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EUR Visits Set of BET’s New Series ‘Games People Play’

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Lauren London, (right) as “Vanessa King” with EURweb staff member Angel Saunders.

*April 2019 get your girls and your wine ready because BET is bringing you a sexy new show based on Angela Burt-Murray’s popular book, “Games Divas Play!”

The series titled, “Games People Play,” to be a little more inclusive and let the men know that they can enjoy as well, is bringing out some big names including Executive Producer Tracey Edmonds, actors Lauren London, Sarunas J. Jackson, Karen Obilom, Parker McKenna Posey and Jackie Long, you can even be on the lookout for Vanessa Simmons as she has a recurring role on the show.

On Friday I was invited to visit the set of where this new series is being filmed and I got to chat it up with some of the names mentioned. Games People Play consists of a desperate basketball wife trying to protect her family, a tenacious journalist struggling to rebuild a tarnished career and a scandalous groupie looking to become a star, while trying to solve a high profile murder of someone in their circle.

The series delves into the LA high life where everyone plays to win. First up was television producer, personality, and businesswoman Tracey Edmonds – and can I just say that she is stunning in person? Ok, now that that’s been established, Edmonds is no stranger to the LA high life.

I asked her how she navigates in this crazy world and what’s her advice for other women doing the same. She said the key is simple, to always have your own and not have to rely on a man for income. Wise words from a queen.

Executive Producer, Tracey Edmonds, (right) on set of her new project, “Games People Play” airing on BET April 2019.

Next up was Lauren London, also stunning, the entire cast was. Many of us first got a glimpse of London back in 2003 in Pharrell and Jay-Z’s “Frontin” music video. Since then we’ve seen her in roles in films such as “New New” in “ATL” and “Melanie” in “This Christmas” as well as her tv roles like “Kiera” in “The Game.” You can also catch London featured in the lyrics and music video for Nicki Minaj’s “Good Form.”

London’s character, “Vanessa King“, plays a wife who married her high school sweetheart and overnight their lifestyle changed when they became a power couple once he was drafted as a pro basketball player. London says she keeps up with the LA lifestyle because LA is home for her, where she was born and raised, and she does a good job of separating work and her personal life, which is very sacred to her.

Then it was fresh-faced, newbie Karen Obilom. She’s had roles on HBO’s hit series, “Insecure” and “NCIS.” Obilom will be playing a lead role as “Nia Bullock,” a smart and savvy blogger who lands a dream job as a writer, but is put to the test when her assignment is to write about her best friend’s high profile scandal.

Obilom was an amazing ball of energy and so much fun speaking with, she was very excited and grateful for her new role. I asked her what the days on set were like since the show consists of 10, hour long episodes. She joked that the production department probably would answer that question better because their days are longer. Fair. I also asked her if she’s ready for all of the success and attention that’s soon coming her way. Her response? She’s excited for the world to meet her character and to fall in love with her the way that she did.

Actress Karen Obilom, (right) as “Nia Bullock” on set of Games People Play coming to BET April 2019.

Last, but certainly not least, was Parker McKenna Posey who will be playing the role of Laila James. Posey, who most of us know as little Kady from “My Wife and Kids” (2001-2005) says she is extremely excited to get out of that “daughter” role that she’d been associated with for so long and play a young woman.

Posey’s role as “Laila James” has her as an alluring, yet struggling actress that realizes it takes more than talent to make it in LA so she decides to embrace her sexy, but soon finds that fame is one hell of a drug.

Parker McKenna Posey, (right) as “Laila James” on the set of the new BET series, “Games People Play.”

Speaking with the cast and getting a glimpse of where they film was awesome. I’m excited to see this new series and I can tell that the cast is excited as well. Be on the lookout for “Games People Play” coming to BET next month, April 2019!

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The Virtual United Negro College Fund Tour Heads to NY, DC & NJ on Fri & Sat-Nov. 20 & 21 (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)

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*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.”

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Stacey Lee, director of the Empower Me Tour. (Photo credit: UNCF)

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.”

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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.”

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Legendary rapper Bun B is a panelist at the Empower Me Tour. (Photo credit: UNCF)

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.”

Register for the virtual Empower Me Tour on November 20 & 21, 2020 here. Spring tour dates will be announced soon. For general information on the United Negro College Fund, go here.

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New Music Buzz: Jazzy Rita Shelby’s ‘Goodbye 2020’

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After all that’s happened this year, it’s time to say Goodbye 2020. New single available by Jazzy Rita Shelby at most digital platforms.

*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.

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Jazzy Rita Shelby is fed up with this year and elated about her new single “Goodbye 2020.” Avail now from SB Music (Written by L. Shelby & E. Miller)

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.

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“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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Celebrate Halloween with ‘Spell’ Starring Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine and John Beasley / WATCH

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*Today/TONIGHT is Halloween and what could be a more perfect way to celebrate than with the release of SPELL? Enjoy the clips below to get you in the spooky spirit!

Omari Hardwick (“Power,” Sorry to Bother You), Loretta Devine (“Black-ish,” Crash) and John Beasley (The Sum of All FearsThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) star in the terrifying thriller SPELL, coming to Premium Video-On-Demand and Digital today October 30 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

While flying to his father’s funeral in rural Appalachia, an intense storm causes Marquis (Omari Hardwick) to lose control of the plane carrying him and his family.  He awakens wounded, alone and trapped in Ms. Eloise’s (Loretta Devine) attic, who claims she can nurse him back to health with the Boogity, a Hoodoo figure she has made from his blood and skin. Unable to call for help, Marquis desperately tries to outwit and break free from her dark magic and save his family from a sinister ritual before the rise of the blood moon.

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DIRECTED BY | Mark Tonderai

SCREENPLAY BY | Kurt Wimmer

STARRING | Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine, John Beasley

AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS | Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, DirecTV, VUDU, Xfinity, FandangoNOW and more.

Rating | R – violence, disturbing/bloody images, and language
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