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“Nothing Is More Painful Than To Leave Them Behind”: Aaron McGruder Speaks On Leaving “The Boondocks”

April 1st, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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As season four of The Boondocks is set to premiere on April 21st on Adult Swim after a long hiatus and much anticipation, most of the players are the same: Regina King will return to voice both Huey and Riley Freeman, as will John Witherspoon to voice Robert Freeman, aka, “granddad.” However, the biggest piece of the puzzle and the reason for the show’s controversy and success who will be missing this final season is Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder. We told you recently that McGruder decided to part ways from the show, and in an official statement from Adult Swim, they claimed it had a lot to do with clashing production schedules:

“This season was produced without the involvement of Aaron McGruder, when a mutually agreeable production schedule could not be determined.”

McGruder has finally spoken out about leaving his beloved show behind, and working on his new project on Adult Swim, called Black Jesus. He shared his thoughts on the Facebook page of his new show:

“As the world now knows, The Boondocks will be returning for a fourth season, but I will not be returning with it. I’d like to extend my gratitude to Sony and Adult Swim for three great seasons.

I created The Boondocks two decades ago in college, did the daily comic for six years, and was showrunner on the animated series for the first three seasons. The Boondocks pretty much represents my life’s work to this point. Huey, Riley, and Granddad are not just property to me. They are my fictional blood relatives. Nothing is more painful than to leave them behind.

To quote a great white man, “Hollywood is a business”. And to quote another great white man, “Don’t hold grudges”.

What has never been lost on me is the enormous responsibility that came with The Boondocks – particularly the television show and it’s relatively young audience. It was important to offend, but equally important to offend for the right reasons. For three seasons I personally navigated this show through the minefields of controversy. It was not perfect. And it definitely was not quick. But it was always done with a keen sense of duty, history, culture, and love. Anything less would have been simply unacceptable.

As for me, I’m finally putting a life of controversy and troublemaking behind me with my upcoming Adult Swim show, BLACK JESUS.

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It seems like things are still okay between McGruder and Adult Swim, seeing as the cartoonist will premiere his new live-action comedy show, Black Jesus, on the network. Many people have been saddened by the news that the show is going on without McGruder, but what do you think? Will you still tune in? Last time I tried to ride for a comedy that didn’t involve its original creator/showrunner, things went downhill fast (i.e., The Chappelle Show), but there have also been positive outcomes too, including in dramas (i.e., The Walking Dead). We’ll just have to wait and see how this new season turns out.

Back On The Market: 2014’s Newly Single Celebrities

February 20th, 2014 - By M A
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It’s a fresh start for some of Hollywood’s most notable names in 2014. While heartbreak came knocking on their door, it’s not all doom and gloom for these stunners. With a new year comes new opportunities to find the loves of their lives. So in honor of these strong, resilient women, we take a look at 2014′s newly single celebrities.

Are Those Your Real Eyes?? Celebs With Gorgeous Light Eyes

February 10th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Whether it be the big screen or television, these celebrities stand out from all others because of their stunning eyes, which we are proud to say are not contacts. Check out these Black celebs with light eyes that make us swoon — and jealous — all at the same time.

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Stacey Dash

Stacey Dash starred in a couple episodes of “The Cosby Show” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” early on in her career but her big break came in 1995’s Clueless as the self-centered Dionne Davenport, opposite Alicia Silverstone and Brittany Murphy. Part Barbadian, African-American and Mexican, the former “Single Ladies” star caught a lot of flack in 2012 for endorsing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Using her platform to express her conservative views, Dash also criticized Jay Z and Beyonce for their 2013 trip to Cuba.

ICYMI: Check Out “The Gabby Douglas Story” Trailer

January 28th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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If you spent part or a majority of your weekend watching Lifetime movies then you’ve probably seen the trailer the network released for their upcoming weekend movie,  “The Gabby Douglas Story.” But, if you a.) don’t have cable, b.) don’t watch Lifetime because it sucks you in and steals your Saturday or c.) your tv was stolen like mine was, (another story for another day), then you might have missed the trailer. And  you don’t deserve that, so we’re making sure you get a chance to watch it here.

We’ve known this movie was coming to the small screen since the fall, and have kept you updated with casting news. But in case you need a refresher, Regina King will be playing Gabby’s mother, S. Epatha Merkerson will play her grandmother and Imani Hakim, (Tonya from “Everybody Hates Chris”) will play the role of the teenage Douglas. And apparently, judging from the trailer Douglas herself will make an appearance.

This is already pulling at my heartstrings. So excited.

Check out the trailer in the video below.

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“The Gabby Douglas Story” will air on Lifetime, Saturday, February 1 at 8/7c.

Lifetime To Kick Off Black History Month With ‘The Gabby Douglas Story’

January 8th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Over the summer we told you that a movie about the life of Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas was in the works. Since our initial report, there have been many new wonderful revelations, including the fact that women’s television network Lifetime has agreed to pick up the biopic.

In case you missed it, “Everybody Hates Chris” star Imani Hakim has been cast to play Douglas in the film. The film’s cast also includes Regina King, Epatha Merkerson, and Sidney Mikayla. As previously reported, “The Gabby Douglas Story” will share the inspiring tale of the teen Olympian’s journey to becoming the first African American to be named individual All-Around Champion in the Olympics.

“‘The Gabby Douglas Story’ tells the inspiring true story of the international gymnastics phenomenon who overcame overwhelming odds to become the first African-American ever to be named Individual All-Around Champion in artistic gymnastics at the Olympic Games,” reads the film’s press release.

Lifetime will be kicking off Black History Month by airing “The Gabby Douglas Story” on Feb. 1. According to Shadow and Act, the network will also be airing the television adaptation of “A Trip to Bountiful” on Feb. 22. We’ll definitely be tuning in. Will you?

 

All Good Things Must Come To An End: 2013′s Saddest Celebrity Breakups

December 26th, 2013 - By M A
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There was a lot of great celebrity news to come out of 2013. But, unfortunately, not everything was sunshine and roses. A number of notable couples called it a quits this year. From two Kardashian relationships coming to an end to some longtime lovers parting ways, we take a look at some of the saddest celebrity breakups of the past 12 months.

‘All Relationships Have Their Share Of Obstacles:’ Malcolm-Jamal Warner Talks Regina King Split

December 9th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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If there’s one couple that we were really sad to see throw in the towel, it was Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Regina King. I mean, they seemed to perfect together. It’s difficult to imagine what could’ve possibly gone wrong. But as most of us who have been long-term relationships before know, getting together is simple; staying together is where things get a little tricky. Breakup rumors surrounding the couple began swirling back in March, but King quickly took to Twitter in what some perceived as an attempt at putting those whispers to bed.

“Hey everybody PLEASE don’t believe everything you read. Me & @MalcolmJamalWar are good. Life Happens. Forward motion. Godspeed,” the “Southland” actress tweeted.

Though damage control tweet seemed to keep some at bay, folks like us were busy trying to figure out whether or not her tweet meant that they’re good and still together or good it broken up. Unfortunately, it turns out that she meant the latter. Their split was later confirmed. Macolm-Jamal recently opened up to Sister 2 Sister about the split.

“I mean, you try not to date in the spotlight. I think what Regina and I—you know, we had been together for several years before people realized we were together. So unfortunately our breakup got more coverage than our being together, and that kind of sucked ‘cause we spent so much time trying to keep it out of the public eye, and then the breakup was so much in the public eye. So all relationships have their share of obstacles, and you just try not to have yours plastered.”

He adds that he still maintains a relationship with Regina’s son.

“We’re all very cool.”

Though we’re sad they they’re no longer together, it’s great to see that they remain amicable. And who knows, maybe somewhere down the line they will be able to iron out their differences and get back together. Speaking of Regina King, according to Deadline she’s set to star in a new FX series titled, “The Strain.”

Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.

SideEye: Celebrity Women Who Are Surprisingly Single

November 18th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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These single celebrity women have a lot going for them. They’re smart, Hot, beautiful, talented, and make their own money So why hasn’t anyone but a ring on it yet — assuming they want one?

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Sanaa Lathan

Actress Sanaa Lathan has been a Hollywood staple since the late ’90s. While she has maintained consistent work since leaving the theater world behind and relocating to L.A., Nathan has kept her private life mostly private. The 42-year-old Best Man Holiday star dated football player Adewale Ogunyele for a few years but other than that, Lathan has kept her dating life to herself. A few months ago, she shared a photo of herself and San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick out together on a romantic dinner date. No word on if the two are a couple or if it was just dinner with a friend.

Age Ain’t Nothin’ But A Number: Beauty Secrets From Stunning Celebrities Over 40

October 7th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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While some women dread celebrating the big 4-0 and beyond, others transition into this new and exciting season of their lives quite gracefully. They realize that beauty knows no age restraints and as Vivica A. Fox frequently chants, “age is nothing to be ashamed of.” Have you ever wondered how your favorite celebrities over 40 maintain such youthful glows and skin flawless enough to compete with even the teeny boppers? The secrets are yours for the taking, but be prepared to click!

Happy, Black Girl News: Lifetime Says Yes To Gabby Douglas Biopic

September 16th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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It’s a go! Lifetime, who has debuted more original movies of black people recently than black television networks will be  releasing a biopic of two-time Olympic gold medalist winner, Gabby Douglas.

The movie will unfold the life of Gabby as a child , where she began to formally train as a gymnast at the age of 6 years old. Actress Sydney Mikayla will be Douglass as a child and Imani Hakim will act as teenage Gabby who eventually becomes a member of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team during the 2012 Summer Olympics. It was during the Summer Olympics, Gabby won both gold medals in the individual and team competitions.

Regina King is set to star in the biopic as Gabby’s mother and S. Epatha Merkerson will act as her grandmother, as well.

The film will be produced by Sony Pictures TV and its director will be Gregg Champion who directed Lifetime’s “Amish Grace”. No date has been mentioned for the  film release  but fans should expect to view it in 2014.

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