DINNER FOR TWO

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

On September 2, A new original drama comes to TV One, Dinner for Two. Dinner for Two is a complicated love story about Life and Sacrifice.

Dinner for Two stars Actor/R&B Singer Tristan “Mack” Wilds and Nashville’s Chaley Rose in her first movie role. Written and Directed by Orlando Bishop, produced by Swirl Films and gives Tristan “Mack” Wilds his first executive producer credit.

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I had the opportunity to screen this movie and Mack Wilds brings an explosive performance with his role as Chris Moore, a man trying to come to terms with a loss. This movie will have you going through the emotions all on your own. But in the end, even though there is a loss you still believe in love.

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ABOUT DINNER FOR TWO:

When the love of his life Angela leaves him, his life takes a complicated turn. He realizes he has to make decisions about his future and begins drinking heavily to escape having to deal with his reality. But as we all know drinking only masks and prolongs dealing with the inevitable. He can’t seem to get over the relationship, so in the middle of his grief, Chris decides to make the meal that he and Angela share on so many occasions. During this meal, he revisits what made him fall in love with her in the first place.

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“What drew me to this film is how much heart the script had. It helps you understand that through all types of obstacles and conquests, love conquers all.
-Tristan “Mack” Wilds”

Tune into DINNER FOR TWO for all the feels at 7 pm on TV One.

LOVE IS ______

 BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

This new romantic drama comes from the award-winning producers Mara Brock Akil (Girlfriends and Being Mary Jane) and Salim Akil (Black Lighting).

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Set primarily in the 90’s, it draws from the Akil’s real-life​ relationship journey. The series explores the highs, lows, and the magic of falling and staying in love.

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The cast includes Michele Weaver (Illicit) as Nuri and Will Catlett (Black Lighting) as Nasir.

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This series will definitely be another hit show from the Mara and Salim.

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THE STEVE HARVEY MENTORING PROGRAM 2018 CAMP

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

On Father’s Day weekend, I had the opportunity to visit The Steve Harvey Mentoring Camp at The Rock Ranch in The Rock, GA, founded by the late S. Truett Cathy of Chick-fil-A.

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The 10th Annual Camp kicked off on Thursday when over 200 fatherless teens arrived from as far as California and as close as right here in Atlanta. This four-day camp is the largest youth mentoring program offered by The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation.

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While the boys settled into camp, Steve Harvey gathered the single mothers for dinner to speak to them about what will happen over the weekend as well as advice on how to raise boys without fathers an encouraging them.

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The Mentoring Camp are interactive programs that include workshops that focus on manhood, personal responsibility, dream building and the importance of nutrition & physical fitness. They are also introduced to positive role models who are leaders in business, their communities, entertainment and the military.

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The boys participated in a variety of activities while at the Ranch, including fishing and zip lining. Some of the teens had never experienced a camp like this, and had never been fishing or participated in any other the activities.

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During the camp, the mothers participated in The Single Mother’s Enrichment Summit sponsored by Ashley Stewart and hosted by Editor-at-Large of Essence Magazine, Mikki Taylor. This summit offered mothers discussions and educational sessions on family, wellness, finances, college, homeownership, and the keys to raising productive young men.

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Special guests during the camp and the summit included Grammy-Award winning singer and producer Anthony Hamilton, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Cynthia Bailey, Kristina “Zane” Robert and more.

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Sponsored by Chick-Fil-A, Google, Coca-Cola, Morgan Stanley, Luster Products, Neiman Marcus, Fremantle Media, Mercedes Benz, Choice Hotels, US Fish & Wildlife, Peachtree Tents, and Global Sales.

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If you have a fatherless teen or know of a teen that could benefit from this, I suggest you fill out an application to attend in 2019. It is a life changing experience of these young men, and most of them have come back to give back to the next generation.

http://www.harveyfoundation.com

KIMBERLY MAYS, CEO OF KSM FILMS PRESENTS: A TRIBUTE TO MECCA

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

On May 5, 2018, a group of legendary dancers from the 90’s otherwise known as MECCA were honored in a special ALL-BLACK tribute affair. Hosted by Kimberly Mays, CEO of KSM Films, these 4 extraordinary dancers who danced behind our favorite 90’s groups including Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown, Jodeci, Father MC, Mary J. Blige, Slick Rick, and Kid-N-Play just to name a few. These ladies are Carolyn Johnson, Saleema Mubaarak, Merylin Mitchell, and Shane Johnson.

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The night was filled with excitement, from a plaque ceremony which each lady received a plaque with their name engraved on it, to dancers performing in tribute, to Christopher “Play” Martin who screened his upcoming documentary “And I Danced” which included the ladies giving interviews, to lastly video messages from friends, and those they had worked with in the past.

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It was an extreme honor to be in the presence of dancing royalty as they danced the night away, reminisced on old days and pointed themselves out in videos that played on the screen.

Back in the day, unlike now, dancers had to learn intricate routines and deliver each move with precision. They were also seen as celebrities, you were intrigued by them and wanted to know how they did what they did. They were truly gifted in what they did. After almost 30 years, they received their accolade for being instrumental in paving the way for dancers all over.

THE HONOREES

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Shane Johnson
Shane began in the entertainment business when she was eight years old. She attended The Amas Repertory Theatre in Harlem where she studied acting, singing, and dancing. She mastered the triple-threat status at an early age and went on to choreograph over 100 music videos and worked with legendary artists such as Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Bobby Brown. She also is signed to Ford Modeling agency and has appeared on the cover of several magazines displaying her unique style. As an actress, she has starred on shows that have been shown on HBO, NBC, ABC, and FOX, and has performed in on and off-Broadway plays. Almost 30 years later, Shane is fulfilling her dream of being a writer and a producer for an upcoming television show and a film.

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Merylin Mitchell
Although hair was always the first love of Merylin, starting in high school where she majored in Cosmetology, she decided to go after her passion for dance in the early 90’s. Throughout Merylin’s career, she worked with such artists as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, LL Cool J, and Bobby Brown. Touring for years allowed her to jump back into her first love, she would style the dancers, models, and studio personnel on tour and made her transition back to a hairstylist. So, in 2000, she attended Hair Design School and immediately began to freelance in the fashion and entertainment industry. After Merylin received her license, she landed an assistant hair stylist position at the Frederick Fekkai’s salon in New York. Since her dancing days, she got the opportunity to work behind the scenes on TLC’s What Not To Wear as a hairstylist to show host Stacy London, Clinton Kelly, and makeup artist Carmindy. Merylin continues to be a freelance hairstylist catering to her array of versatile clientele.

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Carolyn Brown
Carolyn not only got to work with some of the greatest artists of all time, including Michael Jackson, Wh itney Houston, Mary J. Blige, and Bobby Brown, she also got to work with her high school friends. She continues to have a love for dance and choreography, but she has found a new passion for styling. Carolyn has spent the last couple of months as a Uniform Styling Consultant for Delta Airlines.

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Saleema Mubaarak
Dancing was a way of escape for Saleema, she has been blessed to work with Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Bobby Brown, and Kid-N-Play just to name a few. To this day, she still enjoys jumping on the dance floor and putting those feet to work with the intricate choreography that she was trained in. Saleema has found another passion since dancing with helping others with a career in healthcare.

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Kudos to Kimberly Mays for putting on a first-class event that was full of excitement from beginning to end. She truly put her blood, sweat, and tears into this event, leaving everything on the floor. This tribute did not stop in Atlanta, it is about to go worldwide.

The Home Depot’s “Retool Your School”

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP


The cast of A Different World: Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison, Cree Summer and Darryl Bell as well as actor Laz Alonso gathered at The Home Depot Store Support Center on Monday, April 30, in Atlanta to help announce nine HBCU’s who have won $360,000 for on-campus renovations as part of The Home Depot’s Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant.

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The Program Mission
The Home Depot strives to give back to our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities what they have so generously given to the communities they are a part of. A strong foundation. Renewed purpose. Distinctive character, with support from The Home Depot, the grants awarded from the Retool Your School program gives schools an opportunity to make upgrades to their campuses.

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Program History
In its 9th year, they have 81% HBCU participation, 490 Grants have been awarded, 4,418 volunteer hours logged, 1.8 million in Grants and 17.2 Million votes.

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It was like old times when the cast took the stage with moderator Gil Robertson. Lots of laughs filled the stage as they answered how they didn’t really know how much of an impact this show had on young people wanting to attend HBCU’s. Cree Summer and Darryl Bell did not know about HBCU’s until they started filming the show. For me watching A Different World was what I thought college would be like and made me want to go to college even more. I didn’t attend an HBCU, however, I wish I had, because it definitely had an impact on my life.

UNSOLVED: THE MURDERS OF TUPAC SHAKUR AND THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G.

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

From the director of the People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story comes Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac & The Notorious B.I.G. Now this is not your ordinary docu-series that we all have seen before, it is so much more. During a private screening, I had the chance to see the first episode in the 10-part series and it gets straight to the point quick. The first episode gives you everything that all the other documentaries gave you in an hour. It leaves you on the edge of your seat and wondering what can be next.

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Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. is a scripted true crime serial that chronicles the two major police investigations by LAPD Detective Greg Kading into the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.

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Emmy Winner Anthony Hemingway directed the pilot episode and will executive produce the series, along with Mark Taylor. Kyle Long (Suits) wrote the pilot episode and will also executive produce. Detective Greg Kading will also serve as co-executive producer.

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CAST:

Tupac: Marcc Rose
Biggie Smalls: Wavyy Jonez
Detective Greg Kading: Josh Duhamel
Detective Russell Poole: Jimmi Simpson
Officer Daryn Dupress: Bokeem Woodbine
Detective Fred Miller: Jamie McShane
Sean “Puffy” Combs: Luke James
Voletta Wallace: Aisha Hinds
Suge Knight’s Estranged Wife, Sharitha Golden: Letoya Luckett

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Bokeem Woodbine on Unsolved:
Woodbine appeared in what was Tupac’s last video “I Ain’t Mad At Cha”. He calls working on Unsolved “Kismet”, and definitely no coincidences.

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UNSOLVED: THE MURDERS OF TUPAC & THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G PREMIERES ON FEBRUARY 27TH at 10 PM! 

BEHIND THE MOVEMENT

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

I had the opportunity to dial into a teleconference with the cast of TV One’s latest movie Behind the Movement. Behind the Movement will premiere during Black History Month on February, 11 at 7 pm.

Behind the Movement is the story of how Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat launched the Montgomery Bus Boycott. This movie honors the contributions of those untold heroes of the civil rights movement. It will tell the behind the scenes preparation that took place during the three days between the eventful evening when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. Behind the Movement was written by Katrina O’Glivie and directed by Aric Avelino.

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THE CAST:

Rosa Parks – Meta Golding (The Hunger Games)
Edgar “E.D.” Nixon – Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy, The 100)
Jo Ann Robinson – Loretta Devine (Waiting to Exhale)
Raymond Parks – Roger Guenveur Smith (American Gangster)

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Meta Golding

There is a lot of audio and video available of Rosa Parks, she says but she read everything that she could get her hands on.

“Rosa Parks was a very prolific writer, so I read everything she wrote. Some of her family members wrote about Rosa, about what she was like from a family perspective.”

Meta tried her best to stay true to Rosa Parks, to embody her and not imitate her.

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“Even though she’s an icon, I didn’t really know very much about her personally, I didn’t know her voice.”

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“I think that sexism did not discriminate and was very much a part of the civil rights movement, and so we didn’t get to hear or see the in-depth stories of the women who fought alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.”

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Isaiah Washington

E.D. Nixon was a Pullman Porter and Civil Rights leader who worked with Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. to initiate the Montgomery Bus Boycott. He was key in bailing Rosa Parks out of jail and positioning her case to spark the boycott.

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Like Isaiah Washington, I didn’t know who E.D. Nixon was and what he did until this movie came about.

“I thought I was pretty up on my American History and my African-American and Woman Studies.”

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Loretta Devine

Joann Robinson was one of the unrecognized women of the movement. After a verbally abusive encounter on a segregated city bus, she was instrumental during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Joann became an advocate for equal rights for African-Americans.

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“This was very special to me. I was very excited to do this because I don’t get to do this very often. I do a lot of comedy, and creating characters. So, this had to be basically from her perspective.”

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“When you are a voice for something, if you believe in something and decide to support something, you have to support that belief and that voice of action, with preparation, with giving your energy to making something work. And so, I think that is why this is really important for people to see now.”

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Behind the Movement taught me so much personally, I learned more than I ever learned in school while watching.

Make sure you tune in on February 11 at 7 pm on TV ONE for this phenomenal film that tells a part of history that a lot of people don’t know anything about.

DR. JEWEL TANKARD’S MILLIONAIRESS CONFERENCE

 BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

On January 20, 2018 Dr. Jewel Tankard hosted her Millionairess Conference at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta. This conference was all about learning the New Rules of Money and dominating them. You don’t have to do everything all at once but if you do one thing here and then another there you will make it.

Dr. Jewel Tankard, an entrepreneur, evangelist, and reality star brought in a creative blend of Bosses, CEOs, and entrepreneurs, including Dr. Heavenly Kimes, star of Bravo’s Married to Medicine, and Keri Hilson, singer. Songwriter, actress, and entrepreneur for panels, networking and conversation. This was truly an experience of a lifetime, full of unforgettable knowledge. There was nothing like talking business with other like-minded people.

Make sure that you check out the Millionairess Conference when it comes to a city near you.

Follow Dr. Jewel Tankard on social media:
@jeweltankard
http://www.jeweltankard.com

Torrei Hart’s New Natural Hair Care Line “Heavenly Hart”

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

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Torrei Hart is so much more than Kevin Hart’s ex-wife. This beauty is also an actress, producer, a mom, and an entrepreneur. She has teamed up with Nzuri to create a new natural hair care line, Heavenly Hart, inspired by her daughter Heaven.

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“My main goal was to inspire women and let them know, “It’s okay to be you. It’s all how you rock being you.” I think once Heaven sees the magnitude of the Heavenly Hart line, it’s going to hit her.”

Heavenly Hart hair products are nutrient-enriched with proprietary vitamin blends and natural ingredients, such as saw palmetto extract and biotin for hair loss and hair growth concerns, as well as pumpkin seed oil, coconut oil, yucca root extract and silk amino acids. Torrei’s natural beauty mission is to empower to find our power and love ourselves.

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“Life is a journey. Just enjoy every moment of it as much as you can. Of course, you know you’re going to hit hard times and that’s growth, that’s where we grow the most. But hang in there and just stay motivated. Keep going. Follow all your dreams no matter what. Just keep doing it because you never know what age you’re going to come into who you’re supposed to be.”

“But you can’t quit. Because if you quit, you’ll never know. Just keep going no matter what you go through.”

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You can find Heavenly Hart at nzurihaircare.com and amazon.com.

Also, follow Torrei Hart on Instagram @torreihart and Twitter @Torrei_Hart.

#112Takeover kicks off with South Atlanta high school press conference, scholarship, Chik Fil A and Comcast

BY: BRANDI DAWSON – BEPOSITIVE MEDIA

After an action packed New York press run, including an appearance on the Wendy Williams show on Thursday, October 19, 2017, legendary R&B group 112 returns to their hometown of Atlanta, GA to celebrate the release of their highly anticipated album, “Q Mike Slim Daron.”

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Today media, influencers and S. Atlanta high school students gathered with the group at their alma mater South Atlanta High School for a kickoff press conference.

Today media, influencers and S. Atlanta high school students gathered with the group at their alma mater South Atlanta High School for a kickoff press conference.

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Moderated by Derek Harper, the program director of Majic 97.5/107.5 FM, the session included remarks from representatives from Comcast manager Doug Powell and the principal of South Atlanta High School , Dr. Patricia Ford, and Tiphanie Watson of the Mayor’s Office of Film & Entertainment (City of Atlanta).

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The guys were especially excited about giving (2) scholarships to students at South Atlanta High School. The “112 Music Scholarship” will provide tuition assistance to (2) graduating seniors in the amount of $1,000 with an interest in pursuing a career in the music industry. The recipients of this scholarship will have excelled in band or music class with an interest in further developing themselves musically through college, community college or community music program. This recipient will have a 2.5 or above GPA, community service involvement, verbal communication skills and a reference letter.

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After the scholarship announcement, the guys engage in a Q&A with the students and media and took pictures with the students and their old classmates.

There will be other numerous events throughout the week, so you will have many chances to come out and show love to the fellas, including a Customer Appreciation Event Tuesday from 12-3 and the 112 CommunityFest this Saturday.

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Follow this conversation online on our social media pages @bepositivemedia on FB, IG, and Twitter and the social media pages of the group @theofficial112, as well as their individual pages @qparker112 @michaelkeithof112 @officialslim_ @daronfrom112 and the hashtag #112Takeover

And to get you ready, check out their new video Dangerous Games: