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WATCH Mary J. Blige get her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Multi Grammy-winning singer Mary J. Blige is having the best birthday ever! The Golden Globe nominated actress received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today in front of her fans and industry peers, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Andre Harrell.

The ceremony took place at 6201 Hollywood Boulevard and was emceed by Diddy and Hollywood Chamber President and CEO Leron Gubler.

“Mary J. Blige is one of the most popular singers of our generation. Fans will be thrilled to see her star on the Boulevard as her career milestones are celebrated on this very famous sidewalk,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.

Walk the entire ceremony below:

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Mary J. Blige to receive a star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Grammy-winning singer and rising actress Mary J. Blige will be receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this coming Thursday, January 11.

According to the official press release, Blige will be honored with the 2,626th star and her ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. PST on 6201 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Eastown. Sean “Diddy” Combs will be there to help emcee and unveil the star along with Hollywood Chamber President and CEO Leron Gubler.

“Mary J. Blige is one of the most popular singers of our generation. Fans will be thrilled to see her star on the Boulevard as her career milestones are celebrated on this very famous sidewalk,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.

Mary J. Blige is a multi-platinum selling artist with nine Grammy® Awards. She is one of the pioneers of the 90s “hip hop/soul” sound and has sold more than 50 million records worldwide. She is an icon and arguably one of the most recognizable singers in the music business.

2018 is already shaping up to be a big year for her professionally as she is up for a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Critic’s Choice Award for her work in Dee ReesMudbound. She is a nominee in the “Best Supporting Actress” category.

I got a chance to meet Mary back in 2009 when she teamed up with Outkast star Big Boi as part of the Bringing Hope Home Tour – a foreclosing prevention program for homeowners here in Atlanta. She was so personable and very kind. At the time she was prepping to star as Nina Simone in a biopic and we talked about her new found passion for acting and Simone’s legendary music catalogue. Blige is very deserving of this star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

What is your favorite Mary J. Blige song?

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UPFRONT with the cast of ABC’s The Mayor, Demetria McKinney + June Ambrose

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Check out this past weekend’s edition of #UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry. My special guest interviews included actress, singer and model Demetria McKinney, who stopped through to discuss her role as Whitney Houston in the TV One biopic, “BOBBI KRISTINA.” We also dished about her new album, Officially Yours, her favorite Whitney songs and much more!

Fashion maven and iconic creative director—June Ambrose—talked to me about all the must have looks for the fall, styling hip-hop icons like Sean “Diddy” Combs and taking fashion cues from TV, film and music diva—Diana Ross.

#UPFRONT also talked to the cast of ABC’s new series, “The Mayor,” which airs this week October 3.  The comedy series features Brandon Michael Hall as a struggling hip hop artist who runs for mayor to promote his new mixed-tape and actually wins. It also stars Yvette Nicole Brown and was created by Jeremy Bronson.

#UPFRONT Inside Atlanta Entertainment Industry is a 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!

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!

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2018 Pirelli Calendar features an all-Black cast for retelling of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Emmy winning drag superstar RuPaul Charles is just one of the many famous faces attached to the new 2018 Pirelli Calendar. Images surfaced over the weekend featuring the “Drag Race” star as the demanding Queen of Hearts in this all-Black retelling of the classic children’s book, Alice in Wonderland.

The Pirelli Calendar is one of the entertainment world’s most sought after items.  According to CNN, it is not sold to the public and is gifted to celebrities and an elite group of industry insiders only. It was created years ago to display the beauty of women but has taken a more socially conscious approach to its calendar and photos in recent years.

“Now we have Alice looking different. Alice can be anyone. It’s an essence… you don’t have to be confined. Focus on what it represents. It’s important for cultural development,” said the calendar’s photographer Tim Walker.

In addition to Charles, the calendar also features some pretty magical and whimsical images of Oscar winners Whoopi Goldberg and Lupita Nyong’o, supermodel Naomi Cambell, hip hop icon Sean “Diddy” Combs, acclaimed model and actor Djimon Hounsou and rap sensation Lil Yachty + a cadre of high fashion models from around the motherland. British Vogue editor Edward Enninful is also assisting Walker with the fabulous fashion spread.

 Click here to see more shots and watch a BTS look at the calendar below:

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Diddy talks music, health, Cassie & more with Wendy Williams (VIDEO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

And they said this day would never happen…

It was all about love and forgiveness this morning on “The Wendy Williams Show” as music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs talked one-on-one with Wendy about his career as well as his new film “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop.”

If you know their history, these two haven’t always been the best of friends and have been “allegedly” (fingers in quotes) feuding for years. But it appears that they have put all that drama behind them and were able to (as Wendy called it) have an adult conversation.  But before they got into it, Diddy offered Wendy a praise apology.

“I must say, it’s been a long time coming and I want to just tell you how proud I am of you. I don’t think you get enough credit for being the first one to really cover our culture, hip hop culture, also hip hop celebrities and just understanding that it’s news. Not to say that’s all you cover but you started shedding light on our culture and our people and thank you very much,” said Combs to Wendy.

Wendy accepted his compliment and admitted that she may have pissed off a lot of people earlier in her career and that their interview today was indeed a “full circle moment.”

Check out the conversation below where Puff also talks about aging, being proactive about his health, being in love with Cassie, his new charter school and Biggie:

Photo Credit: WendyWilliams/Instagram

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Diddy debuts ‘Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop’ at TFF; also avail. on AppleMusic 6/25 (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs has released a new documentary about his career and iconic record label, Bad Boy. “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story” premiered Friday night at the Tribeca Film Festival and will play two more times this weekend in NYC.

In 1993, Sean “Diddy” Combs, aka Puff Daddy, founded Bad Boy Records, and in 2016, the Bad Boy Family reunited for the biggest homecoming in hip-hop history. Director Daniel Kaufman and Live Nation Productions share this raw and exclusive look behind the scenes at the history and legacy of Bad Boy through a complex portrait of the label’s mastermind, Sean “Puffy” Combs, as he reunites his Bad Boy Family over the course of a frantic three week rehearsal period. As the biggest names of Bad Boy prepare to reunite, the film also looks back to trace the label’s emergence in Harlem and Brooklyn, it’s meteoric rise, the tragic killing of Biggie Smalls, and the lasting influence on music, fashion, marketing and culture- all while revealing the love and commitment that form the bonds between the Bad Boy family. This celebratory documentary culminates in the 2016 live performances at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center featuring iconic artists PUFF DADDY, LIL’ KIM, MASE, FAITH EVANS, MARIO WINANS, 112, TOTAL, CARL THOMAS, and THE LOX. It will also be made available to his fan on Apple Music beginning June 25.

Watch the video + check out the film poster below:

Photo Credits: Instagram/Diddy

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V-103 hosts Mary J. Blige Listening Party for ‘Strength of a Woman’

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

The reigning “Queen of Hip Hop Soul” Mary J. Blige teamed up with Atlanta’s Big Station, V-103 Wednesday night for a sneak peek of her new CD, Strength of a Woman + her new film, “The Making of Strength of a Woman.”  The album drops this Friday, April 28 and the film debuts on Tuesday, May 2 at 11 p.m. EST on VH1.

The invitation only event took place at the SCADshow in Midtown and was hosted by Big Tigger. The evening began with the documentary which delves into the creative process of the new album. If you’re a real Blige fan, then you’ll know that she is going through a very painful divorce right now from her husband, Kendu Isaacs and much of the project is about her picking up the pieces and moving forward. Fans will see her laugh and cry in the studio as well motivate the songwriters, artists and engineers that helped her shape this new sound. It is narrated by Sean “Diddy” Combs and features a number of guest appearances by many of her collaborators and close friends like Missy Elliott, Jazmine Sullivan, DJ Khaled and Teddy Riley. For Blige, working with these award winning musicians and artists was as much of an honor for her as it was for them.

“It really meant so much to me because I really wanted to work with them. Like, I really wanted to work with Jazmine. I really wanted to write with her. I really love Khaled. He’s so positive and is such a role model. Kayne has always been a positive role model. Many of us are in the public and sometimes you wanna knock somebody out or curse somebody out and he does what we think about doing. (LOL) But seriously, I have always wanted to work with him because he’s a genius and he’s so real and expressive. Missy is my friend. She’s been my friend since the beginning of all of this,” said Blige to host Big Tigger.

Strength of a Woman also includes a track produced by ATL’s own Ne-Yo. In the film, Blige asked him about whether a certain female artist worked in his studio and warned him about not letting her know that he was working on this new album. Apparently this “mystery” artist is the alleged “side chick” of her husband and the one who is responsible for their divorce. Blige refers to her as “My Becky with the good hair,” a term used and made popular by Beyoncé’s Lemonade. Believe me when I tell you the audience “went up” over Blige’s comment and caused everyone to wonder who she is.

In addition to discussing the new album, Blige also talked to Big Tigger about some of the lessons she has learned over her 25 year career and the one thing that has changed the most for her professionally and privately.

“My self-esteem,” said Blige to a thunderous applause.  “Me being able to sit here and keep my head up and not worry about whether I am stumbling and mumbling and all of that. I just accept it and try not fix it…I am not trying to be perfect but trying to be the best me that I can be. I’ve never felt like this before.”

SIDE NOTE: For fans who are desiring that “old Mary” sound (you know what I’m talking about), I believe you will be satisfied with her new album. It features a number of songs that I believe are reminiscent (no pun intended) to the music featured on her classic My Life album. The title track, “Strength of a Woman,” is a clear stand out to me not only because it was produced by Teddy Riley and Benjamin Wright Jr. but it also features Blige with a live orchestra. That’s a rare sound that you just don’t hear that often on the radio anymore and it reminds me of a golden age of music.

See more photos + a sneak peek of the film below:

Strength of a Woman will be available this Friday, April 28!

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

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

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

Click here to see more red carpet photos and enjoy the show!

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

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

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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Tim Murphy, Brad Siegel, Teyonah ParrisTichina Arnold

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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LaLa Anthony to host Revolt’s 2014 Global Spin Awards

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

REVOLT TV and The Global Spin Awards (GSA), an award show that honors the most dynamic and talented DJ’s around the world, both past and present, are pleased to announce that television personality and actress LaLa Anthony will be the official host of this year’s show. The 2014 Global Spin Awards will take place on November 18, 2014 at the New World Stages theatre in New York City, airing on REVOLT TV on November 25, 2014 at 8pm ET.

Hosting this year’s awards show is LaLa Anthony. Known for her television career as a veejay on Direct EffectTotal Request Live, Charmed School, her popular reality show LaLa’s Full Court Life,  and her most recent film and television roles including Think Like a Man TooLaw & Order: SVU  and Power.  LaLa began her career in radio as a disc jockey in Washington, DC and Los Angeles, CA.

REVOLT viewers have much to look forward to LaLa hosting the awards show. LaLa previously marked the launch of REVOLT in 2013 when the she joined Sean “Diddy” Combs on the steps of Notorious BIG’s childhood home with Diddy discussing why he launched the network, which he then dedicated to the memory of Notorious BIG.

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Big Tigger & Kordell Stewart host ‘Draft Day’ Screening (PHOTOS)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

CBS Radio on-air personalities Big Tigger (WVEE-FM) and Kordell Stewart (WZGC-FM) gathered to host a special advance screening of the new Summit Entertainment, sports film, Draft Day  on Thursday, April 3 at AMC Parkway Pointe. The hosts and attendees participated in an NFL Madden Gaming Lounge, the OMG Booth and other sports themed activities.

Additional notable screening attendees included: Mishon (Columbia Records R&B Artist), George Wilson (Tennessee Titans NFL Player), Ronnie Brown (San Diego Chargers NFL Player) and the Morehouse College Maroon Tigers football team.

As previously reported, Draft Day  stars Chadwick Boseman as Vontae Mack, a Louisiana college linebacker hoping to get drafted by an NFL team.  Acting veteran Kevin Costner stars as an NFL team’s General Manager that is faced with tough professional and personal choices in the 24-hour period of the NFL Draft.  Rounding out the cast is Sean “Diddy” Combs, Chi McBride, David Ramsey, Arian Foster, Jennifer Gardner, Ellen Burstyn, Denis Leary and Frank Langella.

Check out the photos below:

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 Morehouse College Football Team

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 NFL Player George Wilson

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 Big Tigger and Kordell Stewart with Draft Day  Cheerleaders

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 NFL Player Ronnie Brown

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R&B singer Mishon/ Morehouse College Football Players pose with Draft Day  Cheerleaders

 Draft Day  opens in theaters nationwide next Friday, April 11.

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FIRST LOOK at Chadwick Boseman & Kevin Costner in ‘Draft Day’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The first trailer for the new NFL drama, Draft Day  has been released and just in time for Super Bowl weekend.

As previously reported, Draft Day  stars Chadwick Boseman as Vontae Mack, a Louisiana college linebacker hoping to get drafted by an NFL team.  Acting veteran Kevin Costner stars as an NFL team’s General Manager that is faced with tough professional and personal choices in the 24-hour period of the NFL Draft.

Draft Day  also features Sean “Diddy” Combs, Chi McBride, David Ramsey, Arian Foster, and Jennifer Gardner. Round out the cast are screen legends Ellen Burstyn, Denis Leary and Frank Langella.

Check out the preview below featuring Boseman challenging Costner:

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New Release dates for ‘Addicted,’ ‘Single Mom Club,’ and ‘Draft Day’

Sharon Leal starring in Zane’s Addicted

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

S&A is reporting some new updates for a couple of films that we reported about last year and here’s the rundown…

The film adaptation of Zane’s dramatic thriller, Addicted  is expected to hit theaters on September 5, 2014 as opposed to the March 14 date that was originally released. The film is about a sex addicted African American business woman and her mother and stars Sharon Leal, Tasha Smith, Boris Kodjoe, Tyson Beckford, William Levy and Emayatzy Corinealdi. The film was shot in Atlanta.

Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club  starring Nia Long has been moved from its original May 9, 2014 date to March 14. The film, which also stars Wendi McLendon-Covey and Zulay Henao, centers on a group of single mothers who are brought together by a crisis and their children’s school. Rounding out the cast is Williams Levy, Terry Crews, Eddie Cibrian, Amy Smart, Cocoa Brown, Ryan Eggold and Tyler Perry, who is also the writer, director and producer of the film.

Lastly, the grid iron action film, Draft Day  will be released on April 11, 2014. The film stars Kevin Costner as a NFL team’s General Manager who is faced with tough professional and personal choices in the 24-hour period of the NFL draft. The film also stars Sean “Diddy” Combs, Terry Crews, Chi McBride, David Ramsey, Arian Foster and Chadwick Boseman, who starred as Jackie Robinson in 42 and will star as James Brown in Get on Up.

RC looks forward to these new releases in 2014.

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Cassie hosts ‘A Night at the Museum’ for the Atlanta launch of Ciroc Amaretto + PHOTOS

Bad Boy Artist and Model Cassie with the Ciroc Amaretto Girls

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Prophecy Events recently held a launch party for the Atlanta debut of Ciroc Amaretto. It’s the newest addition to the Ciroc family that already includes Peach, Coconut and Red Berry flavors.

g Artist), Luther McElroy (Founder Prophecy Events) at A Night at the Museum the Atlanta Launch of the all New Ciroc Amaretto Presented by Prophecy EventsThe posh event was titled, “A Night at the Museum” and was hosted by Bad Boy Recording artist and model Cassie. More than 300 guests filled the Bill Lowe Gallery for the taste of the new vodka along with Ciroc-infused Hors D’Oeuvres.

According to Ciroc spokesperson, Sean “Diddy” Combs, the new vodka falls right in line with the brand’s tradition of great tasting spirits.

“I am excited to introduce the world to our newest creation. Ciroc stands alone as the only brand in the spirits category to produce three of the top five selling flavored vodkas. Ciroc Amaretto will build on this success with a delicious tasting spirit,” says Diddy.

“Anyone who knows me knows I love to innovate, whether it’s to do something no-one else has done before, or take something everyone knows and completely reinvent it”

The evening also featured entertainment from singer Casme as well as music provided by DJ SNS. Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta’s  Kirk Frost made an appearance along with actor and celebrity barber Jigga of BET’s The Game.

Take a look at the photos below:

Phillips Prepares Ciroc-Infused Hors D'Oeuvres during A Night at the Museum the Atlanta Launch of the all New Ciroc Amaretto Presented by Prophecy Events

 Buckhead Bottle Bar Chef Mark Phillips prepares Ciroc-Infused dishes for guests

Kirk Frost attends A Night at the Museum the Atlanta Launch of the all New Ciroc Amaretto Presented by Prophecy Events

 Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta’s  Kirk Frost with the Ciroc Amaretto Girls

SNS, provides the music entertainment for the evening of A Night at Museum, the Atlanta launch of the all New Ciroc Amaretto Presented by Prophecy Events

 DJ SNS on the wheels of steel

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