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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Behind The Movement

Release Date:  February 2018; TV One
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  Aric Avelino
Studio(s):  Swirl Films, TV One
Running time:  Unknown
Cast:  Meta Golding as Rosa Parks, Roger Guenveur Smith as Raymond Parks, Loretta Devine as JoAnn Robinson, Isaiah Washington as E.D. Nixon, Shaun Clay as Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Derek Roberts as Fred Gray, Keith Bolden as Rev. Ralph Abernathy.

Story:   Behind the Movement is a fast-paced retelling of how Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat launched the history-making Montgomery Bus Boycott. The film reveals the untold story of how a group of everyday people decided this incident was the right time to take a stand for their civil rights and demand equal treatment.   Source:  TV One.

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Flint

Release Date:   10/28/17; Lifetime
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  TV-14
Director:  Bruce Beresford
Studio(s):  Sony Pictures Television; Lifetime Television

Cast:  Queen Latifah (Iza Banks), Jill Scott (Nayyirah Shariff), Betsy Brandt (LeeAnne Walters), Rob Morrow (Professor Edwards), Marin Ireland (Melissa Mays), Lyndie Greenwood (Adina Banks).

Story:  Inspired by the Time Magazine cover story, “The Toxic Tap,” by Josh Sanburn, Flint is the gripping retelling of a crisis that shook a nation and shines a light on the whistleblowers who exposed the biggest environmental scandal of our generation. LeeAnne Walters (Betsy Brandt), Melissa Mays (Marin Ireland) and Nayyirah Shariff (Jill Scott) join forces after discovering that the drinking water in Flint, Michigan is contaminated, resulting in a slew of devastating medical problems for their families. When their claims go unheeded, they band together to expose the wrongdoings committed by their reckless, bean-counting government officials whose carelessness caused irrevocable harm to the lives of its residents.  Source:  Lifetime.  Image:  Women and Hollywood.

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Miss Me This Christmas

Release Date:   12/3/17; TV One
Genre:  Comedy/Holiday
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  87 mins.
Director:  Kenny Young
Studio:   Pokeprod, Reel One Entertainment.

Cast:  Erica Ash (Regina Young), Redaric Williams (Franklin Young), Eva Marcille (Trish McDonald), Allen Maldonado (Ulysses Danbert), Nathan Davis, Jr. (Thomas Wallace), Mykel Shannon Jenkins (Chris Dunn).

Story:  The Chesterton Hotel was the location of the Christmas Day wedding of Regina and Franklin Young.  When Franklin, a record exec at an up-and-coming hip-hop label, comes home at dawn after a long night of partying in the city, Regina mistakenly thinks he has cheated on her with his ex-girlfriend and present pop star client, Alex Palomino. Franklin denies it but the trust has been broken and there’s nothing he can say to make it right. The couple separate and the divorce is set to be finalized on Christmas Day.

Regina’s best friend and sneaker empire heiress, Trish, gets Regina back into the dating scene. Franklin still loves Regina and is hoping for a reconciliation, but when she gets engaged to multimillionaire tech entrepreneur Ullyses Danburg, Franklin thinks there’s no way he will ever win her back. But there may be a happy ending for Franklin after all, and just in time for Christmas.  Source:  TV One.

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You Can’t Fight Christmas

Release Date:  12/10/17; TV One
Genre:   Comedy/Holiday
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  87 mins.
Director:  Kenny Young
Studio(s):   Pokeprod, Reel One Entertainment

Cast:  Brely Evans (Leslie Major), Andra Fuller (Edmund James), Persia White (Millicent Williams), Porscha Coleman (Belinda King), Travis Winfrey (Kevin Boudreaux), Nathan Davis, Jr. (Thomas Wallace).

Story:  In You Can’t Fight Christmas the Chestertown Hotel is being all decked out for Christmas by Leslie Major, who is the designer behind the Christmas magic. While decorating the hotel, Leslie finds out about the plans that Edmund James, nephew of the hotel owner, and his uptight business partner and love interest Millicent, have to turn the old hotel into an upscale resort once Edmund inherits the hotel from his uncle.  Scheming Millicent also has plans for Edmund that involve a wedding ring but Edmund may not be ready to take their partnership to the next level.

Leslie enlists her merry team of helpers to help save the hotel and in the process, shares more than a little Christmas spirit with Edmund, who hasn’t celebrated Christmas since his parents divorced around Christmastime when he was a teen. Actress Marla Gibbs makes a special appearance in this holiday romance as one of the many hotel patrons who return to the homey Chesterton every Christmas season.  Source:  TV One.

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Bobbi Kristina

Release Date:  10/8/17; TV One
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating:  NR

Cast:  Joy Rovaris (Bobbi Kristina), Demetria McKinney (Whitney Houston), Hassan Johnson (Bobby Brown), Nadji Jeter (Nick Gordon), Vivica A. Fox (Pat Houston), Carl Kennedy (Gary Houston).

Story:  Our story begins immediately after Whitney’s (played by Demetria McKinney) death and takes us into Krissi’s struggle to come to terms with her mother’s death and her own life. Even as she finds herself in an increasingly volatile relationship with Nick Gordon (played by Nadji Jeter), the young man with whom she grew up and ultimately fell in love with.  Even as she endures the pain of a strained relationship with her father (played by Hassan Johnson) and aunt Patricia Houston (played by Vivica A. Fox).  Even as she wages her own war with addiction and physical abuse.  For the first time, Krissi will be revealed in a way the world has never seen and may never forget — through the eyes of her best friends and those who knew her well. Bobbi Kristina introduces us to the girl we thought we knew and the woman we never got to see.  Source:  TV One.  Photo Source:  People.com.

According to E! News on this date – Bobby Brown is Suing Over Abusive Portrayal in Bobbi Kristina Biopic.  Fresh off the successful premiere of TV One original movie, When Love Kills, the network is preparing to release their controversial biopic on the late Bobbi Kristina Brown, a move father, Bobby Brown, is attempting to block by any means necessary.  The New Edition member has officially filed a lawsuit against TV One, seeking over $1,000,000 in damages.  Source:  Ebony.com.

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