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‘Good Times’ Star, Ja’net Dubois Found Dead at 74

Ja’net Dubois best known for her role in Good Times was found dead at 74.

He cause of death is unclear because she wasn’t known to have any illnesses according to TMZ. Ja’net passed away in her sleep.

Although the actress is most known for her role as the Evans family’s sassy neighbor, Wilona Woods, she also composed and sang The Jeffersons theme song. She also had guest appearances in I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, Tropic Thunder and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.

Ja’net Dubois is also an Emmy-award winner for her voiceover work on The PJs.

She’s survived by her three children.

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WE TV Announces New Series ‘Waka & Tammy: What The Flocka’

WE TV today announced a new series Waka & Tammy: What The Flocka, premiering Thursday, March 12 on WE TV. 

The show consists of six, one-hour episodes and is produced by Entertainment One. “Waka & Tammy: What The Flocka” joins WE tv’s hit programming slate, which reigns as the #1 network for African American women on Thursday and Friday nights. 

Waka & Tammy: What The Flocka follows Hip Hop’s iconic sweethearts Waka Flocka Flame and his fiery wife Tammy Rivera as they navigate their renewed commitment to their relationship after their emotional roller-coaster on WE TV’s Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition.

One year after the wedding of their dreams, Waka and Tammy find themselves in their new home in Atlanta, where they are navigating all the challenges of married life.  From home renovation, juggling Tammy’s bustling music career, parenting their teenage daughter Charlie, and meddling in-laws, keeping their marriage strong takes work. 

“Waka & Tammy: What The Flocka” is produced by eOne with eOne’s Tara Long, Gennifer Gardiner serving as executive producers alongside Tammy Rivera-Malphurs, Jauquin Malphurs, Datari Turner, Debra Antney. Lauren Gellert and Kari McFarland are executive producing for WE TV.

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Wiz Khalifa to Guest Star on FOX Animated Series, ‘Duncanville’

Amy Poehler, Mike and Julie Scully (THE SIMPSONS, The Carmichael Show, Parks and Recreation), joined forces to bring you a new animated series, Duncanville.

The 30-minute series will follow a 15-year-old boy named Duncan who lives a rich fantasy life and navigates through life with the help of his friends. Wiz Khalifa is set to make a guest appearance as Mr. Mitch on the series’ premiere next week. He is the coolest guy at their school. The universally loved teacher/guidance counselor, and occasional gym coach and school nurse, due to budget cuts. This should be a piece of cake for the rapper.

The cast includes Poehler as Duncan/Annie, Ty Burrell as Jack, Riki Lindhome as Kimberly, Joy Osmanski as Jing, Betsy Sodaro as Bex, Yassir Lester as Yangzi, and Zach Cherry as Wolf.

Duncanville premieres on Sunday, February 16th at 8:30 PM E/T.

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Manhattan D.A to Reexamine Malcolm X’s Murder Convictions Following Release of Netflix Documentary

The power of storytelling has been proven yet again in another Netflix documentary about Malcolm X.

The ABA Journal reported a preliminary review of the murder convictions is currently underway to determine if they need to re-launch an investigation.

The streaming service released a six-part documentary, Who Killed Malcolm X? which has the Internet buzzing about the who really killed the Civil Rights icon more than 50 years after his death.

“District Attorney [Cyrus] Vance has met with representatives from the Innocence Project and associated counsel regarding this matter,” director of communications Danny Frost told PIX 11 in a statement. “He has determined that the district attorney’s office will begin a preliminary review of the matter, which will inform the office regarding what further investigative steps may be undertaken.”

The preliminary review will be led by Senior Trial Counsel Peter Casolaro and Conviction Integrity Deputy Chief Charles King.

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Netflix Wins Bidding War Against Apple and Amazon Over Ava DuVernay-Directed Nipsey Hussle Documentary

Just one day before her series premieres on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network, film director Ava DuVernay received the nod that she will be directing the highly anticipated Nipsey Hussle documentary for Netflix.

Co-produced by DuVernay’s ARRAY company and the late rapper’s Marathon brand, Netflix secured the full-length feature film for a whopping eight figures against some big competitors; namely Apple and Amazon.

The Oscar-nominated director will produce and direct the Nipsey Hussle documentary. A release date has yet to be confirmed.

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[WATCH] Martin Scorcese Caught Sleeping During Eminem’s Oscar Performance

Eminem’s surprise performance of his 8 Mile hit song “Lose Yourself” at last night’s Oscars had everybody into Mr. Mathers’ pop up show, except for famed director Martin Scorcese.

One of the cameras zoomed in on the Goodfellas director in full narcoleptic mode while Rabbit was spittin’ his famed battle-tested sixteen bars.

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The Oscar Goes to Tariq and Tasha St. Patrick; ‘Power’ Finale Had Several Leads Lying So Good to Set Up Ghost That They Should Receive Academy Awards

If you did not see the final episode of Power, the ending of the epic “Who Shot Ghost?” Season, then you did not see Jaime St. Patrick aka Ghost’s wife and son give award-winning acting performances when trying to set up others for the ultimate demise of the family’s patriarch.

Tariq, masterfully played by Michael Rainey, Jr., was sinister in his approach— crouching between overprotective teen son and criminal strategist— he continued to make the viewers hate this kid while at the same time being empathetic for his loss of his father to Angela Valdez and the tragic death of his sister, Reina. Oh, the tangled web we weave…

But who taught him the artful craft of weaving webs?

His momma, Tasha played by Naturi Naughton!

If we are suggesting that Tariq receives the Oscar (and we know Emmys are applicable but it is Oscar night) it would be for Best Actor for his role in this hood cinematic form of gangsta-porn, then his mother (who in the episode showed enough skin to be considered actual soft-porn) could get the Best Actress award for her skilled performance.

Season 6, Episode 15 entitled “Exactly How We Planned” might have ended on a surprising note, twisting everyone’s dream of how this series should culminate, should not be sad. The prequel, sequel and addition spin-off are coming soon.

Starz announced on Sunday that they picked up four new series based off various characters from the original show: Power Book II: Ghost starring Mary J. Blige and Method Man, Book III: Raising Kanan is a prequel looking back at the early years of villain Kanan Stark (50 Cent) in the 1990s, Book IV: Influence gives us a new look at Rashad Tate’s (Larenz Tate) ruthless pursuit of political power; and Book V: Force about Ghost’s homeboy Tommy Egan, as he starts his new life in California.

According to USA Today, Power Book II: Ghost will pick up 48 hours after the ending of Power and will feature from the original series the following faves: Tariq, Tasha and law-enforcement antagonist Cooper Saxe.

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Eminem Rocks the 2020 Oscars with a Chilling Live Rendition ‘Lose Yourself’

During an amazing segment looking at all the songs that have been nominated for Best Song for The Academy Awards, Hamilton director Lin-Manuel Miranda introduced a surprise performance by Eminem who performed his Academy Award-winning song, “Lose Yourself.”

The audience was sprinkled with people who actually knew the song, but they emerged from their typical Oscar dismal with the affirmational head-nod and bop that the song evokes. The song while originally released in 2002, did not pop until 2004 when it was featured in The Rap God’s hit film, 8 Mile.

Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers, also won two GRAMMYs for the song, “Best Rap Song” and “Best Rap Solo Performance” that same year. Rolling Stone has included “Lose Yourself” in the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time,” entering it as one of the three Hip-Hop songs to make the honor. Rolling Stone also listed it as one of the “Top 50 Hip-Hop Songs of All Time.”

The Diamond song also was the first rap song to win an Oscar. For his performance at the 2020 Oscars, while many did not get it, he received a standing ovation.

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Viola Davis to Portray Michelle Obama in ‘First Ladies’ TV Series

A Showtime series centered around the First Ladies of the United States is on the way. The first season will focus on Michelle Obama, Betty Ford, and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Viola Davis is set to portray our forever FLOTUS in the hourlong drama. Davis expressed her gratitude for her new gig on Twitter, “Sooo proud!!! Honoring and elevating these powerful, worthy Queens with respect. Go #TeamJuVee!!!”

There is no word yet on a release date for the series but this sounds like a promising episode.

Viola Davis just wrapped up a six-year gig playing the iconic role of Analiese Keating on ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder. The series finale airs in May, and this will be one helluva follow-up role.

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Issa Rae Teases the Ending of ‘Insecure’ Series

Issa Rae is coming to the big screen alongside Lakeith Stanfield on Valentine’s Day in the upcoming movie, The Photograph.

Aside from filming a couple of movies, she launched a music label, Raedio, in partnership with Atlantic Records, and she’s a part-owner of an Inglewood coffee shop. She’s definitely booked and busy as fans eagerly wait for the return of her hit HBO series, Insecure, next year.

But in an interview with Variety, she remained tight-lipped about how many seasons the show has left.

“I haven’t said it yet,” she said. “I just know that there’s an ending.” She added, “I’ve always known…I love working on the show. I love every part of it. But I love when stories finish and they don’t try to overstay their welcome.”

The series, which started off on Youtube, earned Issa Rae Golden Globe and Emmy nominations as well as critical acclaim as a creative and actress. With the large gaps between the last seasons, it definitely feels like the ending is near.

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