Some Folks are Calling Geoffrey Owens Rude for Donating Nicki Minaj's $25,000

Geoffrey Owens & Nicki Minaj
By Erickka Sy Savané

At this point we all pretty much know the story of how former Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens was working at a Trader Joe's in New Jersey when a customer tried to work shame him. The world came to his defense, job offers came pouring in, including a 10-episode stint on the Haves and the Have Nots from Tyler Perry, and a whopping $25,000 gift from Nicki Minaj! Talk about things changing overnight. Obviously, his Trader Joe's gig is history along with his $10 hour. So maybe that's why he donated the $25,000 that Nicki gave him to charity. And while many people are applauding his generosity, some aren't so happy. In fact, they're calling him rude and ungrateful.

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Actor Dorian Missick On Playing a Hater & Why We Can't Wait for the Brian Banks Biopic

Dorian Missick (Center)
By Brenda Alexander

The remarkable story of Brian Banks leaves you both angry and inspired. A high school football star, his future was interrupted when he was accused and convicted of raping a classmate. He spent 5 years in prison after copping a plea deal, afraid of a potential 41-year-to-life sentence. After being released, his accuser messaged him on Facebook, hoping to rekindle their relationship. Eager for justice, Banks eventually met her at his lawyer's office, where she confessed while being secretly recorded. With the help of the Innocence Project, he was exonerated and went on to play with the Atlanta Falcons.

Now, his story is being brought to film and shows his transition from tragedy to triumph. Actor Dorian Missick stars as Banks’ Parole Officer, Mick Randolph, who abuses his authority spewed by his hatred of sex offenders. I spoke with Dorian about Banks’ life, his character and what he hopes audiences take away from the film.

The Power Season 5 Finale Left Us With Little to Contemplate

Angela and Ghost
By Mwabi Kaira 

 As far as season finales and cliffhangers go, Power fell flat last night.

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Cosby Show Actor Geoffrey Owens' Response to Being Work Shamed. "Every Job is Worthwhile & Valuable."

Photo: Geoffrey Owens IG
By Brenda Alexander

Erykah Badu said it best when she sang, “Work ain’t honest but it pays the bills.” In the context of her song, she was referencing selling drugs, but those lyrics can apply to every walk of life as we’ve all found ourselves in work spaces that weren’t at the top of our vision board or what others perceived we should be doing. That’s what sparked the recent outpouring of love for former Cosby Show star Geoffrey Owens, whom an ignorant fan tried to blast for earning a decent living when a photo she took of him working at Trader Joe's went viral. 

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Forget the Fluff. Power Tackles Grief This Season

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By Mwabi Kaira

I was late to the Power party. Everyone was singing its praises Season 1 and I just wasn’t feeling it.  I finally got past the first episode and binge watched the entire season. It was hard for me to understand how everyone was so clueless with what was going on when it was right in their faces but I rocked with it and got on the bandwagon. Tasha and Kesha are my girls, Ghost is fine but makes bad decisions, Angela does the most, Dre went from 0 to 100 with too much confidence for my liking, Tommy is a hot head, Canaan is a snake, and Tariq makes me and every Mama on this earth’s blood boil. Raina’s death last season was a shocker and very unexpected.

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Rising Comedian Adrienne Brandyburg is Funny, Multi-talented and Naturally Glam!

Adrienne Brandyburg
By Onicia Muller

Hollywood superstars like Viola Davis, Issa Rae, and Tracee Ellis Ross all rock natural styles on the red carpet. It seems that even more black women in entertainment are empowered to showcase natural hair in the media and their artistic performances. Chicago actress and comedienne, Adrienne Brandyburg is part of the new generation of entertainers who embrace their natural curls while making boss moves. Adrienne co-hosts B.A.P.S Comedy, a monthly variety show celebrating and empowering women of color that will turn 2 years old this September. Adrienne also co-hosts the Dude That's Not What I Meant podcasts which attempts to clarify misconstrued events in pop culture, politics, sports, and just about anything that comes across their timeline. With so many poppin’ projects, Adrienne Brandyburg is a rising star in Chicago’s comedy scene, and our Naturally Glam pick!

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Why Saying Goodbye to Lawrence of Insecure is Actually a Good Thing

Issa Rae and Jay Ellis 
By Brenda Alexander

Fans are excited about the return of Insecure but we are split on how we feel about our beloved Lawrence being written off of the show. Last season ended with Issa and Lawrence having a final heart to heart about the demise of their relationship and brought some closure to both characters. With that in mind, the storytellers behind the scenes felt it was time to close that chapter in Issa’s life.

After the trailer was released that featured an absent Lawrence, Issa explained why:

Gabrielle Union Had to School Dwayne Wade's Sons on the Beauty of Dark Skin Women


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By Erickka Sy Savané

You would think that marrying a beautiful brown-skinned TV and film star like Gabrielle Union would be enough to show Dwayne Wade's sons that darker-skinned women are beautiful. Think again.

Love Satire? You'll Fall Hard for these Highlights from the Film "Sorry to Bother You."

Tessa Thompson and Lakeith Stanfield 
By Dawn Washington

Sorry to Bother You is Spike Lee's Bamboozled, Jordan Peele's Get Out, and Childish Gambino's music video, This is America, with a little bit of Michael Jackson's Thriller sprinkled at the end. That said, there is a lot going on in the Boots Riley film about a Black man, Cassius Green (LaKeith Stanfield), who goes from broke to not woke. From political commentary showing up in Detroit’s (Tessa Thompson) earrings, to dubbed over-puppetry, to a TV/ reality show literally entitled "Get the Shit Kicked Out of You," this independent dark comedy is throwing the whole kitchen sink (or Coke can) at us in terms of messages. And then there are the equisapians...don't ask.

If chaotic, disturbing, artsy, and absurd satire is your thing, the film definitely has some highlights!

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Are Men Intimidated By Funny Women? Tiffany Haddish Thinks So.

Tiffany Haddish & John Legend
By Veronica Wells

The other day I fell into a Youtube rabbit hole and discovered an interview between Tiffany Haddish and John Legend. The two talked about all sorts of interesting things but one thing Haddish said stuck with me. John asked her: “Do you find guys like women that make them laugh? I have a wife that makes me laugh all the time.”

Tiffany: “I think guys that are confident in themselves, love women who make them laugh. I think guys that are very insecure—which is what I seem to attract— they don’t like it so much. They be cool the first few dates, then they’ll be like, ‘Oh wait, she can control this whole room.’”

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Hey Girlfriends, There is a Way to Get a Girlfriends Movie Made

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By Brenda Alexander

Like many, I was disappointed in the lackluster season 8 finale, which turned out to be the series finale (cancellation), of Girlfriends. Fans who grew close to the characters and related to their relationships, were left with no real resolution, or even a happy ending. After years of failing in love, Joan Carol Clayton had finally found it in her fiance Aaron, only for him to be deported to Afghanistan. Free-spirited, once homeless, always jobless and sexually free Lynn Searcy had found steady work and passion as an indie artist with a record deal and an uncertain future at her label. Our beloved “5th girlfriend” William and his wife Monica were pregnant; and, I can’t even remember what the hell was going on with Mya and Darnell post his mid-life crisis gig as a race car driver, their son acting a teenage fool and Mya’s rise and stagnant position as a black self-help author. The most devastating part of it all was that we never got to see a reconciliation between longtime frenemies Joan and Toni. Talk about a cliff hanger?! I mean, I have the series on DVD and watch it from beginning to end in a repeated cycle because I feel like I was robbed of a proper ending.

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'This Is Us' Actor Lonnie Chavis Has an Epic Question for Internet Trolls

Lonnie Chavis
By Erickka Sy Savané

If 11-year-old Lonnie Chavis looks familiar to you it's because he plays adorable young Randall on the Emmy-award-winning show 'This Is Us.' An actor since age 4, Lonnie has grown up in the business and has 145k instagram followers to prove it. But where there's love, there's also hate. Lonnie's celebrity status makes him a troll magnet just like anyone else. So when he recently took to his instagram account to address trolls who constantly tease him about the gap in his teeth, we had to clap at the clapback. He said, "I can fix my gap...but can you fix your ________ though?" Bonus if you can fill in the blank. And we applaud this youngun' for being strong, and using negativity as an opportunity to spread love!

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The Moving First Trailer for 'The Hate You Give' is Here & it's Caliente Hot


Algee Smith & Amandla Stenberg
By Sharee Silerio

The novel that led to a bidding war that first-time authors dream of is officially a feature length film, and now we can take a first look at the story from book to script to screen! 
The first trailer for 'The Hate U Give' premiered at the BET Awards, and has collected almost two million views.

Tell It Tuesday: Denzel Washington & the Positive Impact of Mentorship

Denzel Washington 
By Ta-ning Connai

Summer is almost here, which means the movie Equalizer II is in our near future! This is where we get to see Denzel Washington play a good guy who does bad things to bad people for good reasons. Oooh now that's gonna be good!

Greatness seems to come easy for this 63-year-old actor; everything he touches turns into award-worthy gold. However, he's quick to credit his childhood mentors and the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon. He says the program provided him an alternative to the prison life that snatched up quite a few of his friends, and he's been an avid spokesperson for the club. Imagine if that program hadn't existed, the world would be void of the many brilliant performances that reached deep into our souls.

With 2 Daytime Emmy Noms, Here's Another Reason to Watch Hit Youtube Series 'Giants'

James Bland & Vanessa Baden Kelly via giantstheseries IG
By Sharee Silerio

Have you ever watched a show that depicted your life story so accurately that you thought it was about you? No? Me either. But there is a web series on YouTube that comes very close, and it’s called “Giants.”

The hit series is executive produced by Jussie Smollett (“Empire”), and its two leads – actor James Bland and actress Vanessa Baden Kelly – were nominated for Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series.

3 Reasons I Can't Stand With Mo'Nique


Mo'Nique & Husband Sidney
By Brenda Alexander

It’s sad when true talent is reduced to a social media gif, meme and trending topic. There’s no denying that Mo’Nique is phenomenal. After years as a comedian, she won an Oscar for her ability to transcend the idea that comics couldn’t handle dramatic roles for her work in Precious. Almost Christmas would have been bland without her. I just knew it would be Mo’Nique’s comeback from years of her negating rumors that she was “difficult to work with” and the assumption that she was blackballed for not playing the game of Hollywood chess. But alas, she remains a pawn in this industry. Her desire to prove she’s right in her stance against the inequalities in the entertainment business has forced her to degrade others along the way. I stand with Mo’Nique in her cry for fair pay and opportunities for blacks. What I don’t stand with is despite signs pointing to the fact that Mo’Nique’s current lack of success is a repercussion of her reputation, cognitive dissonance tells her otherwise. Here are the top three reasons why I cannot support Mo’Niques continued tirade.

Black History In The Making: 3 Reasons Black Panther is Already a Classic For Black Folks

Black Panther Cast
By Kanisha Parks

Black Panther comes out next weekend and it’s already broken Fandango’s advance ticket sales record, becoming their #1 selling superhero of all time. Needless to say, we’ve been waiting for this movie long before its official trailer dropped back in October 2017 but now the anticipation is through the roof. My entire family and I have our tickets and outfits ready. #IssaCelebration. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Reviews are in for Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, and they are easily the best for a Marvel Studios project to date, with almost everyone left in awe not only of the movie’s ambition, but its success in achieving that ambition on the big screen. As of Tuesday morning, the film has a 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.”

The fact that this movie is called Black Panther is reason enough to raise intrigue, but there are several other reasons it's a huge deal for the world, but specifically, the black community.

We’re Not Dismissing Monique Because We Don’t Like Her, We Always Criticize Black Women’s Feelings

Monique via IG
By Michelby Coco Whitehead

Malcolm X was right; the Black woman in the most disrespected person in America. 2018 is coming off as the year to play aloof to the concerns of Black women. According to some, Ciara deserves backlash for asking women to value themselves more, Amara la Negra needs to assimilate and stop talking about colorism, and Monique needs to shut up and be happy Netflix offered her $500,000… I’m sorry, but where was everyone when Oprah said speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have? I’m just asking.

Must See TV: 'Black Lightning' and '9-1-1'

Nafessa Williams, Cress Williams, China Anne McClain
By Mwabi Kaira

It's been a long time since black audiences have had an actual variety of shows led by an entirely black cast or lead black actors to choose from. It feels like a 90’s resurgence right now and boy, does it feel great! These two shows are off to a great start and they are MUST SEE TV.

And The Winners Of Last Night's Golden Globe Awards Are...

Viva Viola! 
By Erickka Sy Savané

In case you missed last night's Golden Globes it was perhaps the most refreshing award shows in recent history because the focus wasn't on who wore this and that or what underrated show or movie beat out someone more deserving. This time, stars wore black in solidarity with the #metoo movement and now the #timesup movement, started by women in Hollywood to say 'the clock has run out on sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace.' And like actress/writer Lena Waithe added, times up on racism and homophobia too. There were many winners from last night's show, but here are 7 that are sure to make you feel all warm and fuzzy!

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