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TV ONE TAPS ESSENCE ATKINS FOR DIRECTORIAL DEBUT ON ORIGINAL HOLIDAY FILM CHRISTMAS DILEMMA PREMIERING ON 
SUNDAY, DECEMBER, 6 AT 7 P.M. EST / 6C
 
The New Comedy Stars BJ Britt, Brittany Hall, Carl Anthony Payne II, and Christopher B. Duncan

(SILVER SPRING, MD) – November 5, 2020 – TV One today announced  the premiere date for its new original holiday film CHRISTMAS DILEMMA is set for Sunday, December 6, 2020at 7 P.M. ET/ 6Cwith an immediate encore at 9 P.M. ET/ 8C. The film marks the first project directed by Essence Atkins and builds on the actor’s longstanding relationship with TV One. As an actor, Atkins’ TV One credits include original films such as Girlfriend’s Getaway and its sequel, along with Coins For Christmas, and Coins For Love. Filmed in Atlanta, the movie stars BJ Britt (Being Mary JaneAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Brittany Hall (BallersSatisfaction) , Carl Anthony Payne II (Martin5th Ward), and Christopher B. Duncan (Black LightningThe Jamie Foxx Show).

“I am blessed to have the opportunity to collaborate with TV One once again to direct my first movie,” remarked Atkins. “I am immeasurably grateful for the opportunity to helm a film that I can declare I’m proud of. This entire experience has taught me so much and was a true delight.” 

“This will undoubtedly be a different kind of holiday, so we thought an offbeat Christmas comedy was the perfect choice,” remarked Robyn Green Arrington, VP Programming and Production. “Additionally, having consistency behind-the-scenes during this unpredictable time was a must, so working long-time production partner, Swirl was a no-brainer. Continuing our tradition of giving deserving and prepared talent an opportunity to diversify, made the decision to have Essence Atkins at the helm of this movie easy.” 

CHRISTMAS DILEMMA follows a newlywed couple Jay (Britt) and Monica (Hall) as they struggle to decide which set of in-laws they should join for their first Christmas. After each pleads their case and even attempts a little trickery, they decide to bypass the guaranteed disappointment of picking one family over the other. Unbeknownst to them, the decision is made for them when their families show up at their home unexpectedly. Drama ensues as the in-laws clash, long-lost relatives decide to make an appearance, and Jay’s grandmother joins the holiday festivities accompanied her caretaker who just happens to be Jay’s gorgeous ex-girlfriend.

CHRISTMAS DILEMMA cast includes:        
BJ Britt as Jay       
Brittany Hall as Monica       
Carl Anthony Payne II as Eddie       
Christopher B. Duncan as Howard  

CHRISTMAS DILEMMA is produced for TV One by Swirl Films, with Eric G. Tomosunas and COO Robert A. Boyd II, serving as Executive Producers. James Seppelfrick, Ron Robinson and Keith Neal serve as producers for Swirl Films. For TV One, Jason Ryan is the Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting, and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production. 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 TwitterInstagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hashtag #CHRISTMASDILEMMA.
ABOUT SWIRL FILMSSwirl Films is one of the leading independent TV & Urban Film Production companies in the country, based out of Atlanta, Georgia and founded by Eric Tomosunas in 2001. Swirls project slate includes the wildly popular original drama series, Saints & Sinners, and as well as high-quality films and series produced for TV One, BET, Bounce, Lifetime, Hallmark, Reel One, Netflix & Up TV. Swirl Films provides services and content across various areas of production spanning from script to screen, for movies, biopics, scripted series, award shows and documentaries. Purchased in 2019, Swirl Films owns and operates its own 100,000 square foot film studio in Atlanta.

ABOUT TV ONELaunched in January 2004, TV One serves 59 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult black viewers. The network represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Unsung, Uncensored, ATL Homicide, Fatal Attraction and Urban One Honors. In addition, TV One is the cable home of original blockbuster films including When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story, Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story, Bobbi Kristina and The Bobby DeBarge Story. TV One is solely owned by Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK, www.urban1.com], the largest African-American owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences.
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TV One Premiers New True Crime Drama Blood on Her Badge

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(SILVER SPRING, MD) – November 11, 2020– TV One newest suspense-drama film BLOOD ON HER BADGE premieres Monday,November 16, 2020 at 8 P.M. ET/7C. Inspired by true crime events, this gripping film details the journey of an ill-fated romance and stars Rayven Symone Ferrell (The Hate You GiveThe Bobby Brown StoryTequan Richmond (BoomerangEverybody Hates Chris). BLOOD ON HER BADGE tells a true crime tale of Dee Johnson (Ferrell), a charming and eager young cop. As Dee settles into her new career, she falls for Trey (Richmond) a captivating younger man. As life begins to fall into place, Dee begins to make risky decisions that ultimately alter her objectivity. With no real moral grounding, Dee allows herself to be manipulated by her lover, resulting in tragic repercussions.


The BLOOD ON HER BADGE cast also includes Miguel Nunez (The Family Business, Bronx SUI) Tetona Jackson (BoomerangAll Night), and Johnell Young (Wu-Tang: An American Saga).


BLOOD ON HER BADGE was written by Scott Mullen and directed by Kenn Michael with casting by Leah Daniels Butler. The film is produced by The Asylum with Executive Producer David Rimawi, Co-Producer, Paul Bales and Producer David Michael Latt. 
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 onTwitterInstagram and Facebook using the hashtags #BLOODONHERBADGE and #REPRESENT.

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R.I. P. Rance Allen

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If you grew up in a home where the Bobby Jones Gospel show aired on BET you most likely have experienced the sounds of Rance Allen. Renowned gospel singer Rance Allen, known for his wide range vocals, spiritually moving voice, and hits like “Ain’t No Need of Crying” and “I Belong To You” got his heavenly wings Saturday, October 31, 2020. It was reported that he died while recovering from a “medical procedure” at Heartland ProMedica in Sylvania, OH. He was 71.

One of 12 children, Allen was the founder and leader of the Rance Allen group which he formed and performed with with his brothers Tom and Steve. Allen was a singer, songwriter, musician, minister, and bishop. May his works never be forgotten.

For more information about Rance Allen and the Rance Allen Group visit theranceallengroup.com

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URBAN ONE ELEVATES MICHELLE RICE TO PRESIDENT OF TV ONE AND CLEO TV

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SILVER SPRING, MD – OCTOBER 27, 2020 – Urban One today announced that veteran television executive Michelle L. Rice has been named President of TV One and CLEO TV. Since February 2018, Rice has served as General Manager with full management oversight of TV One, the general entertainment network serving a diverse audience of adult Black viewers, and spearheaded the 2019 launch of CLEO TV, an aspirational cable network targeting Millennial and Gen X women of color.  

“Michelle’s dynamic leadership has strengthened network partnerships, developed strategic alliances, and expanded distribution for both TV One and CLEO TV. All of which has uniquely positioned our networks to navigate the changing broadcast environment and catapult them to even greater success in the future,” said Alfred Liggins, President and CEO of Urban One. 

“It has been a tremendous honor to work with such an exceptionally talented team and group of leaders who continue to transform and grow the business every day, even in the face of the most challenging circumstances presented to us this year.  I’m incredibly excited about the future of both TV One and CLEO TV,” said Rice. “I am grateful for this recognition and the opportunity to continue building the TV One and CLEO TV brands.  I appreciate the unwavering support and confidence in my leadership from Alfred Liggins and Urban One Founder and Chairperson, Cathy Hughes.” 

Rice has successfully navigated and led the organization through a multitude of business and operational challenges since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Under her leadership, TV One has expanded its existing relationship with AT&T to include the upcoming launch of CLEO TV across DIRECT TV, AT&T TV, and AT&T NOW and with Philo TV, resulting in TV One’s first vMVPD distribution deal. Rice has brokered an exclusive partnership with the NAACP to develop and launch the ‘Hey Black America’ digital content campaign in response to a myriad of political and social issues that profoundly impact communities of color.  TV One and CLEO TV have also developed REPRESENT THE VOTE: OUR VOICE, OUR FUTURE, a three-part series of virtual town halls designed to tackle various social, economic, and political issues impacting Black women voters across the U.S. 

Rice was one of the inaugural TV One employees, hired as the Vice President, Distribution Strategy, and Operations. She was promoted to Senior Vice President and held the role of Executive Vice President, Content Distribution and Marketing until she was promoted to General Manager.

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