I don’t get it….

When we finally get good quality television that us black folks can be proud of and begged for, we turn around and do some ridiculous shit like NOT support.

We’d rather be glued to the ratchet reality shows that make us look bad.

 

To be honest, I know we watch what we like to watch and I get that. I’m not criticizing anyone who likes ratchet reality because it is entertaining. However, I’m convinced there’s a thin line between entertainment and embellished buffoonery. We criticize Hollywood for not scripting shows that depict people of color in a more positive light, and when they finally do, these shows drop in ratings to women who pull each other’s weaves off over cheating athletes and hip hop artists on national television.

Television is becoming so saturated with ratchet reality, that it’s making me nauseous. Do we really want to spend every day watching what “Tameka” do what she does to “Shay Shay” over her side boo, the basketball star? Do we really want to spend every day watching hip hop dudes verbally and physically slaughter each other over music beats and “bad bitches”?

Thanks to ratchet reality television, we’ve been inundated with imagery that captures the false perception of black culture. I’m convinced that people of color who are television entertainers are only good enough to “entertain” in a way that is selectively acceptable to mainstream Hollywood. We can’t tell a story that is too deep like ‘Underground’, too eye-opening like ‘Sense 8’, too heroic like ‘Pitch’, and ’24 Legacy’ and too light-hearted like ‘The Get Down’. Shows like those aforementioned will not succeed in ratings because apparently, we like folks to have dragged out fights over pure fuckery.

I have to stay mindful of the entertainers who don’t mind getting a check for a good fight scene! As long as we keep watching, they’ll keep getting paid. Get yo’ money, boo!

All I’m really trying to say is give these scripted shows a chance! They really are GOOD QUALITY SHOWS, but we’ll never know because we keep out channels tuned into VH1, which is the network for the ratchiest of ratchet! We’re even losing ratings on video streaming sites like Netflix. How does ‘The Get Down’ get canceled?!? That’s about the origin of Hip Hop, for crying out loud!!!

I’m pleasantly surprised that ‘Blackish’ is still on the air!

Let’s see how long ‘The Carmichael Show’ lasts!

 

These shows gave a good fight!

‘The Get Down’-This show lasted one season on Netflix

‘Pitched’-Fox canceled the drama, Pitch, after just one season. It was about the first woman to play in the major leagues.

 ‘Underground’-Even with a huge following, this critically acclaimed series lasted only 2 seasons, after the WGN’s parent company was purchased by the right-leaning Sinclair Group. The reason? They said they were going to move away from scripted shows.

‘Legacy 24’– Despite the huge reboot starring Straight Outta Compton’s Corey Hawkins, the Fox series failed to deliver in ratings. It lasted one season with Hawkins. The original ’24‘ starred Keifer Sutherland., lasted over 8 seasons.

‘Rosewood’-Morris Chestnut’s police procedural drama was canceled after two seasons on Fox.

‘Doubt’-I have to actually research this one because I never knew about it. Doubt, the CBS drama starring Dulé Hill and Laverne Cox was axed after only two episodes.

‘Sense 8’-Lasted 2 seasons on Netflix

 

 

When Viola Davis accepted her Oscar Sunday night for ‘Best Supporting Actress’  for her role in fences, she actually made history!

Ms. Davis has become a part of what the industry calls the “triple crown club”. She has won an Emmy, a Tony, and an Oscar, making her the first black artist to do so.

Via NME:

By winning the Best Supporting Actress award at last night’s Oscars for her performance in Fences, Viola Davis made history.

The actress added an Academy Award to her Emmy (which she won in 2015 for her performance in TV’s How To Get Away With Murder) and her two Tonys (for King Hedley II in 2001 and Fences in 2010) to complete the so-called “triple crown of acting”.

Davis is the first black woman to achieve this impressive accolade. Though Whoopi Goldberg has also won an Emmy, an Oscar and a Tony (as well as a Grammy – making her an ‘EGOT’ winner), neither her Emmy nor her Tony was won for acting.

Davis becomes the 23rd person ever to complete the ‘triple crown of acting’. Other stars to have achieved the accolade include Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Frances McDormand.

 

 

A shocking moment unfolded when ‘LaLa Land’ was declared Best Picture during last night’s Oscars, when in fact, ‘Moonlight’ was the actual winner. According to Actor Warren Beatty who was one of the presenters, they were given the wrong card.

The ongoing joke on social media is that the presenters, Warren and Faye Dunaway, “Steve Harveyed” the Best Picture presentation during the live event.

Watch the bizarre incident below!

The PWC issued a statement about the embarrassing blunder!

We sincerely apologize to “Moonlight,” “La La Land,” Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture. The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.

We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.

—PwC

Music’s biggest night was last night as The 59th Annual Grammy Awards took place at LA’s Staples Center. From Cee-Lo’s peculiar “outfit” to Beyonce’s stunning performance, The star-studded event is the most talked about event during award season, and probably will be for months to come!

Late night talk show host, James Corden, took over hosting duties. While he did an okay job, I can’t help but wonder if LL Cool J turned down the offer or simply wasn’t asked. LL was a Grammy host for the past 5 years.

Of course, the red carpet is where it’s at when the stars arrive at a huge event like The Grammys. We always look forward to the fashions, so we can have something to talk about besides the performances. One artist that has EVERYONE talkin’ is Gnarly “Cee-Lo Green” Davidson!

My dude said if he doesn’t win a Grammy, he’ll at least look like one!

 

Thank God everyone else kept the dress code traditional, and they looked great!

 

Although Beyoncé led the pack with the most nominations this year, it was Adele who was the big winner with a Grammy for Album of the Year for ’25’,  Record of the Year for “Hello”, and Song of the Year for “Hello”. However, it was her acceptance speech about Beyoncé that had us all in the feels.

Beyonce’s acceptance speech after picking up a Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album for ‘Lemonade’ was powerful, as well as thought-provoking.

 

Solange also won a Grammy for Best R&B Performance, “Cranes in the Sky”.

Solange’s big sister WOWED fans with a breath-taking performance of “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles” from ‘Lemonade.’

Watch Bruno Mars and legendary band, The Time, pay tribute to the Late Great Prince. I must say, I totally underestimated Bruno. He totally slayed “Let’s Go Crazy”. Prince definitely would have been proud!


Bruno did a fantastic and energetic performance of his own hit single, “That’s What I Like” from his album, ’24K Magic’.

How ’bout that kick-ass performance of “We The People” by A Tribe Called Quest?

In case you’ve missed it, click here to watch The 59th Annual Grammys in its entirety.

Here are the full list of winners

Album of the Year

Adele, 25

Record of the Year

Adele, “Hello”

Song of the Year

Adele, “Hello”

Best New Artist

Chance The Rapper

Best R&B Performance

Solange, “Cranes In The Sky”

Best Rap Performance

Chance The Rapper, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, “No Problem”

Best Rap/Sung Performance

Drake, “Hotline Bling”

Best R&B Album

Lalah Hathaway, Lalah Hathaway Live

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Beyoncé, Lemonade

Best Rap Song

Drake, “Hotline Bling”

Best Rap Album

Chance The Rapper, Coloring Book

Best R&B Song

Maxwell, “Lake By The Ocean”

Best Pop Vocal Album

Adele, 25

Best Pop Solo Performance

Adele, “Hello”

Best Rock Song

David Bowie, “Blackstar”

Best Musical Theater Album

The Color Purple

Best Country Solo Performance

Maren Morris, “My Church”

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

Miles Davis and various artists, Steve Berkowitz, Don Cheadle & Robert Glasper, compilation producers, Miles Ahead

Best Recording Package

David Bowie, Blackstar

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

David Bowie, Blackstar

Best Gospel Album

Kirk Franklin, Losing My Religion

Best Gospel Performance/Song

Tamela Mann, Kirk Franklin, “God Provides”

Best Music Video

Beyoncé, “Formation”

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Flume, Skin

Best Country Album

Sturgill Simpson, A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

Best Rock Performance

David Bowie, “Blackstar”

Best Alternative Music Album

David Bowie, Blackstar

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out”

Handsome actor, Larenz Tate, gives ‘Power’ fans a reason to become MORE excited about the new season.

According to Deadline, Tate is set for a recurring role on the upcoming fourth season of Starz’s hit drama series.

 

Larenz Tate will play  Councilman Rashad Tate, a city councilman from Jamaica Queens. Oddly enough, Larenz’s character has his real last name, so it’s as if  “Rashad” is another Tate brother..lol.

‘Power’ follows James “Ghost” St. Patrick, a drug kingpin living a double life, who in season 4, seeks to find redemption. ‘Power’ returns for its fourth season this summer.

 

 

 

 

Look out for Rihanna as Marion Crane in this season’s ‘Bates Motel’ on A&E!

The superstar’s episode debuts on Monday, February 20th. In the meantime, check out this trailer!

Rihanna is becoming a triple threat as she dabbles more in acting. She’s also starring in ‘Ocean’s 8’, alongside Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock. The film, anticipated by fans of the Ocean’s franchise, drops June of 2018.