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Boyfriends, Bullets And Bitsy: The Scandal 407 Recap

October 31st, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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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:

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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:

#TGITea: Why Was Everyone Lying On “Scandal”?

October 24th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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This week on #TGITea, the Ladies discuss all the lies told to Olivia on “Scandal” and all the dysfunctional relationships on “How To Get Away With Murder”.


Is It Getting Hot In Here? 11 Past And Present TV Couples With The Hottest Chemistry

October 21st, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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If I watch a show and the main couple’s chemistry is flat, I count it against the show as a whole. But if the main couple’s chemistry (or the main character and their side-piece) steam up the screen, I’ll be watching…consistently. An on-screen couple with awesome chemistry is a must, and these 11 pairs made their characters’ love all the more believable.

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Mary Jane Paul and Andre Daniels

There were so many times during the first season of “Being Mary Jane” that I wanted Mary Jane to woman up and leave Andre’s married behind alone. But I can’t lie, their chemistry was insane. They’re probably the only two people in the world who could make getting down in the foyer of a home and in a dirty gym shower enticing.

“They’re Hard To Do”: Kerry Washington On “Scandal” Sex Scenes Being “Awkward” Now That She’s Married

October 21st, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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If you watch Scandal from week-to-week, I’m sure you’ve noticed that the show isn’t shy when it comes to sex scenes, and no fictitious pair has had more than Kerry Washington (Olivia Pope) and Tony Goldwyn (President Fitzgerald Grant). While the scenes always show up very steamy on-screen, Washington said in November’s issue of Allure (which she is on the cover of) that executing them is anything but s*xy. In fact, according to the actress, they’re super awkward to do.

“They’re hard to do. You’re doing things that you’re supposed to do with only certain people in your life. Because this is not your real partner in life, doing that is awkward. And then doing it in a room full of people is awkward.”

She also says that doing the scenes is hard because of the fact that she wants to respect her real-life relationship to husband Nnamdi Asomugha, as well as Goldwyn’s relationship with his wife, Jane Musky. People are always talking about their chemistry, but she doesn’t want anyone to get the wrong idea–especially not their partners.

“Particularly with a show like ours, where people are so invested in the chemistry, you just learn to be careful, because people’s real relationships in life are important. I so respect and admire his wife and him and their family, and he feels the same way about mine. And so you learn to be careful about how you say things.”

Check out behind-the-scenes footage from Washington’s Allure shoot below and let us know what you think of the scenes and her chemistry with Goldwyn.

“Bye Felicia” Fan Complains Of Too Many Gay Sex Scenes In TGIT Shows, Shonda Rhimes Clapsback

October 20th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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If you watch “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder” you’ll notice that Shonda doesn’t shy away from sex scenes. Sex scenes between any one. Men and women, men and men and if you watch “Grey’s Anatomy,” women on women. Anybody can get it in Shondaland.

And while we’re all about love for everyone, some people took issue with the scenes and decided to let Shonda know about it.

Shonda Rhimes Clapsback

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And Shonda, as she’s been known to do, let this “Dina” have a piece of her mind.

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But she didn’t stop there.

Shonda Rhimes Clapsback

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Shonda Rhimes Clapsback

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Boom! to that last point right there. That’s what it all comes down to for me. It is discrimination to complain of the gay sex scenes but be perfectly ok with the ones of Fitz and Olivia or Olivia and Jake or Meredith and Derek. Furthermore, of all the diabolical things that have gone on throughout the course of “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder,”(rape, murder, election rigging, torture etc.) it’s interesting that people want to get their panties twisted about a little same-sex action.

When you sit down to watch shows called “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder” not only will you occasionally have to suspend morality, you might want to check your bigotry at the door.

What do you think of Shonda’s comments?

#TGITea: The Tea On This Week’s “Scandal” And “How To Get Away With Murder”

October 17th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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The MadameNoire ladies break down the sensational and steamy plots on this week’s episodes of “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder”.

Do You Like It? Kerry Washington Goes Makeup-Free For The Cover Of Allure

October 16th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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In honor of #TGIT and another new and fabulous episode of “Scandal” tonight, we wanted to show you the November issue of Allure featuring the beautiful Kerry Washington. The 37-year-old Queen of Primetime looks to have ditched makeup (according to ET, she did use some tinted moisturizer) in order to give a more natural and carefree look. The decision to do so goes with the focus of her interview, which according to the cover is “Confessions of a Recovering Perfectionist.” And she’s going to be uncovering things about herself like she did in a recent interview on “Ellen,” where she admitted that kissing her male co-stars can be uncomfortable at times.

“It’s just awkward. But it’s been awkward from the beginning. It’s always awkward, it doesn’t stop being awkward. I don’t enjoy [kissing] either one. Not to beat a dead horse but, awkwaaaaard.”

Anywho, I can dig the cover (I’m all for as little maintenance as possible these days), but according to a friend of mine, “She looks like she has a cold…”

What do you think of the cover?

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