film, “Set It Off.” The show will have its Atlanta premiere March 9-11 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre followed up by performances in DC, LA, Chicago, Houston and Dallas.

According to the press release, Brat will be portraying the role of Cleopatra “Cleo” Sims, which was originally played by Oscar nominated actress Queen Latifah.

“Set If Off” was released in theatres nationwide on November 6, 1996 and was originally created by Takashi Bufford. It boasted one of the most superb casts ever assembled in a movie including Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, Jada Pinkett Smith and Kimberly Elise. It also featured an equally powerful, platinum selling, chart-topping, cut straight to heart musical soundtrack with songs from En Vogue, Brandy, Tamia, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Busta Rhymes, Goodie Mob along with legendary music icons like Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan.

“Without a doubt, this will be one of the greatest stage plays ever seen in the urban theatre market,” stated Johnson. “From the type of action and to the movement on stage, it will be nothing short of jaw dropping. This will be the first piece of my career that will stretch me to the limits of what can be done and seen by our urban audience. I will be recreating the same intensity, same passion and same shock and awe, breathtaking moments that made this movie resonate with millions of people.”

The stage adaptation of “Set It Off” is written, directed and produced by Je’Caryous Johnson. To date, Johnson has toured over 20 stage play productions to sold out crowds and written over 36 plays.

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‘HBCU Power Awards’ with Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Packer and more [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

It was all about HBCU love Friday evening during the inaugural “HBCU Power Awards” presented by Wells Fargo, Radio One and The Atlanta Hawks. The ceremony was held at Morehouse College’s historic Dr. Martin Luther International Chapel and was hosted by “Black-ish” star and comedic actor Deon Cole and runway diva Jessica White.

The “HBCU Power Awards” were co-founded by Derek “Fonzworth Bentley” Watkins, Jash’d Kambui Belcher and Roderick Hardamon and recognizes the achievements and accomplishments of HBCU alumni and supporters who are making innovative and leading-­edge achievements in business, sports, philanthropy, media, music, technology, TV, film, politics, civil service and fashion.

This year’s honorees included Coltrane Curtis (founder, Team Epiphany), Kyle Hagler (president, Next Management), Nzinga Shaw (Chief Diversity Officer, Atlanta Hawks), Keinon Johnson(VP, Urban Promotions, Interscope Records), Phylicia Fant (SVP, Publicity, Warner Bros Records), Beverly Anderson (EVP, Cards & Retail Services, Wells Fargo) and Rob Rumley (Chair, Atlanta Housing Authority).

TV and film actress, singer-songwriter and philanthropist Jada Pinkett Smith was also honored with the first Icon Award for support of HBCUs and for her portrayal of “Lena” on the groundbreaking 80s sitcom “A Different World.”  The popular NBC series is credited with inspiring generations of African-American students to attend historical black colleges and universities.

Smith, who appeared like an angel in white, encouraged the men of Morehouse during her acceptance speech to not fall prey to the pitfalls of power, entitlement and admiration:

“Respect every contribution made to your life whether you can count it or not because you’re entitled to nothing! Be grateful. Be grateful. Do not let power strip you of your gratitude because you’re not entitled to love, consideration, acknowledgement or even kindness. So when it is given to you, it is a gift…in all its forms.

This feeling of entitlement can also lead one to the power of false admiration that concerns us with how many followers we may have, how many material possessions or strategizing different ways to gain praise and therefore importance because you think that is an expression of love and acceptance and that is a tragic pitfall. Take it from me!

I’m not saying it’s a bad thing to have admiration, I’m saying it’s not a healthy thing to desire. Desiring admirations, recognition, followers are a false sense of power that is a breeding ground for losing your precious self. You must remember, WE ARE NEVER the thing to be admired only ever allowing how the Most High is working through you to be admired!”

Check out all the red carpet photos below:

Will Packer 

Honoree – Nzinga Shaw

Michael Jai White

Honoree – Phylicia Fant

Jessica White 

Honoree – Keinon Johnson 

Zane 

Honoree – Coltrane Curtis with his mother Gail Curtis 

Gary Wit Tha Tea

Icon Award Honoree – Jada Pinkett-Smith

DJ Trauma 

Honoree – Rob Rumley and his family

Mike Merrill

Honoree – Beverly Anderson 

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First Look at #EdGordonSpecial featuring Omari Hardwick, ‘Girls Trip’ Cast & More (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The stars will align on this coming Monday, July 17 for an “Ed Gordon Special” you don’t want to miss. He’ll be talking to some of the biggest African-American stars in film, television and comedy beginning at 10 p.m. EST on Bounce TV.

In the special, Gordon will talk one-on-one with “Power” star Omari Hardwick. The Atlanta native opens up about the popularity of the STARZ series, his marriage and handling fame in this social media era. He also recalls a moment when he almost gave up acting.

“There was that moment when I decided to ask Mom and Pops what they thought about that. They collectively put together about twenty-five hundred dollars and said ‘you ain’t going nowhere. You didn’t go that far to come back home, not when you got all that talent.’”

Gordon also talks to the cast of the hilariously funny movie, “Girl Trip,” Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish. Each actress will discuss their careers and reflect on the contributions of Black women in Hollywood.

“It’s people like Jada’s husband Will (Smith) who helped us every step of the way, so it wasn’t just us When Will got in he helped me get in…I’m going to help somebody else get in. It’s not about keeping it all to yourself it’s about passing it on and keeping that door open,” says Latifah.

Gordon also profiles Super Bowl Champion-turned broadcaster Michael Strahan and Kings of Comedy—Cedric the Entertainer and D.L. Hughley.

Check out a sneak peek below:

The “Ed Gordon Special” airs on Monday, July 17 at 10 p.m. EST.

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#UPFRONT attends ESSENCE Festival + Radio Row + Premieres + More

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

It gives me great pleasure to share my amazing coverage of the 2017 ESSENCE Festival. My arts and entertainment radio magazine—UPFRONT—was there to capture all of the sights and sounds of this year’s festivities as part of Radio Row.  My four-day weekend began on Thursday (June 29) with a special meet & greet + reception with the cast of the indie film, “STEP.”

“STEP” is the true-life story of a girls’ high-school step dance team in Baltimore, whose teachers, counselors, coaches and families, help them achieve their dreams of going off to college. It also takes viewers into the personal lives of three of the dancers— Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger, Tayla Solomon—and their coach, Gari McIntyre.  The film has received rave reviews and was the winner of the Documentary Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

On Friday (June 30) #UPFRONT began its three day stint on Radio Row. It is one of three areas that celebrity attendees can meet press and conduct interviews. I was truly blessed to have interviewed so many people including cast members from the hugely popular “Orange Is The New Black,” TNT’s new breakout series, “Claws,”  FOX’s “Empire and Star.” I also got a chance to chat with the cast of FX’s “Snowfall” and the new series “The Mayor” and “Ghosted.”

Music divas CeCe Winans, Anita Wilson and Chanté Moore stopped by the table to discuss their new projects. Winans album, Let Them Fall In Love has been killing the gospel charts and is her best work to date. Wilson talked about covering the classic jazz tune “Here’s To Life” for her new album and Moore dished about her album, Rise of the Pheonix and recording her first Christmas CD this fall.

#UPFRONT also chatted with actress and singer Lil Mama (who is going by her real name Niatia) as well as celebrity stylists Mushiya Tshikuka, Razor Chic of Atlanta and Melvin Styles. However, the highlight of Radio Row was talking to New Thought Leader, Life Coach and TV Personality—Iyanla Vanzant. She opened up about her last season + why she continues to participate in the ESSENCE Festival. She also talked about what she has learned personally from doing her award winning show, “Iyanla Fix My Life.”

“What I’ve learned personally is how powerful God is. As Black people were taught, ‘don’t tell your business in the street.’ (LOL) But when there’s a call on someone’s life to serve God, these people are showing up in amazing ways. I’ve also learned how difficult a healing journey can be. People don’t want to suffer. They don’t want to hurt. They don’t want to destroy themselves. But if they don’t have the tools and the information to heal, that’s what they do. I’ve also learned that I don’t have to be ‘on’ all the time. I’m human. I can have my time off…my days off and I don’t have to be who people expect me to be.”

In addition to Radio Row, #UPFRONT was able to attend and capture images from the night time concerts. This year’s ESSENCE Festival theme was all about female empowerment, sisterhood and “staying woke” and the entertainers who performed were true reflections of that. Friday’s show included Rhonda Ross, India.Arie, John Legend and the Queen of Motown—DIANA ROSS.

This was Miss Ross’ first time appearing at the Festival since its inception in 1995 and she didn’t disappoint. Other performances included Jazmine Sullivan, Jill Scott, Chaka Khan, Solange, Monica, Lalah Hathaway, Remy Ma, Xscape, Master P, Chance the Rapper and Mary J. Blige.

Other highlights throughout the weekend included the NOLA premieres of “Girls Trip” featuring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish. FX also screened its new drama, “Snowfall” which included appearances by the show’s cast + the creator and award winning director John Singleton. #UPFRONT also captured images of the casts from “Detroit,” OWN’s “Greenleaf” and “Queen Sugar” + Ava DuVernay and the “WOKE Women Awards.”

See all of the rest of the images below and click here to listen to the first of two radio shows featuring exclusive coverage of the ESSENCE Festival:

The Cast of “STEP”

Ray Cornelius on Radio Row

John Singleton and Damson Idris from FX’s “Snowfall”

Ray Cornelius with “Snowfall” actors Isaiah John + Malcolm M. Mays

“Claws” stars Niecy Nash + Karrueche Tran

+ showrunner Janine Sherman Barrois

“Claws” cast with Ray Cornelius + UPFRONT Talent Producer Jess Manning

ESSENCE talking to “Black Panther” actress Letitia Wright 

Ray Cornelius with FANDANGO Correspondent Chris Witherspoon

“She’s Gotta Have It” actress DeWanda Wise 

Ray Cornelius with “Empire” stars Ta’Rhonda Jones and Bryshere Y. Gray 

India.Arie

John Legend 

John Legend

John Legend 

DIANA ROSS

Ray Cornelius watching DIANA ROSS 

Ray Cornelius with the cast of “Detroit” – Jacob Latimore, Nathan Davis Jr., Algee Smith, Ephraim Sykes,  Joseph David-Jones

“The Haves and the Have Nots” Tyler Lepley,

Angela Robinson and Gavin Houston

Ava DuVernay during the “WOKE Women Awards” 

Jazmine Sullivan 

Tank + Angel Love + Angel Saunders

on the red carpet of the “Snowfall” NOLA Premiere

Remy Ma performing with her husband and rapper Papoose

Lalah Hathaway

Ray Cornelius with Iyanla Vanzant 

CeCe Winans talking about her new album, Let Them Fall In Love 

Ray Cornelius with CeCe Winans 

Ray Cornelius with Anita Wilson 

Ray Cornelius greeting “cousin” Chanté Moore

Ray Cornelius with Chanté Moore

Ray Cornelius interviewing Miss Lawrence of “STAR”

Ryan Destiny of “STAR”

Ray Cornelius with Miss Lawrence 

Issa Rae, Kofi Soriboe and Larenz Tate at “Girls Trip” NOLA Premiere

Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith at “Girls Trip” NOLA Premiere

Ray Cornelius with the cast of “The Mayor” – Brandon Michael Hall, Yvette Nicole Brown and show creator Jeremy Bronson

Ray Cornelius with Nicci Gilbert 

XSCAPE after their Super Lounge performance

Elle Varner

SHAGGY

Ray Cornelius with Craig Robinson of “Ghosted”

Ray Cornelius with Melvin Styles and Razor Chic of Atlanta 

Mushiya Tshikuka talking to #UPFRONT

Ava DuVernay with the cast of “Queen Sugar”

Ray Cornelius with “Snowfall” actor Damson Idris 

Chanté Moore with June’s Diary

Ray Cornelius with Common 

Ray Cornelius with Big Freedia 

Shirley Jones of The Jones Girls 

Ray Cornelius with “Insecure” actress Yvonne Orji

Ray Cornelius with Tamika D. Mallory

Ray Cornelius with the fabulous Candace Ledbetter

Ray Cornelius with “Snowfall” actors Isaiah John + Malcolm M. Mays

Common with cast of “Detroit” – Nathan Davis Jr.,

Jacob Latimore and Joseph David-Jones

THANK YOU ESSENCE FESTIVAL AND SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

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The Cast of ‘Girls Trip’ attend #NOLA Premiere [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

The New Orleans premiere of “Girls Trip” was lit yesterday afternoon and yours truly RC was there to capture all the sights and sounds. The advanced screening took place at the luxurious Theaters at Canal Place on historic Canal Street.

The films four divas—Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish—looked absolutely amazing on the red carpet along with their co-stars Larenz Tate and Kofi Soriboe. The film’s director Malcolm D. Lee and producer Will Packer were also in attendance.

As previously reported, “Girls Trip” features the ladies as lifelong friends who travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, where they rekindle their wild sides. The film features a lot of dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make even the Big Easy blush. Rounding out the cast is Kate Walsh and Mike Colter.  “Girls Trip” was also written by “black-ish” creator Kenya Barris along with Tracy Oliver.

A number of celebrities were in attendance including reality show maven Mona Scott-Young;  singer and actress LeToya Luckett, singer/songwriter Tank, “Insecure” actress Issa Rae, LHHNY Yandy Smith; rapper, actor and reality star him Romeo, South African actress Nomzano Mbatha, actresses Essence Atkins and Bresha Webb, “Queen Sugar” stars Omar Dorsey and Timon Kyle Durrett and many more.

The event was presented by Nissan and Hello Beautiful! Check out more pics below:
MONA SCOTT-YOUNGTANKLETOYA LUCKETTISSA RAE, KOFI SORIBOE AND LARENZ TATE ESSENCE ATKINS AND BRESHA WEBBSTAR CAST – RYAN DESTINY, JUDE DEMOREST, BRITTANY O’GRADY AND MISS LAWRENCERONREACO LEEOMAR J. DORSEY AND TIMON KYLE DURRETTYANDY SMITH AND MIELLEORGANICSTAI BEAUCHAMPELLE VARNERNOMZAMO MBATHATY HUNTER AND KAREN CIVILSHYANN ROBERTS FROM JUNE’S DIARYREGINA HALLJADA PINKETT SMITHQUEEN LATIFAHTIFFANY HADDISHMALCOLM D. LEE WILL PACKER

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RC talks to cast, producer and more from ‘All Eyez on Me’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

THE WAIT IS OVER! 

The highly anticipated Tupac Shakur biopic, “All Eyez on Me” opens nationwide in theaters today and fans will finally get to see what all the hype is about!

The two hour and twenty minute film stars newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. as the iconic rapper and chronicles his life from his early days as a dancer and “hype man” of Digital Underground to his meteoric rise as a rap star and actor to becoming an artist of Suge Knight’s Death Row Records. This film is a “must see” for real Tupac fans and takes a definitive look at his amazing 25 years on this planet. It also includes appearances by the lovely Kat Graham as Tupac’s close friend and confident Jada Pinkett Smith and Jamal Woolard reprises his role as Tupac’s friend turned foe Biggie Smalls. The film was produced by L.T. Hutton and directed by Benny Boom.

RC had the pleasure of chatting with Hutton and his cast last week during a private press conference  in Atlanta promoting the film. I also got a chance to interview the film’s casting directors Winsome Sinclair and Donald Jarmond for my Saturday radio show, UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry.

Check out a few excerpts from those interviews + more pics below:

KAT GRAHAM

On Jada Pinkett Smith’s support of the film:

“She’s given her blessing and she’s watched some clips. She’s incredibly supportive which means the world to me because I’m a big Jada fan and I’ve always been. A lot of people are surprised that she and Pac [Tupac] were friends growing up. Having her support for such a sacred relationship on screen in such a big way is a blessing. She’s a remarkable woman and we wanted to do her justice.”

On preparing to play Jada Pinkett Smith:

“I did a lot of research. Once I realized that I was going to play her I wanted to watch every single interview, every single movie or whatever I could get my hands on.  I wanted photos of her as a child as a teenager or with Pac. Any videos or anywhere that she spoke about him or anything that would help me distinguish certain characteristics that I wanted to portray. It was important that it was more about embodying who she was versus making it an imitation. That’s not what I wanted to do and I don’t think that you guys would have connected with that either.”

DEMETRIUS SHIPP JR.

On staying in character throughout the entire filming process:

“The funny thing is that if you asked me that back then I would have said, ‘no.’ I was still myself but when I got home and I looked back over some behind-the-scenes video, I was in character the whole time. (LOL) From the time I touched down in Atlanta on November 30 to the time I left, I was in character.”

L.T. HUTTON

Despite the beef that is going on between L.T. Hutton and the film’s former producer, John Singleton, he did want fans to know that this film project is about Tupac’s life and not their own agendas. He also expressed to us how critical that films of this ilk are to the success of other future Black projects.

“It’s very few movies that we have that have a Black producer on it all the time. To have a Black director and then to have an almost all Black cast of an iconic figure, this movie is to be celebrated….not to get caught up and entangled in drama. It’s not about me. It’s not about him. It’s not about Benny Boom. It’s not about my company. It’s about Tupac and if you guys saw the movie, you’ll see that’s Tupac,” said Hutton during the press conference.  “That’s what they want us to do is have a scenerio where Hollywood can say, ‘if Tupac didn’t work then nothing will work.’ So now everybody that’s an aspiring filmmaker or aspiring actress, now the pond gets even smaller than it already is. It’s 2017 and we’re still talking about the first Black this or that. We get excited over the little bones they throw us. ”

WINSOME SINCLAIR AND DONALD JARMOND

On Demetrius Shipp Jr. being chosen for the role:

“L.T. saw him before anyone did and the truth about Demetrius’ journey is that Demetrius’ father was the engineer in Tupac’s recording sessions.  So it’s kinda like full circle, almost like he was born for this role,” said Sinclair during our UPFRONT interview. “L.T. also tells the story of when they finally made a decision to go with Demetrius and took him to meet Afene. She was getting up in age and thought Pac had walked in the room. So that was like the final sanction…yeah that was him!”

“All Eyez on Me” in theaters this weekend.

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‘Girls Trip’ stars cover ‘ESSENCE’ #Vacation Issues [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

“Ain’t no party like an ESSENCE party, cuz an ESSENCE party do stop!”

Congrats to the cast of the upcoming comedy “Girls Trip!” The fierce divas—Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish—are featured on five unique #Vacation covers for ESSENCE Magazine.

“Girls Trip” opens nationwide in theaters on July 21 and features the ladies as four lifelong friends who travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, where they rekindle their wild sides. The film features a lot of dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make even the Big Easy blush. Larenze Tate, Kate Walsh, Mike Colter and “Queen Sugar” heartthrob Kofi Siriboe round out the cast. “Girls Trip” was written by “black-ish” creator Kenya Barris along with Tracy Oliver.

“Because of our history in this country and how we’ve been labeled, I think we, as Black women, tend to be a little hard on ourselves,” Pinkett-Smith told ESSENCE about letting go and having fun in the July 2017 issue.

Take a look at the beautiful covers below + click here to watch the film’s trailer:

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‘BET Awards’ announces first round of presenters + performers

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Bruno Mars, Future, Migos, Trey Songz and Tamar Braxton are just a few of the big named stars set to perform at this year’s “BET Awards.” The show airs live on Sunday, June 25 at 8 p.m. EST from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA.  According to the press release, the above mentioned names are just the first round of performers and more acts are to be announced in the coming weeks.

The evening will also feature a number of television, film, sports, comedy and music stars who will serve as presenters including “black-ish” star Yara Shahidi, Cardi B, Issa Rae, Jamie Foxx, La La Anthony, the cast of Universal Pictures’ “Girls Trip” (Regina Hall, Tiffany HaddishJada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah), Trevor Noah, Robin Thede, Cari Champion and “All Eyez on Me” star—Demetrius Shipp Jr.

Previously announced nominees this year include Mars and Migos plus Beyoncé, Chance the Rapper and many more. This year’s show is also hosted by comedienne and actress Leslie Jones.

Click here to see the rest of the nominees!

Hey RC fans! Whose performance are you looking forward to seeing the most?

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Queen Latifah & cast of ‘Girls Trip’ Cut Up in New Trailer (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Check out the hilarious new trailer for Malcolm D. Lee and Will Packer‘s comedy “Girls Trip!” The upcoming film hits theaters this summer on July 21.

When four lifelong friends—Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish—travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

“Girls Trip” also features the Larenze Tate, Kate Walsh, Mike Colter and “Queen Sugar” actor Kofi Siriboe. It was also written by “black-ish” creator Kenya Barris along with Tracy Oliver.

See trailer + official poster below:

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Queen Latifah & Jada Pinkett Smith get lit in ‘GIRLS TRIP’ Trailer (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The ESSENCE Festival serves as the backdrop for Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith‘s upcoming summer movie, “Girls Trip.” The film opens in theaters nationwide on July 21 and is their first project together since the 1996’s box office hit, “Set It Off.”

The Malcolm Lee directed comedy, which was shot last summer at the actual festival, stars the two as life long friends to Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish. The fabulous foursome travel to the annual music event where “sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.”

Joining the ladies in their fun-filled weekend is “Love Jones” star Larenz Tate, Kate Walsh, Mike Colter and “Queen Sugar” actor Kofi Siriboe. “Girls Trip” is scripted by “black-ish” creator Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver and produced by Will Packer. 

Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

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WATCH 2nd Trailer for Tupac Shakur Biopic ‘All Eyez On Me’ (NSFW)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Tupac Shakur‘s death, a new trailer has been released for his highly anticipated biopic, “All Eyez On Me.”

As previously reported, the film centers on the life of the charismatic yet controversial rapper, poet, actor and political activist, who shot to fame with “2Pacalypse Now.” His politically charged lyrics, inspired by his parents’ activism as Black Panthers in the 60s & early 70s, condemned governmental intrusion in black communities. Tupac’s increased participation in the East Coast-West Coast Rap rivalry became well documented and avidly followed by his fans. He was gunned down a street corner in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996 and died 6 days later. His murder was never solved.

“All Eyez on Me” stars Demetrius Shipp, Jr. as Tupac along with Danai Gurira as his mother Afeni Shakur. Kat Graham stars as Jada Pinkett, Dominic L. Santana portrays Suge Knight, Jamal Woolard as Biggie Smalls, Annie Ilonzeh as Kidada Jones, Lauren Cohan as Lelia Steinberg, Grace Gibson as Faith Evans and  Harold House Moore as Dr Dre. The film is directed by Benny Boom and is executive produced by Afeni, who passed away in May at the age of 69. The film expected to open in 2017.

Check it out below and tell us what you think!

https://youtu.be/3ZlXHAbX3TY

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WATCH 1st Trailer for Tupac Shakur Biopic ‘All Eyez on Me’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out the new trailer for the long awaited Tupac Shakur biopic, “All Eyez on Me.” The film features Demetrius Shipp Jr. as the iconic rapper along with Danai Gurira as Afeni Shakur, Kat Graham as Jada Pinkett-Smith, Dominic L. Santana as Suge Knight, Annie Ilonzeh as Kidada Jones, Jamal Woodard as Biggie Smalls, Grace Gibson as Faith Evans and Harold House Moore as Dr. Dre. There will also be appearances by Keith Robinson, Cory Hardrict and Hill Harper.

According to the film’s IMDB page, “All Eyez on Me” centers on the life of the charismatic yet controversial artist—Tupac Shakur. The rapper, poet, actor and political activist, shot to fame with “2Pacalypse Now,” lauded for its seminal underground vibe and still an inspiration for major artists today. Tupac’s politically charged lyrics, inspired by his parents’ activism as Black Panthers in the 60s & early 70s, condemned governmental intrusion in black communities. Tupac’s increased participation in the East Coast-West Coast Rap rivalry became well documented and avidly followed by his fans. On September 7, 1996 he was gunned down on a street corner in Las Vegas, where he died 6 days later. His murder was never solved.

“All Eyez on Me” is directed by Benny Boom and is executive produced by Afeni, who passed away in May at the age of 69.  The film opens on November 11, 2016.

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Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett-Smith to star in ‘Girl Trip’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Deadline is reporting that actresses Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett-Smith are in talks to star in a new film for 2017 titled “Girl Trip.” It’s set to be released for July 21, and will be directed by Malcolm Lee and produced by Will Packer.

The movie is being described as follows: “Four friends who travel to New Orlean’s Essence Festival, where sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, with some drinking, romancing and even brawling thrown in for good measure.”

Regina Hall is also set to star in the film with the script being written by “black-ish” creator Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver.

This will be the first time Latifah and Pinkett-Smith have starred together on the big screen since their 1996 classic film, “Set It Off.”

Stay tuned…

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