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‘The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel’ to air 4/11 at 8 p.m. (VIDEO)

Lifetime has released the official trailer for the highly anticipated biopic The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel. The movie debuts Saturday, April 11 at 8 p.m. EST.

As previously reported, the film recounts the story of the highest selling female gospel group in history and of their trailblazing mother, Mattie Moss Clark (Aunjanue Ellis). Credited with bringing Gospel music to the mainstream, the five Clark sisters (Christina Bell as “Twinkie,” Kierra Sheard as “Karen,” Sheléa Frazier as “Dorinda,” Raven Goodwin as “Denise,” Angela Birchett as “Jacky”) overcame humble beginnings in Detroit, enduring abuse, loss, rejection, betrayal, and sibling rivalries to achieve international fame as icons of the Gospel music industry.

In addition to the film, the Clark Sisters will be honored with the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Stellar Awards. CONGRATS LADIES!!!!

Watch the trailer below + photos from a recent press event in Pasadena, CA with executive producer Queen Latifah.

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Watch a Sneak Peek of STARZ new series ‘P-Valley’ (VIDEO)

STARZ has released a sneak peek of its upcoming new drama series P-Valley.

The show is based on Katori Hall’s play Pussy Valley and is being described as an unapologetic look at the lives of strip club dancers. Deep down in the Mississippi Delta lies an oasis of grit and glitter in a rough patch of human existence where beauty can be hard to find. This southern-fried, hour-long drama tells the kaleidoscopic story of a little-strip-club-that-could and the big characters who come through its doors—the hopeful, the lost, the broken, the ballers, the beautiful, and the damned.

As previously reported, P-Valley stars Brandee Evans as Mercedes and Nicco Annan as Uncle Clifford while Shannon Thornton and J. Alphonse Nicholson are series regulars.

Joining Hall behind-the-scenes are Khaliah Neal as consulting producer, Patrik-Ian Polk as co-executive producer and award-winning music video director Karena Evans, who will direct the premiere episode.

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Watch Season 4 Trailer for OWN’s ‘QUEEN SUGAR’ (VIDEO)

OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network has released the Season 4 trailer for Ava DuVernay‘s popular series Queen Sugar and it-looks-epic! The award-winning drama returns on Wednesday, June 12 at 9 p.m. EST.

This new season follows the Bordelon family as they discover Nova (Rutina Wesley) is publishing her memoir which divulges long-held family secrets. Unrest, tension and heartbreak fester at home as Nova embarks on a book tour and unexpectedly encounters significant relationships from her past along the way. Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) remains in the thick of the trials and tribulations in both her personal and professional life as she continues to battle the Landry family while also trying to ensure the safety and future of her teenage son Micah (Nicholas Ashe).  Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) is managing fatherhood and his complicated relationship with ex-girlfriend Darla (Bianca Lawson) after learning he is not the biological father of his son, Blue (Ethan Hutchison), and is encouraged by an old friend to create opportunities for formerly incarcerated men.

The expansive cast also includes Tina Lifford as the siblings’ free-spirited Aunt Violet who revealed her Lupus diagnosis to her family along with plans to open her own pie shop; Omar J. Dorsey as Violet’s new husband Hollywood Desonier; and Henry G. Sanders plays Prosper Denton, a farmer and longtime friend of the late Bordelon family patriarch, Ernest. Recurring guest star Timon Kyle Durrett portrays Charley’s estranged husband and pro basketball player Davis West, and guests stars include David Alan Grier, Tevin CampbellErica Tazel, Kendall Clark and Walter Perez.

Watch the trailer below:

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Watch Trailer + More Images from TP’s ‘Nobody’s Fool’ [VIDEO]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

As promised, we have the official trailer for Tyler Perry‘s new comedy Nobody’s Fool starring Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Amber Riley and Whoopi Goldberg.

As previously reported, Nobody’s Fool was originally titled The List and features Haddish as Tanya, a wild child who is trying to get back on her feet with the help of her buttoned-up, by the book sister Danica (Sumpter).  As these polar opposites collide — with hilarious and sometimes disastrous results — Tanya discovers that Danica’s picture-perfect life — including her mysterious boyfriend — may not be what it seems.  Nobody’s Fool opens in theaters on November 2.

Check out the hilariously funny trailer below + more images:

Photo Credits: YouTube/Nobody’s Fool

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Daveed Diggs + Rafael Casal star in ‘Blindspotting’ (VIDEO + PHOTOS)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Real life besties—Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal—are confronting gentrification, racism, police brutality and classism in the new film Blindspotting. It opens in theaters nationwide this summer on July 27.

Blindspotting follows Collin (Diggs), who must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning.  He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles (Casal), work as movers, and when Collin witnesses a police shooting, the two men’s friendship is tested as they grapple with identity and their changed realities in the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood they grew up in.

I got a chance to preview the film recently during the Atlanta Film Festival (AFF) where Diggs revealed that it took them nearly 10 years to complete the project. He also discussed how much of the “isms” presented in the storyline are issues we’re still dealing with today.

“I think it’s even more relevant now but the sad thing about it is that it was relevant then. That’s the greatest tragedy of the tragedies in this film. We say all the time, ‘we wish this film was nostalgic’ and ‘we wish this felt like a period piece from 10 years ago’ but it’s not,” said Diggs during my red carpet interview for my radio show, UPFRONT.

Blindspotting also features Jasmine Cephas JonesTisha Campbell-MartinEthan EmbryKevin CarrollNyambi NyambiWayne KnightJohn ChaffinUtkarsh Ambudkar and Janina Gavankar.

In addition to the special advanced screening, Diggs was also the recipient of the AFF’s inaugural ATLFF Innovator Award, a newly created award to recognize visionaries and those forging their own path within the film industry.

Check out photos from the red carpet premiere and watch the film’s trailer below:

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Sterling K. Brown and Brian Tyree Henry team up for ‘Hotel Artemis’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

This is Us star Sterling K. Brown and Atlanta actor Brian Tyree Henry are a few criminals who finds themselves in need of some emergency care in the new drama—Hotel Artemis.

Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, Jodie Foster plays The Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals. Rounding out the all-star cast is Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day and Dave Bautista.

Hotel Artemis is a stylish, high-octane action-thriller written and directed by Drew Pearce and opens in theaters nationwide on June 8.

Watch the exciting trailer below:

Photo Credit: YouTube.com/Hotel Artemis

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Watch New Trailer for Season 2 of ‘CLAWS’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

TNT has released a new trailer for its popular series CLAWS starring Niecy Nash. It returns to Sunday nights on June 10 at 9 p.m. EST.

CLAWS is a midnight-dark, wickedly funny meditation on female badness set in a South Florida nail salon. It follows the rise of five diverse and treacherous manicurists working at the Nail Artisan of Manatee County salon, where there is a lot more going on than silk wraps and pedicures. CLAWS is about good women caught in bad places with worse men. It’s the story of hardworking women trying to get by in this economy, set against the surreal, bright, gritty landscape of Florida and the luscious, absurd, extreme excesses of the crime world.

Rounding out the cast is Carrie Preston, Harold Perrineau, Jenn Lyon, Judy Reyes, Karrueche Tran, Jason Antoon, Kevin Rankin, Jack Kesy and Dean Norris. Also joining the cast for this new season is my buddy veteran stage, screen and TV actress Sheryl Lee Ralph.

Photo Credits: YouTube.com/CLAWS

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WATCH Trailer for ‘Furlough’ starring Tessa Thompson + Whoopi Goldberg (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Tessa Thompson and Whoopi Goldberg are teaming up for a new comedy titled Furlough. We reported about this project back in December and a trailer has finally arrived.

Furlough stars Thompson as a young woman who lives with and cares for her aging mother (Goldberg), while working part-time at a jail. At work, she is given a chance to show off her abilities when she is assigned to accompany an unruly prisoner (Melissa Leo) on an emergency furlough to visit her dying mother, but the duos trip goes haywire.

“Furlough” also stars Anna PaquinLa La Anthony and Drena De Niro. It is also written by Barry Strugatz and directed by Laurie Collyer.

Tell us what you think…

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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 Trailer for Netflix’s ‘Step Sisters’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out the first trailer for the upcoming Netflix film, Step Sisters starring Power’s Naturi Naughton and my favorite diva Sheryl Lee Ralph. It premieres on January 19.

As previously reported, Step Sisters centers on an ambitious Black sorority girl (Megalyn Echikunwoke) who, in order to get admitted to the law school of her dreams, agrees to cross cultural lines and teach the exclusive art of Black Greek stepping to a band of party-obsessed white sorority girls whose charter is about to be revoked. The film was formerly titled Ain’t No Half Steppin and was shot at the historic Clark Atlanta University. GO CAU!

The film also stars Dear White People’s Nia Jervier and Marque Richardson, How To Get Away with Murder’s Matt McGorry, Eden SherLyndon SmithGage Golightly and Alessandra Torresani.

Step Sisters is directed by Charles Stone and produced by Matt AlvarezLena Waithe and Benjamin Cory Jones.

Tell us what you think!

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WATCH New Trailer for TV One’s ‘Behind the Movement’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

TV One has released its first teaser trailer for the upcoming original movie, “Behind the Movement.” The film debuts this February as part of the network’s Black History Month programming.

As previously reported, “Behind the Movement” is a retelling of how Rosa Parks‘ refusal to give up her seat launched the history-making Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955-56. The film will reveal the untold story of how a group of everyday people decided this incident was the right time to take a stand for their civil rights and demand equal treatment.

“Behind the Movement” stars Meta Golding as Rosa Parks, Roger Guenveur Smith as Raymond Parks, Loretta Devine as Jo Ann Robinson, Isaiah Washington as E.D. Dixon, Shaun Clay as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Keith Arthur Bolden as Ralph David Abernathy.

“Behind the Movement” is written by Katrina M. O’Gilvie. 

“To us, Rosa Parks was an icon but before she was an icon, she was a regular person and who was empowered to make the choices she did and created change for so many of us. So, were telling a personal story of these people. They aren’t saints but they are people who had the courage and stood up in a time that was even more treacherous than it is now,” said the film’s director Aric Avelino.

Watch the trailer below and click here to see more BTS photos!

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Watch Newest Trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

It’s a battle over good and evil in the newest trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

The 30-second clip shows Rey (Daisy Ridley) struggling with choosing the path of light and darkness. Rey may be considering a different path but Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) attempts to make her resist the dark side temptation.

In Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of “The Force Awakens” join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

The film stars the late Carrie Fisher along with Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Anthony Daniels.

Rounding out the cast is Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.  “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens in theaters Friday December 15.

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‘Just Getting Started’ featuring Morgan Freeman + Sheryl Lee Ralph + George Wallace (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Veteran screen actors Morgan Freeman, Sheryl Lee Ralph and George Wallace are starring in a new comedy for Broad Green Pictures titled, “Just Getting Started.” It debuts in theaters December 8, 2017.

Duke Diver (Freeman) is living the high life as the freewheeling manager of a luxurious resort in Palm Springs, Calif. He soon faces competition from Leo, a former military man (Tommy Lee Jones) who likes the same woman (Rene Russo) that Duke is interested in. When Diver’s past suddenly catches up with him, he must put aside his differences and reluctantly team up with Leo to stop whoever is trying to kill him.

“Just Getting Started” also features Joe Pantoliano, Glenne Headly, Elizabeth Ashley, Graham Beckel and more.

Check it out below:

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WATCH trailer for ‘Canal Street’ feat. Empire’s Yazz (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

“Empire” star Bryshere Y. Gray aka Yazz is expanding his acting resume by starring in the new independent film, “Canal Street.” It opens in theaters on February 1, 2018.

According to the film’s website, “Canal Street” is a modern-day thriller telling the story of a teen, Kholi Styles, trying to get by in an unwelcoming new world. After the mysterious death of a classmate, all eyes fall on Kholi, the new kid at his high school. It’s up to his father, Jackie Styles, an up-and-coming lawyer from the slums of Chicago, to defend his son in court and battle an outraged public before time runs out. Jackie fights to keep his faith and prove his son is not the monster the world has made him out to be.

Rounding out the “Canal Street” cast is Mykelti Williamson, Lance Reddick, Michael Beach, Harry Lennix, Mekhi Phifer, Jamie Hector, Woody McClain and more. The film is directed by Rhyan LaMarr.

Watch the teaser trailer below:

Photo Credit: Facebook/Canal Street Movie