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The Game, Michelle Williams, DeVon Franklin, Meagan Good and more At The 2016 Merge Summit

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Relevé Entertainment, in partnership with Walgreens and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, is proud to announce the return of The Merge Summit– Los Angeles, taking place August 25-27, 2016 at The Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. The Merge Summit is a unique event created to inspire synergy with faith based and entertainment industry leaders to educate, uplift, and encourage attendees to aspire towards their professional and personal goals.

‘The Merge Summit’ will commence on August 25th with a welcoming Opening Gala. This year’s gala will honor the outstanding accomplishments of Senior Vice President of Prudential Financial- Dorinda Walker, ESSENCE Magazine Editor At Large-Mikki Taylor, founder and senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center (LWCC)-Dr. Bill Winston and Emmy Award Nominated Actor-Courtney B. Vance. This evening will be hosted by celebrated comedian-Cedric The Entertainer and will feature performances by Jonathan McReynolds and Ezekiel (The Poet).  From August 26-27th, 60 top level entertainment executives will lead interactive discussions, workshops and Master Class sessions in personal branding, music, television, film, creative development, and new media. In addition to the enrichment seminars, guests will have the opportunity to participate in the Wellness Lounge® featuring a number of wellness and relaxation services presented by Wellness .  This year’s festivities will also feature a faith based comedy show, CHURCH OF LAUGH LIVE hosted by actor/comedian Jonathan Slocumb, and the FREE-PHYER XPerience Concert featuring Kierra Sheard.

The summit will feature participants including: Fox TV’s Empire Stars: Trai Byers and Grace Grealey, Multi-Platinum Grammy Award Winning Singer/TV Personality-Michelle Williams; Grammy Award Multi-Platinum Recording Artist-The Game; Grammy Award Winning Universal Motown Gospel Recording Artist-Tasha Cobbs; Vice President and Global Chief Diversity Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance- Steve Pemberton; Co-Chairman of De Passe Jones Entertainment –Suzanne DePasse; Emmy nominated and Peabody Award Winning Motion picture and television producer and owner of Martin Chase Productions – Debra Martin Chase; Vice President Of Talent & Casting for Original Programming at BET Networks-Robi Reed ; Head Of Talent and Casting for ABC- Ayo Davis; President of Studio Lambert- Greg Goldman; Film Producer/ President /CEO of Franklin Entertainment- DeVon Franklin; CEO of Revelations Entertainment- Lori McCreary ; Film Producer/CEO, 1019 Entertainment-Ralph Winter; Casting Director/Producer (Empire, The Butler)-Leah Daniels-Butler; Head Of Television for Will Packer Productions-Korin Huggins; Revolt TV’s Head Of Programming-Kelly G; Vice President Of Talent Development & Inclusion-Disney/ABC- Tim McNeal; Viral Faith Based Internet Sensations: NotKarltonBanks & The Playmakers; Grammy Nominated Producer– Harmony Samuels; Actresses: Meagan Good Franklin, Tia Mowry-Hardrict,LisaRaye McCoy, Brely Evans, Essence Atkins, Edwina Findley-Dickerson, Salli Richardson Whitfield, ; Actors: Cory Hardrict, Dondre Whitfield, John David Washington, Brian White; Spiritual Leaders: Pastor Wayne Chaney, Dr. DeForest Soaries, Cindy TrimmShawn BolzPastor Mark Baker Notable Writers: Jawn Murray and Jasmine Brand and many more.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

“I’m excited to have The Merge Summit back in LA. It’s the birthing ground for this vision and I am believing for infinite possibilities for all those who attend. All I can say is…”are you ready for this?” says Dr. Holly Carter– Founder of The Merge Summit.

What a better place to bring the Word than amongst the brightest of stars and influencers in the entertainment industry,” said The Merge Summit Co-Founder and Co-Chair Robi Reed.  We need as many beacons of love and hope as we can find to light a path in these days and The Merge Summit is the place where those like minds meet.  I’m excited to see us climb to a new plateau this year.”

For more information on Registration Packages and Ticket Purchases, please visit www.themergesummit.com.

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Nene Leakes, Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, Debbie Allen, Luke James & more Attend Johnny Gill’s 50th Birthday Celebration

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Over the weekend, the stars aligned to celebrate the 50th birthday of legendary singer Johnny Gill. The 50 Shades of Johnny themed birthday celebration was held at a private Bel-Air mansion.

VIP’s in attendance included: Smokey Robinson, NeNe LeakesCynthia BaileyNicole MurphyEric BenetBryshere Y. GrayCedric The EntertainerRon DevoeMichael Bevins, Luke JamesShaun RobinsonJill Marie JonesNichelle TurnerYvette Nicole BrownJon Jon (Troop), Phillip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire), Jeffery OsborneKenny LattimoreRocsi DiazJoeDebbie AllenSheryl Lee RalphA.D. DolphinHarmony SamuelsMAJOR. and more.

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Fly Review: Barbershop: The Next Cut

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It’s time to head back to Calvin’s for a fresh-cut and hilarious banter in BarberShop: The Next Cut. Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Eve and Anthony Anderson return along with newcomers to the franchise Common, Nicki Minaj, Regina Hall, J.B. Smoove, Margot Bingham and Lamorne Morris.

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It’s been 10 plus years since we last visited the iconic barbershop located on the South Side of Chicago. The once male dominated sanctuary is now a unisex salon headed by Angie (Regina Hall) who is Calvin’s business partner. Calvin’s motley crew of barbers consist of old man Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer), Rashad (Common), Jerrod (Lamorne Morris), Raja (Utkarsh Ambudkar), Terri (Eve) and man of many occupations One-Stop (JB Smoove).

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Angie leads of a group of feisty hair technicians, Draya (Nicki Minaj), and Bree (Margot Bingham). The new dynamic in the shop makes for some interesting banter between the opposite sexes as they comically debate topics such as Obama, Instagram Ho’s, and today’s vernacular such as term “on fleek” which Eddie makes light of.

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Things also do get serious in the Malcolm D.Lee directed film when the topics of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and other recent issues affecting black communities are brought up. Calvin’s is now in the safe-haven of the neighborhood thanks to a new political measure introduced and backed by former Barber now politician Jimmy (Sean Patrick Thomas) to help counteract all of the gang violence going on in the neighborhood. Jimmy’s idea isn’t met with the acceptance he would like leading to the barbers coming up with the idea to for the barbershop to become a safe-zone for 48hrs initiating a truce between rival gangs. Anyone who visits the shop during that time gets free haircuts or their hair did. Jerrod gets a hashtag going on Twitter to help spread the word about the ceasefire and helps get things in motion.

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Jalen and Calvin VIa: Warner Brothers

The main story in the film revolves around Calvin and his son Jalen (Michael Rainy Jr.) and Calvin doing whatever it takes to keep his son out of trouble. Jalen becomes friends with Kenny who is the son Rashad and the two get involved with a local gang ran by Yummy (Tyga) don’t ask us why a gang leader’s name is Yummy. Calvin and his wife can’t believe their son’s recent behavior is of his own accord after Jalen gets in trouble at school. Calvin immediately feels that Jalen’s behavior is the direct result of hanging out with Kenny who is a known troublemaker and recently moved in with his dad Rashad and step-mom Terri. Calvin’s accusations lead to a rift between him and Rashad, Calvin fearing for his son’s life decides to look for a shop in a safer neighborhood leaving the rest of his employees to figure  it out for themselves.

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Draya, Terri and Rashad VIa: Warner Brothers

Rashad is also dealing with some family issues as well. Terri is now a celebrity stylist and her work keeps her very busy and keeps her from being home with Rashad.

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The tension between the two is noticed by Draya who looks step in and make things interesting for Rashad. This sets up an interesting dynamic between the two leading ladies of hip-hop in the film.

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Thanks to writers Kenya Barrish (black-ish) and Tracy Oliver, The Next Cut perfectly blends laugh out loud moments with serious tones. We do wish Nicki’s character was bit more stronger but she does make the most of her screen-time when she gets it. Regina Hall does a masterful job as Calvin’s business partner and shines when things get serious in the film. Common and Cube work well together in the film and of course Cedric shines as Eddie supplying much of the films comic relief.

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Barbershop: The Next Cut is the perfect film for the family to go see as a whole or great option for date night.

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Barbershop: The Next Cut is in theaters now!

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Fly Trailer: ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut’ Official Trailer [SFPL Exclusive]

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Yes, it is here! The official trailer of Barbershop: The Next Cut starring Ice Cube, Nicki Minaj, Anthony Anderson, Common, Eve, Tyga, Regina Hall, Cedric The Entertainer and more, which hits theaters April 15th, 2016. Stuff Fly People Like has an exclusive clip just for you, personalized from us to you by the man himself, Ice Cube!

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Photo Credit: Barbershop / Warner Bros Pictures

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Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart & More Star In The Upcoming Movie Top Five Co-Produced By Jay Z, Questlove and Kanye West [Movie Trailer]

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Chris Rock  leads an all-star cast in the upcoming film Top Five, which is also co-produced by Jay Z,  Questlove and Kanye West.

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[The FLY Review] Madagascar 3, Europe’s Most Wanted …

Paramount/DreamWorks’ Madagascar 3 (http://www.madagascarmovie.com/) hits theaters this week (June 8, 2012). Team SFPL was on hand over the weekend to partake in a screening of the film which stars Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Cedric The Entertainer. Take it from us, this is a must-see for the entire family.

This time around, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple and of course, King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are all along for the comedic adventure. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent – Madagascar style.

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Madagascar 3 hits Theater’s June 8th!

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