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Minutes after the Houston Eater posted an article expressing how 2020 was a “devastating year for Houston’s restaurant industry” ; news also broke that Dennis McKinley will continue his Houston takeover with the opening of CBD-focused lounge in Downtown.
In August of 2020 McKinley also opened an Original Hot Dog Factory in Houston and he appears to be setting up double shops in cities worldwide. The CRU LOUNGE is very popular in Atlanta. One decade ago the first CRU LOUNGE opened and 2020 seems to be the year that McKinley has been on franchise fire.
Atlanta just opened a new CRU Lounge on Edgewood open 7 days a week until 4am. The streets of Edgewood are known for heavy foot traffic. Restaunteur Pinky Cole also opened a new Slutty Vegan location on Edgewood as well. Apparently this is one of the restaurant row hotspots in the streets of Atlanta.
Best wishes to Dennis McKinley from the Producers Channel. We also got wind that CRU Lounge will be opening a location in Washington DC on inauguration day on 316 H Street January 21, 2021. “Don’t meet us there,” says McKinley.
Reality TV exploded during the pandemic but unscripted TV played a huge part in keeping broadcast netsworks afloat.
It’s crazy how many shows were able to snap into remote mode and keep it pushing. News shows like TMZ , The Real and The Wendy Williams shows were examples of adapt and keep the show going . These were some of the types of shows that late 2020 were either able to hop back into full production and have business as usual in full production ;but following strict Covid guidelines.
According to the Hollywood Reporter check out what shows are getting renewed and what’s getting cancelled. Keep checking back on their website for updates.
Here is the list:
Veteran shows The $100,000 Pyramid America’s Funniest Home Videos American Idol The Bachelor The Bachelorette Bachelor in Paradise Card Sharks Celebrity Family Feud Dancing With the Stars Don’t The Great Christmas Light Fight Holey Moley Match Game Press Your Luck Shark Tank To Tell the Truth Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Veteran shows The Amazing Race: renewed for season 33 Big Brother: renewed for season 23 Game On The Greatest #AtHome Videos Love Island Survivor: renewed through season 42, return date TBD Tough as Nails: renewed for season two Undercover Boss
Ordered to series Secret Celebrity Renovation
Veteran shows Masters of Illusion Penn & Teller: Fool Us: renewed for season eight Whose Line Is It Anyway? World’s Funniest Animals: renewed for season two
Veteran shows 24 Hours to Hell and Back Beat Shazam: renewed for season four Hell’s Kitchen: renewed through season 20 Lego Masters: renewed for season two Masterchef Masterchef Junior: renewed for season eight The Masked Singer*: renewed for season five Mental Samurai: renewed for season two So You Think You Can Dance: renewed for season 17, return date TBD
Veteran shows America’s Got Talent America’s Got Talent: The Champions American Ninja Warrior Bring the Funny Ellen’s Game of Games Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways Hollywood Game Night* Little Big Shots Making It*: Renewed for season three in 2021 Songland* The Titan Games* The Voice The Wall* World of Dance*
R & B Crooner Donell Jones released a new song titled KARMA (Payback) on 11/11/2020. This is his first single released in the past seven years. It’s the prelude to his seventh studio album, 100% complimentary. (Coming December 2020) . I woud say welcome back but when you have genuine R & B songwriters and singers like Donell that are listed among the greats they never leave the R & B radio waves so we know they are here to stay even long after they are gone.
Unforgettable classic ballads that are fan favorites like “Where I Wanna Be,” “You Know What’s Upft. TLC’s Left Eye,” and “Knocks Me Off My Feet” just to name a few. Jones has also produced and written hit songs for Usher “Think of You,” 702 “Get It Together” Drea “Not Gonna Letcha,” Jacquees “23,” and he’s recently collaborated with singer, Jon B on a song called “Understand.”
Donell has traveled the world and toured with some of the greatest artists in the business. DJ Eddie F sure knew his eye for talent when he discovered this artist! Jones began his journey at one of the best times for R & B artists. It was the Relationship Song scenarios that we loved and how he was basically known as the composer to all life situations.
The American Music Award Winner, Donell Jones is not only a renowned R&B vocalist, an exceptional songwriter, but also a master producer. The inspiration inspiration behind the song Karma (Payback) stems from the Music Love Coach wanting to deliver a profound message that men and women in relationships can relate to, especially during the upcoming holiday seasons.
Check out the song and let me know what you think..
This is the second time we were introduced to Chef Bren Hererra giving us the good tea on recipes; along with Chef Jerard Wells getting up close and personal with the cast of New Soul Kitchen. The media was so anxious to preview the one-of-a-kind cooking show; hosted by Chef Jernard Wells, an award-winning TV Host/Celebrity Chef/Bestselling Cookbook Author, best known from his numerous appearances on Food Network & Cooking Channel shows.
Wells has been featured on the “Today Show,” PEOPLE,” “Steve Harvey Morning Show,” “Rickey Smiley Morning Show,” ESSENCE, to name a few. Chef Jernard will provide step-by-step instructions on preparing one of his signature dishes, while giving tips for quick quarantine meals, healthy alternatives to classic soul food favorites, and provide a sneak peek on the top foodie trends taking over this fall.Join us for an opportunity to engage with four leading African-American female chefs and culinary influencers who, throughout the season, deliver an array of flavors from around the world, sure to please every palette.
Joining the press conference were : Chef Bren Herrera, Chef Essie Bartels, Chef Resha and Chef Ahki. Chef Bartels had to leave early but she introduced us to some tantilizing African dishes. We look forward to her continuing the conversation and cooking later.
Producer and distributor Manny Hailey and Director Jamal Hill (Brotherly Love, Dueces) successfully pulled off an amazing block buster weekend for an independent film. True to the Game 2 stars Columbus Short (Scandal), Vivica A. Fox (Empire), Andra Fuller(Have and Have Nots), Erica Peeples (Fall Girl), Jeremy Meeks, Iyana Halley (HBO’s Sharp Objects) and Lil Mama (The TLC Story, When Love Kills:The Falicia Blakely Story); with Appearances by Rotimi, Tamar Braxton, Faith Evans, Waka Flocka, Bernice Burgos & More.
The film was based on long time author Terri Woods New York Best Seller book ‘True to the Game’. Congrats to producer Manny Hailey on the #1 highest Independent grossing film of the weekend; opening in 247 theaters nationwide on Friday, November 6thearning a three-day weekend box office of $290,000 with a Per Screen Average of $1,174.
Best newcomer performance went to Manny Hailey’s daugher Iyanla Hailey as she becoming into her own woman as an on screen actress. Director Jamal Hill claims he was very impressed with her performance as well as the work ethic of newcomer actor Jeremy Meeks.
Directed by Jamal Hill (“Brotherly Love,” “Deuces”), TRUE TO THE GAME 2 picks up a year after the murder of drug dealer Quadir Richards, whose death carries consequences for all who knew him — especially Gena (Peeples), his love interest. Separating herself from Philly’s dangerous scene, Gena has reinvented herself as a journalist, living and working in New York City. Forced to take some time off of work, Gena is sent on assignment to Los Angeles for a career-changing story.
Though Gena is far from home, her life in Philly seems to always make an appearance. Someone from Quadir’s circle has avenged his death with a hit on Jerrell’s crew members, reigniting another war between the two crews. Jerell (Fuller) is determined to get paid by any means necessary— and he’ll start with Gena.
“We are elated by the strong support for our film this weekend,” says Manny Halley, TTTG2 producer and founder of Imani Motion Pictures. “As a producer and distributor, the highest honor one can achieve is when audiences come to see our films and are receptive to what they saw. That said, we had sold out showings across the country and the overall buzz has been fantastic. We look forward to expanding the film to additional theaters nationwide this coming Friday.”
TRUE TO THE GAME 2 is written by Preston Whitmoreand produced by Manny Halley, Rodney Turner II and Yolanda Halley. David Wolfgang (“Bloomers”) serves as director of photography.
About Imani Motion Pictures Imani Motion Pictures is a Los Angeles based entertainment music, motion picture and TV production, distribution company with a satellite office located in Atlanta, Georgia. Imani has worked in the music industry for over 20 years with recording artists such as Nicki Minaj, Young Thug, and Keyshia Cole. Imani’s first foray into television production began with the BET reality series “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is” and the spinoff “Frankie and Neffe.”
Imani Media shifted its focus to feature films in 2017 with the release of TRUE TO THE GAME, starring Columbus Short, Vivica A. Fox and the late Nelsan Ellis. The film is an adaptation of the New York Times bestseller by Teri Woods. TRUE TO THE GAME is an urban love story between a prominent Philadelphia drug dealer and a woman, as they struggle to balance street life and love. The film was independently financed and distributed by Halley and earned $1.2M in a limited release. Halley has secured deals w/ Viacom BET and Netflix on this first go around.
In addition to TRUE TO THE GAME 2, Imani will release the film DUTCH in theaters on Friday, November 27, 2020.
Regina Hall is giving the people what they want! We want nothing other than to see our girl work her “Black Girl Magic” on the screen. Hall has signed a first-look deal with ViacomCBS’ premium cable outlet, under which she’ll develop projects via her Rh Negative banner.
Nouveau Bar & Grill CEO, Ebony Austin, takes pride in celebrating her one-year anniversary in Atlanta on Oct. 24, 2020. Austin shared three techniques she implements in her daily regimen that allows her to “weather the storm” on any occasion. These tools were very essential during Atlanta’s shutdown in March and April and essentially prepared her to re-open in phases with COVID-19 restrictions specific to the restaurant business.
The rolling out AM Wake-uptalk show recently invited Austin to discuss the importance of leadership, adaptability and how she’s navigating through this pandemic successfully amidst the new restaurant dine-in experience.
Tyler Perry’s “BRUH” is one of the best shows on the BET Plus Network. It’s easy to understand why these four men have amazing chemistry on camera after interviewing them and understanding the brotherhood they have developed off camera (in such a short period of time).
TYLER PERRY’S BRUH is executive produced, written, and directed by Tyler Perry. Michelle Sneed also serves as Executive Producer of the series for Tyler Perry Studios. For more on TYLER PERRY’S BRUH, go to http://www.betpressroom.com. Follow us on social media platforms @betplus, and join the conversation using the hashtag #TylerPerryBruh.
Phillip Mullings Jr. (Mike), Barry Brewer (John), Mahdi Cocci (Tom), and Monti Washington (Bill) are the four young handsome men that keep your eyes glued to the television with their dating scenarios. Modern day problems with a hint of drama in each one of the guy’s life in real time (on the television show only ladies). Please don’t confuse their television characters with real life. These have got to be four of the most respectable young men that I’ve interviewed in a very long time.
Please tune in September 10th on BET+ and I really hope if you missed the first 12 episodes that you go back and binge watch everything so you will know what’s going on. I promise you won’t regret adding this show on repeat as the type of series you can watch over and over again.
Check out our zoom interview below:
As an advocate BET television viewer for the past 40 years I can’t believe that Tyler Perry’s new show BRUH is what made me download the BET+(Plus) app. There are so many amazing shows streaming on the Plus App. At first I thought it was just a streaming platform of old school BET shows; “boy was I wrong!” Download it today!
ABOUT “TYLER PERRY’S BRUH” “Tyler Perry’s BRUH” tracks the story of four thirty-something year old friends in present-day Atlanta, trying to find themselves as men and navigate life, careers and courtship. Finding romance has been a constant bump in the road for the guys.
ATTORNEY REGINALD GREENE KNOWN BY HIS SOBRIQUET ‘THE SUPER LAWYER’ IS ALSO A SUPER DAD
Father of six, attorney Reginald Greene is the founder, managing member and managing attorney of Greene Legal Group, LLC. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree, magna cum laude, from Howard University at the age of 20. He also received his Juris Doctor Degree, cum laude, from Howard University Law School. Being a successful businessman has not detracted from his fatherly duties in the least bit.
One may wonder how does a full-time lawyer with his own practice manage to stay at the top of his game while also managing to be a hands on Dad when fatherhood is also full-time duty work? It’s inevitable Reginald Greene implements the same level of care, life-skills, experience and commitment when it comes to fatherhood that he uses when it comes to representing clients and winning cases. How so you might ask?
The Producers Channel TV reporters were able to catch up with the “Super Dad” and ask some very pertinent questions. Pay attention to how important parenting is to this accomplished Dad and professional business owner.
How important do you think a Dad’s Role is in a child’s life?
A Dad’s role in a child’s life is extremely important. A good father is a leader, teacher and guide. He provides time, attention, love, support and discipline. He can also be a role model. Ultimately a mother and father have distinct roles.
Do any of your children aspire to be a lawyer?
My oldest son, Reginald Jr. is in law school. He graduates next year.
How do you balance being the Super Lawyer & Super Dad?
It’s simple I put everything in this order. God. Family. Justice. There is a delicate balance between work and home life. Throughout my career as a lawyer I have always been striving to balance. Early in my career, I had a lot to learn. In my work life, I allowed work to consume a significant amount of my time. As years went on I was able to increase my family time significantly. For me, becoming my own boss was key. That gave me the most flexibility to balance my work and family life.
Do the daily tasks in the life of being “The Super Lawyer” make you feel like a Super Hero?
Absolutely. When people seek my advice, it is usually some situation involving distress or tragedy. My job is to get the best possible outcome and “save the day”… just like a super hero.
Speaking of being a Super Hero. I believe it was right before your oldest daughter’s left for college, you accompanied her to ‘Ryan Cameron’s Father Daughter Dance’ in Atlanta, GA at the Delta Hangar. Why do girls need to understand and experience the depth of love from a father or father figure?
A father is usually a girl’s first love. That relationship will have a significant impact on how she allows herself to be treated in life and in relationships with men. A father must make sure to teach his daughter her worth and what she should and should not tolerate.
How vital to a child’s future is it for parents to instill setting life goals in their children at an early age?
Every child is different. Parents needs to get to know their children and motivate them in a way that makes sense for who they are. Sometimes parents try to force a round peg into a square hole.
If you could pen an open letter to your children how would it read?
That is not something I would share publicly. I would, however, advise my children or any other child/young person to strive for excellence; have creativity, love, joy, happiness and compassion; treat others with the respect that they deserve; find something to smile about daily; figure out what you are passionate about and find a way to make a career or business out of it.
This was amazing insight coming from someone accomplished who through the years has mastered the balance of work and home life. I’m sure attorney Reginald Greene the party of six father has multiple stories to share. Finding balance, I presume is always a work in progress especially while constantly endeavoring to fine tune multiple situations.
Restauranteur and philanthropist Pinky Cole is the proud owner of her second location of the infamous Slutty Vegan burger Slut House in Jonesboro, GA. The Grand Opening kicked off July 11, 2020 which will always be a monumental day as the Mayor Joy B Day presented Alisha “Pinky” Cole with a Proclamation from the city of Jonesboro declaring 7/11 “Pinky Cole Day!” Continue reading Slutty Vegan CEO Pinky Cole opens second location in Jonesboro, GA→