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Damon Wayans is back at ABC with new Sitcom “Let’s Stay Together”

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Damon Wayans is returning to the TV screen with a new ABC project. ABC is the same station he partnered with for the hit TV show My Wife and Kids. Damon is also teaming up with a familiar mind in Don Reo, whom was the co-creator of My Wife and Kids.

According to sources, Let’s Stay Together is being pitched as a family comedy for a new kind of family. It will star Wayans as a single father who finds out it’s hard to get rid of millennial kids, and their kids. The sitcom reportedly features a storyline that mirrors Wayans’ own life.

In 2018, it was rumored that Hollywood would not book any of the Wayans brothers for new films due to what they called “audience exhaustion”. It seems that they dominated in so often with their zany comedy that audiences supposedly weren’t showing up in the same way that they once did. Despite that pushback, Daman and his siblings have consistently showed us that it’s better to pivot than to quit.

Damon is proving that theory one more time as he is now planning to go back on the road, planning to return to the stand-up comedy stage this fall as his pilot percolates. Long considered one of the pre-eminent stage comics, Wayans for a while thought that his edgy stand-up humor might not be welcome at this PC moment. But seeing how Dave Chappelle turned that notion on its ear with his recent Netflix special changed Wayans’ mind.

 

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King Richard “The Movie” Reminds Us All of The Faith We Need

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The story of Venus and Serena is one of faith, hope and perseverance. This is a story that would not exist without the faith and intentionality of their parents Oracene and Richard. If you’re looking for the perfect movie to watch with your family this holiday season, this is a must-see!

ABOUT THIS FILM

Armed with a clear vision and a brazen 78-page plan, Richard Williams is determined to write his daughters, Venus and Serena, into history. Training on Compton, California’s neglected tennis courts–rain or shine–the girls are shaped by their father’s unyielding commitment and their mother’s balanced perspective and keen intuition, defying the seemingly insurmountable odds and prevailing expectations laid before them. Based on the true story that will inspire the world, “King Richard” follows the uplifting journey of a family whose unwavering resolve and unconditional belief ultimately delivers two of the world’s greatest sports legends.

TWO NEW SHINING STARS

In addition to bringing us hope during the holidays, King Richard has also introduced us all to two new singing starts through two of the new leading ladies in the film.

Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton are the new stars that bring the characters of Venus and Serena to life in the film and their performance does not disappoint! Standing next to two experienced actors such as Will Smith and Aunjanue Ellis, both of these rising stars held their own! The resemblance between the new actresses and Venus and Serena Williams makes it difficult for anyone to believe they weren’t meant for these roles. Watch Saniyya and Demi speak about their experience and what’s next for them below:

Demi speaks about being a cello player and how she thought that would be her pathway to success before acting became her new focus. Saniyya speaks about her next film where she stars along with Viola Davis who plays Michelle Obama. Saniyya plays Michelle and Barak’s daughter Sasha.

“It’s just one iconic role to the next for you”, says Tamron Hall.

Not only is this film receiving rave reviews from fans across the globe. But, it has also received an “A” Cenima score, over 95% on Rotten Tomatoes and is already an award winning film. So, it’s clear that world is loving this film! But, take a listen in the video below to see what Venus and Serena had to say:

VENUS & SERENA SPEAK UP ABOUT “KING RICHARD”

WHERE TO WATCH:

King Richard the movie is currently in theaters. But, for those who would rather social distance and watch from the comfort of their own home, simply sign up the HBO Max app here to watch. You can also download the app for both Androids and iPhones. The film will only be available on HBO Max until December 19th.

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Lecrae & 1KPhew Drop Collab Album, ‘No Church In A While’

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On Friday, December 3rd, Lecrae and 1K Phew will release their new collaborative album, No Church In A While, which features 10 tracks including “Wildin” “Ready Or Not,” “Move It,” “One Call,” “What We Gon Do,” “Amen,” “Blockhead,” “Born Sinner” “Save Us,” and “No Church In A While.” Reach Records has several rollout plans to celebrate the release including a YouTube premiere of “One Call,” (the second single and video released from NCIAW) at 3pm on December 3rd. The label has partnered with YouTube for a YouTube Premiere exclusive and official afterparty tomorrow. Click here to attend. There’s also a Sunday Brunch planned with Atlanta influencers and local media at a private, invite-only location!


The concept for their collaborative album, No Church For A While grew out of conversations between Lecrae and 1K Phew. Lecrae was recording his mixtape, Church Clothes 4, when it occurred to him that people actually hadn’t been to church to even put on those church clothes because of the pandemic, church hurt, and other reasons. Out of his convos with 1K Phew (who he is mentoring) came the idea to actually record an album for people who like themselves hadn’t been to church in a while.

No Church In A While has all types of meanings,” explains 1K Phew. “We just went through the pandemic and ain’t nobody to church in a minute. This album is for everybody who ain’t been to church or connected to God in a while who thinks they can’t go back. It ain’t really that deep. God is waiting for everybody to tap back in. No Church In A While is telling people there’s still hope, you can still turn to God no matter how long you’ve been away.”


Atlanta native, 1K Phew is the only artist signed to the Reach Records roster who is born and raised in the city that the label now calls home. He is leading the way for a new breed of artists taking the trap sensibility and elevating it into a new sound called “Street Gospel,” a term he coined. 1K Phew’s smooth delivery, swag, and evocative vocals have an infectious quality that is streetwise yet commercially viable. Reach Records president and co-founder, Lecrae describes Phew’s sound as hip-hop that is equally at home in the club or the church. “Our artists at Reach Records are continuing to prove that faith can exist beyond the pews of the church if expressed authentically. Rappers like 1K Phew are carrying forward the torch we lit with ‘Let The Trap Say Amen’ using their music to reach hip-hop heads with a spiritually that’s not forced or foreign to them.”


To say that Atlanta is merely having a moment would be to overlook decades of the region’s impact on hip-hop culture at large. From the emergence of Outkast and Goodie Mob in the early 90s to Ludacris and T.I. at the top of 2000, and more recently with Migos, Young Thug,Gucci Mane,and Future, Atlanta has proven itself to be an inimitable force. Join Reach Records as they celebrate the City Of Atlanta and bring the scriptures to the streets!


Click here to stream No Church In A While.

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Jonathan McReynolds Earns 4th Billboard #1, ‘Grace’ + Tours w/ Mali Music

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GRAMMY® and Stellar Award winner, Jonathan McReynolds, continues his reign in gospel music by adding another #1 single to his resume. The single, “Grace” (lifted from the PEOPLE EP), has earned #1 status on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart. Along with this milestone, McReynolds celebrates winning 3 Stellar Awards forMale Vocalist of the YearProducer of the Year and Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year, during the 36th Stellar Gospel Music Awards telecast. Jonathan McReynolds current EP, PEOPLE, is available wherever music is sold and streamed now.

Beginning September 30, Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music will take their GRAMMY® winning collaboration on the road, embarking on a multi-city tour simply titled Jonny x Mali. Tickets are available for purchase at JonnyXMali.com.

“I told Mali at the recording, being a gospel artist is simply more fun for me when he’s around. We are the perfect odd couple of musical creativity. I love it. I draw the lines; he colors the picture. Magic and Bird love. A teacher and a poet. I think people will hear it and love it too,” shares Jonathan McReynolds.

The PEOPLE EP by Jonathan McReynolds boasts collaborations with Mali Music, The Walls Group and Pastor Mike Todd. It is available now everywhere that music is streamed. Impacting radio now are the singles “Grace” and “Best Thing.” The new #1 single, “Grace” marks McReynolds’ fourth #1 single preceded by “Movin’ On,” “Make Room” and “Not Lucky, I’m Loved.”

For more information on Jonathan McReynolds visit jonathanmcreynolds.com; on Facebook at Facebook.com/jmcreynoldsmusic; on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube using the handle @jonmcreynolds

For more information on Entertainment One visit EntertainmentOne.com.

JONNY X MALI – Tour Dates

  • September 30th: Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
  • October 1: Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC
  • October 3rd: Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia PA
  • October 4th: Sony Hall, New York, New York
  • October 5th: Toad’s Place, New Haven, CT
  • October 7th: Lincoln Theatre, Washington DC
  • October 10th: Chicago IL, House of Blues
  • October 13th: The Novo, Los Angeles, CA

About eOne

Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne) is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution, and sales of entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne’s expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising, and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.

eOne brings to market both original and existing content, sourcing IP from Hasbro’s portfolio of 1500+ brands, and through a diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies including: international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Daisybeck, Blackfin and Whizz Kid Entertainment; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music companies Audio Network, Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location.

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