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Where Are They Now: Cast Members Of “College Hill” Part 1

September 8th, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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“College Hill” first came on the scene in 2004.  It’s agenda was to show a primarily African American cast in the confines of different HBCUs as they pursued their education, while also sifting through personal drama.

Since the show ran for six seasons, trying to narrow down the list was a task.  So, I broke it up into two parts.  However, if I didn’t include your favorite (or the one you wanted to know the most about), add their name in the comment section, and I’ll add them on the next go ’round!

Also, let me know who you want to see from South Beach and on!

9 Reasons Beyoncé Will No Longer Rock With BET

August 27th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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BET done messed up now. Watching their award show every year, it’s a bit clear that the big named stars are starting to show up increasingly less as they cross over and make it with the mainstream. It’s quite sad, actually. And while we might not have understood their absence before, these days Beyoncé has every reason not to show up…like ever again. Here’s why.

My Hair Looks Like Blue Ivy’s And I Think It’s Beautiful

August 27th, 2014 - By Ezinne Ukoha
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So… I promised myself that I was over the endless hair articles that clog up the Internet daily. But after witnessing the public thrashing of Blue Ivy’s locks after her unbearably cute appearance at last Sunday’s VMAs. I couldn’t resist chiming in on a topic that has been exhaustingly rehashed for no good reason.

First of all, Blue Ivy is an adorable girl who has super star parents. She is a celebrity by default and so she will always be judged based on her looks. It is pathetically sad that she has to endure the wrath of ignorance before she is even able to construct a complete sentence. But thanks to the luxury of social media, we are susceptible to the fiery nature of naysayers and inconceivably rude people who take pleasure in mocking or degrading innocent victims.

Blue Ivy can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to her appearance. The jokes about her looking more like Jay-Z than Beyonce erupted the same day her official photos were released. Who cares what she looks like? The girl is wealthier than a nation right now and she will not have to rely on her beauty in order to live a pretty fulfilling life. Be that as it may, I happen to think she is the cutest thing ever! And yes, I am aware that since North West entered the world, the comparisons have been relentless. Particularly since one of them has that “good hair” that we all salivate over, and the other has, well, something that looks like our worst nightmare.

It might be your nightmare but it’s my reality. Yes, my hair looks like Blue Ivy’s. It’s thick, natural, and gorgeously wild. No, I don’t like to pile on a plethora of products in order to achieve that “shine” because it does nothing but clog up pores and cause my scalp to itch, which unleashes itching sessions that I can quite frankly, do without. I also don’t believe in combing or brushing my hair needlessly, especially when all I have to do is pick apart my curls and fluff accordingly.

Everyone is griping about how “dry” and “unkempt” natural hair tends to be when it is left it’s own devices. I think I know what the real issue is and you are not going to like it. It is clear that we will never be completely accepting of the tresses that we blessed with. Our hair is unique and comes in various textures, which means that there is no regimen that will work for everyone. None of us has the right to project our insecurities on someone who doesn’t seem to live up to our standard of the “perfect mane”.  Just because you wash your hair every other day doesn’t mean I need to do the same. And if you love the way Miss Jessie’s products bring out your curls, that’s awesome for you, but I don’t get those same results.

There is nothing wrong with Blue Ivy’s natural hair, but there is something wrong with the way black women react to it. You seem to be so convinced that you would do a better job. I am sure this is because she represents something that you are uncomfortable with. Almost like an embarrassing representation of our true selves. That’s why so many of you are determined to hide behind your weaves that cost more than your rent. You can’t bear to expose your that part of you that not only leaves you vulnerable but potentially makes life just a little more complicated.

For those of us, who don’t mind being natural, we embrace the complexities and revel in the freedom that it brings. I am not saying that natural is the only way to go, in fact, I am contemplating getting a weave in a couple of weeks. Hair is an accessory and I treat it as such. I also never tell anyone how to manage their mane, nor do I make mothers feel inadequate about the way they care for their daughter’s tresses.

Blue Ivy’s hair looks like mine, in fact it may even look and feel better than mine. I am offended for her and for myself, when I read and hear the nasty comments floating around. In case you are clueless, let me help you out – natural hair is hair that is devoid of chemical treatments. Aside from moisturizers and gels, your hair is basically riding the wave of it’s own God-given texture. Blue Ivy’s hair looks fits that description and so does mine. So get off her back, and pick a more appropriate topic to discuss. Like maybe how we can endeavor to send the right message to our little girls about self-esteem and self-acceptance.

BET’s “106 & Park” To Go On Week-Long Hiatus After Blue Ivy Hair Comments

August 26th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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As someone so eloquently wrote on Karrueche’s Instagram page, when you rattle the BeyHive, you will get stung.

And after the inexcusable, completely tasteless comment one of the writers wrote on the teleprompter about Blue Ivy’s hair, the BeyHive erupted in full force. Most of the ire, unfortunately, was misdirected at Karrueche Tran but eventually, Stephen Hill stepped forward to apologize, on behalf of the network.

And now, word on the street is that “106 & Park” has been suspended for the rest of week.

Though some say the show was on a planned hiatus for this time frame, others are suggesting that the joke about Blue’s hair had something–if not everything to do with it.

If you’re a bit unsure what to think, let the show’s co-host Bow Wow ease your mind.

"106 & Park" To Go On Week-Long Hiatus

Well if that is indeed so, it couldn’t come at a better time, because they certainly need to regroup and get their ish together.

Plus, rumor has it that the producer of that particular show has been fired.

Meanwhile, poor Karrueche has been receiving death threats. Because many interpreted  the comments as her own. She took to Instagram to apologize on behalf of herself and tell everyone else to chill the eff out.

See what she had to say:

Past two days have been extremely draining.. As I geared up for a big day for myself – hosting a live show.. I never expected things to turn out this way.. I apologize to any and everyone who felt offended in any way by the comments made by BET executed through me.. I would never disrespect anyone’s child in any way and anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE Beyoncé. My comments have been in complete shambles.. yes I am human too and yes I do make mistakes.. But all this negativity and death wishes are quite a lot.. Definitely a lesson learned from here forth.. Again, on behalf of MYSELF, my sincerest apologies ❤️ #BeyHive

BET President Of Music Programming Addresses Blue Ivy Joke: ‘It Was Very Bad Judgement

August 26th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Earlier today, we told you that Karrueche Tran was under fire for making a not-so-nice joke about Blue Ivy’s hair during a recent “106 and Park” appearance. Karrueche quickly took to Twitter to defend herself, stating that the joke was simply a part of the script. Now, BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials, Stephen G. Hill is apologizing on behalf of the network as well.

Thoughts?

Karrueche Tran Catches Heat For Blue Ivy Hair Joke: ‘My Parents Never Comb My Hair’

August 26th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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During a recent “106 And Park” appearance, Karrueche Tran made a distasteful joke about Blue Ivy’s hair, which many took offense to. The joke came during a segment where the hosts highlighted the top six things Blue Ivy thought about at the MTV VMAs.

“I really did wake up like this because my parents never comb my hair,” Karrueche said.

“Sorry Blue! I love you!” she added.

In no time, the Bey Hive and Black Twitter began chiming in about the comment.

Karrueche eventually took to Twitter to defend herself and to confirm what most folks already assumed: the joke was included in the script by BET’s writers.

The clarification helped her case, but not much.

Do you think BET set Karrueche up for the okey doke or should she have skipped over the joke?

Score One For BET: Network Comes Out The Winner In Lawsuit Over Fan’s Facebook Page For ‘The Game’

August 22nd, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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"The Game"Have you ever started a Facebook page for your favorite celebrity or product? Well, Stacey Mattocks did when in 2008 she opened a Facebook page for her favorite TV show, The Game. Her page became such a hit that  BET took notice and began to do business with Mattocks to promote the series. And with the help of Mattocks’ page the show’s popularity grew and the Facebook page garnered massive likes.

But things went south when BET wanted to take over the rights to the page. A messy lawsuit ensued last year. Finally a judgment has been rendered — and it could have a major impact on how we define who owns what on social media. A Florida judge has ruled that Facebook likes are not the property of page creators. According to the ruling, Mattocks can’t establish she owns a property interest in some 6.2 million likes she collected.

Mattocks had sued the Viacom-owned cable channel for “allegedly committing tortious interference, breach of contract, breach of good faith and fair dealing, and copyright infringement,” reports The Hollywood Reporter. Mattocks later amended the lawsuit to add a claim of unlawful conversion.

In her lawsuit, Mattocks charged that BET initially agreed to pay her $30 per hour to work as a social media “freelancer” and later offered her an $85,000-a-year salary, which she turned down. According to Mattocks, BET pulled out all the stops to change her mind, even flying her out to Los Angeles for promotional interviews. But when she refused to transfer ownership of the fan page to BET, Facebook temporarily shut down her account.

What followed was a “Letter Agreement” with BET under which the network agreed that Mattocks wouldn’t be excluded from the page. In turn, she agreed to grant BET full administrative access. Mattocks says she signed the agreement under duress.

BET also tried to buy the page, offering $15,000; Mattocks requested $1.2 million, according to court papers. The negotiations continued and Mattocks dropped BET’s administrative access on the Facebook page from “manager” to “moderator.” BET, in turn, to issue a cease-and-desist letter. In the letter BET cited intellectual property and a demand to Facebook that it remove the page. This prompted Mattocks’ lawsuit.

“Based on the record, Mattocks cannot establish that she owns a property interest in the ‘likes’ on the FB Page,” writes the judge in an opinion (read more here). ” ‘Liking’ a Facebook Page simply means that the user is expressing his or her enjoyment or approval of the content. At any time, moreover, the user is free to revoke the ‘like’ by clicking an ‘unlike’ button. So if anyone can be deemed to own the ‘likes’ on a Page, it is the individual users responsible for them. Given the tenuous relationship between ‘likes’ on a Facebook Page and the creator of the Page, the ‘likes’ cannot be converted in the same manner as goodwill or other intangible business interests.”

The judge also dismissed Mattocks’ tortious interference claim, writing: “While BET may also have had other financial motives in disabling the Page and Twitter account, no record evidence shows that BET took these steps for purely malicious reasons.”

So remember, if you thinking to make money off a Facebook page for a product or other person, according to this judgment you have no legal ownership of pages’ likes. Be sure you know what’s yours and focus on monetizing those elements. Everything else belongs to users, Facebook and the Internet.

Welcome (Back) To BET: Keyshia Cole To Star In Reality Show About Her Current Struggles; Nelly & Shantel Jackson Taking Their “Love” To TV

August 11th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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After falling out with her family post-“Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is,” and being estranged from husband Daniel “Boobie” Gibson after they starred in “Keyshia & Daniel: Family First,” you would think that at this point in Keyshia Cole’s life, she would avoid reality TV like the plague. But those checks must be really nice, because Cole is returning to BET for her third reality show with the network, but this time, it’s going to be all about her.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cole’s show will follow her as she tries to juggle her career, motherhood and the way she deals with the demise of her relationship with Gibson. The show was picked up and will air six episodes running at a half hour.

This is all interesting considering that Cole put BET on blast not too long ago for failing to pay her for her work on “Family First.”

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I guess they patched things up (and the check finally cleared). 

But she’s not the only one putting her business out there for BET. Nelly, who already stars on “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” will star in a new reality show for the network alongside girlfriend Shantel Jackson (yes, Floyd Mayweather’s ex). However, Nelly will be the main focus as cameras follow him, his business ventures, his children (as well as his late sister’s children, who he takes care of), his rap career, and of course, his relationship with “Miss Jackson.” The show was given the green light for eight episodes at an hour each. After years of trying to keep his personal life private (yes, I’m alluding to his past uber-long relationship with Ashanti that they tried to hide), he’s feeling very open these days…but will you watch? 

Lena Waithe’s Show “Twenties” Is Coming To BET

July 2nd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Last year around this time, we told you about the show “Twenties” a show pitched by Lena Waithe, the writer behind the hilarious YouTube video “Sh!t Black Girls Say” and the upcoming movie “Dear White People.” Tagged as something like HBO’s “Girls” but for black women, “Twenties” is  about “three black girls in their twenties who are trying to get their sh!t together.” As a black woman in my twenties trying to get my ish all the way right, I was ready for it. And when I watched the teaser or pilot presentation, I found myself saying yaasss and chuckling with familiarity. I love it.

So it is with great delight that I provide a follow up to that story.

According to Shadow and Act, Waithe has inked a deal with BET to write a pilot script for “Twenties.”

This is great news considering Waithe stated that while she posted a pilot presentation on YouTube last year, she didn’t want her show to have a home on the web but rather a network television station. But  when she went to speak to network executives, Waithe found that this was no easy feat. She said many networks loved the show but felt there wasn’t an audience for it or they thought a similar show already existed. Waithe knew that neither ones of those claims was accurate. And she shot the pilot presentation to prove it.

And after some time, it seems that Waithe’s work has captured someone’s eye over at BET. If you haven’t noticed BET is in the middle of a transition, moving more toward adult-centered programming with original scripted dramas, series and feature film showings.

Luckily, they feel “Twenties” will fit right in there. And personally, I can’t wait to see it.

What do you think about “Twenties”? If you missed the pilot presentation last year, take a look at it on the next page and let us know if this seems like something you’d like to see.

Tank Responds To Young Money Winning The BET Award For “Best Group”

June 30th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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If you watched the BET Awards with us last night, you probably scratched your head in confusion when you saw that not only was Young Money nominated for the Best Group award, they won that thang. For those of you who are out of the loop, Young Money is not a group. They’re a record label. They do not rehearse, perform and travel together consistently like groups traditionally do. It would be the equivalent of calling Motown a group. No, they are a collection of artists.

Also nominated for the best group award were A$AP Mob, Daft Punk, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and  TGT, Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank.

It was odd. And apparently, we weren’t the only ones who noticed. Today, Tank tweeted about losing to the non-group today on Twitter. See what he had to say.

Now, was Tank a little petty saying he didn’t want the award? Sure. Of course he wanted the award or he wouldn’t have attended. But everything else is true. It was a bit of a joke. What do you think about Tank’s tweets? Was he keeping it trill or was he in his feelings and should have kept these things to himself.