Will Packer and Aaron McGruder To Develop Alt-History Series for Amazon: ‘Black America’
I’ve never watched HBO’s Game of Thrones, but after last week’s news on the Internet about GoT creators developing an alt-historical based show called Confederate in which the southern states seceded and slavery is legal, it may be difficult for me to get into Thrones now.
In what seems like a direct response to Confederate, Will Packer (Think Like A Man franchises, Ride Along, Girls Trip) and Aaron McGruder (best known for his comic strip turned Adult Swim series The Boondocks) are developing Black America for Amazon Studios.
In the same arena as Confederate, Black America also serves as an alt-history series where newly freed African-Americans create a sovereign nation called New Colonia from the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama as reparations from slavery.
Previously under wraps, the Black America team decided to reveal the project’s premise. According to Deadline, HBO’s announcement of Confederate was the right time for Packer and McGruder to move forward with their brainchild of a project. “It felt this was the appropriate time to make sure that audiences and the creative community knew that there was a project that preexisted and we are pretty far down the road with it,” Packer told Deadline. Packer even says there are few black Americans today who haven’t considered the concept of reparation.
Furthermore, we can thank activist April Reign (the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag creator) for spearheading the #NoConfederate trending Twitter hashtag.
We believe the time to speak up is now, before the show has been written or cast. Before @hbo invests too much money into #Confederate.
Despite it’s current second season run, fans will be happy HBO’s Insecure has been renewed for season 3! The hit comedy will also compete with fellow comedy series Ballers, which has also been renewed for a fourth season.
Straight from the Twitter of Issa Rae— we’ll be getting a season three of her hit HBO comedy series Insecure!
Although currently in its second season run, this is great news for those of us who are still undecided as to whether we’re #TeamIssa or #TeamLawrence.
Insecure follows the narrative of Issa and Molly, her best friend, as they navigate their relationships at work and in the love department. The premise of season 2 we witness the rocky relationship (or what is left of it) after her breakup with boyfriend Lawrence who has already moved on yet still has lingering feelings for his ex.
HBO has also renewed Ballers for a fourth season, the Dwayne Johnson-helmed project which is currently in its third season.
I don’t know about the rest of y’all, but I’m hype about a particular superhero film coming out in February! For those of us not living under a rock, I’m referring to Marvel’s Black Panther! No lie, as I’m writing this I’m realizing that Black Panther will ironically happen to sliiiiide its way into one of Black America’s biggest celebration of our people— Black History Month. We see you outchea Marvel, doin’ it for the culture!
Today, Entertainment Weekly previewed the front issue of their annual Comic-Con issue. According to Anthony Breznican, senior writer for Entertainment Weekly, it was practically a no-brainer for the Black Panther cast to appear on this special issue. Watch how Breznican and EW came to the decision here.
Alec Baldwin Will Return to ‘SNL’ to Portray Donald Trump Yet Again
Donald Trump will have an excuse to have “Twitter fingers” again.
Recently, Saturday Night Live alumnus Alec Baldwin revealed that he will return to Studio 8H (where the legendary sketch comedy series is recorded) as our current commander-in-chief Donald Trump—blonde wig, orange bronzer, and all—for a new season of SNL.
Despite the real Trump calling Baldwin’s impression of him “unwatchable”, it was Baldwin’s Trump and Melissa McCarthy’s [White House Press Secretary] Sean Spicer impression that catapulted SNL to its most watched season in 23 years.
Are y’all looking forward to Alec Baldwin play Trump again on SNL? Or are yall over it?
The Ball Family Made their “WWE Raw” debut last night–and it was epic!
For those of us not living under a rock, everyone should know by now about the first family of basketball— The Ball family.
Lavar Ball may be a bit overbearing at times, but that doesn’t stop him from keeping him and his sons Lonzo and LaMelo in the constant spotlight. The NBA clashed with WWE on Monday night.
Last night, the father and son trio made an appearance on WWE Raw which was taped at the Staples Center, a place where LaVar’s oldest son Lonzo will be spending a lot of time due to him officially being a Los Angeles Laker.
First and foremost, it was a perfect opportunity for LaVar to further promote The Big Baller Brand. Although LaVar is hated by most for his media antics, he shunned all that aside and entertained us all from the moment walked out to the wrestling ring. Clearly, it was his time to shine now.
Everything went south when LaMelo, the youngest of the Ball family, heard something that shouldn’t have been caught on the mic. In a friendly yet heated exchange in which LaVar challenges The Miz, LaMelo was heard saying, “beat that n-gga ass!” on WWE Raw— alive program by the way. Of course Twitter had a field day with it.
Lamelo really said "beat that nigga ass" on live TV on WWE raw…..the Balls are the first family of bball yo…
It was a major dub for the Ball family; however, the WWE was left to clean up the mess. A statement of apology was left saying this, “The inappropriate language used by a guest during the ‘Miz TV’ segment was not scripted nor reflects WWE’s values.”
Tyrese Continues To Tease Us With A Potential “Baby Boy” Sequel
Some movies shouldn’t have sequels…for a good reason too! As iconic the movie Baby Boy is, I honestly believe the world can go without a sequel. How we are feeling doesn’t stop Tyrese for still pushing for a sequel to come to the light.
Here’s a quick timeline of everything Tyrese has said about the possible sequel.
May 1st: The hashtag #BabyBoy2ComingOfAge was captioned under a picture of a car that resembles Yvette’s from the movie. Tyrese shouted out John Singleton, while challenging his Instagram followers to quote their three favorite lines from the original movie.
Today, in a since-deleted Instagram post, Tyrese continued to egg us on with a movie poster of all the characters from the first film. On the poster, Taraji P. Henson, Ving Rhames and Snoop Dogg made appearances. How can everyone make a return to the film if Rodney, Snoop Dogg’s character, died in the first movie?
What are yall’s thoughts on a potential Baby Boy sequel? Leave your comments below! As always, don’t forget to subscribe to my content. Thanks for rockin’ with me thus far!
t’s no secret that Jamie Foxx is an extremely versatile and talented guy. Although Jamie began a career in comedy, he was fortunate enough to branch out and dominate the acting world while dabbling with music over the years also.
Recently on Thursday (May 25), Jamie appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to promote his new game show, Beat Shazam–in which he will be the host for the show. Jamie and Fallon battled it out on a regular Fallon segment called “Musical Genre Challenge.”
“Musical Genre Challenge” puts Fallon against his guests in a battle to sing popular songs in various genres. For example, Fallon belted out a ’60s rock version of the “Bad and Boujee” hit by Migos. Despite Jimmy’s impressive attempt to flip “Bad and Boujee”, it was Jamie who stole the show away. In the end, Fallon accepted defeat calling Foxx “the most talented man on earth” by the end of the segment.
Watch Jamie absolutely kill it in the Musical Genre Challenge Below. He committed to a Broadway musical version of Baha Men’s “Who Let The Dogs Out?” and an opera rendition of Rihanna‘s “B-tch Better Have My Money.”