SHOWTIME SPORTS® TO PREMIERE KEVIN GARNETT: ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE

ON SHOWTIME FRIDAY, JULY 30 AT 9 P.M. ET/PT

New Documentary To Include Highlights From Hall of Famer’s Induction Ceremony This Weekend

WATCH TEASER: https://youtu.be/RErHyWLzTN8

NEW YORK – May 13, 2021 – SHOWTIME Sports has announced the title and premiere date of the upcoming documentary KEVIN GARNETT: ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, chronicling the career of one of the NBA’s all-time greats. The film will premiere on Friday, July 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME and will include scenes from Garnett’s induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, taking place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut this Saturday. To watch and share a teaser of the upcoming documentary, go to https://youtu.be/RErHyWLzTN8.

“Kevin Garnett was a culture-changer,” says former Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers in the clip that also features NBA stars Allen Iverson, Isiah Thomas, Paul Pierce, Matt Barnes, Rajon Rondo and more. “He is the best superstar teammate in the history of the game.”

KEVIN GARNETT: ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE spotlights Garnett’s remarkable career and the progressive moments that defined it. The film explores how Garnett’s decision to become the first player in two decades to go to the NBA directly out of high school changed the face of the NBA and ushered in a phenomenon that reverberated beyond the league and even the sport. In addition to Garnett, the film features a range of dynamic voices and characters including the aforementioned luminaries, as well as Snoop Dogg, Sam Cassell, Pau Gasol and more.

SHOWTIME Sports is the home to an unparalleled lineup of premium basketball content. Additional titles in the lineup include IVERSON, KOBE BRYANT’S MUSE, QUIET STORM: THE RON ARTEST STORY and SHUT UP AND DRIBBLE.

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Here Today – Opens Today Only in Theaters!

When veteran comedy writer Charlie Burnz (Billy Crystal) meets New York singer Emma Payge (Tiffany Haddish), they form an unlikely yet hilarious and touching friendship that kicks the generation gap aside and redefines the meaning of love and trust.

Directed by:
Billy Crystal

Screenplay by:
Billy Crystal
Alan Zweibel

Based on the short story “The Prize” by: Alan Zweibel

Produced by:
Fred Bernstein
Billy Crystal
Dominique Telso
Alan Zweibel
Tiffany Haddish

Executive Producers:
Rick Jackson
Claudine Marrotte
Samantha Sprecher

Cast:
Billy Crystal
Tiffany Haddish
Penn Badgley
Laura Benanti
Louisa Krause
Anna Deavere Smith
and Nyambi Nyambi

This film is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association
for the following reasons: strong language and sexual references.

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SHOWTIME® PRESENTS LAVELL CRAWFORD: THE COMEDY VACCINE

Crawford’s Third Stand-Up Comedy Special For Network To Premiere Friday, May 28 At 10 PM ET/PT

LOS ANGELES – May 7, 2021 – Lavell Crawford returns for his third SHOWTIME comedy special LAVELL CRAWFORD: THE COMEDY VACCINE, premiering Friday, May 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. In the hour-long special filmed at the Tempe Improv in Arizona, Crawford reflects back on a tumultuous year of living through a global pandemic with an added punchline. From the panic of looking for toilet paper to attending virtual church services and wearing masks, Crawford brings levity to the many shared lifestyle changes we’ve experienced during a life in lockdown while also touching on his own quarantine frustrations with whimsical banter.

To watch and share the trailer from LAVELL CRAWFORD: THE COMEDY VACCINE, go to: https://youtu.be/O5nNnUZGgsw.

A beloved comedian and actor by audiences far and wide, Crawford is quickly climbing the comedic ranks to become one of the hottest stars. His numerous television appearances include Better Call Saul, New Girl, Workaholics and Breaking Bad along with his previous standup specials on SHOWTIME: NEW LOOK, SAME FUNNY! and HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. Additionally, his film credits include Compton’s Finest, Love Is Not Enough, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, American Ultra, Beverlyhood and The Ridiculous 6.

LAVELL CRAWFORD: THE COMEDY VACCINE is directed by Brian Volk-Weiss (Pete Davidson: Alive From New York, Ali Wong: Baby Cobra), who produced with Cisco Henson for Comedy Dynamics. Justin Edbrooke serves as executive producer.

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DAVID OYELOWO, ROSARIO DAWSON, AND LONNIE CHAVIS IN “THE WATERMAN” A FILM BY DAVID OYELOWO

WATCH OFFICIAL TRAILER HERE

NOW IN THEATER’S NATIONWIDE

SYNOPSIS:
Gunner (Lonnie Chavis) sets out on a quest to save his ill mother (Rosario Dawson) by searching for a mythic figure who possesses the secret to immortality, the Water Man. After enlisting the help of a mysterious local girl, Jo (Amiah Miller), they journey together into the remote Wild Horse forest — but the deeper they venture, the stranger and more dangerous the forest becomes. Their only hope for rescue is Gunner’s father (David Oyelowo), who will stop at nothing to find them.

STARRING:
David Oyelowo, Rosario Dawson, Lonnie Chavis, Amiah Miller,
Alfred Molina and Maria Bello

DIRECTED BY:
David Oyelowo

WRITTEN BY:
Emma Needell

RELEASE DATE:
In theaters nationwide on May 7, 2021

RATING:
PG for thematic content, scary images, peril and some language

RUNNING TIME:
92 Minutes

BET Executive Jon Marc Sandifer Launching Harlem Hall of Fame

Veteran Black Entertainment Television (BET) programming executive Jon Marc Sandifer (American Gangster: Trap Queens, Ruff Ryders Chronicles, A Thousand Words with Michelle Obama) announces the formation of the Harlem Hall of Fame.

The Harlem Hall of Fame will honor the legends and icons that have made significant contributions to Harlem’s iconic and historic reputation around the globe. The Hall of Fame is set to make its inaugural debut in August 2021, with a stellar line-up of inductees, via a multimedia execution that will include a virtual induction ceremony/documentary looking at the impacting lives of some of Harlem’s Living Legends (set for broadcast in August) as well as a physical Harlem Hall of Fame exhibition – featuring replicas and personal defining items of the honorees, set for Black History Month February 2022.

Legendary actor Billy Dee Williams will be among the first to be inducted. Williams, who was born and raised in Harlem, is an alumnus of New York City’s High School of Music & Art. Known as one of Hollywood’s original Black sex symbols, Williams has starred in motion pictures such as “Brian’s Song,” “Mahogany” and “Lady Sings The Blues.” He starred on Broadway in “A Taste Of Honey” and later “Fences.” His smoldering presence on television could be seen on “Dynasty,” where he played the love interest to the equally iconic Diahann Carroll. With all of this as a stellar career, he is likely known to most movie-goers as Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars movie franchise. Williams’ voice could be heard in many commercials and he is also a noted painter.

Former Congressman Charles Rangel was born and raised in Harlem USA. He retired from the NY House of Representatives in 2017, after a lifetime of public service that spanned more than 35 years. Rangel served in the Korean War, where he earned both a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. After earning an honorable discharge, Rangel returned home to New York to work as a lawyer and an assistant U.S. attorney before being elected to and serving in the New York State Assembly from 1967 to 1971. Rangel was then elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1971, where he not only became the 2nd longest serving official in U.S. History, but where he also held several major offices – in addition to help fight the war against drugs, provide better housing opportunities to minorities and poor people, and to, until his retirement, make a difference.

Audrey Smaltz is a trendsetter and visionary that many designers love to invite to sit front row at their one-of-a-kind fashion shows. Born in Harlem and raised in the Harlem River Houses, Smaltz got her first modeling job with the New York Giants, NYC’s-then baseball team. She would later model and do fashion commentary for Bloomingdale’s and Lane Bryant. In 1969, Ms. Smaltz moved to Chicago and joined the legendary Ebony Fashion Fair soon after. Her revolutionary ideas organized and shaped the Ground Crew Team that handled backstage management for fashion shows. She has worked with the best–Vera Wang, Giorgio Armani, Oscar de la Renta and Bill Blass – as well as corporations such as Nike, Vogue, Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy’s. Audrey Smaltz has also been a contributing editor to Vogue and Mirabella and serves on the Black Fashion Museum.

The goals of the Harlem Hall of Fame are to create a visual experience that authentically celebrates the genius cultivated within the Harlem community and shared around the world and to provide a resource for those within the community.
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The H.U.B.B. HELP Trauma Recovery Center for Youth & Families

The H.U.B.B. HELP Trauma Recovery Center for Youth & Families

Commemorative Brick Walkway

This very special fundraiser comes at a critical time for The H.U.B.B. We have achieved much success with our current location and have had the ability to expand with an addition. Our growth in the number of children and families we serve, and our ever-expanding programs requires us to increase our need for dedicated professional staff. Current staff is revered and dedicated and there is a deep, commonly held understanding of the importance of building future capacity and growing financial resources so we may hire additional staff and administrators. Program enhancements cannot be made without proper staffing requirements.
 
The HUBB Arts & Trauma Center is already a 9,000 square foot, Mayor-appointed “Center of Hope” in Newark’s Central Ward. The HUBB HELP Trauma Recovery Center adds another 2000 square feet of safe space for healing and empowerment. We are reaching out to individuals, private businesses and corporations who are interested in helping us establish this facility by purchasing a brick that will forever be on this walkway. Bricks can be in memory of someone, or just issue words of encouragement.  Please click on the flyer link below to make a purchase.

Support Us, Buy a Brick Today!

Support Us, Buy a Brick Today!

 For our grand opening of The H.U.B.B. HELP TRC for youth and families!
(Healing and Empowering Life Purpose Trauma Recovery Center)

Join us on June 8th or  9th  from 4pm-6pm and take a tour of our newest facility.
The HUBB HELP TRC will aid youth and family victims and offenders of traumatic events who still battle with symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder and ramifications of trauma. We focus on healing through intentional care, victim services and arts therapy. 

We look forward to your support by seeing you at the event.

OWN’S #1 DRAMA ‘THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS’ COMES TO AN END THIS SUMMER The Final Episodes of Tyler Perry’s Long-Running Series Premiere Tuesday, June 1 at 8pm ET/PT

Left to Right: Crystal Fox as Hannah Young, Angela Robinson as Veronica Harrington
To download a hi-res image, click HERE; Photo credit: Courtesy of OWN

Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that it will premiere the final episodes of its long running series, “The Haves and the Have Nots,” on Tuesday, June 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. The Tyler Perry drama which chronicles the scandalous lives of the Cryer, Harrington and Young families living in Savannah, Georgia, will conclude after eight seasons and 196 episodes.

In this final season viewers will see the wealthy residents of Savannah, Georgia involved in a true-to-life Greek tragedy as Judge Jim Cryer (John Schneider) and his rich friends are all finding out what happens when personal flaws go unchecked. Karma has not been kind to the elite one percenters. The series stars John Schneider, Tika Sumpter, Angela Robinson, Renee Lawless, Crystal Fox, Peter Parros, Tyler Lepley, Gavin Houston, Aaron O’Connell, Brett Davis and Brock Yurich.
“The Haves and the Have Nots” has averaged more than 2.8 million total viewers across its 188 episodes. It averaged more than 3.1 million viewers each year from 2014 to 2017. In 2021 to date, it is the most-watched cable series with African American Women 18+, households and total viewers.

“The Haves and the Have Nots” is produced for OWN by Tyler Perry Studios and created, written and executive produced by Tyler Perry.

Click here for a sneak peek of the final episodes:
www.Oprah.com/HAHNpromo

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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 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 http://WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs.

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THE WOMEN SONGWRITERS OF FAME TO INDUCT FEMALE ICONIC HITMAKERS

The historic awards show will help to culminate Black Music Month 2021 with great & gifted honorees!

The Women Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, founded to honor women whose body of work represents the best of the heritage and legacy of modern American music, will pay homage to 10 noteworthy female songwriters on June 25, 2021. The stellar event will take place at the opulent Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. and will celebrate some of music’s finest songwriters and composers in a magnificent moment to mark their careers and their classics.

The First Five announced honorees bring an arsenal of artistry, along with hits covering the last five decades of popular music, to their induction. Roberta Flack, known for such giant gems as “Killing Me Softly” and “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, which made her the 1st artist in music history to win her back-to-back Grammys for Song of The Year (only U2 and Billie Eilish have since joined her), also composed “Be Real Black For Me” with Donny Hathaway and “And So It Goes” with Dr. Angelou;

Singer/songwriter Valerie Simpson wrote and recorded hits for decades with husband and recording partner Nick Ashford, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (for Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell),” “I’m Every Woman (Chaka Khan and later Whitney Houston),” and Ashford & Simpson’s masterpiece “Solid,” which became a worldwide, chart-topping smash hit;


Tawatha Agee, most known to the world of soul music for her sultry vocals on the hits “Juicy Fruit” and “You, Me and He,” with R&B/Funk/Jazz giant James Mtume, also composed songs for saxophonist Gary Bartz and co-wrote the Stephanie Mills/Teddy Pendergrass hit “Two Hearts”;

the all-female band Klymaxx owned the 80’s with monster radio classics such as “Meeting In The Ladies’ Room,” “The Men All Pause,” the R&B/pop smash “I Miss You” and the timeless women’s anthem “Divas Need Love Too”;

and The Songbird herself Deniece Williams and her sparkling soprano brought life and success to songs like “Gonna Take A Miracle” and the hit pop song from the movie ‘Footloose’ “Let’s Hear It For The Boy,” but she also penned some of her most noted and revered songs including “Silly” and the most sampled and covered “Free.” 

These 5 women will be joined by 5 others as The Women Songwriters Hall of Fame commemorates and acknowledges the female songwriter, who has gone remarkably unrewarded by the music industry that should be lauding and applauding these trailblazers. The event will be executive produced by Janice McLean DeLoatch, founder of WSHOF, who is a noted songwriter, author and TV/radio personality in her own right. The WSHOF not only celebrates these established women songwriters, but also serves as a resource for developing new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships. The Women Songwriters Hall of Fame came into existence to salute these women and many others, whose talents stand solidly beside their male counterparts, but whose acknowledgement is so lacking that Billboard and even fashion magazines have done feature stories on the subject.

On June 25, 2021 at The Museum of Women in the Arts, that all changes. Forever. 

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D-NICE, 2 CHAINZ AND JACK HARLOW ANNOUNCED AS HEADLINE ACTS FOR THIS YEAR’S REIMAGINED ‘PREAKNESS LIVE’ AT PREAKNESS 146 ON SATURDAY, MAY 15th

1/ST EXPERIENCE Celebrates the Return of Live Music with New Entertainment Experience Boasting a World-Class Lineup of Artists & Performers to Broadcast Live In Part on NBC During The Race Day Broadcast and on D-Nice’s #ClubQuarantine

D-Nice’s #ClubQuarantine to Live Stream Second Screen JockeyCam Experience as Part of Preakness LIVE

BALTIMORE, MD | APRIL 21, 2021 – Today, 1/ST, owners of the legendary Preakness Stakes, together with 1/ST EXPERIENCE, leaders in blending the worlds of sports, entertainment and hospitality through uniquely curated events, announce Preakness LIVE, a wholly reimagined entertainment experience for Preakness 146.

Taking place on Saturday, May 15, Preakness LIVE will feature legendary DJ, D-Nice, NAACP Image Awards Entertainer Of The Year, 2 Chainz, Grammy Award-winning rapper and 2020 breakout rapper Jack Harlow. Excerpts of Preakness LIVE performances will be shown on NBC during the live race day broadcast from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET and live on D-Nice’s #ClubQuarantine Instagram. In addition to the live music excitement of Preakness LIVE, D-Nice’s #ClubQuarantine will live stream the Preakness 146 JockeyCam, a thrilling “second screen experience” that will give fans at home a real-time view of what it is like to be a jockey riding in the Preakness Stakes (G1).

Says D-Nice, “”Performing at this year’s Preakness LIVE alongside 2 Chainz and Jack Harlow is a full circle moment. Last year at this time, I was performing at the nation’s first full-scale, socially distant drive-in concert exclusively for frontline workers at 1/ST Preakness At Home’s Drive-InFieldFest. Now, we are able to come together live for my biggest in-person performance since the pandemic with Preakness LIVE, plus share the experience with my fans all over the world on my #ClubQuarantine Instagram. I’m excited to bring my energy and lift people’s spirits in this safe and socially-distant live experience.”

Last May during the pandemic, 1/ST EXPERIENCE reimagined the live entertainment experience with the nation’s first full-scale, socially distant drive-in concert, Drive-InFieldFest hosted by D-Nice exclusively for first responders as part of the 1/ST Preakness At Home livestream event. Now, the experience comes full circle with Preakness LIVE, an in-person concert headlined by D-NICE along with 2 Chainz and Jack Harlow. With the front rows reserved exclusively for first responders and frontline workers, Preakness LIVE will offer a safe, socially distant and more intimate live audience experiencing replacing, for this year, the tradition of InfieldFest.

With standardized COVID-19 protocols in place, Preakness 146 weekend will host 10,000 fans for a socially distant entertainment event. Preakness LIVE will offer socially distanced pods for groups of eight to provide a unique and private concert viewing environment for concertgoers. To amplify the experience, food, drinks, merchandise and more will be accessible via mobile phone ordering and served directly to guests in their seated pods along with contactless wagering via the 1/ST BET app.

Tickets for Preakness LIVE can be purchased online at www.preakness.com/tickets beginning Wednesday, April 21. Pods are sold in packages of eight (8) between $360 – $2,000 (or $45 – $350 per person) depending on distance from the stage for the private viewing area.

“This year has given us an opportunity to maximize our entertainment offering and reimagine the race day experience for fans utilizing our ample outdoor spaces,” said Jimmy Vargas, Chief Executive Officer, 1/ST EXPERIENCE. “Sporting and music events around the world have evolved to address safety precautions surrounding COVID-19, and we are proud to again innovate world-class entertainment in a safe and comfortable environment, while using our digital capabilities to share the experience globally.”

One of the most anticipated and celebrated annual sporting events, Preakness weekend features two-days of world-class Thoroughbred horse racing and entertainment. Past performers include Wyclef Jean, Kygo, Post Malone, Sam Hunt, Juice WRLD, the Chainsmokers, and many more top artists.

The year’s event will also feature elevated food and beverage concessions for Preakness 146, such as DIAGEO premium spirits brands, and official wine sponsors Kendall-Jackson and La Crema, who will be activating a pop-up wine tasting experience.

Wagering on Preakness 146 can be enjoyed regardless of where fans are viewing the race day card with handicapping tools available on the 1/ST BET app. Part of the 1/ST TECHNOLOGY suite of handicapping and betting products, 1/ST BET is changing the game by delivering a user-friendly experience that suits everyone from the experienced horseplayer to the first-timer.

For more information about Preakness, please visit www.preakness.com or follow the excitement on
social media @PreaknessStakes and #Preakness.