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Sheryl Lee Ralph Honored at 15th Annual McDonald's 365Black Awards in New Orleans

Several notable celebrities, community leaders and entertainers descended on the city of New Orleans once again to attend the 15th Annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards, held today at the Ritz Carlton, New Orleans.

Kimberly Bryant; Monique Vann-Brown; Sheryl Lee Ralph; Tishauna Wilson; Symone Sanders

They were joined by attendees from across that nation who converged to recognize this year’s recipients of the distinguished awards, including popular Political Commentator Symone Sanders, renown actress/activist Sheryl Lee Ralph, Black Girls Code CEO Kimberly Bryant and next generation McDonald’s Owner/Operator Monique Vann-Brown. Additionally, college philanthropist Tishauna Wilson was recognized alongside this lineup to receive a $10,000 McDonald’s Hbcu Forward Scholarship, facilitated by Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

McDonald’s 365Black Awards take place annually to honor outstanding individuals who are committed to making positive contributions that strengthen the African-American community. The program launched in 2003 as an extension of the company’s 365Black platform,
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Emmys 2018 exclusive: Starz categories for ‘Outlander,’ ‘Counterpart,’ ‘Howards End’ and more

In a Gold Derby exclusive, we have learned the category placements of the key Emmy Awards contenders for Starz. For this season, the premium network has newcomers “Counterpart” (J.K. Simmons) and “Vida”, returning Emmy contender “Outlander” and limited series “Howards End” (Hayley Atwell) as part of their 2018 campaign.

Below, the list of Starz lead, supporting and guest submissions for their comedy, drama and limited series. More names might be added by the network on the final Emmy ballot. Also note that performers not included on this list may well be submitted by their personal reps.

See‘Outlander’ stars Sam Heughan & Caitriona Balfe react to the show’s Huge multi-season renewal: ‘Thank you to our fans’

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Comedy Series

Comedy Actor – Bruce Campbell

Comedy Supporting Actress – Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless, Arielle Carver O’Neil

Comedy Supporting Actor – Lindsay Farris, Ray Santiago

Comedy Guest Actor – Hemky Madera, Lee Majors
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Cinephile Trivia: James Gray Had His Role Cut From ‘Love Jones’

If you don’t know the name Theodore Witcher, don’t feel too badly. In 1997, the filmmaker released the cult romantic comedy “Love Jones” starring Larenz Tate and Nia Long, and the picture returned to the big screen on Valentine’s Day in 35mm at BAMcinématek. The Village Voice used the opportunity to catchup with Witcher to talk about the film, and he revealed a rather curious anecdote.
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'Girls Trip' Now Available for Rent, Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Spider-Man: Homecoming (umpteenth superhero-franchise reboot; Tom Holland, Zendaya, Michael Keaton, Bokeem Woodbine, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr.; rated PG-13) Girls Trip (comedy; Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Larenz Tate, Mike Colter, Kate Walsh, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah; rated R) Lady Macbeth (romantic drama; Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis; rated R) Menashe (drama; Menashe Lustig, Ruben Niborski; rated PG) Step (documentary about an inner-city Baltimore dance team...

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Power Promotes Brandon Victor Dixon to Series Regular Ahead of Season 5

Power Promotes Brandon Victor Dixon to Series Regular Ahead of Season 5
Life for Power‘s Tasha just got a lot more complicated: Brandon Victor Dixon will be a series regular on the Starz drama, our sister site Deadline reports, starting with the upcoming fifth season.

Dixon’s promotion seems to indicate that his character, Terry Silver, will be a major player in Season 5. That makes sense; after all, Season 4 ended with Tasha — who had been having an affair with Silver, her husband’s lawyer — turning down his romantic overture but hiring him to represent her if/when she’s arrested for the murder of Ray Ray (which her son Tariq actually
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Larenz Tate

Larenz Tate is an American actor who has shown up in numerous movies and TV shows since the 1980s. Recently, it has been announced that his character Councilman Tate will be becoming a regular character on Season 5 of Power, which can be found on Starz. Here are five things that you may or may not have known about Larenz Tate: Wasn’t that Interested in Acting at the Start When Tate was still a child, his parents enrolled him and his brothers in a drama program at the Inner City Cultural Center in La. Initially, the two were not that

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TVLine Items: George Michael Doc on Showtime, Power Promotion and More

TVLine Items: George Michael Doc on Showtime, Power Promotion and More
Showtime has faith: The network will air the documentary George Michael: Freedom on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 9/8c and on demand.

Filmed before the singer’s passing last December, the doc features narration from Michael and never-before-seen archival and private home footage. Per the official release, the career-spanning special concentrates on the period “leading up to and following the making of [Michael’s] acclaimed, best-selling album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 and his subsequent, infamous High Court battle with his record label that followed, while also becoming poignantly personal about the death of his late partner and first love, Anselmo Feleppa.”

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Chicago – In the latest Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new comedy “Girls Trip” starring Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah!

Girls Trip,” which opens on July 21, 2017 and is rated “R,” also stars Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Larenz Tate, Kate Walsh, Mike Colter and Kofi Siriboe from director Malcolm D. Lee and writers Kenya Barris and Karen McCullah. Note: You must be 21+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.

To win your free passes to “Girls Trip” courtesy of, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!
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Jada Pinkett Smith Calls Raunchiness of ‘Girls Trip’ ‘a Beautiful Thing’

Jada Pinkett Smith Calls Raunchiness of ‘Girls Trip’ ‘a Beautiful Thing’
“Black women, we made this movie for you and it’s about time you received the big-screen treatment,” director Malcolm D. Lee told the crowd of moviegoers at the Regal L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday.

Lee was at the premiere of his upcoming comedy “Girls Trip,” comparable to “The Hangover” and “Bridesmaids,” starring Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, and breakout Tiffany Haddish.

In his review, Variety‘s Peter Debruge praises the latter actress as a scene-stealer in her role as the outspoken friend in her group, the Flossy Posse, but Haddish’s response to the compliment had reporters in stitches.

“I appreciate it, but you know I’m from South Central so I don’t ever like to be told that I stole anything because I’m not a thief and you can go to jail for that,” she quipped.

Haddish, who also appeared in “Keanu” and NBC’s “The Carmichael Show,” said
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Film Review: ‘Girls Trip’

Film Review: ‘Girls Trip’
Move over, Tyler Perry. Let “Girls Trip” director Malcolm D. Lee show you how it’s done. In what could easily prove to be the summer’s word-of-mouth comedy sensation, Lee sends four black ladies — Aka the “Flossy Posse” — on a long-overdue weekend getaway, where “Madea’s Class Reunion” meets “The Hangover” for a raunchy mix of empowerment and intoxication at Essence Fest, New Orleans. There’s girl fighting, male nudity, multiple self-help lessons, an impromptu prayer session and not one but two musical numbers — all of it so consistently outrageous that audiences shouldn’t even miss the absence of a cross-dressing black lady.

Whereas Perry’s work serves mostly as counter-programming “for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf,” appealing to those who typically feel more comfortable going to church than going to the movies, “Girls Trip” has something for everyone — provided that they’re old enough to see a hard-r-rated comedy
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10 Great Fiction Podcasts to Listen to Right Now

10 Great Fiction Podcasts to Listen to Right Now
Perhaps your average idea of a podcast is a public radio news program, with longform journalism uncovering a hidden area of everyday life. Maybe it’s an interview show, where hosts dig into the personal and professional lives of experts in any number of fields. Your favorite might even be a show where a handful of people talk about their favorite bits of pop culture — of which IndieWire has a few! — every week.

Beyond those podcasting subgenres is an emerging world of quality audio fiction, scripted programming that follows a carefully crafted story arc. Sometimes these shows are episodic, stretching over years’ worth of episodes. Others are less straightforward spins on a theatrical premise. There are enough shows out there to flood your queue, but for now, here are 10 quality podcasts worth subscribing to (if you haven’t already).


Some scripted podcasts use a lush production design to approximate a particular time and place.
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Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah get rowdy in the new trailer for Girls Trip

Author: Zehra Phelan

Hold on to your knickers, another Hangover-inspired film based on the ‘fairer’ sex is about to gracelessly hit our screens in Girls Trip. Judging from the newly released trailer it isn’t far off the upcoming Rough Night, except there are no accidentally dead male stripper in sight.

Do you fancy watching Jada Pinkett Smith releasing her bowels while suspended from mid-air onto a gazing crowd, or even four feisty women getting high on Absinthe and causing an all out brawl in a dance-off in the middle of a club? Well, that’s what you get as the four lifelong friends decide to get away for the weekend and relive their younger days as potty mouths take hold as well as their raging sexual hormones. Oh, these ladies are nasty, lively and horny and slightly offensive when one declares “I’m getting white girl drunk” – well, this
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Second Full-Length Trailer for 'Girls Trip' New Orleans Party Comedy

"This weekend is about us! We deserve this." Ugh, here we go again. Universal has released a second trailer for the summer comedy Girls Trip, opening in theaters this July. This wild comedy stars Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish as a group of friends who decide to take a "girls trip" together. This film also stars Larenz Tate, Mike Colter, Kofi Siriboe, Kate Walsh. The last two trailers for this did not look good, and honestly this one looks even worse. I highly recommend the other four-women-party-comedy movie Rough Night instead (see the latest trailer), if that's the kind of comedy you're looking for this summer. Because this seriously does not look funny at all. Not even worth watching. Here's the second official trailer for Malcolm D. Lee's Girls Trip, from Universal's YouTube: You can still watch the first teaser trailer for Girls Trip here,
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Take A Wild Journey With The New Trailer For ‘Girls Trip’

It seems that it doesn’t take much to make a wacky, wild comedy these days. You just need a simple premise and some stars, and you’re off to the races, and so it goes for “Girls Trip.”

Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish, Larenz Tate, Kate Walsh, Mike Colter, and Kofi Siriboe star in this movie which sees the conveniently tax-break-for-movie-productions-friendly city of New Orleans as the setting for a bunch of women to let their hair down.

Continue reading Take A Wild Journey With The New Trailer For ‘Girls Trip’ at The Playlist.
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Larenz Tate To Topline ABC Drama Pilot ‘Salamander’, Neil Sandilands Also Cast

Game of Silence and House of Lies alum Larenz Tate is set as the male lead opposite Allison Miller in the ABC drama pilot Salamander. Also cast as a regular in the project, based on a Belgian format, is South African actor Neil Sandilands (The 100). Written by Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg and directed by Gary Fleder, Salamander centers on Ethan (Tate), a brilliant but misanthropic engineer who recruits a skeptical Homeland Security…
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Oscar Pre-Parties 2017: Inside Alfre Woodard’s Sistahs Soiree, Chanel, Bulgari & More

Oscar Pre-Parties 2017: Inside Alfre Woodard’s Sistahs Soiree, Chanel, Bulgari & More
There is always a lot to celebrate during Oscar week, but many of this year’s special occasions toasted to something in particular: a historical year for Oscar nominations by the Academy. Diversity and inclusion was front and center for celebrations throughout the week, from Alfre Woodard’s Sistahs Soiree, to Common’s pre-Oscar dinner (pictured above), to African-American publications Ebony and Essence toasting to black Hollywood at their respective fetes.

Women were also a part of the conversation. While the landmark moment for people of color was applauded, the ladies in the industry were still pushing for progress at the Women in Film’s annual cocktail reception, which sprinkled in motivational speeches from Brie Larson and Meryl Streep with the hors d’oeuvres.

Take a peek inside this year’s pre-Oscar celebratory gatherings below:


The Ultimate Oscar Party Guide 2017

Oscar’s Sistahs Soiree:

Progress, not politics, was what
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Bet Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors Celebrates Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah, ‘Love Jones’

Bet Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors Celebrates Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah, ‘Love Jones’
Now in its second year, the Bet Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors was a full-blown, star-studded affair that celebrated Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard, F. Gary Gray, and others on Friday at the Beverly Hilton.

“I’ve been in here on different days and it never looked like this. This is beautiful,” said Latifah as she accepted the entertainment icon award.

Black actors, musicians, and filmmakers, such as Viola Davis, Lee Daniels, Cicely Tyson, Diahann Carroll, Pharrell Williams, and Washington, who was on hand to receive the Hollywood legacy award, attended the event — Bet’s first film-based awards show. Host Regina Hall supplied the laughs throughout the ceremony, poking fun at both the stars in attendance and even Abff founder Jeff Friday.

“That was such a long speech, Jeff’s last name just went from Friday to Saturday,” Hall quipped after the Abff founder thanked everyone involved
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New Red Band Trailer for Malcolm D. Lee's Party Comedy 'Girls Trip'

"We gunna be staying up late, drinking, and making memories that we can laugh about for the rest of our lives." Universal has revealed a crazy new red band trailer to follow-up the teaser for the upcoming summer comedy Girls Trip, directed by Malcolm D. Lee (director of last year's Barbershop: The Next Cut). This wild comedy stars Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish as a group of friends who decide to take a "girls trip" together. This film also stars Larenz Tate, Mike Colter, Kofi Siriboe, Kate Walsh. I was hoping this trailer would show more of the plot, but this just seems like one big party movie. Does anything interesting happen? And - zip line comedy is the worst. Have fun, if you can. Here's the full red band trailer (+ new poster) for Malcolm D. Lee's Girls Trip, direct from YouTube: When four lifelong friends - Regina Hall,
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