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.
Keyshia Cole’s Mom, Frankie Lons, Has Passed Away
Frankie Lons, the vibrant mother of singer Keyshia Cole, who became a popular figure after appearing on Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is in 2006, has passed away.
News of her death surfaced on Monday morning (July 19). Cole’s younger sister, Elite, who appeared on The Way It Is as well, confirmed the sad news. She took to her InstaStories to write, “Worse pain ever….to see my mama in a body bag on her birthday! My heart so f–kin broke.”
According to Cole’s brother Sam, said Lons relapsed and overdosed at her home on Sunday while celebrating her birthday.
Last year, Cole shared that Lons, who struggled with drugs off and on, checked into rehab and in February would have been there for 30 days. She was hopeful that her mom would finally be able to stay sober and be as healthy as possible for her children.
“Do you believe in the power of love?” she wrote alongside a photo of her next to her mom.”What about lack thereof? 50/50 There’s strength in knowing there’s something or someone you can always lean back on. Someone to catch u when u fall. I’ve been being strong for you, hoping I’ll get a chance to feel that feeling from you.”
Cole and her older sister, Neffeteria, haven’t spoken publicly on the news. During Cole’s latest reality series on BET, Keyshia Cole My New Life in 2019, the singer and Lons had a conversation about the possibility of her not being around, which Cole said, understandably, alarmed her.
“Some things happen out there in the streets and it scares a child, the thought,” Cole said.
“One day chicken the next day feathers. If I die today you’re going to move on and you’ve got to make it. You’ve got to live for Keyshia,” Lons replied. “You have to live for you and your family not nobody else. You don’t have to do nothin’ but die and pay taxes, but you have to move on if anything happens to me. At the end of the day you’ll see me later. Up there.”
She added, “I’m a be always where you can find me. Even when God calls me. A mother’s love will always protect you.”
Spike Lee Apologizes After Accidentally Announcing Top Cannes Prize Winner at Start of Show
“It took a lot of suspense out of the night I understand, it wasn’t on purpose,” said the director.
As with most awards ceremonies, the Cannes Film Festival likes to build up to the winner of its biggest award, the Palme d’Or winner. Alas, that wasn’t to be the case with Spike Lee on hand.
“I have no excuses,” Lee, this year’s jury president, said in a press conference. “I messed up.”
He then tried to make a sports analogy to compare his slip to, adding, “I’m a big sports fan. It’s like the guy at the end of the game in the foul line, he misses a free throw, or a guy misses a kick.”
Others might compare it to the 2017 Oscars when “La La Land” was erroneously announced as best picture over the actual winner, “Moonlight.” At least in this case, Lee only killed the suspense and announced the winner early, rather than assemble the wrong cast and crew on the stage only to send them off and replace them.
Maybe it was a language mix-up, or Spike just misunderstood her use of “first prize” in French to refer to the top prize of the night, rather than the first prize to be presented on the night, for Best Actor (Caleb Landry Jones, “Nitram”).
Instead, though, Lee quickly blurted out that Julia Ducournau’s “Titane” had picked up the Palme d’Or, to the shock and horror of his fellow panelists.
Hilariously, Spike almost did it again (though everyone already knew the winner thanks to his first flub).
Taking to the stage at the proper time for announcing the Palme winner, he said, “In 63 years of life I’ve learned that people get a second chance, this is my second chance. I apologize for messing up. It took a lot of suspense out of the night I understand, it wasn’t on purpose.”
But then he almost announced the winner again before the evening’s hostess, French actress Doria Tillier, evening stopped him so that Sharon Stone could come out and do what she was there to do … announce the Palme d’Or winner … that everyone already knew.
Perhaps Lee was just excited that Ducournau is only the second female — and first solo female — in history to win the honor, coming 28 years after the win for “The Piano” and Jane Campion. That year, she shared top honors with Chen Kaige’s “Farewell My Concubine.”
Lee said that the organization took the error well, telling him to “forget about it.” He later joked about it, talking about what an honor it was to be on the jury. “This year, especially, after COVID-19. This is historic. Besides me f—— up, this is historic.”
You can check out the complete list of winners below:
Palme d’Or: “Titane,” Julia Ducournau
Grand Prix: “A Hero,” Asghar Farhadi & “Compartment No. 6,” Juho Kuosmanen
Best Director: Leos Carax, “Annette”
Best Actress: Renate Reinsve, “The Worst Person in the World”
Best Actor: Caleb Landry Jones, “Nitram”
Jury Prize: “Memoria,” Apichatpong Weerasethakul & “Ahed’s Knee,” Nadav Lapid
Best Screenplay: “Drive My Car,” Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Camera d’Or: “Murina,” Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic
Palme d’Or, Short Film: “All the Crows in the World (Tian Xai Wu Ya),” Tang Yi
Special Mention: “Ceu de Agosto,” Jasmin Tenucci
Honorary Award: Marco Bellocchio
Tennis Player Coco Gauff Tests Positive For COVID-19, Will Not Attend Olympics
17-year-old tennis player Cori “Coco” Gauff was slated to be on the U.S. tennis team at the upcoming Olympic Games, but has withdrawn after testing positive for COVID-19.
She broke the news via social media.
“I am so disappointed to share the news that I have tested positive for COVID and won’t be able to play in the Olympic Games in Tokyo,” she wrote in a note. “It has always been a dream of mine to represent the USA at the Olympics, and I hope there will be many more chances for me to make this come true in the future.” At #25, Gauff is the youngest player with a Women’s Tennis Association ranking in the top 100 .
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At 15, Gauff shocked the sports world when she beat tennis icon Venus Williams in the opening round of Wimbledon in 2019. She then bested Williams again during her Australian Open debut in January 2020 and defeated Naomi Osaka at the same event.
Gauff finished her statement by wishing all of her fellow athletes well. “I want to wish TEAM USA best of luck and a safe game for every Olympian and the entire Olympic family.”