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Paula Patton, Erica Ash & Marques Houston to star in ‘Sacrifice’

Paula Patton, Erica Ash and Marques Houston are coming to BET+ in 2020 as part of an original movie titled Sacrifice. The film is executive produced, written and directed by Chris Stokes.

The legal thriller follows Daniella Hernandez (Patton), a highly sought after entertainment lawyer who navigates through the nefarious lives of her rich and famous clients. Daniella has a reputation that proves problematic to LA Law enforcement, forcing her to be at odds with her sorority sister turned nemesis District Attorney Beverly Rucker (Ash). In an attempt to protect her often unscrupulous clients, Daniella enlists the services of her resourceful assistant and a young ex-hacker and tech genius.

The show also features Juan Antonio, Altonio Jackson, V. Bozeman, Nelson Bonilla, Michael Toland, James Trevena-Brown, Liliana Montenegro and Josué Ramon Gutierrez.

Houston will also serve as the film’s co-executive producer for Footage Films. Principal photography for Sacrifice took place in New Orleans.

“We are thrilled to have Paula and the talented ensemble cast join our first original film on BET+, as we continue to strengthen our commitment to quality storytelling while meeting our audience on all platforms,” said Connie Orlando, Head of Programming, BET Networks.

Check out the character breakdowns below:

Paula Patton will play Daniella Hernandez

Daniella is an all-around boss and power player. As an entertainment attorney, she uses her quick-wit and attention to detail to secure clients and manage their unruly lives.

Erica Ash will play Beverly Nicole Rucker

A powerful district attorney, and sorority sister of Daniella, Beverly is relentless in her pursuit to rid the city of celebrities who live above the law.

Juan Antonio will play Dominiq Mayfield aka Big Dom

Big Dom is a powerful, confident and extraordinarily successful hip hop artist and mogul. He and Daniella have a long history.

V. Bozeman will play Tamika Bland

Daniella’s loyal and resourceful assistant, Tamika is a professional partner and personal confidante.

Altonio Jackson will play Steven Somwon
An ex-hacker, Steven is pulled into Daniella’s camp after working at her firm in the mailroom.

Nelson Bonilla will play Miguel
Daniella’s trusted driver and fatherly figure. Miguel has a unique and specific skill set. It’s those sets of skills, combined with his fidelity to Daniella, that make him a valuable asset to the team.

Michael Toland will play Arnold Lang
Arnold is the founding partner of Daniella’s firm, Lang & Associates.

James Trevena Brown will play Joshua Lang
Joshua is Arnold Lang’s son and next in line to make partner at the company.

Liliana Montenegro will play Gabriella Hernandez
Daniella’s Spanish-speaking aunt who comforts her at home.

Marques Houston will play Jason Pratt

Jason is a young Assistant District Attorney who knows the law better than anyone and does everything by the book.

Josué Ramon Gutierrez will play Oscar Baptiste
A client of Daniella’s and Dom’s biggest hip hop rival.

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‘Black Music Honors’ to salute Stephanie Mills, Whodini, Bobby Brown + BeBe and CeCe Winans

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Congratulations to Grammy ®Award-winning singer and Broadway legend—STEPHANIE MILLS! She will be recognized during this year’s Black Music Honors. The highly anticipated evening, hosted by television and radio personality Rickey Smiley and Grammy® Award-winner and actress LeToya Luckett, will celebrate the artistry of the music industry’s most revered icons.

Mills will receive the Legends Award, honoring her illustrious music and acting career spanning more than four decades. Brooklyn-based rap group, Whodini, will be presented the Hip Hop Icon Award for their musical contributions. Both will join an impressive list of previously announced honorees – BeBe and CeCe Winans, Bobby Brown, Faith Evans and Dallas Austin

The celebratory night will also feature exciting performances by Keyshia Cole, Raheem DeVaughn, Next, Young Buck, Yo-Yo, Ruben Studdard, Jade Novah, Demetria McKinney, V. Bozeman, Tasha Page-Lockhart, Monie Love, Kierra Sheard, and Jonathan McReynolds.

The 2018 Black Music Honors will take place at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center on Thursday, August 16 and will air as a two-hour television special on Bounce TV Sept. 28, 2018.

Stay tuned…

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UPDATE: Anthony Hamilton, KeKe Wyatt, Estelle, MAJOR. to perform at the ‘Bounce Trumpet Awards’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The “Bounce Trumpet Awards” have added more star power to this weekend’s show. The prestigious annual event, celebrating African-American achievements and contributions, will take place at the Cobb Energy Centre on Saturday, January 20 and is hosted by actors Larenz Tate and Erica Ash.

As previously reported, this year’s honorees include Jermaine Dupri, Cameo, Richelieu Dennis, Tamika Mallory, Marley Dias, Dr. Lonnie Johnson and Rhyon Brown. 

Performers will include: Doug E. Fresh, Keke WyattAnthony Hamilton, Bow Wow, Sir the BaptistArrested Development, Estelle, Bilal, Big Daddy Kane, V. BozemanDonald Lawrence, Major., We’ McDonald, Mr. TalkBox, Kevin Lemons & Higher Calling, Rhyon Brown, Michel’le, Stokley Williams and Carl Thomas.

Celebrity presenters include Cee Lo Green plus “Family Time” stars Omar Gooding and Angell Conwell. 

Founded in 1992 by American Civil Rights leader Xernona Clayton, The Trumpet Awards were acquired by Bounce in 2016. The list of prestigious honorees over its 26-year history includes Muhammad Ali, Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Halle Berry, Stevie Wonder, The African-American Women of the United States Congress, Steve Harvey, Martin Luther King III, Janelle Monáe and Spike Lee.

The “Bounce Trumpet Awards” will air exclusively on Bounce on Sunday, February 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

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Ray Cornelius to host ATL Screening of “90 Days” during #BLFF17 (VIDEO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius

It gives me extreme pleasure to announce that yours truly, Ray Cornelius, will be hosting the Atlanta screening of the powerful drama “90 Days.” The viewing will take on Sunday, August 27 at 4:30 p.m. at the historic Plaza Theatre and is part of the BronzeLens Film Fesitval‘s “Cinema & Social Justice Sunday” Series.

A riveting story of love, integrity and compassion, “90 Days” explores a beautiful couple’s relationship and their life altering decision after ninety days of dating.  Fueled with gripping performances by an extraordinary cast of actors led by Teyonah Parris and Nic Few, “90 Days”  is a groundbreaking cinematic piece of art that confronts the human experience of overcoming one of life’s greatest perceived challenges. “​90 Days” is written by Nathan Hale Williams and directed by Williams and Jennia Fredrique Aponte and is based on a true story.  It also stars stage and film actress Pauletta Washington, “Noah’s ARC” star Rodney Chester, Emmett Short, Collin Lee Ellis and “Empire” actress and singer V. Bozeman.

“90 Days” is executive produced by Jussie Smollett.

Check out the trailer below:

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The “90 Days” Atlanta Screening is presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and the BLACK Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition (BLACC).

Click here to RSVP and listen to #UPFRONT for more details!

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David Banner, Lil Duval and V. Bozeman to appear on ‘Donnie After Dark’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

“Find a way or make one…” Clark Atlanta University motto

On this Sunday’s edition of “Donnie After Dark,” Rapper, actor and activist David Banner reveals to Donnie Simpson that he actually recorded his first album from his car!

“I went and bought a converter from Wal-Mart and literally turned my passenger seat into a studio,” said Banner. “So when you hear my first album that went gold, if you listen to the interludes, you can hear the cars passing by ‘cause I literally had a microphone in between my legs while I was driving!”

Banner credits himself as one of the first entrepreneurs to run an online store and he would literally ship his own records in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. He began his music career as a member of the rap duo, Crooked Lettaz, before independently launching his first solo album in 2000 titled, Them Firewater Boyz, Vol. 1. Way to hustle!

Catch the full David Banner interview along with Lil Duval and V. Bozeman on “Donnie After Dark” this Sunday at 11 p.m. ET on TV One!

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WATCH a Sneak Peek of TV One’s ‘Donnie After Dark’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out a sneak peek of the second season of “Donnie After Dark” premiering tomorrow night at 11 p.m. on TV One. The show is hosted by my idol and radio/TV legend Donnie Simpson and features some of the biggest names in music, television and film.

In the premiere episode, Angela Robinson (Veronica Harrington from OWN’s The Have and The Have Nots) talks about the gift and curse of being the villainess everyone loves to hate; Comedian D.C. Young Fly reveals his tried and tested formula for elevating your brand on social media; and Pooch Hall (Ray Donovan, Media) reveals his undercover talent as an amateur boxer and a freestyle rapper. The show also features a sensual performance by musical guest Ro James performing his hit singles “Permission” and “Already Knew That.”

Following the special holiday premiere, “Donnie After Dark” moves to its regular time slot on Sundays at 11 p.m. EST.

Take a look at future episodes:

Sunday, Dec. 4 at 11 p.m. ET
Simpson invites rapper and activist David Banner, spoken word artist Ernestine Johnson and Interactive One VP of News and Men’s Programming Jamilah Lemieux to discuss the pros and cons of the Black Lives Matter movement. Comedian Lil Duval brings the laughs, plus “Empire” singer V. Bozeman delivers a breathtaking performance.

Sunday, Dec. 11 at 11 p.m. ET
Simpson sits down with music mogul and super producer Jermaine Dupri and catches up with the incomparable LisaRaye McCoy. He shares a few laughs with “Survivor’s Remorse” actress Erica Ash and comedian Special K. And don’t miss two unforgettable performances by musical guest, 112.

Sunday, Dec.18 at 11 p.m. ET
Simpson is joined by heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. Power star Naturi Naughton stops by, along with the hilariously funny comedian Tony Roberts. Plus, R&B crooner Musiq Soulchild hits the stage.

Simpson, known for his sultry voice, warm smile and piercing green eyes, is the son of a record shop owner. Having been exposed to multiple genres of music, he began his radio career at 15 with WJLB in Detroit, Mich. He relocated to Washington, D.C., where he began working at WRC-TV. Soon after he hosted the groundbreaking “Video Soul,” a music video show on BET, and many other network specials.

Simpson eventually hosted “The Donnie Simpson Morning Show” on WPGC-FM where he continued to captivate listeners for 17 years until his retirement in 2010. In 2015, Simpson returned to radio as the host of “The Donnie Simpson Show” on TV One’s sister property WMMJ-MAJIC 102.3 FM.

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Spike Lee, Jermaine Dupri & others honored at ‘Triumph Awards’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The stars aligned last night for The Triumph Awards. The private ceremony took place at the historic Tabernacle Concert Hall in the heart of downtown Atlanta, GA. Yours truly was in the building to capture all of the red carpet action.

img_8903The Triumph Awards are presented each year by Reverend Al Sharpton‘s National Action Network (NAN). The invitation only event recognizes distinguished individuals and corporations in civil rights, the arts, entertainment, education, business and sports. The show was taped before a live audience and will premiere on Sunday, October 2  at 7 p.m. EST on TV One.

This year’s honorees include hip hop superstar and music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs; legendary film director Spike Lee, music mogul Jermaine Dupri, Attorney Benjamin Crump, FedEx executive Gina Adams and Tim Murphy of Mastercard. “Survivor’s Remorse” actress and beloved TV and film star Tichina Arnold served as the host.

img_8765Celebrity presenters and performers that walk the red carpet included TV One President Brad Siegel, TV and film star Nick Cannon, R&B crooner Joe, “Survivor’s Remorse” star Erica Ash, TV and film star Larenz Tate, Grammy winner and RHOA Kandi Burruss, “Hollywood Divas” star Lisa Wu, “Queen Sugar” actor Dondre Whitfield, TV and film actor Carl Payne, “Empire” actress and music star V. Bozeman, “Survivor’s Remorse” actress Teyonah Parris, “If Loving You is Wrong” actress April Parker Jones, recording star BJ the Chicago Kid, WNBA star Angel McCoughtry, comedic actor JB Smoove, James Brown’s daughters Dr. Yamma and Deanna Brown-Thomas, “Saints and Sinners” star Clifton Powell, “Born For This” stars Juan and Deborah Joy Winans, gospel sensation Jekalyn Carr, TV and fashion personality Fonzworth Bentley, media maven Ebony Steele, Recording artist Cristina Quinones, TV and film star Pooch Hall,  TV and film actress Denise Boutte and the Mothers of the Movement: Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon Martin), Gwen Carr (Eric Garner) and Leslie McSpadden (Mike Brown).

Check out all of the photos below:

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Honoree Benjamin Crump

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Tichina Arnold 

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BJ the Chicago Kid

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Deborah Joy Winans and Juan Winans 

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Larenz Tate 

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Teyonah Parris 

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Nick Cannon 

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V. Bozeman

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Pooch Hall 

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Tichina Arnold throwing up the Lupus advocate sign

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Brad Siegel with Kandi Burruss

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Fonzworth Bentley and his wife Faune Bentley

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April Parker Jones 

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Joe

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Kandi Burruss

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Dondre Whitfield

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Honoree Gina Adams FedEx Corporation 

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Carl Payne 

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Ebony Steele 

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JB Smoove 

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Cristina Quinones

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Rev. Al Sharpton playing with Tichina‘s gown

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Honoree Tim Murphy Mastercard 

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Erica Ash

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Honoree Benjamin Crump and his mother

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Clifton Powell and guests

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Bart Phillips and guest

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Dr. Yamma Brown and Deanna Brown-Thomas

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Denise Boutte

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Carl Payne and Dondre Whitfield

aka “Cockroach” and “Robert” from “The Cosby Show”

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Lisa Wu and guest

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Music mogul Michael Mauldin

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Jekalyn Carr

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and Rev. Al Sharpton sharing a laugh on the red carpet

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The Mothers of the Movement ~ Gwen Carr (Eric Garner),

Leslie McSpadden (Mike Brown) and Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon Martin)

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2016 Triumph Awards to honor Spike Lee, Diddy, Jermaine Dupri & More!

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The “2016 Triumph Awards” are returning to Atlanta and to TV One for a second year in a row. “Survivor’s Remorse” star Tichina Arnold will host this year’s ceremony that recognizes distinguished individuals and corporations in civil rights, the arts, entertainment, education, business and sports. The annual show is presented by Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network and TV One. 

The year’s awards ceremony will take place at Atlanta’s historic Tabernacle Concert Hall on Sunday, September 18 at 6 p.m. and will honor Sean “Diddy” CombsSpike LeeJermaine DupriAttorney Benjamin Crump, FedEx executive Gina Adams and Mastercard. According to the press release, this year’s honorees have made a positive impact on society by utilizing their talents and resources to help those within under-resourced communities.

Performers and presenters include Nick Cannon, Fantasia, Eric Benet, Joe, BJ the Chicago Kid, Juan and Deborah Joy Winans, V. Bozeman, Jekalyn Carr, NAN Chairman Reverend Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson; Martin Luther King, III, JB Smoove, Dionne Warwick, Marc Lamont Hill, Kandi Burrus, Dondre Whitfield, Angel McCoughtry and Erica Ash. The Mothers of the Movement: Sybrina FultonGwen Carr, Leslie McSpadden and Esaw Snipes Garner will also be featured and Grammy winning-performer Robert Glasper will return as this year’s Musical Director.

Additional participants to be announced at a later date.

The 2016 Triumph Awards will air on TV One on Sunday, October 2 at 7pm ET and encore at 9pm ET.

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Tito jackson, V. Bozeman and more perform at ‘ATL Live on the Park’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out a few images from last night’s “ATL Live on the Park.” The monthly music event was hosted by hip-hop icon and Boom 102.9 Morning Show host Ed Lover and featured a variety of music superstars including newcomers Sebastian Kole and Young Marco.

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Legendary member of The Jackson Five, Tito Jackson graced the stage and performed songs from his forth coming project, Tito Time. And closing out the night was “Empire” star and singer V. Bozeman.

Unfortunately, I didn’t leave the “Cutting It in the ATL” preview party in time to see Kole, Marco or Jackson’s performances. However, I did get to catch Bozeman and she blew me away with her live version of “What Is Love” along with the Michel’le’s classic “Something in my Heart” and her newest single “Go.” The 20-something year-old vocalist from Los Angeles, California definitely proved why she is the “Pepsi Artist of the Month.”  “ATL Live on the Park” is produced by Shanti Das and Marlon Nichols.  Next month’s event will take place on Tuesday, August 8 and features the highly anticipated “All White Party.” Performers have yet to be announced. See more images from last night below:

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Young Marco/Photo Credit: Prince Williams  of ATLPics.Net

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Dr. Yamma Brown (daughter of James Brown) and friends

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V. Bozeman performing Michel’e’s Something in My Heart

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V. Bozeman appeared in the pilot episode of Fox’s smash hit “Empire”

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V. Bozeman also performed “What Is Love” and her new single, “GO”

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Mariah Carey, Babyface, Kendrick Lamar, Maxwell to appear at ‘ESSENCE’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Take a look at this year’s lineup for the 22nd ESSENCE Festival. The list was released Tuesday and includes a number of my personal favorites like Mariah Carey, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Kendrick Lamar, Maxwell, and Ciara.

“The ESSENCE Festival is back in New Orleans with an extraordinary roster of the biggest names and best performers in entertainment—from global music icons to the industry’s rising stars,” said ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks. “We are welcoming Mariah Carey, Kendrick Lamar and Maxwell to headline the Superdome main stage. In addition, we will be embracing newcomers like Leon Bridges, Jeremih, Lion Babe, Dej Loaf and The Internet, as well as fan favorite Charlie Wilson for the ultimate cultural experience in New Orleans this July 4th weekend.”

Other artists include: Faith Evans, Charlie Wilson, Estelle, Kelly Price, Lalah Hathaway, New Edition, Tyrese, Doug E.Fresh, Mali Music, MC Lyte, Robert Glasper Experiment, V. Bozeman, The Brand New Heavies, Leon Bridges, and many more!

Click here for tickets and the full lineup!

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DVR Alert: ‘Soul Train Awards 2015’ hosted by Erykah Badu (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

“It’s the hippest trip led by the illest chick.” It’s the Soul Train Awards 2015 hosted by Erykah Badu and airing on this Sunday, November 29 at 8 p.m. on Centric and BET.

This year’s two-hour show will recognize the best in R&B/Soul, hip-hop and gospel and is packed with incredible performances by Fantasia, Bobby Brown, Tyrese, Jeremiah, Brandy, Boyz II Men, R.Kelly, Jazmine Sullivan, V. Bozeman, Erica Campbell, Cameo, Tevin Campbell and Tasha Cobbs.

R&B songstress Jill Scott will be honored with the first-ever Lady of Soul Award along with Grammy winning singer-songwriter Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, who will receive the Legend Award. (Click here to see the full list of nominees).

Check out the preview below and don’t forget to set your DVR:

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Celebs gather at 4th Annual Pre-Espy Awards Kick-Off Event [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

It’s all about partying with a purpose! Celebs/Athletes came out to support the 4th annual ‘Champions for Choice,’ pre-ESPY Awards dinner presented by the American Federation for Children. WNBA Hall of Fame star Lisa Leslie and NBA veteran Jalen Rose hosted the event, which honored actress, TV host, and philanthropist Holly Robinson Peete and her husband, former NFL quarterback, Rodney Peete.

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The annual Pre-ESPY’s celebration to support school choice was held on the rooftop of the Luxe Hotel and featured a live performance by Grammy Award winner Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child). “My commitment is to children across the nation and I am happy to be a part of making a difference and education is key to keeping the doors of opportunity opened,” said host Lisa Leslie.

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In attendance, at this years event were: Oscar Award-Winning actor Lou Gosset Jr, former NFL player Rodney Peete, Marcellus Wiley, TV Personalities Hank and Kendra Baskett, Gloria Govan & Tiffany Cambridge, Actress Elise Neal, V Bozeman from (Empire), TV host Shaun Robinson, NBA legend John Salley, Norm Nixon, Dawn Richard, Shanice Wilson, Garcelle Beauvais and actor Robert Christopher Riley, to name a few.

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Empire’s V. Bozeman closes out Atlanta’s BWFN Summit [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The Black Women Film Network (BWFN) closed out its inaugural Summit over the weekend with a special performance by “Empire” actress and singer, V. Bozeman. The event took place at the new TIME Restaurant & Lounge in Midtown, Atlanta and featured an awards ceremony and 40th anniversary screening of the Motown classic film, “Mahogany.”

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Atlanta notables in attendance included Adrene Ashford (VH1’s Sorority Sisters), Judi Blair (Magic Mike), Keith Neal (Swirl Films), Sherly Riley Gripper (BWFN Founder), Saptosa Foster (135 Street Agency), Shante Bacon (BWFN Honoree 2015) and Tomika DePriest (BWFN Honoree 2015). Also spotted were several of the BWFNs filmmakers, panelists and special invited guests.

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This year’s BWFN winners included:

Best of Festival

“Your Love” – Directed by Laila Petrone

Best Short
“Q.U.E.E.N.” – Directed by Brittany Fennell

Best Director
“Black Girl in Paris”- Directed by Kiandra Parks

Audience Buzz Award
“Hands to the Sky” – Directed by Kimberly Townes

Audience Award
“Bristol Place” – Written by LaShunda Smith

Check out more photos below from the event:

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 VH1’s Sorority Sisters star Adrene Ashford/ BEFN’s Donald Woodard with V. Bozeman

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 BLFF’s Deidre McDonald with Shawn Evans Mitchell

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 Actress Judi Blair & Swirl Films’ Keith Neal/135th Street Agency’s Shante Bacon & Saptosa Foster 

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 ‘Mahogany’ stars Diana Ross with Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Perkins 

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 V. Bozeman with DJ Salah Ananse

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 ‘Best Short’ winner Brittany Fennell (Q.U.E.E.N) with BWFN Founder Sheryl Riley Gripper 

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Audience Buzz Award Winner Theo Perkins (Hands to the Sky) with Sheryl Riley Gripper

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 V. Bozeman performing “Race Jones”

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Black Women Film Network (BWFN) honors Robi Reed, Will Packer and MORE! [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

The Black Women Film Network (BWFN) hosted its annual “Untold Stories Luncheon” Friday afternoon at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. The private affair is the organization’s signature event that honors African-American mavericks in the film, television and the entertainment industry.

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 Robi Reed, V. Bozeman and Brely Evans

This year’s luncheon was hosted by the ever so funny, Jonathan Slocumb with award presentations going to Tia Powell (President of Oz Publishing, Founder’s Award), Logan Browning (Actress, “Hit The Floor,” Social Responsibility Award), Tomika DePriest (BWFN, Chairman’s Award), Georgia Production Partnership (Industry Award), Lamman Rucker (Actor, “The Man in 3B,” Performance Award), Shante Bacon (Founder 135th Street Agency,Creative Award), Robi Reed (Hollywood Casting Director,Trailblazer Award) and Will Packer (Filmmaker, Pinnacle Award).

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 Jonathan Slocumb and honoree Shante Bacon

Remarks were also given by the BWFN Founder, Sheryl Riley Gripper;  BWFN Board Chair, Donald Woodard; and former BWFN Honoree and Director of Programming and Promo Planning for REVOLT, Jaunice Sills. There was also a special appearance by “Empire” actress and singer, V. Bozeman, who performed her smash hit single, “What is Love?

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 Kandi Burruss being interviewed by FOX 5 on the Red Carpet

Celebrities in attendance included Kandi Burrus and Todd Tucker (RHOA); Andrea Kelly (Hollywood Exes); LaTavia Roberson (R&B Divas)Kathleen Bertrand (BronzeLens Film Festival); Brely Evans (Being Mary Jane)Palmer Williams (Love Thy Neighbor); Charity Jordan (Selma); Christine Horn (The Retrieval); D. Woods (Danity Kane); Farrah Franklin (Destiny’s Child); Rashana Ali (Media Personality); Myra J (Comedian/Media Personality); Stacii Jae Johnson (Media Personality); Ryan Cameron (V-103) and many more.

Check out photos from the dazzling red carpet and ceremony as well as V. Bozeman’s performance below:

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Will Packer with fiancée Heather Hayslett and V. Bozeman

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BWFN Honoree Robi Reed/ Love Thy Neighbor’s Palmer Williams

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RHOA stars Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker/BWFN Host Jonathan Slocumb

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Actresses—Christine Horn, D. Woods and Charity Jordan

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BWFN Honoree Tomika DePriest/ATL’s Office of Cultural Affairs Camille Russell Love

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Being Mary Jane’s Brely Evans/135th Street Agency’s Saptosa Foster and Shante Bacon

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 Jonathan Slocumb with BWFN Honoree Will Packer

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 BWFN Honoree Tia Powell/BWFN Founder Sheryl Riley Gripper and Artist Sam D. Burston

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 Empire’s V. Bozeman performing “What Is Love?”

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Robi Reed accepting her award

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 Destiny’s Child members LaTavia Roberson and Farrah Franklin

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 Actresses Christine Horn and Charity Jordan with PR maven Terri Vismale Morris

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