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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mayer Hawthrorn feat Kendrick Lamar -Crime

Ed O.G. – Fight (feat. Chuck D)


Mark Harmon on "The Dating Game" - David Letterman #NCIS

Monday, September 29, 2014

I (Love Myself) - Kendrick Lamar (Audio)

Dancing With The Stars" Len Goodman Has Some Great Sayings for Jimmy Kimmel (#DWTS)


 Len Goodman on New Dancing with the Stars Cast

'Black-ish': IS NOT a Horrible Parody of Black Family Life




There I was, checking my news feed on Facebook this morning, when I  came the post 'Black-ish':  a  Horrible Parody of Black Family Life on The Huffington Post

I was intrigued by the bold headline, so I clicked on it. 

Althugh I respect the post's writer, Frances Cudjoe Waters opinion of the Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis-Ross, Laurence Fishburne  ABC vehicle, I totally disagree with  her that "Black-ish" is horrible. 

Below is my Facebook response to the post with a few tweaks here and there: 

Sooo, I shouldn't watch the only black comedy  on network TV because of the pilot?

Sooo, there's no chance for "Black-ish" to  improve?

Come on now?!?

So what am I supposed to watch? Ricky Smiley's show or Love That Girl on TV One? (like I never seen any stereotypes on those shows).

Look, I was a big fan of "The Cosby Show" and especially "A Different World", but we have to stop comparing every black comedy to those shows. (The Cosby comparisons are off base anyway as "Black-ish" leans more towards the underrated brilliance of Chris Rocks "Everybody Hates Chris" than Cos' 80's gems)

No offense to the writer, but at least I can see a married black couple as lead characters  on network TV, which  something I can not say I see on any Shonda Rhimes' show.

Do I admire Shonda Rhimes? Of course, I am still a "Grey's Anatomy" watcher and I have always been long time Kerry Washington fan, but on "Scandal", Olivia Pope was first sleeping with a married man and now is sleeping with a killer.

I am not knocking the storyline, but if critics are going to knock "Black-ish" after one pilot, then we have to take apart Shonda Rhimes' shows too... but that would be counterproductive.

So just like I will keep watching the craziness on "Scandal,"  I am going to continue to watch the muliti-generational African-American family on "Black-ish".

Depending on your comedic tastes, the pilot wasn't nearly as bad as the critic wrote. "Black-ish" is not a broad ,  laugh out loud classic comedy like "Martin" or "Sanford & Son", its one that makes you think like "Scrubs" with a "Chappelle Show" twist (there were lot of truths about Race and stereotypes in the first episode that most minorities know are true).

 If  we are now going to judge the success of comedies on  pilots, then the underwhelming "Seinfeld Chronicles" would have never became the syndicated monster known as "Seinfeld,"(which  made Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, not rich,but wealthy (check out Chris Rock's stand up to see the difference.))

Now if  "Black-ish" doesn't grow, fine I'm out; but I am  not bail because of  the pilot or that the name of doesn't meet some kind of TV high standard ( "Big Bang Theory" or "My Name is Earl" anyone?)

We as African-Americans need stop knocking black shows if it does not reach 80's Cosby-like excellence. If you don't like it fine, but don't complain there are not any black comedies on network TV, when you didn't give the only one on network TV a chance to grow.

It's funny,  I remember how some African-Americans knocked the "Cosby Show" for not being a "realistic" portrayal of African-American life, because Cliff was a doctor and Claire was a lawyer (this criticism ultimately led to Martin's popularity on Fox in the 90's  as Cosby's NBC numbers waned) .

It's interesting how that irrational discussion about The Cosby Show "realism" doesn't come up anymore and now we're knocking another African-American show for the same thing.

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Beyonce And Jay Z Perform "Holy Grail" at Global Citizen Festival 2014

The Roots At Global Citizen Festival September, 2014

No Doubt - Live in New York (Global Citizen Festival) (9/27/2014)

Friday, September 26, 2014

What Notorious B.I.G means to Hip Hop (@Power106LA)


B.o.B "Lean On Me" ft Victoria Monet

Michael Jackson "ONE" Billie Jean Performance on David Letterman (FULL) (#MJ #MJJ #KingofPop)

Cavs Dion Waiters on having LeBron James in his corner

LeBron James: Unguarded Interview with Rachel Nichols (#CNN)

Kyrie Irving: at Cleveland Cavaliers Media Day - Press Conference (#cavs #duke)

Kevin Love: at Cleveland Cavaliers Media Day Press Conference (#Cavs #Twolves)

LeBron James Media Day Full Press Conference - Cleveland Cavaliers #Cavs

NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC - Official Trailer (Tribeca Film)


Available in select theaters Oct 1 and nationwide VOD Oct 3! 

For full viewing info, visit:http://tribecafilm.com/nas

The Equalizer's Denzel Washington & Lenny Kravitz Tell David Letterman About Their Boat Trip

GMA: Get Olivia Pope's Look With 'Scandal' Fashion Line at The Limited (#Scandal @LimitedBrands)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Forbes: Rick Ross And Forbes Settle The Score (@Forbes (@Zogblog)

New! Mary J. Blige - Whole Damn Year (Audio)

Interview: Tamiko Ruby J. Hair and Make-up Artist: The Apocalypse Couple



 Tamiko Ruby J sits down with Kevin Lockett on the set of the short film The Apocalypse Couple (produced by Nblak Productions). Check out the film's Facebook page here.

Be sure to hear more of Kevin Lockett's interviews on the "Digital Life with Kevin Lockett" podcast at DigitalKev.com

Forbes: DJ Khaled Counts Down Hip-Hop's Top Five Earners (@Forbes)

Forbes: Common Explains The Business Of 'Conscious Rap' (@Zogblog & @Forbes @Common)

Interview: Deleesa Bruback: Production Assistant for The Apocalypse Couple



 Deleesa Bruback sits down with Kevin Lockett on the set of the short film The Apocalypse Couple (produced by Nblak Productions). Check out the film's Facebook page here.

Be sure to hear more of Kevin Lockett's interviews on the "Digital Life with Kevin Lockett" podcast at DigitalKev.com

Jimmy Fallon Guesses What is in Kerry Washington's Box

Denzel Washington Is James Bond? - David Letterman

Lenny Kravitz: "Always On The Run" (Web Exclusive) - David Letterman

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Interview: Jennifer Mitchell- Script Supervisor: The Apocalypse Couple



Jennifer Mitchell sits down with Kevin Lockett on the set of the short film The Apocalypse Couple (produced by Nblak Productions). Check out the film's Facebook page here.

Be sure to hear more of Kevin Lockett's interviews on the "Digital Life with Kevin Lockett" podcast at DigitalKev.com

Jhene Aiko Talks to @RikkiMartinez on Tupac Influence & Collaborating w/ Drake+Childish Gambino


Jimmy Fallon, Meghan Trainor & The Roots Sing "All About That Bass" (w/ Classroom Instruments)

Jhené Aiko: "Behind The Seen" Documentary


Jimmy Kimmel Goes Through Sarah Silverman's Purse


G-Unit Interview at The Breakfast Club Power 105.1

Thursday, September 18, 2014

John Witherspoon Talks "Black Jesus", "The Boondocks", and Memories With Robin Williams on Sway

Public Enemy – Public Enemy No. 1 (Live on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon)


Dr. Drew Discusses Battling Prostate Cancer & How to Discover & Treat It on Sway

Jimmy Fallon Discuss The Pros and Cons of Dating Britney Spears

Calvin Harris – Blame (feat. John Newman)


Soulful! Paolo Nutini Performs "Iron Sky" & "Scream (Funk My Life Up)" on Jimmy Kimmel Live


Paolo Nutini Performs "Scream (Funk My Life Up)"

The Voice's Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton Channels "Endless Love" During Tonight Show Lip Sync Battle


Monday, September 15, 2014

Channing Tatum Faces His Fear of Porcelain Dolls on 'Ellen'



Ellen is cool, but one day a guest is going to have a bad reaction to her scare tactics. I wonder she constantly does this?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

R.I.P. Joan Rivers: Classic Johnny Carson Interviews (1966 & 1986)


Johnny Carson with Joan Rivers (1986)

 


New York Times:  Joan Rivers, a Comedic Stiletto, Is Dead at 81

Joan Rivers, the raspy loudmouth who pounced on America’s obsessions with flab, face-lifts, body hair and other blemishes of neurotic life, including her own, in five decades of caustic comedy that propelled her from nightclubs to television to international stardom, died on Thursday in Manhattan. She was 81.

Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, confirmed her death. A spokeswoman, Judy Katz, said the cause had not yet been determined. 

Ms. Rivers died at Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was taken last Thursday after reportedly losing consciousness while undergoing a procedure on her vocal cords at a doctor’s office on the Upper East Side. Doctors at the hospital placed her in a medically induced coma. On Tuesday, her daughter said she was on life support; on Wednesday, she said she had been moved out of intensive care.

...Joan Alexandra Molinsky was born in Brooklyn on June 8, 1933, to Meyer and Beatrice Grushman Molinsky, immigrants from Russia. Her father, a doctor, did comic impersonations of patients. Her mother insisted on piano lessons and private schools for Joan and her sister, Barbara, who grew up in Brooklyn and Larchmont. Joan attended Adelphi Academy in Brooklyn, Connecticut College for Women and Barnard College in Manhattan, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1954 with a degree in English.

Dreaming of an acting career, she worked in the publicity department at Lord & Taylor and was a fashion coordinator for the Bond clothing stores. Her marriage to James Sanger, the son of the Bond stores’ merchandiser, was annulled after six months in the 1950s. She married Mr. Rosenberg in 1965. Melissa was her only child. In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a grandson, Cooper.
Her parents refused to support her acting ambitions, and she struggled for years in office temp jobs while taking small parts off Off Broadway. She became a stand-up comic to support her acting, working in grimy cafes and small clubs, and was fired often. But she liked comedy and was good at it. She developed fresh routines based on her experiences and observations, changed her name to Rivers and got a few breaks.

...She was one of America’s first successful female stand-up comics in an aggressive vein that had been almost exclusively the province of men, from Don Rickles to Lenny Bruce. And she was a role model and an inspiration for tough-talking comedians like Roseanne Barr, Sarah Silverman and countless others.

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Johnny Carson Interview Joan Rivers on the Sammy Davis Show (1966)


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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Usher ‘The UR Experience’ Tour Dates with August Alsina


Tickets go on sale September 8 at 10am EST.

Nov. 1 — Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Nov. 2 — Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Nov. 4 — Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
Nov. 5 — Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
Nov. 7 — New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Nov. 10 — Washington DC – Verizon Center
Nov. 11 — Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Nov. 13 — Boston, MA – TD Garden
Nov. 14 — Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
Nov. 15 — Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall
Nov. 17 — Chicago, IL – United Center
Nov. 18 — St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Nov. 21 — Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
Nov. 22 — Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
Nov. 24 — San Jose, CA – SAP Center at San Jose
Nov. 26 — Seattle, WA – Key Arena
Nov. 27 — Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Nov. 30 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
Dec. 2 – Broomfield, CO – 1STBANK Center
Dec. 4 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Dec. 5 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Dec. 6 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
Dec. 8 – Memphis, TN – FedExForum
Dec. 9 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
Dec. 12 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
Dec. 13 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
Dec. 14 – Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum