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TV ONE WRAPS FOUR-CITY SCREENING TOUR OF HIGHLY ANTICIPATED FILM THE BOBBY DEBARGE STORY WITH STAR-STUDDED LOS ANGELES PREMIERE

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Original Drama Stars Roshon Fegan, Big Boi, Tyra Ferrell, Lloyd, Adrian Marcel and Blue Kimble, and Premieres on
Saturday, June 29 AT 8 P.M. ET/7C, Encore AT 10 P.M./9C

(Los Angeles, CA) – June 28, 2019 – TV One screened its highly anticipated original biopic THE BOBBY DEBARGE STORY in Los Angeles on Wednesday, completing a four-city screening tour that included stops in Atlanta, Miami and Washington, D.C. Held at the Harmony Gold Theater, the film debuted to a standing room only crowd featuring some of Hollywood’s hottest entertainers. Cast members attending included the film’s lead star Roshon Fegan (Bobby DeBarge), Lloyd (Gregory Williams of Switch), Tyra Ferrell (Etterlene DeBarge), Blue Kimble (Tommy Debarge), Adrian Marcel (James DeBarge), Marie L. Toussaint (Bunny Debarge), Laila Odom (Teri DeBarge), Benjamin “Bruno” Rose (El Debarge), Ethan McDowell (Robert DeBarge) and Rodman Munson (Chico DeBarge). The film’s director Russ Parr, Executive Producer, and widow of Bobby DeBarge, Teri DeBarge, Keith Neal of Swirl Films and TV One’s Executive in Charge of Production Karen Peterkin were also in attendance.

Talent and VIP’s in attendance included A.J. Johnson (TV One’s Sins of The Father), DomiNque Perry (TV One’s Deadly Dispatch, Insecure), Jasmine Sanders (TV One’s The DL Hughley Show), Bobby DeBarge Jr., Darius McCrary (Fox’s Star), Kym Whitley (Freeform’s Young & Hungry), Obba Babatunde (ABC’s For The People), Malinda Williams (TV One’s Loved to Death), Darrin Dewitt Henson (BET’s The Family Business), Vanessa Bell Calloway (Fox’s Rel), Amina Buddafly (MTV’s Love & Hip Hop: New York), Taja V. Simpson (Tyler Perry’s The Oath), Kris Lofton (HBO’s Ballers), Adrian Lockett (Tales From The Hood), members of the Debarge family and many more.

Bobby DeBarge Jr. and cast member Adrian Marcel surprised the audience with a special impromptu performance, one of the many evening highlights. Following the screening, Hip Hollywood’s producer and correspondent Vanessa Barnett moderated the Q&A with cast members and creative team revealing special behind-the-scene moments from the film. The evening concluded with an exclusive VIP reception complete with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

Continuing the network’s tradition of highlighting inspirational music figures, THE BOBBY DEBARGE STORY explores the tumultuous life of the former lead singer of the 70’s R&B/Funk Band Switch, also the eldest sibling of the world-famous pop group DeBarge. Despite his success in music, the iconic falsetto found his life in peril as he struggled with fame and fortune while coping with the memories of his dysfunctional childhood.

Tune into THE BOBBY DEBARGE STORY premiering Saturday, June 29 at 8 pm EST / 7C and an encore at 10 pm EST / 9C on TV One.

THE BOBBY DEBARGE STORY is produced for TV One by Swirl Films. Leading the production are Executive Producers, Eric Tomosunas and Teri DeBarge. The film is written by Norman Vance, Jr., directed by Russ Parr with casting provided by Leah Daniels Butler (Leah Daniels Butler Casting) and George Pierre (Pierre Casting). For TV One, Karen Peterkin and Jason Ryan are the Executive Producers in Charge of Production, Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President Original Programming and Production. THE BOBBY DEBARGE STORY premieres Saturday, June 29 at 8 pm EST/7C on TV One. Follow the conversation online @tvonetv using the hashtag #THEBOBBYDEBARGESTORY.

For more information about TV One’s upcoming programming, including original movies, visit the network’s companion website at www.tvone.tv. TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hashtags #BOBBYDEBARGESTORY and #REPRESENT. Download the TV ONE App to watch your favorite shows and movies.

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DEMI LOVATO TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM AT SUPER BOWL LIV

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Multi-platinum singer, songwriter, DEMI LOVATO will sing the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl LIV pregame festivities at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday, February 2, the NFL and FOX announced today. 

The pregame show, including the National Anthem, will be broadcast live worldwide.

Lovato is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, actress, advocate, philanthropist, and business woman. Within hours of the release of Lovato’s fifth studio album, CONFIDENT, the first single, “Cool for the Summer” trended worldwide and hit #1 on iTunes in 37 countries.

Lovato will join a prestigious line up of Super Bowl National Anthem performers, including: Gladys Knight, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Luke Bryan, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Joel, P!NK, Jordin Sparks, Idina Menzel, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, and Neil Diamond.

In addition, on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), CHRISTINE SUN KIM, internationally renowned sound artist and performer, will sign the National Anthem in American Sign Language.

The NFL previously announced that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show.

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Tyler Perry Will Make His Netflix Debut With ‘A Fall From Grace’

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Now that Tyler Perry has ended the Madea franchise, and has his very own state-of-the-art production facility in Atlanta, GA, Perry is trying his hand at another thriller movie with his upcoming Netflix film, A Fall From Grace,

Crystal Fox, Phylicia Rashad, Bresha Webb, Mehcad Brooks, Cicely Tyson (Academy Award® Nominee) and Perry round out the cast. Perry also writes and directs A Fall from Grace, and it was the first to be completely filmed at his Atlanta studio.

The film follows a newly divorced woman named Grace Waters (Fox) who falls in love with a young man named Shannon (Brooks). But when secrets erode her short-lived joy, Grace’s vulnerable side turns violent

After being arrested for killing her new husband and awaiting for her upcoming trial, her lawyer (Webb) digs deep to find out the truth behind her husband’s alleged death and find a way to try to prove her innocence. “When you wake up, you don’t know that today will be the day to change your life,” says a disheveled and hand-cuffed Grace in the new montage of scenes.

A Fall from Grace arrives on Netflix on January 17th; add it to your watch-list here and check out the official trailer above.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, returns to Canada after bombshell announcement

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The Duchess of Sussex has returned to Canada after she and Prince Harry announced they were “stepping back” as senior members of Britain’s royal family.

Prince Harry remains in the UK and Meghan is expected to come back to London on Tuesday, when the couple are set to attend an event with Janice Charette, High Commissioner of Canada to the UK, at Canada House.

Meghan and Harry wanted to meet with Charette “as well as staff to thank them for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada,” according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.

The couple recently returned from Canada, where they spent the Christmas holidays with the duchess’ mother, Doria Ragland.

“The Duke and Duchess have a strong connection to Canada. It’s a country The Duke of Sussex has visited many times over the years and it was also home to The Duchess for seven years before she became a member of The Royal Family,” the royals said on their Instagram page, Sussex Royal, on Wednesday.

The latest developments follow the shock announcement that the pair plan to “transition into a new working model” and become “financially independent” after stepping back from their roles as senior members of the British royal family.

There was said to be a mood of deep disappointment in the palace following the announcement, and senior members of the family are hurt as a result of the news.

Meghan and Harry’s desire to become “financially independent” has also sparked questions as to how they will be able to do this.

The pair published detailed documents outlining the structure and funding of their household, which revealed they receive 5% of their income from the Sovereign Grant — a lump sum of UK taxpayers’ money given to the Queen every year — and 95% from the Duchy of Cornwall, the private estate controlled by Prince Charles, Harry’s father.

Media reports have suggested that Meghan was independently worth around $5 million before she married Harry, who inherited millions from his mother Princess Diana.

However UK newspaper The Times reports that Charles may withdraw funding from the couple if they completely withdraw from their royal duties.

Observers say the couple are unlikely to struggle for money and could generate income from a UK trademark for their brand ‘Sussex Royal,” which the couple applied for in June, as well as sponsorship or speaking tours.

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