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.

PODCASTS WE LOVE!

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

Podcasts are nothing new but they have recently exploded on the scene. There are currently 540,000 podcasts and inceases about 2,000 each week. Think of podcasts as old school talk radio from back in the day, or informative/comedy in your ears. I have learned so much from podcasts, from writing, to therapy, to just basic comedy, my ears perk up at each listen. You can always click on your search bar however you find podcasts and search by subjects. There is something for everyone.

Below are my favorites that I listen to.

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Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend
After 25 years at the Late Night desk, Conan realized that the only people at his holiday party are the men and women who work for him. So he has set out to change that. This podcast is a weekly opportunity for Conan to hang out and talk to people that has been on his show and hopefully find some real relationships along the way.

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Yo, Is This Racist?
Hosted by Andrew Ti and Tawny Newsome. They attempt to solve racism on a weekly basis. With the help of their comedy guests they answer questions from submitted voicemails about whether or not something in fact is actually racist. I must warn for a lot of cursing.

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The Read
Bloggers Kid Fury and Crissie cover hip-hop and pop-culture stars and their lives. They take turns throwing shade and spilling the tea with a humorous attitude. No one is safe from their scurinity except for Beyonce’ and Blue Ivy. I don’t always agree with their views but a good time. I must warn for a lot of cursing.

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How Did This Get Made?
This podcast explores the question of how bad movies can sometimes be amazing. Hosts Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas. They watch bad movies and report back on the results. They say everything and anything about the movie and don’t hold back. A hilarious good time.

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Hilliard Guess’ Screenwriter’s Rant Room
Host Hilliard Guess, a member of the WGAW, and award-winning writer and his co-hosts Lisa Bolekaja and Chris Derrick. They drop invaluable industry knowledge in an unfiltered manner. It is real talk from real working writers. I have learned more about the industry than I did in my years of schooling. Comedy mixed with knowledge. In my top five of favorite podcasts.

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Paper Team
A great podcast about television writing and how to launch your career in the industry. They have guests that give invaluable information, from showrunners, writers, fellowship directors, to how to network properly. It is a great resource and I learn each time.

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3rd & Fairfax: The WGAW Podcast
The official podcast of the Writers Guild of America West. They give updates on the Guild and interviews with screenwriters about screenwriting, movies, television and the business.

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Boss Up Moms
Moms who are also entreprenuers often find themselves in need of balance and community. Boss Up Moms are a group of women that meet weekly to discuss their success, failures and inspiration on balancing motherhood, family, and their businesses. While I am not a mother, it is very informative and great to hear how they juggle it all.

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OD Podcast
OD stands for Open Discussion and that is exactly what they do. Funny thing is they always are touching on subjects that I am currently going through. They get me and I love it. It is an unfiltered conversation about things that matter and some things that don’t matter but still great all in the same. Hosted by Alicia and Drvco who made in Atlanta and don’t let you forget it.

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Jesus and Jollof
This podcast is definitely in my top 5. They get to the core of adulting. While I may not be ready to hear everything that they say I always tuck it in the back of my head for future reference. They get me too and I love it. Hosted by Luvvie Ajayi and Yvonne Orji, two proud Nigerian women who are cut up at every turn but they talk about things they love, their life and how they have overcame to help us navigate life. They drop some major gems.

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Rants and Randomness
Host Luvvie Ajayi talks about things that she is loving and things that she is side-eyeing. She rants on everything from society to pop culture. Her guests from her tribe stay dropping gems. A great podcast overall.

These are just a few to get started. Subscribe and start listening to greatness.

The 12th Annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic Cinco de Mayo Party

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

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On May 5, George Lopez hosted a Cinco de Mayo party for his 12th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic for his Foundation.

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George Lopez created the foundation after in 2005 when he himself needed a transplant which was graciously given by his wife. The mission for the foundation is to create positive, permanent change for underprivileged children, adults and military families confronting challenges in education and health, as well as increasing community awareness about kidney disease and organ donation.

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“I am thankful for the kidney transplant I received in 2005, which has allowed me to pursue my two passions – playing golf and giving back to others less fortunate.” – George Lopez

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Each year his family and friends come together for the Celebrity Golf Classic to help raise awareness for kidney disease. Such a great fun event that brings awareness to a disease that affects some many people.

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In June, the foundation hosts a camp for children affected by kidney disease. Within this camp the children will experience a week-long summer session at a medical specialty camp for children that will learn new strategies of medical self-care, increase their self-confidence, and build supportive friendships with peers who have the same medical conditions.

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Everyone has someone in their life that has been affected by this disease, I know that I do. If you want to donate to this great organization you can via their website georgelopezfoundation.org.

TRACY OLIVER TALKS ‘LITTLE’ AT WGA SCREENING.

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

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Monday night, WGAW Speaker Series: In Her Words held a screening of LITTLE with writer Tracy Oliver. After the movie a conversation and Q&A with Tracy Oliver shed light on the film, what it’s like having a 14-year old Marsai Martin as her boss, and her overall writing process. A great informative conversation.

Tracy also stayed after to speak with everyone, gave amazing advice and insight, and take pictures. Her future projects include a play on the film, First Wives Club and Clueless. Excited to see what else she has up her sleeve.

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If you haven’t seen LITTLE yet, run and go see it. I have seen it twice and it was just as good the second time.

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THE 50TH NAACP AWARDS RECAP

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

The NAACP Image Awards was a fantastic good time and always great celebrating what people of color bring to the table. The wins began at the non-televised dinner held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA and then continued on to the live show at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

Among the wins, the biggest went to Black Panther, individually as well as collectively. Chadwick Boseman, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. Michael B. Jordan, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. Danai Gurira, Outstanding Supporting Actress in in a Motion Picture. Ryan Coogler, Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture. Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture. Letitia Wright, Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture. Outstanding Soundtrack/Complilation. Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture. And finally, Outstanding Motion Picture. Way to go team. Such a phenomenal movie that deserves all the recognition it has received.

Black-ish was also among big winners for the night including Outstanding Comedy Series. Power took home the Outstanding Drama Series. Maxine Waters who received the Chariman’s Award gave us a thorough lesson in political affairs, while Jay-Z was honored with the Presidents Award and Beyonce’ took home Entertainer of the Year. It was a great night.

If you missed any of the action check out the replay on TV One.

BIG REINVENTED WITH ‘LITTLE’

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

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Had a chance to see Little at an early screening. LITTLE is a hilarious ride from beginning to end. If you didn’t know that Regina Hall was funny then get ready for the ride. Yes, in general Regina plays the siddity uppity type but this time she brings comedy to it. Combine that with the comedic timing of Issa Rae and Marsai Martin and you have a winning combination. I foresee this will be another win for superstar producer Will Packer and a win for Marsai Martin who is the youngest executive producer with this film.

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Jordan is a take no-prisoners boss who makes her assistant and employees life a living hell on a regular basis. She faces an unexpected threat when a kid wishes that she was little. Her life and career turn upside down when she magically transforms into a 13-year old version of herself.

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Little is the Freaky Friday for the Black community. Story by Tracy Oliver and directed by Tina Gordon, Little takes us on a ride of exploring and dealing with emotions and feelings that Jordan never dealt with in the past. It takes her back to the time when she felt helpless and felt unwanted. Children can be cruel which lead to her hard exterior and the inability to let anyone in for fear of being hurt again. Once Jordan was forced to be a 13-year old again she discovered that things had not changed and children were still cruel. But, it was when she took her power back and befriended the kids that were similar to her as a child that she realized she had a do over and showed them it was okay to be different. Little is a reminder to deal with our emotions and feelings before they fester and get out of control, and to be the best version of ourselves.

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This movie has a phenomenal cast whose chemistry makes the movie work. Little starts off with Jordan being awakened in her penthouse apartment in Atlanta by her latest invention for her successful tech company, Home Girl which is similar to Amazon’s Alexa and voiced by no other than Black-ish star and funny girl Tracee Ellis Ross. Early on we discover Jordan’s love interest played by Luke James and are treated to a sexy dance performance from him. Singing and dancing, yes to both. Speaking of Luke James, let’s talk about the other eye candy in this movie, Justin Hartley, from This is Us. I was right with little Jordan when she said “you feel what I’m feeling.” Rounding out the cast is Tone Bell who is Issa Rae’s character, April biggest supporter and JD McCrary who gives an incredible performance at the school talent show while Jordan is little. Let me also shout the amazing wardrobe department, fire throughout the movie.

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This is a definite see and will be an instant classic that people will watch over and over.

Little opens in theaters on April 12 everywhere.

NEW ALADDIN TRAILER

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

A new trailer for Aladdin has dropped and this time we get to see the Genie played by Will Smith in full swing. Best part is seeing Abu on Aladdin’s leg.

Check it out below.

 

NAACP IMAGE AWARD NOMINATIONS

 BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

The NAACP Award nominations are in and HBO and Netflix lead with 22 and 20 Nominations in the Television categories. Marvel leads with 13 nominations in Film categories. RCA leads with 11 nominations in the music categories. The nominees were announced on February 13, 2019 at a press conference. Winners will be announced live during a Two-Hour live special on TV One on Saturday, March 30, 2019 in Los Angles, California.

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“With TV One as our partner for the 50th Anniversary of the NAACP Image Awards, we are delighted to have a platform to showcase artists and individuals of color and celebrate their talents and contributions.” – NAACP President Derrick Johnson.

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In its 50th year, The NAACP Image Awards is the foremost multicultural awards show celebrating the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.

Maxine Waters Leads Discussion On Housing Finance Reform

In addition to the standard awards categories, our favorite auntie Congresswoman Maxine Waters will be honored with the NAACP Chairman of the Year Award which is given to individuals who demonstrate exemplary public service and use their platforms to create agents of change.

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SPIN-OFFS ARE WHERE IT’S AT

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Freeform renews two of our favorites. Grown-ish, the spin-off from Black-ish created by Kenya Barris. Also, Good Trouble, the spin-off from The Fosters.

Catch both of them on Freeform and the Freeform app.