Imperfect High

Release Date:  9/18/21; Lifetime
Genre:  Drama
Rating:   TV-14
Director:  Siobhan Devine
Studio(s):  Sepia Films, Just Singer Entertainment, Lifetime Television
Cast Nia Sioux (Hanna Brooks), Sherri Shepherd (Deborah), Ali Skovbye (Rose).

Story:  Hanna Brooks (Sioux) is the new girl in town who is looking to find her place and fit in at Lakewood High School, which was rocked a couple of years earlier by the shocking drug overdose of a popular student. Hanna suffers from an anxiety disorder and the move to a new school is especially stressful for her. While trying to fit in with the “it” crowd, she finds herself pulled between two boys – a bad boy with a heart of gold, and an alluring, popular rich kid who is not as straight of an arrow as he seems. Her relationship with them sweeps her into a dangerous situation that her mother Deborah (Shepherd) must fight to save her from.  Source:  justjaredjr.com.  Photo Sources:  IMDB.

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Lust:  A Deadly Sins Saga

a/k/a Lust:  A Seven Deadly Sins Story

Release Date:  4/10/21; Lifetime
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Director:  Star Victoria
Running Time:  Unknown
Studios:  TD Jakes Enterprises, Big Dreams Entertainment, Lifetime.

Cast:  Keri Hilson, LeToya Luckett-Walker, Tobias Truvillion, Durrell ‘Tank’ Babbs, Michael Anthony, Ms. Juicy, Clifton Powell, Phire Whitaker.

Details:  Lifetime TV has teamed up with Bishop TD Jakes to air two new movies, Lust: A Deadly Sins Saga and Envy: A Deadly Sins Saga. Both movies are executive produced by TD Jakes and based on The Seven Deadly Sins anthology written by Victoria Christopher Murray.

Story:  Tiffanie Cooper (Keri Hilson) is about to have the wedding of her dreams, marrying her soul mate, the dashing Damon King (Tobias Truvillion), founder of King Enterprises. When Damon’s old friend Trey Taylor (Durrell “Tank” Babbs) arrives, fresh from prison, to step in as Damon’s best man, Tiffanie’s whole world gets rocked. Trey triggers a passion in Tiffanie that she never expected, and suddenly the life she’s always planned with Damon is uncertain. Trey still carries wounds from his history with Damon, and his intentions toward both Tiffanie and Damon are not to be trusted. Lust: A Deadly Sins Saga also stars Ms. Juicy, LeToya Luckett, and Clifton Powell.  Source/Photo Source:  enspiremag.com.

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Envy:  A Deadly Sins Saga

a/k/a Envy: A Seven Deadly Sins Story

Release Date:   4/17/2021; Lifetime
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Director:  Damon Lee
Studio(s):   TD Jakes Enterprises, Big Dreams Entertainment, Lifetime.
Running Time:  Unknown

Cast Rose Rollins, Serayah, Kandi Burruss, Donovan Christie, Jr., Gregory Alan Williams, Da Brat, DC Young Fly, Clifton Powell, Hosea Chanchez.

Details:   Lifetime TV has teamed up with Bishop TD Jakes to air two new movies, Lust: A Deadly Sins Saga and Envy: A Deadly Sins Saga. Both movies are executive produced by TD Jakes and based on The Seven Deadly Sins anthology written by Victoria Christopher Murray.

Story:   Gabrielle Flores (Rose Rollins) has it all—a devoted husband, a beautiful daughter, and one of the best PR firms in the country. When Gabrielle’s father suddenly reveals she has a half-sister named Keisha (Serayah), as a result of a brief affair, only-child Gabrielle is delighted to welcome her into her life. But Keisha, who grew up with nothing, wants more than a sisterly bond from Gabrielle—she wants her life and is willing to do whatever it takes to get it.  Source/Photo Source:  enspiremag.com.

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Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia

 

Release Date:  4/3/21; Lifetime
Genre:  Biography
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  Kenny Leon
Studio(s):  Rock’n Robin Productions, Lincoln Square Productions
Running Time:  TBA

Cast:  The TV movie stars Tony Award nominee, SAG, and Grammy Award winning actress Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black) as the legend and civil rights trailblazer.  Brooks is joined by an impressive list of Broadway stars including Tony nominee Joaquina Kalukango (Slave Play), Jason Dirden (Fences), Olivia Washington (The Butler) and Rob Demery (Lovecraft Country).  Dirden stars as Russell Roberts, the Reverend who falls for Mahalia when they first meet in the late 1940s while Kalukango takes on the role of Mildred, Mahalia’s talented and opinionated long-time pianist.  Washington portrays Estelle, a piano teacher Mahalia meets at church who goes on to become her life-long friend, and Demery stars as the influential civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr.

Story:  The upcoming biopic Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia Jackson — the first project produced under a partnership between anchor Robin Roberts and Lifetime — is a fictionalized retelling of 40 years in the life of one of the greatest gospel singers of all time, Mahalia Jackson, dubbed the Queen of Gospel.

Born in New Orleans, Mahalia Jackson began singing at an early age and went on to become one of the most revered gospel figures in United States history, merging her music with her work as a civil rights activist. Her recording of the song “Move on Up a Little Higher” sold millions of copies, skyrocketing her to international fame.  She performed in diverse settings, including in front of a racially integrated audience at Carnegie Hall, as well as at John F. Kennedy’s inaugural ball.  An active supporter of the civil rights movement, Jackson sang at numerous rallies, including the March on Washington in 1963 alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in hopes that her music would encourage and inspire racial equality. She took centerstage at the historic march, where she not only performed as the lead-in to King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, but also played a direct role in turning that speech into one of the most memorable and meaningful in American history.

Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia Jackson will premiere Saturday, April 3, 2021, marking the 53rd year since Dr. King’s assassination on April 4, 1968.  Source(s):  yahoo.com.  Photo Sources: preprod.abcnews.go.com.

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Death Saved My Life

Release Date:   2/13/20; Lifetime
Genre:  Thriller
Rating:  NR
Director:  Seth Jarrett
Studio(s):  Lifetime
Running Time:  Unknown
Cast:  Meagan Good (Jade), Chiké Okonkwo (Ed), La’Myia Good (Leigh)

Story:  On the surface it seems Jade (Meagan Good) has it all, a successful marketing career, a husband admired and respected in the community, and a young daughter they both dote on. But behind closed doors, her life is far from idyllic. Her husband Ed (Chiké Okonkwo) is a controlling man who is physically and psychologically abusive. When Jade decides to leave Ed, he tells her “If I can’t have you, nobody will,” a threat which becomes very real when she discovers he has hired someone to kill her.  Knowing no one will believe her, Jade realizes the only way to escape Ed is to make him believe the hitman completed the job and that she is dead.  La’Myia Good plays Jade’s sister Leigh.  Source:  mylifetime.com.

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The Mahalia Jackson Story/Mahalia!

Mahalia Jackson (October 26, 1911 – January 27, 1972) was referred to as “The Queen of Gospel.”  Possessing a contralto voice she became one of the most influential gospel vocalists in the world and was heralded internationally as a singer and civil rights activist.

On August 12, 2020, Deadline reported that Grammy-winning singer and actress Jill Scott will play the Queen of Gospel, in Mahalia!, a new big-screen take that’s being executive produced by Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, her partner Shakim Compere and Clark Sisters EP Holly Carter.  Mahalia! is based on the novel Mahalia Jackson by Darlene Donloe.  There is another Mahalia Jackson project in the works at Lifetime, but Mahalia! has secured the rights to Jackson’s entire musical catalog of hits including “How I Got Over,” “His Eyes Are on the Sparrow,” “Move on Up a Little Higher,” “Amazing Grace” and “Go Tell It On the Mountain.”

The Lifetime project, in partnership with journalist Robin Roberts, is titled, The Mahalia Jackson Story and will star Tony Award nominee, SAG and Grammy Award-winning actress Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black) as the iconic gospel legend.  Tony winner Kenny Leon  will direct and Robin Roberts will executive produce alongside Linda Berman.

During a time when gospel music was not as mainstream as it is today, Jackson became one of the wealthiest and most powerful entertainers in the world, melding her music with the civil rights movement. Known as the mentor and inspiration behind Aretha Franklin, Jackson rose from brutal poverty in New Orleans to become a platinum-selling artist. She was the first gospel singer to perform in front of a racially integrated audience at the prestigious  Carnegie Hall and would continue to captivate audiences around the world, including presidents, kings, and queens, until her death in 1972.

Known as the inspiration behind the “I Have a Dream” speech, she was one of the most instrumental voices and ardent supporters of Martin Luther King Jr. and was a driving force behind John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign, and performed at his inaugural ball.  An active supporter of the Civil Rights Movement, Jackson sang at numerous rallies, in hopes that her music would encourage and inspire racial equality. Jackson’s story will continue to strengthen the need for more stories about Black legends that are often overlooked.  Source(s):  Essence; BET; Deadline.  Photo Source(s):  Shadow & Act; New York Daily News.com; Indiewire; fineartamerica.com.