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Vanessa Bell Calloway, Loretta Devine & Dawnn Lewis to Star in Stage Play “3 Sisters”- August 8th

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Writer-Director Don B. Welch returns to the L.A. stage with a new stage production “3 Sisters” starring Vanessa Bell Calloway, Loretta Devine & Dawnn Lewis. Other cast members include Amin Joseph & Derek Shaun.


One performance only! August 8, 2016 at The Wilshire Ebell, Los Angeles, CA.

For tickets, call Ticketmaster (800-745-3000), The Ebell (323-939-1128) or Inglewood Tickets (310-671-6400).

Mother’s Day Special: CentricTV Interviews Vanessa and Her Mother Beverly Bell! [WATCH]

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In this exclusive clip, actress Vanessa Bell Calloway and her mother  Beverly Bell share what makes their relationship so special.


Watch the Climatic Season Finale of “Saints & Sinners”, Sunday April 17th!

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LOS ANGELES – APRsaints-and-sinners-bouncetvIL 14, 2016 – The police scramble to follow new leads and make a discovery that may lead to solving the murder that has had viewers guessing for weeks in the penultimate episode of Saints & Sinners this Sunday, April 17 at 9pm ET / 8pm CT on Bounce TV.

More clues and relationships are uncovered and the detectives inch closer to nabbing their assailant. Also, should they stay or should they go: Sunday night viewers will find out who needs to make a tough decision.

Please click here to watch a trailer of this Sunday’s episode and to catch up on Season 1. You can also watch previous episodes of Saints & Sinners on the free Bounce TV app.

Saints & Sinners Renewed for Season Two!

Bounce TV, the nation’s fastest-growing television network designed for African-American audiences, has ordered a second season of its new mega-hit original drama series Saints & Sinners, currently setting network records for viewership in its inaugural season. The penultimate episode of season one premieres Sunday, April 17 at 9:00 p.m. ET and the first season finale – which will answer the question “whodunit?” – will air April 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET.


Saints & Sinners centers around the pursuit of power, intertwined with greed, deception, corruption and murder – all set against the backdrop of a large southern church. The series stars Vanessa Bell Calloway, Christian Keyes, Keith Robinson, Clifton Powell, Gloria Reuben, J.D. Williams, Jasmine Burke, Afemo Omilami and Richard Lawson. Bounce TV premieres new episodes of Saints & Sinners on Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET, with a primetime play for the West Coast at 9:00 p.m. PT.

Watch Vanessa on OWNtv’s “For Peetes Sake” [VIDEO PREVIEW]

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The episode ‘Black-tress of a Certain Age’ airs Saturday, April 16, 2016 and includes an appearance by guest celebrity Vanessa Bell Calloway. Tune in on OWNtv at 6 PST/9 EST.

“For Peete’s Sake” follows the lives of husband and wife duo Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete as they juggle complicated career choices with their bustling family life.

Review: Vanessa’s Lady Ella Stirs Things Up In “Saints & Sinners”

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Jasmine Burke and Vanessa Bell Calloway in a scene from the show. Vanessa Bell Calloway is an unlikely amalgam of God-given gorgeousness, dramatic chops and unbeatable comic timing. In her turns as Lady Ella on Bounce TV’s “Saints and Sinners” and as Carol Fisher on Showtime’s oh-so-aptly named comedy-drama “Shameless,” she displays her copious talent, wasting no opportunity and leaving no stone unturned in her acting arsenal as she takes viewers along for whatever ride her character is currently on. She makes you love, hate, laugh at and laugh with her characters.

There are plenty of actresses who can do either drama or comedy very well. Calloway proves again and again she is master of both in equal measure. In “Saints and Sinners” she plays Lady Ella, who slays sartorially as well as politically. A sort of Lady Macbeth behind the pulpit, she doesn’t merely desire to be the power behind the pulpit, she wants her very own pulpit—or podium, to be more exact. Lady Ella has her expertly made-up eyes on public office and will do whatever it takes to get there.

It is this unquenchable thirst for power that attracted Calloway to the role. Revealing why she was drawn to the challenge of playing such a character, she said, “This wasn’t your typical first lady just sitting in the church in the shadow of her husband. She had her own agenda, her own life. She was a community activist, she was a city councilwoman, she’s a mother, she’s a wife, she’s a businesswoman, so I liked all the aspects that Lady Ella possessed.”

But Lady Ella does fall quite a few virtues short of being the Proverbs 31 woman. To start with, there is her dalliance with Mayor Pamela Claybourne, played by Gloria Reuben. Explaining the dynamics of the relationship, Calloway stated, “Lady Ella is an opportunistic person. I always tell everybody she ain’t a lesbian, she’s opportunistic. She knows what she needs to do to get where she needs to go and the current mayor is going to help her become the [next] mayor. It’s not a love thing for Lady Ella; it’s an opportunity issue for her.”

The church as the setting for a nighttime soap opera, on the face of it, seems an unlikely choice. When looked at in the context of the African-American community, however, the picture comes into better focus. On that subject Calloway offered, “It’s a powerful symbol because, well, that’s where most of us come from. We were raised in the church. That goes back to slavery days, when all we had was God. There are a lot of great stories in the church because people are just people. They aren’t saints, they aren’t bishops and popes. They’re just people who are trying to make their lives work and the church is their refuge, where they go for spirituality and to be cleansed, rebirthed and renewed, and they’re human, so they fall. So the church is always going to play an important part.”

Besides the character itself, the show’s ensemble also attracted her to the role. “The cool thing is when you’ve been in the business as long as I have been, you get to work with a lot of people,” she said. “I knew damn near everybody anyway and if I didn’t know them, I knew of them or kind of knew them. The only person I really didn’t know much was the young lady who plays my daughter, and now we adore each other—Jasmine Burke. It’s fun when you get to a job and you know the other castmates. It makes everything go better. It makes your day go better.”

Read the full article on New York Amsterdam News

Denice Ward Barnes of “In The Know Radio Magazine” Interviews Vanessa Bell Calloway

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Actress, Vanessa Bell Calloway chats with Denice Ward Barnes about Bounce TV’s “Saints And Sinners” and her starring role. (Interview begins around the 46:50 marker.)

Saints & Sinners Breaks Records: Catch Up Online or With the BounceTV App!

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saints-sinnersBounceTV’s Saints & Sinners drew 1.3 million viewers last week. Now you can catch up- watch previous episodes online at or with the new BounceTV app!

Don’t miss new episodes on BounceTV, Sundays at 9/8C. Click here to find a station in your area.




Watch Vanessa Bell Calloway’s “Unsung Hollywood” Story [Full Video]

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Watch Vanessa Bell Calloway’s “Unsung Hollywood” Story [Full Video]

Watch the full episode of TV One’s “Unsung Hollywood” featuring Vanessa Bell Calloway!

Watch the Full Video of Vanessa Bell Calloway’s “Unsung Hollywood” Story

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Watch the full episode of TV One’s “Unsung Hollywood” featuring Vanessa Bell Calloway!

Watch the never before seen Vanessa Bell Calloway!

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The actress who did it all, and didn’t see the biggest obstacle in her life coming until it was almost too late. Unsung Hollywood, TV One, March 16, 2016.

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