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Tyler Perry Inks Mega Film & Television Deal With Viacom

Via: Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: In one of the biggest talent deals under the new Viacom leadership, the company has signed a long-term pact with prolific writer, director, producer and actor Tyler Perry, which encompasses television, film and short- form video.

Under the agreement, Perry, who is currently under an exclusive deal at OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, will produce approximately 90 episodes annually of original drama and comedy series for BET, which caters primarily to African-American audiences, and other Viacom networks. Viacom will have exclusive licensing rights on the TV programming as well as exclusive distribution rights to Perry’s short-form video content. Additionally, the pact gives Paramount Pictures exclusive first-look rights on Perry’s feature film projects.

The TV pact is similar to Perry’s arrangement at OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network where he has been since 2012, helping to put the then-fledgling cable network on the original scripted series map with such series as The Haves And Have Nots, Love Thy Neighbor and For Better Or Worse. The film agreement is effective immediately, while the TV/short-form video one will kick in May 2019 when the OWN pact ends and will feature new series. Both parts of Perry’s Viacom deal will go through 2024.

“I am delighted that we are deepening our longstanding relationship with Tyler,”Debra L. Lee, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BET Networks, said. “BET co-funded Tyler’s very first feature film, we’ve aired his movies and many of his series with great success on our networks, and we’ve honored his tremendous talent with our signature awards. This partnership will allow us to work even more closely with him and bring more of his iconic content to our viewers.”
Congrats to Tyler Perry!

Jagged Edge Released New Album ‘Layover’

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It has come as a bit of a surprise, legendary R&B group Jagged Edge have just released the new album “Layover”. You can stream the album in its entirety now via Spotify below.

The release of the album follows the group’s appearance on TV One’s show “Unsung”, which just aired this past Sunday, July 9th. There had been no prior buildup or warning that this album was coming, aside from a vague announcement on the group’s social media pages.

“Layover” is Jagged Edge’s ninth studio album overall, and the first they released since “JE Heartbreak 2” back in 2014. The album contains 16 tracks of previously unheard songs.

Check out the music below.

 

 

Singer Sara Stokes from the reality series ‘Making The Band’ and ‘From The Bottom Up’, showed her love for the album last night on Instagram!

We all have been fans of the group since they first made their appearance on the scene back in the 90s.

Jagged Edge began their mainstream recording career with the single “The Way That You Talk”. They followed this in 1997 with the album, A Jagged Era which managed to go gold featuring the singles “I Gotta Be” and “The Way That You Talk”. “I Gotta Be” which was written by the twins, reached #11 on the R&B charts and #23 on the Hot 100.

Following up their debut album, Jagged Edge released J.E. Heartbreak in 2000. The album was the group’s breakthrough album with several popular singles. The album went double platinum and had the hit single “Let’s Get Married” which topped the R&B charts and reached #11 on the Hot 100. The album’s second single, “He Can’t Love U” (released January 18, 2000) had similar success, reaching #3 on the R&B charts and #15 on the Hot 100. It also featured the track “Promise”, which reached #1 on the R&B charts and #9 on the Hot 100. We’re so happy to see the group is still doing their thing on the music scene and we support them all the way no matter what!

We got so much love for Jagged Edge!

Blac Chyna Is Going Back to the Strip Club [Photo]

Blac Chyna is back to business!

In the wake of her ongoing legal drama with Rob Kardashian (and since Rob cut her off financially), Blac Chyna is back to making money on her own.

According to her Instagram, she’s booked for an appearance at the Ace of Diamonds strip club in West Hollywood.

via TMZ:

BC just announced a gig for next Monday at the Ace of Diamonds in West Hollywood and we’re told she’ll be pocketing $10k for hosting the night. The club’s also throwing in 3 bottles of rose.

The timing is no coincidence … we’re told Chyna’s the one who pitched the idea to AOD and they were all for it.

If you recall, that’s how she made a huge chunk of her change back in the day, so looks like she’s back to her old party tricks and sending a message she doesn’t need Rob … although she might need him to watch Dream that night.

We’re not mad at the hustle. The bills gotta get paid right, I mean Rob Kardashian isn’t paying them anymore so you can’t be upset with a woman who is out to get her coins.

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Beyoncé Shares the First Photo of Twins Rumi and Sir Carter!

Beyoncé took to Instagram to share the first photo of twins Rumi and Sir Carter.

According to Bey’s caption, they turned one-month old today. Take a look at her post below.

It’s always beautiful to see the before and after of life in formation. We all remember when Beyonce first shared the joyful news with the world. Congratulations to her and Jay Z on the beautiful Carter twins!

Omarion – W4W “Word 4 Word” [Official Music Video]

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We’re definitely feeling this new music video from Omarion! In the midst of his upcoming album, Reasons, Omarion is exciting the fans with his latest video, ‘W4W “Word 4 Word’. Omarion is also scheduled to go on tour soon and we are looking forward to more projects in the works from the talented artist that we all have grown to love.

Let us know what you think about the video in the comments below!

 

 

 

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Ava DuVernay to Write and Direct a ‘Central Park Five’ Miniseries for Netflix

Ava DuVernay is turning the story of the Central Park Five into a miniseries for Netflix.

She will be writing and directing the five-part project about the notorious case of five young black men wrongly convicted of a brutal rape that took place in Manhattan’s Central Park during the spring of 1989.

via THR:

For DuVernay, it’s her second project at Netflix, after 2016’s Oscar-nominated documentary feature 13th, which focused on the criminal justice system, private prisons and the mass incarceration of black men in America.

“I had an extraordinary experience working with Netflix on 13th and am overjoyed to continue this exploration of the criminal justice system as a narrative project with Cindy Holland and the team there,” said DuVernay. “The story of the men known as the Central Park Five has riveted me for more than two decades. In their journey, we witness five innocent young men of color who were met with injustice at every turn — from coerced confessions to unjust incarceration to public calls for their execution by the man who would go on to be the president of the United States.”

Donald Trump was one of the most vocal during the Central Park Five witch hunt. He spent a reported $85,000 on full-page ads in the city’s major daily newspapers that called for New York to reinstate the death penalty. Even though evidence has since vindicated the five young men, Trump has referred to them as guilty as recently as 2016.

The five men — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise — were freed in 2002 after more than a decade behind bars when DNA evidence proved they were not responsible for the attack on Trisha Meili.

“This is one of the most talked-about cases of our time, and Ava’s passionate vision and masterful direction will bring the human stories behind the headlines to life in this series,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix’s vp original content. “After powerfully reframing the public conversation about criminality and injustice in 13th, Ava now turns a new lens to a case that exposes deep flaws in our criminal justice system.”

The limited series will offer a breakdown of how the criminal justice system handled each phase of the infamous case, each part focusing on one of the five Harlem teenagers. It will span from 1989 to 2014. On board as executive producers are Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King from Participant Media, Oprah Winfrey and her Harpo Films, Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh from Tribeca Productions and DuVernay. It’s not the first time the Central Park Five have gotten the TV treatment. In 2012, Ken Burns tackled the subject matter in a longform PBS documentary.

DuVernay now seems to be just as focused on television as she is on her thriving film career. The second season of her critical darling Queen Sugar just premiered on OWN. On the movie front, 2017 will see the release of her big-budget adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time at Disney.

Girls Trip Drops New Trailer Before Its Summer Release!

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Girls Trip is hitting theaters on July 21, and already before its summer release, a new trailer has dropped! Party over here because ain’t nothing over there! Get ready for an exciting movie, Girl’s Trip is about four friends (Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish, Queen Latifah) are in for the adventure of a lifetime when they travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival. Along the way, they rekindle their sisterhood and rediscover their wild side by doing enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

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Every woman needs to get away for a Girl’s Trip!

This movie definitely depicts the trip that every woman needs to take every once in a while. So this summer, grab all of your besties up for a trip to the theaters to see ‘Girls Trip’. I mean, really make it a girl’s night out to the theaters!

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Girls Trip in Theaters This Summer!

The film is directed by Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man) and penned by Kenya Barris (Black-ish) and Tracy Oliver (Barbershop: The Next Cut). Mike Colter (Luke Cage) and the super sexy Larenz Tate also star in the film, I mean that’s enough right there to make you buy your ticket!

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Now I’m from the lower South and born and raised near the sister city of NOLA! So ladies if you have ever took a trip down to New Orleans, honey you can definitely tell that the city brings the wild side out of anyone! Not that I would know or anything but to carry on, Essence Festival is one of the largest events in New Orleans besides Mardi Gras so it can definitely turn any girls night out into something fun and exciting.

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If you are looking to watch some friends have the time of their life, and take part in the laughter, then this is the film for you! This is an awesome cast, so I’m definitely looking forward to watching the fun, and the madness that they will get into on this trip.

 I mean when you think about it, this sounds like a typical girl’s trip right?!

Queens Check out the new trailer below!

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David Banner Drops Knowledge on The Breakfast Club!

 

I absolutely love David Banner even the more for all the knowledge he has been dropping all over to our youth and to black people.

Banner has been one of the more spiritually inspiring rappers in the game. Though he’s been ghost for quite some time his upcoming album The God Box is getting pre-ordered in massive numbers right now. You can pre-order the God Box now which will be out on May 19! He dropped by The Breakfast Club earlier this week and shared some jewels and what’s sure to be controversial thoughts such as his feelings that Black people aren’t racist enough, Hip-Hop giving in to white supremacy, and why Donald Trump being President is a good thing.  He broke down what he meant by saying black people are not racist enough by stating that we should start being more for our race just as other races are more for themselves. During one of the greatest moments of his career, David Banner went through a depression and realized money doesn’t guarantee happiness. He also mentioned in the interview that when you discover that you are the light….you no longer run to the light. This statement was followed by him explaining an example between how A- List celebrities and B-List celebrities react to the flashing lights from the paparazzi. He stated A-List celebrities run away from the light because they know they are the light while B-List celebrities run to the lights because they still don’t know who they are. This interview was so very deep and I enjoyed and captured every bit of knowledge that he dropped!
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Be sure to check out the interview above and comment below if you enjoyed what he had to say!

 

J. Anthony Brown Joins The Steve Harvey Morning Show!

After months of rumor and speculation, PREMIERE NETWORKS made it official — J. ANTHONY BROWN joins THE STEVE HARVEY MORNING SHOW TODAY (4/24).

BROWN said, “I’m cooking up a brand new funny to bring to THE STEVE HARVEY MORNING SHOW while I kick it with the crew, and of course, a couple of your favorites from me. Watch out deh now.”

HARVEY added, “I’ve known J since my very first comedy gig outside of CLEVELAND, and it’s my joy to be reunited with the man who taught me real comedy.  Get ready folks, we’re ‘bout to turn the funny meter up 10 notches.  Having J join SHIRLEY, NEPHEW TOMMY, CARLA, JUNIOR and myself is going to create bend over, stop the car, spit on your computer, spray your drink, gut-busting laugher.  We’ve also got lots of new stuff planned, so hang on, this is the best ride in all of radio.”

This past Fall Brown left THE TOM JOYNER MORNING SHOW after more than 20-years.

Comic and radio host J. Anthony Brown, said in an exclusive interview last year that he left the Tom Joyner Morning Show over his desire to have his own weekend show. Upon which now Steve Harvey announced he willingly gave to him now on the new offer.

“It was not a salary dispute,” Brown said, addressing speculation along those lines. “It was based on me wanting to venture out and have my own weekend show. That’s it. We couldn’t come to terms. It was just time for me to leave… Sometimes people just disagree and part ways. That’s just what happened.”

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