Posts made in October 2019


LOS ANGELES – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today the return of its hit Tyler Perry drama “The Haves and the Have Nots,” which premieres its seventh season on Tuesday, January 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The popular series comes back with a vengeance as the Cryer, Harrington and Young families fight for their very existence.

“The Haves and the Have Nots” is the #1 original cable series among African- American Women total viewers. It is also among the Top 5 original scripted series on ad-supported cable.

Season seven of “The Haves and the Have Nots” brings in even more havoc than ever before with revenge, heartbreak, betrayal, death and destruction touching the lives of every character. The series stars John Schneider (Jim Cryer), Tika Sumpter (Candace Young), Angela Robinson (Veronica Harrington), Renee Lawless (Katheryn Cryer), Crystal Fox (Hannah Young), Peter Parros (David Harrington), Tyler Lepley (Benny Young), Gavin Houston (Jeffrey Harrington) and Aaron O’Connell (Wyatt Cryer).

For a sneak peek of season seven click here:

From Tyler Perry Studios, “The Haves and the Have Nots” is written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry.

About Tyler Perry Studios
Tyler Perry Studios is a state-of-the-art film and television production facility founded in 2006 by actor, producer, filmmaker, playwright and philanthropist Tyler Perry. Located in Atlanta, Georgia on the historic grounds of the former Fort McPherson army base, the new 330-acre campus is one of the largest production studios in the country. It boasts a variety of shooting locations including 40 buildings on the national register of historic places, 12 purpose-built sound stages, 200 acres of green space, and an expansive backlot.

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 a premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN’s original scripted series include popular dramas “Queen Sugar,” “Greenleaf,” “The Haves and the Have Nots,” “If Loving You is Wrong,” “Ambitions” and “David Makes Man.” OWN’s Saturday night unscripted programming lineup includes “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” “Ready to Love,” “Love & Marriage: Huntsville,” “Family or Fiancé” and “Black 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 award-winning digital platform Access OWN anytime on or across mobile devices and connected TVs.


Rolling Loud New York: Saturday Recap

Hip-Hop’s Biggest Festival Brand Travels to Rap’s Hometown For a Day of Infinite Drip

Critical Praise:
Rolling Loud has rapidly become the most essential annual hip-hop festival” – The New York Times

One of hip-hop’s biggest festivals” – The Wall Street Journal

“The country’s premier hip-hop festival” – Billboard


With a grandeur and scale befitting the festival’s Empire City surroundings, Rolling Loud New York is one of the defining rap events of 2019. On the first day of the inaugural edition of this festival, there was a palpable electricity as rap’s elite descended upon Citi Field in Queens, bringing their A-game to fit the occasion. Closing with a characteristically epic Travis Scott performance, Saturday also boasted an energetic, Meek Mill taking the stage with guest spots from Calboy and Wale, a performance by the full Wu-Tang Clan, and hometown sets from nearly a dozen NY stars, from Fat Joe to Lil TJay.

Additional highlights include Playboi Carti earning a rapturous response for both his hits and his leaks, YGgiving his take on the day’s trending topics, Young M.A. bringing a heavy dose of Brooklyn to the Sauce Stage, new Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant chilling backstage, and much more.

Check below for some of the best photos of the day’s most memorable moments.

For additional images from the festival, visit this Dropbox of hi-res photos:

See even more highlights on Rolling Loud’s Instagram.

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Day 2 : Curated feed – mixed stages
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Day 2 : Fashion Nova Stage
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Day 2 : DRYP Stage
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Day 2 : SAUCE Stage
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The proud Houston native brings down the house with his new stage design (Credit: Rolling Loud/Nicolita Bradley @okaynicolita)

(Credit: Rolling Loud/Nicolita Bradley @okaynicolita)


The righteously intense Philly rapper prepares to take the stage (Credit: Rolling Loud/ Shaun Llewellyn @@shaunllewellyn_)


Ya best protect ya neck–RZA, Ghost, Rae, Meth, and the rest bring the ruckus during their epic Dryp Stage set (Credit: Rolling Loud/Mickey Pierre-Louis @itchyeyephotos)

Method Man (Credit: Rolling Loud/Mickey Pierre-Louis @itchyeyephotos)

Clan in Da Front (Credit: Rolling Loud/Mickey Pierre-Louis @itchyeyephotos)


Playboi Carti shines bright as fans scream back his mantra-like rhymes (Credit: Rolling Loud/Leanne Leuterio @snap_ll)


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The Brooklyn native dazzles the crowd with her technique (Credit: Rolling Loud/Nicolita Bradley @okaynicolita )


Nobody was happier to be at Rolling Loud New York than the Bronx-born teenaged sensation (Credit: Rolling Loud/Amal Flower Kay @cohibit)


The 2019 XXL Freshman poses backstage with her best bud Fish (Credit: Rolling Loud/Nicolita Bradley @okaynicolita)


ATL’s latest breakout star mingles with fans during his set (Credit: Rolling Loud/ Felix Francisco @felxfrancisco)


The crowd couldn’t leave Canarsie’s hometown hero alone (Credit: Rolling Loud/Marcus McDonald @themcdub)


(Credit: Rolling Loud/Amal Flower Kay @cohibit)

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Rolling Loud New York’s Signature Cereal, available at the festival’s Cereal Bar (Credit: Rolling Loud/Marcus McDonald @TheMcDub)

(Credit: Rolling Loud/Amal Flower Kay @cohibit)

(Credit: Rolling Loud/Sebastian Rodriguez @srodriguez92)

Rolling Loud would like to thank the following for setting up activations at the festival:
Simple Mobile

And these further corporate sponsors:
Four Loko
Electric Standard Company
New Era


Founded in 2015 by Matt Zingler and Tariq Cherif as a one-day festival in Miami, Rolling Loud evolved into a global behemoth, with massive festivals on both American coasts and an international event in Australia. Occurring at Citi Field in October, Rolling Loud New York boasted one of the festival brand’s most impressive lineups yet, with headlining performances from New York icons A$AP Rocky and Wu-Tang Clan, alongside genre superstars Travis Scott, Meek Mill, and Lil Uzi Vert.


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Diahann Carroll

July 17, 1935 – October 4, 2019 

Our pioneer, ground breaker, inspiration, muse, role model, pillar of Entertainment excellence has passed on. Job well done!

Carol Diahann Johnson, like so many significant others in our lives is widely regarded as an American Hero. A trailblazer who instinctively paved the way for ALL of us who engage in this Entertainment medium.

Her track record speaks for itself and is the sole reason why we will miss her sorely – until we meet again.

Diahann Carroll born Carol Diahann Johnson; July 17, 1935 – October 4, 2019) was an American actress, singer, and model. She rose to stardom in performances in some of the earliest major studio films to feature black casts, including Carmen Jones in 1954 and Porgy and Bess in 1959. In 1962, Carroll won a Tony Award for best actress, a first for a black woman, for her role in the Broadway musical No Strings. 

Her 1968 debut in Julia, the first series on American television to star a black woman in a nonstereotypical role,was a milestone both in her career and the medium. In the 1980s she played the role of Dominique Deveraux, a mixed-race diva, in the prime time soap opera Dynasty.

Carroll was the recipient of numerous stage and screen nominations and awards, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress In A Television Series in 1968. She received an Academy Award for Best Actress nomination for the 1974 film Claudine. She was also a breast cancer survivor and activist.

Carrol Diahann Johnson was born in the Bronx, New York City, on July 17, 1935, to John Johnson, a subway conductor, and Mabel (Faulk), a nurse.When Carroll was an infant, the family moved to Harlem, where she grew up. She attended Music and Art High School, and was a classmate of Billy Dee Williams. In many interviews about her childhood, Diahann Carroll recalls her parents’ support, enrolling her in dance, singing, and modeling classes. By the time Carroll was 15, she was modeling for Ebony. “She also began entering television contests, including “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts,” under the name Diahann Carroll.” After graduating from high school, she attended New York University, majoring in sociology, “but she left before graduating to pursue a show-business career, promising her family that if the career did not materialize after two years, she would return to college.” Carroll’s big break came at 18, when she appeared as a contestant on the DuMont Television Network program, Chance of a Lifetime, hosted by Dennis James. On the show, which aired January 8, 1954, she took the $1,000 top prize for a rendition of the Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein song, “Why Was I Born?” She went on to win the following four weeks. Engagements at Manhattan’s Café Society and Latin Quarter nightclubs soon followed.

Carroll’s film debut was a supporting role in Carmen Jones (1954) as a friend to the sultry lead character played by Dorothy Dandridge. That same year, she starred in the Broadway musical, House of Flowers. In 1959, she played Clara in the film version of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, but her character’s singing parts were dubbed by opera singer Loulie Jean Norman. She made a guest appearance in the series Peter Gunn, in the 1960 episode “Sing a Song of Murder”. She starred with Sidney Poitier, Paul Newman, and Joanne Woodward in the 1961 film Paris Blues. In 1962, Carroll won the Tony Award for best actress (a first for a black woman) for the role of Barbara Woodruff in the Samuel A. Taylor and Richard Rodgers musical No Strings. 
In 1974, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for the film Claudine. The role of Claudine had been written specifically for actress Diana Sands (who had made guest appearances on Julia as Carroll’s cousin Sara), but shortly before filming was to begin, Sands found out that she was terminally ill with cancer. Sands attempted to carry on with the role, but as filming began, she became too ill to continue, and recommended her friend Carroll take over the role. Sands would not live to see Claudine. She died in September 1973; Claudine, starring Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones, was released in April 1974.

Carroll is well known for her titular role in the 1968 television series Julia, which made her the first African-American actress to star in her own television series where she did not play a domestic worker. That role won her the Golden Globe Award for “Best Actress In A Television Series” in 1968, and a nomination for an Emmy Award in 1969. 
Some of her earlier work also included appearances on shows hosted by Jack Paar, Merv Griffin, Johnny Carson, Judy Garland, and Ed Sullivan, and on The Hollywood Palace variety show. In 1984, Carroll joined the nighttime soap opera Dynasty as the mixed-race jet set diva Dominique Deveraux, half-sister of Blake Carrington. Her high-profile role on Dynasty also reunited her with schoolmate Billy Dee Williams, who briefly played her onscreen husband Brady Lloyd. Carroll remained on the show until 1987, simultaneously making several appearances on its short-lived spin-off, The Colbys. She received her third Emmy nomination in 1989 for the recurring role of Marion Gilbert in A Different World.

In 1991, Carroll played the role of Eleanor Potter, the wife of Jimmy Potter, portrayed by Chuck Patterson, in The Five Heartbeats, a musical drama film in which Jimmy manages a vocal group. In this role, Carroll was a doting, concerned, and protective wife alongside actor and musician Robert Townsend, Michael Wright, and others. In a 1995 reunion with Billy Dee Williams in Lonesome Dove: The Series, she played Mrs. Greyson, the wife of Williams’ character. In 1996, Carroll starred as the self-loving and deluded silent movie star Norma Desmond in the Canadian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical version of the classic film Sunset Boulevard. In 2001, Carroll made her animation début in The Legend of Tarzan, in which she voiced Queen La, an evil sorceress and ruler of the ancient city of Opar.

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Without Diahann our roads to success are rocky at best!

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Buddy Guy with Special Guest Mavis Staples

Sunday, November 10 at 7pm

For this unique, once-in-a-lifetime concert, Grammy winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame blues legend Buddy Guy will be joined by the equally legendary Mavis Staples, the inimitable soul-gospel-R&B powerhouse and civil rights activist.


at New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Prudential Hall
$49 – $109

At age 83, multiple Grammy Award-winning guitarist, singer and songwriter Buddy Guy – the recipient of the Presidential National Medal of Arts, among many other honors – is still laying down the blues with gusto, both in the recording studio and on tour.
For this performance, presented as part of NJPAC’s TD James Moody Jazz Festival, Buddy Guy will welcome Mavis Staples, the Grammy-winning vocalist who has masterfully balanced gospel and R&B since her early years performing with her family’s famous band, the Staple Singers. Guy’s incredible career has spanned over 50 years, yet he still sounds every bit as vital and youthful as he did back in his early days working with the late Junior Wells. Guy’s latest album, The Blues Is Alive and Well (featuring guest appearances by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, and others) was named “Blues Album of the Year” in the 2019 DownBeat Critics Poll, and Guy himself was named “Blues Artist of the Year.” The Blues Is Alive and Well is Guy’s 18th solo LP and the follow-up to his acclaimed Born to Play Guitar, which earned a 2016 Grammy for “Best Blues Album.” “Buddy Guy stands as one of the last true traditional blues legends of his time,” says Spill Magazine. “Front to back, The Blues Is Alive and Well is a flawless blues album and stands as one of the best records released this year.”
Complete TD James Moody Jazz Festival Schedule
11/09 – Bobby Sanabria: Bethany Jazz Vespers (Free)
11/10 – Buddy Guy with Special Guest Mavis Staples
11/14 – Nimbus Dance and NJSO: Salute to Nina Simone and Nancy Wilson
11/14 – Chaka Khan with Special Guest Emmaline
11/15 – NJMEA All-State Jazz with Steve Turre
11/15 – After Midnight: The Music of the King Cole Trio w/ Clint Holmes, Catherine Russell & Billy Stritch
11/15 – Steps Ahead, Michael Franks, and Spyro Gyra
11/16 – The Roots with A Christian McBride Situation
11/21 – Lee Ritenour with Dave Grusin & Friends
11/22 – Christian Sands Presents the Erroll Garner 3 Piano Summit Ft. Helen Sung and Tadataka Unno
11/23 – Maurice Hines’ Tappin’ Thru Life with the Diva Jazz Orchestra
11/24 – Dorthaan’s Place: Houston Person Quartet
11/24 – Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition: The SASSY Awards
For complete TD James Moody Jazz Festival schedule and details, click here.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, N.J., is America’s most diverse performing arts center, and the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey, where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the state’s and the world’s best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted nearly 10 million visitors (including over 1.6 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents.
About TD James Moody Jazz Festival
Co-produced by NJPAC and WBGO Jazz 88.3FM, the TD James Moody Jazz Festival was inaugurated in 2012 and named in recognition of the jazz saxophone virtuoso from Newark. NJPAC’s annual celebration of “America’s classical music” is a spree of more than two dozen concerts and related activities – over half of which are free to the community. Guided by Christian McBride, NJPAC’s Jazz Advisor, the festival has presented artists such as The Manhattan Transfer, David Sanborn, Tony Bennett, Wynton Marsalis, Al Jarreau, Dianne Reeves, Sérgio Mendes, Bill Charlap, Esperanza Spalding, Fantasia, Chris Botti, Pat Metheny, and the Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette trio, among many others. TD James Moody Jazz Festival is intrinsic to Newark, a city renowned as the home and creative inspiration for jazz geniuses including Sarah Vaughan and pianist Willie “The Lion” Smith, and institutions such as Savoy Records, the Rutgers-Newark Institute of Jazz Studies and WBGO Jazz 88.3FM. Among the festival’s unique events are concerts and special attractions held off-campus throughout Newark.
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