Everyday around the world Black history is being made. The last spotlight of the week is dedicated to Opera singer, Leontyne Price. Black people are the roots of this country and our history has made such an impact on the American culture. This spotlight series was to showcase pacemakers and game changers of yesterday and today. As the month of February comes to a close, we want you to think, how you can do to contribute to black history today. Tomorrow is not promised so make the most of what you have today.
On the eve of the season 5 Masked Singer production kick-off, super host Nick Cannon, has tested positive for COVID-19. Cannon was ready to get to work on the hit FOX show tomorrow, February 5 but instead he will be quarantining and resting.
Cannon’s absence is clearly not ideal for the production team but the producers have decided to move forward with the schedule and have invited actress and comedian, Niecy Nash to fill-in for the popular host. Nash is no stranger to the show as she has appeared as a guest judge in the past. Fans will get to have some fun again with the Claws star for the first few episodes until Cannon is COVID free and back to 100% healthy.
Let’s keep Nick in our prayers for a speedy recovery as we know, he previously announced he suffers from lupus nephritis. Get well soon!
Respectfully, we are always rooting for everybody Black. Check out some of the release coming to a screen near you starring some of Hollywood’s most talented Black actors and actresses.
Coming to Netflix on February 5th, Malcolm and Marie is set to drop. The film is about a couple whose love and romance is put through the test of tribulations. The romantic couple will be played by Zendaya and John David Washington.
On February 12th, HBO MAX brings us the highly anticipated film, Judas and the Black Messiah. It’s a biographical drama, starring Daniel Kaluuya. Kaluuya will revive the life of late chairman, Fred Hampton of the Black Panther Party, Illinois Chapter. Lakeith Stanfield stars as William O’Neal. O’Neal was the undercover FBI informant that infiltrated the Illinois chapter leading to Hampton’s demise.
Hulu is bringing us a new original film on February 26th, The United States vs. Billie Holiday. Andra Day, will star as the late great singer. The screenplay was written by Suzan-Lori Parks and the film was directed by Lee Daniels. The movie illustrates Billie Holiday’s career and portrays the period of time where FBI held an investigation against the star. The narcotics investigation was led by former Black federal agent, Jimmy Fletcher, who Holiday had an affair with.
Grab a blow of popcorn, grab some friends or family and spend some quality time this Black History Month.
New York City weatherman and TODAY show co-host, Al Roker shared with the world on the show that he has prostate cancer. Roker also stated that he will be having the necessary surgery to remove his prostate.
Roker utilized his public platform to announce his recent diagnosis because of the high rate of African-American men and men in general who will and have been diagnosed with the cancer. He highlighted that 1 in 7 African-American men will get the disease and an overall of 1 in 9 men will get prostate cancer. In addition to statistics, he stressed the importance of regularly going to the doctor’s for check ups, especially black men. This little task, is why Roker was able to detect the cancer early enough to treat and remove.
According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, black men should begin getting prostate cancer screens starting at age 40. Al Roker, is 66 years old and will be undergoing surgery in New York City at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center next week. We wish him a healthy and speedy recovery.
Alex Trebek has passed away at the age of 80, from a long battle against stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Many of you may be familiar with the legendary television host from the popular prime time game show Jeopardy. Trebek became the host of the show in 1984 and he has been in American households ever since.
Trebek hosted over 8,000 episodes of the popular quiz show. In an interview a couple of years ago, Alex suggested two potential replacements for him when the. time came, NBA announcer, Alex Faust and CNN legal analyst, Laura Coates. Jeopardy will never be the same without his witty jokes and comments.
Last night on BET, Hip-Hop royalty came out for the annual award show. Master P was the honoree recipient of the I Am Hip Hop Award, Megan Thee Stallion was the big winner of the night nabbing 3 awards and the late rapper, Pop Smoke won Best New Hip Hop Artist. See the full list of nominees below:
Hip Hop Artist of the Year : Megan Thee Stallion
Best Hip Hop Video: Future f/ Drake, “Life Is Good”
Song of the Year“: “The Box” (Roddy Ricch) Produced by 30 Roc & DatBoiSqueeze
Hip Hop Album of the Year : Roddy Ricch, Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial
Best Collaboration : Megan Thee Stallion f/ Beyoncé, “Savage” (Remix)
Best Duo/Group : Chris Brown and Young Thug
Best New Hip Hop Artist : Pop Smoke
Best Live Performer : Travis Scott
Lyricist of the Year: Rapsody
Video Director of the Year: Teyana “Spike Tee” Taylor
DJ of the Year: D-Nice
Producer of the Year: Hit-Boy
Hustler of the Year: Megan Thee Stallion
Best Hip Hop Platform. : The Joe Budden Podcast
Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse : Beyoncé, “Savage” (Remix) (Megan Thee Stallion f/ Beyoncé)
Impact Track: Lil Baby, “The Bigger Picture”
Best International Flow : Stormzy (U.K.)
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners. Not only were there some big wins last night but there were some pretty spicy performances.
Some of the performances were made by, City Girls, Big Sean and Jhene Aiko and Quavo performed a special tribute for Pop Smoke. A special appearance from Senator Kamala Harris was made to stress the importance of HBCUS ( Historically Black Colleges and Universities) . If you missed it tune in and understand why we must continue to attend these prestigious places of higher education. Last but not least we can’t forget to mention the infamous award show cyphers. Some of the cyphers included:
The Ladies First Cypher featuring: H.E.R, Teyana Taylor, Brandy and Erykah Badu.
Straight from the Islands came the Reggae Cypher featuring: Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Skip Marley and Shenseea.
The Political Cypher featured: Polo G, Chicka, Jack Harlow, Flawless Real Talk and Rapsody.
The Hot New Crew Cypher included: Adé, Buddy, Flo Milli & Deante Hitchcock.
The 2020 Bar Cyphers featured international artist: P-Kuttah (South Africa), Suspect 95 ( Ivory Coast), Rosa Ree (Tanzania), Elisabeth Ventura (Angola) and Kwesi Arthur (Ghana).
Shoutout to Hip-Hop and it’s creator DJ Kool Herc.
Returning to your home tonight on BET, the Tyler Perry Show, Sistas, starring KJ Smith, Mignon Von, Eboni Obsidian and Novi Brown. The show kicks off its second season. Tonight’s episode airs at 9pm ET. Next week Wednesday at 10pm ET, the season one encore of , Games People Play, starring Lauren London. Along with the hit series, ABC has a lineup coming up as well.
Family fun begins at 7pm ET with Alfonso Rivera hosting, America’s Funniest Home Video on 10/18. Followed by a blast from the past, back and better than ever. Some of you may remember seeing episodes of the game show, Supermarket Sweep. The original show first aired in 1967. Now, ABC has brought the exciting competition back and to make things even more exciting, the show will be hosted by comedian, Leslie Jones. The reboot will air on 10/18 at 8pm ET.
ABC is also bringing back one of America’s favorite families with the hit show black-ish. The sitcom starring, Tracy Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson will. return on 10/21 at 9:30pm.
50 Cent’s series, For Life, starring Nicholas Pinnock is back for their second season. The drama will return to a television near you on 11/18 at 10pm, on ABC. Pour yourself a glass. of juice, kick back and enjoy.