A Martin reboot is on the horizon and I don’t like the look of it. After five years on air, the classic sitcom ended in 1997, leaving viewers with nothing but fond memories and plenty of jokes to use at family cookouts. But as much as we might miss what the Martin show has done for the culture, I’m not sure many of us are itching for a new and “improved” version. Here are 6 reasons why the reboot doesn’t need to happen.
In the beginning, I had no plans on writing about Mo’Nique’s call for a Netflix boycott. To be honest, between Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, I’d had my fill on the subject. I finally realized that I was in the minority regarding my thoughts on her predicament, and I was fine with that. I have a lot of unpopular opinions, and that’s never been cause for me to lose sleep at night. But for some reason, I’ve been particularly bothered by the conversations around Mo’Nique’s relevancy, and the implications that she doesn’t deserve to be compensated reasonably. I’ve struggled to find the words to say over the last few days, but I think I finally got it.
When I learned that Mike was making money moves outside of the boxing world, I was thrilled. The fact that weed was involved only made it that much better. In the last couple of years, weed has become big business for states like Colorado, while individuals who are looking to break into the market have been able to make a pretty penny off of the substance. While this is true, let’s be honest, being white helps your cause tremendously.
It’s been a long time coming. The chickens have finally come home to roost, and the powers that be in Hollywood no longer have anywhere to hide. As victims of abuse come out of the darkness, and perpetrators are being called by name, it looks like Hollywood’s toxic climate is changing for good. The secret’s out, and Time’s Up.
I recently got the opportunity to get a first look at FOX’s newest procedural drama, “9-1-1.” When I got the invite, I wasn’t sure what to expect. A show about the lives of cops hasn’t sparked my interest since New York Undercover. But I knew my girl Angela Bassett had a leading role, so my curiosity was sparked. Five seconds into the opening scene, and I was hooked.
Spike Lee is an innovator. His propensity to color outside of the lines and still produce art worthy of praise and consideration speaks to his talent, his foresight, and his creativity. The actor, producer, director and filmmaker has been around for decades, often facing harsh criticism for his work. Now, in 2017, Spike has blessed us with a re-imagining of his classic film, She’s Gotta Have It. With a Spike Lee Joint, you can expect nothing less than shocking, thought-provoking, realness. But most importantly, you can expect a good discussion. This project is no different.
Gabby Douglas, 21-year old Olympian and Gold medalist, has always had a soft spot in Black America’s heart. She’s young, gifted, (Black), and poppin’ so that’s pretty much all we needed to get on board. Throughout her career she has faced a lot of criticism particularly about the way she looks. Her hair has been a topic of discussion on many occasions, especially on social media. Many white Twitter users attacked Gabby during the Olympics when she didn’t put her hand over her heart during the National Anthem. But in typical Black people fashion, we rushed to her defense, most of us banding together to build a protective shield around her. We were rooting for her, and hoping she’d ultimately kick ass at the Olympics, which she did.
I don’t know about you guys, but it’s always fun and exciting to see who’s going to be on People’s Sexiest Man Alive cover each year. When this time comes around, I’m always taking bets on who the lucky man (in more ways than one) could possibly be. But after seeing the big reveal yesterday, with Blake Shelton named the Sexiest Man for 2017, I have thoughts.
Monique Greenwood means business. The Howard graduate and former Essence Magazine Editor-In-Chief is now what she calls the “Chief Enjoyment Officer” of Akwaaba Mansion Bed & Breakfast. After building her brand, and garnering one hell of a reputation, she’s now taking on another project-reality TV. On Tuesday, November 21st at 10 PM, “Checked Inn,” OWN’s newest reality series hits our television screens, and it’s definitely a breath of fresh air. I had the pleasure of meeting the woman behind it all, and she was kind enough to share some thoughts about her upcoming show, and more.
Black women create a LOT of content. From Youtube videos, to films, blogs, etc. We have a lot to say. Yet, when it comes to getting backed for personal projects, we’re often overlooked and undervalued. It seems that major brands just aren’t willing to put up the big bucks when Black women are sharing authentic content. That’s why attending the #BeautifullyDriven event last night, here in ATL was so refreshing. It restored my hope that larger companies are beginning to see what an asset Black women are when it comes to story telling and creating content that sparks people’s interest.