The 12th Annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic Cinco de Mayo Party

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

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On May 5, George Lopez hosted a Cinco de Mayo party for his 12th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic for his Foundation.

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George Lopez created the foundation after in 2005 when he himself needed a transplant which was graciously given by his wife. The mission for the foundation is to create positive, permanent change for underprivileged children, adults and military families confronting challenges in education and health, as well as increasing community awareness about kidney disease and organ donation.

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“I am thankful for the kidney transplant I received in 2005, which has allowed me to pursue my two passions – playing golf and giving back to others less fortunate.” – George Lopez

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Each year his family and friends come together for the Celebrity Golf Classic to help raise awareness for kidney disease. Such a great fun event that brings awareness to a disease that affects some many people.

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In June, the foundation hosts a camp for children affected by kidney disease. Within this camp the children will experience a week-long summer session at a medical specialty camp for children that will learn new strategies of medical self-care, increase their self-confidence, and build supportive friendships with peers who have the same medical conditions.

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Everyone has someone in their life that has been affected by this disease, I know that I do. If you want to donate to this great organization you can via their website georgelopezfoundation.org.

SPIN-OFFS ARE WHERE IT’S AT

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Freeform renews two of our favorites. Grown-ish, the spin-off from Black-ish created by Kenya Barris. Also, Good Trouble, the spin-off from The Fosters.

Catch both of them on Freeform and the Freeform app.

AN EVENING WITH ANGELA BASSETT

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

Had a priceless evening with Hollywood Confidential on Monday night at the Saban Theatre. The phenomenal, talented, iconic Angela Bassett graced the stage and dropped some gems and inspired us all to never lose our fire and to go after our dreams. Angela Bassett was also given the Icon Award by Essence at the end of the night. So, yes priceless moments.

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Thank you so much to Hollywood Confidential and creator Steve Jones for allowing us to be in the room to hear from a legend and a master at the game.

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About Hollywood Confidential:

In seeking to provide a solution, entertainment executive Steve Jones and his company, Brand Maverick Entertainment, launched a free panel series entitled The Hollywood Confidential, designed to educate aspiring actors, producers, writers and directors on the inner workings of entertainment from the perspective of industry veterans.

Specifically, The Hollywood Confidential is a forum where Hollywood’s elite come together for a discussion to reveal tips, strategies, and secrets, as well as recount their own behind-the-scenes experiences as some of the industry’s most respected power players.

Serving the entertainment community since 2013, The Hollywood Confidential has reached thousands of attendees and has additionally pulled in over 20 million impressions online. The panel consistently features an array of topnotch talent and executives with the likes of Golden Globe nominee Michael Ealy, Actresses Sanaa Lathan, Brandy, Tichina Arnold, Meagan Good, Kimberly Elise, KeKe Palmer, executives Cori Murray (entertainment director, ESSENCE magazine), Endyia Kinney-Sterns (VP of Development, OWN Network), and Kimberly Hardin (casting director credited with the discovery of J. Lo, Halle Berry, and Taraji P. Henson) amongst it’s past participants.

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Make sure you follow Hollywood Confidential on social media to know when the next installment will be. I am not sure how they will top Angela Bassett but it is only up from here.

THE BOBBY BROWN STORY PREMIERE

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

It was a star-studded affair at the Paramount Studios Theatre on Wednesday night as we celebrated Bobby Brown during the private screening of The Bobby Brown Story that will air on BET on September 4th and 5th.

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The Bobby Brown Story comes from Abdul Williams, the same writer from The New Edition Story. Having seen the first episode this will definitely be another classic that we will watch for years to come. Bobby Brown who was very hands-on with the project wanted to show us a side of him that we did not know before. While watching you can feel the authenticity bleeding from the screen as each actor brings everything they have to each character.

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Woody McClain who played Bobby Brown in The New Edition Story and now The Bobby Brown Story dug deep for his inner Bobby. Gabrielle Dennis plays Whitney like no other. She truly embodies the character. At the premiere, I asked her where she pulled from and she said that she prayed each day before going on set and felt that Whitney was with her every step of the way.

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Learned so much that I didn’t know from this film about Bobby.  He truly told the story his way. Brilliant casting by Robi Reed to get all of this dynamic talent and brilliant directing by Kiel Adrian Scott to pull out the best from these actors.

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Make sure you tune in on September 4th and 5th at 9 pm on BET to see this dynamic story. Check out our exclusive interviews with some of the cast below.

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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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