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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 21, 2020. 20 comments

Negro Noir: A Fall From Grace and the Curious Case of Wigs, (Diner) Wine and Wayward Filmmaking

Negro Noir: A Fall From Grace and the Curious Case of Wigs, (Diner) Wine and Wayward Filmmaking

Movies that are “so bad, they’re good” are one of life’s unsung treasures. And like anything, adding blackness to that principle is like adding proper seasoning. Thus, I introduce you to our new series reviewing/recapping bad black movies, Negro Noir. As our queen-in-chief Danielle Belton pointed out, it’s so black, the title of the series is essentially “black black” in two different...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 17, 2020. 16 comments

Watchmen Is Getting the F*ck Up Off the Pool and Will Not Return for a Second Season

Watchmen Is Getting the F*ck Up Off the Pool and Will Not Return for a Second Season

A network and a show creator walk into “Abar”... and decide to end their popular and acclaimed show on a high note.

It’s official, show creator Damon Lindelof is stepping away from Watchmen and will not be pursuing a second season of the series.

USA Today reports:

Lindelof told USA TODAY this week that he’s told the story he wants to tell and has no interest in a second season, though he’s...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 15, 2020. 14 comments

Whitney Houston and Notorious B.I.G. to Be Inducted Into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Whitney Houston and Notorious B.I.G. to Be Inducted Into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

If you’re professionally involved in music, being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is probably the endgame for you.

In 2019, Janet Jackson was added to the Hall of Fame. Well, it’s a new year and that means it’s time for yet another round of inductees!

The Class of 2020 inductees are as follows:

Performer Category

• Depeche Mode

• The Doobie Brothers

• Whitney Houston

• Nine Inch Nails

•...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 15, 2020. 15 comments

Tyler Perry Says He Tried a Writers’ Room and It Was a ‘Nightmare,’ so He Can Do Bad All by Himself

Tyler Perry Says He Tried a Writers’ Room and It Was a ‘Nightmare,’ so He Can Do Bad All by Himself

When Tyler Perry decided to show off his screenwriting prowess, let’s just say it didn’t serve the inspiration he intended and the whole display ended up as dramatic as his television shows.

‘I Have No Writers Room...I Write It All’: Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Gatekeeper

While Madea may be laid to rest, Tyler Perry isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

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In a recent press...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 14, 2020. 5 comments

A Boomerang of Black Erasure: Welp, Eddie Murphy’s 1988 Oscars Presentation Is Still Relevant in 2020

A Boomerang of Black Erasure: Welp, Eddie Murphy’s 1988 Oscars Presentation Is Still Relevant in 2020

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Shortly after the nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards were announced, writer Todd Spence shared an eerily relevant clip of Eddie Murphy presenting the Best Picture award at the 60th Academy Awards in 1988.

As Murphy stood on the stage, he recalled what led him to this moment, noting he first thought “No, I ain’t goin’” when he was...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 13, 2020. 22 comments

Oscars 2020: On a Scale of Taylor Swift to Gary Owen, How White Were the Nominations?

Oscars 2020: On a Scale of Taylor Swift to Gary Owen, How White Were the Nominations?

East Coast privilege was alive and well as West Coasters woke up before the sun rose (at 5:18 a.m.) while the right coast woke up at 8:18 a.m. to hear the nominations for the biggest night in film.

I’ve had my calendar marked to this date for a while, but let’s pause for a minute to talk about that errant time. I sat here wondering, why 5:18? Sure, I knew the time zones of our rather large...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 10, 2020. 17 comments

The Grammys Is Hosting a Live Tribute Concert for Prince—The Question Is, Would He Have Shaded Some of the Artists?

The Grammys Is Hosting a Live Tribute Concert for Prince—The Question Is, Would He Have Shaded Some of the Artists?

This April will mark four years since we lost the unmatched legend known as Prince, and the Recording Academy is holding a live tribute concert to honor The Purple One.

A couple of days following the Grammy Awards telecast (Jan. 26), Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince will take place in LA to show love to the 38-time Grammy nominee and seven-time Grammy winner.

Per the press release:

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 10, 2020. 9 comments

#OscarsSoWypipo: How Is the 2020 Academy Awards Going Hostless Again When Michael Harriot Is Right Here?

#OscarsSoWypipo: How Is the 2020 Academy Awards Going Hostless Again When Michael Harriot Is Right Here?

If you think the 2020 Oscars was going to return to regularly scheduled programming by featuring a single comedian performing a snarkily narcissistic monologue in front of actors who take themselves too seriously, think again!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 92nd Academy Awards will carry on without a host for the second year in a row.

“Let me confirm it now, together with the...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 09, 2020. 14 comments

'We Got on Gayle King as Stupid as Can Be': Azriel Clary Reveals She and Joycelyn Savage Lied for R. Kelly

'We Got on Gayle King as Stupid as Can Be': Azriel Clary Reveals She and Joycelyn Savage Lied for R. Kelly

Following the explosive second chapter of the Surviving R. Kelly series, there has been an alarming turn of events involving Robert “R” Kelly’s girlfriends/alleged sex slaves.

According to USA Today, Azriel Clary, 22, and Joycelyn Savage, 24, engaged in a verbal and “physical altercation” at Kelly’s Trump Tower condo on Wednesday, which happened to be Kelly’s birthday. The fight was captured...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 09, 2020. 5 comments

I'll Take 'Sobbing' for 500: Alex Trebek Supports Rep. John Lewis in Fighting Pancreatic Cancer

I'll Take 'Sobbing' for 500: Alex Trebek Supports Rep. John Lewis in Fighting Pancreatic Cancer

Let’s get this sentiment out of the way—fuck cancer.

At the end of 2019, U.S. Representative John Lewis confirmed he was battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, noting he will continue serving Georgia’s 5th congressional district.

Rep. John Lewis Reveals Advanced Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis: 'I Am Going to Fight It'

Lawmakers and activists around the country voiced their support for longtime...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 08, 2020. 5 comments

Nah, Jussie Smollett Isn't Returning to Empire, Fox President Confirms

Nah, Jussie Smollett Isn't Returning to Empire, Fox President Confirms

Empire may be on a midseason hiatus, but Jussie Smollett is still on some people’s minds!

Empire showrunner Brett Mahoney recently teased a possible comeback, noting it would be “weird” if Smollett didn’t return. If he were to return, y’all already knew my wishes.

Empire Showrunner Admits It Would Be ‘Weird’ to End Series Without Jussie Smollett. I Hope He Returns...

The great saga of Jussie...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 08, 2020. 6 comments

BAFTAs: No Nominations for You Cynthia Erivo (or Any Non-White Actors), but Can You Sing at Our Ceremony?

BAFTAs: No Nominations for You Cynthia Erivo (or Any Non-White Actors), but Can You Sing at Our Ceremony?

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has quite the audacity and the unmitigated gall. Following a PR nightmare with its all-white acting nomination list for the EE British Academy Films Awards (known as the BAFTAs), it looks like the academy’s nerve went even further than you can imagine.

BAFTAs 2020: Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Michael Ward Receive Rising Star Noms, Rest of...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 08, 2020. 17 comments

‘I Have No Writers Room...I Write It All’: Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Gatekeeper

‘I Have No Writers Room...I Write It All’: Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Gatekeeper

While Madea may be laid to rest , Tyler Perry isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

To kick off the first official business day of the new year, the 50-year-old writer, producer, actor, and director decided to use his Twitter account to boast about his unmatched work ethic.

“So, I don’t know if you know this but all shows on television have a writers’ room,” Perry said in a video...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 06, 2020. 7 comments

Golden Globes 2020: Beyoncé Happened

Golden Globes 2020: Beyoncé Happened

The 77th Golden Globes were...a tad unseasoned.

Our very own Safaree stunt double Jay Connor joined me on the red carpet and we immediately noticed something: The carpet was as white as the total number nominees. So, we definitely chilled.

Now as for the telecast?

DID Y’ALL SEE BEYONCÉ JUST TELEPORT INTO THE GOLDEN GLOBES AUDIENCE BECAUSE SHE DEFINITELY SKIPPED THE CARPET?

Apparently, she and...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 04, 2020. 6 comments

Coachella 2020: Megan Thee Stallion Is Taking Her Knee Talents to the Desert, Frank Ocean to Emerge From His Secret Hiding Place and More

Coachella 2020: Megan Thee Stallion Is Taking Her Knee Talents to the Desert, Frank Ocean to Emerge From His Secret Hiding Place and More

Another year, another chance to descend upon Indio, Calif., and get your desert life to the soundtrack of your favorite artists.

Per usual, Coachella will span two weekends. This year, the festival will take place on April 10-12 and April 17-19.

Megan Thee Stallion will be continuing her shine, taking the stage on the first night of each weekend (April 10 and 17). So, if you want to know what...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Dec 24, 2019. 20 comments

Colorism Isn’t Real-ish, It’s Real: Kenya Barris Criticized Over Black Excellence Casting, His Response Also Raises Eyebrows

Colorism Isn’t Real-ish, It’s Real: Kenya Barris Criticized Over Black Excellence Casting, His Response Also Raises Eyebrows

Potential audiences recently got a first look at the first television show of Kenya Barris’ big Netflix deal , Black Excellence (stylized as #blackexcellence).

As Deadline announced, Genneya Walton (9-1-1, Project Mc²), Iman Benson (Suits, Alexa & Katie), Scarlet Spencer (Cousins for Life, Colony), Justin Claiborne (Marriage Story, Reverie), Ravi Cabot-Conyers (The Resident) and Richard...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Dec 23, 2019. 22 comments

Bill ‘We Cannot Blame White People’ Cosby Accuses Eddie Murphy of ‘Cooning’ in Statement Regarding SNL Joke

Bill ‘We Cannot Blame White People’ Cosby Accuses Eddie Murphy of ‘Cooning’ in Statement Regarding SNL Joke

Eddie Murphy appeared to have the best time of his life during his return to Saturday Night Live—his first as host since 1984—and naturally, his appearance was not without controversy.

During his opening monologue, Murphy referenced Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction , for which he was sentenced to at least three years in prison.

“But if you would have told me 30 years ago that I would be...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Dec 21, 2019. 16 comments

Orlando Jones Says 'Culture Vulture' American Gods Showrunner Was a 'Wigga' Who Wore Black Panther T-Shirts

Orlando Jones Says 'Culture Vulture' American Gods Showrunner Was a 'Wigga' Who Wore Black Panther T-Shirts

Orlando Jones is not here for that culture vulture mess!

Jones has been all over the news and social media lately, after confirming he was fired from Starz’s American Gods. As The Root’s Karu Daniels recently reported, “Jones, who portrays the infamous trickster god Mr. Nancy (based on Anansi the Spider—the African folklore character), claimed that the series’ new showrunner Charles Eglee...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Dec 21, 2019. 5 comments

John Boyega Is a Joy and He Also Perfectly Encapsulated the Press Junket Life

John Boyega Is a Joy and He Also Perfectly Encapsulated the Press Junket Life

John Boyega is a goddamn delight.

First off, the best things about the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker press tour have involved him in some manner. For example, there’s the time he wrote a hilariously heartfelt letter to his co-star Oscar Isaac, continuing the energy fans have for their respective characters, Finn and Poe.

Rabid(ly racist) Star Wars fans were big mad when he expressed (valid)...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Dec 20, 2019. 11 comments

10 Years an #OscarsSoWhite: Only 5 Actresses of Color Were Nominated for Lead Actress in the Entire Decade

10 Years an #OscarsSoWhite: Only 5 Actresses of Color Were Nominated for Lead Actress in the Entire Decade

The stench of stagnant progression is in the air as we look back at the history of Oscar nominations in the 2010s.

The Hollywood Reporter recently highlighted every Oscar-winning actress (in both lead and supporting categories) in the 2010s and in doing so, found one glaring bit of news: only five actresses of color were recognized by the Academy in the lead actress category in the past...

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