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‘The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel’ to air 4/11 at 8 p.m. (VIDEO)

Lifetime has released the official trailer for the highly anticipated biopic The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel. The movie debuts Saturday, April 11 at 8 p.m. EST.

As previously reported, the film recounts the story of the highest selling female gospel group in history and of their trailblazing mother, Mattie Moss Clark (Aunjanue Ellis). Credited with bringing Gospel music to the mainstream, the five Clark sisters (Christina Bell as “Twinkie,” Kierra Sheard as “Karen,” Sheléa Frazier as “Dorinda,” Raven Goodwin as “Denise,” Angela Birchett as “Jacky”) overcame humble beginnings in Detroit, enduring abuse, loss, rejection, betrayal, and sibling rivalries to achieve international fame as icons of the Gospel music industry.

In addition to the film, the Clark Sisters will be honored with the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Stellar Awards. CONGRATS LADIES!!!!

Watch the trailer below + photos from a recent press event in Pasadena, CA with executive producer Queen Latifah.

Photo Credits: Getty Images for Lifetime

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Stars Celebrate Missy Elliott’s Michael Jackson Vanguard Award [VIDEO + PHOTOS]

Superstar recipient of this year’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, Missy Elliott, may have set the VMA’s and social media on fire with her show-stopping performance this week, but the post-show celebration in her honor was nothing short of spectacular.

Queen Latifah + Pepa + Missy + Cardi B

Elliott’s long-time manager, Mona Scott-Young, along with nightlife entrepreneur Unik Ernest curated the star-studded event which hosted an impressive list of guests: Queen Latifah, Cardi B, Lizzo, Lil’ Kim, Oscar winner Regina King, tennis star Novak Djokovic, Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima, Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger (world champion US Women’s soccer team), Ice-T and Coco, Blac Chyna, Lil’ Mama, Dave East, Victor Cruz, Naturi Naughton, Winnie Harlow and Myx Fusions CEO Peter Reaske were among the elite who came out to celebrate with Elliott. Celebrity DJ Mary Mac 5 Star kept the energy high as guests partied into the wee hours. 

Ice-T + Coco + Mona Scott-Young

“We wanted to celebrate Missy, and honor her success and contributions to the culture, so where better to do that than a place inspired by her genius and creativity,” says Scott-Young. “Words can’t express how proud I am of Missy. She is an icon and truly deserves to be celebrated.”

The Museum of Missy Elliott

The event was held at “The Museum of Missy Elliott,” an interactive pop-up playground that allowed guests to engage in the most memorable and iconic moments from Elliott’s music videos. The concept boasted a live hologram experience where guests could record a gif of themselves performing to Elliott’s hit classic “The Rain,” while virtually wearing her signature inflated trash bag. The immersive activation was powered by VNTANA. 

Special thanks to Marilyn Van Alstyne of EMVE Management Group and event supporters Pepsi, MTV VMA’s, Myx Fusions, Bartenura, Cîroc, Courvoisier, Quay, Picsart and Monami Entertainment. 

Elliott’s latest project, Iconology, is available now on all streaming platforms.


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Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Judith Jamison & more to be honored at ‘Black Girls Rock’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Pop music legend Janet Jackson will receive the rock star award at this year’s Black Girls Rock awards. 

The Grammy winner will be honored as a “phenomenal woman in music,” organizers said Thursday. Jackson recently released “Made For Now,” her single with Daddy Yankee.

Oscar-nominated actress Queen Latifah will host the show, which will be taped Sunday at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. BET Networks will air the special celebrating the accomplishments of black women on Sept. 9.

Other award recipients music icon Mary J. Blige, runway diva Naomi Campbell, dance legend Judith Jamison, accomplished screenwriter  Lena Waithe and #MeToo founder Tarana J. Burke.

Blige will receive the star power award. Campbell will be presented with the black girl magic award and Jamison will receive the living legend award for her work in dance and choreography. Waithe will pick up the shot caller award and Burke will be given the change agent award. 


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UPDATE: Queen Latifah to perform at the ESSENCE Festival

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Oscar nominated actress, Grammy Award winner and all-around-entertainer Queen Latifah has been added to this year’s ESSENCE Festival.

According to the website, Latifah will be celebrating her 30th Anniversary in the entertainment business by gracing the Festival’s main stage for her first-ever performance.

Her set will include such female empowerment anthems as “U.N.I.T.Y.” and “Ladies First” to the round-the-way classic “Just Another Day” and the house music jam “Come Into My House.” She also promises a few surprises as well.

Latifah joins a laundry list of iconic divas performing this year including Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Ledisi and Fantasia.

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Toni Braxton + Queen Latifah secure major production deals with Lifetime

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

CONGRATS goes out to Grammy Award winning performers Toni Braxton and Queen Latifah. Both ladies have acquired major production deals with Lifetime.

According to VARIETY, Latifah will star in and executive produce a one-hour special titled U.N.I.T.Y. She will also executive produce the documentary Where Did the Women of Hip Hop Go?, which chronicles the rise of female rappers and their future in a male dominated industry.

Braxton’s production will air as part of Lifetime’s holiday programming, It’s a Wonderful Lifetime, at some point during November and December.

Queen Latifah during the BronzeLens Film Festival’s Women Superstars Luncheon

“Both Queen Latifah and Toni Braxton have been part of the Lifetime family for many years and its proven that our audiences love them as much as we do and we are excited they will be back on the network for even more,” said Tanya Lopez, EVP of movies, limited series & original movie acquisitions for Lifetime and LMN.

Both superstars have been involved with Lifetime productions. Latifah most recently appeared in Flint and is one of the executive producers of The Rap Game. Braxton most recently starred in Faith Under Fire and was the subject of the biopic Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart.

Stay tuned…

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Da Brat to star in new theatrical version of ‘Set It Off’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Grammy winning Hip Hop star Da Brat is starring in a theatrical adaptation of the 90s classic film, “Set It Off.” The show will have its Atlanta premiere March 9-11 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre followed up by performances in DC, LA, Chicago, Houston and Dallas.

According to the press release, Brat will be portraying the role of Cleopatra “Cleo” Sims, which was originally played by Oscar nominated actress Queen Latifah.

“Set If Off” was released in theatres nationwide on November 6, 1996 and was originally created by Takashi Bufford. It boasted one of the most superb casts ever assembled in a movie including Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, Jada Pinkett Smith and Kimberly Elise. It also featured an equally powerful, platinum selling, chart-topping, cut straight to heart musical soundtrack with songs from En Vogue, Brandy, Tamia, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Busta Rhymes, Goodie Mob along with legendary music icons like Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan.

“Without a doubt, this will be one of the greatest stage plays ever seen in the urban theatre market,” stated Johnson. “From the type of action and to the movement on stage, it will be nothing short of jaw dropping. This will be the first piece of my career that will stretch me to the limits of what can be done and seen by our urban audience. I will be recreating the same intensity, same passion and same shock and awe, breathtaking moments that made this movie resonate with millions of people.”

The stage adaptation of “Set It Off” is written, directed and produced by Je’Caryous Johnson. To date, Johnson has toured over 20 stage play productions to sold out crowds and written over 36 plays.

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UPDATE: Queen Latifah + Jill Scott to star in Lifetime’s ‘FLINT’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

At the top of the year, RC reported that music legend Cher was teaming up with Lifetime for a film about the Flint Michigan Water Crisis titled “FLINT.” At the time of the story, she was not only starring in the project but she was executive producing it alongside Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and Katie Couric. Fast-forward to now and it appears that the Grammy-winning diva is just serving as an executive producer. (Source: IMDB)

According to, “Girls Trip” actress Queen Latifah is now starring in the film along with Betsy Brandt, Jill Scott and Marin Ireland. Latifah is also executive producing it along with her Flavor Unit Entertainment business partner—Shakim Compere.

“FLINT” examine the events that led to the contamination of the city’s water supply and features Brandt, Scott and Ireland as the “whistleblowers” who exposed the environmental scandal. The film is inspired by the Time Magazine cover story, “The Toxic Tap,” by Josh Sanburn.

Lifetime is also teaming up with he United Way of Genesee County for a PSA campaign featuring the film’s cast members, who will encourage viewers to donate to help the people of Flint. CLICK HERE for more information.

“FLINT” airs on Saturday, October 28 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.

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Queen Latifah & more honored at Women Superstars Luncheon [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

The stars aligned this afternoon for the BronzeLens Film Festival’s 8th Annual Women Superstars Luncheon. The highly anticipated event of the summer took place at Atlanta’s iconic Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel and featured an all-star salute to four of TV and film’s most influential and promising women—Queen Latifah, Crystal Fox, Neema Barnette and Nefertite Nguvu.

The room was literally filled to capacity as a number of the city’s influencers, tastemakers and media personalities gathered to honor these amazing women for their indelible imprints within the entertainment industry.

Queen Latifah made history today as the first recipient of the Festival’s “IconSuperstar” Award. The “Girls Trip” star was recognized for her contributions as a musical performer, actress, producer and content creator. She received her award from filmmaker Will Packer, who also conducted a special one-on-one interview with “Sister Queen” about her career and much more.

Neema Barnette, a veteran producer, writer and director, was filled with gratitude as she was honored with this year’s “Legendary Behind-the-Lens SuperStar” Award. She was recognized for decades of blazing trails for Black women in Hollywood. Barnette is the first African American sitcom director and has most recently worked on such hit series as “The Breaks,” and “Being Mary Jane.” She also applauded award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay for allowing her the opportunity to direct OWN’s hit series, “Queen Sugar” and received her award from one of the show’s actors—Omar Dorsey.

Crystal Fox had a few full circle moments today as she was presented with the “Visionary SuperStar” Award. A veteran of the stage and screen, Fox thanked her “Atlanta” family who has supported her 30 plus year career. She also thanked her late aunt—Nina Simone—for encouraging her to be both an artist and an activist. “We must reflect the times,” she proclaimed before the audience. Fox currently appears on Tyler Perry‘s popular soap opera, “The Haves and the Have Nots” and received her award from friend and fellow actor, T.C. Carson.

Emerging filmmaker, Nefertiti Nguvu received this year’s “Behind-the-Lens SuperStar” Award for her critically-acclaimed project, “In the Morning” as well as her work with Latifah and Common. She is definitely one to watch in the coming years and has already created quite a buzz around Hollywood. She received her award from Queen Sugar‘s Timon Kyle Durrett.

Check out all of the photos below including more shots of the honorees along with the presenters + other invited celebrities including Regina Belle and Lisa Wu:


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#BLFF17 to award Queen Latifah with IconSuperstar Award

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Oscar-nominated actress, producer and award-winning entertainer—Queen Latifah—will be honored at this year’s Women Superstars Luncheon. The “Girls Trip” star will be recognized with the festival’s first ever IconSuperstar Award.  The annual ceremony will take place at Atlanta’s iconic Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel and is one of the city’s most recognized and highly anticipated events.

The BronzeLens Women SuperStars Luncheon serves as an industry platform for interactive networking, social and professional engagement that inspires and informs women from all walks of life,” said Kathleen Bertrand, BronzeLens Film Festival Executive Producer.

Other previously announced honorees include award-winning director, writer and producer Neema Barnette, emerging filmmaker Nefertite Nguvu + actress, activist and theatre diva Crystal Fox.  Past recipients have included Margaret Avery, Terri J. Vaughn, Suzanne dePasse, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Lynn Whitfield, Julie Dash, Cheryl Boone Issacs and Ava DuVernay.

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#UPFRONT feat. casts of ‘Girls Trip,’ ‘Blackberry Daze’ + Anita Wilson + Synergy Awards (AUDIO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Today’s edition of #UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry was full of Black star power.  I got a chance to talk to the ladies of “Girls Trip,” which opens in theaters nationwide this weekend. Jada Pinkett Smith and Regina Hall dish about their roles while the film’s producer—Will Packer—weighs in on why this particular film is so important. Mayor Kasim Reed also talked about his desire for Atlanta to make this film #1 at the box office.

#UPFRONT also catches up with gospel music sensation Anita Wilson and her new album, Sunday Song. The Billboard chart topping performer also opened up about the importance of voting and getting involved in your local community elections.

#UPFRONT also goes to AAFCA’s Synergy Awards as they honor director, producer and iconic filmmaker Rob Hardy. The creator of BET’s “The Quad” was exciting to be this year’s award recipient and encouraged all of us to continue pursuing our dreams.

We closed out the show with the cast of Horizon Theatre’s new musical, “Blackberry Daze.” Actresses Brittany Inge and Ayana Reed discussed their roles in the show as well as working with the great Tom Jones.

#UPFRONT Inside Atlanta Entertainment Industry is 30-minute radio magazine that features one-on-one interviews with all of the major players and behind-the-scenes superstars that make Georgia the new “Entertainment Capital.” It airs every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK and his hosted by yours truly, Ray Cornelius.

Follow us now on Instagram: @UPFRONTtheSHOW

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First Look at #EdGordonSpecial featuring Omari Hardwick, ‘Girls Trip’ Cast & More (VIDEO)

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The stars will align on this coming Monday, July 17 for an “Ed Gordon Special” you don’t want to miss. He’ll be talking to some of the biggest African-American stars in film, television and comedy beginning at 10 p.m. EST on Bounce TV.

In the special, Gordon will talk one-on-one with “Power” star Omari Hardwick. The Atlanta native opens up about the popularity of the STARZ series, his marriage and handling fame in this social media era. He also recalls a moment when he almost gave up acting.

“There was that moment when I decided to ask Mom and Pops what they thought about that. They collectively put together about twenty-five hundred dollars and said ‘you ain’t going nowhere. You didn’t go that far to come back home, not when you got all that talent.’”

Gordon also talks to the cast of the hilariously funny movie, “Girl Trip,” Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish. Each actress will discuss their careers and reflect on the contributions of Black women in Hollywood.

“It’s people like Jada’s husband Will (Smith) who helped us every step of the way, so it wasn’t just us When Will got in he helped me get in…I’m going to help somebody else get in. It’s not about keeping it all to yourself it’s about passing it on and keeping that door open,” says Latifah.

Gordon also profiles Super Bowl Champion-turned broadcaster Michael Strahan and Kings of Comedy—Cedric the Entertainer and D.L. Hughley.

Check out a sneak peek below:

The “Ed Gordon Special” airs on Monday, July 17 at 10 p.m. EST.

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#UPFRONT attends ESSENCE Festival + Radio Row + Premieres + More

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

It gives me great pleasure to share my amazing coverage of the 2017 ESSENCE Festival. My arts and entertainment radio magazine—UPFRONT—was there to capture all of the sights and sounds of this year’s festivities as part of Radio Row.  My four-day weekend began on Thursday (June 29) with a special meet & greet + reception with the cast of the indie film, “STEP.”

“STEP” is the true-life story of a girls’ high-school step dance team in Baltimore, whose teachers, counselors, coaches and families, help them achieve their dreams of going off to college. It also takes viewers into the personal lives of three of the dancers— Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger, Tayla Solomon—and their coach, Gari McIntyre.  The film has received rave reviews and was the winner of the Documentary Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

On Friday (June 30) #UPFRONT began its three day stint on Radio Row. It is one of three areas that celebrity attendees can meet press and conduct interviews. I was truly blessed to have interviewed so many people including cast members from the hugely popular “Orange Is The New Black,” TNT’s new breakout series, “Claws,”  FOX’s “Empire and Star.” I also got a chance to chat with the cast of FX’s “Snowfall” and the new series “The Mayor” and “Ghosted.”

Music divas CeCe Winans, Anita Wilson and Chanté Moore stopped by the table to discuss their new projects. Winans album, Let Them Fall In Love has been killing the gospel charts and is her best work to date. Wilson talked about covering the classic jazz tune “Here’s To Life” for her new album and Moore dished about her album, Rise of the Pheonix and recording her first Christmas CD this fall.

#UPFRONT also chatted with actress and singer Lil Mama (who is going by her real name Niatia) as well as celebrity stylists Mushiya Tshikuka, Razor Chic of Atlanta and Melvin Styles. However, the highlight of Radio Row was talking to New Thought Leader, Life Coach and TV Personality—Iyanla Vanzant. She opened up about her last season + why she continues to participate in the ESSENCE Festival. She also talked about what she has learned personally from doing her award winning show, “Iyanla Fix My Life.”

“What I’ve learned personally is how powerful God is. As Black people were taught, ‘don’t tell your business in the street.’ (LOL) But when there’s a call on someone’s life to serve God, these people are showing up in amazing ways. I’ve also learned how difficult a healing journey can be. People don’t want to suffer. They don’t want to hurt. They don’t want to destroy themselves. But if they don’t have the tools and the information to heal, that’s what they do. I’ve also learned that I don’t have to be ‘on’ all the time. I’m human. I can have my time off…my days off and I don’t have to be who people expect me to be.”

In addition to Radio Row, #UPFRONT was able to attend and capture images from the night time concerts. This year’s ESSENCE Festival theme was all about female empowerment, sisterhood and “staying woke” and the entertainers who performed were true reflections of that. Friday’s show included Rhonda Ross, India.Arie, John Legend and the Queen of Motown—DIANA ROSS.

This was Miss Ross’ first time appearing at the Festival since its inception in 1995 and she didn’t disappoint. Other performances included Jazmine Sullivan, Jill Scott, Chaka Khan, Solange, Monica, Lalah Hathaway, Remy Ma, Xscape, Master P, Chance the Rapper and Mary J. Blige.

Other highlights throughout the weekend included the NOLA premieres of “Girls Trip” featuring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish. FX also screened its new drama, “Snowfall” which included appearances by the show’s cast + the creator and award winning director John Singleton. #UPFRONT also captured images of the casts from “Detroit,” OWN’s “Greenleaf” and “Queen Sugar” + Ava DuVernay and the “WOKE Women Awards.”

See all of the rest of the images below and click here to listen to the first of two radio shows featuring exclusive coverage of the ESSENCE Festival:

The Cast of “STEP”

Ray Cornelius on Radio Row

John Singleton and Damson Idris from FX’s “Snowfall”

Ray Cornelius with “Snowfall” actors Isaiah John + Malcolm M. Mays

“Claws” stars Niecy Nash + Karrueche Tran

+ showrunner Janine Sherman Barrois

“Claws” cast with Ray Cornelius + UPFRONT Talent Producer Jess Manning

ESSENCE talking to “Black Panther” actress Letitia Wright 

Ray Cornelius with FANDANGO Correspondent Chris Witherspoon

“She’s Gotta Have It” actress DeWanda Wise 

Ray Cornelius with “Empire” stars Ta’Rhonda Jones and Bryshere Y. Gray 


John Legend 

John Legend

John Legend 


Ray Cornelius watching DIANA ROSS 

Ray Cornelius with the cast of “Detroit” – Jacob Latimore, Nathan Davis Jr., Algee Smith, Ephraim Sykes,  Joseph David-Jones

“The Haves and the Have Nots” Tyler Lepley,

Angela Robinson and Gavin Houston

Ava DuVernay during the “WOKE Women Awards” 

Jazmine Sullivan 

Tank + Angel Love + Angel Saunders

on the red carpet of the “Snowfall” NOLA Premiere

Remy Ma performing with her husband and rapper Papoose

Lalah Hathaway

Ray Cornelius with Iyanla Vanzant 

CeCe Winans talking about her new album, Let Them Fall In Love 

Ray Cornelius with CeCe Winans 

Ray Cornelius with Anita Wilson 

Ray Cornelius greeting “cousin” Chanté Moore

Ray Cornelius with Chanté Moore

Ray Cornelius interviewing Miss Lawrence of “STAR”

Ryan Destiny of “STAR”

Ray Cornelius with Miss Lawrence 

Issa Rae, Kofi Soriboe and Larenz Tate at “Girls Trip” NOLA Premiere

Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith at “Girls Trip” NOLA Premiere

Ray Cornelius with the cast of “The Mayor” – Brandon Michael Hall, Yvette Nicole Brown and show creator Jeremy Bronson

Ray Cornelius with Nicci Gilbert 

XSCAPE after their Super Lounge performance

Elle Varner


Ray Cornelius with Craig Robinson of “Ghosted”

Ray Cornelius with Melvin Styles and Razor Chic of Atlanta 

Mushiya Tshikuka talking to #UPFRONT

Ava DuVernay with the cast of “Queen Sugar”

Ray Cornelius with “Snowfall” actor Damson Idris 

Chanté Moore with June’s Diary

Ray Cornelius with Common 

Ray Cornelius with Big Freedia 

Shirley Jones of The Jones Girls 

Ray Cornelius with “Insecure” actress Yvonne Orji

Ray Cornelius with Tamika D. Mallory

Ray Cornelius with the fabulous Candace Ledbetter

Ray Cornelius with “Snowfall” actors Isaiah John + Malcolm M. Mays

Common with cast of “Detroit” – Nathan Davis Jr.,

Jacob Latimore and Joseph David-Jones


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The Cast of ‘Girls Trip’ attend #NOLA Premiere [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

The New Orleans premiere of “Girls Trip” was lit yesterday afternoon and yours truly RC was there to capture all the sights and sounds. The advanced screening took place at the luxurious Theaters at Canal Place on historic Canal Street.

The films four divas—Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish—looked absolutely amazing on the red carpet along with their co-stars Larenz Tate and Kofi Soriboe. The film’s director Malcolm D. Lee and producer Will Packer were also in attendance.

As previously reported, “Girls Trip” features the ladies as lifelong friends who travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, where they rekindle their wild sides. The film features a lot of dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make even the Big Easy blush. Rounding out the cast is Kate Walsh and Mike Colter.  “Girls Trip” was also written by “black-ish” creator Kenya Barris along with Tracy Oliver.

A number of celebrities were in attendance including reality show maven Mona Scott-Young;  singer and actress LeToya Luckett, singer/songwriter Tank, “Insecure” actress Issa Rae, LHHNY Yandy Smith; rapper, actor and reality star him Romeo, South African actress Nomzano Mbatha, actresses Essence Atkins and Bresha Webb, “Queen Sugar” stars Omar Dorsey and Timon Kyle Durrett and many more.

The event was presented by Nissan and Hello Beautiful! Check out more pics below:

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‘Girls Trip’ stars cover ‘ESSENCE’ #Vacation Issues [PHOTOS]

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“Ain’t no party like an ESSENCE party, cuz an ESSENCE party do stop!”

Congrats to the cast of the upcoming comedy “Girls Trip!” The fierce divas—Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish—are featured on five unique #Vacation covers for ESSENCE Magazine.

“Girls Trip” opens nationwide in theaters on July 21 and features the ladies as four lifelong friends who travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, where they rekindle their wild sides. The film features a lot of dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make even the Big Easy blush. Larenze Tate, Kate Walsh, Mike Colter and “Queen Sugar” heartthrob Kofi Siriboe round out the cast. “Girls Trip” was written by “black-ish” creator Kenya Barris along with Tracy Oliver.

“Because of our history in this country and how we’ve been labeled, I think we, as Black women, tend to be a little hard on ourselves,” Pinkett-Smith told ESSENCE about letting go and having fun in the July 2017 issue.

Take a look at the beautiful covers below + click here to watch the film’s trailer:

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