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TV One is hitting us with a double whammy on April 15th with two surprising guests on two of its most amazing original series! First, we have La La Anthony making an appearance on Uncensored and controversial nineties hip-hop group, Brand Nubian, on UnSung!

La La Anthony

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The world met La La Anthony when she was a sixteen-year-old radio co-host with famed rapper Ludacris on 97.1 in Atlanta, GA. Her success in radio quickly led to a career in television, where she became the host of MTV’s Direct Effect and TRL at the peak of its 90’s popularity. In 2001, she made her acting debut in the romantic comedy Two Can Play At That Game. Viewers couldn’t get enough of La La. In 2010, she married NBA phenomenon Carmelo Anthony on VH1’s reality show “La La’s Wedding,” which immediately spawned another hit show, “La La’s Full Court Life.”

The public’s interest in her budding romance led her to write and publish the New York Times best-selling book, “The Love Playbook,” which she followed with “The Power Playbook” in 2015. The La La brand continued to grow with her stage debut in the Off-Broadway show, “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” the launch of a cosmetic and clothing line, and the landing of a recurring role on the Starz hit show, “Power”. Through all the fame and success, La La never forgot her roots. The Brooklyn-born Puerto Rican now spends her time on perhaps her most personal mission yet – working to revive Puerto Rico after the devastating damage caused from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Check out a clip of her appearance on Uncensored below:

Brand Nubian

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Brand Nubian kicked off the 90s with One For All, a debut album that would go on to be considered one of the Top 100 Rap albums of all time. The group’s three members, Grand Puba, Lord Jamar and Sadat X, were all solo MCs who came together in New Rochelle, NY in the late 80s – each bringing a distinct individual flavor to their music.  Their sound combined soulful samples and hip hop beats with socially conscious lyrics rooted in the Five-Percent Nation on Top 5 songs like “Wake Up”, “Slow Down” and “Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down”.

Despite their early success, the group at times drew criticism for pro-black, militant messages, including a music video banned from MTV for featuring a black man in white-face.  And internally the group struggled from the start, with lead MC and producer, Grand Puba, exiting the group after disputes during their first album.  Grand Puba went on to pursue a successful solo career while Sadat X and Lord Jamar continued to maintain the group until it eventually fell apart in the mid-90s. Although the three members reunited years later, the group broke apart once again. And in the years after the break up, they each struggled with personal drama, from arrests, to painful losses, and continued controversy. In this revealing episode of Unsung, Grand Puba, Lord Jamar and Sadat X keep in real about the rise and fall of Brand Nubian, the message behind their music and where the group is headed today. Check out a clip from their episode below:

Remember to tune in Sunday, April 15th to TV One!

“UNCENSORED” airs Sunday’s at 10 p.m. ET/9C on TV One.

“UNSUNG” airs Sunday’s at 9/8C on TV One.

 

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WINNING! Viral BLM Activist & Author, Kimberly Latrice Jones, Strikes Overall Deal w/ Warner Bros. Television Group!

Congratulations are in order for viral Black Lives Matter activist and the author of the critically acclaimed novel, “I’m Not Dying With You Tonight,” Kimberly Latrice Jones! It is being reported she has struck an overall deal with Warner Bros. Television!

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Congratulations are in order for viral Black Lives Matter activist and the author of the critically acclaimed novel, “I’m Not Dying With You Tonight,” Kimberly Latrice Jones! It is being reported she has struck an overall deal with Warner Bros. Television!

via Deadline

Jones is the co-author of I’m Not Dying With You Tonight, alongside attorney Gilly Segal, a YA novel that focuses on prejudice and the racial tension in America. The film rights to the book were optioned earlier this summer by producer Autumn Bailey-Ford of Prominent Productions.

She has subsequently signed an exclusive multi-year deal with the studio to develop and produce original programming. This will include shows for broadcast, cable and streaming in scripted drama, comedy, unscripted and digital series.

The latter is particularly relevant given that Jones went viral over the summer following the killing of George Floyd, when she posted a nearly seven minute video – How Can We Win – that spoke to the anguish, fear, and outrage felt by Black people in America, and used a Monopoly analogy to address the history of systemic racism and economic inequity that persists in this country. The video, which has over 2M views on YouTube, was featured on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

She also has a publishing deal with Henry Holt and Co. to write two new books. The first, to be published in 2021, is How We Can Win: Race, History and Changing the Money Game That’s Rigged, which will continue the conversation from that video.

A former bookseller, Jones now hosts the Atlanta chapter of the popular Well-Read Black Girl book club and has also worked in film and television with the likes of Tyler Perry, Whitney Houston, and 8Ball & MJG.

Kimberly Latrice Jones said, “Storytelling is an essential component in my journey. It’s a rich educational tool and I’m thrilled to have such an exciting new platform.”

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We have known Kimberly for years and she is a personal friend. This is nothing short of amazing and she has worked her entire life for it. We are sure she is going to create amazing programming for the culture, her community, and just great work in general. It is only up from here queen! Keep shining!

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WHY!? The CW Cancels “Black Lightning” After Upcoming Season!

In shocking news, The CW has opted to cancel its seemingly hit series, “Black Lightning” after its upcoming fourth season; despite green lighting a spin-off series, “Painkiller!”

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In shocking news, The CW has opted to cancel its seemingly hit series, “Black Lightning” after its upcoming fourth season; despite green lighting a spin-off series, “Painkiller!”

The series’ cancellation was announced by its showrunner, Salim Akil:

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“When we first started the Black Lighting journey, I knew that Jefferson Pierce and his family of powerful Black Women would be a unique addition to the superhero genre,” series developer and executive producer Salim Akil said in a statement. “The love that Blerds and all comic book fans around the globe have shown this series over the past three seasons proved what we imagined, Black People Want To See Themselves in all their complexities.”

“Thank you to the phenomenal cast, writers, and crew without whom none of this would’ve been possible,” he continued. “I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve been able to do and the moments we’ve been able to create in bringing DC’s first African-American family of superheroes to life for the culture. I’m very grateful to Peter Roth, Warner Bros. TV, Mark Pedowitz, The CW Network and Greg Berlanti for their partnership and support of my vision at every step of this journey. While Season Four may be the end of one journey, I’m extremely excited to usher in a new chapter and continued collaboration with The CW as we tell the story of Painkiller.”

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Jordan Calloway as “Painkiller”

We have to tell you we are NOT here for this cancellation. Black Lightning was one of the first Black led series on The CW in years since it was formed from the merger of The WB and UPN networks. Black Lightning and Painkiller can easily coexist on the network. Also, with Batwoman not starring Javicia Leslie and the All American being a hit series; we wonder if this is an attempt to keep The CW from being perceived as being “too Black?”

This marks the second series to be canceled on The CW after its upcoming 2021 season, the other being Supergirl. We sure are going to miss The Pierces…

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Marvel Reportedly to Confirm Loki is Bisexual in Disney+ Series

The god of mischief and Thor’s adoptive brother, Loki, is set to come back to us early 2021 in his own self-titled series on Disney+! In it we find out what happened to Loki as he disappeared into the time stream, escaping from Captain America’s custody in Avengers: Endgame. 

In a plot twist, however, it is being reported that Loki will be portrayed as being bisexual in his series.

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The god of mischief and Thor’s adoptive brother, Loki, is set to come back to us early 2021 in his own self-titled series on Disney+! In it we find out what happened to Loki as he disappeared into the time stream, escaping from Captain America’s custody in Avengers: Endgame. 

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In a plot twist, however, it is being reported that Loki will be portrayed as being bisexual in his series.

via WeGotThisCovered.com

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how Richard Grant might look as an older Loki

Right now, it sounds like Richard E. Grant will be playing an older version of the character, with Sophia Di Martino spotted on set as Lady Loki. If the antihero really is freely switching genders, then it makes sense for him/her to be bisexual, though we don’t have any indication on who his/her partners might be.

Now, I know what some of you are thinking. Oh no, Disney is making yet another character LGBTQ. Aren’t they just pandering in the hopes of scoring some woke points? Well, that may be a fair criticism in certain instances (*cough* The Rise of Skywalker), but it doesn’t apply to Loki, as his bisexuality is canon to Norse mythology and to Marvel Comics.

 

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