Following the successful launch of their personal and professional development series in New York City, Mobilizing Our Brothers Initiative(MOBI) comes to Atlanta! Hosted by Founder and OUT 100 Honoree, DaShawn Usher, and actor, Julian Walker ("Being Mary Jane"), MOBItalks Atlanta will feature special guest speakers at the 2018 National African American MSM Leadership Conference on Health Disparities and Social Justice on Friday, January 19th from 6 - 8pm.
Join Co-Founder of the Gentleman’s Foundation, Gee Smalls; Actor/Model, Rico Pruitt; DBQ Magazine Founder, David Bridgeforth; ANTM’s Devin LJ Clark and Publicist Vaughn Alvarez, for impactful discussions surrounding sexuality, creative expression, and self care.
Horizon Theatre is excied to announce it's most talked about production, The Ballad of Klook and Vinette playing Januray 19th through February 18th. Klook is a drifter who’s tired of drifting. Vinette is on the run but she doesn’t know what’s chasing her. Together, they make a tentative stab at love and reach for hope until the past catches up to the future and smacks it in the face. Tough, tender, funny, poignant, The Ballad of Klook and Vinette will grab you from the inside out. Horizon kicks off its 2018 season with this love story set against poetry and jazz in its highly anticipated American premiere. Soulful music combined with a witty, moving story makes this a mesmerizing theater experience. Click here to get your tickets!
The winners of the 49th NAACP Image Awards were announced tonight during the live broadcast from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium which aired on TV One (see complete winners list below). The two-hour live special was hosted by Anthony Anderson and opened with a powerful moment in support of #TIMESUP featuring Angela Robinson, Kerry Washington, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Laverne Cox, Lena Waithe and Tracee Ellis Ross. There was a live pre-show from the red carpet hosted by Terrence J with special correspondent, Tanika Ray.
Tracee Ellis Ross
Ava DuVernay was honored as the NAACP Entertainer of the Year. NAACP Chairman Leon W. Russell presented the NAACP Chairman’s Award to William Lucy, NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson presented the NAACP President’s Award to Danny Glover and several members of the Memphis Sanitation “I Am A Man” Workers were also in attendance – they were presented with the NAACP Vanguard Award earlier in the week during a press conference at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN. Charlie Wilson was honored with the Music Makes a Difference honor which is bestowed upon an individual within the recording industry who has achieved worthwhile success and inspiration for civic engagement, criminal justice, education, economic opportunity, or criminal justice.
In addition, some of the biggest names in film, television and music appeared in the LIVE telecast including: Sterling K. Brown, Halle Berry, Mary J. Blige, Michael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya, Issae Rae, Mandy Moore, Chadwick Boseman, Terry Crews, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Angela Rye, Danai Gurira, Isaiah Washington, Jacob Latimore, Jay Pharoah, Jemele Hill, Josh Gad, Loretta Devine, Meta Golding, Michael Smith, Tyler James Williams, Omari Hardwick, Ava DuVernay, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Chris Sullivan, Sonequa Martin-Green, Judge Greg Mathis and Mike Colter.
The 49th NAACP Image Awards production team included Executive Producers Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin, Tony McCuin as Director, Byron Phillips as Producer, and Robin Reinhardt as Talent Producer.
The winners of the 49th NAACP Image Awards in the non-televised categories were announced during a gala dinner celebration that took place Sunday, January 14, 2018, at the Pasadena Conference Center – the event was hosted by The Real’s Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley.
The NAACP Image Awards is the premiere multicultural awards show. It celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.
Nominees for the NAACP Image Awards are determined by the number of entries received by the deadline. To be eligible, projects must have had a national distribution date between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017. From those entries, a nominating committee selects five nominees in each of the 56 categories. To determine the winners, the members of the NAACP vote via a secured online site. The results are tabulated by the Image Awards auditors, Bert Smith & Co., and the results are confidential until the envelope is opened LIVE on stage during the TV One telecast.
Whenever you hear that Dru Hill has new music its always a good thing and now they're proud to announce the upcoming release of their first full Christmas EP, Christmas in Baltimore!
The 8-track project was produced by Grammy-winning writer/producer Troy Taylor on their signature label, Dru Hill Entertainment.
Highly anticipated, Christmas in Baltimore marks Dru Hill's fifth studio project. It precedes another brand new studio album to be released in 2018. For the EP, Taylor and the super-soulful vocalists of Dru Hill have come together to give fans Christmas like they've never heard it before! From the classic "Silent Night" to the modern and slightly explicit "Tis the Season," it's literally an album you'll have to download to believe.
"We've always wanted to do a Christmas album, and we knew our fans have been waiting," says the group, "This year, it just all came together and we decided to invite everybody in for that authentic Baltimore holiday experience...you won't find another Christmas album like this, we guarantee it."
A snippet of its first radio single, "Favorite Time of the Year" was released on the group's official Instagram page on November 10th to rave reviews. Fans have been waiting eagerly since the teaser and were finally able to bring the long awaited music home with their November 24threlease.
As they continue to celebrate Christmas with their fans, they also have more exciting surprises in store for 2018!! A new album is on the horizon.
Laugh Out Loud, the comedy brand and multi-platform network created by Kevin Hart and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), and SiriusXM (NASDAQ: SIRI) today announced an agreement to launch a new fulltime comedy channel with Hart, one of the top comedians working today. The channel extends the Laugh Out Loud brand to radio for the first time, reaching SiriusXM's more than 32 million subscribers.
The new channel, which launches early next year, will feature a weekly show hosted by Hart. Considered one of the world's top comedians, Hart will also handpick a selection of diverse comedic voices to create, produce and star on the channel's wide range of comedy programming.
"I am very excited to create a channel on SiriusXM that will be home to new frontiers in comedy," said Hart. "After launching our Laugh Out Loud video network, which is off to a fast start, our goal is to make the world laugh by reaching people wherever they are. SiriusXM is the perfect partner to introduce a whole new audience to our Laugh Out Loud brand. The world will soon discover that - believe it or not - I'm even funnier on radio."
"Kevin Hart is an unparalleled entertainer. SiriusXM is excited to have Kevin create a new channel that showcases his many talents and features other comedy voices chosen by Kevin. Our subscribers will love it," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. "We are also very proud Kevin has chosen SiriusXM as his audio home and look forward to seeing what he has in store for this channel. Stay tuned."
Laugh Out Loud launched its multi-platform network and streaming video service in August, bringing fans original scripted and unscripted comedy series, stand-up specials, licensed programming, and live broadcasts. In the first 30 days, the service was downloaded more than 500,000 times and catapulted into the top three of Apple iOS' entertainment app rankings. For more, visit LaughOutLoud.com.
Indie film starring Meagan Good and Omari Hardwick is Turner's sixth selection at the prestigious festival
Datari Turner Productions is proud to announce that its latest film, A Boy. A Girl. A Dream has been selected for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival taking place in Park City, Utah.
Directed by Qasim Basir and starring Omari Hardwick (Starz' "Power"), Meagan Good (Hulu's upcoming "Foxy Brown"), Jay Ellis (HBO's "Insecure"), and Kenya Barris (ABC's "black-ish"), A Boy. A Girl. A Dream -- a romantic drama set on the night of the 2016 presidential election -- will play in the NEXT section of the festival, a category of films that take an "innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling."
A Boy. A Girl. A Dream marks producer Datari Turner's sixth film at Sundance. Previous DTP-produced selections were Gook (Winner of the NEXT Audience Award in 2017), Ten Thousand Saints (2015), Luv (2012), Another Happy Day (2011) and Salvation Boulevard (2011).
"I am thrilled to be returning to Sundance to present a film that I wholeheartedly believe will inspire audiences to pursue their dreams," says Turner. "I've dedicated my career to producing unique stories that are told from a variety of perspectives. I'm proud of 'A Boy. A Girl. A Dream' and the story that Qasim brought to life."
One of the most prolific independent producers in film and television, Turner has produced 30 films and over 100 hours of original programming for networks such as WEtv, BET, TV One, Starz and Oxygen. He is creator of the hit WE tv franchise "Growing Up Hip Hop" and has worked with Academy Award winners Jennifer Connolly, Common, Marisa Tomei, Ellen Burstyn as well as nominees Ethan Hawke, James Franco, and Ruby Dee.
Possessing a keen eye for talent, Turner gave actors Ryan Destiny ("Star") and Michael RaineyJr ("Power") their big screen debuts and cast rapper Common in his first lead film role (Luv).
Datari recently signed a first-look deal with Entertainment One to produce original, unscripted programming for the studio.
The heirs of Atlanta hip hop are back, on the new season of Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta, and testing the legacy of family and the code of the streets. Shocking secrets, betrayal and an unexpected health crisis spin their worlds out of control. But when they turn their backs on their famous family dynasties, will they pay the ultimate price or die trying?
After escaping a brutal confrontation last season, Shad Moss aka Bow Wow returns to the “A” to complete his comeback without his surrogate father and mega producer, Jermaine Dupri. On the heels of doing a So So Def tour with JD and Da Brat, a scandal between Bow and JD is exploited and battle lines are drawn. The toxic rivalry between Lil Wayne’s daughter, Reginae Carter, and nemesis Brandon Barnes, rages on; but this season their warpath leads to dangerous threats and it’s clear it’s time to settle the score. Reginae is older and wiser, ready to move on and move out; however will she leave her pregnant mother, Toya Wright, on the lurch for a new living situation? Brandon Barnes, the son of famed Hip Hop manager Debra Antney and brother to Hip Hop star Waka Flocka, is making moves without his mom. When Deb catches wind of what’s going on behind the scenes, Brandon may be facing a permanent disinheritance. Zonnique Pullins, the daughter of Hip Hop power couple T.I. & Tiny, is torn when her ‘momager’ wants her to join the Xscape tour, as she tries to reach stardom on her own. Meanwhile, Zonnqiue gambles on her and Reginae’s friendship with a dangerous leap of faith. Shaniah Mauldin, daughter of Jermaine Dupri, approaches her dad about her fashion aspirations, while he pressures her to take over his empire. Unbeknownst to JD, Shaniah is about to drop a major bomb. Ayana, DJ Hurricane’s daughter, wants to go under the knife, but she must choose between her health and her heart as she puts her life on the line. All hell breaks loose when an interview leaks and puts everyone on full blast! In the streets of Hotlanta, no one can be trusted and stepping out of their parent’s shadows means risking everything…Tune in Thursday, January 11 at 9pm ET/PT. “Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta” is produced for WE tv by Entertainment One Television.
Twenty years ago, Diddy introduced a hot new R&B act with the vocal ability to dominate rhythm and blues while simultaneously complimenting hip hop. The group consisted of Quinnes 'Q' Parker, Michael Keith, Marvin “Slim” Scandrick and Daron Jones also known as 112. The group’s first single “Only You” featuring the late great Biggie Smalls was the perfect introduction to solidify the groups ascension into R&B royalty and they followed up with hit after hit for years to come. Now after eleven years with no studio album and six years of touring, 112 has a brand new album titled, “Q Mike Slim Daron”. The heavily anticipated album is being celebrated with a 112 Takeover week in the group’s hometown of Atlanta, GA.
112 Takeover Week kicks off with the below lineup:
Monday, October 23rd press conference,
Tuesday, the guys will be hosting a private listening session for music tastemakers and colleagues.
Thursday they'll host an exclusive Magic Master Class focused on music with the students at South Atlanta high school.
Later on Thursday, 112 will celebrate the new project with a cover and album release party at Club Alibi.
Friday, October 25th marks the official physical and digital album release, making the new album available worldwide.
The takeover week culminates in a FREE city wide community fair and concert at South Atlanta High School that is open to the public. The fair will provide vendor booths, family friendly activities and food trucks, additional performances by local acts with a close-out performance by 112.
The week ends on Sunday with a celebratory brunch and soul session later that night at Opium.
“It’s a blessing to be able to come back after almost twelve years to fans that are excited to hear new music. This new album is a more personal look into our lives and of course 112 started in southwest Atlanta so we thought what better way to kick this off than with the community that supported us,” Daron says. “We are looking forward to sharing this new album with home first and then of course connecting with fans across the country,” Slim explains.
“Q Mike Slim Daron” is the first release for the group after an eleven-year hiatus but all four members have had the opportunity to work on personal projects and endeavors over the past years. “I think that’s what makes this so special coming back after we’ve all done our own thing and had different levels of success but, we all realize that the true magic is with the four of us together,” Q says.