Sunday, April 26, 2015

Kirk Whalum Talks "The Gospel According to Jazz Chapter IV" - Studio Q TV Exclusive [VIDEO]

Studio Q sat down with Jazz great, Kirk Whalum, after the screening of his DVD, "The Gospel According to Jazz Chapter IV" at the West Angeles Performing Arts Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.  This DVD musically explores the convergence of jazz and gospel infused with rhythm and blues, through a "docu-music concert" DVD and live-recorded double CD with musical messages of tribute, tragedy and triumph - musically illustrating God's radical hospitality.

Kirk also talks about silly moments with Whitney Houston while on tour, messing up on stage, and what made him go back to music when he almost gave it up.  Check out this in-depth and funny interview.  And also watch Kirk participate in the Studio Q Lightning Round to find out his favorites.  

Visit KirkWhalum.com to purchase your CD and DVD


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Centric Announces Four New Shows

According to Centric, earlier this week, BET Networks announced its upcoming programming, including four new shows coming to Centric.  As the first network designed for Black women, Centric will premiere two documentary series and two reality shows. From the BET press release:

"ACCORDING TO ALEX"– Alex Martin Dean is NOT your typical mom, and she doesn’t have a typical family. Sure, they get loud and have their own drama, but in the end, there’s nothing but love! Now that the kids are getting old enough to step out of the house and make their own plans, Alex and her best friend, Leisa, are talking about what they want to do with the rest of their lives, both professionally and personally-- that is, until a new grandchild, Alex’s daughter Amara and her fiancé, Chris, move home, turning to Alex and the rest of the family to help raise their new baby girl. Can they balance family, fun and future plans without losing their cool, or their minds? Find out... on ACCORDING TO ALEX! Produced by 44 Blue Productions and One Ho Productions and from Executive Producers Whoopi Goldberg; Tom Leonardis; Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch and Alex Martin Dean. Co-Executive Producer Esther Frank.

"#MYCURRENTSITUATION"– A documentary series that explores both common and unusual parts of society offering an unadulterated look into the interesting lives of everyday people dealing with everyday issues. Driven first-hand by the subjects, each episode focuses on one particular topic while weaving in between unique storylines of 2 different participants with 2 different perspectives. From I’m Running for Office to I’m a Stripper, this show will highlight the many roles that black women play and the various situations in which they find themselves.

"CURVE APPEAL" – Award-winning Fashion Director and Celebrity Stylist Timothy Snell (Queen Latifah, Angela Bassett, Tisha Campbell-Martin) is the winning combination: Image-maker/ therapist. “CURVE APPEAL” is a half hour docu-drama series that follows Hollywood’s hottest plus size stylist and his team as they work to dress both his celebrity clients and everyday women. From Executive Producers Queen Latifah; Shakim Compere and Ianthe Jones. Co-Executive Producers Tim Snell; Cameron Kadison and Diane Perez.

"FROM THE BOTTOM UP" - “FROM THE BOTTOM UP” is a six-part docu-series that follows the journey of five women, after falling from grace, as they try to make the necessary changes to turn their lives around and find redemption for themselves and their families. The series provides an unfettered view into their world and the organic chaos within their individual lives. The series tackles real, raw, gritty, emotional and honest issues from women who are smiling on the outside, but two minutes from dying on the inside. It’s not what you have, but what you do with what you have that matters! Starring Christine Beatty; Sara Stokes; Chrystale Wilson; Kim Smedley and Stacii Jae Johnson. From Flavor Unit Entertainment and Executive Producers Queen Latifah; Shakim Compere; Nicci Gilbert; Luchia Ashe; James Dubose and Yaneley Arty.

The Soul Train Awards and Centric Soul Weekend will also return as network specials.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

“Braxton Family Values” Season 5 Promo[VIDEO]

See video clip after the break...

NEW Rihanna & Chris Brown Track "Put It Up"

Bobby Brown Tells Crowd Bobbi Kristina is Awake

According to People, Bobby Brown told a crowd at a concert on Saturday that daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown is “awake” nearly three months after she was found unresponsive in her Georgia home.  But a Brown family source tells PEOPLE that she has yet to wake up. “Bobbi is awake,” Brown, 46, said at a Frankie Beverly concert in Dallas on Saturday, where he was a special guest. “She’s watching me.” The crowd went wild.  It’s unclear if 22-year-old Bobbi is actually awake. A Brown family source tells PEOPLE that she has yet to wake up.“As far as I know, there’s been no change,” the source said. “We’re still hoping and praying that God will perform a miracle. We are leaving it in God’s hands.”
Bobbi’s condition has been touch and go ever since she was discovered in her bathtub in her Roswell, Georgia, home on Jan. 31.  Bobbi was placed in a medically induced coma when she was first hospitalized. Attempts to lift the coma resulted in violent seizures. She has since been moved to a long-term care facility in Georgia.  Brown has mostly remained by his daughter’s side shortly after she was discovered in her home. He has slowly been entering back into the public eye,making his first public appearance on April 11 at the Soul Food Festival in Los Angeles. “I wanna thank all of y’all for coming out tonight, for supporting me and my family,” he told a crowd at the time. “Rough times are rough times. Hard times are hard times. I don’t know what the hell I’m going through right now, but I’m giving it to God.”

Friday, April 17, 2015

Amber Rose, Eva Marcille & Drew Sidora Rally Premieres in 'Sister Code' (In Theaters May 8)

According to Shadow and Act, coming the theaters on May 8 is director Corey Grant's dramedy-romance, "Sister Code," which is being distributed by GVN Releasing, the indie outfit responsible for the releases of past films we've covered on this blog, like "I’m in Love with a Church Girl," and "The Obama Effect."  Starring Amber Rose, Eva Marcille, Drew Sidora, with Marcus Paulk, Erica Ash, Essence Atkins, Asia Monet Ray, Sade Kimora Young, Laya Hayes, and Don Hale, Jr. rounding out the cast, the movie follows the stories of 3 different foster sisters who face a family tragedy with a secret that threatens to tear them apart.  Rose, Marcille, and Sidora play the 3 sisters.  Grant directed the film from a script penned by Randall Hooper and Darien Curry.  Walter Mosley, Jr., Don Hale, Jr., and Geno Taylor are producers for GVN. Watch the trailer below.

Jamie Foxx, Diddy Show Support of ‘Brotherly Love’ Premiere

According to Variety, cast members, friends and special guests Sean “Diddy” Combs and Jamie Foxx gathered at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood on Monday night for the premiere of “Brotherly Love,” a West Philly-set love story executive produced by Queen Latifah.
Keke Palmer stars in the drama about a family struggling to make major life decisions after the death of its patriarch. Palmer plays Jackie, an aspiring musician trying to navigate her budding career and her tumultuous relationship with her boyfriend, while her brother Sergio (Eric D. Hill Jr.) is the nation’s number one high school basketball player confronting the pressures of fame.
“I felt like my generation never had a film that depicts teen life in a very authentic way,” Palmer said, emphasizing that the film allows for “really experiencing the subjects of sex, violence, poverty — all the things that go with coming of age.”  Palmer’s point was reiterated by co-star Quincy Brown. “My generation is definitely ready for something new to lay it out,” he said. “This is kind of like a new-day-and-age ‘Boyz n the Hood.’”
Diddy kicked things off with an introduction, standing in for Latifah who was away filming a feature, and also in attendance were Tyrese GibsonTatyana Ali and Tia Mowry, whose husband Cory Hardrict stars in the film.  “It’s very relatable,” Hardrict (“American Sniper”) said of the storyline. “It’s not just a black film; it’s all about choices and family.”  “Brotherly Love” was written and directed by newcomer Jamal Hill. It bows in theaters April 24.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Vivica A. Fox Joins Hollywood Divas

According to Bossip, Hollywood Divas reality show will have a brand new ‘diva’ on deck for their 2nd season… Ms. Vivica A. Fox!  You may have heard by now that Carlos King, the man behind the drama on BravoTV’s ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ has decided to leave the popular show to focus on his production partnership with Todd Tucker (and if you haven’t heard… now you know.)  While King hasn’t “officially” announced his RHOA departure, the executive producer did happen to spill the tea that Auntie Viv will be joining his TVOne reality show.
The first season followed ‘Divas’ Golden Brooks, Countess Vaughn, Lisa Wu, Paula Jai Parker and Elise Neal as they came together to write, shoot and star in their own short film, “The White Sistas”.  So far, only Countess Vaughn and Lisa Wu have publicly confirmed they are returning to the show for the 2nd season, but I’m sure the other ladies will follow suit. 

Wiz Khalifa's 'See You Again' Knocks 'Uptown Funk' Off No. 1 on Hot 100

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

TV Land Awards: Terry Crews Lip Syncs to Betty White

Bow Wow Reveals He Still Lives At Home With His Mother

According to People, while some 28-year-old guys might not be too crazy about still living with their mom, Bow Wow—who now goes by his given name Shad Moss—wouldn’t have it any other way.
“It just makes sense,” the actor tells PEOPLE of the 8-bedroom Atlanta mansion he shares with fiancée Erica Mena, 28, and his mother Teresa Caldwell. “First of all the house is too big, but I want to make sure my mom is comfortable forever.”
So even when Moss proposed to the Love and Hip Hop star last September, he already knew where the couple would settle down.
“I remember when I first moved to Atlanta and Jermaine Dupree had the same situation,” he recalls. “He took part of the house and his mom had the whole rest of it. I said then that I wanted to have the same set up.”
Now, while Moss and Mena have taken over the remodeled basement, Caldwell resides on the main level and second floor.
“It’s like I have a condo downstairs,” says Moss, who splits his time between Atlanta and L.A. to film CSI: Cyber. “I’ve had 100 people there and my mom has been asleep and has never heard the music, screaming, laughter, or drinking. I mean full blown house parties downstairs while she is in the bed asleep. So I’m staying right here.”


According to TMZ Sports, Aaron Hernandez has just been found guilty of 1st degree murder in the killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd and now faces life in prison without parole.  Several people inside the courtroom began crying as the verdict was read including Aaron's fiancee and mother.  As the verdict was read, Hernandez was shaking his head in disbelief.  At one point, Hernandez turned to his fiancee and mouthed the words, "Be strong."  25-year-old Hernandez, a former superstar tight end for the New England Patriots, killed Lloyd on June 17th, 2013. Aaron was also found guilty of illegal gun possession and illegal ammunition possession.  After sentencing in the Lloyd case, Hernandez will still stand trial in the shooting deaths of two people in Boston in 2012. 

Monday, April 13, 2015


Memphitz has officially lost his defamation case against the VH1 and K. Michelle. Memphitz sued VH1 in 2012 after K Michelle accused him of physical abuse and embezzlement on the show reports Madamenoire. The accusations started a huge beef between the two and Memphitz’ friends.
According to the Atlanta Journal,
In the lawsuit filed in the United States Northern District of Georgia on Sept. 5, 2012, Wright asked for $15 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages.
To win the defamation case, Wright had to prove K Michelle’s allegations that he physically abused her were false, that he is more a private figure than a public figure (where the bar is far higher to prove defamation and “actual malice” has to be proven) and that the production companies and VH1 aired this information knowing it was false. He also had to prove the allegations were “injurious to his reputation and was published with a degree of fault at least amounting to negligence.”
The Fulton County judge Robert McBurney decided in favor of the defendants. In general, the allegations were true, Wright is deemed a public figure as a former TV host and husband of singer and reality star Toya Wright and the production company “exercised due diligence concerning Defendant Pate’s domestic violence claims,” according to final court judgment. “The record shows that they reasonably believed Defendant Pate during production of LHHA and that they still do today.”
Wright in depositions acknowledged he got into a physical altercation with K Michelle in a Memphis hotel altercation in 2009 and had spent money from Jive Record’s budget for jewelry, not to help her career, and had sent a text message threatening to kill K. Michelle’s son. That content of the text was bleeped out on the show, negating its import in the case.
The summary judgment goes into detail about the argument between K Michelle and Wright where Wright admits he put a pillow and/or his hands over her mouth to try to shut her up. She reasonably thought he was trying to kill her. He later tried to backtrack from his initial acknowledgments, according to a court filing by the defendants seeking summary judgment.
Although K Michelle wasn’t a defendant in the original case, she was added later. The other defendants are Viacom, which owns VH1 and the production companies NFGTV and Monami Entertainment.
The judge was also displeased that it took several months for Wright to specify what was defamatory, noting that the delays “consumed the resources of the Court and Defendants and ultimately required an order of the Court to fix.”

Lawyer Says Nelly will be cleared of drug charges

According to KSDK.com, Hip-hop artist Nelly was arrested Saturday morning on felony drug charges.  Tennessee state troopers say they pulled over a Prevost motor coach on I-40 between Nashville and Knoxville around 9:20 Saturday morning because it didn't have the correct stickers displayed. A trooper inspected the bus after saying they smelled marijuana.  Inside the bus, troopers found five colored crystal-type rocks that tested positive for methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. They also found several handguns, including a gold-plated 50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol, a 45-caliber Tarus pistol and a 500 magnum Smith and Wesson.  Six people were inside the bus, including St. Louis native Cornell Haynes, a.k.a. Nelly.  Nelly has been charged with felony possession of drugs, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is out on bond.  In a statement released through the singers' public relations firm, ItGirl, Nelly's attorney Scott Rosenblum said:
"Nelly was one of several individuals that was on a tour bus that was stopped and searched while traveling through Tennessee. In fact, there had been 15-20 people that had access to the bus prior to the stop. Allegedly, a small quantity of contraband (MDMA aka Molly or Ecstasy) was discovered during the routine search. We are extremely confident that when the facts come out, Nelly will not be associated with the contraband that was allegedly discovered."

Madonna Kisses Drake [VIDEO\]

According to TMZ, Drake fulfilled every young man's fantasy (in 1985) of making out with Madonna, but it's 2015 and he looked disgusted by the whole thing. Madonna made a guest appearance Sunday night at Coachella during Drake's set. She did a few songs and then went in for the prolonged kiss as  Drake just sat there.  Check out the video above. 

Sidebar: Yuk. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Bobby Brown Leaves Bobbi Kristina’s Bedside To Perform At Soul Food Festival In L.A.

According to TMZ, Bobby Brown was an enormous hit at the Soul Food Festival Saturday night and he moved the crowd to tears as he opened up about the hard time he's going through. Bobby said there was never any question about him fulfilling his obligation to appear at the festival.  As you know, his daughter, Bobbi Kristina, lay in an Atlanta hospital, clinging to life.  It's been 2 1/2 months since Bobbi Kristina was rushed to a hospital after she was found submerged in a bathtub.  Bobby went right to the airport after his gig to return to Atlanta and his daughter.
Sidebar: Still praying for Bobbi Kristina

Beyoncé's Mom Is Getting Remarried Tonight [VIDEO]

According to TMZ, Beyonce's 61-year-old mom is marrying 67-year-old actor Richard Lawson on Sunday evening and the yacht is leaving out of Newport Beach, CA.  Everyone is dressed in white, including Blue IvySolange was also there along with other relatives. The boat holds 300, and we're guessing they could fill it to capacity if they want.  Tina and Beyonce showed up around noon to check out the boat.  They left together in an SUV before returning for the ceremony.

Sidebar: Congrats Tina!!!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Mariah Carey Fires Back at Publicist

According to TMZ, Mariah Carey insists her publicist didn't quit her and that she canned the publicist.  TMZ obtained a letter which Mariah claims she wrote to famed publicist Cindi Berger, who has repped the singer for 15 years.  Mariah says in the letter, "I've done a lot of soul-searching this past year and I found myself asking if I was truly employing a healthy perspective (not to sound too Oprah about it all :)."
The singer goes on, "So I think it's time for us to take a break Cindi," saying she wants to "bring a fresh approach to this new phase in my career."  TMZ reached out to Cindi Berger's office, and they say they never received the letter, ever. Sources connected with the publicist say she's the one who decided to end the relationship with Mariah.
Things have gotten bitter fast. Mariah ended her letter by offering to put an ad in one of the Hollywood trade magazines honoring Cindi for winning a "Women of Power" award. Mariah's new manager, Stella Bulochnikov, tells us, they're pissed at Cindi because they think she leaked the story she quit Mariah, so they're not going forward with the ad.

Stars flooding Vegas for Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

According to PageSix, Hip-hop stars will be in full force in Sin City to see Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao face off.  Jay Z will host a party at Marquee after the May 2 megafight. His Roc Nation Sports has expanded into boxing promotion.  Before the fight, Fabolous will host one bash at Tao, April 30, and another at the May 1 season opening of Tao Beach, where Snoop Dogg will launch a “Snoopadelic Cabaret.”Mark Ronson takes over Marquee, May 1. For day drinkers, Lavo will host a string of starry brunches.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Taraji P. Henson Inks Deal with Simon & Schuster to Pen Memoir

According to Shadow and Act, Oscar-nominated actress, and star of the hottest show on TV this season ("Empire") Taraji P. Henson will write her memoir in a deal she signed with publisher Simon & Schuster imprint 37 Ink.  The publisher announced today that the book is currently untitled with a planned mid-2016 release.  Henson, 44, will write about her childhood in "a rough-and-tumble Washington, DC neighborhood during the crack epidemic" as well as her experiences as a single parent (raising her son Marcel Johnson) in LA, and, of course, her trials and triumphs navigating the entertainment industry as an actress who happens to be black.  Henson will host this weekend's episode of "Saturday Night Live" - her very first time! She's also set to return to CBS' "Person of Interest" reprising her role, although in flashbacks, since the character was killed off the show last year.
Sidebar: Go Taraji!

HBO Sets June 21 Premiere Date for 'Ballers'

According to Shadow and Act, HBO has announced that the new comedy series "Ballers" will kick off a 10-episode season starting on Sunday, June 21, at 10pm (it's a 30-minute show).  Looking at the lives of former and current football players, "Ballers" follows former superstar Spencer Strasmore (played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) as he gets his life on track in retirement, while mentoring other current and former players through the daily grind of the business of football.  Omar Benson Miller, John David Washington (Denzel Washington’s son, in his first major acting role), Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, Rob Corrdry, Jazmyn Simon, and Arielle Kebble also star in the series, which is set in Miami, FL, and is created and executive produced by Steve Levinson, with executive producing duties by Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg, Dany Garcia, Julian Farino, Evan Reilly and Rob Weiss.

Aja Naomi King Joins Armie Hammer in Nat Turner Biopic

According to Variety, “How to Get Away With Murder” star Aja Naomi King will star opposite Armie Hammer in historical drama “The Birth of a Nation,” based on the story of the 1831 slave rebellion led by Nat Turner.The film was first announced in November with Hammer starring and Nate Parker directing from his own script and starring. Shooting will start in mid-May in Savannah, Ga.  New cast members include Aunjanue Ellis (“NCIS: Los Angeles”), Colman Domingo (“Selma”), Dwight Henry (“12 Years a Slave”), Roger Guenveur Smith (“Empire State”) and Gabrielle Union (“Think Like a Man Too”).  Prompted by religious visions, Turner and a band of about 70 rebel slaves killed between 55 and 65 people in Virginia — the most ever killed in a slave uprising. The rebellion was stopped after two days, but Turner survived in hiding for more than two months.  “I couldn’t be more honored to tell the story of one of America’s greatest heroes,” said Parker. “A man whose actions rocked the nation, further precipitating the Civil War and emancipation for Americans of African descent. Nat Turner’s rebellion and message of resistance not only compels us to stand in the face of iniquity but also shines light on a critical moment in our history.”  

Orange Is The New Black Season 3 Trailer [VIDEO]

Lee Daniels Settles 'Butler,' 'Empire' Ownership Dispute With Damon Dash

According to The YBF, Lee Daniels and Damon Dash have squashed their beef, dismissing a multi-million dollar lawsuit filed by Dame after lending the director $2 million for a few projects.
The two are now collaborating on a brand new project.  Here’s what went down, Back in August 2014, Dame filed a $25 million lawsuit against Lee due to a dispute over ownership rights for films such as Precious, The Butler, and the recently popular FOX series “Empire.” The Hip Hop mogul claims he gave the famed director a loan for $2 million to help produce Lee’s 2004 project, The Woodsman. Dame claims in return for the $2 milli, he was suppose to get executive producer credits, 50% rights on the film, and a guarantee that the investment would be repaid with interest from Lee. Dame also claims he brought on artists such as Kanye West to perform at venues where the film’s ads would run to help with promo. Rather than being repaid, Dame claims he was offered a new deal from Lee where he would roll over the debt to other projects he was working on, such as the 2005 flick Shadowboxer.

Dame accepted his offer and demanded credits, ownership and compensation. He argued Lee’s most recent works also fell under their contractual agreement. You’ll recall, Dame called Lee out during an interview with Power 105’s The Breakfast Club last month, explaining why he decided to file the $25 million lawsuit. Yesterday, both parties filed papers dismissing the lawsuit. According to THR, Dame’s attorney Natraj Bhushan said it was a "creative, fair" settlement that "calls for them to work together in the not-so-distant future." He then said he couldn't offer any specific details given a confidentiality provision.  Dame took to his IG account today to make the announcement. He also revealed he can finally watch The Butler and "Empire" now since they have settled their differences.

Sidebar: Glad that fight is over.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Archive Footage Of Kanye West & Mom Donda West Rapping “Hey Mama” [VIDEO]

Rare footage of Kanye West and his mother Donda West has surfaced. 

Kanye West's mother, Donda West, died suddenly in 2007.  He talks about her often in his music, he has a foundation in her honor and he talks about her a lot during interviews.

The beginning of the clip appears to be footage taken from an MTV special which chronicled the making of his Late Registration album as Donda recites her favorite lyrics written by her son. Soon after, the footage goes to rare footage of the "Only One" rapper and his mom in the kitchen rapping to his single “Hey Mama,” dedicated to him mom. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

B.B. King Rushed to Vegas Hospital

According to TMZ, Blues legend B.B. King was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital this past weekend for a diabetes-related emergency.  King's rep tells TMZ he remains hospitalized at a medical center close to his Vegas home. Another source says the 89-year-old's health emergency was the result of dehydration from his Type II diabetes, a condition he's lived with for more than two decades.  In 2014 he cancelled all of his performances due to medical issues. 
Sidebar: Get Well B.B. King.

New Original Series 'Mann & Wife' Premieres Tues. April 7 @ 9PM (ET) on Bounce TV

According to Shadow and Act, Real-life husband and wife team  ("House of Payne," "Meet The Browns") David Mann and TamelaMann are 'Mann  & Wife' premiering Tuesday, April 7 at 9pm ET/8 CT on Bounce TV.  

Friday, April 3, 2015

Malika And Khadijah Haqq Nab Kardashian Reality Spin-off 'Dash Dolls'

According to BET Centric, twin sisters Malika and Khadijah Haqq, gal pals of Khloé Kardashian, have locked down a new reality show with E! titled "Dash Dolls." The description states:

"Now viewers will have the opportunity to follow the lives of the Kardashian sisters' young, fun and hot employees as they navigate the hectic life of a twenty-something in Hollywood while representing the Kardashian brand. This new generation of boutique girls takes on the glamorous lifestyle that comes with managing one of today's most recognizable franchises, owned by three famous and often demanding bosses, while juggling romances, parties, family drama and other career aspirations."

Khloé, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Kris Jenner will all serve as executive producers of the show as a part of their multi-million dollar deal with E!.  
Malika and Khadijah have made regular appearances on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" and are often spotted partying with the famous sisters. As actresses, they've both appeared on shows such as "Entourage" and "Strong Medicine," as well as the 2006 film ATL.

Chris Brown & Beyonce's "Unofficial" DUET (Remix) To Bey's "Jealous" [LISTEN]

According to The YBF, Chris Brown teamed with Beyonce for a remix to "Jealous" from her platinum disc Beyonce.  Listen to the track below. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Sean Combs To Produce FX Animated Comedy Project Set In Inner-City School

According to Deadline,  FX has put in development Brightmoor, an animated comedy executive produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs.  Created and written by King Of The Hill alum Chip Hall and rising Detroit comedian Chris Powell aka Comedian CPBrightmoor is described as South Park set in inner-city Detroit. It revolves around the African American pupils at Brightmoor Elementary.
Combs will executive produce through his Revolt Films banner with Sarah Snedeker overseeing and serving as producer. Underground’s Trevor Engelson, and Five All In The Fifth’s Doug Banker also executive produce. Hall and CP will also produce. FX had no comment.  FX has been looking to find a second hit animated series to join Archer. Its previous efforts have included Unsupervised and Chozen.

Kevin Hart to Receive Comedic Genius Award at MTV Movie Awards

According to Variety, Kevin Hart will be honored with the Comedic Genius Award at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, the cabler announced Monday.  Hart, whose comedy “Get Hard” with Will Ferrell is currently in theaters, will be recognized for his “bold and irreverent comedic style that has captivated audiences from his movies and sitcoms, to stand-up specials, award show performances and in front of packed arenas of fans,” according to MTV.
Jimmy Kimmel will present the award to Hart who follows in the footsteps of his “Get Hard” co-star Ferrell, who received the Comedic Genius Award at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards.  Amy Schumer is set to host the annual show, and confirmed attendees thus far include “Hot Pursuit” co-stars Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara, “Fast & Furious” star Vin Diesel, plus “Insurgent’s” Miles Teller and Trailblazer Award recipient Shailene Woodley.
Other nominees at the 24th annual event include David Oyelowo, Scarlett Johansson, Eddie Redmayne, Jennifer Lawrence, Dylan O’Brien, Emma Stone, Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Evans, Zoe Saldana, James Franco, Rosamund Pike, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks.  Hart starred in films “Ride Along,” “The Wedding Ringer” and “Think Like A Man,” among others, and exec produces BET’s series “Real Husbands of Hollywood.” He also served as the roast master for Comedy Central’s Justin Bieber roast.

Rihanna Pranks Jimmy Kimmel [VIDEO]

Gabby Douglas Gets Her Own Reality Show

According to Essence, Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas, who, in 2012 became the first black gymnast in history to win the individual all-around gold medal at the Summer Olympics, is getting her own reality show on Oxygen.  The show with the working title “Douglas Family Gold” will follow the Douglas family as they each juggle Gabrielle’s training schedule and their personal lives. The 19-year-old is now training for the 2016 Olympics.

Montell Jordan To Join 'Preachers of Atlanta?'

According to BET Centric, with the success of Oxygen's "Preachers" franchise taking over Los Angeles and Detroit, the network is expanding down south for the upcoming series, "Preachers of Atlanta." And word on the street is a popular '90s singer is heading up the cast. 

The Jasmine Brand
 reports Montell Jordan is in talks to join the show, although no official announcements have been made. The singer/songwriter is best known for his 1995 smash hit "This Is How We Do It" and he's written songs for a slew of other artists including Deborah Cox, Sisqo, Lil' Mo, Christina Milian and more. Jordan left the music business in 2010 to become a minister at Victory World Church in Atlanta.

As for the series, Oxygen states:

"Atlanta is the home not only to fast cars, sprawling mansions and the southern elite, but a new generation of up-and-coming preachers who are superstars of the pulpit. The third installation from the popular franchise, “Preachers of Atlanta” documents the lives of the city’s young elite mega-pastors as they focus on the daily struggles and triumphs as husbands, wives, fathers, mothers and friends, while also maintaining their duties as men and women of God."

In addition to "Preachers of Atlanta," the network has also announced a new daily series taking a look at the most outlandish and bizarre moments on reality TV. Hosted by "Bad Girls Club" alum Tanisha Thomasand "New York Live's" Ben Aaron, the half-hour show will also invite reality stars to rehash their "15 minutes of fame."  There's been no word on when either show will premiere.

New Jersey School Cancels Common as Commencement Speaker

According to The Grio, just one day after announcing that the recent Academy Award-winning hip hop artist Common would be speaking at graduation, Kean University announced on Tuesday that it would be looking into “other speaker options.”  

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

New Straight Outta Compton Movie Trailer [VIDEO]


Janet Hubert Blasts Kenya Moore -- Again

According to BET Centric, "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" actress Janet Hubert is still fuming over her alleged mistreatment on Kenya Moore's sitcom pilot "Life Twirls On." It seems she still hasn't been paid for her appearance in the project, so she's putting Moore on blast-- again.

In response to an article about Porsha Williams not apologizing for fighting Moore, Hubert wrote on Facebook:

"Girl shut the hell up. You are lucky that she didn't do worse. She took you down like a MMA champion.

You deserved every bit of that ass whooping that you got. You provoke people into attacking you, then act like you have done nothing. 6 months later and you still haven't paid me for my work. Screen Actors Guild is looking for you, keep running but I better not see my face being shown to anyone in the business with this pilot mess of yours...Okey dokey. This ish has folded up her production company in LA and run for the hills. Narcissist, and Sociopath wrapped up into a pretty package. I hope my union has learned a lesson with letting people like this use professionals in the business for story lines. It is not airing after the reunion show as is being reported. Thank you Bravo attorneys for contacting me."

The post has since been deleted from Hubert's Facebook page and Moore has not responded to the claims.
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