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The Church Is Important But Does That Mean It Can’t Be Critiqued? The Cast Of Greenleaf Talks Potential Backlash

June 21st, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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Tonight OWN will debut a new evening drama that’s sure to have folks talking, especially church folks. Greenleaf is no Tyler Perry-esque, overly dramatized depiction of religious life, though the series is set against the backdrop of the Black church, a megachurch to be specific. Keith David stars as Bishop Greenleaf alongside a biting Lynn Whitfield as Lady Mae Greenleaf, a First Lady you’ve never seen before on prime time, and then there’s Merle Dandridge who plays the part of Grace Greenleaf, the prodigal daughter whose quest to right past wrongs may destroy everything her parents have built in the years since she’s been away. And did I mention Oprah? The woman whose talent in making this show a reality should be appreciated both on-screen and off?

“This marks a new day for me in producing scripted television and I’m really, really excited to have the platform of the African American church because I grew up in the church,” Oprah said speaking at a special screening of the new series in New York City this past April. “With all that that means to me I think it’s such a magnificent platform to be able to share really great storytelling,” added the Executive Producer who’ll also play the role of Mavis McCready, Lady Mae’s sister.

But as anyone who grew up in the Black church like Oprah knows, often stories are swept under the rug rather than dealt with head on. But Greenleaf does just that, tackling issues of infidelity, molestation, suicide, misappropriation of funds, homosexuality, and abuse of of power.

“The church is massively important but does that mean it can’t be critiqued?” Executive Producer Craig Wright posed in response to concerns from the audience that the show may push a few too many of church folks’ buttons. “No,” he said, answering his own question. “It has to be critiqued with respect.”

And it’s not only the scandals that make the new series enticing, Greenleaf also speaks to the power of redemption, forgiveness, the familial bond, and most of all love of the Lord.

“It’s got to be about how people of faith carry themselves through the desert,” Wright added.

And what’s more universal than that, Whitfield pointed out. “Everybody gets off track sometimes — hence the drama and the juice — but everybody’s spiritual journey is to make their way back closer to God.”

And that’s really what Greenleaf is about, finding your way and traveling on your own spiritual journey, not condemning others or making blanket judgments about any one person or entity.

“We’re saying that people are people,” David assured. “This is centered around a mega church. We’re not making a statement or using a prototype of any one church or pastor.”

Winfrey, however, is using her platform to make a statement about the African American experience — or rather show another facet of it — she said in further explaining her excitement for this new series and the importance of the diversity of its characters, all of whom are Black.

“The way you break down barriers in a society that doesn’t see you as human is show your humanity,” she said of the tenderness with which Greenleaf will tackle the aforementioned topics. “There isn’t just one way to be Black.”

Check out the trailer for Greenleaf which will launch with a two-night premiere tonight at 10 pm on OWN and Wednesday night at 9 pm and 10 pm.

Welcome Back To Chocolate City: Martin Lawrence Announces The Sequel To “A Thin Line Between Love And Hate”

February 19th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Having a bad day? Well, I’ve got some news that might perk you up big time. If you were a fan of the 1996 film, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, you’ll be happy to know that a sequel could very well be on the way to a theater near you.

Martin Lawrence announced on his Instagram page that he had completed the script for the sequel to the film, which he worked on alongside former “Martin” showrunner, Bentley Kyle Evans. Evans was also co-screenwriter for the original film. Lawrence was understandably excited about it all:



And Evans took to Twitter to say, “What ya’ll think? Get ready for it!!!!”

I’m not sure where the story will go this time around, as a lot of time has passed. But then again, at the end of the original film, crazy Brandi Web (played by Lynn Whitfield) didn’t die. Instead, her character was thrown in jail for trying to kill Darnell (played by Martin Lawrence), and the film finished with this quote:

“I hope po’ baby lands on her feet, but they better make damn sure they fix that dent in her heart before they let her out.”

Could Brandi be getting out?! If the film is actually picked up by a studio, then we will find out. Considering that the original grossed more than $30 million on a budget of only $8 million, if the story is good, it could definitely be worth bringing back to the big screen.

I’m still waiting on this Bad Boys sequel, so I won’t go completely crazy over this news, but since I own and love A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, I’ll admit that I’m maaaaad excited about the possibilities! How about you?

Motivation: 10 Women Over 50 And 60 Whose Bodies Put Women Half Their Age To Shame

December 3rd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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When Jada Pinkett-Smith shared the photo of her 61-year-old mother coming out of the water at a beach and I saw her abs glisten in the sunlight, I almost choked on my layered chocolate cake. I told myself after being inspired by her incredible body that after I finished said delectable cake (can’t be wasteful!) that I was going to get back on my workout grind this week so that when I turn 60 (God willing), I can look at least decent if I can’t look like Ms. Adrienne Banfield-Jones.

But with her in mind, here are 10 other women over 50 and 60 who inspire us to want to keep our bodies right and tight because they look oh so amazing.

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Angela Bassett

Ladies and gents, take cover, because Angela Bassett is putting on a gun show! The 56-year-old actress has been flexing on folks since she showcased her toned form in What’s Love Got To Do With It? and she hasn’t missed a beat more than 20 years later.

Get Your Popcorn Ready: The 13 Best Biopics About Women

March 10th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Over the years Hollywood has paid homage to some of the most influential, and sometimes controversial, women of our time and in honor of Women’s History month, we take a look at some of the best movies about these important figures.

Biopics About Women

The Josephine Baker Story

Dancer/singer Josephine Baker was the first Black woman to star in a major motion picture film and become a world famous entertainer. Known for performing the banana dance, Baker would wear the fruit covering her bottom while remaining topless. She was also known for her contributions to the Civil Rights movement. Actress Lynn Whitfield stepped into the shoes of Baker for the 1991 HBO biopic The Josephine Baker Story. Unlike most biographical films, this one dug as deep into Baker’s personal life as her public one. Whitfield took home an Emmy and an NAACP award for her role in the film.

Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate”

February 10th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: New Line Cinema

An urban answer to Fatal Attraction, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate served as a cautionary tale for men who were out here wyling when it comes to the ladies. It’s not smart to be reckless out here. You know the plot, you gasped and held your breath as you thought Martin–Darnell– was going to lose his life and you rooted for he and Regina King to work it out. But we bet you didn’t know these behind the scenes secrets. Check them out on the following pages.

Celebrities Who Should Be Featured On Unsung’s Spin-Off, “Unsung Hollywood”

January 9th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Good news! After so much success catching up with the underrated and often off-the-radar music stars in music with Unsung, TV One is about to bring us Unsung Hollywood. Same format, but giving us a back story on all the ups and downs of the careers and lives of black folks we love from TV and film. They already have episodes with Pam Grier, Kadeem Hardison and Robin Harris (to name a few) on deck, but we couldn’t help but throw a few options of stars they need to also profile out there. Check ’em out!

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Dorothy Dandridge

Talk about a beauty. Dorothy Dandridge was the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award, but the road to getting the nomination, and how life went for her after the fact wasn’t easy. Dandridge had the type of story that (if any of her colleagues are still alive to tell it) had everything from financial struggles (accountants swindled her out of thousands and she owed back taxes), nervous breakdowns, affairs, career explosions and moments that stalled, and the reinvention of her career later in life. She only lived 42 years, but her life and career has been one that has influenced everyone from Halle Berry, Cicely Tyson and more.

Celebrities Lend Their Support To National Action Network’s “Justice For Trayvon” National 100 City Rally

July 20th, 2013 - By MN Editor
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From coast to coast, people have been out all Saturday afternoon to join the National Action Network’s  Justice for Trayvon” National Action Day of Vigils.

The vigils, held at noon, went from coast to coast and were held to press the federal government to charge George Zimmerman with civil charges in the death of 17 year old Trayvon Martin.

Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, was in New York at the rally while his dad, Tracy Martin, was in Florida at the Miami rally. They both addressed the crowd and thanked everyone for their support. A video clip was captured by NBC News:


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Even through rainy conditions in the south and  extremely hot conditions on the east coast, the rallies ended up with thousands of people showing their support. In Atlanta, actress Lynn Whitfield showed her support while Beyoncé, Jay Z and Tina Knowles showed theirs in New York.

There are many more rallies and plans in the works as local and national leaders vow to use this unfortunate incident as a way to effect change in not only in the black community but around the nation as a whole.

Deja Vu Like A Mug: Check Out A Clip From LisaRaye’s New Movie, “Lapdance,” Where She Stars As A Stripper…Again

May 30th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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It must be really hard out here for actresses…especially black actresses, because there is no reason for another movie based around the seedy/troubled lives of strippers to come out. And definitely no need for another one starring LisaRaye. But alas, that’s what we can expect as a clip from the new movie Lapdance has surfaced, thanks to Carlton Jordan. In it, we see that Lynn Whitfield, as well as Carmen Electra, Obba Babatundé, and Stacey Dash, who plays a doctor in the movie. I guess these two ladies were able to get over their squabbles from the time they fell out while filming Single Ladies.

According to MissJia, LisaRaye actually stars as an aspiring actress who has to make money as a stripper in order to help pay the medical bills of her father, who is battling cancer. Things get ugly when her career choice affects her relationship with her fiance. Whitfield and Babatundé seem to be the people behind the strip club she works at, and Whitfield definitely shows her feisty side with this dialogue…chicks better have her money.

I’m a little disappointed that Whitfield, known for her great acting work in movies like Eve’s Bayou and The Josephine Baker Story, is doing movies like this, and that even LisaRaye has found herself in this same ‘ol, same ‘ol role. And the clip is doing the most. Why is the dressing room the smallest one in history? Why do the strippers look like they’re the age of somebody’s grandmother? And why is Whitfield talking like a Southern pimp?

Maybe you can answer these questions and more for me after you check out the preview of the movie above. Do share your thoughts below!


They Certainly Love To Work Together: 15 Black Celebrities Who Boo Up Repeatedly In Movies and Music

September 18th, 2012 - By Blair Bedford
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We love each of these actors and singers for their talent, but no role in film, TV or stage is more perfect than the roles they have together, reliving some of the most classic movie roles and songs as a duet. Here are 15 Black celebrity couples, primarily from the 90’s and beyond, we love to see together on the big screen, the main stage or in our headphones, and the many projects they’ve starred in together.

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Angela Bassett & Laurence Fishburne

This perfect cinematic couple have been featured in multiple projects together, from the big screen to the small stage. This couple most famously played Ike and Tina Turner for “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” were mother and father to Tre Styles (Cuba Gooding Jr.), performed on the stage together in “Fences,” and appeared together again in the 2006 film, “Akeelah and the Bee.”

Harry Belafonte Honored at Dance Theatre of Harlem Fundraiser

February 29th, 2012 - By Veronica Wells
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Last night’s Vision Gala, hosted by the Dance Theatre of Harlem, turned out to be a star studded success. The fundraising event, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York, honored activist and entertainer, Harry Belafonte.

The Dance Theatre of Harlem, founded by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, opened its doors in 1969. After decades of successes including international performances, education outreach programs and community outreach, the theatre went on hiatus in 2004 due to financial issues.

Last night, however, may be a turning point for the company. The fundraiser raised $390,000 which will benefit the Dance Theatre’s Next Generation Fund and Community Engagement Fund, which provides scholarships to dancers and supports arts and community programs.

With the help of contributions from last night, the company is within six months of touring again.

Check out pictures from last night’s event below.


Host Soledad O'Brien, Honorary Chairperson, Lynn Whitfield and ballerina, Misty Copeland.- Brokaw Photography

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