*Congrats are in order to Nicole Ari Parker.
The busy mom/entrepreneur/actress will add radio host to her long, glowing resume and many duties.
She’s the new special celebrity correspondent to the nationally syndicated radio show, “Cafe Mocha.”
*Just like the headline says, this page/board is where you can discuss the stuff that we didn’t cover in today’s issue. (It’s sort of like feedback with a twist) Remember, NO name calling, racial taunting, graphic sex talk and vulgarity in general, PLEASE.
EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE
Never be afraid to sit awhile and think. – Lorraine Hansberry
Oct. 11: Rapper U-God of Wu-Tang Clan is 43. Rapper MC Lyte is 42.
Oct. 11, 1887: The elevator as well as safety devices for elevators where invented by Alexander Miles, Patent # 371,207
*With a shortage of femcees in the game right now, BET should’ve lit a fire under female hip hop hopefuls by awarding the “I Am Hip Hop Award” to legendary female rapper MC Lyte.
The award was presented by fellow female rapper Eve during the eighth annual BET Hip Hop Awards held at the Boisfeuillet Jones Altanta Civic Center on Saturday.
“She set the precedent for female freestylers,” Eve said of MC Lyte. “I’m truly, truly honored. She has meant so much to me in my career.”
Lyte was one of the first female emcees to really take off back in the late 80s after releasing her album “Lyte As A Rock.” She penned such early hits as “RuffNeck” and “Poor Georgie.” As of late you can find Ms. Lyte focused on the continuation of her community based organization Hip Hop Sisters Network. HHSN is a non-profit launched to help promote positive images of women and have leaders in the industry come together for the sake of supporting young women.On the career side, among her many endeavors is co-hosting the weekly radio show, Cafe Mocha.
A special video tribute featuring Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Queen Latifah also aired for the veteran rapper. “Please keep the dream alive, I am with you,” Lyte urged other female rappers during her acceptance speech.
Lyte joins other honorees such as Rakim, Russell Simmons, Salt-N-Pepa and Grandmaster Flash. Stay tuned for the rapper’s new reality show Hip Hop Sisters along with Lil’ Mama, Yo Yo and Monie Luv.
*Queen Latifah kicked off her new daytime run Monday with guests Willow Smith (her mom Jada Pinkett Smith is an executive producer of the show), fellow old-school rapper MC Lyte and her “Hairspray” co-star John Travolta. For folks who missed the big debut due to coverage of the Navy Yard shooting, here’s a review of Monday’s broadcast from The Hollywood Reporter:
After more than 10 years since her last foray into the talk-show world, Queen Latifah (a.k.a. Dana Owens), the 43-year-old actress, Cover Girl spokeswoman and former rap artist, has returned older, wiser and ready to inspire. The Queen Latifah Show’s inaugural outing could have just been called Queen Latifah and Friends, but who could begrudge the Queen the fact that she would want to gather her nearest and dearest to celebrate her new start?
Latifah has said in recent interviews that she wanted her new series to be more positive and optimistic than other talk shows, even her own that ran from 1998-2001 (and not be the kind of show that incorporates those dramatic paternity tests). So far it seems to be working. Latifah laughs and jokes and joshes around through her opening sequence, and that, combined with the warm, autumnal colors of the set (designed by Lenny Kravitz), evokes a cozy and genial feeling. She also seems to be borrowing a leaf from Ellen DeGeneres‘ playbook by dancing at the start and end of the show, as well as with her guest (friend John Travolta, whose Saturday Night Fever look she copied in her wardrobe choice).
The levity was balanced, though, with one emotional segment that felt particularly Oprah-esque, when Latifah brought in music students from a south Los Angeles high school to record at Sony, with a special appearance by Alicia Keys. The unintentionally funniest part of the segment was how the students actually showed Keys up by playing one of her songs in a jazzier way than she does, and having a lead singer brimming with vocal talent rivaling Keys’ own. At one point the camera caught a sly glance from Keys to Latifah, as if to say, “Did you set me up?” [Watch below.]
Later though, Latifah extended even more generosity to the students and their beloved teacher, Vince Womack, by sprucing up their music room and bestowing them with new instruments (while wearing a confoundingly configured dress). It was a teary segment that sets the tone for Latifah’s inspirational approach to her series, and her openly counting her blessings while thanking her audience for being with her through these exciting times (her enthusiasm for her own show is hard to ignore) felt, again, a lot like Oprah in spirit.
Aside from a very funny Emmy-related sketch that kicked off the hour, there aren’t too many aspects yet that distinguish The Queen Latifah Show within the talk-show landscape — except for Latifah herself. Her conversation with John Travolta was frothy and forgettable, and a performance by Willow Smith (a personal friend who, yes, again donned that weird fake British accent during her song “Summer Fling”) was fine, but didn’t necessarily match the age group or interests of her core audience. [Watch below..]
But Latifah is — as Travolta said of her while lavishing her with praise — a “light,” and someone who fills up a room with her presence. She’s also energetic and sincere. Her showrunner, Corin Nelson (a veteran of many talk shows, including Chelsea Lately, The Rosie O’Donnell Show and The Nate Berkus Show) should be able to help steer the series in the right direction as it settles into its first week.
Capitalizing on Latifah, though, should be paramount, and the one thing that might make it stand out would be more segments dedicated to her discussing current issues, showcasing her personality. It is Latifah herself who can elevate the series from just another afternoon talk show to something worth tuning in for. Overall, she is off to a decent start.
*NEW YORK, NY – Widely recognized as one of hip hop’s greatest female lyricists of all time, MC Lyte will be honored for her trailblazing contributions to the hip hop genre and community with the iconic “I AM HIP HOP” Award presented by Sprite at this year’s “BET HIP HOP AWARDS 2013.”
Filming at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on Saturday, September 28, 2013 the special telecast premieres Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 8:00 P.M.*
MC Lyte first appeared on the scene in 1988 when she became the first solo female rapper to release a full album, “Lyte As a Rock.” A leader in many areas, Lyte received a gold single and a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance for the classic anthem “Ruffneck.”
With eight studio and four compilation albums, plus several guest appearances and soundtrack entries, Lyte continues to add to her collection of music offerings and entrepreneurial endeavors with her most recent release, “Cravin’,” a hot new jam with an old school appeal, a fresh hook and Lyte’s signature lyrical style (www.mclyte.info).
A multi-faceted entertainer, MC Lyte is a noted actress, voice-over artist, radio show co-host, DJ, inspirational speaker, author and entrepreneur. Her signature style and recognizable voice can be seen and heard in dozens of films, TV shows, commercials, nationally syndicated radio airwaves and even video games. She’s also appeared in off-Broadway theater and was the first African American female to serve as president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Recording Academy.
The philanthropist is the founder of Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, which recently commenced its search, for the second year in a row, to find the “MC Lyte $100,000 First Wave Scholarship” recipient, who will earn a full scholarship to obtain a 4-year college degree at one of the nation’s top universities, undergirded in hip hop culture (www.hiphopsisters.org). Additionally, Lyte created Hip Hop Sisters Network, a platform for female artists to showcase their talents in an environment of encouragement and respect.
MC Lyte will join the elite club of “I AM HIP HOP” Award recipients, which includes Grandmaster Flash (2006); KRS-One (2007); Russell Simmons (2008); Ice Cube (2009); Salt N’ Pepa (2010); LL Cool J (2011) and Rakim (2012), and she is planning a series of events over the course of the weekend in honor of this great achievement (www.mclyte.com).
Stephen G. Hill, BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials, Lynne Harris Taylor, BET’s Vice President of Specials, will serve as Executive Producers for the BET Hip Hop Awards, along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.
“BET HIP HOP AWARDS 2013” will also air on Friday, October 18th on BET’s international network in the UK and Africa, reaching more than 17 million households in 50+ countries.
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About “The BET Hip Hop Awards”
“BET Hip Hop Awards” is an annual celebration that pays homage to a culture that changed the world while highlighting the best in hip hop music. Year after year, BET Networks delivers the best in hip-hop for an unforgettable night of performances, cyphers and tributes honoring hip-hop legends that have and continue to make hip-hop culture a global force.
About Jesse Collins Entertainment
Jesse Collins Entertainment is a full service film and television production company founded by entertainment industry veteran Jesse Collins. Over the past decade, Collins, the company’s CEO, has played an integral role in producing some of television’s most memorable moments in the music entertainment arena. Formerly Executive Producer/Executive Vice President of Cossette Productions, Collins has produced award winning television programming including the Grammy Awards, the BET Awards, BET Honors and BET’s Rip the Runway and has worked with superstar talent such as Will Smith, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, Kid Rock, Lil Wayne and many more.
About BET Networks
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks – BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET operates in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.
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*BET is building up its unscripted offerings, putting four unscripted pilots into development this year – including a reality show featuring MC Lyte, The Lady of Rage, Yo Yo, Smooth, Monie Love and Lil Mama attempting to relauch their careers.
Titled “Hip Hop Sisters,” the series joins a fitness entry featuring celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins from BET’s most prolific producers Salim and Mara Brock Akil (“The Game,” “Being Mary Jane”) as well as a music competition series featuring once-big secular singers trying gospel.
Each of the four projects, BET noted in announcing the news Tuesday, displays the “thrills and triumphs” of second chances experienced through transformations of health, spirit, career and character.
The news comes after BET unveiled a robust slate in April featuring the renewals of six series including “Let’s Stay Together,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood” and “The Sheards.”
Below, more details of the four pilots in development at the Viacom-owned network:
HIP HOP SISTERS is a docudrama following the relaunch of six female rappers’ careers. MC Lyte, The Lady of Rage, Yo Yo, Smooth, Monie Love and Lil Mama join forces and declare themselves the Hip Hop Sisters. Their goal is to reclaim their titles as the Queens of Hip Hop — as they manage their drama-filled personal careers and lives and search for the next great female MC. MC Lyte joins Lemuel Plummer (Vindicated, The Sheards) as executive producer.
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GONE GOSPEL is one-hour music competition docuseries that takes popular musical artists of yesteryear and immerses them in a Gospel boot camp, giving them a second chance to dig deep and transform their lives as they write their own personal inspirational anthem. In each episode, the castmembers will be mentored by gospel greats as they compete against each other in challenges that will test them musically and emotionally. At the end of the journey, one winner will be crowned. Gone Gospel is hosted by award-winning producer and gospel artist Kirk Franklin. Franklin also serves as executive producer alongside Marilyn Gill (Sunday Best, The Mo’Nique Show).
BACK TO ME WITH JEANETTE JENKINS gives participants the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to remove their roadblocks and start a journey back to healthy living. Every week, two subjects will be chosen based on their home video submission to have their bodies and lives transformed by celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins — the trainer behind many of the hottest bodies in Hollywood including: Kelly Rowland, Tia Mowry, Paula Patton and Robin Thicke. From their first-day surprise by Jeanette until their final reveal, the participants will be empowered to remove all of their past excuses and tap into their greatness — resulting in a much-improved mind, body and spirit. Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil executive produce along with Lisa Haese (The Biggest Loser) and Jeanette Jenkins.
INTERNAL AFFAIRS chronicles the fascinating true-crime stories of internal affairs officers. It presents a series of stunning human dramas as officers face the most daunting personal challenges of their lives. Investigating officers can find themselves ostracized and shunned by their peers. The discovery of their colleagues’ criminal activities haunts them and takes them to places they’ve never anticipated. At the same time, their dedication to law enforcement brings with it the commitment to treat these criminals as any other. It’s these emotional human elements combined with high-stakes criminal investigations that makes Internal Affairs unique, compelling and provocative. Produced in partnership with Fox Television Studios, the series is being executive produced by Ted Haimes (The Locator, Aftermath).