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Thank God It’s Thursday: The Baddest Chicks Of Shonda Rhimes’ Thursday Night Takeover

September 15th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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There are many reasons to look forward to the upcoming fall television schedule and one of them is Shonda Rhimes’ Thursday Night Takeover on ABC. The television producer has millions of viewers ready for a new season of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” and her latest creation, “How To Get Away With Murder,” has garnered a lot of buzz before the first episode has even aired.

“How To Get Away With Murder” will debut Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. ET, following “Scandal’s” season 4 premiere at 9 p.m. ET. and “Grey’s Anatomy’s” 11th and final season premiere at 8 p.m. ET.

In anticipation of these upcoming episodes, here’s a look at the Black women who have made Thursday night must see TV. For more on these shows and their stars, head over to XFINITY CelebrateBlackTV.com.

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Shonda Rhimes owns Thursday nights on primetime television. This upcoming fall season, the Chicago native will have three shows airing on ABC. Growing up, Rhimes showed an affinity for storytelling and working as a hospital volunteer in high school peaked her interest in the medical field and would come in handy later on in life when creating several of her shows. After penning the scripts for HBO’s “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” and “Crossroads,” Rhimes created “Grey’s Anatomy” and it aired as a midseason replacement in 2005. The show became an instant hit and soon it spawned the spin-off “Private Practice.” But it was “Scandal,” a political thriller set in Washington D.C., that really put Rhimes on the map. This fall her latest show “How To Get Away With Murder” is set to premiere starring Viola Davis .

Ladies First: 14 Of Our Favorite TV Leading Ladies From The Past And Present

September 12th, 2014 - By Whitney Larkins
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Many of the black faces that we see on television today in leading roles are on because of the hard work of their predecessors to keep people of color on the small screen. This upcoming TV season features, among many, leading ladies such as Viola Davis in ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder” and Octavia Spencer in the FOX drama “Red Band Society.” We are taking a look at some of our favorite leading ladies of the past and present who make us proud of all that they have done to portray black women in a positive light!

Check Out Scandal’s Season 4 Cast Photos

September 10th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: ABC

 

In about two weeks, “Scandal” will be making its season 4 debut. At this point, fans are nearly bursting at the seams with anticipation. But with the exception of a couple of very brief trailers, a few promotional posters and a description of the first episode, which reads: “Nearly two months after Olivia and Jake boarded a private jet to stand in the sun together, everything has changed. With another four years in the White House, Fitz and Cyrus are doing everything they can to make a positive impact on the nation. Meanwhile, Mellie struggles to cope with the loss of her son and the gladiators feel the impact of Olivia’s absence,” ABC hasn’t offered much to hold us over. They did, however, unveil images of the cast taken for the season 4 photo shoot. The photos don’t offer much insight into this season’s storyline, but they are pretty nice to look at.

Sidenote: Although we’ve known for some time now that Harrison’s character was killed off, it’s still pretty weird/sad seeing the gang with out him.

Check out the photos below and on the following pages. Enjoy!

 

Yara Shahidi Of ABC’s “Black-ish” Talks Playing Young Olivia Pope, Keeping Up A 4.0 GPA And Having Nas As A Cousin

September 4th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Is anybody else excited to see what kind of comedy ABC’s upcoming show “Black-ish” will be?

Starring Anthony Anderson as a successful black man and father who starts to worry that his family, who lives in a predominately white neighborhood, is losing touch with their culture, the show focuses on his hilarious efforts to make sure his they don’t forget where they come from. Tracee Ellis Ross and Laurence Fishburne also star on the show as Anderson’s character’s wife and father, and child actress Yara Shahidi plays his tech-obsessed daughter. The 14-year-old actress has come a long way since she starred as Eddie Murphy’s daughter in “Imagine That,” and she has big goals for her future. We chatted with the young actress about her role as Zoey Johnson on “Black-ish,” playing young Olivia Pope and meeting Kerry Washington, having Nas as a cousin (her second cousin) and why education comes first for her. This young lady has a very good head on her shoulders. Don’t believe me? Keep reading.

Who Is Zoey Johnson On “Black-ish”?

“Zoe, she’s popular, she’s smart, she’s witty—all of that. But the one thing is that she really loves Instagram and texting friends. She’s a very social person in that way. Because of that, she’s usually on her phone. But she has a really big personality. She’s really colorblind, which is definitely a good thing, but she’s so caught up in social media that she’s kind of lost a piece of her culture. She’s kind of a lost cause and he [Anthony Anderson] constantly tries to get her involved.”

What Makes “Black-ish” A Refreshing New Show On Television

“It addresses a lot of problems and not just for the African American community, but for people of any ethnicity. It’s funny and there are family problems, so it’s something you can watch with your family and enjoy altogether, but it still carries an important message.”

What It Was Like Playing Young Olivia Pope Alongside Kerry Washington

“It was amazing. The audition was literally me walking into a room and being myself on camera. Everyone on set was so nice and I got to work with some amazing actors and actresses, which was fabulous. And at the end of the day, Kerry Washington walked into my school, while I was in school even though she wasn’t shooting near it, and came just to say hi. She’s honestly the nicest person ever.”

Her Future Career Aspirations

“Well, I really want to continue acting, but I have other interests. I love, love history. I was actually just at Oxford this summer, and I took some history classes at Harvard. I know my interests change a lot, but I’m also interested in advertising too. It’s always interesting to see the process behind getting a person on camera and I love ad campaigns. One thing I’ve always been concerned about is the objectification of women in ads and that’s one thing where I was like, well, if I become a part of advertising, I could change that.”

On Visiting University of Oxford And Harvard This Past Summer

“One thing that used to worry me is that the fact that it seemed like Harvard was this big scary thing where I would have to spend all my time studying just to get in. But getting to go to both campuses of Harvard and Oxford and getting to meet some of the professors was absolutely amazing. At Harvard I got to meet and have dinner with Jamaica Kincaid. Just to have conversations with professors was absolutely amazing.” 

What It’s Like Having Nas As A Cousin

“He’s honestly just so chill. It’s funny because I’ll have friends come over and they’ll just stop dead in their tracks when they see him: ‘Oh my God, you didn’t tell me he was going to be here. Why didn’t you tell me?’ They start freaking out, but then they start talking to him and they’re like, ‘he’s so nice.’ He’s given my family so many opportunities because we travel together and all sorts of stuff. I’ve been fortunate that he’s called me up and been like, ‘You want to go to Harvard?’ And I’m like, ‘sure!'” 

How She Keeps A 4.0 GPA While Pursuing Acting

“I have the support of my parents and my teachers. They made it very possible for me to go to a school that is open and supportive of me being gone at times and pursuing acting. But school always comes first for me. So if I feel like I’m giving up a part of my education or missing an important piece developmentally because of a project, then I’m just not going to do the project. I love acting but school for me, because I’m so interested is so many other areas, it would be a shame to not pursue school and miss out on the opportunities that I have now.”

If Classmates At Her All-Girls School Treat Her Differently Because She’s An Actress

“The majority of the kids at my school know me as Yara, the girl in my class. Oh yeah, Yara, I hung out with her the other day. But sometimes they’ll see things with me in it and come back and say, ‘hold on, you didn’t tell me you act!’ But I’ve been lucky enough to have amazing friends. I get emails like, ‘Hey, I noticed you’re missing today. Hope you’re having fun on set! I got all the notes for you from these classes.’ I’ve been lucky to have some very supportive people in my life.”

Yara is going far! Be sure to check out “Black-ish” when it premieres on Wednesday, September 24 at 9:30/8:30c on ABC.

‘Where On Earth Is Olivia Pope?’ ABC Debuts Scandal’s Season 4 Teaser [Watch]

September 3rd, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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It’s almost that time again! Season four of “Scandal” is slated to debut in just a few weeks and finally, ABC has decided to give eager fans a tiny taste of what what they’re in for.

In the extremely brief video teaser, a clearly concerned Fitz can be seen sitting in his office trying to call up his lover and adviser, Oliva Pope. However, she doesn’t pick up as she usually does. Instead, an automated message plays, informing the President that Olivia’s phone has been disconnected.

While the trailer does not reveal where Olivia went or if she’ll be returning anytime soon, the conclusion of season three did show our leading lady boarding a plane with Jake Ballard so that they can “save” each other by “walk into the light,” leaving Washington D.C. and all of its scandals behind.

Only time will tell where Shonda plans on taking things this season. But judging by the artwork, which reads, ‘No looking back,” our favorite protagonist may be making some major (and hopefully permanent) changes in her life. This would be great news for longtime “Scandal” fans who have grown weary with Liv and Fitz’s adulterous romance.

Check out the 10-second trailer below. Thoughts?

Kerry Washington Addresses The Death Of Mike Brown: ‘It’s A Lot To Wrap Your Head Around’

August 26th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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When asked how she felt about possibly making Emmys history last night, Kerry Washington, who was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama, told Shaun Robinson that Mike Brown’s funeral being held yesterday made things a little complicated for her.

“I don’t think about it that much. You know, this has been a really complicated day for me. I started the day watching the funeral services for Michael Brown. And so it’s a lot to wrap your head around being an African American in this country right now.”

Earlier that day, Kerry also took to Twitter where she expressed sadness while watching Michael’s funeral.

“What’s happening in #Ferguson is devastating. Wow,” she also tweeted earlier this month.

Kerry is one of many celebrities to come forward to speak about Mike’s untimely passing. Sunday night at the MTV VMAs, rapper Common also called for a moment of silence to acknowledge the tragedy.

Teen Movies We Were All Pretty Obsessed With Back In The Day

August 21st, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Teen movies aren’t what they used to be. While today’s young’ns can’t get enough of vampires and wizards making love connections, all movies needed back in the day were cool fashion, some nice dance moves and some memorable catchphrashes. Here are 15 “teen” movies that we were pretty obsessed with back in the day when we were carrying around trapper keepers and getting our Seventeen magazine subscriptions in the mail…

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Clueless

Cher Horowitz might have been the best dressed high school student ever. But as for the movie as a whole, Clueless was the perfect coming-of-age story with its timeless catchphrases (“As if!”), humor and important life lessons. Because really, you don’t want to be the virgin who can’t drive…

Tony Goldwyn Gushes Over Kerry Washington’s Daughter Isabelle: “Her DNA Is Really Good!”

August 18th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Since the birth of her baby girl, Kerry Washington has stunned us with her motherly glow. Unfortunately for Washington’s fans, no picture of her daughter Isabelle has surfaced just yet. But Washington’s television lover Fitz, played by Tony Goldwyn, confirmed to E! News that the little one is the most adorable baby ever.

“Yes I have met the delectable Isabelle,” he said. “Her DNA is really good and she’s just the cutest.”

Bellamy Young, who plays Fitz’s wife Mellie on Scandal, compared Isabelle to Buddha, telling E! news: “There is nothing annoying about that presence.”

When asked what has changed about Washington since Isabelle’s birth, Goldwyn noted: “[Motherhood] has just made her more awesome than she was to begin with,” he said. “She’s just so happy all the time as it does when you have a baby. It’s a magical time.”

Hopefully, Washington will bless us with a picture soon. In the meantime  watch Scandal stars gush to E!News about Isabelle here.

Kevin Hart And Kerry Washington Participate In Ice Bucket Challenge

August 16th, 2014 - By Toya Sharee
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If you’re a fan of The Today Show, you’re already familiar with the #IceBucketChallenge. If not, allow me to bring you up to speed. Instead of anyone dousing themselves in flames, participants are actually drenching themselves in ice water not for followers or likes, but to bring attention to ALS.

ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease gradually shuts down the body’s muscle movements and can affect the afflicted’s ability to move and breathe. ALS currently has a fatal rate of 100%.

The #IceBucketChallenge requires participants to film themselves getting a bucket of ice water dumped on their heads, then donate to the cause and invite three friends to do the same. Matt Lauer and Willie Geist of The Today Show have already fulfilled the challenge, and recently Oprah, Kevin Hart and Kerry Washington have shown their support. Check out their vids along with a few other celebs:

Why I’m Thrilled To See More Complex Black Female Characters On TV, No Matter How Messy Some May Be

July 29th, 2014 - By La Truly
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“It’s not positive images of Black people that we need, but complex ones.”Teyonah Parris

The tense debate about the representation of Black women in entertainment is not new. It has been a hot-button issue since the beginning of modern film and television. From the controversy over The Color Purple and the outrage over acclaimed actress Viola Davis being nominated for an Oscar for playing a maid, to the hype surrounding Olivia Pope “handling” primetime television and Gabrielle Union bringing the lovestruck crazy as Mary Jane Paul, we have been at a war of sorts over our image. We’ve been at said war with one another, with the writers, with the actresses themselves and with those who hand out the Oscars and the Emmys. We get extreme images that either display the really good or the really downtrodden (and I’m not bringing up reality TV because there are so few positive images): Clair Huxtable or Precious. Vivian Banks or Kizzy. We’ve not seen or embraced anything remotely close to complex characters on a consistent basis until recently, and I, for one, am thrilled about this new interest in and push for complexity.

It’s a welcomed change. It’s high time we acknowledge the multi-faceted Black woman. She is loving, angry, confused, ambitious, intelligent, greedy, giving, depressed, faithful, needy, searching, joyful, fly, pleasant, messy, neurotic and becoming. It’s reaffirming for me to see this type of woman portrayed because I have been and can be all of these things. This Black woman is relatable for me and I know it will be for my future daughters. In this time, the Digital Age where so much of our lifestyle, social interaction, and ideals are informed more by entertainment than ever, more true-to-life representation is necessary to balance the skewed view that many young Black girls are growing up with. Sure, I’ll teach my daughters that it is possible to be a wife, mother AND businesswoman. But I will also teach them that sometimes bad relationships happen. How excellent would it be if they were able to recognize such a spectrum in what they see on television too? If what they saw on television was more reflective of our real emotions, issues, triumphs and struggles? We are just now breaking through the barriers and producing content that will help us, and the generations after us, see a vast number of Black women onscreen, as well as young Black girls too. Doc McStuffins, Princess Tiana and Penny Proud paint a subtle but solid picture of what/who Black girls are and what they can become in the developmental stages. I could have shed tears when I walked into Target and saw a Doc McStuffins costume! We are beginning to pair the the telling with actually showing our girls (and ourselves) what diversity within our Blackness, and as women, looks like in entertainment. Now we can consistently view ourselves just as varied and adaptable for all stages in life. To me, this proves very valuable for Black women and girls and I am ecstatic.

My daughters will have me to look up to, but also diverse images of WOC in their books and on their televisions that we can have open, honest and stimulating conversations about. This will be a good change from only looking to either the perfect or the downtrodden caricatures that Black women on-screen have been made to bounce between for too long.

With complex Black women characters like Nia Long as the politically savvy Billie Page in WeTV’s new drama series “The Divide,”  Gina Torres as Jessica Pearsona top law firm executive trying to maintain her spot as the only WOC at her level on USA’s hit show “Suits,” or the highly-anticipated arrival of Annalise Keating in “How To Get Away With Murder,” starring Viola Davis as the charismatic and seductive professor, we are getting to see ourselves onscreen as composite and colorful as we are in reality. Because regardless of what we say, entertainment is a large part of our lives collectively. Pushing for the range of our stories to become available in these spaces of entertainment for all to see is half the battle. We, as Black women, are starting to win and I, for one, am excited about what the future of entertainment holds for us.

La Truly is a writer, college professor and young women’s empowerment enthusiast. She mixes her interest in social and cultural issues with her life experiences  to encourage thought, discussion and positive change among young Women of Color. Follow her on Twitter: @ashleylatruly and check out her site: www.hersoulinc.com.