We knew that the Whitney biopic that was directed by Angela Bassett and aired last weekend on LifeTime would be centered around a certain part of Whitney Houston’s life and more specifically, her relationship with Bobby Brown, but sheesh. The film followed the lives of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown EQUALLY and probably should have been titled “Whitney and Bobby” instead.
After debuting as FOX’s highest rated show in three years, the network has picked up Empire for a second season. The musical drama that centers around the entertainment company, Empire Enterprises, has been warmly received by viewers and critics alike. However, for as much positive feedback the series has received, there are also some folks who aren’t pleased with some of the show’s content. Specifically, a scene in last week’s episode where Cookie walked in on her gay son and his love interest while in bed. The complaints come from people who feel that the scene was unnecessary and “inappropriate” for network television and that “gayness” is being pushed down the throats of Americans.
There are a lot of people who are not pleased with the way black women are portrayed in Hollywood. When you think of who those people might be, rappers are NOT the first to come to mind. As a matter of fact, rappers are often the very ones we are upset with for how black women are depicted in their music videos. The DMV’s own Wale decided to break the mold with his recent video for his single with Jeremih “The Body”. The video shows the rapper serenading a “regular girl”. And there were no “booty” in sight. Wale shared with Necole Bitchie the concept behind the video as well as his frustrations with black women only being depicted as “hyper-sexualized objects created by doctors with the sole intent to take pictures”. Read his exclusive blog penned for Necole Bitchie below.
Back in December, we told you that VH1 was adamant about not cancelling it’s show Sorority Sisters amid backlash about it’s unsavory depiction of greek life. After more negative press, the loss of several sponsors and 2 cast members being suspended from their sororities, the network has changed it’s tune. Although, VH1 has not made a formal announcement of the cancellation, their treatment of the final three episodes is indicative of the outcome.
Yes, Lifetime has been the talk of the town due to it’s biopics on Aaliyah and Whitney (like it or not), but it looks like they haven’t scrapped their original fictional films just yet. Later this month, the network will air the original film “With This Ring”. The romantic comedy based on the best seller “The Vow” by Denene Millner, Angela Burt-Murray and Mitzi Miller has Regina Hall, Jill Scott and Eve Jeffers Cooper starring as three single friends who vow to get married within a year after attending their best friend’s wedding.
If you are one of 1.1 million people who tuned in to VH1‘s Sorority Sisters and were appalled by what you saw, VH1 has news for you. The controversial show which follows the lives of 9 women who belong to black sororities will continue to air all because you tuned in. Detractors of the new reality show have called for the show to be cancelled because it reflects sorority life in negative light. As a result, some advertisers are even considering pulling their ads from the network until the show is canned. But VH1 says it will NOT cancel the show because in the words of Beyonce, they know you care.
In the wake of protests across the country and marches for justice this past weekend in both Washington, DC and New York, Americans as well as supporters abroad are hoping for a change in the current racial climate in the United States. During the New York screening of Selma, a film about the events surrounding the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches, Oprah shared her thoughts on the controversial subject with The Grio.
I’m sure there are lots of people who wish they could trade lives with their favorite celebrity. There are so many folks chasing fame who probably have no idea what really goes on behind the scenes. According to Beyonce, it isn’t all a bed of roses, diamonds and pearls. Queen Bey shared her innermost feelings on life in the spotlight in a black and white short film entitled “Yours and Mine”. As blessed as she knows she is to be able to live out her dreams, she sometimes feels like public property.
One thing for sure and two things for certain, if you hire Tracee Ellis Ross you are hiring ALL OF HER. According to the actress, her hair, her ass and everything else is a package deal. In her recent chat with Entertainment Weekly, the star of ABC’s Black-ish dished on how exciting it has been for her to see hair that looks like hers on the small screen this year and what it means for women in today’s culture.
I don’t know that Bill Cosby should be doing extensive interviews right now, but if I were accused of drugging and raping women my response would not be a simple “no comment”. That’s exactly how the former TV dad has responded to allegations of doing just that to over a dozen women throughout his more than 50 year career.
When I first heard the rumors of an Aaliyah biopic being in the works I was ecstatic. As a huge fan of the super cool singer/actress whose untimely death shocked the world, I thought hers was a story that needed to be told. Then it was confirmed that it would not be in theaters, but a Lifetime TV movie. That was when my first reservation about the film set in. I thought Aaliyah’s story deserved to be in theaters but okay. Then Zendaya Coleman was casted as Aaliyah and it was made known that Aaliyah’s family was not in support of the film. Further doubt crept in. Then Zendaya backed out amidst the public’s disapproval and the role was re-cast. Finally Alexandria Shipp was cast as Aaliyah and radio/TV personality Wendy Williams publicly announced her role as executive producer of the film. That’s when my hope for a film that would honor the memory of Aaliyah went out window. The film aired on Lifetime last weekend and as anticipated, it was an epic fail. Here’s why I think the film never had a chance.
Trouble in marital paradise? Don’t call the divorce lawyer just yet. Niecy Nash has a few ideas that might help get your marriage back on track. During her interview with Playboy, the actress/comedian/author shared some tips on getting what you want from your man and keeping him happy, including her motto “stomach full, penis empty” lol. She also dished on her new role on HBO’s Getting On. Check out a few excerpts below.
Dozens of films about the civil rights movement of the 1950’s and 60’s have made it to the cinema. Movies centered around the stories of key figures like Malcolm X, Medgar Evers, Nelson Mandela, and The Black Panther Party have been viewed in theaters nationwide. However, a film centered on the man who many consider to be the patriarch of the movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has never made it to the big screen…until now. Selma, directed by Ava DuVerney and written by DuVerney and Paul Webb, is the story of
Nicki Minaj’s climb to success has been a colorful one (pun intended). Now choosing to take a more natural approach to her look and career, the head barb in charge wants to talk less about butts and more about her brand. And she did just that in her GQ cover story. Check out a few excerpts from the story below.