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Watch Trailer for ‘The Best of Enemies’ featuring Taraji P. Henson & Sam Rockwell (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

FINALLY!

The official trailer for Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell‘s epic civil rights movie The Best of Enemies is available now for your viewing pleasure.

The film focuses on the unlikely friendship between outspoken Black activist Ann Atwater and Ku Klux Klan member Claiborne Paul Ellis, during the turbulent 1960s in Durham, North Carolina.

Atwater was a maid who became a social activist while Ellis was a laborer who began attending city meetings to speak on behalf of the poor white working class. The two were put on a committee overseeing the desegregation of schools where, after heated battles and much to their surprise, they discovered common ground: They both cared about the economical and educational well-being of their kids. The film’s script is based on the book Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson.

Rounding out the cast is Anne HecheWes BentleyBruce McGillNick Searcy, John Gallagher Jr., Nadej K. Bailey and Babou Ceesay. 

Robin Bissell served as the film’s director.

The Best of Enemies opens in theaters April 5, 2019

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Taraji P. Henson & Sam Rockwell to star in ‘Best of Enemies’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

For weeks now, I have been announcing casting calls for the upcoming film, “Best of Enemies” on my radio show #UPFRONT, not really knowing who was starring in it.  Well, today it was announced that award winning actress Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell, would be teaming up as the film’s leads and I am simply thrilled!

“Best of Enemies” focuses on the unlikely friendship between outspoken Black activist, Ann Atwater and Ku Klux Klan member Claiborne Paul Ellis, during the turbulent 1960s in Durham, North Carolina. The film is being shot right here in Atlanta and reportedly begins shooting this week.

Ann Atwater and Claiborne Paul Ellis

According to THR, Atwater was a maid who became a social activist while Ellis was a laborer who began attending city meetings to speak on behalf of the poor white working class. The two were put on a committee overseeing the desegregation of schools where, after heated battles and much to their surprise, they discovered common ground: They both cared about the economical and educational well-being of their kids. The film’s script is based on the book Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson.

Rounding out the cast is Anne Heche, Wes Bentley, Bruce McGill, Nick Searcy, John Gallagher Jr., Nadej K. Bailey and Babou Ceesay. Robin Bissell will serve as the film’s director.

Stay tuned…

Photo Credits: MercuryNews.com and Osha Gray Davidson

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Maria Howell, Chandra Currelley and more perform to benefit ‘Students Without Mothers’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Jazz vocalist Maria Howell and some of her music industry friends came together Sunday night to help benefit the Atlanta-based Students Without Mothers. The “Season of Soul” Concert was held at the SCADShow and featured the “Saints & Sinners” actress along with TV, stage and music star Chandra Currelley, UK’s Queen of Soul Julie Dexter, teen sensation NaDej K. Bailey, singer-songwriter C. Lei Boss Lady, WCLK 91.9’s RivaBlue and BMI Independent Songwriter Gabbie McGee.

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Chandra Currelley and Kathleen Bertrand

Students Without Mothers is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping high school students without mothers, help themselves by empowering them to continue their education. The organization’s main purpose is to provide scholarships for college bound high school seniors who are without their mothers, due to death or other unfortunate circumstances.

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NaDej K. Bailey and Maria Howell singing “My Guy”

The evening began with greetings from Students Without Mother’s Board Chair Renee Alston. Howell, who has been serving the organization for the last seven years, kicked-off the performances with “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Bailey, who stars in “Almost Christmas” performed Charlie Brown’s “Christmas Time is Here” and a duet of the Mary Wells tune “My Guy” with Howell. RivaBlue performed a sultry and sassy version of “Jingle Bells” while C. Lei Boss Lady performed an original tune “Make Me Whole” and a duet of “Winter Wonderland” with Howell.

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Julie Dexter performing “Little Drummer Boy”

Dexter hit the stage with her own unique version of “The Little Drummer Boy.” McGee performed her original tune “Mississippi’s Daughter” and the Christmas staple “Peace on Earth.” Currelley, who is the former lead vocalist for the S.O.S Band, performed “My Favorite Things” and her hit single “Love Again,” from Tyler Perry‘s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.” The ladies closed out the show with “O Holy Night” and the Donny Hathaway classic “This Christmas.” “Greenleaf” actor Keith David was spotted in the audience along with jazz singer and BronzeLens Film Festival Executive Producer Kathleen Bertrand.

Check out more photos below and click here to donate to Students Without Mothers:

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Renee Alston

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NaDej K. Bailey performing Charlie Brown’s “Christmas Time is Here”

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RivaBlue performing “Jingle Bells”

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C. Lei Boss Lady performing her original tune “Make Me Whole”

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Gabbie McGee singing “Mississippi’s Daughter”

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Chandra Currelley performing “My Favorite Things”

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The ladies singing “This Christmas”

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Chandra Currelley, Keith David, Kathleen Bertrand and RivaBlue

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Chandra Currelley and NaDej K. Bailey

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Keith David with RivaBlue

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Gabbie McGee with Maria Howell and Chandra Currelley

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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RC attends BLFF’s Screening of UP’s ‘A Baby for Christmas’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

The Atlanta screening for UPtv’s A Baby for Christmas was held last night at 444 Theater in Midtown. The holiday movie was the closing film for this year’s BronzeLens Film Festival, which began November 5.

Building on the popularity of the highly successfully Marry Me for Christmas movie, A Baby for Christmas is the third and final film in the popular franchise. It was written by Rhonda Baraka and produced once again by my good friends at Swirl Films.

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Michael Winn DeEtta West and Imara Canady

In A Baby for Christmas, the Chandler family seems to be distracted from the usual family holiday traditions. That is, until a group of kids at an orphanage helps the family to realize there is more to Christmas than unwrapping gifts and baking cookies.

Many of the film’s stars walked the red carpet last night including DeEtta West, GregAlan Williams, Chrystale Wilson, Clifton Powell, Jasmine Burke, Tara Jones and Karon Riley with his wife Terri J. Vaughn. Also spotted were child stars Nadej K. Bailey and Skylar Morgan Jones.

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Clifton Powell being interviewed by BronzeLens Film Festival

A Baby for Christmas also stars Malinda Williams, Victoria Rowell and Kristoff St. John, Rowell’s long-time The Young and the Restless co-star. A Baby for Christmas will premiere exclusively on UP Sunday, December 13 at 7 p.m. EST. as part of the network’s  “Everything you Love About Christmas” annual programming slate.

Check out more red carpet images below:

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Chrystale Wilson/Keith Neal (Swirl Films)

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The Jones Family 

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Clifton Powell/Jasmine Burke

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DeEtta West with her “babies” Nadej Bailey and her brother with Skylar Jones 

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BLFF’s Larry Jennings and Kathleen Bertrand 

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Rhonda Baraka/The Baileys

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The Horne Brothers

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PR Rockstars Daniel Dickey and Jonell Whit

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Mocha/LaJanae Smith

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Rhonda Baraka being interviewed by BronzeLens Film Festival

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com