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2013 has been an interesting year for Black Twitter, an online of Black Twitter users. Not only was it given its own Wikipedia page, but Awkward Black Girl creator, Issa Rae, has gone ahead and created skit about what a Black Twitter Party would look like in real life.
The hilarious video titled, Black Twitter Party, features some of the major (and most annoying) personalities that you would encounter while navigating the cyber community. First we meet the boring girl, who tweets uninteresting and meaningless things like, “I love rainbows #colorful,” and wonders why she can’t retain followers. Next we meet the ever so annoying thirsty guy, who trolls around Twitter willing to sell his soul for followers.
Then of course, there’s the outspoken intellectual with the cult following aka the amen corner and the infamous K.K.K. trolls. The video also hilariously depicts the wannabe Twitter comedian with the #youknowyou’reblackwhen jokes, the attention wh*re and of course, the pro baller. Last but not least, there’s the too cool for school hipster chick who thinks she’s seen, done and heard it all.
Turn the page to watch what happens when these personalities collide.
A month ago we reported on Issa Rae producing a new web series called “The Choir” and in the latest episode, Issa debuted a new song she created called, “Christ WALK”.
The song is a parody of rappers who find the Lord after committing heinous crimes. Although it will make you chuckle or at least crack a smile, some Christians did not appreciate Issa Rae taking Jesus and his living word so lightly. Some of the YouTube commentators stated:
Andrew Freed II - They spit in Jesus face 2013 years ago, and 2013 years later they haven’t let up. Surprised?
Nia Johnson - Though this is quite disrespectful. Christian rap artist are nothing like this. Though this is for entertainment, could’ve been different .
Tim Verduin - God doesn’t care a/b irreverent satires? Are you sure? “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:14-16 #truth #Bible #readwhatitsays
Other commentators argued Issa’s song is a form of spiritual warfare, ignoring the fact that the song was satirical and shed light on rappers who have lived crime -ridden lives only to find themselves praising God at award shows or as they are dropping suspect bars. If anything, it depicted how people try to find balance between their personal and spiritual lives — only to appear hypocritical at times — or simply comical.
Check out the video below to hear “Christ WALK.” Do you think Issa Rae is being offensive with the way she portrays Christianity?
Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy and definitely doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a special someone to realize that they aren’t cut out for the ordinary nine-to-five. And some people realize it early in.
In recent years, entrepreneurship has skyrocketed. Let’s meet some entrepreneurs under the age of 30, who have threw up the peace sign to the nine to five and are already making their marks in the business world.
Are you looking for the silverscreen to give you more heroes/heroines of color? More stories about the black experience in America and not a whitewashed version of how we think and act? I know I am.
Black America has been conditioned to take what few images we can get of ourselves when it comes to entertainment. While we’ve had our onscreen triumphs outside of being portrayed as maids, thugs and wh*res – there is still an empty, canyon-like space where the broader range of our stories could and should be told. Well, black independent filmmakers are slowly but surely filling that space through Kickstarter campaigns and grassroots fundraising for the projects Hollywood repeatedly dismisses as irrelevant and unimportant.
The great news is that we don’t have to sit and wait for “somebody” to do “something.” These filmmakers are putting in the work and turning out stellar projects for our viewing pleasure, discussion and social action. And one of the greatest things about this indie movement is that many of these artists are accomplished black women.
With growing YouTube channels, film festival award-winning projects, Oscar-nominated films – there are a host of black women filmmakers who are working their gifts and talents to ensure that the span of black experiences are brought to screen in truth.
Here are six indie filmmakers/producers that you should keep your eyes open for.
Last year, fans of up-and-coming filmmaker Issa Rae and “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes were excited to find out that ABC bought the rights to their developing comedy series, “I Hate LA Dudes.”
The show was expected to follow the life of an aspiring journalist who struggled to navigate the L.A. dating scene after a recent move to the West Coast. However, the project, which Rhimes hoped would be the first comedy for her Shondaland production company, will not make it to our TV screens this season.
Hello Beautiful caught up with Issa Rae at the Los Angeles viewing of her latest web series “The Choir,” and she revealed that ABC passed on what would’ve been her first break into network television.
“ABC passed on ["I Hate LA Dudes"] so I am working on another series right now,” she said. “But the process of working with [Shonda Rhimes] was freaking amazing and I learned so much from her.” The mastermind behind the popular web series “Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” said she’s setting her sights on cable TV now. ”That was network television; this one is kind of different” she said, describing the new comedy project she’s co-writing and co-executive producing for HBO. “Cable, that’s my home.”
Read more at HelloBeautiful.com
It’s been a while since Issa Rae has been talking about bringing the insanely popular webseries “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” to television. And after meeting with several networks who didn’t understand her vision, it seems that Issa Rae has finally found a home at HBO.
Several outlets, including Awkward Black Girl’s own Instagram page are confirming that Issa Rae will be teaming up with writer, actor and television producer Larry Wilmore. You may recognize Wilmore from his regular appearances on the Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” as the “Senior Black Correspondent” and the “Senior Executive Commander-in-Chief Who Happens To Be Black Correspondent” after the election of President Obama. But before all of this he wrote and produced for hit shows like “In Living Color,” “Sister Sister,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “The Jaimie Foxx Show” and “The Bernie Mac Show” among others.
So, if Wilmore’s track record is any comfort, this should work out quite nicely. Plus Issa is going to stay on to co-write and star in the series.
This is the second show Issa’s been able to bring to television seeing that she partnered with Shonda Rhimes to bring “I Hate L.A. Dudes” to ABC.
She’s making crazy moves right now and we couldn’t be happier for her!
Waiting To “Exhale”: Check Out A Preview Of The New Talk Show Featuring Malinda Williams, Issa Rae And Angela Burt-Murray
I know I can’t be the only one uber-excited this new talk show, Exhale, right? Premiering on the cable channel ASPiRE (the network launched by Magic Johnson last summer) on June 27, this all-black version of The View stars some of our favorite people, including Issa Rae, actress Malinda Williams, comedian Erin Jackson, journalist (and former Essence EIC) Angela Burt-Murray, and journalist Rene Syler. The four women will sit on their colorful couches and talk about a wide range of issues, including love and relationships, health, business and entertainments news (with the stars of course).
In the preview for the show above, the women discuss things like, “Can women have it all?” They also cover health and wellness with actress and wellness coach AJ Johnson, the struggle of trying to speak on intimacy and sex as a gospel artist with Kelly Price, and they even assure us of the Eye Candy factor, as the women sit down with the very “delicious”–as Issa Rae would say–Lance Gross.
Exhale is set to begin with an 8-episode run to see how things go. It’s directed by Victoria Mahoney, and is the network’s third original series.
So all in all, what can you expect? According to Rae, “A new vision on life and the issues.” Definitely seems like it will be fun, yet with a more serious edge (aka, no wig pulling off on this program ladies). Check out the preview above and let us know if you think you will be tuning in. That is, if you actually get this channel on your television and what not… It debuts June 27 at 8 p.m.
Film Based On Life Of “A Raisin in the Sun” Playwright Lorraine Hansberry Happening; Issa Rae And Jaleel White Cast So Far
According to Shadow and Act, the grand niece of famous playwright Lorraine Hansberry, Taye Hansberry, is working on a script for a film based on her great-aunt’s remarkable life. Taye will work with actress and writer Numa Perrier on the film, and Taye will play the lead role.
Casting is being done by Will Stewart, the man behind the cast of Scandal, and so far, Awkward Black Girl creator Issa Rae has been cast to play Nina Simone (move over Zoe!), who was a very close friend of Hansberry’s.
Even Jaleel White (yes, Steve Urkel), has been cast to play to play writer James Baldwin, another good friend of Hansberry’s. Production will begin in the fall to tell the story of Lorraine Hansberry’s short but accomplished life. A little background for you: Hansberry was the first African-American to have their written work produced into a Broadway play, and A Raisin in the Sun was based on her childhood, as her family tried to move in an all white neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago and had to deal with the many neighbors who didn’t want them there. After moving to New York, she worked with the likes of Paul Robeson and even W.E.B. DuBois. She died at the age of 34 of pancreatic cancer.
I’m excited about most biopics these days, especially ones based around black folks. But I’m not going to lie, I’m kind of side-eyeing the casting of Jaleel White as one of my favorite authors. But hey, I’m willing to wait and see the finished product before I pass real judgment. And who doesn’t love Issa Rae?
What do you think of Hansberry’s great-niece bringing her life to the big (or small) screen?