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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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“Queen Sugar” Cocktail Reception at Essence Fest

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Photo used with permission from OWN:The Oprah Winfrey Network

On Saturday, July 2, 2016, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network continued its “Queen SugarEssence Festival takeover with a Q&A on the festival mainstage — moderated by Essence entertainment director Cori Murray — featuring the cast and show creator Ava DuVernay; an inspiring keynote speech by “Queen Sugar” executive producer Oprah Winfrey; and a culminating cocktail reception at Legacy Kitchen, where over 200 industry insiders and tv personalities celebrated the new series.

 “Queen Sugar” cast members Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, Omar Dorsey, Tina Lifford, Dondre Whitfield, Nicholas Ashe and Bianca Lawson graced the red carpet at the reception, followed by DuVernay, Gayle King and Ms. Winfrey herself. Additional attendees included: Lynn Whitfield (“Greenleaf”), Tina Knowles Lawson, Richard Lawson, “The Real” hosts Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai; singer Lalah Hathaway; “Love Thy Neighbor” cast Patrice Lovely and Darmirra Brunson; “Survivor’s Remorse” cast Tichina Arnold, Jessie T. Usher,  Erica Ash and Allen Maldonado; “POWER” cast Lela Loren and Joseph Sikora; “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker; broadcast journalist/producer Soledad O’Brien, Bozoma Saint John (Head of Global Consumer Marketing, Apple Music & iTunes); Mona Scott-Young (Monami Entertainment); Stevie J (“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”); “Married to Medicine” cast Dr. Heavenly, Mariah Huq and Lisa Nicole Cloud; Gocha Hawkins (“LA Hair”), Tameka Foster, American Idol’s La’Porsha Renae and so many more.

Queen Sugar” will debut as a two-night event on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7 at 10PM ET/PT on OWN. The series will regularly air Wednesday nights at 10PM ET/PT for the remainder of its 13-episode first season.

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OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network unveils trailer of new original series ‘Greenleaf’

08d9dc235611d33eaeb125f86a684017OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network recently revealed an extended trailer of its new, original drama series “Greenleaf.” The series comes from Lionsgate and Emmy-nominated writer/producer Craig Wright who worked on the hit shows, (“Lost,” “Six Feet Under,” “Brothers and Sisters”). The series follows the story of the Greenleaf family and their Memphis megachurch. The story is intense, very enthralling and set to lure audiences in for a thrilling ride each week.

On April, 20, 2016 in NYC, the cast of the Greenleaf held a press screening and panel at the Roxy Hotel. Also on the same date, the cast which includes (Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, Merle Dandridge, Lamman Rucker, Kim Hawthorne, and Tye White) were available for second panel as part of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival talk series lineup. Members of the production discussed their roles and were elated to share the first episode with the audience.

Photos used with permission from OWN TV Network

Photos used with permission from OWN TV Network

OWN will launch with a two-night premiere on Tuesday, June 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Wednesday at June 22 at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET/PT on the OWN Network. Afterwards, the series will regularly air on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The trailer can be viewed here.

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The Real Housewives of the Potomac; Gizelle Bryant, Karen Huger and Robyn Dixon

60aeea6206aeba1528e7371349a70e21 (1)Even though the title of the show is “The Real Housewives of the Potomac“, these particular ladies are so much more.They are mothers, sisters,daughters, wives and businesswomen who are hoping to empower their own children and others with this show.

As many viewers know by now, “The Real Housewives of the Potomac” premiered on on the Bravo Channel on January 17, 2016. Potomac, Maryland is located just outside of the nation’s capital, Washington, DC. The community is known for its rolling hills, gated mansions, sophisticated prep schools, and exclusive country clubs all serve to keep the area invitation-only. Sprinkled throughout this community are a handful of old-line, wealthy African-American families who have historically broken racial barriers to provide the best life possible for their children.

“The Real Housewives of Potomac” follows the upscale lives of six intriguing, well-to-do women:Gizelle Bryant, Katie Rost, Karen Huger, Charrisse Jackson-Jordan, Robyn Dixon, and Ashley Darby, all of whom have fought for their places in this society by way of legacy or marriage. They live in a town where entry is granted only through class, pedigree, and lineage.

I recently had the opportunity to chat with three of the ladies and they each provided such intriguing information and tips on what they wanted their audience to take away from watching them each week. The chat was with: Gizelle Bryant, Karen Huger and Robyn Dixon. Each of the ladies were intelligent, poised and quite certain of their goals and how they each planned to use this platform to empower others. From their appearances, one would think that they are just pretty faces, but this is so far from the truth. While it is evident that they are all beautiful women, there is a vast degree of major substance that goes along with each of them.

What audiences will learn over the course of the show is how deep the friendship of these ladies go. Many of them have know one another through their philanthropic efforts over the years. One of Karen’s first endeavors is to focus on the importance of Alzheimer’s Disease awareness and the effects of the caretaker as well. As a result of their friendship, Robyn and Gizelle are own board to support her. This is much of the theme with the ladies and what does set them apart.

Whether it through philanthropy, etiquette or education, the goal of “The Real Housewives of Potomac”is to allow others to see their world and how they can benefit from it. And while there will be disagreements that happen among friends, because let’s face it, that is life, this group of women wants to show the world their process for handling a disagreement in a positive and healthy way.

For more on the show, visit: Bravo TV: Real Housewives of Potomac for when the show is aired.

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The Real Housewives of Potomac, Maryland debuts on Bravo Network in January 2016

132519bd94e00974052e7d2b90aefee7Looks like there is another city with interesting and intriguing housewives coming to you television screen. This time the ladies are located just outside of the nation’s capital. From Maryland‘s fabulous best-kept secret to the truly over-the-top Lone Star State, Bravo Media expands “The Real Housewives” franchise with two new lavish and picturesque locales. Revealing one of the most affluent towns in America, “The Real Housewives of Potomac“premiered on Sunday, January 17, 2016.

“‘The Real Housewives’ has become a global phenomenon that drives cultural conversation while consistently breaking ratings records,” said Shari Levine, Executive Vice President, Current Production, Bravo Media. “We’re happy to extend the franchise with Potomac and Dallas giving Bravo fans more of what they desire: stories of dynamic women who make us laugh, cry, cheer and experience unforgettable moments we can’t stop talking about.”

According to Executive Producer, Andy Cohen who is responsible for “The Real Housewives” franchise, recently stated that “‘The Real Housewives of Potomac’ is the show you never saw coming, and it’s going to take everyone by surprise! From the recent premiere, it looks like there is bound to be another hit for Bravo.

Potomac, Maryland is located just outside of Washington, DC. Its rolling hills, gated mansions, sophisticated prep schools, and exclusive country clubs all serve to keep the area invitation-only. Sprinkled throughout this community are a handful of old-line, wealthy African-American families who have historically broken racial barriers to provide the best life possible for their children.

“The Real Housewives of Potomac” follows the upscale lives of six intriguing, well-to-do women:Gizelle Bryant, Katie Rost, Karen Huger, Charrisse Jackson-Jordan, Robyn Dixon, and Ashley Darby, all of whom have fought for their places in this society by way of legacy or marriage. In a town where entry is granted only through class, pedigree, and lineage, how far will these ladies go to secure their spot at the top of this prestigious circle?

For a sneak peek, visit: Bravo TV: Real Housewives of Potomac. With this franchise still going strong, it looks like there might be another city showcasing attractive women will continue to work.

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

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Photo used with permission from OWN TV

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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