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Teyonah Parris Lands Leading Role In CBS Pilot ‘Murder’

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The South Carolina born actress Teyonah Parris continues to expand her on-screen career. Parris has most recently been casted in new CBS original drama pilot “Murder.”  Teyonah Parris is set to play the role of the lead detective in this crime series.

The show, shot as a true crime documentary, focuses on the various perspectives of everyone effected by crime. “Murder” takes place in New York City and explores crtime through multiple and often times conflicting viewpoints of the police, the criminals, the witnesses and the victims. The series will allow viewers to follow an investigation from beginning to end, allowing them to judge whether the suspect will be found guilty or innocent.

Teyonah Parris will assume the role of Det. Ayana Lake, whose career with the NYPD steadily rises as she solves sometimes difficult crimes. Her sharp and analtytic mind arm her with the ability to think fast however she and her partner Det. Jack Garrity, an intellectual, do not always see eye to eye.

While this may be one of her biggest roles, Teyonah Parris can add “Murder” to an already impressive resume. Parris, who has starred on the big screen in films such as Chiraq and Dear White People as well as on the silver screen in shows such as Mad Men and Empire. 

A Tearful Aisha Tyler Announces Exit From ‘The Talk’

The daytime TV show The Talk is losing one of its co-hosts. Aisha Tyler announced on the air Thursday (June 15th) that her busy career prompted the decision.

The longtime talk co-host became emotional as she described her realization that she had to give up the daily talk show.

She’s been on CBS’ The Talk for six years and will leave at the end of this season in July, Tyler said.

Besides working on three other things, the actress said she’s found a new passion in film directing.

She says “at the end of this season I’m going to be leaving the show… I have had an amazing six years with you guys. We’ve had babies and weddings, and you know good things have happened, and you know I went through the biggest breakup of my life with you. I could not have done with this without you. I’ll never be able to thank you guys enough…”

Tyler said she intends to return to The Talk, both as a guest and a drop-in host.

We wish you the best in your career, Aisha Tyler!

Oprah Winfrey To Become A Special Contributor To 60 Minutes

Oprah Winfrey does it all!

She’s a broadcaster, producer, an actress, a philanthropist, and now, she will become a special contributor to CBS’s 60 Minutes.

Jeff Fager, the executive producer announced on Tuesday (January 31st) that Oprah would be joining the team.

There is only one Oprah Winfrey. She has achieved excellence in everything she has touched. Her body of work is extraordinary, including thousands of interviews with people from all walks of life, says Fager.” “She is a remarkable and talented woman with a level of integrity that sets her apart and makes her a perfect fit for 60 Minutes. I am thrilled that she will be bringing her unique and powerful voice to our broadcast.

Winfrey mentions that she’s been a “big admirer” of 60 Minutes since her days as a young reporter.

I’m so excited and proud to join forces with this historic news program, which for me represents the bastion of journalistic storytelling. At a time when people are so divided, my intention is to bring relevant insight and perspective, to look at what separates us, and help facilitate real conversations between people from different backgrounds.”

Congratulations Oprah, we can’t wait to see your great contribution on CBS’s 60 Minutes!

Morgan Freeman Is Against Black History Month, Should You Be Too?

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Back in 2006 Morgan Freeman interviewed with Mike Wallace for CBS’s tv show 60-Minutes. From that interview a polarizing and wildly popular soundbite emerged where Freeman states that he is against the idea of Black History Month, saying, “You’re gonna relegate my history to a month?” Check it out below:


Every year since it aired, this clip has made it’s rounds on the internet, ironically during Black History Month. From this interview Freeman has received both commendation and criticism, especially where his remarks about how to end racism are concerned. In an article written by Axiom Amnesia, the author feels Freeman was wrong for stating his solution to ending racism is to stop talking about. She cited the reason for her difference of opinion is that racism should be discussed and on a more specific level, bringing an awareness, and in turn acceptance, of differences. The thing is, I think her and Morgan are saying the same thing.

In the segment, which is only about 50 seconds long mind you, Morgan makes the comment “You know me as Morgan Freeman and I know you as Mike Wallace“. This to me is in line with Axiom’s point that we need to explore the roots of racism beyond just skin color because it’s making the exchange personal and specific to that individual, defining them as more than a “white man” or a “black man”. When Freeman said to stop talking about racism I don’t think he meant that we should ignore it, but that the discussions we’ve been having and the way we’ve been having them are no longer productive. Yes racists acts occur on a daily basis, and those should be addressed as such, but so long as we continue to focus on celebrating the “first [insert minority here]” instead of focusing on creating the space for those minorities to exist, we’re depriving ourselves of the very progress we wish to see.

A great example is Saturday Night Live’s most recent cast addition Sasheer Zamata. When the new cast of players debuted this year viewers made their dissatisfaction with the lack of black women comics known. Not only did SNL do a brilliant job expressing that they heard us (Kerry Washington’s White House Skit) they added Sasheer to the line-up, as well as two new Black writers Lakendra Tookes and Leslie Jones. It’s been two episodes since the newcomers have joined and we’re excited to see what comes of these additions, but in my mind this is exactly what Morgan was expressing. See a (race) problem, address it specifically, move on. How do YOU guys feel about the concept of Black History Month in 2014 and beyond, should we continue it or should it reconsidered. Sound off in the comments.

Who WOULDN’T Be Excited About ‘Charmed’ Returning To TV?!

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If you’re from a certain generation then I’m sure you’re familiar with the names Piper, Prue, Phoebe and Paige. That being said, you’re more than aware that pop culture’s recent obsession with witches, vampires, pixies and other supernatural/sci-fi characters is nothing new. For those of you all that aren’t familiar, we’re talking about the now defunct CW’s hit show “Charmed”.

Charmed ran for 8 seasons, between 1998-2006, and came up along other supernatural greats such as “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and it’s spin-off “Angel”. Now that you have a little background it’s easy to see how a revamped version of the cult classic could fit right in with the “True Blood’s” and “Vampire Diaries” of today. And that could be exactly what happens! Vulture reports that a script has been called for a revival of the show, not on it’s updated home network The CW but the larger network CBS. “Party of Five” co-creator Chris Keyser and Sydney Sidner are co-writing a pilot for the project, and it’ll join the ranks of shows like “American Horror Story: Coven”, “Walking Dead” and “Once”. What do you guys think about a return to “Charmed”?!

Justin Timberlake At This Year’s Grammy’s!

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In a press release submitted earlier today The Recording Academy announced that Justin Timberlake will in fact be performing at this year’s 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards. This marks his first Grammy appearance in 4 years, positioned right before his first album in seven years. More than likely he’ll be performing his new single Suit & Tie but we can’t wait for what he’s got planned for the stage set!

Previously announced performers for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards include current nominees Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert The Black KeysFUN.the LumineersMumford & SonsRihannaTaylor Swift Carrie Underwood Jack White , as well as Elton John and current nominee Ed Sheeran performing live together for the first time. You can also expect to see 2-time Grammy Award winner LL Cool J back as host this year, and more performances will be made official soon. It’s an exciting year for the Grammy’s as this was a big year for some of our favorites!  Catch them next Sunday February 10 Live at The Staples Center in LA from 8p-11:30p on CBS!

Beyonce Wants YOU To Be A Part of the Best Halftime Show Ever!

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Pepsi and Beyonce have BIG plans for this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show and starting tomorrow, December 29th, they’re giving you a chance to be a part of all of the action!

In an official statement made earlier today, Pepsi stated beginning Saturday, December 29, they will take over Times Square with digital billboards calling fans to submit their photos.  Fans who visit  www.pepsi.com/halftime will be given a series of poses to photograph, including head bopping, feet tapping, and yes, even hips shaking.  Hundreds of photos uploaded at www.Pepsi.com/halftime with the hashtag  #PepsiHalftime will be used to introduce the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show and to welcome Beyonce to the world’s biggest stage. The show will air on CBS on February 3, 2013.

But that’s not all! If you submit your photos by January 11th you could be one of 50 people selected for a special on-field experience during Bey’s performance. The lucky 50 will be able to bring 1 friend, participate in dress rehearsals the week leading up to the performance and be a part of the Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show Dance Team.

Pepsi is bringing to life its ‘Live for Now’ mindset which places fans at the center of this experience,” said Angelique Krembs , vice president of marketing, Pepsi.  “Pepsi is looking for new ways to involve fans in the Halftime Show experience, and ‘live’ it like never before. And this is just the beginning. Only Pepsi could offer these amazing experiences, and we are proud to be able to work with our partners at the NFL, CBS and with Beyonce in this unique and creative manner.”

An additional 50 fans and their guests, New Orleans residents and their guests, will also be picked for all of the Super Bowl fan events as well. Photo submissions for #PepsiHalftime will end on January 19th. For official rules and information, fans can visit www.pepsi.com/halftime. The “NFL Entities” (as defined in the official rules) have not offered or sponsored the sweepstakes in any way.



Photo Credit – PR Newswire

Are We Ready For A Muslim News Anchor?

Meet, Noor Tagouri. Noor is a 19 year old Broadcast Journalism major and has big dreams of becoming the first Muslim-American television anchor/talk show host, but with a twist…she wants to do it in her hijab. For those of you that are unfamiliar, hijab refers to the traditional head, face or body covering worn by Muslim women and sometimes men. While there are other Muslim/Muslim American new anchors on television (Ali Velshi and Ayman Mohyeldin on CNN and NBC, respectively),  Noor’s choosing to wear hijabi on the air would definitely set her apart, making her a hot topic for discussion on both sides of the debate.

The unmistakable elephant in the room is whether or not American’s are ready to accept such a bold representation of the Muslim faith into their homes, in light of current situations in largely Muslim-populated countries, and given our sensitivity post 9/11. As we round the hill of 11, almost 12, years since one of the most devastating occurrences in American history, the climate is still to some degree solidarity against Muslim people. As ignorant and groupthink minded as that is, it was a knee-jerk and primal response to dealing with a tragedy caused by a small group of people that claimed to act on behalf of a larger group of people. Unfortunately, some have chosen to hold on to this way of thinking still today, increasing the number of obstacles Noor will no doubt face simply by being a woman and a minority.

But it doesn’t stop there. For those of us that are able to separate the actions of some, from the feelings of most, it makes for a hard decision placing someone like Noor before audiences where people of power feel so strongly against her presence. Losing advertisement and endorsement monies behind a decision to promote someone who fits the criteria we’ve created for the “stereotypical” Muslim would be a very noble and very dangerous path for any business to venture down. It speaks to the fact that the bottom-line is always the bottom line, but more importantly, our flawed comfort that so long as I don’t know that it’s something I’ve decided I have a problem with, I won’t have a problem with it. Cc: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

The dark is not without the dawn however. We are at a time in our life as a country and as people in general, where change and difference are becoming more acceptable and more attainable. Additionally, the best way to heal from a wound is not only time, but movement. To say that we as American’s will never have a hijab-wearing, Muslim anchorwoman is ludicrous, and I’d go so far as to say that we’re ready now. Some would disagree, but the only way to find out is if we try, and if those of us who are supporters of progressive movement demand the opportunity to show ourselves as not only tolerant, but embracing of things that were at once uncomfortable for us.

Get to know Noor on Twitter and Facebook, and support her journey with the hashtag #LetNoorShine. Feel free to share your thoughts on Noor and if we’re ready for her in the comments below.