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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.”

What About That OTHER '12 Years A Slave' Movie?

  • By Sergio
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  • January 13, 2013 8:29 PM
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With the eager anticipation for Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave, based on the autobiographical novel by Solomon Northup, and even the upcoming reissue his book, 12 Years a Slave, which Courtney reported about HERE, I thought it would be a good idea to bring back a piece I wrote in the summer of 2011 for S & A, about the first film version of Northup's book.

What Babou Ceesay's Casting In ITV's 'Lewis' Continues To Say About British TV

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • January 13, 2013 5:50 PM
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Congrats to Gambian-British actor Babou Ceesay on joining the cast of ITV's crime drama Lewis, in what is being hailed as a significant shift in cultural practice at that network.

Fox Drops Cuba Gooding Jr.'s Legal Series 'Guilty'

  • By Sergio
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  • January 12, 2013 5:48 PM
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Some bad news for Cuba Gooding Jr, now that it has been reported that Fox has officially dropped his potential legal series, Guilty, despite strong test scores that the show's pilot got.

It Looks Like Alice Will Be Returning For 'Luther' Season 3 After All...

  • By Courtney
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  • January 12, 2013 11:50 AM
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The above photo was posted to Twitter this morning by the Luther Twitter account, with the accompanying words:

Beyoncé-Directed Feature Documentary On Beyoncé Gets An Official Title - 'Life Is But A Dream'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 11, 2013 9:29 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.

TV Preview - Fresh, Fun, Sexy 'House Of Lies' Returns This Sunday

  • By Monique A. Williams
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  • January 11, 2013 8:57 PM
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Season Two of House of Lies marks the return of the incomparable Don Cheadle's dynamic portrayal of the despicable yet charming Marty Kaan, and it doesn't disappoint.