Premium linear channel and streaming service MGM+ revealed a first-look trailer at the highly anticipated series Emperor of Ocean Park from John Wells and Sherman Payne. Executive produced by Sherman Payne, the series is set to premiere with its first episode on July 14 on MGM+, with new episodes airing on Sundays until September 15. In addition to previously announced stars (Forest Whitaker, Grantham Coleman, Tiffany Mack, Paulina Lule, and more), the first season has also added NAACP Image Award Winner Keith Powers (The Perfect Find, The Tomorrow War, The Uglies), Kelli Simpkins (American Rust, Work in Progress, 61st Street), Keith Kupferer (Ghostlight, Windows, The Dark Knight), and Deanna Reed-Foster (The Shining Girls, Vince Staples Show, Chicago Fire).

Chicago Natives capture the Vibrant History of Bronzeville

Two brothers recently launched Time Machine Bronzeville, a desktop application that gives users an immersive journey through the rich history of this South Side community between 1920 and 1940. Developed by Bronzeville natives Donald and Philip Jones, Time Machine Bronzeville (TMB) brings to life the stories, cityscape, and legends of this neighborhood during pivotal moments in history.

Guitar Center Inducts Guitarist Gary Clark Jr. Into RockWalk

Guitar Center announced the induction of four-time Grammy® winning guitarist Gary Clark Jr. into the retailer's iconic RockWalk. The private ceremony took place at Guitar Center's Hollywood location on Sunset Boulevard. Following the ceremony, Gary Clark Jr. performed at Guitar Center's flagship - his first concert in Los Angeles since releasing his newest album, "JPEG RAW"

6 Carnegie Mellon Alumni Nominated for 11 Tony Awards

The spotlight will shine brightly on several Carnegie Mellon University alumni at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York at The 77th Annual Tony Awards® on Sunday, June 16.

Sprite Reimagines the Legendary Obey Your Thirst Campaign with Modern Icons Anthony Edwards and Sha'Carri Richardson

Sprite is reintroducing its iconic Obey Your Thirst campaign to the next generation of drinkers, with inspired new TV spots featuring two of today's hottest athletes and exciting activations across limited time packaging, digital experiences and sports partnerships.

Ernie Hudson to Star in New Horror Film, "Oswald Down the Rabbit Hole"

"Oswald Down the Rabbit Hole" announces that celebrated actor Ernie Hudson will be starring in the highly anticipated horror film, which will be a motion picture capturing a sinister take on a nostalgic fan-favorite cartoon character encompassing the pure horror genre.

Gospel Legend Bebe Winans Delivers a Celebration of God's Bounty in First New Release "Father in Heaven (Right Now)"

Regimen Records is proud to announce the highly anticipated single release, video and "One Night Only" performances from Award Winning Contemporary Gospel legend Bebe Winans. The Detroit native’s newest offering appropriately titled "Father in Heaven (Right Now)" was released on April 12. Written and produced by Winans, "Father in Heaven (Right Now)" recounts the many ways in which he has witnessed and felt God's hand on his life. The ballad serves as a reminder of celebration and testimony.

Rising TV Star Dara Reneé, 'Shark Tank' Investor Daymond John, Hollywood Veteran Lance Gross and Olympian Sanya Richards-Ross Among the Celebrities Participating in Disney Dreamers Academy

TV stars Daymond John, Dara Reneé, Lance Gross and Sanya Richards-Ross are among the celebrities who lent their support to the 100 students who took part in the 17th annual Disney Dreamers Academy (April 3-7) at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Crate & Barrel Debuts First Kitchen Collaboration with Chef Eric Adjepong

Crate & Barrel announces its collection with chef, host, and cookbook author Eric Adjepong. The collection was inspired by Eric's Ghanaian roots and New York City hometown aesthetic to bring his passion for cooking and entertaining to customers' homes. With over 60 pieces of cookware, glassware, serveware and decor, the collection features traditions common to West African culture and a flare only found in the Big Apple.


Hezekiah Walker has long been a beacon of light and hope in the bustling streets of East New York, Brooklyn. Born and raised in Fort Greene Housing Projects, Brooklyn is where Hezekiah Walker developed a love for Gospel music and a heart for people. The renowned Gospel artist, multi-Grammy award winner, and Pastor of the Love Fellowship Tabernacle (LFT) has always believed in the transformative power of music and faith, and he has always had a desire to make a difference in his community – a difference that extended beyond the four walls of the church.

Nyesha Arrington, Rodney Scott and Mashama Bailey Among Top Returning Talent at 2024 Family Reunion

The Family Reunion, the epicurean experience celebrating diversity within the hospitality community, is returning for a fourth year from August 15-18 at Salamander Middleburg in the heart of Virginia's wine country. Overnight packages and multi-event passes are now available at www.salamanderhotels.com/familyreunion or by calling 844-505-9235. The event is expected to quickly sell out.

2024 ESSENCE Hollywood House Returns for Its Fifth Year

ESSENCE Hollywood House returned to Los Angeles for its fifth annual event featuring some of the industry’s most notable names and executives from film and television. Hosted by Skye Townsend, the event focused on equipping the community with the tools and resources needed to tackle some of the industry’s biggest challenges.

Author Ro Smith Announces Debut of her Highly Anticipated Fantasy Adventure 'Journey of a Lost Oxa'

Author Ro Smith is thrilled to announce the debut of her newest book, 'Journey of a Lost Oxa.' Smith is an adventurer at heart who traversed to the pinnacle of Cape Town's Table Top Mountain and even ventured to the Serengeti and to Zambia, walking side by side with wild animals and enjoying the freedom and excitement of the journeys. As a professional, she has served as an Air Force Military Police Officer, social worker, and teacher. Now, she is also an author who has penned several titles.

Shaneé McCambry's Women's Empowerment Book, Perfectly Imperfect is Live

Novae COO, Shaneé McCambry is ready to take the world by storm with her new women's empowerment book. Shaped by her own traumatic experiences, "Perfectly Imperfect" isn't light reading—but it's not meant to be.


BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) will pay tribute to the songwriters and publishers behind the best in Gospel at the 2024 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards, held at Flourish Atlanta on Thursday, March 28th. Gospel legend and world-renowned evangelist Dorinda Clark-Cole will receive the evening's highest honor as a Trailblazer of Gospel in recognition of her illustrious career spanning over 50 years and incomparable influence on the genre and beyond. Jonathan McReynolds will receive the BMI Champion Award for his exceptional artistry and impact on Gospel music, marking the first time this accolade has been presented at this ceremony. The private event will be hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O'Neill and BMI Vice President, Creative, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton.