TV STARS TURN OUT FOR ATLANTA SCREENING OF WE TV's 'MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN'

Claudia Jordan, Shawn Bullard and Cynthia Bailey attend the "Match Made in Heaven" screening at TWELVE Hotel Atlantic Station.
Last night, WE tv hosted a screening in Atlanta of their new series "Match Made in Heaven," starring millionaire bachelor Shawn Bullard. A number of press, VIPs and WE tv talent gathered at TWELVE Hotel Atlantic Station to shake hands with television's first African-American "Bachelor" and get a glimpse of the show that chronicles Shawn's quest to find true love. 

Notable attendees included Claudia Jordan and Cynthia Bailey ("Real Housewives of Atlanta"/BRAVO), Maggie Bullard ("Match Made in Heaven"/WE tv), LeLee Lyons("SWV Reunited"/WE tv), Ben and Jewell Tankard ("Thicker Than Water"/Bravo)and many more!

Guests enjoyed a lively cocktail reception followed by the premiere episode screening and a Q&A moderated by Jordan. 

"Match Made in Heaven" premieres Wednesday, February 4 at 8pm ET/PT on WE tv.  

Photos: Prince Williams/ATL Pics
  
Shawn Bullard (left); Shawn and his mom Maggie Bullard (center); Claudia Jordan and Cynthia Bailey (right)
LeLee Lyons (left); April McRae (center); Priyanka Banks (right)

 
 Ben and Jewell Tankard (left); Palmer Williams (center); Judge Glenda Hatchett (right)

  
Nicci Gilbert (left); Stacii Jae (center); Stevie Baggs, Jr (right)

  
Mushiya Tshikuka (left); Beautii Joseph and Maja Sly (right)

Dedra Allen (left); LaKenya Morris (center); Yvonne Capehart (right)

 
Claudia Jordan and Yvonne Capehart (left); Maggie Bullard and Maja Sly (right)

 
Guests have fun with shirtless Shawn cut-outs!
LeLee (left) and Beautii (center) get playful with their Shawn cut-outs; Melissa Knowles (right) is all smiles with her paper bachelor.

 
Time for the screening!

A full house 

 
Shawn gets grilled by Claudia in the hot seat.

STAR STUDIO HIGHLIGHTS MUSIQ SOULCHILD AND JAZMINE SULLIVAN


                                 Musiq Soulchild speaks with Rolling Out's Publisher/CEO Munson Steed
  
Neo Soul stars Musiq Soulchild and Jazmine Sullivan sat down with Steed Media Group and rolling out CEO/founder Munson Steed for a LIVE edition of the magazine’s dynamic television brand extension series Star Studio on Sunday, January 25th at the Balzar Theater at Herren located in midtown Atlanta. Created by Steed, Star Studio is an online celebrity resource featured on rollingout.com with the long form video on their multicultural platform hip hop on demand. Star Studio has garnered the support of national celebrities who have agreed to share business insights and challenges they have overcome on their journey to stardom.

With a mission to educate and uplift those with aspirations in the arts and entertainment, Star Studio offered fans the opportunity to have an intimate experience on Sunday, January 25th with two of urban music’s most cherished artists. Steed welcomed a studio audience of over 200 of Atlanta media, tastemakers and students from local colleges and universities to hear life lessons and inspirational anecdotes from both Musiq Soulchild and Jazmine Sullivan. “Star Studio empowers our readers to participate in the creation of our television brand by offering behind the scenes access to talent,” says Steed. “Star Studio is digital and broadcast focused, utilizing social media currency created during the filming of Star Studio to encourage return visits to the site and of course our television channel. Rolling out will continue to create culturally relevant television and digital content on our modern media platforms.”
Muson Steed speaks with Jazmine Sullivan for Star Studio Live
Musiq Soulchild gave a glimpse into his life on upcoming projects.“Labels can tell you what sells records but I don’t think they can define what “good music” is. The people determine that.” Musiq then gave a special performance of his hit single “Yes”, followed by an intimate Q&A session with the audience. Jazmine Sullivan entered Star Studio to a standing ovation from the audience resulting from her recent album release, “Reality Show.” Jazmine spoke candidly spoke about her hiatus from music. “Many people thought I took a break from music because I had a problem with the industry. It wasn’t that, I had dedicated a part of myself to a relationship that wasn't good for me. Many times we lose ourselves giving everything to someone else and that’s not right,” Jazmine shared. She expressed a new found outlook on music after the break and shared her excitement about the initial reception from her new album, which was released early January. Jazmine surprised the audience by singing a snippet of her song In Love With Another Man. Later Steed surprised Sullivan with a musical tribute by Epic recording artist Curtis Fields. Fields performed two songs from Jazmine’s debut album, Fearless.

The Star Studio audience voiced enjoying stories and shared experiences from both Musiq Soulchild and Jazmine Sullivan on their perspective journeys through music and life. 
 
          
                   Munson Steed with Singer Jazmine Sullivan and "RHOA" Star Demetria McKinney

New Music: DJ YOUNG MUSIC DROPS DEBUT SINGLE, “Right Here”

Eighteen year old wonderkid DJ Young Music is picking up 2015 where he left 2014 – on unadulterated fire. In early December, the triple threat deejay/producer/songwriter firmed up a full development deal with N.S.U.C. Entertainment Group distributed by E One Distribution that enabled him full development rights to release his label’s projects which will include music, films and soundtracks worldwide. The demand for his scorching hot single, “Right Here” (featuring Frank Benz and Da-Rai), has forced a release date of January 27th, as radio stations are moving rapidly to place it in rotation.  The single is slated for a worldwide release, by DYMG Entertainment. The track is available now for pre-order on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Music.

In December 2014, he released a mix-tape, Something For The Streets Volume 2, featuring an array of national artists that introduced “Right Here.” Given the single’s impact on the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) areas, the track was reviewed and highlighted on www.allhiphop.com and subsequently placed on over 70 websites within a week. Since its release, the popular mixtape has amassed upwards of 190k views, 46k plays and 10,000 downloads on a worldwide major mixtape platform that regularly services the hottest mixtapes in the universe.

The single and forthcoming album (untitled) is a priority project for N.S.U.C. Entertainment and E One Distribution. The overall potential that exists with DJ Young Music is rare, partly because of his success at such a young age and his visionary talents.  

While he fancies himself as “the next Diddy” for his ability to cultivate talent, music and lifestyle, entrepreneur with his own independent label, DJ Young Music is as grounded as teenagers come. His philanthropic efforts to develop talent have already begun with frequent visits to schools and won’t end soon, as he’s set to participate in the nationally recognized Should Could Dream Tour sponsored by REVOLT TV, and in his hometown, co-sponsored by WPGC Radio.  

“His discipline and knowledge of the business at such an early age and how he could make a difference developing new artists, was what intrigued us,” said industry veteran and N.S.U.C. President Ed Strickland. “This is a development deal that will lend full support of the E One sales marketing team backing his platform.”

At 12 years old, DJ Young Music decided he wanted to be a producer/DJ and emptied his piggy bank to purchase Technics SL-1200 turntables. By the time he was 16, the fearless pubescent DJ was touring with Grammy Award nominee, Ginuwine, and to date is his official tour DJ; a platform that helped prepare him for a tour with R&B trio TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine, Tank).

“At the end of the day, my whole thing is to take what I build and give back,” he said. “I want to help other kids who have talent and help them achieve their dreams.”


DJ Young Music’s parents have played an active role in his life and his 4.0 GPA is a testament to their dedication. Even as he prepares to align himself with Diddy during his second appearance on REVOLT TV again this year, he knows he’ll have to make first period in school once the party is over. 


COMING TO A THEATRE NEAR YOU: THE LOFT

THE LOFT is a tense psychological thriller telling the story of five guys who conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city--a place where they can indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved. Paranoia seizes them as everyone begins to suspect one another. Friendships are tested, loyalties are questioned and marriages crumble as the group is consumed by fear, suspicion and murder in this relentless thriller. 

THE LOFT stars Karl Urban (Star Trek Into Darkness) and James Marsden (2 Guns)  and opens nationwide on January 30th.

WE TV DEBUTS 'MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN' PREMIERES

WE tv debuts its new mini series "Match Made In Heaven". We meet Shawn Bullard, a real estate mogul and former college athlete looking for true love. And who better to help him find 'the one'  than the man upstairs - or someone with a close connection? Enter Pastor Ken Johnson (spiritual advisor to the Indianapolis Colts) who guides Shawn and observes the authenticity and godliness of 24 women living under one roof hoping to find a love connection with Shawn. 

Not only does the pastor weigh in on Shawn's choices, but when his very outspoken mother moves in, she too has a say on who could potentially be her daughter-in-law. 

While some ladies are sane and sweet, others are downright devilish leading to plenty of drama and bad behavior. In each of the eight hour-long episodes and after a series of dates, romantic rendezvous, harsh eliminations, and solicited (and unsolicited) advice from the Pastor and his mother, find out if Shawn finally meets his match.  

"Match Made in Heaven" premieres on WE tv, Wednesday, February 4 at 8pm ET/PT.

WATCH THE SNEAK PEEK BELOW


Idinia Menzel and John Legend Bring Patriotism to Super Bowl XLIX

Idina Menzel and John Legend / Photo: WireImage / AP
The songstress favorably known as the voice of “Frozen”, Idina Menzel will take the stage to sing the national anthem at the 2015 Super Bowl. 

To keep with the patriotic theme, R&B crooner John Legend will perform “America the Beautiful” also before kickoff of the big game. His performance however, will be performed at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona and will air on NBC. 

Both singers are coming off an amazing year and starting 2015 off in a big way. Menzel is still reeling off the success of “Frozen” and the infectious song, “Let It Go” while roadway her show “If/Then” closes on March 22. John Legend is still riding high off the runaway ballad “All of Me” and after partnering with rapper Common, they recently won a Golden Globe for their collaboration of “Glory,” from the blockbuster film “Selma.” 

Also a can't miss, pop star Katy Perry will offer a 'family-friendly' performance during the halftime show.

Jennifer Hudson Makes Broadway Debut as Shug Avery in 'The Color Purple'

Theater lovers, R&B powerhouse and actress Jennifer Hudson has been tapped  to make her Broadway debut in a revival of The Color Purple

J-Hud has been tapped to play the role of Shug Avery, originally played by Margaret Avery in the film and Elisabeth Withers-Mendes in the original Broadway production. 

Snoop Dogg to Guest on Fox’s ‘Empire’ as Himself

TheWrap.com announced Fox new Hip-Hop-Era and runaway drama 'Empire' is surely still reeling from the biggest ratings in YEARS! 

Fans gave its approval via social media and its two thumbs up! 

Now that the show has the greenlight from fans, Empire is about to kick it up a knotch with the Hip Hops most famous uncle....SNOOP DOGG
Fox has just closed a deal with Snoop Dogg  to play himself. Uncle Snoop will be appearing on Episode 11, which will air in late February or early March.

Snoop Dogg joins the hip-hop soap opera while simultaneously working on a new album, “Bush,” which is executive produced by Pharrell Williams. “Bush” is Snoop’s first full length, studio release for Columbia Records; it will come out both digitally and physically in Spring 2015. Perfect timing.

EMPIRE Debuts on Fox - Tonight at 7pm EST

COMING SOON:
What is this show about? The music. It's the basis and the backdrop of all the drama.
View the 'first look' to get the details.

"LOVE THY NEIGHBOR" PREMIERES NEW SEASON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7 ON OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK

Cast of "Love Thy Neighbor" Tony Grant, Kendra C. Johnson, Patrice Lovely, Palmer Williams Jr., Andre Hall, Jonathan Chase and Darmirra Brunson
 Photo Courtesy of OWN
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network's popular television comedy, "Love Thy Neighbor," from Tyler Perry, returns tomorrow, Wednesday, January 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT for an all-new, drama-filled season. 
"Love Thy Neighbor" is a half-hour comedy set at The Love Train Diner, a family run restaurant where every day the menu serves up good food, great laughs, valuable life lessons and a whole lot of love.  

Below is a clip from the season premiere of "Love Thy Neighbor:"

In the season premiere, Linda (Kendra C. Johnson) is expecting Philip's baby and grapples with breaking the news to him.  Meanwhile, a patron at the Love Train Diner looks familiar to Uncle Floyd (Palmer Williams, Jr.). Upon further investigation, he discovers that the woman is Sarah, Philip's (Tony Grant) new girlfriend. This information sends Linda's Mama Hattie (Patrice Lovely) and her son Danny (Andre Hall) into a tizzy and they decide they must confront Linda to make her aware of Philip's new flame.

"Love Thy Neighbor" is created, written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry and is produced for OWN by Tyler Perry Studios.  The series starsPalmer Williams Jr. ("House of Payne"), Patrice Lovely ("Madea Gets a Job")Kendra C. Johnson ("Phat Girlz"), Andre Hall ("Goodbye LA"), Jonathan Chase ("Chemistry"), Darmirra Brunson ("Sunset Junction") and Tony Grant("Why Did I Get Married?").