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They are making some major changes over at BET.
Through a deal with Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment BET’s 24-hour music and entertainment channel Centric is being rebranded as a cable channel just for black women. It will present programming selected to appeal to this new target audience. Under the exclusive co-production partnership, Flavor Unit will produce new content for the network. The production company, owned by Latifah and her partner Shakim Compere, produces her successful daytime talk program, The Queen Latifah Show. BET recently picked that program up as a late-night program.
“She does it all and we are happy to have her join us as a creative force as we continue to grow Centric into a premiere destination for African American women,” said Debra L. Lee, BET Networks Chairman and CEO. “We couldn’t be more excited about what’s ahead.”
Continues Target Market News, “As part of the deal, BET Networks will develop and premiere an all-new Season 4 of the highly rated Single Ladies on Centric.”
BET’s move to lure in female viewers is rooted in economic potential.
“At more than 10 million strong, and in control of 20 billion dollars in buying power, the African American woman is an increasingly powerful, yet often overlooked consumer. No other network has embraced her with content designed specifically for her — until now,” said Louis Carr, BET Networks President of Broadcast and Media Sales.
Centric isn’t the only network making a play for black female viewers. We reported on Oxygen’s new lineup of shows, which is specifically targeting a multicultural younger woman. Centric is already a favorite with African-American women, especially ages 25 to 54 and that network is growing. It had gains of +20 percent in viewership between January and March.
Is Centric one of your favorites?
I play the “I Wanna Be Down (Hip-Hop Remix)” like it came out last week, but of course, it came out quite a long time ago, 1995 to be exact, yet it still is a favorite for many almost 20 years later. Brandy spoke to Vibe in the past about how big of a deal it was for her to have the ladies on the remix:
“The hip-hop remix to ‘I Wanna Be Down’…meant the world to me. I’m new…I’m fresh out of the box and these superstars are a part of my first single! They are my mentors and I looked up to them. I was a huge Queen Latifah fan. I’m thinking, ‘Oh my God…I can’t believe this is happening to me.’ I got the chance to vibe with all three of them. They embraced me as a little sister. I was one of the first R&B artists to welcome hip-hop onto an R&B beat. It had never been done before quite like that. Sylvia Rhone came up with that idea, and I just thought it was brilliant. She should get all the praise in the world for that. She wasn’t scared; she just said, ‘This is what we are going to do.’ I knew it was a special record.”
Maybe that’s why Queen Latifah got the gang all back together recently on her show to talk about the creative process behind making the song. That’s right, Brandy, Yo-Yo, MC Lyte and Queen La all sat on the same couch dishing on how the MCs changed verses over and over to compete with each other. Check out what Queen Latifah said:
“I remember going in the studio…Lyte was on that record, and I was like, this is not what–I thought it was a Brandy record, but then I said ‘whoa!’ Lyte made me re-write my part! [laughs] I was like, ‘wait a minute!’ I had some lovey-dovey, emotional cute…I was like ‘oh no no no, I better step my game up or MC Lyte is going to butcher me on the track [laughs]‘”.
But Brandy said she had no idea what they were talking about on the track, but she was just glad they hopped on the track.
“I didn’t know what ya’ll were saying. But I was just so happy that ya’ll were on the song I was like ‘I don’t care, honey! Just do it!’”
Love these ladies! Check out their conversation below (including Yo-Yo’s low-rider reference in the song), as well as the video for the remix further down.
The April 21 issue of JET Magazine is all about faith and spirituality and what better person to speak on those issues than rapper, producer, talk show host, actress, and all around female icon Queen Latifah?
The 44-year-old is the cover beauty for JET’s upcoming issue and inside she’s talking about some pretty heavy things, like the tragic loss of her brother, falling in love, and maturing as a person. Here are a few excerpts from the interview:
On when her faith was most challenged
“The biggest thing to ever test my personal faith was the loss of my brother in a motorcycle accident… I believed it ruined my life. I probably had a five-year interruption in any type of personal growth. There were some things I didn’t learn in my twenties because I was disconnected emotionally. I could only get so close or feel so much.”
How she was able to move forward
“I fell in love. It was like a circuit breaker had switched off.”
On growing as a woman
I wouldn’t say I was immature, just more mature in certain areas. For instance, wanting to be more stable and looking at life down the road was something I thought about before, but I was more concerned about being the breadwinner. I never had a boss. When you are responsible for yourself you can do whatever you want. I took full advantage of that. I won’t go into the details, but I’m definitely one of those people who lives life to the fullest.
On having children
“I’ve wanted to adopt since I was 18 because I grew up with friends who could’ve used good parents. Maybe it’s my romanticism of after-school specials where someone would adopt a child and life would be great afterward. I have a lot of love to give.”
On her participation in the same-sex marriage ceremony at the Grammy Awards
“It was a beautiful moment and not a political decision… I knew it would make a statement and I’m fine with the statement it made.”
The April 21 issue of JET is on newsstands now. What do you think about Queen Latifah’s feature?
I love a good romantic comedy. Hell, I love a wack romantic comedy. So I’m excited to hear that Queen Latifah is joining forces with Kali Hawk (Couples Retreat), Macy Gray, DJ Qualls (Hustle & Flow), Tatyana Ali, Mo McCrae (The Butler) and La La Anthony to create November Rule.
The romantic comedy will tell the story of a man who makes a vow to stay away from women during the month of November. Hence the title. So if he’s in a relationship, he breaks it off and if he’s not, he makes a particular effort not to get involved. But that only works for so long. Eventually, he meets a woman worth giving up the games. But sticking to his silly rule, he losses her and has to jump over hoops to get her back.
Right now, we don’t know which actors are going to play which roles but we’ll keep you posted. We spy Jay Ellis in these shots though…you can never go wrong with him.
The film will be directed by Mike Elliot, who’s served as producer for some romantic comedies you may know like, My Best Friend’s Girl and The Prince and Me. Elliot will produce this film as well. The script was written by Candice Childress and Juwan Lee.
Queen Latifah will serve as executive producer for the project under her Flavor Unit Entertainment umbrella.
So what do you think about this movie? Does it sound like it’ll be good? Will you check it out?
The easy, breezy, beautiful Soledad O’Brien, along with her production company Starfish Media, is teaming up with CoverGirl’s “Girls Can” campaign to release a new web series that will seek to uplift, empower, and boost underserved women pursuing a higher education.
The webseries, according to O’Brien, will follow “…the lives of several young women who have been helped through O’Brien’s foundation, the Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Starfish Foundation,” according to Women’s Wear Daily. [h/t The Gloss]
The award-winning journalist said that she decided to jump on board CoverGirl’s “Girls Can” movement because it mirrors her passion to elevate women who feel weighed down by the “Girls Can’t” societal prejudice.
“There are thousands of inspirational stories waiting to be told about young women who yearn for a great education. They are stories of struggle and stories of success, and they will inspire others to take action and work to change lives,” O’Brien told Women’s Wear Daily.
The video series will explore the obstacles that young women encounter while pursuing their career goals. The main purpose is to show women that achieving your dreams may be an uphill battle, but “can’t” should always be turned into a “can.” This content will be launched within the next couple of months.
O’Brien isn’t the only spokeswoman for CoverGirl’s campaign. Katy Perry, Pink, Queen Latifah, Ellen DeGeneres, Sophia Vergara, Becky G, and Janelle Monae have all appeared on CoverGirl’s first “Girl’s Can” ad which premiered during the Olympics Closing Ceremony.
“I heard that girls couldn’t rap. I rap!” Queen Latifah said, “[I heard] girl’s couldn’t own businesses. I own my own business!” Oh snap. Clip below. Can’t wait to see what Soledad has in mind.
It may be 2014 but there are still some celebrities out there who refuse to confirm their sexual preference for one reason or another.
Queen Latifah blazed a trail by becoming successful in a male-dominated rap world. As her popularity grew, so did questions about her sexuality. Dogged by rumors for much of her career, Queen Latifah has refused to comment about her personal life. Paparazzi have caught the New Jersey native numerous times with her then-personal trainer/long-time ex-girlfriend Jeanette Jenkins but she has still been adamant about keeping her private life private. At this year’s Grammys, many thought the “Ladies First” rapper would finally come out of the closet while officiating a number of gay marriages at an event before the ceremony, but she didn’t.
“Anderson Cooper: ‘The fact is, I’m gay’”. “Queen Latifah Can’t Change, Even If She Tried”. “Robin Roberts Comes Out, Thanks To ‘Long Time Girlfriend’”. Because of course what celebrities choose to do in their bedrooms is everyone else’s business. As much as we’d like to think we’re entitled to a public confirmation of people’s sexual orientation, the fact is we’re not, even if it isn’t so easy for us to assume by who they are or aren’t dating.
I can’t completely blame the public for their desperate need to know. If celebs aren’t leaking a sex tape they are writing song lyrics about what goes down in their bedroom and on themselves. When the public responds unfavorably they cry for privacy and remind us that they are people too. But the bigger deal the media continues to make about “coming out” the more it reveals just how uncomfortable we are with sexuality in this country.
I think what bothers me most is that when it comes to homosexuality, what people tend to obsess over is the sexual act itself. When we heard Justin Timberlake married Jessica Beal we didn’t instantly wonder, “I wonder if she likes her hair pulled?” But when it comes to gay couples we immediately become curious about what kind of sex they’re having. There’s a lot more to being gay than having sex; they go to dinner, argue about to watch on Netflix and forget to take out the trash too.
I don’t know if I completely agree with the idea that “gay is the new black” but there was a time in this country where different races using the same restroom or a black woman sitting in the front of the bus was breaking news. I have faith that one day who someone is having sex with the same gender is just as “meh” as a black man in a voting booth.
When NFL prospect, Michael Sam recently revealed he was gay, I worried that his personal life could be easily used more for good publicity for the NFL and less as a major step in the gay rights movement. I worry that being an ally or supporting gay rights is a way for people to be down with the next new cause and not because they legitimately believe in someone’s right love who they choose and not be discriminated against because of it.
Ellen Page is the latest celeb to “come out”. Just recently at a conference for LGBT teens she revealed, “I’m here today because I am gay,” she confirmed, “And because maybe I can make a difference. To help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility.” But does celebs revealing their sexual status make being gay more acceptable or does the fact that they feel the need to do so publicly make more of a mockery out of sexual orientation.
Every day there are adults and adolescents struggling to come out and only in the best for situations do they proverbially live “happily ever after”. There are mothers coming out to their husbands and children. There are young men coming out to their religious grandparents. There are adolescent girls trying to find a way to explain their feelings to their friends. And I’m willing to bet coming out is that much harder to do when you don’t have 30,000 Twitter followers applauding your efforts. Being gay shouldn’t be just breaking news on a blog. There are hundreds of real people coming out who have real lives to face regardless of if their sexuality becomes a trending topic or not.
Toya Sharee is a community health educator and parenting education coordinator who has a passion for helping young women build their self-esteem and make well-informed choices about their sexual health. She also advocates for women’s reproductive rights and blogs about everything from beauty to love and relationships. Follow her on Twitter @TheTrueTSharee or visit her blog, Bullets and Blessings.
Last month we told you about how Patti Labelle came for “all the little heifers” out here referring to themselves as divas. When in reality, they can’t sing all that well. Yikes. She didn’t name names though, so were left guessing about who she was referencing.
But today, on “The Queen Latifah” show she spoke about the singers she actually admires today. See who she named and who she called a mini version of herself.
Queen Latifah: What performers inspire you today?
Patti: “Who’s awesome? I think Fantasia is awesome. She’s a mini me. You know, she kicks her shoes off before she starts the show. I said ‘Baby girl, wait until at least the seventh song.’ She says, ‘Mama, I like to kick em off when I get out there like you do.’ She is one of the people that you should watch. Of course, Christina Aguilera. Of course…umm not many. There are a lot of people that call themselves whatever. But we know best. You know, Dana.”
And then she went back to Fantasia again:
“I love Fantasia. Fantasia is a baby Patti LaBelle. When I see her, I see me when I was younger. But even though I’m not as young as she is, we can still stand strong together. She’s phenomenal. She does what she does. She takes her shoes off. She doesn’t think about what she’s doing on stage, and that’s what I love about her. When I’m on stage I never think about anything. I just sing.”
Mama Patti does not mince words. Not at all. So I guess we can assume she doesn’t really ride for all the people she didn’t mention. And that’s alright. She’s certainly entitled because at the end of the day, Miss Patti has the talent to make her opinions weighty.
She performed “If Only You Knew” later on in the show and did her thang like only she can.
Also, Queen Latifah recalled how Patti Labelle was there for she and her family when she lost her brother.
“You know in 1992, I lost my brother in a motorcycle accident. And I was very, very disillusioned about the music business. I felt like fans didn’t really care. Nobody really cared. People would say, ‘Sorry, about your brother…can I get your autograph?” in the same sentence. And I felt like y’all have no idea how ripped apart I am. But you reached out to me. You reached out to my family and my mom. And you wrapped your arms around us and you told me you understood and you had been through things and you shared just time and spoke to us and showed me that love. And it let me know that people do care, they do care and I need to keep doing what I’m doing.”
Patti has spoken several times about losing her youngest sister Jackie Padget, so it’s beautiful that she was able to come alongside Queen Latifah and her family during their time of grief and inspire her to keep pushing.
You can check out a clip of the interview below and Patti’s performance of “If Only You Knew” on the next page.
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