THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY ESSENCE FESTIVAL WILL CONVENE TOP WORLD LEADERS, INFLUENCERS AND CREATORS FOR ITS NEWLY REIMAGINED POWER STAGE

The 2019 ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola, the world’s largest cultural, entertainment and empowerment experience and the largest celebration of global Black culture, convenes top world leaders, influencers and creators for its newly reimagined ESSENCE Power Stage. Free and open to the public, the ESSENCE Power Stage will feature conversations and keynote addresses with influencers and artists – plus a culminating all-star Gospel celebration with performances celebrating 25 years of Black women in Gospel music.

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Carrie O’dell, Jordin Sparks, Marjorie Harvey and Storm Reid to Be Honored at 11th Annual LadyLike Foundation Women of Excellence Luncheon

April 23, 2019 – Today, theLadyLike Foundation announced their 2019 honorees for the 11th Annual LadyLike Foundation Women of Excellence Luncheon, which will include Carrie O’dell, Jordin Sparks, Marjorie Harvey and Storm Reid. The nonprofit organization, whose mission is to educate, empower and inspire young girls living in underprivileged communities around the Greater Los Angeles area, hosts this annual fundraiser to honor women in the community and in our world who are “Excellent” in their fields of occupation and philanthropy. The Women of Excellence Luncheon will take place onSaturday, May 11that the Beverly Hilton Hotel with Holly Robinson Peete returning as host.

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BET’s “GAMES PEOPLE PLAY” Starring Lauren London, Sarunas J. Jackson, and Parker McKenna Posey

Based on the popular novel by Angela Burt-Murray, GAMES PEOPLE PLAY is a sultry new thriller featuring an ensemble cast of dynamic characters, including a desperate basketball wife trying to protect her family, a tenacious journalist struggling to rebuild a tarnished career, and a scandalous groupie looking to become a star – all who find it’s murder trying to stay on top.

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THE REDEMPTION PROJECT WITH VAN JONES

The Redemption Project with Van Jones is a new eight-part CNN Original Series, created and executive produced by Jonas Bell Pasht and Jonah Bekhor of Citizen Jones and Academy-Award®-nominated director Jason Cohen. Offering a rare glimpse into the restorative justice process,each episode follows the victim, or surviving family members, 

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‘SPRINTER’ Coming April 24th Executive Produced by Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith

SPRINTER, which will be released on April 24, 2019 via GathrÒ Films’ Theatrical-On-Demand.

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MENTAL TELEPATHY PICTURES AND OVERBROOK ENTERTAINMENT’S

Written and Directed by Storm Saulter

Executive Produced by Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith

Starring: Dale Elliott, Shantol Jackson, Kadeem Wilson, Dennis Titus, Bryshere Y. Gray

with Lorraine Toussaint and David Alan Grier

Executive produced by Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, SPRINTER tells the story of Akeem Sharp (Dale Elliott), who is set to be Jamaica’s next big track-and-field sensation. Akeem hopes a rise in the track-and- field world will take him to the U.S. to reunite him with his mother (Lorraine Toussaint, Orange is the New Black), who has supported the family while living as an illegal resident for over a decade. But Akeem’s rising star is weighed down by turmoil at home: a volatile father, and an unruly older brother who insinuates himself into Akeem’s career as a means of escaping – or perhaps enhancing – his scam artist hustle. Not only does Akeem have to prove to himself and to everyone that he can succeed, but also overcome the struggles that may ultimately bring him down. The film also stars Kadeem Wilson (Ghett’ A Life), Dennis Titus (The Mighty Quinn), Shantol Jackson (Yardie), Bryshere Y. Gray (Empire), and David Alan Grier (In Living Color) with songs by Grammy Award winning artist NE-YO and Jamaican dancehall performer Shenseea. 

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SALT-N-PEPA, DJ SPINDERELLA AND SWV STAR IN BET’S NEW DOCUSERIES “LADIES NIGHT”

Rap and R&B royalty holds court with the BET premiere of “LADIES NIGHT,” starring SALT-N-PEPA (SNP), DJ SPINDERELLA and SWV. With a legacy spanning over three decades, Salt-N-Pepa has landed their biggest career accomplishment to-date, a Las Vegas residency. While simultaneously preparing for their opportunity of a lifetime, the trio has made the ambitious decision to launch the “Ladies Night” national tour in collaboration with SWV.

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LITTLE Movie Premiere in Atlanta

Regina Hall
Regina Hall (photo credit: Kingsmen Media)

Regina Hall, Issa Rae and Marsai Martin as well as Producer Will Packer and Director Tina Gordon, hit the blue carpet for a star-studded premiere at Regal Atlantic Station in midtown Atlanta. The blue carpet screening was a huge success with many of Atlanta’s biggest stars in entertainment, film and music excited to see LITTLE. The movie hits theaters on April 12th.

Little is an irreverent new comedy about the price of success, the power of sisterhood and having a second chance to grow up — and glow up — right. Will Packer, blockbuster producer of Girls Trip, the Ride Along franchise, Night School, No Good Deed and Think Like a Man, brings an all-new perspective to the body-swap comedy.

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