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TV ONE ANNOUNCES PRODUCTION OF ORIGINAL HOLIDAY FILM DEAR SANTA, I NEED A DATE STARRING RAY J, REAGAN GOMEZ-PRESTON, MAJOR., REGINAE CARTER AND ANNE-MARIE JOHNSON

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TV One Gears up for the Holidays with a Heartwarming Movie Full of Twists, Humor and a Sibling Competition

(SILVER SPRING, MD) – September 10, 2019 – TV One announced today that production is underway in Atlanta, GA for its new holiday film, DEAR SANTA, I NEED A DATE. The film stars Ray J (Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, Moesha), Reagan Gomez-Preston (The Parent ‘Hood, The Cleveland Show) and Anne-Marie Johnson (In Living Color, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka) and is slated to premiere on TV One in December 2019. The movie will be directed by Terri J. Vaughn (The Steve Harvey Show, Daddy’s Little Girls), who also directed TV One’s 2018 original holiday film MERRY WISHMAS.
“It’s great to be part of TV One’s holiday movie Dear Santa [I Need A Date],” said leading star Ray J. “This is the perfect film for the holiday season and presented by a network that consistently supports me. I’m excited and ready to go.” DEAR SANTA, I NEED A DATE tells the comedic story of two successful and ambitious siblings Janelle Vaughn (Gomez-Preston) and Jason Vaughn (Ray J). Their parents, Mr. Vaughn (Jay DeVon Johnson) and Mrs. Vaughn (Johnson), are proud of their children’s flourishing careers but are displeased with their dating lives. Every holiday season, the Vaughn’s anxiously prepare for their children to bring home a significant other only to be disappointed. This year, The Vaughn’s apply pressure by expressing their concerns to Jason and Janelle, which sparks a bet between the siblings on who can find a date by Christmas. “This is a holiday movie for the whole family to enjoy,” stated Gold Morgan, Manager of Original Programming and Production, who serves as Executive in Charge of Production for TV One. “This captivating tale of family and love is sure to resonate with our audience and become a favorite among the TV One original movies.”
DEAR SANTA, I NEED A DATE cast announced today:

  • Ray J as Jason Vaughn
  • Reagan Gomez-Preston as Janelle Vaughn
  • Anne-Marie Johnson as Mrs. Vaughn
  • Jay DeVon Johnson as Mr. Vaughn
  • MAJOR. as Mark
  • Reginae Carter as Nicole
  • B. Simone as Erica

DEAR SANTA I NEED A DATE is written by Kourtney Richard and directed by Terri J. Vaughn with casting provided by George Pierre. The film is being produced by Swirl Films with Eric Tomosunas, Keith Neal, James Seppelfrick, serving as Executive Producers. Ron Robinson, James “Jimmy” Watson serve as producers. For TV One, Gold Morgan is the Executive Producer in Charge of Production; Shakira Hedgpeth will serve as a producer; Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting; and Brigitte McCray is Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Production. For more information about TV One’s upcoming programming, including original movies, visit the network’s companion website at www.tvone.tv. TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TwitterInstagram and Facebook (@tvonetv)using the hashtags #SANTAINEEDADATE and #REPRESENT

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ATLANTA RAPPER LIL YACHTY TO HEADLINE JOURNEYS AND ADIDAS ORIGINALS’ FREE MUSIC FESTIVAL “DESTINATION: ATLANTA” ON SEPTEMBER 28

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(ATLANTA) – September 17, 2019 – “Destination: Atlanta,” an immersive, one-day music event created by Journeys and adidas Originals today announced Lil Yachty as the headliner for their second annual festival on September 28 in Atlanta. The GRAMMY-nominated rapper will take the main stage and perform fan favorites at the Georgia Freight Depot in downtown Atlanta. Lil Yachty, also known as “Lil Boat,” is a 22-year-old Atlanta native, known for shifting views around rap by embracing self-acceptance and diversity through music. Hit records from the rapper, producer and creative designer include, “One Night,” and “Minnesota” along with his chart topping album, Teenage Emotions. “We are excited to have Lil Yachty as our headliner for this year’s ‘Destination: Atlanta,'” says Kari Irons, SVP Marketing, Journeys Group. “It was important to us that we include an artist who embodies the vibrant and diverse culture of Atlanta and Lil Yachty is the perfect example of that. We look forward to providing an exciting and authentic experience for fans in his hometown.” This year’s partnership between Journeys and adidas Originals is inspired by the music and culture derived from the city of Atlanta and will include various interactive stations for an elevated experience for guests. The free event will conveniently take place in the vacant lot area of the Georgia Freight Depot. Additional acts performing at “Destination: Atlanta” include hip-hop artists Kodie Shane, Marlo and newly-added, Mike Floss. Festival-goers can also take in the sounds of DJs Heroes x Villains and Ferrari Simmons along with host, Kenny Burns. The “Destination” series launched last year in San Diego and welcomed over 3,400 attendees with headlining rapper, Jay Rock. Over 4,000 guests are expected this year.
To rsvp for this free event, visit journeys.com/destination.

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