Washington D.C. October 19, 2018—Storm Saulter’s Award-winning acclaimed drama SPRINTER from Executive Producers Jada & Will Smith will have its Washington D.C. premiere on the opening day of the Smithsonian African American Film Festival, presented by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. SPRINTER is one of 15 films in competition, and will screen on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 4:15pm at the Freer|Sackler Meyer Auditorium. “These selected films are more than just great entertainment; they are also cultural markers that expand the timeline of African American experiences,” said Rhea L. Combs, supervisory museum curator of photography & film and director of CAAMA. “By screening world premieres next to films that haven’t been shown in decades or have been restored and preserved by the museum, we are honoring our past, our present and our future.”

Saulter’s SPRINTER has been on a festival hot-streak. SPRINTER swept this year’s American Black Film Festival winning three top Awards (Best Narrative, Best Director, Audience Award) while also recently premiering in the Caribbean at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival to a sold out crowd and rave reviews. Following the Smithsonian D.C. screening, the film heads back to the Caribbean where it will open the Bahamas International Film Festival on November 28th.

Written and Directed by Storm Saulter (“Better Mus Come”), the film’s all-star cast includes newcomer Dale Elliott, Kadeem Wilson (“Ghett’ A Life”), Dennis Titus (“The Mighty Quinn”), Shantol Jackson (“Yardie”), Bryshere Y. Gray (“Empire,” “The New Edition Story”), with LorraineToussaint (“Selma,” “Orange Is The New Black,”), and David Alan Grier (“The Wiz Live,” “The Carmichael Show,” “In Living Color”).

Producers are Robert Maylor, Clarence Hammond, and Jamal Watson. Jada & Will Smith Executive Produce alongside NBA Veteran and Media Personality Richard Jefferson, Josef Bogdanovich, Zachary Harding, Aaron Carr, Vinoda Basnayake, Donald Ranvaud, Kevin “Flipp” Montgomery, Dr. Lim, Shaffer “Ne-Yo” Smith (who created two original songs for the film), and Reynell “Tango” Hay.

“I’m honored that Sprinter was selected to be part of the inaugural festival. Caribbean history and identity is so intertwined with that of the Americas. I look forward to Sprinter sparking some important dialogue within this vital and historic space at a particularly culture-shifting moment in time” said Saulter.

Producer Rob Maylor added “The opening scene and heart of Sprinter is the sacrifice a mother makes to provide a better life for her family as she leaves her young son behind in Jamaica to work and provide for him from the US. The chance at a better life for those we love is the tipping point of not just our story but the American Dream and countless immigrant tales. As such our film’s selection to screen in the nation’s capital, at the world’s largest museum complex, as part of the Smithsonian’s inaugural film festival celebrating the history and culture of African Americans is a dream realized – one we are beyond excited, humbled and honored to be a part of.”

The prestigious Smithsonian African American Film Festival is screening 80 projects, tickets can be purchased by visiting: https://aafilmfest.si.edu/discover/events/sprinter-competition


Episode Available Today On SHOWTIME Streaming, SHOWTIME ANYTIME® And On Demand

NEW YORK – October 19, 2018 – Starting today, SHOWTIME subscribers have the opportunity to watch the season six premiere of RAY DONOVAN, ahead of its on-air debut on Sunday, October 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The episode is now available only to SHOWTIME subscribers via SHOWTIME streaming, SHOWTIME ANYTIME and on demand. RAY DONOVAN stars multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominee Liev Schreiber, with Oscar® winner and multiple Emmy-nominated actress Susan Sarandon and Jon Voight in his Golden Globe winning role.

As season six of RAY DONOVAN begins, we find Ray (Schreiber) rebuilding his life both personally and professionally in New York City. After being rescued from a plummet into the East River, his savior, a cop named Mac (Domenick Lombardozzi), brings Ray into the fraternity that is the Staten Island Police Department. While exploring this new world of brotherhood and corruption, Ray finds himself once again working for media mogul Samantha Winslow (Sarandon, returning as a series regular). Sam has teamed up with New York City mayoral candidate Anita Novak (Lola Glaudini), a partnership that puts Ray at odds with his new friends out in Staten Island. A SHOWTIME production, RAY DONOVAN also stars Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Kerris Dorsey, Devon Bagby and Graham Rogers. RAY DONOVAN is executive produced by David Hollander, Mark Gordon, Bryan Zuriff and Lou Fusaro, and was created by Ann Biderman. To learn more about RAY DONOVAN, visit SHO.com and follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Join the conversation using #RayDonovan.

SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS, and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Amazon, Apple®, Google, LG Smart TVs, Oculus Go, Roku®, Samsung, and Xbox One. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, DirecTV Now, FuboTV, Hulu, Sling TV, Sony PlayStation™ Vue, and YouTube TV or directly at www.showtime.com. The network’s authentication service, SHOWTIME ANYTIME, is available at no additional cost to SHOWTIME customers who subscribe to the network through participating providers

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“Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta” Season Two Returns Tonight at 9/8c on WEtv

Watch the Season Two Trailer Now

(ATLANTA, October 11, 2018) – WEtv hosted an exclusive event for the return of the hit series, “Growing Up Hip-Hop Atlanta,” at Tongue & Groove in Atlanta. Cast members Da Brat, Jermaine Dupri, Lil Mama, Ms. Deb Antney, DJ Hurricane, Ayana Fite, Masika Kalysha, Jhonni Blaze and Kiyomi Leslie were all in attendance and joined a room filled with celebrities, media, guests and influencers.

Other notable attendees included: Waka Flocka Flame, Tammy Rivera, Charlie Rivera, Datari Turner, Kenya Moore, Porsha Williams, Eva Marcille, Byron ‘BT’ Turner, Todd Tucker, Trina Braxton, Towanda Braxton, Frank Ski, Dianna ‘Miss D’ Williams, D. Woods, Cynthia Bailey, Keke Wyatt, Karlie Redd, Desiree Connell, Truth Hurts, Tray Chaney, Pimpin’, Taylor Girlz, Miss Mulatto, Street Bud, Kissie Lee, Tiffany Evans, Momma Dee and Althea Heart.

Following the star-studded red carpet, guests mixed and mingled while enjoying cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and music. The room was abuzz with people talking about the latest updates on the GUHH cast. Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta originally premiered on May 25, 2017 and chronicles the lives of the children of hip hop legends in Atlanta.

“Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta” returns to WE tv on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT; and this season it’s a clash of the generations, with the OG’s of Hip Hop ready to dish some tough love! Fiery newcomers are bringing heat to the Atlanta scene and shaking things up, including R&B artist Masika Kalysha and hip-hop artist, Lil Mama! This well-connected Atlanta cast also features Bow Wow, child hip hop star who grew up under the Tutelage of Snoop and mega-producer, Jermaine Dupri; Shaniah Mauldin, Jermaine Dupri’s biological daughter; and Ayana Fite daughter of The Beastie Boys mainstay, DJ Hurricane.

“Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta,” chronicles the perks and perils of being born into Hip Hop royalty in the city that the New York Times called “Hip Hop’s center of gravity.” The rich history of the Atlanta hip hop scene has fostered a unique sense of pride and closeness among the artists that resembles a family. But like any family, Atlanta’s next generation of hip-hop stars do not always get along. Growing up together in the shadow of their legendary parents has established tight bonds and bitter rivalries, as everybody fights for their chance to push their way into the spotlight.
The second season of Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta returns tonight, Thursday, October 11th at 9/8c on W

Marlon Wayans: Woke-ish

Comedian and actor Marlon Wayans brings down the house in his honest, energetic and animated debut Netflix Original stand-up comedy special, “Marlon Wayans: Woke-ish.” Filmed at MGM National Harbor’s The Theater in Washington D.C. in front of a packed audience, Wayans doesn’t miss a beat as he opens people’s eyes about the White House feeling like a reality show, jokes about rappers aging with their music, addresses the blatant racism in America, and reflects on the conversations he’s had with his teenage children.

Visit Marlon Wayans: Woke-ish on Netflix.

Ballers Renewed! Season Finale!

HBO has renewed the comedy series BALLERS for a fifth season!

Exploring the glamorous and often cutthroat world of pro football through a group of past and present players striving to stay in the game, BALLERS stars Dwayne Johnson as ex-superstar Spencer Strasmore, who has reinvented himself as a financial manager for today’s players. Created by Stephen Levinson (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”), the hit comedy series returned for its nine-episode fourth season Sunday, Aug. 12 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT).

Other cast regulars for the current season include: John David Washington, Rob Corddry, Omar Benson Miller, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, London Brown and Brittany S. Hall.

(season finale)

Episode #39 (season 4, episode 9): “There’s No Place Like Home, Baby” (
Debut date: SUNDAY, OCT. 7 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT)

Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) takes his fight to the next level. Ricky (John David Washington) jeopardizes his comeback.

Written by Stephen Levinson & Rob Weiss; directed by Simon Cellan Jones.

The series is also available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners’ streaming portals.

BALLERS was created by Stephen Levinson; executive produced by Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Peter Berg, Rob Weiss, Denis Biggs, Karyn McCarthy and Julian Farino; producers, Janace Tashjian, Dave Levinson, Julie Camino, Rashard Mendenhall and Joey Krutel; co-producers, Olivier Arnesen and Spencer Strasmore; executive story editor, Jason Lew.

The Wrath of Em

By Tammybarry

Eminem’s соntеnt kamikaze аѕѕаult continues with the rеlеаѕе оf his Mасhіnе Gun Kеllу diss track, “Killshot.” Eаrlіеr thіѕ month, аftеr gеttіng dіѕѕеd on Eminem’s Kamikaze, MGK released “Rap Dеvіl,” which fоund thе Cleveland rарреr сlаіmіng Em trіеd tо blackball hіm from thе music industry after hе twееtеd about hіѕ dаughtеr, Hailie, being “hоt аѕ fuсk” іn 2012. On “Kіllѕhоt,” Em tаkеѕ Kеllу tо tаѕk fоr a vаrіеtу оf things іnсludіng hіm ѕроrtіng a man bun аnd hіѕ сhоісе of brеаkfаѕt fооd.

Emіnеm ѕреndѕ thе mаjоrіtу оf hіѕ diss track rіdісulіng MGK’ѕ commercial ѕuссеѕѕ (оr lack thereof): “I’m 45 аnd I’m still outselling you / By 29 I hаd thrее albums that hаd blew.” Hе then claims hе’ll рut thе Midwesterner’s саrееr next tо Ja Rule аnd Bеnzіnо, twо past саѕuаltіеѕ оf hіѕ wrаth.

Predictably, the trасk tаkеѕ аn unfоrtunаtе аnd disgusting turn when the 45-year-old rapper drаgѕ Hаlѕеу into thе dеbасlе. “Yоu dаnсе around it lіkе a sombrero, wе can аll ѕее / Yоu’rе fuckin’ ѕаltу ’саuѕе уоung Gerald’s bаllѕ-dеер іnѕіdе оf Hаlѕеу,” Em ѕріtѕ.
Thе lіnе references Kеllу’ѕ other bееf wіth G-Eаzу.

In аn August frееѕtуlе with Funk Master Flex, MGK spit “Only Eаzу I fuсk wіth іѕ E / I ѕееn hе dіеd his hair and gоt a hanging еаrrіng / I fucked his girl, nоw hе lооk like mе thіѕ shit overbearing.” G-Eazy didn’t tаkе kіndlу to thе vеіlеd shot аnd thrеw a соuрlе оf jabs Kеllу’ѕ way оn “Bаd Bоу.”
Eminem wrарѕ up thе song by соnfuѕіnglу сlаіmіng thе dау MGK puts оut a hіt іѕ, “the dау Dіddу аdmіtѕ thаt hе put the hit out that gоt Pac killed.” A few ѕесоndѕ lаtеr hе tells Dіddу, “I’m just рlауіn’.”

Sо, let’s tally thіѕ uр. Thrее rappers аrе drаggіng New Jersey BornGifted songstress “Hаlѕеу” into thеіr ѕhеnаnіgаnѕ fоr nо rеаѕоn. Eminem іѕ ореnіng uр a diss track іn 2018 claiming hе gаvе Rіhаnnа a hісkеу (“Rіhаnnа juѕt hіt me оn thе text / Lаѕt night I left hісkеуѕ on hеr nесk”). MGK аnd G-Eаzу are arguing оvеr frаt rap аnd Fall Out Boy. Dеѕріtе аll оf thаt, I hope you have a gооd wееkеnd.

Mасhіnе Gun Kеllу wаѕ just оnе оf many artists Emіnеm took aim аt оn his nеw album, wіth Drаkе, Mіgоѕ and Tуlеr thе Crеаtоr all receiving сrіtісіѕm frоm thе Detroit rapper. Hоwеvеr, Eminem’s ѕоng ‘Fаll’, on whісh Bon Ivеr’ѕ Juѕtіn Vernon also арреаrѕ, was hеаvіlу сrіtісіѕеd оn social media because of thе hоmорhоbіс criticism hе lеvеllеd аt Tyler the Creator. Emіnеm rарѕ: “Tуlеr сrеаtе nothin’, I ѕее why уоu саllеd yourself a f*****, bitch.”

Emіnеm is not happy. We knоw because he tеllѕ us, іn the ореnіng seconds оf ‘Kamikaze’, lіkе hе’ѕ psyching hіmѕеlf uр: “I fееl lіkе I want tо рunсh the world іn thе fucking fасе right nоw.”

And the fierce Detroit native seems to be on a warpath and is clearly not done. Releasing another scathing aimed at MGK and who ever is currently under legendary rapper’s
Skin. Putting on a display of supreme lyrical skill that some may have felt he has lost.

Listen to Eminem explain the beef in an interview with Shade 45’s Sway.


The surprise release of Kamikaze has delivered a tight album full of mind blowing lyrics and sharp features.

A notable stand out is “Lucky You,” featuring the Worcester, Massachusetts rapper – Joyner Lucas. We are jumping on the phones now to holla at this talented wordsmith.


Pickup Announced As Series Scores Season High 2.3 Million Viewers In Its Wednesday Time Period

Photo Caption (l-r): Keith David, Merle Dandridge, Lynn Whitfield
Courtesy of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Los Angeles -OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has announced that it has renewed for a fourth season its hit megachurch drama series “Greenleaf” from Lionsgate, award-winning writer/executive producer Craig Wright, and executive producers Clement Virgo, Kriss Turner Towner, and Oprah Winfrey. The series stars Merle Dandridge as Grace Greenleaf, Lynn Whitfield as Lady Mae Greenleaf, and Keith David as Bishop Greenleaf. Season three guest stars include the legendary Patti LaBelle as Maxine Patterson, Iyanla Vanzant appearing as herself, and Beau Bridges as Bob Whitmore.

The announcement comes as the acclaimed drama (Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT) delivered a season high in its Wednesday time period (9/12) with more than 2.3 million viewers (up +8% vs. year ago L+3) and a 1.90 rating in the network’s key women 25-54 demo (+7% vs. year ago L+3). It was also the #1 telecast of the night for African American viewers across all of broadcast and cable. Year to date, OWN boasts five of the top 20 original scripted series on ad-supported cable among W25-54, more than any other network.

“‘Greenleaf’ is a cornerstone of our scripted programming slate and pulls in millions of viewers each week with its unique storylines and powerful characters,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN. “We are very proud of this show, the incredible cast, producers and crew, and can’t wait for more twists and turns from the Greenleaf family in season four.”

About “Greenleaf”
(Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT)
In tonight’s all-new episode, the Bishop (Keith David) and Lady Mae (Lynn Whitfield) make alternate plans after Clara (Donna Biscoe) denies them the check for the IRS bill. Grace (Merle Dandridge) tends to Sophia (Desiree Ross) when a medical emergency sends her daughter to the hospital.

In season three of “Greenleaf,” all the turbulent forces that Grace’s (Merle Dandridge) return to Memphis unleashed threaten to destroy not just the church her family built, but the family itself. Fallout from last season’s shocking revelation of Bishop’s (Keith David) infidelities with Lady Mae’s (Lynn Whitfield) sister, as well as reverberations from his current dalliance with that insidious Jezebel, Rochelle Cross (LeToya Luckett) lead to all-out war in the Greenleaf home, setting the Bishop and Lady Mae on a collision course that, unless God or Grace intervenes, can only end one way: divorce. In the wake of the marital mayhem, Lady Mae rushes to reconnect with Maxine Patterson (Patti LaBelle), an old friend and now a world-famous Christian motivational speaker, in an attempt to reclaim her forsaken call to preach and thus do what no First Lady has done before – survive as the sole head pastor of a megachurch after a major rift between its founding couple. Grace, meanwhile, works undercover in the company of Rochelle, hoping to discover Rochelle’s motives and true identity before the Bishop is swept away on a raging river of vanity and desire. Across town at Triumph, Jacob (Lamman Rucker) and Kerissa (Kim Hawthorne) try not to make the same mistakes Bishop and Lady Mae made as they work to build their own evangelical empire and manage parenting their teenage daughter Zora (Lovie Simone), but the roots of sin delve deep and old habits die hard. Sophia’s (Desiree Ross) faith is tested when an unforeseen medical issue arises; Charity (Deborah Joy Winans) struggles to make peace with Kevin (Tye White) and find her place in the world; and Grace works to keep an abused woman from death row for the crime of defending her own life. Meanwhile, Darius (Rick Fox) finds himself in conflict due to being entangled in an increasingly strained relationship with Grace.

“Greenleaf” is produced for OWN by Lionsgate in association with Harpo Films and Pine City. Executive producers are Oprah Winfrey, Craig Wright (“Lost,” “Six Feet Under”), Clement Virgo (“The Book of Negroes”), and Kriss Turner Towner (“The Romanoffs,” “Black Monday”).

Viewers can catch up on the show’s complete first and second seasons on Netflix. For photography and additional show information please visit Greenleaf Press Web and http://www.greenleafown.tv/.

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. OWN is a leading destination for premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN’s original scripted series include popular dramas “Queen Sugar,” “Greenleaf,” “Love Is__,” “The Have and Have Nots, “If Loving You is Wrong,” hit sitcom “The Paynes,” and upcoming drama series “David Makes Man” from Academy Award-winner Tarell Alvin McCraney and “Ambitions” from box office hit-maker Will Packer. OWN’s Saturday night unscripted programming lineup includes “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” “Book of John Gray,” “Black Love,” “Mind Your Business with Mahisha” and the recently announced dating series “Ready to Love.” OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. 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 www.oprah.com/own and https://press.discovery.com/us/own/.

About Lionsgate:
The first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate is a global content leader 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, video games, esports and other new entertainment technologies. Lionsgate’s content initiatives are backed by a nearly 17,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global sales and distribution 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.


One of the best love stories of 2018 is now playing nationwide.
Purchase your tickets online at ABoyAGirlADreamFilm.com or at these
theaters below:

New York
Empire 25
New York
Union Square Stadium 14
New York (Elizabeth, NJ)
Jersey Gardens 20
New York (Clifton, NJ)
Clifton Commons 16
Los Angeles
Baldwin Hills 15
Los Angeles
Citywalk Stadium 19
Los Angeles
Burbank Town Center 8
Los Angeles
Del Amo 18
Los Angeles
Irvine Spectrum
Los Angeles
Long Beach 26
Los Angeles
South Bay Galleria
Moreno Valley, CA
Moreno Valley 16
Egyptian 24
White Marsh 16
Owings Mills 17
Atlantic Station 18
Parkway Pointe 15
Southlake Pavilion 24
Camp Creek
Tinseltown 17
River East 21
Crestwood 18
Concord Mills 24
Stonecrest 22
Columbus, OH
Easton Town Center 30
Dallas-Ft. Worth
Mesquite 30
Northfield 18
John R 15
Fairlane 21
Detroit (Royal Oak, MI)
Royal Oak 11
Detroit (Farmington Hills)
Riviera Cinema
Ann Arbor, MI
Michigan Theater
Grand Rapids, MI
Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids South
Gulf Pointe 30
Willowbrook 24
Studio 30
Orange Park 24
Regency Jax 24
Las Vegas
Cannery 14
Cinema Paradiso
Miami – Ft. Lauderdale
Southland Mall
Miami – Ft. Lauderdale
Aventura Mall 24
Festival Plaza 16
Opry Mills
New Orleans
Elmwood Palace 20
New Orleans
Westbank Palace 16
Hampton 24
Oklahoma City
Bricktown 16
Pointe Orlando
Riverview Plaza Stadium 17
Cherry Hill 24
Neshaminy 24
Phoenix (Tempe)
Arizona Mills 25
St. Louis
St. Louis Mills
Hoffman 22
Washington D.C. (Largo, MD)
Magic Johnson Capital Center 12
Washington D.C. (Oxon Hill, MD)
Rivertowne 12
San Diego
Mission Valley 20
Southcenter 16
SYNOPSIS: On the night of the 2016 Presidential election, Cass, an L.A. club promoter, takes a thrilling and emotional journey with Frida, a Midwestern visitor. She challenges him to revisit his broken dreams – while he pushes her to discover hers.
DIRECTOR – Qasim Basir
WRITTEN BY – Qasim Basir, Samantha Tanner
PRODUCERS – Datari Turner; Executive Producers: Jash’d Belcher, Louis Steyn, TJ Steyn, Jamal Chilton, Tim Weatherspoon, Phil Thornton, Meagan Good, Omari Hardwick
CAST – Omari Hardwick, Meagan Good, Jay Ellis, Dijon Talton, Wesley Jonathan, Affion Crockett
RUN TIME – 89 min
DISTRIBUTOR – Samuel Goldwyn Films
SOCIAL: IG: @boygirldream_movie; FB: boygirldream
Datari Turner Productions is a California-based Film and Television production company founded by Datari Turner in 2010. Follow @datariturner on Instagram and Twitter for more information.
One of the most prolific independent producers in film and television, Datari Turner is crafting a career like no other. As founder of Datari Turner Productions in 2010, he has produced 30 feature films, including six (6) films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival: A Boy. A Girl. A Dream(2018); Gook (winner of the NEXT Audience Award in 2017), Ten Thousand Saints (2015), Luv (2012), Another Happy Day (2011) and Salvation Boulevard (2011). All told, his films have earned 98 festival award nominations.
Datari has worked with 4 Academy Award winners (Jennifer Connolly, Common, Marisa Tomei and Ellen Burstyn) and 13 Academy Award nominees, including Ethan Hawke, James Franco, and Ruby Dee.Possessing a keen eye for talent, Turner gave actors Ryan Destiny (“Star”) and Michael Rainey Jr (“Power”) their big screen debuts and cast rapper Common in his first lead film role (Luv).
On the television side, Datari has produced 100 hours of original programming for networks such as WE tv, BET, TV One, Starz and Oxygen. Datari is creator of the hit WE tv franchise “Growing Up Hip Hop,” currently in its 4th season and the network’s highest-rated program.
In 2015, Datari signed a first-look deal with CodeBlack/Lionsgate Films. In 2016, he signed a  first-look deal with Entertainment One to produce original, unscripted programming for the studio. He is currently executive producing a new Showtime series about the NBA Draft with Lebron James.
A native of Oakland, CA, Datari attended the University of Oklahoma on a full football scholarship and later became a model for top brands such as Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger and Sean John. An alum of the ABC/Disney program, Datari resides in Beverly Hills and sits on the board of The Blackhouse Foundation. He is repped by CAA.


Watch The Season 2 Trailer

Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta returns to WEtv on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT; and this season it’s a clash of the generations, with the OG’s of Hip Hop ready to dish some tough love!

Shad Moss (aka Bow Wow), is officially off the market when a new love interest enters the mix, but there’s trouble in paradise when rumors and jealousy overwhelm their budding romance. Does Bow’s new boo and aspiring rapper, Kiyomi Leslie, have her heart in the game or is she just in it for the fame? The past rears its ugly head as fiery newcomers are bringing heat to the Atlanta scene and shaking things up, including R&B artist Masika Kalysha and hip hop artist, Lil Mama! But not everyone is happy upon their arrival… Masika has her sights set on stardom, but has unfinished business with her old flame, Bow Wow. Lil Mama, mentored by rapper MC Lyte, is ready to reinvent herself and record a follow-up to her hit “Lip Gloss.” But not everything is ‘Poppin’ when her past mistakes continue to haunt her.

Meanwhile, the wrath of Jhonni Blaze tornados through the Big Peach when the talented but explosive artist just can’t seem to get out of her own way. And when the legendary hip hop manager, Debra Antney, gets caught in the crosshairs of Jhonni’s firestorm, the battle lines are drawn. Mega producer Jermaine Dupri is up for a huge honor when he is inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame as he embarks on a So So Def 25th Anniversary tour with prestigious acts from his label. But not everyone will make the lineup, including JD’s surrogate son, Bow Wow. Meanwhile, Jermaine’s daughter Shaniah Mauldin struggles with her father’s lack of involvement in her career while she navigates a long-distance relationship with her longtime boyfriend, Willie. Ayana Fite, daughter of Beastie Boys mainstay, DJ Hurricane, is eager to get her fashion line off the ground without her father’s financial help but can she trust Atlanta’s newcomers to help launch her success? After serving her time in prison and on parole, Da Bratis ready to move on and wants to throw a ‘parole release’ party, but all hell breaks loose when the police are called! At 31-years-old, Bow begins to reflect on his music career and love life, where his soul-searching leads him to a dark place. Alarming social media posts have everyone worried, but Bow’s world continues to spiral into chaos. The cameras keep rolling when Bow Wow reaches his breaking point, destroying everything in his warpath…Tune in! Thursday, Oct 11 at 9pm ET/PT

“Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta” is produced for WE tv by Entertainment One (eOne).


New Episodes of UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD feature
The Best Man, Wayne Brady, Ray Jand Rickey Smiley

New Episodes of UNCENSORED profile
Nick Cannon, Tichina Arnold, K. Michelle and D.L. Hughley

VIDEO: “UNSUNG Hollywood & UNCENSORED” on TV One – https://youtu.be/C8cnMAirQJQ

(SILVER SPRING, MD) – September 12, 2018 – TV One is set to premiere brand-new episodes of its original, critically-acclaimed auto-biographical series UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD and UNCENSORED, on Sunday, October 7 starting at 9 p.m. ET/8C and 10 p.m. ET/9C, respectively.
UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD, which profiles some of the most talented, versatile, and influential black celebrities in Hollywood, will debut new episodes on Sunday, October 7 at 9 p.m. ET/8C, kicking off with the story of the iconic African American film The Best Man. The remainder of the season features equally unforgettable stories from influential entertainers including comedian/actor Wayne Brady, actor and R&B singer Ray J and comedian/TV/radio personality Rickey Smiley.

UNCENSORED, which follows at 10 p.m. ET/9C, explores the lives of your favorite personalities as they reveal secrets to their success, obstacles they’ve faced, and how they manage this new world of social media that has helped, but sometimes haunted their careers. Viewers will enjoy candid sit-downs with entertainment mogul Nick Cannon, actress Tichina Arnold, R&B singer K. Michelle and comedian/TV/radio personality D.L. Hughley.
During its premiere season, UNCENSORED reached 3.5MM unique viewers and was a top 3 original cable series in its timeslot among AA P25-54, AA W25-54 and AA

W18-49. The autobiographical series gives unprecedented access to stars of film, television, music, and pop culture, as they personally reveal their own stories, in their own words, in the places their stories unfolded.

UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD is a spin-off born of TV One’s longest-running, six-time NAACP Image Award winning franchise UNSUNG, and profiles some of the most talented, versatile, and influential black celebrities in Hollywood, from movies and television to comedy, sports, and more.
TV One’s upcoming new episodes of UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD are outlined below:

Malcolm D. Lee’s directorial debut, The Best Man, featured unforgettable characters, a dream cast and a hot soundtrack. But despite its universal storyline, it was marketed as a “black film” and ultimately failed to have the mass appeal Lee had been seeking.


Singer, Actor, Reality TV star: Few performers are as versatile as Ray J. But his success as a singer and TV actor were ultimately overshadowed by a sex tape with Kim Kardashian, and bouts with alcohol and depression.


Wayne Brady shot to fame on “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” winning his first Emmy in 1993. Known for his “nice guy” image he shocked the world by playing the villain on “Chappelle’s Show.” In 2014, Wayne Brady revealed his longtime battle with clinical depression that nearly cost him his career and his life.


Stand-up comic, TV host, actor, recording artist and radio personality, Broderick “Rickey” Smiley could do it all. But his comedic roots harken to a painful, poverty-stricken childhood in the rural south that was anything but funny.
TV One’s upcoming new episodes of UNCENSORED are outlined below:


Raised on two coasts, Nick Cannon grew up balancing the gangs of San Diego with his father’s ministry in North Carolina. Eager to escape the risk of the streets, he recognized his call to entertainment at an early age and spoke his success quickly into existence. Embracing an early achieved bubblegum persona, he works behind the scenes creating opportunities and jobs for comedians and entertainers. His largest success is “Wild ‘n Out”for MTV and his influence and talent reaching much farther than he is given credit.


K. Michelle constantly sings songs of heartbreak and pain. One look into the life of this songstress turned reality star and you’ll understand why. In this story we take a deep look into some of the experiences that inspired some of the songs you know and love as well as her journey to fame.


Tichina Arnold’s successful decade’s long run as a pop culture icon began with very humbling roots. Over the years she’s captivated millions with her quick wit and undeniable charm. This episode goes deep into Tichina’s life chronicling her journey of good times and bad.


An Original King of Comedy, D.L. Hughley was raised in Los Angeles and no stranger to his neighborhood gangs, which provided a sense of structure, family and community. Dropping out of high school as a self-proclaimed “dummy” he joined the LAPD Academy, quit and married his wife of over 30 years to start a family. His work ethic is unapologetically driven and dedicated to providing for his loved ones, and his motivation to leave a legacy led to the transition of his comedy from frivolous jokes to political topics inspiring change.

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UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD is narrated by actor Gary Anthony Williams and is Executive Produced by Arthur Smith and Frank Sinton of A. Smith & Co. Productions. Mark Rowland also serves as Executive Producer. For TV One, Jubba Seyyid is Executive Producer in Charge of Production and Robyn Arrington Greene is Head of Original Programming and Production.

UNCENSORED is produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas (Executive Producer), Keith Neal and James Seppelfrick of Swirl Films. Paul Hall serves as showrunner. For TV One, Jubba Seyyid is Executive Producer in Charge of Production and Robyn Greene Arrington is Head of Production of Original Programming and Production.

For more information on UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD and UNCENSORED, visit TV One’s Youtube Channel and check out exclusive, behind-the-scenes content on www.tvone.tv.Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TV One’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) Be sure to follow UNSUNG on Facebook using the hashtag #UNSUNGHOLLYWOOD and UNCENSORED on Facebook and Instagram (@Uncensored TVOne) using the hashtag #UNCENSORED.


The Best Man, Wayne Brady, Rickey Smiley & Ray J | Unsung Hollywood

Launched in January 2004, TV One serves 59 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult black viewers. The network represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Uncensored, Unsung, Rickey Smiley For Real, Fatal Attraction and The NAACP Image Awards. In addition, TV One is the cable home of blockbuster drama Empire, and NewsOne Now, the only live daily news program dedicated to black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV OneHigh Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is solely owned by Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK, www.urban1.com], the largest African-American owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences