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Watch The Trailer For “The Book Of Negroes” A 6 Part Miniseries Coming To BET

October 13th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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The Book Of Negroes

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I’m sure some of you clicked on this post just to complain about the title of this new series. “The Book of Negroes” is certainly eye-brow raising. And while I personally don’t have a problem with it, you wouldn’t be the first person to have an aversion to it. But before we get into that, let’s talk about the content first, shall we?

“The Book of Negroes” is based on Lawrence Hill’s novel of the same name. The story is about Aminata Diallo, played by Aunjanue Ellis, an African woman kidnapped by slave traders in West Africa and sold into slavery in South Carolina. Somehow she manages to navigate her way through the American Revolution where she secures her freedom and travels to England to fight for the British army.

The story is certainly intriguing. Clement Virgo, director of the six part miniseries, found the same thing. Initially, even Virgo had an aversion to the title. But after reading it, he said “He couldn’t imagine the novel being called anything else.”

Which is why he chose to use it for the miniseries. And not just to provoke or disturb. Instead the title refers to a book of genealogy kept by the British Navy on the slaves who left their captors to serve with the red coats in the Revolutionary War. It documented each former slave’s country of origin. And when the British lost, they honored their promise to free the African soldiers after the war.

Initially in 2010, Virgo tried to turn the story into a feature length film but distributors didn’t think audiences would take to it. It was Canadian broadcasters who saw it as a miniseries and decided to make it. And after BET aired Roots for the first time, attracting 4 million viewers, distributors knew it would do well with American audiences too. It also didn’t hurt that 12 Years A Slave took home the Oscar for best picture last year.

Now, “The Book of Negroes” will air in six parts on BET in February, presumably for Black History Month.

And while this is another slave story, Cuba Gooding Jr., who plays Samuel Fraunces, in the miniseries, says it’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen.

“It’s told from a female perspective with a sense of empowerment. Through Aminata’s journey we see the strength of her character. I didn’t know anything about The Book of Negroes, or the slaves participation with the British and upon hearing this–it always upsets me when I hear about something I didn’t know: Like The Tuskegee Airmen, The Book Of Negroes is another upsetting moment for African Americans, when we have made a positive impact on the building of America, but our history hasn’t been told. Hearing this tale of strength moved me.”

I feel that.

Plus, the trailer makes it look absolutely amazing. Take a look below and kudos to BET for getting behind such a much-needed project.

Bye, Bye Sabers: BET’s ‘The Game’ To End After Nine Seasons

October 7th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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On Monday, BET announced that season nine will be the final season of their popular dramedy “The Game.” According to the network, production for seasons eight and nine are currently underway.

“All good things must come to an end and after celebrating four successful seasons of THE GAME on BET, the Network has announced production is underway on the show’s final two seasons. In January 2011 the cult following of The Game proved that the show was a fan favorite with 7.7 million viewers for its premiere debut on BET. With seasons eight and nine, we’re excited to end on a high note by giving Sabers fans a chance to bid farewell to their favorite players on and off the field.”

Apparently, the decision to end the series after season nine came from the show’s Executive Producer Mara Brock Akil.

“Shows do end,” Mara told BET. “That is a part the business. I’m very happy BET gave The Game five additional seasons to explore these characters and this world. We made history when we got to the network and it’s nice to be able to celebrate the great achievements of the show.”

When asked if there are any storylines that she wishes she would have changed, Mara had this to say:

“No, I don’t live in that place. I don’t regret anything that we’ve done.”

I was a pretty big fan of “The Game,” so the fact that the show will be able to have a finale and wasn’t just snatched off of the air makes me happy. Hopefully, Melanie and Derwin will return or at least make a few cameos for the final season, which is set to air in 2015.

Are you sad to hear that an end date has been set for “The Game?”

Where Are They Now: The Cast Of College Hill Part 2

September 30th, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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Let me just say:  WOW!  I’ve been doing these “Where Are They Now”s for a minute, and I wasn’t expecting the reaction from the first part of  the”College Hill” article.  But when I asked:  “Tell me which ones you wanted to see for part 2 in the comment section,” you all did not fail to deliver.

So, my gift to you, is the second part, including Virginia State University cast, South Beach cast, and Atlanta cast.  Now if I included everyone that you all asked for, this article would be 19 pages and I know how you all feel about the multiple pages.  So, I’m going to focus on the most requested, and the ones that I could find the most information on.

I hope I make you all happy, let’s get it started with:

Remember Peaches From “College Hill”? Find Out What She’s Up To Now

September 24th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Courtesy of: Alva Francois

A couple of weeks ago, Kendra Koger wrote a “Where Are They Now” article about the cast members of one of BET’s first reality shows, “College Hill.” It was no easy task. Many of the cast members went on to live very normal lives, disappearing from the public eye. Well, one of the more memorable cast members from season 2, Peaches Jasper, saw the article and reached out to let us know the real deal about her and her castmates. We had a chance to speak to Peaches Jasper, whose real name is Alva, the former senior biology major at Langston University, about her experience on “College Hill” and what she’s been up to since she left the show and graduated.

 

Why did you decide to participate in College Hill?

Somebody actually asked me to do it. They were having auditions and somebody thought I would be a good person to be on there.

 

What was one of your favorite memories from filming?

I don’t know if they showed it or not. We had a party. I know they showed the party. But one of my friends, that I invited, she got real, real drunk and was throwing up all over the place.That was funny. She got really sick and I was telling her ‘Stop drinking, stop drinking.’ We had to take her home.

 

A lot of people felt this was a negative portrayal of HBCUs and Black students. Do you agree or were people being a little too conservative?

I think it was people being conservative. Especially Oklahoma. Oklahoma is a conservative state and that’s where we were filmed. I actually think because reality was just now coming over to the Black community. Even if you look at “Basketball Wives” and “Love and Hip Hop,” it’s still causing the same type of uproar that “College Hill” did. We know that reality always edits the worst things to get ratings. I believe they really just went off their first impression because they hadn’t seen anything like that.

And of course the southern people, especially the people that fought so hard for us to get an education, that built these Black schools and support these Black schools. I think they were trying to say let’s not put a representation of ‘this is what Black kids do.’ That’s where our money is going to? So I can kind of understand where they were coming from, they just didn’t know what was going on. And I kind of got mad at “College Hill” because they didn’t show the good and the bad, they just showed the bad.

remember peaches from "college hill"

Courtesy of: Alva Francois

 

Do people still recognize you?

Girl. People say ‘I know you.’ And I’m like ‘No, you don’t.” And so I use my real name because Peaches is very familiar. I used to live in Florida and people started showing me pictures of when we [the cast members from College Hill] went down there.

 

What’s a particular moment that people reference when they see you?

Most of them reference about me and Jon, which is not a good thing. Laughs. [You may remember that Peaches and Jon got into a fight.]

 And they showed me dancing on there. When they introduced me, they introduced me from the bottom, going all the way to the top. The small waist, you know, the big butt. Back then, the curvy figure was starting to be in.

 

What would you say you learned from the experience?

To take advantage of every opportunity that I have.

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

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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Source: WENN

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?