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Martin Lawrence parties with the Cast of BET’s ‘Boomerang’ [PHOTOS]

Last night, BET Networks celebrated the season two premiere of its Lena Waithe and Halle Berry executive produced show BOOMERANG, at Paramount Studios. Show cast members Tequan RichmondTetona JacksonLala MilanDime DavisLeland B. Martin, Brittany Inge and RJ Walker were in attendance along with BET President Scott Mills.

Following the success of Waithe’s BOOMERANG first season, the half-hour subversive, smart, serialized comedy that is fielded by romance, friendship, gender politics and more returns for season two.

The original cast are back to deal with the ramifications of Simone and Bryson’s breakup and how it effects the group’s friendship.  Throughout the season, each of our main characters: Simone (Tetona Jackson), Bryson (Tequan Richmond), Crystal (Brittany Inge), Ari (Leland Martin), Tia (Lala Milan) and David (RJ Walker) look inward to find out who they truly are while discovering that together, they’re growing apart.

Guest stars for season two will include Jaleel WhiteJoey Bada$$, Walter Emmanuel Jones and Kim Wayans

Special guests in attendance included: Terrence JMartin LawrenceTerrence J, Lance GrossKellee Stewart, Lauren Lott, Cameron Hamilton and Lauren Speed and more.

BOOMERANG season 2 premieres TONIGHT at 10PM EST on BET.

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OWN hosts ‘Cherish The Day’ Launch Party [PHOTOS]

All eyes were on the A-T-L Thursday night for OWN’s swanky launch party for its newest dramatic series, Cherish the Day. The highly anticipated two-night premiere begins on February 11.

The invite-only soiree took place at the Stave Room in the Midtown district of the city and was hosted by OWN president and CEO Tina Perry along with the show’s creator and executive producer Ava DuVernay.

Chapter One of the “anthology series” chronicles the stirring relationship of the two star-crossed lovers, with each episode spanning a single day. The narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments in their relationship that compel us to hold true to the ones we love.

Cherish the Day cast members in attendance included the show’s leads—Alano Miller and Xosha Roquemore as well as Kellee Stewart, Michael Beach and Anne-Marie Johnson. Not present but also included in the show are Dorien Wilson, Loren Lott, Bryan Terrell Clark and the queen mum—CICELY TYSON.

Other notables in attendance included the hosts of TV One’s Sister CircleRashan Ali, Syleena Johnson and Trina Braxton plus actresses DeWanda Wise, Jasmine Guy and Terri J. Vaughn. Other famous faces spotted in the crowd were actors Joel Rush, Karon Riley, André Holland, Omar Dorsey, celebrity makeup artist Derrick Rutledge and Exonerated Five member Raymond Santana and his fiancé Delicious.

The evening included a sneak peek of three different scenes along with commentary and a Q&A session featuring the cast and DuVernay. We also listened to some dope sounds from DJ Princess Cut and enjoyed some refreshing cocktails, food and much more.

See the picture gallery below including a few of my selfies:

CHERISH THE DAY premieres on February 11 and 12 on OWN.

Photo Credits: Paras Griffin Getty Images/ OWN + RayCornelius.com

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OWN presents Ava DuVernay’s ‘Cherish the Day’ (VIDEO)

Check out the teaser trailer for OWN’s new original anthology drama Cherish the Day. It is created and executive produced by Emmy® winner and Academy Award®-nominee Ava DuVernay. 

Chapter one of Cherish the Day chronicles the stirring relationship of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. The narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments in a relationship that compel us to hold true to the ones we love, from the extraordinary to the everyday. 

Xosha Roquemore (“The Mindy Project”) stars as Gently James and Alano Miller (“Underground”) stars as Evan Fisher. The couple meet and fall in love in Los Angeles, with the full season spanning five years in eight episodes.  

OWN previously announced additional cast including legendary Emmy®-winning actress Cicely Tyson, as well as Michael Beach, Anne-Marie Johnson and Kellee Stewart. The DuVernay led series also recently announced it achieved full gender parity with a production crew of over 50% women, including 18 female department heads.  Directors for the series are Tanya Hamilton, Blitz Bazawule, Aurora Guerrero and Deborah Kampmeier.

Cherish the Day, which is set for a February 2020 premiere, is produced for OWN by ARRAY Filmworks and Harpo Films in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes, Tanya Hamilton, and Oprah Winfrey serve as executive producers. 

WILL YOU BE WATCHING CHERISH THE DAY?

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WATCH Trailer for Lifetime’s ‘Love By the 10th Date’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Here’s a trailer that I tooootally missed over the Christmas holiday. It’s for Lifetime’s upcoming romantic comedy, “Love By the 10th Date” starring Meagan Good, Kelly Rowland, Keri Hilson and more.  It premieres at the end of the month on Saturday, January 28 at 8 p.m. EST.

As previously reported, “Love By the 10th Date” follows friends Gabby (Meagan Good), Nell (Kellee Stewart), Billie (Keri Hilson) and Margot (Kelly Rowland) who balance their dating adventures alongside their career ambitions at an upscale website in Los Angeles, under the watchful eye of their editor, Maureen (Cat Deeley). Inspired by the site’s relationship advice column to find “the one,” Gabby and Nell embark on their own journeys towards the elusive “10th date, “the Holy Grail in the dating world when women believe men are finally committed. Meanwhile, Billie finds herself at a major crossroads in her marriage and Margot unsuccessfully tries to fight her growing attraction to a famously controversial reggae musician she is assigned to interview.  As the ladies navigate the ups and downs of modern dating, romance, exes and friendships, they learn what they really want out of life and love. Brandon T. Jackson stars as Dante, a creative director at the site and Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman is Freddy, Nell’s bisexual boyfriend.

“Love By the 10th Date” is exec. produced by Wendy Finerman, Lisa Zupan and Nzingha Stewart.

Photo Credit: MyLifetime.com

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Kelly Rowland, Brandon T. Jackson & Meagan Good to star in Lifetime’s ‘The 10th Date’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Lifetime announced today that production has started in Los Angeles on a new romantic comedy titled “The 10th Date. ” The movie debuts in 2017 and features Meagan Good, Kelly Rowland, Keri Hilson, Kellee Stewart, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Cat Deeley and Brandon T. Jackson.

According to the film’s press release, “The 10th Date” follows friends Gabby (Good), Nell (Stewart), Billie (Hilson) and Margot (Rowland) who balance their dating adventures alongside their career ambitions at an upscale website in Los Angeles, under the watchful eye of their editor, Maureen (Deeley). Inspired by the site’s relationship advice column to find “the one,” Gabby and Nell embark on their own journeys towards the elusive “10th date, “the Holy Grail in the dating world when women believe men are finally committed. Meanwhile, Billie finds herself at a major crossroads in her marriage and Margot unsuccessfully tries to fight her growing attraction to a famously controversial reggae musician she is assigned to interview. As the ladies navigate the ups and downs of modern dating, romance, exes and friendships, they learn what they really want out of life and love. Jackson stars as Dante, a creative director at the site and Bowyer-Chapman is Freddy, Nell’s bisexual boyfriend.

“The 10th Date” is exec. produced by Wendy Finerman, Lisa Zupan and Nzingha Stewart.

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Niecy Nash, Johnny Gill & more attend Kita Williams’ Baby Shower [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Celebrity publicist and TV Personality Kita Williams had a beautiful Baby Shower and surprise Gender Reveal with family, close friends and celebs at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. Her all-white affair included recently emmy-nominated actress Niecy Nash, R&B icon Johnny Gill, Hall of Famer Lisa Leslie, Reality TV personalities Malaysia Pargo, Sheree Fletcher and Shamicka Lawrence, actresses Elise Neal, Garcelle Beauvais, Kellee Stewart & Shondrella Avery to name a few.

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 Kita with Garcelle Beauvais

Kita and her fiancé, Joe Hardy, had a surprise gender reveal and found out with everyone in the room that they were having a bouncing baby boy!  Her baby shower was thrown by Entertainment Tonight’s host Nischelle Turner, Kita’s business partner Monique Jackson, sister Ben Williams and Kay Gay. The stork will make a special delivery to the happy couple at the end of August/early Sept.

Check out more photos below:

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 Joe Hardy kissing Kita’s belly/Kita with Elisa Neal

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Kita with Johnny Gill 

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 It’s a BOY! 

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Malaysia with Kita and Joe

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‘Soul Man’ actress Kellee Stewart celebrates Birthday with Brandy and More [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Some of Hollywood’s VIP’s gathered to celebrate the birthday of actress Kellee Stewart from TV Land’s “The Soul Man.” The weekend bash celebrated a decade of elevation in the rising stars career; in addition to lending funds and support to the charities, “Childs Help” and “Kids In The Spotlight.”

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 Celebs helping her elevate and celebrate included singer and soon-to-be Broadway actress Brandy Norwood; comedian Affion Crockett; “Hollywood Divas” star Elise Neal; and comedic actress Bresha Webb and more. The celebration was held in the Starlight Ballroom at Mr. C’s Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.

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 Bresha Webb, Nadine Ellis, Elise Neal/J. August Richards

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Kellee Stewart with Hayley Marie Norman and Brandy Norwood

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Elise Neal, Sharon Leal and More attend Kenny Lattimore’s play, ‘Love Soul Deep’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

A number of celebrities came out recently to support the L.A. stage play “Love Soul Deep,” executive produced by Grammy nominated-artist, Kenny Lattimore and director Patrica Cuffie-Jones. Out on the scene was actress & star of “Hollywood Divas” Elise Neal, “Addicted” actress Sharon Leal, stars of TV Land’s, “Soul Man,” actors Wesley Jonathan and Kellee Stewart, new author and “Marrying The Game” reality star Tiffney Cambridge, celebrity publicists Kita Williams and Monique Jackson, celebrity herbalist A.D. Dolphin.

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Sharon Leal, Kenny Lattimore, Patricia Cuffie-Jones

“We have heard that blacks don’t attend the theatre but that’s far from the truth,” said Patricia Cuffie-Jones. “Being a playwright/director with a successful body of work from the stage, I’m excited about bringing out some prominent celebrity actors who support my work to experience a night at the theatre.”

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 Charity Jordan

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 Tiffney Cambridge

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 Patricia Cuffie-Jones & Elise Neal

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 A.D. Dolphin, Kenny Lattimore

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 Kita Williams & Joe Hardy/Sharon Leal