Presented by the Critics Choice Association on Monday, December 6 in Century City

(Los Angeles, CA, – November 10, 2021) – The Critics Choice Association announced today the final list of honorees for the annual Celebration of Black Cinema & Television, taking place on Monday, December 6 at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel.

The event, hosted by Emmy Award-winning actress and producer Niecy Nash (“Claws,” “When They See Us”) will include 16 award categories as part of a star-studded night honoring standout achievements in Black filmmaking and television.

The Celebration of Black Cinema & Television will honor the following:

Award winning writer, director, producer, and film distributor Ava DuVernay will be receiving the first-ever Melvin Van Peebles Trailblazer Award. Her slate of current projects includes the narrative film adaptation of the bestselling book “Caste” for Netflix, along with television projects “Colin in Black and White” and “Wings of Fire” for Netflix, “Home Sweet Home” for NBC, “Queen Sugar” and “Cherish the Day” for OWN, and “DMZ” and “One Perfect Shot” for HBO Max.

“We are truly honored to name our prestigious Trailblazer Award after Melvin Van Peebles,” said Shawn Edwards, CCA Board Member and Executive Producer of the Celebration of Black Cinema & Television. “Van Peebles inspired a generation of filmmakers. He was a true maverick and a visionary cinematic genius. We’re thrilled that Melvin’s son, Mario will be presenting the award to Ava DuVernay, as the first recipient of the Melvin Van Peebles Trailblazer Award.”

Two-time Academy Award-nominated actor Will Smith will receive the Actor Award for Film for his role in “King Richard,” which follows the journey of Richard Williams, the father who was instrumental in raising two of the most extraordinarily gifted athletes of all time, Venus and Serena Williams.

Emmy and PGA Award-winning director and producer Antoine Fuqua will receive the Director Award for Film. Among his many credits, Fuqua is best known for directing “Training Day,” and most recently “The Guilty” starring Jake Gyllenhaal which can be seen on Netflix.

The cast of the Netflix film “The Harder They Fall,” which includes Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Zazie Beetz, Regina King, Delroy Lindo, LaKeith Stanfield, Deon Cole, R.J. Cyler, Edi Gathegi, and Danielle Deadwyler, will receive the Ensemble Award.

Academy and Emmy Award-nominated actress Ruth Negga will receive a Special Honoree Award for her recent role in the critically acclaimed Netflix film “Passing,” the story of a Black woman who finds her world upended when her life becomes intertwined with a former childhood friend who is passing as white.

Grammy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated actress Danielle Brooks will receive the Actress Award for Television for her role in the Lifetime movie “Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia” based on one of the most revered gospel singers in history, Mahalia Jackson. She is also well-known for her role in Netflix’s acclaimed series “Orange is the New Black.”

César Award-winning French actor Omar Sy will receive the Actor Award for Television for his impressive work in Netflix’s “Lupin.” He also appeared in the critically acclaimed film “The Intouchables.”

Emmy nominee Robin Thede will receive the Showrunner Award for HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show.” She is also the creator, executive producer, writer and star of the eight-time Emmy-nominated variety sketch series.

Toheeb Jimoh will receive the Breakthrough Award for his role on the Apple TV+ series “Ted Lasso” where he plays the young Nigerian footballer Sam Obisanya.

Emmy Award-nominated actor Kenan Thompson will receive a Special Honoree Award recognizing his work on both NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” where he is the longest-serving cast member, and his eponymous comedy “Kenan.”

Tony Award winner Patina Miller will receive a Special Honoree Award for her starring role in the Starz series “Power Book III: Raising Kanan,” the third installment in the “Power” universe that chronicles the early years of Kanan Stark, played by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

Natasha Rothwell will receive a Special Honoree Award for her acclaimed role as Belinda Lindsey on HBO’s “The White Lotus.” She also serves as a writer, series regular and consulting producer on HBO’s “Insecure.”

As previously announced, Halle Berry will receive the Career Achievement Award, Anthony Anderson will receive the Producer Award for Television, Jennifer Hudson will be honored with the Actress Award for Film, and Barry Jenkins will receive the Director Award for Television.

About the Critics Choice Association (CCA)

The Critics Choice Association is the largest critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing almost 500 media critics and entertainment journalists. It was established in 2019 with the formal merger of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, recognizing the intersection between film, television, and streaming content. For more information, visit:


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Scripps Networks celebrates the holidays with five new original movies on ION and Bounce

Vivica A. Fox, Romeo Miller, Colin Egglesfield, Michelle Borth, Juliana Harkavy, Claire Coffee & George Stults headline the casts

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ATLANTA (Oct. 21, 2021) – Five new original holiday movies will premiere on ION and Bounce beginning Sunday, Nov. 21. In total, the Scripps Networks will combine to air over 200 hours of holiday movies and programming. Last year, ION ranked No. 1 among all networks airing original holiday programming. *

The new original Scripps Networks holiday movies for 2021:

“Who is Christmas Eve?” – Premieres 8 p.m., Nov. 21
Eve Simmons (Paige Hurd, Power Book II: Ghost, Hawaii Five-O) was abandoned as an infant on the steps of a church 30 years ago on Christmas Eve. Now, struggling to move forward with her life, she embarks on a search to uncover the mystery of her birth with the help of her boyfriend Curtis (Romeo Miller, Romeo!, Empire) and famed investigative genealogist Pam Slaton (Juliana Harkavy, Arrow). The movie is inspired by actual events from Slaton’s real-life cases, and she serves as a producer.

“Christmas Down Under” – Premieres 8 p.m., Nov. 21
After a fight with her husband (Paul O’Brien, Home & Away, Neighbors), a tightly wound wife (Justine Kacir, Home & Away) follows him to his hometown of Sydney, Australia, in hopes of saving their marriage. Tracking him down proves complicated, and she must rely on an Aboriginal tour guide and a social media influencer ride-share driver to help – all just days before Christmas.

“A Christmas Witness” – Premieres 8 p.m., Nov. 28
A no-nonsense federal marshal (Arielle Kebbel, Ballers, The Vampire Diaries) is tasked with protecting a low-level, charming mobster (Colin Egglesfield, Rizzoli & Isles, All My Children) until he testifies against his mafia boss two days after Christmas.

“ The Christmas Thief ” – Premieres 8 p.m., Dec. 5
Lana Lawton (Michelle Borth, Hawaii Five-O), a fledgling private eye home for the holidays, realizes the only way to save her career is by solving a string of local burglaries where the main suspect is Santa Claus. With little evidence and having to contend with a local detective with an investigative style that clashes with hers, the season may prove to be anything but holly and jolly. Vivica A. Fox co-stars as the head of a local detective agency.

“A New Lease on Christmas” – Premieres 8 p.m., Dec. 11
A single real estate agent (Clair Coffee, Grimm, Lincoln Rhymes – Hunt for the Bone Collector) falls for a handsome coffee shop owner (George Stults, 7th Heaven) – only to discover that the job she just took requires her to evict him from his shop.

In addition, Laff will air a week of primetime family-friendly holiday movies beginning Dec. 6 and Grit will present holiday-themed Westerns on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

About Scripps

The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) is a diversified media company focused on creating a better-informed world. As the nation’s fourth-largest local TV broadcaster, Scripps serves communities with quality, objective local journalism and operates a portfolio of 61 stations in 41 markets. The Scripps Networks reach nearly every American through the national news outlets Court TV and Newsy and popular entertainment brands ION, Bounce, Grit, Laff, Court TV Mystery, Defy TV and TrueReal. Scripps is the nation’s largest holder of broadcast spectrum. Scripps runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and is the longtime steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”

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*Source: Nielsen Media Research, A25-54 C3 Impressions, 2020 (11/26/20 – 1/1/21), competitive set based on networks with original holiday movies, total day excluding kids programming.

New Bounce original documentary focuses on police relationship with the Black community

‘Protect or Neglect’ world premieres Oct. 27

ATLANTA (Oct. 20, 2021) – Bounce, the first broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, will explore the topic of policing and the Black community with the world premiere of “Protect or Neglect” at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday, Oct. 27. The exclusive new, one-hour Bounce Original documentary will be available on Bounce’s popular subscription streaming service Brown Sugar starting Oct. 28.

“Protect or Neglect” looks at decades of turmoil between the Black community and police officers. With interviews from brutality survivors, academics, civil rights attorneys, former police staff and entertainment luminaries, the special looks to address the age-old question: “Who guards the guardians?”

“The deaths of Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Breanna Taylor, George Floyd and too many others have drawn worldwide attention, and the powerful voice of the Black Lives Matter movement has sparked a global conversation on the subject of the treatment and value of Black people in America,” said Bounce general manager Cheryle Harrison. “Bounce plays an important role in the Black community, and ‘Protect or Neglect’ was produced to amplify this discussion and let voices be heard.”

Among those interviewed in “Protect or Neglect:” Cedric The Entertainer and his daughter Lucky Kyles, political activist and former House member Stacey Abrams, retired LAPD sergeant Cheryl Dorsey, “A Million Little Things” producer Royale Watkins and the co-stars/co-executive producers of Bounce’s “Johnson,” Deji LaRay and Thomas Q. Jones.

Cedric The Entertainer talks openly with his daughter about the emotional toll she deals with watching people who look like her die at the hands and knees of police officers who took an oath to protect.

Dorsey questions the behavior displayed repeatedly towards the Black community by police officers, which, she said, will only end when those officers take responsibility for their actions and are held accountable. When it comes to the police, USC Law Professor Jody Armor vehemently recounts an experience he calls the “Black tax” – a common theme shared by the voices in the documentary.

Abrams, a former candidate for Georgia governor, shares her story of not being let into her own graduation celebration. “It’s not a figment of our imagination,” she says. Jones comments on crimes committed by police officers, while LaRay offers, “I think too many people still don’t acknowledge that abuse exists. …We have to have law enforcement that are willing to not keep this wall of silence.”

According to a Pew Research Center study, nearly 92% of white officers surveyed believe Black people in the U.S. have equal rights, compared to only 29% of Black officers. The documentary asks the question: “How much longer must the Black community go on feeling neglected?”

Bounce (@bouncetv) programming is 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 via Bounce features a programming mix of original series, docuseries 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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Shudder released today the trailer and key art for the new anthology film Horror Noire, a follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2019 documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horrorpremiering Thursday, October 28 on Shudder as well as via the Shudder offering within the AMC+ bundle. Horror Noire will air on AMC at a later date.

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Showcasing stories of Black horror from Black directors and screenwriters, Horror Noire features six stories presented together as a two-hour film starring Lesley-Ann Brandt (Lucifer, Spartacus), Luke James (The Chi, Thoughts of a Colored Man), Erica Ash (Survivor’s Remorse, A Black Lady Sketch Show), Brandon Mychal Smith (Four Weddings and a Funeral, You’re the Worst), Sean Patrick Thomas (Macbeth, The Curse of La Llorona), Peter Stormare (American Gods, Fargo), Malcolm Barrett (Genius: Aretha Franklin, Timeless), Tony Todd (Candyman, Night of the Living Dead), and Rachel True (The Craft, Half & Half), among others.

The new and adapted stories are written by husband-and-wife writing duo Tananarive Due (My Soul to Keep, Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror) and Steven Barnes (Lion’s Blood), Ezra Claytan Daniels (BTTM FDRS), Victor LaValle (The Ballad of Black Tom, The Changeling,Shernold Edwards (All Rise, Anne with an E); and, Al Letson (Reveals).

The six stories featured in the anthology are: “Daddy,” “Bride Before You,” “Brand of Evil,” “The Lake,” “Sundown” and “Fugue State.”

Horror Noire is produced by Swirl Films, and Executive Producers include ID8 Multimedia’s Shelby Stone and Derek Dudley, in addition to Eric Tomosunas, founder of Swirl Films and Ron RobinsonDr. Robin R. Means Coleman, author of the groundbreaking book Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present, is consulting on the anthology, as well as Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror documentary producers Ashlee Blackwell, Phil Nobile Jr. and Kelly Ryan.


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Competition Series “The Big Holiday Food Fight” Hosted By Kym Whitley Premieres Tuesday, November 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

“A Chestnut Family Christmas” Starring Meagan Holder and Brad James Premieres Tuesday, November 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

“A Sisterly Christmas” Starring Deborah Joy Winans and Kendrick Cross Premieres Tuesday, December 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

“A Christmas Stray” Starring Andra Fuller and Rhyon Nicole Brown

Premieres Tuesday, December 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

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Los Angeles – Now in its third year, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is expanding its “OWN For The Holidays” annual tradition with the addition of a fast-paced and exciting holiday-themed cooking competition series hosted by Kym Whitley, “The Big Holiday Food Fight.” The new five-episode series will air Tuesday nights beginning November 16, leading up to this season’s original Christmas movies which will debut on consecutive Tuesdays beginning November 30. True to OWN’s annual holiday movie theme, each original movie celebrates and honors the deeper meaning of the season — giving to others and putting friends and family first. The movies will also air concurrently on discovery+. 

 “The Big Holiday Food Fight” premieres Tuesday, November 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, moving to its regular 8:00 p.m. ET/PT time slot on Tuesday, November 23.

 It’s ‘knives out’ (but in a good way) when “The Big Holiday Food Fight” makes its debut on OWN this November. Hosted by Kym Whitley, this exciting holiday-themed cooking competition series from SallyAnn Salsano and 495 Productions (“Peace of Mind with Taraji,” “The Real,” “Jersey Shore” “Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Party Challenge”) celebrates the holidays with traditions, family recipes and a side order of fierce competition. In each episode, we crown a new King or Queen of the holiday table and put a little jingle in their pocket with enough cash to tackle some fierce Christmas shopping.

 Three home cooks will bust out their most beloved holiday family recipes and ‘jingle bell rock’ the kitchen in a multi-stage cook-off that will leave only one home chef standing at the end of each episode — and the winner of a $5,000 stocking stuffed with cash. Appetizers, side dishes and desserts take center stage each week as our cooks are challenged to whip up their best family-favorite recipes to wow our accomplished judges, Gina Neely, Darnell ‘SuperChef’ Ferguson and James Wright Chanel. At the end of each round, our panel of judges will decide who stays for the next round and who gets booted out in the cold.

 First Look: “The Big Holiday Food Fight”

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 “A Chestnut Family Christmas” Premieres Tuesday, November 30 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Starring Meagan Holder (“Nina Chestnut”) and Brad James (“Malcolm Butler”) 

When a talented pastry chef, currently working as a live-in cook, accidentally commits to hosting her family for the holidays, she poses as the wealthy homeowner in order to impress them and to remove the “black sheep” burden she has been carrying her whole life. All seems to be going well, until everyone’s secrets are exposed and relationships begin to unravel. “A Chestnut Family Christmas” is produced for OWN by MarVista Entertainment in association with Harpo Films.

 First Look: “A Chestnut Family Christmas”

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 “A Sisterly Christmas” Premieres Tuesday, December 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Starring Deborah Joy Winans (“Kristina Marshall”) and Kendrick Cross (“Keith Fisher”)

Two sisters, one who loves Christmas and everything that comes with it and the other who can be the scroogiest of Scrooges, receive an early Christmas gift: an inheritance that takes them on a once-in-a-lifetime luxury holiday vacation. Their Christmas proves to be more than they bargained for when they run into their childhood rival, now a Broadway star who digs in on these sisters, testing their resolve as women and their bonds of sisterhood. “A Sisterly Christmas” is produced for OWN by MarVista Entertainment in association with Harpo Films.

 First Look: “A Sisterly Christmas Trailer”

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 “A Christmas Stray” Premieres Tuesday, December 14 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT  

Starring Andra Fuller (“Ethan”) and Rhyon Nicole Brown (“Foster”)

A tightly-wound corporate executive, finds himself hopelessly stranded in a small mountain town on Christmas Eve, unable to shake the adorable stray dog who ran him off the road, and irresistibly drawn to the free-spirited, local veterinarian who is sorely in need of some Christmas magic herself. “A Christmas Stray” is produced for OWN by MarVista Entertainment in association with Harpo Films.

First Look: “A Christmas Stray”  

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Johnson Season One Seen by 5.7 Million Viewers, Season Two Coming in 2022

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ATLANTA (Oct. 14, 2021) — The just-completed inaugural season of the newest Bounce original series Johnson was seen by 5.7 million unduplicated viewers 2+ and launched as the most-watched half-hour series in Bounce history.

Bounce has renewed Johnson for a second season, with all-new episodes coming in 2022. The complete first season is available on Bounce’s popular streaming service Brown Sugar, as are all Bounce originals.

Johnson is a dramedy that focuses on life-long best friends, all of whom share the same last name, centering around their intriguing and sometimes complicated journey of love, friendship, heartbreak and personal growth. The series is produced in partnership with Cedric The Entertainer and Eric Rhone’s A Bird & A Bear Entertainment and Deji LaRay (the show’s creator) and Thomas Q. Jones’ Midnight Train Productions. Johnson’s ensemble cast is led by D.L. Hughley, LaRay (Bosch, Greenleaf), Jones (P. Valley, Luke Cage, Being Mary Jane), Philip Smithey (Switched At Birth, The Rookie) and Derrex Brady (NCIS, First).

Bounce (@bouncetv) is the leading broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving 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 via Bounce features a programming mix of original series, docuseries 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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Apple’s “Swagger,” from NBA superstar Kevin Durant, creator Reggie Rock Bythewood and Brian Grazer, to make global debut on Friday, October 29

O’Shea Jackson Jr., Isaiah Hill and Academy Award nominee Quvenzhané Wallis to star in drama series inspired by Kevin Durant’s youth basketball experiences

Apple today announced that the first season of the highly anticipated drama series, “Swagger” from creator and showrunner Reggie Rock Bythewood, NBA superstar Kevin Durant and Imagine’s Brian Grazer, will premiere globally on Apple TV+ on October 29, 2021. The 10-episode first season will premiere with the first three episodes, followed by one new episode weekly every Friday thereafter through December 17, 2021. The series hails from Thirty Five Ventures, Imagine Television Studios, CBS Studios and Undisputed Cinema.

Inspired by Durant’s experiences, “Swagger” explores the world of youth basketball, and the players, their families and coaches who walk the fine line between dreams and ambition, and opportunism and corruption. Off the court, the show reveals what it’s like to grow up in America.

The new series is led by an ensemble cast of stars including O’Shea Jackson Jr., Isaiah Hill, Academy Award nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, Shinelle Azoroh, Tessa Ferrer, Caleel Harris, James Bingham, Solomon Irama, Ozie Nzeribe and Tristan Mack Wilds.

Jackson stars as Ike, a former star player who’s now a youth basketball coach; Hill stars as Jace Carson, a basketball phenomenon who is one of the top-ranked youth basketball players in the country; Azoroh plays Jenna, Jace’s mother who is determined to chart NBA success for her son; Ferrer plays Meg Bailey, a former basketball player and coach for a rival team; Wallis plays Crystal, a top young basketball player; Harris plays Musa, the team’s glue and point guard; Bingham plays Drew Murphy, a player from an affluent part of town; Irama plays Phil Marksby, the enforcer for a rival team; Nzeribe plays Royale, a sub-par player with a wealthy dad; and Wilds plays Alonzo Powers, the grassroots division leader at a major shoe company.

“Swagger” is created by Bythewood, who also writes, directs and serves as showrunner and executive producer alongside Durant and Grazer. The series is produced for Apple by Thirty Five Ventures, Imagine Television Studios, CBS Studios and Undisputed Cinema. Also serving as executive producers are Rich Kleiman, Samie Kim Falvey, Francie Calfo and Samantha Corbin-Miller.

Apple TV+ offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across all your favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service in its debut. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries, and series have been honored with 138 wins and 517 awards nominations.

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“BMF” is inspired by the true story of two brothers, Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory ( Demetrius Flenory, Jr.) and Terry “Southwest T” Flenory (Da’Vinchi), from the inner-city streets of southwest Detroit in the late 1980’s, who fostered the most prominent drug trafficking organization in the U.S., known as “Black Mafia Family.”

This series explores the brothers’ lives, their family dynamics and their relationship with the community in an authentic manner that highlights their upbringing in a traditional family unit. Their parents Charles Flenory (Russell Hornsby) and Lucille Flenory (Michole Briana White), as well as their spiritual advisor, Pastor Swift (Snoop Dogg), push the brothers to pursue formal educations.

The tension between Meech and Terry’s blood family and the criminal family they formed to eradicate themselves from poverty creates inner conflict as the brothers pursue the ever-elusive American Dream.

BMF is lead by a talented group of Executive Producers – RANDY HUGGINS
CURTIS “50 CENT” JACKSON – ANNE CLEMENTS – TERRI KOPP – TASHA SMITH and ANTHONY WILSON. But the entire cast and crew seems to be successfully conveying the life and times of a Detroit Drug operation with a very compelling story. The series has a fresh young cast that delivers stand out performances. Demetrius Flenory Jr portrays his father “Meech” and with soon generate a buzz that could translate into strong acting career.

(Demetrius “Meech” Flenory)
Demetrius “Lil Meech” Flenory, Jr., is an American actor who was born on April 22, 2000 in Miami, Florida. He is the only son of Demetrious Flenory, Sr., “Big Meech” from Detroit, Michigan. He attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas from 2018-2019. A natural born entertainer, Demetrius soon turned to acting and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career. After years of working with private acting coaches honing his craft, he landed his first big role as the lead character on the STARZ Lionsgate series, “BMF,” where he portrays his father Big Meech.

Lil Meech states, playing this role “Is a dream come true for me.” “BMF” is scheduled to premiere on September 26, 2021. He is casted in several upcoming movies scheduled to release in 2021 and 2022.

Lil Meech is managed by BMF Management.


CHARLES FLENORY (Russell Hornsby)
Meech’s and Terry’s father, who’s a God-fearing, hard-working man that goes from one shift as an auto worker to another job as a maintenance man — and still doesn’t make enough money to keep his family afloat. Charles clashes constantly with Meech, whom he considers a bad influence on his “good” son Terry, until he discovers that Terry is actually working with his brother in the drug game. He tries to convince his wife, Lucille, but she’s not hearing him and more tension develops in their relationship. Eventually, Charles will learn that his wife has been hiding the fact that their home is in foreclosure. He stubbornly refuses to accept Meech’s “tainted” money — despite her pleas to let
Meech help.

LUCILLE FLENORY (Michole Briana White)
Meech and Terry’s mother, a hard-working, religiously devout, stern but loving woman who tries to run a decent, God-fearing household despite privation and poverty. Lucille has no idea how Terry has already been subsumed into the drug trade, or that the gun she finds in her sons’ bedroom is actually Terry’s, not Meech’s, as she assumes. She’s blinded by her desire for Terry to become the first male in their family to graduate high school. Lucille has also been keeping the fact that the house is in foreclosure secret from her husband, Charles, because she doesn’t want to add to his already enormous stress level. However, she wishes he would bend and accept the cash from Meech that would solve their problem, and she becomes frustrated when he refuses to do so.

(Demetrius Flenory Jr)
Charming and ambitious, Demetrius is a Detroit Street legend in the making. A high school dropout, who is hungry for his slice of the American dream. Meech always thinks three moves ahead. As a result, he quickly advances from a corner boy to a mid-level man on the make. He’s determined to lift his family out of poverty by becoming the King of Detroit and more, by any means necessary.

Meech’s younger brother, who is a high school student and the apple of his parents’ eyes. They have no idea that, after school, Terry is a gun-toting crack dealer who is very much a part of his brother’s growing drug operation. Unlike the calm and collected Meech, Terry is a hothead who believes in standing his ground. Excited over the recent birth of his baby son, he’s unaware that life is about to deal him an unexpected blow — when he is waylaid outside his girlfriend’s house.

(Ajiona Alexus)
She’s a “Southern belle with grit,” that is carrying a dark secret. Kato is one of Meech and Terry’s “corner gang” who sells drugs for the brothers. She gets into trouble with Terry when she discounts their product, arguing that they’re not making sales because their crack has gotten too expensive.

(Eric Kofi Abrefa)
A fearsome thug in a doo-rag, who has recently returned to the neighborhood after a stint in a mental hospital. Lamar, was locked up there instead of going to prison, where he really belonged. A legend in his own time and a casual killer, who becomes livid when he sees Meech leaving his girlfriend’s house. Lamar becomes even more incensed when he discovers that Meech and his crew have taken over the crack trade that he left two years ago. He’s out to return things back to the way they used to be, by any means necessary, which puts him and Meech on a collision course.

(Steve Harris)
Meech’s former baseball coach, who is also a police officer. He does favors for Meech and gets laced with cash in return. The question is how long can a person protecting and serving the community continue to play both sides of the fence.

(Yusef Thomas)
Meech and Terry’s neighbor, who both confide in a call on whenever they’re in a jam. Roland has been friends with both Meech and Terry since they were kids, so he’s smart enough to stay out the middle of their sibling rivalry.

(Ticarus Bunch)
Seen in 2005, he gives Meech a hero’s welcome back to the old neighborhood — along with hundreds of other friends and fans.

(Laila Pruitt)
Meech and Terry’s little sister, who helps maintain the brother’s secret – that Terry is selling drugs with Meech. Nicole is a bright and personable young lady with a smart mouth, who constantly lives in the shadows of her brothers so she begins to act out for attention.

(Loren Palmer)
She’s Meech and Terry’s little sister, who loves to dance and get in the middle of her brother’s rivalry.

(Wood Harris)
He’s the proprietor of the local barber shop — actually a front for a drug and after-hours spot. He has a real affection for Meech, whom he has taught everything he knows about the drug trade. But he insists that they go slow when it comes to slinging rocks — and Meech is getting impatient with Pat’s old school views. He thinks it’s time that he and Terry branched off on their own — but how Pat will react to their independent streak remains an open question.

(Sydney Mitchell)
Terry’s girlfriend and baby’s mother, who is doing everything she can to hold on to the first man she’s ever loved. She knows Terry loves her and their newborn son, but Lawanda also knows that he loves running with his brother Meech. As the drama escalates with the Flenory brothers’ the drug war on the streets, the question becomes does Lawanda ride it out with her man, or seek refuge for her and her child.

(Arkeisha “Kash Doll” Knight)
She’s a sultry, sexy woman who is having a torrid affair with Meech. What he doesn’t yet realize is that she is the ex-girlfriend of Lamar, and the mother of his young daughter.

(Myles Truitt)
Brian Mickie or B-Mickie as he’s affectionately known on the streets is the third wheel of Meech and Terry’s drug partnership and he’s been down with the Flenory brothers since day one. A “street-lifer, philosophizing stoner” who has more than a propensity for violence. B-Mickie’s a shooter. He’s a Master Chef in the kitchen when it comes to cooking cocaine into rocks and he’s secretly sleeping with someone that could jeopardize the integrity of their crew.

(Myles Bullock)
An older member of Jay-Mo’s gang with quick wits and a slick tongue. We’ll also discover that Slick has history with another imposing figure in the streets, who he’ll help overturn the balance of power.

(Holmes Lindsay IV)
Jay-Mo is the leader of the 12th Street Boys, who are Meech and Terry’s biggest rivals. Seeking more muscle, he tries to recruit Lamar into his gang – but Lamar is strictly a lone wolf – for now.

(Snoop Dogg)
Pastor Swift is the spiritual advisor of the Flenory Family. He is a man of The Word with the aura of an ex-con who believes in the power of the Lord. He helps the family welcome Terry home. Pastor Swift eventually ingratiates himself into every part of the Flenory’s life, helping the family find a lawyer, and becoming a confidant.

(Alani “La La” Anthony)
She is the wife of a flamboyant drug dealer that Meech and Terry befriend. She sees something in Terry, a seriousness and sense of purpose she feels she can harness to make herself rich and powerful. She develops a friendship with him and his confidant and eventually, his lover, putting everything Terry has built out on the streets at stake.

Lori Walker is Demetrius Flenory’s girlfriend, who is also the mother of his child “Neeka.” Walker is a smart, driven, yet naive college athlete who once fell for Meech’s bad boy charm. Walker is more mature and clear-eyed now. Her world centers more around her daughter, and she expects less out of Meech, which makes him want her more.

(Christian Robinson)
Tiny is a street smart guy who is all about his money. He is the nemesis of Meech and Terry, until Meech makes him an offer he can’t refuse.

No Melvin – No Us!

Infinite honors to our beacon toward Entertainment Excellence and equality.

By Richard Lei

April 30, 1995
In the spring of 1971, Huey P. Newton, minister of defense of the Black Panther Party, and Bobby Seale, the party’s chairman, went to see a low-budget, X-rated movie. “The first truly revolutionary Black film made,” Newton later called it in the party’s newspaper. Seale urged all “brothers and sisters in the struggle” to see Melvin Van Peebles’ “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song.”

Thank you Brother Melvin for paving the way! Rest well until we do it again!

Melvin Van Peebles

August 21, 1932 – September 21, 2021


Sculpture to honor former mayor’s life and legacy;

Artwork will stand in front of City Hall

Newark, NJ – September 13, 2021 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., and other dignitaries will unveil a statue honoring former Mayor Kenneth A. Gibson on Tuesday, September 14, at 11 a.m. in front of City Hall, located on 920 Broad Street.

The eight-foot bronze statue will honor the life and legacy of Mayor Gibson, Newark’s first African American mayor, who served for 16 years, from 1970 to 1986. He led Newark’s efforts to overcome the physical and spiritual damage inflicted upon the city by the 1967 Rebellion.

Mayor Gibson is well known for his famous quote, “Wherever America’s cities are going, Newark will get there first.” He passed away in 2019, at 86 years of age.

The sculpture was created by Mississippi native Thomas Jay Warren and will stand in front of City Hall. Over the course of a 34-year career, Warren has created 50 public monuments in 19 states and Canada. His portfolio of sculptures include U.S. Representative Donald Payne, Sr., as well as civil rights figures Rosa Parks and Medgar Evers.