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OWN hosts ‘Cherish The Day’ Launch Party [PHOTOS]

All eyes were on the A-T-L Thursday night for OWN’s swanky launch party for its newest dramatic series, Cherish the Day. The highly anticipated two-night premiere begins on February 11.

The invite-only soiree took place at the Stave Room in the Midtown district of the city and was hosted by OWN president and CEO Tina Perry along with the show’s creator and executive producer Ava DuVernay.

Chapter One of the “anthology series” chronicles the stirring relationship of the two star-crossed lovers, with each episode spanning a single day. The narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments in their relationship that compel us to hold true to the ones we love.

Cherish the Day cast members in attendance included the show’s leads—Alano Miller and Xosha Roquemore as well as Kellee Stewart, Michael Beach and Anne-Marie Johnson. Not present but also included in the show are Dorien Wilson, Loren Lott, Bryan Terrell Clark and the queen mum—CICELY TYSON.

Other notables in attendance included the hosts of TV One’s Sister CircleRashan Ali, Syleena Johnson and Trina Braxton plus actresses DeWanda Wise, Jasmine Guy and Terri J. Vaughn. Other famous faces spotted in the crowd were actors Joel Rush, Karon Riley, André Holland, Omar Dorsey, celebrity makeup artist Derrick Rutledge and Exonerated Five member Raymond Santana and his fiancé Delicious.

The evening included a sneak peek of three different scenes along with commentary and a Q&A session featuring the cast and DuVernay. We also listened to some dope sounds from DJ Princess Cut and enjoyed some refreshing cocktails, food and much more.

See the picture gallery below including a few of my selfies:

CHERISH THE DAY premieres on February 11 and 12 on OWN.

Photo Credits: Paras Griffin Getty Images/ OWN + RayCornelius.com

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UPFRONT’s BTS Coverage of ‘The Reel Divas’ Photo Shoot (VIDEO)

Check out my behind-the-scenes UPFRONT coverage of #TheReelDivas photo shoot that was featured on DEADLINE.COM this week. The glossy image has generated a lot of buzz on social media and includes 20 of Georgia’s most prominent black women filmmakers, producers, directors, content creators and actresses.

The event was conceived by writer, producer and filmmaker Cas Sigers-Beedles (BET’s Angrily Ever After and TV One’s When Love Kills) and was inspired by the star-studded photo shoots in Vanity Fair’s annual “Hollywood Issue.” She along with producer extraordinaire Ty Johnston-Chavis (Atlanta Pitch Summit) reached out to women like actress and director Jasmine Guy (A Different World, Grey Anatomy), director and filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper (Versailles ’73) and producer Dianne Ashford (Ambitions).

The event took place on a Sunday morning in September at Atlanta’s Goat Farm Arts Center and was photographed by Donna Permell.

Other #ReelDivas members include: Terri J. Vaughn (Actress + Director + Producer), Rhonda Baraka (Writer +Director), Denise Hendricks (Producer), Gieva Stinchcomb (Producer), Star Smith (Line Producer), Wanda Shelly (Executive Producer), Autumn Bailey Ford (Producer), Angi Bones (Executive Producer + Director), Samantha Ramirez-Herrera (Content Creator), Tammy Garnes (Producer + Actress), Wendy Eley Jackson (Writer + Producer), Angela Barnes Gomes (Writer + Director), Tamra Simmons (Executive Producer), Shante Paige (Producer), Lisa “Captain” Cunningham (Writer + Producer + Director).

PHOTO CREDITS: Donna Permell + RayCornelius.com

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#UPFRONT featuring Russell Hornsby, Deborah Riley Draper, Terri J. Vaughn and more (AUDIO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Just in case you missed them, here are my UPFRONT shows from the last three weeks!

It features my one-on-one interviews with TV and stage actor Russell Hornsby; filmmaker, producer and director Deborah Riley Draper; ASPIRE TV’s General Manager Melissa Ingram; the cast of the stage play She Married the Ring and Forgot the Man; actress, producer and director Terri J. Vaughn; media maven April Love and some commentary from my blogger boo Yalanda Lattimore.

UPFRONT airs every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK and online at WCLK.com.

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Egypt Sherrod and DJ Fadelf host a Baby Shower for Harper Skye [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

OOH BABY LOVE, MY BABY LOVE…

I had the distinct pleasure this afternoon of attending the Baby Shower for HGTV star Egypt Sherrod and her husband DJ Fadelf. The invitation only celebration was held at an intimate event space in the West Midtown district of Atlanta and was the personification of faith, family, food and fun.

The room was filled with several images of the happy couple as well as a center wall saluting their new baby girl—Harper Skye. Guests were seated at tables adorned with pink and green floral arrangements and custom made umbrellas and ribbons.

Attendees also enjoyed southern cuisine and desserts provided by Chef Johnnie Winston. Egypt shimmied all throughout the room in a form fitting hot pink dress designed by former reality star and fashion designer Reco Chapple.

Atlanta notables spotted in the room included actress, producer and director Terri J. Vaughn, former music executive and author Sheri Riley, Sister Circle host Rashan Ali, Praise 102.5 radio personalities Darlene McCoy and Willie Moore Jr., Greenleaf star Lamman Rucker, comedienne and actress Kiana Dancie, media maven Ebony Steele and many more.

The event was produced by the fabulous—Jakeem Smith.

Check out all of the photos below and congrats once again to the happy couple:

Egypt Sherrod taking a pic with her friends

Darlene McCoy

Charmaine Ward, Talking with Tami and Terri J. Vaughn

Sheri Riley, Rashan Ali and friend

Lamman Rucker and Adrienne Alexander

Egypt Sherrod and DJ Fadelf

Reco Chapple and Diane Larche

DJ Fadelf, Egypt Sherrod and Janeé Bolden

Rashan Ali and Ebony Steele

Guests enjoying the baby shower

Olivia Seymore, Shanae Hall and Candace Ledbetter

Angela Watts

ATL’s Social Butterfly Kimberly Clark

Evelyn Mims

Egypt Sherrod, Simone Jackson, DJ Fadelf and Kendall Jackson

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TONIGHT: BETHER’s ‘One Crazy Christmas’ at 9 p.m. (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Christmas is coming a lil early on BETHER. Check out the trailer for their brand new holiday film One Crazy Christmas. It airs TONIGHT at 9 p.m. EST.

Directed by Greg Carter, One Crazy Christmas, is about a successful, divorced attorney that must juggle her family and guests during a Christmas dinner when her daughter brings home her new fiancé, a man with whom she had a one-night stand.

The film stars Tammy Townsend, Sean Blakemore, Terri J. Vaughn, Carl Payne, Kiana Dancie, Anton Peoples and CAU alumnae Terri Abney.

Tell us what you think…

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David and Tamela Mann present the ‘Us Against The World Tour’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Gospel Music Power couple David and Tamela Mann are hitting the road this fall in the second installment of their critically-acclaimed, “Us Against The World: Mann Family Tour.” The Mann’s family national concert tour kicked off on Oct. 11 and will make stops in 20 cities, ending in Cincinnati, OH Nov. 11.

Immediately following the tour, David and Tamela will release their new memoir, Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage, and Family available November 13, 2018. In their new memoir, the couple candidly shares an inspiring, funny, and up-close look at their lives while offering hope and practical advice for building a strong relationship, marriage and family.

Ever since the NAACP Image Award winners David and Grammy® Award winner Tamela Mann were key members of Kirk Franklin’s Platinum selling group, ‘The Family,’ fans have been clamoring for the duo to release a joint album. That time has finally come. David and Tamela plan to release, Us Against The World: The Love Project, a soulful 10-song musical collaboration (6 out of the 10 tracks are duets) on November 9. The album is being released in conjunction with the release of their new book.

In addition to the tour, David and Tamela are executive producing and starring in the TV One original film, Merry Wish-mas, premiering on December 2. Directed by award-winning actress, director and producer Terri J. Vaughn, this feel-good romantic comedy revolves around Kenni, who has avoided the annual holiday trip to her hometown of Columbia, South Carolina for years. While she is hoping for the best, as with any family, there are unresolved issues lingering that could make the holiday not so bright. The movie also stars Kim Fields, Towanda Braxton and rapper Yung Joc.

Check out the full tour schedule below:

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Terri J. Vaughn to appear on Fox’s ‘REL’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Congratulations to actress, producer and filmmaker Terri J. Vaughn. The former Steve Harvey Show star is headed back to primetime in a guest role on Fox’s newest comedy REL.

Vaughn posted photos of herself holding a REL script on Instagram earlier today with the following caption:

“The gates have been opened!! A few months ago I saw @comedianlilrel and told him we should work together. He agreed and here I am. Back in my Element! THANK YOU”

According to the script Vaughn will be playing “Tia.”

REL is based on the life of Lil Rel Howery and features him as a loving husband and father living on the West Side of Chicago, who finds out his wife is having an affair with his barber. With the barbershop being one of the epicenters of neighborhood gossip, Rel finds his embarrassing business is known by everyone, including the Pastor (also played by Howery), before Rel can even process the emotions himself.

Offering Rel support is his best friend, Brittany (Jess “Hilarious” Moore), and his recently out-of-jail younger brother, Nat (Jordan L. Jones), as well as Rel‘s prideful Dad (Sinbad), who perhaps has taken the barber news even harder than Rel.

Check out a preview of REL below:

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Photo Credits: Terri J. Vaughn/Instagram

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‘MARLON’ stars host Season 2 Viewing Party during ABFF [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

I had the distinct pleasure of attending a private screening of the season 2 premiere of NBC’s Marlon this past Thursday evening with the show’s stars—Essence Atkins, Bresha Webb and Diallo Riddle. The event took place during the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) and was held at the luxurious 1 Hotel South Beach in Miami, FL.

Marlon follows Marlon Wayans as an attentive — somewhat juvenile — single father who is co-parenting his two young children with his mature and very put-together ex-wife, Ashley, played by Atkins. While his fatherly advice may often be misguided, and he sometimes lets his own outsized personality and unpredictable Internet superstardom get in his way, for Marlon, family always comes first.

The cast were tweeting and interacting with fans all throughout the night and was trending heavily on all social media platforms. A number of their celebrity friends were also in attendance including actresses Terri J. Vaughn and Kym Whitley, media personality Jawn Murray, iconic model and actor Tyson Beckford, Superfly and Last O.G. star Allen Maldonado and many more NBC executives and media influencers.

Click here to watch my UPFRONT interview with Atkins and Webb as they dish about the new season and see more photos below:

Marlon airs on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. on NBC

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TV One Presents ‘Merry Wish-mas’ featuring David & Tamela Mann

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Production is currently underway in Atlanta, GA for TV One’s new original holiday film Merry Wish-mas starring one of my favorite duos—David and Tamela Mann. The project is directed by award-winning actress and Greenleaf star Terri J. Vaughn.

Tamela stars as Keneisha ‘Kenni’ Wright, a single and successful Atlanta businesswoman who hasn’t returned home for the holidays in years. David plays Jessie Jenkins, Kenni’s old high school friend. The two reunite at Jessie’s fledgling wellness facility, the Beverly Living Center, where Kenni is reminded of the transformational power of love, hope and faith, amplified by the spirit of the holidays. 

Merry Wish-mas also features Kim Fields as Celine, a regular at the center who loves seeing the new smile Kenni puts on Jessie’s face, but is protective about his feelings. Towanda Braxton stars as Natalie, the persistent local woman who has a crush on Jessie. Elizabeth Omilami appears as Kenni’s matchmaker mom Regina, while Chrystale Wilson steps into the role of Kenni’s sister and food truck entrepreneur Dionne, adding a high dose of sibling rivalry. Rap artist and reality star Yung Joc also makes a cameo appearance.

Terri J. Vaughn + Cas Siger-Beedles

“Heartwarming stories like Merry Wish-Mas that bring families together and make us laugh are as much a part of the season as Christmas trees and Santa himself,” said Vaughn, who makes her TV One original film directorial debut. “And this movie, touching upon family conflicts, singlehood and love, money woes, and wishing for Christmas miracles, is set to become a highlight of the coming holidays.”

Merry Wish-mas is written by Cas Sigers-Beedles and is executive produced for TV One by Roger Bobb and Angi Bones of Bobbcat Films. It is also executive produced by Vaughn and Siger-Beedles for Nina Holiday Entertainment and David and Tamela Mann. 

Stay tuned…

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Terri J. Vaughn + Cas Sigers-Beedles host ‘When Love Kills’ Atlanta Viewing Party [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

I had the pleasure of attending a private viewing party for TV One’s original movie, “When Love Kills” Monday night at Atlanta’s League Tavern (formerly T.I.‘s Scales 925 restaurant). The event was hosted by the film’s writer and executive producer Cas Sigers-Beedles along with her Nina Holiday Entertainment business partner and actress Terri J. Vaughn.

“When Love Kills” tells the tragic story of Falicia Blakely (Niatia “Lil’ Mama” Kirkland), a teen mom turned exotic dancer who attracted the attention of a local pimp and predator named Big Dino (Lance Gross). His empty promises of a life together turned Falicia into a pawn in his dangerous games and she was forced to prove her love for him at the expense of innocent lives. The project was directed by “Empire” actress Tasha Smith and also starred Tami Roman, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Big Freedia, Tiffany Black and Lil’ Zane.

It took Sigers-Beedles over a decade to bring this story to light. However, seeing the actors on the set last November made her realize it was worth the wait.  “When I was on set and saw Lil’ Mama’s magic and Tasha’s magic and Lance’s magic, I realized I was just 10 years ahead! This truly was Tasha’s movie to make and it was Niatia’s role to play. Everything is always in its timing and I am just so happy to tell this story.”

Siger-Beedles first became acquainted with Blakely’s tragic story through a Creative Loafing article. So she reached out to Blakely’s attorney and talked to her about the case and was taken aback at how much she loved this man and how she didn’t see fault in him. She later shared the story with Vaughn and the two eventually took it to TV One.

Blakely was a teenager when her life was transformed by Big Dino and is still serving time for the murders she committed. She is now in her 30s and mentors young girls through the prison system.

Atlanta notables in attendance included “Greenleaf” actors Lamman Rucker and T.C. Carson, singer-songwriter B. Slade, actresses Brittany Inge and Naomi Lavette, British actor Zimzon Lelo, Tiphanie Watson from the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment +  book author and motivational speaker Lakara Foster.

Check out more photos below:

T.C. Carson 

Naomi Lavette + Alan Favors 

Terri J. Vaughn + Cas Sigers-Beedles + Zimzon Lelo

Tiphanie Watson + guest

Will Goldsborough + Crystal 

Brittany Inge

T.C. Carson B. Slade + Lamman Rucker 

Lakara Foster + guest

That’s all folks!

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Cast of TV One’s ‘When Love Kills’ attends ATL Premiere [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

TV One hosted a very special advanced screening this week for its upcoming original movie, “When Love Kills” and #UPFRONT was there to capture all of the sights and sounds. The red carpet premiere took place at Atlantic Station’s Regal Cinema Theaters and was attended by the film’s cast and crew as well as Atlanta celebrities, influencers and contest winners.

Originally titled “Hit a Lick,”  “When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story” is inspired by an episode of TV One’s original series “For My Man,” and tell the tragic story of Falicia Blakely (Niatia “Lil’ Mama” Kirkland), a teen mom who grows up in the fast-lane. When she becomes an exotic dancer, she attracts the attention of local pimp and predator, Big Dino (Lance Gross). His empty promises of a life together turn Falicia into a pawn in his dangerous games; and she’s forced to prove her love for him at the expense of innocent lives. “When Love Kills” also stars Tami Roman, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Big Freedia, Tiffany Black and Lil Zane.

The film marks the directing debut of acclaimed actress Tasha Smith and was written and executive produced by Cas Sigers-Beedles. “I have so much compassion for this girl,” said Smith to RC in November 2016.  “To be able to work with a talent such as Lil Mama and help bring this story to life in a way that is full of compassion and passion without any judgement is a blessing.”

Celebrities in attendance included: Ferrari, Trina Braxton, Terri J. Vaughn, Pastor Troy, Irv Gotti, Blue Kimble, Cocoa Brown, Dawn Halfkenny, Demetria McKinney, Willie Moore Jr., LeLee Lyons, Nicci Gilbert, Gary Wit Tha Tea, Roger M. Bobb and the hosts of TV One’s new talk show, “Sister Circle“—Syleena Johnson, Rashana Ali, Kiana Dancie, Quad Webb-Lunceford and Funkie Dineva.

The event also featured a sneak peek of TV One’s other new original movie, “Bobbi Kristina” starring Demetria McKinney, Hassan Johnson, Vivica A. Fox and Joy Rovaris as Bobbi Kristina.  Check out more red carpet photos below:

Lance Gross + Roger M. Bobb 

Cocoa Brown 

Blue Kimble 
Tami Roman talking to #UPFRONT

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Terri J. Vaughn 

Irv Gotti 

Trina Braxton 

“Sister Circle” hosts: Funky Dineva, Rashan Ali, Kiana Dancie,

Quad Webb-Lunceford and Syleena Johnson 

Demetria McKinney

Lil Zane

“When Love Kills” cast with #SavingOurDaughters  

Willie Moore Jr. 

When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story airs on
Monday, Aug. 28 at 9 p.m. EST
Photo Credits: Marcus Ingram/TV One and RayCornelius.com
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Jill Scott, Usher, Wyclef Jean & more celebrate Andrew Young’s 85th Birthday [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

The stars aligned on Saturday night for the “Andrew J. Young International Leadership Awards & 85th Birthday Tribute.” The Civil Rights pioneer and former Mayor of Atlanta presented the invitation only event at Philips Arena which featured an all-star lineup of today’s biggest and brightest entertainers and performers. The evening was also hosted by “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson.

Ambassador Andrew Young

Andrew Young is best known as one of Dr. Martin Luther King‘s “generals” during the turbulent 1960s. From Selma to St. Augustine to Memphis, Young was there during the Movement’s most pivotal moments. He would later serve as a United States Ambassador to the United Nations in 1977 and was chosen personally by former President Jimmy Carter. Young was also very instrumental in Atlanta becoming the city of choice for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and now runs the Andrew J. Young Jr. Leadership Foundation. The non-profit organization recognizes exceptional individuals whose activism, philanthropy and leadership have transformed lives throughout our global community.

Honorees Bob Bland and Tamika Mallory

This year’s recipients of the Andrew J. Young International Leadership Awards included the National Co-Chairs of the Women’s March – Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez and Bob Bland; world renowned educator and founder of the Ron Clark Academy Ron Clark; media commentator, activist, thought leader and Dream Corps founder Van Jones; Award winning rapper, producer and philanthropist Akon; “Silver Rights Activist” John Hope Bryant and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Angela Robinson and husband

The evening began with a dazzling red carpet of stars that included “The Haves and The Have Nots” actresses Angela Robinson and Crystal Fox; “The Quad” actor Larry Rhem; legendary Motown performer Hamilton Bohannon; “Saints & Sinners” actress Jasmine Burke; “If Loving You is Wrong” actor Joel Rush; media personality Frank Ski, Civil Rights icons Reverend C.T. Vivian and Xernona Clatyon, veteran actors and philanthropists Afemo and Elisabeth Omilami. Other Atlanta notables included actress and producer Chrystale Wilson, actress and producer Terri J. Vaughn, singer and former reality star Meelah, child actor Lil Dee Dee, accomplished actor and singer T.C. Carson, former Destiny’s Child singer LaTavia Roberson, “Braxton Family Values” stars Evelyn and Trina Braxton and film star and comedian Chris Tucker. 

Brandon J. Dirden as Andrew Young in Broadway’s “MLK”

The award show also featured amazing performances from Estelle, Anthony Brown and Group TherAPy, Cristina Quinones, Angie Stone and a scene from the forthcoming Broadway play, “MLK” featuring Brandon J. Dirden as Andrew Young. There were also breathtaking tributes by “Greenleaf” star Keith David, harpist Tulani, jazz harmonicist Frédéric Yonnet, African rapper Davido and Grammy winning singer and actress Jill Scott. Unfortunately I was not able to stay for Wyclef Jean and Usher‘s performances.

The show was sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Airlines, Chevron, OPRAH, Cox Enterprises, EBONY and Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority.

See all of the photos below:

Larry Rhem and guest

Hamilton Bohannon

Afemo and Elisabeth Omilami

Joel Rush 

Chrystale Wilson and guest

Lil Dee Dee

Jasmine Burke 

Ambassador Andrew Young talking to media

Frank Ski and guest

LaTavia Roberson 

Wyclef Jean + Cristina Quinones

Mrs. Carolyn Young 

Meelah 

Honoree Ron Clark

T.C. Carson 

Terri J. Vaughn 

Anthony Anderson 

Akon‘s Family

Evelyn and Trina Braxton 

Keith David 

Reverend C.T. Vivian 

Crystal Fox 

Cristina Quinones

Wyclef Jean 

Xernona Clayton 

Chris Tucker 

Performances

Mayor Kasim Reed 

Mrs. Carolyn Young 

Estelle 

Anthony Brown and Group TherAPy

Anthony Brown 

Angie Stone 

Angie Stone performing “Brotha”

Cristina Quinones performing Andra Day‘s “Rise Up” 

Akon’s Family accepting his award

Davido

Honoree Van Jones 

Tulani

Keith David 

Honoree John Hope Bryant 

MISS JILL SCOTT

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Season 3 of Bounce TV’s ‘Mann & Wife’ airs TONIGHT at 9 p.m. EST

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Bounce TV’s hit comedy series “Mann & Wife” is back for a third season beginning TONIGHT at 9 p.m. followed by another hilariously funny episode at 9:30 p.m.

Gospel sensations—David Mann and Tamela Mann—star as newlyweds and second-chance sweethearts Daniel and Toni Mann – as they laugh and love their way through the ups and downs of life as a blended family, each with two children from previous marriages.

Also returning is Tony Rock is back as Daniel’s partner on the police force with Steven Wash (Daniel, Jr.), Amir O’Neil (Darren), Lauryn Kennedy Hardy (Terri) and Jadah Marie (Tosha) playing the Mann children. TV veteran Terri J. Vaughn joins the cast this season as Daniel’s new Lieutenant and will also direct a future episode.

This season sees hilarious takes on visiting family, mistaken identity, school pressure, phony health scares, an embarrassing email leak and even a 1970’s cop show spoof.

There will also be a number of guest stars appearing on the show including George Wallace, Antonio Fargas, Carl Payne, Victoria Rowell, Rod “Rod Man” Thompson, DC Youngfly, Blue Kimble, Vanessa Fraction and Brely Evans.

“Mann & Wife” co-creator Roger M. Bobb (House of Payne & The Rickey Smiley Show) serves as executive producer and director of the series.

Will you be watching “Mann & Wife” tonight?

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Margaret Avery, Cheryl Boone Isaacs & more honored during BLFF’s ‘Women Superstars Luncheon’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Congratulations to the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Cheryl Boone Isaacs and legendary screen star Margaret Avery. Both women were honored on Friday afternoon during the BronzeLens Film Festival’s Women Superstars Luncheon.

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The highly anticipated awards ceremony took place at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and was attended by a who’s who of women (and some men) in the television, film and music industry. Other honorees included iconic filmmaker Julie Dash, noted script supervisor Dawn Gilliam and acclaimed film producer Nina Yang Bongiovi.

IMG_4743The Women Superstars Luncheon was created in 2010 to recognize some the nation’s most successful women of color in film and television. Over the last seven years it has become a must-attend signature event for industry insiders, corporations and the local community. Past honorees have included award winning filmmakers Deborah Riley Draper and Ava DuVernay, legendary Motown executive Suzanne de Passe, actress and web series queen Issa Rae and actresses Wendy Raquel Robinson and Terri J. Vaughn. 

Celebrities spotted throughout the luncheon included singer Tyrese Gibson, reality star Monyetta Shaw, actress Terri J. Vaughn, Judge Glenda Hatchett, comedian Myra J, superstar casting director Reuben Cannon, media mogul Roger M. Bobb and filmmaker Princess Filmz.

In addition to the award’s ceremony, this year’s event featured a conversation with Cheryl Boone Isaacs moderated by NZingha Burton of The Burton Wire and TheRoot.com.

Check out more photos below from the red carpet:

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Judge Glenda Hatchett

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RivaBlue, Carmen Bradford, Julie Dexter and Larry Jennings

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Brandi Mitchell 

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Myra J

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Dawn Gilliam 

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Julie Dash 

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Margaret Avery 

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs 

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Tyrese Gibson with Monyetta Shaw and guest

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Terri J. Vaughn 

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Spelman College President – Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell and  her royal court

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Billye Aaron 

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Kathleen Bertrand 

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Tirrell and Kristen Whittley 

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Margaret Avery and Tyrese Gibson

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Princess Filmz and Roger M. Bobb

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Kathleen Bertrand with honorees and BLFF’S Board of Directors

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