'Zero Days': featurette

June 29, 2016
Description: Macintosh HD:Users:ttheriot:Desktop:ZERODAYS_FINISH_27X40_SMALL.jpgAlex Gibney’s "Zero Days" is a documentary thriller about the world of cyberwar. For the first time, the film tells the complete story of Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware (known as a “worm” for its ability to burrow from computer to computer on its own) that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target. 

"Zero Days" is the most comprehensive accounting to date of how a clandestine mission hatched by two allies with clashing agendas opened forever the Pandora’s Box of cyberwarfare. Beyond the technical aspects of the story, ZERO DAYS reveals a web of intrigue involving the CIA, the US Military's new cyber command, Israel's Mossad and Operations that include both espionage and covert assassinations but also a new generation of cyberweapons whose destructive power is matched only by Nuclear War.

"Zero Days" set for release in theaters, on Demand, on Amazon Video and on iTunes on July 8, 

 Check out the featurette below:


'Days of our Lives': Ken Corday to receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Corday and Hall (Credit: Chris Hanson/NBC)
(Originally posted at Examiner.com of 6/28/16) "Days of our Lives” executive producer Ken Corday is about to get walked on. The Emmy winner will be joining long time cast member Deidre Hall when he is honored with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard. Corday was one of the honorees announced by The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Corday’s parents, Ted and Betty, created "Days of Our Lives" in 1965. Having getting his start on the long running daytime drama as a music composer, he took on the role of executive producer in 1986. The show has received the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama.

Other Daytime television stars receiving a star are talk show host Tyra Banks and “The Young and the Restless” alum Eva Longoria.

Banks is no stranger to Daytime audiences for her long running talk show, “The Tyra Banks Show,” “The FAB Life” as well as “America’s Next Top Model.”

Longoria who cut her teeth as an actress like many Hollywood A-listers with a role on Daytime’s “The Young and the Restless,” rose to fame as one of the stars on the very popular series “Desperate Housewives” and serves as executive producer and director on many projects including Lifetime’s “Devious Maids.”

Also honored with a star of Hollywood's Walk of Fame are Ice Cube, John Legend, New Edition, *NSYNC, Hall & Oates, Clarence Avant, Selena, Amy Adams, Jason Bateman, Goldie Hawn, Dwayne Johnson, Chris Pratt, Brett Ratner, Ryan Reynolds, George A. Romero, Mark Ruffalo, Rita Wilson, Andre Braugher, Lee Daniels, Hugh Laurie, Wolfgang Puck, Keri Russell, Haim Saban, George Segal, Sarah Silverman, Jeffrey Tambor, , Elvis Duran, Criss Angel, Jeff Dunham, and Gustavo Dudamel.

Days of our Lives” airs weekdays on NBC.

'Greatest Hits': ABC's new summer series premieres June 30

June 27, 2016
ABC's new series "Greatest Hits" celebrates some of the biggest songs of the last 30 years with the artists who made them. Arsenio Hall and Kelsea Ballerini hosts.

Check out a sneak peak below:


BET Awards - Complete Winners List

The 2016 BET Awards were held Sunday night in Los Angeles. The color of the night was purple as the show paid tribute to the late Prince with multiple performances through out the night. Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson and Shelia E were just some of the artists who performed songs by Prince.
Jesse Williams received the Humanitarian Awards for his work on civil rights and actor Samuel L. Jackson received the Lifetime Achievement Award. 
Other memorable performances included Beyonce featuring Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys and Usher. 
Complete Winners List Below:
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist:
Beyonce (WINNER)

Andra Day
K. Michelle
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist:
Bryson Tiller (WINNER)

Chris Brown
The Weeknd
Best Group:
Drake & Future (WINNER)

2 Chainz & Lil Wayne
Puff Daddy & the Family
Rae Sremmurd
The Internet
Best Collaboration:
Rihanna ft. Drake - "Work" (WINNER)

Big Sean ft. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign - "Play No Games"
Big Sean ft. Kanye West & John Legend - "One Man Can Change the World"
Future ft. Drake - "Where Ya At"
Nicki Minaj ft. Beyonce - "Feeling Myself"
Best Male Hip Hop Artist:
Drake (WINNER)

Fetty Wap
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar
Best Female Hip Hop Artist:
Nicki Minaj (WINNER)

Dej Loaf
Lil Kim
Missy Elliott
Remy Ma
Video of the Year:
Beyonce - "Formation" (WINNER)

Bryson Tiller - "Don't"
Drake - "Hotline Bling"
Kendrick Lamar - "Alright"
Rihanna ft. Drake - "Work"
Video Director of the Year:
Director X (WINNER)

Benny Boom
Chris Brown
Colin Tilley and the Little Homies
Hype Williams
Best New Artist?
Bryson Tiller (WINNER)

Alessia Cara
Andra Day
Tory Lanez
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award:
Kirk Franklin (WINNER)

Anthony Brown & Group Therapy
Erica Campbell
Tamela Mann
Tasha Cobbs
Best Actress:
Taraji P. Henson (WINNER)

Gabrielle Union
Kerry Washington
Tracee Ellis Ross
Viola Davis
Best Actor:
Michael B. Jordan (WINNER)

Anthony Anderson
Courtney B. Vance
Idris Elba
O'Shea Jackson Jr.
YoungStars Award:
Amandla Stenberg (WINNER)

Quvenzhane Wallis
Willow Smith
Yara Shahidi
Best Movie:
Straight Outta Compton (WINNER)

Beasts of No Nation
Sportswoman of the Year:
Serena Williams (WINNER)

Cheyenne Woods
Gabrielle Douglas
Skylar Diggins
Venus Williams
Sportsman of the Year:
Stephen Curry (WINNER)

Cam Newton
Kobe Bryant
LeBron James
Odell Beckham Jr.
Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award:
Beyonce - "Formation" (WINNER)

Bryson Tiller - "Don't"
Chris Brown - "Back to Sleep"
Drake - "Hotline Bling"
Future ft. Drake - "Where Ya At"
Rihanna ft. Drake - "Work"
Centric Award:
Beyonce - "Formation" (WINNER)

Andra Day - "Rise Up"
K. Michelle - "Not a Little Bit"
Rihanna - "BBHMM"
The Internet - "Under Control"
Best International Act Africa:
Wizkid (Nigeria) (WINNER)

AKA (South Africa)
Black Coffee (South Africa)
Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Mzvee (Ghana)
Serge Beynaud (Cote D'Ivoire)
Yemi Alade (Nigeria)
Best International Act UK:
Skepta (WINNER)

Krept & Konan
Lianne La Havas
Tinie Tempah


'When the Bough Breaks" (Trailer)

June 26, 2016
Check out the new trailer for "When The Bough Breaks" coming to theaters in September starring
Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall and Jaz Sinclair.


Shelia E, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson pay tribute to Prince at BET Awards

The BET Awards took place live from The Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 27 th. The show was hosts were "Blackish" stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. The talk of the show was the Prince tribute. BET had been advertising that this is the tribute to see ever since the Billboard Awards in May when Madonna performed a tribute to Prince.
The show did not disappoint with tributes through out the broadcast.The first David Chappelle who spoke about what Prince meant to him and the world beforeintroducing The Roots, Erykah Badu and Bilal. The Roots backed up Badu and Bilal.. Badu put her heart and soul performing "Ballad of Dorothy Parker" from the 1987 "Sign O' the Times" soundtrack.
Bilal followed with an amazing peformance of "The Beautiful Ones" from the "Purple Rain" album. From his spot on falsetto to hi dropping to the floor, had the crowd moving and quickly became a talked about moment all over social media.

Stevie Wonder hit the stage with Tori Kelly and Jennifer Hudson. First was Wonder on piano and Kelly singing "Take Me With U" from "Purple Rain" that was originally performed by Pince and Apollania. Aftewards Hudson appeared decked out in an all white outfit inspired by an outfit Prince wore to an award show. Hudson was backed by Kelly and Wonder for a church influenced version of "Purple Rain" ending with a standing ovation from the audiences.

Maxwell performed "Nothing Compaes 2 U" the ballad that Prince originally wrote for "The Family" who released it on their debut album in 1985. Maxwell gave it his all even updating the lyrics "It's been seven hours and 66 days/Since you took your music away". He ended on his knees with the crowd cheering.

Janelle Monae had Prince as a mentor and he even was a part of her "The Electric Lady" album in 2013. She started her segment off with "Delirious" then went into "KISS" with a backdop just like the original music video followed by "Pop Life" and "I Would Die 4 U". Monae danced and even wore a pair of butt-baring chaps like Prince did at the MTV Video Music Awards. She ended her energetic performance with the words "I love you Prince" before leaving the stage.

Shelia E closed out the show with the final tribute. Joining her on stage where several members or the Prince organization including Liv Warfield, Pince 's ex- wife and dancer Mayte Garcia, Elisa Fiorillo,Morris Hayes, Shelby J, Nandy & Maya McLean, Jerome Benton from The Time and The NPG Hornz. Shelia E started her performance on the drums for "Housequake" from "Sign O' the Times" followed on percussion with "Erotic City", "Let's Work" "U Got the Look", then two of her own songs written by Prince including "The Glamorous Life" and " A Love Bizarre". She ended her show stopping set with "America" and "Baby I'm a Star" with a Prince signature guitar that she held up in the air in an emotional touching tribute.

Beyonce was the big winner with four out of five nominations including video of the year for "Formation". special honors went to Jesse Williams who was given the Humanitarian Award and Samuel L. Jackson who received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Click here to see a video of Shelia E from the show:http://www.bet.com/video/betawards/2016/performances/sheila-e-medley-pri...

This article was originally posted on Examiner.Com http://www.examiner.com/article/shelia-e-stevie-wonder-jennifer-hudson-pay-tribute-to-prince-at-bet-awards on June 26.

Kennedy Center Honors: James Taylor, Mavis Staples, The Eagles to be honored

June 24, 2016
Mavis Staples
The honorees for the 2016 Kennedy Center are Mavis Staples, The Eagles, James Taylor, Al Pacino, Martha Argerich.

The Kennedy Center Honorees will be recognized during THE 39TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, to be broadcast Tuesday, Dec. 27 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. CBS has broadcast the special each year since its debut 39 years ago.

Seated with the President of the United States and Mrs. Obama, the Honorees will accept the recognition and gratitude of their peers through performances and tributes and will host a benefit at the White House prior to the performance and gala. The 2016 Kennedy Center Honors concludes with a gala dinner in the Grand Foyer.

The Honors recipients are recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts – whether in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures or television – and are confirmed by the Executive Committee of the Center’s Board of Trustees. The primary criterion in the selection process is excellence. The Honors are not designated by art form or category of artistic achievement; over the years, the selection process has produced a balance among the various arts and artistic disciplines.


Martha Argerich (Argentine pianist)

Martha Argerich was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Considered a child prodigy, she began her first piano lessons at the age of 5 with Vincenzo Scaramuzza. In 1955, she moved to Europe and continued her studies in London, Vienna and Switzerland. In 1957, she won the Bolzano and Geneva Piano Competitions, and in 1965 the Warsaw International Chopin Competition. She made her first commercial recording in 1960, followed by her U.S. debut in 1965 in the Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series. Since then, she has been considered one of the most prominent pianists in the world, both in popularity and ability.

She rose to fame with her interpretations of virtuoso piano literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. Her large repertoire includes Bach, Bartók, Beethoven and Messiaen, as well as Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, Franck, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. Though she is often invited by the most prestigious orchestras, conductors and music festivals in Europe, Japan and America, chamber music currently represents a significant part of her musical life. Her collaborations with other artists are legendary as is her support for young artists. She has organized international competitions where she sometimes serves as juror, hosts an annual festival, performs special concerts and teaches masterclasses herself, as well as with frequent collaborators.

Argerich has recorded for EMI, Sony, Philips, Teldec and DGG and performed for worldwide broadcasts, receiving numerous international distinctions. Among her numerous accolades, she is the recipient of three Grammy Awards®, continuing to elevate the classical music genre in quality and appeal to a global audience.

Eagles (rock band: the late Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh)

The Eagles are one of the most influential and commercially successful American rock bands of all time. With their profound lyrics, harmonies and country-tinged melodies, they created a signature Southern California sound. The Eagles have sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, have scored six #1 albums and have topped the singles charts five times. The band’s “Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975)” album, with sales in excess of 29 million units, is second only to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” as the greatest-selling album of all time.

Glenn Frey was born in Detroit, Michigan. Growing up, he studied piano and played in local bands. After moving to Los Angeles, he met Don Henley. After touring together as members of Linda Ronstadt’s backing band, they began writing songs that would appear on their debut album, Eagles. Frey and Henley co-wrote most of the band’s best-known songs. Glenn Frey succumbed to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia and died on January 18, 2016. Don Henley was born in Cass County, Texas, in 1947 and co-founded the group with Frey. Joe Walsh was born in Wichita, Kansas, in 1947. He was already a well-known solo artist when he joined the Eagles in 1975. Walsh's creative contribution to music has received praise from many of the best rock guitarists. Timothy B. Schmit was born in Oakland, California, in 1947. He joined the Eagles in 1977. Although the Eagles are thought of as a quintessential California band, Schmit is the only member of the group to actually be a native of California.

Although the band was initially together only from 1971–1980, they were enormously popular. As a result of overwhelming public demand for their music and its messages, they reunited in 1994 for an MTV concert special. A live recording of the concert, “Hell Freezes Over,” sold millions of copies and launched a tour that ended up running through August 1996. The group released a long-awaited studio album, “Long Road Out of Eden,” in 2007 to critical acclaim.

Al Pacino (actor)

Actor and director Al Pacino is a unique and enduring figure in the world of American stage and film. Born in East Harlem, he grew up in New York City’s South Bronx and studied performing arts until the age of 17 when he moved on to study acting.

He began to draw notice on the stage, honing his craft while working in numerous theatrical productions, including off-Broadway performances that led to multiple off-Broadway Obie Awards and his first Tony Award® by 1969. Pacino continued appearing onstage in the 1970s, picking up another Tony Award® while landing his first leading part in a feature film in 1971. It was the following year that Francis Ford Coppola selected him to take on the breakthrough role of Michael Corleone in “The Godfather.” He was nominated for an Academy Award® for his work on “The Godfather” and within the next six years he received another four Academy Award nominations for the films “Serpico,” “The Godfather Part II,” “Dog Day Afternoon” and “…And Justice for All.”

A long and rich film career has followed, with more than 45 titles, including “Scarface,” “Sea of Love,” “The Insider,” “Donnie Brasco,” “Heat” (where he shared the screen for the first time with fellow film icon Robert DeNiro) and “Any Given Sunday.” He garnered two additional Academy Award nominations and in 1992 won the Academy Award for Best Actor in “Scent of a Woman.” He played Shylock in Michael Radford’s film adaptation of “The Merchant of Venice” and received another Tony Award® nomination for Best Leading Actor for playing the same role on stage. Also, Pacino received the Golden Globe® Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement in Motion Pictures, the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award and in 2011 the National Merit of Arts from President Obama.

Mavis Staples (gospel and rhythm and blues artist)

This iconic singer is an alchemist of American music, having continuously crossed genre lines like no musician since Ray Charles. Over the course of her 60-year career as a musical pioneer, she has intrepidly blurred the lines between gospel, soul, folk, pop, R&B, blues, rock, Americana and hip-hop. Now in her seventh decade, with the release of her new album “Livin’ on a High Note,” she is only gaining momentum.

Now in her seventh decade, with the release of her new album “Livin’ on a High Note,” she is only gaining momentum. She continues to tour incessantly, remaining vital, engaged and continually evolving her sound to reflect the times she traverses and influences with her music.

Since her first recording at age 13 in 1954, Mavis Staples has learned from, worked with and schooled countless legends, and has brought her own timeless talent to every performance. In the 1950s, she helped create the Delta-inflected gospel sound with her father Pops and her brother and sisters as The Staple Singers, followed by the freedom songs of the civil rights era. She rose to pop radio stardom during the Stax era with such hits as “I’ll Take You There,” “Respect Yourself” and “The Last Waltz.” Staples served as muse to both Bob Dylan and Prince at the peak of their careers. Her 21st-century collaborations include work with Van Morrison, Billy Preston, Zac Brown, Ry Cooder, Bruce Hornsby, Chuck D. and Willie Nelson. From her Grammy Award®-winning partnership with fellow Chicagoan Jeff Tweedy, to her HBO documentary “Mavis!,” the one constant has been Mavis and her singular voice. She has embraced her evolution, absorbing new sounds and ideas, rising to meet the challenges of longevity and bringing her message of hope and positivity to new listeners—song after song, show after show.

James Taylor (singer, songwriter)

As a recording and touring artist, James Taylor has touched people with his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar-playing for more than 40 years, while setting a precedent to which countless young musicians have aspired. Over the course of his celebrated songwriting and performing career, Taylor has sold more than 100 million albums, earning gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards for classics ranging from “Sweet Baby James” in 1970, to “October Road” in 2002. In 2015, Taylor released “Before This World,” his first new studio album in 13 years, which earned him his first #1 album on the Billboard Charts and a Grammy® nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album. He has won multiple Grammy Awards and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2012, Taylor was awarded the distinguished Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government and the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony. In November of 2015, Taylor was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civilian honor.

Currently, Taylor is in the middle of a five-month tour to more than 50 cities in North America, which includes sold-out performances at Tanglewood, Wrigley Field and Fenway Park.

Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment are executive producers of the special.

'Vicious' season finale preview airing Sunday June 19

June 16, 2016

Vicious-Home"Vicious" is getting ready for its season finale this Sunday with a one hour special on June 19 at 8:00 p.m. The "Vicious" episode, titled “A Year,” charts a year in the lives of the beloved couple Freddie and Stuart, and their friends Violet, Ash, Penelope and Mason. The series stars Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi, Frances de la Tour and Iwan Rheon. 
The episode opens in springtime, when Freddie and Stuart attempt to hide their recently gained inheritance, while Violet faces financial troubles after her recent divorce and Ash struggles to meet his rent. Signs of Freddie and Stuart’s expenditures soon threaten the pretense as their home is overrun with guests. 

In summer, it’s Freddie’s birthday party and an unexpected card arrives. Stuart prepares a very special present, Violet has a surprising announcement, and Ash and Penelope share a secret. Then, in autumn, Ash arrives at Freddie and Stuart’s flat with news, while in winter the gang gathers round at Christmas to experience Freddie’s latest acting job.

'Tony Awards': 'Hamilton' wins 11 awards

June 12, 2016
Daveed Diggs, Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton
The 70th Annual Tony Awards were held in New York with host James Corden. The host of CBS's "Late Late Show," mentioned the tragedy in Orlando that weighed heavily on everyone's mind.

Corden was introduced by the cast of "Hamilton." He promises that the awards will not be all about "Hamilton" saying that their will also be commercial breaks. His opening number is him singing a number of famous songs from "Phantom of the Opera," "Grease," "Dreamgirls," "The Lion King," "Annie" and "42nd Street" among others.
An all-star cast came out for the night, including James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, Cate Blanchett, Oprah Winfrey and Barbra Streisand.

Below is a complete list of winners:

See the full winners list below.
Best Musical: “Hamilton”
Best Play: “The Humans”
Best Book of a Musical: Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton”
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater: “Hamilton”
Best Revival of a Play: “Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge”
Best Revival of a Musical: “The Color Purple”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Frank Langella, “The Father”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play: Jessica Lange, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Leslie Odom Jr., “Hamilton”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Cynthia Erivo, “The Color Purple”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Reed Birney, “The Humans”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Jayne Houdyshell, “The Humans”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Daveed Diggs, “Hamilton”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Renee Elise Goldsberry, “Hamilton”
Best Scenic Design of a Play: David Zinn, “The Humans”
Best Scenic Design of a Musical: David Rockwell, “She Loves Me”
Best Costume Design of a Play: Clint Ramos, “Eclipsed”
Best Costume Design of a Musical: Paul Tazewell, “Hamilton” 
Best Lighting Design of a Play: Natasha Katz, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”
Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Howell Binkley, “Hamilton”
Best Direction of a Play: Ivo Van Hove, “Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge”
Best Direction of a Musical: Thomas Kail, “Hamilton”
Best Choreography: Andy Blankenbuehler, “Hamilton”
Best Orchestrations: Alex Lacamoire, “Hamilton”
Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre: Sheldon Harnick, Marshall W. Mason
Special Tony Award: National Endowment for the Arts, Miles Wilkin
Regional Theatre Tony Award: Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ
Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award: Brian Stokes Mitchell
Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre: Seth Gelblum, Joan Lader, Sally Ann Parson


Black Music Month: June 12 Destiny's Child

Before Beyonce was spilling "Lemonade" across the music world, she slayed as a member of Destiny's Child. Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams were one of the most successful girl groups of all time.

Here are some of their live performances at the Soul Train Awards and their Superbowl Halftime Performance...

Soul Train Awards: "Say My Name"

Superbowl Halftime Performance:


Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story premieres June 12 on TV One

June 11, 2016
(This article was originally published on Examiner.Com on June 11, 2016.)

Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story will premiere on Sunday, June 12 at 7 p.m. ET (encore presentation at 9 p.m. ET).on TV One/ The movie stars Teyonah Parris in the title role. The movie will also features a special cameo appearance from Miki Howard herself. This is the the network's first-ever bio-pic inspired by TV One's signature series "Unsung".

As a part of TV One's Black Music Month celebration, Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story features a star-studded ensemble cast opposite Parris, including Darius McCrary as Gerald Levert; Vanessa Bell Calloway as Miki's mother Josephine Howard; Gary Dourdan as Augie Johnson; LisaRaye McCoy as Sylvia Rhone; and Amari Cheatom as Eddie Phelps.
Before topping Billboard's R&B charts, Howard was a homeless teenager estranged from her gospel singer mother and looking for love and success. Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story candidly explores the complicated history of Howard's romantic relationship with R&B singer Gerald Levert, her relationship with her mother, and her battles to overcome spousal abuse and drug addiction.

Howard is excited to have her story told as an original movie to encourage dialogue about important topics affecting women of color. "We need to have a conversation about many of the things that happened to me as a young woman coming up in show business and being an African-American woman," she sai in a statement. "I don't think we talk about enough things that are prevalent in our community, such as spousal abuse and trying to live up to expectations that are not our own."

Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story is produced by Eric Tomosunas and Carl Craig for Swirl Films. Christine Swanson serves as Director and the screenplay was written by Christine Swanson and Rhonda F. Baraka. Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story was filmed on location in Savannah, Georgia.
For more information about TV One's Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story, visit the network's companion website at www.tvone.tv.

Tony Awards: Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey among presenters

June 10, 2016
Tony Award winner James Corden, host of THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN, will host the awards show for the first time. Previously announced presenters include Uzo Aduba, Cate Blanchett, Claire Danes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes, James Earl Jones, Daniel Dae Kim, Carole King, Diane Lane, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Lucy Liu, Marlee Matlin, Audra McDonald, Patina Miller, Andrew Rannells, Saoirse Ronan, Blair Underwood, Oprah Winfrey and 2016 Tony Award nominees Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Christian Borle, Common, Josh Groban, Nikki M. James, Bebe Neuwirth, Chita Rivera, Keri Russell, Meg Ryan, Aaron Tveit, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Legendary EGOT (Emmy Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner) and show business icon Barbra Streisand will also present.

As previously announced, the high-energy evening will feature 10 performances from the 2016 Tony-nominated Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical shows, including SHUFFLE ALONG, OR THE MAKING OF THE MUSICAL SENSATION OF 1921 AND ALL THAT FOLLOWED; SHE LOVES ME; SCHOOL OF ROCK; FIDDLER ON THE ROOF; THE COLOR PURPLE; HAMILTON; WAITRESS; BRIGHT STAR; and SPRING AWAKENING, as well as a not-to-be-missed performance from ON YOUR FEET.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the TONY Awards, which were first held on April 6, 1947, to honor theater professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway.

Lionel Richie to be honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame

June 9, 2016
The Songwriters Hall of Fame will honor Lionel Richie as the 2016 recipient of the Johnny Mercer Award at the 47th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner onThursday, June 9th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

The Johnny Mercer Award is the highest honor by theSongwriters Hall of Fame.The award is exclusively reserved for a songwriter or songwriting team who has already been inducted in a prior year, and whose body of work is of such high quality and impact, that it upholds the gold standard set by the legendary Johnny Mercer. Lionel Richie was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994.

Richie is an international superstar with a discography of albums and singles that are second to none. Richie is one of only two songwriters in history to achieve the honor of having #1 records for nine consecutive years. With over 100 million albums sold worldwide, an Oscar, four Grammy awards and the distinction of MusiCares Person of the Year, the Tuskegee, Alabama native is a true music icon.

As a member of The Commodores who signed to Motown Records,they developed a groundbreaking style that defied genre categories, penning smashes such as “Three Times A Lady,” “Stuck on You,” “Still,” and “Easy.”
As a solo artist artist he became one of the most successful artists of the 1980’s, earning 13 top ten hits between 1981 and 1987, including nine #1 singles. The first was “Endless Love,” a ballad that he wrote and sang as a duet with Diana Ross. The single earned both Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. His hits singles include "Truly.” “All Night Long (All Night),” “Penny Lover,” “Stuck On You,” and “Hello,“We Are The World,” for USA for Africa and the album We Are The World with Michael Jackson. His song “Say You, Say Me” would achieve an Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award for “Best Original Song.”

In 2012, Richie returned with his tenth full-length album Tuskegee, which featured duets with Shania Twain, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, and Little Big Town. It would mark his third number one debut on the Billboard Top 200 and go platium.

This year, Lionel was honored as the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year. At the 2016 Grammy Awards Luke Bryan, Demi Lovato, Tyrese Gibson, John Legend, and Meghan Trainor combined their talents to perform some of his greatest hits, paying perfect tribute to his iconic career.

Lionel continues to tour worldwide. In 2015 he performed at Glastonbury to the largest crowd in the festival’s history. He is currently performing a Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood.

Past Johnny Mercer Award recipients have included songwriting giants: Van Morrison, Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Phil Collins, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Paul Anka, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Billy Joel, Jimmy Webb, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Paul Simon, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Stephen Sondheim, Cy Coleman, Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne.

Inductees at this year’s event include Elvis Costello, Marvin Gaye*, Tom Petty, Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards* and Chip Taylor. Seymour Stein will receive the Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award.
*Marvin Gaye and Bernard Edwards will be inducted posthumously.

This article was first published on Examiner.Com on June 9, 2016 http://www.examiner.com/article/lionel-richie-to-be-honored-by-the-songwriters-hall-of-fame

LA Food Fest returns to downtown on July 8-10

June 7, 2016
The LA Food Fest returns to its downtown Los Angeles for its seventh consecutive year with a new partner, new location and expanded schedule and offerings.Nederlander and the LA Food Fest have joined forces to present three nights and two full days of LA’s best food, entertainment, culture and community. This is LA's largest and most affordale tasting event. Live music entertainment will take place the entire weekenThe 2016 LA Food Fest offers something for every taste and budget. 

The event kicks off on Friday, July 8 with a chef-hosted Rose Garden Party celebrating the Food Fest's past and present. The main event continues Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10 at Exposition Park beginning at 12:00PM for the all-inclusive VIP "Golden Hour" akin to the original all you can eat experience for just a few thousand attendees. The general admission MRKT starts at 3:00PM where attendees can choose their own adventure with food, drink and more for purchase from 100+ food, beverage, beer, wine and craft cocktail vendors, with admission capped each day to ensure an optimal experience for all. Saturday and Sunday will also feature intimate 250-person chef-driven "long table" events in the Food Fest Rose Garden Pop-Up Restaurant.

The Food Fest is a community event showcasing the best of Los Angeles’ food scene with signature eats and event only special menus priced at $5 and $9 from a variety of vendors. More than a hundred of the city‘s top chefs, award winning restaurants, gourmet trucks, old school carts and stands will serve guests from white tented booths and umbrella shaded lounge areas in Exposition Park. Past Fest favorites returning include the signature ice cream social, iced coffee lounge, craft cocktails at multiple bars and tequila tasting. New additions include a wine garden to complement City sponsored beer gardens, live culinary stage, games on the lawn, "food porn" cinema, Artisanal LA Farm Shop, live music and DJ sets. Also new this year is concert-style early admission with doors an hour ahead of event start time for both VIP Golden Hour and GA MRKT attendees.

Advance general admission tickets for the LA Food Fest MRKT are available starting at $10 online and will be $20 at the door. All-inclusive VIP Golden Hour tickets are $69.00 and include two hours of unlimited sampling in the MRKT, two drink tickets for use at the Food Fest bars and early access to all of the cash bars. Exclusive Rose Garden Pop-Up Restaurant tickets range from $95 to $150 for “hangry brunch”, lunch and dinner, which include preferred access to the Rose Garden and the MRKT all day, plus a multi course family style meal with beer and wine pairings and souvenir glass.  Tickets are on sale at Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/la-food-fest-july-8910-tickets-25073388179  This article was originally published on Examiner.Com on June 7  2016.  http://www.examiner.com/article/la-food-fest-returns-to-downtown-on-july-8-10