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NEW CAST MEMBERS ADDED TO NEW EDITION MOVIE & TRAILER RELEASED
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LA LA ANTHONY, YVETTE NICOLE BROWN, MONICA CALHOUN, LISA NICOLE CARSON AND SANDI MCCREE JOIN THE BIOPIC TO PLAY THE MOTHERS OF THE ICONIC MUSIC GROUP NEW EDITION
BET Networks announces new cast additions to its much-anticipated original three-part miniseries NEW EDITION: THE MOVIE. La La Anthony (Power), Yvette Nicole Brown (The Office; The New Odd Couple), Monica Calhoun (The Best Man), Lisa Nicole Carson (Ally McBeal) and Sandi McCree (The Wire) have joined the cast to play the mothers of the iconic music groupNew Edition. Written by Abdul Williams (Lottery Ticket) and executive produced by Jesse Collins (Real Husbands of Hollywood) for JCE Films, a division of Jesse Collins Entertainment, the three-night miniseries event is scheduled to premiere on BET in 2017. Principal photography is currently underway in Los Angeles.
• La La Anthony will play Ronnie DeVoe’s mother Flo DeVoe.
• Yvette Nicole Brown will play Michael Bivins’ mother Shirley Bivins.
• Monica Calhoun will play Ralph Tresvant’s mother Patricia Tresvant.
• Lisa Nicole Carson will play Ricky Bell’s mother Mae Bell.
• Sandi McCree will play Bobby Brown’s mother Carole Brown.
The ladies join previously announced NEW EDITION: THE MOVIE cast Bryshere Y. Gray (Empire), Elijah Kelley (The Butler, The Wiz Live!), Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Luke James, Keith Powers (Straight Outta Compton) and newcomers Algee Smith andWoody McClain.
Other men joining the cast playing music executives include:
Wood Harris will play Brooke Payne.
Michael Rapaport will play Gary Evans.
Faizon Love will play Maurice Starr.
Duane Martin will play Louil Silas.
Tank will play Jheryl Busby.
Bre-Z will play Peanut Bell.
New Edition laid the foundation for how modern-day boy bands look, feel, and sound. Boyz II Men, N’SYNC, The Backstreet Boys, and New Kids On The Block all took their cues from Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph and Johnny. After 30 years of breaking hearts on the record and from the stage, New Edition finally gets the biopic that their stellar tenure in entertainment so richly deserves. This 3-part miniseries follows the group from their humble beginnings as kids in Boston to global megastardom - weathering the highs and lows of controversy, personnel changes, and the ultimate cost of fame.
“NEW EDITION: THE MOVIE” is executive produced by Jesse Collins (Real Husbands of Hollywood) for JCE Films, a division of Jesse Collins Entertainment; directed by Chris Robinson (ATL) and co-produced by Brooke Payne, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant and Bobby Brown.
For more information on NEW EDITION: THE MOVIE log on to BET.com and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #NewEditionBET.
buzzz worthy. . . What do Anthony Weiner, a politician and Deitrick Haddon, a preacher have in common? Allegedly, sexting. Nude photos and text messages from the gospel artist and co-star of Oxygen's new hot reality show "Preachers of LA" (POLA) have surfaced. According to the Funky Deniva blog , an ex-lover of Haddon's has supplied incriminating shots of the "God Didn't Give Up on Me" singer dating back to 2008. If there is any truth to this allegation, this may be an extreme example of what critics of the show were afraid of -- exposing the frailties of men of the cloth. The story was posted on October 17, which was the last time Haddon tweeted. Funky Deniva says he received a text from a woman (who could be using an alias), who identified herself as "Simone the woman he cheated on his first wife with." Even though the affair would have occurred five years ago when Haddon was married to his ex-wife, gospel singer Damita Haddon
By Mona Austin The media is lacking the truth on Critical Race Theory. We need trusted sources who are associated with the work to explain what it means. So, "What is Critical Race Theory" and why is it controversial? If anyone knows the subject inside and out it is professor Kimberle W. Crenshaw. CNN's Don Lemon invited Crenshaw, a Columbia Law Professor who is one of the originators of the subject, to address what CRT is (and is not) on his show. She revealed that Conservatives who oppose it do not understand CRT is only offered at the college level and simply explores systematic racism at its core. Detractors are falsely claiming it is being offered to school aged children, is a weapon of identity politics and is intended to paint White people as inherently racist. Crenshaw said on MSNBC's The Reid Out that "Critical Race Theory is a way of looking at race and the point was to think and talk about how laws contributed to the subordinate status of African