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DID U KNOW? Entertainment News 11-25-17


Did U Know? 11-25-17 Entertainment News Updates…LL Cool J, Tika Sumpter, Edwina Findley Dickerson, April Parker-Jones, Pres. Barack Obama, Jackee Harry, Rev. Run & Justine, Ray J and others are trending this week. Did U Know? is trending entertainment news about the latest movies, music, TV shows and your favorite celebrities that happened during week ending Nov. 25, 2017.

Trailer Released For ‘The Final Year’ — Documentary On Insiders’ Account Of President Obama’s Last Year In Office

The trailer has been released for The Final Year. It is from HBO Documentary Pictures is distributed by Magnolia Pictures. The film will hit select theaters, on demand and streaming services January 19, 2018. Description: The Final Year is a unique insiders’ account of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team during their last year in office. Featuring unprecedented access inside the White House and State Department, The Final Year offers an uncompromising view of the inner workings of the Obama Administration as they prepare to leave power after eight years.

OWN Sets Premiere Dates For Tyler Perry Shows, Including New ‘House Of Payne’ Spinoff, ‘The Paynes’

Although Tyler Perry is ending his exclusive pact at OWN for Viacom in 2019, he still has a heavy slate set at the network. New seasons of If Loving You Is Wrong and The Haves and the Have Nots are coming in January 2019, as well as new series The Paynes, which is a spinoff of Perry’s TBS comedy, House of Payne.  The Paynes, which will see Cassi Davis and LaVan Davis return as Ella and Curtis Payne, as well as comedy vet Jackeé Harry in a role, will premiere with back-to-back episodes at 10 p.m. on January 16. Season 5 of The Haves and the Have Nots debuts at 9 p.m. on January 9, and the midseason premiere of Season 4 of If Loving You Is Wrong will air at 10 p.m. beginning January 10.

Descriptions of the shows, per OWN, are below:

The Paynes
In Tyler Perry’s new comedy series, The Paynes, Cassi Davis and LaVan Davis reprise their roles as Ella and Curtis Payne, from the hit series House of Payne. As Curtis and Ella are enjoying their retirement, a death in the family takes them on the road to Florida, where Curtis is roped into a real estate deal that will tumble their lives like clothes in a dryer – with plenty of laughs and life lessons along the way. The Paynes also stars Emmy-winner Jackeé Harry, Stephanie Charles, Markice Moore, JD McCrary, Sanai Victoria and Anthony O. Dalton. 

The Haves and the Have Nots

The Haves and the Have Nots, starring John Schneider and Tika Sumpter, portrays the ongoing drama between the wealthy Cryer and Harrington families and the poor Young family. The most explosive season yet, season five picks up with no one unscathed by scandal, destruction, life-threatening moments and even death. The series also stars Angela Robinson, Renée Lawless, Crystal Fox, Peter Parros, Aaron O’Connell, Tyler Lepley, Gavin Houston.

If Loving You Is Wrong

If Loving You Is Wrong delves into the lives of neighbors and friends-turned-frenemies Alex (Amanda Clayton), Kelly (Edwina Findley Dickerson), Marcie (Heather Hemmens), Esperanza (Zulay Henao) and Natalie (April Parker-Jones). Season three continues to unfold as the neighborhood that once was the perfect picture of suburban life is still dealing with the repercussions of the scandalous affair that tore apart two marriages, and jeopardized every friendship the couples held close. The series also stars Joel Rush, Eltony Williams, Aiden Turner, Charles Malik Whitfield, Denzel Wells and Jay Hunter.

Netflix Lands Scripted Family Comedy Series Starring Rev Run And Justine Simmons From ABC Studios

A scripted comedy series starring legendary rapper Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons and his wife, Justine Simmons has landed a 10-episode season order at Netflix. The currently untitled comedy, which is fictional and not based on or even inspired by the Simmons’ real life, centers on a legendary rapper whose plans for slowing down are thwarted when his wife decides to pursue her own dreams and ambitions of stardom. While they have been on multiple reality shows, including the popular Run’s House, this is their first scripted project.

Ray J Inks $31M Deal For Electronics Company ‘Raycon’

Part-time singer turned reality star Ray J has signed a $31M deal with Cowboy Wholesale for his Raycon brand of personal electronic transportation vehicles including his foldable two-wheel Scoot-E-Bike. Ray J flaunted this specific bike on an episode of his hit VH1 reality series last season. According to a recent press release, Raycon is an extension of Ray’s company Raytroniks. The re-branded company will focus on “more innovative, high-demand electronics designed and backed by celebrities and plans to address the everyday needs of the urban technophile, focusing on impactful electric transportation.” Ray J said he’s committed to developing products that take advantage of green energy: BusinessWire reports Ray J will take an active full-time role in the newly formed partnership, overseeing marketing and global branding strategy. Apparently, Brandy’s brother is getting celebs on board to market his company and secure product placement growth through celebrities such as Sean Combs, Brandy, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Stephen Curry, Cara Delevingne, and professional athletic teams, including the L.A. Clippers and Los Angeles Rams. The Raycon official product launch is set to release mid-November 2017 and products will be available for purchase at Meanwhile, Ray J reportedly still makes over $300,000 a year for his infamous sex tape with Kim.

LL Cool J Has A New Hip-Hop Channel Called ‘Rock The Bells’!

LL Cool J exclusively announces on The Talk that he is launching his own classic hip-hop channel Rock The Bells on SiriusXM radio. The channel, expected to launch in early 2018, will feature a wide range of classic hip-hop content, music, interviews and in-depth retrospectives curated and presented by LL COOL J, as well as other innovators of hip-hop music. An homage to the greats who helped create the music of Hip-Hop, Rock The Bells Radio will become the bridge between generations of Hip-Hop and a community where everyone’s love of the culture can come together. “My love for Hip-Hop runs deep and I’m passionate about restoring its legacy of respect,” says LL. “SiriusXM’s Rock The Bells Radio is a creative community where generations embrace programming that pays respect to the forefathers of the culture while evolving it at the same time.” Rock The Bells Radio is inspired by LL’s love of radio; the channel’s name is that of the hit single from LL’s groundbreaking debut album “Radio.” The channel is an homage to his love of music and love affair with the radios that filled his Queens, N.Y. neighborhood with the sounds of all things Hip-Hop. Rock The Bells Radio will be available on SiriusXM channel 43 and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices.

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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