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NBC’s newest series, The Village, is undoubtedly turning out to be one of its greatest. Set in an eclectic apartment building in Brooklyn, it centers on a group of close knit neighbors whose lives, love, problems, and social issues all intertwine in heartwarming and heartbreaking ways making them a family of sorts. Heading this family as a patriarch is none other than Frankie Faison as “Ron Davis!” Ron is wise, funny, and of course the backbone of his makeshift dishing out love and wisdom where needed. HeyMikeyATL and Kontrol Magazine recently attended an NBC Luncheon filled with the other “Who’s Who” of Atlanta’s media community and got the opportunity for a sit down interview with Frankie himself!

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Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning and Frankie Faison

Frankie has been in the in the entertainment industry for over forty years, with dozens of roles, and is known best for his roles on The Wire (2002) and the Hannibal Lecter franchise. At the luncheon Frankie discussed the secret to his career’s longevity and how his own village greatly impacted his life. “…I’ve had really thoughtful and impactful people in my life since elementary school–my whole community actually. I grew up in an all-black community and the people in my life saw I was a character, a real class clown [he laughs], but instead of punishing me or writing me off as a bad kid; they put me in the theater…there I was able to grow and cultivate and become the character I am today [he laughs]. 

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THE VILLAGE — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Frankie Faison as Ron Davis, Lorraine Toussaint as Patricia Davis — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)

As “Ron Davis,” Frankie embodies so much strength and understanding on the show, and when combined with the talents of Lorraine Toussaint, portraying Ron’s wife, “Patricia Davis,” you have quite a powerful, earthy couple. Frankie went on to discuss why he chose to do The Village, what it is like working with Lorraine, and his similarities and dissimilarities to his character. “He [‘Ron’] is the head of this chosen family of people–that’s what friends are, the family you choose–and he is a wise, upstanding, strong guy and I can identify with that. He’s like the ‘mayor’ of the neighborhood…then he likes to give wisdom to others and I find myself dispensing wisdom to the youngins on the set [he laughs]…I loved the script for The Village, it was well-written and I loved the stories. I’m down for any project that I can connect to and grow from. He then went on to discuss Lorraine. “When I found out she was on board I was thrilled. We came up in the industry together and she’s a respected colleague. She was perfect for the role and I can see us being the parents and grandparents of this situation…”

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Frankie Faison is nothing short of amazing, encouraging rising and aspiring actors and entertainers to “Never give up. If this is what you want to do stay at it, believe in it, grow with it, and just don’t stop!” You can catch Frankie every Tuesday night, 10 PM EST!

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He’s “Supersonic!” Win Your Free Movie Passes to See “Sonic The Hedgehog!”

Based on the global blockbuster video game franchise from Sega, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth. In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic and his new best friend Tom (James Marsden) team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his plans for world domination. The family-friendly film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.

Now is your time to get in on the fun! All you have to do is answer these four Sonic The Hedgehog-themed questions below, CORRECTLY!

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FOR ATLANTA RESIDENTS ONLY!

He’s “Super Sonic!” Everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog has made his way to the Big Screen!

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Based on the global blockbuster video game franchise from Sega, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth. In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic and his new best friend Tom (James Marsden) team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his plans for world domination. The family-friendly film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.

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Now is your time to get in on the fun! All you have to do is answer these four Sonic The Hedgehog-themed questions below, CORRECTLY!

  1. What is another name for Dr. Robotnik?
  2. What is the name of the planet Sonic is from?
  3. What is the name of Sonic’s sidekick?
  4. What game system first introduced us to Sonic?

The first 25 people to answer the questions above (again) CORRECTLY will receive a free movie pass that admits themselves and one guest to a free screening of Sonic The Hedgehog.

Date:

Saturday, February 8th

Location:

xx

Time:

11:30 AM

 Email your answers to heymikeyatl@gmail.com! Happy viewing and “may the odds be forever in your favor!”

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FEBRUARY 14, 2020

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[PHOTOS/RECAP] “Cherish the Day” Atlanta Launch Party w/Ava DuVernay & Cast!

Last night, a bevy of Atlanta’s most influential press, celebrities and influencers gathered at The Stave Room to celebrate the launch of OWN’s new original anthology drama, CHERISH THE DAY, from award-winning creator Ava DuVernay.

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Last night, a bevy of Atlanta’s most influential press, celebrities and influencers gathered at The Stave Room to celebrate the launch of OWN’s new original anthology drama, CHERISH THE DAY, from award-winning creator Ava DuVernay.

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Creator and executive producer Ava DuVernay, along with cast members Xosha Roquemore, Alano Miller, Michael Beach, Anne-Marie Johnson and Kellee Stewart were on hand to introduce the project to guests.

Additional celebrities and influencers in attendance including our very own Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning, DeWanda Wise, Santana Raymond, Joel Rush, Terri J. Vaughn, Karon Joseph Riley, Deelishis, Trina Braxton, Rashan Ali, Syleena Johnson and Jasmine Guy.

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Guests were treated to an interactive conversation with the cast and crew, led by Ava DuVernay, where they were able to preview the series through episodic clips and engaging discussion. Following the conversation, attendees had the opportunity for a Q&A with the cast. 
Throughout the night, guests vibed to the sounds of DJ Princess Cut, sipped on refreshing cocktails, sampled an array of tasty food selections and flicked it up at the ever so popular Mirmir photo booth.
We really loved this event, and of course, getting to meet some of the truly amazing media, personalities, and socialites. Most of all, however, we enjoyed “Cherish The Day!” The show is going to be amazing from the clips we saw. Love, Black love in particular, really deserves its day in the sunlight. Thanks OWN for this amazing new anthology series. It may be just what the doctor ordered.
“Cherish the Day” will have a two-night premiere on Feb. 11th and Feb. 12th at 9/8c on OWN. 
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[Even Recap] Cocktails & Cupcakes w/ “Family or Fiance’s” Tracy McMillan!

OWN never ceases to amaze us with its amazing series and original content. The network continues to push the envelope with self-care and love, and we are not talking about “Super Soul Sunday!” Instead one of its reality series, a vitamin/television show, “Family or Fiance,” has stolen our hearts and attention!

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OWN never ceases to amaze us with its amazing series and original content. The network continues to push the envelope with self-care and love, and we are not talking about “Super Soul Sunday!” Instead one of its reality series, a vitamin/television show, “Family or Fiance,” has stolen our hearts and attention!

 

The event took place at The Gathering Spot, and began with a light lunch of various salads, croissants, cookies, chips, and of course “Cocktails & Cupcakes.” There Atlanta’s biggest in brightest in media gathered to ask longstanding questions about “Family or Fiance, and sought relationship advice from Tracy McMillan. Tracy discussed, among many things, how the concept of the show came to be, how they come up with the challenges for the show, difficult moments for her to watch, and even what to wear on a first date!

The overall theme of her discussion with us all was that we all want love and we have to know what boundaries to set in place for them for the sake of our romantic relationships. She also relayed that “people ultimately want to be together, but relationships are all about compromise and communication.” We can definitely eat (bites cupcake) and drink to that (downs Plushberry Lemonade)!

Catch the season premiere of “Family or Fiance” this Saturday, January 11th. Check your local television listings for showtimes!

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