NETFLIX’s ‘Family Reunion’ Starring Tia Mowry-Hardrict & ‘Brian Banks’ Movie Starring Sherri Shepherd To Be Screened at ESSENCE Festival!

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I still haven’t made it to NOLA for the renowned ESSENCE Festival(which is really sad considering it’s the 25th year anniversary of the festival’s beginning), but if you will be in the mix from July 5-7, please go to the screening room to check out  family sitcom “Family Reunion” and movie “Brian Banks.”

Below are descriptions of both:

About Family Reunion

When the McKellan family moves from Seattle to Georgia to be closer to extended family, the transition is like being a catfish out of water. From 3 hour church services and huge humidity hair to M’Dear’s home cooking and family bonding, the everyday ups and downs of Family Reunion are real, memorable, toe tapping, heart stopping, laugh out loud authentic moments.


Loretta Devine (M’Dear), Tia Mowry-Hardrict (Cocoa), Richard Roundtree (Jebediah), Anthony Alabi (Moz), Talia Jackson (Jade), Isaiah Russell-Bailey (Shaka), Cameron J. Wright (Mazzi) and Jordyn Raya James (Ami)

Launch Date

July 10, 2019 on Netflix



About Brian Banks

The inspirational true story of Brian Banks (Aldis Hodge), an All-American high school football star committed to USC who finds his life upended when he is wrongly convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. Despite lack of evidence, Banks is railroaded through a broken justice system and sentenced to a decade of prison and probation. Years later, with the support of Justin Brooks (Greg Kinnear) and the California Innocence Project, Banks fights to reclaim his life and fulfill his dreams of playing in the NFL. Clink on this LINK for more of Banks’ background.


Aldis Hodge (Clemency, “City on a Hill”), Greg Kinnear, Sherri Shepherd and Melanie Liburd (“This is Us”)

Launch Date

In Theaters August 9, 2019


Also, the casts of “Family Reunion” and “Brian Banks” will be in the Screening Room at the ESSENCE festival! I so want to go, but I can’t make it…maybe next year…Anyone want to sponsor my trip? 🙂 Like the kids say, Cash App me. J/K. I don’t even have a Cash App account…LOL…

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Grammy Award-Winning Gospel Artist Yolanda Adams Announces New Handbag Line!

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I’m all about “securing the bag” from a godly perspective of course! By that I mean that God has gifted us with talents that we can use to advance His kingdom and support ourselves! Money aine evil, just the love of money is 🙂 That being said, Yolanda Adams, who is probably my favorite female gospel singer of all time (“The Battle is Not Yours” still ministers to me), has more than one talent! Per her Instgram account, she recently announced the Yolanda Adams Exclusive Handbag Collection!

I heard about Yolanda Adams Handbags when one of my Facebook friends posted a picture of the Yolanda Adams handbag that she bought! She said, “I am very happy with this purchase.” To date,  Yolanda’s catalog includes 46 handbags, ranging from $39.50 to $59.95, so they are very affordable!  The three-piece Large Top Handle Bag, which  comes in red and black and costs $59.95, is already SOLD OUT ! See below…

This is the description: Top grain vegan leather, 3 pieces set large top handle, It comes in medium shoulder bag with matching wallet.   Stripe print cotton lining . Additional long adjustable and detachable shoulder strap.

Below are a couple that I think are cute as well:

This Cross Body Bag comes in orange, green, purple and blue for $40!

This Large, Constructed Tote, which comes in burgundy, grey, black and tan, for $55 is cute too! I may have to get one for my mother for Mother’s Day! And you can pay with PayPal which means a lot to me! You can never be too secure while shopping on the Internet!

So go to to see the entire catalog for yourself! Congratulations Yolanda!

Any thoughts?

Software Developer & Author Vanessa Riley Writes Code By Day & Romance Novels By Night!

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I’m always fascinated when I meet people who are truly multi-talented i.e.  someone whose fields of expertise are on the opposite end of the spectrum. For example, I know a medical doctor who is also a budding author. That is astounding to me because as a journalist/author, anything involving math and science is like a foreign language to me. Aside from my medical doctor/author friend, I would like to introduce you to another multi-talented author, Vanessa Riley!

Vanessa writes Regency and historical romances of dazzling multi-culture communities with powerful persons of color. She writes for historical romance readers who admire and acquire books that showcase women who find joy in sweeping kisses and strong sisterhoods. Even in the darkness, she promises to give you laughs, maybe a few cries, to show you how light always prevails and how love always, always wins.

Below is my interview with Vanessa:

1. You write novels about the Regency & Victorian time periods. For those people who don’t know about these time periods, please tell me about these time periods and what attracted you to writing about them?

Vanessa’s novel “The Bashful Bride, (see cover above)” No. 2 in the Advertisements for Love Series, will be released on May 28. Below is a description of the novel.
When a newspaper advertisement for a bridegroom nets London’s most famous actor, a shy, sheltered heiress risks all to be with him in a mad dash to elope, escaping her overbearing family’s plan for an arranged marriage. But does the actor with the voice of honey have far too many secrets to make a safe happy match?

A friend’s newspaper advertisement for a groom nets the most famous actor in London, Arthur Bex. Shy heiress Ester Croome proposes to elope with the handsome man, who she’s secretly loved for two years, in order to escape an impending engagement arranged by her overbearing family.

Trying to outlive the shadow of his infamous slave-trader uncle, Bex needs to marry quickly—to a woman of good character. And smart, beautiful Ester fits the bill. But a harrowing trip to Gretna Green and dangerous abolition rallies prove to be a more treacherous stage than either imagined. Infatuation and a mutual love for Shakespeare might not be enough to bind a couple looking to outrun the chains and secrets of family and the past.

For more information about Vanessa, please go to 

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