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Hey-Hey-Hey Ms. DuVernay

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on March 8, 2017 at 3:48 am

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Have you seen her work? Doth you know the fascinating she?
Ms. Ava DuVernay is a Director of much, including GREENLEAF.

Yes! Oprah has her OWN, Tyler Perry has Madea
and the beauty of GreenLeaf is brought to life via a Sheeba.

ava-duvernay-on-setMs. DuVernay is beautiful and elegantly rocks
visionary eyes, a lovely smile and strong mane locks.

Her capacity to hold the masses attention
is duly up for mention –
for I am hooked on the view

that is the family of GreenLeaf
ava-duvernay-smilethe church folks and who creeps…
You know? The mirrored reflections of me and you.

It’s dimensionally good and relates quite strong.
Ms. Ava DuVernay has a visionary home on Oprah’s OWN.

Ava’s website is REEL tight, drop in on her work,
I’m Qui
Up on Ms. D’s story lines – they’re filled with mad familial girth.

 

Out of the darkness

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Music, Networking, Self Improvement, TV Shows on September 7, 2015 at 5:58 am

Queen-Latifah…and into the light,
it appears QUEEN LATIFAH has been out of sight

but that’s how things look when you’re film producing –
you spend a lot of time behind the scenes leverage juicing.

So last week I wrote a little piece on that grunting Master P
just to log onto Facebook and find him posting about the Queen.

She has signed onto another reel deal and soon she’ll be in front of the cam
playing the role of young Master P’s mother in an upcoming film: The Ice Cream Man.

Remember that jam? I just linked it – here, last week.
Though today is about Queen Latifah and her journey of many peaks.

She’s always been a bit classy and not to be associated with the messy.
The Queen showed up and rocked the scene via reviews on the show BESSIE:

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I hear she went all out. I hear the production went hard.
I heard the choice critics loved it & it’s been nominated for awards:

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Well good Lord, that’s why we haven’t heard from the Queen – she’s about her larkness.
She’s so busy singing and acting it only appeared she was consumed by the darkness,

the fade-to-black scene that a lot of black actors vanish into.
I’m excited to report Queen Latifah did not resort and keeps a project or two.

If you’re like me and you miss the Queen Latifah show
take comfort in knowing she’s not in the dark – yo!

She’s all up in the light, on her mark and ready for the next scene,
I’m Qui
lighting up the dark with productive sparks and this one’s about the Queen.

All hail her bright and universal appeal
on music, tv series, show hosting and film.
Queen Latifah’s the real deal.

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TBS-talent-house-of-payneSome just talk whilst others are ‘doing the damn thang,’
He’s all work and no chat —  he’s Mr. ALLEN PAYNE.

Tyler has claimed Allens talent and the two are actively engaged in a successful series flirt.
The HOUSE OF PAYNE lives in the TBS lane – it is classic Perry work.

Looking at Allen has never hurt.  My eyes are happy to see him when he works.
He’s been acting since the 80’s and dazzling the ladies; he’s quite the visual flirt.

His resume has been the -ish since 1989.
He has aged very little and my God he’s fine.

Did I already mention that? Pardon my stutter,
but anytime he’s on the scene, I’m glad to see this brother.

I love his network loyalty, but of diversity I am inclined to pull.
Besides I’d love to see Allen Payne on the set of Shonda Rhime’s SCANDAL.

I bet he’d be good. I remember his performance in New Jack City.
The people demand to see you more – Mr.Payne please take  pity.

Allen is anything but lost in the darkness, perhaps multiple roles are not his plight.
I’m Qui
just asking the good-looking he, if his future plans include more diverse script writes?

I’m obviously inquiring because I think his craft is out of sight
and, well… like I said, he’s so darn easy on the eyes.

Anywho, I figured if I spent the day on topic Out of the darkness,
it would be good to add this brother to the 411 list.

Dying on The Young and The Restless

In Communication, Griot, Networking, TV Shows on April 15, 2015 at 2:13 pm

soap-and-bubblesSo are we in the midst of some sort of cast member shake upor what? In the last few months we have lost the following characters in script: Austin (Summer’s brief husband), Courtney (Noah’s brief fiance) and Kelly [Stitch’s sister & Jacks brief ex-gf]. What in Sam Hill is going on?

Yesterdays broadcast displayed a surreal view of Jack marrying Phyllis while simultaneously under kidnap by… Kelly.

Yes! I know I said Kelly was dead in the first paragraph but the script keeps flipping post every affectionate gesture that Jack yields to Phyllis.

Yes! Jack and Phyllis were married a day ago and are now on their honey moon in some remote area and it seems that every time Jack kisses Phyllis or strokes her hair, the next moment shows him in wrist and ankle restraints in a similar room on a much shabbier bed with a gag in his mouth and he is yelling for help.

What the….?

Yep. That’s exactly what I’ve been saying over the last few days: “WT?,” and today hasn’t made me feel any more secure about any role being safe on my soaps. I do, however, have an additional “under the radar” concern about Kyle (Jack & Diane Jenkins son). Kyle just keeps showing up at the most odd and opportune times. He’s nowhere and everywhere with no alibi and hailing innocence. No one is that lucky or unlucky, so what are his intentions, motives and angles?

Is there any literal connection between Jacks turmoil’s and Kyle’s suspiciousness? Seems like a question out of the blue, but is it? I mean, currently in script these two guys are rogue. Jack appears to be living 2 different consciouses and Kyle seems to be a part of everyone’s sub-story. What are the writers up to? I’m Young, I’m Restless and I’m quite curious as to where this storyline is going and why the cast purge is so momentous?
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I’d ask Lily or Devon ‘what’s up?,’ but they’re storyline is laying pretty low
after Hillary slept with Dad and son, writers are stumped on ‘where to go.’

Black folks can be quite dirty, but it’s not an easy write.
Daytime soaps are best served to the curb by our fam that is white.
The Black soaps rule the night via Tyler Perry. Right?

It’s quite the viewing delight and the storylines are best under stress,
I’m Qui
Glad to be alive to write and not Dying on The Young and Restless.

PS — While the cast line is starting to look barron
Police Chief Paul is focused on arresting Sharon.
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A Handful of Tuesday

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement on August 19, 2014 at 6:52 am

Heidi stars in The Car Wash 2014Day 1 has passed — you’re so not a beginner!
Be like Heidi today, and show up as a spinner.

Inspired by everything chique and posh,
Heidi is inspired by the coin op car wash.

I suppose it’s an okay look – if you’re not from a suburban hood.
Otherwise, the choice is a hot faux pas and that can not be good.

Twirl, twirl,twirl. Twirl away your mundane troubles,
But if you’re not Heidi, this garment will yield you double.

Fashion or not, the USA can be quite the supportive nation,
so join your favorite celeb in donating to the ALS Association.

Tyler Perry has done it, and Ben Affleck has joined the likes.
Their challenging all to donate after succumbing to a bucket of ice.

When folks need assistance, toss economics and say screw it!
Donating has never been so fun, watch Oprah and Kerri do it:

ALS Ice Challenge 2014

It’s always good to be a good friend and to be there for those who you love, until the end, 
So whilst you’re considering the ALS challenge – think of the co-found Corey Griffin.

After raising thousands of dollars in recent weeks for an ALS suffering friend,
He dove off of a Nantuckett establishment into Straight Wharf and to his end.

TaHandsUP DontShootke a moment of silence for Corey and then bend a knee in kind for Michael Brown.  
The violence in Ferguson County continues to thrive and every night, mayhem goes down.

It ought not be a racial issue. Officer Wilson knows what he did.
I’d like to think folks would take to the street, if he’d shot any race of kid.

However, as of late, the trigger happy, seem to point, aim and shoot at target: black.
Pray for Mike’s Mom, like you would your own – they’d give anything to have him back.

I’m grateful to have life and good health today.
I’m grateful for helpful folk that do cross my way.

I’m grateful to have a voice, especially on the WordPress mic,
I’m Qui
taking nothing for granted
, in this present thang’ called LIFE.

One day you’re here and the next day you’re gone.
Happy Tuesday kinfolk – jam this UGK song:

How late are you up man?

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on October 13, 2013 at 7:10 pm
Staying up late with Byron Allen...

Staying up late with Byron Allen…

It’s 9:18a.m. on a gloomy Wednesday morning as cast and crew trickle into the spacious Culver City, Calif., studio for the day’s table read. Actor John Witherspoon shuffles over to his marked seat at a long table while director Ted Lange, of The Love Boat fame, adjusts his sued camel-colored vest before sitting just one chair over from the boss’ center seat. Writers mill about before the clock strikes 9:30, when in strolls a casually suited Byron Allen, instantly brightening the room with his megawatt smile as he greets production assistants with fist-bumps.

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“All right, everyone, let’s get started,” allen announces, slapping his script for today’s episode of “The First Family, one of two new sitcoms (the other being Mr. Box Office) that the Hollywood heavyweight is executive producing for BET’s Centric channel.

But before launching into the table read, Allen, 52, engages in a morning ritual reminiscent of a family meeting around the breakfast table. After cracking a few jokes with actor/comedian Tom Arnold, Allen shares the latest industry happenings, describing the “digital transition: that threatens television’s existing business model.

“Networks are nervous because they are having to share audiences with Hulu, Netflix and YouTube, …I never thought networks would be fighting for tenths of rating points,” he says, making eye contact with both the veterans and the table of child actors to his left before spouting statistics of ESPN layoffs and shows canned after only a few episodes. “Look, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: You’re going to see an Armageddon in this business.”

As heads nod in agreement and some in disbelief, the husband and father of three– Chloe, 4; Olivia, 3; and Lucas, 7 months –enthuses, “I swear to you, this right here,” she says pointing at his attentive audience, “is bigger than a sitcom because you now have to make sure you have…” pounding his hand twice, “a seat at the table.”

Whether he’s quoting Henry Ford or recalling the ratings of The A-Team, Allen does it with enthusiastic precision, as if he’s a wunderkind who has rigorously studied for a final exam. In Allen’s case, he has been studying the business of television fro more than 30 years, taking copious mental notes and mentoring others along the way.

After scoring his big break as a stand-up comedian on the The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson in 1979, Allen turned comedy into serious business when he launched Entertainment Studios (ES) in 1993 from his dining room table. Now, 20 years later, his 75K-square-foot studio and media empire have grown to be one of the largest independently operated syndication producers and distributors for broadcast television. Allen owns eight 24-hour HD networks that specialize in genres including court shows (JusticeCentral.TV), pets (Pets.TV) and, needless to say comedy (Comedy.TV). “I never could have imagined all of this,” says Carolyn Folks, Allen’s mother, who helps executive produce his current slate of 36 series. Originally, ES outsourced syndication but soon learned the value of ownership. “We just realized that we could do it ourselves,” Folks adds.

Mr. Box Office and The First Family are being funded entirely by Allen with an initial guaranteed order of 104 episodes of each. Without bragging, he makes the half-hour sitcoms for the bargain price of $350,000 to $400,000 per episode, which translates to a minimum investment of $72.8 million. His strategy? Shows first air on local stations, then on cable days later, followed by an online run. From paying cash (rather than renting) for 16 trailers to buying a production set for just $1 from another studio, Allen, flashing on unabashed smirk, says he spends his money wisely: on the talent. With a reputation for never having cancelled a show, Allen has actors such as Bill Bellamy, Jackee’ Harry and Marla Gibbs eagerly following his vision into the future of television. “His word is it,” insists Jackee’. “He’s never lied about what he wanted to do and what he’s capable of.”

Allen is a maverick and proves, during a nonstop day of shooting and production meetings, why he believes that he who holds the power of media can run the world.

Clockwise from the Top Left: Allen watches a scene of The First Family unfolding with writer Nzinga Kemp; Jackee' gives Allen a hug before a quick photo; Even execs need a little powder and glamming up; Allen keeps a watchful eye on every aspect of the business; Tom Arnold gets excited while rehearsing lines; the writers' roundtable reworks a few punchlines in the day's script; actor Christopher B. Duncan plays President Johnson; allen cracks a joke while director Ted Lange chuckles; Family stars Kelita Smith  and John Witherspoon catch up at the morning table read.

Clockwise from the Top Left: Allen watches a scene of The First Family unfolding with writer Nzinga Kemp; Jackee’ gives Allen a hug before a quick photo; Even execs need a little powder and glamming up; Allen keeps a watchful eye on every aspect of the business; Tom Arnold gets excited while rehearsing lines; the writers’ roundtable reworks a few punchlines in the day’s script; actor Christopher B. Duncan plays President Johnson; allen cracks a joke while director Ted Lange chuckles; Family stars Kelita Smith and John Witherspoon catch up at the morning table read.

EBONY: You’re one of those Black men to won a television studio space, and 75,000 square feet is a lot of Hollywood capital. “We’re already outgrowing this space.  We were two blocks away in a 30,000-square-foot space, and we outgrew that in a nanosecond. We came here in December, and we’re already looking at other space around the area to move to because we’re adding more shows. “

The set for The First Family looks remarkably similar to Obama White House. Was that the point? I wanted it to be realistic. We bought this desk from the Nixon Library; it’s a replica of the actual desk with the door [that] opens at the bottom.  We’re not saying our show is [about] the Obamas; we’re saying this is a family in the White House, and it happens to be a Black family.  We’re trying to show the side that the average person doesn’t get to see.  We see Obama running to the helicopter and making press briefings, but what goes on in the residence? How does he juggle that as he runs the Free World?

How do you juggle being a media mogul and raising young children with your wife Jennifer? I haven’t missed a birthday party, and I’m not just talking theirs; I mean every last birthday party they go to.  [When] my wife got pregnant, I went to every doctor visit and looked at every ultrasound.  I listened intently with notes.  I pulled all three of my children from the womb, stayed in the hospital, never took an eye off of them and took them home.  I attend every school meeting and take them to school frequently.

With Magic Johnson, Diddy and Tracey Edmonds launching networks, is there room for everyone? I see it as an opportunity to work together.  They’re not competition; they’re an asset. I’d love to work Magic Johnson and P. Diddy on their networks.  We believe in being in business with everybody.

What has ES done that other networks have not been able to?  I don’t have any investors.  I’m pretty much the only one in the game using my personal money, so I compete against companies where I call them temporary hired help.  No disrespect, [but] they are temporary hired help.  I play with a different intensity because it’s my personal money.  We’re not just a network; we’re content producers, and sometimes, the content lives on our networks and sometimes it lives on others’ network.  We’re the largest provider of paid content to Google-YouTube.  They launched their paid subscriptions with 50 channels. We’re eight of those 50 channels.

As a former stand-up comic, has your goal been to provide opportunities for other comedians?  I want to make sure we’re a home for talented people, especially African Americans, as actors, comedians, writers, producers and directors.  If you go to Directors Guild of America and ask what the employment [number] of African-American directors is, it’s single digits.  It’s barely registering.  It’s not a shame on [them]; it’s a shame on me. We’ll build it ourselves.

Given the restructuring of media, including network TV, are you worried about your 72.8 million investment in these sitcoms?  The person who controls the world is the person who controls the media. That person controls what you see, what you hear and, ultimately, what you think and what you do.  Politicians are temporary hired help.  They’ll move through the system, but if you look at who is controlling newspapers, magazine and websites, that’s [who’s] influencing the decisions.  that’s really where you have true power.  It’s in media.

The Black family sitcom hasn’t been on the air in a major way since the early 2000’s.  Do audiences still want them?  There’s an audience for family sitcoms, period. They’re not made. When you have to go back a decade, two decades, to get Black family sitcoms, these sitcoms, become a precious commodity because they’re not really being produced.  People will say, “I have an appetite for this; I want to see this.

Are advertisers finally seeing the value of Black programming? Nothing has changed in 60 years.  It’s the same dynamic that [John H. Johnson] had [to deal with] 60 years ago; creating an industry to support the infrastructure.  We had to go sign up the stations market by market [in] 212 markets.  I had to basically become a walking network and go find advertisers for each idea [and] each show.  There are a lot of major advertisers who want Black dollars but they don’t support positive Black images. It’s insidious.  And we as a community are not holding certain corporations accountable.

Some compare you to Tyler Perry.  Is that a positive or negative comparison? I love what Tyler Perry is doing. I don’t think he is celebrated enough. Tyler is constantly reminding the business that the African-American consumer audience is a business, and he’s constantly putting African-Americans to work.  What he’s doing is monumental in our community.  I am disappointed in the criticism of him because I would rather see people criticize advertisers.

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African-Americans make up 25% of the box office revenue. Maybe we should make up 25% of the film slates. I think the negative energy sent his way is misdirected. Tyler is doing his part.

Do you pay attention to the haters? No, because that – [hate] – is just what it is. In television – in anything – it’s always there.

Has it been difficult to be a Black man in Hollywood’s old boys club? For me, it’s a mental decision. You just make a decision that we deserve to be there.

After 30 years, doesn’t that get tiring? The truth of the matter is, I shouldn’t be [telling] you I own the company 100 percent and I’m using my own money. I’m saying that because I had to do it that way, it’s made me unstoppable. Not having the access that my counterparts had has made them weaker, in my humble opinion. It made them house poodles. Now, it’s treacherous out there, and a lot of my competitors only know how to sail a boat on a sunny day in smooth waters. All my days have been treacherous days. This is normal weather for me.

Do you think about your legacy? I want kids to look at me and say, “Why not?” just the way I look at Bill Cosby and Henry Ford and Walt Disney and Ray Kroc [of] McDonald’s and John H. Johnson. I just want my legacy to be [that I was] somebody who was passionate, loved what he did and pursued it with all of his heart and soul. I want others to be better because of me and to benefit from it.

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Wow! Whoa! And what can I say?
I am in love with Mr. Allen today.

I did not know as much about Byron, before I read this.
He would broadcast so late at night – and I’d almost always I’d miss.

Now he’s the guy with the space that every talent wants to kiss.
He’s proof that my journey won’t sink in the industrys abyss.

I too have a vision, our in-house scripts are crafted to reflect
those values our youth should grab ahold to and connect.

Its exactly like I said before, our future is absolutely what we show them.
I’m driven to reflect the positive and fade-to-black that dim.

I’m certainly not a rapper, or else I’d have written 16-bars
and have the youth chanting truths – over beats that go hard!

Good Lord, where’s Mr. Allen’s story been all of these years?
I’m Qui
Glad
I found it when I did, so to EBONY MAG: I bid you “cheers!”

Todays: Reel Shop Talk

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Music, Networking on April 2, 2013 at 10:26 am

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I love movies. I love writing them, shooting them, editing them and most of all, I absolutely love watching them. My favorite film writers vary between a colorful, intellectual and goofy array of genres and styles.

HORROR films? I absolutely dig them. I’m a fan of the ol’ Wes Craven – big time. I grew up on Elm Street, but that takes no love away from my appreciation of Sam Raimi’s EVIL DEAD or Stephen Kings CARRIE or William Peter Blatty THE EXORCIST [1973]. I even have love for Alfred Hitchcocks THE BIRDS. I mean there are so many horror films I didn’t list that (to you) may be way more horrific and even stellar in genre — and I likely would not disagree with you. I like variety. Listening to your short list, I could  mess around and learn something new. I like learning – so I’m wide open.

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You have to appreciate differences.
Differences of genre, style, technique, writing and vision are key.
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I like Tyler Perry. I’m a relatively new fan of his. I was no fan of the Madea series at all. I was fortunate to see Mr. Perry live and on stage in Dallas, TX before his rise to television and film and the style wasn’t for my taste. I respected his right, but cared not for his staged writes. Naturally our “first introduction” led me to not be in a rush to see his films or other play works. Though after reading article after article on the attack of Mr. Perry’s writes, his style and even his ‘bafoonery’ and mockery of quality black film entertainment, I began to reconsider. Even with my own theatrical reservations – I strongly disagreed that Mr. Perry should be condemned for his vision, his style or his genre choices, after all, so many others are entertained by him. I respect that. We all should.

In the name of respect and second chances, I set out to be reintroduced to Tyler Perrys work at WHY DID I GET MARRIED 2, (and no – I did not see WHY DID I GET MARRIED prior to seeing part 2 because I still wasn’t in the mood). Why did I get married 2 was not a brilliant film, but it was a relative film. Black culture was Tyler’ly tailored and oozing in every scene. It felt like I was watching family. Some dignified, some degreed, some lacking and in need, some funny and on the go and others living life like ‘I don’t know.’  They were all right there. So at the conclusion of the film, there was no standing applause, or a sitting one for that matter but there was a lot of comfortable  laughing in the dark throughout the broadcast. I left the theater satisfied. It was as if I paid $8 to hang out with a few relative folk and had a good time. Tyler mixed a whole bunch of drama, a little suspense and easy going pockets of comedy into Why Did I Get Married 2 that the cast was able to convey. Speaking of cast, I do believe Tyler Perry is considered to be a major employer when it comes to hiring black actors. 🙂 Another reason why this brother gets my vote. SUPPORT is crucial.

Ice Cube isn’t Tyler Perry and Tyler Perry isn’t Spike Lee.
John Singleton isn’t Shonda Rhimesshe’s all over the TV.

American Pie is a jewish dish and God knows I love Matzo!
Film variety should be accepted as easily as diversely shaped pasta.

It’s all made the same way & entertainment flavors the pallet.
If it’s good, we eat more – if not we yield Ghallagers mallet.

Big ups to Queen Latifah for her reel underground efforts in broad day light.
Queen Latifah not only raps and sings, but she film produces, directs and writes.

I love movies, I love people – I thank God for the field that I am in.
I’m Qui
Kicking Reel Shop Talk with thee – DIVERSITY is my topic of spin

BLACK TV Sitcom Stuff Pt. 1

In Griot, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on May 30, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Recently I read a great article in Entertainment Weekly called:

“The Rise & Fall and Rise Again of Black TV”

Such a befitting title. Isn’t it? So good, I had to re-type it for peeps that don’t receive the monthly magazine in print. READING is fundamental and KNOWLEDGE is golden::

Entertainment Weekly — Two years ago broadcast TV officially got out of the African-American sitcom business. The CW canceled the long-running Girlfriends in 2008, and the following year it yanked both Everybody Hates Chris and The Girlfriends spin off, The Game— also known as the last two successful black-eccentric shows on network television. ••►But today something is saving black TV from becoming as outmoded as Bill Cosby’s acrylic sweaters: basic cable, where scripted programming is experiencing explosive growth. In January, BET revived The Game to a record-breaking 7.7 million viewers–which is three times the audience it got on The CW and, in fact, twice the size of anything on the teen-skewing network now. (Sorry Gossip Girl.) The success of The Game and BET’s Queen Latifah produced romantic comedy Let’s Stay Together, which also premiered in January, has spurred the network to develop Reed Between the Lines, a new fall sitcom starring Girlfriends Tracy Ellis Ross and The Cosby’s Show’s Malcolm-Jamal Warner. Meanwhile, VH1 has joined up with Queen Latifah, who will be exec-producing its new dramedy Single Ladies (debuting in May 30), starring Clueless’ Stacy Dash.

In reality, this new generation of African-American-focused scripted TV can be traced to TBS’ success in 2007 when it acquired House of Payne from the proven brand of Tyler Perry. (Some 222 episodes later, the network recently announced it would be ending Payne but staying in the Perry business with For Better or Worse, an adaptation of his film Why Did I Get Married?) The reason for the big ratings and latest development rush is simple: pent-up demand. “I’ve had plenty of people say to me that it’s great to see something on TV that represents them”, says Jacque Edmonds-Cofer, exec producer of Let’s Stay Together”. “It’s also important for people to see that every African American woman is not a Real Housewife”. Adds VH1’s exec VP of original programming, Jeff Olde, “I think our shows should reflect the country we’re living in– go, Barack and Michelle! We’re thrilled that we have a large number of African-American women who watch us, and quite frankly, we’re always looking for new stories to tell.

Both BET and VH1 set their programming in response to direct viewer demands. BET first ran The Game in reruns, which sparked an onslaught of fans begging for the network to revive the show. VH1 initially shot Single Ladies as a TV movie, but market testing on the project garnered a “crazy ridiculous response,” Olde says. “[The marketers] SAID, ‘Not only do they want you to make this a series but the audience will actually be mad at you if they don’t see where these characters go next’.”

The ratings for the black-centric shows that have already premiered bear this out.

This concludes Part 1.and wouldn’t you know,
you don’t want to miss the conclusion — because it’s good to go…

Are We There Yet?

In Movies, TV Shows on June 3, 2010 at 1:52 am

Ice Cube and Terry Crews
CAN’T LOSE!

Terry Crews and the rest of the cast of the new TBS comedy “Are We There Yet?” have done what many thought impossible.

Since the early days of TV, it’s been accepted that it takes a week to film a sitcom episode. That thinking might change with “Are We There Yet?” filming three episodes a week.

“For years everyone in Hollywood said this kind of schedule was impossible. But we did it. I do have to admit, it’s really not as hard as you think. But it takes a lot of coordination,” Crews says. “Our thing was ‘It’s comedy. Relax.’ We aren’t doing Shakespeare.”

If you’ve seen either of the “ARE WE THERE YET” films that Ice Cube has starred in, the TBS version follows suit. NICK (Terry Crews Character) marries a single mom SUZANNA (played by Essence Atkins) of two kids. The children like Nick enough to give him a hard time every now and then, while “the married life” encroaches on his fantasy side.

No– Nick isn’t playing off on his new wife, but he certainly isn’t shy about calling out her “bed time appearance”. The wrapped and pinned down hair do that Suzanna wears to bed is a little sobering for the newlywed husband who cracked on her saying, “In the daytime you look like Halle Berry – but at bedtime you look like Tyler Perry”. lol!

Two months ago I went to a house party around the time that Erykah Badu was under scrutiny for her “Naked Grassy Knoll” video, and as stunning as her naked body was, (mother of 3 kids), there was a guy at the party that was miffed because Erykah’s hair was covered by a rising stocking cap. Erykah was just keeping it real. But because of “the stocking cap factor” – ol’ boy at the party missed the concept & deeper message of the video. Terry Crews represented “that young mans stand” with his Halle Berry/Tyler Perry crack on his wife.

It’s a sitcom show. It’s taped on a set. Kind of like the way “MY WIFE & KIDS” show looked. What’s most impressive about this project than others before it, is the unprecedented pace at which they are taping/producing the show. ICE CUBE is a genius when it comes to “not wasting time or money”. His professional antics are catchy and his progress is on going…

Are we there yet?
I’m Qui
…and I’m on my way!

Ice Cube is a great filmmaker to study. KNOWLEDGE is KEY. WE must support WE.

“ARE WE THERE YET” comes on TBS Wednesday nights @ 9/8c

Why TYLER PERRY is helping out ‘The Married’

In Communication, Movies on April 3, 2010 at 1:45 pm
Click to play this Smilebox collage: Why Did I Get Married II

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I really don’t know WHY he does what he does, or what inspires him, but I do know that WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO is a pretty compelling movie, especially if you’re in a long term committed relationship.

I don’t think Mr. Tyler is married so I’m going to have to give a healthy amount of credit to his research and observation. He’s obviously got a few friends with experiences to lend…and boy was Tyler dead on in connecting with his audience on the opening night of his ‘relationship reel’ [4.2.10].

Tyler Perry opposite Sharon Leal
These two had a pretty good thing going. They were fruitful, productive, and steady. Sometimes “steady” can be percieved as “mundane”. Routine is blan. So when the Mrs. started “flirting-in-the-office” with an associate Lawyer she began to change. She gained a spark. She began to glow. She took more care in her sex appeal and appearance and guess what? Her husband noticed and confronted the issue. He handled the details of the situation “beautifully” — you’ve got to see this part of the film. It could very well be instrumental in your own life.

Malik Yoba opposite Janet Jackson
The Mrs. was a Psychologist and her spouse an equally career rewarding gentleman who prided himself on “support”. Seems their 14 year marriage suffered a blow when they lost a child, (the only one they had). Obvious problems within the marriage went unnoticed and wounds post the lost of their child — never healed. The Mrs. ended up with “the strong black woman syndrome” and felt she no longer needed her husband. Facing divorce is ugly and this couple went miles past “ugly”. You definitely need to see thier obstacles in action – to avoid them all together. It’s chalk full of warning signs.

Michael Jai White opposite Tasha Smith
This couple was the most animated and dramatic. Their only beef..NO TRUST. The Mrs. didn’t trust her husband and almost shot the garnder and the maid because of it. lol! It’s full of miscommunicative comedy/drama. The wife is accusatory and over reacts to everything, but it seems she does so to keep the attention of her husband. She’s sexy but it’s obvious her trust has been shot due to her spouses past infidelities. He certainly has his work cut out for him in rebuilding her confidence and strengthening their union. This relationhip chemistry will crack you up. Enjoy & Learn.

Lamman Rucker opposite Jill Scott
Recently married, a new child and a recent move from Colorado to Atlanta seemed like a good idea in theory, but due to bad economics no jobs awaited the Mr. — and it weighted him down like a lead anchor. Stress came in the form of worry. During their retreat to the Bahamas his stress level was increased when his wifes ex-husband showed up uninvited. Matters became even more complicated when his wife went behind his back to secure his future with the a new job. She meant to be helpful, but her husbands pride was issue that was hard to overcome. How many men have that problem?

Richard T. White
This young man was the ex-husband to Jill Scotts character and not only did he bust up the retreat in the Bahamas, because he had “the right” as a member of the timeshare deed, but a declining health issue made his situation far more serious. Alone and ill is no way to live…and served as a perfect segway for his re-entrance into the clicks life.

If you’ve ever read my thoughts – then you know I’ve not ever been a Tyler Perry fan.
However, post seeing this delicate and intricate balanced film – I’m a fan of “the man”.

Unless you’re a writer/filmmaker – you may not understand it all too complete
but to Write, Direct, and Produce is quite the phenomenal feat.

So my respect is intensified for the filmmaker of such reflections.
Even though I loved this film – I still lack a “love Madea” connection.

She ain’t for everybody – but Tyler Perry is definitely all over the board,
I’m Qui

& this filmmaking thang ain’t easy — God Bless Perry while he’s on the POSITIVE hoard.

“Why Did I Get Married Too” — is quite the moral laiden and helpful score.
Don’t miss an opportunity to go out and learn something new through SUPPORT!

PS…some of the dialogue was cliche and cheesy…but overall, it’s a fun film.