NEW SEASON OF "WELCOME TO SWEETIE PIE'S" RETURNS ON OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19

Soul food entrepreneur and matriarch Miss Robbie Montgomery, her son Tim Norman and their vibrant family are returning to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network on Saturday, November 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT for another family drama-fueled season of the NAACP Image Award-winning docu-series, "Welcome to Sweetie Pie's." Produced by Pilgrim Media Group, the series follows the fun-loving, musical Montgomery family through their highs and lows as they work to expand their soul food empire.  

On an all-new season, the family experiences a devastating tragedy when they learn of the senseless murder of Miss Robbie's grandson, Andre, forcing them to reflect on other dark moments from the family's past. Tim also revisits the prison where he was incarcerated for 10 years, and Miss Robbie joins him "behind the wall" to witness first-hand the shocking reality her son experienced at the young age of 17.

Meanwhile, as Miss Robbie and Tim continue to expand the Sweetie Pie's brand, they don't always see eye-to-eye on the best approach. And after 30 years, Miss Robbie revives her music career, this time doing it her way with exciting opportunities on the horizon. As always - amid personal tragedy, legal turmoil and new ventures - the Sweetie Pie's family manages to find strength, love and humor throughout their journey.

Children Book Inspires Black Boys To Be Brilliant

Children book “I’m A Brilliant Little Black Boy!,” written by Joshua B. Drummond and Betty K. Bynum, inspires young black boys to be educated and successful.

“I would watch Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. Every once in a while, there would be that one Black character within the friend group,” Drummond said in a press release according to the Huffington Post. “But for my age, there was never a whole group of just boys, like cool Black kids for the cartoons in particular.”

Drummond, as a co-writer, was motivated to be part of this despite the lack of Black cartoon characters on television. He also wants to bring some “light to the world” on the national conversation center around race and inequality. A lot of celebrities such as Samuel L JacksonVin Diesel and Denzel Washington endorse the book. Still people in today’s society need to understand the importance of black lives. Check out the video below in promoting the book, which is sold in stores starting at $19.95.

MR. CHURCH IS NOW AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY, DVD & DIGITAL HD

Eddie Murphy and Britt Robertson redefine family in this 
touching drama. Own it today! 

 Mr. Church tells the story of a unique friendship that develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook - Henry Joseph Church. What begins as a six-month arrangement instead spans fifteen years, and creates a family bond that lasts forever.
The Mr. Church home entertainment release bonus material includes interviews with the cast, a "Food on Film" featurette, and a look at the true story the film is based on. Mr. Church will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) for $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

PURCHASE "MR. CHURCH"
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SNL's Trump Women Spoof Beyonce's 'Sorry'

MONA SCOTT-YOUNG SHOWCASES HER BRANDS AT CIRCLE OF SISTERS EXPO WITH THE MONAMI ENTERTAINMENT "MYX & MINGLE" LOUNGE

  



Kelechi Anyadiegwu, Janell Hazelwood, Mona Scott-Young, Stacii Jae Johnson, Tiana Von Johnson, Shante Bacon and Deja Vu pictured after their panel discussion during the Circle of Sisters Expo at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York on October 15, 2016.

Photo Credit: Tylik Hill




On Saturday, Monami Entertainment and Myx Fusions Moscato and Sangria served as proud sponsors of the 2016 Circle Of Sisters Expo at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.


Circle Of Sisters Expo attendees were able to hear the multi-faceted entertainment and brand mogul, Mona Scott-Young, share key advice on three panels focused on entrepreneurship, health and wellness, as well as, tips on how to break into Hollywood.


Over 600 attendees over the course of 7 hours were able to enjoy the Monami experience at the "Myx & Mingle" Lounge where they met and took photos with cast members of Monami Productions' hit tv shows: Vh1's Love & Hip Hop and WEtv's Money, Power, Respect. In addition to meeting some of their favorite personalities, Guests were treated to a demo of the new mobile app Love & Hip Hop - The Game and a giftbag of Monami branded items while sampling cocktails from Myx Fusions Moscato and Sangria. Celebrity guests included: Money. Power. Respect Co Stars: Dana WhitfieldKendell KellyNakia ThomasTiffany Ballard, and Wendy Credle; Love & Hip Hop New York Cast Mates: Bianca Bonnie,Chrissy MonroeMariah LynnPeter GunzRich Dollaz, and Tara Wallace; Centric TV Personality-Staci Jae; Multi-Platinum Grammy Award Winning Recording Artist-Bobby Brown; R&B Sensations Joe and Mario; Actors : Clifton PowellRotimi, and Ninja Devoe; Former NBA Star/Personality- John Salley, and WBLS/Hot 97 On Air Personalities: Deja VuLenny GreenRaqiyah Mays, and Lisa Evers.



  
Light refreshments on behalf of Myx Fusions Moscato and Sangria were awaiting guests

  
The "Myx & Mingle" Lounge remained vibrant throughout the day

  
Mona Scott-Young pictured participating in panels hosted by Deja Vu (left) and Lisa Evers (right)

Mona Scott-Young and Wendy Credle



Rotimi arrives

Bobby Brown

Tiffany Ballard

Nakia Thomas

Kendall Renee and Mona Scott-Young

Mona Scott-Young and Mario

Mona Scott-Young and Tara Wallace

Bianca Bonnie

Dana Whitfield, Peter Gunz, Wendy Credle and Rich Dollaz

Mariah Lynn and Mona Scott-Young

Stacii Jae Johnson


Lenny Green and Joe mingling backstage



ORIGINAL DREAMGIRLS STAR SHERYL LEE RALPH RETURNS TO BROADWAY



Sheryl Lee Ralph

Sheryl Lee Ralph, who was Tony-nominated for her performance as Deena Jones in the original company of the award-winning musical Dreamgirls, will join the cast of the hit Broadway musical Wicked next month.
Beginning November 1, Ralph will step into the role of Madame Morrible. She succeeds Tony winner Judy Kaye, who will play her final performance October 30.
Ralph returned to Broadway in 2002, originating the role of Muzzy Van Hossmere in the Tony-winning musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. On television, she starred as Dee on "Moesha," Claudette on Ray Donovan andMaggie on "Instant Mom." Her film credits include "To Sleep with Anger," for which she won an Independent Spirit Award. Most recently, Ralph wrapped filming "Step Sisters" and "Villa Capri," opposite Morgan Freeman.
The Broadway cast currently includes Jennifer DiNoia as Elphaba, Carrie St. Louis as Glinda, Michael Campayno as Fiyero, Peter Scolari as The Wizard,Dawn E. Cantwell as Nessarose, Michael Genet as Dr. Dillamond and Zachary Noah Piser as Boq.
"The surprising tale of an unlikely friendship between two women in the Land of Oz," Wicked, according to press notes, "tells the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good, long before Dorothy drops in. Elphaba, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. Glinda is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. The remarkable odyssey of how these unexpected friends changed each other's lives for good has made Wicked one of the world's most popular musicals."
The Stephen Schwartz-Winnie Holzman musical continues at the Gershwin Theatre.
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com/wicked. For more information visit www.wickedthemusical.com.

JUSTIN BIEBER, BRUNO MARS, SPEARS TO PERFORM AT JINGLE BALL

Bruno Mars
(AP) - Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars and Britney Spears are some of the acts set to perform during the 12-date "Jingle Ball " tour this holiday season.

IHeartMedia announced Tuesday that the tour will kick off Nov. 29 in Dallas and wrap Dec. 18 in Miami. The lineup, which varies by city, includes Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, Meghan Trainor, Backstreet Boys, The Chainsmokers, Shawn Mendes, One Direction's Niall Horan and others.
Tickets go on sale on Oct. 17.

The Dec. 9 show at New York's Madison Square Garden will stream live on The CW Network's app and website, and air as a 90-minute special on the channel on Dec. 15.

The tour will also visit San Jose; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Philadelphia; New York; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Atlanta; and Tampa.

LIL WAYNE EXPLAINS HIS 'NO SUCH THING AS RACISM' COMMENT




Lil Wayne understands why some people criticized him for saying racism is over, but claims people don't see it from his perspective. 

The rapper got some backlash last month when he told Fox Sports 1's "Undisputed" that there was "no such thing as racism" because his concert audiences had a lot of white fans. He also said millennials knew that racism wasn't cool. 

When asked on Tuesday to expand on his thoughts, Lil Wayne told The Associated Press that one of the reasons he feels that way is because a white police officer saved his life when he was 12 years old after he accidentally shot himself in the chest. 

"Yeah, he was a cop, and my life was saved by a white man. I don't know what racism is. I know a good (expletive) named Uncle Bob, though." Carter said. 

The Grammy-winning rapper said he was lying on the floor when police broke down the door, stepping over his body looking for guns and drugs. But one man stopped and chastised the others for leaving him. 

"He was white as snow. Them (expletive) that hopped over me were blacker than me," Carter said. 
 Carter says the man known as "Uncle Bob" personally took him to the hospital and stayed with him. 

"(He) stood there and waited until the doctor said 'He's gonna make it,'" Carter said. 

Still, he acknowledged that despite what he told Skip Bayless on "Undisputed," there is such thing as racism. However, he says when he looks out from the stage, he sees all colors. 

"It's the world out there. It's not a certain part or a certain kind or a certain culture or whatever of people, it's people -- those people out there in that crowd," Carter told the AP. 

He added: "I'm blessed to have that opportunity, so with that said I can only be honest with such a thing, I have never witnessed racism.

" Carter made the comments while promoting the recently published "Gone Till November: A Journal of Rikers Island," a revealing account of his eight-month jail sentence in 2010 after a gun charge.

A3C & BET MUSIC PRESENT RICK ROSS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7th



Come one, come all to BET's Rick Ross and Friends stage at this year's A3C Festival in Atlanta.
Guaranteed to be lit, the event touts one of hip-hop's biggest stars, who will be accompanied by some of his closest affiliates. The action begins Friday, October 7 at A3C's Festival Grounds Main Stage. Single day passes for A3C are available at A3Cfestival.com.

A3C is an annual hip-hop event in Atlanta commonly referred to as the "hip-hop's family reunion." The independently produced festival and conference has grown organically from a regional showcase to an internationally recognized and nationally acclaimed cultural experience.