The Emmy®-winning drama series IN TREATMENT returns for its fourth season this May on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max. Emmy® winner Uzo Aduba (“Mrs. America,” “Orange is the New Black”) will play the lead role of the therapist at the center of the season,
Buried by the Bernards
In 2017, Ryan Bernard opened the doors to R Bernard Funeral Services, offering complete, yet affordable funeral packages to help his community deal with exponentially high funeral costs. With family dra-medy at the center, the family-owned and operated business provides their community top tier care, service and comfort with a side of laughter in the toughest of times. In this line of work, the Bernards can’t neglect supporting each other and have their own special recipe for preserving their relationships – it’s one part understanding, a pinch of sarcasm, and a heaping spoonful of blatant honesty. This unorthodox funeral home is only outmatched by the unconventional Bernard family themselves.
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Directed by: Regina King Starring: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom Jr., Joaquina Kalukango, Nicolette Robinson with Beau Bridges & Lance Reddick Music by: Terence Blanchard Executive Producers: Regina King, Kemp Powers, Paul O. Davis, Chris Harding Producers: Jess Wu Calder, Keith Calder, Jody Klein Screenplay by:
Kemp Powers Based on the Stage Play “One Night In Miami…” by Kemp Powers
On one incredible night in 1964, four icons of sports, music, and activism gathered to celebrate one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. When underdog Cassius Clay, soon to be called Muhammad Ali, (Eli Goree), defeats heavyweight champion Sonny Liston at the Miami Convention Hall, Clay memorialized the event with three of his friends: Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge). Based on the award-winning play of the same name, and directed by Regina King, One Night In Miami… is a fictional account inspired by the historic night these four formidable figures spent together. It looks at the struggles these men faced and the vital role they each played in the civil rights movement and cultural upheaval of the 1960s. More than 40 years later, their conversations on racial injustice, religion, and personal responsibility still resonate. A Happy Accident and An Obsession The idea for the play which evolved into the movie One Night In Miami…came to Kemp Powers, who wrote the script for both the play and the movie, by accident and maybe by fate. “I stumbled across the idea while reading a book about the intersection of sports and the civil rights movement. It mentioned that following his first defeat of Sonny Liston, Cassius Clay, who would one day become Muhammad Ali, went back to the Hampton House Hotel in Overtown, Florida near Miami where he spent a quiet evening in conversation with friends Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown,” says Powers. “This was just a little paragraph in a book that kind of blew my mind at the time. I read that paragraph once, then I had to go back and read it a few more times and go, wait a minute.” That accident became an obsession. “I couldn’t get that paragraph out of my mind. After all, these were four of my heroes. I became very obsessed about this idea of discovering how these men met and why they were hanging out with one another,” explains Powers. “I read every biography I could on each of the four men. I dug up every interview that I could find. The more I learned about them, the more that it seemed natural that they would have been drawn to one another. They were unapologetic in their art. They were unapologetic in their political beliefs. And in the early 1960s to be a free, unapologetic Black man was quite a rarity.” Part of the reason Powers penned the play is the generational relevance of the conversation that took place in the Hampton House Hotel still has today. “I wrote the play because the lives of all four of these men speak to me. The debate and conversation they engage in during the stage play is actually the same debate that I would have in my dormitory with my friends when I was attending Howard University,” explains the writer. “It’s this question of what are the social responsibilities of an artist of color? Should I want to have social responsibilities? Can I just be an athlete? Can I just be a singer? Can I just be an
artist? Why do I always have to be a Black artist? And the question is, should you embrace that? Should you try to go away from it? And that was the discussion that I was having in the 1990s in my dormitory, and I’m sure that there’s a group of teenagers and young adults of color having that debate right now in their dormitory.” One Night in Miami, the play which is an imagining of what may have transpired that night, premiered at the Rogue Machine Theater in Los Angeles in June of 2013. The play’s premiere production garnered
three LA Drama Critics Circle Awards and four NAACP Theatre awards. Powers was awarded the Ted Schmitt Award for outstanding world premiere of a new play. After seeing one of those performances, Jody Klein became such a fan that he wanted to get involved with the play and became a producer of both the play and the film. “I met with Kemp and we hit it off right from the start and we decided to work together,” explains Klein. Film Producer Keith Calder of Snoot Entertainment along with his producing partner and wife, Jess Wu Calder, also saw One Night In Miami during its run at the Rogue Machine Theatre. “I first heard about the play from a friend of mine, who said it is amazing and it is right up mine and Jess’ alley. He knew we were already huge fans of Sam Cooke. We caught one of the last performances in its first run and we were just really blown away,” says Keith Calder. “The story of the friendship between Sam Cooke, Malcolm X, Jim Brown and Cassius Clay was electrifying. We knew immediately it could be a wonderful movie. We tracked down Kemp Powers to pitch him on the idea of doing it as a movie. Kemp and Jody Klein were both excited about the idea of doing the play as a movie. Jess and I convinced them we were the right partners for the project.” The Calders went on to see the play again in Miami and London. “We saw the power in what we saw on stage. It touched our hearts and it touched our souls,” says Jess Wu Calder. “We felt compelled to translate that power to the screen to reach an even wider audience and perhaps mobilize them to action with the hope of creating a better world for future generations.” Regina King’s Feature Film Directorial Debut Once the producers decided to move forward, they were next tasked with finding a director. During that time Regina King won her Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in If Beale Street Could Talk. She later won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the same film. “While we were trying to decide who the right director was for One Night In Miami…, Regina won her Golden Globe and started talking about what she wanted to do as a director and we were just blown away by her speech,” says Keith Calder. “We started reading more about Regina as a television director. We quickly realized that she was the dream pick.” Producers reached out to King’s agent and were told that for her feature film directorial debut she was actually looking for a project that was based on historical figures, that had an important message and could have strong performances. “Regina was already embodying everything the movie is trying to say. Luckily, she was passionate about Kemp’s script,” says Jess Wu Calder. “We knew from that initial meeting with her this would be a very special film if we could make it together.” “I knew I wanted to do the film because we don’t get the opportunity to see Black men celebrated in such a complex way that often in film and TV,” explains King. “Normally when we see Black men in film or on TV, we are not able to see them be vulnerable and strong at the same time. That is something I felt Kemp captured so amazingly well. I became a part of the project because I was so inspired by the script which gives the opportunity to explore and respect these men in a moment and truly see who they were as men beyond and behind their iconic images.” “Regina King came to us from up above – simple as that,” says Klein.
ANIKA NONI ROSE
Introducing MADALEN MILLS as Journey with PHYLICIA RASHAD and RICKY MARTIN, JUSTIN CORNWELL SHARON ROSE LISA DAVINA PHILLIP KIERON DYER
A holiday musical event over 20 years in the making, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a timeless yet unprecedented tale of magic, second chances, and the power of love to conquer all obstacles. Written and directed by David E. Talbert (Almost Christmas), the film stars Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Emmy Award winner Keegan-Michael Key (Dolemite Is My Name), Tony Award® winners Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls) and Phylicia Rashad (the Creed films), Golden Globe® nominee Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Grammy® winner Ricky Martin (American Crime Story), and newcomer Madalen Mills as the denizens of the fictional town of Cobbleton,
A place where anything is possible. Interspersed with whimsical stop-motion animation, show-stopping choreography, and original music by eight-time Grammy Award-winner Philip Lawrence (Bruno Mars’s primary songwriter), Davy Nathan, Michael Diskint, and EGOT winner John Legend, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is the culmination of a lifetime’s worth of imagination and redefines what a classic musical fantasy can be for a new generation of dreamers. While Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey may be Talbert’s fifth feature film, the prolific playwright and stage director’s career in musical theater spans 30 years with over 14 top-grossing national tours under his belt. To say he’s familiar with the ways music inherently supports a narrative is an understatement. But the earliest inspiration for the film didn’t come in the form of a song; rather it started as a poem that Talbert wrote which ruminated on the healing power of love and the magic it possesses.
“It was something that weighed heavily on my mind as I got older, the concept of time. How do you recapture it? How do you recapture your magic?” says Talbert. “It’s love that makes everything work again. And that’s really the spirit of this story.” Together with his producing partner and wife Lyn Sisson-Talbert — who has produced all of Talbert’s plays and films — David set about turning the idea into a musical that was initially intended for the stage. He started writing the first iterations of Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey in 1998, taking inspiration from works like Dreamgirls and The Wiz. He continued to tinker with the story as the years went by, but itwasn’t until the birth of their son, Elias, now 7, that it became apparent that the story was not only better suited for film, but one that the medium desperately needed.
“All the greatest memories I had as a child came from the magic and wonder in the movies I saw. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and the original Doctor Doolittle with Rex Harrison were ones I rewatched. But as I’m sitting down with my son, watching these films, there was no representation or any diversity in any of them. So I wanted to revisit the joy, the magic, the wonder of my childhood, but then infuse it with people who look like me,” says Talbert. The key that unlocked everything was accessibility. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is as universal as a story gets, it just happens to feature people of color in nearly every role. Every show-stopping moment — from its grand opening, to its heroic Indiana Jones-like set pieces, to its emotional final act — is populated by people who are given costumes, hairstyles, choreography, and musical numbers (not to mention aspirations, intellect, and skill sets) that weren’t typically afforded them in the films of yesteryear. “As an artist and creator, I want to make a film that inspires and entertains. I just want to have it be more representative of the world. Something that says people of color can exist in a magical world.” Soon after Netflix had acquired the film, Get Lifted, the celebrated production company founded by Emmy and Tony Award-winning Producer Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius, and EGOT recipient John Legend, came on board after they heard about the project from Executive Music Producer Harvey Mason Jr. “Harvey called me to see if I’d be interested in doing a holiday musical and I said absolutely,” says Jackson. “But after reading the script and realizing it was focused on a Black family, I knew it was a major opportunity to be a part of storytelling in a way we’ve never seen before. Obviously, we’ve seen Black families in holiday films, but nothing of this size and scope with the music, the CGI, and the animation. It just felt like it was going to be spectacular — and it is.” With hits such as Jesus Christ Superstar and the Oscar®-winning La La Land in their repertoire, Get Lifted was the perfect company to help shepherd Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey through the production process. “The film hits on a lot of touchstones that are important to our company, so to support David and Lyn in producing this idea they birthed into existence 20 years ago was really special,” says Jackson.
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Get all the info. on the upcoming sequel from cast quotes to clips of the upcoming flick below!
Via TV ONE: This second installment reunites the leading ladies Garcelle Beauvais (White House Down), Malinda Williams (Soul Food), Terri J. Vaughn (Daddy’s Little Girls), and Essence Atkins (A Haunted House) with an end-of-summer premiere on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. ET. Directed and produced by Roger M. Bobb (Why Did I Get Married?, Madea Goes to Jail), GIRLFRIENDS’ GETAWAY 2 is about four girlfriends who travel to Puerto Rico for a destination wedding, only to face chaos when a simple affair turns into extravagant, expensive nuptials.
“While Cas Sigers Beedles and I were shooting the first GIRLFRIENDS GETAWAY in Trinidad last year, we knew then that a sequel was going to happen,” said Vaughn, who, along with Sigers Beedles, is also one of the film’s producers. “We had something special that needed to continue – the chemistry, genuine camaraderie, overall talent of the cast, and how we jelled – prompted us to start thinking about the storyline for GIRLFRIENDS’ GETAWAY 2. Of course, the story changed about 1000 times during the process, but every great story does.”
Following last month’s crowd-pleasing American Black Film Festival Alumni screening, TV One’s original movie GIRLFRIENDS’ GETAWAY 2 features Beauvais as Vicki, a 40-something successful real-estate agent who is one week away from marrying her handsome, yet conservative high school teacher fiancé, Garrett, (Stephen Bishop, Being Mary Jane, Moneyball). The low-key wedding turns into a disaster as best friend Camille, a freelance blogger played by Williams, loses sight of the true meaning of marriage and encourages her to kick-it up a notch for a four-page magazine spread.
“Camille is much more driven in the sequel than she was in the first film,” said Williams. “Whereas she used to be the life of the party, she is now focused on her career, so much that she forgets the importance of her relationships. In GIRLFRIENDS GETAWAY 2, we see my character grow and evolve in her pursuit to find work-life balance.”
Joined by Camille (Williams) and fellow best friends Sophie (Vaughn) and Lauren (Atkins) five days before her wedding, Vicki’s (Beauvais) intimate affair goes off-the-rails with the support of wedding coordinator Marie Nunez (Xiona R. Nieves-Vargas, En Busca de la Nueva Diva)as she upgrades everything – the food, venue, and even her dress – without consulting her fiancé. “The adventures continue for Vicki Holmes,” said Beauvais when asked how her character evolves in the sequel. “She is newly engaged and really trying to figure out how to fit a man into her life. Thank goodness for her friends, who’ve got her back.”
But the problems in Puerto Rico aren’t just Vicki’s (Beauvais) as Sophie (Vaughn), a fiery second-time mom, is on a mission to shed the baby weight, and manage her marriage to Kyle (Khalil Kain, Girlfriends). “Sophie is still learning to trust her instincts when it comes to love, the good and the bad of it,” said Vaughn about her character’s evolution. “She comes to take responsibility for the choices she makes and to embrace what those choices bring. The beautiful thing about this group of friends is that they all realize they are all works in progress and will probably always be. They learn to be good with that.”
And Lauren (Atkins), a Zen-loving, free-spirited yogi attempts celibacy after a year-long self-realization journey, but finds it difficult when she meets Antonio (Eli Cay, The Preppie Connection). “Lauren continues to search for feeling complete and satiated without compromising all that she’s learned,” said Atkins. “She’s anxious NOT to repeat unhealthy cycles and to help her friends keep from doing the same.”
GIRLFRIENDS GETAWAY 2 is complete with laugh-out-loud antics and “a-ha” moments as the fearless foursome come together to not only save the day, but to also save themselves. It is a story that captures the true meaning of friendship as writer Cas Sigers Beedles can attest: “There is nothing like genuine love between friends, but love between good girlfriends is invaluable. I enjoyed every moment of writing, producing, and experiencing this project. When audiences sit and watch this film, I hope it will make them laugh and share true moments that only good friends can understand.”
Runaway Island Premiers tonight at 8pm on TV ONE!
If you’ve missed out on the buzz of this upcoming flick written by Christopher Brandt and directed by Dianne Houston, then click here for the trailer,cast and images.
And now that you’re up to date check out these teasers while you wait for the big release! Click here to see a pool scene clip featuring Mr. Thomas Q. Jones, a.k.a. Mr. Runaway Island stud.
Courtesy of TV ONE.
TV ONE’s Newest Start Studded Film Runaway Island is Releasing Saturday, Don’t Miss It!
What happens when five people from different walks of life, come together on an island? That’s one question that is answered on TV One’s new original movie “Runaway Island,” a new two hour television movie written by Christopher Brandt; the 2014 American Black Film Festival screenplay competition winner.
With a great ensemble cast this movie takes you to a lush tropical island off the beaten path. A refuge called Isle du Soleil, a secluded 1700s Gullah Sea Island. As the story progresses everyone examines their relationships, lives and futures. This back drop of lush beauty makes you feel that life is not all that bad, and all your problems can be worked out on the Isle du Soleil.
The wonderful cast is made up of newcomers and actors that you have seen in other great shows and movies. The director of this wonderful movie is Dianne Houston, an Academy Award nominee for Best Short Film (Live Action). Get a sneak peak at the film with the trailer below!
Lorraine Toussiant (Naomi Holloway) “Orange is the New Black
Thomas Q. Jones (Raphael Burrows) “Being Mary Jane”
Aisha Hinds (Lara Cook-Nordholm) “Star Trek Into Darkness”
Branton Box (Erick Nordholm) “The Purge:Anarchy”
Leon Thomas (Evan Thomas) “Victorious”
A. Russell Andrews (Reverend Clinton) “Grey’s Anatomy, House of Payne”
Erica Tazel (Vonda Hines; Clinton’s wife) “Justified”
Melanie Liburd (Kira Geoffries) “CSI, Stalker”
Tom Wright (Raymond Tepper) “All My Children, Barbershop”
Herizen Guardiola (Freya Nordholm) “Has a starring role in the upcoming Baz Luhmann a Netflix drama The Get Down.”
On Saturday July 25 at 8:00pm, get your popcorn and other goodies together. Watch the World Premiere of “Runaway Island” on TV One; tell all your family and friends.
Look for interviews from the director Dianna Houston “Take the Lead” and Thomas Q. Jones “Being Mary Jane” in the upcoming issue of JO Magazine.
By: Yvonne L Lander
By: Yvonne L. Lander
Its a new year and television goes on offering new and exciting shows. As this year begins, what new shows will make the cut for the whole new season. Looking at Black Entertainment Television (BET), this time around as new shows are hitting the tube.
The Real Husbands of Hollywood staring Kevin Hart brings the skits from The BET Awards to television. With Kevin Hart as the main man in this series its sure to keep you laughing each and every episodes. With Husbands of Hollywood this is a show that kind of spoofs all the Housewives reality shows. With an all-star male cast: Kevin Hart, Robin Thicke, Duane Martin, Boris Kodjoe, J.B. Smoove and Nick Cannon. It sure is appealing to the eyes of woman watching everywhere. This show is sure to please and keep you rolling in your chair or while your laying in the bed. Tune in and watch on BET Tuesdays at 10p/9c.
The television network, TV ONE, is bringing attention to African Americans that have gone missing and there are no clues as to what has happened to each person highlighted in each episode.
“Find Our Missing” is an hour long docudrama, airing on TV One on Wednesday nights at 10 pm EST. Each week the show looks at a missing person of color. Traveling back into the person’s life before they went missing; having conversations with the people who knew them the best. Taking a look into the past and opening doors that have been closed for some time, one door may lead the way to solving the mystery.
The host of this new important one-hour long docudrama is a woman, we all know S. Epatha Merkerson. After her long stint on Law and Order, we get to see her in a new role.
Thanks for playing a big role in helping to “Find Our Missing.” Check out this new series and get involved if you can to help find a long time missing person of color.
The cable channel TV Land has been producing new sitcoms for the last several seasons. The new sitcom Unhappily Divorced had its first season last year. It stars Fran Drescher, Tichina Arnold, John Michael Higgins, Rita Moreno, Valente Rodriguez, and Robert Walden.
In this half hour comedy, Ms. Arnold plays the best friend of Fran Drescher. Drescher’s character finds out that her husband is gay; their entire marriage was a lie. Since neither one of them can afford to move out the house, they share the house and live Unhappily Divorced. The love is still there between them, but Drescher’s character, Fran wants to move on with her life.
Ms. Arnold’s character Jodi, is the single friend trying to find love and romance along with Fran. Jodi encourages Fran to get back out in the dating world even after her serious blow to her marriage. Jodi does get to show her singing talent to the audience on different episodes.
Season Two of the show will begin March 2012. Take a look and enjoy being Unhappily Divorced.