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The NAACP Image Awards Nominations Leave Much to be Desired

This week, the nominees for the 47th NAACP image Awards were announced. And the further down the list I read, the larger my disbelief grew. Not because they got it all wrong. Just because they overlooked some really great talent from the past year. I can only guess that this was more of a "who you know" than a "what you know" thing. Read More

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For Black Folks, the 2015 Emmy Nominations are a Premature Celebration

We live in a world where the Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series category includes Taraji P. Henson (Cookie Lyon onEmpire) and Viola Davis (Annalise Keating on How To Get Away With Murder). Yes, two BLACK actresses nominated at the same time in the Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series category. This is history. It is also only a minor victory. ...

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TV Diversity is Not Affirmative Action

In my recent post “The State of Blacks on Television Looks Good,” I discussed the recent explosion of racially diverse castings for the upcoming TV pilot season. While news surrounding these castings have far and away all been positive, I was just waiting for the other, “what about the White people?” shoe to drop. And yesterday, it fell. Nellie Andreeva, ...

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The State of Blacks on Television Looks Good

All signs point to 2015 being a banner year for Blacks on television. We are knee-deep in pilot season, and the number of shows with prominent Black actors is staggering. This turn of events (for the better) shows that, unlike popular convention, supporting our community does pay dividends and Black faces are viable moneymakers in Hollywood. Blacks have gained ...

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How Fox’s ‘Empire’ Turns Ratchet into Magic

Fox’s Empire featuring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson is the early breakout hit of mid-season. It’s not for its overt creativity or television “game-changing” either. Empire is at the top of television right now because the prime time soap opera walks that fine line between fantastical and ratchet. In other words, it’s fantasti-ratchet and we ...

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#BlerdTV You Should Be Watching This Winter/Spring [VIDEO]

Hey Blerds! The Midseason TV season is on our doorstep, and we’ve assembled a premiere calendar that captures everything new offerings, returning series, and the back half of Fall programs for easy DVR programming. Television becomes more blerd-friendly with each new crop of shows. The SyFy channel boasts compelling shows 12 Monkeysand Helix. M. Night ...

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