TV One screened its highly anticipated original biopic THE BOBBY DEBARGE STORY in Los Angeles on Wednesday, completing a four-city screening tour that included stops in Atlanta, Miami and Washington, D.C. Held at the Harmony Gold Theater, the film debuted to a standing room only crowd featuring some of Hollywood’s hottest entertainers. Cast members attending included the film’s lead star Roshon Fegan (Bobby DeBarge), Lloyd (Gregory Williams of Switch), Tyra Ferrell (Etterlene DeBarge), Blue Kimble (Tommy DeBarge), Adrian Marcel (James DeBarge), Marie L. Toussaint (Bunny DeBarge), Laila Odom (Teri DeBarge), Benjamin “Bruno” Rose (El DeBarge), Ethan McDowell (Robert DeBarge) and Rodman Munson(Chico DeBarge). The film’s director Russ Parr, Executive Producer, and widow of Bobby DeBarge, Teri DeBarge, Keith Neal of Swirl Films and TV One’s Executive in Charge of Production Karen Peterkin were also in attendance.
Talent and VIP’s in attendance included A.J. Johnson (TV One’s Sins of The Father), DomiNque Perry (TV One’s Deadly Dispatch, Insecure), Jasmine Sanders (TV One’s The DL Hughley Show), Bobby DeBarge Jr., Darius McCrary (Fox’s Star), Kym Whitley (Freeform’s Young & Hungry), Obba Babatundé (ABC’s For The People), Malinda Williams (TV One’s Loved to Death), Darrin Dewitt Henson (BET’s The Family Business), Vanessa Bell Calloway (Fox’s Rel), Amina Buddafly (MTV’s Love & Hip Hop: New York), Taja V. Simpson (Tyler Perry’s The Oath), Kris Lofton (HBO’s Ballers), Adrian Lockett (Tales From The Hood), members of the DeBarge family and many more.
Bobby DeBarge Jr. and cast member Adrian Marcel surprised the audience with a special impromptu performance, one of the many evening highlights. Following the screening, Hip Hollywood’s producer and correspondent Vanessa Barnett moderated the Q&A with cast members and creative team revealing special behind-the-scene moments from the film. The evening concluded with an exclusive VIP reception complete with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.
Continuing the network’s tradition of highlighting inspirational music figures, THE BOBBY DEBARGE STORY explores the tumultuous life of the former lead singer of the 70’s R&B/Funk Band Switch, also the eldest sibling of the world-famous pop group DeBarge. Despite his success in music, the iconic falsetto found his life in peril as he struggled with fame and fortune while coping with the memories of his dysfunctional childhood.
Tune into THE BOBBY DEBARGE STORY premiering Saturday, June 29 at 8 pm EST / 7C and an encore at 10 pm EST / 9C on TV One.
THE BOBBY DEBARGE STORY is produced for TV One by Swirl Films. Leading the production are Executive Producers, Eric Tomosunas and Teri DeBarge. The film is written by Norman Vance, Jr., directed by Russ Parr with casting provided by Leah Daniels Butler (Leah Daniels Butler Casting) and George Pierre (Pierre Casting). For TV One, Karen Peterkin and Jason Ryan are the Executive Producers in Charge of Production, Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President Original Programming and Production. THE BOBBY DEBARGE STORY premieres Saturday, June 29 at 8 pm EST/7C on TV One. Follow the conversation online @tvonetv using the hashtag #THEBOBBYDEBARGESTORY.