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Watch Chance The Rapper, Anthony Hamilton, Ty Dolla $ign, Raury & D.R.A.M.’s Moving “Blessings” Performance

October 5th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Chance The Rapper released his third mixtape Coloring Book earlier this year and has been on a roller coaster ride since his masterpiece captured the hearts of all within an earshot.

On Monday (Oct. 3), the Chicago rapper was the musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, giving a stellar performance of “Blessings.” While the project didn’t feature any other artists, Chance brought along Anthony Hamilton, Ty Dolla $ign, Raury and D.R.A.M. to add their unique sauce on the soulful gospel-infused jam. We’ve got one hashtag to sum up the energy these guys brought on stage: #BlackGuyMagic.

Press play and get your life!

Why I’ll Always Prefer Jimmy Fallon To Jimmy Kimmel

January 27th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Why I'll Always Prefer Jimmy Fallon To Jimmy Kimmel

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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.

Yeah… womp!

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.

Watch A Tribe Called Quest Reunite On ‘The Tonight Show’ With “Can I Kick It?”

November 14th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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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.


This Kenan And Kel “Good Burger” Reunion Skit Will Make Your Day

September 24th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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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.


For The Makeup Lover In You: Milani Cosmetics On How To Get Taraji’s “Tonight Show” Look

September 2nd, 2015 - By Cynthia L. Dorsey
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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.

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“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.”



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“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.”



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“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.”

LL Cool J Has A New Job With Jimmy Fallon

January 8th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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LL Cool J Earns New Job


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 Perform On Jimmy Fallon

December 13th, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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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

June 14th, 2014 - By Toya Sharee
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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:

Riding In U-Hauls And A Trip To The ER: The Best Responses To Twitter’s #PromFail Hashtag

May 21st, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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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…

Money Made At Midnight! The Business of Late Night Talk Shows… By The Numbers

April 7th, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Still of Jimmy Fallon via 'The Tonight Show'; David Letterman, Lady Gaga & Bill Murray via

Still of Jimmy Fallon via ‘The Tonight Show’; David Letterman, Lady Gaga & Bill Murray via Michael Carpenter/; Still from ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’

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:

Ad Revenue

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.