Television

When I tell you much of Memphis is afire, aglow and aflutter about the premiere of “Bluff City Law,” I mean it. And that’s great to see! The much-anticipated series debuts on Monday, September 23rd at 9 p.m. CT on NBC. It stars veteran actor Jimmy Smits (“LA Law,” “The...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdCjZhGWx3E The 2019 Emmy Awards went down on Sunday night in Los Angeles and we have mixed emotions about TV’s biggest night. There were some groundbreaking moments throughout the night, including Billy Porter making history as the first openly gay actor to nab an Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Drama...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FI81y4gX88 Billy Porter just made history as the first openly gay actor to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Pray Tell in FX’s groundbreaking series, POSE.  Kerry Washington presented the award, noting “And once again we watch history unfold,” before announcing Porter...
The red carpet premiere of “Bluff City Law” made for a big Tuesday night in Memphis. There was so much excitement all around from attendees to our fellow media folks to the cast and producers. The venue was the Halloran Centre and the place was packed, The attendees included Mayor...
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By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Comedian and media mogul Byron Allen wants TV viewers to watch the channels his company produces — from one that runs "Judge Judy"-like shows all day to those dedicated to comedy, cars, food and pets. But while many distributors carry Allen's channels,...
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The black barbershop is not just a sacred space, it’s a safe space. Much like Vegas, whatever happens within the confines of that room colored with scattered floor follicles stays in that room. There is no filter in the barbershop. Some of the greatest debates happen in the barbershop. Cue HBO’s The...
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When Greenleaf premiered June 21, 2016, it signaled a new direction for OWN beyond reality TV and Tyler Perry shows. As it embarks on its fourth season, the Memphis-set megachurch family drama, led by seasoned actors Keith David as Bishop James Greenleaf and Lynn Whitfield as Lady Mae Greenleaf,...
Comedian Leslie Jones is carving out a new path and stepping down from Saturday Night Live after five seasons. — Leslie Jones blasts Sephora after her makeup artist left a store in tears after being mistreated— The funny lady has made her mark garnering three Emmy nominations for her hilarious comedy sketches. Jones...
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Dave Chappelle (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) This week Dave Chappelle’s new Netflix special Sticks and Stones premiered and Michael Jackson’s accusers have already come forward to respond to some of the controversial comments he’s made during his set. According to Entertainment Weekly, in the special that came out Monday, the comedian touched...
Jimmy Smits and Caitlin McGee were among the “Bluff City Law” stars at the Itta Bena restaurant on Beale Street for a press junket Tuesday. (Photo: Greg Campbell/NBC)
Many of us have heard by now that “Bluff City Law” is filming in Memphis; actually IN Memphis. Not trying to fool us with narrow shots of Atlanta streets or, worse, New Orleans. This is exciting!  The New Tri-State Defender was invited to participate in a press junket Tuesday at...