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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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Donald Faison Cast as “Professor Utonium” in Live Action “Power Puff Girls!”

Donald Faison has found his latest role as “Professor Utonium,” the creator/father of “The Power Puff Girls” in The CW’s forthcoming live action series, “Power Puff.”

“Power Puff” will show the girls as disillusioned twentysomethings, resentful of having spent their childhoods fighting crime. However, new threats to the world may force them once again to band together.

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Donald Faison has found his latest role as “Professor Utonium,” the creator/father of “The Power Puff Girls” in The CW’s forthcoming live action series, “Power Puff.”

“Power Puff” will show the girls as disillusioned twentysomethings, resentful of having spent their childhoods fighting crime. However, new threats to the world may force them once again to band together.

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Donald Faison is best known for his comedic performances in hit series like Clueless and Scrubs. His casting comes as a surprise to many, especially since Professor Utonium is literally a square-jawed Caucasian man. In “Power Puff” Faison’s Utonium will be middle aged, and although very proud of his girls, desperately trying his best to repair his relationships with his now adult daughters.

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Professor Utonium using “sugar, spice, and everthing nice”

As you may recall, from the original cartoon series from the nineties brought to fame on Cartoon Network, Professor Utonium accidentally created The Power Puff Girls–Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup–when he accidentally mixed in the mysterious substance, “Chemical X,”while mixing in “sugar, spice, and everything nice” to create “the perfect little girl.” The Professor then took to raising the girls as well as being their mentor.

The reception of Faison’s casting has been met with mixed responses on social media; with some fans praising the news and others already trashing the show:

Alongside Faison’s casting, it was announced earlier this month that Chloe Bennet, Dove Cameron, and Yana Perrault will take on the roles of Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, respectively. There is currently no word on casting for other characters in the series like The Mayor, Miss Bellum, Mojo JoJo, Fuzzy Lumpkins, Him, Princess, or The Rowdy Ruff Boys.

“Power Puff” marks one of the few superhero series on The CW not connected to its famous interconnected series based on DC Comics superheroes known collectively as “The Arrowverse” (Superman & Lois, Supergirl, The Flash, Batwoman, Black Lightning, DC’s The Legends of Tomorrow, and Stargirl) The new series will premiere this upcoming Fall on The CW.

 

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Jordan Fisher Cast as “Bart Allen/Impulse” in The CW’s “The Flash!”

The CW’s hit series, “The Flash” has cast Jordan Fisher as “Bart Allen” in their latest season coinciding with the series’ 150th episode anniversary.

Bartholomew “Bart” Allen, in the television series, is the son of Barry Allen/The Flash (Grant Gustin) and Iris West-Allen (Candice Patton). Like his father he is a speedster, but hails from the future, fighting crime alongside The Flash as “Impulse.”

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The CW’s hit series, “The Flash” has cast Jordan Fisher as “Bart Allen” in their latest season coinciding with the series’ 150th episode anniversary.

Bartholomew “Bart” Allen, in the television series, is the son of Barry Allen/The Flash (Grant Gustin) and Iris West-Allen (Candice Patton). Like his father he is a speedster, but hails from the future, fighting crime alongside The Flash as “Impulse.”

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The Flash (Barry Allen) and Iris West-Allen

Bart’s appearance marks the second of The Flash’s future children to visit them in the past; the first being Nora Allen, their daughter in Season 6 of the series. Actor Jordan Fisher is best known for his roles in “Grease: Live,” To All The Boys I’ve Ever Loved: P.S. I Still Love You,” and Disney’s “Teen Beach Movie.” This also marks the first time an African-American has portrayed the character.

In the comics, however, Bart is not The Flash’s son, but his grandson, being the son of Meloni Thawn and Don Allen, the latter being The Flash’s son and one of The Tornado Twins, twin speedsters with powers similar to their father’s. Bart grows up to become the second Kid Flash and the fourth Flash  There is currently no word on why The CW’s version of the character does not have the same origins.

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Jordan Fisher

Fan response to Fisher’s casting has been largely positive, however:

Jordan Fisher’s casting only confirms The CW’s commitment to inclusivity and diversity, as it found itself re-examining its policies and show castings following issues on “Riverdale.”

As you may recall, the show was riddled with accusations of racism by Riverdale actress, Vanessa Morgan, for its mishandling of Black characters by writing them off, paying them less than their White co-stars, and making Black characters “sidekicks.” The network responded adding more Black characters to various shows and will try not underutilize black characters or portray them as criminals.

The air date for Jordan Fisher’s debut as “Bart Allen/Impulse” has yet to be announced.

 

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“Batwoman” Reportedly Canceled After Season 3, Javicia Leslie To Return

The days of Gotham City’s “Scarlet Knight,” are numbered. It is being reported The CW’s “Batwoman” is being canceled after its third upcoming season.

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The days of Gotham City’s “Scarlet Knight,” are numbered. It is being reported The CW’s “Batwoman” is being canceled after its third upcoming season.

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Ruby Rose as “Batwoman” and Javicia Leslie

“Batwoman,” as you may recall initially starred Ruby Rose as “Kate Kane,” making history as television’s first lesbian led superhero series. It entailed Batwoman taking on her demented twin sister, Alice, as she attempts to destroy Gotham City. However, in a surprise move, Ruby resigned after the first season of the series, and was subsequently replaced with African-American actress, Javicia Leslie as “Ryan Wilder.”

Although fans and the public have largely embraced Javicia as the new Batwoman, the ratings for the second series have been abysmal. Many blame Ruby’s departure and the recasting of the role with a Black actress instead of another Caucasian one as the lead.

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Reaction to the cancellation news has been mixed with some fans outraged. Not only did League take away Lux’s BA Animations from me today but I’m finding out [The] CW wants to cancel Batwoman after  S3 [Season 3] too???? What the actual f**k? How do they expect me to live without Alice?”@ENTIR3HEARTS tweeted. While others felt the show’s cancellation is overdue. @itisrealz tweeted “Showing men of color in a negative light is not bad at all, they’re being treated like any other white villain character and not made to feel special or cringey unlike ‘Batwoman’ that thinks Black people are something special when they’re just humans.”

Despite the series’ impending demise, sources are reporting this will not be the end of Javicia Leslie as the famed vigilante, instead she will make appearances in other surviving “CWverse” shows (a network of other intertwined superhero based series on The CW, creating a television “multiverse” similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe).

Currently, neither The CW or any member of the Batwoman cast have released any official statement on the cancellation reports on the series.

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