*After four seasons, “Family Time” continues to hold onto its strong fan following and has received some of its highest ratings in the series history. Omar Gooding and Angell Conwell star in the Bentley Kyle Evans created drama that centers on Tony (Gooding), a struggling general contractor, and Lisa (Conwell), an unfulfilled stay-at-home mom. These high school sweethearts lovingly quarrel with each other and their mischievous children Devin (Bentley Kyle Evans, Jr.) and Ebony (Jayla Calhoun) as they make up their own rules to love, marriage and family along the way.
As Thanksgiving approaches, everyone begins to dread having a slice of Beverly’s (Judyann Elder) rhubarb pie, and Devin invites a homeless man over for dinner.
EUR/Electronic Urban Report caught up with Angell Conwell to discuss the upcoming Thanksgiving episode, which airs Tuesday, November 22 on Bounce TV at 9pm ET/8pm CT.
The episode features guest stars Rodney Perry, Chante Moore and Michael Colyar, and Conwell says viewers can expect “a bunch of surprises, because you know, the holidays for some people bring great memories.”
“When you have family, it’s a great thing,” she added. “But a lot of times homeless people don’t, and they end up having a different experience than most of us.”
Check out our Q&A with Angell below:
The upcoming Thanksgiving episode has a unique spin, and focuses on homelessness. What are you hoping viewers are left feeling or talking about at the end of the episode?
Angell Conwell: I think it’s important just to realize exactly how human we all are. Meaning, anything can happen to anyone. It’s really important to have compassion. And with life being so busy, and most of the time hectic and one thing after the next, and we all have our own issues, and we all have our own daily stress that we deal with. I feel like sometimes it’s very easy, and also with phones and social media, it’s easy to become disconnected and to forget about the fact that love is not luxury, it’s a necessity. Without it, we can’t evolve. I honestly think that should be the conversation when it comes to homelessness.
I think we look at how there can be a domino effect, and how one person’s life can drastically change — gradually though, and because of that, it also affects someone else’s life and how they handle relationships and emotions. And some people end up living life with so many emotional issues tied to a situation that was out of their control. Which goes back to all of us being human, and I think it’s important to not throw any stones. So I hope it brings up the topic of compassion and loving people even through their issues and their frustration and all of their confusion. Just continue having love as the base of everything.
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After four seasons, what’s been your favorite character arc?
Angell Conwell: I think maybe this season. Season 4 I’ve been enjoying for some reason. I’m noticing a difference, not just with the characters, but with the actors as well. Everyone is just a lot more grounded and comfortable in their character’s skin. I feel like my character this season, she’s kinda getting fed up. She has a little tinge of frustration going on, and I think she’s in a frustrating season. She’s still trying to figure out exactly what she wants to do, and Tony is becoming a lot more grounded and patient. He remembers their anniversary, but my character forgets the anniversary, which you typically think that wouldn’t happen. But I feel like everything is such a gradual happening, so its hard to pinpoint one specific moment…maybe it’s the show coming up. But I think in season four her emotional arc is happening right now, and pretty much all of the shows — especially towards the end.
How has working with Bentley Kyle Evans and Bounce TV helped to enhance your professional or personal growth?
Angell Conwell: Bentley is such a pro at what he does and to have somebody that’s had so much success in his career say that I trust you to play this character and bring Lisa to life and to give her your own, we give you the writing but you go head and color her in. To me that’s an honor, and it helps you to really trust yourself. And when you have other people who believe in you, it helps for you to really believe in yourself. It’s always an inside job, don’t get me wrong, but at the same time, we help each other as humans — as sisters and brothers. We help each other to lift each other up. With Bounce as well, just to see Bounce grow from having a staff of like, 15 to 150, or however many they have — it’s a lot staff there now. I’m always blessed and honored to be a part of something that’s new, something that’s fresh, something with people that are hungry. Everyone over at Bounce is very hungry and they want to see you win. They want to see everybody do good. I feel that I’m gaining confidence and seeing the opportunities. I’m being able to expand my horizon as far as my dreams and my visions, and I’m able to see more happen. So that’s how have I’ve grown.
We always tell people to dream big, and for some people it’s easy to do that, but for others — especially that have grown up oppressed, or in a situation that their current circumstances don’t show any reason to dream, it’s very tough sometimes for people to actually be able to see themselves lifted up out of a situation that is stifling and where they feel stuck. I’ve actually been through that in my life, and I’ve come out of it but it takes some time. It also takes different situations and different people coming into your life and helping you to see your potential. So for me, that’s the blessing. Being around people who want to see you win and want to see you live your best life.
You’re starring in the upcoming movie Merry Ex-Mas, tell us about your role in the film.
Angell Conwell: She is a character that has a lot of emotional conflict, and a lot of emotional trauma from her childhood. Very-very deep-rooted issues that she’s completely unaware of until several things happen to make it painfully clear that she needs to do a lot of work from the inside out, and unfortunately it’s her youngest daughter who has to ask her the question, ‘Why are you so unhappy?’, and that causes her to think about it. She realizes that she has a lot of unanswered questions and a lot of resentment, and rightfully so cause there’s a reason for it. But at the same time, just because there’s a good reasons for it, doesn’t mean there’s not a good reason to move past it and learn how to grow from it and grow through it.
The character Katrina goes through so much emotionally during this movie, and it’s a holiday movie, so it’s very interesting to get all of the range. One minute she’s in tears, the next minute she’s angry and then she’s confused, then she’s hurt and then she feels guilty, and then she doesn’t really relate to people who love holidays. She doesn’t love the holiday season. She turns into a bit of a Grinch and she doesn’t know why, but she figures out. So she’s definitely a character that I as an actress am very blessed to have been able to have the opportunity to play.
Tune in to “Family Time” Tuesdays at 9/8c on Bounce TV.
Is Pres. Elect Biden Obama’s 3rd Term? & What 44 Said About Black America’s Progress Under His Watch on ‘Breakfast Club’ (VIDEO)
*Attorney Antonio Moore discusses the recent Obama Breakfast Club interview during his Book tour.
Moore harshly critiques the interview of Pres. Obama performed by Charlamagne, DJ Envy and Angela Yee.
He also looks closer at President Elect Joe Biden’s cabinet picks and measures them again Barack Obama & Bill Clinton’s prior administrations.
The Virtual United Negro College Fund Tour Heads to NY, DC & NJ on Fri & Sat-Nov. 20 & 21 (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)
*African American students interested in going to college can attend the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) Fall 2020 virtual Empower Me Tour. Set for this Friday and Saturday (November 20 & 21, 2020), New York, District of Columbia, and New Jersey will be repped. (This year’s tour kicked off earlier this month in Wisconsin and Illinois). To register, go here.
The Empower Me Tour is an extension of the goals of the UNCF. Founded in 1944, the UNCF, a non-profit, has raised more than $5 billion and helped more than 500,000 students attend 37 private historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
The EUR caught up with Stacey Lee, the tour’s director for four years, who discussed the importance of the event.
“The UNCF is the nation’s largest provider of education support to minority students,” said Lee. “The Empowerment Tour has been executed for the past 12 years and last year along we offered over $12 million dollars in scholarships.”
Lee continued, “I think the great thing is that during these times, even with COVID-19, is that a number of corporations (Wells Fargo/P&/FedEx/Disney/Goldman Sachs) and donors have really been providing opportunity and financial access to our schools and students.”
The tour is packed with information and resources so that students and parents have the right tools to make informed decisions.
“It’s a free event that provides educational support, scholarships, interviews with colleges, empowerment, and information on how to get to and through college. We also provide this information for parents as well. We have a parent section that focuses on financial aid and the things you need to get your students to college.”
Lee continued, “Sometimes we have students that don’t realize that they can attend college. They can receive scholarships. Some of them don’t even know what an HBCU is. So, it’s inspirational for me to see these students receive this information and the excitement that’s around this tour.”
In addition to college information, panel sessions on issues affecting the community will also take place. Legendary rapper Bun B will be part of a special My Black Is Beautiful panel. The panel will have discussions with girls and boys and the MC will lead the male portion.
“It’s about empowerment,” Bun B told the EUR. “It’s vital for us to lift each other up and amplify each other’s voices. We just talk about now what that role is in this COVID world. And with everything that we are seeing with young Black men on television, we want to keep them motivated and centered. We want to make sure that they are not discouraged in this moment.”
Ever since Kamala Harris threw her hat into the presidential race and elected vice president of the United States, a spotlight has shined on the fact that she’s an HBCU grad (Howard University) and member of the African American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha. These facts are not lost on the UNCF.
“Kamala has really boosted people’s awareness about HBCUs and (African American sororities) and the type of people that come out of HBCUs. HBCUS have also provided so many people from science, mathematics, and engineering programs (STEM).”
Bun B added, “We have more than enough examples to show you how beneficial an education from an HBCU can be. So, there is no reason to not be a part of an HBCU because the world is just as available to you as it is for anyone else attending any other type of university.”
New Music Buzz: Jazzy Rita Shelby’s ‘Goodbye 2020’
*SB Music presents “Goodbye 2020” a new single for the times we are in.
“Goodbye 2020” is performed by Jazzy Rita Shelby and written by Miss Shelby (ASCAP) and Eddie Lawrence Miller (BMI).
It’s the perfect anthem to end a year that has impacted the globe.
EURweb’s Jazzy Rita is also a prolific lyricist who has teamed up with Eddie Miller for “Goodbye 2020” because it was timely and convenient for the birth of a song such as this.
Eddie Miller is a coveted keyboardist & vocalist who performs regularly with Brian Culbertson and he’s the Rhodes Festival musical director. Jazzy Rita rose to notoriety as host & performer at The Starlight Jazz Serenade, an annual benefit concert in North Hollywood with an A list of stars. As a teen Miss Shelby was inspired to write songs by the legendary David Porter.
This year has been a year like no other. “Goodbye 2020” is an ode to the world for the year that we have seen and the hope that lies ahead. Radio Programmers click here for adds.
“Goodbye 2020” is released on the SB Music label and was recorded at Wishing Wells Studio in Canoga Park, CA. Willie Daniels and Mildred Black perform background vocals along with Jazzy Rita. The video is produced & directed by Jazzy Rita (LaRita Shelby), filmed & edited by Reggie Simon of Simon Vision Media, with wardrobe styling by Jazzy Rita and Poet Roni Girl’s Army Couture. “Goodbye 2020” is available on most digital platforms. Click here to listen on Spotify.
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