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It looks to be a tale of two fates for freshmen NBC comedies “Mr. Robinson” and “The Carmichael Show,” as the network announced earlier this week that it was canceling “Robinson” and renewing “Carmichael” for a second season. Both series had a test run of six episodes but while “The Carmichael Show” flourished, “Robinson” floundered even after undergoing a number of…

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(Photo credit: Kayana Szymczak for Picture Group) Lil Rel’s introduction to the national comedy scene began with his first appearance on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” which led to a slew of major appearances, including Comedy Central’s “Russell Simmons Presents Stand-Up at The El Rey,” Martin Lawrence’s “1st Amendment” on Starz, and HBO’s “Diddy’s Bad Boys…

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Comeback Dad is a new dramatic film starring Tatyana Ali, Charles S. Dutton, Loretta Devine and Brad James. The Russ Parr-directed movie tells the story of Nima Babineuax (Ali), a successful pianist who has to come to grips with her alcoholic father having abandoned her family when she was a child. Both Ali and Dutton shared with rolling out that this project reveals how important fathers are to daughters and their development, as well.

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Khumba is a South African 3-D computer-animated adventure comedy film about a half-striped zebra that is blamed for the lack of rain fall and banished from the herd. He then goes on a mission to earn his stripes. Khumba (Jake T. Austin) is born into an isolated herd completely obsessed with stripes. Due to rumors…

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Black films hosts predominantly Black casts but have found success with largely non-black audiences worldwide. Check out a few blockbusters with black casts. Notice any actors or actresses who have found success in multiple movies on this list? –Joi Pearson @JoiAPearson Above, Lee Daniels: The Butler is the latest feature from the Weinstein company. It stars Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding,…

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In a heartwarming outpouring of love and admiration, family, friends, fans and Los Angeles’ entertainment community came forth in adoring force to say goodbye to all-around entertainer Vesta Williams.  The beloved singer/songwriter/comedienne/actress/radio personality was feted with a home-going celebration fit for a queen at Williams’ home church, West Angeles Church of God in Christ. The…

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Stars were dressed to thrill at the 63rd Annual Emmy Awards in Los Angeles Sept. 18. Sequins, mermaid gowns and lace were among the trends seen on the red carpet. Actresses Kerri Washington (in Zuhair Murad) and Sofia Vergara (in Vera Wang) made the best dressed lists in stunning, fitted gowns that showed off their…

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Much of the country has been sizzling lately, due to relentless summer heat, but a little place called Palmdale, California lays claim to a different kind of sizzle that’s guaranteed to be more enjoyable. The Palmdale Summer Sizzle Concert Series recently kicked off its inaugural concert series at the city’s namesake Amphitheater.  Concert promoter and…

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Just behind the movie adaptation of the superhero comic book Thor and the latest installation of the The Fast and the Furious series, Fast Five, the wedding romance comedy Jumping the Broom came in at a commendable third. “We are ecstatic with the performance of ‘Jumping the Broom,’” said DeVon Franklin, vice president of production, Sony…

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Recently, I had the complete pleasure of getting a sneak peek of the most anticipated movie of the summer, Jumping the Broom. Directed by “The Game” director Salim Akil, I’ve seen this movie promoted everywhere and couldn’t wait to check it out. The star-studded cast includes Angela Bassett, Laz Alonso, Paula Patton, Loretta Devine, Tasha Smith,…

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