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According to a report from Variety, Sony Pictures Television is looking to remake classic 70s TV sitcoms created by veteran producer/director Norman Lear including “The Jeffersons,” “All in the Family,” “Good Times” and “Maude.” The report says, Sony executives and Lear would cast new actors to recreate original episodes of the shows, drafted from the…

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On Jan. 18, 1975, Archie Bunker’s loudmouthed neighbor George Jefferson landed himself an upscale, 12th floor apartment on the east side and he launched a new dry cleaning franchise. The aspirational husband and father, didn’t mince words, which played in and against his favor. “The Jeffersons” was a spinoff of the cult phenomenon “All in the Family,” which…

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The 1970’s was the start of the positive on-screen portrayals of Black fathers.  It was a time when television studios attempted to deal with the changing Black socio-economic issues and its effects on mass media.  Broadcast networks NBC, CBS and ABC had to find a way to feature positive Black family values with an African…

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The beloved Evans family that we grew up with is coming to the big screen. Kenya Barris, creator of the hit sitcom “Black-ish,” has been given the green light by Sony to write a feature film adaptation of the classic sitcom, “Good Times.” Sources say Barris, who was brought in after initial screenwriter Phil Johnston (Wreck-It Ralph,…

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There was a time (in the late ’80s, early ’90s) when black love was omnipresent on our TV screens. Some say that era was the heyday of the black sitcom. During that time we had black love represented to America by multiple iconic couples. Here are a few of our favorites. 5. George and Louise…

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Seventies sitcom icon Jimmie Walker, better known as “J.J.” of “Good Times,” blasted President Obama during an interview with Bill O’Reilly on Fox. Walker compared Obama to Tony Robbins as someone who makes you feel good, but the economy is still in tatters and it’s not enough for African Americans to keep supporting him because of…

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Local Atlanta playwright Towanda Kilpatrick who brought the gospel touring productions, Can a Hoochie Become First Lady, that featured Keith Sweat and Mama! I’m Your Child, which starred BernNadette Stanis (Thelma from “Good Times”) to the stage , returns to the 14th St. Playhouse Labor Day weekend with the adult musical comedy Cheezecake Boiz and…

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