Viola Davis Makes Black History At The 2015 Emmys – Watch Her Acceptance Speech Here!

“Let me tell you something: the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.”

There’s absolutely no stopping this smoking train, Viola Davis has had one incredible year. History was made at Sunday’s 67th annual Emmy Awards, as Davis became the first Black actress to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for her role as Annalise Keating on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder. An emotional, overwhelmed, and honored Davis delivered a riveting speech in acceptance of the award.

“In my dreams and visions, I seemed to see a line, and on the other side of that line were green fields, and lovely flowers, and beautiful white ladies, who stretched out their arms to me over the line, but I couldn’t reach them no-how,”

Viola quoted Harriet Tubman.

The struggle for Black woman in television has been a topic of discussion for decades. Viola addresses her difficulty as an actress of color in her acceptance speech.

“You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there,”

Viola expressed.

At this year’s Emmys, there were also wins by Orange Is The New Black‘s Uzo Aduba in the Supporting Actress Drama category and American Crime‘s Regina King as Supporting Actress in a Limited Series Or Movie — a record for diversity in the top categories.

These woman have changed the conversation and are finally being recognized for their undeniable talents, despite the color of their skin. This moment is a step in a revolutionary direction for sure.

Congratulations to Viola Davis, she’s truly deserving of the honor!

By Tia Long (@ByTiaLong)

‘Empire’ Creator Lee Daniels Developing New Show Titled ‘Star’

Fresh off the success of Fox’s hit show Empire, the show’s co-creator and producer Lee Daniels is developing another show tentatively titled Star. The show will be musically themed and centered around a female girl group, which was brought by Fox with a pilot commitment. Daniels will write and executive produce the show, which is set in Atlanta.

Read more about the show below:

On Thursday, Fox bosses Dana Walden and Gary Newman offered up details on the upcoming show, which explores the cutthroat music scene and asks the question, what do you do to rise to the top? Explaining that Daniels “talks a lot about everything from ‘Dreamgirls’ to modern-day girl groups that are manufactured, they are put together, they don’t have an organic reason to be together,” Walden said. “That setup lends to a great soap operatic storytelling machine.”

As for crossover episodes between “Star” and “Empire,” there is a strong possibility, though no plans are set. “It is modern-day music music in Atlanta and ‘Empire’ is modern-day music business in New York,” Walden said. “It’s not inconceivable that the two shows can cross.” via [variety]

Will you be watching?

 

 

DeSean Jackson Gets His Own BET Series

Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson will document his life off the field with the six-episode BET docu-series “DeSean Jackson: Home Team.” DeSean, and his brother Byron Jackson, serve as the show’s executive producers. The show will detail the life of the 28-year-old star as he takes on the  challenges of his adult life.

Variety reports that Byron shares that the three-time-Pro Bowler “encounters getting serious and heated with his love interest, becoming his own man, and his mom and his sister coming to grips with it.”

DeSean Jackson Football
DeSean Jackson Football

But Byron does explain that there were things that were off-limits for viewers.

“When you are used to being in front of a camera, you take it in stride. DeSean likes being in front of the camera, he likes entertaining,” he said. “That is all he knows, but he is also very private as well, there are some moments he does not want me to film.”

The series is set to premier on BET at 8:30P/7:30C, make sure to tune in.

Watch Mike Epps and Nia Long in the Trailer for ABC’s Reboot of Uncle Buck

https://youtu.be/swihz24aUHI

The show is based on the John Candy classic movie of the same title. Uncle Buck will premiere on ABC  later this year and stars Mike Epps in the leading role – with the supporting cast including Nia Long, James Lesure, and more. The sitcom follows the adventures of the sweet but irresponsible Uncle Buck, as he helps take care of his brother’s kids.

-Victoria B. (@unabashedlytori)

 

 

Shonda Rhimes, Debbie Allen, and More “Game Changers” Cover Essence Magazine’s May Issue

Shonda Rhimes, Debbie Allen, Issa Rae, Ava Duvernay and Mara Brock-Akil grace the May cover of Essence Magazine. Continue reading Shonda Rhimes, Debbie Allen, and More “Game Changers” Cover Essence Magazine’s May Issue

Check Out The Trailer For Ballers Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will star in the new HBO football series titled Ballers.  The series tackles the lives of active football players, their families, and handlers. The former WWE superstar has been very active this summer with the movie “Furious 7” already in theaters and “San Andreas” which will premier later this summer. Ballers will feature some other notable actors including, LeToyla Luckett and John David Washington. It is set premiere on June 21st at 10 pm. Check out the trailer below.

KingJut (@KingJut92)

 

https://youtu.be/15lfITfxMDI

 

 

Watch Action Bronson’s Highly Questionable Interview on ESPN

Bam Bam stops by ESPN to give a few questionable answers to Dan Le Batard and Bomani Jones.  In the interview Action Bronson discusses his life before rap, how he started his career and even shakes something for the camera.  I dare you to watch and try not to laugh.  Mr. Wonderful out March 24th!!!

– Def Soul (@DefSoulNJ)

Are you watching NBC’s ‘The Slap’ ?

On February 12th, NBC debuted the first part to their new 8-part miniseries called The Slap that touches on the sensitive topic of physically disciplining a child. The show is based on the various accounts of guests at a party where a man scolds a boy for irresponsibly swinging a bat around other children. The child then kicks the man who in return hits the child. This storyline has some viewers in an uproar leading to the sensitive topic of disciplining vs. abusing a child.

“Stop crying before I give you something to cry about”, “I brought you in this world and I’ll take you out”.… So many have heard these phrases right before receiving a lashing. In most African-American ‘old school’ households, a child was beat if they disrespected an adult or did something they knew was wrong. Modern day parents feel hitting a child is crossing the line from tough love to corporal punishment. Even TV-dad Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable threatened Theo on one episode of The Cosby Show with taking him out. We have all seen the videos of parents going too far when hitting their child and yes some are harsh, but the question remains… Is there harm in getting an OLD-FASHIONED beating or spanking?

-Natalee J. Langley (@_naturallynat)

Action Bronson’s ‘F*** That’s Delicious’ Coming to Television

The Queens rapper is looking at more than just hip hop media to add to his resume

 

Action Bronson’s popular web series F*** That’s Delicious, which airs on Vice’s sister food-news site Munchies, is about to get a bit of a boost thanks to its viral popularity.  The show features Action Bronson traveling around America to many restaurants showing the local eats, and cultural adaptations. 

“You’re gonna see me on TV”, Action said in a new interview with HotNewHipHop released on Friday, “The second season is already locked in… we’re gonna be on cable.”

Though he failed to mention which network would be hosting the program, he did say that there would still be bits on the web.  Bronson also stated he was in the process of making his own cartoon, an idea not far fetched from anyone already familiar with Bronson’s work.

Featuring many cartoon-illustrated works on his album covers, his newest project, Mr. Wonderful, walks the same path.  Action said the newest cover art was inspired by Bloodsport, where Van Damm is doing a split overlooking Hong Kong. “That scene where he’s meditating, training, knowing he’s about to go whoop some ass… that’s how I feel”. Speaking on the cover’s artist Freako Rico, Bronsolino said he found him on Instagram.

With the creativity and character Action is boasting, it would appear 2015 is going to be a big year for him, both in and out of music.

 

– Curt Cramer (@CurtisRemarc)

Her Source | Study Links Binge TV Watching To Depression and Loneliness

Binge watching your fave TV shows may seem like a great idea, but read this first.  

Finding a new show, getting excited, and then watching all of the episodes that you missed is something that I know many of us have done. Personally, I watched season 1 of Scandal in an afternoon like my life depended on it, because I felt my inner Olivia Pope coming to the surface.  Well, the University of Texas at Austin conducted a recent study that found individuals who binge watch television are lonelier, more depressed, and lacking in self-control.  The study surveyed 316  participants who were 18 to 29 years old. The study looked at how often they felt lonely, depressed or lacked self-control, and how much they watched and binge-watched television.

The research found that the more depressed and lonely its participants were, the more likely they were to binge watch television to try to feel less negative. Individuals in the study who lacked self- control were more likely to binge watch television because they lacked the ability to stop clicking to proceed to the next episode. Yoon Hi Sung, one of the researchers in the study states:

Even though some people argue that binge-watching is a harmless addiction, findings from our study suggest that binge-watching should no longer be viewed this way. Physical fatigue, and problems such as obesity, and other health problems are related to binge-watching, and they are a cause for concern. Our research is a step toward exploring binge-watching as an important media and social phenomenon.

Now, binge watching on occasion, I wouldn’t find to be problematic. It is important to be self-aware and understand the emotional connections to your actions. Temporarily engaging in behaviors that make you feel good or take your mind off of stressful or negative situations can be good and feel good. The issue, I think, is when a particular activity becomes your one and only means of feeling good. So, take time to look at the emotionally motivating factors of your actions, and that will be a good indicator of problematic behavior. In the meantime, just kick back, relax, and catch a dope show or two, instead of the whole season.

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-Nakeasha Johnson (@NakeashaJ)