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Ladies Night! Wanda Sykes Specials Coming To OWN Will Feature Women In Comedy!

June 8th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Following the success of Tyler Perry’s shows on OWN, Wanda Sykes is hoping for the same results.

Sykes, along with her business partner Paige Horowitz (they own Push It Productions) has teamed up with Harpo Studios to bring two comedy specials to OWN this summer.

According to EURweb, “Wanda Sykes Presents HERLARIOUS” will be a one hour comedy special that will air twice this July on OWN.  The show will feature many up and coming comedians such as Dominique Witten and Andi Smith.

Celebrity comedians will also appear on the show. So far, Kym Whitley, who also has her own reality show – Raising Whitley – on OWN, has been announced as one of the guests. Wanda Sykes will also make appearances in short sketches that will air during each show.

Wanda Sykes stays busy.  In addition to HERLARIOUS, Sykes seems to always pop up – whether in the physical sense or in a voice-over role – in a movie or television show. She also continues to do standup; she recently performed at a music and comedy festival in the Dominican Republic.

This could be a great look for her as OWN is in the midst of happier times with the success of The Haves and The Have Nots.  Hopefully, this show will give women in comedy a better platform to gain exposure because as we know, women aren’t as publicly celebrated in that field as their male counterparts.

HERLARIOUS will air on OWN Saturday, July 13th and Saturday, July 20th at 10pm.

Will you be watching?

Daytime Gets “Real”: Tamar Braxton and Tamera Mowry Join Others For New Summer Talk Show

June 1st, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Fox Television is gearing up for a fun summer of talk show test runs. revealed on Friday that Fox has signed a panel of hosts for a new daytime talk show. The Real will be hosted by Tamar Braxton, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Adrienne Bailon, comedienne Loni Love and TV personality Jeannie Mal.

The Real is looking to skew a younger audience than both The View and The Talk but still with the same roundtable vibe. All of the hosts are under 40 years old so the idea is that they’ll likely be talking about things that are more relevant to a younger crowd.

Tamar and Tamera are both pretty busy with other things going on in their lives. Tamar, of course, is pregnant with her first child. We’re still not sure when she’s due but it might be safe to assume it’ll be after The Real is done with its summer run. She’s also still promoting new music (most recently with “The One”) and has the other reality shows she’s involved in (Braxton Family Values and Tamar & Vince).  Tamera, for her part, also has her reality show, Tia and Tamera, with sister Tia Mowry-Hardrict, and is promoting her new mom product, Milky, again with sister Tia.

While the logistics are still being worked out, there is hope that the show will premiere on July 8th. Fox also has another talk show test run set to start July 15th starring Kris Jenner.

Good for them! Would you watch?

Fight The Power! Don Cheadle Talks About His Super Hero Role In “Iron Man 3″ And What He’s Got Coming Up!

May 5th, 2013 - By MN Editor
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From Essence

“I had a great time in this movie being outside of the suit and getting to really be a part of the action as a regular guy,” says Don Cheadle on starring in the colossal blockbuster, Iron Man 3. Cheadle spoke with about playing an action hero, his experience filming the movie and who his real-life superheroes are.

How he prepared for his role as War Machine:

I bought a cape and tried to fight a human size tuna can. [Laughs] No, I really just read the comic, got involved with the script and really tried to make him what he was in the second movie but even more beefed up.

His real life superheroes:

The people around me and my parents. Especially my dad, knowing what it takes as a father myself to raise a family.

What other projects he’s working on this year:

I’m going to take the rest of 2013 off. I’m doing a lot of things with my production company, developing shows, movies and plays. I won’t be going back to work until August when House of Lies starts up again.

Now who told Don he could take the rest of the year off? Did he get permission from his fans? Just kidding…good for him! You can check the rest of the interview out (and he’s a really funny guy) over on

Have you checked out Iron Man 3 yet?

Nine Films to Watch This Upcoming Summer Season

May 3rd, 2013 - By Candace Smith
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Anthony Mackie, The Rock, and Mark Wahlberg in “Pain & Gain,” which is already doing well at the box office.

May has arrived and you know what that means: summer is almost here! Once Memorial Day weekend hits, the start to family barbeques and trips to the beach with friends and lovers has arrived. If you’re like me, you are also gearing up for the summer blockbuster season of 2013. With an array of movies to choose from this summer season, here is a list of my top nine films that call for your undivided attention, featuring some of the most celebrated Black actors and actresses and those to watch.

This Is No Joke: Comedian Kevin Hart Arrested For DUI!

April 14th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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I guess all the jokes in the world couldn’t stop this from happening.

TMZ is reporting that comedian Kevin Hart was arrested for DUI early this morning after almost having a huge accident.

Police say that around 4:30am/PT, Hart was driving on the 101 freeway in California at about 90 miles per hour. His erratic driving almost caused him to collide with a gas tanker but he was able to stop his Mercedes in time.

The California Highway Patrol pulled him over and while talking to him, he showed signs of intoxication and was unable to perform field sobriety tests.

Hart was arrested and booked in a local jail on a misdemeanor DUI charge.  According to TMZ, he’s been there since about 6am/PT and is being held on $5,000 bond.

Update: Kevin has been released and sent out the following tweets:



Well, this is unfortunate. I mean, we all have a choice to not drink and drive (we can call cabs if necessary) but a celebrity – especially one of Kevin Hart’s magnitude – can just have a driver take them everywhere.  There really are ways for them to avoid such silly arrests.

Hopefully, near or far from his home, Kevin won’t find himself in this situation again.

And The Winner Is: Kerry Washington Wins Big At The NAACP Image Awards

February 2nd, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Well, 2012 certainly turned into the “Year of Kerry” and 2013 started out recognizing Kerry Washington for all that hard work. The actress picked up three awards during Friday’s 44th NAACP Image Awards: outstanding actress in a drama for Scandal, supporting actress in a film for Django Unchained and the President’s Award which is a special recognition for public service. As many may know, Kerry was very instrumental during both terms of President Obama’s campaigning.

The show was hosted by Steve Harvey and was held at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Washington noted during her first “thank you” speech for Django that the award did not belong to her, but rather to the ancestors whose shoulders they stood on while filming the movie.

Other winners during the live portion (many of the awards were given out prior to the NBC broadcast) included: Don Cheadle for outstanding actor in a comedic series for House of Lies, Loretta Devine for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series for Grey’s Anatomy and Lance Gross, looking a king size chocolate bar, for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy for Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.

The legendary entertainer and activist Harry Belafonte was honored with the Spingarn Award, which honors outstanding achievements by an African-American.  Common and Wyclef immediately followed with their version of Belafonte’s “Day O.”

The surprise award of the night was handed to George Lucas for Red Tails, winning for outstanding motion picture. Lucas joked on staged by saying, “Look, I beat Tarantino” who was also nominated in the category for Django Unchained.

Gladys Knight also performed “The Way We Were” during the “In Memoriam” portion of the show.

Denzel Washington, Viola Davis and Omar Epps were televised winners but were not present to accept their awards. While they absolutely could have been busy working, it makes you wonder if some celebrities feel that these awards shows (read: the black awards shows) aren’t as important as the so-called “major” awards. Just a thought.

Did you catch it? What did you think? Fashion reviews?

We Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Suge Knight Gets Into A Fight While Katt Watches From A Distance

December 29th, 2012 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Why in the world does the city of Los Angeles keep allowing Frick and Frack to run aimlessly around with no supervision?

Okay, so we just reported this morning that Katt Williams was arrested Friday on child endangerment charges. Well, hours after he was released – hours – it appears he was a primary witness in a huge brawl involving his friend and tour manager, Suge Knight.

There are no details as to what exactly started the fight but someone sent a video in to TMZ where you clearly see him in some type of heated “situation” with a group of people. After a few security people are able to break things up (with one young man ending up on the ground), Suge walks a few feet away and ends up punching someone else in the face.  We can only assume that the person must have said something Suge didn’t like because Suge landed the first punch.

Katt Williams was hiding between dumpsters during the exchange and once blows were thrown, he was ordered by someone who looks to have been part of his security team into a black truck. They immediately sped off.

As the video continues, other security guys are urging Suge to get into a white truck in order to leave the scene. Without giving notice to the packed parking lot of onlookers, Suge sped off and almost hit quite a few people.

How do these two find so much trouble? Suge is almost 50 years old and Katt is knocking on the door of 40 – when does this end? If you can’t figure out how to avoid having a fight at those ages, you don’t ever need to go out. I would say “grow up” but somehow, that doesn’t seem applicable.

The Katt Williams Saga Continues: Comedian Arrested for Child Endangerment

December 29th, 2012 - By Drenna Armstrong
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During all of the incidents involving Katt Williams, it seems not many have been concerned with the welfare of his children.  We thought perhaps people forgot they existed. Well as it turns out, child services hasn’t forgotten at all.

According to TMZ, Katt was arrested Friday morning after the L.A. County Dept. of Family and Child Services decided that there were numerous guns and illegal drugs in the home that deemed it hazardous to his children.  While the list was not readily available, a police source stated there were various items seized during the arrest.

As of Friday night, Katt was still being held on $100,000 bail while his children have been placed in protective custody.  As most already know, Katt is the father of eight children and this affects four of them that apparently still live in the California home. There’s been no word if they are in the care of their mothers or other family members.

The district attorney will make the decision as to whether or not charges will be filed for felony child endangerment.

Honestly, this is sadder than all the other trouble he’s gotten into over the past few months.  While Katt clearly has issues, he’s been the sole provider for many years for his children and this spiral puts their well-being in danger.  If more serious charges are filed, the family could be broken up into a system that chews children up and spits them out.

Perhaps this will wake Katt up because quite frankly, Suge Knight can’t save him now.

So About Katt Williams…Yes, There’s Been Yet Another Incident!

December 22nd, 2012 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Are we being Punk’d?  Is Katt Williams really finding himself in these ridiculous predicaments every week or are we falling into a trap?

TMZ, who appears to have a direct line to everything Katt Williams, reported that Williams was held by police Thursday night outside of a Subway restaurant.  Apparently, they were called to the scene because he was involved in some type of disturbance at the establishment, although it remains unclear what the disturbance was or who called it in.  He was handcuffed and placed in the back of the police car where he then…smiled at the TMZ photographer on the scene.

Williams maintains that the only thing he was guilty of doing was waiting for his friend, Suge Knight, as he got his manicure/pedicure.  In fact, he says he believes this was a racially motivated situation an is considering bringing a lawsuit against the city. He might even call in famed lawyer, Gloria Allred.

The whole story is weird because Katt says the police found a bag of marijuana and a gun on him but returned both because he produced  has a medical marijuana card and a permit for the gun. The police, on the other hand, say the only thing they found on him was an empty magazine for a gun.

He was eventually released by police after both he and Suge, who arrived at some point, received citations – Katt for parking too close to a fire hydrant and Suge a ticket for having outstanding traffic warrants.

A Subway employee said he didn’t see any disturbance or fight and actually bought the men sandwiched after everything calmed down.

Of all the stories we’ve read about over the last month or so, this one screams the most “staged.”  Its hard to say who would be involved in all of this but there is a chance that with all the other problems Katt has, it makes him a very easy target and stories can be made up all the time without anyone questioning it.

Who knows if we’ll ever figure out what’s going on with him but here’s one thing we do know: if you ever find yourself extremely close to Suge Knight, he won’t scratch you up because he keeps his nails and feet done. See, there’s a silver lining in everything!

Oh, That’s What It Is? Suge Knight Says Katt Williams Isn’t Crazy – He Has A Short Fuse!

December 15th, 2012 - By Drenna Armstrong
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It appears Katt Williams and Suge Knight are now besties. We’ve heard about Katt Williams bugging out almost every week for the last month or so and finally – finally – Suge Knight has stepped up to tell us what the real problem is.

In regards to all his recent problems, Suge says this isn’t Katt’s fault. He told TMZ,  “People test him because he’s small and the best comedian of all time.”

Of. All. Time.

The two were together in Seattle when Katt was arrested for being in a bar fight.  Knight says they were watching the Seattle Seahawks/Chicago Bears football game – rooting for Chicago – and some fans were offended, so to speak.  Allegedly, they started the fight so of course, Katt had to defend himself against the angry Seahawks fans. Knight says people do this all the time – starting trouble with Katt – and he “just don’t take no sh!t.”

By the way, Suge also likened Katt’s problems to those of Mike Tyson and the late Richard Pryor while they were in their glory years saying, “That’s what happens when you’re the best in the business. Sometimes you just have rough times.”

Clearly, Suge had a lot to say and doesn’t appreciate the way Katt has been “portrayed” by the media. But if he’s a real friend, hopefully, he’s trying to get in Katt’s ear as well and tell him he doesn’t have to react to everyone that “bothers” him.