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So, in shocking cheating celebrity news, it looks like Ben Affleck might be the most recent celebrity to end his marriage by sleeping with the nanny. And he’s certainly not alone. These cheating celebrity husbands also made a big mistake by getting caught with the help.
As Gladiators prepare for the fall return of “Scandal,” ABC has given them one more thing to look forward to.
According to Variety, actor Cornelius Smith Jr. has been added to the cast as a series regular. As you may recall, Smith made a guest appearance during the March 5 Michael Brown-inspired episode titled, “The Lawn Chair” as activist Marcus Walker. He reemerged later on in the season in an episode titled “I’m Just A Bill,” when his character, Marcus, was in need of Olivia Pope’s services.
Details of Smith’s return have not been disclosed, but we’re guessing that he’ll either be working in the White House in some capacity, or he’ll be joining Liv’s gang of Gladiators. Smith’s resume includes roles in “All My Children,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” and Lifetime’s Whitney.
“Scandal” is slated to return on September 24.
Do you think that he would make a good Gladiator?
Bill Cosby has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. A slew of women came forward last year, sharing their stories of being drugged and sexually abused by the now infamous Hollywood legend. This week, a deposition from 2005 went public, showcasing Cosby’s guilt in his own words. This has caused many stars who initially defended him to backtrack while others still say his guilt hasn’t been proven.
Check out the 11 celebs who put it all on the line and defended Bill Cosby. Find out which ones regret doing so and which ones still stand by him.
When awful and outrageous things happen in the news, I often find myself wondering what Olivia Pope and her ruthless band of Gladiators would do in those particular situations. While the Confederate flag debate may never make it to the “Scandal” storyline, thanks to Comedy Central and “The Nightly Show,” we have an idea of how Olivia’s dad, Rowan Pope, would respond to those in favor of continuing use of the flag.
I would not dare butcher one of Rowan’s beautifully crafted monologues, so I’ve provided the full transcript below.
You are some funny, funny people. For you it’s always summertime and the living is easy. Your daddy’s rich and your momma’s good looking. You’re a Confederate, a proud Southern white boy with a Bible in your hand and a shotgun in your pickup truck. A southern white boy with the shame of slavery running through your veins. You are a bigot.
I am a black man. I have worked and scraped for every inch of dirt I walk on. You cried yourself to sleep because Lincoln hurt your feelings. You back wood sheet wearing cross burning motherf—ker. You lose the war and all you want to do is make my people pay for it.
You think you love this country, what you love is that corruption of the red, white and blue you call valor. What you love is the satisfaction that mess brings when people feel they need to give that flag some credence like it stands for something more than hate. You’re fighting about whether to take it down from the top of your state building or not. You are a bigot and I’m disappointed in the way you treat my country.
Watch Morton’s full monologue below. It is life.
In the light of Cynthia Bailey and Peter Thomas’ cheating scandal, a lot of us have been asking ourselves, “what would I do if he cheats?” It’s hard to know if it hasn’t happened to you, so these celebrities share what happened to them.
Last night’s “Scandal” finale changed the entire game. The power has shifted, some relationships were rekindled, others were broken, some folks were saved and others lost their lives. Check out the most memorable moments below.
The Scandal season finale is tonight, and it promises to be one that will slay our very essence. But then again, this season has provided shocker after shocker.
Before we go any further, be warned that from here on out, it is nonstop spoiler alerts if you’re not caught up on the season. Shonda Rhimes has put damn near everyone on the cast in danger this season. Let’s take a look at 15 of Scandal‘s most shocking moments from this season.
I have to be honest, I haven’t been watching “Scandal” with the same zeal that I used to. But last night’s episode reminded me of the earlier days when I was rushing home to be on the couch by nine. So let’s get into it.
Not long after Olivia Pope boomeranged her way back to President Fitz – for the millionth time post-Homeland-style kidnapping, that is – I’d officially nixed my weekly Thursday allegiance to Scandal. You see, I’m barely out of my mid-20s, and while relating to some of the rollercoaster relationship issues primetime television’s leading black women face comes with relative ease, the entirety of the storyline is extremely narrow, and, at times, unrealistic. And frankly, it’s not created for women my age.
There. I said it.
Now, of course, scripted TV dramas are created in an attempt to catapult audiences into an escape from real-life problems and into, sometimes, aspirational fantasies. Noted. However, with shows like BET’s Being Mary Jane, it’s written, to my knowledge, to highlight your everyday, well-educated black professional woman living and loving in a major city (read also: The Misadventures and Multiple Overly-Dramatic Misfires with Fine A** David of Mary Jane Paul). Yes, that’s essentially me. Still, I’ve yet to witness a black woman lead on television, in the last decade or so, really capable of speaking to my current lifestyle.
HBO’s hit series Girls has been garnering side-eyes for years for being anything but racially colorful. Hannah and her gaggle of girlfriends are set against some unlikely all-white backdrop that only depicts how white girls, who are trying to find their footing, live in NYC’s most hipster-centric ‘hoods. But you know what? For a young black writer wrestling for her spot in the high-level media ranks (not unlike Hannah’s experience at GQ…#journoproblems) and whose romantic interests switch bi-monthly, Girls is the closest thing on TV to the trials and triumphs my own homegirls and I actually live through on a regular basis.
I constantly find myself flipping through a handful of YouTube’s best black web series to find scripted versions of my age group’s stories, rather than reaching for the TV remote. I don’t mind nestling up next to my laptop (or iPad) to binge-watch An African City, That Guy, or roomieloverfriends, but is it too much to ask for a twentysomething black queen to get some primetime attention? To have a young black woman character garner nationwide media attention who is layered, dealing with the complicated emotions of finding a boo without wetting the bed (see Being Mary Jane season two), chasing her career goals without complete financial stability, and staking a claim on her future but not necessarily chasing a baby or a quiet life in Vermont? To identify with a black girl (insert natural hair here) who is living her most fabulous life in The Big Apple, turning up at Brooklyn house parties, catching flights with her girls to the country’s biggest summer music festivals and venturing to Harlem every now and again to, well, indulge in something she’ll laugh about when she’s 35?
That being said, it’s imperative for television to tell a new story for women of all ages, but to especially visualize a drama for young black women millennials on the small screen. Ideally, shows similar to A Different World and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Shows that have topical and on-trend segments directly ripped from the real twentysomething experience should make a huge comeback, allowing for Kim Reese-type role models and relatable tales of young love like Dwayne Wayne and Whitley Gilbert’s to flourish. Instead, we’re consistently stuck watching thirtysomething black women try their hand at the word “bae” in an attempt to be young and hip, but who have no other connection to younger folks.
Seriously, if these writers and producers are paying close attention, the inspiration for the next black mid-to-late twentysomething woman TV star is marinating on every black millennial’s timeline and on every black girl’s Instagram photo map. It’s time to go back to the drawing board or bring our fave web series to the tube, ‘cause all black girls rock, but when it comes to entertainment, we’re not all created equal.
While there were some moments we were able to anticipate, there were some major surprises in last night’s episode. Check out the best moments.