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‘UNCENSORED’ to feature Tichina Arnold, D.L. Hughley, Nick Cannon and K. Michelle (VIDEO)

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TV One’s critically-acclaimed docu-series UNCENSORED is back for another season. The uberly popular program explores the lives of your favorite personalities as they reveal secrets to their success, obstacles they’ve faced, and how they manage this new world of social media that has helped, but sometimes haunted their careers.

Viewers will enjoy candid sit-downs with entertainment mogul Nick Cannon, veteran actress Tichina Arnold, R&B singer and reality star K. Michelle and comedian/TV/radio personality D.L. Hughley.

During its premiere season, UNCENSORED reached 3.5MM unique viewers and was a top 3 original cable series in its timeslot among AA P25-54, AA W25-54 and AA W18-49. The autobiographical series gives unprecedented access to stars of film, television, music, and pop culture, as they personally reveal their own stories, in their own words, in the places their stories unfolded.

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‘LOL Comedy Honors’ to recognize Tracy Morgan, Deon Cole, Marla Gibbs and more

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Congrats to comedians Deon Cole, Tracy Morgan and J. Anthony Brown. The three of them will be recognized during the 2nd Annual LOL Comedy Honors, set to take place at NYC’s Gotham Hall  on November 1. The event will be hosted by veteran comedienne Luenell and along with NYC comic Jamie Roberts. R&B crooner Carl Thomas will serve as this year’s musical guest.

The 2nd Annual LOL Comedy Honors is a black-tie celebration of comedy excellence and features tributes, performances and, of course, lots of laughs.  It is also on track to become one of the awards season’s premiere events and is attended by a who’s who of comedy, film, music, sports, and television.  Some of the most prestigious honors are named after late comedy giants including Bernie Mac, Robin Harris, Moms Mabley, Nell Carter, and Charlie Murphy.  These honors are presented by the family members to recipients whom they’ve personally selected.

This year’s lineup of confirmed honorees include:

Desi Banks:                     Social Media Comic Influencer of the Year Honor
Nick Cannon:                    The Dick Gregory Voice of A Generation Honor
Cocoa Brown:                    The Moms Mabley Legacy Honor
J. Anthony Brown:               The George Wallace Living Legend Honor
Deon Cole:                      The 2018 Rising Star Honor
Melanie Comarcho:               The 2018 Comedy Road Warrior Queen Honor
Marla Gibbs:                    Excellence In Television Comedy
Tina Graham:                    The Creative Visionary Icon Honor
Tracy Morgan:                   The Triumph of Spirit Honor
NY Kings Comedy Tour:           The Robin Harris Legend Honor
Donnell Rawlings:               The Charlie Murphy Road Warrior Honor
Sheryl Underwood:               The Marsha Warfield Comedy Queen Pioneer Honor
Kym Whitley:                    The 2018 Renaissance Woman of Comedy Honor
Thea Vidal:                     The Nell Carter Legacy Honor
Demond Wilson:            Achievement in Television Honor for Sanford & Son

The honors for the Bernie Mac Comedy King, Robin Harris Legacy and Paul Mooney Icon of Creative Excellence will be announced later.

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MTV’s ‘Wild ‘N Out’ coming to the ATL & NYC Barbershops

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Oh Snap!

MTV is bringing the fun and energy of its hit comedy series “Wild ‘N Out” to a neighborhood barbershop in Atlanta and New York. “Wild ‘N Out: Live from the Barbershop,” an interactive pop-up experience, will give fans a taste of the “Wild ‘N Out” excitement they’ve grown to love with celebrity hosts, live music, freestyle battles, ‘yo mama’ contests and cash prizes.

The events will take place Sunday, July 16 in Atlanta and Sunday, July 23 in New York. Additional details will be released soon.

Fresh off its record-breaking premiere, “Wild ‘N Out,” now in its ninth season, is “bigger and bolder” with Nick Cannon as master of ceremonies and guest appearances from Chance the Rapper, Rick RossLil YachtyVic MensaBlac Chyna, Remy Ma, Papoose, Young M.A, Wendy Williams, Tami Roman and more.

“Wild ‘N Out” airs weekly at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT as part of MTV’s “Throwdown Thursdays” comedy block.

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Sneak Peek of ‘The Triumph Awards’ airing TONIGHT at 7 p.m. on TV One (VIDEO)

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Check out a sneak peek of Fantasia‘s performance at “The Triumph Awards” which air tonight at 7 p.m. EST on TV One. The show is hosted by “Survivor’s Remorse” star Tichina Arnold (pictured above) and recognizes distinguished individuals in civil rights, the arts, entertainment, education, business and sports.

This year’s honorees include music moguls Sean “Diddy” Combs and Jermaine Dupri, legendary filmmaker Spike Lee, attorney Benjamin Crump and execs from FedEx and Mastercard—Gina Adams and Tim Murphy.  There will also be other amazing performances like Fantasia’s and a very special appearance by the “Mothers of the Movement” – Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon Martin), Gwen Carr (Eric Garner) and Leslie McSpadden (Mike Brown).

Celebrity presenters include Larenz Tate, Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Erica Ash, Juan and Deborah Joy Winans, Kandi Burruss, Dondre Whitfield and more. The show is presented by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN).

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Jermaine Dupri

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Spike Lee

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Attorney Benjamin Crump

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Spike Lee, Jermaine Dupri & others honored at ‘Triumph Awards’ [PHOTOS]

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The stars aligned last night for The Triumph Awards. The private ceremony took place at the historic Tabernacle Concert Hall in the heart of downtown Atlanta, GA. Yours truly was in the building to capture all of the red carpet action.

img_8903The Triumph Awards are presented each year by Reverend Al Sharpton‘s National Action Network (NAN). The invitation only event recognizes distinguished individuals and corporations in civil rights, the arts, entertainment, education, business and sports. The show was taped before a live audience and will premiere on Sunday, October 2  at 7 p.m. EST on TV One.

This year’s honorees include hip hop superstar and music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs; legendary film director Spike Lee, music mogul Jermaine Dupri, Attorney Benjamin Crump, FedEx executive Gina Adams and Tim Murphy of Mastercard. “Survivor’s Remorse” actress and beloved TV and film star Tichina Arnold served as the host.

img_8765Celebrity presenters and performers that walk the red carpet included TV One President Brad Siegel, TV and film star Nick Cannon, R&B crooner Joe, “Survivor’s Remorse” star Erica Ash, TV and film star Larenz Tate, Grammy winner and RHOA Kandi Burruss, “Hollywood Divas” star Lisa Wu, “Queen Sugar” actor Dondre Whitfield, TV and film actor Carl Payne, “Empire” actress and music star V. Bozeman, “Survivor’s Remorse” actress Teyonah Parris, “If Loving You is Wrong” actress April Parker Jones, recording star BJ the Chicago Kid, WNBA star Angel McCoughtry, comedic actor JB Smoove, James Brown’s daughters Dr. Yamma and Deanna Brown-Thomas, “Saints and Sinners” star Clifton Powell, “Born For This” stars Juan and Deborah Joy Winans, gospel sensation Jekalyn Carr, TV and fashion personality Fonzworth Bentley, media maven Ebony Steele, Recording artist Cristina Quinones, TV and film star Pooch Hall,  TV and film actress Denise Boutte and the Mothers of the Movement: Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon Martin), Gwen Carr (Eric Garner) and Leslie McSpadden (Mike Brown).

Check out all of the photos below:

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Honoree Benjamin Crump

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Tichina Arnold 

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BJ the Chicago Kid

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Deborah Joy Winans and Juan Winans 

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Larenz Tate 

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Teyonah Parris 

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Nick Cannon 

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V. Bozeman

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Pooch Hall 

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Tichina Arnold throwing up the Lupus advocate sign

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Brad Siegel with Kandi Burruss

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Fonzworth Bentley and his wife Faune Bentley

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April Parker Jones 

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Joe

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Kandi Burruss

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Dondre Whitfield

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Honoree Gina Adams FedEx Corporation 

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Carl Payne 

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Ebony Steele 

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JB Smoove 

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Cristina Quinones

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Rev. Al Sharpton playing with Tichina‘s gown

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Honoree Tim Murphy Mastercard 

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Erica Ash

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Honoree Benjamin Crump and his mother

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Clifton Powell and guests

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Bart Phillips and guest

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Dr. Yamma Brown and Deanna Brown-Thomas

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Denise Boutte

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Carl Payne and Dondre Whitfield

aka “Cockroach” and “Robert” from “The Cosby Show”

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Lisa Wu and guest

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Music mogul Michael Mauldin

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Jekalyn Carr

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and Rev. Al Sharpton sharing a laugh on the red carpet

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The Mothers of the Movement ~ Gwen Carr (Eric Garner),

Leslie McSpadden (Mike Brown) and Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon Martin)

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2016 Triumph Awards to honor Spike Lee, Diddy, Jermaine Dupri & More!

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The “2016 Triumph Awards” are returning to Atlanta and to TV One for a second year in a row. “Survivor’s Remorse” star Tichina Arnold will host this year’s ceremony that recognizes distinguished individuals and corporations in civil rights, the arts, entertainment, education, business and sports. The annual show is presented by Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network and TV One. 

The year’s awards ceremony will take place at Atlanta’s historic Tabernacle Concert Hall on Sunday, September 18 at 6 p.m. and will honor Sean “Diddy” CombsSpike LeeJermaine DupriAttorney Benjamin Crump, FedEx executive Gina Adams and Mastercard. According to the press release, this year’s honorees have made a positive impact on society by utilizing their talents and resources to help those within under-resourced communities.

Performers and presenters include Nick Cannon, Fantasia, Eric Benet, Joe, BJ the Chicago Kid, Juan and Deborah Joy Winans, V. Bozeman, Jekalyn Carr, NAN Chairman Reverend Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson; Martin Luther King, III, JB Smoove, Dionne Warwick, Marc Lamont Hill, Kandi Burrus, Dondre Whitfield, Angel McCoughtry and Erica Ash. The Mothers of the Movement: Sybrina FultonGwen Carr, Leslie McSpadden and Esaw Snipes Garner will also be featured and Grammy winning-performer Robert Glasper will return as this year’s Musical Director.

Additional participants to be announced at a later date.

The 2016 Triumph Awards will air on TV One on Sunday, October 2 at 7pm ET and encore at 9pm ET.

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ESSENCE to Salute Debbie Allen, Tracee Ellis Ross and Nina Shaw

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Dance icon and acclaimed TV producer Debbie Allen, “black-ish” star and fashionista Tracee Ellis Ross and entertainment attorney Nina Shaw are all being honored at this year’s “ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards.”

The star-studded primetime television event will air as part of OWN’s Black History Month programming on Saturday, February 27 at 10 p.m. The annual event spotlights key African-American women who are pushing the limits, raising the bar and breaking through barriers in both film and television.  Allen will receive the Legend Award while Shaw is up for the Lincoln Power Award and Ross will be given the Fierce & Fearless Award.

“We are pleased to once again partner with OWN to elevate the images of Black women in Hollywood,” noted ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks.  “This Awards Season, as diversity in Hollywood dominates the conversation, ESSENCE is proud to continue the tradition of recognizing the talents and contributions of dynamic women such as Tracee Ellis Ross, Debbie Allen and Nina Shaw, who are on the leading edge of creating, performing and inspiring us all through their craft.”

The event will also include a performance by acclaimed R&B artist Leon Bridges, as well as appearances by Oprah Winfrey, Shonda Rhimes, Nick Cannon, Ryan Coogler, Zendaya and more.  It will also feature exclusive backstage interviews, red-carpet highlights and intimate reflections from some of the most extraordinary African-American women in film and television.

This year’s event honors the “The Power of our Presence” and is being held at the famed Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California

CONGRATS LADIES!

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Eva Marcille to star in unscripted BET series ‘About the Business’

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Eva Marcille is hoping to make a dent in the luxury container home business in a new unscripted series for BET titled “About the Business.”  The one-hour docuseries follows Marcille and four other Hollywood professionals as they hustle to make it in the industry.

The tight-knit group often find themselves blurring the lines between work, play and personal relationships. Their careers and long-time friendships will be tested, tough choices will be made, but they will always be “About The Business.”

Joining Marcille on this journey is Crystal Renay, model and fiancée of Ne-Yo, PR Maven Sparkle Holmes, Celebrity Stylist EJ King, and marketing executive for Nick Cannon‘s Ncredible Entertainment, Danielle Crawley.  The series will also feature, Sparkle’s business partner and Eva’s project manager, Krista Kolley, as well as host, model and recording artist, Candice Brooks.

“About the Business” launches Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 10 P.M. ET/PT on BET Networks.

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First Look at Nick Cannon’s ‘Like A Boss’ Coming to Oxygen 2016 (VIDEO)

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They say good help is hard to find! Well, Oxygen is about to put that to the test with a brand new doc-series coming in 2016 called Like A Boss.

The one-hour program follows four hardworking and motivated assistants as they look to emulate the success of their respective bosses, but know that it in order to get to the top, they must start at the bottom.

Like A Boss features Amber Grimes, assistant to media mogul and the show’s executive producer Nick Cannon; Devin Simpson assistant to successful real estate agent Blair Myers; Rian Parish, assistant to popular radio personality Big Tigger; and Drekia Glenn assistant to music executive Abou “Bu” Thiam, these protégés are out to prove they have the drive, focus and ambition to be a future CEO.

“These driven and ambitious assistants featured on ‘Like A Boss’ defy a preconceived millennial perception that Oxygen’s young, multicultural viewers will appreciate,” said Rod Aissa, Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media. “With their passion and persistence these talented hopefuls are determined to prove to their bosses that they can one day run ‘The A.’”

Check out the 2-minute clip below:

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‘NeNe and Kim’ + ‘Preachers of ATL’ + ‘The Hustle’ and more new shows

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Bravo, Oxygen and Esquire networks recently unveiled 23 new shows for the year that include some familiar faces and some not so familiar faces. Here are a few new entries that caught out attention…

RHOA stars and BFFs, NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak Biermann are starring in a new “Thelma and Louise” type of reality series for Bravo titled, “NeNe and Kim: The Road to Riches. The show is being described as one-of-a-kind adventure as the ladies trek across America to Los Angeles. Leakes and Zolciah Biermann will also serve as executive producers for the series.

Next up is “The Hustle,” which will debut on Oxygen. The new series is produced by Nick Cannon’s NCredible Entertainment and is being described as a coming-of-age series about hard-working assistants who struggle with balancing their personal and professional lives while assisting successful entrepreneurs and entertainers.

Get ready…Get ready…Get ready! “Preachers of Atlanta” is coming to Oxygen. This is the third installment to the popular reality series and like the others it will follow young, mega-church preachers and pastors as they try to balance life at home with life in the pulpit.

Lastly is “Comedians of L.A.” featuring Brandon T. Jackson. This show is being described as a first of its kind partnership between Oxygen and Esquire and will focus on rising Hollywood comedians as they try to take their careers to the next level. Their will also be a companion series, titled “Living With Funny,” that will look at the personal lives of the stars and their relationships. Both shows will air during the same period on each network.

STAY TUNED…

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NBC picks up ‘Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous’ hosted by Nick Cannon

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Last year, we reported that America’s Got Talent  host, Nick Cannon had signed on to host a reboot of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.  The show was to air on the then Style Network.  It is now being picked up by NBC.

According to THR, NBC has ordered a new pilot for the series with Cannon still in the hosting seat.  Apparently, the show was not picked up by Esquire Network after they acquired the Style Network in October 2013.

NBC is also looking to take the show in a different direction than what Style had intended by focusing on “Cannon’s point of view and include fun profiles on ultra-wealthy individuals with vibrant personalities, hobbies and tastes.” The show will also focus on new tech billionaires and highlight their philanthropic efforts.

Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous  aired in syndication from 1984 to 1995 and was hosted by Robin Leach. He always ended each show with the signature phrase, “champagne wishes and caviar dreams.”

Stay tuned…

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T.I., Nick Cannon, Letoya Luckett and more visit ‘106 & Park’ This Week…

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Yo!  Check out what’s poppin this week on 106 & Park:

Monday, October 20, 2014
Ashanti delivers her latest video and T.I. appears to promote his album, Paperwork.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Logic promotes his album, Under Pressure. I Love Makonnen brings his video “Tuesday” (Remix) to The Play.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Scotty ATL appears in the The Back Room.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Nick Cannon, Alexandra Shipp, Leonard Roberts, LeToya Luckett and Jordan Calloway appears to promote Drumline: A New Beat. Marc Lamont Hill educates viewers on mid-term elections.

Friday, October 24, 2014
Rae Sremmurd appears with their newest video and Ultimate Freestyle Friday competition continues.

106 & Park  airs weekdays at 5:00 P.M. ET/PT on BET

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Nick Cannon Opens Up About Separation from Mariah Carey

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Nick Cannon attended the New York City premiere of “Addicted.” Nick talking only to Extra’s AJ Calloway, opening up about his separation from Mariah Carey, telling AJ, “I’m just taking everything one day at a time and just being the best person that I can possibly be at the end of the day.”

Nick recently photographed without his shirt on revealing new body art covering up his “Mariah” tattoo saying, “It’s not finished yet… It wasn’t supposed to be revealed yet… I didn’t know they were there, that’s how sneaky paparazzi are… I had just gotten it done, it was painful… It hurt a lot and I’m still not finished, I’m still probably like six more sessions away.”

Nick also said his twins, Monroe and Moroccan, are doing amazing and are currently on the road overseas with mom.

As for the recent headlines that Mariah had vocal issues at her concert in Japan, Nick defended her, saying, “I just wish her nothing but the best, we’re in contact constantly, you know you might have an off night here and there, but she’s one of the greatest performers and entertainers of all time, she’s not worried, we’re not worried, just going to keep pushing.”

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VH1 Celebrates Drumline Culture with #PassTheBaton Competition & HBCU Tour

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VH1 has announced a comprehensive marketing strategy for the network’s next original movie, Drumline: A New Beat,  from executive producer Nick Cannon and premiering on October 27th at 9PM ET/PT.

Cannon is bringing back a continuation of 2002’s beloved Drumline  as executive producer, while reprising his role as Devon Miles for a cameo, and will help promote the movie’s nationwide social competition, #PassTheBaton. Additionally, talent from the original movie will be on hand participating in Drumline: A New Beat  activations during the Atlanta Football Classic weekend October 3-4th and heading to Washington, DC to Howard University’s 90th Anniversary homecoming October 15-19th to take part in on-the ground activities celebrating the film, alongside director Bille Woodruff and VH1 exec, Caralene Robinson.

#PassTheBaton is a social-powered ‘halftime show’ for music education driven by the nation’s top university and college bands, viewers and fans. Bands are invited to upload their top drum routines to YouTube and ‘pass the baton’ to a rival school to encourage them to top their performance. Fans and viewers can get involved as well by uploading a photo or video of them ‘passing the baton’ tagged with #PassTheBaton on Instagram, Twitter and Vine. The top submissions from bands and fans have the chance to win an on-air reveal of their drum routine during a special ‘halftime show’ when Drumline: A New Beat  premieres on VH1.

For each #PassTheBaton upload on any social platform, VH1 will also donate $1 to the United Negro College Fund up to a maximum of $20,000. The campaign kicks off on September 29th and ends October 28th.

“It’s been more than 10 years since the original ‘Drumline’ movie debuted and became a cult favorite,” said Caralene Robinson, SVP, Creative Group + Consumer Marketing, SVP. “There’s no better place to celebrate drumline culture than at HBCU’s. Both fans and students can engage in fun competition while giving back to a great cause.”

VH1 will extend the Drumline: A New Beat  celebration with on-the-ground events, targeting multiple high-profile historically black colleges and universities’ (HBCU) homecomings and high-profile football games, to drive awareness during their most celebrated time of year for students and alumni. The tour will feature multiple cast member appearances and drumline activations across the Southeastern US. All event activations will include onsite and social promotions, extended movie trailer screenings, and branded giveaways alongside talent appearances at select events.

#PassTheBaton will be on the ground with video and photo booths where attendees can upload their submissions and learn more at the following events:

  • October 3rd: 26th Annual Atlanta Classic Weekend’s Drumline Day at the College Football Hall of Fame
  • October 4th: Atlanta Football Classic at The Georgia Dome
  • October 15th-18th: 90th Annual Howard University Homecoming Week in Washington D.C. The film’s director, Bille Woodruff, will participate alongside VH1 Senior Vice President, Creative Group + Consumer Marketing and Howard alum, Caralene Robinson at the Entertainment Power Expo. Cast members will take part in Yardfest, The Greek Step Show and Howard’s 1st Annual Hip Hop Concert at the D.C. Armory
  • October 25th: 73rd Annual Magic City Classic Game (Alabama A&M vs. Alabama State)

Throughout the campaign, all submissions will be featured and people can learn about how to get involved at PassTheBaton.Vh1.Com