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'Kirk Franklin's A Gospel Christmas' Shows A Young Pastor Finding Her Voice (Exclusive Clip)

Posted by Iesha Marie on December 2, 2021 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)


Gospel music, faith, and of course romance take center stage in Lifetime’s holiday movie Kirk Franklin’s A Gospel Christmas.


The film stars Demetria McKinney as Olivia, a young Chicago pastor following in the footsteps of her mother, who gets reassigned to a new church in Texas one month before Christmas.


As she steps into her new church to begin her ministry, she tells herself to put faith over fear.


Olivia has her work cut out with an older congregation that expects her to not only lead the church, but to also sing.


She is tasked with leading the church choir for the town’s annual Christmas Jamboree and receives support from fellow parishioner Ashton (Chaz Lamar Shepherd). Sparks fly between Olivia and Ashton when they first bump into each other at church and continue to get to know each other in preparation for the Christmas Jamboree.


The film also stars Jen Harper, Kendra C. Johnson, Deetta West, and Ken Colquitt.


Gospel legend Kirk Franklin is one of the executive producers and also wrote and arranged the music for the holiday film. He makes a cameo appearance as well. Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd serves as executive producer, while Erica Sutherlin directs and Kourtney Richard wrote the script.


Kirk Franklin’s A Gospel Christmas premieres at 8 p.m. on Dec. 4 on Lifetime.


Watch an exclusive clip from the holiday film below:




Article by: Jacquelinne Mejia

https://urbanhollywood411.com/2021/11/29/lifetime-a-gospel-christmas-a-young-pastor-finds-her-voice/

Kirk Franklin's A Gospel Christmas

Posted by Iesha Marie on November 25, 2021 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

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Kirk Franklin's A Gospel Christmas is produced by Swirl Films and Big Dreams Entertainment. Executive produced by Kirk Franklin and Tracy "Twinkie" Byrd and produced by Leslie Greif, Eric Tomosunas and Ron Robinson. Erica Sutherlin directs a script by Kourtney Richard.


When We Speak TV had the pleasure of joining a virtual press conference for Kirk Franklin's A Gospel Christmas


In attendance of the call was Executive Producer, Tracy "Twinkie" Byrd and film cast: Demetria McKinney, Regina Belle, and Angela Burchett.




When Olivia (Demetria McKinney), a young assistant pastor, gets assigned to be a lead pastor at a new church a month before Christmas, she’s fearful she can't manage the transition, including getting the choir ready to open the town's annual Winter Jamboree. Banding together with her new congregation, Olivia discovers a new home for herself, and even finds a little Christmas romance along the way! Featuring a special appearance and songs written and arranged by Kirk Franklin.


Kirk Franklin’s A Gospel Christmas


Starring Demetria McKinney, Chaz Lamar Shepherd, & Kirk Franklin


Saturday, December 4 at 8pm / 7c on Lifetime





Article by: When We Speak TV

https://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/kirk-franklins-a-gospel-christmas

(Review) 'Kirk Franklin's A Christmas Gospel' Teaches The Reason For The Season

Posted by Iesha Marie on November 25, 2021 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)


The holiday season is a time that instantly puts us in a joyful spirit. From the decorations to family traditions, it is just a wonderful time of year. There’s nothing like the holiday spirit and Kirk Franklins A Gospel Christmas exudes that very feeling.


Lifetime is set to release Kirk Franklin’s A Gospel Christmas this holiday season. The film stars Demetria McKinney, Chaz Lamar Shepherd, Regina Belle, Angela Birchette, and Kirk Franklin. Kirk Franklin’s A Gospel Christmas airs December 4th 8/7c on Lifetime.



About Kirk Franklin’s A Gospel Christmas



When Olivia (Demetria McKinney), a young assistant pastor, gets assigned to be a lead pastor at a new church a month before Christmas, she’s fearful she can’t manage the transition, including getting the choir ready to open the town’s annual Winter Jamboree. Banding together with her new congregation, Olivia discovers a new home for herself, and even finds a little Christmas romance along the way! Featuring a special appearance and songs written and arranged by Kirk Franklin. (Scroll down to watch the trailer.)


Kirk Franklin’s A Gospel Christmas is produced by Swirl Films and Big Dreams Entertainment. Executive produced by Kirk Franklin and Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd and produced by Leslie Greif, Eric Tomosunas, and Ron Robinson. Erica Sutherlin directs a script by Kourtney Richard.


This film is especially important because it broke a milestone being the first Black Christmas gospel film. With it being the first of its kind, the entire team of producers and actors worked extremely hard putting their best effort into creating an amazing film.



During a virtual press conference, we had the opportunity to speak with Executive Producer Tracey “Twinkie” Byrd and actresses Demetria McKinney, Regina Belle, and Angela Birchette to get their inside thoughts relating to the film. In the movie, there is a church tradition of giving a wreath which symbolizes the idea that in order to give, you must receive. The ladies were asked if they could give anything to the world, what would it be? Demetria Mckinney responded she would give the world empathy. She feels the world often lacks care for others and a simple expression of empathy could be all a person needs to overcome their battles. Angela Belle says she would give the world grace, and Tracey “Twinkie” Byrd says she would give the truth and deprogram the colonized mindset that many have.


The ladies were also asked what were their favorite scenes. Regina Belle expressed that she loved seeing her daughter Olivia come into her new position as the pastor of a church. Regina especially enjoyed it because she is a mother in real life and connected to this role as a parent. Tracey “Twinkie” Byrd said she enjoyed placing Easter eggs throughout the film. “Easter eggs” is a term used to describe a hidden detail left in a movie by the filmmaker. Some hidden items throughout the film were images of a family member who passed away, one of her favorite books, and art created by a Black artist. This made me appreciate Tracey “Twinkie” Byrd’s thoughtfulness while producing the film. Her going the extra mile and layering elements made the movie even more special.


Review



After watching the film, I was immediately in the holiday spirit and ready to decorate. Seeing holiday films always puts me in a cheerful spirit, but this film made me want to act on the spirit of giving. The singing throughout the movie was phenomenal and clearly a part everyone enjoyed. They also did an excellent job at accurately portraying a Black church. To see that be done on a network like Lifetime was an achievement in itself.


While watching the movie, I personally resonated with Olivia’s fear of something unfamiliar. Many people can relate to this feeling because it is natural to fear the unknown. Olivia was well prepared for her new venture at the church but didn’t believe in herself. In life, uncomfortable situations force you to evolve, and that is exactly what happened for Olivia.


Overall, I can honestly say this was a phenomenal Christmas gospel movie. Every aspect from the storyline to the singing was skillful in its own way. Not only is it a great watch, but you will also reflect on yourself through the characters’ actions. What sets this film apart from the typical cliche Christmas film is its inclusion of the church home and teaching viewers the true “reason for the season.”


Be sure to set your DVR for Kirk Franklin’s A Gospel Christmas on December 4th 8/7c on Lifetime. You will definitely want to watch this movie more than once!


(Trailer) Kirk Franklin’s A Gospel Christmas | Saturday, December 4 | Lifetime





Article by: Vanice Herbert

https://spectacularmag.com/2021/11/22/review-kirk-franklins-a-christmas-gospel-teaches-the-reason-for-the-season/

Kirk Franklin's A Gospel Christmas on Lifetime Starring Demetria McKinney

Posted by Iesha Marie on November 18, 2021 at 2:45 AM Comments comments (0)


Kirk Franklin’s A Gospel Christmas, starring Demetria McKinney, Chaz Lamar Shepherd and Kirk Franklin, premieres December 4th at 8pm / 7c on Lifetime.


When Olivia (Demetria McKinney), a young assistant pastor, gets assigned to be a lead pastor at a new church a month before Christmas, she’s fearful she can’t manage the transition, including getting the choir ready to open the town’s annual Winter Jamboree. Banding together with her new congregation, Olivia discovers a new home for herself, and even finds a little Christmas romance along the way! Featuring a special appearance and songs written and arranged by Kirk Franklin.


Kirk Franklin’s A Gospel Christmas is produced by Swirl Films and Big Dreams Entertainment. Executive produced by Kirk Franklin and Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd and produced by Leslie Greif, Eric Tomosunas and Ron Robinson. Erica Sutherlin directs a script by Kourtney Richard





Article by: fabitainment

https://www.fabutainment.com/kirk-franklins-new-movie-a-gospel-christmas-premieres-december-4th-on-lifetime/

Lifetime To Premiere 'Kirk Franklin's A Gospel Christmas' In December

Posted by Iesha Marie on October 7, 2021 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)



Among the holiday films that Lifetime will airing in 2021 is Kirk Franklin’s A Gospel Christmas, starring Demetria McKinney, Chaz Lamar Shepherd, Regina Belle and Kirk Franklin. Kirk Franklin’s A Gospel Christmas airs December 4th 8/7c on Lifetime.


The film was directed by Erica Sutherlin based on a screenplay written by Kourtney Richards. Franklin and Tracy 'Twinkie' Byrd are executive producers.


When Olivia (McKinney), a young assistant pastor, gets assigned to be a lead pastor at a new church a month before Christmas, she’s fearful she can’t manage the transition, including getting the choir ready to open the town’s annual Winter Jamboree. Banding together with her new congregation, Olivia discovers a new home for herself, and even finds a little Christmas romance along the way! Featuring a special appearance and songs written and arranged by Kirk Franklin.



Article by: Wilson Morales

https://www.blackfilmandtv.com/tvnews/lifetime-to-premiere-kirk-franklins-a-gospel-christmas-in-december

Jess B. Real Poscast - FANmily Ties (with Iesha Marie and Chel)

Posted by Iesha Marie on September 12, 2021 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)



Each one of us has a celeb, we would love to form a bond with outside of likes, reposts, and follows. We also have a few of those, who are given the opportunity to build those bonds, where they are now considered FANmily, where there's a FANmily Tie! Check out me kicking it with two of the realest, Iesha Marie & Chelz of the @DeeDeesworld & @ DDWassist! These fan pages have real people behind them, why don't we ever dig deeper? Let's get real... Tap in!





Interview by: Jess B. Real Podcast

https://gbnbts.podbean.com/e/fanmily-ties/

Motherland Fort Salem Is Renewed For Season 3! Check Out All Details

Posted by Iesha Marie on August 26, 2021 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)


Motherland Fort Salem is renewed for season 3! Motherland tells the story of a young woman’s escape from slavery and her life in early America.

 

The Freeform drama Fort Salem was renewed for a third and final season ahead of the second-season finale. The series, written and created by Eliot Laurence (“Claws,” “The Big Gay Sketch Show”) with stars Taylor Hickson, Jessica Sutton, Ashley Nicole Williams, Amalia Holm, Demetria McKinney, and Lyne Renée.

 

Renewal Updates:


“We’re excited to bring ‘Motherland: Fort Salem’ back for a third season; we were thankful it worked out that Eliot and the entire team could continue their work on this fantastic series,” Freeform President Tara Duncan said in a statement. The show has created immersive, engaging mythology that has resonated with its legion of fans since day one.




“Motherland: Fort Salem” is a series documenting the lives of three young women as they enter military combat training in preparation for deployment. For centuries, women have been considered the weaker sex; now, they take on the more powerful roles.

 

“Every time we get to dive back into the world of ‘Motherland: Ford Salem,’ it’s a pleasure and an honor,” Lawrence said. “I can’t wait to bring season 3 to the world. I plan on ramping up the stakes for the finale with a crazy, scary adventure that’s satisfying throughout.”


“Motherland: Ford Salem” is grateful for Freeform’s support and fans’ devotion, Laurence added in his statement. Fans will be thrilled by what Season 3 has in store, he noted.


Season 2 saw the Camarilla confront a new threat from witch hunters, the witches. Reluctantly working with them for their training to strengthen while exploring their magic relationships and beliefs more deeply. ‘Motherland: Fort Salem’ is executive produced by Laurence, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay Kevin Messick, and Amanda Tapping.”



Article by: Barvi Bandral

https://pioneerscoop.com/2021/08/25/motherland-fort-salem-is-renewed-for-season-3-check-out-all-details/

Golden Brooks and Demetria McKinney Join Essence Atkins, Stephen Bishop, and TC Carson for the Closing Chapter of the 'Coins' Franchise

Posted by Iesha Marie on August 4, 2021 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Jason Merritt/FilmMagic/Gregg DeGuire/Paras Griffin/Getty Images


TV One announces the final chapter to the Coins trilogy with production underway in Atlanta, GA for its new original film COINS FOREVER. Returning to the Coins franchise includes Essence Atkins (“Ambitions,” “Marlon”), Stephen Bishop (“Imposters,” “Being Mary Jane”), TC Carson (“Living Single”), Kendrick Cross (“Ambitions”) with newly added cast members Golden Brooks (“Girlfriends,” “Hollywood Divas”) and Demetria McKinney (“Saints & Sinners,” “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”).


Coming this Fall, COINS FOREVER follows after Coins For Christmas and Coins For Love which follows the complicated relationship of Madison (Atkins) and Alec (Bishop).


“Over the years we’ve been happy to have the Coins franchise blossom,” said TV One’s Executive Producer Jason Ryan. “To bring this trilogy to a close is bitter sweet, but we love that viewers have been invested in the development of Alec and Madison’s relationship.”


In Coins For Christmas, viewers watched as single mom Madison finds herself scraping pennies two weeks before Christmas after the IRS freezes her bank account and her boss fires her. While searching for sideline gigs, she’s hired by pro-athlete Alec Darby who challenges the patience of Madison, but is swept away by her strength and tenacity which soon forges a friendship. The sequel, Coins For Love shows a glimpse of hope for the two friends as they begin to follow the path of their dream jobs. As Madison and Alec reconnect and reunite to spark a potential future, both of their exes remerge creating a challenge for them to pursue a budding relationship.


COINS FOREVER, Madison and Alec are flourishing in their careers and begin to explore their romance. However, reality strikes as the two face new distractions and obstacles that threaten to derail the fate of their relationship.


COINS FOREVER cast announced today:

  • Essence Atkins as Madison Morris
  • Stephen Bishop as Alec Darby
  • TC Carson as Hank
  • Golden Brooks as Veronica
  • Demetria McKinney as Althea
  • Kendrick Cross as Demarco


COINS FOREVER is executive produced by Urban One Founder and Chairwoman Cathy Hughes, written by Susan Banks and directed by Tamara Bass, with casting by George Pierre. The film is produced for TV One by Swirl Films, with Eric F. Tomosunas serving as Executive Producer. James Seppelfrick, Ron Robinson and Keith Neal serve as producers. For TV One, Jason Ryan is the Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting.



Article by: Coins Forever

https://tvone.tv/102732/golden-brooks-and-demetria-mckinney-join-essence-atkins-stephen-bishop-and-tc-carson-for-the-closing-chapter-of-the-coins-franchise/


Season of the witch: 'Motherland: Fort Salem' returns with more magic & mayhem tonight on Freeform

Posted by Iesha Marie on June 23, 2021 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Season two of Freeform’s Motherland: Fort Salem — set in a world where witches make up the U.S. Army — premieres Tuesday night at 10 pm ET/PT. The show’s first season debuted during the pandemic, and one of the stars believes it drew a devoted audience because it offers a much-needed escape from the awful reality of COVID-19.


Demetria McKinney, who plays drill sergeant Anacostia Quartermaine on the show, tells ABC Audio, “There’s so much reality happening to us…and it’s coming from different directions than we were used to.”


She adds, “So to be able to sit down with your family…and just have a common space where you can escape and go into this whole different world — that isn’t too far from your own, but gives you just a little bit of a break — was really something that even I look forward to.”


The show also connected with viewers because of its diverse cast of mostly female characters of many different races and sexual preferences. Overseeing them all is Belgian actress Lyne Renée as General Alder, the powerful 300-year-old witch who leads the military.


“What I get back [from fans] is how they look at the confidence and strength of Alder and how it is inspiring them, which I think is amazing to hear, because she does that to me personally as well,” Renée tells ABC Audio.


“Someone said, ‘Oh, you’re playing a strong woman,'” she adds. “And I’m like, ‘We’re all strong women. We just need to find that part within ourselves.’ And I think Alder is a good representation of that.”


This season, the three main characters — witches Raelle, Tally and Abigail — confront their growing powers and abilities, as well as the increasing threat from a group of ancient witch hunters.





Article by: WSJM

https://www.wsjm.com/2021/06/22/season-of-the-witch-motherland-fort-salem-returns-with-more-magic-mayhem-tonight-on-freeform/

Motherland Fort Salem S2: Amalia Holm, Demetria McKinney & Lyne Renee Interview (Audio)

Posted by Iesha Marie on June 20, 2021 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)



The enemy of my enemy could be a witch's best friend. We're getting ready for Season 2 of Motherland: Fort Salem on Freeform with a trio of top witches on both sides. Hear our conversation with Amalia Holm (Scylla), Demetria McKinney (Anacostia) and Lyne Renee (General Alder) about what's coming up this season. We'll talk about whether the Army and the Spree can join forces, Anacostia being a bit of a rebel and the walls closing in on Alder. Plus Amalia drops some interesting insight into where the Scylla and Anacostia dynamic goes from here. WATCH MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM WHEN SEASON 2 PREMIERES TUESDAY, JUNE 22ND ON FREEFORM AND NEXT DAY ON HULU!




Article/Audio by: Down And Nerdy Podcast

https://downandnerdy.libsyn.com/ep-372-motherland-fort-salem-s2-amalia-holm-demetria-mckinney-lyne-renee-interview

'Motherland: Fort Salem' cast talks new powers, old enemies in season 2

Posted by Iesha Marie on June 20, 2021 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

"It's a dark, crazy season." The witches are back and more powerful than ever in season 2 of Freeform's "Motherland: Fort Salem."




Freeform's "Motherland: Fort Salem" introduced audiences to witches Abigail (Ashley Nicole Williams), Raelle (Taylor Hickson) and Tally (Jessica Sutton) as they learned to harness their powers to fight with the United States Army against a terrorist witch group, the Spree. The new recruits navigated love, loss, betrayal and, of course, magic, but everything changed in the explosive season 1 finale.


Season 2 picks up with Abigail and Raelle navigating the mysterious "witchbomb" and their newfound powers. Meanwhile, Tally is grappling with seemingly losing her unit and her newfound responsibility as one of General Alder's (Lyne Renée) "Biddies," having sacrificed her lifespan to extend Alder's.


"[There are] multiple narratives happening all at once that will coalesce somewhere at the end of season 2," Sutton said. "It's going to be epic."


This season, the witches are up against their ancient enemy, the formidable Camarilla.


"There's a lot at stake. She's of course been training all these cadets to fight the Spree, but now the Spree and the army have a mutual enemy within the Camarilla," Demetria McKinney, who plays drill sergeant Anacostia, said.


"It's a dark, crazy season," Williams teased. "We're all on our own journeys. We had this sisterhood in season 1, but now we're trying to figure ourselves out."


After escaping the interrogation quarters with Anacostia's help, Scylla (Amalia Holm) is back at the Spree's base with her leader, who was shockingly revealed to be mother of her ex-lover, Raelle. So what does this all mean for fan favorite couple, Raelle and Scylla?


"What I can tease is that Scylla would never give up on Raelle," Holm said. "Scylla has to come to terms with how Raelle felt about what Scylla did. When she hid the truth and herself and her real identity, that was a betrayal."


"She's angry for putting that much trust into somebody," Hickson said of Raelle. "Her intuition tells her that there must be good, she couldn't have fallen for someone that is just so backwards."


"There's a longing, that's what I can give away, a very strong longing," Holm added.


Season 2 of "Motherland: Fort Salem" premieres Tuesday, June 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT | 9 p.m. CT on Freeform, next day on Hulu.



Article by: On The Red Carpet

https://abc7news.com/motherland-fort-salem-freeform-season-2-ashley-nicole-williams/10807057/


Demetria McKinney On How Janine Relates To Her Role As Anacostia In 'Motherland: Fort Salem'

Posted by Iesha Marie on June 16, 2021 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Demetria McKinney has shown us over the years her versatility in TV/ Film, and her role as Anacostia in the Freeform hit series Motherland: Fort Salem continues to prove the range she has as an actress.


Mckinney's character is a drill sergeant in the series. During Season one's finale, her character did a deed that may cost her in Season two, letting Scylla (played by Amalia Holm) free and followed her to one of the radical witches’ houses. She finds out that Scylla was meeting up with Willa, Raelle's mother, who actually isn't dead.




Your Voice Correspondent, Ty Cole spoke with Mckinney on how her character will deal with an unlikely ally this forthcoming season, the similarities between her character and 'House Of Payne' character Janine, and what traits they should take from each other.


Cole: How do Demetria and your character, Anacostia, deal with unlikely allies?




McKinney: You have to remember you're together for a reason and if you can find a commonality, you can find a way. Once we all realize that we all have something in common, we can work together a lot easier to get things done. For Anacostia and the new unexpected ally, it's a challenge but what ties those two together is the intentionality being the same. They both want the same thing but they go about it differently.


Cole: How does your character Anacostia and Janine from House Of Payne relate to each other?




McKinney: Both of these characters are true mother figures in their own right. When it comes to Janine, I have a Janine in my family and the biggest takeaway to learn from Janine is the choices you make directly affect the people you love. Anacostia being a mother figure to these three women is a mimic of what she was given. It was regimented and by the book - very immersed in the must-have of it all. One thing to takeaway to learn from Anacostia is while you are a mother, you need to have balance.


You can see McKinney as Anacostia on the new season of Motherland: Fort Salem premiering Tuesday, June 22nd at 10:00 p.m. ET on Freeform.



Interview by: Ty Cole@tycoletv

https://www.yvmag.com/post/demetria-mckinney-on-how-janine-relates-to-her-role-as-anacostia-in-motherland-fort-salem


Why Did Demetria McKinney Leave Saints & Sinners?

Posted by Iesha Marie on June 13, 2021 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)


‘Saints & Sinners’ is a popular soap opera on Bounce TV and also the network’s first original drama. The series revolves around the members of a Baptist church, for whom crime, greed, lust, and betrayal are part and parcel of life. Demetria McKinney portrays Tamara Austin in the first four seasons of the drama. The role was then recast, and Ashani Roberts took over as Tamara. Naturally, you must be wondering what the reason was behind this change, and we got curious too. What we’ve gathered might satisfy your curiosity, so here is everything we found.


Why Did Demetria McKinney Leave Saints & Sinners?


Demetria McKinney gained prominence with her performance as Janine in Tyler Perry’s ‘House of Payne.’ The actress and singer was discovered by Tyler Perry himself as she often took part in theater productions in college. She caught his eye with her performance in a play called ‘The Woman I am Today.’ After that, she worked in several of his stage productions, including ‘Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns’ in 2004 and ‘Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?’ in 2006.


Over the years, McKinney has become one of the much sought-after actresses in the industry. Therefore, one can only imagine how busy her schedule must be. This could be one of the reasons why she chose to leave ‘Saints & Sinners.’ She was part of the soap opera from 2016-2019, while she continued enhancing her resume by working on several other productions. These included series like ‘Superstition,’ ‘The Quad,’ and ‘The Paynes,’ as well as films such as ‘Bobbi Kristina,’ ‘Providence Island,’ and ‘A Stone Cold Christmas.’ McKinney also joined ‘A House Divided’ as a series regular, which premiered in July 2019 and bagged the central role in ‘Motherland: Fort Salem,’ which had already begun principal photography in July 2018.



Although McKinney is known for her acting career, music has always been her first love. In addition to all the acting projects she took up while working on ‘Saints & Sinner,’ she also managed to release her first music album called “Officially Yours” in October 2017. To honor her professional commitments, she was also compelled to cut back on her involvement with ‘House of Payne’ when it was revived in 2020. Strangely, up until March 2020, it did not seem like McKinney had plans to exit ‘Saints & Sinners.’ In her interview the same month, she expressed her joy in being part of the series and its success. The actress also implied that she was part of the conversations related to the fifth season, which was greenlit later in August 2020. However, McKinney made it clear that she was focused on her role in ‘Motherland: Fort Salem’ and was loving the experience. So, in all likelihood, her demanding schedule might have led to her exit from the Bounce TV soap opera.



Article by: Prerna Singh

https://thecinemaholic.com/why-did-demetria-mckinney-leave-saints-sinners/

Motherland: Fort Salem Season 2: Anacostia & Scylla's Deadly Alliance

Posted by Iesha Marie on June 13, 2021 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)


Last week, viewers of Freeform's Motherland: Fort Salem had a chance to preview the dangers and conspiracies awaiting Raelle (Taylor Hickson), Tally (Jessica Sutton), and Abigail (Ashley Nicole Williams) when the series returns later this month. While the first season saw them taking the fight to the Spree, this season sees the threat levels run off the charts as enemies become allies when forces arise looking to eliminate all witches from existence. And there's no perfect example of that than Anacostia (Demetria McKinney) and Scylla (Amalia Holm) as the military officer and Spree terrorist work together o stop the extinction of all witches.


Here's your look at the teaser "An Unlikely Alliance"- with Freeform's Motherland: Fort Salem returning June 22:




Now here's a look back at the official trailer for the second season that was released last week:




Now here's a look at the episode overviews for the first two episodes:


Motherland: Fort Salem Season 2, Episode 1 "Of the Blood": Despite the threat of the Camarilla, the discovery of new witches gives Alder hope. Tally struggles with her role as a Biddy, and Raelle and Abigail return to Fort Salem with their mysterious new abilities. Written by Eliot Laurence.


Motherland: Fort Salem Season 2, Episode 2 "Abomination": The Unit begins War College, introducing them to their Coven and new challenges. Anacostia and Scylla find themselves unlikely partners in a dangerous mission. Tally mentors a new recruit. Written by Brian Studler.


In the anticipated second season of "MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM," premiering summer 2021, Raelle, Tally and Abigail confront higher stakes, dangerous magic and a new threat from an ancient group of witch-hunters, the Camarilla. In the first season, we saw our trio of young witches follow in the footsteps of their foremothers, defending the nation from The Spree as part of the United States Army. Their training is intensified when they are promoted to attend War College, where their magic, relationships and beliefs will be pushed to the limits. While General Alder seeks out new witches to join the wars to come, The Spree and the Army learn their fight may no longer be with one another. But how can two enemies work together to thwart a hatred that won't stop until all witches are exterminated?




Written and created by Laurence, Freeform's Motherland: Fort Salem stars Taylor Hickson, Jessica Sutton, Ashley Nicole Williams, Amalia Holm, Demetria McKinney, and Lyne Renee. Laurence, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Kevin Messick, Amanda Tapping, Erin Maher, Kay Reindl, and Bryan Q. Miller serving as executive producers. Joining the cast this season are Victor Webster (Workin' Moms), Mellany Barros (Chad), Praneet Akilla (Nancy Drew), Ess Hödlmoser (The Boys), and Arlen Aguayo (The Good Doctor).


Webster's Blanton Silver is Vice President of the United States. When his daughter is discovered to be a witch, Silver tries to adjust to her newfound identity. Barros' Penelope Silver is the only child of the Vice President who accidentally discovers she is a witch. She is enthusiastic, passionate, yet overwhelmed while she navigates this shift from civilian to military life. Akilla's Gregorio is a male witch from the upper echelons of military witch society (like Abigail). He has huge opinions about how male witches are treated in a female-dominant witch army- and makes them known. Hödlmoser plays M, a second-year soldier in War College who is very protective of our Unit, and any witch in their coven. Aguayo's Nicte is someone from Alder's past who helped shape her into who she is now.



Article by: Ray Flook

https://bleedingcool.com/tv/motherland-fort-salem-season-2-anacostia-scyllas-deadly-alliance/


'MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM' SEASON 2 CAST INTERVIEWS|Ashley Nicole Williams, Jessica Sutton, Lyne Renee, Demetria McKinney and Amalia Holm

Posted by Iesha Marie on June 13, 2021 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Freeform’s Motherland: Fort Salem left on a huge cliffhanger at the end of Season One. Witches Raelle (Taylor Hickson), Abigail (Ashley Nicole Williams), and Tally (Jessica Sutton) graduated from Basic Training so General Alder (Lyne Renee) took them to rescue the Tarim witches in hiding. This is where things begin to unravel. In the battle against their ancient enemy the Camaria one of Alder’s biddies general’s lifespan fell, and Tally took her place.


Raelle was then stabbed, and Abigail refused to leave her behind. General Alder had to make the decision to leave them behind but in doing so some sort of “magical occurrence” was released from around them and protected them.


Lastly Anacostia (Demetria McKinney) the drill sergeant, let Scylla (Amalia Holm) go and followed her to one of the radical witches’ houses leading to the discovery that Scylla was meeting Willa, Raelle’s mother, who’s actually not dead.


For Season Two the ladies of Motherland: Fort Salem promise more twist and turns, explanations for the cliffhangers in Season One, and relationship teases. In Season One the focus was on “girl power” and the women working as a unit. Now in Season Two we focus on the ladies’ individual stories as we focus on new threats, new relationships, and new discoveries within.


Check out this interview with Lyne Renee, Demetria McKinney and Amalia Holm.





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What Happened to Janine on House of Payne? Where is Demetria McKinney Now?

Posted by Iesha Marie on June 10, 2021 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)



Demetria McKinney portrays Janine Shelton-Payne within the sitcom ‘House of Payne.’ Set in suburban Atlanta, the display revolves across the titular circle of relatives this is headed by means of Curtis Payne and his spouse, Ella. Janine is the spouse in their nephew CJ. In the sooner seasons, Janine has a rocky presence within the collection. It is published that she is combating dependancy, and she or he and CJ in the end get divorced. Ella is helping her get again on the right track, and CJ and Janine remarry once they understand that she is pregnant as soon as once more along with his youngsters, the twins Jayden and Hayden.


However, when the display returned with season 9 after an extended hiatus of about 8 years, enthusiasts spotted that Janine isn’t noticed that incessantly within the fresh installments of the display. Moreover, Demetria McKinney has additionally been credited as a routine forged member and now not a standard for seasons 9 and 10. Naturally, you should be curious to grasp what’s the reason why in the back of this transfer. Here is all that we all know!


The collection is recently airing its 10th season, and enthusiasts omit seeing Janine extra incessantly. The reason why for Demetria McKinney’s restricted involvement within the display is that numerous paintings is coming her approach. This is in most cases the difficulty with maximum revivals, as it’s tricky for forged individuals to position apart the tasks they’ve been doing and commit as a lot time to the display they was once part of. Lately, McKinney has had her fingers complete with a number of TV displays.


McKinney seems in ‘A House Divided’ as one of the most distinguished characters, Carissa Walker, and the actress essays the position of Anacostia Quartermaine within the supernatural drama collection ‘Motherland: Fort Salem.’ You may additionally acknowledge her as Tamara within the first 4 seasons of ‘Saints & Sinners’ and June Pointer in ‘American Soul.’ While chances are you’ll omit seeing McKinney extra regularly to your favourite display, there’s no doubt you should be thrilled for the actress as her occupation is achieving new heights.


For those that have no idea, McKinney has been via some difficult occasions previously, making her present good fortune even sweeter. The actress has incessantly spoken about being homeless and abused at an overly younger age. She additionally gave beginning to her son when she used to be in her overdue teenagers. McKinney all the time dreamed of being an entertainer, and she or he has struggled arduous to get the place she is now. When McKinney used to be at her all-time low, her prolonged members of the family helped her get again on her ft in spite of the struggles they had been going through.




In an October 2017 interview, the actress and singer-songwriter shared how she used her reports to painting Whitney Houston within the biographical movie ‘Bobbi Kristina.’ She stated, “Like any one else, she had her demons. I needed to get into that house that I did not wish to get again into. So, my mom…my organic mom remains to be married to the person who attempted to molest me. I’ve been homeless because of that state of affairs. I’ve been pinned to a tree and beat up by means of a boyfriend.”


She added, “These darkish puts that you simply pass to as a way to be an actress I by no means actually needed to pass to as a result of I already had that factor in music. But to get to one of the vital puts that she would really feel, I needed to transform probably the most susceptible I’ve ever been.” In May 2020, McKinney informed ABC7, “It used to be ironic to me that the individuals who reputedly had the least had been probably the most giving.” The actress published that it’s the values of perseverance and empowerment that she drew from for her reports for her position in ‘Motherland: Fort Salem.’


Therefore, McKinney believes in the use of her affect to inspire different ladies who could be going via one thing an identical. For her, storytelling is a good medium to do this. McKinney additionally credited her son for educating her so much. He was the motive force that driven the actress to aspire for extra. In her formative years, she started taking over roles in theater productions at school, and Tyler Perry found out her all through one such efficiency. That is how she landed the position of Janine, after which, there used to be no taking a look again for the proficient actress.


Several occasions previously, McKinney has expressed how thankful she is for the chance that modified her lifestyles. Therefore, we will stay up for seeing Demetria McKinney reprise her position as Janine within the 11th season as neatly, even supposing she may proceed to be a routine megastar. The much-loved collection used to be greenlit for season 11 ahead of the 10th season hit the displays.



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Janine on 'House of Payne' Has Come Far - and so Has the Actress Who Plays Her

Posted by Iesha Marie on June 3, 2021 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)


When House of Payne premiered on TBS in 2006, it ran for a solid eight seasons before it ended and was later revived by BET, where it now has a solid home. The show follows the multi-generational Payne family and the comedic and serious trials they face together and individually. And one character in particular, Janine, went through a lot in the show's 10 seasons, with a smaller role later in the show, leading some fans to wonder what happened to her.


And, by extension, they've also wondered what happened to the actress who plays Janine on House of Payne, Demetria McKinney. Because she wasn't seen as much in Season 10, it led some new fans to wonder if she would be written out of the series altogether. Others are just curious about the actress herself.


 

What happened to Janine on 'House of Payne'?


On the show, Janine starts off as a responsible and dedicated mom. Later, she becomes dependent on drugs and is even revealed to be the person who burned down the family home. Later on in the series, Janine is able to work on herself and her relationship with C.J., but her character arc was pretty intense.


Being that House of Payne focuses on the comedy, but also drama, of the family, it's no surprise that Janine went through a ton. But the way she went from one extreme to the other with almost no warning was a surprise to many fans. And now that the show was revamped on BET, other fans are wondering why Janine isn't as central of a character anymore.



The actress who plays Janine on 'House of Payne' has a full schedule of other TV shows.


While Janine the character was changing and evolving over the course of the series, so was Demetria McKinney, the actress who played her since the very beginning. It seems likely that one of the reasons why Janine was so underutilized in Season 10 might be because in real life, Demetria had a full plate of other TV projects. And honestly, it's not a bad thing.


Outside of House of Payne, Demetria has also been in Motherland: Fort Salem, A House Divided, and American Soul. She was also, however, in the spin-off The Paynes, but even her role in that series was limited.


It's not like Janine isn't an important character on House of Payne anymore. It just appears that Demetria has been able to expand her acting portfolio in the best way.



Will 'House of Payne' return for Season 11?


As of right now, it's unclear if House of Payne will be renewed for yet another season. But the fact that BET picked up the series after it had been off the air for several years bodes well for its future on the network.


The viewership numbers for Season 9 hovered near 1 million, and sometimes lower than that per episode. If Season 10 performs similarly, then getting Season 11 shouldn't be too difficult.


Watch House of Payne on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on BET.



Article by: Chrissy Bobic

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'Motherland: Fort Salem' Season 2 Premieres on Tuesday, June 22

Posted by Iesha Marie on May 11, 2021 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)


The highly anticipated second season of "MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM" premieres Tuesday, June 22, at 10:00 p.m.


Raelle, Tally and Abigail confront higher stakes, dangerous magic and a new threat from an ancient group of witch hunters, The Camarilla. In the first season, we saw our trio of young witches follow in the footsteps of their foremothers, defending the nation from The Spree as part of the United States Army. Their training is intensified when they are promoted to attend War College, where their magic, relationships and beliefs will be pushed to the limits. While General Alder seeks out new witches to join the wars to come, The Spree and the Army learn their fight may no longer be with one another. But how can two enemies work together to thwart a hatred that won't stop until all witches are exterminated?


"Motherland: Fort Salem" stars Taylor Hickson, Jessica Sutton, Ashley Nicole Williams, Amalia Holm, Demetria McKinney and Lyne Renée.


It is written and created by Eliot Laurence. With Laurence, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick as executive producers. Amanda Tapping, Erin Maher, Kay Reindl and Bryan Q. Miller will also serve as executive producers on the series.



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ALLBLK Renews 'A House Divided' (EXCLUSIVE)

Posted by Iesha Marie on May 10, 2021 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)


AMC Networks’ ALLBLK, the streamer that was recently rebranded from UMC, has renewed three of its most popular original series, “For the Love of Jason,” “Double Cross,” and its longest-running show, “A House Divided,” Variety has learned exclusively.


So far in 2021, the streamer’s top five titles are crime drama “Double Cross,” soap “A House Divided,” comedies “Here We Go Again” and “Millennials,” and drama “Craig Ross Jr.’s Monogamy.” ALLBLK has an ambitious content pipeline: a new original series debuts on the streamer every month. The pandemic presented a speed bump, halting production for two months early last year; since then, however, it has already completed 10 to 11 series, ALLBLK and WEtv general manager Brett Dismuke tells Variety.


“A House Divided,” the nighttime soap that’s a close second to “Double Cross” in viewership, stars Demetria McKinney, LisaRaye McCoy, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Brad James, Paula Jai Parker, Parker McKenna Posey and Terrell Carter, and will also premiere early next year.


“What I like the most about ALLBLK is that they really trust the creators,” “A House Divided” creator Garcia tells Variety. “They definitely have input, but it’s not overwhelming to the point where they take your vision away from you. They really work with you as a creator. And we massage the concepts and then really flesh through the ideas, but at the end of the day, our vision and creative stays intact, which is pretty amazing.”


Garcia is going into development on “four or five” new series, he says, with the aim of spotlight characters of color “being successful and really powerful in what they do, [with] knowledge of their expertise… sort of like a ‘House,’ or ‘CSI’ or things like that, just showing African Americans performing at a high level.”


While Black networks or film companies are often historically known for focusing on a single genre, says Dismuke, ALLBLK’s variety in genres among its top performers “speaks volumes about what our audience is watching.” The recent rebrand to ALLBLK was necessary, he says — partly to distinguish itself after the AMC Networks’ 2018 acquisition of UMC parent RLJ Entertainment, and partly because its former name, Urban Movie Channel, had become “dated.”


“We remember the time when, if you were distributing Black film, television or music, you called it ‘urban music’ or ‘urban films,’ and that was a catch-all so that we wouldn’t necessarily have to say, the term ‘Black,'” says Dismuke. “But where we’ve come in our society, people are much more comfortable calling themselves Black again. We didn’t want to run from that.”



Article by: Elaine Low

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UMC's 'A House Divided' Renewed For Season 3 Premiere Date + Trailer

Posted by Iesha Marie on December 18, 2020 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)


'A House Divided' – Season 3 Official Trailer – UMC Original Series


Look for the new season Wednesday, December 23 on the streaming service.


Starring Lawrence Hilton Jacobs, LisaRaye McCoy, Demetria McKinney, Paula Jai Parker, Brad James, Parker McKenna Posey, and Art Evans.


Here is the official trailer for Season 3 of A House Divided – Premieres December 23 on UMC.tv





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