Categories
RC Exclusive - Ent Recap

Tina Lifford, Ayoka Chinzera & Samantha Vincent honored during ‘Women Superstars Luncheon’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

A BIG congratulations goes out to actress Tina Lifford and filmmakers Ayoka Chinzera and Samantha Vincent. The ladies were honored Friday afternoon during the Women Superstars Luncheon at the 2018 BronzeLens Film Festival.

The event took place at the illustrious Atlanta Marriott Marquis and was hosted by HGTV star and media maven Egypt Sherrod.

Celebrities in attendance included Greenleaf star Lynn Whitfield, 9-1-1 star Cocoa Brown, R&B music star Regina Belle, Living Single star Kim Coles, Mile 22 star Keith Arthur Bolden, actress and author Stacii Jae Johnson, actress and filmmaker Lisa Arrindell, filmmaker Muta AliLove Is… creator Salim Akil, actress DeEtta West, singer and filmmaker Nicci Gilbert and award-winning TV producer Dianne Ashford.

Lifford was saluted by her Queen Sugar co-star Omar Dorsey and picked up the Visionary Superstar Award for her career as an actress, activist and motivational speaker.

Chinzera, who is best known for her work as a groundbreaking filmmaker and content creator, was given the Catalyst Superstar Award. She is the first African-American female animator and one of the first female film educators.

Vincent earned the Vanguard Superstar Award for her work as executive producer on the Fast Furious movie franchise along with her brother Vin Diesel.

BLFF Artist Director Deidre McDonald also recognized for her contributions to film and for educating future filmmakers and content creators.

The afternoon also featured a conversation with Vincent that was moderated by noted filmmaker Roger M. Bobb and was sponsored by AARP-Georgia.

Check out all of the photos below:

Madea’s Family Reunion stars Lynn Whitfield + Lisa Arrindell 

Judith Service Montier + Egypt Sherrod

Keith Arthur Bolden + Omar Dorsey

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms 

Kim Coles + Kim McNair 

SURPRISE!! BLFF’s Deidra McDonald picked up the Superstar Award

Eygpt Sherrod + Nicci Gilbert

Regina Belle and daughter + AARP’s Debra Tyler-Horton + Kim McNair 

Love Is creator Salim Akil + Imara Canady + guest

BLFF Filmmakers Muta Ali + Lisa Arrindell 

Stacii Jae Johnson + Regina Belle 

Actress DeEtta West 

AARP State Director Debra Tyler-Horton

 Screening Room ATL’s Khalimah Gaston

Omar Dorsey + Tina Lifford + Ayoka Chinzera

Roger M. Bobb + Samantha Vincent 

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

Categories
RC Exclusive - Ent RC Exclusive - Fashion

Tina Lifford, Deborah Joy Winans and J. Bolin cover SHEEN

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

OWN actresses Tina Lifford (Queen Sugar) and Deborah Joy Winans (Greenleaf ) grace the cover of SHEEN Magazine’s Fashion Issue. The ladies are featured with their stylist and social media star J. Bolin.

“Timelessness doesn’t go out of style. I love trends, I like being on trend, but I don’t follow trends,” says Bolin. 

The inside cover of SHEEN features none other than the fashion shapeshifter Misa Hylton,whose iconic styling has been shaping pop culture since the early 90’s, influencing the looks of Lil’ Kim, Mary J. Blige, Foxy Brown and Missy Elliott.

“I create to create, not for it to be big, and maybe that’s why it ends up being big. I create from the heart, and it’s just about art for me—fashion is storytelling through wardrobe, and I love to tell stories, says Hylton.”

Other profiles include Dwight Eubanks, Keith Sweat and Dr. Jackie Walters.

Look for SHEEN Magazine to hit newsstands on Tuesday, August 28.

Categories
RC Exclusive - Ent RC Exclusive - Fashion RC Exclusive - Music Recap

Winners + Red Carpet Pics from ‘NAACP Image Awards’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

It was all about Black excellence Monday night (January 15) during TV One’s live telecast of the “NAACP Image Awards.” Many of our favorite actors, actresses, personalities and music stars were honored for their creativity throughout 2017.

Winners included “Girl’s Trip” for Outstanding Motion Picture, Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, Power’s Omari Hardwick for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series and “Black-ish” stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross for Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series.

“Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time” director Ava DuVernay, picked up the fan voted NAACP Entertainer of the Year, William Lucy was awarded the NAACP Chairman’s Award and veteran actor Danny Glover received the coveted NAACP President’s Award. Several members of the Memphis Sanitation “I Am A Man” Workers were also in attendance and were presented with the NAACP Vanguard Award earlier in the week during a press conference at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN.

Other highlights included “Uncle” Charlie Wilson picking up the Music Makes a Difference honor, a soul-stirring musical performance by Oscar winner Common and Andra Day and a special #TIMESUP presentation featuring Ross, Angela Robinson, Kerry Washington, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Laverne Cox and Lena Waithe.

Presenters included Sterling K. Brown, Halle Berry, Mary J. Blige, Michael B. Jordan, Issae Rae, Chadwick Boseman, Terry Crews,  Yara Shahidi, Angela Rye, Danai Gurira, Isaiah Washington, Jacob Latimore, Jay Pharoah, Loretta Devine, Meta Golding, Michael Smith, Tyler James Williams and Mike Colter.

Click here to see all of the winners and check out more pics below:

The hosts from The Real

Omari Hardwick

Jussie Smollett + Jurnee Smollett-Bell

Halle Berry 

Charlie Wilson

June Ambrose 

Danny Glover 

Kerry Washington 

Girl’s Trip producers Will Packer Malcolm D. Lee + James Lopez

Issa Rae

Chadwick Boseman

Tina Lifford

Cast of “Behind the Movement” Meta Golding +

Isaiah Washington + Loretta Devine

Lynn Whitfield 

Tracee Ellis Ross

Anthony Anderson 

MAJOR.

Mary J. Blige

Tiffany Black

Rutina Wesley

LeToya Luckett + Tommicus Walker 

Demetria McKinney

Jacob Lattimore 

Logan Browning

Michael B. Jordan

Niecy Nash 

Andra Day

Ava DuVernay

Photo Credits: Earl Gibson III/WireImage, Ziva Santop Photography

Categories
RC Exclusive - Ent RC Exclusive - Music Read Recap Rising - Ent Rising - Music

Tiffany Haddish, Idris Elba, Mary J. Blige, Jordan Peele & more win ‘NAACP Image Awards’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The winners of the “49th NAACP Image Awards” in the non-televised categories were announced during a gala dinner celebration that took place on Sunday evening (January 14) at the Pasadena Conference Center. The event was hosted by The Real’s Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley.

Winners included Tiffany Haddish for her role in “Girls Trip,” “Insecure” star Jay Ellis, David and Tamela Mann for their reality series, “The Manns,” TV One’s “UNSUNG” for Outstanding News and Information and Roland Martin for Outstanding Host in Talk or News.

In addition to the nominees, a record number of other stars were in the building including “Queen Sugar” actors Dondre Whitfield and Tina Lifford, “Greenleaf” stars Lynn Whitfield, Keith David, Deborah Joy Winans and Merle Dandridge and the cast from “This Is Us” Sterling K. Brown, Susan Kelechi Watson and Lonnie Chavis. OWN star Iyanla Vanzant was also in attendance as well as The CHI’s Lena Waithe, R&B singers MAJOR. and Ledisi, jazz musician Damien Escobar, “Black Girls Rock” creator Beverly Bond, Gospel sensation Marvin Sapp, filmmaker Reginald Hudlin, “The New Edition Story” actors Wood McClain and Yvette Nicole Brown and NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Winners in 47 categories were announced during the event while the remaining 9 categories +  Entertainer of the Year will be announced LIVE on stage during TONIGHT’s two-hour star-studded telecast at 9p.m.  The ceremony is hosted by “Black-Ish” star Anthony Anderson.

See the complete list of Non-Televised Categories below:

 

Television  

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Jay Ellis – “Insecure” (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Marsai Martin – “`black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Joe Morton – “Scandal” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Naturi Naughton – “Power” (Starz)

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited – Series or Dramatic Special

“The New Edition Story ” (BET)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Idris Elba – “Guerrilla” (Showtime)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited -Series or Dramatic Special

Queen Latifah – “Flint” (Lifetime)

Outstanding News/ Information – (Series or Special)

“Unsung” (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series

“The Real” (Syndicated)

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series

“The Manns” (TV One)

Outstanding Variety or Game Show – (Series or Special)

“Lip Sync Battle” (Spike)

Outstanding Children’s Program

“Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited Series)

Caleb McLaughlin – “Stranger Things” (Netflix)

Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble

Roland Martin – “News One Now” (TV One)

Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble

LL Cool J – “Lip Sync Battle” (Spike)

 

Recording 

Outstanding New Artist

SZA (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)

Outstanding Male Artist

Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Female Artist

Mary J. Blige (Capitol Records)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration

Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

Outstanding Jazz Album

“Petite Afrique” – Somi (Sony Music/OKeh)

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album (Traditional or Contemporary)

“Greenleaf Soundtrack Volume 2” – Greenleaf Soundtrack (RCA Inspiration)

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album

“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Song – Traditional

“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Album

“DAMN.” – Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

Outstanding Song – Contemporary

“HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

 

Literature

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction 

“The Annotated African American Folktales” – Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Editor),Maria Tatar (Editor), (Liveright Publishing Corporation)

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction

“Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies” – Dick Gregory (Author), (HarperCollins Publishers)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

“No One Is Coming to Save Us” – Stephanie Powell Watts (Author), (HarperCollins Publishers)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography / Autobiography

“Becoming Ms. Burton – From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women” – Susan Burton (Author), Cari Lynn (Author), Michelle Alexander (Foreword By), (The New Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional

“The Awakened Woman: Remembering & Reigniting our Sacred Dreams ” – Dr. Tererai Trent (Author), Oprah Winfrey (Foreword By), (Simon and Schuster)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

“Incendiary Art: Poems” – Patricia Smith (Author), (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children

“Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History ” – Vashti Harrison (Author), (Hachette Book Group)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth / Teens

“Clayton Byrd Goes Underground” – Rita Williams-Garcia, (Author), Frank Morrison (Illustrator), (Amistad/HarperCollins Publishers)

 

Motion Picture

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Idris Elba – “THOR: Ragnarok” (Marvel Studios)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Tiffany Haddish – “Girls Trip” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

“Detroit” (Annapurna Pictures)

 

Documentary

Outstanding Documentary (Film)

“STEP” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Documentary (Television)

“The 44th President: In His Own Words” (History)

 

Writing

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

Janine Barrois – “Claws” – Batsh*t (TNT)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series

Gina Prince-Bythewood – “Shots Fired” – Hour One: Pilot (Fox)

Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie or Special 

Abdul Williams – “The New Edition Story ” – Part 2 (BET)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture

Jordan Peele – “Get Out” (Universal Pictures)

 

Directing

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

Anton Cropper – “`black-ish” – Juneteenth (ABC)

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series

Carl Franklin – “13 Reasons Why” – Tape 5, Side B (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie or Special

Allen Hughes – “The Defiant Ones” (HBO)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture

Jordan Peele – “Get Out” (Universal Pictures)

 

ANIMATED/CGI

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance

Tiffany Haddish – “Legends of Chamberlain Heights” (Comedy Central)

Categories
RC Exclusive - Ent

OWN to air ‘Queen Sugar’ Season Finale Special on 11/15 [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out these amazing photos from Tuesday night’s taping of OWN’s upcoming “Queen Sugar” Red Carpet Season Finale Special. It airs next Wednesday, November 15 at 10:30 p.m. following the 90-minute extended season two finale episode.

The event was hosted by Oprah Winfrey and features conversations with the show’s ensemble cast (Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe and Tina Lifford) in front of a live studio audience. It also features “Queen Sugar” creator and executive producer Ava DuVernay and some of the season two all-female directors.

Following the taping was a private after party at SoHo House in West Hollywood.

Check out a few more images below and mark your calendars now!

Photo Credits: Huy Doan

Categories
RC Exclusive - Ent

Watch Explosive New ‘Queen Sugar’ Trailer (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

OWN has released the official trailer for the second season of “Queen Sugar.” The Ava DuVernay drama captured all of our hearts last year and the anticipation is building as we to what is going to happen next with the Bordelon siblings.  As previously reported, the one-hour series will return for a two night premiere this summer beginning Tuesday, June 20 and Wednesday, June 21.  Take a look at it below:

“Queen Sugar” stars Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, Rutina Wesley, Tina Lifford, Omar J. Dorsey, Dondré T. Whitfield, Timon Kyle Durrett, Nicholas L. Ashe, Ethan Hutchison and Bianca Lawson. “Queen Sugar” is executive produced by DuVernay along with Oprah Winfrey and Monica Macer and is based on the book by Natalie Baszile.

Photo Credits: OWN

Categories
RC Exclusive - Ent

WATCH ‘Queen Sugar’ Season 2 Teaser #StickySweet (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

June just can’t seem to get here any faster “Queen Sugar” fans! Well, here’s a lil sumthin, sumthin to satisfy your sweet tooth. OWN has released a new teaser (and I mean a teaser) for the upcoming new season. The award winning series returns to the network this summer in a two-night premiere beginning 6/20 and 6/21.

As previously reported, the Bordelon siblings struggle to move forward with their lives as they strive to honor the legacy of their father following his unexpected passing. Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) relocates to Saint Josephine, Louisiana to help run the family business. As the only black female sugarcane mill owner, she must fight to regain her independence while rebuilding her relationships with her estranged siblings. Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) struggles to transform from a formerly incarcerated single father to a land owner in the eyes of his family as he works to restore his relationship with his son’s mother. Nova (Rutina Wesley) finds herself torn between her activism and her desire to be loved. Together, they must learn to rely on one another as they navigate their tenuous bonds as family. Rounding out the show’s cast is Tina Lifford, Omar J. Dorsey, Dondré T. Whitfield, Timon Kyle Durrett, Nicholas L. Ashe, Ethan Hutchison and Bianca Lawson.

“Queen Sugar” is executive produced by Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey and Monica Macer  and is based on the book by Natalie Baszile.

Photo Credit: YouTube/QueenSugar

Categories
RC Exclusive - Ent

‘Queen Sugar’ returns to OWN for two-night event 6/20 & 21

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The Oprah Winfrey Network’s critically acclaimed drama, “Queen Sugar,” returns this summer for a two-night event beginning in June.  According to a press release, the one-hour season two premieres on Wednesday, June 20 and Thursday, June 21. The series creator, Oscar nominated-filmmaker, Ava DuVernay has once again assembled an all-female directing team for this new season that includes Kat Candler, DeMane Davis, Cheryl Dunye, Aurora Guerrero and Amanda Marsalis. Additional names will be announced at a later date.

In the series’ second season, the contemporary drama returns as the Bordelon siblings struggle to move forward with their lives as they strive to honor the legacy of their father following his unexpected passing. Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) relocates to Saint Josephine, Louisiana to help run the family business. As the only black female sugarcane mill owner, she must fight to regain her independence while rebuilding her relationships with her estranged siblings. Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) struggles to transform from a formerly incarcerated single father to a land owner in the eyes of his family as he works to restore his relationship with his son’s mother. Nova (Rutina Wesley) finds herself torn between her activism and her desire to be loved. Together, they must learn to rely on one another as they navigate their tenuous bonds as family.

The expansive cast also includes Tina Lifford as the siblings’ free-spirited Aunt Violet; Omar J. Dorsey as Violet’s much younger boyfriend Hollywood Desonier; Dondré T. Whitfield as trusted Bordelon family friend Remy Newell; Timon Kyle Durrett as Charley’s estranged husband and pro basketball player Davis West; Nicholas L. Ashe as Charley and Davis’ teenage son, Micah; Ethan Hutchison as Ralph Angel’s son, Blue; and Bianca Lawson (“Rogue”) as Darla, Blue’s mother who battles drug addiction. Additionally, guest star Henry G. Sanders (“Rocky Balboa”) recurs as Prosper Denton, a farmer and longtime friend of the late Bordelon family patriarch, Ernest.

For those of you who didn’t get to see the first full season of “Queen Sugar,” you’re in luck. Hulu and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution are teaming up for a new deal that grants exclusive subscription streaming rights to all past episodes of the show.  The complete first season of the popular series will become available for your viewing pleasure on April 21.

“Queen Sugar” is produced for OWN by Warner Horizon Scripted Television. The executive producers are Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey and Monica Macer. The series is based on the book by Natalie Baszile.

Photo Credit: OWN

Categories
Recap

AAFCA recognizes Sidney Poitier, ‘Moonlight,’ Lee Daniels & more! [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) held it’s 8th Annual AAFCA Awards Ceremony recently in Los Angeles and the event was nothing short of spectacular. A number of 2016’s top films were honored including “Moonlight,” “Fences,” “Loving,” and “Hidden Figures.” TV series like OWN’s “Queen Sugar” and FX’s “Atlanta” were also recognized as Top programs.

This year’s awards ceremony took place at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood, CA and was attended by a number of the honorees including Janelle Monáe (Breakout Performance, “Moonlight” “Hidden Fences”), Barry Jenkins (Best Director, “Moonlight”) and Lee Daniels (Cinema Vanguard Award). Screen legend Sidney Poitier was also recognized for the 50th Anniversary of his groundbreaking film, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”

A list of who’s who in film and television were also present including Nischelle Turner, John Singleton, Sanaa Lathan, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Jovan Adepo, Joe Morton, Tommy DavidsonAnna Marie HorsfordDemetrius Shipp Jr., Laz Alonso, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Eva Marcille, Rhyon Nicole, Marcus Scribner, Kendrick Sampson, Neil Brown Jr., Lou Diamond Phillips, Karen Sharpe and Kat Kramer.

“Queen Sugar” cast members Dawn Lyen-Gardner, Timon Kyle Durrett, Omar J. Dorsey, Tina Lifford and Dondre Whitfield were also present to pick up their “Best TV Show Award” along with the cast of “Underground” Alano Miller, Aisha Hinds and show creator Misha Green.

“Our members had a plethora of outstanding movies, documentaries and TV shows to choose from this year,” says AAFCA Co-founder Shawn Edwards. “It was an exceptional year in terms of the quantity and quality of films about the black experience. And while this by no means solves the diversity issue in the film industry it was definitely refreshing to have such a wide-range of exceptional work to choose from to honor and celebrate with our approval.”

“2016 provided our membership with many great films to choose from,” says AAFCA President and Co-founder, Gil Robertson. “Every movie and TV show on our Top 10 Lists could have easily been number one. The number of incredible performances by black actors and actresses added to a very competitive field of performances and represents a step towards inclusion that our membership warmly embraces. We look forward to what 2017 has in store.”

See more pictures and a full list of winners below:

Lee Daniels 

Janelle Monáe

Barry Jenkins 

See the full list of winners below:

FILM
BEST PICTURE : MOONLIGHT – (A24)
BEST DIRECTOR: BARRY JENKINS, MOONLIGHT – (A24)
BEST ACTOR: DENZEL WASHINGTON, FENCES– (Paramount)
BEST ACTRESS: RUTH NEGA, LOVING – (Focus Features)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: MAHERSHALA ALI, MOONLIGHT – (A24)
BEST ENSEMBLE: THE Cast of HIDDEN FIGURES (20TH Century Fox)
BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE 2017 – Janelle Monae for MOONLIGHT AND HIDDEN FIGURES
BEST INDEPENEDENT FILM: “MOONLIGHT” (A24)
BEST ANIMATION FILM; ZOOTOPIA (Disney)
BEST SONG – “VICTORY” from HIDDEN FIGURES (20th Century Fox)
BEST DOCUMENTARY – 13 (Netflix)
BEST FOREIGN FILM – TANNA (Lightyear Entertainment)
BEST SCREENPLAY – AUGUST WILSON, FENCES – (Paramount)

TV
BEST TV SHOW (Drama) – QUEEN SUGAR – OWN
BEST TV SHOW (Comedy) – ATLANTA – FX
BEST TV SHOW (CABLE/NEW MEDIA – UNDERGROUND – WGN America
BEST TV SHOW (Special/Limited Series) – LEMONADE – HBO

AAFCA Top Ten Films of 2016 are as follows in order of distinction:

1.      MOONLIGHT – A24
2.     FENCES – Paramount
3.     HIDDEN FIGURES – 20th Century Fox
4.     LION – The Weinstein Company
5.     LALA LAND – Lionsgate
6.     BIRTH OF A NATION – Fox Searchlight
7.     LOVING – Focus Features
8.     MANCHESTER BY THE SEA – Amazon Studios / Roadside Attractions
9.     HELL OR HIGH WATER – CBS Films
10.  QUEEN OF KATWE – Disney

AAFCA Top Ten TV shows of 2016 are as follows in order of distinction:

1.      QUEEN SUGAR – OWN
2.     UNDERGROUND – WGN America
3.     ATLANTA – FX
4.     INSECURE – HBO
5.     LUKE CAGE – NETFLIX
6.     THIS IS US – NBC
7.     BLACKISH – ABC
8.     THE GET DOWN – NETFLIX
9.     WESTWORLD – HBO
10.  SURVIVOR’S REMORSE – STARZ

Photo Credits: AAFCA

Categories
RC Exclusive - Ent

‘Queen Sugar’ hosts Press Day + Preview of Tonight’s Episode (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Here’s a sneak peek of tonight’s new episode of “Queen Sugar.” It looks like the hurricane has caused delays to the harvest schedule, leaving Charley to search for a new mill. When she rejects an unfair split of the profits from the Boudreaux family, Charley discovers there is more to the story of their land than originally thought.

In addition to the video, check out recent images of the cast during Monday’s exclusive screening at the Discovery offices in New York City. They all came out to promote the much talked series including  Rutina Wesley (“Nova Bordelon”), Dawn-Lyen Gardner (“Charley Bordelon West”), Kofi Siriboe (“Ralph Angel Bordelon”), Omar J. Dorsey (“Hollywood Desonier”), Dondré T. Whitfield (“Remy Newell”), Nicholas L. Ashe (“Micah West”), Tina Lifford (“Violet Bordelon”), and  Timon Kyle Durrett (“Davis West”).

“Queen Sugar” airs on Wednesday’s at 10 p.m. on OWN!

_mg_9199

kofi-siriboe-gives-peace

dawn-lyen-gardner-and-dondre-whitfield

tina-lifford-and-nicholas-ashe-kiss

kofi-takes-a-selfie

Photo Credits: Bernard Smalls

Categories
Recap

Oprah Winfrey & Ava DuVernay host ‘Queen Sugar’ Screening [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Dynamic duo Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay recently hosted an exclusive screening of their new OWN series “Queen Sugar” at the Warner Bros. Studio Lot’s Steven J. Ross Theater. The drama will debut as a two-night event on Tuesday, September 6 (commercial free) and Wednesday, September 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN. “Queen Sugar” chronicles the lives and loves of three estranged siblings and will air regularly on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT for the remainder of its 13-episode first season.

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Celebrates "Queen Sugar" PremiereIn attendance at the premiere were Oprah Winfrey (Executive Producer) and Ava DuVernay (Executive Producer/Creator) along with cast members Rutina Wesley (“Nova Bordelon”), Dawn-Lyen Gardner (“Charley Bordelon West”), Kofi Siriboe (“Ralph Angel Bordelon”), Omar J. Dorsey (“Hollywood Desonier”), Dondré T. Whitfield (“Remy Newell”), Nicholas L. Ashe (“Micah West”), Tina Lifford (“Violet Bordelon”), Timon Kyle Durrett (“Davis West”), Greg Vaughan (“Calvin”), Ethan Hutchison (“Blue”), Marycarmen Lopez (“Reyna Velez”), Bianca Lawson (“Darla”), Estrella Nouri (“Melina Gold”), Glynn Turman (“Ernest Bordelon”), Henry G. Sanders (“Prosper Denton”), KJ Smith (“Lena”), Ninja Devoe (“Roberta”), Tony Winters (“Clive”), True O’Brien(“Stella”), plus Kevin Tsujihara (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros.), Peter Roth (President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Television Group), Brett Paul (Co-President, Warner Horizon Scripted Television) and Susan Rovner (Co-President, Warner Horizon Scripted Television).

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Celebrates "Queen Sugar" PremiereThe “Queen Sugar” all-female directorial team that includes Kat Candler, Neema Barnette, Salli Richardson Whitfield, So Yong Kim, Tanya Hamilton, Tina Mabry and Victoria Mahoney were also in attendance. Additional guests at the premiere were David Oyelowo (Queen of Katwe, Selma), Jimmy Iovine, Keith Stanfield (Snowden), Liberty Ross (Actress), Meagan Good (Code Black), Niecy Nash (Scream Queens), Xosha Roquemore (The Mindy Project) and more.

Following the screening, Oprah, Ava, the cast and guests continued the celebration on the lot’s Brownstone Street and dined on Louisiana cuisine favorites such as beignets, jambalaya, bananas foster and other treats.

See more photos below:

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Celebrates "Queen Sugar" Premiere

Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Celebrates "Queen Sugar" Premiere

Oprah Winfrey on the red carpet

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Celebrates "Queen Sugar" Premiere

Oprah and Ava with the cast on the red carpet

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Celebrates "Queen Sugar" Premiere

“Queen Sugar” cast on stage

Photos Credits: Mark Davis/WireImage

Categories
RC Exclusive - Ent

OWN’s ‘Queen Sugar’ gets renewed for 2nd Season #SWEET (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Congrats to Ava DuVernay and the cast of “Queen Sugar.” The new original drama from the award winning-filmmaker has already been renewed for a second season ahead of its September premiere.

According to the press release, OWN has ordered 16-episodes for the second season. “Queen Sugar,” is based on the book of the same name and follows the lives and loves of three estranged siblings, who inherit an 800-acre sugarcane farm in the heart of Louisiana. It stars Rutina Wesley, Dawn Lyen-Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, Tina Lifford, Omar J Dorsey, Dondre Whitfield and is executive produced by Oprah Winfrey.

“Queen Sugar” will debut commercial free on Tuesday, September 6 followed by Wednesday, September 7 at 10 p.m. EST. It will air regularly on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET for the remainder of its 13-episode first season.

“When we saw the first cut from Ava we knew right away that we wanted a second season,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN. “We think viewers are going to connect with the deeply layered characters and powerful story and are excited to be able to share with them Ava’s director’s cut on premiere night without interruption. We are proud to be a network that supports a filmmaker’s creative vision.”

Check out the new extended trailer below that was released this week:

Photo Credit: OWN

Categories
RC Exclusive - Ent

WATCH First Trailer for Ava DuVernay’s ‘Queen Sugar’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Check out the first look trailer for “Queen Sugar,” the new original series airing on Oprah Winfrey‘s network, OWN and directed by Ava DuVernay.

As previously reported, the one-hour series is based on the book of the same name by Natalie Baszile and follows the life of two sisters, Nova Bordelon and Charley Bordelon, who, with her teenage son Micah moves to the heart of Louisiana to claim an inheritance from her recently departed father – an 800-acre sugarcane farm.

“I loved this book and immediately saw it as a series for OWN,” said Winfrey, who will also co-star in the series. ‘The story’s themes of reinventing your life, parenting alone, family connections and conflicts, and building new relationships are what I believe will connect our viewers to this show.”

“Queen Sugar” stars Rutina Wesley as Nova and Dawn Lyen-Gardner as Charley along with Kofi Siriboe, Tina Lifford, Omar J Dorsey, Dondre Whitfield and more.

The trailer has been airing during OWN’s two-night premiere of “Greenleaf.”

Photo Credit: EBONY.com