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OWN Press Luncheon in NYC with Tyler Perry January 8, 2016

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On Friday, January 8, 2016 in New York City, members of the press had the awesome pleasure of being invited to a catered lunch, show previews, a Q&A and photo opportunities for the cast of two of the hottest shows on cable television. The event was sponsored by OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network and it was to celebrated the new season for the shows: Love Thy Neighbor and The Haves and the Have Nots.

As part of the program, guests listened intently to show creator Tyler Perry talk about his creative process during the before and during each episode of the show. Since he does not have a writer’s room like many other shows, his set is very fast paced and executed a very differently when filming. It is amazing, because if this was not something he revealed, the audience would never know this was the case. Each show presents and reveals quality programming for the television audience each week and keeps fans coming back in droves.

As part of the program, guests listened intently to show creator Tyler Perry talk about his creative process during the before and during each episode of the show. Since he does not have a writer’s room like many other shows, his set is very fast paced and executed a very differently when filming. It is amazing, because if this was not something he revealed, the audience would never know this was the case. Each show presents and reveals quality programming for the television audience each week and keeps fans coming back in droves.

 Also available for questions, during the event were cast members from each of the two shows. From the OWN Tuesday night drama, The Haves and the Have Nots, stars John Schneider and Angela Robinson were on hand to discuss the show. Most viewers know Schneider as the ruthless Jim Cryer and know Robinson, as the conniving and cunning, Veronica Harrington. From Love Thy Neighbor, actor Palmer Williams and Patrice Lovely shared their thoughts on playing the funny Floyd and Miss Hattie.

Before ending the discussion, each actor shared their unique experience into becoming part of the OWN family and how they each approach playing their specific characters each week. John Schneider, being the veteran of the group discussed how excited he was about seeing the landscape of television change. He even mentioned what a dramatic difference there was in the the late 1970’s compared to now and how delighted he was to see to growth and changes.

It is clear that Tyler Perry as a writer and director, has truly brought into existence such memorable and hated characters. Whether this intentional or just an example of a vivid imagination, the hope is that he continues to create great story lines, and to be honest it truly does seem that Perry would not have it any other way which it seems to suit his fans and audience just fine.

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Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg square off to show who’s the best dad

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What do you get when you put funny man Will Ferrell and well- known dramatic actor Mark Wahlberg together? If you guessed a seriously fun family movie, then you would be correct. The two actors star in the movie Daddy’s Home

DADDY’S HOME” is the story of a mild-mannered radio executive played by Will Ferrell who strives to become the best stepdad to his new wife’s two children. As the children’s Each day he attempts to get closer to them and begins to feel things finally working, when complications arise with the arrival of the kids normally absent real father. Mark Wahlberg plays a freewheeling and freeloading character who has a hidden agenda to get back into the family he left.

Although it has been a while since Wahlberg’s character has seen his kids, it appears he has had a sudden change of heart and wants to do all he can to make things right or has he? Is he there for the good of all or is he back to his old tricks and simply up to no good. His presence somehow interferes with his ex-wife’s current family life, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids against their stepdad.

This film is funny and will resonate with all families, but especially blended families as the natural father and stepfather each try to come together to have family harmony within the household. Kids and parents will enjoy the journey and definitely identify with the trials and tribulations of having a dysfunctional family.

DADDY’S HOME opens nationwide on December 25!! This is the perfect movie to go and see and sure to be a story for the whole family to enjoy. For more information visit: www.daddyshomemovie.com.

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The NYWIFT Muse Awards in NY on December 10, 2015

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Women in the film and television industry is a continuously growing thing and organizations like New York Women in Film and Television exists to keep the goals of these women of all ages empowered. As more young people enter film schools, there is a demand for professionals and mentors to be available to provide the resources needed to go to the next level.

On December 10, 2015, NYWIFT, which stands for New York Women in Film and Television led their annual Muse Awards. This year marked the 35th year for the annual event which is normally held at the NY Hilton hotel in their gran ballroom on 6th Avenue in Manhattan. Each year, the awards show honors women known for their outstanding vision and achievement in the film world.

 The Muse Awards 2015 honorees included actors Gabourey Sidibe, Blythe Danner and Patricia Clarkson, as well television executive Sarah Barnett, (President and General Manager, BBC America) and film executive Victoria Alonso, (Executive Vice President of Physical Production, Marvel Studios). In addition to these 5 awards, there was additional award to be given called Loreen Arbus Changemaker Award. This award was presented to Actress Lizz Winstead by Loreen Arbus.

CBS Commentator Nancy Giles was the emcee the afternoon events and each recipient delivered a hopeful and empowering speech to women in film and television. The 2015 awards ceremony was indeed a success as with previous years so there is no doubt that the 2016 programs will be on quite a few calendars s one of the must-attend events of the season. For more information about NYWIFT, visit their website.

 

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The Fifth Annual WEEN Awards in New York City

e2fd27724464d2aef79b7b582f4c802cThe Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network, known to most as simply WEEN has been continuing to recognize individuals with a proven commitment to the empowerment of women worldwide. The milestone celebration, coined as an evening of glamour, philanthropy and stars. The events of the evening began with a star studded red carpet followed by the awards show and reception afterwards.

 The Fifth Annual WEEN Awards highlighted the outstanding achievements of women in various areas of media, film, politics, and music. The honorees this year included award-winning actresses Regina Hall (Think Like a Man, Scary Movie), Naturi Naughton (Power, Fame), sports journalist Cari Champion (ESPN), and entertainment journalist Rocsi Diaz (HLN), Tiffany Smith Anoa’i (SVP of Diversity & Communications, CBS Entertainment) and receiving the WEEN Legend Award is Grammy Award-winning singer Faith Evans.

Some of the confirmed presenters included: Erin Hall (CIROC), Jemele Hill (ESPN), Janaye Ingram (National Exec Dir, NAN), Kevin Liles (President, KWL Enterprises), Judy Smith (CEO, Smith & Company), Charlamagne Tha God (Morning Show Host, Power 105FM), Angela Yee, and Charlemange (Morning Show Hosts, Power 105FM) and Celebrity 2 DJ, Olivia Dope which resulted in a night filled with great speeches and inspiration for the WEEn graduates along with the audience.

Even with all of the glamour from the evening, the true goal of WEEN is to empower the next generation of women business leaders. To find out more about WEEN Online and other events, visit their website.

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The New Digital Urban Movie Channel Launches Fall Out Friday Comedy Specials

UMCWho doesn’t love movies? Whether it is on the big screen, small screen, on your computer or mobile device, checking out a good movie is a great way to spend time. Just in time for summer, UMC- Urban Movie Channel, a premium subscription-based video streaming service exclusive to RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) created by Robert L. Johnson, Chairman of RLJ Entertainment and founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) will launch “Fall Out Fridays” starting July 3 and running all summer long through the end of September. The comedy line-up will include stand-up, movies, and TV series available commercial-free and streaming on-demand for an introductory monthly rate of $2.99. The exclusive urban streaming channel is available to entertainment seekers free for 14 days at: www.urbanmoviechannel.com.

Urban Movie Channel is the first urban focused digital streaming channel devoted to the acquisition of feature films, comedy specials, stage plays, documentaries, music, and entertainment for the African American and urban audiences. Access to the impressive on-demand streaming library is available with online from mobile devices, and on the Roku platform.

“Fall Out Fridays” will include Martin Lawrence Presents: 1st Amendment Stand Up series as seen on STARZ plus exclusive new bonus episodes of 1st Amendment Stand-up from creator and host Doug Williams, and executive producers; the never-before-seen sitcom Things We Do For Love directed by and starring Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Dancing with the Stars) and Tamera Mowry (Sister, Sister and The Real Talk Show); Gary Owen’s hilarious stand-up special I Agree With Myself as seen on Showtime, and the Comedy Underground Series featuring Tony Rock, Lunelle, and Freddie Ricks, and including two all-new volumes featuring Flex Alexander as host. UMC plans to keep you falling out with laughter with stand-up comedy specials featuring Kevin Hart, Wanda Sykes, Jamie Foxx, DL Hughley, Charlie Murphy, TK Kirkland, and many more. Comedy films include: Mac & Devin Go To High School (starring Snoop, Wiz Khalifa and Mike Epps), Ganked (starring Kel Mitchell), Laughing to the Bank and even comedy documentaries such as: Phunny Business and I Ain’t Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac.

Sign-up today for your free 14-day trial offer at www.UrbanMovieChannel.com and to check out UMC trailers and clips. To join the conversation follow:@WatchUMC #UMCFallOutFridays on Twitter,Instagram, and like us on Facebook.

The 2015 American Black Film Festival Round Up and Awards Ceremony

ABFFSunday, June 14, 2015 was the final day of the American Black Film Festival with included the Awards and a closing night reception. The overall event this year ran from June 11th to the 14th and was hosted at the New York Hilton located on 6th Avenue between 53rd and 54th. The list included a wide array of fun filled and educational events. There were film and TV panels, film screenings, one on one talks with celebrities and parties. Also, there were opportunities to do quite a bit of networking.

The American Black Film Festival also known as ABFF is committed to the belief that Black artists and content creators merit the same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts. This year marked the 19th annual event and the Festival attracts a core audience of artists, entertainment executives and upscale film devotees from around the world, and is the nation’s largest gathering of Black film and TV enthusiasts.

This year, some of the celebrities invited to be a part of the festival were: Ambassador Taraji P. Henson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Larry Wilmore, Jenifer Lewis. Also in attendance was Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Dondre Whitfield, Garcelle Beauvais, Essence Atkins, Malinda Williams, Terri J. Vaughn, Chris Spencer, Godfrey.

The ABFF supports artists in unprecedented ways, and has fostered a tremendous amount of goodwill in the Hollywood community. Extremely newsworthy, the ABFFgenerates more than a billion media impressions each year and has been featured in mainstream, as well as African American, entertainment and trade media outlets including The 37 New York Times, People Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and AOL Huffington Post to name a few. Top-­-tier corporations engage in partnerships with the ABFF to promote their brands, services and multicultural initiatives to the Festival’s highly desirable audience.

Director Rick Famuyiwa’s “DOPE” to Host NY Premiere at The 19th ABFF

Jeff&TarajiThursday, June 11, 2015 is officially the kickoff for the always exciting American Black Film Festivaland to get things started as usual is the premiere film. This year, film director Rick Famuyiwa’s critically acclaimed film, Dope, sponsored by the Motion Picture

Dope is one of the most buzzed and talked about film releases of the 2015 summer season. ABFF CEO and Founder Jeff Friday says, “Dope couldn’t be a more fitting film to open the festival. Rick Famuyiwa has taken a classic genre and told a unique story within it, combining all the elements that make a great film-­‐-­‐outstanding writing, directing, cast and music. Our audience will truly enjoy the journey,” The mission of the ABFF is to promote quality Black films to a wide range of audiences, and to encourage investment and artistic collaboration. “We are excited to continue enhancing our ongoing partnership with the American Black Film Festival by sponsoring this year’s Opening Night Film. I would like to give a big thank-­‐you to our good friends at Open Road Films for collaborating with us to bring their fantastic film, Dope, to the festival audience. Having a film of this caliber, as well as exclusive previews from the MPAA’s member studios’ upcoming slate of films, will ensure a wonderful experience for all those in attendance,” says MPAA CEO and Chairman Senator Chris Dodd. Dope is a coming-­‐of-­‐age comedy/drama for the post hip-­‐hop generation; its main characters are obsessed with ‘90s hip-­‐ hop. Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is warily surviving life in “The Bottoms” in Los Angeles, while juggling college applications, academic interviews and SATs. His dream is to attend Harvard. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into a gritty adventure filled with offbeat characters and bad choices that could allow him to go from being a geek to being dope to ultimately being himself. Open Road Films will release the film nationwide on June 19, 2015.

The film Dope stars Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Blake Anderson, Zoë Kravitz, A$AP Rocky, Chanel Iman and Quincy Brown and is produced by Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi (Fruitvale Station). Pharrell Williams, Michael Y. Chow (Fruitvale Station), Rick Famuyiwa (The Wood, Brown Sugar) and David Lonner are executive producers. Sean “P. Diddy” Combs is co-­‐executive producer, and Mimi Valdes and Caron Veazy are co-­‐producers.

Following the screening, the ABFF will host an old-­‐school hip-­‐hop after-­‐party to celebrate Dope at Stage 48, 605 West 48th Street, NYC. The evening will be hosted by the legendary Doug E. Fresh and perfectly mixed sounds provided by former Boogie Down Productions member DJ D-­‐Nice. There will be special performances by iconic hip-­‐ hop artists throughout the party. Dope will also have an encore screening during the festival on Sunday, June 14, at the AMC Empire 25 Theatre on 42 nd Street in New York City.

For festival passes, tickets and additional information, visit: www.ABFF.com. Definitely take a moment to follow ABFF on our social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram,

Dope can be followed on the Official Film Site: http://YouAreDope.com and on Facebook, Twitter,YouTube, Snapchat, and Instagram as well.

The My True Colors Arts Festival Announces Ambassador Richard Pryor Jr.

TrueColorsThere is another great festival planned for New York City. The My True Colors Arts Festival recently announced that comedian, actor and singer Richard Pryor Jr.has been selected as the 2015 My True Colors Festival (MTCF) celebrity ambassador. The inaugural arts festival is an Official New York Pride Event (Heritage Pride Inc.) that will be held June 12-26, 2015, in New York City at the Faison Firehouse Theater, founded by Tony Award winning Broadway icon George Faison (Choreographer for The Wiz). Richard Pryor Jr. will kick off the festival during an opening night meet and greet reception on June 18, 2015.

Pryor relaunched his career in 2006 in New York City as a tribute to his late father, comic genius Richard Pryor. As a child, Richard Jr. introduced his dad’s shows and hasn’t stopped performing since, including lead roles in various theater productions. He received a 2015 MAC Award nomination for outstanding performance in a Musical Comedy for his cabaret show, “Life, Love, and a Little Laughter.” Pryor works within the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) community using his voice as an African American gay man.

In addition, MTCF announced its 2015 lineup of artistic work for and by LGBTQ storytellers and people of color. This year’s festival is comprised of 35 plays, theatrical performances, narrative features, documentaries, shorts, and webisodes spread across the country and around the globe, including the international premier of the documentary, A Queer Aesthetic, which follows Sydney, Australia-based portrait artist Guy James Whitworth for twelve months before his 2014 exhibition “A Queer Aesthetic.” The film is as visually rich as it is poignant, portraying a diverse group of remarkable individuals.

Special events during the festival include a Make Music New York showcase on June 21, featuring a sneak peak at Invisible Life The Musical, based on the book E. Lynn Harris with music and lyrics by Motown legends Ashford and Simpson. In addition to a DJ spinning the Invisible Life The Musical soundtrack, there will be a one-on-one conversation with director Poteus Spann. Also slated is a screening of the documentary Out On The Tracks, which follows gay Guyanese soul singer Nhoji and his groundbreaking “Made To Love Him”music sessions—same-sex renditions of classic hetero love songs.

“The L Word 2.0,” June 22, is a day of programming dedicated to women, including the premier of the webseries Dyke Central, about a group of 30-something queers navigating life, love, lust, and adulthood in the lesbian Mecca that is Oakland, California. A main stage event is an up-close conversation with dramatist Ntozake Shange talking about the 40th anniversary of the choreopoem For Colored Girls… and its Broadway revival. June 23 has been designated as “T-Day,” featuring workshops, screenings and talk backs relevant to the transgender community, including a screening of Brothers, an original narrative webseries about a group of transgender masculine friends in Brooklyn, New York.

“The festival has a number of fantastic artistic works that showcase the multicultural and multi-layered creative visions of LGBTQ storytellers,” says MTCF Co-Founder and Producer, Tai Chunn. “Work from artists across the country and the world round out our2015 lineup, exploring and exemplifying the festival’s theme of fighting for social justice and promoting cultural diversity through the arts,” adds Chunn, who also is the owner of MVC Management Productions in New York.

Another main stage festive event is a special tribute to Patrik-Ian Polk and the 10th anniversary of the debut of NOAH’S ARC, the first scripted series for Viacom’s Logo network. An up close conversation with Polk will be followed by a double feature screening of PUNKSand NOAH’S ARC: JUMPING THE BROOM, Lauded as the “Father of Black Gay Cinema,” Polk has carved out a niche for himself as an award-winning filmmaker. Tapped by Kenneth ‘Babyface’ and Tracey Edmonds to serve as Vice President of Production for Edmonds Entertainment, Polk contributed to the production of such films as: Soul Food, Hav Plenty and Light it Up. He made his film writing and directorial debut with PUNKS, described as a male Waiting To Exhale. His original comedy-drama NOAH’S ARC about the friendships and love exploits of a group of gay black men changed the television landscape. In 2008, MTV/Logo ordered a feature film spin-off entitled NOAH’S ARC: JUMPING THE BROOM. Polk’s latest film releases are THE SKINNY (2012) and BLACKBIRD (2014), a gay coming of age story.

For a full lineup of events and to learn more visit www.mytruecolorsfestival.com.

NYC Screening of ‘DOPE’ Hosted by Angela Yee & Mack Wilds on June 4, 2015

DopeThe summer movie season is underway. There are a few blockbusters and even a few highly anticipated independent films being released. Open Road Films’ newest film simply called “DOPE” is set to hit theaters on June 19, 2015. On Thursday, June 4, 2015 there was a special New York City press screening of the film “DOPE” at the AMC Loews 19. The event was hosted by actor and recording artist Mack Wilds and television & radio personality Angela Yee.

The high profile guests and press all lined up to be lead into the theater which was packed and filled with anticipation as viewers and press attendees waited to see the film currently being buzzed about.

Notable attendees included, songstress Bridget Kelly , executive producer Mona Scott-Young , actor Rotimi , reality star Po Johnson and DJ Scratch . Press in attendance included representatives from Huffington Post Live, BET, Vibe, Essence , REVOLT, Hip Hop Weekly, Hip Hop Wired, Madame Noire, Hello Beautiful, Yahoo, Examiner, The Urban Daily and many more.

“DOPE” is produced by Forest Whitaker, executive produced by Pharrell Williams, and co-executive produced by Sean Combs, and stars Shameik Moore, Kimberly Elise, Chanel Iman, Quincy Brown,Zoe Kravitz and A$AP Rocky. The story chronicles the daily life of three high school friends which includes Malcolm played by Shameik Moore and his friends Jib played by Tony Revolori and Diggy played by Kiersey Clemons. These three oddballs love to ride their bikes, have a punk and totally love 90’s hip hop.

The film intelligently follows the three kids as they try to stay out of trouble and survive in the mean streets of south central LA. Even with all of their antics, they each want to graduate and go to college, but have so many incidents that could derail their plans unless they use their brains collectively. The film is definitely a must see and promises to be familiar, yet different depiction of today’s urban youths. “DOPE” hits theaters June 19, 2015. Be sure to grab your friends and family and check it out.

For more on the movie, connect via the social networks: Facebook and Twitter. You will be glad you did.

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