Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry

Songs, Movies & Moments: January 2020

Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry

A Look at Entertainment

by T.J. Moore –

For his Netflix debut, Tyler Perry offers A Fall From Grace.

Slated for a January 17 premiere, the film stars Crystal Fox as Grace Waters, a woman who finds love with a handsome stranger (played by Mechad Brooks) after a painful divorce. When Grace learns secrets about her new husband, though, her vulnerability turns to violence, and the only person who can help her put her life back together is a rookie public defender (Bresha Webb).

Shot entirely at Tyler Perry Studios, A Fall from Grace is the studio’s first movie release since the its grand opening. You can catch A Fall From Grace January 17th on Netflix.

Billy Porter
Billy Porter

Another award. Another snub.

The Hollywood Press Association failed to nominate a single female filmmaker, and only nominated three actors of color, for the Golden Globes. One of the three was Billy Porter for his work in Pose. Porter’s newest role in the film Like a Boss is coming to theaters around the time of the airing of the Golden Globes, and he and the rest of the cast commented on the lack of diversity in this year’s show.

Porter told Shadow and Act that the marginalized creatives should put in the work first before even thinking about awards and accolades.

“Validation from the outside is unnecessary. Focus on the work. Keep doing the work. Make sure you reach the people you’re trying to reach. That’s the point,” Porter said. “Pose is on the air. Pose wasn’t even supposed to be on the air … so let’s focus on that, that it’s there and on television.”

Tiffany Haddish believes that the snubs are more than just the accolades.

“To me personally, I don’t believe it’s about the trophies. It’s about the people,” Haddish said. “And when the people come out to support something and they come to see it—it’s like, [people say] ‘why didn’t none of these female directors got nominated or whatever,’ but how many fans, how many people, came out to watch that female director’s movie? People need to get off their a_s, get up and go to the theater and support. If you want to see more of … people winning, then you need to get up and support the win.”

Like a Boss is in theatres now.

Raising Dion stars  Alisha Wainright and JaSiah Young.
Raising Dion stars Alisha Wainright and JaSiah Young.

Raising Dion has been renewed for a second season at Netflix, according to ShadowandAct.com.

Produced by Michael B. Jordan and based on Dennis Liu’s comic book and viral short film of the same name, Raising Dion follows the story of Nicole Reese, who raises her son, Dion, after the death of her husband, Mark (Jordan). The usual dramas of raising a son as a single mom are amplified when Dion manifests several magical, superhero-like abilities. Nicole must now keep her son’s gifts secret with the help of Mark’s best friend, Pat (Jason Ritter), and protect the boy from antagonists out to exploit him—while figuring out the origin of his abilities.

A premier of the new season is to be determined.

Pastor and reality star John Gray and his congregation will have to find a new home, unless Gray’s Relentless Church reaches a new leasing agreement with current property owner. Redemption Church filed an eviction notice against Relentless Church a month after Redemption terminated its lease agreement. Relentless was asked to vacate the premises at the end of 2019.

It’s now 2020 and the court filing claims that Relentless breached its leasing contract after it failed to make payments to cover the costs of the sanctuary and the Imagine Center, according to Greenville Online.

John Gray
John Gray

In a written statement, Pastor Gray said of the eviction:

“We stand behind our original statement and are confident that the payment amounts required under the leases referenced in the complaint have and will continue to be paid,” Gray said. “Our efforts at mediation and with wise counsel to present every detail absent of legal have proven fruitless on their end multiple times.”

The megachurch preacher then addressed his congregation, assuring them the church administration had done its due diligence financially.

“To the Relentless Church family, please note, we have dealt honorably and have utilized every possible measure to resolve these differences to date. We will continue to serve the Lord, reach the lost, and serve the community. This unfortunate issue will not hinder the vision, work, functionality, or heart of this church.”

Katari Buck, an attorney representing Redemption Church and its property, said in a statement to the news that because the two churches couldn’t agree on a day Relentless would vacate the premises, Redemption took legal action to protect its property.

“Redemption is unable to continue to absorb the mounting debts and past-due accounts associated with the Greenville property during Relentless’ tenancy, and therefore has no other option but to seek to regain possession of the property sooner rather than later,” Buck said.

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