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In Love There’s War Movie Premiere At The GCUFF

It was a dream come true for Danielle Dominique to see her movie of “In Love There’s War” on the big screen. Her and cast members enjoyed a beautiful Friday night at Shaker Square Theater for the GCUFF (Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival) to watch the movie they worked so hard to create on the big movie screen.

They received a big round of applause after the movie and they all met in the lobby with big smiles ready to take lots of pictures, sign auto-graphs and go to the after party at the MOCA to celebrate.

Now Danielle and the cast are working on wrapping up filming season two of the series “In Love There’s War” which is scheduled to start in October on YouTube. Fans are patiently waiting and Danielle said they will not be disappointed because the next series is better than the first, so get ready for more spicy drama.

Danielle loves telling imaginary stories and she definitely has thoughts for another movie and series in the near future especially after their huge success at the film festival.

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GCUFF Features In Love There’s War

The Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival features “In Love There’s War” film on Friday at 8:45 PM, Sept. 16th, 2016 at Shaker Square Cinema in Cleveland, Ohio.



After a childhood friendship turns into an unspoken love, Jada finally puts her pride aside to fight for the man she loves. With Chase’s wedding only a few minutes away, Jada has to fight through traffic, nerves and Chase’s soon-to-be wife in order to stop him from making the biggest mistake of his life.

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In Love There’s War Season Two Coming Soon

In Love There's War ~ Season Two
In Love There’s War ~ Season Two

The wait is almost over for season two of “In Love There’s War” by Danielle Dominique. The next series is scheduled to start sometime in October, 2016 after Danielle release her second book “In Love There’s War: The Reign Of Temptation” so the story continues in her new book and series. Fans are patiently waiting to find out what happens after Jada accepted Brian’s proposal for marriage after Chase and Tracy’s wedding day. Will Jada go through with the wedding or not? We will all soon find out in season two.

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Danielle Dominique Nelson: The Woman Behind In Love There’s War

Danielle Dominique Nelson
Danielle Dominique Nelson

As jotting down thoughts in her notebook that she kept hidden underneath her mattress has become a memory of her past, Danielle Dominique never imaged that little spiral notebook would bring her this far. But she’s just getting started. Motivated by love and her ability to create stories at the drop of a dime, Danielle Dominique is becoming known for her hidden talent in writing. As her novel and series, both titled In Love There’s War, is creating a frenzy amongst her followers, Danielle calls it destiny as she effortlessly adjusts to her new position as a director, producer and screenwriter. With a full cast, two beautiful daughters and a fan base that grows by the minute, this soon-to-be Hollywood favorite has a lot on her plate. Most women would panic with a plate as full as hers, but Danielle handles it well as she walks in her purpose.

The introduction of In Love There’s War is just a warmup for this talent mogul. Her first novel is only the beginning of a trilogy she’s looking to completely release by the summer of 2017. As this summer will bring the release of In Love There’s War II: The Reign of Temptation, the premiere of In Love There’s War: Season II will shortly follow as the war of love continues. Danielle has a laundry list of plans to continue showcasing her talent once the production of In Love There’s War is complete. We got a chance to get more information from her in an exclusive interview found below.

Q & A

Q: Danielle Dominique. That name rings bells. It sounds like someone fierce and famous. Is that your real name or a stage name that you created as an alter ego?

A: That’s actually my real name. My mother named me Danielle Dominique Nelson. My first name came from a character played on General Hospital and my middle name came from a nighttime show called Dynasty. When I was young, I didn’t like my first name that much. I thought it was bland; too simple. I wanted something more unique. Of course, over time I grew to love it. Especially once I combined my first and middle name for entertainment purposes. I love it now! It rings a bell to me, too!

Q: Your bio says you’ve been writing since you were young. You started out with poetry and then ended up writing novels. How did that happen?

A: When I was young, poetry was my outlet for things I had experienced with old boyfriends, friends, family and life in general. Anytime my feelings got overly hurt from a breakup or an argument, I used poetry to release it. It was like my therapy. It was my way of telling my side of the story through words. Then, one day, I started realizing I was a story teller just like my father. I would create the craziest stories just to make people laugh and they would believe me. Eventually it became a high and I purposely created stories just to see people’s reactions. It wasn’t until I experienced this one specific heartbreak that I started writing stories. I was so hurt and I needed to write about it but I didn’t have time to find words that rhymed, so I wrote it as if I was telling someone else. When I re-read it, I realized how good of a story it was, so I kept going. I created more characters, scenarios, locations and so on. Now, here I am, writing stories.

Q: It seems like you went from writing novels to filming in the same breath, how did that happen?

A: That’s a good question because actually, I did. Screenwriting was always my dream career. I loved writing but I wanted to see it come to life through film. Before I decided to write my first novel, I reached out to a friend of mine that’s in the film industry for advice. I told him that I wanted to write a series that would also be a book, but I didn’t know which one I should do first. He told me to write the book first, then attempt to turn it into a series. He went on to explain how depending on my book’s success, a network might pick it up and produce the series. However, my impatient self decided I wasn’t going to wait on a network to pick me up; I was going to do it myself and pick the network. That’s exactly what I’m doing.

Q: Tell me about the creation of In Love There’s War. What made you write such a touching love story?

A: Love made me write it. A lot of times people are at war with love. Whether it’s fighting to stay in love, fighting to find love, fighting to end love, or fighting to get the love you lost back. For me, In Love There’s War was my way of showing those different levels of love. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting it to go beyond one book or one season, but I’m not complaining.

Q: I see In Love There’s War is really taking off, how does that make you feel?

A: It makes me feel great to know something I thought was an imperfection is such a talent. I use to think these stories playing in my mind were signs of bipolar or schizophrenic disease, but now I know it’s a gift so I’m happy. Sometimes it seems so surreal to see so many people admiring my work, but it is truly a blessing and I’m so grateful to God for this talent and opportunity.

Q: Jada and Chase seem to have everyone at the edge of their seats waiting to see what they do next. What can we expect from Jada and Chase in the next season?

A: You know Jada and Chase are going to send everyone through a rollercoaster of emotions, which is exactly what you can expect from them in the next season. They’re going to find love, lose love, think they have it all figured out, and surprise you with the complete opposite. It’s going to be a rough one for them and the audience, but it’s going to be even better than the first season.

Q: I’m sure everyone that watches your show has a favorite character. They’re all amazing and have a uniqueness about them that contributes to the show. How did you create your characters?

A: I promised not to disclose names, but some of my characters are generated from close friends, family and people I’ve known over the years. When I say “generated”, I mean their personalities, not their situations. For instance, Nicole’s character is a reflection of my sister. She’s funny, vibrant, stylish, and the one that tells it like it is. She doesn’t sugar coat anything for anyone. She can be cut throat but she loves hard. Nicole is also my sister’s middle name.

Q: When scrolling through your Instagram, you have some great footage and photos of your cast on and off set. It seems like you all have a great time together. How is it working with such a large cast?

A: It’s definitely a different experience. Especially because this is my first time directing a film, so having a large cast makes it a little harder to get accustom to my new role. I’m learning how to deal with the different schedules, personalities, attitudes and opinions. Other than that, we’re like family. We have so much fun on set with each other. It’s never a dull moment with them. I can’t wait to for this to be my full-time job.

Q: Who do you admire in the industry?

A: In the film industry, I would say Tyler Perry, Shonda Rhymes, Mara Brock-Akil, Lee Daniels and Gina Prince-Bythewood. As far as authors are concerned, I love Stephanie Meyer, J. K. Rowling, Terry McMillan and Sister Souljah.

Q: I know In Love There’s War is only the beginning for you. What’s next for Danielle Dominique

A: Well, I’ve started some ghostwriting projects that I’m extremely excited about. I’m working on another series and two movies that I’m looking to add to my collection. Not to mention the many manuscripts I have sitting in my hard drive waiting to be published. So, I have a lot coming down the pipeline. It’s just a matter of time.

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Howard Vaughn Jr.: The Man Behind Bryan Wright

Howard Vaughn Jr.
Howard Vaughn Jr.

Anyone that has ever watched even one episode of In Love There’s War can appreciate the class, poise and handsome manliness that Howard Vaughn, Jr. brings to his character Bryan Wright. Acting since high school, Vaughn is a natural to the stage and the screen.

In what ways do you relate to your character, Bryan?

I’m a hard working career driven man but I make sure home is never neglected and that the special lady in my life always feels special and comes first. Family is everything and I enjoy our time together. I’m a sharp dresser, I stay physically fit, and always a good “Eye Candy” for the ladies!

Tell us about your other acting experiences.

I started out doing stage plays while at Buchtel High School such as “West Side Story” and “The Nativity Story”. I also co-starred in a short film “Its Just A Game” playing the role of “Jamal Knight” a young hoop prodigy rising from the neighborhood blacktop to playing in the NCAA Championship Game.

What made you choose acting?

Acting just came natural! Growing up I always wanted to be an actor. I would entertain my family and friends by imitating characters from movies. I would sit at home and watch sitcoms on television wishing I was starring in the show, or go to the movie theater and leave thinking “That should’ve been me on the big screen”! I guess it’s just embedded in my soul.

Tell us about your life outside of In Love There’s War.

I’m in the law enforcement field, Head Baseball Coach at Buchtel CLC, Basketball Coach at the Ed Davis Community Center. I also enjoy playing Basketball, Golfing, and Traveling around the world. Mostly, I enjoy spending quality time with my beautiful and loving wife Toccara and our 2 children.

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DeVon Lamont Thomas: The Man Behind Carter Hill

DeVon Lamont Thomas
DeVon Lamont Thomas

In Love There’s War character Carter Hill, has the luck of being portrayed by the magnificent DeVon Lamont Thomas of Cleveland, OH. DeVon, who starred in the local versions of “FAME” and “Bubbling Brown Sugar”, loves to entertain and draw emotion out of his audience. Combined with his natural reserved manner, his ability to evoke emotion makes DeVon so believable as Carter we almost forget he is acting. DeVon is not just an actor though, he is a student at Cleveland State University, musician and singer. His EP will be out soon, he will return to In Love There’s War for Season 2 and we are thirstily awaiting what else will come next from Mr. Thomas.

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Lakeisha Key: The Women Behind Gabrielle Harper

Lakeisha Key
Lakeisha Key

Have you ever watched a movie or tv show and felt that the person portraying your favorite character was the character? This is the feeling we all get when we watch LaKeisha Key take on the life of Gabrielle Harper on In Love There’s War each episode. Though she does not literally live in Gabby’s shoes, she certainly fits them well.

How are you able to relate so well to Gabrielle?

Gabrielle wants to love, care and cherish her relationship with Dewayne but he makes it difficult. He doesn’t treat her as his queen; He doesn’t respect her as his woman. Regardless of his actions Gabrielle still tries to make it work. I have never been married but I have been in a relationship that I’ve tried so hard to make it work and no matter what happened or what I did, it was never good enough. Gabrielle and myself have a soft heart for the men we love and the men in our lives.

Before Gabrielle, what other roles have you played?

I have been a part of 15 stage plays within the Cleveland area. At many different theaters I’ve played many different roles. This is my first experience in a web series and I must say it is totally different than stage plays. In my opinion I think it is more difficult than acting on stage. I must say, acting in a web series is an exciting experience that I want to continue improving in my future.

Why did you choose acting?

I don’t think I chose acting, acting chose me. I say that because I was asked to fill in a two line role in “One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and from then on I was asked to do different roles and I never stopped and through the whole journey, I have enjoyed every minute of it.

So, what’s next for the busy be LaKeisha Key?

Look out for her on Season 2 of In Love There’s War and in the stage play, The Life of Teddy Pendergrass.

In addition to her roles on stage and film, Keisha enjoys singing and parenting her 14 year old son. Ms. Key is a Human Resources Director and a member of her praise team at church in addition to other activities.

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What Are You Reading?

In Love There’s War by Danielle Nelson

If you love the web series In Love There’s War by Danielle Dominique, get the full story about these four young ladies who would do whatever it takes to weather the storm in their love relationships by reading the book. Everyone knows reading the book is always better than watching it on the tube. Purchase your copy of In Love There’s War and sit down and enjoy reading this popular romance novel.

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DaShawn Toney: The Man Behind Jason Scott

DaShawn Toney
DaShawn Toney

DaShawn Toney is the talented actor who portrays the elusive Jason Scott on In Love There’s War. DaShawn is a father of two beautiful daughters and works as financial coordinator for the Cleveland Clinic in addition to budding career as an actor. Although, In Love There’s War is his first web series, Mr. Toney has performed in many stage plays most notably portraying “Asagi” in A Raisin In The Sun. Though he loves to entertain, this Libra is also into sports and fast cars.