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Get your praise on during today's UPFRONT! It features interviews with Pastor John Gray and First Lady Aventer Gray of OWN's hit docu-series The Book of John Gray. I attended a press dinner this week where I got a chance to chat with them about their show's new season and more. 

NBC Senior Vice President of Programming Talent Development & Inclusion Karen Horne chats with UPFRONT about her role at the network and their initiatives to help aspiring female writers and directors and more. 

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OWN & Lionsgate are reporting that music legend Patti LaBelle will have a recurring role on the upcoming third season of the popular dramatic series Greenleaf.

Ms. LaBelle will portray Maxine Patterson, a famous Christian motivational speaker and the CEO of a global Christian self-help empire. She is also an old friend of Lady Mae’s from college days and will serve as her sounding board and greatest ally as she attempts to consolidate her power at Calvary.

Check out the extended trailer for OWN’s award-winning docu-series, Iyanla: Fix My Life.  The new season premieres on Saturday, March 3 at 9 p.m.

Iyanla Vanzant returns with what appears to be her most explosive season premiere to date. The first episode features Kamiyah Mobley, an angry 19-year-old who was kidnapped at birth and raised by her abductor for nearly her entire life. 

Other episodes will include:

This week's edition of #UPFRONT is packed with a lot of star power! I'll be talking to  CAU alumni and star of BET’s The Quad, Larry RhemThe popular series is back for second season and airs Tuesday nights at 10 pm. The offspring of Hip Hop royalty are in the building. I'm talking about none other than the cast of WEtv's Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta.  They stopped by to dish about their second season and the misconceptions of reality stars.

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Congrats to award-winning director and filmmaker Ava DuVernay! She is expanding her TV and film empire through a new first-look deal with Oprah Winfrey‘s Harpo Films. The partnership was announced earlier this week and will include new grounds for her in television and digital media.

 

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