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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.

Where Are They Now: The Cast Of ‘Soul Food’ (The Show AND Movie)

December 2nd, 2013 - By Deron Dalton
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It’s the holiday season and that has us thinking about one of our favorite holiday, family movies: Soul Food. It’s black cinema at its best and one of the most authentic and entertaining. So you know we have to highlight the crazy characters and actors portraying them, right? But if we do the movie, we have to do the equally successful series. And with great ensemble casts, we know you’re dying to know where the stars of both the motion picture and series are today after such a highlight in each of their careers. So let’s take a look and see what these characters have been up to since we last saw them on the big and small screen.

Where Are They Now? The Super-Fine, Black Sitcom Boyfriends (And Husbands) We Wanted For Ourselves

June 20th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Some of the best shows from the ’90s and early ’00s had everything. Good writing, great acting, and good looking men. These brothas brought some of our favorite characters happiness, drama, and a good time, and for us, they brought eye candy we were looking for on our favorite TV nights (Monday used to be THE day to watch TV on UPN back in the day!). So where have some of our favorite crushes gone? Let’s take a look shall we! Be warned, some have changed not necessarily for the worst…but let’s just say they’ve changed a lot.

Fredro Starr

Quinton “Q” Brooks played by Fredro Starr on Moesha

Now they knew damn well that “Q” didn’t look like nobody’s high school student. On for two seasons and occasionally returning, Q was Moesha’s longest relationship, and probably the one that brought her the most drama. Fredro Starr of the hip-hop group Onyx played this role, and had some serious acting experience previous to playing Q (Clockers anyone?). Afterwards, he kept acting in a little bit of everything, including roles in Save The Last Dance, playing gunman Bird on The Wire, and still focusing on his music. He recently had beef with DMX of all people. As for what he’s looking like, these days, he looks okay…




Where Are They Now? 10 Of Our Favorite TV Dads From Classic Black Comedies

June 13th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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With Father’s Day right around the corner (seriously, have you picked up a gift yet?), we thought we’d take a minute out to shout out some of our favorite black TV dads who made some of our favorite shows even better and see what they’re looking like now. Some of them we’ve highlighted in previous “Where Are They Now?” profiles, some of them we haven’t, but all of them are familiar faces we thought were outstanding dads in one way or another (and we thought we’d stick to the ones still in the world).


James Avery as Uncle Phil/Philip Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 

“Big ‘ol uncle Phil was always known for his temper, but good heart. While he might throw Jazz out by his shirt and snap at Will at any given moment, he was also there for Will when he needed him (remember the episode where Will’s dad bailed on him??). After the show ended, Avery worked on the show “Sparks,” guest starred on “That ’70s Show,” “The Closer,” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” and also did movies including Hair Show and Who’s Your Caddy? He’s still working and still doing big things.”

Where Are They Now? Real R&B Divas/Soul Singers Who Deserved More Shine

April 18th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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I’m sure you were somewhere getting in your feelings to the jams of these ladies. If not, you were pretending to be more cultured because you knew the words to Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason,” either way, the women behind some of our favorite emotional jams had more talent in their pinky fingers than most singers had in their whole bodies. Many achieved a pretty good level of success, and some are happy just making music, but they’re very underrated to us.

Where Are They Now? Female Child/Teen Stars From Some Of Our Favorite ’90s Movies & TV Shows

April 11th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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These little ladies were some of just a few faces we used to see all over the place in the ’90s playing somebody’s daughter, sister, or friend. They were very talented, but like many people who start acting early, many of the young ladies on this list took a break at a certain point so that they could live normally. While a few got back into TV and film, others are trying their hand at new ventures. So where are they all now? Let’s see…

Anna Chlumsky

While she has worked on and off over the years in many different roles and guest roles, we loved Chlumsky as the feisty tomboy Vada in My Girl and My Girl 2, with My Girl being one of the most unexpected emotional films ever. I still can’t get over Macaulay Culkin’s death in that movie *sigh*

But anywho, Chlumsky became a pretty big star after doing the franchise, yet for a good span of years in the late ’90s, she just did guest roles. But recently, the now 32-year-old, who worked in journalism for a few years, has returned to film and TV. She has a role on the HBO series, Veep, is married, and just announced last month that she’s expecting her first child.