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Your Prayers Have Been Answered - Oxygen Cancels 'All My Babies' Mamas'

  • By Sergio
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  • January 15, 2013 3:14 PM
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In case you haven't heard the news, seems that all your petitions and prayers have worked. It was announced early this morning that the Oxygen Network has pulled the plug of Shawty Lo's reality show, All My Babies' Mamas.

'Stories From The Road To Freedom' - 2-Hour Doc On Black Movement In USA (Emancipation To Civil Rights)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 15, 2013 12:32 PM
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Stories from the Road to Freedom is a new 2-hour documentary special that premieres Saturday, February 16 at 8 p.m. on the History Channel.

TV One Announces 3-Hour Inauguration Special 'Washington Watch with Roland Martin'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 15, 2013 11:59 AM
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TV One announces coverage of the 2013 Presidential Inauguration with live 3-hour Special Edition of Washington Watch with Roland Martin; broadcast will include coverage of the swearing in and Inaugural Address, as well as reactions from citizens on the National Mall.

Watch Episode 1 Of New Web Series 'Downtown Girls'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 15, 2013 11:43 AM
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In my 2012 year-end review, I called that year the year of the web series, while looking ahead to 2013, which will likely be even more web series heavy.

Watch 15-Minute Preview Of Part 2 Of 'The Abolitionists' (Focus On Frederick Douglass)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 15, 2013 10:19 AM
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PBS' 3-part, 3-hour American Experience film titled The Abolitionists, continues tonight with Part 2, after last Tuesday's broacast debut.

PBS Continues Commitment To Indie Films In 2013. Announces Short Film Fest & Indie Film Showcase

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 14, 2013 7:20 PM
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Revealed today, at the Television Critics Association, PBS announced that it will offer its 2nd annual Online Film Festival, featuring short form films, beginning Monday, March 4, and will offer a multi-platform Independent Film Showcase this fall.

AfroPop Season 5 Presents USA Broadcast TV Premiere Of 'Dear Mandela' January 29

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 14, 2013 3:07 PM
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The short story goes... When their shantytowns are threatened with mass eviction, three ‘young lions’ of South Africa’s new generation rise from the shacks and take their government to the highest court in the land, putting the promises of democracy to the test.

Discovery Taps Tamron Hall To Host New Investigative Series - 'Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 14, 2013 2:49 PM
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One of the reasons why MSNBC is quite possibly the *blackest* cable news network broadcasting right now (see Sergio's post on MSNBC getting a major black audience boost this season HERE), Ms Tamron Hall has been tapped by the Discovery network to host a new series for its leading mystery-and-suspense network, Investigation Discovery (ID).

Beyoncé Struggles w/ How Much To Reveal About Herself In Full Trailer For 'Life Is But A Dream'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 14, 2013 1:16 PM
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Multi-hyphenate Beyoncé Knowles' HBO documentary special which is being described "a fusion of video that provides raw, unprecedented access to the private entertainment icon and high-voltage performances," now has an official title.

Shonda Rhimes Doesn't Care Why You Watch 'Scandal' But Just Don't Call It A 'Guilty Pleasure'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 14, 2013 11:28 AM
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Asked to speculate on the show’s breakout success, Rhimes said: “I don’t dare or bother to speculate. I’m just supposed to make the shows.” She added, however, that the success of Grey’s Anatomy gave producers “the capital” to take some risks with Scandal. Rhimes said she doesn’t spend any time thinking about the fact that the show features a strong female lead of color. She added that she doesn’t think about it when writing any more than she thinks about being a strong female of color herself as she goes about her daily life. Asked whether she has broken any barriers in creating the series or the Olivia Pope character, Rhimes offered: “I have no idea. It would be nice to say no, but since you are asking the question, probably yes.” Rhimes says she doesn’t care why people watch the show as long as they don’t describe it as a “guilty pleasure.” She said that phrase means “It’s crap but I can’t stop watching it.”