Finding forever homes for rejected dogs isn’t easy – but that’s exactly what the staff of Wood Green do every day. Set inside a rural British animal rescue center known for its commitment to matching homeless dogs with eager owners, The Dog House: UK captures the joy and complexity of the human-dog “dating” experience. Each episode introduces tearful tales of abandoned dogs, while also touching on relatable backstories of families, couples, and singletons all hoping their lives will be changed by a new four-legged friend. It’s up to the center’s dedicated staff to match pet with potential new owner – and to arrange an all-important first date that will determine if the adorable pups and hopeful humans have that fated connection. The entire eight-episode season drops Thursday, July 23 on HBO Max.
YUSUF HAWKINS: STORM OVER BROOKLYN, directed by Muta’Ali Muhammad (“Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee”) and debuting WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12 (9:00-10:40 p.m. ET/PT), tells the story of Yusuf Hawkins, a black teenager who was murdered in 1989 by a group of young white men in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Yusuf Hawkins’ death and the official response to it sparked outrage in New York, unleashing a torrent of racial tension and spurring tireless civil rights activism that exposed deep racial prejudices and inequities which continue to plague the country today.
This film will be available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.
Over 30 years later, New Yorkers, including Yusuf’s family and friends, reflect on the tragedy and the subsequent fight for justice that inspired and divided New York City. The film utilizes archival footage and photos, witness statements, news footage, in addition to candid interviews with Yusuf’s mother, Diane; brothers, Freddy and Amir; cousins, Darlene and Felicia Brown; and friend Christopher Graham and the two friends with him during the attack, Luther Sylvester and Bensonhurst native Russell Gibbons. The documentary also includes interviews with Defense Attorney Stephen Murphy; Joseph Fama, who was convicted of the crime; Reverend Al Sharpton, who became the family’s spokesperson; Assistant District Attorney Douglas Nadjari; activist Dr. Lenora Fulani; and former Mayor David Dinkins.
On August 23, 1989, sixteen-year-old East New York-native Yusuf Hawkins and three of his friends made a trip to the predominantly Italian-American neighborhood of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn to view a used car his friend was hoping to buy. Unknowingly, the teenagers emerged from the subway station into a racially charged scene. A group of white young men had already gathered there, intent on harassing a group of black guys rumored to be dating girls in their neighborhood. Yusuf and his friends were quickly surrounded by the crowd of white attackers wielding baseball bats. In the midst of the attack, Yusuf was shot to death.
Devastated by the senseless murder and seeking answers, the Hawkins family was shocked when police asked them to stay silent in order to prevent civil unrest. However, the press caught wind of the story two days later and the family was met with Yusuf’s face on the front page of the newspaper. Yusuf’s father, Moses, reached out to activist Reverend Al Sharpton, who became the family’s spokesperson and co-organized a series of marches in the Bensonhurst neighborhood where Yusuf was killed. Throughout the protests in the year following Yusuf’s murder, activists, protestors and Yusuf’s family were met with intense racist vitriol from residents.
Though a handful of young men were arrested in connection with Yusuf’s murder, the suspected shooter, Joseph Fama, remained at large before eventually turning himself in. As the marches for justice continued, the tensions reached a fever pitch when Sharpton was stabbed before a protest in January 1991. Still, Yusuf’s brother Amir maintains that the protests were crucial in making the community’s voices heard, proving that “There’s always strength in numbers.”
A harrowing account of an immutable part of the city’s history, and of a family coping with profound grief deepened by injustice, YUSUF HAWKINS: STORM OVER BROOKLYN details how the senseless murder that shook the foundation of the city shed light on deep racial divisions and inequity. Yusuf’s death and the demands of his family and community had political ramifications that contributed to the ousting of New York Mayor Ed Koch in favor of David Dinkins, the city’s first and only black Mayor.
“It’s important to remember Yusuf Hawkins, honor his life and be mindful that our martyrs have families who need our love long after the marching subsides,” states Muta’Ali Muhammad. “This film ties together the past and the present showing how racism can rear its head anywhere, even in a liberal city.”
A deeply emotional film with chilling resonance in today’s America, YUSUF HAWKINS: STORM OVER BROOKLYN, explores the 30-year legacy of Yusuf’s murder as his family and friends reflect on the tragedy and the subsequent fight for justice that inspired and divided New York City.
Today, a mural dedicated to Yusuf has been erected in Brooklyn, a sign that for his community, and many more, Yusuf Hawkins’ life will never be forgotten.
The film, selected from more than 300 submissions, is the winning project of the inaugural Feature Documentary Initiative created by the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) and academy award winning production company, Lightbox, as part of their partnership to foster diversity in the feature documentary arena. The program is open to all African American documentary filmmakers and any documentary filmmakers interested in exploring nonfiction stories that speak directly to the Black experience.
YUSUF HAWKINS: STORM OVER BROOKLYN is directed by Muta’Ali Muhammad; producers Jevon Frank, Victorious De Costa and Muta’Ali Muhammad; co-producer Melanie Share; executive producers Jonathan Chinn, Simon Chinn, Jeff Friday, Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin. For HBO: executive producers Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller and Jacqueline Glover; supervising producer, Greg Rhem.
Before Sean Evans enters the Pepperdome tonight at 10:00pm ET/PT for the return of Hot Ones: The Game Show, watch him surprise some of the show’s biggest fans with celebrity guests as they compete for cold hard cash in a special at-home edition of the show in the new digital series Hot Ones: The Game Show AT HOME now streaming on truTV’s YouTube channel.
The at home celebrity challengers include Jay Pharoah (Saturday Night Live), Bert Kreischer (comedian), Cody Rhodes (All Elite Wrestling), and Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme from Tacoma FD.
Hot Ones: The Game Show – “Dance Moves and Dirty Laundry”
Tuesday, July 14, at 10:00pm ET/PT
Chaos breaks out when two teams of best friends enter the Pepperdome. Sweat will drip, dance moves will bust out
, and one shirt will desperately need dry cleaning, all for the chance to win $25,000.
Based on the hit celebrity interview series with over 1.5 billion total views, Hot Ones: The Game Show is where we dare two teams of two to battle through three rounds of trivia and a ridiculous series of the world’s hottest sauces in the Pepperdome… all leading to one victorious team to take on the finale Ring of Fire for a chance at winning $25,000 dollars! Hot Ones: The Game Show reached nearly 28 million viewers during its inaugural season across truTV’s linear and digital platforms.
LOS ANGELES – July 14, 2020 – On the heels of her successful #MailedIt Tweetathon campaign that purchased over 130,000 stamps to help save the United States Postal Service, Samantha Bee of TBS’ Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, debuts her new podcast today, Full Release with Samantha Bee, featuring an impressive guest lineup that includes journalist Soledad O’Brien (Real Sports with Bryant … Read more
The mysterious Mr. Wilford has been revealed! Here’s a first look at Sean Bean as Mr. Wilford. What chaos will he and Melanie Cavill’s daughter Alexandra (Rowan Blanchard) bring in season two of TNT’s Snowpiercer?
Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpier cercenters on the remnants of humanity who inhabit a perpetually moving train, with 1001 cars, that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in this riveting television adaptation based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel series and the film from Oscar® winner Bong Joon Ho (Parasite).
Snowpiercer is produced by Tomorrow Studios (a joint venture between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios), along with CJ Entertainment, who produced the original film. The series is executive produced by Tomorrow Studios’ Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements; showrunner Graeme Manson, who wrote the first episode; director James Hawes; Matthew O’Connor; Scott Derrickson, and the original film’s producers Bong Joon Ho, Miky Lee, Tae-sung Jeong, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi.
In anticipation of The Alienist: Angel of Darkness premiere this Sunday, TNT has released an all-new trailer:
This season, Sara (Dakota Fanning) has opened her own private detective agency and is leading the charge on a brand-new case. She reunites with Dr. Kreizler (Daniel Brühl), the formidable alienist, and John Moore (Luke Evans), now a New York Times reporter, to find Ana Linares, the kidnapped infant daughter of the Spanish Consular. Their investigation leads them down a sinister path of murder and deceit, heading towards a dangerous and elusive killer. As in The Alienist, the series shines a light on the provocative issues of the era – the corruption of institutions, income inequality, yellow press sensationalism, and the role of women in society – themes that still resonate today.
The Alienist: Angel of Darkness will premiere Sunday, July 19 with two episodes airing back to back starting at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The series will roll out as a four week event with two episodes airing every Sunday starting at 9 p.m. ET/PT through August 9.
LOS ANGELES – JULY 13, 2020 – HBO Max has acquired the CNN Original Series Ravi Patel’s Pursuit of Happiness, premiering Thursday, August 27, 2020. The four-part buddy comedy docuseries follows actor/documentarian/philanthropist Ravi Patel (Meet the Patels) as he travels the world seeking answers surrounding life’s universal questions. At each stop throughout this comedically heartfelt journey, Patel is joined by a friend or family member, with whom he shares a … Read more
1931, Los Angeles. While the rest of the country struggles through the Great Depression, this city is booming! Oil! Olympic Games! Talking Pictures! Evangelical Fervor! And a child kidnapping gone very, very wrong. Based on characters created by author Erle Stanley Gardner, the series follows the origins of American fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer, Perry Mason. When the case of … Read more
AEW: DYNAMITE Wednesday, July 29, at 8:00pm ET/PT Giving fans a new wrestling experience for the first time in 20 years, AEW: Dynamite offers fun, gripping and authentic athletic matches every week, along with real sports analytics. Founded by President and CEO Tony Khan, AEW is headlined by Cody & Brandi Rhodes, AEW Men’s World Champion Jon Moxley, … Read more