Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Queen Latifah Show Debuts in September

According to Shadow and Act it was almost exactly 1 1/2 years ago when it was announced that Will Smith, his Overbrook Entertainment cohorts, and Queen Latifah were teaming up with Sony Pictures TV to produce a syndicated daytime talk show for the Queen to host.  Details have been scarce, except that the program was scheduled to debut in 2013, and, after some competitive bidding between networks, CBS landed what will be called The Queen Latifah Show (recall the Queen once hosted a talk show, also titled The Queen Latifah Show, which had a rather short run, from 1999 to 2001. Expectations for this upcoming new program are probably higher).  The show - which will feature celebrity interviews, human interest stories, comedy, pop culture and musical performances, and showcasing Queen Latifah’s talents, blending comedy and music into her hosting duties, is set to officially premiere on Monday, September 16, 2013. Previously, an 11am start time was slotted, but it looks like that might change, since no time-slot is currently listed on all marketing materials I've laid eyes on.  Assuming it will still air at 11am on weekdays, Latifah will be going up directly against the women of The View on ABC, which also comes on at 11am daily.   Latifah will join what is already a crowded daytime talk show market, although none of the current crop of new shows has produced what we'd call a breakout hit, which might give a high-profile show like Latifah's the opportunity to fill in a gap left vacant by Oprah Winfrey's departure. She'll be joining the aforementioned Wendy Williams (on Fox, although it's syndicated), Steve Harvey (NBC/Universal), Trisha Goddard (also with NBC/Universal), Live on ABC, The Talk, The View, and others.  Latifah definitely stays busy (via her Flavor Unit production house, along with partner Shakim Compere), both in front of and behind the camera, on TV and in film. Below is a sneak peek of what is to come.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Did You Know That LL Cool J's Wife, Simone Smith, Is A Cancer Survivor?

Did You Know That LL Cool J's Wife, Simone Smith, Is A Cancer Survivor? In 2004, Simone was diagnosed with a rare type of bone cancer called chondorosarcoma. According to Blackdoctor.org this year marks the ninth year that Mrs. Simone Smith has been cancer free.  Most people know her as the wife of famed rapper/actor LL Cool J, but Simone Smith is much more. With the launch of her jewelry line called SIS (Simone I. Smith) Jewelry, this mother of four is an entrepreneur.   
 After her stage III diagnosis, the family, especially Mr. LL himself, stopped everything in order to be with her and to assist her on the road to recovery.  In her own words, Simone says, “I have a piece of jewelry, that when it’s purchased, proceeds go towards the American Cancer Society. The reason why I did that is because back in 2004, I had a very invasive surgery done because they found a chondrosarcoma tumor in my tibia bone. So I had an invasive surgery called microvasuclar reconstructive surgery, and they had to remove my whole tibia bone and replace it with my fibular bone from my left leg. It took me almost 2 1/2 years to learn how to walk again. I fought through it, so I was a little depressed for like about…two weeks…but my grandmother called me up and told me, ‘you better not be depressed and get prayed up for those doctors who are doing this surgery on you and you’re gonna beat this.’ So I prayed to God and since then my test results have been great. 
When asked what keeps her inspired, Simone names three things: her faith in God, her husband and her children.  “We are a family who believes in working hard and pursuing our dreams…”

Sidebar: An amazing story of strength, love, faith and family! You never know what people have been through. Glad she shared her survival story.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

OWN to Air 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live'

According to The Hollywood Reporter OWN is taking a shot with daytime Soaps.  Oprah Winfrey's cable network has acquired the first 40 episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live — currently running on The Online Network — for a limited 10-week run this summer.  The half-hour episodes will run Monday through Thursday beginning July 15. All My Children will air at 1 p.m. with One Life to Live airing at 3 p.m.  "These shows have proven to be very popular with a significant, loyal fan base, not to mention Oprah herself is a big fan,” said Erik Logan, president at OWN. “Many of our viewers across numerous platforms have expressed their passion for the soaps so we are especially excited to air this limited engagement on OWN.”  “We are really excited to bring OWN viewers and our audience at large an opportunity to catch up on All My Children and One Life to Live on traditional television,” said Jeff Kwatinetz, CEO Prospect Park Networks. “We look forward to our millions of fans enjoying the first 40 episodes of the shows."  It is unclear whether OWN will acquire more episodes if the soaps perform for the network.  All My Children and One Life to Live, both canceled by ABC in 2011, returned with new episodes April 29 on The Online Network.

Sidebar: See this is why I love me some Oprah Winfrey! These are two of my favorite soaps. She is going to win. People are going to flock to OWN. Better late then never. Grab a seat next to me future viewers. I have been here since the beginning. I love Oprah and really believe in her vision for this network. #Winning

Monday, June 24, 2013

Larenz Tate & Emayatzy Corinealdi In BET Original Film 'Gun Hill'

According to Indiewire BET Networks has posted the first trailer to ‘Gun Hill,’ an original film that stars Larenz Tate, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Tawny Cypress and Aisha Hinds and being billed as “a fast-paced, gritty cop drama which brings a fresh spin to the Cain and Abel saga set in New York City.”  Written and Directed By Reggie “Rock” Bythewood and from the executive producers of New York Undercover, this high-powered cop drama is about identical twins on opposite sides of life: Trane, a cop, and Bird, a con. On one fateful night, Trane is killed. Bird assumes his identity and begins his own search for redemption. Set in the mean streets of New York, this smart, gritty two-hour movie event features an ensemble cast of characters operating on all sides of the law, where no one is quite what they seem.  No date has been set as to when the film will air on BET. Stay tuned.

Omari Hardwick Talks 'Being Mary Jane'

Studio Q spoke to Omari Hardwick (Sparkle, Middle of Nowhere) earlier this year about his upcoming BET project with Gabrielle Union called "Being Mary Jane," which is set to premiere on BET Tuesday, July 2. We interviewed Omari right before a pre-oscar event, "The Power 30" celebrating black men in the entertainment industry. What's great about this interview is when Omari stops talking to us to give dap to Superbowl Champ Terrell Suggs of The Baltimore Ravens during the interview. Looking forward to seeing more of him on screen.

Oprah Tweets Studio Q TV During Next Chapter

Yesterday I tweeted along with Oprah and her 19 million twitter followers during her Next Chapter show featuring four groundbreaking actresses including Alfre Woodard, Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad and Gabrielle Union for an in-depth conversation about the challenges, criticism and competition they face as African-American women in Hollywood. It was such a great Sunday on OWN. First India Arie kicked it off with a must-see episode of Super Soul Sunday then later this intriguing episode of Next Chapter followed by the amazing documentary Dark Girls. But what I was dancing in the living room about was when Oprah RETWEETED my tweet and then TWEETED me directly to thank me for watching! Say What?! I was elated! Anyone who is on Twitter knows that Oprah is not on there everyday and when she is she doesn't tweet a whole lot, just enough. She even admits to not being the best at technology. So, to be able to get a tweet from her is like catching lightning in a bottle.  I mean how could she even see my tweet with 19 million followers let alone respond. I am beyond thrilled and it made my Sunday Best! See the tweet below.

I will add the tweet to my other Oprah encounters. Here my Best Friend Tam and I were honored to take a pic with Oprah following the finale of her first season of Life Class at her OWN offices in LA. During one of the commercial breaks I got Oprah's attention with my eyes. Yes, just my eyes, and mouthed to her if we could take a picture with her after the show was over. She nodded yes. When the show was over the staff was trying to rush us out and I looked at Oprah and sighed like a 3 year old then she said like a mama come on. And presto! We took a pic. She kept her word even though it was all nonverbal. I love this woman! She has given the world so much. I have met Oprah four times over the years but this is the only picture I have to show for it. Thanks Lady O. We appreciate you!

This Oprah moment is priceless too. My Best Friend and I (She loves Oprah too) went to the Oprah show during the final season. The show was about Best Friends and we got to sit in the 2nd row.  We were so close to Oprah and Gayle that it felt like a dream. After the show was over Oprah engaged with all of us in the audience and people were given the opportunity to ask questions. Oprah overlooked my hand, but called on my best friend, who then forfeited her question to me (very sweet, I know) and the rest is history! And to my surprise they even posted my question and Oprah's answer on Oprah.com! Yes, I know, ah-mazing! You would think that was enough but not when we are talking about Oprah. She surprised the whole audience of best friends with a free trip to Miraval Spa in Phoenix, AZ. Oprah even paid for our food and air-fare.  It is one of the best spas in the world. Tam and I went during memorial weekend of 2011 and saw none other than Ellen Degeneres and Portia! Yes that is what you call rubbing elbows with the rich and famous. In an effort to say Thank you for such an amazing time, my best friend sent Oprah a beautiful gift. We tweeted Oprah about it and she tweeted us both back! I hope to one day be writing about how I hung out with Oprah. But for now I am just grateful for every encounter I have already had with one of the most famous and respected woman in media! Thank you GOD. It has been a true gift to meet someone who has inspired me so.
This is what Tam sent to Oprah
This is the first time Oprah Tweeted me!
Oprah Tweets Tam, Best Friend and Studio Q Producer

Saturday, June 22, 2013

R&B DIVAS LA Preview

According to Funkydineva.com the super trailer for R&B Divas LA has been released and just like the Atlanta Divas, the main plot is centered around assembling all the characters to participate in a ensemble activity. The show chronicles the divas coming together as a whole while highlighting each woman’s personal issues. Once it looks like  the singing will take a back seat to the drama. On one hand I think it is so cool to have the opportunity to see such talented black women on TV, but what I don't know is why they would present themselves like they do. I just don't understand. Don't they know we are watching? Back in the day you just went out and bought your favorite record by your favorite artist. Now you're thinking ooh I love her or I can't stand her, and none of it has to do with their music careers. Times have definitely changed. We know more about their life than their art. And for most of them that is not a good thing.  Sometimes it's better to just go to a venue and hear singers sing then go home. Now we are at home with them. I hate to say it, but after watching some celebrities on reality TV you like them a whole lot less. Once we see you, we really see you, and we don't forget. I hope that the LA season is less drama but from the looks of the trailer below, don't hold your breath. Don't get me wrong I'll be watching, but maybe for all the wrong reasons.

Nene Leakes Re-Marries Gregg Leakes

According to Us Weekly, NeNe Leakes and Gregg Leakes have said "I do" for the second time! The Real Housewives of Atlanta star and New Normal actress remarried her ex-husband Gregg on Saturday, June 22, Us Weekly can confirm.  NeNe, 45, and her bridesmaids (which included castmate Cynthia Bailey and featured guest star Marlo Hampton) wore dresses designed by Gabriella Arango, and the day's events were filmed for her upcoming Bravo spinoff series, I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding, which is scheduled to premiere this fall.  "Got big plans this weekend?" NeNe tweeted on Friday, June 21. "Cause I do," she added with a smiley face.  The newlyweds were feted by star guests, including Jill Zarin, Gretchen Rossi, Patti Stanger, Omarosa, Slade Smiley and Marysol Patton. The wedding, which had a "Old Hollywood Glam" theme, took place at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta Hotel, with gospel singer Kim Burrell performing for the couple. According to the hotel's website, the 31,000 square foot venue boasts two ballrooms that are "both flexible and elegant."  As fans of RHOA know, NeNe and Gregg, 58, divorced back in 2011 after 13 years of marriage. The couple share son Brentt, 13, and initially parted ways after Gregg claimed "fame got to her head," and that he invested $300,000 in NeNe's fledgling acting career.  They reconciled and announced their engagement back in January.

Sidebar: Good for Nene and even better for Gregg. I wish them happiness.  Nene is my favorite housewife out of the Bravo Franchise. We'll get to see the whole thing unfold in her wedding special I dream of Nene. I wonder did she wear She by Sheree during the ceremony? Lol!

Paula Deen Blames Media For Misrepresentation

According to the LA Times Paula Deen released a new video on Friday afternoon in which she said the media have misrepresented her over her admitted use of the N-word and other racially charged language. She never directly addresses the comments at the center of the controversy. She does, however, take aim at media coverage. "I want people to understand that my family and I are not the kind of people that the press is wanting to say we are," Deen says, later adding: "Your color of your skin, your religion, your sexual preference does not matter, to me."  Deen goes on to say "what's in the heart" is what matters. "And my family and I try to live by that. And I am here to say I am so sorry. I was wrong." The video was the latest development in a day that started with Deen's scheduled appearance on the "Today" show to address the controversy. That appearance was canceled, with Deen's exhaustion given as the reason.  Deen then released a video statement in which she sought to apologize. That statement was pulled from YouTube -- reasons unknown -- minutes after it was posted. Shortly after that, the Food Network issuing a statement that it would not renew Deen's contract when it expired at the end of the month. Finally, there was the release of the latest video taped apology. Deen's critics -- those who say she did not take into consideration how her words may have hurt others -- will no doubt notice the subtle ways in which her statement talks about how much she has been hurt by the controversy.  That might not seem like best way to win over your critics.  New York City-based crisis management expert Mike Paul said Deen needed to offer a straight-up apology -- a "no ifs, ands or buts" statement of remorse that blames no one but herself for her actions. As a result, Paul said, "Look for more sponsors to drop next week ... not a true apology."  Paul noted that Deen's actions are also likely to drag her sons into the controversy, as they will no doubt be asked to comment about it. Both Bobby and Jamie Deen have Food Network shows that leverage their relationship with their famous mother. Bobby has "Not My Mama's Meals" in which he puts a slim spin on fatty Southern favorites. Meanwhile, "Home for Dinner With Jamie Deen" plays up his culinary pedigree as he makes some of Grandma Ginny's (that would be Paula Deen) recipes for his young son, Jack. "Sadly, she will be hurt much more before she learns she must be fully repentant to heal the hurt to others and begin to repair her and her family's reputation," Paul said.  The controversy unfolded this week with the revelation of court documents that included a transcript of a videotaped deposition in which Deen was asked about her use of racially charged language and comments.  Deen is being sued by a former employee at a restaurant Deen co-owns with her brother. The employee, who is white, says Deen often used racially charged language and created a hostile working environment.  During the course of the deposition, Deen, 66, said that "of course" she had used the N-word to describe black people -- but stressed that it had been long ago. She also conceded that she'd once considered planning a wedding party in which black waiters would be dressed in attire reminiscent of slave days. The theme was later dismissed. Deen had also allowed pornographic pictures to be passed around the workplace as a joke, according to the documentation.  All that said, a cursory look at the public's reaction on social media suggests that Deen still has many people in her camp.  On Food Network's Facebook page, for example, many were expressing outrage over the network's decision to part ways with Deen. One sample post: "SHAME on you food network for canceling Paula dean!!!!! Are you perfect??? You've never said anything you regret? I hope Everybody stops watching food network" Below is the video of apology for the N-word take 2.

Sidebar: I do not feel sorry for Paula Deen. She knows better. You don't go around saying the N-word and blaming being from the South, or being old. I was happy Twitter went HAM the other day with all those racicst #PaulaDeenDishes jokes.  She did this to herself. Her business is worth millions so be better about how you conduct yourself. I'm glad the Food Network did not renew her contract because it sets a tone for others who think it is not a big deal. Attention everyone, it is a big deal. Should she be forgiven? Yes, I think so, but no one should feel bad for her. She brought this on herself. She was way too comfortable with her racist habits. Don't believe me? Click Here and check out what she said to one of her black employees after an interview with the New York Times posted on TMZ Tsk,Tsk,Tsk, Paula, Paula, Paula get it together or retire. Just do one quick!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

RIP Sopranos Star James Gandolfini

Deadline.com is reporting that actor James Gandolfini died suddenly in Italy after a suspected heart attack. He was 51. Gandolfini will be forever known for his portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano on the seminal HBO series The Sopranos, which won him three Emmy Awards. He remained in business with the pay cable network, starring in film Cinema Verite and executive producing Hemingway & Gellhorn. He was set to topline a new limited series for HBO, Criminal Justice, one of several projects he had in the works. Gandolfini was most recently seen in the features The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Zero Dark Thirty. 

Sidebar: Condolences to his friends and family. I watched Sopranos and he was great as Tony Soprano.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Sheléa Frazier Talks Whitney Houston Tribute

Studio Q talks to Sheléa Frazier about her Whitney Houston Tribute video on YouTube that went viral following Whitney's passing. So many people close to Whitney reached out to her following the release of the video. Even Bobbi Kristina reached out saying when she heard Sheléa sing she felt her mother's spirit and that if her mom was here today she would be so proud of her. You cannot get a much better stamp of approval than one from Whitney's daughter.  Check out our conversation below with Sheléa followed by a live performance with Narada Michael Walden at the Grammy Museum. She performs some of Whitney's biggest hits.  You can also check out the original tribute she did that has now garnered over 400,000 views on YouTube. Also, check out Sheléa's own music. She is an amazing vocalist and songwriter who can really sing her face off.  She has worked with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Brian McKnight, Take 6, and more. Her song "Love Fell On Me" was featured in the film, Jumping The Broom. She has sang for both President Obama at the White House and for Sherrie Shepherd's wedding (TheView).  Go and  buy her music on iTunes. You will not be disappointed.  I believe she will be one of the future greats! Yes, her voice is that special.

Monday, June 17, 2013

India Arie on Super Soul Sunday

Tune in Sunday, June 23, at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN for the first of Oprah's two-part conversation.  with the multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, India.Arie as she reveals a series of setbacks that caused her to consider leaving the music industry. This Sunday at 11 a.m. ET/PT, India opens up about hitting rock bottom when she found herself struggling between the demands of the music business, shares her thoughts on a recent controversy that unexpectedly placed her in the spotlight and divulges how she she returned to her spiritual roots, regained her energy and rediscovering her identity.
Sidebar: This is one of my favorite shows. I watch almost every Sunday. Looking forward to seeing Oprah go soul to soul with India Arie.

Oprah Talks to Black Women in Hollywood

On the next episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter", Oprah sat down with four groundbreaking actresses including Alfre Woodard, Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad and Gabrielle Union for an in-depth conversation about the challenges, criticism and competition they face as African-American women in the entertainment industry.  I am so looking forward to this conversation.  It will really be interesting to hear what they have to say about all things Hollywood. The documentary Dark girls will follow so it will be a great TV night.  Check out a sneak peek of the interview below.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Jay-Z Teams with Samsung for July 4th Album Release

According to Necolebitchie.com since when does an artist announce an album release date less than a month before it’s release, without a single, and automatically go platinum. Ask Jay-Z.  He’s writing the new rules, according to his new 3-minute commercial with Samsung, which is the first visual from a deal that’s worth $20 million if reports are correct. Jay has linked up with the brand to cross-promote his new album, which will be available for free on Independence Day to the first one million fans with a Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4, or Galaxy Note 2 to download his new album’s app on Google Play June 24th. The LP, titled Magna Carta Holy Grail, will be available to the public on July 7.  Samsung is doing the praise stomp all over Apple right now with these celebrity and entertainment partnerships. Just last week, they released a viral short-film with Usher to promote their new Samsung Smart TV,  they ntegrated their Samsung Note II and Samsung Galaxy phones in the Billboard and American Music Awards, and now this…Oh and these album titles. Born Sinner. Yeezus…Magna Carta Holy Grail (Trivia: The Holy Grail was the cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper).
 Sidebar: I love watching passionate people who are geniuses at what they do work behind the scenes. You can't help but learn something. It is fascinating. The video below is a worth a play.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Happy Father's Day!

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Kim and Kanye Have a Girl

According to TMZ Kim Kardashian has given birth to a baby girl ... TMZ has learned.  Sources close to KK tell TMZ ... it was a NATURAL CHILD BIRTH.  She started having contractions Friday night and went into full labor early Saturday AM.Our sources tell us the baby and Kim are both in good health. We're told Kim delivered the baby at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center this morning ... 5 weeks early.Our sources say BF Kanye West was there for the entire thing -- in the delivery room by Kim's side. We're told Kanye cancelled his appearance at his own record release party last night when Kim told him she was feeling "a little off." It is the first child for Kim and Kanye.

Sidebar: Let the real reality begin. Congrats Kim and Kanye!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Dark Girls Documentary to Premiere on OWN

According to YT, Dark Girls is a fascinating and controversial documentary film that goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices that dark-skinned women face throughout the world. It explores the roots of classism, racism and the lack of self-esteem within a segment of cultures that span from America to the most remote corners of the globe. Women share their personal stories, touching on deeply ingrained beliefs and attitudes of society, while allowing generations to heal as they learn to love themselves for who they are.  Watch the world television premiere of Dark Girls on OWN. Tune in Sunday, June 23, at 10/9c.
Sidebar: I am really looking forward to seeing this. So happy OWN is going to premiere it. Black is so beautiful. It is a shame how we treat each other. I feel it is not just a spill over from slavery, but a direct result from it. Slavery intended to not just enslave our bodies, but our mind. I hope through documentaries like this we can see the error of what was taught to us and stop it.

Dark Girls is a fascinating and controversial documentary film that goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices that dark-skinned women face throughout the world. It explores the roots of classism, racism and the lack of self-esteem within a segment of cultures that span from America to the most remote corners of the globe. Women share their personal stories, touching on deeply ingrained beliefs and attitudes of society, while allowing generations to heal as they learn to love themselves for who they are. - See more at: http://bossip.com/788827/a-must-see-dark-girls-first-look-on-oprahs-own-network-video/#sthash.tm2pkCgV.dpuf

Happy 82nd Birthday to Marla Gibbs!

Happy Birthday to television icon Marla Gibbs who turns 82 today! According to Wikipidia She was born Margaret Theresa Bradley in 1931. We all know Marla Gibbs for playing Louise and George Jefferson's sarcastic maid, Florence Johnston, on The Jeffersons and spinoff Checking In. We also all tuned in and watched as she starred as Mary Jenkins on the television series 227 and appeared in the Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection (2012). Currently the legendary actress plays "Grandma Eddy" on the Byron Allen-produced sitcom The First Family. Studio Q caught up with the beloved star on the red carpet of the Gospel Goes to Hollywood Awards where she was honored. Check out our interview with her below. We were so honored to speak with this legend!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

New Fox Talk Show "The Real"

According to YBF.com daytime television may be getting its most diverse panel of opinionated women ever when "The Real" hits airwaves starring Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Adrienne Bailon and Jeannie Mai.  Telepix has several FOX affiliates ready to announce a younger, hipper version of "The View". And now, the first preview has hit the net.  The new chatfest, "The Real" is set to debut in several select cities on July 15.  The roundtable style show will feature the five busy career ladies dishing on everything from the latest celeb gossip to their views on love, sex and relationships.

Sidebar: I just watched the trailer for this show and I immediately fell in love. The personalities seem to all gel and most importantly they are talking about fun and entertaining topics. They also reflect the way the world really looks. I love that most! In a time where there is a black president you still are hard-pressed to find any shows that reflect real diversity. The reason why there is a Telemundo, TV ONE and a BET is because diversity is not reflected in mainstream. I'm will be watching this show. I really hope it is a hit! Oprah, now go get a hot panel for OWN!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Olympic Gold Medalist Sanya Richards-Ross gets New Reality Show

According to YBF, Four-time U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Sanya Richards-Ross has signed on for a new WE tv original docu-series, entitled “Sanya’s Glam & Gold.” Premiering Thursday, July 25th at 10pm ET/PT, the show will follow the track superstar's fast-paced life and high-profile marriage to NFL star Aaron Ross (who's won two Super Bowl Championships).  The show was filmed primarily in Austin, Texas, which serves as the homebase for the couple who met in college at the University of Texas and married in 2010.  Speaking about the show in a WE tv press release, Sanya said,“I’m so thrilled to have this opportunity to open up my life and marriage to viewers and to introduce them to my incredibly supportive, and let’s be honest, sometimes-crazy family. I hope that in addition to being entertained by my journey since my victories last summer at the Olympic games, viewers will also identify with the challenges I face—and that all modern women face—to balance work, family, a husband and everything else life throws our way. There’s never a dull moment and things can sometimes get out of control, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!” Outside of Texas, the show also filmed in Jacksonville, Florida, New York City and Jamaica.  The show is helmed by executive producers Jason Carbone (Tia & Tamara, Run’s House) and Nick Lee (Run’s House, The Bachelorette).

Sidebar: Fierce photo! Interesting. I'll watch the first episode.

Tamar & Vince Renewed for 2nd Season

According to Essence.com, WE tv announced yesterday the renewal of Tamar & Vince. The second season of the Braxton Family Values spinoff is expected to premiere on September 5th. WE tv's senior vice president of original production and development Lauren Gellert praised the show along with the network's other reality series Joan & Melissa. "Tamar, Joan and Melissa are talented, refreshing women that we're delighted to have on WE tv for new seasons of their popular shows," she said. "These are real women dealing with real issues in the scrutiny of the spotlight with style and grace, and we are so happy WE tv viewers will again be along for these entertaining rides." Fans can check out a season two. Watch a preview of Tamar & Vince Season 2 below.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Kym Whitley, La Toya Jackson, and Iyanla Vanzant OWN Saturday Night

According to Deadline.com, The Oprah Winfrey Network has shored up its calendar for Saturday night originals. It will air six new episodes of Iyanla: Fix My Life starting July 20 and also ordered 10 more episodes of Raising Whitley and 12 more of Life With La Toya. The new half-hours of those shows will begin in early 2014 at 9 and 9:30 PM, respectively. For the May sweep, the shows ranked as TV’s top three nonsports original series among African-American women. Iyanla is a self-help series fronted by Iyanla Vanzant, Whitley is a docuseries centered on actress-comic Kym Whitley, and La Toya follows the life of La Toya Jackson.

Sidebar: Way to go OWN! The pivot is real.

Janelle Monáe Talks Prince Collaboration

Essence reports that Songstress Janelle Monáe is gearing up for the fall release of her forthcoming sophomore album The Electric Lady, and she recently revealed that fans can look forward to a special guest appearance by Prince. During an interview with Billboard, the "Q.U.E.E.N." singer said she and the music legend are "great friends" and spent some creative time in the studio together.  "It's a beautiful thing to have a friend — someone who cares about your career, and wants to see you go far and to push boundaries and shake up the world — give whatever they possibly can to the cause," she said.   Although Monáe is keeping the song's title under wraps, she did reveal that she had a opportunity to produce the record.  "I had a chance to produce an icon," she said. "It's not every day that he collaborates. I'm honored and humbled that he trusted me. He is forever my friend, and I am forever indebted. I can't say too much else about it." The Electric Lady, which hits stores in September, also includes a collaboration by R&B hitmaker Miguel.

Sidebar: People are going to eat this album up. Not this people, but people will. It will be a guaranteed success without me.

Studio Q Talks New Music with The Tony Rich Project

Studio Q recently caught up with Grammy® winner Tony Rich (The Tony Rich Project) before his performance in Los Angeles, CA last month at the "On The Vine" press event. Following our interview, Tony Rich took to the stage to perform his Pop smash and signature tune “Nobody Knows” then treated the audience to some of his new music.  “Fade Away” is a new track that has been enthusiastically embraced by Smooth Jazz / Smooth AC radio being Most Added at Billboard the week of February 2, 2013 and debuting at #25 with a bullet on the Mediabase Smooth AC chart the following week reports Euroweb. Tony Rich shares “I am excited to release my new album SPEAK ME with Hidden Beach and I’m particularly excited by my evolving relationship with Luna Guitars. Their beautiful instruments were a joy to create music with and I’m looking forward to making more beautiful music together in the future.” Check out our interview with Tony Rich below along with a live performance  from that night.