About Time: Black Women Are Front & Center In These Upcoming Starz Shows

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With the advent of T.V., finding a show centered around a group of Black women can be a rare occasion.

Of course, we had shows like 227 in the ’80s, Living Single in the ’90s and Girlfriends in the 2000s, but we’re talking about one or two hallmark shows every several years. Insecure is the current go-to show for depictions of Black women…and maybe Queen Sugar, which arguably isn’t as popular. But now, Starz is making sure these aren’t the only depictions when it comes to an often forgotten group.

Currently, the network has a series called P-Valley in development. It’s based on the play Pussy Valley by celebrated playwright Katori Hall, who’s also the creator of the series. According to Shadow and Act, the show takes place in the Mississippi Delta and is described as an hour-long drama that “tells the kaleidoscopic story of a little-strip-club-that-could and the big characters who come through its doors—the hopeful, the lost, the broken, the ballers, the beautiful, and the damned.” 

It’s further described as a show where “trap music meets film noir in this lyrical and atmospheric series that dares to ask what happens when small-town folk dream beyond the boundaries of the Piggly Wiggly and the pawnshop.”

The main cast includes Black actresses like Brandee Evans, Elarica Johnson, Shannon Thornton and on Monday, Loretta Devine was announced as the latest actress in a reoccurring role, according to Deadline

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Devine will portray the “Granmuva of Uncle Clifford and former proprietress of The Pynk. Though she may be blind, she sees through the tangled mess of inherited injustice and contradictions that have long ruled the South.”

Well okay then!

Along with P-Valley, Starz will also bring On The Run to the screen backed by T.V. veteran Yvette Lee Bowser.

Bowser is mainly known for developing the classic comedy series Living Single and she currently serves as the showrunner and executive producer for the Netflix show Dear White People.

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On The Run “centers on a group of black, vibrant, fiercely loyal best friends who live, work and play in Harlem as they strive for world domination,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s an unapologetically female show about friendship and not just surviving, but thriving together.”

The series was created by Leigh Davenport, who’s currently a writer for BET’s Boomerang. Though the show isn’t casted yet, it’s sure to bring all the Living Single feels with it’s own twist for a new generation.

We ain’t mad at Starz.

There’s no premiere date for either show yet, but we’ll continue to keep you updated as more Black women narratives continue to hit the screen.

It’s definitely a long time coming.

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Yay Or Nay? 10 Men’s Fashion Week Looks That’ll Make You Question If You’re Doing Fashion Right

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For the past few weeks, major designers have been unveiling their Spring-Summer 2020 menswear collections across Europe. Things came to a head during Paris Fashion Week Men’s, and the looks didn’t disappoint.

Everyone from Louis Vuitton to Raf Simons revealed some interesting threads, and even celebs like Solange came to support the runway shows.

Meanwhile, models, celebs and designers pushed their creativity with some captivating looks.

But despite the avant-garde feels of the week, of course, there were some fashion moments that might’ve pushed the envelope a little too far…like past the mailman and into the stratosphere.

Hit the flip for ten looks that’ll either have you praising the innovation or asking the question “is that a kite on his shoulder?” Then, let us know if you’d cop the fit or if you’re content with doing fashion your own way.

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Sprite Takes Over BET Weekend With Debut Of New “Thirst For Yours” Platform

On Saturday night at Kicksperience, Sprite Way artists and rising hip-hop group Villain Park also performed, and had a meet-and-greet at the Sprite booth immediately after. To top it all off, the brand new spots made their official TV debut during Sunday night’s BET Awards, truly bringing the Thirst For Yours platform to life. Check out photos of guests and more on the flip!

Nine Out and Proud LGBT Rappers Changing Hip Hop

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Back in the day, being gay was a taboo topic within hip hop. Although there is definitely more work to be done, these artists are unapologetically living their authentic lives. For example, back in 2017, Chance The Rapper‘s brother, Taylor Bennett, set his soul free by revealing via Twitter that he identifies as bisexual — just before his 21st birthday. Chance also took to social media to congratulate his little brother on his courage.

From Taylor to Young M.A. these rappers are making the bold move to be who they are, despite haters. In honor of LGBT Pride Month, check out these eight rappers who are openly LGBT and proud.

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10 Struggles 90’s Kids Dealt With That Kids Today Can’t Relate To At All

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It’s no secret that there’s a huge disconnect between 90’s babies and kids born in the 2000’s.  Would you believe that the 2019 NBA draft picks (who were born between 1999-2000) had no idea who Outkast and Destiny’s Child were?

If you didn’t think you were getting old, millennials — that video is full proof.

You may think you’re still one of the youngins’, but when a kid asks you what a floppy disk is, it becomes more apparent that they are brand new to the planet and have no idea about the struggle of only being able to save 1.44 megabytes of information.

Technology is moving fast and pretty soon, kids won’t even remember what an iPod is— remember those? Here are 10 struggles that kids today don’t have to deal with at all.

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17 WTF Fashion Moments In BET Awards History

The 2019 BET Awards weekend kicks off yesterday, and it’s crazy to think that the show has been around for nearly 20 years! That means 18 years of the flyest, dopest and wackest fashion moments you’ve ever seen in your life. Fashion trends change every year,  but It’s safe to say that this year will be one of the most powerful moments of blackness we’ve seen in a while.

Black awards shows are known for having the boldest, Blackest style moments out of all the red carpets out there. It’s only right to show up in your bestest when you’re celebrating your people. Whether it’s good, bad or indifferent — the style at the black awards shows are usually a fashion force to be reckoned with.

From trashy to wacky — check out some of the wildest fashion moments in BET Awards history.

Seen On The Scene: LL COOL J, Spike Lee, Action Bronson & Shepard Fairey Celebrate Beyond The Streets Exhibition

LL COOL J, Spike Lee, Rosie Perez, Action Bronson & Shepard Fairey Celebrate BEYOND The Streets Exhibition

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Last night, LL COOL J, Spike Lee, Rosie Perez, Fisher Stevens, Action Bronson and many legendary artists from the street art and graffiti community showed up to celebrate the NYC VIP Opening Preview of BEYOND the STREETS at 25 Kent Ave. Hosted by LL COOL J and Roger Gastman, the party kicked off the official public opening (Friday, June 21) of the 100,000 sq ft exhibition of graffiti, street art and beyond, including some of the most pervasive artists of the community, including Shepard Fairey, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, Timothy Curtis, Takashi Murakami, TAKI 183, Cleon Peterson, LADY PINK and more.

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Bert Krak was in attendance tattooing guests in his Brooklyn-inspired tattoo porch. Legendary DJ Stretch Armstrong spun 90’s hip hop while break dancers moved around the two-floor exhibit.

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The exhibition officially opens to the public tomorrow, Friday, June 21. Tickets available here:https://beyondthestreets.com/

Cowboy Feelings: Lil Nas X Puts Yeehaw Agenda On Pause For Heartfelt “Panini” Music Video

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Lil Nas X Releases “Panini” Music Video On Eve Of ‘7’ EP Release

Lil Nas X has struck again, and this time, he’s setting aside his “know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em” boots for a heartfelt relationship song.

Don’t get it twisted, Nas X is still making music in the trap realm, but with “Panini,” he seems to be singing to a lover who’s tune has changed now that he’s gotten big. Check out the CGI-filled visuals for the track below, which sample’s Nirvana‘s “In Bloom,” then be sure to cop Lil Nas X’s new EP called 7, which drops at midnight!

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Seen On The Scene: Cardi B & Marshmello At KAOS Dayclub & Nightclub In Vegas

Cardi B & Marshmello At KAOS Dayclub & Nightclub In Vegas

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On Friday night, Marshmello kicked-off the weekend with an electric set at KAOS Nightclub as part of his exclusive residency. The famously masked DJ kept the party going when he returned to KAOS Dayclub the next day for a packed pool party on Saturday afternoon.  Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard (championship MVP), Serge Ibaka, Patrick McCaw, Eric Moreland, OG Anunoby, Chris Boucher, Jordan Loyd and Malcolm Miller celebrated their team’s first NBA championship at KAOS Dayclub while taking in the Marshmello show on Saturday afternoon.

“The Bachelor” stars Amanda Stanton, Alexis Waters, Corinne Olympios and Raven Gates celebrated the grand opening of REVOLVE’s first long-term pop-up retail store, located at the Palms Casino Resort.

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Later Saturday night, Cardi B returned to KAOS Nightclub for another unforgettable night of her exclusive residency. The rapper took over the club for a completely sold out show and the crowd went wild as she performed chart-topping hits including “Money” and “Bodak Yellow.” Celebs EJ Johnson and Peter Berg both checked out KAOS and the show that night. Peep ore venue photos by hitting the flip!

Happy Birthday, Nori! Check Out North West’s Cutest Moments

At just three years old, North West is already a staple in modern-day pop culture. The first heir to the Kardashian-West throne is growing up in a time when social media is a primary source of communication (especially in the family she comes from). Surprisingly, little Northie wasn’t always a fan of social networks.

Kim Kardashian revealed that her little toddler was once afraid of Snapchat and its various features. Kim tried to break her daughter’s paralyzing fear of the app by putting her on there more and more, and surprisingly, it worked.

Check out the birthday girl’s cutest Snapchat moments below

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All The Reasons Why We All Need To Put More Respect On Missy Elliott’s Name

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Living in a time of one hit wonders, watered down lyrics and sub-par visuals makes you long for the work of eclectic geniuses like Missy Elliott.

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Let’s face it — anyone who was popping before the Internet blew up is like ancient history to some of the kids growing up today. It’s almost like the world as a whole started over once Youtube and social media became a thing, making all the artist who put in work before that feel like dinosaurs.

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Missy Misdemeanor Elliott was way ahead of her time when it came to production, melodies and spitting bars. She could rap without a ghostwriter, produce without loops, sing an R&B ballad  and give you extraterrestrial videos at the same damn time. Miss E. can make an entire song rapping backward and it’ll top the charts. She’s your faves fave.

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On Friday, she made history as the the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. And it’s about damn time!

Missy is proof that it’s hard to be a lion amongst sheep. But fortunately for her, there’s a whole generation of young folks who appreciate her contributions to music and will not let the world forget it.

These days, the legend is looking good and living better. But just in case you forgot about her healthy resume, hit the flip to refresh your memory.

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Seen On The Scene: Dave Chappelle, Van Jones, Quest Love & More At Prince’s Album Release Celebration

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Thursday night, Van Jones hosted Prince’s “Originals” album release celebration at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles. Dave Chappelle, Van Jones, Quest Love, Demetrius Shipp J, and Kendrick Sampson were among the guests that were seen sipping D’USSE cocktails such as the Purple Rain and the Prince original throughout the night.

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Check out some photo highlights from the eventful evening below!