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Where Are They Now: One Hit Wonders Pt. 2

July 18th, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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If you’re pursuing a dream of “making it,” it seems as though getting fame might be difficult, but maintaining it is even harder.  Let’s take a look at people who were able to make an impact in the music world, and then slowly faded for now.

Where Are They Now? The Cast of “Sparks”

July 7th, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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Hey, you awesome readers!  I hope you’re ready for another “Where are they Now?”  This time, we’re going back to the sweet-sweet days of the 90s with this gem:  “Sparks.”

“Sparks” was about… the Sparks, a central California family with their own law firm, and the details from their daily lives as well.  Though it was only on for two seasons, a lot of talent has come from this cast, so let’s see:  Where are they now?

“I Was Not Fun For 3 Years” Terry McMillan Talks About Forgiving Her Gay Ex Husband

July 3rd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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You don’t even have to have read Terry McMillan’s How Stella Got Her Groove Back to know her story. The art inspired by her life that was in a book, on the big screen and then all over television for the world to see when things went left. Most of us remember the episode of Oprah where McMillan confronted her gay ex husband Jonathan Plummer for the deception and betrayal of marrying her when he knew–or at least had an inkling–that he was gay.

The encounter was not exactly comfortable. You may remember that McMillan’s head was on lean the entire interview and there were more eye rolls than a little bit.

Obviously, the dissolution of a marriage is not easy on anyone but the circumstances behind the ending of this one and the way it played out in the public presumably made it even harder to get over.

But in this Sunday’s upcoming episode of OWN’s “Oprah: Where Are They Now,” McMillan seems to have gotten to that place.

In the video below she talks about the process of forgiving her ex husband.

“People do a lot of things to hurt each other but it takes a different kind of energy, positive energy to forgive someone. And I think mostly, It’s forgiving yourself because being angry is stupid. It really is stupid and it weighs you down and everybody around you feels it. I was not fun for three years.”



McMillan’s episode of “Oprah: Where Are They Now” airs this Sunday, July 6 at 9pm.

“Together Again”: Cast Of “A Different World” Reunite To Chat With Oprah [Photos]

June 12th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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“I know my parents love me, stand behind me cooooome what may…” That was the first thing you would hear every time A Different World started playing on TV (usually on Thursday evenings). The sitcom came on during the good ‘ol days of television–before reality TV, and when there were a wide variety of black folks represented on the silver screen. And now, the cast of the show is reuniting for Oprah Winfrey. 

Cree Summer, who played Freddie Brooks, posted pictures on Instagram with her old cast mates on set of what seems to be the taping of the OWN network’s Where Are They Now? show. While Lisa Bonet, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charnele Brown (Kimberly Reese), Karen Malina White (Charmaine) and Marisa Tomei weren’t present, all the other main characters showed up and still look pretty good! That includes Daryl M. Bell, Sinbad, Dawnn Lewis, Summer, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy and Debbie Allen, who produced and often directed the show.

This isn’t the first time that the cast has reunited for TV. In 2006, Nick at Nite did a week-long marathon of A Different World episodes, and some of the cast came together to reminisce.

In 2012, Allen said that she would like to reboot the show for a new audience, and many people seemed to like the idea. But nothing will touch the greatness of the original, and this cast of characters.

Check out pics from the cast’s time with Oprah below and on the next page.



Where Are They Now? The Black TV Moms Edition

May 12th, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!  To celebrate this moment, we’re bringing you some of the best TV mothers in the game.

TV mothers have always been the backbone in many series.  They were the voice of reason, undying love, and would put you in place with a smile on their faces without raising their tones.  So let’s go down the line with some of the best TV moms that have graced our television screens and see what they’ve been up to:

Where Are They Now? The Cast of “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper”

April 2nd, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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Hey All!  Are you ready for another Where Are They Now?  I sure hope so!

This time, we’re going back to the greatness that was TGIF and remember the greatness that was Mr. Cooper and the people who was hangin’ with him.  The show, which was a sister series to “Full House,” became a very successful component to the TGIF lineup and lasted for five seasons.  But where are these actors now?

Where Are They Now? The Cast of “My Wife and Kids”

March 11th, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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For years, after “The Cosby Show,” and “Family Matters,” there seemed to be a void shows that exhibited the life of a black family that wasn’t just stereotypical, but could also cross social, racial, and economic boundaries so it was enjoyable to all audiences.  “My Wife and Kids” was that show.  With a predominantly Black cast, and lead by the comedic stylings of Damon Wayans, the show was a hit for five seasons.  But, where are these actors now?


Where Are They Now? Motown Edition

March 5th, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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During the days when black music was a very viable commodity, but African Americans weren’t getting their pay, due, or credit, Berry Gordy Jr. decided to create a home for talented musicians.  Born in Detroit, Michigan, also known as “Motor Town,” Mr. Gordy created Motown records, which allowed talented people of color the means of getting their voices and talents out to the masses.  Many great talents came out from the Motown label and its subsidiaries.  Happily we know the success of people like Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, The Jackson 5 and others.  On the other end of the spectrum, sadly, we know the fate of a few, like:  Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells (The Queen of Motown), The Temptations, Rick James, and Teena Marie, but where are the others now?


Where Are They Now? Reality TV One-Hit Wonders From Basketball Wives And Love and Hip Hop

February 19th, 2014 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Reality TV isn’t for everybody, and the following people learned that the hard way. They had bottles thrown at them, their purses stolen, their business put on blast and their hearts broken all for the sake of ratings, yet, they didn’t make it past one season. Where are they now and what are they up to?


Meeka Claxton

Claxton couldn’t get a break on Basketball Wives Miami. She was either talking herself into drama or she was getting popped in the head by the always crunk Tami Roman. After not getting an invite to return to the show, Claxton went on to do bigger and better things. She has done a few event appearances here and there, supported charity efforts for things like lupus, continued on with her entrepreneurial work (including the clothing brand “Privileged,” as well as Claxton Productions and Million Dollar Girlz), and of course, has blasted Basketball Wives since leaving, speaking on Laura Govan’s comments that Shaunie O’Neal has ruined the show by putting “hos” on it instead of wives:
“It’s the truth. Besides Jennifer and myself there wasn’t any [actual wives]. I’m rich. She definitely wasn’t talking about me. My man got a championship ring. She definitely wasn’t talking about us. I got the ring. The wives ring.

I agree with her. I felt it wasn’t a true representation of the lifestyle.”

Meeka II

Remember Hydeia Broadbent? The Girl Living With AIDS Is All Grown Up And Talks Life At 29

January 21st, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Oprah’s had plenty of memorable guests over the course of her 25 year talk show. You may remember one of those people was Hydeia Broadbent back in the 1996. With her hoop nose ring, thick braids and squeaky voice, an 11 year old Hydeia explained what it was like living with AIDS. Born HIV positive Hydeia had symptoms of full blown AIDS at just 5 years old.

“I had had fungus in my brain, blood infections, pneumonia. I went Code blue a couple of times. And when I was 5, that’s when they said I had full blown AIDS.”

Hydeia, who had up until that point, appeared to be the pinnacle of composure and poise, broke down when Oprah asked her what was the hardest part about living with the disease. She said: “When your friends die. That’s the hardest part because you love them and you always lose a friend to AIDS…a lot of my friends have died of AIDS.”

But despite the unimaginable struggles of he life, Hydeia, even at 11, had a positive outlook. She told Oprah, “If you stay in your bed and feel sorry for yourself…and say, ‘I’m going to die’ then why get up and try to make a difference? But if you say, ‘Today’s another day. I can get up, I can do something, you can make something positive.’”

Though Hydeia had not been expected to live past childhood, today, at almost 30, caught up with the people over at OWN to speak about her life since the show, the emotional struggles of her childhood, the challenges she still faces, dating with AIDS and what she hopes to accomplish next.

Check out her inspirational story in the video below.

Young HIV Activist Hydeia Broadbent Defies the Odds

Hydeia Broadbent was born with HIV in the ’80s, and by the time she was 6 years old, she’d already become a well-known activist and public speaker. Over the years, this former Oprah Show guest has inspired millions, including NBA legend Magic Johnson. Now, Hydeia opens up about dating, turning 30 and her plans to start a nonprofit organization.

You can take a look back at Hydeia’s original appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1996, here.