That time has came back around, March 2nd. Empire returns to show us how the whole story of Cookie, Lucious, and the empire will end. Check out the final 10 preview commercial here.
Plesantly surprised and wish I knew about it sooner which is why I MUST share this with all my ladies especially. Casually surfing on Youtube, I stumble across this magnificently funny and utterly genius production #ABlackLadySketchShow These women are hilarious with there take on our Current social and cultural themes. In this episode the ladies tackle the challenges of being a “Bad Bitch”. I could not stop laughing and Angela Bassett Ugh can she get anymore Gorgeous! @HBO you Did good. #mynewfavoriteshow
A Black Lady Sketch Show is a narrative series set in a limitless magical reality full of dynamic, hilarious characters and celebrity guests. The show presents sketches performed by a core cast of black women, including Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis and Quinta Brunson.
Creator/executive producer/writer/star, @RobinThede; executive producer, @IssaRae for Issa Rae Productions; executive producers, Dave Becky, Jonathan Berry for 3 Arts Entertainment; executive producers, Tony Hernandez, Brooke Posch for JAX Media; head writer/co-executive producer: Lauren Ashley Smith; producers, Deniese Davis, Montrel McKay for Issa Rae Productions; producer, John Skidmore for JAX Media.
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The network has announced a new slate of documentary series, including one about Tupac and his mother Afeni Shakur. The network has greenlit Outlaw: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur, a five-episode series directed by Allen Hughes. (from the Hughes Brothers?)
“Told through the eyes of the people who knew them best, Outlaw is an intimate wide-angle portrait of the most inspiring and dangerous mother-son duo in American history, whose unified message of freedom, equality, persecution and justice are more relevant today than ever,” FX said in a press release.
Hughes previously directed HBO’s 2017 miniseries The Defiant Ones, which profiled Dr. Dre and Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine. According to Deadline, the director secured a deal with the Tupac Estate to access released and unreleased recordings, writings and poetry in May.
Last year, Hughes recalled some of his dealings with the Tupac Estate for his HBO series during an interview with The Wrap.
“The Tupac Estate was — and I know them, they’re all old friends — but there was some stuff with him at the gun range that they were precious about,” he said. “My original cut is not the way it [eventually aired]. The family and the estate were really sensitive about taking things out of context when it came to weapons in his hands, you know? He was at a shooting range and it was pretty explosive in the original cut, and they were very, very, very adamant that we not do it that way.”
FX hasn’t revealed a premiere date for Outlaw. An official announcement is expected in the coming months.
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While you have been trying to keep yourself busy , and occupied on a Wednesday night. There is no need anymore. Wednesday night television is back, Empire than Star. Check out the catch up and preview trailers of both shows here. What you can expect for the reason of the season of Empire and Star. Don’t forget to tune in March 28th , at 8pm, on Fox when it all resumes.
Film director Spike Lee and actress DeWanda Wise confirmed [via-Instagram] on Monday that the Netflix series adaptation of the 1986 indie film, She’s Gotta Have it, has been renewed for another season. Happy New Year, [Nola] Darling!
Season 1 aired on Netflix in the fall of 2017 with a millennial spin on the 80’s classic. Which received great reviews both praising and comparing the series to the original film. Nola Darling explores her truth as a black woman while sparing no expense during her journey through life, sex, and art in the 21st century. Season 1 even has a cameo from the original Nola Darling, actress Tracy Camilla Johns, in a scene where Wise is metaphorically passed the baton from her predecessor. Lee admits that the Netflix series was a vision of the film director’s wife Tonya Lewis Lee who, Lee says, deserves credit for her idea to take the film and make it into a series. He praises her in a magazine interview. Isn’t he a great!
Stay tuned for what’s next for the Netflix series.
Check out the latest episode from DJ Samore Top 5 Show on the Innovative Black Station. The DJ Samore Top 5, is all about the top 5 records that are on the radio (according to the mediabase/neilson bds charts), the streets, and whats that next record. DJ Samore also recaps the top headlines going on in music/film/tv/entertainment. Episode 34, spotlights new music from Chivonne SayWhat, Sza, and Chris Brown. Check it out here.
It’s been a long summer awaiting the return of Empire. It left off with Lucious waking up from almost being blown up and not remembering anything, just after giving Andre the full role of Empire and telling the boys him and Cookie are going to live life together. But in good old Empire fashion, it’s going to be more oppositions for the Lyon crew. Get ready September 27th will be here before you know it! Check out the season 4 exclusive preview here.
Check out the latest top 5 with DJ Samore. She counts down top 5 records on the radio , based on mediabase/bds, streets, and find out what’s going to be or is that record next to blow. This episode feature the talented brothers Jake and Papa, discussing their latest project “Tattoos and Blues”. Watch the episode here.
How Can We Make A Healthy Lifestyle Cool In Hip Hop?
In the United States, being a young & black guarantees a person born under those circumstances a significant amount of obstacle & struggle. Not only is the African American still inferior economically, the race’s environment has a high percentage of being subject to, poor diet, questionable healthcare (which means they can’t afford adequate treatment for disease), and violence (whether it be amongst each other or by the hands of law enforcement). Even in a time where the life expectance for the average human is 75, throughout time, a lower number has always been the case for the African American male. This is because the African American race has always had to survive under the most stressful conditions dating back to slavery. But my question is, why isn’t health and money for healthcare brought up more in the Hip-Hop community? How Can We Make A Healthy Lifestyle Cool In Hip Hop? Is it because it doesn’t weigh in on the “cool” factors to talk about? Is it because dying or the threat thereof has become the ultimate badge of honor? Why are we still having to do fundraisers and benefits for disease treatment and funerals? What financial plans are in place for rappers, DJ’s and B-Boys when they get sick or expire?
These are tough questions, however most of these issues could be solved with the proper funding and education around the matter of Hip-Hop and Health. We just recently lost Prodigy of Mobb Deep who battled sickle cell all his life. Sean Price of the group Heltah Skeltah passed away in his sleep in 2015. Heavy D died from a blood clot in his lung but it was later found out he did in fact have heart disease. Big Pun actually died of cardiac arrest.
I’m from Columbus Ohio, so even though this is a national publication, I want to honor an iconic rapper from my city who was special to us in the #614 and recently passed away… Sheron “Neswordz” Colbert #RIH
Now let’s stop for a second, because I don’t want to get into the rappers that died at the hands of violence because that’s not where I’m going with this blog.
This is my point:
Hip Hop will be 44 years old this year. This means that the pioneers of Hip Hop are either senior citizens or on their way to being senior citizens. This means (God forbid) we may be losing a lot more Hip Hop icons in the “hopefully” distant future. But I’m noticing the mortality rate decreasing in age within the culture and I wanted to bring awareness to it in this blog.
One thing I loved about our last presidential administration, Big Up Obamas!, is that the Hip Hop community put them in office and President Barack and First Lady Michelle made it their business to bring awareness to healthcare and education directly to the minority in America.
How Can We Make A Healthy Lifestyle Cool In Hip Hop?
How can we make LIVING cool in Hip Hop? How do we celebrate Life instead of Death? And most important, how do we put Financial well-being and Health together in this culture?
It definitely takes money and good decisions to be healthy. And maybe that’s why a healthy lifestyle isn’t cool to most young adults. Because Hip Hop from the beginning was all about taking the risk. Living on the edge. The new Rock N Roll. While Jay Z’s new 4:44 album is a great album to raise consciousness, the radio still bellows “Percocet, Molly Percocet” in regular rotation. Twerking videos and Drug money to the ear still resonates among adolescence. I get it! A safe lifestyle is a boring lifestyle. But yet, after the facade is lifted, and something tragic happens, all of the sudden we see that the rapper with money to the ear doesn’t really have sustainable income to treat the calamity.
Here’s this…The hardbody has always been the thing in Hip Hop, but what you don’t realize is Will Smith, LL Cool J, 50 Cent, Fantasia and Ashanti live very healthy lifestyles. They don’t engage in Marijuana, Alcohol or any other recreational drugs. Rumor has it that rapper Future…lol….doesn’t drink Lean or pop pills…but he advertises it to the youth in his music. So from that standpoint, what’s being fed to the public may appear to be a cooler lifestyle, trust me, eating right and adding exercise to your lifestyle will increase your chances of living a long and productive life.
Am I the old head in the room? Probably. But that doesn’t mean I can’t put this On The Table (Pun Intended) If you are one those people that just so happens to want to pursue or are pursuing a career in Hip Hop. Please take your health seriously. Black N Milds look cool until you get lung cancer. Sleeping with Twerk video models are cool until you get HIV. Living reckless with a bunch of beefs looks cool until we have to bury you and someone has to pick up those expenses. Live for today but plan like you will live tomorrow. Put a financial plan in place so that if anything does happen, you have your family taken care of.
It’s a new day! Taking care of yourself and your family is the “New Gangsta”
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Hey, its your girl NaeNae that brings you your #NaeNaeOnTheScene review. But this time around instead of giving you a review on the scene, my review is coming from off the screen, YouTube to be exact. I fell in love from the very start of this Emmy-Nominated web series, Tough Love.
Tough Love, is about six millennials, living in New York City, dealing with their day-to-day struggles of life and love. There’s Alicia and Quincy who are not only in a committed relationship but they run a business together. Next up, is Monica and Darius, the couple who isn’t an actual couple at least from the way Darius acts toward Monica. Finally, there is ‘I Can Do Bad By Myself, Don’t Hold Her Tongue for Anyone’, Jordan and the ‘Works Hard, But Plays Harder In The Bedroom, Playa’, Jackson. If you are familiar with or loved those classic black love movies, you might have noticed these characters are named after some those stars from those classic movies. (i.e. Darius is named after the character played by Larenz Tate in the movie, Love Jones.)
Since episode one dropped on YouTube back in November 10, 2015, this show has been one hell of a roller coaster of emotions leaving you wanting for longer episodes or cussing at their phones/tablets/tv at what some those characters did in an episode. LOL. Anybody can relate to or know at least one of these characters. I really related to my girl, Jordan cause we are a lot like in ways when it comes to relationships, especially in Season One.
Recently, married couple, Roni and Caleb Davis, created and produces this relationship-drama show. Both are originally from California but currently the Big Apple is their home. Roni is the writer and Caleb directs this amazing show. After season one ended, the love from fans from all over the world caught the attention of creators from the Black & Sexy TV network. (if you not familiar with Black & Sexy TV, don’t worry I’ll have a review coming soon on them.) When Season Two began, Tough Love could be seen on the Black & Sexy TV network a week earlier before being released on their YouTube channel.
This is a must watch show with a phenomenal cast and amazing storyline. I’m looking forward to see what’s in store for Season Three.
Its your girl, NaeNae with #NaeNaeOnTheScene signing off. Stay tuned for more reviews from me. Peace and Blessings.
Check out a recent interview I did with Roni and Caleb Davis on my podcast, 5 Rounds along with episode one from season one of Tough Love.
The cast: Quincy (Jordan Ryan Barton); Alicia (Ebony Obsidian); Darius (Devin Coleman);
Monica (Natalie Jacobs); Jackson (Bradley Clarke); Jordan (Verina Banks)