Temmora, aka Reality Star Queen T
Entertainment

“Ms. T’s Music Factory” is Bringing Hollywood to Memphis on the Big Screen Reality Lifetime TV!

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — Former recording artist, Temmora Levy grew up in South Memphis as a foster child not knowing who she was or where she was going to sleep the next day, yet always dreaming of a better life.  Her dreams became a reality when she received a call from Lifetime Producers about having her on reality show on Lifetime TV Network.  Temmora’s dreamed of having the 1st Reality TV Show which was produced in Memphis. “Ms T’s Music Factory” will premiere nationally and internationally on Lifetime TV Network Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 9pm CT. […read more]

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Curtiss Cook ((Photo by: Eric Hobbs)
Atlanta Voice

Single fatherhood pushed ‘The Chi’ star Curtiss Cook to achieve acting goals

ATLANTA VOICE — With appearances on NBC’s hit sci-fi series “Manifest” and FX’s “Mayans M.C.,” and Netflix’s “House of Cards,” actor Curtiss Cook is now a reoccurring character on the popular Showtime’s “The Chi.” Executive produced by Lena Waithe and rapper Common, “The Chi” follows the illustrates life for residents in a neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago and how these characters are connected through a series of events. […read more]

Miss USA, Cheslie Kryst, (Photo: Courtesy biowikis.com)
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Black Women Dominate Miss USA Pageant

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The winner and finalists, which also included another woman of color in the top 5, was also a not-so-subtle reminder and rebuke of President Donald Trump, who once owned the pageant but sold it after he ran for office in 2015 and after he famously disparaged immigrants and individuals of color. […read more]

President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama record a message for ABC "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts, in the Library of the White House., February 2013. (Photo: Pete Souza / Wikimedia Commons)
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Obamas Go Hollywood, Set to Launch Films with Netflix

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The former president and First Lady have announced seven projects that are scheduled to be developed and released in the years to come. The projects include “American Factory,” a documentary from this year’s Sundance Film Festival that examines the clash of cultures in Ohio when a Chinese billionaire sets up a new factory in the old General Motors plant and hires some 2,000 blue-collar Americans. […read more]

T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle, with exciting lives and high stakes careers, this group of loyal friends will continue to support each other as they navigate the complex terrain of balancing family, fame and the hustle.
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VH1’S T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle

NNPA NEWSWIRE — T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle returned with a new season on April 15. In promotion to launch season two of the VH1 reality show hit, I invited Antonia “Toya” Wright and her daughter Reginae Carter to give a peek into season two. Toya is a rapper, businesswoman, and best-selling author of several books: Priceless Inspirations: The Memoir In My Own Words. […read more]

When the trailer for ‘Homecoming,’ her Netflix documentary dropped, the first thing I heard was Dr. Maya Angelou saying: “What I really want to do is be a representative of my race.” As if Queen Bey didn’t already have my heart. (Screen Capture from ‘Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé,’ Netflix/YouTube)
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COMMENTARY: What a Time to Bey

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “It is a magnificent time to be alive in this, the Beyoncé Era. Yes, she breaks records…all the records. Yes, she took command of Vogue hiring the first Black photographer to shoot a cover—ever. Yes, the first Black woman to headline Coachella dedicated her performance to us through an epic celebration of our culture and beloved HBCUs. Yes, when choosing a partner to relaunch Ivy Park her decision is said to have been made based on corporate diversity, representation, and seats at the decision-making table. Yes, she is all of that and a bag of spicy chips, but when I look at Beyoncé, I see so much more.” […read more]

Lorraine Toussant (right) and Frankie Faison star in NBC’s “Brooklyn.” Toussaint is proud to bring this type of relationship to television – one with older black people loving each other and their neighbors unconditionally. Playing Patricia gives her an opportunity to show the complexity of black women. (Photo: NBC)
Charleston Chronicle

Lorraine Toussaint: Veteran Actress Talks ‘The Village’ and Brooklyn

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — Lorraine Toussaint has plans. The SAG award-winner and NAACP Image award nominee that has an acting career that spans more than thirty years, is starring as Patricia on NBC’s mid-season replacement “The Village,” a show about a motley crew of residents living in a building in Brooklyn with interconnected lives. Filling the time slot of NBC’s mega hit “This Is Us,” “The Village” features an ensemble cast made up of a “who’s who” of television stars (Dominic Chianese, Frankie Faison, Moran Atias, Michaela McManus, Jerod Haynes, Grace Van Dien, Warren Christie and Daren Kagasoff) working together to convey the story of a “family” supporting each other as their lives unfold. […read more]

Lorraine Toussant (right) and Frankie Faison star in NBC’s “Brooklyn.” Toussaint is proud to bring this type of relationship to television – one with older black people loving each other and their neighbors unconditionally. Playing Patricia gives her an opportunity to show the complexity of black women. (Photo: NBC)
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Lorraine Toussaint: Veteran Actress Talks ‘The Village’ and Brooklyn

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “You know, there’s a point in your career where you take whatever you can get. And then early on in my career, I realized, oh, I don’t want to do that. I actually want to do certain kinds of roles,” says the Trinidadian born actress. “You then begin to be brave enough to begin to say no to certain things. And then there comes a time, when you reach a point in your career where you intuitively choose certain kinds of work. I’m so pleased to be at that point and that I’m still relevant,” she adds. […read more]

MC Lyte
Defender News Network

MC Lyte will join cast of ‘New York Undercover’ reboot

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — Hip hop veteran MC Lyte is joining the cast for the reboot of the 90’s cop drama New York Undercover. The Brooklyn spitter will be starring alongside Malik Yoba and Lauren Velez who starred in the original series over 20 years ago. Lyte will be starring as Lt. April Freeman, a no-nonsense boss that keeps her officers on their toes, Deadline reports. […read more]

Shannon LaNier
Defender News Network

Shannon LaNier joins CW39

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — Veteran television host, social media influencer and author Shannon LaNier is the new anchor at CW39. LaNier previously co-hosted “Arise Entertainment 360,” a daily culture and entertainment series that aired on Centric. He is also known for his work as a correspondent and senior producer on Black Enterprise’s nationally-syndicated shows “Black Enterprise Business Report” and “Our World With Black Enterprise.” […read more]

Urban One Founder Cathy Hughes (left) with Urban One President and CEO Alfred Liggins III (Center) and Cleo TV “New Soul Kitchen” Star Chef Jernard Wells
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Comcast Formally Launches Afro and Cleo, Two New Black-Centric Networks

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “I’m excited that this is by us, for us and there’s going to be a lot of great content that reflects our lifestyle,” said Michelle Rice, the general manager at Cleo TV, who joined cast members from various Cleo TV shows, executives from Comcast Afro and others to celebrate the launch of the new channels at the Newseum on Thursday, March 14. […read more]

Company CEO Alfred Liggins III is an equal partner in the journey of this black multimedia and entertainment enterprise.
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Alfred Liggins is the Other Half of Urban One’s Success Story

OMAHA STAR — “Look, my mother has an amazing story from where she came, and she’s always been more of a forefront person. A lot of people tend to think this woman built this company and she made her son the CEO, but they don’t realize how long I’ve been at the company and that it was really a joint effort. They tend to think it’s a traditional family business. But my mother is very good at giving me credit. She did it when we were in Omaha.” […read more]