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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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Watch the Trailer for OWN’s ‘Cherish the Day’ (VIDEO)

OWN has released the official trailer for its upcoming drama series Cherish The Day. It is created and executive produced by Emmy® winner and Academy Award®-nominee Ava DuVernay

Chapter one of Cherish the Day chronicles the stirring relationship of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. The narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments in a relationship that compel us to hold true to the ones we love, from the extraordinary to the everyday. 

Xosha Roquemore (“The Mindy Project”) stars as Gently James and Alano Miller (“Underground”) stars as Evan Fisher. The couple meet and fall in love in Los Angeles, with the full season spanning five years in eight episodes.  

OWN previously announced additional cast including legendary Emmy®-winning actress Cicely Tyson, as well as Michael Beach, Anne-Marie Johnson and Kellee Stewart. The DuVernay led series also recently announced it achieved full gender parity with a production crew of over 50% women, including 18 female department heads.  Directors for the series are Tanya Hamilton, Blitz Bazawule, Aurora Guerrero and Deborah Kampmeier.

Cherish the Day is produced for OWN by ARRAY Filmworks and Harpo Films in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. DuVernay, Paul Garnes, Tanya Hamilton, and Oprah Winfrey serve as executive producers. 

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OWN presents Ava DuVernay’s ‘Cherish the Day’ (VIDEO)

Check out the teaser trailer for OWN’s new original anthology drama Cherish the Day. It is created and executive produced by Emmy® winner and Academy Award®-nominee Ava DuVernay. 

Chapter one of Cherish the Day chronicles the stirring relationship of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. The narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments in a relationship that compel us to hold true to the ones we love, from the extraordinary to the everyday. 

Xosha Roquemore (“The Mindy Project”) stars as Gently James and Alano Miller (“Underground”) stars as Evan Fisher. The couple meet and fall in love in Los Angeles, with the full season spanning five years in eight episodes.  

OWN previously announced additional cast including legendary Emmy®-winning actress Cicely Tyson, as well as Michael Beach, Anne-Marie Johnson and Kellee Stewart. The DuVernay led series also recently announced it achieved full gender parity with a production crew of over 50% women, including 18 female department heads.  Directors for the series are Tanya Hamilton, Blitz Bazawule, Aurora Guerrero and Deborah Kampmeier.

Cherish the Day, which is set for a February 2020 premiere, is produced for OWN by ARRAY Filmworks and Harpo Films in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes, Tanya Hamilton, and Oprah Winfrey serve as executive producers. 

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Cicely Tyson to star in OWN’s new series ‘Cherish the Day’

Ava DuVernay is adding more star power to her new OWN series Cherish the Day. Screen legend and film icon—CICELY TYSON—will be a series regular and joins previously announced actors Xosha Roquemore and Alano Miller.

Cherish the Day, chronicles the stirring romance of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. The season-long narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments in a relationship that compel us to hold true to the ones we love, from the extraordinary to the everyday.

Tyson will star as Miss Luma Lee Langston, a legendary star of stage and screen in decades past. She is also the employer of Gently James, played by Roquemore.

Cherish the Day is produced for OWN by Array Filmworks and Harpo Films in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Acclaimed filmmaker Tanya Hamilton (Queen SugarNight Catches Us) will direct the Cherish the Day series premiere written by DuVernay.

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OWN presents ‘Cherish the Day’ featuring Xosha Roquemore + Alano Miller

Emmy nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay continues to build her dramatic catalogue of stories with a new anthology series for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network titled Cherish the Day.

Each season of Cherish the Day will chronicle the stirring romance of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day.  The season-long narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments in a relationship that compel us to hold true to the ones we love, from the extraordinary to the everyday. The series is created and executive produced by DuVernay through Array Filmworks from Warner Horizon Scripted Television. 

Xosha Roquemore (The Mindy Project) will star as Gently James and Alano Miller (Underground) will star as Evan Fisher. The couple meets and falls in love in Los Angeles, with the full season spanning five years in eight episodes.  Roquemore is best known for her role as Tamra Webb on Mindy Kaling’s long-running hit series The Mindy Project, and most recently recurred as Dawn Lima on I’m Dying Up Here.  On the big screen, Roquemore appeared in Lee DanielsPrecious and will be seen in the upcoming film Brian Banks.

Miller starred as Cato in Underground and as Raymond Green in the acclaimed film Loving.  He has appeared in episodes of The Red Line and recently wrapped production on feature film Sylvie starring opposite Tessa Thompson.  

Cherish the Day is produced for OWN by Array Filmworks and Harpo Films in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Acclaimed filmmaker Tanya Hamilton (Queen Sugar, Night Catches Us) will direct the Cherish the Day series premiere written by DuVernay.

Enjoy Sade‘s classic tune “Cherish the Day” which I am assuming is probably the source of inspiration for the series title. Stay tuned…


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John Legend + Andra Day party with the cast of ‘Underground’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The cast of WGN’s “Underground” partied like rock stars on Saturday night during a private screening and celebration of its second season during the Sundance Film Festival. Executive producer and Oscar winning singer-songwriter John Legend joined cast members Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Aldis Hodge + show co-creator and executive producer Misha Green, director Anthony Hemingway and Executive producer Mike Jackson, for “Clips and Conversation.”

Director Anthony Hemingway, Misha Green, John Legend, Aldis Hodge, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Mike Jackson attends WGN America’s “Underground” Season Two Party, hosted by John Legend, at 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for WGN AMERICA)

“Underground” struck a cord with audiences around the country and touched on some issues that are still relevant today including race, class, colorism and freedom. The event took place at the Riverhouse on Main and included special appearances by soul music superstar Andra DayAtlanta‘s LaKeith Stanfield, Before I Fall’s Medallion Rahimi, Adam Shapiro, The Mindy ProjectsXosha Roquemore, Insecure‘s Yvonne Orji and The Affair’s Joshua Jackson and actor Kevin Phillips.

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 21: Aldis Hodge and DJ Dolph attend WGN America’s “Underground” Season Two Party, hosted by John Legend, at 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for WGN AMERICA)

Season two of the 10-episode, hour-long series follows an unremitting struggle for freedom within a divided America on the brink of civil war, each side vying to enact their own justice, and begs the question – Are you a Citizen or a Solider? Set in the aftermath of the Macon 7’s daring attempt to stage the greatest escape in history, this group of American heroes continues on their harrowing journey to freedom, with legendary abolitionist Harriet Tubman blazing the trail.

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 21: John Legend, Yvonne Orji and Aldis Hodge attend WGN America’s “Underground” Season Two Party, hosted by John Legend, at 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for WGN AMERICA)

Lastly, a BIG CONGRATS goes out to the “Underground” stars, who will be picking up the Annual Cast Award at SCAD’s aTVfest for Outstanding Achievement in Television.  The event, which is presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design, will take place on Thursday, February 2nd in Atlanta, GA and will include first looks, extended sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes of the show. The cast and the show’s co-creator Misha Green will be in attendance and will stick around for a Q&A and panel discussion.

Check out images from Saturday’s Sundance event below + the latest trailer:

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 21: John Legend, Aldis Hodge and Jurnee Smollett-Bell attend WGN America’s “Underground” Season Two Party, hosted by John Legend, at 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for WGN AMERICA)

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 21: Lakeith Stanfield attends WGN America’s “Underground” Season Two Party, hosted by John Legend, at 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for WGN AMERICA)

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 21: Yvonne Orji attends WGN America’s “Underground” Season Two Party, hosted by John Legend, at 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for WGN AMERICA)

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 21: Kevin Phillps attends WGN America’s “Underground” Season Two Party, hosted by John Legend, at 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for WGN AMERICA)

The highly anticipated second season premieres on WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on WGN America.

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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.

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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