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
Content Courtesy of TV One
(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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Friday, November 8, 2019

Courtney B. Vance


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TAPS
EMMY®- AND TONY® AWARD-WINNING ACTOR 
COURTNEY B. VANCE ("THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICB. VAN CRIME STORY") TO STAR OPPOSITE 
CYNTHIA ERIVO FOR GENIUS: ARETHA
 
Emmy®-, Golden Globe®-, and BAFTA TV Award-Winning Anthony Hemingway ("Power," "The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story") to Serve as
Executive Producer and Producing Director for the Season
 
Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks Serve as Executive Producers Along With Music Mogul Clive Davis, Atlantic Records Chairman and CEO Craig Kallman and Ken Biller of Fox 21 Television Studios and Imagine Television Studios

Courtney B. Vance of National Geographic's GENIUS: ARETHA
(Photo credit: Matthew Jordan Smith)
(WASHINGTON, DC - NOV. 7, 2019) National Geographic, with Imagine Television Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios, announced today that the Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actor Courtney B. Vance ("The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story") will star opposite previously announced Cynthia Erivo ("Harriet," Broadway's "The Color Purple") as Aretha Franklin in the next installment of the Emmy-winning global anthology series GENIUS: ARETHA. Additionally, Suzan-Lori Parks ("Topdog/Underdog") will serve as showrunner and executive producer and Anthony Hemingway ("Power," "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story") will executive produce and serve as the producing director for the upcoming season. Filming will start this December for a spring 2020 premiere on National Geographic channels in 172 countries and in 43 languages.
 
Vance joins as Aretha's father, C.L. Franklin, an influential reverend and civil rights activist known as the "Million Dollar Voice." A star in his own right, C.L.'s legendary sermons were published and sold in record stores and broadcast on a weekly radio show, and he booked national ministry tours and public appearances. C.L. had a close but fraught relationship with his daughter and supported her throughout her career, most notably when he encouraged her transition from singing gospel to more popular genres. The role marks a return to a Fox 21 Television Studios production for Vance, who starred as Johnnie Cochran in the critically acclaimed series "The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story", for which he won the Emmy for Lead Actor in a Limited Series and Critics' Choice Award for Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries, and was nominated for a Golden Globe and a SAG Award.
 
Vance's acclaimed and powerful performances have been featured on Broadway, television and in film, with additional achievements including two Tony awards for Best Actor in "Lucky Guy" and "Six Degrees of Separation." His work has extended to many notable TV series and movies including "Ben is Back," "Isle of Dogs," "Civil," "Libby and Malcolm," "The Mummy," "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," "Office Christmas Party," "The Lawn Chair," "Scandal," "Masters of Sex," "State of Affairs," "Revenge" and many more.
 
"It's an honor to join the Genius: Aretha team, and to bring to life the magnificent story of the Queen of Soul, an amazing woman who my wife, Angela, and I loved dearly," said Vance, who also received a Grammy nomination earlier this year for Best Spoken Word Album for his narration of Neil de Grasse Tyson's Accessory To War. "Aretha's father, C.L. Franklin, had a profound impact on her trajectory from a girl in a gospel choir to a global phenomenon-both in a good way and a bad way. I'm eager to dive into his story, and to have the tremendous opportunity to work with the undeniable talents of Suzan-Lori Parks and Cynthia Erivo. And I'm always excited to work with Anthony Hemingway." 
 
"Courtney B. Vance is an actor whose work I've admired for so long," said Parks. "To have him bring his award-winning talents to the role of C.L. Franklin, a man of great conviction who also had many flaws, is a beautiful dream come true."
 
The previously announced ensemble cast will include Malcolm Barrett ("Timeless," "Preacher"), Patrice Covington (Broadway's "The Color Purple"), Kimberly H├ębert Gregory ("Vice Principals"), Rebecca Naomi Jones ("The Big Sick") and Sanai Victoria ("Black-ish") in the eight-episode global limited series.
 
GENIUS dramatizes the fascinating stories of the world's most brilliant innovators, exploring their extraordinary achievements along with their volatile, passionate and complex personal relationships. The third season of the anthology series will explore Franklin's musical genius and incomparable career, as well as the immeasurable impact and lasting influence she has had on music and culture around the world in the first-ever, definitive and only authorized scripted limited series on the life of the universally acclaimed Queen of Soul. Grammy Award winner Franklin was a gospel prodigy and outspoken civil rights champion and is widely considered to be the greatest singer of the past 50 years, receiving countless honors throughout her career.
 
Without knowing how to read music, Franklin taught herself to play the piano; at the young age of 12, she began to record songs and sing on gospel tours with her father. She signed her first record deal at age 18 with Columbia Records. In 1966 she moved to Atlantic Records, where she recorded many of her most iconic songs. In 1979 she began a 40-year friendship and partnership with Clive Davis, which produced a number of hit songs, including the highest charting and bestselling song of her career, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)," a duet with George Michael. The legendary singer is one of the world's bestselling musical artists of all time, with more than 75 million records sold globally during her career. Her voice was identified as a "natural resource" by her home state of Michigan.
 
Imagine is partnering with Warner Music Entertainment for this third season, which will again be executive produced by Imagine's Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. Suzan-Lori Parks is showrunner and executive producer and Anthony Hemingway is executive producer and producing director for the season. Legendary hit record producer Clive Davis and Atlantic Records Chairman and CEO Craig Kallman have also joined as executive producers. Returning executive producers include Francie Calfo (GENIUS, "Empire"), Ken Biller (GENIUS: EINSTEINGENIUS: PICASSO), Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane (MWM Studios), and Sam Sokolow (EUE/Sokolow). Diana Son joins as executive producer. In addition, Imagine's Anna Culp serves as producer alongside Peter Afterman.
 
National Geographic, the company behind the recent Oscar-winning and seven Emmy-winning FREE SOLO, in 2017 premiered the first season of GENIUS, which starred Geoffrey Rush as the brilliant scientist Albert Einstein. Biller was showrunner and creator for the multi-Emmy-winning GENIUS: PICASSO and GENIUS: EINSTEINGENIUS: EINSTEIN earned 10 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series, as well as Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for Rush. The follow-up season, GENIUS: PICASSO, starred Antonio Banderas as the titular Spanish painter and matched much of the success of its predecessor, earning seven Emmy nominations - and two wins - as well as Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for Banderas.
 
Imagine has a history of creating timeless and culturally impactful films, shows and documentaries in the world of music, including the Academy Award-winning film "8 Mile," the Grammy Award-winning documentary "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years," the critically acclaimed documentary "Pavarotti" and the Emmy-winning television drama "Empire." The company also produced the film "Get on Up" about James Brown, and many documentaries, including "Jay Z's Made in America," "Katy Perry: Part of Me" and "Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band." Imagine is currently in production on the Hulu series "Wu-Tang: An American Saga" and the sixth season of "Empire"; it is also developing a film version of the musical "tick, tick ... BOOM!" with Lin-Manuel Miranda directing, and a documentary about legendary musician Louis Armstrong.
 
Vance is represented byWME and Fox Rothschild.
 

The D.I.V.A. Foundation with Sheryl Lee Ralph


TONY AWARD-WINNING ACTRESS SHERYL LEE RALPH’S
THE DIVA FOUNDATION PRESENTS THE 29TH ANNUAL
DIVAS SIMPLY SINGING HONORING DIANE WARREN
ON WORLD AIDS DAY, DECEMBER 1, 2019 IN HOLLYWOOD, CA
Annual Fundraiser for HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention,
Benefitting Project Angel Food, is Set to Host Appearances by
Chrissy Metz, Brandon Victor Dixon, Shanice, Deborah Cox, Kathy Sledge,
Terrell Carter & More!

Purchase Tickets at www.diva.foundation


(LOS ANGELES, CA) - November 7, 2019 - DIVAS Simply Singing!, the longest consecutive running musical AIDS benefit in the United States, hosts its 29th annual fundraiser for The D.I.V.A. Foundation at the Taglyan Cultural Center in Hollywood, California on World AIDS Day, Sunday, December 1st. Created and produced by Tony Award Winning Sheryl Lee Ralph and benefitting Project Angel Food, this evening of song and entertainment spotlights the talents of D.I.V.A. (acronym for Divinely Inspired, Victoriously Aware) individuals from all walks of show business. The foundation stems from Sheryl’s deep concern for the lack of attention given to AIDS in the early years of its discovery and its potential to become a health risk not only for men but women and children.

DIVAS 2019 is thrilled to honor Grammy, Golden Globe, Emmy winning, and 10-time Oscar nominee, legendary songwriter Diane Warren with the DIVAS Legacy Award at the 29th Annual DIVAS Simply Singing. A tribute of her hits will be included in an evening filled with spectacular performances by Emmy and two-time Golden Globe nominee and star of NBC’s This is Us, Chrissy Metz; Grammy, Emmy, two-time Grammy and Tony Award-nominated actor/producer Brandon Victor Dixon, multi-platinum recording artist & Grammy nominee Deborah Cox; singer, songwriter, speaker and actress Rhonda Ross, Shanice (Grammy Nominated Singer & Songwriter), Kathy Sledge (Grammy Nominated Recording Artist & International Entertainer), Terrell Carter (Singer and Actor from FOX’s Empire) many more! All of the concert’s participants’ lives have been touched or affected by HIV/AIDS. 

“After 29 years, I’m encouraged by the advances the pharmaceutical and medical communities have made with HIV medications, prevention, and overall care. We now live in a time where it is possible for a person living with HIV to maintain an undetectable viral load and not be able to transmit HIV sexually. During this time, we have also been able even to treat and cure Hepatitis C. While we have come a long way in this fight, I’m sad that we still don’t have a cure – there is still a reason to fight for those we love!” says The DIVA Foundation founder Sheryl Lee Ralph.

Project Angel Food, for whom Sheryl Lee Ralph is a Trustee, is the proud beneficiary of this year’s DIVAS Simply Singing! For 30 years volunteers and staff cook and deliver nutritious meals, free of charge, to homes throughout Los Angeles County to alleviate hunger, prevent malnutrition and returns their clients to health.  

Continuing to serve as a loving tribute for those diagnosed with and affected by HIV/AIDs, the goal of DIVAS Simply Singing! is to erase stigma, raise awareness and promote HIV/AIDS prevention through arts and education. 

Over the years, DIVAS Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Teena Marie, Tremaine Hawkins, Natalie Cole, Karen Clark Sheard, Yolanda Adams, LaShun Pace, Dottie Peoples, Jennifer Hudson, and many more have raised their voices in song on the DIVAS stage.

The D.I.V.A. Foundation uniquely uses the transformational power of the arts as a vehicle to raise funds, awareness, erase the stigma still connected to HIV/AIDS, mental wellness, and educate people about STDs, including HIV, Hepatitis C, and other life-threatening diseases. As their mission statement says, “We simply dare to care.” 
The Taglyan Cultural Center is located at 1201 Vine St., Hollywood CA 90038. For more information on DIVAS Simply Singing! and tickets visit https://www.diva.foundation

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Dear Santa I Need A Date on TV One

TV ONE'S ORIGINAL HOLIDAY FILM
DEAR SANTA, I NEED A DATE
PREMIERES SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 AT 7 P.M. ET/6C
Ray J, Reagan Gomez-Preston, Anne-Marie Johnson,
Reginae Carter, B. Simone and MAJOR.
Light up the Screen in New Romantic Comedy
(SILVER SPRING, MD) - October 23, 2019 - TV One brings the holiday spirit with the premiere of the original film, DEAR SANTA, I NEED A DATEwhich will air on Sunday, December 8 at 7 P.M. ET/6C, followed by an encore presentation at 9 P.M. ET/8C. The film's stars include Ray J (Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, Moesha), Reagan Gomez-Preston (The Parent 'Hood, The Cleveland Show), Anne-Marie Johnson (In Living Color, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka), Jay DeVon Johnson (The Favorite), MAJOR. (Star), Reginae Carter (Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta) and B. Simone (Wild 'N Out, Girls Cruise). The movie is directed by Terri J. Vaughn (The Steve Harvey Show, Daddy's Little Girls), who also directed TV One's 2018 original holiday film MERRY WISHMAS.
"I'm excited to have the opportunity to direct my second Christmas movie for TV One. The experience was amazing. Ray J and Reagan Gomez-Preston are so fun as brother and sister," said Vaughn, the film's director. "And the cherry on top was getting Anne-Marie Johnson to play their mother. She's so funny, and I'm such a huge fan of hers. I know the audience will have a lot of fun watching this hilarious cast!"
DEAR SANTA, I NEED A DATE tells the comedic story of two successful and ambitious siblings Janelle Vaughn (Gomez-Preston) and Jason Vaughn (Ray J). Their parents, Mr. Vaughn (Jay DeVon Johnson) and Mrs. Vaughn (Johnson), are proud of their children's flourishing careers but are displeased with their dating lives. Every holiday season, the Vaughn's anxiously prepare for their children to bring home a significant other only to be disappointed. This year, The Vaughn's apply pressure by expressing their concerns to Jason and Janelle, which sparks a bet between the siblings on who can find a date by Christmas.
"Working on Dear Santa [I Need a Date] was one of the most enjoyable working experiences in my long career," stated film star Anne-Marie Johnson. "But more importantly, this wonderful movie will appeal to anyone -regardless of race, ethnicity, age, or gender - who loves love and loves the holidays." 
DEAR SANTA I NEED A DATE is written by Kourtney Richard and directed by Terri J. Vaughn with casting provided by George Pierre. The film is produced by Swirl Films with Eric Tomosunas, Keith Neal, James Seppelfrick, serving as Executive Producers. Ron Robinson, James "Jimmy" Watson serve as producers. For TV One, Gold Morgan is the Executive Producer in Charge of Production; Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting; and Brigitte McCray is Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

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Brown Sugar

 






All-New Season of Family Time, Holiday Gift Subscriptions, Plus Michelle Obama and More This November on Brown Sugar

 

ATLANTA (November 1, 2019) - Brown Sugar, the popular subscription streaming service from Bounce, is kicking off the holiday season with special offers, heroic titles and hit original programming.
All-new episodes of the long-running comedy series Family Time are available Thursday mornings on Brown Sugar, following their weekly premiere on Bounce Wednesday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET. Complete seasons one through six of Family Time are available on the service anytime.
Holiday shoppers looking for the perfect gift can now add Brown Sugar to the top of their lists. Consumers can purchase one-year subscriptions to Brown Sugar's vast catalog of classic movies for just $42. Details are available at BrownSugar.com.
New titles coming to Brown Sugar in November include the inspirational story of Michelle Obama's journey to the White House in Michelle Obama: Hope Becomes Change; Vivica A. Fox starring in the T. J. Hemphill stage-play, Lord All Men Can't Be Dogs and Essence Atkins and Leon leading the family drama From This Day Forward, written by Cas Sigers-Beedles.
November's curated collection is "Not All Heroes Wear Capes," featuring films where characters are fighting the good fight without being a superhero. Movies include Hotel Rwanda (Don Cheadle), Coffy (Pam Grier), and the Rosa Parks TV movie Behind the Movement (Roger Guenveur Smith, Isaiah Washington.)
Returning fan favorites include the gritty street drama Belly (DMX), the old-school hip hop drama Beat Street (Rae Dawn Chong), Shaquille O'Neal Presents: All-Star Comedy Jam - Live from Las Vegas (Mike Epps) and China Strike Force (Coolio). Subscribers can watch these films and countless others on Brown Sugar, along with complete seasons of top-rated Bounce originals such as Saints & Sinners and In the Cut.
Brown Sugar is available on Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Comcast Xfinity X1, Amazon Channels, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Kindle, Android and Apple smartphones and tablets and web browsers via BrownSugar.com. There is a free 7-day initial trial period for subscribers with a retail price of $3.99/month thereafter. Visit www.BrownSugar.com for more information. Brown Sugar is a part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).


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