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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.”

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.

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Dennis mckinley set to open CRU HEMP LOUNGE in Houston

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.

Congrats for an outstanding year in business.

TV Unscripted Broadcast score card 2021: What Shows Renewed and cancelled

Reality TV exploded during the pandemic but unscripted TV played a huge part in keeping broadcast netsworks afloat.

Photo Credit Michael Becker/FOX

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:

ABC 

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

First-year shows
Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (premieres Jan. 7)
The Chase
 (premieres Jan. 7)
Emergency Call
The Hustler (premieres Jan. 7)
Supermarket Sweep

Ordered to series
Generation Gap
Ultimate Surfer

CBS

Veteran shows
The Amazing Racerenewed for season 33
Big Brotherrenewed for season 23
Game On
The Greatest #AtHome Videos
Love Island
Survivorrenewed through season 42, return date TBD
Tough as Nailsrenewed for season two
Undercover Boss

Ordered to series
Secret Celebrity Renovation

The CW

Veteran shows
Masters of Illusion
Penn & Teller: Fool Usrenewed for season eight
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
World’s Funniest Animals
renewed for season two

Fox

Veteran shows
24 Hours to Hell and Back
Beat Shazam: renewed for season four
Hell’s Kitchenrenewed through season 20
Lego Mastersrenewed for season two
Masterchef
Masterchef Juniorrenewed 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

First-year shows
I Can See Your Voice*
The Masked Dancer

Name That Tune
(premieres Jan. 6)

NBC

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*

First-year shows
Weakest Link*

Ordered to series
College Bowl*
The New World: 
BBC-produced nature docuseries scheduled for 2024
Small Fortune*
That’s My Jam*

True Story*
Who Do You Think You Are?

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

Donell Jones releases first single in 7 years and this love song is for the MEN!

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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.

Karma(Payback)

Check out the song and let me know what you think..

TRUE TO THE GAME 2 Opens As The #1 Highest Grossing New Independent Film Release This Weekend

Manny Hailey and Deb Antney

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 Whitmore and produced by Manny Halley, Rodney Turner II and Yolanda Halley. David Wolfgang (“Bloomers”) serves as director of photography.

For more information, visit http://truetothegame2.com

Download key art here: https://rb.gy/ow7bzs[Credit: Dennis Byron/Imani]

Social:
Facebook: @TrueToTheGameMovie 
Twitter: @TrueToTheGameMovie 
Instagram: TrueToTheGameMovie
Hashtags: #TrueToTheGameMovie #TrueToTheGame2 
Website: https://truetothegame2.com/

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.

SOURCE Imani Media Group

nouveau bar and grill owner Ebony Austin speaks on teaching your staff how to boss up during a pandemic

Nouveau Bar & Grill Photo Credit Ebony Austin

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.

Continue reading nouveau bar and grill owner Ebony Austin speaks on teaching your staff how to boss up during a pandemic

Meet the men of Tyler Perry’s Show “BRUH” on BET+

“Still from BET’s “Bruh” episode 106. (Photo: Charles Bergmann/BET/Tyler Vision, LLC)

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.  

Check out the trailer:

Attorney Reginald Greene known by his Sobriquet ‘The Super Lawyer’ is also a Super Dad

Attorney Reginal Greene and his beautiful six children

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.

Please visit the website https://thesuperlawyer.com to learn more in case you are ever in need of one of the most sought after personal injury lawyers nationally. Also, follow Reginald Greene on social media https://www.instagram.com/thesuperlawyer/.