Iconic filmmaker and actor Robert Townsend as was the latest guest this week on Shadow And Act’s Facebook Live Q&A series, Locked Down With ___.  

Townsend talked about many topics, including his documentary, Making the Fiveheartbeats, which is currently streaming on Urban Movie Channel (UMC). Other films and series currently streaming on UMC include A House Divided, Behind Her Faith, Craig Ross Jr.’s Monogamy and First Day Back.

S&A readers can get a 30-day free trial by using the code HEARTBEATS when signing up at www.UMC.tv for a 30-day free trial. 

You can learn more about the projects below by checking out their official descriptions, provided by UMC:

Making the Five Heartbeats

A love letter to the movie’s fans, as well as a master-class on filmmaking, Making The Five Heartbeats is told through behind-the-scenes footage and personal stories with the five stars of the film: Robert Townsend, Leon Robinson, Michael Wright, Harry J Lennix, and Tico Wells; plus co-writer Keenen Ivory Wayans, and the film’s bad guy you love to hate, “Big Red,” Hawthorne James.

First Day Back

Loretta Devine and Aisha Hinds star in this powerful short film about the first day back at a Philadelphia high school after a fight between two students from rival neighborhoods results in the death of one of their fellow classmates.

A House Divided

If you’re a fan of shows like Greenleaf, Ambitions, or just a good, juicy drama…A House Divided is for you. Starring Lawrence Hilton Jacobs (remember him from The Jacksons: An American Dream?) and Demetria McKinney (Tyler Perry’s House of Payne), the family saga follows the members of a prominent family in Los Angeles who deal with the loss of their matriarch while uncovering a variety of secrets and scandals. Season 2 kicks off this week with LisaRaye McCoy joining the cast for a whole new level of OMG moments like you wouldn’t believe!

Behind Her Faith

Four phenomenal women – Niecy Nash, Essence Atkins, Aisha Hinds, and The Shade Room Founder, Angelica Nwandu – share some of their darkest moments and how they overcame them to achieve ultimate success in their lives. If you’re in need of some uplifting and a little inspiration, grab a box of tissues and dive into this one. Highly recommended!

Craig Ross Jr.’s Monogamy

If you’ve never heard of UMC and this is your absolute first time trying out this service, START HERE. Craig Ross Jr.’s Monogamy is to UMC what Orange is the New Black and House of Cards were to Netflix. It’s UMC’s flagship show. Here’s the premise…4 wives. 4 husbands. 1 experiment. Spouses swap, connections are created, temptations are tested, and monogamy is…messy. But this messy is GOOD. Do I smell a new binge coming?



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Photo: UMC

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