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All The Koffee! Kofi Siriboe Honored As Instyle’s Man Of Style

October 13th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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In case you didn’t get it when we told you before, Kofi Siriboe is the man every Black women is currently permanently fawning over.

Starring as Ralph Angel in OWN’s Queen Sugar, Kofi Siriboe’s level of fine is indescribable. In fact, there is no language known to man or science to explain how his ancestors’ genes came together to create such a glorious face.


And while me and you, your mama and your cousin too, try to find the right words, Kofi continues to make us swoon with his  latest photo-shoot with Instyle Magazine.

Honored as Instyle’s Man Of Style for the month, Kofi (and his mother) posted the jaw-dropping photos that made our hearts (and other body parts) drum inappropriately.

I  could go on and on about this shoot  but I  know you’d much rather get into the coffee that is Kofi, below.

outtake from instyle.. xx

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Find Out Why These Black Men Won’t Date Black Women

September 22nd, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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The narrative of the Black man choosing not to date Black women is not a new one. We hear it, we see it. It’s a thing. Whether the numbers are staggering or not—and they aren’t; the fact that this sentiment exists among our own people is troubling. And y’all know Iyanla is out here trying to heal the community. So, it only makes sense that she and the good people at OWN found some of these men and asked them why?

They found three men, on in his 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s.

Twenty-eight-year-old Bo, a business owner, said his reason for avoiding Black women is that he doesn’t want to deal with their strong personalities. He said, and I quote Black women need to, “You know, stay in a woman’s place.”

But Bo mentioned that his issue with Black women stems from watching his own mother struggle with anger. Still, he commended his mother for making sure she didn’t pass it on to him.

Iyanla said that she took a different approach in raising her son. And intentionally exposed him to the anger so that he could understand and be an asset to a Black woman.

Then 33-year-old Koro said that Black women don’t want him because he’s a God-fearing man, practicing celibacy. He also said that in the church, if you don’t have a collar, the women don’t want to talk to him. That story was so odd, all I could wonder was what church he goes to. Because I know good and well how many church women are also on a celibacy journey trying to achieve their spiritual goals. If Koro had any type of decency, Black women would be about that life.

Then there was Michael, a 46-year-old musician who traveled a lot during his childhood. When he came back to his hometown, he said that the Black women around him said he was different, talked and dressed funny and listened to weird music. He also mentioned that his cousins made fun of him.
That’s quite a few of our life stories. But Michael said that because of these experiences, he enters most interactions with Black women believing that they will find him strange.

Iyanla asked him what it had to do with the man he is today? She told him about her own experiences being bused to a predominately White high school, with people spitting on her and calling her the n-word. She said it doesn’t influence the person she is today.

Watch the conversation between the four of them.

After that the show organized a mixer between these men and some of the Black women Iyanla has been working with and a couple of White women too. See what happened.

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at She is also the author of “Bettah Days.”

No, It’s You: OWN Cancels Tyrese And Rev Run’s It’s Not You, It’s Men

August 2nd, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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After eight episodes of thought-provoking conversations about love, sex, marriage and more, Tyrese Gibson and Rev Run’s OWN talk show, It’s Not You, It’s Men will not be returning for a second season. The show, which featured all sorts of celebrity guests giving their two cents on important sex and relationship issues (Amber Rose’s slut-shaming conversation with the hosts, as well as Loni Love and Jessimae Peluso schooling them about gender roles may have been the most notable chats), premiered on January 23. Tyrese took to Instagram last night to share his disappointment about the cancellation. He also shared the advice given to him by Winfrey in the wake of the show getting the ax before stating that he would like to try and take the series to a streaming network.

#SHOWCANCELED It breaks my heart to post this.. the #OWN Network has decided to pass on SEASON 2 of our show… ( #watch this full clip the link is in my Instagram bio )…… Message to one of my biggest inspirations mother Oprah Winfrey and team.. Honestly as much as I want to be mad and disappointed, I can’t be because you believed in us enough to give us a shot. A shot that you could of given to anyone…… We were inspired to have a moment to finally spark a #mature dialogue and put some positivity on the air and not another RATCHET show throwing drinks, fighting and taking things into ratchet levels for ratings….. THAT WOULD OF BEEN EASY RIGHT….? With love in my heart and pure determination I say this…. On behalf of myself and my best friend and mentor, REV RUN…  Thank you to all of the fans who rocked with us and tuned in….. Dammit! Let me see if I can get the CHAIRMAN and CEO of NETFLIX, Spotify, Amazon other networks that are all needing content. /. on LINE 1… #ItsNotYouItsMEN will live on! Oprah gave some some strong advise that I will hold onto as we look for our new home……. “Think like a KING, a KING is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.” -Oprah ………………….. ( what was your favorite episodes? What did you take away? What heated debates did you and your crew have after each show? Comment below!

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The show was a spinoff of sorts of Tyrese and Rev Run’s book, Manology: Secrets of Your Man’s Mind Revealed. And while some of the conversations about what it takes to be a “feminine” woman turned me off, the show, based on the disappointed reaction seen through comments on Tyrese’s Instagram page, had amassed quite a few fans.

Did you tune into the program? If so, will you miss it?

Views From The Couch: Greenleaf Has Its Issues, But It Has My Attention

July 26th, 2016 - By Niki McGloster
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The new OWN series Greenleaf has more drama than Joanne The Scammer. The soap opera-style series executive produced by Oprah Winfrey centers around a wealthy Black family and their megachurch in Memphis, Tenn. Given that Black churches are the backbone of Black culture, this show is crazy relatable. I’d assume, whether you’re rich or poor, nine out of 10 Black people know a super religious, self-righteous Southern lady or a scandal playing out behind the pulpit. Yet, as much as church folk can probably see their cousin’s cousin in the show and relate, it also has its flaws — and is best watched via on-demand when you’re tired of Netflix.

Within minutes of the premiere episode, Grace Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge) returns to her hometown 20 years later for her sister Faith’s funeral. She’s not exactly welcomed with open arms as her mother Mae (Lynn Whitfield), a Southern primadonna, suspects that she will disrupt the peace. Likewise, Grace’s brother Jacob (Lamman Rucker) and sister Charity (Deborah Joy Winans) reject Grace’s presence back in the family’s estate as if she will steal their shine. It all seems like petty family drama until Grace accuses her Uncle Mac (Gregory Alan Williams) of being a sexual predator and the reason for her sister’s death.

Grace dredges up the past and reestablishes her role in the church family. And with the help of Oprah Winfrey’s Aunt Mavis, a bar owner and the least delusional character on the show, as well as her father Bishop James, a T.D. Jakes type of character played by Keith David, she forces everyone around her to come face to face with their demons.

Out of the gate, Greenleaf is melodramatic proof of what we already know: No one in the pulpit is perfect and Black families love covering up secrets with the Good Book. Uncovering the dark corners of spirituality, including characters who question God, grapple with homosexuality and take part in less than holy acts in the pulpit, this Craig Wright-penned series tackles Christian ethics and family secrets while trying to find a way to humanize every character involved.

However, some storylines are just so thin and predictable. For example, Charity’s husband Kevin (Tye White) poorly attempts to keep his homosexuality stashed in the church closet. And Jacob’s affair with a White girl? Seriously, OWN? Conversely, some key details are too slowly revealed or left out altogether. Wright may have purposely written holes in the episodes to keep the audiences tuned in to what is to come, but it often just feels like a church service that runs a little too long.

Despite those hiccups, I believe that it is the best of OWN’s current scripted programming. (Seriously, guys, I can’t with Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor.) At least with this show, the acting is good, and it’s clear that the program definitely has potential.

For now, Greenleaf is good enough to hold us over until Empire returns with all its delicious Cookie drama. I do, however, have a feeling that it will have a really hard time continuing to be a fan favorite once Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar steals all of our attention.

If all darkness comes to the light, it’s a safe bet that Greenleaf has a good chance of getting a whole lot crazier. So I don’t know about you, but at the very least, I’ll be watching until season’s end.

Watch! The Extended Trailer For “Queen Sugar” Is Here

July 20th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Last month, OWN released the first trailer for their new series, “Queen Sugar.” Not only was it beautifully shot. Thanks Ava! The story, based on Natalie Baszile’s novel seems intriguing. As a recap, the book follows Charley Bordelon, who lives in Los Angeles but relocates to Louisiana after her father’s death.

The series though, will place Nova in the position of the protagonist.

The series, according to OWN’s YouTube page, chronicles the lives of the estranged sisters Nova and Charley. After the death of their father, the family must run an ailing sugarcane farm in Saint Josephine, Louisiana.

DuVernay served as the director for the first two episodes and all subsequent ones will be led by other women. DuVernay, Melissa Carter and Oprah Winfrey serve as executive producers.

The series will air in the Fall.

Watch The First “Queen Sugar” Trailer

June 23rd, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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We’ve been talking about the arrival of “Queen Sugar” for over a year now. And while it’s not exactly here yet, the time for its premiere is nearing.

Just yesterday, via their Facebook page, OWN dropped the series’ first trailer. For those who’ve missed the news about it, “Queen Sugar” is inspired by Natalie Baszile’s novel, bearing the same name. It follows the life of Charley Bordelon, who lives a privileged life in Los Angeles. But things change after her father’s death in Louisiana, forcing her to move there with her child.

But the series is going to flip a few things on its head. Instead of Charley being the main character, her sister Nova takes center stage. Retina Wesley, best known for her role as Tara in “True Blood,” will take on the lead role. While Dawn-Lyen Gardner will portray Charley.

Check out the trailer for the new show below.

From this brief clip, it would seem that Ava, Oprah and OWN just might have another hit on their hands this Fall.

Views From The Couch: How ‘Livin’ Lozada’ Can Low-Key Help Women Heal

June 2nd, 2016 - By Niki McGloster
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I’ve seen the softer side of Evelyn Lozada up close. Each time we’ve spoken, she’s always fiery but never offensive, shady like an old friend but sweet and evidently cut from an authentic cloth. I’ve never seen the Bronx-bred Latina toss a bottle IRL, though as a Basketball Wives fan, I know she’s got it in her. On the VH1 show orchestrated by Shaunie O’Neal, she played a villainous bottle-tossing bully a lot of us cringed at and swore off as any type of role model. After her violent altercation with ex-husband and former NFL star, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, however, Lozada did the emotional labor to mature and finally showcase a side of herself that young women can learn a thing or two from on her reality show, Livin’ Lozada.

A shining star in the OWN network lineup, Lozada’s latest TV platform chronicles her life as she manages her mommy duties to 22-year-old daughter Shaniece and 2-year-old son Leo, expands her career and enjoys life with fiancé and MLB player, Carl Crawford. Here, Lozada’s hardened demeanor–fostered by an anger further steeled by a rocky relationship with her father, a lack of self-worth, and shi–y men she once dated––softens. The Angry Black Woman trope that cloaked her ascension to success, even though she’s not African-American, slowly fades. In the second season, which premiered on Mother’s Day, she’s emotionally miles away from the petty he-said-she-said drama we witnessed on BBW. That’s now been replaced by Thanksgiving dinners with the in-laws and dealing with the aftermath of devastating traumas, such as losing a child. The show even tackles the impact her past choices have had on her daughter.

Thanks in part to Iyanla: Fix My Life, where the former fiery BBW frontwoman unpacked her violent relationship with Johnson and admitted to accepting tumultuous situationships due to a lack of self-worth, Lozada’s misdirected anger and hurt has now waned. On this reality show stint, she has done away with talks about her “inner circle,” becoming much more transparent about her emotional hurdles and ultimately, more likeable. Don’t get it twisted, though. You can tell she’ll still knuck if a person bucks in her direction unprovoked. However, everything about her actions screams that she’s evolved into a more secure, self-controlled version of herself. She’s much less crippled by her tattered past as she’s slid into her mommy and soon-to-be wife role with the ease of a fully actualized and emotionally unbroken woman.

Of course, every BBW fan will always remember that one time she lunged across a table to attack Jennifer Williams, her then ex-BFF. I mean, when not-so-shining moments play out on national television, they tend to have incredible staying power in that way. At one point, a bulk of the discussion surrounding her was overwhelmingly and, arguably, unnecessarily negative. But what’s great is that Lozada has shattered those stigmas she once carried around like a Chanel bag.

For anyone working on their own daddy lessons and past pains, you’ll find yourself smiling at how she has blossomed into someone inspiring. Though the reality TV queen is not sitting down giving you a play by play of how to get your sh-t together every week, her everyday life is a glaring example of how unpacking your past hurt will lead your life in an overwhelmingly positive direction; how you can overcome anything that’s weighing you down. People’s assumption of who you’re supposed to be can fester and paralyze you into becoming nothing more than their expectations of you, but the point is to break those emotional chains.

While you could probably tune into a million other shows, I say give the second season of Livin’ Lozada (which airs on OWN on Saturday nights at 9/8c) a shot. It’s an inspiring example that we all owe it to ourselves to not only be happy but to also be whole.

Holly Robinson Peete On New Show For Peete’s Sake  And Raising Kids In Today’s Social Climate

March 15th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Holly Robinson Peete became a household name in the ’90s due to her roles in 21 Jump Street and Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper, and although the actress’ hustle remains strong well into the new millennium, many have never seen what a day in the life of Robinson Peete is like, until now. Thanks to OWN, viewers will get to see just that in the new docu-series For Peete’s Sake giving viewers a peek inside how the actress and advocate has made her marriage with NFL retiree Rodney Peete last for more than 20 years, what it’s like to raise a son of color living with autism and the values she instills in her teen daughter.

We chatted with Robinson Peete about her newest TV endeavor ahead of its spring premiere. Check out what she had to say in our Q&A and be sure to watch For Peete’s Sake on March 19 at 9/8c on OWN.

MadameNoire (MN): What can you tell us about For Peete’s Sake?

Holly Robinson Peete (HRP): For about 10 years, we’ve been on the short list to do a show like this, but it was always all about timing and wanting to make sure the kids were ready and fully understood what it meant to be on TV in this capacity. It feels like the right time; timing is everything. Everyone is in a transitional period, right now. I just had a big milestone birthday and my husband is coming up on his big milestone. My mother is coming up on 80 and my daughter is applying to college. My son is getting a job and my middle child is being the middle child and my baby is my baby. It’s just a lot of transitioning going on in life and it feels like a good time to document it. And production-wise and network-wise, I just feel like all the pieces are right.

MN: How did your family’s experience on Wife Swap prepare you for your docu-series?

HRP: Wife Swap is more about comparing yourself to another family and drawing differences. For Peete’s Sake, it’s way more organic and authentic. Wife Swap was fun but you have to fit into a formula with that show. For Peete’s Sake, we were inventing our own formula. [For example,] I am a lot less structured in For Peete’s Sake than I was in Wife Swap.

MN: How have you rebranded yourself as a Black actress? And, do you think there is a lack of roles or content being created for Black women?

HRP: I think there is a lot of content right now! We have way more outlets than we had when I first started. We only had three networks and we were starting the fourth with 21 Jump Street on FOX. Today, we have cable, webisodes and there are so many more ways to get ourselves and our brands in front of consumers. The whole game has changed from when I started in the ’80s. I think where we are not seeing equity is in the celebration of what we do.

MN: What advice do you have for Black mothers raising black male children, especially those with special needs in a social climate where police brutality is prevalent?

HRP: I stay awake at night. I can’t relax as a mom of young Black boys. I just can’t ever relax. I worry about where they are; I worry about them getting singled out, wrong place, wrong time situation— with all three of my sons. But especially with my son with autism because he doesn’t always know how to navigate the social cues. We have drilled him and role played the situation. I say, “What would be the first thing to do?” and he [my son] would say “I would pull out my phone.” And I say, “Oh no!” We touch upon this in the show. I have a huge fear for any mom who has a boy of color in this funky climate. For those of us with special needs sons, we have that extra worry about if law enforcement [doesn’t] understand how to approach our sons, will they harm first and ask questions later? I thought of taking a proactive approach (at least in our neighborhood) where we took our sons to the local police department and introduced them [to the police officers]. As a special needs mom, you must advocate any way you can.

MN: Social media is so influential in how we view beauty standards, what conversations do you have with your daughter about her self-esteem and womanhood?

HPR: I constantly try to lift her self-esteem and tell her how beautiful she is. Ryan is a very natural girl. She has that kind of hippie flavor; she reminds me of a ’70s throwback type. But yet she does enjoy getting her hair and makeup done. But most of the time, [she wears] sweats, hair tied back. Most of the time I’m like “Can you put some lip gloss on?” She’s very, very bohemian. But she enjoys glamming it up. I always tell her to feel good about who she is. The best way I think I’ve been able to lift her self-esteem is by encouraging her to travel the world at a young age. And we’re blessed to be able to do that. But it’s very important for her to see other cultures and lift her CQ– cultural IQ.

MN: What have you learned from your mother that you’ve also instilled in your children?

HPR: [My mother has taught me to] be professional. Every time you do a project, the crew, the makeup, the hair, the [other] actors will all go on to other projects and [people will ask] “How was it working with such and such? Was she nice?” And my mom always used to tell me [that you] always want the crew to walk away and go, “Boy, she was fun to work with!” That’s what keeps you working in the business. Always be friendly and very affable and care about the crew because they are working longer hours for a lot less money. And [when you’re] working in this business you’ll see a lot of actors do themselves in [by behaving the opposite].

MN: You’ve been with your husband former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete for over 20 years, what makes a successful marriage, especially in the entertainment industry?

HPR: Scheduled “fun time.” You fill in the blank. [Laughs] You got to schedule “fun time” because if you don’t schedule fun, it ain’t going to happen. Whatever your fun is: play dates, hangouts, sex, whatever it is. And then [there is] same page love, that’s what I call it. You have to be on the same page because I know when Rodney and I are not on the same page, that’s when the conflict comes. Whether it’s a situation with the kids or an issue we are having with each other, we figure out how to get back on the same page. Rodney’s favorite thing to do is 20-second hugs—it sounds like a really stupid thing but instead of the little fake hugs you may do in passing, you have to hug each other for 20 full seconds. Sometimes you’ll be like, “I really want to let go at 10” but with 20, it takes you to another place of connection. And you let go of any little issues that you’re feeling. I feel like that works very well.

MN: What advice do you have for women who work with their husbands?

HPR: I don’t necessarily recommend it. I think you should have separate businesses or maybe do part-time work. The show was part-time for us and we only shot eight episodes. I liked it but I wouldn’t recommend it full time. Some people really make it work but I really like being a consultant for him and vice versa. We work better in moderation.

MN: Netflix recently debuted Fuller House, would you want there to be a reboot of Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper?

HPR: Yeah! Mr. Cooper’s (Mark Curry) daughter and my youngest son are in fifth grade together. So, I am still “hangin’ with Mr. Cooper,” 20 years later. I see him all the time and we are still great friends. We’ve been having this conversation for the last 10 years, so I would do it in a heartbeat.

Rutina Wesley To Star In OWN’s “Queen Sugar”

January 14th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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In the earlier part of last year, we brought you the exciting news that Oprah and Ava DuVernay were partnering once again (after they worked together in Selma) to bring Natalie Baszile’s Queen Sugar to OWN.

And today we learned that the role of Nova Bordelon will go to actress Rutina Wesley, best known for her role as Tara Thorton on HBO’s hit series “True Blood.”

Though in the book, Charley is the main character, a press release from OWN states that Wesley will play the lead as Nova.

In the series, Nova is a “formidable journalist and activist based in New Orleans. Her life, and that of her brother and their extended family, undergoes significant change when her sister Charley, returns to Louisiana from Los Angeles to help run the family sugarcane farm.”

Oprah who executive produces along with DuVernay, will also appear as a series regular.

Ava DuVernay developed Queen Sugar for television by writing the pilot episode. She is set to direct several episodes throughout the show’s first season.

According to the press release, Wesley also had a recurring role on the NBC drama “Hannibal” and recently guest starred in multiple episodes of The CW/Warner Bros. Television hit action-drama “Arrow.” Wesley co-starred in the hit 2015 Screen Gems film “The Perfect Guy” and previously appeared on Broadway in David Hare’s “The Vertical Hour,” opposite Julianne Moore. She began her career with a starring role in the independent feature film “How She Move,” which debuted at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Wesley is a graduate of the drama division of the renowned Juilliard School.

OWN Network Hosts Music Icons At The Apollo Theater For Legendary Concert Series

October 25th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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After banking a major stake in Weight Watchers, media maven Oprah Winfrey has rolled out yet another major power move from her well-cuffed sleeve.

If you haven’t already heard the good news, Winfrey’s OWN network is hosting a legendary music icons concert series, Legends: OWN at the Apollo.  Appropriately held at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, the place many legendary musicians got their start, the series premiered on OWN last night (Oct. 24) and will continue to air with iconic acts for the next three Saturdays. For the series kicker, Gladys Knight performed her six decades worth of hits.

“I’m always happy to do anything for OWN. That’s Oprah’s network and I love her,” the soulful chanteuse said. “They chose me and I’m flattered by that,” The Grio reported.

Knight also shared the stage with Yolanda Adams, Stevie Wonder and Dionne Warwick for a performance of “That’s What Friends Are For.”

Legends like Smokey Robinson (10/31), The Isley Brothers (11/7) and Earth, Wind & Fire (11/14) are all set to perform their catalogs of equal parts of extensive and influential for sold-out audiences.

Tune in to Legends: OWN at the Apollo on Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.