When the new cast for this upcoming season of “Dancing With the Stars” were revealed, I was more surprised about the Colt 45 man than the reality show queen.
Apparently, Billy Dee Williams (age 76) is still alive and kicking because he will appear on Season 18 of DWTS. Yes! The smooth operator (with the good hair) from the beer commercials, “Mahogany”, “Star Wars”, and many other film classics is making a comeback. This time, however, Williams will be showcasing his smooth one-two steps on America’s favorite dancing show.
Along with Williams, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes (age 46) will make her debut. I’m sure thousands of RHOA fans will be tuned in just to see what Mrs. Leakes can do (besides the obvious…twerk). Also, a few more familiar faces will fill out the cast: Drew Carey (age 55; “The Drew Carey Show”), Candance Cameron Bure (age 37; “Full House”), Danica McKeller (age 39; “The Wonder Years”), James Maslow (age 23; “Big Time Rush”), Diana Nyad (age 64; swimmer), Sean Avery (age 33; hockey player), Cody Simpson (age 17; Australian pop singer), Charlie White (ice skater), Meryl Davis (ice skater), and Amy Purdy (snowboarder).
The 18th season of DWTS airs March 17th.
Actor Terrance Howard and actress Taraji P. Henson will star in the upcoming Fox drama series “Empire“. The additional great news is that super-producer, Timbaland, has signed on as the official songwriter and producer for the show pilot.
“Empire”, which was written by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, is a fictional story about an overachieving businessman Lucious Lyon (Howard). Set within the backdrop of hip-hop, Lyon is on a mission to make his company, Empire Entertainment, bigger than life by going public.
While Lyon goes above and beyond to maintain Empire Ent., his wife Cookie Lyon (Henson) is ready to take back what’s hers – after spending 17 years in prison for dealing drugs. Apparently, the drug money has been the bread and butter for Empire Ent..
Sounds interesting…will you be watching if/when “Empire” comes to television?
After taking over Larry King’s primetime spot in 2011, Piers Morgan will soon say goodbye to the network.
With ratings falling short, CNN is calling it quits to “Piers Morgan Live”. The inability to gain traction from viewership in the 9pm time slot has caused the program to dip in ratings. Although “Piers Morgan Live” continued in the same realm as Larry King’s show, Morgan believes his British background and views on gun laws are also causes for the show’s demise.
“Look, I am a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns, which has been very polarizing,” he said. “There is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it.”
A spokesperson for CNN says the network does not have a final “end” date as of yet. But, the network does plan to re-energize their primetime programming.
Read more HERE…
The Ratchet Report: An Ex-Wife’s Outrageous Child Support Request, Hospital Charges $81K for Snake-Bite Meds, & Bieber’s Miami DUI
Jon Cryer’s ex-wife Request More Child Support
An LA Judge denies claims from Sarah Trigger for an increase in child support…. We all know Jon Cryer as Alan Harper from the popular CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men”. Jon Cryer played alongside Charlie Sheen who played the role of his brother, Charlie Harper, which has since been replaced by Ashton Kutcher. It was reported by TMZ that his ex-wife requested more money from the actor in child support. Sarah Trigger pleaded her case to a judge stating that she needed the additional money to be able to keep up with the wealthy kids her son went to school and associated with. She also made claims that she needed the money because her son was subject to humiliation from other kids because of his financial status not being able to purchase lavish things. Trigger later went on to tell the judge that Cryer made enough money from “Two and a Half Men” to increase her child support from (get this) $8,000 a month to $88,000 a month. The judge denied her request and demanded that Trigger cut back her spending habits.
Case Dismissed Sarah Trigger… You won’t be able to get rich this time around.
The $89,000 Snake Bite
NC man charged over $89,000 for a hospital visit… 54 year-old Eric Ferguson from Mooresville, NC was shocked when he received a hospital bill after being treated for a snake bite. According to the Charlotte Observer, Ferguson was rushed to Lake Norman Regional Center after being bit by a snake, while taking out his trash. Ferguson was reported to be in the hospital for 18 hours and had to be treated with a four-vial dose of medication. When Ferguson received the bill, he was very alarmed after reading the breakdown of charges that included an $81,000 charge for the four-vial anti-venom medication. After coming out of shock, Ferguson and his wife searched the web for the same medication that they found for as low as $750. Lucky Ferguson had insurance and his bill was reduced to $20,227 which he was only responsible for $5,400 for his deductible and co-pay.
That must have been one hell of a bite!
Bieber’s Miami DUI Saga New Developments
Justin Bieber pleads not guilty to charges in Miami court … New reports are surfacing on the Justin Bieber DUI case in Miami. In addition to the DUI charge, the teen star is also being charged with resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license. In court, Bieber pleaded not guilty to the charges and Florida police reports also show that his blood alcohol breath test was only a .14, which is under the legal limit. Bieber did admit to drinking one beer and smoking marijuana and taking prescription pills. There were also allegations that Bieber was drag racing and his father closed off streets for him to do so. Hollywood Life reported that there was a GPS tracker in the car from the company the car was rented from and Bieber was only reported going 20 mph. Bieber is still under fire however things may be looking more in his favor.
The “Bieber” that cried wolf was telling the truth after all…
This week “Really Award” goes to Sarah Trigger for trying to convince a judge to give her an additional $80,000 per month with such a weak case. She is basically exploiting (urban dictionary: pimping) her child for more than extra cash.
Photo Credit: MassAppealNews, KRMG, USNews
VH1′s ‘Single Ladies’ Season 3 Premiere Ranked High with 2.6 Million Viewers + Episode 1 [FULL VIDEO]
The sexy, independent and sophisticated ladies of “Single Ladies” returned to cable television on Monday night (Jan. 6). After taking a back seat for over a year since Season 2, VH1 and Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment returned with Season 3 with an impressive viewership of 2.6 million people.
“Single Ladies” season 3 premiered with familiar faces. LisaRaye McCoy (Keisha), Denise Vasi (Raquel), Charity Shea (April), D.B. Woodside (Malcolm), Travis Winfrey (Omar), Terrell Tilford (Sean), Harold “House” Moore (Terrance) all returned and kept the spicy drama going as if they’d never left. To add more angles to the plot, new cast members LeToya Luckett (Felicia Price), Damien Dante Wayans (David Berenger) and Lesley- Ann Brandt (Naomi Cox) are among the crew that will make things heat up.
Season 3 synopsis:
The premiere jumps three months ahead with a lavish wedding, leading to a new romance and new personal challenges for Raquel (Denise Vasi), April (Charity Shea), Keisha (LisaRaye McCoy) and Omar (Travis Winfrey). Raquel turns her focus to her boutique, Indulgence, and soon finds passion in an unexpected partnership. April lands the opportunity of a lifetime working for one of Atlanta’s most powerful music managers, Felicia Price (LeToya Luckett), who rules her company and the music world with an iron stiletto. While navigating Price Management, April gets embroiled into an ongoing rivalry with her newcolleague David Berenger (Damien Dante Wayans). As Keisha and Malcolm (D.B.Woodside) return to Atlanta from travelling around the world, their relationship is threatened by a sudden tragedy, a mysterious woman, Naomi Cox, (Lesley-Ann Brandt) and other unexpected secrets.
In case you missed the first episode of Season 3, watch “One Wedding and a Funeral” in its entirety below:
“Single Ladies” airs on Mondays at 9PM ET/PT on VH1.
DID YOU SEE EPISODE 1? WHAT DID YOU THINK? SHOULD THE ‘SINGLE LADIES’ HAVE RETURNED?
Gabrielle Union returns to BET as Mary Jane Paul in “Being Mary Jane”. Scheduled to air on January 7, 2014, Mary Jane embarks on a new journey filled with unresolved issues involving life, love, work, and family.
Recently, BET hosted a premiere event for the new season. Cast mates shared more insight on their characters and what viewers can expect to see when the show airs.
Check out the video from the show’s premiere event:
“Being Mary Jane” airs Tuesdays at 10pm Est.
Jamaican-born, Tessane Chin, took the crown last night as winner of this season’s “The Voice”. Chin’s powerful vocals made her the most likely candidate to win the singing competition. The win was a very emotional one. She stated that she almost gave up her career. But luckily she made the decision to audition for the show.
“I was literally at the end of a road, you know, and coming to a place in my life where I was like, `Am I going to keep doing this and feeling like I’m not getting anywhere? Or am I going to give this another shot?’ And thank God, thank God, I was able to give it another shot,” she said. (AP)
Chin was a member of Maroon 5′s Adam Levine’s team. This is the second time that Team Adam has one the competition.
Watch her finale performance of “I Have Nothing”:
In its third season, “X Factor” has seen a constant dive in viewership. Several factors could be the cause: the judges, the type of show, or Simon Cowell himself. Whatever the case, Cowell sees major changes to come for the fourth season.
During a recent teleconference, Cowell acknowledged that some changes are needed if he expects “X Factor” to survive. For instance, he is in talks with the network about cutting back from a two-day show to just airing one day. Right now, Demi Lavato, Kelly Rowland, and Paulino Rubio are in the judges seats. But, we can expect a huge change up there next season. Cowell also expressed that he may give up his judges seat in order to take on another role on the show.
Good luck with that! The singing contest shows are becoming outdated. There are too many of these shows (i.e. “American Idol”, “The Voice”) that are all competing against one another. Although the judging rules are much different, the fact that they are all “singing” related makes them actually similiar.
What do you think? Should the singing contest shows be over and done with?
Mannnn…the writers at South Park are so wrong for this!
In a hilarious season finale, the cray cartoon characters of South Park paid homage to one of pop culture’s favorite couples. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian became the butt of jokes as the television show made fun of Kim’s post-baby body. The character Butter wanted to date someone like Kim. He said because “she takes care of herself an dknows how to look good and has perfect skin”. But, leave it up to one of his classmates to throw on the hate.
Wendy went in on Kim saying she has “the body of a Hobbit”. She also said “Kim is a short overweight woman who manipulates her image and make average girls feel horrible about themselves.”
Of course, her fiance’ was not left off the hook. South Park shoed Kanye going into one of his rants and even snatching the microphone from the Pope. The Pope, mind you, was in the middle of accepting an award from Time Magazine for “Person of the Year”.
South Park also did their own parody of Kanye’s “Bound 2″ video. Hilarious!
Watch the a clip of the episode below:
Hip Hop legend Rev Run, of Run DMC, is returning to television in 2014 and he’s bringing along the gang. Starting on January 4, the DIY network will premiere their new show “Rev Run Renovation”. The show will follow the family (Rev, Justine, Diggy, Russy, and Miley) as they begin major renovations to their 9,000 square foot New Jersey home.
Rev Run and his wife Justine run into a difference of opinion when it comes to design choices for their new space. While Justine wants a new European high end kitchen, for instance, Run on the other hand has his sights on a mini indoor pool and spa.
“You’ll see me and Justine talking about how she wants this house to be transformed—it’s all about her vision,” said Run. “Most of our arguments, like any other couple going through this, revolve around the budget.”
The kids will join in on the fun too as all three (Diggy, Russy, and Miley) all want new custom bedrooms and bathrooms.
“Rev Run’s Renovation” is produced by Rev Run and Michael Lehman. The 10-episode series will air every Saturday at 10pm ET.
The Braxton clan will hit the game show circuit this week to try their hand at winning a few stacks. Set to premiere on December 11 and 12, Trina, Towanda, and Traci Braxton will appear on an episode of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”. As you know, the new hip version of this game show is now hosted by comedian/actor, Cedric The Entertainer. The new season began airing in October. So far, the viewership has been through the roof. While most of us would cringe if we knew we had to tape five shows per day, Cedric told reporters recently that he’s maintaining. Luckily, he works with a staff who keeps the show high-energy and fun.
The sisters will be on “Millionaire” playing for their favorite charity.
Check out their promo spot below:
One of our favorite teams on cable television has returned with an all-new action packed season. The crew of Tremont Towing is serving up more drama and pulling more cars on the streets of Miami, Florida.
“South Beach Tow” has garnered viewers from all over creating a cult-like following. You can credit the crazy antics of the cast members for solidifying the show as a certified hit for the network. Now in season 3, the Tremont Towing crew (Christie, Bernice, Robert Jr., Eddie, Jerome, and Perez ) is no longer under the direct guidance of the owner, Robert Ashenoff. The garage is now overseen by its new General Manager, Christie. She has her hands full, not only with the team, but also with the eccentric group of disgruntle drivers who enter the facility on a daily.
This season, Tremont Towing moves from their old spot to a new tow yard. But, the new location only fuels the shenanigans between the drivers. Our girl, Bernice, continues to show everyone who’s boss. She is dealt with a leg injury this time around. However, this doesn’t slow her down from doing her job and getting that check. She tells it like it is and that’s why she’s still a fan favorite. STACKS Magazine had the opportunity to interview Bernice during Season 1 and 2. Check it out by clicking the links below!
“South Beach Tow” definitely gives viewers enough excitement to hold them over from week to week. So, join the hype and tune in to Tru TV every Wednesday @ 10PM!
Watch the latest Season 3, Ep. 4 below:
Miami Heat star, Dwyane Wade penned his first book and now it’s being developed into a television show.
The show will be called “Three The Hard Way” and will be a comedy inspired by Wade’s best-selling book. The show is written by Ben Watkins (“Burn Notice”) and is based on the NBA superstar after he gets full custody of his kids. His wide range of close friends tag along, but soon realizes that they are assisting Wade in parenting duties.
Watkins and Wade are executive producing the show along with Mike Tollin of Mandalay Sports Media and Justin Lin, Danielle Woodrow, and Troy Craig Poon through Lin’s Perfect Storm Entertainment.
This will be the first project out of Wade’s ZZ Productions company.
Spike Lee Being Sued for $1.2 Million for “Stupid” Trayvon Martin Tweet + ‘Next Chapter’ Episode w/Oprah [Video]
Film director, Spike Lee, is in the news again. This time for a costly backlash surrounding a tweet sent out to millions regarding the Trayvon Martin situation.
An elderly couple in Florida says they experienced a lot of hate mail and unwanted media attention because of Spike Lee. Elaine and David McClain claims in their lawsuit that Spike’s tweet included their home address. Spike’s tweet was based off of the address information that one of his followers tweeted, which he assumed was the address of George Zimmerman. However, Mrs. McClain says that address was in fact theirs and someone confused the two because she has a son who’s last name is Zimmerman and middle name is George. Strange coincidence, right?
Well, although Spike and the couple originally reached a settlement agreement of $10,000 back in 2012, the McClain’s lawyer insists that the hate mail, emails, and an ongoing media presence outside of their home. Therefore, an apology at this point is simply not enough. Court documents details their reason for the lawsuit.
“As the legal, proximate and direct result of Defendant’s negligence, gross negligence, recklessness, conscious indifference, and/or willfulness, plaintiffs were required to temporarily relocate,” reads the court filing. (via Smoking Gun)
Although the court documents didn’t list a specific amount in which they seek. But it is believed that the nature of this case could end up costing Spike Lee up to $1.2 million.
During Spike’s sit down with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday night’s episode of the”Next Chapter”, he vaguely talked about the case but knows that his actions were “stupid”.
“I don’t know what my intention was,” Lee told Winfrey. “But angry is not a justification for stupidity.
“There’s nothing I can say that can defend what I did. It was stupid.”
Watch Spike Lee’s response to Oprah about the tweet below:
Source: NY Daily News/Oprah.com
Kim Jung Un, the notorious leader of the North Korean government, is speculated to have ordered the murders of its local citizens. The reason for these horrific deaths, however, is surprising and simply unjustifiable.
According to news reports, several group executions were carried out in various cities within North Korea. The group executions were done publicly and is believed to have been the last known whereabouts for close to 100 people. The North Korean are strict when it comes to what citizens can do in their everyday lives. One thing that is not allowed is the viewing of South Korean television shows. South Korean TV shows are popular in North Korea and are oftentimes smuggled on DVDs and flash drives.
Noth Korea believes television shows promotes opposing rhetoric and could potentially change the mindsets of its people. Therefore, South Korean shows are banned in the entire country. Individuals caught watching or storing these shows will be and have been put to death. In early November, witnesses in Wonsan, North Korea, said 10,000 people were packed in a sports stadium to watch the execution of 8 people.
SMH…this is so sad. And the U.S. wonders why we have so many foreigners to migrate here. It is undeniably dreadful to live in other countries.
Eminem and his lyrical bandits, Slaughterhouse, took over BET’s “Rap City” with conversations and freestyles. For one night only, Big Tigger returned to his roots as he hosted this special freestyle session in “The Backroom” (formerly called “The Basement”). The radio/television host sat down with Eminem for a one-on-one discussion. Eminem just dropped his Marshall Mathers 2 album and is making his press rounds to discuss the new project. The album is expected to debut at 750,000 copies sold the first week. As always, Slim Shady still remains one of the best emcees with the ability to sell records despite industry ups and downs.
During the “Rap City” episode, the rest of the crew joined in on some microphone fun in “The Backroom”. Slaughterhouse gang’s Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9′, Crooked I, and Eminem spit a hot 16 for the viewers. Even Big Tigger took to the mic to show he still got a few bars left.
Check out their freestyle session below:
For producers who may be sitting on boat loads of music and would like to make money in television, here’s some information that may be of benefit. With the television and film projects on a never-ending cycle, there are many opportunities for talented producers to get their songs placed into a TV program. But, to go about doing this, you have to be diligent, patient, business-minded, and importantly…connected to the right people.
First, if you are connected to a music publishing company, this is good. Most of the time locating television opportunities will start there. The publishing company can help promote your music catalogues to various television and film production outlets. If you have a hardworking publishing representative, he or she will work diligently to push your CD packages, catalogue lists, email samplers, songbooks, etc to various places. If not the rep, then the publishing company’s TV and film department will search for opportunities and secure placements for its clients.
Another way to try to get your songs into television programs is to network with film production companies. Establishing a good working relationship with the key individuals who work in the actual music department of these companies, can prove to be very valuable. The tighter the relationship the better chances you have in knowing what programs are coming down the line. This way you will have the heads up and an opportunity to submit your samples first.
In addition, independent music consultants or music clearance companies can be of help too. Of course, the internet is always a good source. There are music websites that allow producers to upload their samples and catalogues for others to listen. You never know when or which television production company is scouring through music online. Who knows? They may hear one of your tracks and contact you directly.
A key thing to know is what exactly are they looking for. Television production companies may be working on a futuristic 2050-inspired show and is in search of music that can represent that time frame. If you are privy to that info, sort through your catalogue and only submit samples that can represent 2050. Do not send over music that sound like it’s from the 1990′s or 1980′s. That is not what they asked for. However, if there is a television scene (at some point) that reflects back to 1990, then wait until they make the request before you submit any songs.
The goals is to make the right connections in this business to where you can hop on these opportunities first. If you are serious about your craft and know that your music is worthy of air time, always keep your finger on the pulse of what’s going on in television and film, make the proper connections, and be ready to hand over some great music when that time comes.
We’ll get a little deeper into the business of television and music production later on. Until then, use this info as a reference to help you get started.
Rihanna is ready to place her mark on television with new fashion-competition series, Styled to Rock.
The Barbados-born singer, along with three additional mentors, will give 12 up-and-coming designers the opportunity to create fresh, hip, and innovative clothing for some of the industries most successful artists. The winner will receive the title of America’s Next Trendsetting designer, $100,000 in cash, a feature in Glamour magazine, and a chance to become a member of the design team on Rihanna’s clothing line.
Each week, Pharrell Williams, Erin Wasson, and Rihanna’s personal stylist Mel Ottenberg will mentor the designers. While going through real-life demanding situations, the contestants will have a limited time to create an innovative outfit and complete look based on the celebrities’ detailed brief. The mentors will critique the looks and determine if their designs are worthy to be seen by the celebrity. Of course, if any contestant doesn’t design up to the standard, they could possibly face elimination.
Weekly designs will be chosen and the winning outfit will be worn by the celebrity to an upcoming red carpet event. For those designs that didn’t fit the bill, those designers will be mentored and given sound advice on how to improve. This will continue until a final winner of Styled to Rock is chosen.
Here’s a sneak peek:
Styled to Rock premieres tonight on Bravo TV, 8PM Est!
Chile….the new season of Real Housewives of Atlanta is going to be nothing less than a bunch of hot mess.
In a new extended preview of what’s to come, Bravo TV released the video giving us sneak peek. From the looks of it, a lot of relationships turn for the worst for the ladies. With NeNe and Greg enjoying the fruits of their labor on their spin-off “I Dream of NeNe”, it looks like their marital issues will take a backseat in comparison to the others. Kandi and Todd is in the middle of planning their wedding but things are going haywire. Her mom, Momma Joyce is seen going ballistic towards Kandi’s bestfriend whom she claims may be laying up with Todd. SMH…
Even after having their second child, Phaedra and Apollo is still going through it after season 5′s reunion show. During the reunion, Kenya brought up the fact that Apollo was trying to get with her (aka sleep with her). This season that story line is still fresh and Phaedra is determined to get the bottom of this foolishness. But, the word on the street is that Kenya may not be the only one Apollo has been pushing up on. Hmmm…
Kenya has secured her spot on season 6 and is in the middle of a bitter home ownership fight. She also becomes best buds with Marlo Hampton (whom is said to be having beef with her original bud, NeNe Leakes). What other foolishness Kenya has up her sleeve this season, who knows. We’ll soon find out.
Poor Porsha. After season 5, her and her hubby split. So, she’s on this crusade of getting her life together…and hopefully find a new man. It’s unfortunate that the ATL beauty has to start all over. But, this is probably for the best.
Cynthia and Peter is having financial trouble again. I guess they are going to drag this story line out until they can’t drag it no more. Nevertheless, it’s good to see that they are staying strong even after many people thought their marriage wouldn’t last past one year.
If you are ready for the new season of RHOA, look no further because the ladies are on their way. Season 6 airs November 3rd at 8PM eastern.
In November 2012, several key television and film industry professionals hosted a pitch summit in Atlanta. [READ HERE] The summit allowed aspiring television producers to their ideas and gain instant feedback. Well, this year the group that is spearheading this event is taking things digital.
The Atlanta Pitch Summit 2013 will be conducted via online through a web-based program. The webinar will live and include professionals in production, networks, studios, and agencies. If you have started a project or finished a script, this webinar is a must. The only requirement is that you MUST have a treatment, script, or video and is ready to shop your project to various outlets.
If memory serves us, the show “The New Atlanta” (formerly called “Taking Atlanta”) was a pitch idea that came out of the 2012 summit. As you can see, Mona Scott-Young took a liking to the idea and turned into a reality show on Bravo. So, you never know what may happen with your project.
For more information, go to http://www.areyoupitchreadytvandfilm.eventbrite.com or www.tyjohnston.tv.
The BET Hip Hop Awards 2013 aired last night with millions of viewers tuned in to see their favorite artists. Many of the artist took home awards, but L.A.’s Kendrick Lamar lead the pack with a total of 5 awards.
- Best Featured Verse
- Lyricist of the Year
- Best Collabo
- MVP of the Year
- Album of the Year
The Top Dawg Entertainment artist has been on everyone’s radar since he dropped his first album M.A.A.D. City. Since then, he’s reached a new height in fan appreciation and respect from his peers. Most recently, however, Kendrick sparked a big controversy when he released a lethal 16-bars on Big Sean’s “Control” song. He called out many of his peers, not in disrespect, but as homage for them being some of the young cats (in his league) that he admire. In the song, he also called himself the King of New York. This didn’t sit too well with a few New York rappers. Needless to say, the hoopla surrounding the “Control” verse has died down. Until the BET Hip Hop awards rolled around.
In another blow to the dome, Kendrick used his time during the TDE cypher to continue his wrath on the competition. Once again he proved why he’s one of the best and not afraid to challenge other emcees. Not to take away from the rest of the TDE camp…SchoolBoy Q, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul all did their thing. When you think of lyricists as a group, TDE is right up there with Slaughterhouse. A group of young men that bring their A game to the mic consistently.
But, in case you missed Kendrick’s verse, we’ve got it for you.
Kendrick Lamar & TDE Cypher
Dammit man! We are still in awe about Kendrick’s verse. People can hate on the man. But you can not deny that he has the “it” factor and he truly has talent as a lyricist.
In case you missed the other cyphers, BET has forwarded over the official video footage from the broadcast. Check them out below:
A$AP Mob Cypher
Jon Conner & Friends Cypher
Lil Kim & Friends Cypher
The Real Husbands of Hollywood Cypher
The Slaughterhouse Cypher
(via press release)
Who says hip hop doesn’t have a sense of humor? Uncle Snoop flexes his funny bone taking center stage as host of HIP HOP AWARDS 2013. Premiering Tuesday, October 15th at 8 P.M. ET/PT, HIP HOP AWARDS 2013 celebrates the year in hip hop music with performances from rap’s elite including Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Future, Meek Mill, Diddy, Rick Ross and more. A surprise reunion from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony brought the crowd to its feet while rap icon MC Lyte was the recipient of the prestigious “I Am Hip Hop” award.
It wouldn’t be the Hip Hop Awards without the ever popular cyphers including a special treat from the REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOOD, but the hilarity from Kevin Hart and the gang doesn’t stop there.
Source: BET Press
The hilarious fellas of “Real Husbands of Hollywood” (RHOH) will return to BET with an all new season two. In back-to-back episodes, RHOH will air immediately following the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards at 10PM EST. The original cast will return with Kevin Hart, Nelly, Nick Cannon, Boris Kodjoe, J.B. Smoove, and Duane Martin. Cynthia Kay McWilliams will also return, however, Robin Thicke took a hiatus in order to focus on the his music.
According to BET, this season will promise on-screen cameos from Khloe Kardashian-Odom, Conan O’Brien, Wanda Sykes, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Kelly Rowland, Anthony Anderson, and even Katie Couric.
To take a look into what’s upcoming for RHOH, check out the ”Hell Of A Fundraiser” sneak peek below:
With the transfer of K. Michelle from Atlanta to New York, the new season of Love & Hip Hop looks like it’s going to be a wild one. But the R&B singer won’t be alone. Some of season 3 cast members are returning, along with a few new ones, so we can rest assure that viewers won’t lack anything in the drama department.
Love And Hip Hop is back, and while some of our favorite faces are returning, there’s also a new batch of women in this mix, and they’re not messing around. Rich Dollaz and Erica Mena have returned, broken up, and Erica’s got a new love. A lady love. Joe and Tahiry are back, too, but whether or not they’re off or on depends on the day. And K.Michelle had joined the mix and brings some Atlanta flavor to NYC. Watch this all-new promo to get your first taste of what’s in store for season four. (VH1)
This season should be good. Last season, the NYC crew didn’t live up to the expectations as did Atlanta. Hopefully, Erica’s new love interest and K. Michelle’s new entry into the bunch will prove beneficial for the producers and the network.
Watch the trailer below:
In other VH1 news, one of favorite couples Chrissy and Jim Jones are back with another season of “Chrissy & Mr. Jones“.
This season, it looks like Chrissy is grabbing entrepreneurial life by the bull horns and trying to make a real name for herself. Will this come with a few setbacks? Probably so. Because it seems as though Jim’s 10 year old son has now moved into their household. We can only imagine what issues stirs up because of this. In addition, the hilarity associated with Jim’s mother, Mama Jones will be another reason to tune in. Apparently, Mama Jones is writing a book on love and relationships. LOL…
Check out the sneak peek of the “Chrissy & Mr. Jones”:
Kudos for Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson for reaching out to the kids in Los Angeles. In a new reality show, 50 Cent and Jamie Oliver come together to help inspire trouble teens. “Dream School” will offer 15 Los Angeles teens the opportunity to learn first hand how to become successful in areas such as politics, music, science, and film. In a recent interview, 50 Cent expressed how sometimes it take a pop icon to deliver a message to teens that others can’t seem to get them to understand.
“I think it’s easier to receive messages that are not traditional, especially if it’s someone that’s an icon or someone that’s familiar in pop culture. It allows the kids to not be blocked by feeling like this person doesn’t actually understand or doesn’t relate to what’s going on at the moment.”
“Dream School” will premiere on the Sundance Channel, Monday, October 7 at 10/9c.
Want To Go To Space? Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson & NBC Team Up for ‘Space Race’ Competition Show
Billionaire owner of Virgin Airlines, Richard Branson, is ready to take his Virgin Galactic spacecraft to the moon. But, he’s willing to fly one person for free when the first flight take place. However, there is one kick. That lucky person must become the winner on a new competition show titles “Space Race”.
Branson and television producer, Mark Burnett have partnered up to develop the competition show for NBC. The first flight to space is rumored to occur sometime in 2014. The space craft has been going through rigorous testing at a Virgin Galactic facility.
Virgin has been testing its rocket-powered space vehicle this year, with pilots reaching a height of 69,000 feet on a Sept. 5 flight that landed in the Mojave Desert near Virgin Galactic’s facility there. Virgin has said the goal is to begin commercial flights next year, with Branson and his family taking the first ride.
The first flight into space is almost booked up. Branson has already received seat reservations from 640 people totaling $80 million. Wow! So, if you are eager to take that trip into space, make sure you have no less than $125,000 to spend.
No word yet on when “Space Race” will air on NBC. If we hear of any auditions dates or when its scheduled to premiere, we will let you.
The concept of televised paternity testing and its outcome is taking a new turn. For years, we’ve seen an overabundance of exploitation of dead-beat fathers and mothers raising kids on their own. Even after the DNA results determine a child’s birth parents, these shows never give viewers a broader picture of what happens from that point on. As viewers, we wonder if the lives of the kids and the parents were actually transformed. Is the father back in their kids life full-time? Is the child being financially taken care of? Are the families functioning properly now? These questions and many others often run through our minds. Well, finally daytime television is offering a law abiding-scientific (but therapeutic) solution to paternity issues. Some of these “unknowns” is now being answered. Also, families are receiving real life tools to assist them while transitioning into these new parental roles.
“Paternity Court”, which premiered on September 23, is revitalizing how DNA testing is used in the family dynamic. The appointed expert judge that is presiding over the dysfunction is Judge Lauren Lake.
We’ve seen Judge Lake make guest appearances on various television shows and news programs. Now, she’s putting her 20 years of professional experience in law and family counseling to the test. As judge on “Paternity Court”, Judge Lake has encountered a wide range of stories that she believes will change our perception of what a paternity show is. To get a better understanding about the show, I recently got the opportunity to speak with Judge Lake.
During our phone conversation, I found out what viewers should expect from “Paternity Court” and what she plans to bring to the courtroom television that’s different from the norm. Check out what she had to say:
How will this show “Paternity Court” differ from the others?
We are very different. First of all, the obvious reason is because we are in a courtroom. So, right there, the decorum of our show is very different. As a judge, I’m running a courtroom and not a service. So, as people come in with amazing and incredible stories, and they have colorful personalities and their animated, I can appreciate an animated person…I am animated. I make it clear when I’m going to act a fool though. So, that entire basic set-up of our show is different. But where our show is different, most importantly, it adds the legal component into the paternity issue, which I don’t think we’ve seen yet. We not only answer people’s paternity questions in terms of the DNA science (“are you or are you not the father?”), but we also deal with issues of “are we siblings” – siblings-ship paternity tests. Is my deceased son the father of a particular child? Meaning, is this my grandchild.
We see so many shows and maybe their views are different when it comes to paternity, but people will be surprised at how many familiar legal cases involve an issue of paternity. So we are dealing with those types of cases as well. In addition to the legal component of our show, after they get the DNA evidence I talk with them about their legal rights and legal ramifications, further I empower them with that knowledge. Now that we know the truth, now that you understand how the law relates to that truth, what are you going to do with it? What are you going to do going forward? I don’t have people walk into my courtroom and I just give them an answer to just go on back to dysfunction. I want them lead my courtroom different than the way that they came in. If they came in lost or they came in with guilt, if they came in with shame or they came in with dysfunction, or they came in angry, then I want them to leave with a better understanding of those feelings and tools to move forward so that they can live a better life.
So it sounds like with “Paternity Court” we are going to see more compassion in comparison to other shows…
Absolutely! It’s about compassion. It’s about empathy. You’ll be surprised when you hear a young woman say my mother told me there could be 13 men that could be my father. You know, you hear the title and you say, “What?” That’s ridiculous. That’s ratchet. That’s unacceptable. But then you listen to the mother get to talk about that she didn’t know who her father was. Then you see the cycles are repeating themselves. When generational curses repeat themselves, they get worse not better. By the time the mother speaks, you may have started off thinking she’s a straight villain, and by the end of when she gets done or when I get done with my fact finding mission, you begin to understand how a human being that is lost can find themselves in an infallible situation. Even though it doesn’t “right” or “wrong”, you still have a better perspective of how she got there. Sometimes perspective is the missing piece that stops us from moving forward. Even when we have the truth, we need that perspective of the truth. In my courtroom I don’t know the answer either. So when I’m sitting up there, I’m asking people questions like “well wait a minute, why do you have doubt as to whether or not this child is yours?” Tell me, I don’t understand that. I’m honestly asking because I don’t know the results. I learn the results along with the party.
As the judge, you listen to both parties, what are the key factors you use to determine your ruling?
The main key factor that we deal with is the science. Our tagline is “She’s the judge, DNA is the jury.” We say that because in our courtroom the DNA is the jury. In a regular court of law, when there’s a judge and jury seated in the courtroom, the judge manages the court. But, the jury gives the decision. The judge can take the testimony but the jury is the one that gives the verdict. That’s how our courtroom works. I manage the courtroom. I ask the questions. But at the end of the day, it’s that DNA evidence; it’s that test that’s going to give us the verdict…which is the answer. Then from there, as when as judge of the court I am able to talk about the legal implications and responsibilities and then give them tools of empowerment to move forward.
Have you already started filming?
Yes. We are almost halfway done with the first season.
What are some of the other crazy cases that have been filmed thus far?
We got a case where a young man has thought he fathered the baby he grew up with for 30-something years, was his dad. He gets to a family picnic and overhears some murmuring that it may not be and he has to confront his mother. The reaction in the show is emotionally charged to say the least. It’s unbelievable. The feeling the pain of this young man is unbelievable. Sometimes I sit and I fight back tears even as the judge. They laugh at me because when I come off the bench and I close the door and I’m walking back to my chambers, I’m fanning myself with the case file. I fan my eyes because I’m trying not to mess up my makeup because I know we got to go into the next case. And I know this is a television show so I got to keep it together. But, I’m almost in tears with some of these cases.
Another shocking thing we had…a young child (ex-gang member) find out that he was a father and you see all of that armor, all of that fake bravado toughness it peels away throughout our show. The next thing you know this young man is standing there in tears and telling me about how he doesn’t even know how to be a father. He doesn’t know because he’s never seen one or had one. It almost broke me down just talking about it. So, it’s those kinds of situations where people walk into our courtroom. It’s a lesson to our culture because we judge books by their cover. People walked into our courtroom and we immediately put a label on him. He isn’t any good. He’s a deadbeat. He’s a villain. Sometimes you listen to the woman for a while and say “wait a minute” now you have had a part to play in the mess too. “Paternity Court” is not just about judging men. It’s about empowering families and identifying where both parties went wrong in a situation.
From the cases that you filmed this first season, do you see more cases where people are looking for the fathers or vice versa?
Surprisingly, we have seen a multitude of cases on various levels. We got cases where the actual child, which is now a grown adult, is looking to find out who their father is. We have questions where husbands and wives, as a litigant, and the husband is questioning the child that’s born within the marriage is his. Grandmothers coming and whose son has died. There is a child out there and they want to know is this my grandchild. We’ve had cases where young woman have terminal cancer, she just wants to know before she passes away is this my father. We have so many situations. We have mothers who are bringing their sons on talking about whether they are good fathers. It runs the gambit.
Is the taping based out of L.A.? Yes.
But, the guests come from all over the U.S…
Yes. Our litigants come from all over the country.
What was your deciding factor to become a television judge?
The deciding factor was the project. When my executive producer called me about this project, he said “Paternity Court.” Instantly I thought to myself, “oh okay, well what does that mean.” I know what it means, that we would bring paternity cases to court. But, I wanted to know further know what is this project about. When he sat down with me, he said he want to bring a responsible approach to paternity. I want it to be set in a courtroom setting and I want families to have a place where they can air out these paternity issues and receive the type of empowering information that they need. I believe you’re perfect for it. He’s watched me over the years as a legal analyst and as a life coach. He’s watched me do all of my various careers on television and things. So, he said I think you’re perfect for it because you can bring the legal aspect. But most importantly, you can bring the empowerment aspect.” That’s why I chose to do it. He allowed me to bring everything my 20 plus years of professional experience have taught me; advising and counseling people and families, individuals, teaching them how to live life limitlessly. Teaching them how to overcome obstacles and be courageous enough to begin again.
As much as people talk about people who get paternity results on television, on our show we are very courageous people that could just as easily stayed home and kept it a secret. It isn’t any part of TV worse than coming on and revealing your deepest darkest secret unless you can’t hold it anymore because you know it is destroying you. What I love about our courtroom as well is we’re that last stop before a lot of people have to deal with the court system at large. To be honest, people can be overwhelmed by that. Financially draining, it’s exhausting, it’s stressful…people have to hire a lawyer then you have to take off work to go to court. So the court systems in our country, it’s overwhelming. We provide a place where families where: a) without the financial issue, b) the time frame is swifter. They are able to get their paternity test, get their answer, get the help they need from a psychologist that’s on site or the resources in their community that can help them further. Then what we do is hopefully help families so that they don’t have to go to the next step. I can go to a father and say it is determined that you are the father, which means you are now financially responsible for this child under the law. You can either voluntarily say you’re going to do it. Or when you go back to your home state, you can expect the state court will come looking for you and you will have to pay.
What I can encourage people to do is work this out between them. Sit down and talk about it. I tell fathers too, if it isn’t you and you find out that you are not the biological father, you are entitled to visitation. Not just under the law, but you’re morally obligated to this child. So we talk about so many things in our courtroom. We are able to address so many issues as it relates to families. As I said, it is help empower them and bring them together.
Can an individual who is over 18, go back and sue for unpaid child support?
Ok. Several times that has happened in our court already where the father did not know the child was theirs. They weren’t on the birth certificate. Sometimes the mother hadn’t even told the father. Other times the father just denied it. But there hasn’t been any DNA testing. At the point that the DNA test has come out and it’s confirmed that the child is his, yes, he is responsible for support for that child from that point forward. But, the majority of those cases are from the birth of the child. That’s not something that the jury of the court would compute. That is a state level issue within their own state. All states are different in terms of compute and handle the collection of child support. What I often tell the parties are its better and it’s possible to talk about it among themselves. Have that young woman add up how must does it cost. How much do I owe you? I often let people know if she states $7,800 thus far raising this child, and now it has been determined that the child is yours, it is my ruling that you owe her $3,600. I am able to give what I believe is a legal ramifications associated with this ruling. If the mother wants to move forward in her home state, that’s her right. It’s her call. What our show is non-binding mediation.
As far as other African-American female judges we’ve seen on television, have they paved the way for you? Do you think it is your job to continue to legacy? Or are you on the show trying to carve out your own lane?
I think this is definitely a show that was born that was certain shows that were successful in their own genres. We understand and appreciate that the court ruled daytime show is a powerful type of programming. We respect all of the judges that have come before us and what they brought to day time. In addition, we know that shows like “Maury” that address paternity have made paternity in the forefront of a lot of the viewer’s mind. However, I do believe paternity court is a new lane. It is a new approach to very important familiar issues. The combination of paternity in a courtroom setting is truly, as you’re going to see when you see the show, it is not just empowering for the litigants. But, for the audience at-large, there are issues that all people will be able to relate to when they watch these litigants tell their stories. Even if you know who your father is and know who your mother is, you still relate when a mother-in-law is in the middle of her son and daughter-in-law’s marriage. She’s questioning whether or not do the child is really her son’s. That’s when I have to say you’re all the way out of your lane. You’re all up in theirs and that’s not acceptable.”
As a mother you have to learn how to step out of a situation. Even a viewer at home that may feel like, “oh I’ve never had a paternity issue in my family? I haven’t had anyone that’s had a paternity issue,” they can sit down and say yeah I can see that mother-in-law is a little overbearing. Or maybe I’ve had that situation before with a boyfriend or with a husband. Or maybe I’ve been that person. Maybe I’m a little overbearing in my son’s or my daughters relationship. So, I think people can relate to the family issues that are going on in the courtroom everyday they are relatable. I relate to almost every story. There is something about the story I can relate to.
What do you want the families or women in general to take away from it? Is there a bit of advice you want to give?
I want people to understand that family is our fundamental building block. It is where we all launched. The simple premise of knowing who you belong to, knowing who your mother is, knowing who your father is, knowing who loves you unconditionally, knowing who you belong to, it’s some people take it for granted every day. I know I do. We have to recognize that there are lots of people in this country that are missing that puzzle piece. That missing puzzle piece is causing damage to their spirit, to their soul, to the way they move forward in life. It is affecting their relationships. It is affecting their ability to process disappointment, treatment, and breakups. It’s affecting so many things. Ultimately, I want people to understand that we all have a responsibility if we truly want to live our best lives – to get together that courage. To face the truth of whatever it is we need to face the truth of. Then upon finding out that truth, make the decision that we’re going to be better for that truth. That we’re going to go forward in our lives now knowing what it is we need to know and empower ourselves to do better and to do more. That’s what I try to do each and every day in the courtroom. When people come in with shame and secrets, and doubt, miscommunication, anger, and dysfunction, we try to talk through it. I try to get people to dialogue and talk about it. You can’t change something that you don’t talk about.
For individuals who don’t want to go on television to share their stories, what can they do if they are in that predicament and want to find out who the father is?
Absolutely, everybody is not going to want to come on “Paternity Court.” We of course have advertisements and if you need or want help through this court, you can call our number and reach out to us. But for those people who don’t want to do that, what I think our show serves is, as encouragement to do something. There are various ways that you can go. There are home kits. There are various ways that you can execute paternity testing nowadays. The most important thing is getting yourself to the point that you’re ready to know the truth. And knowing that that test and the answer to that test could be the catalyst for you to be able to strip yourself of the shame and guilt and the secret and to be able to move forward. Also, for some people who are not even at the point where they can even take a test, some people out here they don’t know their father. They don’t even have anyone to test, you understand. This is where a lot of young people are in this country. I think the show serves as encouragement that your seeking out your truth is important and to never let anyone minimize it. Never stop looking, never stop trying and to not give up.
Well, it looks like Dr. Phil is up next to try and talk some sense back into rapper DMX.
As you know, the once multi-million New York-based emcee has seen a life full of ups and downs. He’s been in and out of jail probably more than any other rapper we know. Also, he’s had a serious drug habit which has fueled a life of disruption, crime, sexual affairs, and numerous babies due to affairs outside his marriage.
DMX’s has appeared on several television shows, most recently Iyanla Vanzant’s “Fix My Life”. His sit down with Iyanla didn’t end too smoothly with the spiritual counselor simply throwing up the towel on X. So, if Iyanla, Dr. Drew, his peers and family can not help DMX, then who can?
On this Wednesday, Sept 25, DMX will sit down with Dr. Phil to see if he can figure out why he’s having a tough time straightening up. Peep the sneak preview below:
None of us are quite sure why Kelly Rowland just can’t seem to shake the Destiny Child’s curse off of her. But unlike the love she receives in the U.K., the American public just doesn’t support Kelly the way that they should. And as an artist who doesn’t sell millions of records, it has to be difficult to see others (with more or lesser talent) receive all the praises and endorsements.
Well, it appears that Kelly has moved on from her Talk A Good Game album to pursue other endeavors. Simon Cowell announced that Kelly Rowland will join the U.S. version of ”The X Factor” – Season 3. Kelly was a fixture on the British version and despite rumors of several tiffs, she’s now one of the judges whom we’ll see each week on American television.
Kelly recently spoke about her return to X Factor. She’s seem very delighted to be apart of one of the highly rated singing competition.
“I was excited about being asked to be a judge,” Rowland says. “It’s a show that I really do enjoy and I love the fact that young people can get an opportunity to change their lives within one audition or opportunity and that I can be a part of that.”
Good for Kelly! We can’t wait to see her do her thing on the show.
The X Factor season 3 airs September 11, 8/7 c.
With much anticipation, many Americans (especially African-Americans) were tuned in Monday night for the return of Arsenio Hall. The comedian/actor made his big debut back to late night television with the very first episode of the “All New Arsenio Hall Show”.
Between 1989 and 1994, Arsenio Hall’s talk show was once a top rated program who garnered very high ratings amongst the urban community. Arsenio’s mixture of humor, celebrity interviews, musical acts, and audience participation (i.e. the infamous “dog pound” yell) was what propelled the show into becoming a respected and well-watched program. Unfortunately, it was a hour-long interview with Minister Louis Farrakhan that was the ultimate end-all-be-all for The Arsenio Hall Show.
Fast-forward almost 20 years, the All New Arsenio Hall Show decided not to create something brand new. Instead, producers brought back a bit of nostalgia with the opening comedy act and musical band called “The Posse”. Also, the production set is very familiar too. The only thing that really changed visually was Arsenio. He seems to have aged gracefully.
For the first episode, , special guests included Chris Tucker and Snoop Dogg. Paula Abdul and Jay Leno also popped their heads in too for a quick cameo. This week, other celebrity guests will include Nas, Magic Johnson, Earth, Wind & Fire, Angela Bassett, and the new judging panel for Simon Cowell’s “X Factor” singing show.
So, how did Arsenio Hall fair up? Some critics believed the new show seemed outdated, which caused many viewers to rate it as “so so”. Out of 5 stars, the show may have averaged a 3. Although, the show is still one to grow on, we all still have high hopes for Arsenio. He’s been living quietly for many years now. So, it is good to see he has another shot.
If you want to keep up with Arsenio’s show, go to www.arseniohall.com.
Tell us what you thought of the show. Should Arsenio Hall quit it or continue?