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‘The Haves and the Have Nots,’ ‘If Loving You is Wrong’ + ‘The Paynes’ casts host Meet & Greet [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Cast members from Tyler Perry‘s hit series “The Haves and the Have Nots,” “If Loving You is Wrong” and “The Paynes” hosted the ultimate fan experience Tuesday in Harlem, NY to promote the shows’ new season which began this week on OWN. The event was co-presented by the network and the iconic radio station—WBLS.

The event included sneak peeks of “If Loving You is Wrong” and “The Paynes” and a full episode screening of “The Haves and the Have Nots.” WBLS midday personality Shaila Scott moderated the post-screening Q&A with the cast which was followed by fan photos and a reception.

Talent in attendance included Tika Sumpter, Angela Robinson and Tyler Lepley from “The Haves and the Have Nots; Eltony Williams and April Parker Jones from “If Loving You is Wrong” and Jackée Harry, Cassi Davis and LaVan Davis from “The Paynes.”

An all-new season of “If Loving You is Wrong” premieres tonight on its new day – Wednesday – at 10pm ET/PT on OWN. “The Paynes” premieres Tuesday, January 16 with two back-to-back episodes at 10pm and 10:30pm ET/PT. “The Haves and the Have Nots” airs Tuesdays at 9pm ET/PT on OWN.

See more photos + a recap of the last season of “If Loving You is Wrong” below:

Photo Credits: Bernard Smalls

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

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

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.

 Photo Credit: MTV/Wild N Out
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More stars added to ‘The Wiz’ + Photos from ‘The Wiz is 40’ NYC Show (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

And then there were three…

NBC’s “The Wiz” has added pop superstar Ne-Yo, The Butler’s Elijah Kelley and Oscar-winner, Common to the cast of its live production according to THR. Ne-Yo will slide into the role of the Tinman, Kelley will play the Scarecrow and Common will portray the royal gatekeeper.

The guys join an all-star cast that already includes Queen Latifah as the ‘Wizard’  Mary J. Blige as ‘Evillene The Wicked Witch of the West,’ David Alan Grier as the ‘Cowardly Lion,’ Uzo Aduba as ‘Glinda the Good Witch of the South,’ Amber Riley  as ‘Addaperle the Good Witch of the North,’ Stephanie Mills as ‘Aunt Em’ and newcomer Shanice Williams as ‘Dorothy.’ The show is directed by Kenny Leon and airs on NBC December 3.

In other related “WIZ” news, stars from the original 1975 Broadway show gathered last night for a special 40th anniversary performance at Summerstage in New York City’s Central Park. Andre’ De Shields and Dee Dee Bridgewater reprised their iconic roles as the ‘Wizard’ and ‘Glinda the Good Witch’ while Phylicia Rashad, who starred as a Munchkin and company member, served as the evenings’s host along with original choreographer, George Faison.

From the looks of several pics, De Shield wore his original costume from the show including his platform shoes and red & white cape. Also in attendance was dance legend, Carmen de Lavallade, who’s late husband Geoffrey Holder, served as the show’s original director and costume designer. He won a Tony Award for both positions.

Check out a video of De Shields performing “So You Wanted to Meet the Wizard” and photos below:

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Ebony Jo-Ann, Andre’ De Shields, Dee Dee Bridgewater and George Faison

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George Faison with Phylicia Rashad 

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The Friends – Dorothy, Tinman, Lion and Scarecrow

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Andre’ De Shields with Carmen de Lavallade

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Andre’ De Shield’s original costume from the show

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The Wizard’s cape and platform shoes

Photo Credits: Lia Chang Photography

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Celebs Turn Out for ‘DOPE’ VIP Screenings In ATL, NYC, LA [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Last night, Open Road hosted a series of small, private screenings of DOPE  in Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles, just days before the film releases on Friday. In Atlanta, local celebs and cast members of “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” gathered at Regal Atlantic Station to catch the much-buzzed-about film. Attendees included Jermaine Dupri, Keri Hilson; “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” cast members Mimi Faust, Erica Dixon, Kirk and Rasheeda Frost, PreMadonna, Khadiyah Lewis, and Deb Antney; “Love & Hip Hop: NY” cast member Jhonni Blaze, singer Bobby V, WNBA Atlanta Dream guard Angel McCoughtry, Mishon, Sammie, D. Woods, Toya Wright, Bando Jonez, Shanell (Young Money), Chaka Zulu, Phillana Williams, D’Andrea Bidgood and Jamal Coleman.

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Kimbella and Juelz Santana

In New York, the casts of “Love & Hip Hop: NY” and the hit web series “Money & Violence” came out to Bryant Park Hotel to support DOPE. Attendees included Sherri Shepherd, “Love & Hip Hop: NY” cast members Amina Buddafly, Chrissy Monroe, Precious Paris, Rashidah Ali and Kimbella; Dipset rapper Juelz Santana; “Power” actor Marc John Jeffries; “Money & Violence” cast members Rafe, Grimey Tai, Striff, Cash, Princess, DJ Daffie, Shaquana, The Yardees and Erica Anderson; Power 105’s Cherry Martinez and ARISE TV’s Shannon Lanier.

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In Los Angeles at the Landmark Theater West Pavilion, VIPs such as actresses Angel Conwell and Antonique Smith; celeb hairstylists and WE tv “L.A. Hair” cast members Gocha Hawkins and China Upshaw; actors Marcus T. Paulk (Red Tails), Rodney Chester (Logo TV/”Noah’s Arc”) and Redaric Williams (“The Young and the Restless”); and publicist Lynn Jeter were in attendance.

DOPE  premieres nationwide on Friday.

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 Deb Antney, Keri Hilson, D. Woods, Sammie, Shanell, Bando Jonez and Bobby V

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 Actor Redaric Williams 

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 Celebrity hairstylists China Upshaw and Gocha Hawkins 

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Dope NYC Inside 2

 ARISE TV’S Shannon Lanier

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Actors Julito McCullum with Marc John Jeffries 

Photo Credits: James Pray (ATL), Milan Carter (L.A.) and Stephen Knight (NYC)

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Lauryn Hill & Jazmine Sullivan perform Nina Simone songs at Apollo Theatre

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Award-winning singers Lauryn Hill and Jazmine Sullivan payed special tribute to the High Priestess of Soul, Nina Simone, Monday night following a screening of the Netfilx documentary, What Happened Miss Simone?  The event took place at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theatre.

According to BET, Hill performed Simone’s signature tunes, “Ne Me Quitte Pas” and my personal favorite, “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair.” Hill then graciously shared the mic with Sullivan, who covered the Simone classic, “Baltimore.”

What Happened, Miss Simone?  features never-before-heard recordings and rare archival footage together with Nina’s most memorable songs. Recorded over the course of 3 decades, Nina tells her life story to various interviewers and would-be biographers. The film comes from Academy Award® nominated director/producer, Liz Garbus and features cameo by those who knew here best including her daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly.

There is also a planned tribute album featuring Mary J. Blige, Usher, Robert Glasper and more. What Happened, Miss Simone? premieres on Netflix Friday, June 26.  Check out the trailer below:

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Photo Credit: Facebook/Jazmine Sullivan

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Stars of ‘Insurgent’ attend NYC Premiere [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The cast of “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” took NYC by storm Monday night at the U.S. Premiere!  Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Academy Award® Winner Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Zoë Kravitz and more took to the red carpet in high fashion and out-of-this-world style.

US Premiere of Summit EntertainmentÕs THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT in New York City on March 16, 2015.  Presented by Samsung Galaxy and Adidas Boost

Suki Waterhouse taking selfies with fans

As previously reported, “Insurgent” follows Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) as they unite to protect each other against Jeanine (Academy Award® Winner Kate Winslet), in order to rescue the only civilization they have left.

US Premiere of Summit EntertainmentÕs THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT in New York City on March 16, 2015.  Presented by Samsung Galaxy and Adidas Boost

Keiynan Lonsdale signing autographs for fans

Other stars from the film on the carpet included Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Daniel Dae Kim, Keiynan Lonsdale, Rosa Salazar, Suki Waterhouse, Jonny Weston, Ashley Judd, author Veronica Roth, and director Robert Schwentke.  Check out the newest trailer below along with the red carpet photos:

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US Premiere of Summit EntertainmentÕs THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT in New York City on March 16, 2015.  Presented by Samsung Galaxy and Adidas Boost US Premiere of Summit EntertainmentÕs THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT in New York City on March 16, 2015.  Presented by Samsung Galaxy and Adidas Boost

Shailene Woodley with Theo James/Octavia Spencer

 US Premiere of Summit EntertainmentÕs THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT in New York City on March 16, 2015.  Presented by Samsung Galaxy and Adidas Boost US Premiere of Summit EntertainmentÕs THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT in New York City on March 16, 2015.  Presented by Samsung Galaxy and Adidas Boost

Zoë Kravitz/Jai Courtney

 US Premiere of Summit EntertainmentÕs THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT in New York City on March 16, 2015.  Presented by Samsung Galaxy and Adidas Boost US Premiere of Summit EntertainmentÕs THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT in New York City on March 16, 2015.  Presented by Samsung Galaxy and Adidas Boost

 Maggie Q/Daniel Dae Kim

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Ashely Judd/Miles Teller with Shailene Woodley

 US Premiere of Summit EntertainmentÕs THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT in New York City on March 16, 2015.  Presented by Samsung Galaxy and Adidas Boost US Premiere of Summit EntertainmentÕs THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT in New York City on March 16, 2015.  Presented by Samsung Galaxy and Adidas Boost

Rosa Salazar/Author Veronica Roth

US Premiere of Summit EntertainmentÕs THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT in New York City on March 16, 2015.  Presented by Samsung Galaxy and Adidas Boost

 Director Robert Schwentke

Photo Credits: AlliedMoxy

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Judge Mathis receives Fatherhood In Media Excellence Award [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Congratulations are in order to Judge Greg Mathis!  He recently served as Keynote Speaker at the Fathers Incorporated 10th Anniversary Gala held on November 18 at the Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem, NYC.  Mathis, who is the presiding jurist of the nationally syndicated court program “Judge Mathis,” picked up the coveted Fatherhood In Media Excellence Award. The Anniversary Gala was celebrating 10 years of building better fathers.Check out a few more photos below:

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Judge Greg Mathis serving as the Keynote Speaker at Fathers Incorporated’s 10th Annual Fundraising Gala

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Kenneth Braswell, Founder and Executive Director of Fathers Incorporated & Director for President Obama’s National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, presents Judge Greg Mathis with the Fatherhood in Media Excellence Award.

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Judge Greg Mathis and Fathers Incorporated 10th Anniversary Gala Mistress of Ceremonies, Terrie Williams (center), celebrate a decade of working to build better fathers by strengthening communities and family infrastructures.

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Judge Greg Mathis, presiding jurist of “Judge Mathis,” celebrates a decade of working to build better fathers by strengthening communities and family infrastructure with Fathers Incorporated board members.

Photo Credits: Arlene Brathwaite

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Men of ‘Think Like A Man Too’ host intimate conversation (PHOTOS)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The male actors from Think Like A Man Too  (Kevin Hart, Terrence Jenkins, Michael Ealy, Romany Malco, Jerry Ferrara as well as producer Will Packer) participated in an intimate conversation with NYC tastemakers and celebrities at the famed 40/40 Club on Wednesday evening.

The cast, who is also featured on this month’s ESSENCE, opened up about their roles, their unique on and off-screen chemistry and much more. Also in attendance were Olivia (R&B singer), Rashidah Ali (Love & Hip Hop), Vanessa Calloway (Coming To America), Sharon Carpenter (The Gossip Game), and Demetria Lucas (Bravo’s Blood Sweat & Heels).

As previously reported, “all the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas, but plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.”

Think Like A Man Too  is based on Steve Harvey’s best-selling book Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man  and is currently in theaters.

Check out the photos below courtesy of Johnny Nunez:

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 Kevin Hart with Will Packer and Romany Malco

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 Hart greeting Jerry Ferrara and Michael Ealy

A Conversation With The Men Of "Think Like A Man Too"

 Jerry Ferrara with Michael Ealy and Terrence Jenkins

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A Conversation With The Men Of "Think Like A Man Too"

 Hart and Malco

A Conversation With The Men Of "Think Like A Man Too"