American Soul

Premier Date:  2/5/2019
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating:  NR
Studio(s):  Jesse Collins Entertainment, Black Entertainment Television (BET)

Cast:  Sinqua Walls as Don Cornelius, Jason Dirden as Gerald Aims, Iantha Richardson as Tessa Lauren, Christopher Jefferson as Julius “JT” Tucker, Katlyn Nichol as Simon Clarke, Jelani Winston as Kendall Clarke, Kelly Price as Brianne Clarke, Kelly Rowland as Gladys Knight, Shannon Kane as Ilsa Dejarnette, Perri Camper as Delores Cornelius.

Details:   The “hippest trip in America” is returning to the small screen with a 10-episode scripted new drama series American Soul for BET, inspired by the life and times of Soul Train creator and host, Don Cornelius.  Set in the 1970s, the show captures the behind the scenes of the iconic music-dance show that aired from 1970 to 2006 and chronicles the cast, crew and Cornelius’s rise in Hollywood.  It also depicts the fictional trio Encore and the young singers and dancers looking to break into the music industry via Soul Train.  Source:  udiscovermusic.com.

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Running Out Of Time

Release Date:  11/17/2018 – BET;
11/19/18 – Digital & VOD
Genre:  Thriller
Rating:  NR
Director:  Chris Stokes
Studio(s):   Footage Films
Running Time:  Unknown
Cast:  Tasha Smith, RonReaco Lee, Telma Hopkins

Story:  Brenda Harper (Tasha Smith) recently suffered the loss of her husband from a sudden death. Newly widowed, taking care of her teenage daughter and ailing mother (Telma Hopkins), Brenda is the sole beneficiary of her husband’s assets, which include millions of dollars, property, and most importantly, a secret file that she has yet to discover.  Brenda finds out from her husband’s closest friend, Cain (RonReaco Lee) that the file is hidden inside their home, so they think, when they are all taken hostage at Brenda’s Summer home by two masked men, who are now threatening to kill them all if they don’t turn over the file. Having no answers, Brenda, her daughter, mother and Cain are tied up and held hostage until the masked men get what they want.  With time running out, Brenda has to do whatever she can to ensure her family’s survival.  The film was co-written by Marques Houston.  Source:  Black Film.

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We Belong Together

Release Date:  7/28/18; BET
Genre:  Thriller
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  Chris Stokes
Studio(s):   Footage Films
Running time:  Unknown

Cast:  Draya Michele (Tracy), Elise Neal (Megan), Charles Malik Whitfield (Thomas), Cassidey Fralin (Brittany).
Story:   After years of separation, Thomas, a loving father and ex-husband, rekindles his relationship with his former wife, Megan, played by Elise Neal. This enrages Tracy (Draya Michele), who is obsessed with making Thomas hers and wants his ex out of the picture. How far will Tracy go to make sure Megan and her family disappear forever?  Source:  BET.

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The Bobby Brown Story

Release Date:  9/4/18; BET
Genre:  Biography
Rating:  NR
Director:  Kiel Adrian Scott
Studio(s):   Jesse Collins Entertainment, Black Entertainment Television (BET)
Running time:  Unknown
Cast:  Woody McClain (Bobby Brown), Gabrielle Dennis (Whitney Houston), Mekhi Phifer (Tommy Brown), Laz Alonso (Louil Silas, Jr.), T.K. Carter (Herbert Brown), Lance Gross (Steven Sealy), LilRel Howery (Brian Irvine), Sandi McCree (Carole Brown), Alyssa Goss (Alicia Etheridge), Tyler Marcel Williams (Young Bobby), Donshea Hopkins (Bobbi Kristina Brown).

Story:   Whitney and Bobby’s roller-coaster marriage played out on the covers of tabloids and even reality TV, and the film will showcase their successes and struggles during their turbulent relationship.  The New Edition Story broke BET ratings records when it aired in January 2017, and The Bobby Brown Story picks up where that pic left off, following Brown’s successful solo run.  McClain is reprising his role as Brown, one of the genre’s original “bad boys” whose life epitomizes the meaning of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll.  His hits may have kept him at the top of the charts, but his antics kept him on the front page. 

Gabrielle Dennis will play iconic diva, Whitney Houston in the two-part miniseries while Bobbi Kristina will be portrayed by Donshea Hopkins.  Phifer plays Tommy Brown, Bobby’s brother. Howery is Brian Irvine, Bobby’s business manager. Carter plays Herbert “Pops” Brown, Bobby’s father. Alonso is Louil Silas, Jr., an MCA producer-executive who helps make Bobby a solo star. Gross is set as Steven Sealy, a childhood friend of Bobby’s who is killed in a gunfight after hanging with him at a hometown bar. Goss plays Bobby’s current wife, Alicia Etheridge, and McCree will reprise her New Edition Story role as Bobby’s mother Carole Brown.  Source:  Deadline; Photo Source:  Deadline (Rex/Shutterstock; Associated Press).

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The New Edition Story

the-new-edition-story-stillRelease Date:  1/24/17, 1/25/17, 1/26/17; BET
Genre:  Biography
Rating:  NR
Director:  Chris Robinson
Studio(s):   Black Entertainment Television (BET), Jesse Collins Entertainment.

Cast:   Bryshere Y. Gray (Michael Bivins) Dante Hoagland (Young Michael), Elijah Kelley (Ricky Bell), Caleb McLaughlin (Young Ricky), Luke James (Johnny Gill), Algee Smith (Ralph Tresvant), Jahi Winston (Young Ralph), Keith Powers  (Ron Devoe), Myles Truitt (Young Ron), Woody McClain (Bobby Brown), Tyler Williams (Young Bobby), Anika C. McFall (Carolyn Busby), La La Anthony (Flo DeVoe), Durrell Babbs (Jheryl Busby), Raven Bowens (Teasha Bivins), Noel Braham (Ray Parker, Jr.), Bre-z ( Peanut Bell), Yvette Nicole Brown (Shirley Bivins), Monica Calhoun (Patricia Tresvant), Lisa Nicole Carson (Mae Bell), Chelsea Diggs-Smith (Amber Tresvant), Faizon Love (Maurice Starr).

Story:  The miniseries follows the rise and fall of the ’80s boy band (featuring Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant) that paved the way for other groups like Boyz II Men, NSYNC, The Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block.  The group reached enormous heights in the ’80s and ’90s, but struggled to share the limelight, causing tension and deep rifts between its individual members.  Source:  ETonline.  Photo Source:  BET.

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