2017 BOOKS


Bounce Sets Tues. July 11 for Season Premiere of In The Cut

With Two All-New Episodes Back-to-Back at 9:00 pm (ET)

Star-Studded Ed Gordon Special Premieres Mon. July 17 at 10:00 p.m. (ET)

Bounce will double the laughs by kicking off season three of its hit sitcom In The Cut starring Dorien Wilson and Kellita Smith with two new original episodes back-to-back 9:00-10:00 pm. (ET) on Tues. July 11. All-new In The Cut episodes will continue to premiere Tuesday nights at 9:00 pm (ET) through the summer.

Bounce also announced today that Ed Gordon will host a star-packed special featuring interviews with the biggest African-American celebrities in movies, television and comedy today, including Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michael Strahan, Omari Hardwick and Cedric the Entertainer, which will world premiere on Mon. July 17 at 10:00 p.m. (ET).

Coming off its highly-rated second season, In The Cut stars Wilson (The Parkers, Dream On) as Jay Weaver, an accomplished entrepreneur and barbershop owner who is kept on his toes by Cheryl, played by Smith (The Bernie Mac Show, The First Family), the co-owner of the beauty salon next store and his love interest. Ken Lawson (The Parkers) returns as Jay’s 32-year old illegitimate son from a short-lived fling now in on the family business as does John Marshall Jones (The Smart Guy) as fellow barber and pal Smitty. Among this season’s storylines: Social media pressures, positive pregnancy tests, old grudges, evading the government, a special engagement and much more. Guest stars include Tamar Braxton, Ed Lover, DC Young Fly, Cocoa Brown, Nephue Tommy, Marques Houston and Earthquake.

In the celebrity-driven Ed Gordon special, the award-winning journalist interviews the stars of the upcoming summer comedy Girls Trip, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish, who discuss their careers and reflect on the contributions of black women in Hollywood today. Gordon profiles Super Bowl champion-turned broadcaster Michael Strahan and the very busy television talent discusses his life, his controversial departure from Live with Kelly and Michael and more. Power’s Omari Hardwick talks with Gordon about his hit series, the relationship with his wife and how he has handled fame in the social media era. Gordon also sits with Cedric the Entertainer and D.L. Hughley who, among other things, discuss the state of comedy in the age of President Donald Trump and the pros and cons of utilizing material based on the activities of the current administration.

Gordon serves as executive producer and host of the Bounce original primetime newsmagazine series Ed Gordon, which features interviews investigative pieces, current event segments and human-interest feature stories and more.

Bounce has grown to be available in more than 95 million homes across the United States and 93% of all African-American (AA) television homes, including all the top AA television markets. Bounce features a programming mix of original and off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and more.


From Emmy Nominated and NAACP Award-winning Actress Victoria Rowell (The Young and the Restless)

-- Six Episode Scripted Comedy Premieres Friday, July 28, 2017 --

The Rich and the Ruthless on UMC

UMC's New Original Series, "The Rich and the Ruthless," Premieres Friday, July 28, 2017


Urban Movie Channels summer lineup returns with a fresh slate of titles, including brand new original series, for its annual Fall Out Friday’s programming block. Every Friday through Labor Day weekend, UMC will add a mix of new series episodes, stand up specials, comedy films, and more, all sure to satisfy any viewers comedy craving. A new focus for the first premium subscription streaming service for African American and urban audiences, UMC is thrilled to announce the premiere of its first new original series for the summer, The Rich and the Ruthless.

Created by multifaceted powerhouse Victoria Rowell – known for her starring role as Drucilla on The Young and The Restless, her New York Times bestseller The Woman Who Raised Me, and much more – the series is a soap-within-a-soap that follows a fictional story of the first black run daytime drama in the soap opera industry. The six-episode series stars Rowell alongside Richard Brooks (Being Mary Jane, Law & Order), Dawnn Lewis (A Different World, Major Crimes), Robert Richard (Coach Carter, Chocolate City), Chrystale Wilson (The Players Club), Caryn Ward Ross (The Game), Michael Colyar (The Princess and the Frog), Alesha Renee and more. The first episode will premiere on Friday, July 28, 2017 with a new episode added weekly. Catch The Rich and the Ruthless and all of our “Fall Out Fridays” comedy this summer at www.UMC.tv.

In the world of Hollywood soap opera The Rich and the Ruthless, the real drama begins after the director yells, CUT! When greedy studio executives inform self-made business man and show runner Augustus Barringer (Richard Brooks) that The Rich and the Ruthless is getting booted off the sound stages for another talk show after twenty years, Augustus is ready to fight back by any means necessary to stay on the air - even if that means filming out of his sleek Hollywood mansion or moving the company to Jamaica! Meanwhile his unpredictable wife, Kitty Barringer (Victoria Rowell), is not happy about any of it. After recently returning home from her latest stint in rehab, she decides it’s time to claw her way back up the cliff and make her soap diva comeback to her role on the show as Blue Sylla, much to her husband’s chagrin. A character driven drama peppered with comedic zingers, get ready for LIGHTS, CAMERA, CALAMITY and CLAWS on The Rich and the Ruthless!

“The Rich and the Ruthless has been my passion project for some time,” says creator and lead actress Victoria Rowell. “A daytime drama with primetime soul, passion, and humor, I and the entire Days Ferry Productions team are thrilled that Urban Movie Channel (UMC) will be home to this original soap opera.” Available at www.UMC.tv, UMC is the first premium subscription streaming service that showcases quality African American and urban entertainment across all genres from RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE). For more information on The Rich and the Ruthless, visit www.therichandtheruthless.com.

Brown Sugar Launches on Amazon Fire TV Today

New Streaming Service for African Americans Features Such Iconic Movies As Dolemite, Jackie Brown, Cotton Comes to Harlem, Foxy Brown, Cooley High, Blacula, Don't Be a Menace to South Central, Pride, A Soldier's Story, Black Caesar, Which Way Is Up?, Hammer, Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip, Car Wash & More

Brown Sugar, the new subscription-video-on-demand service featuring the biggest collection of the baddest African-American movies of all-time, is now available on Amazon Fire TV, it was announced today.

Brown Sugar, the new subscription-video-on-demand service featuring the biggest collection of the baddest African-American movies of all-time, is now available on Amazon Fire TV. Brown Sugar features such great movies as Dolemite, Jackie Brown, Cotton Comes to Harlem, Foxy Brown, Cooley High, Blacula, Don’t Be a Menace to South Central, Pride, A Soldier’s Story, Black Caesar, Which Way Is Up?, Hammer, Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip and Car Wash. Visit BrownSugar.com for more info.

Amazon customers with Fire TV or a Fire TV Stick can now watch Brown Sugar's extensive and one-of-a-kind library of iconic black movies, all un-edited and commercial-free as they were originally seen in theaters. Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick customers who purchase a Brown Sugar subscription in the Amazon Appstore will receive a seven-day free trial and then pay $3.99 per month thereafter. Brown Sugar is already available for Amazon Kindle Fire tablets.

Amazon Fire TV is the #1 selling streaming media player in the U.S. across all retailers, and Fire TV Stick is the most reviewed product in Amazon history.

Brown Sugar features such great movies as Dolemite, Jackie Brown, Cotton Comes to Harlem, Foxy Brown, Cooley High, Blacula, Don't Be a Menace to South Central, Pride, A Soldier's Story, Black Caesar, Which Way Is Up?, Hammer, Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip, Car Wash and The Original Gangstas as well as acclaimed documentaries such as More Than a Game, chronicling the early days of LeBron James.

Brown Sugar also showcases original programming and features complete seasons of the hit Bounce television network series Saints & Sinners, Mann & Wife, Family Time, In The Cut and Ed Gordon. Fans can also go to Brown Sugar to watch all the exciting action of Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce.

Brown Sugar is available for mobile phones and tablets in the Amazon Appstore, Google Play Store and iTunes App Store and for computers at www.BrownSugar.com. Brown Sugar also has Google Chromecast capabilities which allow video to play on televisions directly from mobile devices available for consumers with Android and iOS devices.

Brown Sugar is owned by Bounce, the fastest-growing African-American network on television.


The Lowdown With James Yon on AFRO

Comedian James Yon, host of The Lowdown, a late night comedy show on AFRO


Sling TV, the provider of live and on-demand streaming television services, has expanded its programming with the addition of AFRO, a polycultural Black television network, to its “Lifestyle Extra,” which includes, among other networks BET, Cooking Channel, DIY Network, E!, FYI, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, LMN, Oxygen, truTV, VH1 and WE tv.

The launch of AFRO provides Sling TV Lifestyle Extra customers with AFRO's live stream in addition to hundreds of hours of exclusive and original Afrocentric movies and series on-demand.

“As we solidify our position as the leader in multicultural Black entertainment in North America, this latest development reaffirms our commitment to listen to and adjust to changing consumer behavior while opening the door to exciting possibilities for our company,” says Yves Bollanga, CEO of the Afrotainment Family of channels.

AFRO is available in Lifestyle Extra, $5 per month with a Sling Orange and/or Sling Blue subscription. Visit www.sling.com for more information on programming and services available through Sling TV.

AFRO is the first independently owned and operated African American television network distributed by Sling TV. Visit www.afros.tv for more information on content and programming.

About The Afrotainment Family Of Channels

The Afrotainment Family of channels is a New York-based network of 9 linear television channels targeting the Black communities in North America. Afrotainment channels are available on DISH, Sling, Optimum, Verizon, Frontier, Bell (Canada), Videotron (Canada), Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV. For more information, visit www.afrotainment.us

JULY 2017