When it comes to regularly scheduled programming on television, not one Black woman was nominated for an Emmy award. I am talking about the sisters who work week in and out of the various shows they’re on. Granted, there are not legions of them but they do exist, however, the work they do is not grabbing the attention of Emmy voters. Let’s start with this: Have they seem Regina King in “Southland”? Or Kerry’s turn as Olivia Pope in “Scandal”? Just asking. We know that critics were enamored of HBO’s “Girls” so it doesn’t come as a huge surprise that…
As I was switching through the channels yesterday I noticed that director Tyler Perry was co-hosting “Live With Kelly” as part of the promotion for his latest movie “Madea’s Witness Protection.” Great for him. While I have mad respect for the man and his hustle I don’t enjoy Madea. Yes, I said it. I may be in the minority but I think he can do better (and he has). But the truth is Madea plays to his audience base and the man is simply giving the people what they want. And because of that I have come to the conclusion…
I don’t know about you, but once I heard that Jill Scott was set to bring Alexander McCall Smith’s delightful and woefully underestimated Precious Ramatoswe, proprietor of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, to the screen I couldn’t wait to see it. Folks in the UK got to see a sneak peek of the series and its “traditionally built” heroine last year and frankly I was jealous. After I read that, I kept badgering my friends over at HBO about when it would make its way to these shores. (more…)
As I write this, I have just turned to the incomparable Ms. Cicely Tyson in the less than spectacular remake of “A Christmas Carol” called “Ms. Scrooge” on The Hallmark Channel. This movie was made a little over a decade ago to give us our own spin on Christmas (how else can you explain the character’s name Ebonita). Sure it’s a made for television movie, but it is doesn’t reach that “It’s A Wonderful Life” status any more than “A Diva’s Christmas Carol,” which starred singer/actress Vanessa Williams just three years later. Any of course, her name was Ebony.
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