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 Today TV One announced production of the original film, Down For Whatever, the 2017 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Screenplay winning project written by Tim Folsome who will also direct.

(l-r) LeToya Luckett (Greenleaf), Hosea Chanchez (The Game), Bre-Z (Empire) and Imani Hakim (Everybody Hates Chris)

Production will take place in Atlanta, Georgia. The film, starring LeToya Luckett (Greenleaf), Hosea Chanchez (The Game), Bre-Z (Empire) and Imani Hakim (Everybody Hates Chris), is slated to premiere at the 2018 ABFF in June and will premiere on TV One in July.

“The production of the ABFF Screenplay Competition winning selection is one of our favorite projects of the year because it is when we get to see a young writer’s vision literally come to life,” says D’Angela ProctorTV One Head of Programming. “Our team reads hundreds of scripts during the competition process and Tim’s gift for storytelling resulted in a compelling page-turner. We look forward to sharing the final product with TV One’s viewers next summer.”

In the network’s first original movie production representing the fast-pace action genre, Down For Whatever chronicles Tracy, a young successful doctor and her detective husband, Mike. Although happily married, one thing has always been missing in their relationship – a sense of family. Tracy grew up in foster care and longs for the traditional family environment that she never had. When Mike suddenly loses his partner in a senseless cop-killing, Tracy is there to support him. That is, until she receives an unexpected visit from a social worker who informs her that the ruthless killers suspected in the murder are her biological sisters, Denise and Sonya. Tracy is overwhelmed and in disbelief by the news, but before telling her husband, she decides to track her sisters down herself. Will she make it to them before the cops do?

Down For Whatever cast announced today:

  • LeToya Luckett as Tracy
  • Hosea Chanchez as Mike
  • Bre-Z as Denise Brown
  • Imani Hakim as Sonya Brown

Down For Whatever is written and directed by Tim Folsome. The film is produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas, Keith Neal, James Seppelfrick and Darien Baldwin for Swirl Films. Casting was provided by Leah Daniels Butler (Empire and When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story). For TV One, Jubba Seyyid is Executive in Charge of Production and Sr. Director of Original Programming & Production.  Donyell McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting; Robyn Greene Arrington is VP of Original Programming, and D’Angela Proctor is Head of Original Programming and Production.

For more information about TV One’s upcoming programming, including original movies, visit the network’s companion website at www.tvone.tvTV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TwitterInstagram  and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hash tags #DOWNFORWHATEVER and #REPRESENT.

 

 

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#BingeWatchWorthy- Netflix’s “Sex Education!” @sexeducation

Netflix continues to push the envelope with its amazing and innovative series. The latest being one of its most outlandish, and interestingly informative–Sex Education! The dramatic comedy centers on, Otis (Asa Butterfield), son of a sex and relationship therapist (Gillian Anderson), dealing with his own insecurities and phobias surrounding sex.

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Netflix continues to push the envelope with its amazing and innovative series. The latest being one of its most outlandish, and interestingly informative–Sex Education! The dramatic comedy centers on, Otis (Asa Butterfield), son of a sex and relationship therapist (Gillian Anderson), dealing with his own insecurities and phobias surrounding sex.

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Asa Butterfield, Ncuti Gatwa, and Emma Mackey in Sex Education (2019)

Otis, alongside his best friend, Eric (Ncuti Gatwa), are low on the totem pole in the high school hierarchy. This all begins to change for Otis when he begins to fall for Maeve (Emma Mackey) a girl who happens to be an amazing writer, but has been labeled as the school slut. Otis manages to unwittingly find a niche for himself forming a “clinic” with Maeve to help their classmates with various sexual issues and the hijinks ensue!

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What We Liked:

-The dramatic and comedic tones of the show. It really shows life–and sex–at best can be bittersweet.

-The dynamic between Otis and his mother. Her profession juxtaposed by the awkwardness of his burgeoning sexuality and the tension of many teen-parent relationships is all too real.

-The love triangle between Otis, Jeffery, and Maeve.

-The diversity of sexuality and sexual situations. This show does The Kinsey Scale justice!

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What We Loved:

-The friendship and bond between Otis and Eric. These two were as thick as thieves and their friendship really overcame a lot.

-Eric’s journey of self-love and discovery, and the love he received from his family and community. It’s a far cry from the unsavory “welcome” many LGBT people of color receive.

-The array of information about sex! All kinds of sex–DOPE!

What We Hated:

-We would have loved to learn more about Otis’s father. He should definitely make an appearance Season 2.

-The love story between Eric and his bully is “to be continued…” Hurry up Season 2!

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#BingeWatchWorthy: Netflix’s “She-Ra & The Princesses of Power”

The 2010s will go down in entertainment as “The Age of Reboots!” First our favorite sitcoms, dramas, and movies from the nineties are revamped (Full House, Roseanne, Charmed, Boy Meets World, etc.) Now it seems it is time for animated series to get their own rebooted treatment as a true blast from the past–the eighties to be exact–series, She-Ra & The Princesses of Power, is now available on Netflix!

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The 2010s will go down in entertainment as “The Age of Reboots!” First our favorite sitcoms, dramas, and movies from the nineties are revamped (Full House, Roseanne, Charmed, Boy Meets World, etc.) Now it seems it is time for animated series to get their own rebooted treatment as a true blast from the past–the eighties to be exact–series, She-Ra & The Princesses of Power, is now available on Netflix!

The series is set in a mystical dimension on a planet known as Etherea. There the natives are rebelling against The Horde, an evil, occupying force led by Hordack and his sorceress, Shadow Weaver, is bent on ravaging their world. The Rebellion, led by Angella, Queen of Bright Moon, is constantly on the defense against them while the other monarchs of Etherea have opted to protect their lands solely. The tide begins to turn in The Rebellion’s favor as Adora, a young girl with a mysterious past, and a former Horde soldier, is chosen to become She-Ra, The Princess of Power, prophesied to save Etherea from The Horde and restore it to its former glory. To do so Adora/She-Ra must unite all the Princesses on the planet, all while learning the full extent of her power, and being confident in her destiny.

What We Liked:

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-Adora was an experienced fighter and soldier already. She-Ra’s power only supplemented that.

-The diversity of The Princesses of Power. Each one was from different cultures but manage to overcome their differences for the greater good! Girls CAN work together!

-The friendship between Adora, Glimmer, and Bow. It was the heart of the series, and kept the story grounded.

-Swift Wind–who doesn’t like a flying and talking unicorn?

What We Loved:

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Catra vs. She-Ra

-Adora’s transformation sequence into She-Ra! It was very reminiscent of The Sailor Scouts from Sailor Moon.

-The complex, love-hate friendship between Adora/She-Ra and Catra. Even though they are on opposing sides and even fight, neither of them truly wishes to destroy the other. Their friendship is more like sibling rivalry than actually enemies.

-Shadow Weaver set as a motherly villain for Adora and abuser of Catra adds layers the series. It really juxtaposes the characters and brings in the whole nature versus nurture argument. Who would be the heroine here if Shadow Weaver’s affections had been switched.

-The more powerful characters of the series were primarily women.

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Scorpia and Catra at the Princess Prom

-The Princess Prom was not gender conforming. People wore what they wanted and went with whomever they desired.

-The Princess Alliance was everything! We have to admit Frosta and Mermista are our favorites!

What We Hated:

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Shadow Weaver

-We did not see enough of Hordak. What makes him so ominous and threatening. Hopefully we will see him in action in Season 2.

-Where’s the mention of Adora’s biological family? In the eighties series, she was Prince Adam of Eternia/He-Man’s long lost twin sister who was stolen from their family on Eternia shortly after their birth.

-We did not see what finally caused Mara to lose her way and banish Ethera to the Despos Dimension.

-Most of the characters looked like adolescents. In the OG series they were at the very least teenagers or young adults.

 

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[VIDEOS] “CorJah?” Just In Time For Christmas G-Status ATL’s Cordae & Jah Kitai Reveal Their Involvement!

“All I Want For Christmas Is You” is pretty much what G-Status ATL Hustle Star, Cordae Gomes has revealed to the masses when it comes to the series’ director, Jah Kitai. As you may already know, for months now it has been speculated, implied, and outright accused by other cast members that the pair is romantically involved. Cordae’s admission of love came via two Instagram posts made of videos of the two from an unknown trip to Miami and some of them kissing.

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“All I Want For Christmas Is You” is pretty much what G-Status ATL Hustle Star, Cordae Gomes has revealed to the masses when it comes to the series’ director, Jah Kitai. As you may already know, for months now it has been speculated, implied, and outright accused by other cast members that the pair is romantically involved. Cordae’s admission of love came via two Instagram posts made of videos of the two from an unknown trip to Miami and some of them kissing.

Check them out below!

Based on the caption from Cordae in the post we see that he and Jah are not “officially” together, but we have to wonder if that is them taking it slow, or waiting for some bigger moment to make some official statement. Honestly, we have so many questions about all of this. Namely, the ethics behind it when it comes to G-Status ATL Hustle and if this relationship has influenced or affected Cordae’s music. Still, the other cast members have often argued Cordae was production’s darling. There may be something to this; after all no one can compete with pillow talk. Still you can find love in the most unlikely places, and when love finds you there really is nothing you can do. We invite both of them to our platform to EXCLUSIVELY discuss their relationship, and to set all records straight! In the meanwhile you can catch Cordae’s new single, BlondeRadio, from his forthcoming album Sex With A Songwriter, below. Happy listening!

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