Thursday, October 30, 2014

‘The Real’ Ladies Share Insecurities & Get Emotional [VIDEO]

Sherri Shepherd Talks About Being A Divorcee [VIDEO]

Queen Latifah CANCELS Bill Cosby Interview After Rape Allegations Resurface

According to TMZ, Bill Cosby won't be promoting his new comedy tour on Queen Latifah's talk show because the Queen and her crew got cold feet after rape allegations resurfaced.  Comedian Hannibal Buress called Cosby out last week during a stand up set wondering out loud if people remembered Bill had been accused of rape by 13 women over the years. The old news got re-circulated, even though there were not fresh allegations. Production sources tell us Latifah honchos didn't want the association so the 86'd Cosby. They're particularly sensitive because a video from Latifah's show just went viral, showing a 13-year-old gay kid going crazy on the show after winning VIP Ru Paul tickets.  Cosby has never  been criminally charged with sexual assault but he has been sued.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Katt Williams and Suge Knight Arrested

According to TMZ, Katt Williams and Suge Knight got arrested today for allegedly snatching a camera from a female photographer in Beverly Hills.  The alleged incident went down back on Sept. 5 outside a studio according to the L.A. County D.A.  Katt was arrested this morning when he showed up in court for an assault case and Suge was picked up in Las Vegas.  Both men have pretty lengthy rap sheets and as a result the D.A.'s Office says Suge could face up to 30 years in state prison while Williams could be nailed for 7 years.  

Benzino & Althea Reportedly Fired By “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” Producers

According to TMZ, Benzino and fiancee Althea Eaton of "Love & Hip Hop: Atlantawas given the boot Wednesday AM with no explanation.  Benzino says it's obvious he and Althea are being blamed for the fight between them and castmates, Joseline Hernandez and Stevie J in a brawl that proved irresistible for other cast members.  Althea sued Joseline, claiming she started the fight while she was high on crack.  Producers sided with Joseline, even though other cast mates felt Joseline should have gotten the boot.  VH1 would not comment.

K. Michelle Reveals Her Album Title in New Trailer [Video]

Daniel Radcliffe Raps Alphapet on Jimmy Fallon [VIDEO]

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Barry Manilow Performs Whitney Houston's 'I Believe in You and Me' on 'The View' [VIDEO]

Barry Manilow performed his version of Whitney Houston's "I Believe in You and Me" with vocals from the late singer on The View, complete with visuals of a shadowy impersonator. Watch the performance below:

Sidebar: Whitney's vocals sounds amazing per usual, but the that shadowy impersonator??? No Barry. Just no. 

Mary J. Blige, "Real Love" (Live at The FADER FORT) [VIDEO]

Tracee Ellis Ross as 'T-MURDA' Raps 'LIFESTYLE' [VIDEO]

Marvel Announces That Chadwick Boseman Is Black Panther

According to Black Film.com, Marvel has finally made the announcement that Chadwick Boseman will become Black Panther.  He will be the first solo lead of color filling the title role in the newly-announced Black Panther movie, one of three new series revealed at this morning’s Marvel Studios event at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles.  Boseman will play T’Challa, the head of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, in the movie, which is scheduled to be released Nov. 3 2017.  In Marvel’s comic book continuity, the Black Panther — created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby was a long-serving member of the Avengers, who also enjoyed multiple critically-acclaimed solo runs throughout his 48-year history.  Boseman is best known for his roles in 42 and Get On Up, playing Jackie Robinson and James Brown, respectively. While no other information about the project was released at the event, the studio did show concept art for the character, shared online via Twitter by Marvel’s Ryan Penagos.  

Monday, October 27, 2014

LeBron James, Wife Savannah, Welcome Baby Girl Zhuri

Congratulations to LeBron James and his wife Savannah on the birth of their first daughter.  Multiple sources close to LeBron and his family confirmed  that he and his wife Savannah delivered their baby girl Zhuri on Wednesday, Oct. 22 in Akron.  The couple already have two sons, Bryce Maximus James and LeBronJames Jr.

'A Different World' Cast Reunites on Oprah's Where Are They Now [VIDEO]

New Trailer for Lee Daniels' Hip Hop/Family Drama series "Empire" [VIDEO]

According to Shadow & Act, Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Macy Gray, Bryshere Y. Gray (aka rapper Yazz The Greatest), Trai Byers, Gabourey Sidibe, Malik Yoba, and Grace Gealey make up the starring cast of a drama that centers on a family-run hip-hop empire, hence the title.  The project, which reportedly sparked a bidding war among the 4 major broadcast networks last year, has received a series commitment from FOX.  Howard plays Lucious Lyon, a charismatic, but tough chief of a record label titled Empire Entertainment, which is on the verge of an IPO.  Meanwhile, Henson is Cookie Lyon, the ex-wife of Lucious Lyon, who's described as a "total badass" with a prison record (she served 17 years for dealing drugs, and used the money to help finance Lucious' growing music empire, when it was still in its early days). She's now out of prison, and has come for what's hers!  Jussie Smollett plays their son, Jamal, a fledgling rapper himself, who is also gay - something that Lucious, the father, has a problem with.   Macy Gray will appear as Tasha, a woman having an affair with Bryshere Y. Gray's character, Hakeem Lyon, Lucious' other son, the youngest, and Lucious' favorite, and the frontrunner to take over his father's empire.  Trai Byers will play Andre, Lucious’ oldest son, described as tall and brilliant, but with a dark side, and Grace Gealey will play Anika, the head of A&R for Empire Entertainment, and Lucious’ current girlfriend.  Malik Yoba will play Lucious' longtime friend from the streets and business associate, who is now Empire Entertainment’s chairman of the board.  Finally, Gabourey Sidibe will recur as Lucious’ hard-working assistant Becky.  Lee Daniels, who is directing, is collaborating with his "The Butler" writer, Danny Strong, on the project, with Brian Grazer also producing. Check out the trailer below. 

Prince to Play Uninterrupted 8-Minute Jam on 'Saturday Night Live'

According to Billboard, when Prince plays Saturday Night Live on Nov. 1, he will play one extra-long segment in the middle of the show.  As you're probably aware, most of the musical guests perform two separate songs on SNL, but Prince is not like most musical guests. Instead of two performances, he'll provide the audience with eight full minutes of unadulterated, commercial-free Purple glory.  Chris Rock will host the Nov. 1 episode, his first time hosting in 18 years. Prince has been back on SNL more recently -- he played the show in 2006. For his jam session, he'll be accompanied by his band 3rdeyegirl.  Prince has been in a 2-for-1 kind of mood recently. On Sept. 30, he released two albums: ART OFFICIAL AGE, largely a solo effort, and PLECTRUMELECTRUM, recorded with 3rdeyegirl. Both went to No. 1 on the R&B and Rock charts.

Angela Bassett Finds her Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Watch Angela Bassett follow her ancestors, the Stokes family of Georgia, on their harrowing journey from slavery through the Civil War and into the era of emancipation. 

Missy Elliot, Lil' Kim, and Da Brat to Perform at Soul Train Awards

According to Yahoo News, Rappers Missy Elliot, Lil' Kim, and Da Brat will take the stage on November 7th to perform their hit song from the 90's, "Ladies Night." The song was originally recorded alongside Angie Martinez and the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez. Other Soul Train Award 2014 performances include Mase, Tamar Braxton, and a highly anticipated reunion of the 90's R&B group Jodeci. It's going to be like a 90's family reunion on the Soul Train Awards stage! 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fantasia Singing "Lose to WIn" From The Audience at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live [VIDEO]

Last night Fantasia blessed the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live stage with her amazing voice and stellar stage presence. We felt her passion in each and every song. As usual, she left everything on the stage and even came down to sang with the audience. Check out Fantasia singing 'Lose to Win' below. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Interview of The Day - Cedric The Entertainer [VIDEO]

TLC Cancels 'Honey Boo Boo' Amid Sex Offender Scandal

According to TMZ, TLC has CANCELLED "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" in the wake of TMZ's story that Mama June is dating a convicted child molester who sexually abused one of her relatives.  The decision comes one day after TMZ broke the story.  June has been secretly dating Mark McDaniel, who got out of prison in March after serving 10 years for forcing oral sex on an 8-year-old.
June has denied she's seeing McDaniel, despite a photo we posted showing the 2 of them at a small party in a hotel room. TLC clearly did not believe her and cancelled the show because they felt she was putting her children at risk.

TLC has shot an entire new season of episodes but will not air them.  Although the show has fallen off its ratings high, we're told it's still very profitable, so TLC is taking a financial hit.

But the network is not turning its back on the kids, telling us, "Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority.  TLC is faithfully committed to the children's ongoing comfort and well-being." Our sources say the network will pay for tutors and counselors for the kids.

Mama June just responded -- she continues to deny that she is dating McDaniel 

Sidebar: Wow Mama June. Who cares about the TV show, why would you put your own kids in danger? TLC sent a strong message canceling the show. Good job TLC.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bette Midler Sings TLC's 'Waterfalls': [Listen]

Jodeci to Reunite at the Soul Train Awards 2014

According to Essence, Jodeci is getting back together for the first time in eight years to perform at the 2014 Soul Train Awards.
"Soul Train was a critical platform in the beginning of our career. So it only makes sense that our return to the stage be during the Soul Train Awards 2014," the group said in a written statement to Yahoo! Music."We're humbled by the loyalty of our fans who have asked for a Jodeci reunion and look forward to giving them a show as only Jodeci can. #JODECIFOREVER."
According to a spokesperson for the Soul Train Awards, the foursome will perform a live medley of their hit songs. The group scored five number one hits in their hay day including "Stay," "Forever My Lady," and "Come and Talk to Me." In addition to the classics, Jodeci will also perform a portion of a brand new single.
Jodeci first hit the R&B scene in 1991 with their debut album Forever My Lady which was certified three-times platinum and remains their best selling album to date. In 1997, two members of the group, K-Ci and JoJo, left to form the duo K-Ci and JoJo. The guys haven't been on stage together since 2006.
The Soul Train Awards 2014 will be hosted by Wendy Williams and is scheduled to air on BET Nov. 30.
Sidebar: I'm here for the reunion! I love me some Jodeci. 

Danielle Spencer of 'What's Happening' Reveals Battle with Breast Cancer

According to BET Centric, Danielle Spencer, best known for her role as Dee from "What's Happening!!," revealed in an interview with Black America Web a recent diagnosis of breast cancer.  The former child star says she was given the news a month ago and will be heading to the hospital this week to explore her treatment options.  "Surgery is definitely one of the options. I'm trying to get as many options as possible but it does look that that is what I'm going to do," Spencer explained, adding that her family has a history with breast cancer. "Hopefully after that there won't be any chemotherapy or radiation."
"With everything that I've been through with the spinal cord injury, I know God is not going to give me another affliction. So I was completely shocked when doctors told me" (Spencer was involved in a car accident in 1977 and symptoms of her spinal cord injury showed up 26 years later, which left her nearly paralyzed).  Still, Spencer, who is currently a successful veterinarian, is remaining hopeful. She says she has plenty of support from the loved ones in her life.
Spencer recently launched an Indiegogo campaign for her reality series "All Grown Up!" which features herself and former child stars, James Bond III and Rodney Allen Rippy. She's looking to explore their desire to transition back into acting and make other career moves.
She'll also be featured in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture when the permanent exhibition opens in 2015.
"I still can't believe it," she said. "That's something people can look at for years to come, long after I'm gone."
Sidebar: Praying for a complete recovery. 

Interview of The Day - Maia Campbell [VIDEO]

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Will Smith bringing 'Hitch' comedy series to Fox

According to EW Fox is developing a comedy series based on 2005’s Hitch, starring Will Smith and Kevin James. The half-hour, single-camera series is being described as “a workplace comedy that explores dating and sexual politics.” Will Smith and Jada Smith will executive produce alongside Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont, who will write the script, and Overbrook Entertainment’s James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett.
Hitch raked in close to $370 million worldwide at the box office. It follows Smith’s Alex “Hitch” Hitchens, a professional dating consultant put to the test when Albert Brennaman (James) wants to land a girl way out of his league.

Mo’ne Davis: Throw Like A Girl [VIDEO]

Chad Coleman, Meagan Good To Appear On Law & Order: SVU

According to Deadline, Chad Coleman (The Walking Dead, The Wire) and Meagan Good (Think Like a Man) will guest star on one of those November sweep ripped-from-the-headlines episodes of Wolf Films/Universal Television’s Law & Order: SVU on NBC that we have come to expect and love.  This one will tackle the whole sports/domestic violence issue. Coleman’s character is described as “an ex-sports star turned reporter” who is accused of assaulting his girlfriend (Good) in the episode titled “Spousal Privilege.”Despite photographic evidence of the abuse, the case becomes complicated when the couple tries to keep the charges under the radar. Announcing the riffing-off-real-life episode, producers did not spell out whether Coleman’s playing a former NFL player.
In real life, the issue of domestic violence in sports became very hot in September, when the Baltimore Ravens cut Ray Rice and the NFL suspended him indefinitely after TMZ released video showing Rice clocking his then fiancee in a casino elevator.  “Domestic violence, with a push from Mariska Hargitay’s NO MORE campaign (www.nomore.org), has recently sparked a long-needed national dialogue,” series EP Warren Leight said in the announcement, adding that the episode “explores the personal and legal complexities of this intractable problem.

Interview of The Day - Lil Mama [VIDEO]

T.I. 'Didn't Demand' Snoop Dogg Apologize to Iggy Azalea

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According to a recent interview with MTV News, T.I. "didn't make Snoop [Dogg]" end his online attack on Iggy Azalea. "I have a huge amount of admiration and love and respect for [Snoop] and what he's done for the game," T.I. added. T.I. said he decided to make a call to Snoop when the situation "became a public topic of discussion, when it stopped being between two people and it was being observed by the world now -- and it was almost like people were tuning in to see just what was happening next."
"Me and Snoop have a longstanding personal and professional relationship," T.I. noted. This made their conversation easy: "When I called him, it was a very, very cordial and respectful... and he immediately said he knew what I was calling about and just assured me, 'Man there's nothing even to worry about.' And we started talking about something else immediately."  T.I. stressed that Snoop acted of his own will. He told MTV, "I didn't ask, request, or demand for any post to be put up or apology to be extended, he did all of that out of the kindness and the goodness of his own heart." T.I. also suggested that the media might be partially to blame. "People who promote propaganda, it benefits them and their ratings to keep up controversy, but that wasn't the case at all." 


Diddy, Nas, David Byrne All Set for Alicia Keys' AIDS Awareness Event

According to Billboard, Diddy will host Alicia Keys' annual charity event that raises awareness about HIV and AIDS.  The piano-playing singer announced Tuesday that her husband, producer-rapperSwizz Beatz, will co-host the 11th annual Black Ball on Oct. 30 at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom. Keys, NasDavid Byrne and Angel Haze will perform.  Keep a Child Alive, Keys' charity launched in 2003, assists people affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa and India.  Last year's Black Ball raised $4 million and featured Carole King and Pharrell.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Interview of The Day - Jenifer Lewis [VIDEO]

Chris Brown to Open Soul Train Awards

According to The HollywoodReporter, Chris Brown is set to kick off the 2014 Soul Train Awards.  The musician, who leads this year's nominees list with seven nods, will take the Orleans Arena stage in Las Vegas on Nov. 7 alongside his upcoming tour cohort, Trey Songz.
Also slated to sing at the annual ceremony are Aloe Blacc, Nico & Vinz, Lisa StansfieldKemAlyson CambridgeBeBe Winans of 3WB, Jeremih and Liv Warfield.  Wendy Williams will host the event, airing Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. on Centric and BET networks. The 2014 show will celebrate the history of dance with choreographer Fatima Robinson and her seasoned troupe, as well as producers 1500 or Nothin’ on board as music directors.
"Each year, we have the honor of hosting an incredibly special night that brings together the industry’s hottest acts, while paying homage to soul music icons,” said Paxton Baker, general manager and executive vp, Centric, in a statement. "We are thrilled to offer a platform where music superstars like Chris Brown and Trey Songz can share the stage with an industry veteran like Wendy Williams and a gospel legend like BeBe Winans."  

Keyshia Cole Debuts New 'Remember 2' Video Featuring her Son

Monday, October 20, 2014

L’Oreal Purchases Carol’s Daughter

According to SandraRose,  L’Oreal USA announced today it was purchasing ethnic hair and beauty line Carol’s Daughter.  “Carol’s Daughter possesses an expertise in the multi-cultural consumer segment, a rapidly expanding market that represents an important growth opportunity in the beauty industry,” said Frederic Roze, president and CEO of L’Oreal USA in a statement. “This acquisition will enable L’Oreal USA to build a new dedicated multi-cultural beauty division as part of our Consumer Products business, and strengthen the company’s position in this dynamic market.”  Carol’s Daughter was started in 1993 by Lisa Price. The company grew in popularity through celebrity endorsements and word of mouth.  But Price was forced to close five stores in New York and Atlanta after Carol’s Daughter fell out of favor with its black supporters who believed the company was losing touch with its core constituents.  The brand filed for bankruptcy in May.
Sidebar: Check out our throwback interview with founder of Carol's Daughter, Lisa Price. 

Interview of The Day - Faith Evans [VIDEO]

Bus Driver Tearfully Thanks Kevin Hart [VIDEO]

Nelly to Showcase Fatherhood on New BET Reality Show

According to Black Celebrity Kids, Nelly and his family are set to star in a new reality show called “Nellyville.  The rapper recently shared that he hopes the series will put his life as a single dad on display.  “I’m doing a reality show more or less because I feel like at this point what we don’t see is single fathers that are doing what they’re supposed to do,” said the artist. “I am a rapper but I love my kids genuinely. I have four beautiful kids. Two that was mine, two that was my sisters. When she passed in ’05, I took her two, but I’m not without help from family and friends.”
“I wanted to be the first one to get a chance to say, ‘Yo. It is fathers out here that… We handling our business.’ I think we get a bad wrap on that so hopefully we can change things around,” he added.Nelly has a teen daughter named Chanell and a tween son named Cornell. “Nellyville” premieres on Tuesday, Nov. 25 on BET.
Sidebar: I definitely will be tuning in for this. 

Key & Peele’ In New Line Deal For First Joint Film, About Purloined Feline ‘Keanu’

According to Deadline, Comedy Central series stars Key & Peele’s Keegan-Michael Key andJordan Peele have set their first joint film project at New Line. Titled Keanu, the film is set to start production next spring. The title refers not to the actor who played Neo in The Matrix, but rather to a kidnapped cat.Said Peele: “The movie should resonate with a large audience as almost everyone has had a house pet stolen by a street gang, right?”
The pair worked together on MAD TV  and have seen their Comedy Central sketches develop a strong viral following. They have been circling numerous film projects for the past few months, including a Police Academy reboot, an untitled Judd Apatowfeature and a spinoff of Mr. Garvey, aka Substitute Teacher, a popular character on the show. They instead went with the story of friends who pose as drug dealers to infiltrate the criminal underworld, all to retrieve a stolen kitty. Peele wrote the script with Alex Rubens, a writer on the show as well as on Community.The project will shoot in Los Angeles by April and will be overseen by New Line SVP of production Michael Disco.  New Line is in director talks Peter Atencio, who helms every episode of Key And Peele and is credited with giving those skits a cinematic aesthetic.
Both stars have worked separately on films — Key most recently appeared in The Lego Movieand Let’s Be Cops, while Peele did Wanderlust and Little Fockers — but this is their first joint film project.  New Line President of Production Richard Brenner said the studio urged the duo to push toward a broad comedy with a larger footprint than the team’s early concepts.  “There had been talk about doing it on the very cheap and independently,” Brener said. “But there’s not much comedy on TV. Sitcoms aren’t doing well. And everything they do is very funny — and accessible.”

Tyra Banks Panel Talk Show To Launch On ABC In 2015

According to Deadline, The F.A.B. (Fun and Beautiful), a Disney-ABC syndicated lifestyle show hosted by Tyra Banks, has been cleared on the ABC owned stations for a fall 2015 launch. The ABC stations, which represent 23% of the U.S. household, have been airing local programming and acquired shows in an hour that was taken up by Katie Couric’s talk show for the last two seasons. Banks is joined on the show by social media buff and foodie Chrissy Teigen, fashion guru Joe Zee, interior design professional Lauren Makk, and do-it-yourself YouTuber Leah Ashley as co-hosts.  Banks, who also serves as executive producer, will moderate the panel of diverse lifestyle experts. THE F.A.B also will welcome celebrities, Internet influencers, experts and everyday people and tackle topics ranging from fashion and beauty to food and design to doing it yourself and even starting a business.
This marks the first major launch for Lisa Hackner since she joined as EVP, Daytime & Syndicated Programming, ABC Entertainment Group.“At 40, Tyra has never been more relevant than she is today and her massive and growing digital footprint exemplifies her connection with women of all ages,” Hackner said. “Tyra has curated a fresh and authentic panel of co-hosts that is diverse in expertise, digitally connected and also share a magical chemistry.” The talk show will broadcast from Los Angeles and Tyra Banks will serve as executive producer. It will be produced by Disney-ABC’s Summerdale Productions and distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Interview of The Day - DeVon Franklin [VIDEO]

Chris Rock's 'Top Five' Trailer [VIDEO]

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Rock's Top Five was a crowd pleaser at the Toronto Film Festival and went on to spark a fierce bidding war.  Now those of us who weren't at the fest can get a taste of why, with the first trailer showing off Rock's performance as a comedian who's lost his funny. The trailer for the film, which Rock also wrote and directed, showcases plenty of familiar faces, including Kevin HartRosario Dawson and J.B. Smoove.  Paramount is releasing the film wide Dec. 12. Check out the trailer above.

Queen Latifah to Host 2014 Hollywood Film Awards

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Queen Latifah will host the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards, it was announced Friday morning.  The talk show host will emcee the Nov. 14 event at the Hollywood Palladium. The two-hour event will be broadcast for the first time on CBS, beginning at 8 p.m. ET (Pacific zones will be tape-delayed).  "I'm honored to be a part of such a legendary award show," said Latifah in a statement. "The Hollywood Film Awards have been a staple in the awards season for years, and I’m excited to be the first host to bring them to television!"
“Queen Latifah is the real deal. She is a triple threat — she can act, she can sing, she can dance — she is beloved by audiences across multiple genres and she entertains millions of people every day,” said Jack Sussman, executive vp, specials, music and live events for CBS. Added Carlos de Abreu, founder and ep of the Hollywood Film Awards, "Queen Latifah is a world-class entertainer. From film and music to television, her humor, quick wit and ability to entertain live audiences make her the perfect choice to host the Hollywood Film Awards."  The awards show will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on CBS with a red carpet arrivals special, and will be followed by a live one-hour recap and interview program with CBS This Morning anchors Charlie Rose, Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Interview of The Day - Eric Benét [VIDEO]

K. Michelle's "My Life" Trailer [VIDEO]

Halle Berry Wants $16K/Month Child Support Payments REDUCED

According to TMZ, Halle Berry is claiming Gabriel Aubry has been living ENTIRELY off child support, and she filed legal docs asking the judge in their custody case to reduce her monthly child support obligation from $16,000 a month to just over $3,000 a month.  Halle claims in her legal docs Gabriel has stopped working and is content to live off of the child support, and that's an abuse of the system.  She notes Gabriel is perfectly capable of getting a job and by reducing the support it will allow 6-year-old Nahla to live a comfortable life supplemented by his income.  Halle and Gabriel have joint custody each has the kid around 50% of the time.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Interview of The Day - Will Downing [VIDEO]

NeNe Leakes Talks New Season ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’

'The Queen Latifah Show's' Robin Thede Heads to Comedy Central

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Comedy Central's The Minority Report With Larry Wilmore has found a head writer.  Robin Thede has been tapped to lead LarryWilmore's upcoming late-night show, which replaces The Colbert Report in January whenStephen Colbert segues to CBS' Late Show.

Thede was most recently head writer on syndicated daytime talker The Queen Latifah Show and also wrote for Chris Rock when he hosted the 2014 BET Awards, as well as the NAACP Image Awards. She was previously a writer on BET's satirical comedyReal Husbands of Hollywood, which starred Kevin Hart, Boris Kodjoe and Nick Cannon for the first two seasons. 
A Second City and Improv Olympic alum, Thede's sketch/improv credits includeIn the Flow With Affion Crockett, Mike Epps' sketch comedy series Funny Bidness and Clunkers. She has appeared in BET'sSecond Generation Wayans, Fox's Goodwin Games, TV Land'sHot in Cleveland, UPN's All of Us and Comedy Central's Key & Peele, in addition to the Marlon Wayans film A Haunted House.   The Minority Report, like the Daily Show and The Colbert Report, aims to provide a comedic look at news, current events and pop culture from different perspectives not typically seen on television. 
The news comes three months after former The Daily Show showrunner Rory Albanese was tapped to head up the 11:30 p.m. show, reuniting him with Daily Show corespondent Wilmore. Jon Stewart also serves as an executive producer. Wilmore, a veteran producer in his own right, transitioned from his duty as executive producer/showrunner on ABC's black-ish, which earned a full-season order this week, in September to focus on launching Minority Report.

Chris Rock To Host SNL and Prince Will Perform

Chris Rock will host the November 1st edition of Saturday Night Live, and Prince will be the musical guest, making for one very landmark, star-studded episode of SNL, which is currently in its 40th season. It has been quite some time since Rock, a former host, appeared on the NBC staple (1996), and it will be Prince’s third turn at rocking theSNL stage, which he did most recently in 2006.

Sidebar: This will probably be the only Saturday I plan to watch SNL this year.

Phaedra Parks Talks About Husband, Apollo Nida on The Ellen Degeneres Show [VIDEO]

Phaedra Parks, stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about everything going on in her personal life that we’ll see play out this season on Bravo's Real Housewives of Atlanta. During their chat, Phaedra confirmed that she’s divorcing Apollo Nida and swears she had no idea of his criminal activities. Watch the interview on Ellen above. 

Sidebar: She said Yes Ma'm to Ellen. lol! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Brandy, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, and Yo-Yo Reunite on #BETHipHopAwards [VIDEO]

Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, and Yo-Yo helped celebrate the 20th anniversary of their remix to Brandy‘s debut single, ‘I Wanna Be Down,’ on ‘BET Hip Hop Awards.’ Check out their  dope performance below. 

Remy Ma on the Wendy Williams Show [VIDEO]

Interview of The Day - Bishop T.D. Jakes [VIDEO]

Tiny & Shekinah Weave Trip, Season Premiere [Video]

Watch Trailer For Adult Swim's New Comedy Series, 'Mike Tyson Mysteries'

According to Shadow & Act, Adult Swim's 2014-2015 slate will feature several new (and returning) TV series, including "Mike Tyson Mysteries," a half-hour animated adult comedy series featuring a cartoon version of Mike Tyson, who solves mysteries, aided by the Mike Tyson Mystery Team, which is made up of the Ghost of the Marquess of Queensbury, Mike’s adopted Korean daughter, and a pigeon who was once a man.  Mike Tyson, Norm Macdonald, Rachel Ramras, and Jim Rash provide voice for the series' animated characters.   Mike Tyson Mysteries is produced by Warner Bros. Animation.  Over the weekend, while at the New York Comic-Con, the network released a brand new trailer for the upcoming new series, featuring lots of new footage not included in the first trailer. Watch it below:

Laverne Cox to Appear in MTV Series 'Faking It'

According to Shadow & Act, "Orange Is The New Black" actress Laverne Cox will make her debut as Margot in the MTV series, "Faking It," which airs tonight. She will play the demanding director of the school's drama department alongside series regulars Katie Stevens and Michael J. Willett. Cox was offered the role by the show's executive producer, Carter Covington.
The show centers on two teenage girls who are mistakenly outed as a lesbian couple, and continue with the charade for popularity. Of the role, Cox told "Entertainment Weekly": "When I read it, I was really excited. Some of my first ballet teachers when I was young were over-the-top, huge personalities. It’s something that I feel like I know really well and I love. It just felt right. Margot is so theatrical and I did a lot of theater back in the day."
Cox will also return for the third season of "Orange Is The New Black," set to premiere on Nextflix in June 2015.
Sidebar: I love her character on OITNB

Will Packer Sells 'Like Father, Like Son' Autobiographical Comedy to NBC

According to Shadow & Act, producer Will Packer has turned his sights to television, where he's developing an autobiographical comedy for NBC, entitled "Like Father, Like Son."  The series, written by Michael Pennie ("Raising Hope"), is inspired by events from Packer's life, and centers on a recently divorced man in his early thirties who is just starting to enjoy the benefits of being young, successful and single when he learns he has a fifteen-year-old son from a one-night-stand he had in college.  NBC has a first-look deal on the half-hour comedy produced by Will Packer Productions and Universal TV. This is Packer's third foray into television, after the disputed "Uncle Buck" remake at ABC and #PeopleAreTalking at NBC.
Sidebar: Go Will! We need more than just Black-ish on the air. All the networks should have black comedies in their line-ups. 

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Dr. Cornel West Arrested During Ferguson Protests

Earlier today, Professor Cornel West was arrested while he was taking part in the "Ferguson October" protests in Missouri reports the YBF.  According to the St. Louis Dispatch, after a long standoff in the rain, Dr. West and about 15 clergy members were taken into custody.
The protest were organized in response to the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis Suburb by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson and Vonderrit Myers, also 18, who was shot and killed in St. Louis last week by a city police officer.
In addition to the clergy, about 600 people took part in the protest outside the police station, which began before 11 a.m. and ended shortly after 2 p.m.  Dr. West's group marched to the police station chanting, "Hands up, don't shoot." Rev.Michael Kinman, dean of Christ Church Cathedral downtown, told the paper that he was protesting because,
“Every person is a child of God, made in God's image, and as long as there are people who are not being treated with dignity and respect, we need to stand up for them.”
So far, neither Dr. West nor any of his representatives have made public comments about the reported arrest.