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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

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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

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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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D.C. Cancels its Black Gay Pride Festivities for 1st Time in 30 Years, Cites Coronavirus Precautions

For the last few months the effects of coronavirus have engulfed the entire world. Life has seemingly halted as schools have closed, jobs have shut down, theaters have closed, and many have been quarantined to prevent the spread of this pandemic. Thus, it comes as no surprise that Washington, D.C., set for Memorial Day weekend, has decided to cancel the festivities for this year’s Black Gay Pride events, citing coronavirus concerns and safety. This marks the first time in thirty years the celebration will not take place.

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For the last few months the effects of coronavirus have engulfed the entire world. Life has seemingly halted as schools have closed, jobs have shut down, theaters have closed, and many have been quarantined to prevent the spread of this pandemic. Thus, it comes as no surprise that Washington, D.C., set for Memorial Day weekend, has decided to cancel the festivities for this year’s Black Gay Pride events, citing coronavirus concerns and safety. This marks the first time in thirty years the celebration will not take place.

via DCBlackPride.org 

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DC Black Pride 2020 Has Been Canceled

There is no higher priority than the health and well-being of Black LGBTQA community. In light of the continuing global impact and community transmission of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) — and in accordance with public health recommendations the Center for Black Equity has made the unprecedented decision to cancel DC Black Pride 2020. For the first time in 30 years, we will not gather in DC to celebrate our community during Memorial Day Weekend.

This too shall pass. We will celebrate the 30th DC Black Pride in 2021, bigger and more celebratory than ever.

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We understand that Black Gay Pride in any city is a big event for many Black LGBT people, but we concur that the safety, health, and well-being of everyone comes first. Besides Pride is more than just festivities, parades, and parties; it’s knowing who you are and celebrating the freedom and hard fought for right to be yourself. With that said, let’s all continue practicing social distancing–no gatherings in the absence of festivities.

Thus far Los Angeles has canceled its Pride festivities and New York is rumored to soon follow. There is no word of other cities cancelling their Black Gay Pride or regular Pride festivities, but if the threat of coronavirus continues to linger then it is a real possibility. We are praying for everyone’s safety and that this will all end soon. Lord knows we want the world better than it was before this all started and at least some sort of normalcy.

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Not Surprised! Wonder Woman 1984 Delayed ‘Til August!

2020 is shaping out to be a really bad year for blockbusters. Thus far highly anticipated films like Mulan, Fast 9 the latest installment of The Fast & Furious, A Quiet Place II and Marvel’s Black Widow standalone film have either been pushed back or delayed indefinitely. Now it seems Wonder Woman 1984 has finally been delayed as well, but only by two months from June to mid-August.

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2020 is shaping out to be a really bad year for blockbusters. Thus far highly anticipated films like Mulan, Fast 9 the latest installment of The Fast & Furious, A Quiet Place II and Marvel’s Black Widow standalone film have either been pushed back or delayed indefinitely. Now it seems Wonder Woman 1984 has finally been delayed as well, but only by two months from June to mid-August.

via Variety

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Warner Bros. is postponing Diana Prince’s return to the big screen. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, “Wonder Woman 1984” will now hit theaters on Aug. 14 instead of June 5.

“When we greenlit ‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ it was with every intention to be viewed on the big screen and are excited to announce that Warner Bros. Pictures will be bringing the film to theatres on Aug. 14,” Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman, said in a statement. “We hope the world will be in a safer and healthier place by then.”

The delays were inevitable as multiplexes across the country remain closed to help halt the spread of the novel virus. Warner Bros. was always committed to debuting its “Wonder Woman” sequel in cinemas, and the studio felt it was realistic for theaters to be up and running again by August. 

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Wonder Woman 1984 is definitely the film we want to see the most this year. Especially since it is set in our birth year. We hate we have to wait a little longer to see Wonder Woman back on The Big Screen, but as they say “better safe than sorry.” We are praying the world will have returned to some type of normalcy by August.

 

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Tragic…First Child Under 18 Dead from Coronavirus…

Coronavirus has no prejudice when it comes to its victims. Initially many of us considered it a foreign disease that would never reach American shores. Now as the number of Americans who have contracted coronavirus increases we are extremely sad to report one of them is a child.

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Coronavirus has no prejudice when it comes to its victims. Initially many of us considered it a foreign disease that would never reach American shores. Now as the number of Americans who have contracted coronavirus increases we are extremely sad to report one of them is a child.

via LA Times:

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The number of deaths in the county from the virus is now 11. Tuesday’s update also included a previously reported death in Long Beach. The young person who died was from Lancaster. No further details were immediately available.

“This is a devastating reminder that COVID-19 affects people of all ages,” L.A. County Public Health Department director Barbara Ferrer said.

Two of the individuals who died were between the ages of 50 and 70. One of those individuals had underlying health issues and resided in the West Adams neighborhood.

Officials also confirmed an additional 128 cases of coronavirus infections, bringing the county’s total to 662. Of those positive cases, 42% occurred in individuals between the ages of 18 and 40 and 39% occurred in individuals between the ages of 41 and 65.

At least 119 individuals, or 18% of all positive cases, have been hospitalized for the virus.

The number of COVID-19 cases in California surged to more than 2,20as officials issued urgent warnings about the need for more hospital beds and equipment as medical facilities begin to fill up.

Gov. Gavin Newsom says he believes California will need 50,000 hospital beds for patients suffering from the illness caused by the coronavirus. That marks a significant increase from the 20,000 beds his administration forecast last week. The Democratic governor said the state’s 416 hospitals were doubling their “surge plans,” a move that will result in 30,000 new beds across the system.

This is extremely disturbing and scary. Please everyone let’s all stay home and stay safe. This pandemic is only going to get worse before it gets better. Lord, please, no more children…let’s keep everyone uplifted in our prayers.

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