SCAD Presents Day 2 of the 2017 a TVfest

c33y2qbwaaavywpOn Friday, February 3, 2017, the Savannah College of Art and Design’s (SCAD) 5th annual aTVfest continued its three-day celebration of television and media productions with stars, screenings, STUDENTS and workshops.

Actress Jenna Elfman received the Spotlight Award following the screening and Q&A for ABC’s “Imaginary Mary” with actor Stephen Schneider, co-creator and executive producer Patrick Osborne and David Guarascio.

  • The screening of NBC’s “Trial and Error,” followed by a Q&A with actress Sherri Shepherd
  • The screening of ABC’s “Scandal,” followed by a Q&A with actors Jeff Perry, Joe Morton, Josh Malina and Cornelius Smith Jr.
  • The screening of ABC’s “American Crime,” followed by a Q&A with executive producer Michael McDonald and actors Benito Martinez, Connor Jessup, Mickaëlle X. Bizet, Ana Mulvoy-Ten and Richard Cabral
  • The screening of ABC’s “When We Rise,” followed by a Q&A with actors Jonathan Majors and Emily Skeggs
  • The screening of Starz’s “Survivor’s Remorse,” followed by a Q&A with show creator Mike O’Malley and actors RonReaco Lee, Tichina Arnold, Teyonah Parris, Meagan Tandy and Robert Wu
  • The screening of Freeform’s “Switched at Birth,” followed by a Q&A with writer/producer/creator Lizzy Weiss and actors D.W. Moffett, Lea Thompson and Sharon Pierre-Louis
  • The screening of Freeform’s “Beyond,” followed by a Q&A with executive producer Adam Nussdorf and actors Eden Brolin, Burkely Duffield, Romy Rosemont and Jonathan Whitesell
  • The screening of HBO’s “Cries From Syria,” followed by a Q&A with writer and director Lisanne Skyler
  • The screening of HBO’s “Brillo Box,” followed by a Q&A with director Evgeny Afineevsky
  • The “Talk the Walk with Miss J” panel, featuring a discussion with fashion personality Miss J Alexander

For the 5 years the event has been running, they have hosted various high profile guests and continues to do so.  For more information on the event, visit their website.  Also, stay in touch via social media on Facebook and Twitter.

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OWN Unveils Season Two Trailer of Popular Drama Series ‘Greenleaf’

Greenleaf Season 2 poster

Greenleaf Season 2 poster

On Friday, February, 3, 2017, The Oprah Winfrey Network debuted the season two trailer for its acclaimed original drama series “Greenleaf” from Lionsgate, Emmy-nominated creator/executive producer Craig Wright (“Lost,” “Six Feet Under”) and executive producers Clement Virgo (“The Book of Negroes”) and Oprah Winfrey. Click here for the season two trailer.

The first eight episodes of the new season will debut on Wednesday, March 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The remaining eight episodes of the series’ second season will air in summer 2017. “Greenleaf” premiered last June as the #1 series debut in OWN history and was 2016’s #1 new cable series for women, averaging over three million viewers in Live+3 in its first season.

In the series’ second season, the Greenleaf family tree will split at the root as Jacob (Lamman Rucker, “Why Did I Get Married?”) ventures off to begin his new career with long-time rival church Triumph Ministries, breaking faith with his father, Bishop James Greenleaf (Emmy-winner Keith David, “Community”) while his mother, Lady Mae Greenleaf (Golden Globe nominee and Emmy-winner Lynn Whitfield, “The Josephine Baker Story”), struggles with Jacob’s decision to abandon the family. Meanwhile, after exposing her Uncle Mac’s (GregAlan Williams, “The Accountant”) crimes, but failing to bring him to justice, Grace “Gigi” Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge, “The Night Shift”) finds herself intrigued with someone new, Darius Nash (guest star Rick Fox, “Dope”), a local journalist who’s been closely following the ongoing threats plaguing the Greenleaf empire. Oprah Winfrey (“Selma”) also returns in her guest starring role as Mavis McCready, the sister of Lady Mae Greenleaf and a close confidante to Grace Greenleaf.

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Netflix Releases First Part of Social Video Series for “Marvel’s Luke Cage”

Actor Mike Colter from the Netflix show Luke Cage

Actor Mike Colter from the Netflix show Luke Cage

Netflix released the first part of the Marvel’s Luke Cage Street Level Hero socialvideo series here: https://youtu.be/oVmcur3INOE . These digital videos look to blend fiction with history by taking audiences behind the curtain on the themes that give the show it’s street-level authenticity and cultural relevance.

Part one explores the music that moves the series. Executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker, Mike Colter, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge of A Tribe Called Quest, A$AP Ferg and Method Man lend their commentary on how each episode is shaped by its score and musical influence.

Marvel’s Luke Cage, which premieres globally on September 30, 2016 at 12:01 am PT is the third show in the Defenders series to launch on Netflix. The series follows the releases of Marvel’s Daredeviland Marvel’s Jessica Jones, leading up to the future release of Marvel’s Iron Fist, and ultimately, Marvel’s The Defenders.

In this groundbreaking new series, audiences will witness the evolution of Luke Cage (previously introduced in Marvel’s Jessica Jones) after he has relocated to Harlem and is in the process of picking up the pieces following his failed relationship with Jessica Jones. Like the preceding Marvel series on Netflix, Marvel’s Luke Cage is a gritty, action-packed drama, grounded in the real world with heroes who focus on saving their neighborhood and have their feet firmly planted on the ground.

About Marvel’s Luke Cage:

After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) becomes a fugitive trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But he is soon pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city – forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury.

Mike Colter plays the charismatic lead character, Luke Cage and is joined by Mahershala Ali (Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes), Alfre Woodard (Mariah Dillard), Simone Missick (Misty Knight), Theo Rossi (Shades), Frank Whaley (Rafael Scarfe) and Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple). Marvel’s Luke Cage is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker (SouthLAnd, Ray Donovan) and Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones), who also serves as Marvel’s Head of Television.

For more information on Marvel’s Luke Cage, please visit https://www.netflix.com/title/80002537 and follow the show’s social pages on Facebook and Twitter.

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ASCAP’s “On The Come Up” Showcase Debuts in New York on August 22

 

ASCAP "On The Come Up" event at SOB's in NYC.

ASCAP “On The Come Up” event at SOB’s in NYC.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) brings its digital series, “On The Come Up, to stages for the first time in New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta, showcasing a lineup of up-and-coming artists.  The first round of “On The Come Up Showcase Series” occurs August 22 in New York City:

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NEW YORK                             SOUNDS OF BRAZIL (SOB’S)             AUGUST 22ND

ARTIST LINEUP

Solo Woods – @IAmSoloWoods
Topaz Jones – @TopazJones
Abir – @XOAbir
Gilles – @SuperGilles
Maya Milan – @MayaMilanMusic
Allan Kingdom – @AllanKngdm

“On The Come Up” is a successful web-based series chronicling ASCAP’s rising urban songwriters and producers. The series has typically featured ASCAP members who are experiencing their first taste of chart success. Over the past few years, “On the Come Up” has identified the industry’s next chart-topping leaders including Miguel, DeJ Loaf, Fetty Wap, Tasha Cobbs, Mike Will, Eric Bellinger and Jonathan McReynolds.

Now, the digital series comes to life as the “On The Come Up Showcase Series,” featuring exclusive, intimate performances with artists tapped to break next. The showcase also inspires ASCAP members to remember success is only one song away.

All shows are free to the public and admittance is on a first come, first serve basis, with limited space available.

For additional information about the “On The Come Up Showcase Series,” go to http://www.ascap.com/. 

 

ASCAP “ON THE COME UP” NYC SHOWCASE ARTIST BIOS

ABIR

Originally hailing from Fez, Morocco, 22-year-old singer/songwriter ABIR’s love for music came when her parents decided to move the family to Virginia, and has stayed apart of her through her latest move to NYC. With a sound as worldly whimsical as her culture and upbringing, ABIR’s focus is to put an effortlessly honest stamp on her music.

After riding the “Wave” on her debut release earlier this year alongside VA-cohort Masego, ABIR returned to the scene with “Girls,” which is an anthem for all the young boys and girls making shit happen! You may recognize ABIR’s unique, sultry, yet powerful vocals from collaborations with Fabolous and !llmind, or even caught her sharing the stage with The Dream, Elle Varner, Dawn, and many others.

 ALLAN KINGDOM

At only 22-years-old, with three viral mixtapes and a feature on one of the biggest tracks of 2015 – Kanye West’s ‘All Day’ – Allan Kingdom is ready to take on the world. The Canadian born, Minnesota based rapper, producer and member of Thestand4rd Crew put out his first EP ‘Talk to Strangers’ in 2013 on SoundCloud and from there his music did the talking with tracks like ‘Wavey’ feat Spooky Black, ‘Evergreens’ and ‘Keep It Easy’ proving online smashes. Kingdom released ‘Future Memoirs’ in 2014 and with over two million streams, the mixtape planted him firmly on the radar of tastemakers and hip-hop fans across the globe, being voted Minnesota’s “Best Hip Hop Artist of 2014” and Complex’s “Top 25 Rappers to Watch.”

Catching the eye of no other than Kanye West, the world renowned mogul chose Kingdom to feature on his smash ‘All Day’ with Allan also joining him for the infamous BRITs performance in 2015. Currently on a US tour, Kingdom dropped his first LP ‘Northern Lights’ just a couple months ago and featuring the likes of Chronixx, D.R.A.M., Jared Evan, Swizzymack, Rex Kudo and Ryan Olson, Kingdom has had early support from Pitchfork, Fader, Pigeons and Planes, Complex.

GILLES

From his tailored denim all the way down to the carefully curated accessories, it is apparent that everything about him is deliberate. Proving through his eloquence and charm that he is both a scholar and a gentleman, Gilles aims to be, above all, an inspiration. He weaves his Caribbean-American, ATL upbringing, extended tours of the halls of higher education, and affinity for tall women and thrift stores all atop a passion for lyricism and word play. You see, what makes his story so interesting is precisely the fact that, like so many of us, he is not just one thing. He is the sensitive stoic. He is the womanizer looking for love. He is the dreamer who “stays woke.” The music is merely an audio collection of those life-experiences perfectly places in rhythm over an 808-laden landscape.

SOLO WOODS  

Creating tomorrow’s music that addresses your mind and salutes your soul, Solo Woods draws on a deep sense of honesty and self-discovery to captivate his audience. Fresh off of a Summer 2016 tour where he played to sold-out audiences across the U.S. while supporting Leon Bridges, Solo Woods captured both dedicated fans and drew a new loyal following through his stripped down set featuring well-renowned and multi-percussionist/drummer, Themba Mkhatshwa. The two musicians fuse together their craft effortlessly producing a truly uplifting experience.

Currently based in Brooklyn, Solo Woods was born in Chicago, and infuses into his music the soul and grit inherent in the city, along with the spirit of the music that he found and nurtured while growing up there. Along with this influence, Solo has been more recently impacted by artists such as Jeff Buckley, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, Tame Impala, and D’Angelo, to name a few. The seemingly innocent quality of the music is often confronted by Solo’s perspective as a young man asking the greater audience questions and offering them the opportunity to join him on his course. Solo is steadily crafting more releases to follow that are sure to cross musical boundaries and envelop listeners on his hypnotic path.

 MAYA MILAN

Singer and songwriter, Maya Milan, plans to take the industry by storm with her music by recapturing and reviving the authentic R&B sound. Maya Milan was born Maya Russell on September 10, 1993 in Boston, Massachusetts, however puts on for the DMV after relocating to Maryland at a very young age. Maya began singing at age three, but was recognized for her talent, when she performed Alicia Key’s “If I Ain’t Got You” at her 4th grade talent show.

Maya Milan has a unique, but relatable “homegirl” charm about her, which is evident in her music. Self- described as the Urban “Girl Next Door”, representing the underdogs, Maya’s music genuinely and soulfully chronicles life from a twenty-two year old woman’s perspective. Her music offers timeless nostalgic appeal with a fresh approach. Maya’s 2014 “So Wassup”, followed by her brand new “Another One”, from her upcoming EP entitled “11:11” highlight her smooth yet, dynamic, signature sound.

Maya has performed for several large crowds, and has opened for several notable artists such as K.Michelle, Rick Ross, Fabolous, and J.Cole, to name a few. She has had the pleasure of recording with Mali Music, and even got to sing live for Timbaland. Maya has also had the opportunity to attend a master songwriters session with James Fauntleroy. Maya Milan is a fresh and eager artist ready to redefine R&B. She has accomplished much as an independent artist, and looks forward to continuing her grind as she solidifies her place in the music industry.

TOPAZ JONES

At 23 years of age, Topaz Jones has established himself as a distinctive leader among up-and-coming performers. Jones has received praise for his “charismatic storytelling” (XXL Magazine), “pure lyricism” (Okayplayer), and “skill for melodic hooks that can push rappers above the internet scrapheap” (Pigeons and Planes).

Throughout his two years touring, Topaz created his funk and hip-hop inspired follow-up, ARCADE. Leading up to the album release, Topaz dropped “Powerball” — an homage to funk’s forefathers, channeling Maurice White’s elastic vocals and evoking the psychedelic theatrics of George Clinton and P-Funk. “Powerball” succeeds Topaz’s summer smash, “Tropicana,” also praised by Pitchfork and Pigeons & Planes for its “irrepressible hook,” “West Coast G-funk… Stankonia swagger, and a lot of lyrical agility.” His third single,”Motion Sickness” was premiered by Billboard and produced by Episode and Thelonious Martin.

He’s been getting a lot of love so far from the likes of Apple Music Beats 1 host Ebro (Discovered on Apple Music Feature), BBC Radio’s DJ Semtex, Spotify (“Tropicana” debuted at #4 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50), and Pitchfork Best New Track for “Powerball.”

His critically acclaimed debut The Honeymoon Suite, featured appearances from producer friend Thelonious Martin and a verse from Odd Futures’ Hodgy Beats. The buzz from the project landed Topaz on stage with many of hip hop and R&B’s most exciting names including Travis Scott, Jerimih, Ty Dolla $ign, Big Sean and Future. His follow-up album ARCADE is due later this year.

This looks to be such a great show with great talent we will be talking about very soon.

 

 

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Iyanla: Fix My Life” Premieres Saturday, September 10 at 9pm ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Photo Courtesy of OWN

Photo Courtesy of OWN

Time for the world to get to fixing themselves again.  An all-new season of OWN’s award-winning series “Iyanla: Fix My Life” will return with an emotional four-part, multi-week episode when spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant invites eight women to move into a “House of Healing” to dispel the myth of the “Angry Black Woman” and address the misperceptions sometimes associated with African American women, their behavior and ultimately their cultural identity. “Iyanla: Fix My Life” premieres on Saturday, September 10 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Here is a first look at the new season of “Iyanla: Fix My ife”: www.oprah.com/IyanlaReturns

In the four-part season premiere (airing Sept. 10, 17, 24 and Oct. 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT each week), Iyanla aims to prove that the “Angry Black Woman” stereotype is inaccurate, untrue and dangerous. The women, who struggle with abusive pasts and abandonment, are provided with the opportunity to be heard, as together with Iyanla, they examine their feelings and misguided pain in order to move past these underlying issues and create positive patterns of communication.

Later in the season, Iyanla travels to Atlanta to visit the Henry family as they deal with a father who is often not present, leaving the family for days at a time.  While he is gone, his wife is aware her husband is likely involved in drugs and sex.  Iyanla works with the couple and their daughters to explore the effects of childhood wounds, silent agreements and codependency.

Iyanla also works with Powerball winner Marie Holmes. After winning 188 million dollars and overwhelmed by the pressures of her fortune, life for the mother of four has been in complete shambles. Adding to the pressure is Marie’s fiancé, Lamar.  After multiple arrests, Marie has spent more than 20 million dollars to bail Lamar out of jail.  With Lamar’s 10-year sentence just 48 hours away, Iyanla visits Marie’s palatial estate to help Marie cope with her new fortune before she loses it all.

Iyanla also returns to the “House of Healing” in future episodes with six African American men struggling with broken spirits and broken hearts. The men-which include a man attempting to build a life for himself after numerous stints in jail to a former singer who struggles with feelings of abandonment to a father looking to mend a relationship with his famous socialite daughter-are struggling with their identities due to the effects of feeling criminalized, dehumanized and victimized by society.  In three groundbreaking episodes, Iyanla will explore each man’s story and reject the narrow parameters society uses to define manhood, and to also help each define themselves in ways that honor their strengths, culture and relationship to society.

“Iyanla: Fix My Life” is produced by PIGEON for OWN with executive producers Paul Harrison (“Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s”) and Iyanla Vanzant.

 

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Guordon Banks, Philadelphia Native Gains National Attention and Airplay

Image of singer Guordan Banks

Image of singer Guordan Banks

It is always a pleasure to discover great new music.  Guordan (pronounced Jour-dan) Banks, a Philadelphia-born singer/songwriter, earned his first Billboard No. 1 as his soulful “Keep you In Mind” rose 2-1 on the Adult R&B Songs Chart in the June 11th edition. The song ascended 6 percent in spins at the format according to Nielsen Music. The song continues to stay in the Top 5, remaining steady at No. 2 on the chart. His debut album, UNPOPULAR, will be released later this year on his own label, Bank On It Entertainment.

A solely independent artist, Banks’ “Keep You In Mind” has become a triumphant and unique indie label success story. The song has received an emphatic response from Urban Adult Contemporary radio programmers and has had a high showing on various music charts, including Billboard’s “Most Added” Chart and music industry trade, AllAccess.com charted the song among “Cool New Music.”

“Keep You In Mind” has increased air-time with major rotation in markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Detroit and Atlanta. Streams on music platforms, such as Spotify, YouTube, Soundcloud and Shazam, have increased significantly as a result of national airplay.

Banks’ second single, #WYWDT (Where You Wanna Do This?) featuring Dej Loaf, will impact urban mainstream radio on June 20th, but already showing early support and buzz from DJ Drama and DJ Sense on Sirius XM Shade 45.

Image of singer Guordan Banks

Image of singer Guordan Banks

Raised in an adverse environment, Banks’ parents, both preachers, surrounded their eight children with music and created a home within which music was a centerpiece. After being rejected from a school play due to a speech impediment, a young Banks was encouraged by his family to explore singing and songwriting. Undeterred by these early life experiences and buoyed by his family, Banks pursued a pathway that has led to his success.

Banks’ work has received critical acclaim and has effectively contributed to the resurgence and current elevation of R&B music. In high demand, Banks was one of the opening performers at the 2016 “BMI Trailblazers Show” and performed at the iHeartRadio concert on May 12 in New York City.

Banks also graced the stage at some of this year’s most visible events, including, the 20th Annual American Black Film Festival, at their awards show in Miami Beach on Saturday, June 18; House of Blues in New Orleans on June 30; a performance on the Sirius XM Heart & Soul Stage during Essence Festival on July 1; the 40th Anniversary of the African American Festival in Baltimore, MD on July 3; and at the V103 Summer Block Party in Chicago, IL, featuring Erykah Badu on July 15. He will also perform at the Arena Theatre in Houston, TX on July 17. He is set to perform in NYC for Harlem Week and start his tour in October 2016.  Look for him coming to a city near you soon. 

 

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Kubo and the Two Strings coming to Theaters

Photos used with the permission of Focus Features.

Photos used with the permission of Focus Features.

In the world of animation another wonderful tale bout the adventures of a young boy.  The story is called Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Hashi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny. Kubo’s quest begins nationwide August 19, 2016 from animation studio LAIKA and Focus Features.  Director: Travis Knight, Writers: Marc Haimes and Chris Butler (“ParaNorman”)

The Voice Cast is as follows: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brenda Vaccaro, Rooney Mara, and Matthew McConaughey

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Oprah Winfrey Network Unveils Extended Trailer of New Original Drama Series ‘Queen Sugar’

 Photo Caption (l-r): Kofi Siriboe, Rutina Wesley and Dawn-Lyen Gardner Photo by Andrew Dosunmu © 2016 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc / Courtesy of OWN

Photo Caption (l-r): Kofi Siriboe, Rutina Wesley and Dawn-Lyen Gardner
Photo by Andrew Dosunmu © 2016 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc / Courtesy of OWN

On July 20, 2016, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network revealed an extended trailer of its new original drama series “Queen Sugar,” from award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay, executive producer Oprah Winfrey and Warner Horizon Television.  The series which chronicles the lives and loves of three estranged siblings will debut as a two-night event on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, and will regularly air Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT for the remainder of its 13-episode first season.  Click here for a first look at the series’ extended trailer: Oprah.com/QueenSugar

About “Queen Sugar”

The contemporary drama “Queen Sugar” chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings in Saint Josephine, Louisiana: Nova (Rutina Wesley, “True Blood”), a world-wise journalist and activist; Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner, “Unforgettable”), the savvy wife and manager of a professional basketball star; and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe, “Awkward”), a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption.  After a family tragedy, the Bordelons must navigate the triumphs and struggles of their complicated lives in order to run an ailing sugarcane farm in the Deep South. Led by acclaimed film director DuVernay, who directed the first two episodes, all episodes in the series’ debut season are directed by women. “Queen Sugar” is produced for OWN by Warner Horizon Television. The executive producers are Ava DuVernay, Melissa Carter and Oprah Winfrey.  The series is based on the book by Natalie Baszile.

About OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand – and the magnetism of the channel.  Winfrey provides leadership in programming and attracts superstar talent to join her in primetime, building a global community of like-minded viewers and leading that community to connect on social media and beyond. OWN is a singular destination on cable.  Depth with edge.  Heart. Star power. Connection.  And endless possibilities.  OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery Communications.  The network debuted on January 1, 2011 and is available in 85 million homes.  The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com.  For more information, please visit http://www.oprah.com/own and http://press.discovery.com/us/own/.

 About Warner Horizon Television

Warner Horizon Television (WHTV) is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of scripted series for the cable and subscription/on-demand marketplace, and primetime reality series for both network and cable. A division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, WHTV was founded in 2006. Its current scripted programs are Rizzoli & Isles and Animal Kingdom for TNT, People of Earth for TBS, Pretty Little Liars and Famous in Love for Freeform, Longmire and Fuller House for Netflix, and Queen Sugar for OWN. WHTV’s unscripted series are The Voice and Little Big Shots for NBC; The Bachelor franchise — which also includes The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise and After Paradise for ABC, as well as Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After for Freeform — plus 500 Questions for ABC; and Love at First Kiss for TLC, among others.

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TV One’s Hit Series “Rickey Smiley For Real” Gets Third Season Pick-Up

Photo Credit: Marcus Ingram for TV One

Photo Credit: Marcus Ingram for TV One

One July 20, 2016,  TV One announced the third season renewal of the heartwarming comedic docu-series Rickey Smiley For Real.  The third season will return with even stronger bonds and bigger laughs, as comic and radio personality Rickey Smiley continues to strive to achieve his quest for domination of the entertainment industry.  In the second season, which debuted in May, viewers have watched Smiley journey through a wild ride, ranging from his parental style being put to the test to fun family vacations to an epic DJ battle with a friendly rival morning radio show. Rickey Smiley For Real continues to post double digit gains, and is currently outperforming its first season across all total and key Black demos.

The consistent growth of Rickey Smiley For Real demonstrates the strong connection our viewers have with Rickey’s lovable family and laughable team,” said D’Angela Proctor, Head of Original Programming and Production for TV One. “Over two seasons, new and devoted fans have watched as the cast takes great strides in their personal lives and we look forward to watching as the cast exhibits their commitment to the community as well.
Although I am happy about the renewal for Season 3 of my show; it’s very difficult for me to celebrate as I sit here and watch the funerals of Philander Castile and Alton Sterling,” remarked Smiley. “I yearn for our country to be solid and to embrace our differences and to understand our differing communities and history.  We have too many others in the world trying to destroy what our nation, on the pain and suffering of our own people, has built.  I assure you that police violence will be a topic addressed in Season 3 as I feel compelled to use my platform to make change in this country for the good of all our citizens.  I’m thankful my show is doing well, but our nation, especially black America, is grieving at this time.
Infusing his brand of comedy into every situation, Rickey Smiley For Real, also introduces viewers to his four children – sons Brandon and Malik and daughters D’Essence and Aaryn – as well as his extended family of co-workers, colleagues and friends – his nephew Craig, live-in assistant Miss Pat, personal assistant Angie, business consultant Bruce Demps, childhood friend and family lawyer Nakita Blocton, radio co-hosts Da BratGary With Da TeaHeadkrackRock T and Juicy, and radio show producers Beyonce and Hollywood.
As a much-loved comedian, television host of Dish Nation, and top-rated nationally syndicated radio personality of The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Smiley rose to superstardom after igniting his 25-year career serving as opening act for industry titans such as Steve Harvey, George Wallace and Carl Strong. Throughout his career trajectory, Smiley has been one of the industry’s most towering forces in building an impressive empire that has landed him preeminent roles on radio, television, film and on-stage performances. For more information on Smiley’s personal and professional background, please visit: http://therealrickeysmiley.com/.
For more information about Rickey Smiley For Real and Rickey Smiley, visit http://www.tvone.tv.  Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TwitterInstagramFacebook and Periscope (@tvonetv) using the hashtag #RickeySmileyForReal and catch clips and promos on TV One’s YouTube Channel.
Rickey Smiley For Real is produced by Bobbcat Films for TV One with Rickey Smiley and Roger M. Bobb as executive producers and Angi Bones as co-executive producer. For TV One, Lamar Chase is executive-in-charge of production, Robyn Greene Arrington is vice president of original programming and production, and D’Angela Proctor is head of original programming and production.
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Sheryl Lee Ralph Presents Divas Simply Singing! Philadelphia On August 20, 2016

SherylLeeRalphSheryl Lee Ralph and The Divinely Inspired Victoriously Aware, D.I.V.A Foundation will celebrate its 2nd annual staging of DIVAS Simply Singing! in Philadelphia after 26 consecutive years in Los Angeles. This highly anticipated and much respected community health service charity concert began in the fight against HIV/AIDS. It now adds mental wellness, heart disease, diabetes and HepC and other life threatening diseases. The Foundation with the support of  Commissioner Sue Slawson and The Dell Theatre, will bring together some of the industry’s most talented artists and Divas to address the need for Health and Wellness awareness. A strong community is a healthy community.

The details are as follows:  DIVAS SIMPLY SINGING! Philadelphia, Saturday, August 20, 2016.
Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive,  Philadelphia,  PA  19132  Doors open at 6pm; show to  7pm. Here is a sample video of the performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VwSSb_wTF4&feature=youtu.be  http://www.ticketmaster.com/Divas-Simply-Singing-tickets/artist/839859.  The MUSIC DIRECTOR: Henri Mc Millian Jr. and the MUSIC By: The Urban Guerilla Orchestra.

About The D.I.V.A. Foundation

The D.I.V.A. Foundation is a national not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1990 by honored AIDS activist and award winning actress, Sheryl Lee Ralph because of her deep concern for the lack of attention given to HIV/AIDS and it potential to become a health risk not only for men but women and children. DIVAS Simply Singing! was created as a loving memorial to the many friends she lost to AIDS as an original company member of DreamGirls on Broadway. The event utilizes the arts as a vehicle to raise awareness, funds  and erase stigma. After 25 years, DIVAS Simply Singing! continues to be the longest consecutive running musical AIDS benefit in the country and “One of the most highly anticipated HIV/AIDS benefits in Los Angeles.” DIVAS Simply Singing! serves as a loving beacon of hope, a constant voice in the dark for those infected and affected by HIV/ AIDS. Sheryl Lee Ralph has simply dared to care when others remained silent.

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