For the majority of the world, Fall means Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays but in Louisiana the Fall means one thing… it’s time for the Bayou Classic! It’s been the highlight of the Louisiana Black Community for 44 years. It’s the line that divides families for one weekend but it’s also the rope that pulls them back together when it’s all over.
When Ro Wright (Co-Owner of Eagle View Media Company) wrote his popular book, Get The Ring Keep The Ring, four years ago he also began the process of producing a movie for it. The book, a guide to perfecting relationships and strengthening families, was a regional hot piece in 2014 distributing more than 15,000 copies during it’s tenure. “My wife and I knew we had something special with this book and now it’s an honor to give it even more life,” said Wright.
The Wrights have attracted a huge following through their outreach programs building youth and families as well as their consistent efforts supporting HBCU’s (Historically Black Colleges & Universities). “The film is the story of a young woman from Southern who falls in love with a young man from Grambling. It’s their journey from dating to marriage and having to accept each other’s backgrounds and family traditions.”
Grambling St. University President, Rick Gallot, met with Ro in New Orleans, where Ro had reserved a private theater to show him parts of the film. “I think the film is a necessity. It’s funny yet very informative. It highlights the true essence of Louisiana and exhibits just how much these universities mean to our state,” said Gallot.
Dr. Ray Belton, President of the Southern University System, explained why we must teach a new generation the history of Louisiana HBCU’s. “So many great people have come through these institutions and I think it’s awesome that this new generation will learn through a movie how much these schools contribute to our heritage.”
Both Presidents have pledged their support to Wright and are excited to offer a screening of the film on their campuses for students who may not have access to streaming. The film is scheduled to air on Congo TV Network Oct 16.
Gerald Wright (Administrative Director and Co-Owner for EVMC which owns Congo TV Network) informed the media that Congo will also give a free Bayou Classic pre-show highlighting both universities. “We want the Congo platform to be an outlet for the community and this is a step toward providing light on a great annual event and also the legacy of two amazing institutions.”
The film will star Reginald Robinsion (The Haves & Have Nots, Queen Sugar, Black Lightning) and Jennifer Jacobs. Coincidentally, Robinson is a graduate of Grambling and Jennifer is a graduate of Southern. The roles were almost designed perfectly for them both. Music for the film will feature PJ Morton, Partnerz N Crime, Keyondra Lockett, Mario Abney, Kristal Cherelle, Keith Jacobs, Favor, and Mimi Dawn’e among others. Spotlights from various Louisiana actors, comedians, radio personalities, and public figures are scattered throughout the film.
Get The Ring will be the first film ever shown on Congo TV Network for free. Viewers will have the option to see it commercial free with a subscription or view it free with commercials and sponsorships.