D3 Entertainment Music Executives Siblings Strike Deal with Sony/Provident

D3 Music Group executives sign with Provident Music Distribution.

D3 Music Group executives at signing with Provident Distribution. L to R (seated) Kendall Duffie-D3, Michelle Duffie-D3, (standing) Jimmy Wheeler, VP Distribution-Provident. and Clyde Duffie-D3 Music.

D3 Entertainment music entertainment executives, siblings Michelle, Kelvis and Kendall Duffie strike a deal with Sony/Provident Distribution for their new company D3 Music Group. Under the agreement, D3 Music Group will sign artists, record and release new music and provide creative oversight of specialized projects. Their release is Ben-Hur Soul Inspired By. It features the songs “Back to You” from Platinum selling duo Mary Mary and “Only Way Out” by Neo-Soul rising star Andra Day. D3 Music Group’s Ben-Hur Soul Inspired By will be released September 16.

D3 Entertainment is handling the African-American audience marketing for the film Ben-Hur. The action drama’s cast includes Morgan Freeman and Jack Huston. Ben-Hur is in theaters nationwide.

“Our vision has always been to harness our collective experiences and relationships to super serve the African-American audience and the entertainment industry at large,” says Michelle Duffie, CEO, D3 Entertainment. “Our guiding principles are faith, family, integrity and excellence, and with that combination I believe there are no limits to what we can accomplish. It is an honor to have major companies entrust us with their brands. We look forward to continue delivering trendsetting, record-breaking experiences with our music company.”

Jimmy Wheeler, Vice President of Distribution, Provident Music Group, says: “D3 has championed several successful projects over the years and we are honored to become a partner with them. Their experience in the entertainment industry is extremely valuable and we look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

Kelvin (Clyde) Duffie, President, D3 Entertainment, says: “D3 Music Group will be another vehicle in which seasoned artists and new talent can have a lane to share their gifts to the world.”

Kendall Duffie, Vice President, says: “I’m excited about this partnership and opportunity to create and deliver music content through the Sony/Provident system. This is what we love to do and we will do it in excellence.”

D3 Entertainment, a ten-year old agency specializing marketing and promotions that connects the African-American faith and family audience to major brands and entertainment entities, has proven stellar marketing efforts in television and film projects that have resulted in #1 box office hits War Room, Risen and God’s Not Dead. The company’s marketing strategies have resulted in a 50% increase in the African-American faith-based audience, and over $700 million in revenue for film studios. In music, the company boasts numerous #1 records from inspirational artists Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp and Tasha Cobbs.

Meagan Good on Season Opener of Unsung Hollywood

promo poster of Unsung Hollywood featuring Meagan Good

Meagan Good is featured on tonight’s season opener of TV One’s Unsung Hollywood.

Good came on the Hollywood scene as an actor at the tender age of four in commercials. The starlet literally grew up in front of our eyes. She had roles in TV shows such as the 1998 Nickelodeon series “Cousin Skeeter.” As a teen she got her big movie break in Kasi Lemmons’ 1997 critically acclaimed film Eve’s Bayou.

By the early 2000s the budding starlet had appeared in a series of television shows and motion pictures, including Deliver Us From Eva, and D.E.B.S. The Cookout and You Got Served. 

Good has starred in recent TV shows CBS’ Code Black,” and FOX’sMinority Report.” Among her film credits are Think Like A Man and Think Like A Man Too, Jumping The Broom, Biker Boyz, Saw V and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

She has also produced her own indie film projects. In 2006 Good executive-produced and starred in the feature

Photo fo Meagan Good courtesy Unlimited Entertainment

Meagan Good. Photo courtesy Unlimited Entertainment

Miles From Home. She also co-produced and starred in the 2015 coming of age movie,  A Girl Like Grace.

Unsung Hollywood will chronicle her career from the beginning up until today, with glimpses into her personal life, marriage to Hollywood studio executive DeVon Franklin and details about some of the mistakes Good has made along the way to Hollywood stardom. Megan Good’s Unsung Hollywood episode marks the first one of the one season and will include interviews with Hollywood peers Gabrielle Union and Lynn Whitfield.

Tune in to find out about Megan Good’s life, career struggles and victories, marriage, her vow of celibacy and more tonight at 8/7 pm ET/CT on TV One. For more information on Unsung and other TV One shows visit www.tvone.com

Steve Harvey Honors Community Stars At The 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 23: Host Steve Harvey speaks during the 2016 Neighborhood Awards hosted by Steve Harvey at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Nu-Opp, Inc)

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 23: Host Steve Harvey speaks during the 2016 Neighborhood Awards hosted by Steve Harvey at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Nu-Opp, Inc)

Las Vegas was the perfect backdrop for Steve Harvey’s 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards, formerly The Hoodie Awards. Hosted at the luxurious Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino July 22nd – 24th by Emmy Award winning TV and radio star Steve Harvey, The State Farm Neighborhood Awards weekend served up a dose of inspiration, a slice encouragement and some of the best entertainment in the business to honor everyday community stars. The event celebrated these positive, often unsung community heroes from across the nation who uplift their neighborhoods through purposeful contributions via education, religion, community activism and more.

Performances at the three-day star studded sold out event included R and B stars Maxwell and Eryka Badu and . Produced for the fourteen year by EMMY-winning television/film/radio producer Rushion McDonald, the event also included celebrity appearances by Toni Braxton, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Sheryl Underwood, Terrence J, Bern Nadette Stanis, Lavell Crawford, Yolanda Adams, Lalah Hathaway, Earthquake, Sommore, Benjamin Crump, Ed Gordon, Shirley Strawberry, Nephew Tommy, Carla Ferrell, Junior, and State Farm’s Duane Farrington.

The fun-filled weekend played host to other events, including The State Farm Color Full Lives Art Gallery experience, The Farm Sing Your Way Contest and Freedom Friday Concert featuring performances from Charlie Wilson and Keith Sweat, The Freedom Friday Party featuring Doug E. Fresh, the Neighborhood Awards VIP After-Party, and Jill Scott headlining the Neighborhood Awards Beach Party.

Singer Maxwell performs at The 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards, Las Vegas, NV.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 23: Singer/songwriter Maxwell performs during the 2016 Neighborhood Awards hosted by Steve Harvey at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Nu-Opp, Inc)

The State Farm Neighborhood Awards also gave back to the community with special presentations. Checks were presented by Cracker Barrel to the Best School Teacher Award winner. State Farm presented a check to the Good Neighbor Award winner.

The State Farm Awards was created by Steve Harvey and Rushion McDonald. The winners and nominees are chosen by the public.

 

Charlie Wilson performing at Freedom Concert during The 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 22: Recording artist Charlie Wilson (C) performs during the Freedom Friday Concert at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Nu-Opp, Inc)

 

Sheryl Underwood speaking at the 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 23: Comedian Sheryl Underwood speaks during the 2016 Neighborhood Awards hosted by Steve Harvey at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Nu-Opp, Inc) *** Local Caption *** Sheryl Underwood

R and B Singer and reality TV Star Toni Braxton pose at the 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 23: Diezel Ky Braxton-Lewis (L) and singer/songwriter Toni Braxton pose backstage during the 2016 Neighborhood Awards hosted by Steve Harvey at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Nu-Opp, Inc)

Erykah Badu performs at the 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 23: Singer/songwriter Erykah Badu performs during the 2016 Neighborhood Awards hosted by Steve Harvey at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Nu-Opp, Inc)

Wendy Raquel Robinson speaks at the 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 23: Actress Wendy Raquel Robinson speaks during the 2016 Neighborhood Awards hosted by Steve Harvey at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Nu-Opp, Inc)

Keith Sweat performs at the Freedom Friday Concert during the 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 22: Recording artist Keith Sweat performs in the audience during the Freedom Friday Concert at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Nu-Opp, Inc)

Mary Mary Performs on The Preachers Today

Erica Campbell, Gospel Recording Artist

Erica Campbell – Photo Courtesy Plan A Media

Erica and Tina Campbell, also known as the superstar gospel music duo Mary Mary, will perform on the new Fox Network faith-based talk show The Preachers, Friday, July 22.

The real life sisters will perform “Back To You” from the soundtrack of the August 2016 Paramount Pictures/MGM movie, Ben Hur. The ballad’s strong message is timeless and befitting of biblical times down to today’s challenging societal unrest.

Fans of Mary Mary will be excited to have new music from the multi-Grammy ® and Stellar Award winning gospel recording artists and We tv reality stars. “Back To You” was written and produced by Grammy ® winning producer Warryn Campbell. It was co-written by Erica and Tina Campbell. The original single is their first since their 2012 chart topping hit “Go Get It.” Up until the release of “Back To You,” they had been busy with their solo career projects, ministries and business ventures, and continue to do so.

Tina and her husband, talented drummer Teddy Campbell, will kick off their tour, “An Evening with Teddy and

Tina Campbell of Mary Mary

Tina Campbell – Photo Courtesy Plan A Media

Tina Campbell” on September 14 in Nashville. Other stops on this free tour, include Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Phoenix. Tour highlights include “The Teddy Campbell Band,” led by Teddy Campbell and Teddy’s “Frontline Men’s Bible Study.”

Erica Campbell continues her duties as first lady of the California Worship Center and as host of Reach Media’s nationally syndicated radio show Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell, co-hosted by veteran comedian GRIFF.

The Preachers features a panel of prominent mega church pastors as hosts: John Gray-Lakewood Church-Houston, TX; Jamal Bryant-Empowerment Temple AME Church-Baltimore; E. Dewey Smith, Jr.-The House of Hope – Atlanta and The House of Hope- Macon, GA; and Orrick Quick-God Seekers Church-High Point, North Carolina. The show is executive produced by the man who also executive produced and co-created ABC’s “The View,” Bill Geddie. The Preachers airs on Fox Network stations in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Houston, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Charlotte and Dallas. For air times visit www.preacherstv.com

Kyla Pratt Stars in TV One’s Drama The Secret She Kept

The Secret She Kept.TV One posterKyla Pratt stars in the TV One drama, The Secret She Kept, Sunday July 10 at 7pm ET/6 PM CT. The original made for TV movie is TV One’s creative effort to bring to light how the African-American community is affected by and deals, or sometimes does not deal with mental health issues during July, The BeBe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.

Inspired by the best selling-book of the same name written by author and NAACP Image Awards winner ReShonda Tate Billingsley, The Secret She Kept delves into the world of successful Atlanta attorney Tia Jiles, played by Kyla Pratt (Recovery Road, One on One, The Proud Family, Dr. Doolittle). Tia is running for district attorney and gets married to magazine publisher and journalist, Lance Kingston, played by Gavin Houston (The Haves and the Have Nots, Guiding Light) when she mentally starts unraveling. It is later revealed that she is schizophrenic and bi-polar and Tia is fighting to maintain her high-powered life and stay functional. What is even more intriguing is that Tia is not the only one in her family who is suffering from mental illness. Pratt said of her role, “I wanted to make sure that I gave it justice…that someone could watch it, and it really affect their life.

Houston’s character investigates out of concern and finds out his wife is mentally ill, but he still stays with her. He said, “There’s strength in opening up and letting others be there (for you).”

Kellita Smith (Z Nation, In The Cut, The Bernie Mac Show, The First Family) portrays Kyla Pratt’s character’s mother, the overbearing, over protective, controlling, judge Virginia Scroggins-Jiles. Virginia goes about keeping the upper class family’s secret of mental illness from the public. Her father committed suicide fighting away his mental demons. Virginia’s brother Leo Scroggins (George Bryant II) is battling for his sanity under her the ever-watchful eye.

Cast of TV One movie, The Secret She Kept.

The Secret She Kept cast. (L to R) Gavin Houston, Kellita Smith and Kyla Pratt. Photo courtesy TV One.

According to Psychology Today, mental illness is often misunderstood in the African-American Community and has a stigma attached to it. African-American would rather seek help from a trusted friend or church pastor than a mental health professional.

Vanessa Williams (Soul Food, Melrose Place) plays Beverly Kingston, the older, protective sister and business partner of Lance. She believes African-Americans with mental health concerns need a combination of mental health resources, “We (need) to utilize all the tools we have, including calling on Jesus and scientific help.”

Vanessa Williams in TV One's The Secret She Kept.

Actress Vanessa Williams plays Beverly Kingston in TV One’s The Secret She Kept. Photo courtesy TV One.

Beverly’s line about Tia and ‘crazy’ in the movie is reflective of how many in the African-American community think when it comes to mental health. She says in a conversation with Lance, “I mean, yeah, I always thought girlfriend was a little bit crazy. But not sho’ nuff crazy, like white folk take pills lay on the couch crazy. But just regular, ‘girl you crazy, crazy.’ …Black chics don’t do therapists, pastor maybe…girlfriend possibly, hair dresser definitely, but therapist, no.”

D’Angela Proctor, TV One Senior VP of Original Programming and Production, believes the film is vital to the African-American community. “Mental health is generally something the African-American community does not talk about… If one person is prompted to go and seek help, then this movie would have been worth it,” said Proctor.

Written by Rhonda Freeman-Baraka, the strong and talented cast, plus its intriguing and much-needed story line makes The Secret She Kept not only entertaining, but educational and necessary in creating dialogue and awareness about mental health in African-American families.

Tune in to see this excellent movie. The Secret She Kept premieres on TV One this Sunday, July 10 at 7pm ET with an encore showing at 9 pm ET. You can also join the conversation using #SecretSheKept and #Represent on social media.

Hollywood Divas Season Three Premieres July 6 on TV One

Photo of cast of Hollywood Divas on TV One.

Hollywood Divas Cast. Photo courtesy of TV One

Hollywood Divas returns to TV One for season three on July 6. Hollywood Divas’ alumna cast Lisa Wu, Paula Jai Parker, Golden Brooks and Countess Vaughn are joined by new cast member, Malika Haqq (Keeping Up With The Kardashians, ATL). During our interview, the Hollywood Divas seemed to have warmly welcomed Haqq into their fold of sister-friends and career struggles. Elise Neal, who was a part of the original cast, is not on board this season and won’t be returning, according to Carlos King, the show’s executive producer.

King also said the original TV One – one hour series will have its highs and lows, and of course, drama. He added, “You will see actors booking gigs, auditioning, meeting with managers…we’re back to focusing on the art….we’re getting back to our roots…diving into the world of acting.”

Robyn Greene Arrington, VP of Original Programming and Production, TV One said Hollywood Divas is not just another drama filled reality show. “We wanted to show accomplished woman…not divas acting badly,” stated Greene-Arrington.

What can we expect to see the ladies go through on season three of Hollywood Divas? Cast member Lisa Wu said, “I’m dating a bit…so you’ll see my love life.” Veteran actress/singer Countess Vaughn has gone through a transformation since last season and lost a lot of weight. She revealed, “Basically, I’m just discovering my own voice…I’m getting back to singing…Paula and I…we’ve gotten to another level of our friendship.” Malika Haqq is excited to be a part of the show. She stated, “I’m getting to know a group of women who are more seasoned in life than me…it’s been a really great experience…and the audience is gonna get a lot out of season three.”

Tune in Wednesdays 9 ET/8CT, starting July 6 on TV One to watch the Hollywood Divas navigate the tough worlds of acting careers and friendships.

Micah Stampley’s Vertical Worship

Micah Stampley, Gospel Recording artist on Interface Entertainment.

Micah Stampley, Interface Entertainment Gospel recording artist. Photo courtesy GQ Media

One of the most powerful voices in Gospel music, Micah Stampley has released a soul-impacting album, To The King…Vertical Worship on Interface Entertainment.

The man who’s voice has been compared with the phenomenal Donnie McClurkin, has delivered a praise and worship project that speaks to the hearts and souls of a multitude of audiences, from Christian music fans to Traditional and Contemporary Gospel fans. To The King…Vertical Worship debuted at number two on the prestigious Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart and number nine on its Top Christian and Gospel Albums Chart. The single, “Be Lifted” has charted in the top twenty on Billboard since its May 2016 release. According to Stampley, the song is climbing higher on radio than anything he has ever put out.

Stampley and his wife Heidi, who is also his partner at their indie record label,co-wrote the songs on the new album. Micah’s sons sang on the project.

The album has an eclectic mix of music styles but remains true to worship and praise. Micah said of the album, “It is very God centered.” He also said “To The King…Vertical Worship is a worship CD, and worship and praise prepares the hearts of God’s people to receive God’s word…it tills the soil (of the soul).”

While Micah Stampley’s To The King…Vertical Worship climbs the charts, the international worship leader is traveling across the country promoting it on the Vertical Worship Promotional Tour. To find out more about the tour and Micah’s music visit www.micahstampley.org

In the mean time, check out the conversation I had with the Dove and Stellar Award nominated singer/songwriter and producer. Click arrow to listen.

Bounce TV Hit Series In The Cut Returns July 5

Promo photo from Bounce TV's show In The CutBounce TV’s hit series In The Cut returns for a second season July 5th at 9pm ET.

In The Cut stars Dorien Wilson (The Parkers, Dream On), Ken Lawson (The Parkers), John Marshall Jones (The Smart Guy). Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show, The First Family) is the newest cast member of the popular original scripted sit-com.

Created by Bentley Kyle Evans and produced by Evans and partner Trenton Gumbs, In The Cut centers on barbershop owner Jay Weaver (Wilson) and Kenny Clark (Lawson), Jay’s 31 year-old illegitimate son from a fling. Jay’s life as a San Diego bachelor is thrown off course when he meets Kenny and leads to some fall off your chair laughs.

The new season of In The Cut will follow this father-son duo as they join in on a secret jailbreak, barbershop pranks and Jay’s growing attraction to Cheryl (Kellita Smith), the new co-owner of the beauty salon next door.

New episodes of In The Cut will premiere Tuesday nights at 9:00 pm ET/8:00 pm CT starting July 5. For more information, click here for more show information.

Love Under New Management – The Miki Howard Story Airs Tonight on TV One

Love Under New Management - The Miki Howard Story posterTV One’s Love Under New Management:  The Miki Howard Story airs Sunday, June 12 at 7 and 9 p.m. and Wednesday, June 15 at 9 and 11p.m. ET.

Directed by Christine Swanson, the Swirl Films production is TV One’s first original full length feature-biopic inspired by the network’s hit series Unsung.

Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story is the brain child and  labor of love for TV One Senior Vice President of Original Programming, D’Angela Proctor. “Miki’s (Unsung) story was one of the strongest…it had redemption, it had drama…it undoubtedly had laughter…it had all the makings of a great movie so that’s why we did it…Miki went from being a homeless teenager to true R&B royalty,” said Proctor.

Teyonah Parris (Chi-Raq, Survivor’s Remorse, Mad Men) stars in the lead role as Miki Howard. On playing Miki, Parris said, “It’s such an inspiration, and I hope that’s what people get from this film…If you can go through hell and back and then back to hell again…you watch her overcome it and work through it…and for me even playing that role, it has been life changing.”

Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story reveals how one can succeed if they are strong in their faith and determined. Miki said, “It’s about God’s message…I just feel like God has a message…I know he has a message because this is not me…this is all God.”

photo of Teyonah Parris and Darius McCrary from TV ONe moveie Love Under New Managment: The Miki Howard Story

Teyonah Parris and Darius McCrary as Miki Howard and Gerald LeVert in TV One movie Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story. Photo courtesy The FrontPage Firm and TV One.

The stellar cast also includes Darius McCrary (The LeftoversFamily Matters) as Gerald Levert – the love of Miki’s life; Vanessa Bell Calloway (ShamelessTo Hell and Back) as Miki’s mother Josephine Howard (The Caravans – gospel pioneer group); Gary Dourdan (CSIBeing Mary Jane) as Augie Johnson; LisaRaye McCoy (Single LadiesAll of Us) as Sylvia Rhone; and Amari Cheatom (Django UnchainedNight Catches Us) as Miki’s ex-husband, Eddie Phelps.

Filmed in Savannah, GA, Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story follows Miki’s life from her days as a girl being raised in a dysfunctional, turbulent home by a bi-polar mother in Los Angeles to a young woman on her own in the streets of LA ,to a young single mother, to her success in the music business, her decline and back again. Being presented during June, Black Music Month, the movie features Miki’s R&B hits, including “Ain’t Nobody Like You,” “That’s What Love Is,”a duet with Gerald Levert, “Georgy Porgy,” “Come Share My Love” and her Top 10 hit single and title of the movie, “Love Under New Management.”

For more information about TV One’s upcoming programming, including its Black Music Month line-up, visit www.tvone.tv. TV One viewers can join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hashtag #RepresentBlackMusic, and also catch clips and promos on TV One’s YouTube Channel.

 

Mann and Wife Season Finale Tonight on Bounce TV

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Cast members of Bounce TV’s Mann & Wife: Jo Marie Payton, Tony Rock, guest star Vivica A. Fox, David Mann and Tamela Mann. Photo courtesy of The Front Page Firm and Bounce TV.

Mann & Wife season two finale airs tonight at 9pm ET on Bounce TV. In the season two finale of the hit comedy starring real life husband and wife David Mann (Daniel) and Tamela Mann (Toni), David discovers the truth about his real father. While the Manns search for more clues about Daniel’s parents, Michelle, Daniel’s ex-wife (NAACP Image Award winner Vivica A. Fox) returns to town to make sure DJ (Steven Wash) gets his driving license.

Be sure to tune in for laughs and more on the season finale of Mann & Wife on Bounce TV

Both Tyler Perry productions alums, David Mann (Meet The Browns) and Tamela Mann (Madea’s Big Happy Family), star and executive produce the family comedy series as Daniel and Toni Mann, newlyweds who laugh and love their way through the ups and downs of raising a blended family. 

Catch a sneak peak here.

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