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‘Moonlight’ Writer & Producer, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Brings New Drama Series To OWN (@own)!

Oprah Winfrey’s network OWN has undergone quite a few changes lately. First came the announcement of the departure of Oprah’s friend and creative partner Tyler Perry. Oprah and Tyler had an exclusive deal where he would create original content for the OWN network. While Tyler is moving on to create original content with BET, Oprah has also moved on to sign an exclusive content deal with director and producer Will Packer.

[caption id="attachment_104350" align="aligncenter" width="577"]Writer/producer Tarell Alvin McCraney Courtesy: Google Images[/caption]

Recently, the OWN network announced yet another change coming forth to the network. The co-writer and executive producer of “Moonlight”.

Tarell Alvin McCraney, has signed on with the OWN network.

McCraney has created a one hour drama series that will join the television line up amongst OWN’s popular hits such as “Greenleaf”, “Queen Sugar”, and “The Haves And The Have Nots”.

This television series has not been titled yet, and will be the first television project for McCraney.  The project was created, written, and produced by McCraney. Mike Kelley, Melissa Loy, and “Creed” actor Michael B. Jordan also serve as executive producers on the project. The show will be produced for the OWN network by way of Page Fright and Outlier Productions. Warner Horizon Scripted Television will also be a part of the production for this project.

Oprah’s Stamp Of Approval

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McCraney’s show will be a new coming of age drama centered around a 14 year old prodigy. The 14 year old is faced with a very important decision. Should he follow the path of the streets that call his name or should he put his education to use to find a way out of his circumstances. The series takes place in South Florida and is inspired by events that have taken place in McCarney’s own life. Oprah shared her thoughts of the new series,

“When Tarell shared his powerful story with us there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. I knew this was something special that our viewers will without a doubt connect to and feel compelled to explore with us. I am honored to be working with Tarell and the rest of the producers on this project.”

McCraney also shared his thoughts on his upcoming project.

“I wanted to explore the pivotal steps towards adulthood and identity, the ones we take when we think or feel we have no other choice.”

 

[caption id="attachment_104353" align="aligncenter" width="515"]writer/producer Tarell Alvin McCraney Courtesy: Google Images[/caption]

So, what are your thoughts? Do you think this new project will have as much as success as McCraney’s “Moonlight”? Let me know in the comments.

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Oprah Winfrey’s network OWN has undergone quite a few changes lately. First came the announcement of the departure of Oprah’s friend and creative partner Tyler Perry. Oprah and Tyler had an exclusive deal where he would create original content for the OWN network. While Tyler is moving on to create original content with BET, Oprah has also moved on to sign an exclusive content deal with director and producer Will Packer.

Writer/producer Tarell Alvin McCraney

Courtesy: Google Images

Recently, the OWN network announced yet another change coming forth to the network. The co-writer and executive producer of “Moonlight”.

Tarell Alvin McCraney, has signed on with the OWN network.

McCraney has created a one hour drama series that will join the television line up amongst OWN’s popular hits such as “Greenleaf”, “Queen Sugar”, and “The Haves And The Have Nots”.

This television series has not been titled yet, and will be the first television project for McCraney.  The project was created, written, and produced by McCraney. Mike Kelley, Melissa Loy, and “Creed” actor Michael B. Jordan also serve as executive producers on the project. The show will be produced for the OWN network by way of Page Fright and Outlier Productions. Warner Horizon Scripted Television will also be a part of the production for this project.

Oprah’s Stamp Of Approval

Courtesy: Google Images

McCraney’s show will be a new coming of age drama centered around a 14 year old prodigy. The 14 year old is faced with a very important decision. Should he follow the path of the streets that call his name or should he put his education to use to find a way out of his circumstances. The series takes place in South Florida and is inspired by events that have taken place in McCarney’s own life. Oprah shared her thoughts of the new series,

“When Tarell shared his powerful story with us there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. I knew this was something special that our viewers will without a doubt connect to and feel compelled to explore with us. I am honored to be working with Tarell and the rest of the producers on this project.”

McCraney also shared his thoughts on his upcoming project.

“I wanted to explore the pivotal steps towards adulthood and identity, the ones we take when we think or feel we have no other choice.”

 

writer/producer Tarell Alvin McCraney

Courtesy: Google Images

So, what are your thoughts? Do you think this new project will have as much as success as McCraney’s “Moonlight”? Let me know in the comments.

Written By: Ronda Brooks

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To Tame A Lyon! Meet Toby Onwumere (@toby_onwumere), The Newest Addition to Empire!

Hollywood is here FOREVER! The stages and the names change, but one thing for sure is that Tinsel Town will always be looking for talented and fresh faces. When that face also happens to be tall, dark, and handsome, the look is all the more exciting and tantalizing. Meet Toby Onwumere, a rising star that just so happens to meet the criteria of “tall, dark, and handsome,” and most of all talented!

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Hollywood is here FOREVER! The stages and the names change, but one thing for sure is that Tinsel Town will always be looking for talented and fresh faces. When that face also happens to be tall, dark, and handsome, the look is all the more exciting and tantalizing. Meet Toby Onwumere, a rising star that just so happens to meet the criteria of “tall, dark, and handsome,” and most of all talented!

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Toby is taking hearts and Fox’s Empire by storm as “Kai,” Jamal Lyon’s (Jussie Smollett) love interest and now fiancé! As Kai, Toby is doing groundbreaking work, as he showcases the life and love of a Black, gay, and HIV positive man against the backdrop of family drama, corporate sabotage, and ignorance. “I feel honored to play him [Kai] and bring his story to the forefront…It’s time to really inform people and push forward with representation and inclusivity, all while delivering a really unforgettable story.”

Toby is a first generation Nigerian-American, hailing from Dayton, Ohio and has always dreamt of being an actor. He counts his parents, Fidelis and Prisca, as being the driving force behind his pursuit of the arts as they allowed and encouraged him to do what he loves. “My parents were traditional, but not in the sense of what they expected me to be…usually when you’re Nigerian you the career paths your parents want for you are pretty narrow, you have to be like a doctor or lawyer, for them to do that is really amazing.” Toby admits he is stoked to be on Empire, revealing he has been a fan of the show since its inception. “Man I love it [Empire] I would be in class and thinking to myself I’m gonna be on that show one day, and here we are [he laughs].”

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Empire continues to be a ratings giant with no sign of slowing down in its fifth season. However, in an interesting plot twist the series has flashed forwarded two years into the future and we find that The Lyons are mostly in shambles. Lucious and Cookie continue to fight to win Empire back, Andre is incarcerated for Anika’s death, and Hakeem is unable to perform after a grave injury. Jamal, however, has flourished in his self-imposed exile to London, finding new label and love with Kai. Their relationship stands to be the strongest one we have seen for Jamal as Kai is empathetic, intelligent, and compassionate. Toby admits he and Kai are very similar in those aspects, but fundamentally different in others. “Well for one I’m straight [he laughs] and then I’m way too silly! Kai is more straight-laced and serious. I like to laugh and joke and be goofy.” Kai’s storyline is definitely a serious one as no shows have really shown a relationship like he and Jamal’s. Although the Kai’s HIV status has been a topic on the show, the larger phenomenon of him being with a partner who is negative and on PREP (via whatisprep.org, PrEP means Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, and it’s the use of anti-HIV medications to keep HIV negative people from becoming infected. PrEP is approved by the FDA and has been shown to be safe and effective at preventing HIV infection.”) “The storyline was meant to be more informative than anything else. People still have these notions about HIV/AIDS from the eighties and so many advancements have been made since then…the love between the two of them [Jamal and Kai] shows that everyone deserves love and can be loved. Kai just so happens to be HIV positive, but he really loves Jamal and he’s a great person. That’s what counts here love…The scene when they proposed to each other was really just magical and powerful.  It’s why I’m honored to play this character…this is really encouraging dialogue and I think people just need to be more open minded and educated.”

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Toby continues to look forward to the rest of this season of Empire and hints he has some pretty amazing projects in the works that he is not ready to share. However, he did reveal his holiday season will be international as he travels to Europe to bring in Christmas and the New Year. If 2019 is any bigger than 2018 was for him then we know he is about to be a household name! He advises aspiring actors to “Really study the craft. Take the classes and remain diligent. If this is what you want stick with it and never give up!” Catch Toby every Wednesday night at 8 PM EST on Fox’s Empire!

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F&W Style Launches at Macy’s Lenox Mall Atlanta!

F&W STYLE is excited to announce that our collection will be launching at Macy’s Lenox Mall Atlanta on November 4th 2018 as part of the Market at Macy’s Program. We first launched our collection at Macy’s Fort Lauder-dale Florida in August and we are excited to now be launching in our city of Atlanta.

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F&W STYLE is excited to announce that our collection will be launching at Macy’s Lenox Mall Atlanta on November 4th 2018 as part of the Market at Macy’s Program. We first launched our collection at Macy’s Fort Lauder-dale Florida in August and we are excited to now be launching in our city of Atlanta.

Being selected as one the brands to be sold at Macy’s Lenox has reinforced our belief in creating beautiful luxury leather handbags at an affordable price for busy women on the go! Our efforts are not only appreciated by our customers, but also by one of the world’s biggest department stores.

To feature F&W Style, or to get more information about our launch party later in November please contact Alexandria Alli at info@fwstyle.com.

About F&W Style

Alexandria started her passion for fashion at age ten, assisting her mom at her Fashion Design Studio in Nigeria. That is where she learned about design and running a fashion business.  At age thirteen her family moved from Nigeria to Atlanta and Alexandria started her modeling career.  Through modeling she fell in love with the glamour of the industry; but realized that most women including her could not afford the luxurious accessories that she modeled in magazines. She set out to change that, and F&W Style Handbags was born.

“In our 9years in business we have steadily grown our brand. We have been featured in magazines including Vogue and Essence, our handbags have been worn by celebrities including A-List star Gabrielle Union. We have also been able to build a large social media following that love our growing brand. We are so excited to continue our growth and become part of the Macy’s family”- Alexandria Alli

About Macy’s

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 670 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores – including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California – are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $54 million each year, plus 180,000 hours of volunteer service, to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

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Young & Winning! Meet Xolo Maridueña (@Xolo_Mariduena)!

Young teen, Xolo Maridueña is making a name for himself in the acting world, and slowly but surely becoming a young star. Xolo is just 17 years old and already the lead for the hit YouTube Red series “Cobra Kai.” He’s been named Latina’s Magazine Hottest Youngest Stars Under 25, and even with all that success, Xolo is a normal teenager that attends a regular HS, and shares the same celebrity crushes as just about every young teen in America.

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Young teen, Xolo Maridueña is making a name for himself in the acting world, and slowly but surely becoming a young star. Xolo is just 17 years old and already the lead for the hit YouTube Red series “Cobra Kai.” He’s been named Latina’s Magazine Hottest Youngest Stars Under 25, and even with all that success, Xolo is a normal teenager that attends a regular HS, and shares the same celebrity crushes as just about every young teen in America.

Before starring in the hit show, “Cobra Kai,” he played in the NBC show, “Parenthood” as Victor Braverman, which he explains is his ‘first big break.’ Xolo also discussed how working on that show made him come to a realization that acting was his passion, “At the time, I had never worked with such talented people before in my life, the whole cast are really some of the most professional, astonishing actors I ever met. And working with them, solidified that I want to be an actor, as my career.”

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Xolo currently plays Miguel Diaz on the “Karate Kid” sequel, “Cobra Kai,” where he’s a sophomore in high school, trying to find himself. Xolo describes his character saying, “He’s struggling with a lot of teen struggles, being a kid going to a new high school…he has to find where he fits in, through Cobra Kai, he really starts to figure what’s important to him.”

Because the show is centered around martial arts, Xolo had to do a lot of preparing for the role. He talked about how a month before filming the show, he would practice every day, which included stretching, choreographing fights, and just learning about martial arts/artists. There were also about 2 or 3 hours of training Xolo had to do a day; Xolo talks a little bit about his struggles in the early stages of training, “My body was telling me to quit because I wasn’t used to this type of exercise or training…my body wasn’t really conditioned to work that way.” But fortunately for us, he didn’t quit because he’s killing it on the show.

With some of the original actors from the original “Karate Kid” starring in the show (Ralph Macchio and William Zabka), and with the huge legacy of “Karate Kid”, Xolo said he definitely felt the pressure to do a great job playing his character, “It definitely was a lot of pressure, but not just because those guys were on there, this is what people have been waiting to see for 30 plus years…the fans are very passionate about “Karate Kid.”

Xolo, who’s Mexican, Cuban, and Ecuadorian expressed how important his Hispanic heritage is to him, “I try hard to represent the Latino culture I’m a part of, not just in a role, but in everyday life, that I’m not only embracing my heritage but actively finding ways to spend time in my communities to come together.” He mentioned how him and other Latinos in entertainment are beneficial to the youth, “In this industry, having representation is the biggest thing, for people of color especially.”

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Although he’s a young star with his own TV show, Xolo describes himself as a regular teenager, who also attends a regular school, and gives all the props to his parents for keeping him grounded, “My parents helped mold me into the guy I am today, and because of that, I have to thank them… My parents were very admitted about me attending school, it’s not like I’m working everyday throughout the whole year, there’s not really a need to be home schooled.” Xolo also went to prom with one of his friends from school, but young ladies don’t worry…he is still single, but unfortunately, he’s not looking for a relationship right now, he’s focused on his craft. But if he was, it would wishfully be one of his celebrity crushes, Zendaya, Yara Shahidi, Amandla Stenberg, or Rihanna.

So, Xolo is currently on summer break from school, and is gearing up for season 2 of “Cobra Kai” and although we have no word on when season 2 will air, he mentioned how he himself isn’t too sure of what the fans can expect. He did say we will learn more about the characters from season 1 and that we will be introduced to some new faces.

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Photographer: Tim Schaeffer at Cellar Door Studios @cellardoorstudios.la

Grooming: Joseph Adivari @adivaribeauty

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