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Jimmy Kimmel has always been a bit blah to me. I gathered that he was a nice man, occasionally funny. But his brand of deadpan humor would, on a great day, solicit a wry smile from me. More often than not, I’d be starring at the screen impassive. The best moments from Kimmel’s show came when he wasn’t involved. Like the time he told the parents to record their children saying they’d eaten all of their Halloween candy. Or celebrities reading Mean Tweets. Or the time he had Drake dress up and ask people on the street to rap what they knew of his song lyrics.
Otherwise, not so much.
I chalked it up to Kimmel not really being able to connect to the people. But whatever I don’t have to watch.
My feelings went from indifferent to annoyed when I saw him shed tears about the death of Cecil the Lion. Should Cecil have been killed? No. But I resented the hell out of those tears when there were several Black men, women and children who died unjustly, many of their deaths captured on video. And they couldn’t get so much as an utterance, much less tears. I get it. You feel what you feel and these late night shows are supposed to be comical. But if we’re going to fight to protect the rights of animals, certainly we can have a discussion about the rights of American citizens, human beings.
I was done with him after that. I wasn’t missing out on much. I prefer Jimmy Fallon anyway.
But someone sent Kimmel to my inbox one day.
In response to the #OscarsSoWhite discussion, Kimmel and his team decided to respond with a skit offering a solution to the problem.
They came up with this.
It started out with potential. Snoop’s message presented a great opportunity for humor. But it only went downhill from there. An actor pretending to be the public relations director for the Academy, modified the film to make them more Black.
The Big Short was turned into the The Big Shawty
The fake public relations director used the word “flava.”
The movie Room becomes Crib.
Not only was it unfunny, it was offensive.
When we’re fighting for more roles that reflect the authentic, Black experience, relying on stereotypes and old Black slang is exactly what we’re trying to get away from. And the fact that the entire Kimmel
staff didn’t see the problem with that is alarming, just proving that my assumption about Kimmel was right. He’s completely out of touch.
Meanwhile, my boy Jimmy Fallon, who I clearly prefer, has launched a campaign to donate 10,000 bottles of water to the people of Flint, challenging other celebrities to match his donation.
Iconic hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest is notoriously known for breaking up and reuniting again — mostly for the sake of their die-hard fans that are nostalgic over golden age rhymes.
“I think it is ludicrous that we are not performing together,” Phide Dawg said to Rolling Stone in an interview.
However, after discontinuing their performances together, the guys got back to together yesterday on last night’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Nov. 13) for a special celebration of the 25th anniversary of their debut album, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.
Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White took center stage as they gave a phenomenal performance of their classic hit “Can I Kick It?,” which was backed by Fallon’s house band, The Roots.
In addition to their 25th anniversary celebration, the group’s legendary debut album has been re-released in a deluxe version that features remixes of their tracks from every imaginable like Pharrell, J.Cole and more.
Peep the Tribe’s dope performance above.
It’s amazing how quickly ‘90s Nickelodeon television shows can turn my day around.
Wednesday night, former Nick stars Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell reunited on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” for a Good Burger skit–and it was everything.
Apparently, the writers who worked on pulling the sketch together really did their homework—or were Good Burger fans themselves—because the skit featured so many popular one-liners from the film and the “All That” shorts that I found myself smiling from ear to ear throughout the entire thing.
Of course, the fact that Mitchell and Thompson ended their TV and film partnership in 2000 and seemed to have some sort of beef made the unexpected reunion even sweeter.
“The truth is Kenan does not want to be seen with me in any form of media, or even have my name mentioned around him,” Mitchell told TMZ in 2011. “I have not been upset about this. I respect his choice of wanting to make a name for himself solo.”
It’s not 100% clear why the duo fell out in the first place, but we’re glad that they were able to bury whatever their issues were and come together—even if it’s only for a seven-minute skit.
The makeup world can be a mystery to some and an obsession to others. Quite often, women of color struggle to find the right products that mesh well with our diversely beautiful and melanin-rich skin tones. Well, the struggle is over. I will be exploring several mainstream cosmetic lines to find products that work best for women of color, as well as application tips and the latest makeup trends in general. Whether you are a makeup all day everyday kind of girl or if you wear makeup only on special occasions, there is something out there just for you.
This time around, we’re putting the spotlight on Milani Cosmetics. Inspired by Italian style, specifically the culture of Milan, Milani provides a full product line in hundreds of different shades and formulas. From foundation and concealer to lipstick and nail polish, there is something for everyone. The brand believes “You’ll find yourself in Milani Cosmetics. The very best version of you.”
Last week, on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Milani graced our television screens by way of everybody’s favorite Cookie, Taraji P. Henson. Thanks to Milani, Henson looked gorgeous as she played “Fast Family Feud” with Fallon. The late-night host couldn’t even stop mentioning how beautiful she looked. Milani products last all morning and on throughout the night, which is appealing to many celebrities who need to look their best as the cameras roll.
Want Henson’s Tonight Show look? Never fear! Celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff provides a list of products she used on Henson and a few tips on how to apply the makeup.
Love these behind the scenes photos shared with us by @ashuntasheriff from backstage at the @jimmyfallon show! She's the genius behind this makeup look that @tarajiphenson, star of @empirefox, was wearing Tuesday on The Tonight Show. For a full tutorial on how Ashunta created this look using all Milani products, click the link in our bio. ************************************************************** Milani products used to create this look are … FACE: Smooth Finish Cream-to-Powder Makeup in Warm Honey, Secret Cover Concealer Cream in Golden Beige, Limited Edition Rose Powder Blush in American Beauty Rose. CONTOUR: Secret Cover Concealer Cream in Tan. STROBING: Baked Blush in Dolce Pink. EYES: Eyeshadow Primer, Shadow Eyez 12 Hr Wear Eyeshadow Pencils in Cafe Au Lait and Champagne Toast, Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eyeliner, Supreme Kohl Kajal Eyeliner, Runway Lashes Mascara, Total Lash Cover Mascara. BROW: Stay Put Brow Color in Brunette, Brow Shaping Clear Wax. LIPS: Amore Matte Lip Creme in Desire.
“I started with clean moisturized and primed skin. I then used Milani Creme to Powder Foundation ($8.99) in Warm Honey to even out her complexion and create a flawless template,” Sherrif said. “I used Milani Secret Cover Concealer Cream ($5.19) in Golden Beige under the eye area and to clean up any lipstick bleeding around the corners of the mouth. I then softly contoured her cheeks with the Deep Tan shade of the Secret Cover Concealer Cream; by following the natural bone structure of her face we give a great contour which looks chiseled and sleek. I took the same product and slightly contoured her nose using my fingers until it blended in. I applied the Rose Powder Blush ($7.99) in American Beauty Rose to the apples of her cheeks and used the Baked Blush ($8.49) in Dolce Pink for strobing, which is a technique that mimics what light naturally does.”
“For the eyes, I started with the Eye Shadow Primer ($5.99) and then opted for the Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eye Liner ($8.49) since we wanted to keep the look simple,” Sherrif said, “yet sleek and fashion forward. I lined the lower lash line on the watermark with the Supreme Kohl Kajal Eyeliner ($5.99) and then applied the Runway Lashes ($4.99) and Total Lash Cover Mascara ($4.99) to provide volume, and define, build and curl lashes.”
“I kept Taraji’s brows natural with the brand’s new Stay Put Brow Color ($6.99) in Brunette,” Sherrif said. “I used the angled brow brush following her natural shape to define and sculpt without looking overdrawn. I also love the Brow Shaping Clear Wax ($4.49) for creating molded brows that stay on all day even through the hot lights of filming for television. I finished the look with Milani’s new Amore Matte Lip Crème ($8.99) which worked amazing with Taraji’s skin tone.”
The cool man who the ladies love, LL Cool J, has a new job hosting Lip Sync Battle, a new show on Spike TV based on the popular segment on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the “Doin’ It” rapper will host the 10-episode series and serve as a producer alongside Fallon, John Krasinski from the American version of The Office and Stephen Merchant, the star of Hello Ladies. The show will feature celebrities who lip sync the songs of their choice in the hopes of winning… bragging rights. LL Cool J said of his new job:
“Like the rest of the world, I’m a big fan of these battles, but this show is going to bring it to a whole new level. I’m thrilled to be working with Jimmy Fallon, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant and the entire team to host the show and can’t wait for the fans at home to join in!”
The show will begin taping this month in New York City and conclude on April 2; additional information on the participating celebrities will be announced soon.
In case you’re unfamiliar with this seriously hilarious bit, check out one of the early battles between Fallon, Merchant and our newly-married imaginary boyfriend Joseph Gordon Levitt.
Will you be tuning in to watch LL’s new hosting gig?
Rick Ross and K Michelle performed their hit “If they Knew” on Jimmy Fallon Thursday night.
The two performed with the help of The Roots and showed off their chemistry. Rick Ross’ new album Hood Billionaire was released almost two weeks ago and K Michelle’s sophomore album, Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart? was released a few days ago.
The appearance on Fallon is great timing for both musicians. K recently made headlines when she openly discussed her relationship with Idris Elba. The two were an item for some time. The pairing resulted is some amazing music for K. Anybody wanna buy a heart? will apparently move 75-80K in it’s first week.
Congrats to K and check out their performance.
Dave Chappelle Says He Always Knew Kanye West Would Be A Star…And The Most Arrogant Rapper Of All Time
Dave Chappelle appeared on the Tonight Show recently and pulled everyone’s cards from Common to Talib Kweli. He also talked about linking Jimmy Fallon to The Roots, being mistaken for a “lost Root” earlier in his career, and the one phone call that proved a then unknown Kanye West was destined for greatness and a long career of feeling himself.
Why are we not surprised that Kanye believed he was star before he was technically a star? I guess he’s living proof of if you believe it you can be it. Dave Chappelle is a fool as always. Peep the comedy below:
And you thought your prom night was filled with struggle…
Today on Twitter, Jimmy Fallon asked people to share the funniest and worst moments from their prom nights and over the years, and boy were the responses filled with foolery. Some people were held at gunpoint by the police, others walked around with their dresses in their drawls for while before anyone told them. They definitely had a night to remember. Jimmy Fallon started the hashtag with this gem:
And that’s not the worst of it…
With David Letterman’s big announcement that he would be retiring sometime next year, everyone is speculating about who could be sitting at the Late Show desk. Some say Stephen Colbert is a front runner. Now that Chelsea Handler is leaving E!, there’s talk of her heading to CBS. And then there are others (us) who are calling for something a little different on late night… like Aisha Tyler.
Entertaining millions of viewers as they chow down on their midnight munchies ain’t cheap! You’ll need a short Mexican sidekick (à la Jimmy Kimmel’s Guillermo and Chelsea Handler’s Chuy), a snazzy band to add a little “ba-dum tch” to your jokes, relevant celebrity guests and don’t forget the whole cast and crew behind-the-scenes.
How much is all of that? Well, prime time talk shows can cost between $1.5 and $2.5 million — a week, according to Los Angeles Times.
Late night house bands — like Jimmy Fallon’s The Roots — get us all to “turn up!” These talented musicians cost the network a cool $1 million a year. On top of this, to avoid all the legal drama, the network must pay rights fees (between $1,500 and $3,000) for any covers the band decides to play.
The writers — the masterminds behind the hosts’ monologues and one-liners — reap between $3,500 and $10,000 a week, depending on seniority. Paying for a producer sets the network back $300,000 annually.
Let’s not forget about the talent bookers. They’re responsible for getting Hollywood’s finest on the show. These crew members earn between $3,000 and $6,000 a week. Though celebrity guests don’t get paid for making appearances per se, the show pays for their flight, hotel, car service, and a stocked-up “green room” — the place where stars hang out before going on stage.
Clearly it takes an army to sustain a late-night program. But hey, talk show hosts get paid a pretty penny to run the ship, according to Business Insider. David Letterman, who’s been a late-night host for 33 years, is the highest paid of ’em all (excluding cable hosts) with a $20 million salary. The two Jimmys, Fallon and Kimmel, rack up $11 million and $10 million respectively. Craig Ferguson sits on $8 million.
So where does Arsenio Hall fall on the spectrum? The salary for the only black late night host pales in comparison to his rivals with a disappointing $6 million. But he’s not the one with a skimpy pay in the biz — Seth Meyers takes that crown. Meyers, who had his debut on Late Night in February, reportedly earns $3 million.
By now, you’re probably wondering where the heck CBS, NBC, ABC and all the other networks get their spending money to cover all these expenses. Advertising, baby! Commercial spots during prime time programming cost between $50,000 and $80,000, according to The New York Post. If you wanted to shamelessly plug your product on the actual show (aka product placement), that will set you back $100,000 — whew!
Let’s take a look, by the numbers, at how much ad revenue each after-hours show has pocketed:
David Letterman’s Late Show: $179.6 million
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon: $113.4 million
Jimmy Kimmel Live: $77.3 million
Late Night with Seth Meyers: $53.5 million
Arsenio Hall Show: $26 million
Yes, Arsenio falls flat compared to its competitors when it comes to attracting advertising dollars. He’s even admitted that it’s been “rough” sustaining such a cost-conscious program: “I don’t have the big baller network money,” Hall said. But don’t feel too sorry for him — he’s still got time to prove himself. Hall has been renewed for a whole new second season!
Perhaps next season, we’ll see some better figures — by the numbers — for our “woof” man.
This past Sunday The New York Times published an article about late-night television hosts. Thus far there was a very well-known face missing from the lineup that includes Jimmy Fallon, Chelsea Handler, and Seth Meyers- the incomparable Arsenio Hall. Producers of NBC News also freshly compiled a photo montage of successful late-night hosts, and once more Arsenio’s mug was missing. “If you’re doing a story about late night, all I ask is that you mention me,” Hall kindly asked. Brian Williams ultimately apologized for the slight.
The images of Johnny Carson and David Letterman are synonymous with late-night television. Nevertheless, how can we forget the likes of Arsenio Hall, whose influence from the 80s into the 90s in the entertainment business should not be overlooked? From his flat-top haircut to his signature fist pump in the air coupled with that “Whoo! Whoo!” chant, Arsenio Hall, in the words of journalist Neil Drumming, brought hip-hop to late night.
But is bringing hip-hop to late night television that bad for business? If you look at the flip-side of daytime TV, diversity is all around. Wendy Williams, Steve Harvey, Whoopi and Sherri Shepard of The View, Queen Latifah, Michael Strahan, Cedric the Entertainer, the ladies of The Real, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood of The Talk, and Carla Hall of The Chew are all representing. The Los Angeles Times even ran two articles in November of last year analyzing the bankability of Black stars on daytime talk show and how different the landscape is for them when the sun goes down. So what are mainstream media giants like NBC and The New York Times trying to tell us by omitting Arsenio Hall’s contributions from their features? Was Hall a victim of human error or something greater?
There’s no excuse for not having more diversity in late-night when there are mega-talented performers such as Mindy Kaling, Lucy Liu, Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union, Don Cheadle, Nicole Beharie, and Dule Hill lighting up small screens on a weekly basis. Not to mention the brilliant behind-the-scenes storytellers like Shonda Rhimes and the unstoppable duo of Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil. Yet, there is more at stake, according to the head of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, Darnell Hunt, who states that “network executives almost always favor white leads for primetime shows” as they look for “the broadest possible appeal.” Appeal equals more butts on couches, which equals higher ratings week after week, which equals more advertising dollars.
The game of television is finicky, as audiences never know which of their favorite shows may get abruptly canceled due to poor ratings. Network television executives are less likely to take a chance on something or someone who is unproven and many times will make hiring decisions based on popularity. There are many good reasons why Mariah Carey was paid $17 million for her stint as a judge on American Idol and the fact that she did bring ratings and prestige to the reality show was one of them.
So, who in “Black Hollywood” can bring esteem and money to television networks in late-night? Should the next historic opportunity arise, this person may have to demonstrate their worth alongside established personalities like Craig Ferguson, Carson Daly, and Stephen Colbert, and wonder if this journalistic oversight isn’t indicative of something else.