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Essence Festival: FORD rocks out with Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith& more

Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Lorenz Tate, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Tiffany Haddish at a Sirius/XM radio interview at the Ford Motor Company booth during the 2017 Essence Festival at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup)

Ford Motor Company celebrated the July Fourth weekend in New Orleans as part of the annual ESSENCE Festival®. As an exclusive automotive sponsor for the ninth consecutive year, Ford provided attendees the opportunity to get up close and personal with its latest lineup of vehicles, including the all-new 2018 Ford Expedition and 2018 Ford F-150.

ESSENCE Festival delivered a star-studded lineup this year, with Ford hosting the most exciting and chart-topping talent at the Superdome lounge and at the Ford booth all festival weekend. Legendary singer Chaka Khan debuted the world premiere of her latest single during her live interview with SiriusXM from the Ford booth at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The cast of Girls Trip including Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, Larenz Tate and Tiffany Haddish were also spotted onstage at the Ford booth.

R&B singer’s Tank, India Arie and Elle Varner graced the Ford booth stage, as well as Empire, stars Bryshere Y. Gray and Ta’Rhonda Jones. Joseph Sikora also stopped by for an interview.

Festival-goers had the opportunity to register to test drive the newest vehicles in the Ford lineup, including the 2017 Ford Explorer, 2017 Ford Escape, and 2017 Ford Fusion. One lucky registrant was presented keys to a brand-new 2018 Ford Mustang on Sunday by comedienne and daytime talk show host Loni Love and Raj Register, Ford Multicultural Communications Manager.

Photo Credit – Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup on behalf of FORD

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Essence Fest: ‘Girls Trip’ VIP Screening Brings Out the Stars

During this year’s Essence Festival, Hello Beautiful, in partnership with Nissan and Universal Pictures, hosted a VIP red carpet screening for the new film GIRLS TRIP. Attending from the cast was Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Larenz Tate and Kofi Siriboe; director Malcolm Lee and producer Will Packer introduced the film. Hello Beautiful editors Allison McGevna, Shamika Sanders and Keyaira Kelly were also on hand to welcome guests.

Special guests included Ava Duvernay (filmmaker), Bevy Smith (radio/tv host), Big Freedia (FUSE TV), Issa Rae (HBO’s “Insecure”), singer/songwriter Tank, RonReaco Lee (Starz’ “Survivor’s Remorse”), Ari Lennox (Interscope Recording Artist), Karen Civil (social media maven), actress/singer Letoya Luckett, Shyann Roberts (June’s Diary); Fox’s “Star” cast members Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, Brittany O’Grady and Miss Lawrence; actress/model Nomzano Mbatha, actress Essence Atkins, actress Bresha Webb, RCA recording artist Elle Varner, tv personality Tai Beauchamp; “Queen Sugar” co-stars Omar Dorsey and Timon Kyle Durrett; tv host Alesha Renee, rapper/tv personality Romeo, Mona Scott Young (Monami Entertainment), Yandy Smith (“Love & Hip Hop”), celebrity stylist Ty Hunter, radio personality Wild Wayne (WQUE) and more.

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Watch: The Hilarious New Trailer of ‘Girls Trip’ is here!

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Producer Will Packer (Ride Along and Think Like a Man franchises, and Almost Christmas) presents Girls Trip, a new comedy from director/producer Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man franchise, Barbershop: The Next Cut).

When four lifelong friends—Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish—travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush. James Lopez, head of motion pictures for Will Packer Productions, and Preston Holmes, executive produce.

Check out the hilarious trailer above.

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WATCH: Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall & Tiffany Haddish Head To Essence Fest In The New Movie ‘Girl’s Trip’

Four life-long friends decide to take a trip to New Orleans and tackle Essence’s popular annual festival. Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish star in the Malcom D.Smith (The Best Man franchise, Barbershop: The Next Cut) comedy presented and produced by Will Packer (Think Like Man, Almost Christmas, Ride Along).

The ladies look to rediscover their friendship all the while drinking, dancing, brawling and of course find love in the big easy. The film also stars Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Kofi Siriboe (Queen Sugar) & Larenz Tate (Love Jones) so there is plenty of eye candy for the ladies in the film as well. Checkout the announcement trailer for Girls Trip above which hit’s theaters this Summer, July 21st .

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‘When The Bough Breaks’ Stars Regina Hall and Morris Chestnut Surprise Fans At Los Angeles Movie Theater

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oviegoers were treated to an awesome surprise this past Saturday, September 10th, at the Baldwin Hills Theater in Los Angeles. Folks who went to see the thriller, When The Bough Breaks were surprised by the film’s two stars Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall.

Regina and Morris handed out popcorn and drinks to guest and of course posed for pics and took selfies with moviegoers who were ecstatic to see them there to help celebrate the films release. They also went into theaters to greet people who were about to watch the film as well.

It looks like all that hard work and press Regina, Morris and Jaz Sinclair have been doing is paying off. The film finished in a strong second behind Sully, earning a respectable $15 million at the weekend box office. When The Bough Breaks is in theaters now and if you haven’t seen it yet, grab your bae find where it’s playing and make it a date night. For more photos from that night, peep the gallery below:

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Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall Talks ‘When The Bough Breaks’, Regina Realizes Her Connection To Beyonce on SFPL TV

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What better way to end the week than to speak to two of our favorite Fly celebs, Regina Hall and Morris Chestnut. The talented duo stopped by SFPL TV to talk about their new film When The Bough Breaks, which is in theaters today!

In the movie, [slightly based on a true story] both Regina and Morris play a successful married couple, “John & Laura Taylor” who wants to have child but runs into some medical issues, therefore, seeking other options and needing a surrogate, which they found by the name of “Anna” (Jaz Sinclair). But unfortunately, things take a turn for the worse as the wanted lullaby life collides with a crush of psychoticism.

Also, Co-Creator/Editor of SFPL, Gabriel Williams advised Regina during the interview that she has been quite the social media star since a certain meme video has surfaced of her playing the past Scary Movie character of “Brenda,” but has been revamped of her watching Beyonce’s Lemonade film. Surprisingly, she never saw the clip and could not stop laughing.

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Take a look at the full interview above.

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‘When The Bough Breaks’ Star Jaz Sinclair Covers Rolling Out Magazine

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az Sinclair is a newcomer to Hollywood, but the young 22-year-old Dallas native is looking to become a household name and she looks to be the right track. The young starlet looks to wow movie-goers this weekend when the thriller When The Bough Breaks hits theaters.

In the movie Sinclair plays a surrogate named Anna who has been hired by a young married couple John Taylor (Morris Chestnut) and Lara (Regina Hall). Everything seems perfect till Anna becomes dangerously obsessed with John and now he must protect his family from her. In her cover story with Rolling Out Magazine, Sinclair spoke on a multitude of topics.

Jaz on how she landed the role of Anna:

It was a multi-step process. I went in for the audition and they had me do four scenes from the story so they could feel if I could play both: the innocent Anna and the intense Anna.

I went to a couple meetings, sent in an audition tape while I was filming Paper Towns, met the director and he told me later that during our meeting that he didn’t think I would get the role because he thought I was too sweet. Then we had a conversation about Anna and something in my eyes changed that kind of scared him and that’s when he knew I could do it.

How she knew the role was perfect for her:

It’s strange. If I had looked at it on paper without putting it on its feet, I never would have thought “me” for this role. For so many reasons, I just would not have thought this would be my role. When I was auditioning, it just came through me. And something just clicked. I understood her. She made sense to me. And I cared about her. I read the script and the same thing happened. It was like the script was speaking to me and I just knew I was supposed to play this role.

Jaz on working with Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall:

It was great. He is great. He is such a gentleman and a kind person, and an amazing actor. He made me feel so safe and comfortable. There were some tense parts in the film and potentially uncomfortable scenes if you don’t trust your co-star. I felt so respected and inspired by him.

And then Regina [Hall] is such a talented actress. Watching her work and the variety and the layers that she brings for every scene, she was able to do so many versions and they were all so beautiful.

To read the rest of the interview head to over to Rolling Out right now, and be sure to head to the theaters September 9th to see Jaz in When The Bough Breaks and see how #ItAllWentWrong.

SOURCE: Rolling Out | Photo: Dallas Logan For Rolling Out

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Get A Glimpse of How #ItAllWentWrong In The New Trailer For “When The Bough Breaks”

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ony gives us a glimpse of when #ItAllWentWrong in the latest trailer for the upcoming thriller ‘When The Bough Breaks’ starring Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall and Jaz Sinclair.

In the new trailer we meet a young professional couple John and Laura Taylor (Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall) who are struggling to conceive hire Anna (Jaz Sinclair) who they think is the perfect surrogate. Things get extremely dangerous as Anna gets further along in the pregnancy when she develops a sick and dangerous fixation with John.

It becomes an all out battle between the couple and Anna to regain control and protect their future at the same time. Peep the new trailer which features an updated version of the popular Brandy and Monica classic hit record “The Boy is Mine” below:

You can officially see how  #ItAllWentWrong on September 9th!

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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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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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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!

Check it out below:

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