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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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TI (@Tip) Stars In & Searches for the Next Rap Star in Netflix’s “Rhythm + Flow!”

 Netflix continues to push the envelope with a riveting, innovative, and above all else authentic music competition series, Rhythm + Flow. The series has set its sights on the rap world, searching music hubs like Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City, for the next big rap star.  Veteran rapper, Clifford “TI” Harris, alongside Chance The Rapper and Cardi B serve as judges and executive producers of this new series set to the take the world by storm. “I signed onto this because I believe in it, but I was only going to do it if it was authentic…this show gets real, especially when you see people putting it all out there trying to be the next big rap star…”

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 Netflix continues to push the envelope with a riveting, innovative, and above all else authentic music competition series, Rhythm + Flow. The series has set its sights on the rap world, searching music hubs like Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City, for the next big rap star.  Veteran rapper, Clifford “TI” Harris, alongside Chance The Rapper and Cardi B serve as judges and executive producers of this new series set to the take the world by storm. “I signed onto this because I believe in it, but I was only going to do it if it was authentic…this show gets real, especially when you see people putting it all out there trying to be the next big rap star…”

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TI and our owner, Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

Rhythm + Flow stands out from other music competition series like American Idol and The Voice in its subject matter and rap/hip-hop roots, and with how it is being released via Netflix. Usually, Netflix releases all the episodes of it series at once allowing viewers to binge watch, however, Rhythm + Flow consists of nine episodes with three episodes being released each week until the finale. This is actually an idea TI suggested. “I didn’t want people just being able to go to the last episode, missing the journey, and spoiling it for everyone…I was like something like this has to be approached differently. ” TI’s input and wisdom are definitely an asset on the show, offering pertinent advice to competitors contrasting Chance’s straightforward approach and Cardi’s hilarious quips. “I bring longevity to the mix, because in this rap game you’ve got to have that to make your mark. Re-branding, evolving, and knowing how to hustle is what I’m teaching.”

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The show eliminates contestants through cyphers, rap battles, live performances, and music videos that allow them to tell their backstories. TI admits the hardest part of being a judge is watching someone be eliminated that he feels would have won if they would have made it further in the competition. When asked if he is signing anyone that was eliminated he replies: “No comment.”

We cannot wait for you all to see Rhythm + Flow! Catch it on Netflix today!

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Netflix (@netflix) Releases Trailer for Season 4 of “She-Ra & The Princesses of Power!” (@DreamWorksSheRa)

Netflix and Dream Works have a true hit with their collaboration of the reboot of the eighties’ series, She-Ra & The Princesses of Power! The series returns on November 5th with its fourth season and a new trailer debuted at New York Comic Con! As you may recall the season ended with the seeming death of one of the series’ main characters, Queen Angella, and the debut of Hordak Prime, an intergalactic conqueror poised to destroy Etherea, home to She-Ra and The Princesses of Power.

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Netflix and Dream Works have a true hit with their collaboration of the reboot of the eighties’ series, She-Ra & The Princesses of Power! The series returns on November 5th with its fourth season and a new trailer debuted at New York Comic Con! As you may recall the season ended with the seeming death of one of the series’ main characters, Queen Angella, and the debut of Hordak Prime, an intergalactic conqueror poised to destroy Etherea, home to She-Ra and The Princesses of Power.

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There seems to be a time lapse in between Seasons 3 and 4 as Glimmer, Queen Angella’s daughter has become Queen of Bright Moon, and has a new more mature look. Meanwhile, Catra becomes the leader of The Horde, unaware Hordak Prime is prepared to raze Etherea. Adora, however, explores her connection even more so to She-Ra, learning she is far more than just a sword toting warrior princess. She is instead, a protector with a greater destiny than she, her friends, allies, or enemies know.

This LGBT friendly series continues to up the ante while paying homage to the original series. The depth, the design, and the storytelling is profound and complex. We cannot wait for the new season! What do you think of the new trailer for She-Ra & The Princesses of Power? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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A “hit-ish!” ABC’s “mixed-ish” (@mixedishabc) is EVERYTHING!

Dear ABC we love you! This network continues to delivery on diversity and hits with its milestone television series that tell the most amazing stories.  The latest of these hits is none other than black-ish’s latest spinoff, mixed-ish! 

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Dear ABC we love you! This network continues to delivery on diversity and hits with its milestone television series that tell the most amazing stories.  The latest of these hits is none other than black-ish’s latest spinoff, mixed-ish! 

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The series is a prequel to black-ish,  and based on Rainbow “Bow” Johnson’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) childhood as she transitioned from living on a commune to the real world. An additional kick arises as she and her siblings must learn to navigate the world as biracial children during a time when being “mixed” was still taboo.

This a series you can’t help but love as it tackles issues of conformity, being a Black woman in America, and how so many biracial children fill forced to pick a side when it comes to their ethnicity. It is wonderfully written and the cast is all-star with the likes of Mark Paul Gosselaar, Tika Sumpter, and more. We recently attended a screening for the first episode at Regal Hollywood 24 in Chamblee, GA. There, guests were able to take photos with a mixed-ish  background at the photo booth and were treated to beverages and snacks.

The series premiere of mixed-ish Tuesday,  September 24 at 9 PM EST! Check out the theme song of the series performed by Mariah Carey, In The Mix, below!

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