Posts made in January 2020


Two-Night Premiere Set for Tuesday, February 11 and Wednesday, February 12

Tuesday’s Premiere to be Presented with Limited Commercials by Toyota Highlander

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Los Angeles, CA – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has revealed the premiere date and official trailer for its new original anthology drama “Cherish the Day,” created and executive produced by Emmy winner/Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay (“Queen Sugar,” “When They See Us”). “Cherish the Day” is set for a two-night premiere on Tuesday, February 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Wednesday, February 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Tuesday night‘s premiere will be presented with limited commercials by Toyota Highlander. The eight-episode chapter will continue to air on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
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Chapter one of “Cherish the Day” chronicles the stirring relationship of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. The narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments in a relationship that compel us to hold true to the ones we love, from the extraordinary to the everyday. Xosha Roquemore (“The Mindy Project”) stars as Gently James and Alano Miller (“Underground”) stars as Evan Fisher. The couple meet and fall in love in Los Angeles, with the full season spanning five years in eight episodes.

OWN previously announced additional cast including legendary Emmy-winning actress Cicely Tyson, as well as Michael Beach, Anne-Marie Johnson and Kellee Stewart. The DuVernay led series also recently announced it achieved full gender parity with a production crew of over 50% women, including 18 female department heads.

Directors for the series are Tanya Hamilton, Blitz Bazawule, Aurora Guerrero and Deborah Kampmeier.
The series is produced for OWN by ARRAY Filmworks and Harpo Films in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes (“Queen Sugar”), Tanya Hamilton (“Queen Sugar,” “Night Catches Us“), and Oprah Winfrey serve as executive producers.
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 “Queen Sugar,” “Greenleaf,” “The Haves and the Have Nots,” “If Loving You is Wrong,” “Ambitions,” “David Makes Man” and “Cherish the Day.” OWN’s Saturday night unscripted programming lineup includes “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” “Ready to Love,” “Love & Marriage: Huntsville,” “Family or Fiancé,” “Black Women OWN the Conversation” 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 Access OWN anytime or across mobile devices and connected TVs.
About Warner Horizon Scripted Television
A division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, Warner Horizon Scripted Television was founded in 2006 and is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of dramatic and comedic programming for the cable and subscription/on-demand streaming marketplace. Series produced by Warner Horizon Scripted Television include “Animal Kingdom” and “Claws” for TNT, “Cherish the Day,” “David Makes Man” and “Queen Sugar” for OWN, “The Flight Attendant” for HBO Max, “Fuller House,” “Medical Police,” “Special” and “You” for Netflix, “Pennyworth” for EPIX, and “The Right Stuff” for National Geographic.
ARRAY is a multi-platform media company and arts collective based in Los Angeles. Founded in 2012 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, the company currently operates a trio of branded entertainment entities: ARRAY Releasing, ARRAY Creative Campus, and ARRAY Filmworks. ARRAY Filmworks develops and produces stories that center around people of color and women of all kinds. Feature film and TV projects include “When They See Us,” “13TH,” “Queen Sugar,” “Cherish The Day,” “The Red Line,” “Venus Vs,” “Middle of Nowhere,” “I Will Follow” and commercial and installation work for Prada, Apple and The Smithsonian.


RE Classics caught up with the Legendary REDMAN in his home town of Newark New Jersey. He was celebrating the holiday season with his 211 Community Impact team. They gave away over two thousand toys to the youth of Newark New Jersey. REDMAN also took out some time to talk about his anticipated album “Muddy Waters 2.”

Toney Perkins – How important are events like this to the community?

REDMAN – I mean, like any event that brings awareness to your community is is great.. For example…Newark had the MTV awards here this year, I’ve been to the MTV Awards in L.A., New York for the last, you know, maybe like 15 years. And I can honestly say that they had the MTV Awards and Newark was one of the best shows to me because it wasn’t. It didn’t attract just the normal bougie audience from L.A. or New York. It actually brought out fans in Newark and for Broad and Market to be gated off…and me watching all the young fans looking at, you know, like high celebrity stars coming their city and they are watching.

That gives them hope that that tells them like, yo, this shit is right here in Newark. I can do this because it’s all about resources, man…that’s what we lack in communities is resources. It’s not like, you know, we don’t want to learn. It’s not like we are too lazy to learn. We don’t have the proper resources to touch. So giving back to communities, doing toy drives, letting people see celebrity faces that came out the same neighborhood that they’re growing in now that they’re growing up in now gives them hope.

It gives the young kids hope like, yo, that’s REDMAN he’s right here wit me…and he’s clashing heads with all the big stars. I can do this, too. So it’s all about bringing hope to your community when you’re doing little events like this. Don’t matter. Toy Drive, MTV Awards, it don’t matter when you bring awareness to your hood. It helps. And you might not think it don’t. But you’ve got to start thinking like this. If that helps one person, you’re doing your job. Don’t worry about if it’s going to satisfy the masses. If you help one person, if one person goes home with that message, like if…all the people we serve here today, if one person goes home today from our Toy Drive said, yo, Doitall and REDMAN was giving out toys…I want to do that when I get on.. When I get on, I’ma do a TOY DRIVE and I’m a do it even bigger…and I will applaud that because I’m the kind of guy and artists that believe in the youth…I want the youth to be better than me.

When I talk to a young person, I tell them, look, nigga, I don’t want you to be like me. I want you to be better than me. But in order for you to be better than me, my dude you’re going to have to work twice as hard as me, and I’m. Grizzly when I work. So if you want to be better than me, you had have to put in the hours and work, but they won’t know that until they come meet you. They won’t know this information until they come talk to you. The shortest thing between people is communication. And that’s what 211 Media Impact is about bringing that communication closer together. Bringing resources to young people and older people as well to get a better enlightment on where they want to go.

Toney Perkins – Let’s just transition right to the music. What’s going on with the music? Well, what can we expect?

REDMAN – “Muddy Waters 2″ dropping in April or May? I’m independent right now, so that’s why it’s taking so long and I’m paying for samples of shit. So. But it’s a good learning experience and I’ve got the hang of this shit so and all my shit is 90’s sounding and I’m like, I’m not fucking with no new kind of sounds and I mean no new artists as well, you know, why don’t you do a record with..Nah, I’ll stick to my grounds and stick to my roots.

The Album will be out in April or May. “Muddy Water s 2” Executive produced by me. I got all kinds of producers on there from Rockwilder and Erick Sermon..Hopefully I could get my track from D.J. Premier Big Bru…If you stop bullshitting Big Bru like me and Meth just did a record with Guru..uh..big up to D.J. Premier…he just got some new Guru vocals that he just had to go through some litigation about. So you’re going to hear a new “Gang Starr” album coming soon. Me and Meth is a part of that, but a lot of new music and to 2012, a lot of new music.

Bounce to Present World Television Premiere of New Original Movie The Nomads On MLK Day, Monday, Jan. 20 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Inspiring Tale of Overcoming the Odds Based-on-Real-Life Events, Tika Sumpter (Mixed-ish) & Tate Donovan (The Man in the High Castle) Star

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ATLANTA (Jan. 15, 2020) – Bounce will present the world television premiere of
The Nomads — based-on-a-true story about a female African-American teacher who joins forces with a male Caucasian colleague to develop a men’s rugby team in an inner-city school in North Philadelphia — on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Watch the promo here.

Tika Sumpter (Mixed-ish, The Haves and The Have Nots) stars as English teacher Cassey “Mac” McNamara who relocates and takes on – with pepper spray in hand – a new role teaching American History at North Philadelphia’s Whitman High School, after a billion-dollar budget deficit closes 20 schools. Metal detectors and morning frisks are a rude awakening for Mac. Even more surprising is the connection she makes with fellow transfer, science-now-math teacher Mark Nolin, played by Tate Donovan(The Man in the High Castle, Damages). The two realize a shared passion for rugby and set out to create Whitman’s first rugby team. Turning the most vocal, at-risk, and troubled students into an organized rugby squad proves fruitless at first. But with perseverance – and a few laughs along the way – Mac and Mark begin to see changes in the ragtag group of players… until a tragic event threatens everything they’ve worked towards.

The Nomads also features Khalil McMillan (The Blacklist), Christopher Mann (Creed II), Vladimir Versailles (Sunset Park), Devon Ray (The Probe), Maria Mindelle (Life in Pieces) and Thomas Pierce (Asunder The Series)and rapper Raekwon.
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• “One Night in Miami,” the feature film adaptation of Kemp Powers’ Olivier®-nominated stage play, starts production in New Orleans January 7th.
• “One Night in Miami” marks Oscar® winning actress, Regina King’s, feature film directorial debut. King will also executive produce.
Jess Wu Calder and Keith Calder of Snoot Entertainment (“Blindspotting,” “Anomalisa”) and Jody Klein of ABKCO (“The Durrells in Corfu,” “The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus”) serving as producers. King and Powers executive produce. Kemp Powers (Pixar’s “Soul”) adapts his fictional stage play for the screen and executive produces. Key crew includes Cinematographer Tami Reiker (“Beyond the Lights,” “High Art”), Costume Designer Francine Jamison-Tanchuck (“Just Mercy,” “Detroit”), Production Designer Barry Robison (“Hacksaw Ridge,” “Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”) and Academy Award® nominated Editor Tariq Anwar (“King’s Speech,” “American Beauty”).
• Set on the night of February 25, 1964, “One Night in Miami” follows a young, brash Cassius Clay as he emerges from the Miami Beach Convention Center the new Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World. Against all odds, he defeated Sonny Liston and shocked the sports world. While crowds of people swarm Miami Beach to celebrate the match, Clay – unable to stay on the island because of Jim Crow-era segregation laws – spends the evening at the Hampton House Motel in Miami’s African American Overtownneighborhood celebrating with three of his closest friends: Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown.
During this historic evening, these icons, who each were the very representation of the Pre-Black Power Movement and felt the social pressure their cross-over celebrity brought, shared their thoughts with each other about their responsibilities as influencers, standing up, defending their rights and moving the country forward to equality and empowerment for all black people.
The next morning, the four men emerge determined to define a new world for themselves and their community.
• ”’One Night in Miami’ is a love letter to black manhood that powerfully explores themes of race, identity and friendship,” says Director Regina King. “Each of them has contributed so much to culture and history. We’re so excited to have Kingsley, Eli, Aldis and Leslie in the lead roles showing a different side of these iconic men.”

• Originally staged in 2013, Kemp Powers’ critically acclaimed play takes a well-known real-life event and imagines what might have been. Powers explores this pivotal night, the dynamic relationship between these four men, and how their friendship, successes and shared struggles fueled their paths to becoming the civil rights icons they are today.

• Cast includes Kingsley Ben-Adir (“The OA”) as civil rights activist Malcolm X, Eli Goree (“Riverdale”) as professional boxer and civil rights activist Cassius Clay (before becoming Muhammad Ali), Aldis Hodge (Clemency) as NFL champion, actor and civil rights activist Jim Brown, and Grammy® and Tony Award®winner Leslie Odom, Jr. (Harriet) as singer/songwriter, entrepreneur and civil rights activist Sam Cooke.

ABOUT THE CAST: Leslie Odom, Jr., in the role of Sam Cooke, will perform Cooke’s songs in the film including “A Change is Gonna Come,” the classic song that became an anthem for the Civil Rights Movement in 1960s America and is still an anthem of hope over 50 years later.
• Ben-Adir is repped by CAA. Goree is repped by Authentic Talent and Literary Management and Play Management. Hodge is repped by Jason Priluck for management, Paradigm, and Ziffren Brittenham. Odom Jr. is reppedby Untitled Entertainment, CAA, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein. King is repped by ICM Partners, John Carrabino Management, and Del, Shaw.
ABOUT ABKCO: Producer Jody Klein and ABKCO have been involved with “One Night in Miami” as a property for the better part of the past decade. ABKCO has served as producer of the theatrical presentation of “One Night in Miami” directly after the play’s initial launch in Los Angeles, working to mount the productions in the U.K., Denver, South Africa, Miami and Pittsburgh, among other locales. Over the course of six decades ABKCO has played a key role in maintaining and safeguarding the legacy of Sam Cooke through educational programs, music releases and the Grammy Award® winning documentary “Sam Cooke – Legend.”
ABOUT SNOOT ENTERTAINMENT: Keith Calder and Jess Wu Calder co-founded Snoot Entertainment in 2004 to develop, finance, and produce films across all genres and media. Most recently, Snoot produced “Little Monsters” and “Corporate Animals” which both premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and “Blindspotting,” which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Additional Snoot productions include Charlie Kaufman’s Academy Award®-nominated animated film “Anomalisa,” Adam Wingard’s “The Guest” “You’re Next,” and “Blaire Witch,” NAACP Image Award®-nominated documentary “Thunder Soul,” and Jonathan Levine’s “The Wackness.”