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Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis & Babyface confirmed as music producers for the NEW EDITION STORY on BET in January

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Along with a stellar cast, THE NEW EDITION STORY includes a collective of award-winning producers and directors including iconic music powerhouses James “Jimmy Jam” Harris, Terry Lewis and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Executive Producer Jesse Collins and award-winning director Chris Robinson. THE NEW EDITION STORY will air as a six hour, three night event on January 24, 25, and 26, 2017 at 9 PM ET/PT on BET.

The much-anticipated biopic follows the famed group (Ronnie DeVoe, Ralph Tresvant, Bobby Brown, Michael Bivins, Ricky Bell & Johnny Gill) from their humble beginnings as kids in Boston to global mega stardom- weathering the highs and lows of controversy, personnel changes, and the ultimate cost of fame.

The biopic is the brainchild of Collins who says the idea first came to him when he was producing 25 Strong: The BET Silver Anniversary Special (2005) and New Edition was set to perform. “New Edition was pure magic on stage.  The first time I got to see the behind the scenes challenges that they were dealing with to function as a group was during production of the special.  I reached out to Michael Bivins after the show and we started the process to produce a film based on the group,” said Collins. “Ten years later, after production delays, we were finally able to tell their story.”

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, with 17-Grammy Award wins collectively (11 for Babyface, six for Jam & Lewis, all receiving awards for Producer of the Year) were already an integral part of the careers of the members of New Edition. Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis produced New Edition’s 1988 seminal, Double Platinum-selling album “Heartbreak,” their highest selling album to date as well as produced Ralph Tresvant’s solo breakout #1 single “Sensitivity” and Johnny Gills #1 single “Rub You The Right Way.” ‘Heartbreak’ ushered in a new, mature sound for the band, introduced Johnny Gill into the group after the group voted out Bobby Brown and featured five singles including #1 & #2 Billboard R&B tracks “Can You Stand the Rain” and “If It Isn’t Love” respectively.

“Terry and I came in at a pivotal time when they were having internal issues and growing pains. Fans will get the true behind-the-scenes story of this key phase in their personal lives and careers,” said Harris. Lewis added, “Their songs are like a time capsule, not only capturing the quintessential 80’s R&B sound but also document the New Edition journey particularly transitioning from a boy band to adult stars. ”

Edmonds will serve as the music producer for the first half of THE NEW EDITION STORY, but ironically he and producing partner L.A. Reid were responsible for crafting almost half of the hits, including the Grammy-Award winning “Every Little Step,” from Bobby Brown’s explosive 1988 sophomore solo album, ‘Don’t Be Cruel.’ “I learned a lot about Bobby and the band dynamic during the making of ‘Don’t Be Cruel.’ But I also lived and breathed 80’s R&B because I was performing with my band (The Deele) and producing with L.A. Reid, so I make sure the feeling was captured,” said Babyface.

Chris Robinson, is responsible for a long list of iconic music videos for the likes of Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell, Diddy, Usher, T.I., Nas, Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys, Common, Boyz II Men and more. His biggest goal was to capture the band’s distinct look and feel.

“We went through great pains to get every detail right because true New Edition fans and 80’s babies like myself will know. That was such a distinctive and colorful era. I think we succeeded,” said Robinson.

The star-filled ‘New Edition Story’ cast includes Bryshere Y. Gray Elijah Kelley,  Luke James, Keith Powers, Algee SmithWoody McClain as NEW EDITION along with La La Anthony, Yvette Nicole Brown, Monica Calhoun, Lisa Nicole Carson, Sandi McCree Wood Harris, Michael Rapaport, Faizon Love, Duane Martin Tank and Bre-Z.

The story is executive produced by Jesse Collins (Real Husbands of Hollywood) for JCE Films, a division of Jesse Collins Entertainment; directed by Chris Robinson (ATL) and co-produced by Brooke Payne, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant and Bobby Brown.

For behind the scenes look at the making of the film, plus exclusive clips and photos from the movie, log on to http://www.BET.com/shows/the-new-edition-story.html and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #NewEditionBET.

 

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ImageNation & 103.9FM Announce Cocktails, Cinema & Revolution: An Evening Honoring Ava DuVernay, Melissa Harris-Perry, Hill Harper and Black Lives Matter

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ImageNation Cinema Foundation has announced the return of its Revolution Awards to celebrate innovative trailblazers for their groundbreaking efforts in media, arts and social change. Titled, Cocktails, Cinema & Revolution, the evening will celebrate Black excellence, artistry and activism. Honorees include Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-PerryBlack Lives Matter and actor Hill Harper of Limitless and CSI, NY. Sponsored by Radio 103.9 and the National Black Programming Consortium, ‘Cocktails, Cinema and Revolution’ will take place Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 at the SVA Theatre in New York City.

The festive affair will feature a live performance by vocalist/composer Jeremy James and a screening of the upcoming Lionsgate/CodeBlack film 1982This special advance screening of ‘1982’ launches Cocktails & Cinema,a new monthly series of films, cocktails, talkbacks and music at ImageNation’s RAW SPACE in Harlem. Starring Hill Harper, Sharon Leal, Wayne Brady, Troi Zee, La La Anthony and Ruby Dee, director Tommy Oliver’s emotional debut feature chronicles a Philadelphia father’s struggle to protect his daughter from the reality of her mother’s drug addiction. The film will be followed by a talkback with director Tommy Oliver, actor Hill Harper, image activist Michaela Angela Davis and noted psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere.

Founder of ImageNation, Moikgantsi Kgama says:

“History is being made everyday. This event celebrates Black History Month by recognizing our most inspiring change agents, while highlighting ImageNation’s newest monthly film program Cocktails & Cinema. I am looking forward to the Revolution Awards returning with an epic evening of honoring those who make a difference.”

ImageNation created the ‘Revolution Awards’ in 2003 to celebrate the accomplishments of artists and activists who use their platforms to inspire social change and produce edifying images of Black and Latino communities. Past honorees and participants include Spike Lee, Congressman John Lewis, Erykah Badu, Lee Daniels, Ruby Dee, Jaime Hector, Talib Kweli, Tom Burrell, Debra Lee, Keith Beauchamp, Stanley Nelson, and Lisa Cortes.

For nearly 20 years, ImageNation has produced events, programming and platforms that celebrate and promote the rich film, music and cultural stories of the African diaspora.  They have presented events nationally and globally in Canada, South Africa and Scotland. They are currently in the midst of their Soul Cinema campaign to build a boutique cinema in Harlem dedicated to independent Black film music, and media.

For more information and to purchase tickets for ‘Cocktails, Cinema & Revolution’ please visit www.ImageNation.us. For the latest updates on honorees and event details please follow @ImageNationUS on Twitter and join the conversation using the hashtag #CocktailsAndCinema. CC&R is produced in association with Unlimited Productions.

Photos by: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Paley Center For Media & Leon Bennett/Getty Images

 

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Friends Turn Into Enemies: Power Season 2 Finale, Episode 10 Recap

 

 

WOW! Just wow, the season 2 finale of Power didn’t disappoint at all, it was full of lies, deceit, back stabbing and so many power moves. Shall we recap? Of course we will hit the jump to get into our FLY recap of the Power Finale.

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Test of Loyalty: Power Season 2, Episode 9 FLY Recap

Power Season 2, Episode 9 Recap

BLOOD ISN’T THICKER THAN WATER!

Well at least in this show it isn’t. The stakes are getting higher and the pieces are falling down one by one in this epic game of human chess. This weekends episode of Power didn’t fail to disappoint one bit. Sit back grab a chair and step into our FLY Recap of Episode 9 of Power, Season 2. 

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[Fly-LIGHTs] La La Anthony’s Birthday Brunch

On Thursday, Fly Girl, La La Anthony celebrated her birthday in style with an exclusive brunch for friends and media at Bagatelle to kick off the 2012 BET Awards weekend.

Co-hosted by La La’s friend, celebrity entertaining expert, Travis London, guests were treated to a catered brunch and X-Rated Fusion Liqueur specialty cocktails such “La La’s Birthday Bellini”, “X-Rated Bubbly” and “Red Carpet Xperience.”

Those in attendance to celebrate with the birthday girl included singer Tamia, Eva Marcille, Young Money’s Shanell, Diddy Dirty Money’s Kalenna, Necole Bitchie and La La’s best friend Po Johnson. At one point during the brunch, Po jumped in the DJ booth and spun tunes to the delight of La La and guests.
Hi Necole *Waves*
After brunch, the real theatrics began when pink cakes were brought out to the tables for guests to decorate on their own in teams for a chance to win a prize. At the end of the cake decorating contest, La La announced that the winner was her which sparked a friendly debate between she and Eva.
Hey Eva *Waves*
As guests departed, they were treated to gift bags filled with makeup from Motives for La La, Kimberly Kimble hair products, and goodies from X-Rated Fusion Liqueur.
Happy Birthday La!
-Stay Fly!
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[Last NIGHT in NYC] ‘Think Like a Man’ Press Reception …

The Think Like a Man promotional tour rolled into New York last night and team SFPL was invited to participate in the festivities. Esteemed members of the press had the pleasure of participating in a Q & A with the Movies stars including; Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Jerry Ferrara, Terrence J, Romany Malco, La La Anthony, director Tim Story and Rainforest producer Will Packer.

Held @ The Sky Room in NYC, the cast gave an insightful look into their characters and a behind the scenes venture inside the film from their perspective as we all enjoyed delicious cocktails and appetizers. I asked the cast what they’d like our viewers to do to help this film to be a success and naturally they said, ” Go See The Film!”

I made a note to congratulate the cast and directors for creating an amazing brown romantic comedy that wasn’t coonish. They didn’t take the question so well, but hey, I’m the voice of the people, brown movies have really been a bit coonish as of the last few years and I can really only speak the truth. After a Comedic argument with Kevin Hart, both he and Terrence J brought some amazing facts to our attention such as the low numbers brown films normally get at the box office. For example the movie Love Jones to date has only grossed 12 Million dollars, we have to improve that.

As supporters we must make sure we see these films and increase their demand to keep more of them in production.

In short, Go see this movie 🙂

Step into some pics of the cast and the press below …

-Stay Fly!

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[Seen On The Scene] ‘Think Like a Man’ Cast Shines at All-Star Weekend

Kevin Hart, Terrence J, Gabrielle Union, La La Anthony, Gary Owen and producer Will Packer hit the red carpet special screening at the Cobb Plaza Cinema Café in Orlando. Additional special guests included Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Fabolous, Emily B and Stephen Hill (BET President of Programming).

THINK LIKE A MAN opens nationwide on April 20. Visit the film at www.thinklikeaman-movie.com.

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[Weekend Fly-LIGHTS] Ciara/ Estelle/ Nas/ Diddy/ Christina Milian & La La Anthony

 

Some of our favorite FLY celebrities were out and about this Labor Day Weekend. Ciara rocked courtside at the 2011 U.S. Open in New York City on Monday to watch her homie Serena Williams do her thing on the court. She joined Spike Lee, Blake Lively, and Star Jones, in the VIP box, to watch the festivities.

 

Alright for the perks!

Ciara’s casual swag was on point as she witnessed her BFF win this round of the Open.

 

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Fly girl Estelle was on hand to perform at the Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at the Paris Las Vegas on Sunday, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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She blessed the excited crowd with her catalogue, and looked good doing it,

 

Nas Hosted the Final Night of the Hamptons Season at AXE Lounge on Sunday in Southampton, New York.

Nas is looking a bit old, eh?

Rockin a black V neck, Louie belt and Air Jordans, Nas took it back with a plethora of his hits.

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs held fort at the Palms Pool & Bungalows at The Palms Casino Resort on Sunday in Las Vegas, Nevada. Looking smooth in his ‘Diddy’ pose.

A fresh faced Christina Milian was also on deck for the festivities, looking gorgeous.

No Music? *Clap, Clap, Clap, Clap*

 

She showed off her beach body, we like.

Lala Vasquez was in the building for DJ Whoo Kid‘s Hollywood Shuffle at the SiriusXM Studio on Saturday in New York City.

She looked lovely in a nude dress.

We love LaLa.

 

-Stay Fly!