Saturday, June 25, 2016

Black Press Ignored By BET Awards Again-TV

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Black Press Ignored By BET Awards Again - TV

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Black Press Ignored By BET Awards Again!

     As a member of the Black Press I will NOT be supporting the BET Awards 2016 this year. BET has not been Black owed or operated since Viacom bought them out. It is my opinion that BET is nothing but a step child to Viacom. The Black Press in general has not been credentialed to cover the BET Awards in the last three years. The red carpet, back press and photo rooms have been seriously scaled down with major budget cuts and are a complete joke now.
  
Samples of my past BET Awards coverage in my papers are posted throughout this article.


  
Share Newspaper Toronto, On. Canada
   The Black staff that knew and worked with many of us (Black Press) personally for some 13 years have since been let go and replaced with mostly White Viacom and farmed out PR staff that are strictly corporate and aloof. The BET Awards is nothing but a shell of its former self and has been going down steady for the last three years from what I have observed. I sadly watched the original Don Cornelius lead Soul Train Awards gradually go down to nothing where the budget was cut more every year until it was stopped. I see the same thing happening with the BET Awards.

Share Newspaper Toronto, ON. Canada

    Because I have worldwide readership, I have had international artists say to me that the BET Awards have treated a lot of them shabby. Back in the early days when BET was Black owned under Robert Johnson, they had little support from the mainstream press who looked at them as a joke. Throughout those formative years Black press members like myself would be the only ones to show up and report on their lesser press promotion events while the major network entertainment TV shows would be nowhere in sight. Even at present the major TV and radio networks and papers only show for the one or two big events that BET puts on annually. The rest of the year is k-putt as far as their presence and support.


    
Mobile Beacon, Mobile, Alabama
    The Black community should know what is going on with a cable network that masquerading as Black but in actuality is not behind the scenes. I can’t tell people what they should do but I will not watch or run squat on the so-called BET Awards this year or years to follow until it is sabotaged I.e., via more budget cuts etc., until it is gone like the other Black Awards Show before it. I used to have your back BET but since you don't need me anymore, I won't support you. Next time you have a small event and beg the Black press to come out to cover it -- we won't be there!

Frost Illustrated Ft Wayne, Indiana




Florida Star Jacksonville, Florida
Kansas City Globe, Kansas City, Missouri









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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

NAACP Image Awards - TV


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NAACP Image Awards - TV

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The 47TH 2016 NAACP Image Awards Sizzles!
The Oscars Diversity Issue Takes Plenty of Hits From Host Anthony Anderson


This year’s NAACP Image Awards® show was an exciting, smash hit as it always is. Of course the festivities began with the red carpet arrivals where the nominees and guests parade in their fashion finest keeping photographers yelling for angels while the crowds of adoring onlookers scream and yell for their favorites getting out of limos. This year’s live pre-show from the red carpet was co-hosted by Tracey Edmonds and Terrence Jenkins who kept their end of the carpet jumping with jokes, fun and celebs

Host Anthony Anderson
    Anthony Anderson, star of the smash hit ABC-TV Sitcom “Black-ish” hosted the televised show from inside of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. This makes his third year in a row as host. He wasted no time lighting into the Oscar® diversity situation. Dressed and posing as Ice Cube in a mock group called “Nominees With Attitudes,” they used NWA’s “Straight Outta Compton,” cut with situation appropriate lyrics to address the "Oscars So White" controversy. Afterwards Anderson went into his monologue which dismantled the lily White Academy Awards®. “Look at all of these beautiful shades of people in the audience,” Anderson observed. “Hollywood needs to know that this is what diversity is supposed to look like.” The crowd ate it up with a roaring applause.

  
 Stacey Dash
  Anderson made a jab at actress and Fox-TV News Host Stacey Dash – who recently called for Black History Month and the NAACP Image Awards to be abolished. He urged Dash to return to the Black side and he would promise to see those "C" movies she makes. 


Will and Jada Smith


  He also acknowledge the Smiths i.e., Will and Jada Smith and laughed saying “They better be here after all this ish they started,” referring to their call for Blacks to boycott the Oscars® when no actors of color were nominated. 




     Anderson noted  “Although we have our own awards show, I just want the other ones to be fair,” he said. “I just hope they don’t go overboard next year and nominate too much black stuff out of guilt.”

This year’s big winners included the Movie “Straight Outta Compton,” TV show “Empire” and actor Michael B. Jordan.

Straight Outta Compton Cast, Director and Producers
 





Taraji P. Henson winner for Empire
 
Michael B. Jordan



NAACP Image Awards 2016 Winners List:

Entertainer of the Year: Michael B. Jordan
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Michael B. Jordan, Creed
Outstanding Motion PictureStraight Outta Compton
Outstanding Drama Series: Empire
Outstanding Comedy Series: Black-ish
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Terrence Howard, Empire
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Sanaa Lathan, The Perfect Guy
President's Award: John Legend
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Mike Epps,Survivor's Remorse
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Marsai Martin, Black-ish
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Joe Morton,Scandal
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Regina King, American Crime
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series: Mara Brack Ali, Jameal Turner, Keli Goff, Being Mary Jane, Sparrow
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television): Lawrence Hill, Clement Virgo, The Book of Negroes
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film): Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington, Creed
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Don Cheadle, House of Lies, The Urge to Save Humanity is Almost Always a False Front for the Urge to Rule
Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series: John Ridley, American Crime
Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television): Dee Rees,Bessie
Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Film): Ryan Coogler,Creed
Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Film): Loretta Devine, Doc McStuffins
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series: Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety Program (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble: Steve Harvey, Family Feud
Outstanding Talk Series: The Talk
Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series:Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Outstanding Variety (Series or Special): Family Feud
Outstanding Children's Program: Doc McStuffins
Outstanding TV-Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special: The Wiz Live!
Outstanding Actor in a TV-Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special: David Alan Grier, The Wiz Live!

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Barbershop 3 - Film

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Barbershop 3 - Film 

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Barbershop 3

A whole New Feel and Look for the Times
    

  It has been ten years since we last dropped in on Calvin’s (Ice Cube) barbershop. Whereas some things remained the same such as old man barber Eddie (Ced The Entertainer) and much of the original staff, many things have change. The shop is now unisex with female hair stylists who bring an added dimension and flavor to the atmosphere. The biggest change however is the surrounding community and the neighborhood that has deteriorated from bad to worst with rampant crime, community neglect from city hall and worst of all gangbanging and senseless killing with gun violence. The film has a palatable mix of in shop drama that keeps it comedic and entertaining while at the same time involving serious dramatic community situations that makes it relevant for today.


This ensemble piece has a mostly new all star cast with Ice Cube(Calvin), Ced The Entertainer (Eddie), Regina Hall (Angie, Calvin’s business partner), Anthony Anderson (J,D.), Eve (Terri), JB Smooth (One Stop), Lamorne Morris (Jerrod), Sean Patrick Thomas (Jimmy), Deon Cole (Dante), Common (Rashad), Nicki Minaj (Draya) and Margot Bingham (Bree). The film is directed by Malcolm D. Lee, written by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver, produced by Robert Teitel and George L. Tillman Jr.

  
Eve left, Regina Hall Right at press junket round table
   To have a third installment of this film was basically a surprise to all involved because of the length of time that has lapsed since the last one. When asked if she thought she would come back for a third Barbershop Eve laughs and said, “No I didn’t.  Honestly, I didn’t even think that they were thinking about it. So when I got the call I was like I don’t know. It wasn’t like the I don’t know I hate it, it was more of a I don’t know do you need it. You know what I mean? And then once they sent me the script I was like that’s it. Then when they told me the new cast of people that they were bringing in I said this was amazing. It was a no brainer after that,”

     Regina Hall was one of the new kids on the block. How was the experience for her being new coming into an established ensemble? She sweetly says, “Obviously when you are walking into someone’s franchise where everyone is so great, it’s wonderful that they ask you to come in, ask you to be a part of it and their spirit and energy was very welcoming and that was great for me to have a group of people that I like, I like their work and I like their franchise most importantly.”
 
L-R Common, Ced the E and Ice Cube
   Ice Cube had the same reaction as everyone else when asked if he thought a third Barbershop would be made. He gave an emphatic, “No. I thought it was over. I didn’t think MGM had the stomach for it again. As far as a company, they have been doing a whole lot of things these last ten years. I wasn’t sure if they wanted another one and what is the story, how do we approach it? Initially I said no because it felt like a money grab, let’s just do another one, and what is it about? No one had anything to say and I said I’m out. And then I saw an article where a guy was going through the same thing in his neighborhood and he said let’s give out free cuts to try to curb the violence, I said whoa, this is a real life situation going on in Chicago right now and Calvin’s son would be of that age. So the story kind of started to reveal itself.”
L-R Draya (Nicki Minaj) and Terri (Eve) have words

     Barbershop 3 opens April 15, 2016 in theaters everywhere

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