(ATLANTA) – May 24, 2017 – Last night, WE tv hosted a star-studded Atlanta premiere of its new series, “Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta.” Hundreds convened at Woodruff Arts Center to preview the much-buzzed-about ATL edition of the hit franchise, which stars Bow Wow, Shaniah Mauldin (daughter of Jermaine Dupri), Reginae Carter (daughter of Lil Wayne and Toya Wright), Zonnique Pullins (daughter of T.I. & Tiny), Brandon Barnes (son of Debra Antney and brother to Waka Flocka) and Ayana Fite (daughter of DJ Hurricane).
The cast was in attendance along with their famous parents Jermaine Dupri, Toya Wright, Tiny Harris, Debra Antney and DJ Hurricane. Additional VIPs included Da Brat, Waka Flocka Flame, Datari Turner (producer, “Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta”); “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” stars Tammy Rivera, Tommie Lee, Karlie Redd, Bambi, Karen King, Melissa Scott and Erica Dixon; Kandi Burruss and daughter Riley (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”); Mama June and daughter Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson (“From Not to Hot”); Trina Braxton (“Braxton Family Values”); Gocha Hawkins (“LA Hair”); Genise Shelton (“Married to Medicine”); Stevie Baggs, Jr (“Match Made In Heaven”), Shanell (Young Money artist), Princess (formerly of Crime Mob) and many more.
After opening remarks from Lauren Gellert, EVP of programming at WE tv, and Marc Juris, president at WE tv, guests were treated to a sneak peak of the upcoming “Growing Up Hip Hop” season 3, which was introduced by cast member Kristinia DeBarge. Then Bow Wow, who is an executive producer on “Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta,” intro’d the screening, which was following by a lively cast Q&A moderated by radio/tv personality Ebony Steele.
After the screening, guests headed over to Opium, where DJ Infamous kept the energy high well into the morning.
“Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta” premieres Thursday at 10/9c on WE tv. Follow @GUHH_WEtv and @WEtv on social using hashtag #GUHHATL.
ATLANTA (March 20, 2017) – David Mann, Tamela Mann and company bring a new assortment of hysterical family situations and laughs in the third season of their hit Bounce comedy series Mann & Wife. Bounce will double the fun by kicking off season three with two new original episodes back-to-back 9:00-10:00 pm (ET) on Tuesday, March 28. All-new Mann & Wife episodes will continue to premiere Tuesday nights at 9:00 pm (ET) through the spring on Bounce.
Real-life husband and wife team David and Tamela Mann star and serve as executive producers of Mann & Wife. The half-hour situation comedy follows their characters – newlyweds and second-chance sweethearts Daniel and Toni Mann – as they laugh and love their way through the ups and downs of life as a blended family, each with two children from previous marriages.
In addition to the show’s popular stars, Tony Rock is back as Daniel’s partner on the police force with Steven Wash (Daniel, Jr.), Amir O’Neil (Darren), Lauryn Kennedy Hardy (Terri) and Jadah Marie (Tosha) playing the Mann children. Terri J. Vaughn joins the cast as Daniel’s new Lieutenant and also directs an episode this season.
This season sees hilarious takes on visiting family, mistaken identity, school pressure, phony health scares, an embarrassing email leak and even a 1970’s cop show spoof. Guest stars include George Wallace, Antonio Fargas, Carl Payne, Victoria Rowell, Rod “Rod Man” Thompson, DC Youngfly, Blue Kimble, Vanessa Fraction and Brely Evans.
Mann & Wife co-creator Roger Bobb (House of Payne The Rickey Smiley Show) serves as executive producer and director of the series.
Mann & Wife has been a smash success, setting network records for viewership in both seasons. Bounce is the only emerging broadcast network producing original scripted series, which in addition to Mann & Wife includes the current mega-hit drama Saints & Sinners and the popular comedies In The Cut and Family Time.
Bounce (@BounceTV) airs on the broadcast signals of local television stations and corresponding cable carriage and features a programming mix of original and off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and more. Bounce has grown to be available in more than 94 million homes across the United States and 93% of all African-American (AA) television homes, including all the top AA television markets. Among the founders of Bounce are iconic American figures Ambassador Andrew Young and Martin Luther King, III.
(ATLANTA) – March 14, 2017 – Last night, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network celebrated the second season of the hit series “Greenleaf” with a screening and after-party in Atlanta. Over 200 local influencers previewed the premiere episode at SCADShow and were then treated to a lively post-screening reception at the W Atlanta Midtown.
Attending from the cast were Lynn Whitfield, Keith David, Merle Dandridge, Deborah Joy Winans, Lamman Rucker, Kim Hawthorne, GregAlan Williams, Desiree Ross, Lovie Simone, T.C. Carson, Parnell Damone Marcano, Jason Dirden, Julian Brittano and “Greenleaf” executive producer Clement Virgo.
Additional guests included radio personality Willie Moore Jr, singer Latavia Robinson, social media star Not Karlton Banks, Rickey Smiley/Dish Nation host Gary Hayes, actor Kevin Savage (“The Quad”), gospel singer Micah Stampley and actress Reece Odum (“Saints & Sinners”).
“Greenleaf” premiered last June as the #1 series debut in OWN history and was 2016’s #1 new cable series for women, averaging over three million viewers in Live+3 in its first season.
The new season of #Greenleaf premieres Wednesday, March 15 at 10pm ET/PT on OWN.
ATLANTA (March 9, 2017) – Bounce’s breakout hit original drama series Saints & Sinners returns with an all-new episode airing Sunday March, 12 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Two-time Grammy nominated singer Tank (The New Edition Story, Born Again Virgin) visits Cypress to help his old friend, Miles Calloway (Keith Robinson) launch his music career. Meanwhile, Mayor Ella Johnson (Vanessa Bell Calloway) vows to purge the police department of corruption which puts every Cypress prosecutor and city council member on high alert.
During its record-breaking first season, Saints & Sinners became Bounce’s most-watched programming in the network’s history. The series was so successful, Bounce renewed the show for year two ahead of the inaugural season’s thrilling finale.
Season two brings viewers back to Cypress, Georgia, the sleepy southern town outside Atlanta which has been rocked by the murders of a beloved pastor and the town’s Mayor. Death’s shadow continues to loom over the town’s epicenter, Greater Hope Baptist Church, as a dead body is discovered on its grounds, bringing up the church’s sordid past along with it. As concealed secrets claw their way to the surface, new alliances are formed and deceit, jealousy and compromising sexual affairs threaten to shatter lives and demolish the heart of the church and the town forever. As everyone’s dark past comes to light, the difference between being a saint or a sinner becomes more distorted than ever.
Saints & Sinners stars Vanessa Bell Calloway, Clifton Powell, Christian Keyes, J.D. Williams, Jasmine Burke and Keith Robinson. Joining the core cast this season: Tray Chaney (The Wire), Demetria McKinney (House of Payne) and Karlie Redd (Love & Hip Hop Atlanta).
Saints & Sinners is produced in partnership with Swirl Film’s Eric Tomosunas (Undershepard, 35 and Ticking).
Bounce is the only emerging broadcast network producing original scripted series. The network’s three originally-produced sitcoms Mann & Wife, In The Cut and Family Time have all seen ratings grow season after season.
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With the rise of TV series, Saints & Sinners is making its way to the top of the list. We will see more drama unfold this season at the Greater Hope Baptist Church. Executive Producer Ri-Karlo Handy and Creator Ty Scott collaborated to bring an interesting topic that resonates in the African American culture. N’Style Atlanta host Latoya had an opportunity to interview the cast and discuss their characters in the show and why this has become one of the most talked about series.
Latoya: What can we expect from the cast this season?
Vanessa Bell Calloway: It is Lady Ella way or no way at all. You will see a lot of last season in her, but this season she is a little more devious.
Christian Keys: This season Levi is more of a sinner and a little more willing (laughing).
Clifton Powell: You will have an opportunity to explore different levels of Rex this season; spiritually and emotionally.
Jasmine Burke: Well, Dr. Christie is still sinning (laughing).
Demetria McKinney: Tamara is the heart of the church. She shows the faith and love. She shows that love is twisted and there’s still a thin line between love and hate.
Latoya: What is it like playing a ruthless character like Lady Ella?
Vanessa Bell Calloway: It is a lot of fun. My old life is not that great so being able to be myself is what I love. I figured if they going to pay someone to be the bitch, why not me?
I always enjoy playing a powerful black woman. Lady Ella brings so much emotion this season. I can’t wait for everyone to see.
Latoya: What do you like most about this project?
Clifton Powell: I would have to say the cast. It feels like going to work with family.
You can expect to see more guest appearances and new music from Kandi Burress, Keith Robinson (Miles Calloway), Keke Wyatt, Tank, and David Banner. Bounce TV plans to continue bringing shows that connects with the African American audience. Be sure to tune in every Sunday at 9:00pm (ET/PT) and watch how everyone’s dark past comes to light, and the difference between being a saint or a sinner becomes more distorted than ever.
Just in case you missed it Actress Anika Noni Rose joined Wendy Williams on the pink sofa to dish about being a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Power, and her new BET series The Quad . The Quad premiers Wednesday January 1st at 10PM on BET.
(ATLANTA, GA) – December 5, 2016 – Lionsgate hosted two celebrations in honor of the season one Blu-Ray/DVD release of the hit show “GREENLEAF.” In Atlanta, show star, Deborah Joy Winans, made a surprise appearance at the celebration held at Gocha Salon. Atlanta’s gospel music radio station, Praise 102.5, was on-site to lend support and give away prize packs to attending guests. In Los Angeles, Kimble Hair Studio, hosted the celebration event in partnership with their holiday open house. At both salon locations, guests enjoyed tasty “GREENLEAF” inspired treats, discounted beauty products and salon services.
In Los Angeles, some of the VIP’s in attendance included; Jasmine Brand (Founder of TheJasmineBrand.com); Andre Fuller (“The Game”); Mahir Fadle (Co-Owner of the Jasmine Brand); Lisa Collins (“LA Focus”); Adrian Anderson (“Trin-i-tee 5:7”); Angell Conwell (“The Young and the Restless”) and Brandon Larkins (“Cougar Town”).
“GREENLEAF” season one is available on Blu-Ray/DVD December 6, 2016.
(New York, NY) On Monday, November 7th, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network hosted an exclusive screening at the Discovery offices in New York City to promote it’s hit series “Queen Sugar,” – the network’s new original drama series from award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay and executive producer Oprah Winfrey. In attendance at the premiere were cast members Rutina Wesley (“Nova Bordelon”), Dawn-Lyen Gardner (“Charley Bordelon West”), Kofi Siriboe (“Ralph Angel Bordelon”), Omar J. Dorsey (“Hollywood Desonier”), Dondré T. Whitfield (“Remy Newell”), Nicholas L. Ashe (“Micah West”), Tina Lifford (“Violet Bordelon”), and Timon Kyle Durrett (“Davis West”).
“Queen Sugar” airs Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT – to join the conversation on social, use #QueenSugar @QueenSugarOWN.
About “Queen Sugar”
The contemporary drama “Queen Sugar” chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings in Saint Josephine, Louisiana: Nova (Rutina Wesley, “True Blood”), a world-wise journalist and activist; Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner, “Unforgettable”), the savvy wife and manager of a professional basketball star; and Ralph Angel, (Kofi Siriboe, “Awkward”), a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption. After a family tragedy, the Bordelons must navigate the triumphs and struggles of their complicated lives in order to run an ailing sugarcane farm in the New South. Led by acclaimed film director DuVernay, who directed the first two episodes, all episodes in the series’ debut season are directed by women. “Queen Sugar” is produced for OWN by Warner Horizon Television. The executive producers for season one are Ava DuVernay, Melissa Carter and Oprah Winfrey. The series is based on the book by Natalie Baszile.
(ATLANTA) – November 4, 2016 – Last night, Fremantle Media and Purveyors of Pop hosted a red carpet premiere party for the new season of the hit show “Married to Medicine,” which premieres this Sunday, November 6 at 9/8c on Bravo. The lively event took place on the 27th floor of the W Atlanta Midtown, where hundreds packed the Altitude Ballroom for a sneak peek of the premiere episode. Cast members Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Dr. Jackie Walters, Dr. Simone Whitmore, Mariah Huq, Lisa Nicole Cloud, Quad Webb-Lunceford, Toya Bush-Harris and newcomer Genise Shelton were on hand for the celebration. After the screening, KISS 104 on-air personality Sasha the Diva moderated the Q&A which was followed by an after-party featuring music by DJ Bomshell. Additional guests in attendance were Phaedra Parks, Toya Wright, Rasheeda & Kirk Frost, Monyetta Shaw, Meelah Williams, Matt Anderson (producer, Purveyors of Pop), Gocha Hawkins, Erica Dixon, Dr. Ron Williamson, “If Loving You Is Wrong” actors Joel Rush and April Parker Jones, Jewell Tankard and many more.
(LOS ANGELES, CA) – November 3, 2016 – On Wednesday, Dec. 14, FOX presents a not-to-be-missed night of music and drama. Airing one night only at a special time, EMPIRE’s Season Three fall finale (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) kicks off the night, followed by the special premiere of STAR (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). From Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Lee Daniels (EMPIRE) and Tom Donaghy (“The Whole Truth”), STAR will then premiere in its regular time period with an all-new episode Wednesday, Jan. 4 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).
Featuring a soundtrack of original music and stunning music performances, STAR is an emotionally powerful drama that follows three talented young singers — desperate for a new start and with ambitions of stardom — as they navigate the cut-throat music business. The series stars Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award, Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Queen Latifah (“Bessie,” “Bringing Down The House”) as CARLOTTA and Emmy Award nominee Benjamin Bratt (“24: Live Another Day,” “Law & Order”) as JAHIL, and newcomers Jude Demorest as STAR, Ryan Destiny as ALEXANDRA, Brittany O’Grady as SIMONE and Amiyah Scott as COTTON. The series also will feature guest stars Grammy Award winner Lenny Kravitz (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “The Hunger Games”), supermodel/actress Naomi Campbell (EMPIRE) and Grammy Award-nominated musician and actor Tyrese Gibson (“2 Fast 2 Furious”).
STAR is a production of 20th Century Fox Television in association with Lee Daniels Entertainment. Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy are the creators and executive producers of the series. Pamela Oas Williams and Effie Brown also serve as executive producers. Chuck Pratt is an executive producer and serves as showrunner of the series. “Like” STAR on Facebook at facebook.com/STARonFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @STAR and join the discussion by using #Star. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @STARonFOX.
Producer Princess Banton-Lofters Hosts Official Premiere Party of BET’s New Reality Show Ink, Paper, Scissors on October 11th!
Hit Reality Show About Atlanta’s Very Own Legendary Salon Ramsey Hosts Exclusive Premiere Event as Show Aired on BET
ATLANTA, GA (October 12, 2016) – When you have the best in one spot, the competition might get thick – and that’s exactly what the official Ink, Paper, Scissors premiere party was. Tastemakers, celebrities, and guests alike were in attendance at the Riverside Epicenter to support Producer Princess Banton-Lofters for the debut of her new show, which aired on BET on October 11th. A VIP Cocktail reception was held prior to the premiere screening for cast members, their close friends and family, and guests. Celebrity elite such as R&B Vocalist Lyfe Jennings, Comedian Lil Duval, Reality TV Personality Demetria McKinney, Marriage Boot Camp’s Toya Wright, Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’s Mama Dee and Yung Joc, Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Lisa Wu, Cutting It in the ATL’s Beautii J, SWV’s Leanne “LeLee” Lyons, Celebrity Gossip Correspondent Funky Dineva, and more were also in attendance.
With five locations in the city of Atlanta and the recent opening of its Los Angeles location, Salon Ramsey has become a focal point in the beauty and hair industry. The full-service salon is home to the most talented and revered stylists, nail technicians, MUAs, and barbers, all of whom have become stars in their own right. The reality series follows the lives of ten cast mates which include Salon Owner Ramsey Sheppard, Montana, Danni, CoCo, Silas, Chelley, BabyGirl, Perry, K Boss, and resident tattoo-artist Inkman. “Salon Ramsey prides itself in providing customers with a unique experience that really does change the game,” says Producer Princess Banton-Lofters. “To see how much it has grown over the last several years by delivering in such a mighty way is what sets this salon apart.”
Attendees enjoyed a black carpet experience sponsored by MillerCoors, Effen Vodka, Smile Envy, T Group, and Loft 22 Entertainment. Event Producer April Love served as the hostess for the evening. A special “thank you” dedication was held in honor of Banton-Lofters’ hard work in the entertainment industry. The complete cast had the opportunity to introduce themselves and explain how they were able to work under one roof while building their own professional empires. For more on Ink, Paper, Scissors, tune in to BET every Tuesday night for the latest episode.
About Loft 22 Entertainment
Founded by CEO & Producer Princess Banton-Lofters, Loft 22 Entertainment creates, produces, writes, pitches, and develops television show concepts for major networks from pre- to post production. The company has a unique specialty in casting all talent for programming produced under its corporate umbrella. Loft 22 Entertainment strives to create thrilling, dramatic, and inspiring programming and accomplishes this through Banton-Lofters’ exceptional gift for developing talent and breakout concepts.
Cast Members Include:
Ramsey Sheppard Montana Chelley Danni Perry Silas CoCo Inkman Baby Girl K Boss
A few of the notables that were in attendance include:
R&B Vocalist Lyfe Jennings
Comedian Lil Duval
Reality TV Personality Demetria McKinney
Marriage Boot Camp’s Toya Wright
Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’s Mama Dee and Yung Joc
Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Lisa Wu
Cutting It in the ATL’s Beautii J
SWV’s Leanne “LeLee” Lyons
Celebrity Gossip Correspondent Funky Dineva
Basketball Wives LA’s Angel Love
R&B Singer Bobby Valentino
N'Style Atlanta is a web-based lifestyle and entertainment program featuring Atlanta's A-Listers and entertainers, new artist, business, and hot spots hosted by Jett Blakk, Skye Brooks, and Shayla Raye.
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