|Click here to watch official Time trailer|
|Click here to watch official Time trailer|
Dionne Warwick will play her first shows of the livestream era this spring, courtesy of livestreaming platform Mandolin. With her recent coronation as the Queen of Twitter, Dionne Warwick transcends generations – and now, with Mandolin, she’s taking her digital chops even further with these two shows, scheduled for April 4th and May 9th.
Click HERE for tickets
During the pandemic, Dionne experienced many new ways of communicating with her fanbase and audience either via Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, or Twitter. The next natural step was to stream Dionne in concert and make it available across the globe. For these two shows, ‘Dionne at Home with You,’ she will take fans on a magical journey through her music, interspersed with songs from her unimpeachable songbook and anecdotes from a lifetime of song.
About Dionne Warwick
For almost 60 years since she declared in song, “Don’t Make Me Over” – her first Top 40 smash – legendary Grammy award winner and Recording Academy hall of fame inductee Dionne Warwick has enjoyed numerous hits that are now pop classics. From the years of recording timeless works from songwriting/producing greats Burt Bacharach/Hal David, enjoying her first number one hit with the Spinners (“Then Came You” ) as well as Arista Records years (“Déjà Vu”, “That’s What Friends Are For”) and beyond, Ms. Warwick’s timeless voice is one that is immediately recognizable. Recently, she’s enjoyed newfound fame as The Queen of Twitter, with her humorous and sometimes pointed Tweets resulting in connecting with many, including Grammy winners Chance The Rapper and The Weeknd –both of whom will be collaborating with Ms. Warwick on a future recording.
Mandolin helps artists and venues create connections with fans and prosper through the music they produce. We intentionally push the boundaries of livestream, giving artists the right tools to create content, share it widely, and then better understand how fans engage. Mandolin gives artists the ability to build a digital strategy, all while giving fans unprecedented access to the artists they love. To learn more about how Mandolin is bringing live music back to the stage, visit mandolin.com or Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
Podcast Series, Written and Hosted by ABC News’ Steve Osunsami, Debuts on Tuesday, April 6
On Tuesday, April 6 ABC Audio will debut the first episode of its new podcast, “Soul of a Nation: Tulsa’s Buried Truth,”written and hosted by ABC News Senior National Correspondent Steve Osunsami. One of the most brutal and rarely discussed racially motivated attacks in American history occurred in 1921 when a violent white mob descended on a prosperous Black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, known as Black Wall Street. In less than 24 hours they destroyed and terrorized the neighborhood, killing as many as 300 Black Americans. The collective memory of the massacre was buried by a culture of silence and many victims’ bodies were never found. But now one century later, the possibility of mass graves buried beneath Tulsa has led to a renewed search for answers. Featuring archival audio accounts from witnesses and interviews with historians, “Tulsa’s Buried Truth” brings listeners through the painful history and into the modern-day quest for closure and healing.
“Soul of a Nation: Tulsa’s Buried Truth” also features “The View” Co-host Sunny Hostin and is available for free on major listening platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, TuneIn and the ABC News app, with new episodes posting Tuesdays.
The first podcast episode posts the same day as the finale of the historic primetime newsmagazine “Soul of a Nation,” which includes reporting by Osunsami on the massacre. “Soul of a Nation” airs Tuesday, April 6 (10:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET) on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.
The podcast is produced by the award-winning ABC News Investigative Unit and ABC Audio. Cindy Galli is chief of investigative projects, and Liz Alesse and Eric Johnson are executive producers for ABC Audio.
About ABC Audio:
With distribution to over 1,900 radio stations and digital distributors, ABC Audio is the premier source for audio news, entertainment and music format services in the United States. ABC Audio syndicates ABC News Radio, where more Americans get their radio news than any other commercial broadcaster. ABC Audio includes Air Power, station services with format-specific music content, entertainment and news; ABC Digital, publisher of news, entertainment, lifestyle and music format-specific stories updated 24/7; and syndicated music and talk programming brands. ABC Audio also produces world-class on-demand content, including ABC News’ flagship daily podcast “Start Here” and the international chart-topping hit “The Dropout.”
— ABC —
Official #SaintsAndSinners Season 5 Trailer
Bounce released the official trailer and key art for the fifth drama series “Saints & Sinners,” which is produced in partnership with Swirl Film’s Eric Tomosunas & Ron Robinson (Behind the Movement: The Rosa Parks Story, Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story, Tales, Pride & Prejudice). Nigel Campbell serves as the showrunner/executive producer of the series and Saints & Sinners: Judgment Day film, which he also wrote.
OVERVIEW: Lady Ella is in for the ride of her life when Victor Thompson comes to town seeking revenge for his son’s killer and reveals a long-kept secret.
CAST: Vanessa Bell Calloway, Clifton Powell, Donna Biscoe, Jasmine Burke, Tray Chaney, Karlie Redd, David Banner, Keith Robinson, Christian Keyes, JD Williams, Dawn Halfkenny, KeKe Wyatt, and Gregory Alan Williams.
ABOUT BOUNCE: Bounce features a mix of original series, movies and specials, off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, live sports and events with programming seen over-the-air, on cable, on DISH channel 359, over-the-air, over-the-top on Roku®, on mobile devices via the Bounce and Brown Sugar apps and on the web via BounceTV.com. Bounce and Brown Sugar are both a part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).
NEW YORK (March 30, 2021) — The National Urban League today announced a comprehensive strategy for leveraging the tools of the information economy to create a more equitable and inclusive society. The Lewis Latimer Plan for Digital Equity and Inclusion addresses gaps in access to broadband access that prevent some segments of the population from benefiting from the digital economy, which results in financial and educational inequalities.
“Now, more than ever, we need broadband access in every community across the nation,” said Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League. “The COVID-19 pandemic revealed the vast inequality in access to reliable broadband for students learning remotely and employees working from home. Gaps in broadband means that students fall behind their peers and small businesses fall behind their competitors—especially in communities of color.”
The Lewis Latimer Plan for Digital Equity and Inclusion will work towards deploying broadband networks everywhere in the country; connecting every household to broadband networks; effectively utilizing the networks to improve delivery of essential services; and creating new opportunities for underserved communities to participate in the growth of the digital economy.
Specifically, the Plan provides recommendations on addressing multiple key areas:
The Availability Gap: Millions of American homes and businesses are unable to connect to a home broadband internet connection because service is not available in their communities. Lack of an available in-home broadband connection prevents these communities from being able to fully participate in the economy, obtain education and health services, train, search, and apply for a job, and otherwise participate in society.
The Adoption Gap: Even among those Americans for whom a broadband internet connection is available, there are still tens of millions who have not subscribed to a broadband service in their homes.
The Affordability Gap: For millions of Americans who do not subscribe to broadband, the cost of service remains a significant obstacle to adoption for many communities.
The Access to Economic Opportunity and Participation Gap: The digital economy has created the greatest opportunity for wealth accumulation in history, but those opportunities are not being equitably distributed throughout society. The Utilization Gap: The full range of uses of broadband is not being leveraged to its fullest extent in regards to how we provide essential services, especially in the areas of workforce development, healthcare, and education.
The Plan was inspired by Lewis Howard Latimer, a 19th-century draftsman, soldier, scientist, and researcher whose parents were born into slavery. He worked with Alexander Graham Bell on the development of telephones and Thomas Edison on electric lighting. Unfortunately, while Latimer was a key contributor to Edison’s and Bell’s seminal wealth-creating inventions, he had no ownership stake in the vast businesses they spawned. That legacy must end now.
Under the Plan, the FCC would reexamine network performance standards, pinpoint areas without any broadband network, eliminate restrictions that disqualify providers who could deliver service quickly and efficiently, and allocate subsidies necessary to close the Availability Gap.
The Plan calls on the Department of Commerce and the FCC to collect information that allows the government and the public to understand and evaluate how the private sector is improving diversity, equity, and inclusion. It also recommends establishing a federal Office of Digital Equity to coordinate training and restructuring the FCC’s Lifeline Program, which subsidizes communication services for low-income households.
“Millions of Americans enjoy the access to information, entertainment and commerce that broadband provides,” said Blair Levin, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. “But the unfortunate reality is that communities that lack access to broadband are the ones who could benefit from it the most. Our leaders need to step up and address the gaps that are holding back large segments of the population.”
The full Plan can be found here.
The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. The National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its 90 local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people annually nationwide. Visit www.nul.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @NatUrbanLeague.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
200 Varick Street | Suite 600
New York, NY | 10014
212.681.1380 office |
Welcome to the Jam! NBA champion and global icon LeBron James goes on an epic adventure alongside timeless Tune Bugs Bunny with the animated/live-action event “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” from director Malcolm D. Lee and an innovative filmmaking team including Ryan Coogler and Maverick Carter.
This transformational journey is a manic mashup of two worlds that reveals just how far some parents will go to connect with their kids. When LeBron and his young son Dom are trapped in a digital space by a rogue A.I., LeBron must get them home safe by leading Bugs, Lola Bunny and the whole gang of notoriously undisciplined Looney Tunes to victory over the A.I.’s digitized champions on the court: a powered-up roster of professional basketball stars as you’ve never seen them before. It’s Tunes versus Goons in the highest-stakes challenge of his life, that will redefine LeBron’s bond with his son and shine a light on the power of being yourself. The ready-for-action Tunes destroy convention, supercharge their unique talents and surprise even “King” James by playing the game their own way.
James stars alongside Oscar nominee Don Cheadle (the “Avengers” films, “Hotel Rwanda”), Khris Davis (“Judas and the Black Messiah,” TV’s “Atlanta”), Sonequa Martin-Green (TV’s “The Walking Dead,” “Star Trek: Discovery”), newcomer Cedric Joe, Jeff Bergman (“Looney Tunes Cartoons”) and Eric Bauza (“Looney Tunes Cartoons”).
Lee (“Girls Trip,” “Night School”) directs from a screenplay by Juel Taylor & Tony Rettenmaier & Keenan Coogler & Terence Nance. The film’s producers are Ryan Coogler, LeBron James, Maverick Carter and Duncan Henderson, and the executive producers are Sev Ohanian, Zinzi Coogler, Allison Abbate, Jesse Ehrman, Jamal Henderson, Spencer Beighley, Justin Lin, Terence Nance and Ivan Reitman.
The director’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Salvatore Totino (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”), animation producer Troy Nethercott (“Wonder Park”), production designers Kevin Ishioka (“The Mule”), Akin McKenzie (Netflix’s “When They See Us”) and Clint Wallace (upcoming “Eternals”), editor Bob Ducsay (“Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” “Star Wars Episode VIII – The Last Jedi”) and costume designer Melissa Bruning (“Rampage,” “War for the Planet of the Apes”). The music is by Kris Bowers (“Greenbook,” Netflix’s “Bridgerton”).
Warner Bros. Pictures Presents a Proximity/The SpringHill Company Production, a Malcolm D. Lee Film, “Space Jam: A New Legacy.” The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures. It will be released in theaters nationwide on July 16, 2021 and will be available in the U.S. on HBO Max for 31 days from theatrical release.
Created and Written by Olu Odebunmi and Tolu Awosika
The Series Is Produced by CBS Studios, Propagate and Fuqua Films
Photo Credits [L-R]: Eric Charbonneau (Antoine Fuqua); Tolu Awosika (Olu Odebunmi); Claudia Giner (Tolu Awosika)
LOS ANGELES – March 16, 2021 – SHOWTIME has announced that it has placed a series order for the hourlong drama SHAKA: KING OF THE ZULU NATION, executive produced and directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day). An epic drama centered around one man’s personal journey from stigmatized childhood to warrior king, the series is produced by CBS Studios, Propagate and Fuqua Films and created and written by Olu Odebunmi and Tolu Awosika (The Terminal List). They also executive produce with Ben Silverman and Rodney Ferrell of Propagate. The announcement was made today by Gary Levine and Jana Winograde, Presidents of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.
Rooted in actual events, SHAKA: KING OF THE ZULU NATION tells the story of the Zulu Empire chief Shaka and his unlikely rise to power, uniting multiple tribes across vast stretches of Africa in the early 19th century to transform his power into legend, on par with history’s most seminal figures. In ferocious battles that test the body and soul, in alliances that test the bonds of love and friendship, a complex sociological system plays out that renders the human cost front and center, for the victors as well as the vanquished, all in an effort to carve out a semblance of identity, fulfillment and ultimately, survival.
“Olu and Tolu have written such an exciting and emotional origin story of an African warrior hero,” said Levine, “and Antoine’s passion for this project, coupled with his formidable talent, promises an epic series unlike any other on television.”
“This project offers a gateway to our past that is so critical to our global history and yet so often marginalized,” said Fuqua. “Through SHAKA: KING OF THE ZULU NATION, we hope to bring this saga to life, all the tears, sweat and blood, all the joy and sorrow, all the intimacy and intensity and humanity. In short, we’re going to rock the world with this one.”
In addition to Training Day, which featured an Oscar® winning performance by Denzel Washington, Fuqua has extensive credits as a director including the SHOWTIME documentary AMERICAN DREAM/AMERICAN KNIGHTMARE, as well as The Equalizer franchise, The Magnificent Seven, Southpaw, Shooter, Olympus Has Fallen and King Arthur.
Odebunmi and Awosika met while in school in Fullerton, California in 1995, and their upbringing as children of first-generation immigrants, both having lived in Nigeria during their formative years, influences the unique views and sensibilities they bring to their stories. They served as executive story editors on the upcoming The Terminal List, also directed and executive produced by Fuqua. They also wrote on 61st Street, from creator Peter Moffat (YOUR HONOR). In feature films, their writing credits include the African-set psychological thriller Origins.
SHAKA: KING OF THE ZULU NATION is executive produced by Antoine Fuqua, Olu Odebunmi, Tolu Awosika, Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, Gregory Lipstone, Rodney Ferrell and Spencer Medof. The series is also produced by Scott Greenberg, and Michael Callas is producing for Fuqua Films.
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 Smart TVs, Xbox One and PlayStation®4. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, Apple TV Channels, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, Hulu, The Roku Channel, Sling TV and YouTube TV or directly at www.showtime.com.
# # #
Academy Award Winner Matthew A. Cherry (“Hair Love”) to Direct the First Two Episodes of the Series from Warner Bros. Television
(L to R) Janine Sherman Barrois, Michelle Listenbee Brown, Matthew A. Cherry
To download hi-res photos, click here Photos Courtesy of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
Los Angeles – OWN announced today it has ordered to series “The Kings of Napa,” a new drama from acclaimed showrunner/writer/producer Janine Sherman Barrois (“Claws,” “Self-Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker”), who will serve as executive producer along with Michelle Listenbee Brown (“Love Is__,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood”) and Oprah Winfrey. The series was created by Sherman Barrois under her exclusive multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television to develop and produce new series. Academy Award-winning director Matthew A. Cherry (“Hair Love”) is set to direct the first two episodes.
Centered on the power struggle between the wealthy King family siblings in idyllic Napa Valley, the series is produced by Warner Bros. Television and Harpo Films. Production will begin later in 2021 for an early 2022 premiere on OWN.
“We’ve been captivated for years by Janine’s incredible body of work and welcome her into OWN’s family of dynamic drama storytellers,” said Tina Perry, president of OWN. “Janine’s created compelling characters that hook viewers right from the start, and we can’t wait for her to dive in with this bold and sexy new series.”
“I’m beyond thrilled to collaborate with OWN on this groundbreaking show,” said Sherman Barrois, “and to have Academy Award winner Matthew A. Cherry’s brilliant vision bringing it to life is a dream come true.”
“The Kings of Napa” is focused on a gorgeous and picturesque Napa Valley, California, vineyard owned by the Kings, an aspirational African American family whose wealth and status lands them on the pages of design magazines and society pages. The wine business has brought the family success and acclaim, but following the patriarch’s sudden exit from the company, his three children must grapple for the reigns to the kingdom – to their own power, wealth and legacy.
“The Kings of Napa” joins OWN’s robust slate of premium scripted dramas from today’s visionary storytellers. OWN’s current drama lineup includes Ava DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar” and “Cherish the Day,” Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Peabody Award-winning “David Makes Man,” Craig Wright’s “Delilah” and Tyler Perry’s long running “The Haves and the Have Nots.”
“The Kings of Napa” is executive produced by Janine Sherman Barrois, Michelle Listenbee Brown and Oprah Winfrey. The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television and Harpo Films.
About Janine Sherman Barrois
Writer/producer Janine Sherman Barrois executive produced and served as showrunner of the hit TNT series “Claws,” and executive produced the acclaimed Netflix limited series “Self-Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker,” starring Octavia Spencer. Her additional credits include serving as executive producer of longtime hit series “Criminal Minds” for CBS and groundbreaking Emmy award-winning “ER” for NBC. Prior to that, she spent five seasons on NBC’s “Third Watch,” rising from story editor to co-executive producer. Sherman Barrois got her start on “Lush Life,” where she was enlisted after participating in the Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop. She has been honored with multiple NAACP Image Awards and was nominated for the prestigious Humanitas Prize for her writing. Sherman Barrois is an active member of the Writers Guild of America, where she serves in the organization’s mentoring program as a judge for the Writers’ Access Project, and on the selection committee of its Showrunner Training Program.
About Matthew A. Cherry
Cherry began his entertainment career in 2007, after playing wide receiver in the National Football League. He worked as a production assistant on more than 40 commercials, and then earned his first directorial credit in 2008 on a music video featuring R&B artist Terry Dexter. He went on to direct more than 20 music videos for a wide variety of celebrated artists, including Tweet, Jazmine Sullivan, Chloe x Halle, Kindred the Family Soul, Michelle Williams featuring Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland, Snoop Dogg, and many others. He has directed numerous live action shorts and full-length feature films. His first indie feature, “The Last Fall,” was loosely based on the difficulties Cherry experienced after he retired from pro football. The film made its world premiere at SXSW in 2012 and received critical acclaim. His follow-up feature film, the innovative “9 Rides,” was shot entirely with an iPhone 6s and premiered at SXSW in 2016.
Cherry previously wrote, produced, and directed the critically acclaimed “Hair Love,” an animated short film about an African American father attempting to do his daughter’s hair for the first time. Released in 2019, “Hair Love” won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film at the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony in 2020. Cherry’s accompanying picture book of the same name (illustrated by Vashti Harrison) is a New York Times Best Seller. And he is now executive producing “Young Love,” an animated television series from Sony Pictures Animation based on the characters from “Hair Love,” for HBO Max. Cherry’s television directing work includes “The Last O.G.,” Warner Bros. Television’s “The Red Line” and “Whiskey Cavalier,” “Black-ish,” “Mixed-ish,” and the new “Saved by the Bell,” among others. He also wrote and directed the web series “Almost 30” and “Almost Home.” Cherry recently signed a first-look deal with Warner Bros Television and is set to direct the upcoming comedy heist film “The Come Up” for New Line Cinema.
About Michelle Listenbee Brown
Listenbee Brown recently served as co-executive producer on the BET+ series “Bigger,” the Warner Bros. Television and Harpo Films drama series “Love Is__,” and BET’s hit comedy series “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” starring Kevin Hart, which earned her an NAACP Image Award. Listenbee Brown started her career as a staff writer on UPN’s hit comedy series “The Parkers,” rising from staff writer to producer, before going on to co-create and executive produce “Second Time Around” for UPN. Other credits include Disney’s “The Proud Family.” She recently wrote an ensemble, female-driven feature comedy for Sony Pictures with State Street Producing, and is currently in development on a made for television motion picture for Warner Bros.
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,” “Cherish the Day,” “The Haves and the Have Nots,” “David Makes Man” and “Delilah.” OWN’s Saturday night unscripted programming lineup includes “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” “Ready to Love,” “Put a Ring on It,” “Love & Marriage: Huntsville,” “Behind Every Man,” “Family or Fiancé,” “Black Women OWN the Conversation,” “Belle Collective” 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 Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime on the Watch OWN App or across mobile devices and connected TVs.
About Warner Bros. Television
One of the entertainment industry’s most-respected providers of original primetime programming since its founding in 1955, Warner Bros. Television produces original scripted drama and comedy series for multiple platforms. As of March 2021, Warner Bros. Television is producing nearly 70 scripted series for on-demand/streaming services, premium/pay and basic cable channels, and the five broadcast networks.
Boyz II Men — Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman, and via video chat, Nathan Morris — will be guest starring on season 7 of “black-ish.” When Dre’s team at Stevens & Lido need some help on a new marketing campaign, they know exactly who to call.
In its seventh season, “black-ish” continues to tell stories that shine a light on current events through the lens of the Johnson family, addressing the global pandemic, systemic racism and the movement for social justice and equality. The series stars Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, Laurence Fishburne as Pops, Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson Jr., Miles Brown as Jack Johnson, Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson, Jenifer Lewis as Ruby, Peter Mackenzie as Mr. Stevens, Deon Cole as Charlie Telphy, Jeff Meacham as Josh and Katlyn Nichol as Olivia.
Further details and additional assets will be shared closer to air date. Please let me know if you’re able to share this news with your readers today!
Tonya Lewis Taylor, author of the motivational book, “Be You, Not Her” and the co-founder of the Entertainers 4 Education/I WILL GRADUATE initiative, is launching through Facebook and Instagram the
Be You, Not Her Challenge for Women’s History Month in March, 2021.
“The purpose is simple – it’s to recognize someone who stands out and blazes her own trail,” says Ms. Taylor. “One can nominate a fierce woman who is uniquely herself. This may be someone who inspires you or someone who you admire.”
Here’s how one can nominate their choice –
1) Log onto your Facebook or Instagram account.
2) Create a post where you tag the individual of your choice for the challenge
3) Include their photo and a brief summary about this person within your post.
4) Tag @iamtonyalewistaylor and three friends you choose on your post – invite them to post their choices on their pages (as well as tag Ms. Taylor) and have them invite others to the challenge.
The Be You, Not Her Challenge runs until March 31st 2021.
Website – https://www.tonyalewistaylor.com/