Fri, 07 28, 2017

Entertainment

Tuesday I watched the series premiere of the super sassy and modern BET show Zoe Ever After. It’s a fresh and relatable take on what happens when one decides to make the hard decision to change his/her familiar (and unhealthy) circumstances for the better. It stars Brandy Norwood, Dorian Missick, Ignacio Serricchio and Tory Devon Smith.


If you love watching shows with tons of unique characters that keep you laughing and inspired at the same time, then Mr. Robinson is the show for you. It explores the positive and negative things that can happen when we follow our dreams. It stars Craig Robinson, Meagan Good, Brandon T. Jackson, Peri Gilpin and Amandla Stenberg and is produced by Mark Cullen, Robb Cullen, Howard Klein and Mark Schulman.


EUR associate, LaCora Stephens, interviews Miss Robbie Montgomery and Tim Norman, of the Sweetie Pie’s Restaurants, and the Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s TV show.  In the interview, Tim shared that they plan to open the North Hollywood, CA Sweetie Pie’s in about six weeks from the date of the interview.


Nelly's music institute wants to give Miss Robbie an honorary degree! It's a full circle moment, as Miss Robbie paved the way for Nelly's overwhelming success and inspired him to give back to his beloved city of St. Louis. Her inspirational speech gives the auditorium goose bumps, and provides a much-needed lift as the community of Ferguson braces for more unrest in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown.


The OWN original film, Sag Harbor, takes an unprecedented look inside one of America's most exclusive and historically important African American beach communities. Once a refuge from racism, it's now home to a tight-knit group of homeowners fighting to hold on to its identity.

Sag Harbor Airs Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 10 | 9c on OWN

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As Fall TV pilots air and verdicts come in from critics and audiences alike, I’ve been thinking a lot this year about how pilots are different from episode 2.

Pilots are written usually by one person (or the initial creative team/duo) and shot early in the year. By May there’s usually a greenlight verdict, when shows can go forward with production of season one. This is when the writing rooms are hired and the creative team proper begins to form.

I’m not sure how I feel about Black-ish. There are parts I really enjoyed and I think it had the humor it needed. I think Tracee Ellis Ross was fantastic and funny, and the kids on the show are super adorable. Plus, it’s a pilot, so there’s always room to grow and get stronger, but I’m not sure what I am supposed to take away from it. 


In this digital age of streaming and DVD and Blu-ray, its seems we can watch anything we want, on any device we want, any time we want. Despite the number of networks and outlets available, there are what feels like the fewest black sitcoms on today. Compared to the heyday of the 80s and 90s, the lack of black sitcoms is especially obvious when you consider there is not one on network television.


In many parts of the world, people are judged not just by their skin color but also by their skin tone. The devaluing of dark-skinned women, which is discussed in the documentary, Dark Girls, is something many African-American actresses must overcome. Watch as Alfre Woodard, Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad and Gabrielle Union tackle the complex issues surrounding people's perception of light versus dark skin.


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