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CMNTY CULTURE’s DEBUT FILM PROJECT ‘THE LAST PLANTATION’

Photo Credit Jaloni Williams
Photo Credit: Jaloni Williams

BASED ON THE UNTOLD TRUE STORY OF BLACK FARMER JOHN BOYD JR. AND LAWYER JAMES FARRIN WHO WORKED TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE JUSTICE FOR BLACK FARMERS IN AMERICA

Los Angeles, CA, June 10, 2021 – Today, CMNTY Culture, a Black-owned entertainment and media enterprise founded by eight-time GRAMMY award-winning songwriter Philip Lawrence, announced its first film project, The Last Plantation, via its film/ TV vertical, CMNTY Culture Films. CMNTY Culture will be the lead production company on The Last Plantation, an untold true story chronicling one of the largest civil rights settlements in history. Hunt Lowry(A Time to Kill, Last of the Mohicans) of Roserock Films and Jesse Kennedy (Brooklyn’s Finest, Stolen) are signed on to produce the film, joined by Philip Lawrence, CMNTY Culture Chief Operating Officer/ Chief Legal Officer Miles Cooley, CMNTY Culture CEO Thomas St. John, and main character/ lawyerJames Farrin as executive producers. 

Written by Tyger Williams (Menace II Society, Self Made: Madam C.J. Walker), The Last Plantation follows Black soybean farmer, John Boyd Jr., and white car accident attorney, James Farrin, as they overcome long odds and Washington gridlock to obtain a $1.25 billion settlement for over 18,000 Black farmers who had been discriminated against by the U.S. government. For years, the USDA routinely treated Black farmers unjustly, earning it the unfortunate nickname “the last plantation.”

“With its underlying themes of racial justice and social equity, ‘The Last Plantation’ showcases everything that CMNTY Culture stands for. It’s an important story to tell, not only because of its historical context, but also because it points to how we can come together to address social issues and injustices, even in a polarized world,” said CMNTY Culture Founder and Chairman, Philip Lawrence. “We couldn’t be happier to launch our film/ TV vertical with such an inspiring project and hope that it helps shed some much-overdue light on the often-neglected plight of Black farmers in America.”

The premise of the film aligns closely with CMNTY Culture’s mission of promoting and advancing racial equity, social justice, and diversity/inclusion in all aspects of its business, which includes film/TV, music, music publishing, and real estate. Philip Lawrence founded the company in 2019 alongside a visionary group of accomplished leaders: Thomas St. John, Founder of Thomas St. John Group; Miles Cooley, formerly DLA Piper; Marlena Kaplan, formerly Blackstone; Malik Rasheed, formerly Epic Records; and Chief Johnson, formerly PUMA Group.

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About CMNTY Culture: Launched in 2019, CMNTY Culture is a Black-owned, independent music and media enterprise founded by eight-time GRAMMY award-winning songwriter Philip Lawrence in partnership with Thomas St. John, founder of Thomas St. John Group, a leading international accounting and business management firm. The company has several portfolio entertainment verticals in the music, music publishing, film/ TV, and real estate spaces.  CMNTY Culture is dedicated to advocating for and empowering artists across disciplines, as well as promoting and advancing racial equity, social justice, and diversity/inclusion in all aspects of its business. To find out more, you can visit: https://cmntyculture.com/


Media Contacts:

Sunshine Sachs

Paula Witt/ Maggie Faircloth/ Samantha Stephens/ Daniella Colletti – CMNTYCulture@SunshineSachs.com

RUN THE WORLD – Series on StARZ

From the Creator of LIVING SINGLE and the Executive Producer of DEAR WHITE PEOPLE

Amber Stevens West (Whitney Greene) right Tosin Morohunfola (Ola Adeyemo)

“Run the World” follows a group of smart, funny, and vibrant 30-something Black women – fiercely loyal best friends – who live, work and play in Harlem. As they strive for world domination, they each navigate career highs and lows, hookups and heartbreaks that causes them to re-evaluate who they are and where they are going. At its core, it’s an authentic and unapologetic show about enviable friendship and not only surviving – but thriving together. The series stars Amber Stevens West (“The Carmichael Show”) as “Whitney,” a perfectionist who almost always plays by the rules; Andrea Bordeaux (“NCIS: Los Angeles”) as “Ella,” an audacious romantic, who is figuring out what she truly wants both personally and professionally; Bresha Webb (“Marlon”) as “Renee,” the vivacious, soon-to-be-divorced diva with a seemingly thriving career; and Corbin Reid (“Valor”) as “Sondi,” an erudite professional who begins to re-evaluate both her career and personal priorities.

Premiere:
Sunday, May 16th @ 8:30pm ET/PT | Genre: Comedy

Showrunner/Executive Producer: 
Yvette Lee Bowser

Creator/Executive Producer:
Leigh Davenport

Run The World- Photo Courtesy of STARZ

Issa Rae Will Play Spider-Woman in Sony’s Sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

The Insecure Actress is now secure.

We are watching our girl Issa Rae grow up right before our very eyes. She went from the Awkward Black Girl to being insecure & now she will be swinging off buildings? This is just how awesome you can be when you are a black girl who rocks!

The Hollywood Reporter explained it so eloquently:

Rae will join returning actors Shameik Moore, who voiced the film’s hero Miles Morales, and Hailee Steinfeld who played Gwen Stacy, a.k.a. Spider-Gwen. Both actors have already confirmed they will appear in the sequel which, after multiple reschedules, is now set to arrive in theaters on October 7th, 2022. Rae is the first new addition to be announced. 

Little is known about the sequel’s plot, but it’s safe to assume that it will have a similar, multiverse structure as Into the Spider-Verse. In the Oscar-winning film, a young Brooklyn kid named Miles Morales becomes the new Spider-Man and acclimates to the role with a little help from other Spider characters across multiple universes. John Mulaney plays a pig who was bitten by a spider and now goes by the name Spider-Ham, and Nicholas Cage turns in a memorable performance as an old-school, Humphrey Bogart-esque Spider-Man known as Spider-Man Noir. 

To put it simply, Into the Spider-Verse blew people’s minds when it first came out. Pretty much everyone from Barack Obama to Kevin Smith praised the film for its heart, humor, and comic book-come-to-life quality of animation. Even MCU’s Spider-Man and Esquire cover star Tom Holland gave the film a glowing review, writing on Instagram, “Honestly one of the coolest films I’ve ever seen. Do yourself a favor and go see this movie.” 

As for the sequel’s closely guarded plot, some have suggested that the presence of Spider-Woman means that the film might include a visit to one of MCU’s most important landscapes, Wundagore Mountain. You see, Spider-Woman, who made her Marvel debut in 1977, grew up on Wundagore Mountain after moving there with her family from London when she was a young girl. You know who else is from Wundagore Mountain? Quicksilver and his twin the Scarlet Witch, aka Wanda. Does that mean we’ll be getting an Elizabeth Olsen cameo in the Into the Spider-Verse sequel?? Probably not, but who the hell knows!

Just like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the follow-up film exists in a separate universe than the MCU Spider-Man films, but that doesn’t mean a future, potential collaboration that melds the two worlds is entirely out of the question. When it comes to Spider-Woman, the two studios could reach an agreement that allows them to share the rights to the character, just like they did in regards to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man films. But as of now, both Sony and Marvel are developing their own separate takes on Spider-Woman. As Esquire’s own Brady Langmann reported recently, Emilia Clarke is rumored to have been cast in the role of Spider-Woman in Marvel’s upcoming Disney+ series, Secret Invasion.

The Atlanta Cast of Beyond the Pole hosts Extravagant Purple Carpet Premiere in Buckhead

"June 3rd was an amazing night to be in Atlanta on the purple carpet for the Beyond the Pole WE tv Premiere of Season 2" 

Executive Producers Shanté Paige and Mark E Stevens have done it again. Season 2 WE tv Every Thursday Night at 10pm Eastern Tune in

Cast Member Empress Wildflower and Executive Producer Mark E Stevens

WE tv’s Reality Star Trina Braxton and her husband attending the event.

“As a reality star, artist, content creator and business woman, I am always down to support my WE tv family. I’m looking forward’ to this season of ‘Beyond the Pole'”

Trina Braxton
Reality Star ‘Martell Holt’ & Beyond The Pole Executive Producer Mark E Stevens

Special celebrity invited guests to this exclusive private affair included OWN television network reality tv star Martell Holt from ‘Love & Marriage Huntsville”; former Bravo network RHOA ex husband of Cynthia Bailey and restauranteur Peter Thomas, Iconic hip hop legend Rapper Smooth B(Nice & Smooth) and a host of Atlanta socialites and friends of the cast from the Exotic Dancer Entertainment Industry and the family member of the cast.

Below is the details we gathered from the Press Release from WE tv:

This season, Ms. Dime, Angel Kake, Empress, Lyric, Virgo, Gigi Maguire, Ya Ya, Treasure, and Milk Marie are dealing with a world that is changing along with their businesses. Everyone is feeling the stress of quarantineB, staying masked-up, healthy, and keeping the bills paid in this new COVID reality. Now that the city of Atlanta has reopened, the women face these challenges as well as the pressure on their friendships, relationships and professional lives. 

Always hustling, the women embark on their own individual journeys to transition from the club and establish new and better lives. However, with these changes come secrets and a web of lies the women have kept hidden from the world, and sometimes from themselves. 

Executive produced by Lauren Gellert and Ashley McFarlin Buie for WE tv alongside show creator and executive producer Shante Paige, of She’s A Movement Media Group for Sonic Dog, LLC.

About WE tv

With compelling, can’t miss unscripted shows, WE tv’s programming is fueled by personalities and relationships filled with purpose and passion. WE tv welcomes everyone and creates an inclusive experience across all platforms: on TV, online, on demand, and social media, embracing how today’s digitally savvy, socially engaged audiences connect through content, using it as a catalyst to drive conversation and build community. WE tv is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc., and its sister channels include AMC, BBC America, IFC and SundanceTV.

WE tv’s jaw-dropping series “Beyond the Pole” returns for an explosive season two set to premiere Thursday, June 3 at 10 PM ET. Friendships are tested, finances are strapped, but through the turmoil, laughter and tears, these ladies are the ultimate survivors and their stories prove there is never a dull moment in the hustle.

Tapas restaurant “SLUSH” on Edgewood hosts private Sneak peek soft opening

Guests were given a COVID friendly greeting with hand sanitizer and temperature checks at the door. According to the Press Release by publicist Diane Larche , the HVAC was upgraded with a new high-tech UV lighting and air-purifying filtration system which was created to reduce indoor odors and kill volatile organic compounds and other biological contaminants such as mold, bacteria, and viruses (including the virus that causes COVID-19). Masks are required when not eating or drinking.

Black Rob Dies in atlanta hospital at 51

Black Rob has passed away in an Atlanta hospital days after saying his farewell to DMX. He suffered a stroke in 2015. Allegedly he had suffered problems from his failing kidneys for the past 5 years. DJ Self was posting videos of Black Rob for the past week per Rob’s request in efforts to let people know what was going on in his life. In the video he appeared to be in a lot of pain and disgusted because of lack of funds to provide sufficient housing for himself. He complained about being in pain.

There were blogs that released information about Sean Combs sending money to help out the rapper. RIP to another Hip Hop artist who once was taking over the streets of New York. Black Rob was also once on the Bad Boy roster as one of Diddy’s artists.

Franchisee Owner Lashaun Drew’s Towel Drive for local Homeless shelter Successful

Lashaun Drew business owner of The Original Hot Dog Factory in Voorhees, NJ had an amazing run with her “Towel Drive” she started mid January and extended through the end of Black History Month (February). What started off as an attempt to collect towels for at least 300 people for the Homeless Shelter “The Joseph House of Camden” turned into over 1000 towels and blankets as well being collected from people who donated all over the world.

Those who were not able to come in and donate locally actually asked for the address and mailed in their donations. Others were able to contribute funds through a donation button located on Lashaun Drew’s facebook page. Vinny Curry (defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles) was even able to spread the word through his social media story. When you are collecting goods for any drive, it stands true everyone’s efforts to spread the word is a good deed done.

The towels will be delivered in the month of March. Please check back for updates. Job well done Lashaun Drew & congrats on the bravery to open up a new business during these pandemic times. You are the real M.V.P.

Meet Lashaun Drew the Owner of The Original Hot Dog Factory, Voorhees, NJ

If you are in the South Jersey area please visit The Original Hot Dog Factory, 910 Haddonfield-Berlin Rd Suite 3, Voorhees Township, NJ 08043 located in the Ritz Center.

Audra day brilliant in new movie The United States VS. billie holliday

Grammy nominated vocalist Audra Day has always been destined for greatness. As an artist I knew the world had great things in store for Day when she teamed up with McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and ESSENCE for the “I’ll Rise” Campaign which is based on her signature tune “Rise Up.”

Christian Keyes talks Saints and Sinners Judgement Day Movie on Bounce TV 2/14 9pm

Christian Keyes- Photo Courtesy of Bounce TV

Saints & Sinners: Judgment Day  

Some say blood is thicker than water, but in the fictional small town of Cypress, vengeance is bigger than family loyalty. Mayor Ella Johnson is arrested for alledgely killing Malik Thompson whose body was found in her empty pool. 

Things get worse when her mother Leona sweeps in for a power grab and undermines her daughter’s chance at freedom as she plots to take over the city of Cypress and New Hope church.  

Alex (who we all know is gangster) is determined to get to the bottom of what happened , but does he have a motive? Dr Christi definitely is also on board to figure out what really happened, all while managing to keep close watch on her good friend Pastor Levi. Tune in tonight as there are several more pieces to this puzzle.

Last season of Saints and Sinners was the number one most-watched program on television, beating such shows as The $100,000 Pyramid on ABC, What Just Happened? (FOX), Instinct (CBS) and Big Little Lies (HBO), in the delivery of African Americans 18-49 and 25-54 Sunday night between 9-10 p.m.  Each episode reaches 1.3 Million viewers Sunday night, becoming the most-watched program in Bounce history.

<p class="has-drop-cap" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Bounce, the first and only broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, is gearing up for the worldpremiere of <strong>Saints & Sinners: Judgment Day</strong> movie tonight <strong>Sunday, February 14th</strong> at <strong>9:00 pm ET</strong>.  Will you please tune in?Bounce, the first and only broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, is gearing up for the worldpremiere of Saints & Sinners: Judgment Day movie tonight Sunday, February 14th at 9:00 pm ET.  Will you please tune in?

Salt-N-Pepa premieres Saturday January 23 at 8/7c on Lifetime

SALT-N-PEPA details the journey of Queensborough Community College students Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton as they enter the world of rap and hip hop, after recording a song for their friend Hurby Azor. Salt-N-Pepa made a huge impact as one of the first all-female rap groups, changing the look of hip hop and being unafraid to talk about sex and share their thoughts on men. The movie follows the group as they become the first female rap act to go platinum and experience ground-breaking success with multiple awards, including a Grammy award –  paving the way for all female rappers to follow. The film will feature performances of Salt-N-Pepa’s greatest hits, including: “Let’s Talk About Sex”, “What a Man”, “Shoop” and “Push It”.

Photos Courtesy of Aenetworks

Produced by Sony Pictures Television and directed by Mario Van Peebles (“New Jack City,” “Baadasssss!”) from a script by Abdul Williams (“The Bobby Brown Story,” “The New Edition Story”).  Robert Teitel (“The Hate U Give,” “Barbershop” Franchise) from State Street Pictures serves as Executive Producer. Executive Produced by Cheryl James, Sandra Denton, Shakim Compere and Queen Latifah. Co-executive produced by Hurby Azor. Sebastian Dungan serves as the Lifetime executive in charge of production.

SALT-N-PEPA INTERVIEW SPECIAL will premiere Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 11 PM EST/10 PM CST on Lifetime

After 35 years, the reigning Queens of Hip Hop are still going strong. Salt-n-Pepa sit down for a fun and intimate discussion about what makes their iconic partnership work, how these two very different personalities find the delicate balance to keep it going, and how their pioneering style continues to influence the music world today. Hosted by Loni Love, the special is packed with never-before heard stories about their lives and careers and share exclusive BTS footage, with a few surprises and special guests along the way!

SALT-N-PEPA INTERVIEW SPECIAL is produced by A&E Originals with Ted Butler as executive producer.

Photos Courtesy of Aenetworks