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TGITea: Can You Believe #WhoKilledSam?

November 21st, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Last night ABC aired its TGIT Winter finales and we.were.floored. Between Olivia beefing with both of her parents on “Scandal” (yes mama Pope is back) and finding out #WhoKilledSam, we were all saying “dis tew much!”

We don’t want to give away too many spoilers in the write up, but we have a few lingering questions about what’s going to happen with Olivia Pope when “Scandal” returns and we must get to the bottom of Sam’s murder and figure out who the real mastermind behind his death is. Watch the editors discuss the episode in the video above and weigh in on the finales in the comments section. What did you think?


Does She Have What It Takes To Be A Gladiator? Rihanna Wants To Guest Star On “Scandal”

November 19th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Like many other avid television watchers, Rihanna is a big “Scandal” fan. So much so, that she dreams of guest starring on the Shonda Rhimes-driven series someday.

“I love Scandal! Are you kidding?” RiRi told E! News.

“We’ll see,” she said at the idea of starring in the series. “I would love that. I just love Scandal, period.”

She’s not too sure what her ideal role would be, but she wouldn’t mind playing an enemy of Olivia Pope or Secretary of State.

“Duh!” she laughed at the idea. “That’s amazing. Let’s make it happen!”

Last week during a visit to the White House, the “Stay” singer posed for a photo in the press room pretending that she was “Scandal” White House Press Secretary Abigail “Abby” Whelan.

“#heyAbby,” she captioned the photo.

It seems that Shonda is pretty selective about who she allows to guest star on her shows, so we won’t hold our breath waiting for a RiRi feature. It also seemed that Ri was joking about appearing on the show; but hey, stranger things have happened.

Follow Jazmine on Twitter @JazmineDenise.

In The Act: Celebrities Caught Cheating

November 18th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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We didn’t want to believe the rumors, but these celebrities caught cheating were filmed, snapped and screenshot-ed in the act.

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Usher Raymond

Usher was outed during his divorce trial when his soon-to-be-ex Tameka Raymond revealed that she caught him in bed with her bridesmaid (who was the kids’ nanny), Maya Fox Davis.

TGITea: Betrayal Was Everywhere On “Scandal” And “HTGAWM”

November 14th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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With all the betrayal going on during last night’s episode of “How To Get Away With Murder,” we’re still asking #WhoKilledSam — although we have a few new theories after last night’s crazy episode. Anyone else completely over Sam and Bonnie at this point?

And are y’all as scared for Olivia’s life as we are after Daddy Pope read her from top to bottom and front to back during “Scandal”? Poor baby. Chime in with us to talk about the episodes and let us know what you think will go down during next week’s winter finales. It’s #TGITea time!



Who Took The Most Off? The Most Scandalous Magazine Covers

November 13th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Kim Kardashian “Broke the Internet” with her booty-baring cover for the December 2014 issue of Paper magazine. But hers isn’t the only scandalous magazine cover to go flying off of the shelves. These are the scandalous magazine covers that keep subscriptions going.

Spoiler Alert: Guess Who’s Coming Back To “Scandal”

November 5th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Spoiler Alert: Guess Who's Coming Back To "Scandal"

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Are y’all ready for a a spoiler alert? Khandi Alexander, Marie Wallace, aka Mama Pope is coming back to our Thursday night obsession, “Scandal.”

I’m sure for some of you, most of you this comes as no surprise at all. Habeas corpus– produce the body. Since we never saw Mama Pope’s corpse and Daddy Pope was looking at her in the hole he put her in, it was only a matter of time before she reemerged. Furthermore, I’m convinced that the Mama and Daddy Pope are working together. And the two of them are about to tear some stuff up.

Either way, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Marie Wallace is set to appear on the midseason finale, which is set to air on November 20.

Coincidentally, the episode will be directed by Tony Goldwyn, aka President Fitzgerald Grant, who once believed Mama Pope was responsible for killing his son.


Though I’m a little bummed the surprise has been ruined, I cannot wait to see how they reveal her this time around. You know Momma Pope usually makes a dramatic entrance.

Boyfriends, Bullets And Bitsy: The Scandal 407 Recap

October 31st, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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The Scandal 407 Recap

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I thoroughly enjoyed “Scandal” last night. I experienced so many different emotions watching the episode. Frustration, sadness, validation, and even some happiness. And then there was this beautiful, beautiful moment when Olivia checked Fitz’s misogyny when he called Abby a bitch for basically calling him out on his foolish and brutish treatment of Jake.

This line right here:

The Scandal 407 Recap

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Gospel truth.

Check out the other memorable moments from the episode.

‘How To Get Away With Murder’ Is Topping ‘Scandal’ In The Ratings

October 29th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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How To Get Away With Murder is the top new drama in the ratings this fall. In fact, it’s doing so well it’s topping Scandal.

Deadline adds that Black-Ish is the top new comedy for the season, demonstrating the power of a diverse cast. And there’s the success of a CBS show, Scorpion, which shows audiences are responding to programs that put a variety of actors from different backgrounds in lead roles.

In addition to race, Viola Davis, Annalise Keating on HTGAWM, also stands out for being older than the typical leading lady. (Though if you take a look at shows like American Horror Story: Freak Show and Carol’s character on The Walking Dead, you also see some diversity of age on television these days as well.)

“I don’t see anyone on TV like me in a role like this… a woman of color, of a certain age and a certain hue,” said Davis.

My colleagues here are giving me a bit of the screw face for not being a tremendous fan of HTGAWM; Liv, Fitz, Jake and the Gladiators still put me on the edge of my seat. What are you watching these days?

Are We Gladiators Or…? 15 Phrases We Learned From Shonda Rhimes

October 29th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Shonda Rhimes may not have invented the words, but she definitely made them popular. These are just some of the reasons why we’re totally in love with Shondaland.

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Ever since Scandal debuted, if you’re getting it done for the team, or getting it done period, you’re a Gladiator in a suit

Crabs-In-A-Barrel Drama: Why I’m Disappointed In “Hollywood Divas”

October 28th, 2014 - By La Truly
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I thought I had really sworn off ratchet reality TV, but something about seeing famous (or in some cases, semi-famous) Black women come together to create something piqued my interest enough to make me tune into “Hollywood Divas.” Featuring Paula Jai Parker, Golden Brooks, Countess Vaughn, Elise Neal and Lisa Wu, “Hollywood Divas” is a close sister-friend of “R&B Divas.” What I mean by that is, has-been or struggling celebrities of a certain craft come together to become relevant again, constantly listing their credits to validate their current staked claim (READ: struggle).

I’m not sure if I was wrong for expecting a bit more (this IS reality tv), but I was all kinds of confused and disappointed by the rollout of the episodes and the catty/shady behavior of the women on-screen. In my mind, if I’m a struggling actress trying to get my name on somebody’s marquee or credits, I’d come into a collaborative situation with my game face on and my pettiness tucked clean away.

These women don’t think like I do, apparently.

The first two episodes jumped off with tears, fake high-pitched greetings, half-hugs, shade and catty backhanded compliments. One thing that struck me in particular as crazy with a capital C is the fact that Golden Brooks, best known for her role as ‘Maya Wilkes’ on Mara Brock Akil’s groundbreaking show “Girlfriends,” spent every waking moment shading reality stars and blaming them for the reason that “theater-trained” actors with a “certain pedigree” couldn’t get work.

Um, you’re on a reality show now, boo.

She also stated that in order to get work nowadays, actors have to be active on social media with millions of followers. To say that I was annoyed and that I highly disagreed would be the understatement of the year. There are so many examples of actresses, BLACK actresses, who have made it – in RECENT years – based off of their talent and strategic choices in roles not their standing on social media.

Viola Davis, a newcomer to Twitter, gained acclaim because of her work in recent movies like The Help and now her incomparable work as the mysterious and driven Annalise Keating in ABC’s “How To Get Away With Murder.” Her Twitter followers are climbing, but it’s not because she’s so active online. It’s her talent.

Though she boasts 1.8 million followers on Twitter, Kerry Washington was on the map before she ever became active on social networks. Having masterfully portrayed Ray Charles’s wife, a former Black Panther, Kay Amin, a slave woman and now political pistol Olivia Pope, she has garnered a fanbase. This fanbase comes not because of selfies and tweets, but because she has put in the work and taken on roles that align with her values and trajectory.

“Soul Food” actress, Nicole Ari Parker, spoke candidly at last year’s Woman Thou Art Loosed “Girl Talk” segment about hearing a thousand nos before hearing the yes’ that have helped her have success.

The bitterness and jealousy seen within the first few episodes of this show has left a bad taste in my mouth, but I’m still hoping for the best. We, as Black women, already have it tough without blaming one another for what we lack. There is room for all of us to shine, we just have to get in where we fit in and be resilient.

I’m hoping “Hollywood Divas” will eventually showcase strengthened friendships, uplifting creative projects, and a positive answer to the portrayal of Black women, but I won’t hold my breath. However, it’s still early, so we shall see…

La Truly is a writer, higher education professional, 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: