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.

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Brown Sugar Highlights The Every-Woman This Women’s History Month

Pam Grier (Courtesy Photo)

ATLANTA, GA (March 8, 2021) – Brown Sugar, the popular subscription streaming service from Bounce, is celebrating Women’s History Month by honoring those who deserve it most: the every-woman, through both a curated collection and popular returning titles this March.

Among the highlights for March’s I’m Every Woman curated collection: Pam Grier stars in The Arena as a gladiator in ancient Rome as well as in Big Doll House where she teams up with Judy Brown and Roberta Collins to escape an island where they’ve been held hostage by unruly men; Cleopatra Jones starring Tamara Dobson as an FBI agent trying to rescue her kidnapped boyfriend and clear his name; TNT Jackson, where Jeanne Bell travels to Hong Kong to rescue her missing brother; Black Emanuelle with Laura Gemser as a photojournalist exploring her sexual identity through torrid affairs; Queen Bee at the top of her game in Beyoncé: On Top; while waiting for Rihanna’s next album to drop fans can watch Rihanna, No Regrets; Get Christy Love! which stars Teresa Graves as an undercover LA police officer; The Dempsey Sisters showcases Cymphonique Miller, Denyce Lawton and Teairra Mari returning to their musical roots; Terri Vaugh and Vanessa Williams star as sisters who team up to start a bakery with their dear friend played by Rachel True in Sugar Mamas; Lola Falana is Lady Cocoa who is released from prison and has to testify against her ex-boyfriend: a group of friends team to find their friend her true love in Ladies Book Club; and more.

New titles joining the Brown Sugar family this month include Lara and the Beat with Somekele Iyamah and Seryi Shay as the Giwa sisters fighting to save their father’s musical empire and The Penthouse where Robin Givens is held hostage by a twisted man from her music mogul father’s past.

Also new this month is season seven of In The Cut starring Dorien Wilson (The Parkers, Dream On) as Jay Weaver who is adjusting to married life with Cheryl, played by Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show, The First Family), all the while co-owning the barbershop and beauty salon together. The hilarious cast added two TV veterans Mark Curry (Hanging With Mr. Cooper) and Kim Coles (Living Single) this latest season only upping the hijinks.

Returning to Brown Sugar this month are classic karate hits Black Shampoo about a hairdresser whose extramarital affairs stray into dangerous territory, The Return of Superfly starring Nathan Purdee as an ex-priest who comes to New York to bust up the crack game; The Fighting Black Kings which sees competitors from all over the world coming together for the ultimate karate tournament, the action crime comedy Let’s Do It Again directed by and starring Sidney Poitier among an all-star cast and many more.

Brown Sugar is available on Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Comcast Xfinity X1, Amazon Channels, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Kindle, Android TV, Windows/Xbox, Android and Apple smartphones and tablets and web browsers via There is a free 7-day initial trial period for subscribers with a retail price of $3.99/month thereafter. Visit for more information.

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New Episode Spotlighting the Next Generation of Black Artists, Leaders and Community Activists Airs Tuesday, March 9 (10:00 – 11:00 P.M. EST) on ABC

Top Left: Marsai Martin (credit: ABC/Nick Agro); Top Right: H.E.R (credit: ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua)

Bottom (l-r): Patrisse Cullors, Chi Ossé, Tianna Arata, Sunny Hostin (credit: ABC/Nick Agro)

Marsai Martin, actress and Executive Producer of 2019 film “Little,” guest hosts the second episode of the critically acclaimed/ratings highlight primetime newsmagazine “Soul of a Nation.” This episode features the next generation of Black Americans and their unique ability to trail blaze, innovate and live on the cutting-edge no matter what they have to overcome. Martin, ABC News’ Adrienne Bankert, Sunny Hostin, Zachary Kiesch and Janai Norman lead the hour which follows TikTok influencers as they navigate the popular social media app, unpacks the importance of Afrofuturism, details the history of sneaker culture and explores the story of Miss Lucille Burden Osborne, a woman who grew up with relatives who had been enslaved. The episode concludes with a musical performance by singer H.E.R.

The second episode of this historic six-episode series will air Tuesday, March 9 (10:00 – 11:00 p.m. EST) on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.

The second episode of “Soul of a Nation” includes the following stories and conversations:

Young Black content creators have made their voices heard on the wildly popular social media platform TikTok, despite accusations that it has become a vehicle for misappropriation and questionable practices. Norman speaks with influencers Jalaiah Harmon (Atlanta) and Taylor Cassidy (St. Louis, Mo.) as they take viewers behind the scenes of their viral videos and the business that is their brand.
What do fantasy, technology, fashion, and activism have to do with survival for the Black community? Everything, according to Afrofuturists. Bankert’s report will unpack Afrofuturism as a philosophy, aesthetic, genre and tool for social change with examples ranging from Black Panther to Sun Ra to a STEM educator who wants to inspire the next generation solve the world’s biggest challenges. She speaks with Ruth E. Carter, Ytasha Womack and Justin Shaifer at Atlanta’s SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film, Chicago’s Adler Planetarium and New York’s Spyscape, respectively.
Actor Sterling K. Brown narrates the story of 95-year-old Miss Lucille Burden Osborne, the great-granddaughter of Charles McGruder – her enslaved ancestor who was deployed to neighboring plantations as a breeder and created a homestead for his many children after emancipation. Osborne takes viewers on a journey through her family’s complicated past to the future they are now building, thanks to their ancestor.
Hostin moderates a provocative recurring conversation called “In the Kitchen,” where each week a group of talkers and thinkers join her for a candid discussion on current events and the theme of the week. This episode features Tianna Arata, Chi Ossé and Patrisse Cullors, one of the founders of Black Lives Matter.
ESPN’s The Undefeated explores sneaker culture in the Black community. From commercials to music videos, kicks have come a long way from the basketball court to the cover of Vogue. The piece not only explores the past, but where the trends are going for the next generation. Viewers will hear from rapper/actress Saweetie, comedian/actor Deon Cole, Black Lives Matter activist Janaya Future Khan, athlete Mo’ne Davis, Superbowl winning quarterback Tyrod Taylor, YouTube influencers PrettyBoyFredo and Lexi Vee, hip hop historian and author Wes Jackson and The Undefeated’s Domonique Foxworth, Soraya McDonald and Justin Tinsley.
Kiesch sits-down with H.E.R. to discuss her music and her songwriting process. To close out the show H.E.R performs “Fight For You,” from Warner Bros. Pictures’ film “Judas and the Black Messiah.”

“Soul of a Nation,” the first broadcast network newsmagazine that aims to put Black life in America front and center, will present viewers with a unique window into authentic realities of Black life and dive deeper into this critical moment of racial reckoning. It will travel across the country, unpacking issues critical to Black Americans through intimate storytelling, and bridge the past, present and future through a variety of voices and experiences from athletes, entertainers, performers and screenwriters. Each episode will explore a specific theme, including spirituality, Black joy, activism in sports and the racial reckoning that erupted after George Floyd’s death, and familiar faces – performers, activists, scholars and clergy – will gather for an entertaining and provocative conversation “in the kitchen” about current events. A special performance featuring some of the nation’s greatest musicians or spoken word artists will close out each show.

“Soul of a Nation” is executive produced by Eric Johnson and Robe Imbriano, Chantre Camack serves as Executive Editorial Producer, James Adolphus is series director and Marie Nelson is the series creator and Senior Vice President of Integrated Content Strategy at ABC News.

“Soul of a Nation” is the latest original programming from ABC News which has a renewed focus on telling diverse stories across the news division. Previous programming includes the #1-rated “Juneteenth: A Celebration of Overcoming,” three-day division-wide series “Pandemic – A Nation Divided” on the disparity in race and class amid the pandemic, “America in Pain: What Comes Next?” on the protests and outrage across the country in response to the killing of George Floyd and police brutality and systemic racism against Black Americans, the month-long reporting series “Turning Point” and pre-election special “America’s Future: The Power of the Latino Vote.”

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Emmy® and Golden Globe® Nominee Liev Schreiber To Return and Co-Write Script
With Showrunner David Hollander, Who Will Direct

Golden Globe Winner Jon Voight and Kerris Dorsey Also Return

LOS ANGELES – February 24, 2021 – SHOWTIME has announced a RAY DONOVAN feature-length film continuing Ray’s journey, following the hit drama series’ seven-season run on the network. Star Liev Schreiber will return in his Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated role and co-write the script along with series showrunner David Hollander, who will also serve as director. Golden Globe winner Jon Voight will also reprise his role as Mickey Donovan, as will Kerris Dorsey as Ray’s daughter Bridget. The production is tentatively scheduled to begin filming later this year in New York and will air on SHOWTIME. The announcement was made today by Gary Levine and Jana Winograde, Presidents of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.

The new film picks up where season seven left off, with Mickey in the wind and Ray determined to find and stop him before he can cause any more carnage. It will also weave together the present-day fallout from the Donovan/Sullivan feud with Ray and Mickey’s origin story from 30 years ago.

“When RAY DONOVAN went off our air after seven great seasons, we heard from so many of its loyal fans that they were not ready to say goodbye to Ray and the wonderfully dysfunctional Donovan clan,” said Levine. “And so, for them, we are delighted that Liev and David are creating a thrilling new chapter of this iconic series.”

During its 82-episode run from 2013 to 2020, the series earned multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, Writers Guild and Critics’ Choice nominations, with Voight winning a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance By An Actor Role In A Supporting Role In A Series, Mini-Series, Or Motion Picture Made For Television.

The RAY DONOVAN film is executive produced by David Hollander, Liev Schreiber, Mark Gordon, Bryan Zuriff and Lou Fusaro.

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


(LOS ANGELES) – February 24, 2021 – Black Women Film Network (BWFN) — the oldest non-profit organization focused on preparing Black women in the film, television, and new media industries — will honor industry power players Debra L. Lee, Andra Day and Rikki Hughes and others during its annual BWFN Summit taking place as a free virtual experience on Saturday, March 6, 2021 from 12:00PM to 6:00PM EST. Registration is open here.
This signature event is a cultural celebration of Black women in the arts and entertainment industry and features master classes, seminars and activities that connect key industry leaders with aspiring entertainment professionals. 
Presented by Cvent, the 2021 BWFN Summit kicks off during Women’s History Month and will feature 40 Black women professionals from various areas of film and TV. These speakers represent brands such as ColorCreative, BET, WME, NBCUniversal, WarnerMedia, Netflix, Tyler Perry Studios, CNN, Starz and many more. Collectively, their work illustrates this year’s Summit theme: “The Revolution Will Be Digitized: Black Women Leading in New Spaces as Multi-hyphenate Creators.”
Additional sponsors of the Summit include USC Annenberg, Fritz Eyewear by Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Brooklyn Tea, Mahogany Wick Home, Midnight Reflections, World of Chris Collins, ConditionHER, The Rich Idea, Frances Grey NY, Marcus L. Artis Creative, Create Space Company and Just Ice Productions

In keeping with a decades-long tradition of investing in the next generation of storytellers, BWFN will also award three scholarships to college students pursuing careers in film and television. 
“As an organization dedicated to supporting, nurturing and championing Black women in film and TV, we are thrilled to honor trailblazers who exemplify excellence in leadership, artistry and visual storytelling,” says BWFN chair Jaunice Sills McSwain. “At BWFN, we have never been more excited about what the future holds for Black women in this industry and look forward to celebrating our contributions and empowering the next generation of creators at the Summit.” 
The Summit takes place following a phenomenal year for Black women in film and TV. Black women directors released a record number of feature-length films in 2020 including, The Forty-Year-Old Version, Miss Juneteenth, The Old Guard and many more. We ascended to executive positions at major entertainment corporations such as Alana Mayo, President at MGM’s Orion Pictures; Tara Duncan, President at Freeform; Wonya Lucas, President and CEO of Crown Media Family Netwoks which includes the Hallmark Channel; and Channing Dungey, Chairman at Warner Bros. Television Group.
Additionally, BWFN experienced significant growth in its social media following in 2020, amassing an active network of over 40,000 across its Facebook and Instagram platforms.

The 2021 BWFN Summit honorees are:
  • Debra L. Lee –  CEO Emeritus, BET Networks – TrailblazHER Award
  • Andra Day – Golden Globe Nominated Actress & Singer, On Her Shoulders Preservation Award
  • Rikki Hughes – Emmy & Grammy Award-Winning Producer, ProducHER of the Year Award
  • Miki Turner – Award-Winning Photojournalist, Producer & Associate Professor at USC Annenberg, Behind the Lens Award
  • Courtney Neal – Executive Producer & Founder of Create [Space], Black Woman Rising Award
  • Denise Armstrong – Award-Winning Actress, BWFN Member of the Year Award
2021 Summit panels and speakers are:

Join the Head of Branded Podcasts for Entercom Communications, Je-Anne Berry, as she teaches how to start, record, edit, publish, grow, monetize and sustain your podcast!  
Learn the art of pitching to networks and production companies from a buyer and seller’s perspective with The REEL Divas.
Hear from an agent, manager and lawyer about their decision-making process and roles in a writer’s career.  Panelists include: Ashley Holland, Nina Gloster Burrell, Ashley Calloway, and Jaia Thomas. 

A fireside chat offering tips for growing confidence during the audition process and gaining exposure during a pandemic with casting mavens Rhavynn Drummer and Tomii Crump.

Learn tips for how to become successful in hair, makeup, and wardrobe departments with Provi Fulp Ramphal, Shunika Terry, Stevie Martin and Jessica D. Lane Alexander.
Hear from entertainment professionals on how to land your first job in the entertainment industry with Arian Simone, Luchia M. Ashe, Morenike Joela Evans and Sylvetta Christmas. 

Join film critic Mercendez Springer for a live conversation with Andra Day, star of Lee Daniels’ The United States vs Billie Holiday. Joined by Ronda Racha Penrice and 
USC Professor Miki Turner, together these ladies will discuss this new film and the impact of Billie Holiday’s legacy.  

Register for FREE to attend the BWFN Summit here.
About Black Women Film Network
Established in 1997, the Black Women Film Network (BWFN) was founded to prepare black women to enter the film and television industries. The organization seeks to preserve the voice of these women through film and educational programs that empower and inform. A 501(c)3 non-profit, BWFN provides student scholarships, hosts screenings and workshops, and honors individuals who have excelled in this difficult industry. Visit BWFN online at Follow us on Instagram and Facebook.
About Cvent 
Cvent is a leading meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider with nearly 4,000 employees, 30,000 customers, and 300,000 users worldwide. Founded in 1999, the company delivers the most comprehensive event marketing and management platform and offers a global marketplace where event professionals collaborate with venues to create unmatched experiences. The comprehensive Cvent event marketing and management platform offers software solutions to event organizers and marketers for online event registration, venue selection, event marketing and management, virtual and onsite solutions, and attendee engagement. Cvent’s suite of products automate and simplify the entire event management process and maximize the impact of in-person, virtual, and hybrid events.  Hotels and venues use Cvent’s supplier and venue solutions to win more group and corporate travel business through Cvent’s sourcing platforms and to service their customers directly, efficiently and profitably – helping them grow and own their business. Cvent solutions optimize the entire event management value chain and have enabled clients around the world to manage millions of meetings and events. For more information, please visit, or connect with us on FacebookTwitter or LinkedIn.

Press Conference: Reggie Wood to Deliver New Evidence Regarding the Assassination of Malcolm X to his Daughters and the Manhattan DA

February 19, 2021

NEW YORK, NY –– Nationally renowned civil rights attorney Ben Crump and co-counsels Ray Hamlin and Paul Napoli will hold a news conference on Feb. 20 where Reggie Wood (relative of Ray Wood) will reveal evidence of a conspiracy perpetrated by the NYPD and the FBI to assassinate civil rights activist icon Malcolm X in February 1965 in Harlem, New York.

Ray Wood, an undercover police officer at the time, confessed in a deathbed declaration letter that the NYPD and the FBI conspired to undermine the legitimacy of the civil rights movement and its leaders.

Without any training, Wood’s job was to infiltrate civil rights organizations and encourage leaders and members to commit felonious acts. He was also tasked with ensuring that Malcolm X’s security detail was arrested days prior to the assassination, guaranteeing Malcolm X didn’t have door security while at the Audubon Ballroom, where he was killed on Feb. 21, 1965.

The letter written by Mr. Wood will be delivered to three of Malcolm’s daughters, Qubiliah Shabazz, Ilyasah Shabazz and Gamilah Shabazz, who will be present at the press conference on Saturday. Reggie Wood, the relative and administrator of Ray Wood’s estate will read the letter to them.

Three of Malcolm X’s daughters: Qubiliah Shabazz, Ilyasah Shabazz and Gamilah Shabazz
Reggie Wood
Attorney Ben Crump
Attorney Ray Hamlin
Attorney Paul Napoli

Saturday, February 20 at 12:30 p.m. ET

The Shabazz Center
3940 Broadway
New York, NY 10032


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Snowfall returns Wednesday, February 24 with two episodes airing back-to-back beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX and the next day on FX on Hulu

Business is booming in season four of Snowfall

It’s January 1st, 1985. Ronald Reagan has won his re-election campaign proclaiming it is “morning again in America,” but in South Central, Los Angeles, it feels more like the sun is getting low. The demand for crack cocaine is high, and while our crew of dealers led by Franklin Saint (Damson Idris) are benefitting greatly from the rising tide of addiction, they are also starting to become aware of the damage the drug is doing to the people and to the place they love. With the entire nation taking note, the LAPD is diverting serious money and resources to the “war on drugs.” Politicians’ phones are ringing. Powerful people are concerned from the hallways of The White House to those of CIA headquarters, where there are whispers that one of their own may be involved in this burgeoning epidemic.
This season Franklin will be forced to emerge from his near-grave in order to try and regain control over his business and end the rising gang violence in the streets before it becomes an all-out war. Check out season four’s official trailer here 


Episodes 1-4 are now available in the FX Networks Pressroom
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24-Year-Old Entrepreneur Bryce Thompson Delivers $100,000 in Scholarships to 10 HBCU Students Powered by IAMS Foundation and Scholly

Winners surprised in their hometowns with $10,000 check.

Entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist Bryce Thompson

(ATLANTA, GA) – February 9, 2021 – 24-year-old entrepreneur, investor, and former Morehouse student Bryce Thompson awarded $100,000 in scholarships to 10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) students to kick off Black History Month.

Powered by Thompsons’ IAMS Foundation and support from the Scholly app, the scholarship search launched last Fall with the mission of helping ease the financial burden of college tuition amid the negative impacts of a global pandemic, racial violence, and skyrocketing unemployment.

After receiving hundreds of applications, 10 students were selected and awarded their scholarships with a surprise hometown visit by Thompson himself.

The scholarship winners are Jalen Robinson (Morehouse), Tate Toole (Morehouse), Robert Pinkney (Morehouse), Je’Von James Tone (Texas Southern University), Miles Smith (Bethune-Cooke University), Kaleb Perkins (Livingstone College), Daisha Green (Philander Smith College), Taylor Helton (Prairie View A&M University), Ms. Jordan James (Hampton University) and Lindsay Collins (Howard University).

Once a struggling student himself, Thompson vowed to one day give back to students facing financial challenges after his uncle generously paid for his first year of tuition.”I know what it feels like to not know whether you’re going to be able to register for the next semester,” says Thompson, who studied engineering while at Morehouse. “So, to now be in a position to ensure that at least 10 students will be able further their education is an incredible blessing and honor.”

A native of Missouri City, Texas, Thompson began his entrepreneurial journey as a college student when his older brother Branden introduced him to cryptocurrency and investing. He began studying the industry and developed a knack for teaching others how to make profitable investments. Sensing an opportunity to build a following by inspiring others to join the cryptocurrency movement, Thompson, along with his brother Branden and four fellow Morehouse students (Nathan Samuel, Reynaldo Perez, Joshua Stewart, and Ian Jackson) formed the TradeHouse Investment Group. The goal of the company is to teach financial literacy through investment strategies and to provide a platform that offers economic and social advancement to traditionally disenfranchised communities. The partners’ networking savvy and charisma grew the company into a multi-million-dollar business in just 2 years. And it all started at an HBCU.

“I am a testament to how giving back can change the trajectory of one’s life,” he says. “If it were not for my uncle’s generosity, I wouldn’t have been able to attend Morehouse and develop a network of like-minded individuals who would go on to become my business partners. Investing in my community will always be one of the smartest, most valuable business decisions I’ll ever make.”

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About Bryce Thompson
Thompson hopes to encourage people through his story and journey that they too can make a significant impact and hold important roles no matter their age, skin color, or circumstance. He wants to inspire people to go off the beaten path and create their own success through entrepreneurship. If Thompson could say one thing to young people it would be, “Your goals are your goals, and no-one else’s. Believe in your goals and the things that you do because what makes sense to you doesn’t have to make sense to anyone else.”

About Scholly
Scholly, based in Philadelphia, PA, was founded in 2014 by Christopher Gray — then a student — who won 1.3 million in scholarships. Scholly (As seen on Shark Tank and Forbes 30 Under 30) is an app that gives high school students, current college students, and graduate students a fast and simple way to find scholarships for college. The app turns months of looking for money for college into minutes. The Scholly App has been #1 in the iPhone and Android App store for several weeks, and, several cities and states (e.g. Philadelphia, Memphis and Montana) have purchased the app for their students. The app has also been endorsed by the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation and the Gates Millennium Scholars Foundation. The free Scholly app – which offers tips and advice for applying for scholarships — is available through the iPhone and Android app stores. The full version with access to the scholarship matching platform is $2.99 and includes a web version as well. For more information about Scholly visit

About IAMS Foundation

Saints & Sinners: Judgement Day Movie World Premieres on Bounce

Sunday, Feb. 14 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

New Season of Saints & Sinners Debuts April 11

ATLANTA (Feb. 8, 2021) – Bounce, the first and only broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, has set the dates for the return of its top-rated and enormously-popular original drama Saints & Sinners.

Bounce will world premiere Saints & Sinners: Judgment Day – the first-ever Saints & Sinners movie – on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The movie serves as a bridge to the fifth season of the series, which will premiere on Sunday, April 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Saints & Sinners: Judgment Day sees vengeance running rampant and family loyalty ceasing to exist in the small town of Cypress when Mayor Ella Johnson (Vanessa Bell Calloway) is arrested for killing Malik Thompson (Karon Joseph Riley) whose body is found at the bottom of her empty pool. Simultaneously, Ella’s mother Leona (Donna Biscoe) steps in to claim what she believes is rightfully hers — the key to the city — and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals. Robin Givens guest stars.

Saints & Sinners: Judgment Day will be available for viewing on Monday, February 15 on Brown Sugar, Bounce’s popular streaming service, with the complete first four seasons of the series available anytime. Bounce will air a binge-viewing marathon of seasons one-four starting Thursday, April 8 leading up to the season five premiere.

Set against the backdrop of a large southern church, Saints & Sinners centers around the pursuit of power, intertwined with greed, deception, corruption, compromising sexual affairs, and murder. In addition to Calloway and Biscoe, the series stars Clifton Powell, Tray Chaney, Keith Robinson, J.D. Williams, Jasmine Burke, Dawn Halfkenny, and Karon Joseph Riley. The additions to the cast for season five include Gregory Alan Williams (Greenleaf, Chicago Med).

Saints & Sinners 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 the two-hour film, which he also wrote.

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THE EQUALIZER is a reimagining of the classic series starring Academy Award® nominee and multi-hyphenate Queen Latifah (“Chicago,” “Bessie”) as Robyn McCall, an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills as a former CIA operative to help those with nowhere else to turn.

McCall presents to most as an average single mom who is quietly raising her teenage daughter. But to a trusted few, she is The Equalizer – an anonymous guardian angel and defender of the downtrodden, who’s also dogged in her pursuit of personal redemption. Robyn’s clandestine work remains a secret from her smart and observant daughter, Delilah, and her aunt Vi, who lives with Robyn to help her balance life as a working mother. Joining Robyn as champions of justice are William Bishop, her former CIA handler and longtime friend; Melody “Mel” Bayani, an edgy bar owner and a colleague from Robyn’s past; and Harry Keshegian, a paranoid and brilliant white-hat hacker.

As Robyn aids the oppressed and exploited, her work garners the attention of shrewd NYPD Detective Marcus Dante, who doggedly seeks to uncover the identity of the vigilante known as The Equalizer.

Queen Latifah is an Academy Awardnominated and Golden Globe Award-winning actress, Grammy Award-winningrecording artist, Emmy Award-winning producer, label president, author and entrepreneur.  


Latifah received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe nomination and a SAG nomination for her portrayal of Mama Morton in the feature musical “Chicago” and an Emmy Award nomination, Golden Globe Award and SAG Award for her role in the cable film “Life Support.” Additionally, Latifah earned an Emmy Award nomination, Golden Globe nomination and SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for her role in the cable film “Bessie,” which she also produced.


Latifah’s additional topline credits include “Living Single” on television, and the feature films “Girls Trip,” “Hairspray,” “Taxi,” “Set it Off,” “Last Holiday,” “Barber Shop 2: Back in Business,” and voicing the character Ellie in the “Ice Age” film series.


In 1995, Latifah and her producing partner, Shakim Compere, founded Flavor Unit Entertainment. The pair has produced the hit feature comedies “Bringing Down the House,” “Beauty Shop,” “The Perfect Holiday,” “The Cookout,” “Just Wright,” as well as “Bessie” and “Life Support.” Separately, Latifah executive produced the highly successful 2020 cable television film “The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel.”


Flavor Unit’s upcoming feature projects include “The End of the Road” and Ray Giarratana’s “The Tiger Rising,” for which Latifah will both produce and starAlso, she will headline the sports drama “Hustle” opposite Adam Sandler, and Angela Tucker’s teen comedy, “Paper Chase.” 


Latifah is an advocate for scleroderma-associated interstitial lung disease, as her mother suffered from and later succumbed to the disease. Recently, she produced thedocumentary “Beyond Breathless” to bring awareness to the illness, educate the public and share her personal experience living with her mother’s sickness


Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Latifah began her foray into the entertainment industry as a signed rapper, releasing her first album at 19 years old. She revolutionized the hip-hop industry, rapping about topics surrounding her experience as a Black woman. Dubbed the “Queen of Jazz-Rap,” Latifah has released seven studio albums, sold nearly 2 million records worldwide and is the first female hip-hop recording artist to be nominated for an Academy Award.

  Series premieres Sunday, Feb. 7 immediately following Super Bowl LV, on the CBS Television Network. 


ON AIR:  Sundays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT)


FORMAT: Drama (Filmed in HD)

STARRING: Queen Latifah (Robyn McCall)
  Tory Kittles (Detective Marcus Dante)
  Adam Goldberg (Harry Keshegian)
  Liza Lapira (Melody “Mel” Bayani)
  Laya DeLeon Hayes (Delilah)
WITH: Lorraine Toussaint (Viola “Vi” Marsette) 
AND: Chris Noth (William Bishop)

PRODUCED BY: Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with CBS Studios 


Andrew W. Marlowe, Terri Edda Miller, Dana Owens (Queen Latifah), John Davis, John Fox, Debra Martin Chase, Richard Lindheim, Shakim Compere and director Liz Friedlander (pilot only) 


Developed for television by Andrew Marlowe and Terri Miller, as based on the original series co-created by Richard Lindheim 



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Queen Latifah @IAMQUEENLATIFAH @queenlatifah  
Tory Kittles @ToryKittles @torykittles  
Adam Goldberg @TheAdamGoldberg @theadamgoldberg  
Liza Lapira @lizalapira @lizalapira  
Laya DeLeon Hayes @layahayes @layadeleonhayes  
Lorraine Toussaint @LPToussaint @lorrainetoussaint  
Chris Noth n/a @chrisnothofficial  
Andrew Marlowe @AndrewWMarlowe n/a  
Terri Miller @TerriEdda n/a  
Debra Martin Chase @DebraMChase @debramchase