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Watch New Trailer for Season 2 of ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Netflix has released the sexy new trailer for Season 2 of it’s popular dramatic series, She’s Gotta Have It and baaabbbbyyy it-is-hot!

This new season offers a timely and topical portrait of rising talents, with free-spirited artist Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise) at the center. Struggling with newfound success this season, against a backdrop of black art and culture, Nola must decide if she will remain true to her creative ideals or give in to the corporate world.  Her journey of self-discovery helps transform the lives of those around her, including friend and sometimes lover Mars Blackmon (Anthony Ramos), who sets out to pursue his true passion of music as well as her inner circle of Opal (Ilfenesh Hadera), Greer Childs (Cleo Anthony), Jamie Overstreet (Lyriq Bent), Clorinda Bradford (Margot Bingham), Shemekka Epps (Chyna Layne) and Winnie Win (Fat Joe). Their journey expands to new destinations this season beyond their home base of Fort Greene, the vibrant Brooklyn enclave, that continues to evolve and change as gentrification remakes the neighborhood.

Check it out below:

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Watch New Trailer for Netflix’s ‘Nappily Ever After’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Netflix has released the brand new trailer for its upcoming film, Nappily Ever After featuring Sanaa Lathan.

Violet Jones (Lathan) has a seemingly perfect life — a high-powered job, an eligible doctor boyfriend and a meticulously maintained, flawless coiffure.  But after a life-changing event doesn’t go according to her plan, and a hair-raising incident at the hairdresser, her life begins to unravel. Eventually, Violet realizes that she was living the life she thought she was supposed to live, not the one she really wanted.

Nappily Ever After also stars Ricky Whittle, Lyriq Bent, Ernie Hudson and Lynn Whitfield.

In addition to starring in the film Lathan also serves as a producer alongside Tracey Bing, Jared LeBoff and Marc Platt.

Tell us what you think below:

Nappily Ever After premieres on September 21 on Netflix.

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Netflix releases the official poster for ‘Nappily Ever After’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Netflix has released the official poster for the upcoming drama Nappily Every After starring Sanaa Lathan.  It premieres globally on September 21.

Violet Jones (Lathan) has a seemingly perfect life — a high-powered job, an eligible doctor boyfriend and a meticulously maintained, flawless coiffure.  But after a life-changing event doesn’t go according to her plan, and a hair-raising incident at the hairdresser, her life begins to unravel. Eventually, Violet realizes that she was living the life she thought she was supposed to live, not the one she really wanted.

Nappily Ever After also stars Ricky Whittle, Lyriq Bent, Ernie Hudson and Lynn Whitfield.

It is produced by Lathan alongside Tracey Bing, Jared LeBoff and Marc Platt.

Will you be watching?

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RC attends NYC Premiere of ‘Acrimony’ [PHOTOS +VIDEO]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Last night was literally a dream!

I had the distinct honor and pleasure of attending the New York City premiere of Tyler Perry‘s new romantic thriller Acrimony. I was the “plus one” of my friend and blogger boo Xaviera Bryant of Ice Cream Conversations, who was invited to the screening by Lionsgate.

Taraji P. Henson

The event took place at the Manhattan’s School of Visual Arts Theatre and began with a dazzling red carpet featuring most of the film’s stars: Taraji P. Henson, Lyriq Bent, Crystle Stewart, Ajiona Alexus, Antonio Madison, Jay Hunter, Nelson Estevez, Kendrick Cross, Racquel Bianca John, Jazmyn Simon and Ptosha Storey.

Tyler Perry

Of course, the man of the hour—Tyler Perry—was in attendance along with Tyler Perry Studios executive, playwright and producer Mark SwintonGMA’s Robin Roberts, media maven Gayle King, music mogul Kevin Liles, veteran actor Leon, reality starlet Laura Govan, The Haves and the Have Nots star Angela Robinson, celebrity stylists Tameka Raymond and Jason Bolden and CNN‘s Don Lemon. 

Taraji P. Henson as Melinda in ACRIMONY

Acrimony is one of Perry’s best film’s to date.  It features Henson as Melinda, a faithful wife who is tired of standing by her devious husband, Robert (Bent) and is enraged when it becomes clear she has been betrayed.

This movie will keep you on the edge of your seat and has a few twists and turns that you don’t expect. Only Perry could envision a story and plot like this and Henson truly delivers a performance that you won’t soon forget! I also love how the music of jazz icon Nina Simone is weaved throughout the story. It adds a nice touch that Simone fans will enjoy.

Ray Cornelius + Crystle Stewart attending the afterparty

Following the screening was the private afterparty at NYC’s famed “Boom Boom Room” overlooking Manhattan. (When I tell you that view is spectacular). I was able to get a few selfies with some of the film’s stars as well as a few other special invited guests including Miss USA 2017 Kara McCullough, Kindred the Family Soul and Broadway actor Bryan Terrell Clark.

Check out all of my photos below + a video of Tyler’s pre-screening speech:

ACRIMONY TICKETS 

Ray Cornelius with Kindred Family Soul

Tyler Perry 

Lyriq Bent 

Crystle Stewart 

Antonio Madison

Racquel Bianca John

Tyler Perry + Gayle King 

Jay Hunter 

Kendrick Cross 

Nelson Estevez 

Laura Govan 

Ray Cornelius 

Tyler Perry with ACRIMONY cast

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com + Lionsgate

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Watch Final Trailer for ‘Acrimony’ feat. Taraji P. Henson (PHOTOS)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

In preparation for Friday’s debut of Tyler Perry’s Acrimony, Lionsgate has released a final trailer + new images of the highly anticipated romantic thriller. It features Oscar nominated actress and Empire star Taraji P. Henson and She’s Gotta Have It actor Lyriq Bent.

As previously reported, Acrimony stars Henson as Melinda, a faithful wife who is tired of standing by her devious husband, Robert (Bent) and is enraged when it becomes clear she has been betrayed.

Acrimony also stars Ajiona Alexus, Crystle StewartRaquel Bianca John, Ptosha Storey, Nelson Estevez and Danielle Nicolet. Rounding out the cast is my girl—Bresha Webb—along with Terayle Hill and Kendrick Cross.

According to Henson, she shot her parts in eight days and says this is her “Glenn Close/Fatal Attraction” moment.

Check out trailer and more pics below:

Taraji P. Henson as “Melinda”

Crystle Stewart as “Diana” and Lyriq Bent as “Robert”

Danielle Nicolet as “Sara,” Jazmyn Simon as “June,” Ptosha Storey as “Brenda,” Kendrick Cross as “Kalvin” and Nelson Estevez as “Casey”

Ptosha Storey as “Brenda,” Taraji P. Henson as “Melinda” + Nelson Estevez as “Casey”

Photo Credits: Chip Bergmann for Lionsgate

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New Poster and Trailer for Indie Comedy ‘Love Jacked’ (VIDEO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Check out the brand new poster and trailer for the upcoming romantic comedy “Love Jacked” starring Shamier Anderson, Amber Stevens West, Keith David and Lyriq Bent.

The story is centered around Maya, a headstrong 28-year-old with artistic ambitions and her father Ed, who wants a dutiful daughter to run the family store. Ed is shocked when Maya, asserting her independence, decides to travel to Africa for inspiration and returns with a fiancé.

“Love Jacked” also features Mike Epps, Demetrius Grosse, Nicole Lyn and the legendary Marla Gibbs. It premieres this week at the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) in Los Angeles.

Photo Credits: Instagram/Lyriq Bent

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New Poster for ‘Tyler Perry’s Acrimony’ with Taraji P. Henson (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out the new poster for the upcoming romantic thriller—“Tyler Perry’s Acrimony.” It debuts in theaters on March 30, 2018.

As previously reported, “Acrimony,” features Taraji P. Henson as a faithful wife who is tired of standing by her devious husband (Lyriq Bent, “She’s Gotta Have it”) and is enraged when it becomes clear she has been betrayed. The movie’s name was changed to  “She’s Living My Life” a few months ago but is now back to its original title.

“Acrimony” also features Ajiona Alexus, Crystle Stewart, Raquel Bianca JohnDanielle Nicolet, Bresha Webb, Terayle Hill and Kendrick Cross.

Watch the trailer + the new poster below:

Photo Credit: Instagram/Lyriq Bent

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‘Love Jacked,’ ‘Traffik,’ + ‘Behind the Movement’ to play PAFF

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The 26th Annual Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is back for another year and RC is excited to share with you this year’s impressive lineup of films and premieres.  Festivities will begin Thursday, February 8 through Monday, February 19 at the Cinemark Rave 15 Theatres/Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles, California.

This year’s slate of premieres includes the Paula Patton led thriller “Traffik” as well as TV One’s new original movie “Behind the Movement” starring Isaiah Washington, Meta Golding and Loretta Devine. It will also include the all-star comedy “Love Jacked” featuring Amber Stevens-West, Shamier Anderson, Lyriq Bent, Keith David, Mike Epps and Marla Gibbs.

“The Pan African Film and Arts Festival has been recognized as one of the largest celebrations of Black culture and Black films,” mentions Ayuko Babu, PAFF Executive Director. “For 26 years, we have presented diverse and inclusive programming that features the creative work of leading disruptors in film and entertainment. The 2018 PAFF experience aims to step outside the ‘business as usual’ film festival norms and move the needle forward by amplifying the game-changing voices of influential, ethnic, millennial and LGBTQIA storytellers.”

Additionally, PAFF shares reign as one of two international film and art festivals that screen a large selection of new Black films and exhibit fine art and unique crafts from around the world. What’s more, as an official Oscar-qualifying festival for shorts and live-action films, PAFF will hold special screenings for several works that are up for consideration for the 90th Annual Academy Awards ®.

Check out some of the lineup below:

 

OPENING NIGHT

Love Jacked (US)

Directed By: Alfons Adetuyi

Date: Thursday, February 8

Time: 6PM Red Carpet | 7PM Screening

A warm family comedy centered around Maya, a headstrong 28-year-old with artistic ambitions and her father Ed, who wants a dutiful daughter to run the family store. Ed is shocked when Maya, asserting her independence, decides to travel to Africa for inspiration and returns with a fiancé. Stars Amber Stevens-West, Shamier Anderson, Lyriq Bent, Keith David, Mike Epps, Marla Gibbs, Angela Gibbs, Demetrius Grosse and Nicole Lyn. Cast members will be present.

 

CLOSING NIGHT

Traffik (US)

Directed By: Deon Taylor

Date: Sunday, February 18

Time: 5:45PM Red Carpet | 6:45PM Screening

Journalist Brea and her boyfriend John are off for a romantic weekend in the mountains. On their way up the coast they stop in a small town and are accosted by a group of men on motorcycles. Barely avoiding a fight, Brea and John continue on their trip, unaware that they have inadvertently come into possession of a cell phone–a cell phone that the bikers are desperate to retrieve. Now, alone in the mountains in an isolated rental home, Brea and John must defend themselves against the bikers who will stop at nothing to get the phone, destroy the evidence it holds and kill anyone who would tell their secrets. Stars Paula Patton, Omar Epps and Laz Alonso. Cast members will be present.

 

SPOTLIGHT SCREENINGS

Behind the Movement (US) – Presented by TVOne

Directed By: Aric Avelino

Date: Friday, February 9

Time: 7PM Red Carpet | 8PM Screening

 

King of the Stage: The Woodie King, Jr. Story (US) – World Premiere

Directed By: Juney Smith

Date: Saturday, February 10

Time: 6PM Red Carpet | 7:15PM Screening | 9PM Lifetime Achievement Presentation

 

Nothing Like Thanksgiving (US)

Directed By: Mark Harris

Date: Saturday, February 17

Time: 7:15PM Red Carpet | 8PM Screening

 

UP FOR OSCAR CONSIDERATION

Félicité (Senegal) – Oscar Short List

Directed By: Alain Gomis

Screening Dates & Times:

Friday, February 9 @ 8:50PM

Saturday, February 17 @ 9PM

 

The Train of Salt and Sugar (Mozambique) – LA Premiere

Directed By: Licínio Azevedo

Screening Dates & Times: 

Wednesday, February 14 @ 7:30PM

Saturday, February 17 @ 8PM

 

The Wound (Inxeba) (South Africa) – Oscar Short List

Directed By: John Trengrove

Screening Dates & Times:

Saturday, February 10 @ 7:05PM

Tuesday, February 13 @ 6PM

Monday, February 19 @ 9PM

 

Woodpeckers (Dominican Republic) 

Directed By: José Maria Cabral

Screening Dates & Times:

Saturday, February 10 @ 8:40PM

Friday, February 16 @ 1:25PM

 

Click here to see the full schedule!

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Watch Taraji P. Henson + Lyriq Bent in Tyler Perry’s ‘Acrimony’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out the exciting new trailer for Tyler Perry‘s dramatic thriller “Acrimony” starring “Empire” actress Taraji P. Henson. It arrives in theaters on March 30, 2018.

In “Acrimony,” Henson stars as a faithful wife who is tired of standing by her devious husband (Lyriq Bent, “She’s Gotta Have it”) and is enraged when it becomes clear she has been betrayed. The movie’s name was changed to  “She’s Living My Life” a few months ago but is now back to its original title.

“Acrimony” also stars Tika SumpterDanielle Nicolet, Bresha Webb, Terayle Hill and Kendrick Cross.

Photo Credit: ComingSoon.net

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First Look Images of Netflix’s ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out these #dope new images from Netflix’s forthcoming series, “She’s Gotta Have It.” It features some pretty cool shots of the cast including DeWanda Wise as the sensational Nola Darling.

As previously mentioned, “She’s Gotta Have It” follows Darling’s sexual escapades with three different men—Greer Childs (Cleo Anthony) , Jamie Overstreet (Lyriq Bent) and Mars Blackmon (Anthony Ramos). All three of them want to have her for their own but Nola is not quite ready to settle down.  The series is based on Spike Lee‘s first major film of the same name and premieres November 23.

See all of the images below + the new trailer. You can also click here to listen to my very first #UPFRONT interview featuring Monty Ross, one of the original producer’s of the movie version and his most memorable moment while filming.

Photo Credits: Netflix

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WATCH New Teaser Trailer for Netflix’s ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Netflix has released a new teaser trailer for Spike Lee‘s upcoming TV adaptation of his first film, “She’s Gotta Have It.” The series premieres November 23 and stars “Shots Fired” actress DeWanda Wise as the alluring Nola Darling.

Much like the original film, “She’s Gotta Have It,” follows Darling’s sexual escapades with three different men—Greer Childs (Cleo Anthony, “Seasons of Love”) , Jamie Overstreet (Lyriq Bent, “Book of Negroes”) and Mars Blackmon (Anthony Ramos, “Hamilton”). All three of them want to have her for their own but Nola is not quite ready to settle down. The series also stars Spike’s real life sister Joi Lee, who also served as one of the series writers.

Check it out below:

Make sure you tune into this weekend’s edition of ‘UPFRONT” where I’ll be re-airing my exclusive interview with producer and filmmaker Monty Ross. He’ll recall a very special moment during the filming of “She’s Gotta Have It” that changed the trajectory of the project.

Will you be watching “She’s Gotta Have It “when it airs this fall?

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‘Shaft’ remake in the works #ShutYoMouf

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Before Richard Roundtree was Gabrielle Union‘s father on “Being Mary Jane,” he was our first Black kickass superhero simply known as SHAFT. It was the first time Hollywood had ever shown an African-American private detective that was as smooth as he was deadly and the role broke many racial barriers on film screens around the world in 1971. With a dope theme song, written and performed by BlackMoses aka Isaac Hayes, “Shaft” would become one of the most iconic figures of the 70s Blaxploitation film era.

Roundtree would eventually go on to make two more films—“Shaft’s Big Score” in 1972 and “Shaft in Africa” in 1973 and served as an international symbol of Black power, pride, sexuality and masculinity. He was Black and macho and audiences ate it up like a bowl of collard greens and cornbread. The film was also directed by famed photographer and eclectic filmmaker Gordon Parks.

Fast forward to 2000 and “Shaft” was resurrected thanks to director John Singleton and award winning-actor Samuel L. Jackson. He starred as the nephew of the legendary John Shaft along with the amazing Jeffrey Wright as the Dominican drug lordPeoples Hernandez.

Well it looks like award winning-director Tim Story is teaming up with New Line to bring Shaft back to the big screen with an updated storyline. According to DEADLINE, a remake is in the works that will be scripted by ‘black-ish” creator Kenya Barris. The film will also focus on “the son of the cool private eye who always finds himself navigating the gray terrain between the law and organized crime in New York City.”

No word yet on who Story has in mind to play Shaft, so I’ve provided at least 10 actors who I think cool pull this off. Let me know your thoughts below…Id’ love to hear from you.

 

#1 MAHERSHALA ALI

#2 IDRIS ELBA

#3 MORRIS CHESTNUT

#4 LYRIQ BENT

#5 ANTHONY MACKIE

#6 LARENZ TATE

#7 DEREK LUKE

#8 LAMMAN RUCKER

#9 LANCE GROSS

#10 DB WOODSIDE

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Taraji P. Henson to star in ‘PROUD MARY’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Hey Now!

“Hidden Figures” actress Taraji P. Henson has signed up to star in Screen Gems’ upcoming film, “Proud Mary.” According to S&A, Henson will portray a hit woman whose life is turned completely around when she meets a young boy who awakens in her a maternal instinct she never knew she had.

“Proud Mary” is written by John Stewart Newman and Christian Swegal and is being produced by Paul Schiff and Tai Duncan. The project is slated to start production in April in Boston.  In addition to ‘Proud Mary,” Henson is also starring in “Acrimony” alongside “The Haves and the Have Nots” star Tika Sumpter, Danielle Nicolet, Lyriq Bent, Kendrick Cross and many more.

The plot of “Acrimony” is being “kept under wraps.”

RC will keep you posted as these projects continue to develop.

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BET premieres ‘The Book of Negroes’ Monday, February 16 at 8PM EST (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

BET continues to celebrate Black History Month with the premiere of its first-ever miniseries, “The Book of Negroes.”  The six-part historical drama in the tradition of “Roots,” is based on Lawrence Hill’s award-winning and the Oprah Winfrey-listed novel (known in the United States as Someone Knows My Name). The highly anticipated television event will run over the course of three consecutive nights in two-hour installments starting Monday, February 16, 2015 at 8 PM.

As previously reported, “The Book of Negroes” depicts the extraordinary life journey of Aminata Diallo, an indomitable African woman who cuts a swath through a world that is pre-disposed to underestimate her. Kidnapped by slave traders in West Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate her way through the American Revolution in New York, the isolated refuge of Nova Scotia and the treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone before ultimately securing her freedom in England at the dawn of the 19th century. The star-studded cast features lead actress Aunjanue Ellis, Oscar winners  Cuba Gooding Jr. and Louis Gossett Jr., Lyriq Bent, Oscar nominee Jane Alexander, Ben Chaplin and Allan Hawco.

Check out the trailer and a panel discussion below featuring Lawrence Hill along with the film’s cast and other special invited guests.

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