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First Look at VH1’s ‘Daytime Divas’ starring Vanessa Williams (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Finally! A first look trailer for VH1’s upcoming drama, “Daytime Divas” starring Vanessa Williams + Tichina Arnold and premiering Monday, June 5 at 10 p.m.

The series is based on Star Jones‘ best selling book, Satan’s Sisters and follows a fictitious long-running talk show titled “The Lunch Hour” that is hosted by five female co-hosts including Williams and Arnold along with Chloe Bridges, Camille Guaty and Fiona Gubelmann.

Other special guests include Kristen Johnston, Norm Lewis, Patti LaBelle, Eve, Kelly Osbourne, Tasha Smith, McKinley FreemanLa La Anthony, Rob Estes, Scott Evans, Debby RyanJanet Mock,  The Real’s Tamara Mowry-Housley, Richard T. Jones, Maurice Johnson and Ms. Jones herself.

Check it out below and tell us what you think!

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‘Daytime Divas’ adds Star Jones, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Richard T. Jones & more

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

It looks like media maven Star Jones will be making an appearance on VH1’s new series “Daytime Divas.” The cable network announced the casting news this week regarding her cameo as well as guest appearances by The Real’s Tamara Mowry-Housley, Richard T. Jones and co-hosts from The View, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Jedediah Bila and Sara Haines. Also appearing on the show are Tammy Blanchard and Ness Bautista.

As previously reported, “Daytime Divas” is based on Jones’ best selling book,  Satan’s Sisters and follows a fictitious long-running talk show titled “The Lunch Hour” and is hosted by five female co-hosts—Vanessa Williams, Tichina Arnold, Chloe Bridges, Camille Guaty and Fiona Gubelmann—with five different points of view.

Other previously announced stars include Kristen Johnston, Norm Lewis, Patti LaBelle, Eve, Kelly Osbourne, Tasha Smith, La La Anthony, Rob Estes, Scott Evans, Debby Ryan and Janet Mock.

“Daytime Divas” was shot on location in Atlanta, GA and will air later on this spring.

Will you be watching?

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Norm Lewis, Patti LaBelle & Tasha Smith to appear on ‘Daytime Divas’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

VH1 is adding more star power to its upcoming scripted series “Daytime Divas.” The new one-hour program will debut in 2017 and is based on Star Jones‘ popular book “Satan’s Sisters.”

“Daytime Divas” follows a fictitious long running talk show entitled “The Lunch Hour,” and is hosted by five female co-hosts. On screen, they are best friends with five very different points of view, but behind the scenes, they inhabit a world of power struggles, cat fights and cocktails. Vanessa Williams, Tichina Arnold, Chloe Bridges, Camille Guaty and Fiona Gubelmann will portray the five hosts.

According to a press release, Broadway star and “Scandal” actor Norm Lewis will have a recurring role as “William,” a handsome doorman who may hold one of the ladies’ darkest secrets. Music legend Patti LaBelle will play “Gloria,” William’s sharp-tongued, fabulous, prying mother who loves visitng her son in New York City to catch the latest sales. Eve will star as “Cecile James,” author of a book about alpha women who comes on “The Lunch Hour” as a guest host hoping to make her stint permanent. Tasha Smith play “Portia Camden,” a popular lifestyle guru who joins the ladies as a guest co-host on the show. La La Anthony will play “Isabel Carlisle,” a crisis management expert brought in by Maxine (Vanessa Williams) to help handle a situation that has gone public with one of the hosts. Transgender media personality Janet Mock will be a guest co-host on “The Lunch Hour” who ends up connecting with and helping one of the other hosts.  Kristen Johnston, Kelly Osbourne, Debby Ryan, Rob Estes, Scott Evans and McKinley Freeman will also star on the show.

“Daytime Divas” is executive produced by Star Jones and Motown legend Suzanne de Passe and is currently being shot in Atlanta, GA.

Stay tuned…

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Tichina Arnold, McKinley Freeman and more join VH1’s ‘Daytime Divas’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

VH1 has added more star power to its upcoming scripted series “Daytime Divas.” “Survivor’s Remorse” actress Tichina Arnold and “Hit the Floor” hunk McKinley Freeman will join the cast of the drama that was originally titled “Satan’s Sisters” and is based on the Star Jones book of the same name. The two will join previously announced actress Vanessa Williams as well as Chloe Bridges, Camille Guaty and Fiona Gubelmann.

“Daytime Divas” is centered on five female co-hosts of a popular daily TV talk show, ‘The Lunch Hour,’ and the fireworks that ensue each weekday when they discuss life, love, family, politics, and gossip. Williams will portray Maxine Robinson and is being described as “a formidable, powerful and decisive woman, who fears she’s being put out to pasture.”

Principle photography for “Daytime Divas” will begin in Atlanta this month and is executive produced by Jones and Suzanne de Passe.  Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler will also serve as showrunners as well as executive producers.

Stay tuned…

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CASTING NEWS!

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Singer, actress, and Broadway star Vanessa Williams will play the lead in Star Jones‘ upcoming VH1 scripted series “Satan’s Sisters.” The one-hour program is centered on five female co-hosts of a popular daily TV talk show, ‘The Lunch Hour,’ and the fireworks that ensue each weekday when they discuss life, love, family, politics, and gossip. Williams will portray Maxine Robinson and is being described as “a formidable, powerful, and decisive woman, who fears she’s being put out to pasture.” No other casting has been announced. [INDIEWIRE]

“RACE” star Stephan James has been cast opposite Sanaa Lathan in Gina Prince-Bythewood‘s upcoming FOX project titled, “Shots Fired.” The event series explores racial tension and police shooting. The Canadian born actor will play a prosecutor who helps Lathan, an expert investigator. The pair must navigate the media attention, public debate and the social unrest that comes with such volatile cases, as they seek justice before the divided town erupts. [VARIETY]

STAY TUNED…

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Star Jones’ scripted series ‘Satan’s Sisters’ is coming to VH1

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Congrats to Star Jones!  The media maven’s book “Satan’s Sister” will be the focus of a new scripted series for VH1 in 2017.

According the press release, the one-hour program is centered on five female co-hosts of a popular daily TV talk show, ‘The Lunch Hour,’ and the fireworks that ensue each weekday when they discuss life, love, family, politics, and gossip. These five women, with very different points of view, are best friends and sisters…while they’re on TV. But behind the scenes, they are “Satan’s Sisters” — a backstage world filled with power struggles, personal demons, diva fits, love affairs, man troubles, cat fights…and cocktails.

“Satan’s Sisters” will be executive produced by Jones along with Josh Berman, Madison Jones, Susan Levison and Motown legend Suzanne DePasse.

satans-sisters-book-coverI’m so excited that ‘Satan’s Sisters,’ which was such a fun book to write, is finally coming to the small screen,” said Star Jones. “I would be lying if I said that ‘Satan’s Sisters’ wasn’t influenced by the soap opera life of daytime TV but it is a work of fiction. All the characters are inspired, in parts, by someone I’ve worked with, worked for, interviewed, was interviewed by and/or even prosecuted.”

“Daytime TV now comments on and creates pop culture,” said Chris McCarthy, General Manager, VH1. “Star Jones’ book is the perfect project for VH1 and our partners to bring to life.”

In 2012, Jones expressed on a “Wendy Williams Show” that she would love Diana Ross or Diahann Carroll to play the role of ‘Maxine Robinson’ on the show. RC will  keep you posted as this continues to develop.

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AAFCA hosts Oscar Viewing Party with Mercedes Benz [PHOTOS]

Drew Slaven (Mercedes Benz), David Oyelowo and Gil Robertson (AFFCA)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), the premiere organization of film media professionals, set a goal last year to expand its industry presence during awards season with a collection of distinctive events. With awards season now coming to a close, by all accounts AAFCA has succeeded on all levels in honoring and presenting some of the most prominent names in front of the camera and behind the scenes in entertainment.

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While each event was presented under the AAFCA banner, they were all unique. Starting with a community-centric panel discussion that focused on career sustainability in the entertainment industry, in collaboration with One United Bank; to an intimate dinner at the home of Emmy Award-winning casting agent, Robi Reed, leading up to the association’s premiere event, its annual awards show that showcased some of the biggest names in the industry – Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, J.K. Simmons, Kathryn Bigelow, David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ava DuVernay, Chadwick Boseman, RZA, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Mike Epps, among others in attendance.

AAFCA celebrated the end of awards season with a lavish Academy Awards Viewing Party with Mercedes Benz USA that attracted a diverse groups of celebrities and industry executives. “Award season never gets old and once again provided a whirlwind of activities that allowed the professionals who work so hard in this industry an opportunity to connect with their peers,” says AAFCA President, Gil Robertson. “AAFCA feels very privilege to participate in this tradition and add our distinctive flavor into the mix.”

The AAFCA/Mercedes Benz US Academy Awards Viewing Party was a high-voltage affair held in the Grand Ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel. Notable talent enjoying the affair included: “Blackish” star Tracee Eliss Ross; Thandie Newton, Beverly Johnson, Star Jones, Vanessa Bell Calloway, the cast of “Selma” and cast members from “The Have and the Have Nots” noshed on a menu that featured sushi, arugula hummus, spicy beef empanadas and duck confit quesadillas, complemented with cocktails that were specifically crafted for the occasion.

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Natalie Cole with Star Jones

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 Lynn Whitfield and Edwina Finley

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Star Jones set to co-host a new talk show

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Star Jones is headed back to daytime television as one of five co-hosts for a new talk show produced and distributed by Debmar-Mercury. Sounds familiar huh?

According to THP, the attorney and television personality is ecstatic about the new legal-themed show and told Fishbowl NY that the opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time.

“I can’t say much, but I can tell you exclusively I shot the pilot on Sunday and its multi-host – the opportunity came to me when I was in the middle of a million things — and I’m more excited about this than I’ve been in long time,” Jones said. “It’s right in my wheel house.”

Jones also claims that the days of single host formatted shows are over.

“I don’t think the single-host format will be successful any longer. The time for those shows has passed,” she also said. “I think people want to tune in and see a group of people with some real diversity and that are relatable.”

This is Jones’ second attempt at the multi-host format. She spent 9 years of her career as the co-host of ABC’s The View  and left that show in 2006. Since that time she has appeared as a guest legal analyst on such shows as The Insider  and Dr. Phil.  She was also a contestant on fourth installment of Celebrity Apprentice.

RC will keep you posted as more information about this show continues to develop.

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Russell Simmons’ ‘Art for Life’ Event honors Tyler Perry and more! [PHOTOS]

Russell Simmons with Hana Nitsche and Aoki Lee with her cousin

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The Hamptons were the place to be this weekend as hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons hosted his 14th Annual Art for Life Benefit. The summer’s swankiest party was held at The Fairview Farms in Bridgehampton, which offered guests breathtaking views of the Atlantic and made it the perfect backdrop for fundraising.

Each year Art For Life  raises capital in hopes of providing inner city youth across New York City with exposure to the arts and exhibition opportunities to emerging artist. This year’s theme, “Field of Dreams” was hosted by Soledad O’Brian and honored five arts and culture advocates including Anne Pasternak, Walter Mosley, Sam Englebardt, William D. Johnson and Tyler Perry.

A number of A-list stars were on hand to celebrate including Star Jones, Rev. Al Sharpton, Tichina Arnold, Anthony Anderson, Kevin Liles, Michael Strahan, Nicole Murphy and Melanie Fiona. The crowd was also treated to performances from Estelle, Rick Ross and Maxwell.

Check out the photos below:

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 Tichina Arnold with Melanie Fiona/media mogul Star Jones

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Estelle and Maxwell perform

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Tyler Perry was among this year’s five honorees

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Rick Ross performing/comedic actor Anthony Anderson

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RC Birthdays for the week of March 24-30

Award-winning singer-songwriter-actress-philanthropist Mariah Carey turns 43 on March 27

Written by | Ray Cornelius

This week’s celebrity birthdays is all about the “entertainer” including  two of music’s most recognizable female singers, four multi-genre female vocalists, six hip hop artists, a leading lady, a media maven and a 70’s TV icon.

Get plugged into the RC Birthdays for this week: March 24-30, 2013.

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 Mar. 24: Lawyer, writer, journalist and TV personality Star Jones, 51

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Rapper and De La Soul’s Maceo, 43

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Mar. 25: The reigning “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin, 71

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TV, film and stage actress Lisa Gay Hamilton, 49

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Mar. 26: Award-winning singer-actress-Motown legend Diana Ross, 69

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TV actor and star of What’s Happening!!  Ernest Thomas, 64

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Rapper Juvenile, 38

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Rapper J-Kwon, 27

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Mar 27: Grammy-winning singer of The Black Eyed Peas Fergie, 38

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Mar. 28: Grammy-winning rapper of Salt-N-Pepa Cheryl “Salt” James, 47

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Rapper of The Lost Boyz Mr. Cheeks, 42

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Grammy-winning performer and fashion icon Lady Gaga, 27

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Mar. 30: Hip Hop star MC Hammer, 50

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Award-winning singer-songwriter-activitst Tracy Chapman, 49

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JUST BECUZ…

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Über socialite Denise Rich hosted the 2012 Angel Ball this past Monday night in New York City.

Everyone who’s anyone in music, television and entertainment was there to not only help raise funds and awareness  for cancer research but to also show off their latest fashions.  Come on now, you know how we do!

Check out a few of these fierce red carpet looks by everyone from Wendy Williams to Smokey Robinson!

British Soul Diva Estelle

Power Couple Kanye West and Kim Kardashian

Motown Legend Smokey Robinson and wife Frances

Sexy Solange

That’s Miss Star Jones to you

The always fabulous Denise Rich

Super Dope  Angela Simmons

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Russell Simmons and friends raise $2 Million at ‘Art for Life’ Charity

(l to r) MC Lyte, Anita, Soledad O’Brien and Rocsi Diaz

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons hosted his annual ‘Art for Life’ Charity event at his East Hampton, NY home this past weekend.

A number of celebrities including Tyler Perry, Star Jones, Tika Sumpter, MC Lyte, and Rocsi Diaz were there to help raise $2 Million for Simmon’s Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. The funds raised will be used to serve underprivileged youth and provide better access to arts programs.

This year’s honorees included Mariah Carey and Nick CannonTamia and Grant Hill and was hosted by CNN’s Soledad O’Brien.

Musical entertainment was provided by Anita Baker, Salt-N-Pepa, Melanie Fiona and Diggy Simmons.

Check out these amazing photos:

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Wendy Williams to produce a film version of Star Jones’ Satan’s Sisters…

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Talk –show host Wendy Williams is stepping out of the hosting seat and into the producer’s chair to present Star Jones’ Satan Sisters: The Movie.

According to TV Buzz, Williams is teaming up with former Motown television, film and music producer Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones to create television and movies under the auspices of “Wendy Williams Presents.” The first film to be made in this new partnership is Jones’ novel about a panel of talk show hosts.  Williams said this of her new deal with de Passe:

“de Passe Jones Entertainment has a proven track record of success as it pertains to television movies and mini-series,” Williams said in a release. “This partnership makes great sense to Wendy Williams Productions and our entry into the world of filmed entertainment. The credentials of Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones speak for themselves. We are looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship with de Passe Jones Entertainment and adding to their stellar and lengthy string of highly successful films.”

A few months back Jones mentioned on Williams’ daytime talk-show her desire to turn the novel into a movie and even hinted at who she would like to see cast in roles. If Jones has her way, she would also like to see the movie turned in a television series. No word yet on when production starts.

Kudos to the “Queen of All Media” for taking her brand and celebrity to the next level!

What do you think about Wendy Williams producing a film?

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Satan’s Sisters…a movie?

Posted by | Cyrena Rose

Star Jones revealed on the Wendy Williams Show who she’d like to star in the television movie of her novel, Satan’s Sisters.

VH1 bought the rights to Satan’s Sisters, the story of The Lunch Club–a long-running, popular ladies’ talk show.  The show’s famous red couch is ruled by its esteemed matriarch, Maxine Robinson, the first African-American to become a network news anchor.  Star Jones expressed her desire to have either Diahann Carroll or Diana Ross  play the role of Maxine Robinson.

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