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TV One presents ‘Love, Lies and Murder’ Movie Series in July (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

TV One brings chills and thrills every Sunday night this July with four original movie premieres themed LOVE, LIES & MURDER. Inspired by actual events, the network that brought viewers “WHEN LOVE KILLS” and the popular true crime series “FATAL ATTRACTION,” delivers a series of stories that explore the dark side of love including deceit, betrayal, obsession and jealousy. TV One’s month of LOVE, LIES & MURDER features:  SINS OF THE FATHER debuting Sunday, July 7 at 8 p.m./7C; IN BROAD DAYLIGHT premiering Sunday, July 14 at 8 p.m./7C; LOVED TO DEATH airing Sunday, July 21 at 8 p.m./7C; and DEADLY DISPATCH premiering Sunday, July 28 at 8 p.m./7C. 

Sparked by real events, SINS OF THE FATHER features Deitrick Haddon (The Gospel), A.J. Johnson (Baby Boy), Clifton Powell (Ray), Terayle Hill (Merry Wishmas) and Angela Davis (I Feel Pretty). The movie follows Clarence Burnett (Haddon) a pastor in Atlanta who’s happily married to Karen (Davis). The couple’s world is torn apart when Karen is brutally murdered outside their Atlanta home, sending shock waves through their close-knit community. As police delve deeper into the Burnett’s inner circle, they discover secret lives filled with lust, cruelty and unearth a sinful conspiracy of biblical proportions.

Premiere: Sunday, July 7 at 8 p.m. ET/7C; Encore: Sunday, July 7 at 10 p.m. 

IN BROAD DAYLIGHT, starring and executive produced by Shad “Bow Wow” Moss (Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta), Chyna Lane (She’s Gotta Have It – Series) and Curtis Hamilton (Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le), tells the story of Jordan Boudreaux (Lane), who gets abducted by her obsessed and estranged boyfriend Steve (Hamilton). Jordan’s family rallies the community while her closest cousin, Malik (Moss), makes it his personal mission to find and bring her home safely. The family, community and police band together to find Jordan before it’s too late. 

Premiere: Sunday, July 14 at 8 p.m. ET/7C; Encore: Sunday, July 14 at 10 p.m. 

Inspired by TV One’s true crime programming, LOVED TO DEATH stars Malinda Williams (Girlfriends’ Getaway), MC Lyte (Girls Trip), McKinley Freeman (Hit the Floor), Tobias Truvillion (Empire) and Chrystee Pharris (Media). The film charts a newly engaged couple whose lives are cut short when they are suddenly gunned down by a crazed ex-lover at a toll booth. Upon meeting and falling in love with Dre (Truvillion), Monica (Williams) leaves a long term abusive relationship with Jackson (Freeman) to be with her new love. Tune in to find out how a once loving relationship turned deadly.

Premiere: Sunday, July 21 at 8 p.m. ET/7C; Encore: Sunday, July 21 at 10 p.m. 

DEADLY DISPATCH stars Tamala Jones (Castle), Dominique Perry (Insecure) and Rapper Bone Crusher (ATL). The film chronicles the tragic murder of Shawn (Bone Crusher), a well-liked owner of a struggling taxi company. Tiffany (Jones) is a local salon owner and Shawn’s longtime, high-school best friend who becomes intertwined in the puzzling circumstances surrounding his death. Unsatisfied with the police’s classification of the case being a “robbery gone wrong,” Tiffany becomes suspicious of Shawn’s grieving widow Amber (Perry). Motivated to find out what really happened to her friend that fateful day, Tiffany embarks on a quest that will not only endanger her strained marriage, but her life as well. Will she be able to come to terms with a deep secret shared between her and Shawn while seeking justice? 

Premiere: Sunday, July 28 at 8 p.m. ET/7C; Encore: Sunday, July 28 at 10 p.m.

Will you be tuning in?

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Watch Trailer for TV One’s ‘Merry Wishmas’ [PHOTOS + VIDEO]

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David and Tamela Mann are teaming up with TV One this holiday season for a new movie – Merry Wishmas. It airs Sunday, December 2 at 7 p.m. EST.

Merry Wishmas revolves around a successful businesswoman Kenni (Tamela Mann) who hasn’t returned home to the quaint town of Columbia, South Carolina in years. She’s hoping for a peaceful visit when she finally returns home, but unresolved family issues threaten to make the Christmas holiday not so bright. She’s reacquainted with Jessie (David Mann), an old high school friend with a fledgling wellness facility – the Beverly Living Center. She’s instantly thrown into the lives of the center’s residents and meets a host of colorful characters. When Jessie is faced with losing the Beverly Living Center, Kenni steps in to try and help save it. Family conflicts and relationship woes, however, threaten Kenni’s efforts. It looks like only a miracle can save the center and mend broken relationships in time for Christmas.

Merry Wishmas also stars Kim Fields and her husband Jonathan Freeman, Towanda Braxton, DeEtta West, Chrystale Wilson, Terayle Hill, Elisabeth Omilami, Ashton Leigh and Yung Joc.

It is executive produced by Roger M. Bobb, produced by David and Tamela Mann and directed by Terri J. Vaughn. The movie is one of several holiday films playing all month long on TV One.

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Kim Fields + Tamela Mann

Chrystale Wilson 

David Mann + Jonathan Freeman + Terayle Hill

Tamela Mann + Ashton Leigh

Yung Joc

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Watch Final Trailer for ‘Acrimony’ feat. Taraji P. Henson (PHOTOS)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

In preparation for Friday’s debut of Tyler Perry’s Acrimony, Lionsgate has released a final trailer + new images of the highly anticipated romantic thriller. It features Oscar nominated actress and Empire star Taraji P. Henson and She’s Gotta Have It actor Lyriq Bent.

As previously reported, Acrimony stars Henson as Melinda, a faithful wife who is tired of standing by her devious husband, Robert (Bent) and is enraged when it becomes clear she has been betrayed.

Acrimony also stars Ajiona Alexus, Crystle StewartRaquel Bianca John, Ptosha Storey, Nelson Estevez and Danielle Nicolet. Rounding out the cast is my girl—Bresha Webb—along with Terayle Hill and Kendrick Cross.

According to Henson, she shot her parts in eight days and says this is her “Glenn Close/Fatal Attraction” moment.

Check out trailer and more pics below:

Taraji P. Henson as “Melinda”

Crystle Stewart as “Diana” and Lyriq Bent as “Robert”

Danielle Nicolet as “Sara,” Jazmyn Simon as “June,” Ptosha Storey as “Brenda,” Kendrick Cross as “Kalvin” and Nelson Estevez as “Casey”

Ptosha Storey as “Brenda,” Taraji P. Henson as “Melinda” + Nelson Estevez as “Casey”

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BET’s ‘The Quad’ hosts Advance Screening @ Clark Atlanta University [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Some of the cast members of BET’s popular HBCU series The Quad attended a special advance screening of next week’s episode at Clark Atlanta University Tuesday evening. The viewing took place at the Thomas W. Cole, Jr., Research Center for Science and Technology and was attended by students and fans of the show.

Actors Peyton Alex Smith, Larry Rhem, Sean Blakemore, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Jake Allyn, Zoe Renee and Erica Michelle all talked about their characters and this season’s juicy plots and twists. Other Quad stars in attendance included Tyshon Freeman, Terayle HillMiles Stroter and Sergio Joachim.  Show creator and executive producer Felicia Henderson served as the evening’s moderator for the post screening Q&A.

This season of The Quad has tackled a myriad of issues including Georgia A&M University’s growing financial crisis as well as fraternity and sorority matters, police brutality and student violence. Henderson says that no subject is off limits and that a number of the scenarios shown throughout the season come from real-life college situations.

While I can’t give too much away about next week’s show, I can say that it’s definitely one that you want to check out as there will be special appearances from two of my TV favorites—Sheryl Lee Ralph and T.C. Carson.“

The Quad follows an ambitious yet troubled Dr. Eva Fletcher (Anika Noni Rose), the newly-elected President of the fictional Georgia A&M University, who is charged with saving the prestigious HBCU from bankruptcy and her twenty-year marriage from crumbling. At the same time, she must manage to repair a tumultuous relationship with her rebellious only daughter (Jazz Raycole) while handling a diverse group of freshman who keep her hands full. It also stars Jasmine GuyE. Roger Mitchell and Demetria McKinney.

Check out more images below:

CAU Alumni – Terayle Hill and Larry Rhem

Sean Blakemore 

Erika Michelle 

Larry Rhem

BET’s The Quad airs on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. EST

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New Poster for ‘Tyler Perry’s Acrimony’ with Taraji P. Henson (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out the new poster for the upcoming romantic thriller—“Tyler Perry’s Acrimony.” It debuts in theaters on March 30, 2018.

As previously reported, “Acrimony,” features Taraji P. Henson as a faithful wife who is tired of standing by her devious husband (Lyriq Bent, “She’s Gotta Have it”) and is enraged when it becomes clear she has been betrayed. The movie’s name was changed to  “She’s Living My Life” a few months ago but is now back to its original title.

“Acrimony” also features Ajiona Alexus, Crystle Stewart, Raquel Bianca JohnDanielle Nicolet, Bresha Webb, Terayle Hill and Kendrick Cross.

Watch the trailer + the new poster below:

Photo Credit: Instagram/Lyriq Bent

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Watch New Trailer for YouTube Red Original Series ‘Step Up: High Water’ (VIDEO)

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Passion and fame collide in YouTube’s new series,”Step Up: High Water” It airs beginning January 31 and is based on the popular “STEP UP” film franchise.

Welcome to Atlanta, home of High Water— the city’s most cutthroat performing arts school. When twins Tal (Petrice Jones) and Janelle (Lauryn McClain) relocate from Ohio, they find themselves thrust into a world where every move is a test. As they attempt to navigate their new world— on and off the dance floor— they’ll discover just how deep they’re willing to dig to realize their dreams and seize their moment.

Grammy winning singer-songwriter Ne-Yo plays legendary High Water Performing Arts School founder, Sage Odom while Naya Rivera stars as a former dancer turned High Water administrator. Rounding out the cast is Faizon Love as Tal and Janelle’s Uncle Al and Marcus Mitchell as Dondra. Also look for appearances from CAU alum Terayle Hill and ATL’s own Kendrick Cross.

Acclaimed filmmaker Rob Hardy and dance icon Debbie Allen are directing some the series’ episodes while Channing Tatum serves as one of the show’s executive producers.

Photo Credit: IMDB.com/STEP UP

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Watch Taraji P. Henson + Lyriq Bent in Tyler Perry’s ‘Acrimony’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out the exciting new trailer for Tyler Perry‘s dramatic thriller “Acrimony” starring “Empire” actress Taraji P. Henson. It arrives in theaters on March 30, 2018.

In “Acrimony,” Henson stars as a faithful wife who is tired of standing by her devious husband (Lyriq Bent, “She’s Gotta Have it”) and is enraged when it becomes clear she has been betrayed. The movie’s name was changed to  “She’s Living My Life” a few months ago but is now back to its original title.

“Acrimony” also stars Tika SumpterDanielle Nicolet, Bresha Webb, Terayle Hill and Kendrick Cross.

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BET hosts ATL Preview of #TheQuad @ Clark Atlanta University [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

I had the extreme pleasure of attending a special advanced screening Monday night of BET’s new series “The Quad. ” The one-hour show premieres on Wednesday, February 1 at 10 p.m. EST and is part of the network’s new lineup of original programming and specials. It is also the only HBCU drama on television and was shot exclusively at the Atlanta University Center’s Morehouse and Morris Brown Colleges.

Larry Rhem and Zoe Renee

The special viewing was held at the Bishop Cornelius Henderson Student Center on the campus of Clark Atlanta University and was attended by the show’s executive producer Rob Hardy as well as some of the show’s cast members including CAU alumni Larry Rhem, Terayle Hill and Loren Sharice. Tyshon Freeman, Miles Stroter, Jock McKissic and Zoe Renee were also on hand.

~The Fighting Mountain Cats~

“The Quad” (originally titled The Yard), follows an ambitious yet troubled Dr. Eva Fletcher (Anika Noni Rose), the newly-elected President of the fictional Georgia A&M University, who is charged with saving the prestigious HBCU from bankruptcy and her twenty-year marriage from crumbling. At the same time, she must manage to repair a tumultuous relationship with her rebellious only daughter (Jazz Raycole) while handling a diverse group of freshman who keep her hands full.

Loren Sharice

Rounding out the show’s cast is Jasmine Guy as Ella Grace Caldwell, E. Roger Mitchell as Carlton Pettiway, Peyton Alex Smith as Cedric Hobbs, Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Cecil Diamond, Sean Blakemore as Eugene Hardwick along with appearances by Demetria McKinney and Charmin Lee.

Rob Hardy + Eric J. Little during the post screening Q&A

Following the screening was a talk back + Q&A with Hardy and CAU Theatre Professor and Atlanta actor/director Eric J. Little.  From the cheers and screams of the CAU students, “The Quad” is definitely going to be a hit series for BET and a favorite amongst HBCU students around the country. It has just the right mix of drama, music and real college life issues that many students (and faculty) will find relatable. The show is also going to ruffle a few feathers but hopefully not too many.

See more photos below and click here for a sneak peek of the trailer. Also, don’t forget to tune into my radio show #UPFRONT. This Saturday, I will have a segment featuring “The Quad” stars Larry Rhem, Jasmine Guy and E. Roger Mitchell.

Eric J. Little, Terayle Hill and Rob Hardy

 Anika Noni Rose stars as Dr. Eva Fletcher, President of Georgia A&M University

Miles Stroter greeting the CAU students

Larry Rhem and Zoe Renee 

~The Fighting Mountain Cats~

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‘Empire’ star Tobias Truvillion hosts ATL Watch Party and more [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

While many of you were watching the dramatic season finale of “Empire,” I was actually hanging with one of the show’s new stars—Tobias Truvillion. He plays suave music executive and Jamal’s new undercover boo thang D Major on the show.

He was in Atlanta Wednesday night to host a special screening of the show’s season finale at T.I.’s Scales 925 Restaurant and Lounge. In addition to his appearance, Truvillion was also in town promoting his upcoming film, “The Products of the American Ghetto.”

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Tobias Truvillion

According to a casting website, “The Products of the American Ghetto” depicts the life of a young boy, Brian, who wants out but the only images of success that he see’s are the drug dealers around him. Yes he knows about doctors and lawyers, however where he is from he is taught that those are not options that are easily attainable. He’s told by teachers that he can’t go to college, He’s told my adults that,“where you are is where you will be and its your place.” Brian results to joining the drug game to stop his mom from selling her body to take care of him and his siblings. Through this story we see exactly how the kids in these environments get lured into the drug game and how they see it as their only way out.

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Tobias Truvillion with Terayle Hill

The script is based on a book written by Tierre Ford while he served time in a federal prison and features Truvillion along with Robin Givens, Darrin DeWitt Henson, Keith Robinson, Rodney Perry, Momma Dee, Loren Lott, Shamae Morton, Tasia Grant, Terayle Hill, Yung Joc and more!

Check out more photos and the trailer below:

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Tobias Truvillion taking pics with fans

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Tobias Truvillion on screen with Jussie Smollett in “Empire”

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“The Products of the American Ghetto” debuts later on this year

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Tasia Grant stars in “The Products of the American Ghetto”

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Tierre Ford wrote “The Products of the American Ghetto” while serving time

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