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If rapper Q-Tip gets his way, we’ll be seeing a lot about his life during one of the most important times in the hip-hop era.
According to Deadline, the rapper has joined forces with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, stars of The Wolf of Wall Street, to create a television show based on Q-Tip’s life when A Tribe Called Quest and the Native Tongues were one of the most popular groups and hip-hop collectives, respectively, around.
The Native Tongues included De La Soul, The Jungle Brothers, DJ Red Alert, Queen Latifah, and of course, A Tribe Called Quest. While they would have been known today as “backpackers,” The Native Tongues were mostly a group of artists who didn’t necessarily fit into the mold of what hip-hop artists were back then but used their “eclectic” style to bring what some would call “conscious rap” to the forefront.
The show doesn’t have a primary writer behind it yet, but it is described as a drama project that “will draw from Q-Tip’s experiences with the group and with The Native Tongues collective that A Tribe Called Quest was a member of, which brought together late 1980s and early 1990s hip-hop artists known for their positive-minded, Afrocentric lyrics. The show will reflect on the stories of their friendship and how their music played a part in culture then and influenced the music of today.”
DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way, will produce it and they are expected to shop the show to various networks next week. By the way, Tip and DiCaprio have been close friends for years.
You know what? I’m really excited about this idea. Members of the Native Tongues have influenced almost every one of our favorite rappers and it would be great to see that time recreated. The DiCaprio name alone can probably get the meetings to with almost every network but if HBO shows any interest, that would be an ideal situation.
Would you watch the show?
Time magazine has put together its annual list of the Most Influential Fictional Characters of 2013 and guess who almost came in first place. Scandal‘s Olivia Pope came in second place, topped by Breaking Bad‘s chemistry teacher turned meth kingpin Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston).
Time said the D.C. fixer played by Kerry Washington had became a bonafide cultural icon this year. “Beyond juicing Scandal‘s viewership—season 3 premiered to 10.5 million viewers, up 71 percent from the year before—Pope was a real-world lifestyle tastemaker: the Crate & Barrel wine glasses she sips from on the show sold out at earlier this year, as did her $2,600 white Burberry trench coat,” reports the magazine.
Pope also beat out Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen. The sequel, Catching Fire, has grossed $600 million and counting.
At fourth place was Sophia Burset, the inmate hairstylist (played by Laverne Cox) on Orange Is the New Black. The character is a fan favorite for her biting one-liners and says Time “because she’s the most dynamic transgender character in TV history.” The character has caused a ripple effect: Showtime and E! Canada have both green lit shows about transgender people.
In the political arena, former New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner’s virtual persona made the list at number 5. Weiner used the name Carlos Danger to have X-rated chats with women online.
Speaking of fictional characters, Global Grind came up with its own list of the Most Influential African-American Woman on Television.
It’s no surprise that Clair Huxtable (Phylicia Rashad) came out on top. The Huxtables are one of the most beloved television families of all time. And it was Clair’s cool but strict mom that was a fan favorite. “Playing a very successful lawyer, Clair always had an allure of cool, calm confidence and stood her ground when it came to parenting,” notes Global Grind. “Her impact on pop culture was so influential that women aspired to be like her and she was named one of TV’s most influential mothers by AOL.”
In second place was Joan Crawford (Tracee Ellis Ross) from Girlfriends. The Carrie Bradshaw to African-American women, Crawford was a complete woman — smart, independent but loving, silly, funny, and a good friend. “She also was fabulous and unafraid to be the semi-awkward woman we all loved,” reports Global Grind.
In third place, the forever-loved, hard-working Florida Evans (Esther Rolle). The character actually got her start on the sitcom Maude as a housekeeper but fans loved Rolle’s character so much a show was created around her and her family called Good Times. Also on the roundup: Maya St. Germain (Bianca Lawson) from Pretty Little Liars; True Jackson (Keke Palmer) from the Nickelodeon hit True Jackson, VP; Raven Baxter (Raven Symone) on Disney’s That’s So Raven‘; and for soap opera fans, Angie Hubbard (Debbi Morgan) from ABC’s All My Children made the list.
Who is your favorite TV character?
She might play one on television, but actress Denise Vasi is no longer a single lady!
On Saturday afternoon, the 30 year old actress married 40 year old video director and photographer Anthony Mandler in front of their close friends and family members.
The wedding was held at a posh vineyard in Santa Ynez, California. Her beautiful dress was courtesy of Kleinfeld Bridal.
As the way everyone receives information evolves, people are almost forced to go with it. With that in mind, there was a sign outside the reception that said, “If you Instagram, #vasimandlermerge.” Trust, the guests took full advantage of it as pictures were all over Instagram the entire night.
Vasi, a former model, has been acting for years. Her biggest role came during her time on ABC’s All My children (from 2008 until it ended in 2011) and she currently plays Raquel on VH1′s Single Ladies which is slated to return later this television season. Mandler is a major video director, with his biggest client being the one and only Rihanna. He’s also working on his first feature film.
We’re sure the reception was everything as the DJ of the night was DJ D-Nice.
Congratulations to the happy couple on their new union!
In other wedding news: After rumors swirled that Pharrell would be tying the knot this weekend, it’s been confirmed that his nuptial to Helen Lasichanh did indeed happen on Saturday in Miami. Congrats to them too!
Finally, Julie Chen was able to ask one of the Big Brother houseguests about the racism going on inside the house. And not only did Howard Overby have an opinion, but as one of the two African Americans on the show, he was personally a victim of the racist remarks and treatment by other houseguests. Howard was voted off last week and Chen sat down and questioned him about the situation.
“How hard was it for you to hold your tongue?” Chen asked Overby.
“Probably the hardest thing in the world,” he answered. “Howard actually said he feared letting his temper out, and he was proud that he never did,” reports The Huffington Post. “I just chose to take the high road, you know? Let them have that. I’m not going to get down to their level. Just accept it as it is and pray about it. There it is.” Overby was open about his faith while he was on the show.
He added: “I definitely don’t promote that. I don’t look down on them and I’m not going to say anything bad about them. The only thing I’m going to say is we had a very young cast this year. We had a lot of young girls in there and for the most part I hope that some of those comments were coming from just being young and immature or wanting attention. None of it is acceptable. I don’t care how young or old you are.” (The Hollywood Reporter has a complete Q&A here.)
Even TV critics were supportive of Overby’s approach to handling the hostile situation. Bustle’s Molly Fitzpatrick applauded Overby for being a “nice guy ’til the end,” as well as for leaving the show gracefully. Todd Betzold, writing for Reality Rewind, also agreed and said he was sad to see such a “classy guy” leave the show.
Things will probably get more heated when Chen gets to interview not one but two ousted houseguests, as this week’s show features a double eviction.
Would you be able to keep calm with these sorts of comments being thrown around? Last night’s full episode is available here.
Sure, she’s in the midst of filming Think Like A Man Too and is the star of BET’s new scripted show, Being Mary Jane, but Gabrielle Union isn’t stopping there.
According to BlackFilm.com, the actress just signed on to play in comedian/actor Chris Rock’s new film. In the film Finally Famous, Union will play a reality show television star who is engaged to Chris Rock’s character.
For his part, Rock will play a comedian-turned-actor who is trying to be taken seriously as an actor – while being a recovering alcoholic. Union, dying to become a bigger star, tries to convince him that the best way for both of their stars to shine is if they get married on the reality show.
Actress Rosario Dawson will also be in the film and plays a journalist who has a little “personal” chemistry with Rock.
Gabrielle Union is super busy these days, which is great considering we hadn’t seen her in any roles for a while prior to her 2012 appearance in Think Like A Man. You often hear that celebrity women get fewer roles as they get older but for Union, who turned 40 in October, she seems to have hit a great stride.
Finally Famous, directed by Chris Rock and produced by Scott Rudin, will begin filming this summer in New York City.
Well, it’s about time somebody did it!
We’ve seen all his eccectric ways in his videos, through his music and, of course, as a judge on The Voice but TBS is finally giving Cee Lo a chance to fully show every aspect of his personality.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Cee Lo Life will, right now, be a six episode series that will follow the rapper/singer as he tries to maintain a very hectic schedule. In addition to his hosting gig, he’s performing, producing and trying to make sure he and the rest of the Goodie Mob can come back together to make good music.
Michael Wright, head of Programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies had this to say about Cee Lo and the show:
“This new TBS series will give viewers the chance to get to know Cee Lo Green, who is without a doubt one of the hardest-working men in show business. The Cee Lo Life is certain to be a smart, fun and funny journey packed with a lot of great music.”
Cee Lo does seem fun and wacky so this will definitely be entertaining.
Cee Lo also has a development deal with NBC to create and produce new scripted and unscripted shows, as has his The Voice fellow judge, Adam Levine.
The Cee Lo Life will premiere in 2014.
Will you be watching?
There was a time when BET was the only game in town. Now there are African-American targeted networks popping up with greater frquency—TVOne, Bounce—and another is on the way. The Soul of the South Network will debut Memorial Day weekend. And it has major investment behind it.
It will be a 24-hour regional broadcast network targeting African-American viewers in the South and key Northern and Midwest “sister cities,” reports Target Market News. Initially Soul of the South will launch in 30 markets on May 27. The new network has a $10 million investment from a group of institutional investors and individuals including the Arkansas Development Finance Authority, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Arkansas Capital Corporation, along with individuals from the private sector in sports, business, and entertainment.
Judge Richard Mays, former Arkansas Supreme Court Justice and civil rights attorney, will serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors; media and advertising expert Edwin V. Avent, will act as Chief Executive Officer and angel investor; and Mississippi farmer Matthew J. Gruber, will serve as Vice Chairman of the Board.
“We are anxious to provide national television audiences with a platform with which to celebrate and honor the culture of the south, especially African-Americans,” said Mays in a press statement.
Headquartered in Little Rock, Soul of the South Network expects to reach 30 to 40 million households by late summer 2013 and will feature a lineup of Southern focused African-American programming, and local and national news, with an emphasis on the cultural attributes and lifestyles of the South. It will also broadcast a mix of off-network syndication, feature films, court shows, variety and music based programming, all with a Southern focus.
“Soul of the South will be broadcast television with a distinctly southern accent,” said filmmaker Doug McHenry, who will be president of Entertainment for the network. “There are many prominent African-Americans who hail from the South and we plan to involve them as integral parts of our programming strategy. This is an important content component of Soul of the South and we are proud to give voice to these talented Americans.”
The network is also upping its technology game. “Our proprietary distribution technology… has been updated with cloud-based servers that can provide custom feeds and operate up to 100 stations simultaneously from our Little Rock location,” explained COO Larry Morton.
Will you be tuning in to this new Southern style network?
Perhaps it’s hard for some to believe, but there are five million homes in the US that have no TVs in them. According to USA Today, this is a relatively small number, but it’s one that’s growing, so the industry is paying attention. In 2007, only two million homes were TV-less.
While some of us couldn’t dream of such a thing, there are a number of reasons why more people are finding traditional TV/cable alternatives. Part of it is the monthly cost of the cable hook up. Most of those without a TV are young, single, and without children. When they move out on their own, they just never get around to setting up the line. Some people just want to watch less TV.
But another big reason are the alternatives. You don’t actually need to have a TV to watch TV anymore. And even if you have one, you don’t necessarily need cable now that there’s greater access to streaming video and programming on DVD.
“In 2012, 106 million Americans watched TV online. By 2017, that number will 145 million, an annualized growth rate of nearly 7% year-on-year. The industry likes to refer to it as ‘cutting the cord.’ It is an apt metaphor,” reports Quartz. That site recently reported on an eMarketer analysis that found a third of Internet users (80 percent of us fall in this category) would consider getting rid of their television all together. Now more people are streaming movies, their favorite shows, and other programming. So as long as you don’t mind watching sometime after the original broadcast, you don’t really have to miss anything on broadcast TV, even if you only have a computer or tablet.
To further support the transition away from traditional television, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said on that company’s Facebook page yesterday to say that people watched four billion hours of video via Netflix in the first quarter of this year.
African Americans watch more television than other demographics, so it will be interesting to see if this trend catches on in black households. Would you do away with your television?
Picture this: Saturday mornings, a big bowl of Cookie Crisps nestled in your lap as you sat cross-legged on the couch in front of the TV. It was cartoon time at its finest. You worked hard all week at school, and now it was time to relax, get your munch on, and absorb all the colorful, funny characters and storylines weekend cartoons had to offer. Sure the cartoons today are cute and entertaining with its sometimes adult humor, but there’s something nostalgic about the hilarious, goober-goofy toons we grew up on in the 80′s.
La, la – la, la, la, la. Papa smurf and the rest of the tiny, blue gang had us rooting for them in their mushroom-housed village and booing the hated Gargamel and his pesky pet cat, Azreal.
Egypt Sherrod’s voice has become a staple in urban radio. The award-winning broadcaster has hosted shows in top media markets like New York’s 105.1, 100.3 The Beat in Philadelphia, 92Q in Baltimore, and now V103 in Atlanta, in addition to serving as a pop culture pundit on television shows like Access Hollywood. But, you may be surprised to discover her empire includes a successful career in real estate and a charity helping families in her new hometown.
Despite her success in New York City, Egypt felt a pull to relocate from the bustling metropolis to a city with a style all it’s own, Atlanta. The move allowed her to grow her brand to reflect her many passions in life. In addition to taking over hosting duties for HGTV’s Property Virgins, she launched her charity, Egypt Cares Family Foundation.
I caught up with Egypt to discuss how she is navigating the changes in her life, and the variety of ways she promotes her special brand of female and financial empowerment.
MadameNoire: You recently relocated to Atlanta. How did the move impact your career?
Egypt: The move to Atlanta marked the opening of a new chapter in my career. My 12 years on New York radio and television were great for me but I felt like I needed to GO so I could continue to GROW. Atlanta is a different city with a pulse of its own and I was just ready to see new people, places and things. So, currently I’m on V103 in Atlanta & filming season 10 of Property Virgins here.
Madame Noire: How did the opportunity to do Property Virgins come about? How does it complement your brand?
Egypt Sherrod: I’ve always been an HGTV fanatic. As a licensed real estate agent and someone who genuinely has a passion for the industry, I was truly drawn to watching Property Virgins even with its former host. So imagine my surprise when a casting director contacted me because he remembered me from a previous audition and thought that with my real estate expertise I would be a perfect match as the new host of Property Virgins.
MN: When did you become a licensed realtor? What made you want to get involved in that industry?
ES: I’ve been licensed for about eight years. I started out as a real estate investor in my 20′s flipping properties for profit. Then I got wise to the game and figured out if I could become a licensed agent I could keep that commission in my pocket. I got bit by the real estate bug in the process.
MN: Are you an active realtor? How do you juggle running your own business in the midst of everything else you have going on?
ES: Yes my license is active, and my real estate business partner and I still do a number of deals annually. In addition to being involved in residential transactions as part of a successful real estate team doing direct deals, because I speak to millions of viewers nationwide each week by way of my show, we also refer out quite a bit of business to a network of agents across the country. There aren’t enough hours in a day, but by having a great partner and an awesome support staff, we make it work!
For some people the definition of success is attaining a lot of material things. For others it’s fame or fortune. For me, success means being fulfilled and leading a balanced life. I feel that I have truly been blessed in all areas of my life and the only true thing to do is to give back. I compare it to tithing, but I’m tithing of my time, spirit and knowledge.