Queen Latifah, Common, Halle Berry, Sidney Poitier, Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Morgan Freeman, Other Greats Help Brown Sugar Celebrate Black History Month in February

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ATLANTA (Feb. 5, 2020) – Brown Sugar , the popular subscription streaming service from Bounce, has announced new additions, popular returning titles and curated collections for February, Black History Month.

Queen Latifah, Common and Harry Belafonte headline the new, original one-hour special Bounce Celebrates Black History, presenting a collection of stories depicting the strength and courage of Black Americans, some never before heard, that made history and our nation a better place. The special covers people and events of historical significance including The Underground Railroad, Black Pharaohs, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Charles Drew, Madam C.J. Walker, Green Book, Cinque Amistad, James Baldwin, Gordon Parks and a presentation of African-American firsts. Civil Right Icon Ambassador Andrew Young is featured prominently throughout Bounce Celebrates Black History, which premieres on Bounce on Monday, February 10 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) and then will be available for viewing on Brown Sugar.

Brown Sugar also debuts Mandela, the Oscar®-nominated, in-depth look at the life of Nelson Mandela covering his childhood, family, imprisonment and his long struggle with the anti-apartheid movement.

February’s curated collections are ” I’m Black and I’m Proud ” featuring Mandela, King ( Paul Winfield, Cicely Tyson), Death of a Prophet (Morgan Freeman) and more for Black History Month. The ” All You Need is Love ” collection includes romantic films The Love Letter (Keisha Knight Pulliam), 24-Hour Love (Malinda Williams, Keith Robinson) and Love Will Keep Us Together (Nelson J. Davis) to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Fan favorites returning to Brown Sugar in February include the Academy Award®-winning ensemble film Crash, Frankie and Alice featuring Halle Berry, the satirical comedy Hollywood Shuffle, directed by and starring Robert Townsend, the 1975 coming-of-age film Cooley High, They Call Me Mr. Tibbs starring Sidney Poitier and Bojangles with Gregory Hines playing tap-dancing legend Bill ” Bojangles” Robinson.

Brown Sugar is available on Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Comcast Xfinity X1, Amazon Channels, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Kindle, Android and Apple smartphones and tablets and web browsers via BrownSugar.com. There is a free 7-day initial trial period for subscribers with a retail price of $3.99/month thereafter. Visit www.BrownSugar.com for more information. Brown Sugar and Bounce are both a part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).

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Series Features Five Celebrity Couples and a Licensed Therapist
Under One Drama-Filled Roof Including:
Benzino and Althea Heart, Sundy Carter and Breyon Williams, Coolio and Mimi Ivey, Dee Dee “Spinderella” Roper and Quenton “Q” Coleman, and Dwayne “Money” Bowe and Theresa Bowe

Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has unveiled the full trailer and announced premiere date of Saturday, March 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT for its new unscripted relationship series ” Love Goals.” The series joins OWN’s popular Saturday night lineup of unscripted series that focus on love and relationships.

Click Here For the Series Supertease

From Irwin Entertainment, the production company behind hit series “Celebrity Rehab,” “Couples Therapy” and “Family Therapy,” comes ” Love Goals,” in which renowned family and relationship therapist, Spirit, counsels five celebrity couples who are at crossroads in their relationships. Their challenges range from fame and power, infidelity and communication issues, as well as overcoming childhood trauma. Through an intense two-week therapy program that features both insight-oriented exercises and special guests, these famous couples will face their most challenging conflicts head on, as they strive to achieve their love goals.

Appearing in the freshman season of ” Love Goals” will be: Benzino and Althea Heart, whose tumultuous and litigious relationship is well known to fans from their featured roles in “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta;” Former NFL wide receiver and rapper Dwayne “Money” Bowe and Theresa Bowe, who have been together for 11 years and wed in 2018; Actress and former “Basketball Wives” star Sundy Carter and boyfriend Breyon Williams; Former Salt-n-Peppa group member Dee Dee “Spinderella” Roper and comedian Quenton “Q” Coleman; Plus rapper/actor/chef and producer Coolio and his fiancé, Mimi Ivey.

Series’ host, Spirit, is a licensed therapist and media personality who aims to empower people with the skills, tools, and information vital to developing, sustaining and maximizing healthy, intimate relationships. Spirit was the host of Fox’s, “The Daily Helpline,” and XM/Sirius’ nightly radio program “Talking with Spirit.” Spirit is also a regular guest of HLN, “Dr. Drew: On Call,” “The Bill Cunningham Show,” and “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show.”

” Love Goals” is from Irwin Entertainment. John Irwin, Damian Sullivan and Andy Scheer are 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,” “Love Goals,” “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 platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime on WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs.

About Irwin Entertainment:
Based in Los Angeles, Irwin Entertainment, Inc. is a full service multi-platform television production company committed to producing and developing high quality projects in the comedy, reality, and live entertainment arenas. Headed by veteran television producer, John Irwin, the company has projects on air, in production, and in development with a variety of cable, broadcast, and digital networks including VH1, HBO, E!, NBC, Comedy Central, Netflix, CMT, TruTV, TBS, Oxygen, Spike, OWN, and A&E. Irwin is the president of the company, which he founded in 2004. Irwin’s most recent projects in addition to “A Little Late with Lilly Singh,” include NBC’s Miss America 2020, and NBC’s New Year’s Eve 2020. Irwin has also produced stand up specials with Jim Jefferies, Michelle Wolf, Seth Meyers and Adam Sandler for Netflix.



LOS ANGELES – February 5, 2020 – SHOWTIME has given a series order to the first season of the hour-long drama FIRST LADIES, starring and executive produced by Oscar, Emmy and Tony® winner Viola Davis, who will play former first lady Michelle Obama. Produced by SHOWTIME and Lionsgate Television, the series will also be executive produced by Julius Tennon, Oscar winner Cathy Schulman (Crash, Five Feet Apart), Jeff Gaspin (Rhythm + Flow, L.A.’s Finest), Brad Kaplan (Mr. Church) and author Aaron Cooley (Four Seats: A Thriller of the Supreme Court), who created the series and will write. The announcement was made today by Jana Winograde, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.

In the East Wing of the White House, many of history’s most impactful and world-changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by America’s charismatic, complex and dynamic first ladies. This series will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of these enigmatic women, with season one focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama.

“Throughout our history, presidents’ spouses have wielded remarkable influence, not only on the nation’s leaders but on the country itself.” said Winograde. “FIRST LADIES fits perfectly within the SHOWTIME wheelhouse of drama and politics, revealing how much personal relationships impact both domestic and global events. Having Viola Davis play Michelle Obama is a dream come true, and we couldn’t be luckier to have her extraordinary talent to help launch this series.”

Davis won Oscar, Golden Globe®, BAFTA® and Screen Actors Guild Awards® for her performance in the feature film Fences, based upon the play for which she won a Tony Award. She also earned Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Awards for her lead role in How To Get Away with Murder, for which she was a four-time Emmy nominee, as well as two additional Tony Awards for King Hedley II and Seven Guitars. Her career also includes Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG-nominated performances in The Help and Doubt, an Emmy-nominated guest performance in Scandal and a BAFTA nomination for Widows. Davis is a four-time NAACP® Image Award winner and 16-time nominee, beginning with her performance on the SHOWTIME series UNITED STATES OF TARA.

FIRST LADIES is executive produced by Cathy Schulman via Welle Entertainment, Viola Davis and Julius Tennon via JuVee Productions, Jeff Gaspin via Gaspin Media, Brad Kaplan via LINK Entertainment and Aaron Cooley.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly owned subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc., owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, and also offers SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ ON DEMAND and FLIX ON DEMAND®, and the network’s authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. Showtime Digital Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of SNI, operates the stand-alone streaming service SHOWTIME®. 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 and Xbox One. 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. Viewers can also watch on computers at Showtime.com. SNI also manages Pop TV. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV. For more information, go to www.SHO.com.
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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 platformOprah.com. Access OWN anytime onWatchOWN.tv 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.  www.arraynow.com.


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.
Bounce (@bouncetv) is the first and only multi-platform entertainment network targeting African Americans, with programming seen over-the-air, on cable, on DISH channel 359, over-the-top on Roku®, on mobile devices via the Bounce and Brown Sugar apps and on the web viaBounceTV.com. Bounce features a programming mix of original series and movies, off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and events and more. Bounce is part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).
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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.”

Best Selling Author Dr. Venus Opal Reese Announces The Raw Truth Book+Tour

From the Streets to Stanford Ph.D. to Self-Made Millionaire — Pimp Slap Your Pain Into Peace, Purpose, Passion and Profits 

Santa Monica, CA and Baltimore, MD (December xx, 2019) — Best-selling author and acclaimed international speaker and business mentor Dr. Venus Opal Reese made headlines for her inspiring and true story of rising from the tough streets of Baltimore, to earning a Stanford Ph.D. and becoming a self-made millionaire. Today, she is unleashing her new book and accompanying national tour, The Raw Truth Book+Tour.

The Raw Truth Book+Tour follows the release of Dr. Venus’ new book, The Raw Truth: A Pimp Daughter’s Diary, the honest and intimate account of her spiritual healing through turning her trauma and pain into peace, purpose, passion and profits. The book is now available for purchase on Amazon.com

The Raw Truth Book+Tour brings Dr. Venus’ story and new book to life. Kicking off in Santa Monica, California on January 17th, 2020, The Raw Truth Book+Tour will feature a 3-in-1 experience in each city. Each tour stop includes a book signing, a personal growth and wealth workshop teaching women the principles necessary to live their own raw truth and a live, solo performance from Dr. Venus. Her one-woman show is in the tradition of Spalding Gray (Swimming To Cambodia), Ntozake Shange (For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf) and Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues). 

Real, raw, erotic, vulnerable and unapologetically human, The Raw Truth Book+Tour inspires women (and the men who love them) worldwide to tell the truth they’ve been hiding under success, red bottoms, and hard work. It’s time to heal the silenced little girl inside and set free the woman she was destined to become. Dr Venus Opal Reese and The Raw Truth Book+Tour speaks to everyone who craves a safe and inclusive space to join an army of truth-tellers and become their real, raw and authentic selves.

Dr. Venus Opal Reese previously led her sold-out Black Woman Millionaire Tour in 2018, an inspiring program teaching black women in business how to break the million-dollar mark on their own terms. The accompanying book, The Black Woman Millionaire: A Revolutionary Act that DEFIES Impossible is available for purchase on Amazon.com


Santa Monica – January, 17,18, and 19, 2020

Houston – March 21, 2020

Atlanta – April 18, 2020 

Chicago – May 16, 2020

New York City – June 13, 2020

Baltimore – July 18, 2020

To purchase tickets for The Raw Truth Book+Tour, visit https://rawtruthbook.com/tour/

About Dr. Venus Opal Reese

Acclaimed Inspirational Speaker, Best-Selling Author, Award-Winning Performance Artist, Marketing Alchemist™, and Business Mentor, Dr. Venus Opal Reese went from living on the streets and eating out of trash cans to obtaining two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. Previously, she worked as a university professor before investing in herself and her entrepreneurial skills. Her business, Defy Impossible, grossed $5 million in less than six years without government funding, loans, investors or a sales team by turning herself into a category of one. Her clients have grossed millions since implementing her strategies and systems.


Rolling Loud L.A. 2019: Sunday Recap

Drawing 100,000 Fans to Downtown L.A., the Biggest Festival Brand in Rap Closed Out the 2010s With Its Sights on Another Decade of Domination

Drawing 100,000 Fans to Downtown L.A., the Biggest Festival Brand in Rap Closed Out the 2010s With Its Sights on Another Decade of Domination

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


The 2010s was a decade for rapid change, as the rap industry struggled to keep up with the voracious appetites of fans, who constantly scoured SoundCloud in search of the next star. As traditional gatekeepers fell by the wayside, Rolling Loud became a major rite of passage, giving these internet-born stars an IRL crowd to match their impressive streaming numbers. Rolling Loud hosted the first major festival performances from the likes of Lil Uzi VertLil BabyPlayboi CartiTrippie ReddLil Peep, and more, and became a comfortable home for relative veterans like Travis Scott, Migos and Young Thug, and influential forefathers like Lil Wayne and Gucci Man.

The final Rolling Loud festival of the decade was a bittersweet one, as Rolling Loud and the hip-hop community at large came together in Los Angeles to mourn Juice WRLD, who passed away earlier in the week. Before he turned 21, Juice World changed the face and sound of hip-hop, spinning bleakly witty tales of romance and inner turmoil and crafting emo-influenced melodies into unforgettable hooks. On Sunday night, Juice WRLD’s touring band held down the stage for an unmissable hour, as luminaries like G Herbo, YBN Cordae, Benny BlancoCole Bennett, and others came through to pay their respects.

The Juice WRLD tribute was a beautiful and necessary moment, but it didn’t distract from the rest of the sold-out festival, which brought its usual array of superstars, veterans, and on-fire newcomers. Futureclosed out the night with an impassioned run through his unbeatable discography. YG put on for his city (and mourned his close friend Nipsey Hussle) in an eventful performance. The crowd showed out for 2019 breakout stars DaBabyMegan Thee Stallion, and Polo G, and vibed to L.A. locals like Tyga, Doja Cat (who brought out Smino during her set)and Buddy.

Check below for some of the best photos of the day’s most memorable moments, taken by Rolling Loud’s crackerjack internal media team.

For additional photos of the festival, visit this Dropbox of hi-res photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1tlrxi7j77pcsij/AADUh-IPDhqS2nSDS4fqkJila?dl=0

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Possibly the most influential rapper of the decade, Future was a fitting closing act for the final Rolling Loud of the 2010s (Credit: Rolling Loud/@eazypho) JUICE WRLD TRIBUTE:

An emotional celebration of the late artist’s legacy–figures like Benny Blanco, G Herbo (pictured), and Juice’s friends and family made appearance (Credit: Rolling Loud/@itchyeyephotos)

Juice WRLD’s girlfriend Ally gives emotional remarks (Credit: Rolling Loud/@itchyeyephotos)


Pretty Flacko stopped the show at the High Hemp stage, performing hits new and old (Credit: Rolling Loud/@itchyeyephotos)


2019’s biggest breakout star unleashes pandemonium on the High Hemp Stage (Credit: Rolling Loud/@srodriguez92)


Bringing a cadre of dancers and a multitude of hits for the hometown audience, Tyga capped a roller coaster decade in style (Credit: Rolling Loud/@ITCHYEYEPHOTOS)


Don’t come to L.A….unless you’re coming to watch this Compton native perform (Credit: Rolling Loud/@jessicapadover)


Make your Holiday Season a Hot Girl season (Credit: Rolling Loud/@itchyeyephotos)


POLO G (Credit: Rolling Loud/@shaunllewllyn_1)

SHORDIE SHORDIE (Credit: Rolling Loud/@jordankelseyknight)


DOJA CAT (Credit: Rolling Loud/@itchyeyephotos)

THE GAME & BLUEFACE (Credit: Rolling Loud/@shaunllewellyn)

BUDDY (Credit: Rolling Loud/@arrogantwatcher)

KALAN.FRFR (Credit: Rolling Loud/@jamesbaxter)


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Rolling Loud co-founder Tariq Cherif (Credit: Rolling Loud/@henryhwu)

Rolling Loud co-founder Matt Zingler (credit: Rolling Loud/@eazypho)


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. An area with a rich and distinctive hip-hop tradition, the Bay was the first site of Rolling Loud’s expansion, hosting the first Rolling Loud Bay Area in Mountain View, CA in September 2017. Last year, Rolling Loud Bay Area re-located to Oakland Coliseum, drawing 80,000 rap fans to a sold-out two-day festival, headlined by Wiz Khalifa and Travis Scott.


Link to First Look Photo:
Photo credit: National Geographic/Richard DuCree

From Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, Eight-Part Limited Series to Premiere May 2020 on National Geographic

(WASHINGTON, DC – DEC. 6, 2019) Today, National Geographic and Fox 21 Television Studios released a first look photo of triple threat Tony-, Emmy- and Grammy Award-winning Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet,” “The Color Purple”) as Aretha Franklin during the GENIUS: ARETHA start of production.

“Over the last few months, I’ve been preparing myself to embody the Queen of Soul, from relistening to her music to discovering her rare interviews and reading some amazing books on her – all to really capture Aretha’s attitude and spirit,” said Erivo. “I’m truly humbled to be working alongside a very talented and musical team. Together, we’ll serve the Queen and create something special.”

The ensemble cast includes Courtney B. Vance (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”) as C.L. Franklin, David Cross (“Goliath,”,”Arrested Development”) as Jerry Wexler, Malcolm Barrett (“Timeless,” “Preacher”) as Ted White, Patrice Covington (Broadway’s “The Color Purple”) as Erma Franklin,
Kimberly Hébert Gregory (“Vice Principals”) as Ruth Bowen, Rebecca Naomi Jones (“The Big Sick”) as Carolyn Franklin and Sanai Victoria (“Black-ish”) as Little Re. The eight-part limited series will premiere on National Geographic in May 2020 in 172 countries and in 43 languages.

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GENIUS dramatizes the fascinating stories of the world’s most brilliant innovators, exploring their extraordinary achievements along with their volatile, passionate and complex personal relationships. The third season of the anthology series will explore Franklin’s musical genius and incomparable career as well as the immeasurable impact and lasting influence she has had on music and culture around the world, in the first-ever, definitive and only authorized scripted limited series on the life of the universally acclaimed Queen of Soul. Grammy Award winner Franklin was a gospel prodigy and outspoken civil rights champion; she is widely considered to be the greatest singer of the past 50 years, receiving countless honors throughout her career.

Imagine is partnering with Warner Music Entertainment for this third season, which will again be executive produced by Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. Suzan-Lori Parks is showrunner and executive producer and Anthony Hemingway is executive producer and producing director for the season. Legendary hit record producer Clive Davis and Atlantic Records Chairman and CEO Craig Kallman have also joined as executive producers. Returning executive producers include Francie Calfo (GENIUS, “Empire”), Ken Biller (GENIUS: EINSTEIN, GENIUS: PICASSO), Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane (MWM Studios), and Sam Sokolow (EUE/Sokolow). Diana Son joins as executive producer. In addition, Imagine’s Anna Culp serves as producer alongside Peter Afterman.