*Ava DuVernay is returning to OWN with “Cherish The Day,” her second and latest project for Oprah’s OWN. “Cherish The Day” is set for a February debut and is an amazingly well done romantic anthology series that follows a single couple as they wade their way through the ups and downs of love, life and everyday issues.
Season One stars Xosha Roquemore (“The Mindy Project”) as Gently James and Alano Miller (“Underground”) as Evan Fisher, a young couple with opposite backgrounds, histories, personalities and responsibilities, who meet, court, fight and fall in love in Los Angeles. The first season will span five years of their relationship, with “day in the life” situations in each episode. Each season will unfold over eight episodes.
Three-time, Emmy award winner and the one and only … legendary actress Cicely Tyson joins Roquemore and Miller as Miss Luma Lee Langston, a renowned star of stage and screen from previous decades. Gently James is Miss Langston’s live-in assistant and is encouraged by her wise employer to stop having “relationship A.D.D.” and give love and commitment a try. Miss Luma likes Evan and wants to see both of them happy and together.
In addition to these amazing leads, the cast is rounded out this season with Michael Beach (as Ben, Gently’s foster father, a former gang member who works as a delivery man for the Los Angeles Times); Anne-Marie Johnson (as Dana, Evan’s mother who disapproves of his relationship with Gently and is not shy about sharing her reservations), and Kellee Stewart (as Ellene, Evan’s well-bred, religious sister).
What makes “Cherish The Day” so special, is that it a love story told in a different way. Often times, we see romantic comedies show that acts of love can only be done with big gestures and sometimes unrealistic truths. This series is different. It shows us that love is complex. Love is not linear. Love often doesn’t just happen in the grandiose, but simply in the little things and thoughts throughout one’s day. Love can be messy and impacted and influenced by outside people. People who love you, have the best intentions for you, but maybe are making things more difficult or more simple, depending on how you are looking at it.
Gently and Evan’s relationship is a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, obviously not with the tragic ending … or does it? You see, there is definitely tragedy in their budding relationship, there is misunderstanding and assumptions and stereotypes, as there are in most new relationships. You come in believing one thing about this person you are attracted to, and perhaps they do not fit in the box you’ve created for them. That is the beauty of falling in love, you get to break free from the box and you get to learn and grow with someone you care about. We see all of this in Gently and Evan’s journey.
Cherish The Day also shows us love, the Los Angeles way. What is the Los Angeles way? Well, you have to live here to understand that if you live in Hollywood and the person you desire lives in Long Beach, that is considered a “long-distance” relationship. If you are setting up a date, you have to factor in street parking … is it metered, is it no parking on the left side, no parking on the right side, no parking from 11am to 11pm or is it residential parking only? Is it valet parking, how much is valet parking? Will there be traffic? Of course, there will be traffic. It’s Los Angeles, its always rush hour at every hour! And there’s this. What should take you 10 minutes to drive to, can take you 45 minutes to arrive, you know, depending on traffic. Los Angeles dating has so many little intricacies and minutia and “Cherish The Day” includes them all.
What also makes “Cherish The Day” extremely important and “must-see” tv, is that it is a black love story. Citing ’90s films such as Love and Basketball and Love Jones, Ava DuVernay has said she “longed to see those kinds of black love stories on television.” That is what “Cherish The Day is.” It breaks open those black images, those black love stories and puts it in an anthology form. “It explores black love — which we don’t see enough.” In a climate of diversity and change, this black love is one that viewers are going to embrace, they are going to learn and appreciate that black love is love. We love the same. We hurt the same. We heal the same. Black love is powerful and we need to see more black love on our screens! Cherish The Day begins that journey.
“Cherish the Day” is produced for OWN by ARRAY Filmworks and Harpo Films in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. DuVernay, Paul Garnes (“Queen Sugar”), Tanya Hamilton, and Oprah Winfrey serve as executive producers. If you haven’t already, check out our interview with DuVernay and the cast of “Cherish The Day” via the video player above.
Alicia Keys Announces Launch of Her MasterClass [VIDEO]
*Alicia Keys has teamed with MasterClass to share her songwriting approach in an online-video class.
Keys’ class is available through the $180 annual subscription plan, which generally consists of more than 3 hours of lessons. The plan also gives users access to the full catalog of 90-plus classes.
Here’s more from AOL:
In the 19 video lessons, the 15-time Grammy winner will teach a class on songwriting and producing, in which she’ll share her philosophies on how to unlock authenticity, empathy and vulnerability.
Shot in her personal studio, Keys will take members through her entire process, starting with developing lyrics at the piano in the Live Room, recording and layering vocals in the Iso Booth, and finally, arranging sonics in the Control Room.
Our newest instructor has sold more than 40 million albums and connected with audiences worldwide with her powerful music. Now she’s sitting down with you to share her creative process.
— MasterClass (@MasterClass) November 24, 2020
“I cannot stress enough the power you have when you’re truly confident in yourself,” Keys said in announcing the class. “In my MasterClass, I’m excited to connect on a different level. We’re gonna talk about what I’ve learned, my process and how to access what’s inside of you, so you can connect and get it out into the world.”
Watch the trailer for Keys’ MasterClass course.
Other music classes on MasterClass include: Usher, Christina Aguilera, Timbaland, St. Vincent, Sheila E., Danny Elfman, Reba McEntire, Jake Shimabukuro, Itzhak Perlman, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock and Hans Zimmer.
Duchess Meghan Opens Up About Miscarriage: ‘I Tried to Imagine How We’d Heal’
*Meghan, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, revealed in an essay published in the New York Times on Wednesday that she suffered a miscarriage in July.
The former actress and wife of Prince Harry said the moment occurred while she was caring for her son Archie.
“I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second,” Meghan wrote, describing how she felt a sharp cramp, and dropped to the floor while holding her son.
“Hours later, I lay in a hospital bed, holding my husband’s hand. I felt the clamminess of his palm and kissed his knuckles, wet from both our tears,” she wrote. “Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we’d heal.”
Meghan added: “Sitting in a hospital bed, watching my husband’s heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine, I realized that the only way to begin to heal is to first ask, “Are you OK?”
“I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second,” Meghan Markle writes about her miscarriage. Today, we are sharing an essay by the Duchess of Sussex about the loss that she and Prince Harry suffered earlier this year. https://t.co/xCJbgPgufq
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) November 25, 2020
“Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few,” she wrote.
“In the pain of our loss, my husband and I discovered that in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 of them will have suffered from miscarriage. Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning,” Meghan continued.
The duchess is receiving an outpouring of love on social media, with author Elizabeth Day writing on Twitter: “Chrissy Teigen and the Duchess of Sussex speaking openly about something that historically has given women so much pain, shame and trauma, is a game-changing step.
“I, and countless others, am so grateful to them. Beyond that, I simply want to tell them: I am so, so sorry.”
Prince Harry reportedly told the royal family about his wife’s miscarriage in the summer and they were “very supportive,” a royal expert says, Newsweek reports.
Gabourey Sidibe is Engaged, Boyfriend Brandon Frankel ‘Put A Ring On It’
*Gabourey Sidibe is off the market.
Her boyfriend, Brandon Frankel, has proposed and the actress, 37, shared the exciting news on social media.
On Tuesday, she posted a video of the two together on Instagram, flashing her engagement ring. Check out the post below.
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“It’s weird that people think we’re already married but I guess our hearts and intentions for each other are just that clear to see,” Sidibe wrote. “My BFF proposed and now I get to hold him forever. The funniest man I’ve ever met. The sweetest human to exist. @brandontour made up a song for when i put my bonnet on at night. The second I look a bit stressed and overwhelmed, he jumps into action to take over what he can for me. Every moment with him is a joy.”
“He is the partner I thought I was too independent to need,” she continued. “I’ve learned so much about myself through him and I feel grateful and excited to learn more about the entire world with him by my side. My partner, my best friend, my cats’ daddy, my mans, my heart, my fiancé!!!”
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Frankel also shared the video, writing “I asked my best friend to marry me, and she said ‘YES’. So excited to spend the rest of my life with the most amazing, hilarious, beautiful, and inspiring woman I’ve ever known. I couldn’t imagine a life without you. We make the best team, and we make everything fun and memorable. I liked it, so I put a 💍 on it. Love you to the moon and back @gabby3shabby.”
According to The Daily Beast, Sidibe and Frankel have been dating since 2019.
Congrats to the happy couple!
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