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Dinner for Two TV Show Tells Story of Love and Lost

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How do you mend a broken heart? TV One‘s new original film, DINNER FOR TWO, poignantly illustrates that it can be a long journey from love lost to acceptance. Premiering Sunday, September 2 at 7p.m. ET/6C, with an encore at 9 p.m. ET/8C on TV One, this complex love story stars R&B heartthrob and actor Tristan ‘Mack’ Wilds (“The Wire”, “90210”), and rising star Chaley Rose(“Nashville”).

DINNER FOR TWO stars Wilds as Chris Moore, a man trying to come to terms with true love lost, playing opposite Rose as his beloved Angela. When his soul mate, Angela, leaves him, his life becomes a complicated mess. Now he is facing a major decision about his future, and drinking heavily, as he can’t seem to move past mourning the relationship. Broken-hearted, Chris prepares a favorite meal that he and Angela shared on many romantic evenings together. As he breaks bread with the love of his life for perhaps the last time, he revisits what made him fall for her in the first place.

“We’re thrilled to be able to showcase the talents of the multi-talented Tristan Wilds and up-and-comer Chaley Rose, whose acting skills seamlessly bring this emotional and intricate script to life,” says Robyn Greene Arrington, Head of Programming for TV One. “Their natural chemistry lends itself to the story, offering viewers the chance to get lost in this relatable narrative of love and loss.”

“What drew me to this film is how much heart the script had,” said Wilds, who also serves as executive producer. “It helps you understand that through all types of obstacles, love conquers all.”

DINNER FOR TWO is the newest addition to TV One’s successful slate of acclaimed original films that range from dramas, comedies, biopics and more. Programming includes TV One’s highest-rated original film When Love Kills, which reached 4.9mm unique viewers and was #1 in African-American households in its time period, and Bobbi Kristina, the #3 highest rated TV One film reaching 3.2 mm unique viewers and was the #1 cable telecast in African-American households premiere weekend.

DINNER FOR TWO is written and directed by Orlando Bishop and produced by Swirl Films. Tristan “Mack” Wilds and Eric Tomosunas of Swirl Films serve as executive producers. Also serving as producers are Nicole Dow, Bishop’s producing partner, and Keith Neal, James Seppelfrick, Ron Robinson, and Darien Baldwin of Swirl Films. Casting is provided by Leah Daniels-Butler, CSA and George Pierre. For TV One, Jubba Seyyid is the Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell McCullough is Sr. Director of Talent & Casting, and Robyn Greene Arrington is Head of Original Programming and Production.

For behind-the-scenes videos and other original content, as well as more information about TV One’s original movies and upcoming programming, 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 #DINNERFORTWOand #REPRESENT.

 

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Tickey Smiley finds out his ex is getting married

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SILVER SPRING, MD – November 2, 2018 – D’Essence has a heartfelt conversation with her brother Brandon, who discloses private details of his journey to recovery from alcoholism on the next episode of TV One’s RICKEY SMILEY FOR REAL, airing Tuesday, November 6 at 8 p.m./7C.

After being arrested for two DUI’s, D’Essence reaches out to Brandon for emotional support as she starts on a new path to focus on her health and safety. While appreciative of his advice, she expresses her frustration with his lack of communication during the low points in her life.

Brandon also acknowledges that his issues with alcohol contributed to his breakup with ex-girlfriend Beonka, who is a close friend of D’Essence, but is excited about his new relationship with another woman.

“I called dad one day and I broke down to him and I was like I can’t do this anymore. I have a problem,” says Brandon. “Dad stopped whatever he was doing and he got me in rehab. I was on my way to going to jail again or dying.”

Meanwhile, Rickey Smiley finds out on Facebook that his ex-girlfriend is getting married and relocating from Colombia to the United States with their daughter and her fiancé.

“I’m really happy for her. You know I’m not a hater,” Rickey says to his daughter, Aaryn. “I don’t hate but I throw shade. You got one dad.”

At the radio station, tensions between Juicy and Gary with da Tea reach a boiling point. In an attempt to clear the air, Juicy sits down with Gary to discuss his recent cancer diagnosis. Hurt to learn such personal news about her good friend along with the public through an announcement, she confronts him about her feelings. Can they resolve their differences and improve their relationship for the better after these turn of events? Tune into the episode to find out.

Season five of the popular franchise returns to TV One with more fun, family drama and life challenges. This season, the show captures Rickey navigating the ups and downs of his professional demands, while adapting to new additions in his household and juggling the growing pains of his young adult children. Along with his morning show crew Headkrack, Da BratGary with da Tea and Juicy, viewers get to ride along with one of nationally-syndicated radio’s most celebrated personalities.

After each episode, check out Rickey Smiley’s “Cooking Up Comedy” digital series at 9/8C on TVOne.tv/CookingUpComedy and TV One’s social media platforms. Rickey will keep you laughing while he shares “how-to” tips on preparing his favorite mouthwatering recipes. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hash tag #RICKEYSMILEYFORREAL and #REPRESENT.

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Exhibition Focuses on Inspirational Light to Others

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By Aissatou Sidime-Blanton

Alethia Jones’ new acrylics painting are populated by glowing icons that appear to create their own cosmos of meaning. No wonder –  she credits Jean-Michel Basquiat, Moyo Ogundipe, and Pablo Picasso for her inspiration.

Jones is in a two-person exhibition at Alex Rubio’s R Space gallery at 110 East LaChappelle that will open with a reception on Nov. 10 from 7 m to 10 pm. Jones will be exhibiting , alongside oil painter Paris Davis, in her first gallery exhibition. It will close the day before Thanksgiving.

“My artwork is mainly spiritually focused,” said the 32-year old who currently works a merchandiser at Sear’s and owns Uhuru Aevum Handcrafted Jewelry and Art. “I’m expressing a part of me that I don’t get to express very often. As life in the U.S. continues to darken politically, emotionally, and spiritually, I want my work to serve as an inspirational light to others.”

The Dallas native has lived in San Antonio for 8 years. She came to the Alamo City when her father retired from the U.S. Army.

As a child, she enjoyed sketching and later studied fashion design at Texas Woman’s University with the plan to launch her own fashion clothing.

“I have always wanted to achieve a career that would allow me to utilize my imagination and creativity,” Jones said. “I went to Texas Woman’s University with the hopes of becoming a fashion designer. I struggled throughout my time in college, and eventually left school, discouraged that I would never reach my dream.”

Eventually she began making jewelry and then started painting on the leather that was incorporated into her varied accessories. Earlier this year, her rekindled interest in painting led her back to stretched canvases.

“Through my paintings, I want to serve as a spiritual light and to be a voice among African-American female artists who don’t get as much attention,” Jones said.

R Space Gallery hours are by appointment only, by calling Alex Rubio at 210-793-8899. For more information on Alethia’s jewelry go to www.uhuru-aezum.com or www.saethnicartsociety.org.

Aissatou Sidime-Blanton is a San Antonio-based curator and art collector. With her husband, Stewart Blanton, she underwrites the Abaraka Award, a biennial grant for African American women who teach, curate or create visual art. Learn more at SidimeBlantonFund.org.

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Quilt Exhibit Tells Story of Past Events

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Civil Rights leader Marcus Garvey once said, “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” The African American Quilt Circle of San Antonio is hoping to provide some of that history through their detailed quilt exhibit titled, “Telling Our Story: African American Influences on San Antonio’s History” at the Carver Community Cultural Center.

The exhibition, which is on display until Nov. 9, depicts significant time periods and people who have helped shape San Antonio’s history. It showcases events and people as far back as the 1800’s.

Racquel Gilford-Stepter of the African American Quilt Circle of San Antonio or AAQCSA, said a year ago, a small group of quilters formed with the intent to create narrative quilts in an effort to archive, record and tell the history of San Antonio’s black community. She added after months of research and visiting UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, UTSA archives and having stories shared with them from community elders, they were able to create 20-plus quilts on display for this exhibit.
“We still have so many more moments and stories to create and hope to share a snippet of what we have created so far,” Gilford-Stepter added.

All of the quilts are original designs based on each quilter’s research. Each quilter used a variety of mixed media techniques to create and embellish their quilts.

Bring your family and friends to experience this one-of-a-kind exhibit. The admission is free at the Carver, located at 226 N. Hackberry Street. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 8am – 4pm and two hours prior to each Carver performance.

The AAQCSA was founded in August 2017 by four quilters with a primary goal of fostering a quilting community, sharing the heritage of quilting and promoting the traditions of African-American quilting.

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