Monthly Archives July 2020

‘The Women Of Brewster Place’ Streaming on Brown Sugar in August

Brown Sugar streaming service is focusing on family, as it streams shows like The Women of Brewster Place in August.

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I remember watching and enjoying The Women of Brewster Place when I was a teenager. Some of the most iconic Black Women in Hollywood starred in the series. It’s a classic story of the faith and courage of women doing the best they can to raise their family.

The miniseries stars Oprah Winfrey, Cicely Tyson, Robin Givens, Jackée Harry and more.

Brandy AKA ‘The Vocal Bible’ Releases B7

Brandy did not come to play with us!

The Vocal Bible from McComb, Mississippi has released her highly anticipated seventh studio album, b7, today via Brand Nu Entertainment/Entertainment One (“eOne”). 

“This is my most personal album to date. “Every song tells a story.”

It’s been 8 years since we got a full length studio album from the Grammy Award winning singer, but chile it was worth the wait.

Brandy

Executive produced by the singer along with DJ Camper and LaShawn Daniels, this 15-track confessional is her most personal to date as she debuts her writing skills for the first time in her career.

She also released a video for her single “Borderline.” Directed by Derek Blanks, the video illustrates the darker, emotional loneliness that can take over a romantic relationship.

You Go Girl!

They Still! Grant Hill and Tamia Celebrating 21 Years Of Marriage

Grant Hill and Tamia are still in love ya’ll!

The couple just celebrated their 21st anniversary by posting a cute video of themselves dancing with what looks like Miami Beach behind them, but I could be wrong.

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The former NBA star had a private chef come and cook chicken and waffles for Tamia, since they couldn’t go out to celebrate due to COVID-19.

“Chicken & Waffles on Tiffany China is how you celebrate 21 years!!

They’ve been keeping busy during the pandemic giving and helping out Floridians with COVID relief.

Happy Anniversary to them!

“Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”- Mark 10:9

Warner Bros has changed the name of their upcoming drama about activist Fred Hampton who became Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party.

Formerly known as Jesus Is My Homeboy , the film is now titled, Judas And The Black Messiah.

The film stars Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya as Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton. Hampton was inspiring a generation to rise up and not back down to oppression, which put him directly in the line of fire of the government, the FBI and the Chicago Police.

He was 21 years old when he was assassinated by the FBI. The FBI coerced a petty criminal named William O’Neal to help them silence Hampton and the Black Panther Party. But they could not kill Fred Hampton’s legacy and, 50 years later, his words still echo…louder than ever.

I am a revolutionary!

No word yet on a release date.

Kerry Washington Is having a good week ya’ll!

The actress, who was just nominated for an Emmy for her role in Little Fires Everywhere, has extended and expanded her overall deal with ABC Studios.

The exclusive three-year TV deal includes producing projects for broadcast, cable and streaming for ABC Studios, which is part of Disney Television Studios.

In other Kerry news, make sure ya’ll check out The Flight,  a documentary that takes viewers behind the scenes as lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union work on human rights cases during the Trump administration. Washington has executive producer credits.

Kerry Washington
Photo Credit: Sundance

Go Kerry!

‘Girlfriends’ ‘Sister Sister’ & More Black Sitcoms Headed To Netflix

Netflix continues it’s commitment to celebrating black actors in Hollywood with the announcement that they’ve acquired shows like Girlfriends and Sister Sister.

As part of its  Strong Black Lead push, the streaming service has also bought the rights to Moesha, The Game, One on One and Half & Half.

Girlfriends

According to reports, Moesha will start streaming on August 1, followed by the first three seasons of The Game on August 15. Sister Sister arrives on September 1, with Girlfriends launching on September 11 to mark the 20th anniversary of its premiere. The Parkers debuts on October 1, followed by Half & Half, and One on One on October 15.

Ya’ll don’t know how excited I am about this news, I need a little Toni Childs and Joan in my life!

Girlfriends

Netflix “David Foster Off The Record” Features Whitney Houston

So I’ve been dying to watch David Foster Off The Record, not only because he’s a legendary hitmaker, but because my favorite singer of all time Whitney Houston is featured. With coronavirus going on, I finally had time to sit down and watch it.. I learned some things about Whitney’s history making album The Bodyguard.”

David Foster off the record

Back in 1992 Whitney made her acting debut in The Bodyguard alongside Kevin Costner. For the soundtrack Whitney was set to record another song as the lead track, but it had just been used in another film. In the doc David shares how he called Dolly Parton up about using her song “I Will Always Love You,” in the film. Of course she was on board and excited for Whitney to sing her song.

David then clashes with Costner and Whitney’s longtime mentor and friend, Clive Davis on how the song should begin. Costner wanted it to be a capella and Clive Davis also agreed, but David wasn’t feeling it. In the end Costner and Clive Davis version is what was played on the radio and it instantly became a hit!

“Record of the year, this is the one, this is very special, it really is.”- Whitney Houston

Whitney took home 8 awards for the Bodyguard Soundtrack during the 1994 AMA’s.

BARBIE UNVEILS 2020 CAMPAIGN TEAM: With A Black doll running For President

Barbie teams up with She Should Run to launch it’s “Campaign Team” doll set featuring a Black doll running for office and I’m so here for it!

Barbie

Ahead of the 2020 election, the brand is launching this new doll set alongside a full marketing program aimed at the next generation of leaders by highlighting the importance of voting and taking a stand and showing girls how to run a campaign. The set highlights dolls of different ethnicities, including a Black candidate, to remind all girls they can lead from the polls to the podium.

The brand has teamed up with She Should Run, a non-profit that provides guidance and support to women considering a run for office.

Kimberly Kimble Releases New Hair Tools For At Home Styling

Ladies celebrity hairstylist Kimberly Kimble just launched a line of hair tools that we can use while home staying safe from the coronavirus.

Since a lot of us can’t go to the hair salon due to the upswing in COVID-19 cases, we have resulted to the good ole days of doing our own hair at home.

Kimberly Kimble

If you are like me, and don’t even own a flat iron (because your hairstylist has you spoiled), to help get your salon look at home, Ms. Kimble got your covered!

Her new signature line includes everything from a Hybrid Quick Dryer that allows you to tailor your blow-dry to your hair type, an Airwave 3-in-1 styler with a unique air cooling feature that lets you get the barrel right up against the scalp without burning yourself, and a Vapor Infusion Iron that uses argan oil vapor to help smooth out frizz.

Alicia Keys Exec Producing Documentary About Black Female Entertainers

Alicia Keys is executive producing a documentary about six iconic Black female entertainers for PBS.

American Masters: How It Feels To Be Free will tell the story of Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier. The ladies story of challenging an entertainment industry deeply complicit in perpetuating racist stereotypes will be at the forefront.

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The documentary will also feature conversations with Halle Berry, Lena Waithe, Meagan Good, LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Samuel L. Jackson.

American Masters: How It Feels To Be Free will air early next year according to reports.

I’ll definitely be watching!

Oprah Winfrey Launching New Talk Styled Show on Apple TV+

Yes chile! Oprah Winfrey is about to bless us with some good conversation.

The media mogul is launching a new show on Apple TV, “The Oprah Conversation.”

The show is scheduled to debut Thursday and, according to a press release, “will continue to explore impactful and relevant topics with fascinating thought leaders from all over the world.”

“Filmed remotely and incorporating audience engagement, Oprah will lead timely and intimate discussions with today’s foremost newsmakers, thought leaders, and masters of their craft,” the press release also states. “Bringing truth and perspective to a range of topics shaping our world, they reveal gripping stories of human connection.”

This is exactly what we need right now! Fist Michelle and now Oprah, Yes chile! It’s time to elevate the conversations!

Oprah Winfrey