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Julie Dash to Direct Episode of ‘Queen Sugar’; Alimi Ballard, Sharon Lawrence Join Cast

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ed director Julie Dash will join the all-female directorial team for Season 2 of “Queen Sugar.”

In addition, Emmy nominee Sharon Lawrence, Alimi Ballard (“The Catch,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”) and Margot Bingham (“Boardwalk Empire”) will all appear in recurring roles.

As previously reported, Season 2 finds the Bordelon siblings Nova (Rutina Wesley), Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) struggling to move forward with their lives while honoring the legacy of their father following his unexpected passing.

Lawrence will play Lorna, the mother of Charley Bordelon. Sophisticated, charismatic, and complicated, Lorna is a successful, self-motivated businesswoman who raised her daughter to never settle for second best.

Ballard will portray Dr. Robert Dubois, an epidemiologist who works at The Center for American Progress. Sincere, charming and intellectual, Dr. Dubois makes a lasting impression on Nova.

Bingham is Tamar Judith, a cool and confident pop singer who crosses paths with Charley’s ex Davis (Timon Kyle Durrett).

Dash joins a group of season 2 directors handpicked by creator/executive producer Ava DuVernay. The filmmaker through racial and gender boundaries 26 years ago with her Sundance award-winning film “Daughters of the Dust,” and she became the first African-American woman to have a wide theatrical release of her feature film.

Most recently, Dash is the recipient of the New York Film Critics Special Award; the 2017 Robert Smalls Merit and Achievement Award; and the Visionary Award from Women in Film, Washington DC.

She is also currently in production on a feature-length documentary about Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor, a world-renowned author, performer and chef from rural South Carolina who has led a remarkably unique and complex life. The film is based on Grosvenor’s bestselling work, Vibration Cooking: or, the Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl.

 

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‘Dying To Be Famous: The Ryan Singleton Mystery’ Teaser Trailer Released by Bounce TV / WATCH

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*Bounce, the first and only broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, released the teaser trailer of their all-new original true crime special Dying To Be Famous: The Ryan Singleton Mystery.

Dying To Be Famous: The Ryan Singleton Mystery is an intriguing six-episode, true-crime docuseries.  Bounce’s first which follows the extraordinary true story of the mysterious death, and likely murder, of Ryan Singleton, a young African American male, and aspiring film producer, who, after setting out to pursue fame and fortune in Hollywood with two of his friends, ended up dead in California’s Mojave Desert, his body dumped, mutilated and missing all vital organs.

World Premieres Sun. Nov. 1 at 9:00 pm (ET) with two back-to-back episodes.

M ORE NEWS: Racist Jet Blue Passenger Goes on Long, Loud N-word Rant; It Doesn’t End Well for Him / WATCH

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Bounce (@bouncetv) is the first and only broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, with programming seen over-the-air, on cable, on DISH channel 359, over-the-top on Roku®, on mobile devices via the Bounce and Brown Sugar apps and on the web via BounceTV.com. Bounce features a programming mix of original series, docuseries and movies, off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and events and more. Bounce is part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).

 

 

 

 

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Racist Jet Blue Passenger Goes on Long, Loud N-word Rant; It Doesn’t End Well for Him / WATCH

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Unidentified Jet Blue passenger repeatly screaming “nigger” – (King_Meka – Twitter)

*The story we’re about to tell you is true. It’s the tale of a another white racist who couldn’t handle the smallest bit of reality, all while, we might add, he was wearing a Burger King crown.

The absolute insanity went down earlier this week in Jamaica as a Jet Blue flight to JFK in New York City was preparing to depart from Kingston. According to reports, a man initially got aggravated when he was told there was no more overhead space for his bag, and began cussing loudly as he walked to his seat which was bed enough.

But then he really went HAM when he got into it with a nearby female passenger over seating assignments. Check out the videos below.

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As you can see, while screaming at the top of his voice, he’s not only accusing the woman of assaulting him, he’s also, for no reason at all (at least to us) repeatedly using the n-word and expletives while morphing into a complete ass.

The a-hole’s rant went on so long, other passengers got enraged and it escalated to violence. While he was being held back by several flight attendants, a male passenger charges and throws a punch. He wasn’t alone, as other passengers took physical shots at him during the chaos.

Lawd hav’ mercy! Anyhoo, it took a minute, but eventually (Black) Kingston cops escorted the guy off the plane in handcuffs (oh, the irony). It’s unclear if he, or any other passenger, was charged with a crime.

 

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Netflix Drops Teaser for Pharrell’s Gospel Choir Docuseries ‘Voices of Fire’ [WATCH]

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*Netflix has dropped a teaser for Pharrell Williams’ new docuseries “Voices of Fire,” which follows his journey to create a gospel choir in his hometown community of Hampton Roads, Va. 

The new docu-series will chronicle his search for undiscovered talent of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds, per The Hollywood Reporter. Williams is joined by his uncle, Bishop Ezekiel Williams, and they collaborate with a team of influential gospel leaders who will take viewers around the community to find singers with diverse backstories. 

“What if you were made for this? To withstand the storm, to beat the odds? What if believing in yourself is only the beginning?” Pharrell narrates in the teaser. “This is about to be the most awesome choir ever.” The docuseries is to be produced by A. Smith & Co. and Pharrell’s i am OTHER. Netflix greenlit the series earlier this year, confirming that it will feature singers of all ages and backgrounds

READ MORE: Pharrell Williams Pens Racism Essay for Time Magazine: ‘The New American Revolution’

Williams will executive produce the project along with Mimi Valdés for i am OTHER, Arthur Smith and Frank Sinton for A. Smith & Co. and Bianca Barnes-Williams.

In addition to “Voices of Fire,” Pharrell and “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris are joining forces to produce a Juneteenth-based musical for Netflix

“The acknowledgment and celebration of Juneteenth as an American and possibly international holiday is something that I would put in the life goals column for me,” Barris said in a statement, per Deadline. “For us, this project isn’t about numbers; it’s about humanity,” he continued. “Slavery is America’s recessive gene and it’s time we all dealt with it and what better way to have an audience swallow this dose of medicine than with amazing music and raw, honest, jaw-dropping comedy?”

Watch the trailer for “Voices of Fire” above. The series premieres globally on Nov. 20.

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