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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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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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Details of making “The Best Man.”

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When “The Best Man” hit theaters, it took over the box office with its unforgettable characters, a dream cast and a hot soundtrack.  On Sunday, October 7 at 9/8C, critically-acclaimed biographical series UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD sits down with director Malcolm D. Lee, along with members of the cast, to discuss the behind the scenes details of making “The Best Man.”

“The Best Man” was the directorial debut of Malcolm D. Lee, younger cousin of famed filmmaker Spike Lee, and became the #1 film opening weekend in October 1999. The film featured an African American ensemble cast with a universal story that could reach mainstream audiences. During a time when many Black films were focused on the reality of street life, the film explored themes of love, relationships, commitment and marriage. With popular actors Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, Terrence Howard and Regina Hall, the movie became one of the most beloved films of its time and helped pave the way for more films featuring African American lead actors that showcased love and relationships.  Malcolm battled with the studio over creative choices while in production, and despite its universal storyline, it was marketed as a “black film” that ultimately failed to have the mass appeal he sought.

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From warm-up act to entertainment mogul, Nick Cannon

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From warm-up act to entertainment mogul, Nick Cannon has become an undeniable force within the industry. On Sunday,October 7 at 10/9C, a premiere episode of TV One’s hit auto-biographical series UNCENSORED will feature countless insights from the writer, actor, host and entrepreneur.

Raised on two coasts, Nick Cannon grew up balancing the gangs of San Diego with his father’s ministry in North Carolina. He recognized his call to entertainment at an early age and with the help of his grandfather and father, was able to escape the lure of the streets. While in high-school, Nick Cannon landed a gig as the warm up act for Nickelodeon’s “All That” where he would eventually become a writer and the youngest paid writer in Hollywood’s history. Mentored by Will Smith, he learned the ropes of the music industry while carrying crates for Biz Markie and Jazzy Jeff. Nick Cannon also learned the business aspect of music from his own missteps as an artist while launching and running a record label. He eventually expanded his brand with ventures in writing, producing and hosting for some of the biggest platforms in the industry, including his popular “Wild ‘n Out” show on MTV. Today, he works behind the scenes creating opportunities for comedians and entertainers.

UNCENSORED explores the lives of your favorite personalities as they reveal secrets to their success, obstacles they’ve faced, and how they manage this new world of social media that has helped, but sometimes haunted their careers. The premiere episodes give unprecedented access to stars of film, television, music, and pop culture, including R&B singer K. Michelle, actress Tichina Arnold and actor/comedian Lil Rel Howery as they personally reveal their own stories, in their own words.

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For more information on UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD and UNCENSORED, visit TV One’s Youtube Channel and check out exclusive, behind-the-scenes content on www.tvone.tv. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TV One’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook(@tvonetv) Be sure to follow UNSUNG on Facebook using the hashtag #UNSUNGHOLLYWOOD and  UNCENSORED on Facebook and Instagram (@Uncensored TVOne) using the hashtag #UNCENSORED.

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