Shondaland’s New Show ‘For The People’ Looks A Lot Like ‘HTGAWM’

Shondaland’s got a new show coming to town y’all.
“For The People” is a little less melanated than “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder” but the plotline bears quite the resemblance to the latter.
We not mad, though. 
The trailer for the new ABC show was released on Tuesday, the same day ABC confirmed the rumors that Scandal’s next season would be our last run with the gladiators.
The show, which takes place in Southern District of New York Federal Court in New York City, follows the professional and personal lives of a group of young and ambitious lawyers. 

While you may find one familiar face in Anna Deavere Smith, the majority of the cast consists of relatively lesser known actors. Britne Oldford, one of the show’s lead characters, is a Canadian actress who has starred in the Syfy show “Hunters.”
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Lupita Nyong’o Posts Heartfelt Video In Support Of Dad’s Governor Bid In Kenya

The only thing that could make a parent prouder than a successful child is being acknowledged as the reason their kid turned out so great. 
On Thursday morning, Lupita Nyong’o posted a video to Facebook in support of her father Anyang’ Nyong’o’s bid for governor of Kisumu County in Kenya. 

Nyong’o begins the above video with: “This is an open letter to my father.”
“Daddy, I love you and I respect you. You have supported me all my life and I’m where I am because of you and mummy,” she says, before talking about how her dad inspired her and her siblings to be “hardworking, honest and committed to humanity.”
Nyong’o’s father, who is currently a Kisumu senator, has been active in Kenyan politics for over 20 years. Though she was raised in Nairobi, Nyong’o credits her father for the love she developed for Kisumu Continue reading "Lupita Nyong’o Posts Heartfelt Video In Support Of Dad’s Governor Bid In Kenya"

This Black Org Helped Oust Bill O’ Reilly By Hitting Fox Where It Hurts

When Fox News failed to hold former anchor Bill O’ Reilly accountable for his prejudicial banter on the network, Color Of Change (COC), a racial justice advocacy group, decided to organize against O’Reilly and his plaftform. 
The organization, which dedicates itself to issues of racial inequality, took issue with O’Reilly’s ongoing race-baiting. In 2006, several former colleagues said he lied when he claimed he was attacked during the LA riots.
So in March 2015, COC began an advertising boycott urging companies to pull ads airing during “The O’Reilly Factor.” The campaign, which fluctuated in momentum throughout its first two years, gained traction last month after O’Reilly inappropriately remarked that Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ hair looked like a wig that the late James Brown would sport.
But months prior to O’Reilly’s comments on Waters, a wave of allegations that he sexually harassed former Fox employees began to make headlines. After these Continue reading "This Black Org Helped Oust Bill O’ Reilly By Hitting Fox Where It Hurts"

Couple Creates SlayTV Network To Better Represent Black LGBTQ Community

Oversexed. Catty. Stereotypical. 
These are the words director Terry Torrington uses to describe present depictions of black gay men in the media ― which is why he and his husband, Sean, are launching SlayTV, a global TV network for the black LGBTQ community. 
Sean and Terry, who are both in their 30s, came up with the idea for the network when they saw how well some of their YouTube web series were performing. “No Shade,” a dramedy about a queer black artist on a path of self-discovery, was their first online series. Its pilot episode, which premiered in February 2013, has received almost 110,000 views. 
“That’s how we really got noticed by the community,” Sean said. “Because at the time there was no other series like it. It really touched on a lot of issues going on at the time.”
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Taraji P. Henson Wants To Play A Marvel Superhero. Someone Make This Happen.

Taraji P. Henson’s career has been on fire. From playing a quick-witted, formerly incarcerated music executive Cookie Lyons on Empire to a brilliant NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, Henson’s made it pretty clear that she likes to keep us on our feet.
In that spirit, Henson told The New York Times that she’s eager for a new script...preferably from comic powerhouse Marvel.

“I would love to be a Marvel superhero,” she told NYT in an interview published on Friday.

Marvel has been flooding the Netflix Originals realm with shows based on their classic comic series “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist,” and “Luke Cage.”

“I’m dying to get into some comedy,” she continued. “I think I’m a stronger comedic actress than a dramatic actress. You guys just fell for the drama side.”

Marvel ― if you’re reading ― we’re waiting. 

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Oprah Is Back To Acting In New Trailer For ‘The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks’

News of an Oprah Winfrey-led cast for the movie “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” has been circulating for some time now, and there’s finally a trailer and a release date. 
HBO on Wednesday uploaded a trailer for the movie, inspired by the true story of Henrietta Lacks, a cancer patient whose cells were used by doctors ― without her consent ― for research that would lead to life-saving advancements in the medical field like the polio vaccine and gene mapping.
The movie, directed by George C. Wolfe, follows the Lacks family as they seek acknowledgement and remediation for the unauthorized use of their mother’s cells, known as HeLa cells.
The movie is based on the 2010 best-selling book of the same name by journalist Rebecca Skloot. 
Winfrey plays Lack’s daughter Deborah, who works closely with Skloot, played by Rose Byrne, to seek justice for her mother.
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Issa Rae Announced A Season 2 Premiere Date For ‘Insecure’

Awkward. Black. Women. Unite.
Issa Rae announced Tuesday afternoon on Twitter that season two of her series “Insecure” will be making a return to HBO on July 23. 
When the show took a hiatus from last November, fans were left with a ton of questions:
Will I still be forced to declare #TeamLawrence or #TeamIssa? Was Lawrence just trying to get his groove back with the chick from the bank or will she be more than a jump-off? Is Molly going to get her life?
Issa didn’t answer any of these questions in the video, but she did confirm the return date (and that co-star Jay Ellis continues to look good).
“It’s about get hot this,” she said. “July 23 tell your friends, tell your family, Continue reading "Issa Rae Announced A Season 2 Premiere Date For ‘Insecure’"