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TV One’s ‘THE MANNS’ with David & Tamela Mann Premieres on April 4th [Video Teaser]

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TV One presents the premiere episode of The Manns, a reality docu-series on the hilarious relationship between David and Tamela Mann and their family, on Tuesday, April 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

In the premiere episode, when Tamela’s beloved dog dies, the family attempts to make her feel better by hosting a memorial service and attempting to find her a replacement puppy. Tamela is presented with dogs of every size and personality, but will anyone find a dog that’s just right?

David puts his family through a series of hilarious and grueling tests in order to conquer their fears. To their dismay, the group is forced to endure everything from a bug-eating challenge to fire walking! However, the family has a surprise test of their own that gives David a taste of his own medicine.

Later, David Jr. gets caught in the middle of a family feud between his wife, Chantal, and his sister, Tia, when they both participate in a “Mann Tank” competition in order to convince David and Tamela to invest in their business ideas. The winner gets $10,000 to invest in their company and the loser gets…”to go home a loser,” says David.

The Manns is produced by TV One in partnership with Entertainment One (eOne) and Bobbcat Films. It is executive produced by David and Tamela Mann, eOne’s Tara Long and Mark Herwick, Roger M. Bobb and Phil Thornton. For TV One, Lamar Chase is executive-in-charge of production, Robyn Greene Arrington is vice president of original programming and production, and D’Angela Proctor is head of original programming and production.

For more information on TV One’s ‘The Manns’, visit the network’s YouTube Channel and website at www.tvone.tv. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hash tag #THEMANNS.

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#GrammyWeekend: TV One’s 48th Annual Image Awards Brings Out Star Power

TV One’s stars of television and film shined brightly at the 48TH NAACP Image Awards, hosted by Anthony Anderson, which aired on the network. Among this year’s award honorees, TV One’s morning news host, Roland Martin, received an Award for Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety Program.

An encore presentation of the show will air on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. EST and 12 a.m. EST. The show will air in syndication February 19 – March 5. Check your local listings for show times.

The evening began with the live pre-show from the red carpet, hosted by Nischelle Turner and Terrence Jenkins with special correspondents Tai Beauchamp and Chris Spencer.  The casts of TV One’s upcoming original films, “MEDIA” (Brian WhitePenny Johnson JeraldPooch HallChrystee PharrisBlue KimbleDenise BoutteStelio SavanteFinesse Mitchell and Jillian Reeves) and “Hit A Lick” (Tasha SmithLil Mama and Lance Gross) were in attendance. Additionally, Justice By Any Means host Malik Yoba made an appearance, and David and Tamela Mann walked the carpet to announce their new TV One show, The Manns.

The two-hour live special did not disappoint as the best of Black Hollywood turned out to celebrate. Immediately following, guests joined TV One, in partnership with Ford Motor Company and Creative Artists Agency (CAA), at an exclusive after party held at the W Hotel in Hollywood. Radio One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes welcomed the crowd, followed by a special performance by R&B vocalist Faith Evans.

The channel’s upcoming original film, MEDIA (full cast above) premieres on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. ET. The much-anticipated series is directed by Craig Ross, Jr. and executive produced by Cathy Hughes, Susan Banks, Kevin Arkadie, and Sheila Ducksworth.

Below are all of the winners for the 48TH Annual NAACP Image Awards:

Television Categories

Outstanding Comedy Series
“`black-ish” (ABC)
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson – “`black-ish” (ABC)
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Tracee Ellis Ross – “`black-ish” (ABC)
Outstanding Drama Series
“Queen Sugar” (OWN:  Oprah Winfrey Network)
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown  – “This Is Us” (NBC)
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Taraji P. Henson – “Empire” (FOX)
Motion Picture Categories
Outstanding Motion Picture
“Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox)
 
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Denzel Washington – “Fences” (Paramount Pictures)
 
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Taraji P. Henson – “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox)
Entertainer of the Year
Dwayne Johnson

Check out photos below from the red carpet, awards ceremony, backstage, after party and more below:

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Roy Jones Jr. Gives Malik Smiley a Talk About Respect on TV One’s ‘Rickey Smiley For Real’

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Season 3 of TV One‘s Rickey Smiley For Real has followed the highs and lows as Rickey Smiley has gone through parenting trials and tribulations with his kids. It seems just as one relationship improves, another falls short! Last week, when Rickey attempts to surprise Malik by bringing his favorite boxer, Heavyweight Boxing Champion Roy Jones Jr. to his practice, the teen shows out and doesn’t want to participate. The season finale picks up with Jones Jr. having a heart-to-heart with Malik about respecting his father on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. ET.
“I learned all the stuff that you love about me from my father,” said Jones Jr. “Our fathers mean the most and the best for us. They’re not there to be an enemy, even when it seems like they are. They mean well and they try to give us the best that they can give us. So, you have to learn to trust your father.”
As Rickey watches the champion boxer talk to his son, he’s left speechless.
“Sitting there watching Roy give my son a real talk about respect was deep,” said Rickey. “When you be defiant and you don’t do what your parents tell you to do, you the one that miss out on your blessings. I hope he learned a lesson from this.”
Later, Rickey welcomes Comedian Tony Rock to the morning show to discuss his new venture as the host of TV One‘s The Game of Dating.
“We’ve all been in a restaurant, chilling with your boys or out on a date, and you see a couple across the room and you just try to play that game like ‘what are they going through…are they breaking up or is it a first date,'” said Rock. “So we turned that into a game show! It’s pretty simple to follow the rules. You get the answer right, you get some money and the team with the most money at the end of the game wins $10,000.”
Rock plays the game with Rickey, Da BratGary With Da Tea and Headkrack and their responses to the dating scenario have the crew divided.
“The show is hilarious because it’s going to have you the edge of your seat,” said Rickey. “If you’re watching with your girl, y’all going to be arguing about the questions or what you think the answer is. You do not want to miss this show. This is probably going to be one of the best game shows ever! Now I want to be a game show host!”
Other highlights throughout the finale include:
  • D’Essence confronts Rickey to find out why he was a no-show at her pageant
  • Malik tells Brandon about his plans to leave the country for college, however, Brandon thinks he’s running from his dad
  • Rickey calls a family meeting to address the house rules when the kids come to town
  • Gary with Da Tea has a team meeting with SwanShantéBrandon and Special Kin preparation for his talk show premiere. Later, the big day arrives for the first show taping featuring Trina and Towanda BraxtonKarlie Redd and, of course, Rickey Smiley.

For more information on TV One’s Rickey Smiley For Real, visit the network’s YouTube Channel and website at www.tvone.tv. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TwitterInstagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hash tag #RICKEYSMILEYFORREAL. For more information on Smiley’s personal and professional background, please visit: http://therealrickeysmiley.com/ and http://rickeysmileymorningshow.com/.

Check out a clip of the season finale below:

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Rickey Smiley Is Not Only Funny As Hell But He Is Giving Back To The Community

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Comedian, actor, radio and TV personality Rickey Smiley (TV One Rickey Smiley For Real), is using his platform in a major way this holiday season by giving back to less fortunate families across the country, through the non-profit, The Rickey Smiley Foundation.

The Rickey Smiley Foundation serves to impact the lives of children, teens and seniors through programming that is designed to foster family, community and social responsibility. Foundation board member, Tim Mercer, has been personally touched by the work of the foundation leading him to kick off the holiday season by personally donating $3,000 to the foundation live on air The Rickey Smiley Morning Show.

The week of December 12, the foundation has granted one month of groceries, school supplies and paid the mortgage of a St. Louis woman in need. Additionally, this week the foundation has paid the living expenses, gifted Christmas presents, paid graduation fees and provided a years worth of pampers for a straight-A student whose family came across hard times this Holiday.

On Christmas Day, Rickey Smiley will grant ten less fortunate families gifts in partnership with the Birmingham Housing Authority.

Smiley will continue his wave of giving back throughout the remainder of the holiday. For more information on “The Rickey Smiley Foundation,” and how you can help/donate visit: therickeysmileyfoundation.org.

Photo Credit: Chris Mitchell for TV One

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Last Night In ATL: VIP’s Attend TV One’s “Rickey Smiley For Real” Season 3 Watch Party

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Last night, Atlanta VIP’s enjoyed a live watch party for TV One’s hit docu-series, “Rickey Smiley For Real.” Hosted by Rickey Smiley, the VIP audience enjoyed a night of fun hosted by TV One and Bobbcat Films. Attendance at the event included: Da’ Brat (SoSo Def), Headkrack (“DISH NATION”), Special K (“DISH NATION”), Gary Hayes (“DISH NATION”), Juicy (Lifetime “Little Women Atlanta”), Benzino (VH1 “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”), Scrappy(VH1 “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”), Trina and Traci Braxton (WE tv “Braxton Family Values”), DJ Dex (Sirius XM), Karlie Redd(VH1 “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”),  LaTavia Roberson (“Destiny’s Child”), Lisa Nicole Cloud (BRAVO “Married To Medicine”), Dr. Heavenly (BRAVO “Married To Medicine”), Bobby V, Brandon Karson (Signal 23 “About Him”), Cocoa Brown (OWN “For Better or Worse”), Jasmine Burke (BOUNCE TV “Saints & Sinners”), Porsha Ferguson (OWN “The Haves and the Have Not’s”), Spirit Clanton (“The Daily Help”), Roger Bobb, Tameka Foster (Swanky Image Group”), Tyler Williams (BET “New Edition Story”) and more.

Guests were treated to complimentary food and drinks; and were encouraged to donate to the “Rickey Smiley Foundation” while in attendance. Keeping the party live was DJ Boogie Bombshell. Atlanta’s “HOT 107.9fm” was on site to show their support and treat fans to nifty promo items.

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Rickey Smiley’s docu-series “Rickey Smiley For Real,” airs Tuesday nights at 8pm ET on TV One.

Photo Credit: Chris Mitchell/CME 3000 and Michael Walker/Umeek Images

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Fly Interview: Julissa Bermudez Talks ‘Ringside’, Maxwell, Reality TV and more

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Recently, actress-model-host Julissa Bermudez sat down with SFPL TV to discuss her role in the upcoming original TV One movie exclusive, Ringside starring Tyler Lepley, Sevyn Streeter, Jackie Long, Tequan Richmond and more.

In the movie, Julissa plays a feisty Latina woman by the name of “Carmen Santiago,” whose the love interest of “Jaxon” (Tyler Lepley). Bermudez did admit that she was a little hesitant of the role at first, but then found the role to be exciting.

Being asked our tricky question of: “If you were stuck on an island, what 5 albums would you choose to have with you?”, you may be surprised by a certain artist that Julissa mentions. Hmmmmm…peep the full interview to find out!

Check out the clip above.

Don’t forget to tune into ‘Ringside’ on TV One this Sunday at 7/6c.

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Fly Interview: Malik Yoba Is Unstoppable; Speaks On Film Projects, His Company Iconic 32, and More

Malik Yoba is a man of many talents. An actor, producer, writer, author, philanthropist, and marketing guru; he’s dedicated his life to using his successes in life to promote change and do good. In our interview with the multifaceted star he delves into his current projects, views on the responsibility of artists, thoughts on Jesse William’s Humanitarian Award acceptance speech, and who he’ll be supporting in the upcoming Presidential election in November.

Audiences haven’t seen you on their TV screens since your character Vernon Davis was killed during the Season 1 finale of Empire, tell us what have you been up to?

I’ve been running the world. [Laughs] I have been very busy with the company I co-founded Iconic 32. It’s a branding and marketing company that works at the intersection of pop culture and social good. At this point in my career it’s more about being the boss. I’m working on several projects. There’s Little Brother a series of short documentaries being shot in different cities that focuses on black boys and love. From an executive producer and writer perspective just busy creating and working content. Iconic 32 is working with TV One. Our relationship with TV One is growing, and we did movie the Bad Dad Rehab. The movie follows four fathers who have a lot of growing up to do as fathers and men. On their journey of maturity, the men find themselves enrolled in a focus group that supports men striving to become better fathers and men. This subject matter makes what we’re doing together really important. They’re this small scrappy network and I’m really proud of their new direction. It’s been a great couple of months getting to not only do the film, but being a part of the strategy. We knew we had something special at the American Black Film Festival. We’ve had screenings and you see the impact. In Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, Florida, New York we hear from community groups and churches. I spoke with DJ Kut in St. Louis from 95.5 he goes “Why’d you do that to us” and then he tells me everyone was in tears. There’s power in that, it’s resonated with so many people.

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The Cast of ‘Bad Dad Rehab’ at the ABFF Premiere. From left to right Rick Gonzalez, Wesley Jonathan, Malik Yoba, Rob Riley, and Robert Ri’chard.

You’re really dedicated to telling the stories of black fathers. This is the focus of Daddy Don’t Go,  the documentary you executive produced with Omar Epps, can you tell us more about it? 

Daddy Don’t Go is something we worked on for a couple of years. The response has been amazing. That and Bad Dad Rehab were both in ABFF (American Black Film Festival) at the same time. It follows four economically challenged young men over the course of two years who ride for their kids despite all the odds, always doing the best they can for their children. Part of the narrative that we don’t hear a lot of. What you hear all the time is about what men don’t do; but these guys really ride hard for their kids. I think that’s an important message to put out there. It’s funny I mentioned the reception around the country, I was on the phone with a woman from London who came to the screening in Miami. So we’re making arrangements for me and some of the other casts members to go to London. Same thing in South Africa. Someone else saw the film that wants us over there. So it also has a global appeal just like Bad Dad Rehab.

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Poster for ‘Daddy Don’t Go’ Documentary

It’s clear that you’re passionate about the work you do in the community. How do you feel about Jesse Williams’s speech at the BET Awards? 

I loved it. What I love about that is that the Humanitarian Award speech has gotten more love than any performance and that’s why we do what we do. Jesse, we’ve met over the last few years and he’s been very involved so I’m not surprised. He’s a very articulate and passionate dude. I’m very happy that people are paying attention, that’s a true artist. Make no mistake about it that was written and scripted and he delivered it like a great performer should. There are those of us that are very proud to pass the baton.

I was interviewing John Lewis last weekend in Washington, D.C. at a scholarship gala. In 1989 I was a part of the 25th Anniversary of the Freedom Ride. John Lewis was one of the original 13 Freedom Riders. I used to wear the uniform; blue overalls, a white t-shirt, and old school glasses. I’m 21 years-old, the same age he was when he joined the Civil Rights Movement and we were talking about how do you bring the Civil Rights Movement into today.

Jesse Williams at the 2016 BET Awards during his acceptance of the Humanitarian Award
Jesse Williams at the 2016 BET Awards during his acceptance of the Humanitarian Award

There were some young men and woman who were receiving scholarships or a part of our youth Phi Beta club for the kids. So in this situation where young people are sitting in the back of the room and this is a room of about 400 people; I moved them to the front and had them sit on the floor in front of the stage literally on the floor. I drew the connection between the fact that this man John Lewis was just leading a sit in a few days earlier in Congress and he hadn’t done that in 53 years. Here are these young people who have no idea who he is, but it was like a fireside chat with grandpa and he was able to pass on the knowledge. I said to him that’s where I was at 21 years-old, now I’m 48 and the youngest kid in that room was 7 years-old. When they shook his hand knowing this was the same hand that shook Martin Luther King’s hand, and then he told the story about what it was like to meet King for the first time; if you could see the look on these kids faces like “Oh my god” it was as if they had died and gone to heaven. That’s what it’s about. It’s about understanding our place in the matrix, using our gifts to make a difference; if we’re artists as Paul Robeson said we’re gatekeepers of truth. So whether it’s Jesse doing his thing or, whomever we’re all here to inspire and to motivate people and to move the needle. We’re not here just to entertain, make money, and to wear fancy clothes. People are suffering, especially now. With the political climate, race relations in America, and hatred in the world; we have to be the counterbalance.

Who will you be voting for in the upcoming election, if it’s you don’t mind me asking?

I think it’s time based on who we have in front of us, it’s time we had a female President.

 

Bad Dad Rehab premiered Sunday July 3 on TV One. If you missed it you can watch the first 30 minutes below. To catch the remainder of the film lookout for encore showings or screenings and make sure to pick it up when it’s released on DVD.

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Fly Interview: Malika Haqq Stops By SFPL TV To Talk Hollywood Divas, Getting Back Into Acting, & More

Malika Haqq recently sat down with SFPL TV, where the reality TV personality and actress dished on what she’s got going on these days. Most known for her role in 2006’s ATL alongside her twin sister Khadijah and for being Khloe Kardashian‘s best friend Haqq is looking forward to branching out on her own. After wrapping up the first season of Dash Dolls, along with an appearance in the upcoming new season of Hollywood Divas and filming ATL 2; Haqq is ready to give acting her undivided attention.

Check out Haqq’s full interview below. Season 3 of Hollywood Divas premiere’s tonight on TV One. You can catch Haqq alongside Golden Brooks, Paula Jai Parker, Lisa Wu and Countess Vaughn every Wednesday at 9/8c. Ahead of tonight’s premiere you can watch the cast define what it means to be a DIVA below.

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Fly Interview: Darius McCrary Talks Playing The Legendary Gerald Levert, His Role in John Singleton’s Newest Film, Being in the Studio With Slash and More

Darius McCrary stopped by the studio last week and sat down with SFPL TV to discuss his role in TV One‘s biopic Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story and his various other projects. McCrary portrayed the legendary R&B singer Gerald Levert who unexpectedly passed back in 2006. While speaking on the film the actor touched on Levert’s musical legacy and the impact of Motown on the industry.

McCrary then briefly spoke on his role in John Singleton‘s upcoming FX series Snowfall which takes place during the 1980’s cocaine epidemic, with the pilot expected to premiere later on this year. The Anger Management star also dished on his relationship with co-star Charlie Sheen which led to him getting to work with Slash in the studio. McCrary currently has a new single out “Seasons #GO,” with the album slated to be out later in the year.

Watch Darius McCrary’s full interview with SFPL TV below. As a bonus you can also check out the video for his new single “Seasons #GO” as well.

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Fly Interview: Miki Howard and Teyonah Parris Discuss Howard’s New Biopic and Overcoming Struggles with SFPL TV

Singer Miki Howard and actress Teyonah Parris stopped by the studio earlier last week ago to discuss TV One’s upcoming biopic Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story. 

Parris is charged with playing Howard in the film that examines the talented singer’s career; both the ups and the downs along with her personal struggles. While sitting with SFPL TV the duo discuss the importance of sharing our stories, even our darkness ones in order to uplift and set the example that you are more than your circumstances and can overcome whatever you may be facing.

Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story premieres tonight at 8/7c on TV One as part of their Unsung series. In the meantime watch Howard and Parris talk the film and the process to make it below.

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