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OWN presents Ava DuVernay’s ‘Cherish the Day’ (VIDEO)

Check out the teaser trailer for OWN’s new original anthology drama Cherish the Day. It is created and executive produced by Emmy® winner and Academy Award®-nominee Ava DuVernay. 

Chapter one of Cherish the Day chronicles the stirring relationship of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. The narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments in a relationship that compel us to hold true to the ones we love, from the extraordinary to the everyday. 

Xosha Roquemore (“The Mindy Project”) stars as Gently James and Alano Miller (“Underground”) stars as Evan Fisher. The couple meet and fall in love in Los Angeles, with the full season spanning five years in eight episodes.  

OWN previously announced additional cast including legendary Emmy®-winning actress Cicely Tyson, as well as Michael Beach, Anne-Marie Johnson and Kellee Stewart. The DuVernay led series also recently announced it achieved full gender parity with a production crew of over 50% women, including 18 female department heads.  Directors for the series are Tanya Hamilton, Blitz Bazawule, Aurora Guerrero and Deborah Kampmeier.

Cherish the Day, which is set for a February 2020 premiere, is produced for OWN by ARRAY Filmworks and Harpo Films in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes, Tanya Hamilton, and Oprah Winfrey serve as executive producers. 

WILL YOU BE WATCHING CHERISH THE DAY?

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‘Ambitions’ returns 11/12 @ 10 p.m. (VIDEO)

My favorite Tuesday night guilty pleasure is back!

OWN’s sexy new dramatic series Ambitions returns from its mid-season hiatus.

So here’s a quick recap: Senior has been shot dead behind Thelma’s Place. Titus and Amara’s marriage is on the rocks. Stephanie is…well being Stephanie and somebody done stole Bella’s baby boy. I think that about sums it up.

This show is too many things but I love every minute of it.

Check out the exciting new preview below and tune in Tuesday November 12 at 10 p.m.

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Watch a Sneak Peek of OWN’s ‘Ready to Love’ Season 2 (VIDEO)

OWN’S hugely popular relationship series Ready to Love is back for a second season and we have a sneak peek of all the action. Check it out below:

The one-hour series explores the real-life dating interactions of sexy, successful and grown black men and women in their 30s and 40s who are each looking for lasting love and an authentic relationship. A unique twist on a typical dating show, Ready to Love highlights the men’s observations and experiences in the search for true love in Atlanta. The show comes from Will Packer Production and Lighthearted Media.

Tune in Saturday, October 5 at 10 p.m. EST.

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OWN’s ‘Ready To Love’ returns on 10/5 (VIDEO)

OWN’s hit series Ready to Love is back for a new season beginning on Saturday, October 5.

The show, from Will Packer Media and Lighthearted Entertainment, explores the real-life dating interactions of sexy, successful and grown black men and women in their 30s and 40s who are each looking for lasting love and an authentic relationship. A unique twist on a typical dating show, Ready to Love highlights the men’s observations and experiences in the search for true love in Atlanta.

Watch a sneak peek below:

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Watch UPFRONT’s Coverage of ‘Black Love Summit’ (VIDEO)

OWN’s hugely popular relationship series Black Love is back for a brand new season beginning Saturday August 10 and UPFRONT has a sneak peek!

I got a chance to chat with a few of the show’s new couples during the recent Black Love Summit including singer and actress LeToya Luckett-Walker and Tommicus Walker, HGTV star Egypt Sherrod and DJ Fadelf plus TV host Kenny Burns and his wife Jessica Burns.

Check out the video below and stay close as I will be sharing more exclusive coverage as we get closer to the season premiere.

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RC talks to the cast of OWN’s ‘To Have and To Hold: Charlotte’ (VIDEO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius

The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) continues to add more dimension to its popular unscripted programming with its newest offering—To Have and To Hold: Charlotte. The one-hour series airs Saturday evenings at 10 p.m. following the award-winning Iyanla: Fix My Life.

To Have and To Hold: Charlotte follows five unique African-American marriages in the burgeoning metropolis of Charlotte, NC. Like a few of the network’s other “love and relationship” shows (Ready to Love, Family or Fiancé, Love and Marriage: Huntsville), this series also focuses on couples who don’t always see eye-to-eye and others who are more than meets the eye. Viewers will also see them juggle everything from faith to finances to friendships and what it really looks like when vows are put to the test.

I had the pleasure of meeting a few members of the cast: Alane + Yandrick (The Socialites), Christine + Darhyl (The Dinks) and Ursula + Clinton (The Empty Nesters) during a recent media brunch and talked exclusively with them about the “pressure to perform” for reality television, being unsolicited ambassadors of “black love” and much more.

Click here to see the first episode and check out my conversation below:

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Watch New Trailer for ‘Ambitions’ featuring Robin Givens (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Check out the new trailer for OWN’s steamy dramatic series from Will “Power” Packer titled Ambitions. It premieres on Tuesday June 18 at 10 p.m. EST following Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots.

Created by executive producer/writer Jamey Giddens and produced by Will Packer Media in association with Lionsgate and Lionsgate-owned distributor Debmar-Mercury, Ambitions stars a dynamic ensemble cast including Robin Givens(Riverdale), Brian White (Scandal), Kendrick Cross (Acrimony), Brely Evans(Being Mary Jane), Erica Page (Ozark) and Essence Atkins (Marlon).

As previously reported, Ambitions explores the sexy, deceitful machinations of love, power and politics in America’s hottest urban mecca, Atlanta, Georgia. The series centers around the intense rivalry between formidable legal eagles Stephanie Lancaster (Givens) and Amara Hughes (Atkins), former best friends from college who find themselves adversaries in both their personal and professional lives.

Ambitions also features Brian Bosworth (What Men Want), Matt Cedeño (Power), Deena Dill (Conrad & Michelle), Gino Anthony Pesi (Shades of Blue) and Kayla Smith (Star) will appear in recurring roles.

https://youtu.be/jto7uiNq4FE

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OWN’s ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ returns May 7 at 9 p.m. (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

OWN’s The Haves and The Have Nots return next month beginning May 7 at 9 p.m. with all new episodes and boy do I have some questions. No really I do! Count ’em up!

Is Hannah’s new boo actually the guy who raped her and is he Candace’s father?

Will Jeffrey survive crazy ass Officer Justin?

What exactly does David have planned for Veronica?

Did Candace really hit the jack pot with the President Elect or is she being enticed with fool’s gold?

Will Wyatt kill Jim and Katheryn?

Finally, did they ever bury D.A. Jennifer Sallison? (OK, I know they buried her but boy did they have her body out in that living room for a while (LOL)

“The Haves and the Have Nots” continues to rank among the top three original scripted series on ad-supported cable with OWN’s key demo and is the #1 original scripted cable series on Tuesday nights.

Kudos TP!

Watch a sneak peek below:

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Watch OWN’s Teaser Trailer for ‘Ambitions’ featuring Robin Givens (VIDEO)

Check out the new teaser trailer for OWN’s new soap drama AMBITIONS. It features the new “Queen Bee” Robin Givens and airs some time in March.

AMBITIONS is produced by Will Packer and is a multigenerational family saga centered around one woman who, having recently relocated and intent on revitalizing her marriage, finds herself going head to head with some of the most powerful and deceitful players in the city.

In addition to Givens, AMBITIONS also stars Essence AtkinsBrian WhiteKendrick Cross, Brely Evans, Erica Page, Steven Williams, Christina Kirkman and most recently added Brian Bosworth, Deena Dill, Anthony Pesi and Kayla Smith.

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UPFRONT featuring David Banner, ‘The Wiz,’ ‘Ready to Love’ and more (AUDIO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Check out one of my recent edition’s of UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry. It features my one-on-one interview with rapper, actor and activist David Banner. He is starring in a new film, Never Heard, alongside Robin Givens, Romeo Miller, Karrueche Tran and Kandi Burruss. Banner also opens up about his role on the Bounce TV series Saints & Sinners and much more.

The show also features my red carpet interviews with OWN’s Ready to Love host Nephew Tommy and the show’s producer Will PackerReady to Love explores the real-life dating interactions of sexy, successful and grown Black men and women in their 30s and 40s who are each looking for lasting love and an authentic relationship. It also highlight’s the men’s observations and experiences in the search for true love in Atlanta.

UPFRONT also celebrates the 40th Anniversary of The Wiz with music from the film played all throughout the show.

Tell us what you think…

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Watch a Sneak Peek of OWN’s ‘Chad Loves Michelle’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

OWN has released a first look video for its newest docu-series Chad Loves Michelle. It follows the engagement of Destiny’s Child star Michelle Williams and her fiancé Chad Johnson and premieres on Saturday November 3 at 9 p.m. EST.

The new show will feature an honest inside look at the path to marriage between the Grammy award-winning singer and Johnson, a sports chaplain to professional sports organizations. Having been together for a year and never in the same city for more than seven days, the newly engaged couple is turning to intensive pre-marital counseling to help prepare them for life together as husband and wife. Both are relocating to Los Angeles from different cities in the months leading up to their wedding, but not to the same bedroom.

Guided by their faith and unwavering values, the couple has vowed to consummate the relationship only after they are wed. Each episode will feature real issues the couple is tackling in their everyday lives, including Michelle’s high-profile battle with mental health issues, and the lessons they learn from the pre-marital counseling sessions that bond them stronger together.

Take a look below:

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Sneak Peek of OWN’s New Season of ‘Black Love’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

OWN’s hugely popular series—BLACK LOVE—returns this fall beginning October 2.

The show profile on the lives and relationships of famous African American couples and will feature Tina Knowles Lawson and Richard Lawson, Niecy Nash and Jay Tucker, Sterling K. Brown and Ryan Michelle Bathe, and many more.

Take a first look below:

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Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Alana Arenas and Elvis Nolasco added to ‘David Makes Man’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has added more star power to its upcoming lyrical drama David Makes Man from Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney

Alana Arenas will join the cast as a series regular while Tony Award winning actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Elvis Nolasco, Gillian Williams and Randy Gonzalez will appear as recurring guest stars. 

David Makes Man centers on a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is haunted by the death of his closest friend and relied on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty. He must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out. Set in South Florida, the series, inspired by events in McCraney’s own life, explores the inherent trauma sustained in the fight for survival.

Other series regulars include Akili McDowell, Phylicia Rashad, Nathanial Logan McIntyre, Isaiah JohnsonAde Chike TorbertJordan BolgerCayden K. Williams and Travis Coles.

McCraney serves as executive producer of the series alongside Dee Harris-Lawrence (Shots Fired, Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.) who serves as showrunner.

The series is produced by Page Fright and Outlier Society Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. It is currently in production in Orlando, Florida and set for a 2019 premiere on OWN.

Stay tuned…

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OWN & V-103 host a Season 3 Screening of ‘Greenleaf’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out a few photos from Tuesday night’s Season 3 Atlanta Screening of Greenleaf.  The highly anticipated series returned to OWN this week in a two-night premiere with loads and loads of drama.

V-103’s Ramona DeBreaux

The screening took place at the SCAD Show (formerly 14th Street Playhouse) and was attended by a number of die-hard fans as well as media and Atlanta influencers. V-103’s Ramona DeBreaux served as the evening’s host and moderated a lively Q&A session featuring the show’s stars – Merle Dandridge, Lynn Whitfield, Deborah Joy Winans, Lamman Rucker and Keith David.

Merle Dandridge + Lynn Whitfield + Deborah Joy Winans

In season three of Greenleaf, all the turbulent forces that Grace’s (Dandridge) return to Memphis unleashed threaten to destroy not just the church her family built, but the family itself. Fallout from last season’s shocking revelation of Bishop’s (David) infidelities with Lady Mae’s (Whitfield) sister, as well as reverberations from his current dalliance with that insidious Jezebel, Rochelle Cross (LeToya Luckett) lead to all-out war in the Greenleaf home, setting the Bishop and Lady Mae on a collision course that, unless God or Grace intervenes, can only end one way: divorce.

Lamman Rucker + Keith David

In the wake of the marital mayhem, Lady Mae rushes to reconnect with Maxine Patterson (Patti LaBelle), an old friend and now a world-famous Christian motivational speaker, in an attempt to reclaim her forsaken call to preach and thus do what no First Lady has done before – survive as the sole head pastor of a megachurch after a major rift between its founding couple.

Merle Dandridge + Lynn Whitfield

Grace, meanwhile, works undercover in the company of Rochelle, hoping to discover Rochelle’s motives and true identity before the Bishop is swept away on a raging river of vanity and desire. Across town at Triumph, Jacob (Rucker) and Kerissa (Kim Hawthorne) try not to make the same mistakes Bishop and Lady Mae made as they work to build their own evangelical empire and manage parenting their teenage daughter Zora (Lovie Simone), but the roots of sin delve deep and old habits die hard.

Deborah Joy Winans

Sophia’s (Desiree Ross) faith is tested when an unforeseen medical issue arises; Charity (Winans) struggles to make peace with Kevin (Tye White) and find her place in the world; and Grace works to keep an abused woman from death row for the crime of defending her own life. Meanwhile, Darius (Rick Fox) finds himself in conflict due to being entangled in an increasingly strained relationship with Grace.

See more photos from the screening below:

Lynn Whitfield 

Lamman Rucker + Keith David

Keith David + Deborah Joy Winans + Merle Dandridge + Lamman Rucker

Will you be watching this season?

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