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Watch the Season 3 Trailer for ‘The Chi’ (VIDEO)

Showtime has released the new trailer for Lena Waithe‘s hugely popular dramatic series THE CHI.  In this third season, the series will feature the Emmy® winning creator (Queen & SlimBoomerang) in a multi-episode arc as a Chicago mayoral candidate.

This season will also feature appearances from RHOA star Kandi BurrussPower actress La La Anthony and STAR actor Luke James.

THE CHI also includes Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jacob Latimore, Alex Hibbert, Yolonda Ross and Armando Riesco. It premieres Sunday, July 5 at 10 p.m. EST.

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Joseph Sikora talks ‘Power,’ Omari Hardwick, La La Anthony & More! (AUDIO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

The hugely popular dramatic series Power returns to primetime this July and Starz is giving fans an opportuntiy to catch up. They’re teaming up with Lionsgate for the complete DVD release of Season 4 on June 12.

The Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson executive produced drama follows the enthralling rags-to-riches tale of James “Ghost” St. Patrick, a wealthy New York nightclub owner who leads a double life of survival and corruption as a drug kingpin. Omari Hardwick (TV’s “Being Mary Jane,” Shot Caller), Lela Loren (TV’s “Lost,” Reign Over Me), Naturi Naughton (Notorious), Joseph Sikora (TV’s “True Detective”) and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (Get Rich or Die Tryin’) star in this hard-hitting series about betrayal and survival.

I had the pleasure of talking to Joseph Sikora for this weekend’s edition of UPFRONT where he discussed the show’s undeniable success, his unpredictable character ‘Tommy’ as well as his cast and his most memorable fan moment. He also opens up about his theater roots and much more.

Check out the full conversation below:

Season Five of Power premieres Sunday July 1, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. on the STARZ app (and On Demand). The network on-air premiere will be at the regularly scheduled time of 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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Watch a Sneak Peek of TV One’s ‘Uncensored’ feat. La La Anthony (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

TV One has released a sneak peek of tonight’s all new episode of Uncensored featuring media personality, actress, author and reality star La La Anthony. It airs at 10 p.m. following a new episode of UNSUNG featuring Brand Nubian.

La La Anthony rose to fame as a radio personality in Atlanta alongside hip hop star Ludacris. She would later transition to television as everyone’s favorite homegirl on MTV’s Direct Effect and TRL. In addition to hosting, La La ventured into movies in the early 2000s and has starred in a number of projects including Two Can Play that Game, Soul Plane, Baggage Claim and Think Like a Man.  She has also starred in Power and most recently BET’s The New Edition Story. And if that wasn’t enough, La La also the starred in her own hugely popular reality series, La La Full Court, which followed her marriage to NBA star Carmelo Anthony.

Uncensored is an edgy new docu-series exploring the intimate lives of some of today’s most notable personalities and featured profiles on Tamar Braxton, Tiffany Haddish, Rick Ross and most recently NeNe Leakes.

Photo Credit: YouTube.com/Uncensored

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WATCH Trailer for ‘Furlough’ starring Tessa Thompson + Whoopi Goldberg (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Tessa Thompson and Whoopi Goldberg are teaming up for a new comedy titled Furlough. We reported about this project back in December and a trailer has finally arrived.

Furlough stars Thompson as a young woman who lives with and cares for her aging mother (Goldberg), while working part-time at a jail. At work, she is given a chance to show off her abilities when she is assigned to accompany an unruly prisoner (Melissa Leo) on an emergency furlough to visit her dying mother, but the duos trip goes haywire.

“Furlough” also stars Anna PaquinLa La Anthony and Drena De Niro. It is also written by Barry Strugatz and directed by Laurie Collyer.

Tell us what you think…

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Tessa Thompson + Whoopi Goldberg to star in ‘Furlough’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

VARIETY is reporting that Oscar-winning actresses Whoopi Goldberg and Melissa Leo are teaming up with rising starlet Tessa Thompson for the upcoming comedy, “Furlough.”  

The film is being described as follows:

A young woman (Thompson) who lives with and cares for her aging mother (Goldberg), while working part-time at a jail. At work, she is given a chance to show off her abilities when she is assigned to accompany an unruly prisoner (Leo) on an emergency furlough to visit her dying mother, but the duos trip goes haywire.

“Furlough” also stars Anna PaquinLa La Anthony and Drena De Niro. It is also written by Barry Strugatz and directed by Laurie Collyer.

Stay tuned…

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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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First Look at VH1’s ‘Daytime Divas’ starring Vanessa Williams (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Finally! A first look trailer for VH1’s upcoming drama, “Daytime Divas” starring Vanessa Williams + Tichina Arnold and premiering Monday, June 5 at 10 p.m.

The series is based on Star Jones‘ best selling book, Satan’s Sisters and follows a fictitious long-running talk show titled “The Lunch Hour” that is hosted by five female co-hosts including Williams and Arnold along with Chloe Bridges, Camille Guaty and Fiona Gubelmann.

Other special guests include Kristen Johnston, Norm Lewis, Patti LaBelle, Eve, Kelly Osbourne, Tasha Smith, McKinley FreemanLa La Anthony, Rob Estes, Scott Evans, Debby RyanJanet Mock,  The Real’s Tamara Mowry-Housley, Richard T. Jones, Maurice Johnson and Ms. Jones herself.

Check it out below and tell us what you think!

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DJ Khaled, Kelly Rowland & Robin Thicke added to VH1’s ‘Dear Mama’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

VH1 is adding more star power to this year’s “Dear Mama” Mother’s Day Show. The network announced this week that DJ Khaled, Kelly Rowland and Robin Thicke are slated to appear on the television special which will air on Monday, May 8 at 10 p.m. EST.

According to a VH1 press release, Khaled will honor his fiancé, Nicole Tuck and Thicke will honor his mother, the legendary Gloria Loring. It didn’t really specify what Rowland would be doing but I would imagine it may have something to do with her recent book, Whoa Baby!

As previously reported, “Dear Mama: An Event To Honor Moms” recognizes mothers with celebrity guests paying tribute to the women who have shaped their success. This year’s event will take place at the famed Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in Pasadena, California. It is also being hosted once again by “black-ish” star and Golden Globe nominee Anthony Anderson along with “Power” actress and NYT best-selling author La La Anthony.

Will you be watching?

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VH1’s ‘Dear Mama’ to air 5/8 at 10 p.m.

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

VH1’s “Dear Mama” is returning for a second year and will air next month on Monday, May 8 at 10 p.m. EST. The mother’s day salute will once again be hosted by “black-ish” star and Golden Globe nominee Anthony Anderson along with “Power” actress and NYT best-selling author La La Anthony.

“Dear Mama: An Event To Honor Moms” recognizes mothers with celebrity guests paying tribute to the women who have shaped their success. This year’s event will take place at the famed Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in Pasadena, California.

Last year’s inaugural show featured tributes from Anderson to his mother Doris Hancox, Queen Latifah to her mother Rita Bowman as well as the Smith kids—Jaden, Trey and Willow—as they celebrate Jada Pinkett-Smith.

Official sponsors of “Dear Mama: An Event To Honor Moms” include America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses®, DOVE® Chocolate , Honey Bunches of Oats®, Strongbow Hard Apple Ciders, Tide PODS®, and Unilever.

“Dear Mama: An Event To Honor Moms” is being produced by Flavor Unit and Jesse Collins Entertainment. Shakim Compere, Jesse Collins, and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay are Executive Producers.

Stay tuned for a full list of honorees in the coming weeks. Will you be watching?

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‘Daytime Divas’ adds Star Jones, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Richard T. Jones & more

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

It looks like media maven Star Jones will be making an appearance on VH1’s new series “Daytime Divas.” The cable network announced the casting news this week regarding her cameo as well as guest appearances by The Real’s Tamara Mowry-Housley, Richard T. Jones and co-hosts from The View, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Jedediah Bila and Sara Haines. Also appearing on the show are Tammy Blanchard and Ness Bautista.

As previously reported, “Daytime Divas” is based on Jones’ best selling book,  Satan’s Sisters and follows a fictitious long-running talk show titled “The Lunch Hour” and is hosted by five female co-hosts—Vanessa Williams, Tichina Arnold, Chloe Bridges, Camille Guaty and Fiona Gubelmann—with five different points of view.

Other previously announced stars include Kristen Johnston, Norm Lewis, Patti LaBelle, Eve, Kelly Osbourne, Tasha Smith, La La Anthony, Rob Estes, Scott Evans, Debby Ryan and Janet Mock.

“Daytime Divas” was shot on location in Atlanta, GA and will air later on this spring.

Will you be watching?

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Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis & Babyface to serve as Music Producers for BET’s ‘The New Edition Story’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

BET has recruited legendary music producers Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds for the upcoming mini-series “The New Edition Story.” The Grammy winning icons will join executive producer Jesse Collins and award-winning director Chris Robinson.

“The New Edition Story” is the brainchild of Collins who says the idea first came to him when he was producing 25 Strong: The BET Silver Anniversary Special (2005) and New Edition was set to perform. “New Edition was pure magic on stage. The first time I got to see the behind the scenes challenges that they were dealing with to function as a group was during production of the special. I reached out to Michael Bivins after the show and we started the process to produce a film based on the group,” said Collins. “Ten years later, after production delays, we were finally able to tell their story.”

The much-anticipated biopic follows the famed group (Ronnie DeVoe, Ralph Tresvant, Bobby Brown, Michael Bivins, Ricky Bell & Johnny Gill) from their humble beginnings as kids in Boston to global mega stardom- weathering the highs and lows of controversy, personnel changes, and the ultimate cost of fame. It features an all-star cast including Bryshere Y. Gray, Elijah Kelley, Luke James, Keith Powers, Algee Smith, Woody McClain as New Edition along with La La Anthony, Yvette Nicole Brown, Monica Calhoun, Lisa Nicole Carson, Sandi McCree, Wood Harris, Michael Rapaport, Faizon Love, Duane Martin, Tank and Bre-Z.

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, with 17-Grammy Award wins collectively (11 for Babyface, six for Jam & Lewis, all receiving awards for Producer of the Year) were already an integral part of the careers of the members of New Edition. Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis produced New Edition’s 1988 seminal, Double Platinum-selling album “Heartbreak,” their highest selling album to date as well as produced Ralph Tresvant’s solo breakout #1 single “Sensitivity” and Johnny Gills #1 single “Rub You The Right Way.” ‘Heartbreak’ ushered in a new, mature sound for the band, introduced Johnny Gill into the group after the group voted out Bobby Brown and featured five singles including #1 & #2 Billboard R&B tracks “Can You Stand the Rain” and “If It Isn’t Love” respectively.

“Terry and I came in at a pivotal time when they were having internal issues and growing pains. Fans will get the true behind-the-scenes story of this key phase in their personal lives and careers,” said Harris. Lewis added, “Their songs are like a time capsule, not only capturing the quintessential 80’s R&B sound but also document the New Edition journey particularly transitioning from a boy band to adult stars. ”

Edmonds will serve as the music producer for the first half of “The New Edition Story,” but ironically he and producing partner L.A. Reid were responsible for crafting almost half of the hits, including the Grammy-Award winning “Every Little Step,” from Bobby Brown’s explosive 1988 sophomore solo album, ‘Don’t Be Cruel.’ “I learned a lot about Bobby and the band dynamic during the making of ‘Don’t Be Cruel.’ But I also lived and breathed 80’s R&B because I was performing with my band (The Deele) and producing with L.A. Reid, so I make sure the feeling was captured,” said Babyface.

“The New Edition Story” will air as a six hour, three night event on January 24, 25, and 26, 2017 at 9 PM ET/PT on BET.

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Norm Lewis, Patti LaBelle & Tasha Smith to appear on ‘Daytime Divas’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

VH1 is adding more star power to its upcoming scripted series “Daytime Divas.” The new one-hour program will debut in 2017 and is based on Star Jones‘ popular book “Satan’s Sisters.”

“Daytime Divas” follows a fictitious long running talk show entitled “The Lunch Hour,” and is hosted by five female co-hosts. On screen, they are best friends with five very different points of view, but behind the scenes, they inhabit a world of power struggles, cat fights and cocktails. Vanessa Williams, Tichina Arnold, Chloe Bridges, Camille Guaty and Fiona Gubelmann will portray the five hosts.

According to a press release, Broadway star and “Scandal” actor Norm Lewis will have a recurring role as “William,” a handsome doorman who may hold one of the ladies’ darkest secrets. Music legend Patti LaBelle will play “Gloria,” William’s sharp-tongued, fabulous, prying mother who loves visitng her son in New York City to catch the latest sales. Eve will star as “Cecile James,” author of a book about alpha women who comes on “The Lunch Hour” as a guest host hoping to make her stint permanent. Tasha Smith play “Portia Camden,” a popular lifestyle guru who joins the ladies as a guest co-host on the show. La La Anthony will play “Isabel Carlisle,” a crisis management expert brought in by Maxine (Vanessa Williams) to help handle a situation that has gone public with one of the hosts. Transgender media personality Janet Mock will be a guest co-host on “The Lunch Hour” who ends up connecting with and helping one of the other hosts.  Kristen Johnston, Kelly Osbourne, Debby Ryan, Rob Estes, Scott Evans and McKinley Freeman will also star on the show.

“Daytime Divas” is executive produced by Star Jones and Motown legend Suzanne de Passe and is currently being shot in Atlanta, GA.

Stay tuned…

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‘The New Edition Story’ coming to BET Jan. 24-26, 2017 (VIDEOS)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

BET announced this week that the highly anticipated biopic, “The New Edition Story,” will air as a six hour, three night event on January 24, 25, and 26, 2017.

The made-for-television movie will bring to life the story of the group that laid the foundation for how modern-day boy bands look, feel, and sound. Boyz II Men, N’SYNC, The Backstreet Boys and New Kids On The Block all took their cues from New Edition, the famed band that included Ronnie Devoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Mike Bivins, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill who, for over the last three decades, have consistently produced hit music as a band.

new-edition-cast-membersThe biopic follows the group from their humble beginnings as kids in Boston to global mega stardom – weathering the highs and lows of controversy, personnel changes, and the ultimate cost of fame.

To celebrate the announcement of the release dates, BET has additionally released an official “first look” clip from the film which can be viewed HERE.

“From our beginning in the Orchard Park Projects in Boston to Hollywood and everything in between, just like The Temptations and The Jackson Five—we are ready to retrace our footsteps and show everyone how we got here. For the fans all over the world, this one’s for you,” says New Edition.

The biopic includes a star-studded cast:

Bryshere Y. Gray (Empire) will play Michael Bivins as an adult and Dante Hoagland (Emelie) will play Michael as a child.

Elijah Kelley (The Wiz Live!) will play Ricky Bell as an adult and Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things) will play Ricky as a child.

Grammy®-nominated singer/songwriter Luke James will play Johnny Gill.

Algee Smith (Let It Shine) will play Ralph Tresvant as an adult and Jahi Winston (Feed The Beast) will play Ralph as a child.

Keith Powers (Straight Outta Compton) will play Ronnie Devoe as an adult and Myles Truitt will play Ronnie as a child.

Woody McClain (Autographs) will play Bobby Brown as an adult and Tyler Williams will play Bobby as a child.

Additional cast members include Wood Harris (The Wire, The Breaks), Michael Rapaport (Boston Public, Justified), Faizon Love (Real Husbands of Hollywood), Duane Martin (Real Husbands of Hollywood), singer/songwriter Tank, and Bre-Z (Empire) along with La La Anthony (Power), Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), Monica Calhoun (The Best Man), Lisa Nicole Carson (Love Jones) and Sandi McCree (The Wire).

Check out another sneak peek of the film that was released over the summer below!

Photo Credits: BET.com and BlackFilm.com

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Wood Harris, Duane Martin, Tank and more added to ‘New Edition’ Biopic [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

BET continues to add more star power to its upcoming “New Edition” biopic. The network announced this week the additions of Wood Harris, Michael Rapaport, Faizon Love, Duane Martin, Tank and Empire’s breakout star Bre-Z to the all star cast.

Harris will take on the role of Brook Payne, Rapaport will play Gary Evans, Love will play Maurice Starr, Martin will portray Louil Silas, Tank will play Jheryl Busby and Bre-Z will star as Peanut Bell.

The stellar talent join previously announced “New Edition: The Movie” cast Bryshere Y. GrayElijah Kelley, Luke James, Keith Powers, Algee Smith, Woody McClain as NEW EDITION along with La La Anthony, Yvette Nicole Brown, Monica Calhoun, Lisa Nicole Carson and Sandi McCree as the group’s mothers.

Check out a few more behind-the-scenes photos below that were posted by the film’s director Chris Robinson.

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Ricky, Ralph, Bobby, Michael and Ronnie

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Director Chris Robinson with “New Edition Mamas”

Photo Credits: Instagram/Chris Robinson