Category: Entertainment Written by Tonya Pendleton, BlackAmericaWeb.com
Derwin is still missed. Although the actor that plays him, Pooch Hall, has moved on to a new show "Ray Donovan" on Showtime, playing the biracial love child of Sheryl Lee Ralph and Jon Voight, "The Game" is still very much a part of his past. It's the show that made him famous, though neither he nor Tia Mowry-Hardict, who played Melanie, returned for Season 6. Though it's normal for people to move on from shows for another opportunity, Hall has had to repeatedly set the record straight on exactly how his departure came about.
"For the record, I didn't get fired. I didn't walk away," Hall told The Tom Joyner Morning Show. "My contract came up, I promise you. We were negotiating and we just couldn't come up with a number. So my team said we're going to send you out [on auditions]. I literally just got back from New York, I think I did 'Rip the Runway' and I booked 'Ray Donovan' the next day. "
Hall says the Showtime series knew about his commitment to BET and was willing to let him do both shows, even potentially discussing Voight appearing on "The Game" as well. But according to Hall, BET took so long responding to his agent, that he had to move forward.
"I never quit, and this is what I want people to understand. When "The Game" first got cancelled I got another job on "Accidentally on Purpose." I made a deal and when "Accidentally on Purpose" g0t cancelled, I had two years where I could work over there. I believe everyone else got three. We were trying to work on the numbers and we couldn't' agree and my team said we're sending him out and I literally booked "Ray Donovan" a week [later].
And then Showtime was like – it's cable so they can do things differently – I can still do "The Game." I told [my agent] 'I'll take the deal [at BET].' They never returned my agent's phone calls or emails for a long time. I couldn't understand it. I've never done anything wrong over there. It's all good. I think I'm where I'm supposed to be."
Though the two actors once described themselves as "brothers from another mother" the relationship between Hall and actor Hosea Chanchez, who plays Malik on "The Game:" has apparently cooled. The two were caught up in a Twiter beef earlier this year when Chanchez, who is not a regular on Twitter, responded to what he felt were negative tweets from Hall about his departure from "The Game." You can read that exchange in its entirely here.
"I just want to say also I have no problem with Hosea," Hall said. "I never said anything negative about BET. The stuff happened when Tia left and she put out the statement that she wasn't returning and the fans went crazy. With that being said, I wasn't sure where I stood because I hadn't heard back from them. I was talking to Mara (Brock Akil, creator of "The Game") giving her the updates on "Ray Donovan" but we still had no deal in place. The only thing I did was retweet what the fans were saying to BET like 'don't mess this up.'"
Hall's move to 'Ray Donovan" seems like a good one, regardless as the show, about a Hollywood fixed played by Live Schreiber who has some serious daddy issues with his ex-con father played by Voight has already been picked up for a second season. Catch it on Showtime Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 11:31
Category: Entertainment Written by Myeisha Essex/ Hello Beautiful Staff
Tamar Braxton may have given birth to her first child six weeks ago, but that isn't stopping her from making career big moves! The new mommy is grabbing her son Logan and hitting the road with John Legend for his "Made To Love" tour this fall. According to reports, the "Love and War" singer has signed on as the opening act for the six-week tour, which will kick off October 20 Mashantucket, CT and end December 1 in Los Angeles. Braxton's highly-antipated sophomore album is scheduled to hit stores on September 3, the same day as John Legend's album Love in the Future.
New music and a tour are not the only things "The Braxton Family Values" star has in store for her adoring fans. The new season of her spin-off WeTV reality show, "Tamar and Vince," is set to debut on September 5 and her new talk show "The Real," — with co-hosts Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley — currently airs weekdays on Fox-syndicated stations.
We definitely can't knock the hustle!
Find out the Tamar Braxton's upcoming tour dates below and tell us if you plan to check out the show!
Mon-Oct 20 Mashantucket, CT – MGM Grand at Foxwoods – On sale July 26th
Tue-Oct 22 Boston, MA – Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre – On sale Aug 2nd
Wed-Oct 23 Washington DC – DAR Constitution Hall – On sale info coming soon
Fri-Oct 25 Atlantic City, NJ – Revel Casino Hotel Ovation Hall – On sale Aug 2nd
Mon-Oct 28 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre – Pre-sale July 24th / On sale July 26th
Thu-Oct 31 Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center – Pre-sale July 31st / On sale Aug 2nd
Fri-Nov 01 Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre – On Sale Aug 3rd
Sun-Nov 03 Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater – On sale July 26th
Mon-Nov 04 Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall – On sale info coming soon
Wed-Nov 06 Austin, TX – Bass Concert Hall – On sale July 26th
Thu-Nov 07 Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie – On sale July 26th
Tue-Nov 12 Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre – On sale Aug 2nd
Wed-Nov 13 Toronto, ONT – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts – Pre-sale Aug 1st / On sale Aug 2nd
Mon-Nov 18 Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater – Pre-sale July 24th / On sale July 26th
Tue-Nov 19 Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre – Pre-sale on July 25th / On sale July 26th
Thu-Nov 21 Denver, CO – Ellie Caulkins Opera House – Pre-sale July 26th / On sale July 27th
Fri-Nov 22 Salt Lake City, UT – Kingsbury Hall University of Utah – On sale info coming soon
Sun-Nov 24 Vancouver, BC – Orpheum Theatre – Pre-sale July 23rd / On sale July 26th
Mon-Nov 25 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater – On sale Sept 13th
Wed-Nov 27 Oakland, CA – Paramount Theater – Pre-sale Aug 1st / On sale Aug 2nd
Sat-Nov 30 Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl Concert Theatre at Palms Casino Resort – On sale info coming soon
Sun-Dec 01 Los Angeles, CA – Nokia Theatre L.A. Live – On sale Aug 2nd
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 14:22
Category: Entertainment Written by Bria Feliu/ Urban Daily
Rapper J. Cole has apologized to the autism community after comparing the condition to retardation on a recent song, reports Contact Music. In a verse he contributed to Drake's "Jodeci Freestyle," the hip-hop star raps that he's "artistic" while his rivals are "autistic, retarded." As soon as the song hit the airwaves, backlash ensued. Leading the protest against the offensive lyrics was autism crusader actress Holly Robinson Peete, who demanded that Cole issue an apology for his callousness with regards to autism.
Peete, whose eldest son, Rodney Jr., has autism, was reportedly enraged when she heard Cole's reference to the condition and took aim at the 28-year-old rapper, along with others in the autism community
"This was first brought to my attention by my son, who is 15, with autism, loves J.Cole, loves Drake," she told Access Hollywood. " He brought it (up) to me, because he looks at all the lyrics. He said, 'Mom what does this mean?' And I was so devastated when I read it, I had to read it like five times and try to find some other context where this could make sense, 'cause everything I know about J. Cole is that he's a very intelligent man, he went to college, he graduated top of his class. He's a very smart rapper and I understand the artistic expression and everything, but this right here is so irresponsible. It hurt my feelings so much."
Last year, Peete went in on rap mogul 50 Cent after he tweeted what he thought was a joke about autism. After publicly shaming 50 Cent on her website, he removed the offensive tweet from his account.
Meanwhile, Cole, wrote a heartfelt apology to those he offended in the autism community on his website:
"In a recent verse on the song 'Jodeci Freestyle', I said something highly offensive to people with Autism. Last week, when I first saw a comment from someone outraged about the lyric, I realised right away that what I said was wrong. I was instantly embarrassed that I would be ignorant enough say something so hurtful. What makes the crime worse is that I should have known better.
"To the entire Autism community who expressed outrage, I'm moved and inspired by your passion, and I'm amazed at how strong you are as a unit. I have now read stories online from parents about their struggles and triumphs with raising an Autistic child and I admire how incredibly strong you have to be to do so. It's touching. It also makes what I said even more embarrassing for me. I feel real shame. You have every right to be angry."
In an admirable move, Cole also states, that he is eager to learn more about autism so that he can be better informed:
"I want to educate myself more on Autism, and I'll gladly own my mistake and serve as an example to today's generation that there's nothing cool about mean-spirited comments about someone with Autism. People with this disorder and their loved ones have to go through so much already, the last thing they need is to hear something as ignorant as what I said."
Let's hope more MCs watch their tongues before spitting their lyrics.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 10:22
Category: Entertainment Written by Skyyhook, Contributing Editor/Urban Daily
Crowds gathered today across the nation in 100 different cities throughout the United States to lend voice to prayer vigils and rallys in honor of Trayvon Martin's memory. In New York City chants of "I am Trayvon Martin" or "No justice, no peace!" could be heard far and wide.
According to the Huffington Post, Rev. Al Sharpton one of the event's organizers, spoke to crowds saying when he first heard about the Trayvon Martin case he immediately flew to Sanford to a rally. Prior to boarding the plane, Sharpton learned that his own mother had passed away.
"But I went down because if I couldn't hug my mother, I could hug Trayvon Martin's mother."
Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mother said,
"They need to change the laws that we all know need changing, because they don't work for us. I'm still the proud mother of Trayvon Martin."
Sharpton also acknowledged the presence of Jay Z and Beyonce at the rally to which he said,
"Jay Z told me, 'I'm a father. Beyonce is a mother.' We all feel the pain and apprehension — the laws must protect everybody, or it doesn't protect anybody. We do not come from hate, we come from love of children."
This meant more to people than those two stars will ever realize and it's nice to see that they didn't want to speak or do anything besides be apart of the day. Often times celebrities forget to use their platforms for unselfish reasons it's refreshing to hear that today wasn't one of those days.
It was also touching to hear the story of Al Sharpton getting on that plane to go hug Sybrina Fulton. Even more touching was hearing the words from Sybrina Fulton herself. We are proud to see this woman and Trayvon's father Tracy lead the way forward. They have been grace under pressure and calm in a sea of torment, rage and anger within this nation. This is only part of the reason we all respect them so much. They gave us all their son and his memory. It is up to the rest of us to make sure it was not in vein.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 10:31
Category: Entertainment Written by Skyyhook, Contributing Editor/Urban Daily
According to April Ryan, sources close to Stevie Wonder have confirmed a list of artists joining him in boycotting Florida because of the Stand Your Ground Law. Some of the artists have even cancelled concerts in Florida after recent events. Stevie Wonder said he wouldn't play in Florida until they change The Stand your Ground Law period.
Check out the list of celebrities who have joined him:
Will I AM
Wow! This is what real movements look like! We are sure this is just the beginning!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 11:05
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