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Glitz, glamour, celebrity premieres, amazing events, and nights illuminated by camera flashes. This is the rarefied air of Hollywood, a place known for its ability to make a relative nobody into the “somebody,” everyone will know tomorrow. What does it take to make in this industry? What are the sacrifices? So many lose themselves among the lights that they soon forget who they are, or even where they came from. This definitely cannot be said of Ser’Darius Blain. Ser’Darius is a leading man in a new wave of actors taking Tinsel Town by storm. For many of us, he came on our radar thanks to his starring role in Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, but there is so much more to this amazing man. Indeed 2018 will be the year of Ser’Darius Blain! “I have a few things in the works that are pretty awesome, and I’m really excited for people to see all of them.”

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Acting seems as natural as breathing for Ser’Darius, especially because he has been doing it since he was twelve years old. “…acting is pretty amazing and believe it or not as a kid I use to be really shy and was always up under my mom…I overcame that thanks to my girlfriend at the time…There’s a lot of work that goes into it. Most people really don’t realize, but I love getting to do what I do…” As aforementioned, Mr. Blain came on to our radar in Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, a reboot/sequel of sorts of the original Jumanji. Here, Ser’Darius plays “Anthony ‘Fridge’ Johnson,” a cocky high school athlete who, alongside a few other students, gets trapped inside an old Jumanji video game. Fridge then becomes the playable character, zoologist Franklin “Mouse” Finbar, portrayed by Kevin Hart.

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Jumanji had a star studded cast with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Nick Jonas, and Jack Black alongside, as aforementioned Kevin Hart. Ser’Darius revealed he loved working around such veteran actors. “Man it was amazing, when you have so much talent around you, you really learn a lot. Kevin [Hart] is hilarious that’s all I can say, like the man is seriously funny and crazy…it was a great experience and I’d love to work with them all again…” We are not sure what the cast for the next Jumanji sequel looks like, but we know it makes its debut in December 2019. We just hope that Ser’Darius is back on board with even more laughs. We would love to see Fridge on the forefront of the action this time around. Maybe with some real world super powers the game grants him. It’s just a thought movie gods!

Yes, we loved Ser’Darius in Jumanji, but it is his upcoming role in The CW’s Charmed reboot that has us stoked! Yep, “The Power of Three” is back on television, with a new trio of sisters– Macy (Madeleine Mantock), Mel (Melonie Diaz) and Maggie Vera (Sarah Jeffery)—who come into their powers after the death of their mother. Ser’Darius will play the role of “Galvin,” Macy Vaughn’s love interest and a fellow scientist. “I can’t tell you a lot about the show due to contract [he laughs], but Galvin’s a cool dude and he’s going to be there for the sisters. I can tell you he plays a pretty important role in their lives.” The first trailer for the reboot dropped earlier this month and has been met with mixed reviews. When a Charmed reboot was first announced many assumed it would be a continuation of the original series by Aaron Spelling, starring Shannen Doherty (Prue Halliwell), Alissa Milano (Phoebe Halliwell), Holly Marie Combs (Piper Halliwell), and later Rose McGowan (Paige Matthews); especially since all of the actresses expressed interests in reprising their roles and the comic book series continues their storylines. As a true fan of the original series we are definitely here for something out of the ordinary with the series. Sometimes a reboot is better off as a revamp! Either way if Ser’Darius is in the mix you know it is going to be a hit! You just make sure you tune into Charmed this Fall on The CW!

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If there is one thing Mr. Blain prides himself on being great at besides acting, it would have to be fatherhood. Unbeknownst to most—anyone who is too lazy to check his Instagram profile (LOL) he is the father of a four year old boy. “I love my little man. What can I say, he’s my motivation and I try to spend as much time with him as possible…his mother and I are not together, but we are great co-parents and both do what it takes to make sure he has everything he needs.” Fatherhood definitely suits him and his son is one of the cutest kids you will ever see. It seems like there is nothing Ser’Darius can’t do and we are truly enjoying his rise to the top. He advises all aspiring actors to “Keep God first. When he’s first, everything else falls into place…”

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Love & Work! Meet Jennia Fredrique Aponte & Sol Aponte!

Where is the love? Not far. In fact it is right between two amazing content creators who just so happen to be just an equally amazing power couple! Meet Jennia Fredrique Aponte and Sol Aponte, two people whose love and creativity are changing the world.

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Where is the love? Not far. In fact it is right between two amazing content creators who just so happen to be just an equally amazing power couple! Meet Jennia Fredrique Aponte and Sol Aponte, two people whose love and creativity are changing the world.

Jennia and Sol have partnered together in life and professionally, creating a production company, “Full Frequency Media,” and a wildly popular series, Anatomy of Black Love. “We know what it means to be Black in America and to want to see powerful, accurate, and diverse representation…that’s where content creators who look like you come into place…with everything that’s going on in the world it’s more critical than ever to have that…”

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Jennia and Sol have committed their time and energy towards creating meaningful and quality content using their growing platforms. Both have been in the industry for decades.  We have followed Jennia’s career for years seeing her in various movie and television roles including Half & Half, Who Made The Potato Salad?, Passions, One on One, and Girlfriends. Her most memorable role, however, to us, was as “Brandy” in Patrik-Ian Polk’s Noah’s ARC. “That was a role I really enjoyed. People are always talking about her, she was a joy to play and you know I really enjoyed working with the guys.” Sol is noted television producer with work on hit series like mixed-ish, The Young & The Restless, MADTv, and In The Cut. “Working on so many different projects, you definitely learn a lot about life, people, and how to perfect your own projects…the skills to make great content people can relate to really happens just as much behind the cameras as it does out front…”

Jennia and Sol have united their skills, partnering with Diddy’s independent music cable network, Revolt TV. The network’s mission is to provide great content created by the voices of the current generation. There, their popular and aforementioned series, Anatomy of Black Love, gives audiences a modern take on Black Love through frank, intimate, and confirming interviews with Black celebrities including  Gillian and Michael Jai White, La’Myia Good-Bellinger and Eric Bellinger, Malinda Williams and Tariq Walker, and more.

“Black Love is so amazing and real and it’s not always presented well on screen. It’s important for us to see people who look like us in love, being loved, and living fulfilling lives together…” Jennia adds. “You know love is work and people need to see that. The course of true love never did run smooth but when it does it is the greatest experience of your life…” Sol goes on to discuss the relatability of the series, “…even if you aren’t in a relationship you can relate to this because love is universal and you can even find aspects of self-love in these interviews. They’re very affirming…”

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We have watched every episode of Anatomy of Black Love and we have to say the series is virtually a spiritual experience, restoring our own faith in love. Positive representation of Black people is so needed in these trying times of police shootings and violence, and the onslaught of systemic racism. “The best way to combat this war of hate on us is through love–love of self, and love of one another…” Be sure to check out the series exclusively on Revolt TV.

Besides their aforementioned series you can also see their short films, 90 Days, Sacred Heart, and their celebrity interview series, Beyond The Talent, and other projects on their website, www.fullfrequencymedia.com.

Jennia Fredrique Aponte and Sol Aponte are true influencers, outstanding content creators, and truly in love. Separately they are a force to be reckoned with, combined, they are nothing short of a force of nature. Keep at it guys, we need you.

Where is the love? Not far. In fact it is right between two amazing content creators who just so happen to be just an equally amazing power couple! Meet Jennia Fredrique Aponte and Sol Aponte, two people whose love and creativity are changing the world.

Jennia and Sol have partnered together in life and professionally, creating a production company, “Full Frequency Media,” and a wildly popular series, Anatomy of Black Love. “We know what it means to be Black in America and to want to see powerful, accurate, and diverse representation…that’s where content creators who look like you come into place…with everything that’s going on in the world it’s more critical than ever to have that…”

jennia fredrique aponte and sol aponte

Jennia and Sol have committed their time and energy towards creating meaningful and quality content using their growing platforms. Both have been in the industry for decades.  We have followed Jennia’s career for years seeing her in various movie and television roles including Half & Half, Who Made The Potato Salad?, Passions, One on One, and Girlfriends. Her most memorable role, however, to us, was as “Brandy” in Patrik-Ian Polk’s Noah’s ARC. “That was a role I really enjoyed. People are always talking about her, she was a joy to play and you know I really enjoyed working with the guys.” Sol is noted television producer with work on hit series like mixed-ish, The Young & The Restless, MADTv, and In The Cut. “Working on so many different projects, you definitely learn a lot about life, people, and how to perfect your own projects…the skills to make great content people can relate to really happens just as much behind the cameras as it does out front…”

Jennia and Sol have united their skills, partnering with Diddy’s independent music cable network, Revolt TV. The network’s mission is to provide great content created by the voices of the current generation. There, their popular and aforementioned series, Anatomy of Black Love, gives audiences a modern take on Black Love through frank, intimate, and confirming interviews with Black celebrities including  Gillian and Michael Jai White, La’Myia Good-Bellinger and Eric Bellinger, Malinda Williams and Tariq Walker, and more.

“Black Love is so amazing and real and it’s not always presented well on screen. It’s important for us to see people who look like us in love, being loved, and living fulfilling lives together…” Jennia adds. “You know love is work and people need to see that. The course of true love never did run smooth but when it does it is the greatest experience of your life…” Sol goes on to discuss the relatability of the series, “…even if you aren’t in a relationship you can relate to this because love is universal and you can even find aspects of self-love in these interviews. They’re very affirming…”

jennia fredrique aponte and sol aponte

We have watched every episode of Anatomy of Black Love and we have to say the series is virtually a spiritual experience, restoring our own faith in love. Positive representation of Black people is so needed in these trying times of police shootings and violence, and the onslaught of systemic racism. “The best way to combat this war of hate on us is through love–love of self, and love of one another…” Be sure to check out the series exclusively on Revolt TV.

Besides their aforementioned series you can also see their short films, 90 Days, Sacred Heart, and their celebrity interview series, Beyond The Talent, and other projects on their website, www.fullfrequencymedia.com.

Jennia Fredrique Aponte and Sol Aponte are true influencers, outstanding content creators, and truly in love. Separately they are a force to be reckoned with, combined, they are nothing short of a force of nature. Keep at it guys, we need you.

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Saweetie Talks Music & Black Lives Matter on Quibi’s Musicology w/ Tim Kash

‘Tap In’ and ‘My Type’ Rapper, Saweetie, sits down with Tim Kash and discusses her upcoming album, as well as the current headlines surrounding the speculation of lynchings and how she is involved in the Black Lives Matter movement.

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‘Tap In’ and ‘My Type’ Rapper, Saweetie, sits down with Tim Kash and discusses her upcoming album, as well as the current headlines surrounding the speculation of lynchings and how she is involved in the Black Lives Matter movement.

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We are really glad to hear Saweetie’s forthcoming album is nearly here. She has been in the spotlight for a minute now and her fans (we are fans) deserve to hear a full body of work from her.

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More importantly, however, we love to hear she is doing her part in the Black Lives Matter movement. Someone with a platform as large as Saweetie’s is definitely needed in this good fight! These recent lynchings of Black men in various parts of the country being labeled as suicides is nothing short of nonsense and murder at the hands of white supremacists. Thanks Saweetie for speaking out!

You can catch Saweetie’s interview with Tim Kash below! Happy viewing!

 

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WATCH NOW: OWN’s Exclusive Press Roundtable w/ The Cast of “Greenleaf!”

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It Is hard to believe that after five seasons the upcoming season of OWN’s hit series, “Greenleaf,” will be its last. For years now we have watched this family and their megachurch grow, fall, change, and fight all in the name of family, dignity, and God.

Now, it is time to say goodbye, but before the season premiere airs tomorrow we were privileged to be able to chat with a few cast members of the Greenleaf during a Vimeo roundtable press conference! Yep Merle Dandridge (Grace Greenleaf), Keith Davidson (Bishop James Greenleaf), Lynn Whitfield (Pastor Mae Greenleaf), Lamman Rucker (Jacob Greenleaf), and Deborah Joy Winans (Charity Greenleaf), and the series’ creator/director, Craig Wright were all there and we got the details for this amazing final season!

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Before the press conference we were allowed to screen the first two episodes of the upcoming season and needless to say they are riveting! You will find the Greenleaf Family collectively faces the end of an era with power and ownership of Calvary shifting to Harmony & Hope (H&H). Individually, Grace faces a tragic setback in her relationship with her estranged son, AJ, Kerissa and Jacob play chess as they move towards an impending divorce, Mae and The Bishop move forward with their wedding plans and the next chapter of their lives, and Charity has become the black sheep of her family, viewed as a traitor by her mother and sister while raging against Phillip Demars for spurning her and choosing Judy Whitmore. Whether the Greenleafs can pull it together to somehow save Calvary–and see their family through harrowing times–remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, they won’t go down without a fight!

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The cast was asked questions by various publications sand touched on how the show has helped humanize church leadership, which storylines besides their own are the most invested in, and even behind the scenes hijinks we never knew anything about.

You can catch the full interview by clicking this link https://vimeo.com/428978269 and using the following password: PressEvent4Greenleaf.

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We hate to see Greenleaf ending, but the news of a spinoff has us glowing. We are sure this is not the last we have seen of this family. You all be sure to tune into season premiere of Greenleaf, tomorrow night, Tuesday at 9/8 PM EST/CTR!

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