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“The Jeffersons” made history as the first series to showcase an upwardly mobile Black family in prime time, and in so doing changed perceptions about African American life on and off screen. For 11 groundbreaking seasons, “The Jeffersons” kept America laughing while exploring hot-button issues like racism, classism, interracial marriage, gender identity and women’s rights.…

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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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Fans of “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne“ will soon be able to catch the series on a regular basis again, thanks to BET. The Viacom-owned network recently announced that it has bought all 254 episodes of the long-running series with intentions to immediately begin syndicating the show. “I think it’s fantastic that BET will soon…

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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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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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Actress Jean Stapleton has died. Stapleton was the leading lady on “All in the Family,” one of the top sitcoms in the history of American TV. As Edith Bunker, Stapleton’s high-pitched voice complemented her husband’s, Archie Bunker, radical views on race. “All in the Family” was also the show that produced the hit comedy spin-off,…

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(CNN) — Sherman Hemsley’s body lies in an El Paso, Texas, funeral home refrigerator more than a month after his death while a court decides who gets the actor’s remains. A Philadelphia man claiming to be the “Jeffersons” actor’s brother is challenging a will Hemsley signed a month before his death, according to the funeral…

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Last month, comedy fans across the globe were heartbroken when Sherman Hemsley, the star of the iconic show “The Jeffersons,” passed away at 74. After being laid to rest, a coroner’s report has now revealed the true cause of Hemsley’s death. According to TMZ, the El Paso County Texas Medical Examiner has determined that Hemsley…

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Let’s take a moment to remember Sherman Hemsley.  He died today at his El Paso home. He initially became famous for playing his role Jefferson on “All in the Family,” which sparked the spin off  hit series “The Jeffersons.” He played in “Sister Sister” and in “Fresh Prince” as well as a host of other…

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  Sherman Hemsley, the beloved actor who played the bombastic, wise-cracking, pimp-walking George Jefferson that made “The Jeffersons” an iconic TV sitcom in the 1970s, died in El Paso, Texas, today. He was 74. Hemsley, who later starred in another hit comedy show, “Amen,” was discovered by his nurse who thought the actor was sleeping.…

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