“Checked Inn” Will Probably Be One of My Favorite Reality Shows Yet

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.

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Queen Sugar Finale Event Is Full of Beautiful Black Folk With Awesome Hair

The “Queen Sugar Season Finale Special, Oprah & The Cast” will air on Wednesday, November 15 at 10:30p ET/PT on OWN, immediately following a 90-minute extended season two finale episode of “Queen Sugar” at 9 p.m. ET/PT, written by creator and executive producer Ava DuVernay. The cast gathered last night to celebrate the season finale. Pics are inside. 

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Oprah Winfrey Network revealed today an extended trailer of its new, original drama series “Greenleaf,” from Lionsgate and Emmy-nominated writer/producer Craig Wright (“Lost,” “Six Feet Under,” “Brothers and Sisters”).

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The new original series “Greenleaf,” featuring Oprah Winfrey’s first recurring scripted television role in two decades, will launch with a two-night premiere on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network on Tuesday, May 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Wednesday, May 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The megachurch drama from Emmy nominated writer/producer Craig Wright (“Lost,” “Six Feet Under”) and Lionsgate Television will regularly air on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT for the remainder of its 13-episode first season.

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Tyrese and Rev Run Get the Green Light for New Talk Show on OWN


If you’ve been following Tyrese on Twitter, then you know he’s been getting real Ghandi on us lately. While he still manages to put out good music after years of being in the industry, the singer has found a greater purpose in life: Relationship guru.

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Karrueche Tran Sits Down With Iyanla & Things Get Heated


It seems like it’s pretty hard for Karrueche to stay out of the limelight these days, given the fact that her off again, on again boyfriend, singer Chris Brown just can’t do right. Karrueche, who has been bashed by EVERYBODY via social media, including Brown, has finally decided to have a come to Jesus moment. But in this case, Jesus is Iyanla Vanzant, and she’s ready to help Karrueche “fix her life.”

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The Pic that trumps Ellen’s Epic Oscar Selfie (For Me)


In case you didn’t know, The Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards will air on OWN on February 21st at 10 PM EST.

Via Essence President Michelle Ebanks:

“Together with OWN, we are proud to extend the reach of the ‘Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards’ and share this important recognition of our leading ladies who are creating, performing and calling the shots. Over the past seven years, Essence has celebrated the power of our presence in Hollywood, and this first-time television special is certain to broaden the conversation around images in media, personal inspiration and empowerment for women around the world.”

Today, these phenomenal women gathered together to walk the red carpet, do interviews, and of course, enjoy the Awards and each other! Check out this EPIC selfie. Look at all this Black woman EXCELLENCE! See any faces you recognize? I can’t wait to tune in and give you guys a recap!



Why Lupita is a GODDESS & You Will DEAL! Black Men, Listen Up.


Lupita N’Yong’o is a Goddess.

And although her presence illuminates the darkness, her skin is like chocolate ganache, her teeth are pearly white,  and her personality is as radiant as the sun, I’m still running into some Lupita hate…and it’s mainly from Black men.

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Why “Light Girls” Didn’t Serve Its Purpose



Like many of you, I was excited to watch Bill Duke’s “Light Girls” on OWN last night. When I tuned in, DVR set,  I was expecting to hear some much needed insight and intelligent conversation around the topic of colorism within the Black community.

To my dismay, I was bombarded with a panel of light skin women recounting how they were bullied by brown/dark skin women, AND wait for it…how they were more likely to be sexually abused.

Now listen, I hate colorism just as much as the next conscious Black person, but dammit, there are some things about this documentary that we just can’t let fly.

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