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PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL ROLLS OUT 2019 SLATE OF MARQUEE FILMS; OPENING NIGHT RED CARPET AT DIRECTORS GUILD ON FEBRUARY 7

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The 27th Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival celebrates its long-standing legacy as the largest Black film festival in America by announcing a slate of over 190 new black films, and an exhibition of over 100 fine artists and unique crafts. The festival commences Black History Month and the start of the festival with an exclusive opening night screening of Aretha Franklin’s rare concert documentary, Amazing Grace, at the Director’s Guild of America on Thursday, February 7. The festival continues through Monday, February 18 at the Cinemark Rave 15 Theatres (3650 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd) and the adjacent Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. The Pan African Film & Arts festival has cemented its story as a hub for breakthrough and award-winning films and filmmakers from the US and around the world, featuring a staggering 2019 slate of 36 World Premieres and 99 Los Angeles or US Premieres.   The 27th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival 2019 Slate Includes: ·        52 Narrative features (9 world premieres and 20 US or LA premieres) ·        24 Feature-length Documentaries (5 world premieres and 12 US or LA premieres) ·        87 Short Narratives (17 world premieres and 50 US or LA premieres) ·        30 Short Documentaries (5 world premieres and 17 US or LA premieres) ·        The films are from 38 countries in 28 languages.         The films are from 38 countries in 28 languages. MARQUEE FILMS OPENING NIGHT SCREENING “Amazing Grace” An Alan Elliot Production Directors Guild of America Thursday, Feb. 7th / 6pm (TICKETED EVENT) paff.org/tickets In 1972, Aretha Franklin, the undisputed Queen of Soul, brought producer Jerry Wexler, her backup singers, the Reverend James Cleveland, and the legendary Atlantic Records rhythm section to The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, California, to record a gospel music double-album before an enthusiastic live audience. The album, “Amazing …

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WHAT MEN WANT ATLANTA TASTEMAKER SCREENING, Hawks, Trailer

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WHAT MEN WANT ATLANTA TASTEMAKER SCREENING -JANUARY 18, 2019 AT REGAL ATLANTIC STATION, TARAJI P. HENSON, PRODUCERS WILL PACKER AND JAMES LOPEZ, AND ATLANTA MAYOR KEISHA LANCE BOTTOMS, AMONG OTHER SPECIAL GUESTS. WHAT MEN WANT is in theaters on February 8, 2019. #WhatMenWant WHAT MEN WANT PARTNERS WITH THE ATLANTA HAWK ON JANUARY 19, 2019 AT STATE FARM ARENA IN ATLANTA, GA    

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Little in Theaters April 19

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Girls Trip’s Regina Hall and Black-ish’s Marsai Martin both star as Jordan Sanders — Hall as the take-no-prisoners tech mogul adult version of Jordan and Martin as the 13-year-old version of her who wakes up in her adult self’s penthouse just before a do-or-die presentation. Insecure’s Issa Rae plays Jordan’s long-suffering assistant April, the only one in on the secret that her daily tormentor is now trapped in an awkward tween body just as everything is on the line. Little is an irreverent new comedy about the price of success, the power of sisterhood and having a second chance to grow up — and glow up — right. Will Packer, blockbuster producer of Girls Trip, the Ride Along franchise, and ten movies that have opened No. 1 at the U.S. box office, including Night School, No Good Deed and Think Like a Man, brings an all-new perspective to the body-swap comedy. Little is directed by Tina Gordon Chism (writer, Drumline) with a story by Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip) and a screenplay by Oliver and Chism, based on an idea by teen actress Martin. The film is produced by Packer and his producing partner James Lopez and by Kenya Barris (Girls Trip, Black-ish), and is executive produced by Preston Holmes (Night School), Hall, Marsai Martin and Josh Martin.

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UNCF 35th Annual Mayor’s Masked Ball – Atlanta

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UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball Atlanta Brings out A-List Dignitaries, Features Infectious Entertainment by Bell Biv DeVoe and Raises Funds for UNCF 1,200 guests from the greater metro Atlanta community, along with nationally- acclaimed celebrities including, recording artists, entertainers and public officials attended the UNCF 35th Annual Mayor’s Masked Ball at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis December 15, 2018. Founded 35 years ago by Mrs. Billye S. Aaron and former Mayor Andrew Young during his first administration, the Mayor’s Masked Ball is the AtlantaRegional office’s signature fundraising activity and the city’s premier holiday event. The program was supported by major corporate partners and friends of UNCF. Hosted by The Honorable Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor, City of Atlanta Dr. Michael L. Lomax, President and CEO, UNCF Justine Norman Boyd – Regional Development Director Mrs. Billye Aaron and Ambassador Andrew Young. Highlights of UNCF 35th Annual Mayor’s Masked Ball Masked Award Ted Blum, Greenburg Tarig Rodney Bullard – Home DepotWendy Stewart – Bank of America Rashan Ali, TV One’s Sister Circle, Host Bell Biv Devoe – Featured Entertainment Rene Miller – Red-Carpet Host Clark Atlanta University Jazz Orchestra – VIP Masked Reception and Dinner Red Carpet Photo-Ops, VIP Masked Reception, General Reception and Silent Auction, The “MASKED” Ball Parade of Stars & Dignitaries Elegant Dinner LIVE AUCTION and “Fund The Mission” Appeal Presentation of Masked Awards Dancing and Live Entertainment Bell Biv DeVoe1,200 guests                 #UNCFATLANTA PHOTOS by Kathy Eastman WATCH SONYA JENKINS’ VIDEO BLOG – INCLUDES SNIPPETS OF PERFORMANCE BY BELL BIV DEVOE  (BBD) & MORE!

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Sonya Jenkins Interviews Nancy Wilson in 2005 & Essence Tribute

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Remembering Nancy Wilson: 11 Things To Know About The Beloved Jazz Music Icon  RACHAELL DAVIS Dec, 14, 2018 In addition to being an award-winning songstress, the 81-year-old beauty was an actress, philanthropist, HBCU alum, former ESSENCE cover girl and more. Jazz singer Nancy Wilson was a classy, multi-talented entertainer who left her mark on the music industry and beyond during her 81 years of life. In addition to being a revered vocalist, the Grammy Award-winning beauty was also a mother, an HBCU alum, a philanthropist and an actress. She touched millions around the world with her voice and her radiant spirit will forever live on in the hearts of those who loved her. As we continue to celebrate the life of Nancy Wilson in light of her passing, scroll through for a back at her life in photos, along with a few facts about her journey. For More, Visit: https://www.essence.com/entertainment/nancy-wilson-facts-jazz-singer/#407286 Sonya Jenkins Interviews Nancy Wilson.

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Painted Pink Educates on Breast Health Beyond Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Ann-Marie Appiah, Founder of PAINTED PINK, is a force to be reckoned with. Her plight to help millennials become more aware of breast health and live a preventative life (through a network of support and empowerment) has changed the lives of many. Even after Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) Ann-Marie and her PAINTED PINK team continue to inspire many with their mission to educate millennials about great health year-round, and the Holidays is no exception. When Ann-Marie was 23, a gynecologist found two lumps in her breast. Although the lumps were benign, Ann-Marie decided to be pro-active and had a lumpectomy. She also found out she was a previvor (“individuals who are survivors of a predisposition to cancer but who haven’t had the disease.”), since her aunt had Breast Cancer. A couple of years after having a lumpectomy, Ann-Marie moved to Atlanta from Tallahassee, Florida, and noticed a disparity in breast-care. She realized no one was really talking about women’s health concerns. Ann-Marie, along with a few of her line sisters from the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., family and friends began advocating, and PAINTED PINK was born. “When you have a blueprint and you allow God to guide your steps and you just ask, ‘What’s Next?’ or ‘Where do you want me to go?’ verses why or how, He shows you the how,” Ann-Marie said. “I just started where I was and I used my own network.” Since its inception, PAINTED PINK has raised over $40K to create care kits for newly diagnosed young Breast Cancer warriors at local Atlanta hospitals Piedmont Hospital, Grady Health and more. “Our pillars focus on providing a unique opportunity to educate millennials about the benefits of breast health and self breast exams, nutrition, regular physical activity, clean beauty, and healthy lifestyle choices,” the Florida raised now 30-year-old stated …

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The CW Screens ‘ALL AMERICAN’ in Atlanta; Bre-Z, Director Rob Hardy & More Attend CW screening of “ALL AMERICAN”

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On November 13 The CW along with the Black Women Film Network (BWFN) hosted a screening of the new series ALL AMERICAN at Regal Atlantic Station. Cast member Bre-Z (who plays “Tamia ‘Coop’ Cooper”) attended along with ALL AMERICAN director Rob Hardy, showrunner Nkechi Okoro Carroll, CW Senior VP of Current Programs Traci Blackwell and former NFL player Spencer Paysinger, the inspiration for the show.   Guests watched the pilot episode and enjoyed an insightful Q&A moderated by Bossip managing editor, Janee Bolden. Additional attendees included actor Clifton Powell (“Saints & Sinners”), rapper Bonecrusher, WNBA star Angel McCoughtry, actor E. Roger Mitchell (“The Quad,” The Hunger Games), singer Brandi Williams (Blaque), retired two-time Super Bowl Champion Tyrone Poole (New England Patriots) and former Green Bay Packers wide receiver and Super Bowl Champion Eric Matthews.   ALL AMERICAN tells the story of a rising high school football player from South L.A. who is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High and forced to navigate a vastly different world. The show stars stars Daniel Ezra as “Spencer James,” Taye Diggs as “Billy Baker,” Samantha Logan as “Olivia Baker” and Bre-Z as “Tamia ‘Coop’ Cooper.”   ALL AMERICAN airs Wednesdays at 9pm ET/PT on The CW –  http://www.cwtv.com/shows/all-american/.   Photos by Marc C. Whitehead Jr. Binge-watch previous episodes for free on the CW App here.   https://youtu.be/v7_dqfMFV7g Follow #AllAmerican on social: Instagram: CWAllAmerican Twitter: CWAllAmerican Facebook: CWAllAmerican http://www.cwtv.com/shows/all-american/  

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Creed II World Premiere Photos

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    Photo Credit: Dave Allocca/Starpix; StarPix©2018 CREED II is in theaters Wednesday, November 21st Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history. Release Date: November 21, 2018 Director: Steven Caple Jr. Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Wood Harris, Andre Ward, Florian “The Big Nasty” Munteanu, Dolph Lundgren, Russell Hornsby Writer: Sylvester Stallone Producers: Irwin Winkler, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Kevin King-Templeton, Sylvester Stallone Executive Producers: Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, Guy Riedel Distributor:  MGM, Warner Bros. Pictures #Creed2 Official Site | Facebook  | Twitter | Instagram

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