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The Cast of OWN’S ‘Greenleaf’ attends NYC Premiere [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

On Wednesday (April 20), OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network gave a small group of New York press a first look of its new mega-church drama series “Greenleaf” at a private luncheon at the Roxy Hotel.

Executive producers Oprah Winfrey, Craig Wright (“Lost,” “Six Feet Under”) and Clement Virgo (“The Book of Negroes”) were on hand to share insight on the show during the post-screening Q&A along with cast members Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, Merle Dandridge, Lamman Rucker, Kim Hawthorne, Tye White and writer/story editor Erica Anderson.

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Oprah Winfrey

“Greenleaf” centers on the journey of estranged daughter and disillusioned preacher Grace Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge, “The Night Shift”) who has returned home after 20 years on the occasion of the mysterious death of her sister, Faith. As she reenters the world of Calvary Fellowship World Ministries, the Memphis megachurch run by her powerful parents Bishop James Greenleaf (Keith David, “Enlisted” and “Community”) and Lady Mae Greenleaf (Lynn Whitfield, “The Josephine Baker Story”), it becomes evident that things are not as virtuous as they seem and that the family’s outward display of faith hides sin and misdeeds.

Merle Dandridge, Lynn Whitfield and Keith David

Merle Dandridge with Lynn Whitfield and Keith David

“Greenleaf” premieres two-nights: Tuesday, June 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Wednesday, June 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN. The series will regularly air on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT for the remainder of its 13-episode first season. “Greenleaf” is produced for OWN by Lionsgate Television.

Click here for a sneak peek and check out more photos below:

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Oprah Winfrey with 135th Street’s Saptosa Foster and Shante Bacon

Lamman Rucker and Keith David

Lamman Rucker and Keith David

Tai Beauchamp,Shante Bacon, Saptosa Foster, Marvet Britto and Lola Ogunnaike

Tai Beauchamp, Shante Bacon, Saptosa Foster,

Marvet Britto and Lola Ogunnaike

Tye White

Tye White 

Lynn Whitfield and Keith David

Lynn Whitfield and Keith David

Kim Hawthorne

Kim Hawthorne

Photo Credits: Bernard Small for OWN

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Rockmond Dunbar, T. J. Holmes and more attend NYC’s Doe Fund Gala [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

New York City’s The Doe Fund recently celebrated 30 years of providing life-transforming services and support to formerly homeless and incarcerated men, veterans, and people living with AIDS at their annual benefit gala at Cipriano 42nd Street.

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The swanky affair was hosted by ABC News correspondent T.J. Holmes and was attended by over 500 wealthy philanthropists and socialites. Doe Fund co-founders George and Harriet McDonald along with dozens of trainees and graduates from the Fund’s “Really, Willing & Able” program hobnobbed with guests which included actor Rockmond Dunbar, ARISE  News Anchors Lola Ogunnaike and Shannon Lanier, Miss Jessie’s hair products founder Miko Branch, PR maven Marvet Britto and more.

The program included a toast led by program director Nazarene Griffin; remarks from the Doe Fund Board Chair Richard Schaps, Ready, Willing & Able graduate Lawrence Wade and trainee Angel Lopez; a moving video presentation and a live auction that raised nearly $400,000.

Check out more photos below:

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T.J. Holmes with Marvet Britto

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T.J. Holmes speaking to attendees

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ARISE News Anchors Lola Ogunnaike and Shannon Lanier

Photo Credits: Sameer Khan, Tylik Hill

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BET + Arise TV Present ‘Stolen Innocence: Your Daughters are our Daughters’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The sexual exploitation of children has become the third largest money generator for organized crimes, exceeding the sale of illegal firearms and drugs.

BET Networks in association with Arise TV will address this global issue in the BET News Special “STOLEN INNOCENCE: YOUR DAUGHTERS ARE OUR DAUGHTERS” premiering Friday, May 23 at 7PM ET/PT on BET and Saturday, May 24 at 10 PM ET/ 7 PM PT on CENTRIC. Moderated by Lola Ogunnaike and Marc Lamont Hill, the one-hour community town hall forum will focus on the recent kidnappings of nearly 300 Nigerian school girls, the global response to this crisis and the rising exploitation of children around the world.

Taped Saturday, May 17, 2014 in Atlanta at Turner Studios, the town hall special will expand the conversation past the current headlines of the Nigerian kidnappings and explore how the human trafficking crisis is affecting our communities on a global scale and its ties to many cities in the United States, including Atlanta. Panelists include Nicole Ari Parker (Actress and Activist), Tasha Smith (Actress and Activist), Ony Nwaohuocha (Attorney and Journalist), Emelia Orubele (President/CEO American Nigerian International Chamber of Commerce), Omoyele Sowore (Journalist), Temeka Weatherly (Director at Wellspring Living), Leah Albright-Byrd (Survivor and Founder of Bridget’s Dream).

Additional participants in the town hall include Dr. Bernice King (Minister) and India.Arie (Singer, Activist). Arise TV reporter Charles Aniagolu will be on the ground in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, to provide an update on the recent kidnappings.

Click here for more information. #OurDaughters.

Photo Credit: BET.com