Thursday, January 23, 2020

Family or Fiance'

Are you watching this show Family or Fiance'? I had Cocktails and Conversation with Tracy McMillan at the Gathering Spot and she really tells it like it is.  I truly am invested in it myself. Oprah you have a winner. I think all families should do something like this to see if they family will mesh or if the two people that are supposed to be so in Love with each other really can stand the heat or get out of the Kitchen.

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About “Family or Fiancé” 
“Family or Fiancé” follows the dynamic between eight engaged couples who bring their disapproving families together for three days under one roof, some for the first time. The clock is ticking as the couples must decide if they’re going to tie the knot or if the nuptial hopes end there. It’s a no-holds-barred look at what it’s really like when the people closest to you have major issues with the one you want to marry. At the heart of the series is relationship expert Tracy McMillan, who serves as the voice of reason as the couples confront their family’s concerns. She works with the newlyweds-to-be on ways to strengthen their bond, unpack their differences and reveal their true selves to their families – for better or worse. At the end of the final day, families are given the chance to speak now or forever hold their peace, leaving each couple to decide once and for all if they’re truly ready to say, “I do.”“Family or Fiancé” is executive produced by Jonathan Murray, Julie Pizzi, Gil Goldschein, Jonathan Singer, Erica Ross and co-executive produced by Erika Bryant of Bunim/Murray Productions in partnership with OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Bounce TV Give Away 1,000 Books

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Bounce Partners with Scripps Howard Foundation to Give Away 1,000 Books
At Scholastic Book Fair in Atlanta on National Reading Day, Thurs. Jan. 23

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ATLANTA (January 17, 2020) – The Bounce television network has joined the Scripps Howard Foundation in its annual “If You Give a Child a Book…” literacy campaign to co-host a Scholastic Book Fair on National Reading Day, Thursday, January 23 at Garden Hills Elementary School in Atlanta.

In the program’s first three years, the “If You Give a Child a Book…” initiative has distributed more than 180,000 books to children. The campaign is a partnership of the Scripps Howard Foundation, employees of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) and members of the Scripps family. It receives donations from Scripps employees and matching dollars from the Foundation and family.  

Bounce, part of The E.W. Scripps Company, raised enough money for “If You Give a Child a Book…”  to earn a book fair for students in the network’s hometown, with SCHOOL being selected for the event. The funds raised by Bounce - which the Foundation matched - go toward the purchase of books for the fair, where over 1,000 free books will be given to students K-5. The books are purchased at a discount through a partnership with Scholastic Book Fairs, further maximizing the purchase power of every donated dollar.

The Book Fair kicks off with an assembly in the school’s gym at 8:30 a.m. and will include a special appearance by Clifford, The Big Red Dog.

The Scripps Howard Foundation supports philanthropic causes important to The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) and the communities it serves, with a special emphasis on excellence in journalism. At the crossroads of the classroom and the newsroom, the Foundation is a leader in supporting journalism education, scholarships, internships, minority recruitment and development, literacy and First Amendment causes. The Scripps Howard Awards stand as one of the industry’s top honors for outstanding journalism. The Foundation improves lives and helps build thriving communities. It partners with Scripps brands to create awareness of local issues and supports impactful organizations to drive solutions.

Bounce (@bouncetv) is the first and only multi-platform entertainment network targeting African Americans, with programming seen over-the-air, on cable, on DISH channel 359, over-the-top on Roku®, on mobile devices via the Bounce and Brown Sugar apps and on the web via BounceTV.com. Bounce features a programming mix of original series and movies, off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and events and more. Bounce is part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP). 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Family or Fiance' on OWN

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OWN REVEALS TRAILER FOR HIT REALITY SERIES "FAMILY OR FIANCÉ" RETURNING SATURDAY NIGHTS WITH ALL NEW EPISODES JANUARY 11

This Season There Will Be Disagreements, Heartbreak, Resolutions, and Healing, As Engaged Couples Seek the Blessings of Their Families Before Their Upcoming Weddings
From Bunim/Murray Productions, Hosted By Relationship Expert Tracy McMillan

  DOWNLOAD NEW KEY ART AND HI-RES PHOTOS OF TRACY HERE
Photos Courtesy of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network / Photographer: Chris Frawley
 

Los Angeles - OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network's hit reality series "Family or Fiancé" from Bunim/Murray Productions will return to Saturday nights with all new episodes starting January 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The series hosted by relationship expert Tracy McMillan follows engaged couples who bring their disapproving families together for three days under one roof.
 
In this high-stakes social experiment, the couples and extended families participate in activities designed to strengthen their bond, unpack their differences, and show some very complicated relationships in a whole new light. In the end, the families' concerns might leave the couples to reconsider their unions, or revelations might cause any concerns to fall away.
 
Tracy McMillan returns as the voice of reason to work with the couples on ways to deal with their relationship problems and family issues head on in order to help resolve the conflicts that could undermine their future together.
 
Click HERE  for the official new trailer for "Family or Fiancé"
  
Catch up on the first eight episodes of the series on the 
WATCH OWN app.
 
"Family or Fiancé" is executive produced by Gil Goldschein, Jonathan Murray, Julie Pizzi, Erica Ross, Jonathan Singer, and Erika Bryant of Bunim/Murray Productions in partnership with OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Urban One Honors

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ANNUAL URBAN ONE HONORS, CO-HOSTED BY 
CATHY HUGHES AND CHRIS TUCKER, CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF RADIO ONE WITH HONOREES 
JAMIE FOXX, MISSY ELLIOTT, SYLVIA RHONE, CHANCE THE RAPPER AND RYAN JAMAAL SWAIN; 

PERFORMANCES BY ANITA BAKER, NE-YO, WALE, BRANDY, ERIC BENÉT, AL B. SURE!, CHANTE MOORE, PASTOR CHARLES JENKINS AND JAC ROSS
The star-studded event will air on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, 
January 20, 2020 at 8PM/7C on TV One

Billy Porter, Urban One Founder/Chairwoman Cathy Hughes, Chris Tucker and TV One General Manager Michelle Rice attend the "Urban One Honors" on December 5, 2019 at the MGM National Harbor (credit: Urban One, Inc)
  
Jamie Foxx (left) and Anita Baker (right)
 
Lil Kim, Missy Elliott, Da Brat (left); Ryan Jamaal Swain and Billy Porter (right)
 
Cathy Hughes (left); Ne-Yo (right)

Download photo gallery here: https://bit.ly/2LA92Cq [credit: Urban One, Inc]

(SILVER SPRING, MD) - December 9, 2019 - Some of the biggest names in film, television, and music gathered for a star-studded affair at the annual Urban One Honors at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on Thursday, December 5.  Hosted by Urban One Founder and Chairwoman Cathy Hughes and actor Chris Tucker, the prestigious event celebrated the 40-year legacy of Radio One and will premiere on January 20, 2020, the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, at 8P.M./7C on TV One.
 
This year's honorees included: veteran music executive Sylvia Rhone (Lifetime Achievement Honor); Grammy Award-winning recording artist and producer Missy Elliott (Music Innovation Honor); Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx (Entertainment Icon Honor); Grammy Award-winning artist Chance the Rapper (Represent Change Honor); and, actor/dancer and star of "Pose," Ryan Jamaal Swain (Represent Pride Honor). Special recognition went to music executive legend Clarence "The Black Godfather" Avant (Represent Opportunity), civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton (Represent Leadership), and Emmy Award-winning actor Billy Porter (Represent Excellence).
 
Highlights from the evening included:
  • A surprise performance by Grammy Award-winning icon Anita Baker, who not only serenaded Cathy Hughes with "Giving You the Best That I Got" but also had Lalah Hathaway, Billy Porter, and Jamie Foxx to join her on stage.
  • Actress Corinne Foxx presenting the Entertainment Icon Honor to her father Jamie Foxx, who, during his acceptance speech, remarked that his best role ever is being a father.
  • Rapper Lil' Kim's heartfelt presentation of the Music Innovation Honor, which brought honoree Missy Elliott to tears.
  • A special musical tribute to the late, two-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, James Ingram, by Ne-Yo, Eric Benét, Chanté Moore, and Al B. Sure! 
Additional performances from Grammy Award-winning R&B superstar Brandy,
Grammy-nominated rapper Wale and new artist Jac Ross brought the audience to its feet. Special appearances by Urban One CEO Alfred Liggins, III, veteran radio personality Tom Joyner, entrepreneur and TV personality Ray J, rapper/radio host 
Da Brat, TV host Egypt Sherrod, comedian George Wallace, and Reach Media/Radio One personalities Russ Parr, Willie Moore, Jr, Dyana Williams, Darlene McCoy, and Little Bacon Bear rounded out the show.
 
"It is with great humility and gratitude that I acknowledge our sponsors, staff and attendees at our second annual Urban One Honors at the MGM National Harbor. We are totally aware that our 40th anniversary would not be a reality without your love and support," said Hughes.
Ford Motor Company served as Presenting Sponsor of the event and presented a special backstage pass segment hosted by TV Personality Tai Beauchamp, featuring exclusive interviews with the show's honorees, performers, and presenters. Ford also sponsored the Entertainment Icon Award.
URBAN ONE HONORS is presented by TV One and Radio One's Washington D.C. market's cluster of radio stations: Majic 102.3 and 92.7, WKYS 93.9, Praise 104.1WOL 1450Spirit 1340, and The Team 980 and 95.9. The televised event heralds the accomplishments of individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in entertainment, media, music, education, and the community.
URBAN ONE HONORS is produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas and Keith Neal of Swirl Films. Kashon Powell, Vice President of Programming for Radio One and Susan Henry and Gold Morgan are the Executives in Charge of Production for TV One. For TV One's Original Programming and Production, Robyn Greene Arrington serves as Vice President and Brigitte McCray serves as Senior Vice President. 

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Faith Evan's Uncensored on TV One

LEGENDARY R&B SONGTRESS FAITH EVANS
TELLS ALL ON THE NEXT EPISODE OF UNCENSORED, 
AIRING SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10 AT 9 P.M. ET/8C 
ONLY ON TV ONE
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(ATLANTA, GA) - November 8, 2019 - TV One’s original auto-biographical series UNCENSORED highlights R&B Singer/Songwriter Faith Evans on Sunday, November 10 at 9 p.m. ET/8C. The edgy docu-series explores the private lives of some of today's most notable personalities.
 
Faith Evans, the First Lady of Bad Boy, has enjoyed a successful music career spanning almost three decades and is widely known as the widow of the late rapper, The Notorious B.I.G. She is a Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist and songwriter, New York Times best-selling author, autism advocate, and most importantly – a mother. 
 
Evans discovered her voice at just three-years-old, but a lack of confidence as a child almost derailed her destiny. Influenced by her mother, Helene Evans, a professional singer and “trailblazing renegade," and inspired by the harmonies of the Clark Sisters, Evans honed her gift in the Baptist church. 
 
Her formative years were spent in Newark, New Jersey, where she began to rebel as a teenager.  She would sneak out of her grandmother’s home and trek to New York for studio time, where she eventually matured as an artist, and developed her skills as a vocal arranger, producer and songwriter. 
 
While attending Fordham University on a full scholarship, the unexpected happened - Evans discovered she was pregnant. Fearful of disappointing her strictly religious family, she contemplated having an abortion but the child’s father strongly opposed. The teenage couple moved to Los Angeles, California and embarked on a new life together but betrayal and infidelity rocked the relationship. Pregnant and alone, Evans fled back to New Jersey. 
 
Nicknamed “the Doctor,” Evans ultimately found her confidence in the booth, providing background vocals and pinning hits for Christopher Williams and Al B. Sure! In need of a female voice for a track, a chance encounter with Sean “Puffy” Combs would forever change her life. Slipping into the vocal booth, Evans rearranged melodies, captivating the room with her smooth, gospel-infused soprano. Combs was mesmerized and offered Evans the opportunity to write for Mary J. Blige and Usher, as well as a recording contract with his pioneering label, Bad Boy – making her the first female artist to sign. 

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