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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Monday, November 6, 2017
LARENZ TATE ("POWER") AND ERICA ASH ("SURVIVOR'S REMORSE") TO HOST2018 BOUNCE TRUMPET AWARDS
th Annual Event Takes Place Sat. Jan. 20 in Atlanta,World Premieres on Bounce Sun. Feb. 11 at 9:00 p.m. ETATLANTA (Nov. 6, 2017) -- Larenz Tate and Erica Ash will host the 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards, an exciting night of inspiration, history and crowd-rousing performances celebrating African-American achievements and contributions.The gala black-tie ceremony will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia on Sat. Jan. 20, 2018 and will world premiere nationwide on Bounce on Sun. Feb. 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Bounce, the fastest-growing African-American network on television, now exclusively owns, produces and telecasts the star-studded event, rebranded this year as the Bounce Trumpet Awards. Honorees, performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. Visit www.trumpetawards.com for more information.Tate is a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award-winner and currently stars on the hit series "Power" on STARZ. He has also appeared on the popular shows "Rescue Me," "On the big screen, Tate most recently appeared inwith previous roles in "Ray," "Menace II Society," "Love Jones," "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" and more." and "Ash is an NAACP Award-winning Broadway, film and television actress currently starring on the hit series "Survivor's Remorse" on STARZ, as well as playing Brigette Hart (ex-wife of Kevin Hart) on "The Real Husbands of Hollywood." She will star in the new legal drama series "Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment.The Trumpet Awards were conceived to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of African Americans and those who have succeeded against great odds and inspired success in others. Founded in 1992 by American Civil Rights leader Xernona Clayton, The Trumpet Awards were acquired by Bounce in 2016. The list of prestigious honorees over its 26-year history includes Muhammad Ali, Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Halle Berry, Stevie Wonder, The African-American Women of the United States Congress, Steve Harvey, Martin Luther King, III, Janelle Monáe and Spike Lee.Bounce (@BounceTV) airs on the broadcast signals of local television stations and corresponding cable carriage, and features a programming mix of original and off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports, and more. Bounce has grown to be available in more than 99 million homes across the United States and 95% of all African-American (AA) television homes, including all the top AA television markets. Among the founders of Bounce are iconic American figures Ambassador Andrew Young and Martin Luther King, III
Saturday, November 4, 2017
NEW SEASON OF
"WELCOME TO SWEETIE PIE'S" RETURNS SATURDAY NOVEMBER 25 ON
OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK
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LOS ANGELES - OWN's long-running, NAACP Image Award-winning docu-series "Welcome to Sweetie Pie's" featuring soul food entrepreneur Miss Robbie Montgomery her son Tim Norman and their exuberant family returns to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network on OWN Saturday, November 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT for its fifth season. Produced by Craig Piligian's Pilgrim Media Group, the series follows the fun-loving, musical Montgomery family through their highs and lows as they work to expand their soul food empire.
On an all-new season full of equal parts family fun and jaw-dropping drama, Miss Robbie and Tim attempt to mend their mother/son relationship by dividing the family business. Tim heads to Houston to rebound by opening up a new, full-service restaurant, while continuing his relationship with reality star Jennifer Williams - who puts on the pressure to get engaged. Charles and Chloe leave Los Angeles and strap on their cowboy boots to follow Tim to the Lone Star State, while he also brings Monique down from St. Louis to manage the bar and live entertainment. Just as the Houston restaurant seems to find its groove, Hurricane Harvey hits, shutting its doors and scattering this work family across the country.
Not to be outdone, Miss Robbie thinks she's keeping it simple by pursuing her dream of owning a classic burger joint while continuing to run Upper Crust, perform for her fans and spend time with her growing grandson, TJ. But as her 77th birthday approaches, the Montgomery family's matriarch contemplates her legacy as she seriously considers retirement.
"Welcome to Sweetie Pie's" is produced by Pilgrim Media Group. Executive producers are Craig Piligian, Melodie Calvert, Robbie Montgomery, Tim Norman, Jeff Keane, Tim Breitbach and Steve Luebbert.
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About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey's heart and creative instincts inform the brand - and the magnetism of the channel. Winfrey provides leadership in original scripted and unscripted programming and attracts superstar talent to join her in primetime, building a global community of like-minded viewers and leading that community to connect on social media and beyond. OWN is a singular destination on cable. Depth with edge. Heart. Star power. Connection. And endless possibilities. OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery Communications. The network debuted on January 1, 2011. The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime, anywhere on WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs. For more information, please visit
About Pilgrim Media Group
Pilgrim Media Group produces a wide variety of unscripted and scripted content for TV, film and digital platforms. Among the company's hit series are two-time NAACP Award-winner
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's for OWN; Fast N' Loud, Street Outlaws, Misfit Garage and Garage Rehab for Discovery; The Ultimate Fighter for FS1; My Big Fat Fabulous Life and Ghost Brothers for TLC; Wicked Tuna and Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks for National Geographic; Bring It! for Lifetime; David Tutera's CELEBrations for WE tv; and Zombie House Flipping for FYI. Pilgrim also produced the scripted series Recovery Road for Freeform and multiple original movies for Lifetime, and is in development on numerous other scripted projects for TV, film and streaming outlets. Pilgrim's feature documentary Soufra (Arabic for "feast"), which won two awards at Egypt's El Gouna Film Festival, will soon premiere in the U.S. at DOC NYC.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
AT /PT: TYLER PERRY'S HIT DRAMA SERIES 'IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG' RETURNS FOR AN ALL NEW SEASONClick image above for a sneak peek:Photo Credit: Jeremy Cowart and Courtesy of OWNGet ready for another season of scandals and sins, as new episodes of Tyler Perry's popular drama series "If Loving You Is Wrong" returns at 9 p.m.ET/PT on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network."If Loving You Is Wrong," delves into the lives of neighbors and friends-turned-frenemies Alex (Amanda Clayton), Kelly (Edwina Findley Dickerson), Marcie (Heather Hemmens), Esperanza (Zulay Henao) and Natalie (April Parker-Jones).This season, the neighborhood that once was the perfect picture of suburban life has never recovered from the scandalous affair that tore apart two marriages, and jeopardized every friendship the couples held close. The series also stars Joel Rush, Eltony Williams, Aiden Turner, Charles Malik Whitfield, Denzel Wellsand Jay Hunter.The most recent season of "If Loving You is Wrong" (3/21/17 - 5/30/17) averaged over 2.3 million viewers and, year to date, is among the Top 6 original scripted series on ad-supported cable for W25-54. It was the #2 original scripted cable series on Tuesday nights for W25-54 and is Tueday night's #2 original series on all of TV for African-American women and total viewers."If Loving You Is Wrong" is created, written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry and is co-produced for OWN by Tyler Perry Studios.
Monday, September 18, 2017
LEGACY OF BILLIE HOLIDAY'S 'STRANGE FRUIT' ENDURES WITH IMPASSIONED COVER BY ANDRA DAY IN SUPPORT OF THE EQUAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE
Two-time Grammy nominee Andra Day covers iconic song to join Google in support of the Equal Justice Initiative's "Lynching in America" initiative.NEW YORK, September 15, 2017 - Andra Day, the award-winning singer, songwriter, and philanthropist, released today a recording and music video for Strange Fruit, the historic song originally recorded by Billie Holiday in 1939. The recording is available on the Lynching in America site (lynchinginamerica.eji.org/
strange-fruit) and Andra Day's YouTube channel. Andra will also be performing Strange Fruit as part of her set at the Global Citizens Festival in NYC on .The goal of Lynching in America, which brings EJI's multi-year investigation into more than 4,000 reported racial terror lynchings that took place in the United States during the period between Reconstruction and World War II to life, is to spark a national conversation about the connection between America's painful history of racial violence and the forms of injustice that exist today, including racially-biased capital punishment, excessive sentencing, disproportionate sentencing of racial minorities, and police abuse of people of color.As part of Google's focus on Inclusion, the company has given more than $2MM in grants to the Equal Justice Initiative. In addition, Google volunteers have been working with the organization to digitize the Lynching in America research and ensure that as many people as possible have access to the information and content. The Equal Justice Initiative firmly believes that until we face the truth of our past, we cannot heal the deep wounds of our present.Bryan Stevenson, the Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative says, "In this collaboration between Andra Day, EJI, and Google, we use music to express a painful and difficult truth about our nation's history of racial inequality. Inspired music has the power to expose and confront injustice differently than research, data and words alone. It can heal and uplift us, it's critical for human rights. Justice work needs a soundtrack that inspires the struggle, it's energizing that talented artists like Andra rise to the challenge."Andra Day says, "Billie Holiday is one of the greatest inspirations for what I do now. She used her music as her platform and her voice to speak for people who were not able to speak for themselves. I am equally inspired by the work of Bryan Stevenson and EJI and I hope this song ignites new conversations about the connection between our past and present." In the same spirit of music as activism, Andra also performed Stand Up For Something, the title track off of the upcoming film, Marshall, about Thurgood Marshall, the first African American United States Supreme Court Justice.Andra Day first premiered her cover of Strange Fruit with a live performance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on August 23rd (link to performance). The performance was preceded by a segment with Bryan Stevenson and Andra Day about the ideology of white supremacy and the timeliness of initiatives like Lynching in America (link to clip).ABOUT THE EQUAL JUSTICE INITIATIVEEqual Justice Initiative (http://www.eji.org/) is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system. Headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama, Equal Justice Initiative litigates on behalf of condemned prisoners, juvenile offenders, people wrongly convicted or charged with violent crimes, poor people denied effective representation, and others whose trials are marked by racial bias or prosecutorial misconduct. The organization works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment, and also prepares reports, newsletters, and manuals to assist advocates and policymakers in the critically important work of reforming the administration of criminal justiceABOUT GOOGLE'S RACIAL JUSTICE WORKAs an information company, Google believes in the power of knowledge and information to bridge gaps in understanding and foster inclusion. Recently, Googlers have spearheaded projects like the digitization of African American history with the NMAAHC. The Equal Justice initiative is a cornerstone grantee in Google.org's $20MM Inclusion portfolio, an investment in innovators who are using data and technology to advance justice for all. For the past year, volunteers from Google have also been working closely with EJI to digitize the data and tell the stories of this lesser-known period in history. As a proud sponsor of the Global Citizen Festival, Google is excited to work with Andra Day and EJI to bring this message to a broader audience
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Andrew Bachelor, Logan Paul, and Kat Graham Star in the Heist-Comedy Arriving in Limited Theaters and on Digital HD, DVD, and On Demand,(SANTA MONICA, CA) -- Andrew "King Bach"Bachelor (Meet the Blacks) stars in the enlightened comedy, Where's the Money, arriving in select theaters on and on Digital HD, DVD, and On Demand from Lionsgate. Bachelor stars as a scrappy young man from South Central Los Angeles who plots to become the first black member of an all-white college fraternity in order to recover a stash of stolen money hidden in the flophouse-turned-frat house before his crazy, gun-wielding uncle gets there first. He is joined by a star-studded cast, including Kat Graham ("The Vampire Diaries," All Eyez on Me), YouTube sensation Logan Paul (The Thinning, The Space Between Us), Allen Maldonado (Straight Outta Compton, "Black-ish"), Josh Brener ("Silicon Valley,"The Internship), Devon Werkheiser(Sundown, Bad Sister), and Method Man (Keanu, Trainwreck), with Retta ("Parks and Recreation," Fracture), with Mike Epps (Girls Trip, Meet the Blacks), and Terry Crews ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine," The Expendables 3) in a laugh-out-loud comedy that proves the only color that matters is green!In this outrageously fresh comedy, Del (Bachelor), a quick-witted young man from the streets of South Central Los Angeles, learns that his still-in-prison father (Epps) and just-out-of-jail uncle (Crews) stole a million dollars and stashed it in the basement of an old flophouse. There's just one problem: A major university is encroaching on the 'hood and that old flophouse is a newly gentrified (all-white) fraternity house. Now, with the help of his dream woman (Graham) and best friend (Maldonado), Del must rush the frat, ingratiate himself with the fraternity brothers (Paul and Brener), and grab the cash before his crazy, gun-wielding uncle (Crews) or a local gangster (Method Man) get there first.The Where's the Money home entertainment release includes video commentary by actors Andrew Bachelor, Josh Brener, and Devon Werkheiser and director Scott Zabielski; a making-of featurette; a bloopers reel; and deleted scenes. The Where's the Money DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.Click below to watch the trailerPROGRAM INFORMATIONYear of Production: 2017Title Copyright: Where's the Money©2017 WTM Distribution LLC. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials ©2017 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.Type: Theatrical ReleaseRating: R for crude sexual content, language throughout and some drug material.Genre: ComedyClosed-Captioned: N/ASubtitles: Spanish, English SDHFeature Run Time: 86 MinutesFormat: 16x9 Widescreen 2.40:1 PresentationAudio: English 5.1 Dolby DigitalCast: Andrew Bachelor, Kat Graham, Logan Paul, Method Man, with Retta, with Mike Epps, and Terry CrewsDirected By: Scott Y. ZabielskiScreenplay By: Ted Sperling and Benjamin Sutor & Scott Y. ZabielskiStory By: Dylan Sellers and Ted SperlingProduced By: Dylan Sellers, Zack SchillerExecutive Producers: James McGough, Alex Boies, Andrew Bachelor, Baron Davis, Whine Del Rosario, Todd KingCo-Executive Producer: Christina BachelorCo-Producer: Devin AndreDirector of Photography: Andrew HuebscherProduction Designer: Russell M. JaegerEditor: Chris McKinleyCostume Designer: Ariyela Wald-CohainMusic Supervisor: Trygge TovenCasting By: Marisol RoncaliABOUT LIONSGATEThe first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate is a global content platform whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world. In addition to its filmed entertainment leadership, Lionsgate content drives a growing presence in interactive and location-based entertainment, gaming, virtual reality and other new entertainment technologies. Lionsgate's content initiatives are backed by a 16,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global licensing infrastructure. The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring and ground-breaking content created with special emphasis on the evolving patterns and diverse composition of the Company's worldwide consumer base