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Monday, January 18, 2021

Wendy Williams Gets Raw In New Biopic On Lifetime

Wendy Williams (Black Enterprise File)
Wendy Williams (Black Enterprise File)

Wendy Williams, the self-anointed “Queen of all Media,” sheds her private persona in her new biopic, Wendy Williams: The Movie, premiering 8 p.m. EST, January 30, on Lifetime.

Executive produced by Williams, the authorized biopic gives fans a raw glimpse into her life, revealing the highs and lows she has experienced. Williams has made herself the go-to source for celebrity gossip on her hit daytime talk show, The Wendy Williams Show, but recently the spotlight has turned toward her. The movie takes viewers on her real-life journey from a complicated child with big dreams, to becoming a successful radio and TV host, along with other challenges she has faced. Williams is portrayed by actress Ciera Payton, who previously appeared in Tyler Perry’s, The Oval, while Morocco Omari stars as Williams’ ex-husband, Kevin Hunter.

The authorized project provides a revealing look at the talk show host’s journey.  Wendy Williams: The Movie is produced by Front Street for Lifetime and executive produced by Wendy Williams, Will Packer, and Sheila Ducksworth. Darren Grant directs from a script written by Leigh Davenport and Scarlett Lacey. Check out the trailer for Wendy Williams: The Movie below.


Following the release of Wendy Williams: The Movie, Lifetime will also air a new original documentary, Wendy Williams: What a Mess! on January 30 at 10 p.m. ET.

In this feature length documentary, Williams, speaks directly to the camera, discussing every inch of joy and humiliation she has experienced since childhood. From her apartment in Manhattan, we’re with Wendy during the course of her divorce, as she deals with being a “Hot Topic and finds a way to right her ship. It’s a candid look ripe with revelations about the talk show queen’s notorious feuds with celebrities, her shocking divorce, her childhood, and the private darkness she has endured.

The documentary is produced by eOne and Creature Films for Lifetime. Executive producers include Williams, Tara Long, Mark Ford, Kevin Lopez, Sarah Girgis, and Joie Jacoby. Brie Miranda Bryant and Gena McCarthy serve as executive producers for Lifetime.

Here’s a look at Wendy Williams: What a Mess!

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

50 Cent Debuts First Look At ‘Power Book III: Raising Kanan’


Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (Photo Credit: Steven Ferdman)

The “Power” Universe Never Ends. Just as fans are still catching their breath from the high-octane season finale of “Power Book II: Ghost”, franchise creators and EP Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Courtney A. Kemp add another layer to the successful Power franchise unveiling the upcoming show’s theme song, “Part of the Game” for Power Book III: Raising Kanan.

The theme song visuals by Fiddy and NLE Choppa debuted on STARZ after the season finale of Power Book II: Ghost. Fans got a glimpse of what’s to come on the series that takes us back to the 90s.

Power Book III: Raising Kanan Cast (Photo Credit: Starz Entertainment LLC.)

“A small crew pleasantly surprised neighborhood residents with a pop-up video shoot in Southside Jamaica Queens, New York, which is both where the new series is set and 50 Cent’s old stomping ground,” STARZ said in a statement.

Directed by 50 Cent and Eif Rivera the video spotlights the authentic ‘90s world that viewers will be taken back to in the upcoming “Power” Universe prequel series, the music video opens with 50 Cent sporting a classic ‘90s bucket hat and features numerous cars that were popular in that era for a little old-school NYC nostalgia, check out the music video for “Part of the Game” below:


“Power Book III: Raising Kanan” is the third installment in the expanding “Power” franchise. The prequel takes viewers to the ‘early years of the now-deceased iconic “Power” character Kanan Stark, portrayed by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson in the original series from Courtney A. Kemp and Jackson. Fans of the original series are well aware of how Kanan’s story ended but not how it first began – that is, until now. The trailer introduces viewers to some of the characters who will be featured in the series- either to help him on his journey or to end it before it’s even begun.

Power Book III is executive produced by original series creator Courtney A. Kemp through her company End of Episode and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson through his G-Unit Film and Television. Mark Canton through his Atmosphere Entertainment MM, End of Episode’s Chris Selak and Danielle DeJesus, Shana Stein, Bart Wenrich, and Kevin Fox are also executive producers. Rob Hardy directs the premiere episode and also executive produces, with Lionsgate TV producing for STARZ.

Here’s a look at Power Book III: Raising Kanan set to drop Summer 2021: Watch trailer below.

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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Tyler Perry Feeds 5,000 Atlanta Families In Need At Thanksgiving Giveaway Event

Tyler Perry - Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Billionaire Film Maker Tyler Perry continues his philanthropic initiative in the metro Atlanta area feeding Thousands of families in need just in time for thanksgiving.  

 

Tyler Perry Studios hosted its #TPSGiving food giveaway where volunteers in protective equipment were handing out boxes of non-perishable food items that included canned vegetables, thanksgiving trimmings and $25 gift cards for 5,000 families to drive through and pick up. The studio reportedly were out of food boxes by 10 a.m. but accommodated those additional families with a $50 voucher as many families are particularly struggling this year, as the pandemic has led to massive job losses.

 

 “Although we wish that we could feed everyone in need, we will close the line at the 5,000th family.” the official Tyler Perry Studios account tweeted.

 

In April, Perry left a $500 tip for every single out-of-work server at the restaurant Houston’s in the city of Atlanta. He also paid for groceries for shoppers during the senior hour at 44 Kroger supermarkets in Atlanta as well as 29 Winn-Dixies in his hometown of New Orleans.

 

In September of this year, Forbes Magazine reported that Mr. Perry earned more than $1.4 billion since 2005, building a fortune that included his homes, planes, and mega    production studio TPS in the heart of Atlanta Georgia.


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Tyler Perry Studios







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Saturday, September 5, 2020

50 Cent Hosts Starz Power Book II: Ghost Hamptons Premiere Drive-In Event


50 Cent at STARZ “Power Book II: Ghost” Premiere Drive-In Screening Event

The stars were aligned over the holiday weekend to celebrate the highly anticipated series premiere of “Power Book II: Ghost” with a drive-in screening in the Hamptons. 

 

Executive producer and creative force behind the “Power” Universe franchise, Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson hosted invited celebrity guests at TV journalist Jill Rappaport’s horse farm in the exclusive Hamptons neighborhood in Water Mill, New York. As COVID-19 health concerns continue to loom, social distancing orders were in place requiring drivers to pull up in their cars in front of a large screen for the exclusive airing of the first episode. Guests were served car-side with items like lobster rolls, mini pizzas, homemade sea salt popcorn, s'mores in a jar, rose champagne frozé and bottled margaritas. 

 

Joining 50 Cent, Starz CEO Jeffrey Hirsch and Rappaport were notable guests: Christie Brinkley, John Leguizamo, Don Lemon, Tim MaloneAlexa Ray Joel and Candace Bushnell.

 

The STARZ Original Series “Power Book II: Ghost,” starring Michael Rainey Jr., Naturi Naughton, Mary J. Blige and Cliff “Method Man” Smith, premiered on Sunday, September 6 at 9 PM ET/PT before moving to its regular timeslot at 8 PM on STARZ in the U.S.  

 

“Power Book II: Ghost" picks up shortly after the earth-shattering events of “Power” as Tariq St. Patrick grapples with a new world order: his father dead and his mother, Tasha, facing charges for the murder her son committed. Not to mention the academic rigors of the Ivy League university Tariq is attending to earn his inheritance. Truly on his own for the first time in his life, Tariq is forced to split his time between school and hustling to pay for Davis MacLean, the fame-hungry defense lawyer who is Tasha’s only hope of getting out of jail. With no better options, Tariq turns to the familiar drug game, entangling himself with a cutthroat family headed by Monet Stewart Tejada, that’s been at it far longer than him. As Tariq tries to balance his drug operation with his grades, love life, and family, he figures out that the only way to avoid the same fate his father met is to become him — only better.

 

“Power Book II: Ghost” is executive produced by series creator and showrunner Courtney A. Kemp through her company End of Episode and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson through his G-Unit Film and Television. Also serving as executive producers on the series are Mark Canton through his Atmosphere Entertainment MM, End of Episode’s Chris Selak and Danielle De Jesus, Shana Stein and Bart Wenrich. Lionsgate TV produces the series for STARZ.

 

Check out event highlights below. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Starz) 







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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Master P Teams Up With Bet On New Docuseries ‘No Limit Chronicles’


Percy "Master P" Miller  (Photo Credit: @Masterp)

Fresh off walking away from the reality show he created - Growing Up Hip-Hop, Master P teams up with BET on a new docu-series 'No Limit Chronicles' which depicts the story behind No Limit Records. 
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