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I attended the 2018 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles last Sunday, even getting a sneak peek during a dress rehearsal. While there were some emotionally chilling performances and entertaining segments, I came away thinking that overall this year’s show was lackluster and largely uneventful and that...
After much speculation Philly’s own Meek Mill debuted a new single, “Stay Woke,” at the 2018 BET Awards. Mill was introduced by a group of Philly-natives: Black Thought, Questlove, Lil Uzi Vert, along with the 76ers Markelle Fultz, and Kevin Hart. The group started by sharing damning statistics, which were also...
I had the opportunity to review “Love Is____,” the new project from writing and life partners Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil. (Minimal spoilers, no worries!) My interest was already piqued because it was set in LA in the 90s, which was my coming of age on the other coast...
The “Parts Unknown” Interview with Kam Williams (Reprinted from 2014) Chef, author and world traveler Anthony Bourdain was an outspoken trailblazer with unique insights about food, culture and current events. In this 2014 interview, we spoke about his life, career and his Peabody and Emmy-winning TV-series, Parts Unknown. Kam Williams: Hi Anthony, thanks...
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(L-R) Judy Reyes, Karrueche Tran, Jenn Lyon, Niecy Nash and Carrie Preston of Claws attends the Turner Upfront 2018 arrivals on the red carpet at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 16, 2018 in New York City. Photo: Mike Coppola (Getty Images for Turner) Niecy Nash is full of...
It’s almost time for Cloak & Dagger to premiere on Freeform and we’ve got a sneak peek at the superhero series that’s darker than we expected. There are tons of reasons to tune in to this teen-angst-ridden tale of two superheroes. The first episode of the series was directed by...
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By Benjamin L. Crump, Esq. (via theGrio.com) It’s right out of a nightmare. You’re standing on a street corner when a police cruiser pulls up. Officers toss you in the back seat and you’re hauled to a crime scene, where a witness identifies you as the assailant who shot two men. Despite your...
By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — ABC canceled its hit reboot of "Roseanne" on Tuesday following star Roseanne Barr's racist tweet that referred to former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett as a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the "Planet of the Apes." ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said...
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(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) Moments before Janet Jackson took the stage at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night, my heart was already pounding. The montage that played after Bruno Mars ran down the long list of accomplishments that...