Monthly Archives: December 2015

Nicki Minaj announces the cast for her new sitcom

The cast of the new show based on Nicki Minaj’s life has been announced.

Ariana Neal (Fruitvale Station) has nabbed the role as young Nicki. Her mother Grace will be played by former model Selita Ebanks, and Wesley Jonathan (What I Like About You) will portray her father Vincent. McCarrie McCausland (The Orginials) has been cast as her older brother Jaylen. Whoopi Goldberg will guest star as their neighbor Miss Martha.

Nicki wote on her Instagram account that she hand picked this cast.

I am honored and excited to announce that I’ve literally hand picked the main characters of my scripted series “Nicki” ~ #ABCFamily #Freeform ~ I’ve been going to the auditions falling in love with some incredible people. Looking forward to unveiling this groundbreaking new show for you guys in 2016!

She seemed particularity excited about Ariana:

I literally cried watching her taped audition. I demanded to meet her! Sat in a room with her teaching her how to rap by doing a beat on the table & forcing her to stay on beat! Lol. Then pulled out all the attitude she had in her lil body. Haha! She’s tough! And so sweet & cute. #ArianaNeal #LilNicki Welcome to the family lil lady bug!

Vixen is coming to the live action DC-verse

Vixen is making the jump from cartoon to live action in the critically popular DC live action universe on CW’s Arrow. Vixen will be portrayed by the same actress who voices the cartoon version the lovely Megalyn Echikunwoke.

Vixen

According to Marc Guggenheim, executive producer for both Arrow and Vixen:

We’re not only thrilled to be further expanding our DC television universe by bringing in the live-action incarnation of the CW Seed hit, Vixen, we’re immensely excited that Megalyn will be revisiting her role as Mari McCabe.

We will first see Vixen on Arrow‘s February 24th episode. Future plans for the character are not clear at this time, I suspect a lot will depend on how the fans react to her.

Black Woman cast as Hermione in new Harry Potter stage play

The Harry Potter world is still alive and kicking. The last movie came out in 2011, the last book was published in 2007, and yet the fans refuse to let it go.

Brace yourself for the eighth installment of the Harry Potter saga, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, coming to the London stage soon. JK Rowling herself wrote the story for the play, set many years after Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows. This time around Harry is married with three kids and works for the Ministry of Magic

The cast for the new play has been announced and Noma Dumezweni, an award winning actress born in Swaziland with more than a dozen London productions under her belt is the new Hermione.

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HuffPost lists The Most Important Articles by POC

The Huffington Post has a list of 27 important articles by writers of color. Among the highlights relevant to this site:

Blackface Refuses to Die. Film critic Ashley Clark discusses the American tradition that won’t die, no matter how hard we try to kill it.

SerenaThe Meaning of Serena Williams. Claudia Rankine interviews Serena and discusses her impact on the black community.

I’m Not Grateful For Viola Davis’ Win — It Was Long Overdue. Ashley Ford puts his perspective on Viola’s historic win. viola-davis-03

You can check out the list at the link above. Please also share any other articles that did not make this list you think our readers would like in the comments!

Internet to Lupita N’yongo, “You’re not Latina!”

You would think with Lupita N’yongo many accomplishments- Oscar Winner, Fashion Icon, Star Wars Geek – people would be rushing to claim her as their own using any connection possible. Sadly, this is not that case for many in the Latino community.

Lupita, along with Star Wars costar Oscar Isaac recently sat down with Donald Trump’s least favorite reporter Jorge Ramos of Univision to chat about how two actors of Latino origin got their roles in the biggest film of the century to date. The interview was completely conducted in Spanish since everyone in the room was fluent. If you ask Lupita about her nationality she claims to be Mexican-Kenyan, which given the fact that she was born in Mexico City of Kenyan parents is accurate. When she was a few months old, her parents returned to Kenya, but then she returned to Mexico when she was 16, so she grew up in both places and she speaks the language of both countries fluently.

Unfortunately, once the puff piece was posted to Jorge Ramos’s Facebook page the Not-Latin-Enough trolls who have plagued Gina Rodriguez slithered out from under their rocks and started in on their tired old, “You’re not Latina!” chant.

“Lupita N’yongo no es Latina!” (Lupita N’YONGO IS NOT Latina) If you can’t put the apostrophe in the right you probably shouldn’t comment.

“Lupita Nyong’o no es de origen Latino” (Lupita Nyong’o is not of Latin origin) Born in Mexico, makes her a Mexican citizen.

De origen Latino? claro que no!!! (Of Latin origin? Of course not!!!) Using exclamation points doesn’t make it true.

Anyway, you get the idea. There were plenty of people defending Lupita’s claim to Mexican origins, I’m just shocked it needed to happen. If I could claim a connection to Lupita I would be on it like a cheap suit.

Rita Moreno turns 84, is charming as ever

Rita Moreno, Oscar, Emmy, and Tony award winner, turned 84 om December 11th and she is still going strong. In honor of her birthday PBS NewsHour posted the video above to their Facebook page.

In the video Rita talks about her days as the “house ethnic” for MGM Studios, wishes she had given a better speech at the Oscars, and even sings a little. You will wish this video was much longer!

Happy Birthday Rita!

Serena wins Sportsperson of the Year over a horse, cue outrage

Remember how I groused the other day about Serena William’s Sportsperson of the Year cover being too cheesecake? Oh honey, since then Serena getting over sexualized has turned in the least of our worries. Turns out I totally missed the real controversy; since I made that post I have seen internet explode with outrage that Serena won at all. You see she lost in the reader’s poll. To a horse.

OK to be fair it’s not just any horse, we’re talking American Pharoah here, the first horse to win a Triple Crown (Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes) since 1978 and the only horse in history to take the Grand Slam by winning the Triple Crown and the Breeder’s Cup. Yup he’s some extraordinary horse.

But he’s still just a horse.

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See the trailers for WGN’s “Underground”

WGN’s new show Underground, about slaves from a Southern cotton plantation who use the Underground Railroad to run, now has a premiere date and trailers. The date is March 9th and the trailers are below. They show some promise that the focus will be on the black people and not on the white people as too many previous shows that have tackled this topic have done. I don’t see any happy slaves here. The first season will consist of 10 episodes.

The show stars Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton) as Noah, a slave who organizes a group of fellow slaves to escape the plantation. Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Christopher Meloni, and Mykelti Williamson also star.

Margaret Cho returns to TV as a pot salesperson

As any fan of Margaret Cho knows her last brush with her own TV show, 1994’s All American Girl, was a less than positive experience for her. The show was supposed to be based on Margaret’s edgy comedy, but instead turned into a very unfunny Asian racial trope. Margaret and the audience hated every moment of it and it died a justified death after one season.

Now she is back, this time on Amazon instead of network TV, which I’m hoping will be more suited for her not-ready-for-prime-time style of comedy. In Highland, she will play an addict fresh out rehab who has to move back in with her less-than-functional family who runs a pot dispensary.

Margaret will co-produce along with Liz Sarnoff (Deadwood, Lost, Alcatraz). Liz will also write the script. No premiere date has been set yet.

Pot seems to be hot right now on TV, HBO has picked up High Maintenance and NBC has Buds in development. We will see who live or dies by the leaf.