New Trailer for Jurassic World Dominion

Jurassic World Stomps Into Theaters This June!

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This summer, experience the epic conclusion to the Jurassic era as two generations unite for the first time. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are joined by Oscar®-winner Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill in Jurassic World Dominion, a bold, timely and breathtaking new adventure that spans the globe.

From Jurassic World architect and director Colin Trevorrow, Dominion takes place four years after Isla Nublar has been destroyed. Dinosaurs now live—and hunt—alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history’s most fearsome creatures.

Jurassic World Dominion, from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, propels the more than $5 billion franchise into daring, uncharted territory, featuring never-seen dinosaurs, breakneck action and astonishing new visual effects.

The film features new cast members DeWanda Wise (She’s Gotta Have It), Emmy nominee Mamoudou Athie (Archive 81), Dichen Lachman (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Scott Haze (Minari) and Campbell Scott (The Amazing Spider-Man 2). The film’s returning cast includes BD Wong as Dr. Henry Wu, Justice Smith as Franklin Webb, Daniella Pineda as Dr. Zia Rodriguez and Omar Sy as Barry Sembenè.

Jurassic World Dominion is directed by Colin Trevorrow, who steered 2015’s Jurassic World to a record-shattering $1.7 billion global box office. The screenplay is by Emily Carmichael (Battle at Big Rock) & Colin Trevorrow from a story by Derek Connolly (Jurassic World) & Trevorrow, based on characters created by Michael Crichton. Jurassic World Dominion is produced by acclaimed franchise producers Frank Marshall p.g.a. and Patrick Crowley p.g.a. and is executive produced by legendary, Oscar®-winning franchise creator Steven Spielberg, Alexandra Derbyshire and Colin Trevorrow.

Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment present, in association with Perfect World Pictures, a Colin Trevorrow film.

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Raheem Devaughn is back with single”If I Don’t”

IF I DON’T” was written by Raheem DeVaughn and produced by Tim Kelley. “The inspiration behind the song came after having numerous conversations with Black women and I realized that they want to be recognized for how they show up in relationships,” mentions Raheem. “If I Don’t is an introspective record that speaks for women in the third person regarding how they want to be recognized and appreciated by the man in their life,” he adds.

Check out the Visualizer for “If I Don’t”!

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Gospel Rapper Miz Tiffany signs with Mixed Bag Ent.

The David Brand Announced – Mixed Bag Entertainment just signed the hottest new gospel hip hop artist to hit the industry, “Miz Tiffany”. Miz Tiffany, hailing from Jackson, MS, is notably “the state’s first multi-award-winning Christian Hip Hop Artist” (Source: The Hype Magazine). In 2019, she made history as the first-ever female solo rap artist to receive an official Stellar Gospel Music Award nomination for Rap / Hip Hop Gospel CD of the Year.

Check out her song I’m Souled!

Jay Watts

New Jersey native Jay Watts only half-jokingly muses. Described as the urban pop/R&b “It Boy”, singer/songwriter/producer JAY WATTS – is set out to ambitiously deliver on the promising genre-fusing momentum of noteworthy and infectious breakthrough single releases over the past few years with his soon-to-be-released debut EP, “Antidote.” Jay has been coming into his own in the music industry over the last several years and his hard work has paid off. Whether his beat-ballad flow of popularly streamed, hip-hop love story-like “Single Friends,” that mainstream-tinged head-boppin’ “My Dreams,” or the low-key anthemic pop-rock sheen of his Power Rangers soundtrack standout “Watch Me Walk,” which afforded Major League Baseball’s The Show exposure, and the latter grew into a heavily streamed urban success. The self-professed “King of Ratchet Pop” has confidently taken his time creating a premiere set which more than delivers on audience curiosity.

Coming from humble beginnings, he says he could be found “freestyling at the lunch tables, cracking jokes, shutting talent shows down” and front-center every single time for his family’s favorite pastime….karaoke. “I come from a family that likes get-togethers,” Jay recalls. “To this very day, they still do karaoke…singing all of the old school songs. So I originally got into it just from that. When they weren’t using the karaoke machine I would just take it into my room and experiment.” While he wasn’t taking formal music lessons, his passion and talent were so clearly evident by the time he was 12 that his mother booked his first studio session. Now armed with a core audience, a new label home (Music Matters Entertainment/SRG-ILS Records), and a hits-worthy collection of brand-new songs which reflect immense artistic growth and a renewed sense of direction, Jay Watts is ready to take the world by storm.

His forthcoming EP “Antidote” aims to not only establish him as a household name but as a musical phenomenon to be reckoned with amongst his peers…past and present. His multi-influenced, relationship-based, mainstream-ready set – produced by IKXNNX, Reefa, and 12Keys — does boast a wide-ranging contemporary sound that’ll simultaneously conquer R&B and pop audiences starting with the smoothed-out R&B melody and slick-grooved beat ballad flow of the set’s first single, “Numb.” Check out the Visualizer here.

Sequenced alongside similarly radio-ready joints like the immediately infectious, summer-vibe urban pop bounce of “Problemas;” his airy, late-night-creeping’ “High Notes;” the dreamy-n-bumpin’ relationship realness of “F*ck Boy” and the beat-driven, hypnotic melody of the title track. Music lovers will want to immediately listen to the infectious EP.

“My approach to the music is genuine,” he reflects, on what sets him apart from the pack. “This is simply me and my personality, and I’m not trying to fit in or follow. When all is said and done, I just want to be one of the greatest entertainers of all time.”

(AUDIO LINK) “STEPS” by JAY WATTS

(AUDIO LINK) “NUMB” by JAY WATTS

theGrio Commemorates April Ryan’s History-Making Milestone as Longest-Serving Black Female White House Correspondent

After covering five U.S. presidential administrations, theGrio’s April Ryan celebrates 25 illustrious years of service, thus making her the longest-serving Black female White House correspondent.

April Ryan made history this January as the longest-serving Black female White House correspondent and longest-serving African American reporter covering Black news. Her tenure spans five U.S. presidential administrations and many extraordinary historical events. When reflecting on this career milestone, a modest Ryan says, “I’ve questioned five American presidents [and] they’ve called me by name,” an honor many will never experience.

April Ryan defines this pivotal moment in her career as “humbling.” She goes on to tell theGrio, “I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, where some would say the word failure is built into our very existence.” “But as fate would have it, the Morgan State University graduate would go on to become one of the most recognizable and accomplished Black journalists covering Black issues at the White House.”

As Ryan recounts her illustrious career as a Black woman in the White House, she admits to theGrio she “stands on the shoulders of Black history trailblazers like Henry McAlpin, the first African American reporter to attend a U.S. presidential news conference; Alice Dunnigan, the first African American female reporter to receive White House credentials; and Ethel Payne, who was coined the “First Lady of the Black Press.” April Ryan’s tenure also comes on the heels of Wendell Goler, the longest-serving Black male reporter to cover the White House, retiring after 28 years.

From traveling with Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama to Africa to visiting New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina with President George W. Bush, Ryan has used her reporting chops and charisma to build long-lasting relationships in Washington.

As April Ryan is honored by peers, colleagues, and distinguished political figures like former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, everyone agrees April Ryan is passionate, hardworking, and tough yet fair!

Jerry Lopes, Ryan’s former boss at American Urban Radio Network, fondly shares with theGrio that “April was always comfortable in her own skin [and kept] it real. I think newsmakers loved that about her and, as a result, bonded and confided in her – that’s part of what I call the April magic.”

Former President Barack Obama shared warm words in a statement saying, “Every day, you help keep our democracy alive by relaying timely, accurate information to the American people. Through multiple administrations and countless news cycles, you have asked tough questions to hold the White House accountable- all while ensuring that issues affecting Black communities get the attention they deserve. You have my enduring gratitude, and I look forward to seeing all you will accomplish in the next chapter of your unparalleled career.”

Former President Bill Clinton praised the White House correspondent with a tweet reading, “Congratulations on your anniversary, @AprilDRyan! I’ve appreciated you and your reporting since the time I was President — tough but fair and totally on the level. Here’s to many more years of good work.”

In another congratulatory tweet, White House Press Secretary Jennifer Psaki said, “I have known @AprilDRyan now through working on press team[s] for two Presidents. She is smart, tough as nails, passionate, has a great sense of humor, and pushes every day (believe me!) for more information for the American people. congrats @AprilDRyan”.

Allen Media Group Founder/ Chairman/ CEO Byron Allen doted on theGrio’s April Ryan in a celebratory social media tribute video, saying, “April’s an icon … she is a phenomenal, phenomenal reporter and correspondent. The work she’s done in D.C. over the last 25 years has just been outstanding and what I love about her is that she’s unapologetically Black about making sure politicians stay focused on what we need as Black people in America. She is simply a great American because her point of view is best for all Americans.”

theGrio’s moving tribute video also featured Representative Maxine Waters, Ben Crump, Dr. Martha Kumar, and Bernice King. All offered April Ryan high praise, deep appreciation, and encouragement as she continues her career!

As with most, all of April Ryan’s success didn’t come without some tribulations. During her time covering the 45th Presidential administration, April had viral exchanges with then-President Donald Trump and his staff, as she persistently sought the truth. While April said she doesn’t like to relive those moments, she emphasizes, “I’m still here.”

“I stand on the pillars of the Founding Fathers, who I’m sure were slave owners. They didn’t expect April Ryan to be here [but] I’m still here, reporting,” says a reflective Ryan. Even in April’s moments of adversity, she continues to climb to unimaginable career heights!

All year long, join theGrio as they celebrate the history-making and history-chasing April Ryan! Head over to theGrio.com to read their full editorial tribute or to their Instagram page @theGrio to view their social video highlighting April Ryan’s distinguished career and some of her remarkable White House moments!

 

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Arriving in time to kickoff Black History Month, “Cooking with OhSoBella” premieres Feb. 1. on Paradox Universe.

The show—catering to an audience mainly of young African-American women—gives Brown “the chance to be herself and have fun creating great dishes in the casual, ‘regular folk’ way,” Mbah said.

The fun unfolds in a conventional TV studio kitchen, but that’s the only thing conventional about “Cooking with OhSoBella,” he promised.

“There’s no hiding the blemishes—sometimes Christine’s ingredients don’t all end up in the mixing bowl, sometimes she blurts out profanities when things don’t go right, sometimes she even does spit-takes while drinking bottled water when she can’t believe what she’s just seen or heard from her guests,” Mbah explained. “Christine makes mistakes and laughs about it and we keep it all in. The bloopers are baked into the show, which is an embrace of everyday cooking’s imperfections.”

Mbah—who is also the CEO of Paradox Universe—said Brown has long hungered to serve up this type of program.

“But everyone she collaborated with to make her ideas a reality kept trying to push her into formulaic presentations that have been overdone and that audiences are tired of seeing,” Mbah offered. “All Christine wanted was a show where she could truly be herself and have a grand old time creating magic in the kitchen. Paradox Universe alone was able to catch her vision and make it happen.”

Mbah said he believes “Cooking with OhSoBella” (OhSoBella is Brown’s Instagram handle) will be a ratings success because “we’ve all had it up to here trying to be ‘perfect’ in the kitchen and in other aspects of our lives. This show is about being normal and appreciating that normal is cool.”

Each episode isn’t just about food, Mbah indicated. “Christine will also be sharing stories about her life’s journey,” he said. “The food is her way of exploring different cultures—and doing so by taking a unique, healthy, and soulful approach.”

In the debut episode, Brown demonstrates how to make drunken fried chicken, a favorite from her childhood in the Deep South.

 

 

Cooking With OhSoBella Season 1 Poster

OHIO: truTV is bringing a new season of “Fast Foodies,”

TruTV is bringing new mouthwatering delights for the second season of the hit cooking reality series, “Fast Foodies,” returning on Thursday, January 27 to truTV at 10PM.  The 12-episode season brings a raucous slew of fresh celebrity guests with fast food cravings.  New guests in the deliciously fun cooking competition series include Jillian Bell (“22 Jump Street”), Keith and Kenneth Lucas (“Just for Laughs”), Adam Pally (“Champaign Ill”),”), Jon Gabrus (“Game Over, Man!”) Horatio Sanz (“Saturday Night Live”)and returning fan-favorite foodie Joel McHale (“Community”).   Previously announced guests included Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”), Baron Davis, Nikki Glaser (“FBOY ISLAND”), Chris Jericho (“AEW”), Reggie Watts (“The Late Late Show with James Corden”), Natasha Leggero (“The Honeymoon Stand Up Special”), Bobby Moynihan (“Saturday Night Live”) and more.   In “Fast Foodies,” “Top Chef” winners Kristen Kish, Jeremy Ford and “Iron Chef” winner Justin Sutherland compete to perfectly recreate and then skillfully reimagine a celebrity guest’s favorite fast-food dish. These culinary masters come prepared to showcase their love of pop culture, fast-food legends and their expert skills to win the “Chompionship Trophy.”  The inaugural season reached over 20 million viewers across linear and digital platform to date and featured Joel McHale (“Community”), James Van Der Beek (“Bad Hair”), Andy Richter (“Conan”), Amanda Seales (“Insecure”), Ron Funches (“Top Secret Videos”), Charlotte McKinney (“Fantasy Island”), Kevin Heffernan & Steve Lemme (“Tacoma FD”), Fortune Feimster (“Sweet & Salty”), GaTa (“Dave”), and Bobby Lee (“Splitting Up Together”). From Warner Bros. Unscripted Television, “Fast Foodies” is produced by Shed Media for truTV, with Dan Peirson and Lisa Shannon serving as executive producers, along with Michael Rucker. Rucker also serves as showrunner.

 

 

Children’s Accessory Line Lily Frilly Makes History CLICK TO SEE WHY

Lily Frilly

 

Congratulations to Lily Frilly a line of children’s hair accessories, clothing and more, is proud to announce their first launch into 1,102 Walmart stores and on their website, Walmart.com this month. Part-owned and ran by the brand’s namesake, Lily Adeleye, a 6-year-old hailing from Orlando, Florida, this launch is a historic step for both the Lily Frilly company and for the retailer itself.

With this introduction into the retailer, a new assortment of the brand’s hair bows, exclusively designed for the Walmart partnership will be available for purchase. These new and exclusive designs include the Gold & Glitter Hair Bow, Galaxy Girl Hair Bow, Safari Party Hair Bow and the Candy Rush Hair Bow.

This big step in the brand’s trajectory is met with excitement from both Lily and her mother, mogul, Courtney Adeleye. With this being their second retailer launch (the first being at Target just last year), they hope having a young girl like Lily with product on shelves helps to inspire the next generation of girls to dream big, and that with a little tenacity, no matter their age, they can accomplish their goals – and look cute while doing it.

According to Courtney, “Lily Frilly started out as a brand my daughter Lily and myself created, as I have always believed it’s important to let your children follow their passions, whether that be art, sports or in this case, growing a business.” She continued, “Now, Lily Frilly has become so much more than just that – it’s become a brand children love, as well as a symbol of inspiration and confidence for young girls as well as for the black community. It’s amazing to see what kids can do, and we’re so glad Walmart is providing this platform to give Lily Frilly the room and attention it warrants.”

According to Walmart’s Omni Associate Merchant Hair Accessories, Jennifer Aguirre, “We are excited to bring Lily Frilly to Walmart and honored to work with Lily Adeleye, as she represents the youngest founder among our Black-Owned business initiative.  We have been enchanted by Lily’s ingenuity and designs. We are certain that the assortment will captivate our young customers and inspire them to express their beauty and confidence with their hair.”

For more information and to find a store location near you, visit LilyFrilly.com or Walmart.com.

About Lily Frilly:

Lily Frilly Adeleye is a 6-year-old CEO making BAWSE Moves! Daughter of the beauty maven, Courtney Adeleye, Lily is instilling strength, confidence and knowledge in beautiful young ladies across the world. Whether it be through her collection of hair accessories, clothing, bags, etc. her music or national events, Lily Frilly’s goal is to connect with girls around the globe on a personal and fun level!

 

Jingle-Jangle A Christmas Journey

 

 

Jingle- Jangle

Starring

 

FOREST WHITAKER

KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY

HUGH BONNEVILLE

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.

 

BET’S Let’s Stay Together Star Bert Belasco Passes away

Our friend in entertainment Bert Belasco from BET’S Let’s Stay Together has passed away at age 38  according to TMZ. Bert’s father say’s his son’s body was found Sunday inside a hotel room in Richmond VA. Belasco was about to start on a project for a new movie role. Bert Sr. says he was required to quarantine at the hotel before he could come to set.  Bert’s girlfriend couldn’t get a hold of him and eventually asked hotel staff to check on him. TMZ was told when he was discovered there was blood on the sheets His father tells TMZ he believes his son suffered a fatal aneurysm. The family is awaiting for the autopsy results. Belasco appeared on several episodes of Pitch, “I’m Dying Up Here” and 52 episodes of “Lets stay together” on BET.

If I should go tomorrow
It would never be goodbye,
For I have left my heart with you,
So don’t you ever cry.
The love that’s deep within me,
Shall reach you from the stars,
You’ll feel it from the heavens,
And it will heal the scars.

RIP