Robin Thede Breaks Record with ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

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After seeing the trailer, I fell in love and was laughing out loud. This is comedy genius. When Robin Thede’s show was cancelled on BET she didn’t wallow and sit around feeling sorry for herself, she rose up like a BOSS and created something great, something we didn’t even know that we needed until we saw it in action. It’s the first series of its kind, and representation is important. Bringing a group of talented, hilarious and smart Black women together for this series.

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A sketch comedy show starring, written by and directed primarily by black women, including the first Black woman sketch director. Produced by Issa Rae, provides a showcase for the four comedians who make up its core cast: creator Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Quinta Brunson and Gabrielle Dennis. This show hosts a slew of amazing guest stars within the far to few episodes that makes me tear up.

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Premieres on HBO on Aug 2 at 8 pm.

‘OTHERHOOD’ The Phase after Motherhood

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

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I had the opportunity to see Otherhood a few weeks ago and this movie brings all the feels. It’s charming, funny and warm. It will have you pondering whether or not you are being a good daughter or son.

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Listening to Cindy Chupack and Cathy Schulman speak about their journey during the Q&A after just makes you love this even more. From losing their first production deal, to securing Angela Bassett, to losing their director it was indeed a journey. A journey that I believe everyone will enjoy once they watch it. Losing their director turned into good luck for Cindy Chupack who makes her film directorial debut with Otherhood. This film also gained the Women In Film stamp by producing this with an all-female crew.

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Otherhood stars Angela Bassett, Patricia Arquette and felicity Huffman. Feeling forgotten on Mother’s Day, three best friends leave upstate New York for a road trip to New York City to surprise their sons and try to weave themselves into their adult lives. I have to say I was impressed on how they equally balanced out the storylines with all of the characters. As a person of color, it was refreshing to see a mother son relationship that was told in great way. When I tell you that Queen Angela bursts on the screen and dominates it…chile, you not ready.

otherhood-1014x570Yes, you’re probably wondering Mother’s Day in August, someone made a mistake. But, in actuality it was a mistake made on Felicity Huffman’s part that pushed the movie back. In the wake of Felicity Huffman pleading guilty to the College Admissions Scandal earlier this year the decision was made to push it back. Huffman was one of the 50 people indicted. Now that the dust has settled some, Netflix is releasing the feature this Friday.

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Otherhood: Life Beyond Motherhood, or the next phase as I see it. Premiering on August 2nd on Netflix and in select theatres.