“Melinda” – The story of Melinda May’s transformation into “The Cavalry” is revealed as she finds herself at a crossroads in the war between Coulson and Gonzales. As Skye learns more about her true heritage from Lincoln, the truth about the Inhumans will send her in a new direction, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” TUESDAY, APRIL 14 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Since last appearing in Genoa City last year, Tilford has been busy at his other job as Eric on Switched at Birth, as well as dad to his new daughter, Marley, whom he shares with wife Victoria Platt (ex-Vicky, Guiding Light). “I can lay in bed and play with Marley forever and then realize, ‘Man, I’ve got to get up and eat and go to the gym,” he says of the seven-month-old. “I know parents say their kid’s amazing, but every day for us she does something that makes us go, ‘Wow!’ It’s our own little awesomeness.”
For more from Terrell, including how he plans to juggle both Y&R and Switched at Birth, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Following in the footsteps of a number of high-profile celebrities, the cast and creative team of “Blackbird” are speaking out in defense of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community by posing for the NOH8 campaign.
The film, which focuses on a young singer (Julian Walker) who is struggling to come to terms with his sexuality in a small Southern Baptist community, is slated for an April 24 release.
In keeping with the spirit of the movie, actors Mo’Nique, Isaiah Washington, Lindsay Seim and Terrell Tilford appear in the series of photographs, as does director Patrik-Ian Polk and producers Keith Brown and Carol Ann Shine.
“Let us as a world, allow others to be what they had no choice in being,” Mo’Nique and Sidney Hicks, who executive produced “Blackbird,” told The Huffington Post in an email statement. “We’re a part of the NOH8 campaign because when you say NO to H8, what you’re really saying is YES to Love.”
Added Brown: “I wanted the cast and creative team behind ‘Blackbird’ to participate in hopes that our film’s message of love will counter hate in all its forms.”
This was the last time we’d see Terrell Tilford in the Single Ladies series for VH1.
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UMC – Urban Movie Channel, an RLJ Entertainment brand, created by Robert L. Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), today announced the April 24, 2015, U.S. theatrical release of director Patrik-Ian Polk’s coming-of-age drama “Blackbird,” which is based on the novel by the same name by Larry Duplechan.
The film stars Academy Award winning actress and comedian Mo’Nique, Isaiah Washington, Terrell Tilford, D. Woods, Gary L. Gray, Torrey Laamar, Kevin Allesee, Nikki Jane and introduces breakthrough talent Julian Walker.
“I am very excited to bring ‘Blackbird’ to theaters and to UMC,” said Johnson, adding, “’Blackbird’ is in line with my vision for UMC to bring together the African American/urban production and talent community with a distribution channel dedicated to showcasing and supporting their creative works. I have had the pleasure of knowing Mo’Nique since early in her career as a comedian and her appearances on BET, and I know and admire Isaiah’s work as both an actor and a producer. I am certain that audiences will enjoy the inspirational storyline and powerful performances by this extraordinary cast.”
“Bob Johnson is a legend and a trailblazer – so I couldn’t be more thrilled to work with him and his exciting new enterprise on the release of ‘Blackbird,'” director Patrik-Ian Polk said. “I’ve dreamed of making this film since first reading Larry Duplechan’s groundbreaking novel twenty-five years ago as a freshman in college, and I can’t wait to see it in theaters!”
With past films like “The Skinny” and “Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom,” writer-director Polk has become known for steamy ensemble dramedies about the lives and romantic woes of black gay men. His latest, “Blackbird,” while focused on a younger set of characters with tamer sexual history, has Polk’s imprint all over it, painting a vivid picture of the struggle, shame and awkwardness that comes with growing up black and gay in a tiny Mississippi town.
Newcomer Julian Walker stars as Randy, a good-natured choirboy with a gorgeous voice and a host of personal issues – his little sister’s disappearance, the separation of his parents (played by Mo’Nique and Isaiah Washington), his strange and unsettling visions, and his repressed attraction to the same sex. Coming of age against a backdrop of blue skies, creeks, and pickup trucks and surrounded by a pack of misfit friends, he is the only one in his life who doesn’t seem to know (or accept) that he’s gay. As he and his classmates work on a controversial school production of “Romeo & Juliet,” all the problems in his life come to a head.
With Oscar winner Mo’Nique starring in her first role since 2009’s “Precious” along with Washington – both of whom are also producers of the film – “Blackbird” could potentially draw a wider audience that’s unfamiliar with Polk and unprepared for his brand of humor and frank discussions on sexuality. But from the provocative opening scene setting up Randy’s conservative Christian beliefs against his closeted sexual fantasies, it’s clear that this is a film about confronting uneasy feelings and bringing tough issues to light.
Ultimately, “Blackbird” is a well-shot film that does what it was intended to do: entertain, and provoke thought and discussion. With striking visuals and Polk’s trademark smart, candid commentary on sexuality, the movie is sure to spark a lively post-film conversation.
In February 2014, ‘Blackbird’ began its very successful film festival run as the closing night gala screening for Los Angeles’ Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) where it won the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature Film. Other notable festival appearances include Newfest at Lincoln Center in New York City, Out On Film in Atlanta, Reeling in Chicago, Outfest Fusion in Los Angeles, The Seattle LGBT Film Festival, ReelQ in Pittsburgh, Outflix in Memphis, Long Beach QFilms, New York’s American Black Film Festival (ABFF) and The Tampa International LGBT Film Festival. ‘Blackbird’ also sold out the twelve-hundred-seat historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco at Frameline Film Festival, the country’s oldest LGBT film fest.
Internationally, ‘Blackbird’ had successful screenings at festivals in Barcelona, Melbourne, Copenhagen and Amsterdam with forthcoming appearances in Canada, England and Italy.
Multiple festival juries and audiences have rewarded ‘Blackbird’ 2 with ‘Best Feature’ honors: Outflix Memphis, Atlanta’s Out On Film, Reeling in Chicago and the Crossroads Film Festival in Polk’s native Mississippi. Additionally, the film received honors for Best Ensemble Cast, Best Director & Best Actor (Julian Walker) at Atlanta’s Out On Film and the Diversity Award at the Barcelona LGTIB Film Festival.
“It was important to bring this film to theaters and I was honored to produce and work with Mo’Nique, Julian Walker and Kevin Allesse on this film,” said Isaiah Washington. “Duplechan first introduced his novel BLACKBIRD nearly thirty years ago, yet the story remains just as timely today as it was when first told. ‘Blackbird’ is a glorious film, a personal journey and a story that deserves to be shared.”
The film is executive produced by Sidney Hicks and Mo’Nique Hicks and produced by Keith Brown, Patrik-Ian Polk, Carol Ann Shine and Isaiah Washington.
Here’s the new trailer: http://vimeo.com/119244495