“Boondocks” Creator Aaron McGruder’s “Black Jesus” Tops TV Ratings

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“Boondocks” Creator Aaron McGruder’s “Black Jesus” Tops TV Ratings

Right wing evangelical heads must be exploding after learning that “Boondocks” creator Aaron McGruder’s “Black Jesus” beat most television shows on Thursday. It raked in a solid 0.9 rating among adults 18 to 49 at 11 p.m., according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The weed-smoking “Black Jesus” topped ABC’s “Rookie Blue,” Fox “Gang Related,” NBC’s “Welcome to Sweden” and “Working the Engels.” The show also topped all orginal competition on cable TV for the day.

The premiere of “Black Jesus” was also very strong, with nearly two million viewers.

Compton-living “Black Jesus,” played by Gerald “Slink” Johnson, enraged many Christian groups because of the crass portrayal of Jesus Christ. While I found it offensive, there are more important things worth focusing on, rather than a television show.

 

Kevin Costner Says Hollywood Wouldn’t Finance “Black and White” Movie

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Kevin Costner Says Hollywood Wouldn’t Finance “Black and White” Movie (Treehouse Films/Sunlight Productions)

Actor Kevin Costner says Hollywood wouldn’t finance racially-charged “Black and White” movie, starring Oscar-Award winning Octavia Spencer. He made the revelation during a Q&A at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention in Boston.

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“I just thought it was an interesting movie … I can’t speak for why [no one would finance it]. I know a lot of people want to make to these big, giant movies and I understand … But I thought this movie is just as valid as those movies. So that’s why I made it,” Costner said.

The multi-hyphenate produced the racially-charged independent drama under his Treehouse banner, and screened it for about 200 journalists. Afterwards he was joined by his co-star, Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (“The Help”), for a Q&A.

“It was really important for me to work with Kevin, who is a filmmaker. You learn by doing and you learn — I like to watch the best doing. So, I definitely wanted to be a part of it because of that,” Spencer said.

“Black and White” centers on attorney Elliot Anderson (Costner), who’s raising his biracial granddaughter Eloise with his wife. When his wife is killed in a car accident, the widower is drawn into a custody battle over the little girl, with her African-American grandmother Rowena (Spencer), who believes the child should be raised by her drug addicted, biological father.

Singer Chrisette Michele Quits “R&B Divas L.A.”

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Singer Chrisette Michele Quits “R&B Divas L.A.” (Photo credit: Instagram)

Well, that was fast….”R&B Divas L.A.” newest castmember singer Chrisette Michele dropped out. Yes, she quit the show. Michele wasn’t feeling how she was being portrayed on reality television. She would have joined Chante Moore, Claudette Ortiz, Michel’le, Lil Mo and newbie Leela James for the new season.

Chrisette Michele wrote on her Instagram page, “I don’t see myself doing reality TV again. I’ll hang out with my unicorn in Artist-ville.”

After the trainwreck called Kelly Price unleashed her diva-ish behavior last season, the thrill is gone for me.

“The Wire” Actor Anwan Glover Stabbed, Beaten at Washington DC Nightclub

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“The Wire” Actor Anwan Glover Stabbed at Washington DC Nightclub (Credit: The Wire Wikia)

Anwan Glover, who is best known for his role in TV series “The Wire,” was stabbed and beaten at Cafe Asia, a Washington D.C. nightclub, early Sunday morning.

According to a police report, Anwan Glover reported that he was on the second floor of Cafe Asia, a restaurant at 1720 I Street NW, when an unknown person punched him. He turned to face his assailant, and another person hit him on the back of the head, causing him to slip on the wet floor.

Glover said that he was then kicked multiple times. He heard someone shout, “He has a knife,” and felt a sharp pain in his right side.

He was treated for a laceration on the right side of his torso at George Washington University Hospital. Source: Washington Post

Is a Reality Show Next for Legendary Entertainer Patti Labelle?

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Is a Reality Show Next for Entertainment Legend Patti LaBelle?

R&B legend Patti LaBelle has been busy with her rebranded line of sauces and marinades, now available in Wal-Mart stores. She even has crab cakes, PattiCakes, coming to freezer sections. Miss Patti is doing her thing. Yes, there’s life after music.

The “New Attitude” singer has been busy indeed and now there’s talk of a reality show.  LaBelle said, “there are people begging me for one now, and nothing’s impossible. I’ll be classy with whatever I do.” She joked, “I’m not going to be a hood rat.” That’s best left up to the Love and Hip Hop Atlanta cast. We know, Miss Patti won’t go out like a Kardashian.

Patti LaBelle is a veteran in the entertainment industry, having a great recording career, her own sitcom, “Out All Night,” television special, making guest appearances on “A Diff’rent World,” and other sitcoms, as well as appearing in “A Soldier’s Story,” and “Five Heartbeats.” Her voice has graced many movie soundtracks such as “Beverly Hills Cops,” and James Bond’s “License to Kill.” She just wrapped up a stint on Broadway in “After Midnight.”

Patti LaBelle, the author of best-selling cookbooks and an autobiography, is getting ready to release her first jazz album. I really think she can compete with Rachel Ray and Paula Deen.

 

R. Kelly Cut From Fashion Meets Music Festival After Public Outcry Over His Past

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R. Kelly Cut From Fashion Meets Music Festival After Public Outcry Over His Past (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Singer R. Kelly just got a reminder that the public hasn’t forgotten about the skeletons in his closet. His concert at the Fashion Meets Music Festival next month at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH,  has been canceled due to public outcry over his past.

Melissa Dickson, festival spokeswoman, said, “we wanted to make sure we heard from the Columbus listeners…to make a statement and support the city we live in.”

R. Kelly’s concert was pulled last week after Saintseneca announced plans to cancel because of his appearance. WCBE (90.5 FM) withdrew its sponsorhsip shortly thereafter, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Damn the Witch Siren also scrapped their plans to perform during the festival because of R. Kelly’s history. You will recall he was acquitted on 14 counts of child pornography in 2008 and a Chicago Sun-Times investigation linked him to underage girls.

Rapper Nicki Minaj Stoops Real Low With Racy “Anaconda” Artwork

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Rapper Nicki Minaj Went Too Far With Racy “Anaconda” Artwork

Nicki Minaj has never shied away from courting controversy, all in the name of being an independent-minded artist, but she may have crossed the line with the artwork for her latest single, “Anaconda.”

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Nicki Minaj always courts controversy but this could be taking it a bit too far. It’s basically ex-rated. This is just plain offensive. Gee, I wonder what real entertainers like Patti Labelle, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys and Tina Turner would have to say about Nicki Minaj’s latest gimmick? Actually, I am being nice. It’s not a gimmick. It’s just straight-up tacky.

 

 

Petty: Iggy Azalea Accused of Hijacking Southern Black Women’s Culture

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Petty: Iggy Azalea Accused of Hijacking Southern Black Women’s Culture (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Iggy Azalea has been accused of hijacking Southern black women’s culture since she became an Atlanta-style rapper. Um, it’s being called the “white appropriation of Hip Hop music.” So, I am guessing that everyone who imitated Bob Marley and other reggae singers hijacked the Jamaican reggae culture. I mean groups like UB40. Is this all we can find to whine about? Really people?

Iggy is a protégé of T.I., one of my all-time favorite rappers. Though T.I. is known for Atlanta-style, crunk Southern bravado that is a hallmark of Black culture in that city, recently he expressed disappointment that “we’re at a place in America where we still see color.” Apparently, color is only relevant when he’s talking about racist acts against Black men, but not when he has to think through his complicity in white appropriation of Hip Hop music.

As a born-and-raised Southern girl, who believes that lazy summer evenings are best spent with your top back or your sun roof open, bass-heavy music booming through nice speakers, while you slowly make a few blocks through the neighborhood, to see who’s out and what’s poppin,’  I resent Iggy Azalea for her co-optation and appropriation of sonic Southern Blackness, particularly the sonic Blackness of Southern Black women. Everytime she raps the line “tell me how you luv dat,” in her song “Fancy,” I want to scream “I don’t love dat!” I hate it. The line is offensive because this Australian born-and-raised white girl almost convincingly mimics the sonic register of a downhome Atlanta girl.

This article was just nothing more than near-sighted pettiness. Read the entire article at Salon.

1 Dead, 4 Wounded in Shooting at BET Awards Pre-Party

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1 Dead, 4 Wounded in Shooting at BET Awards Pre-Party

One person was killed, four others wounded in an early morning shooting at a BET Awards pre-party in East Hollywood. The LA Times reports the gunman fled after firing several rounds at the Monalizza restaurant and banquet hall located in the 1100 block of North Vernon Avenue.

The restaurant manager said the shooting occurred on the patio. The gunman is still at large.

The Black Entertainment Television Awards is scheduled to be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Zendaya Coleman Drops Out of Aaliyah Role in Lifetime TV Movie

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Zendaya Coleman Drops Out of Aaliyah Role in Lifetime TV Movie

Disney Channel star and singer Zendaya Coleman drops out of role as Aaliyah in Lifetime Television movie. E! News reports there were production issues with the project, including problems obtaining the rights to Aaliyah’s music.  A rep forColeman issued a statement saying she was “no longer involved in the project.” No other statements were released.

Aaliyah’s family were against the movie and Zendaya Coleman came under fire on social media for being chosen to play the late singer because she is biracial.

Aaliyah, who starred in “Queen of the Damned,” died in a plane crash on August 25, 2001.