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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Clay Aiken Calls Sway A B*%CH On-Air & Discusses Critics Saying Gay Men Can't Be In Politics


Jamie Foxx Interview with Angie Martinez Power 105.1 (2015)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Black Rob Had a Stroke and Tearfully Breaks Down Why + Talks New Music on Sway


What Happened To The Cast of "In Living Color?"



(From Grantland: "Bragging Rights" In Living Color")
 
Tommy Davidson — One of the only cast members to perform in all five seasons, Davidson went on to appear in various other film and TV roles, maybe most notably as the voice of the dad on The Proud Family.
Anne-Marie Johnson — In addition to various other roles, including a stint on Melrose Place, she was vice-president of the Screen Actors Guild from 2005 to 2010. She ran for the presidency in 2009 but lost.
Alexandra Wentworth — Wentworth appeared from 1992 through 1994. One year later, she played
Jerry’s girlfriend in Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi episode. She was also in Jerry Maguire and Office Space, and is married to George Stephanopoulos.

David Alan Grier — Grier was a successful dramatic actor before appearing on In Living Color. In the years since, he’s returned to Broadway with several productions while also making appearances on TV and film in various comedy roles. Somehow, he also managed to host Saturday Night Live once.
Heavy D — Already a successful rapper by the time In Living Color debuted, Heavy D contributed two different themes for the show, both of which are generally considered to be among the best five songs ever recorded.2 He went on to add acting to his résumé, in addition to continuing his music career and getting name-dropped on “Juicy.” He died in 2011.
Kim Coles — An original In Living Color cast member, she went on to become best known for her starring role on the Queen Latifah sitcom Living Single. If it was the early ’90s and you wanted to make a TV show that had the word “living” in the title, Kim Coles was your first phone call.
Molly Shannon — Before her long run on SNL, Shannon made a handful of appearances on In Living Color.

Larry Wilmore — Wilmore was a writer on the show but never had much screen time (although his brother Marc was part of the cast). Earlier this year, he replaced Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central with The Nightly Show.
Damon Wayans — A former SNL cast member3 and the creator of In Living Color’s best recurring character, Homey D. Clown,4 Wayans spent much of the mid-’90s balancing a stand-up career with reasonably successful films like Major Payne and Blankman, and then found sitcom success on My Wife and Kids, which he created and starred in.

Carrie Ann Inaba — I’ll admit that I’d never heard of this person, but she’s apparently a judge on a show called Dancing With the Stars that my wife says I should pretend to be vaguely familiar with if I’m going to write stuff for a pop culture blog. Inaba was also one of the original Fly Girls, the show’s dance troupe. They’ll come up again.
Keenen Ivory Wayans — The show’s creator and host, Wayans went on to a successful career as a director of films, including several starring his brothers. He also briefly hosted his own talk show in the late ’90s, but who didn’t?
Shawn Wayans — Originally the show’s DJ (billed as “SW-1”), he’s since gone on to team with his younger brother Marlon to make films like Scary Movie and White Chicks that get terrible reviews but make lots of money.

Kelly Coffield — A seasoned comedic actress who could play just about anything, Coffield was basically the Phil Hartman “glue guy” of In Living Color’s early years. She went on to appear in various movies and a couple episodes of Seinfeld, which may not seem like much, but screw you, because I was basically in love with her in 1991, so I will rank her as high as I damn well please.

Rosie Perez — Perez was the Fly Girls’ choreographer for the show’s first three seasons. During that time, she landed her breakout role in White Men Can’t Jump, which came out in 1992. She’s now one of the hosts of The View
Chris Rock — By 1993, In Living Color was so much cooler than Saturday Night Live that Rock basically quit SNL to join the competition. He went on to become one of the biggest stand-up comedians in the world, not to mention a reasonably successful movie star.
That’s a hell of a lineup for a relatively short-lived show. But we’ve still got the big three to get to.
Jennifer Lopez —It has to be J.Lo, right? She joined the show in the third season as a member of the Fly Girls, stayed until the end two years later, and then went on to become just about the biggest celebrity in the world. No big deal, really. Here she is making her In Living Color debut

Jim Carrey— Jim Carrey (or “James Carrey,” as he was originally known) was unquestionably In Living Color’s first big breakout star. He created some of the show’s most memorable characters, including Fire Marshal Bill and Vera de Milo. He also used the show’s patented musical parodies to pretty much single-handedly kill off the career of the world’s biggest pop stars, but we all agreed to pretend that era never happened.
Jamie Foxx —Here’s how ridiculous In Living Color was: In 40 years, no former full-time SNL cast member has ever won an Oscar. Not one. And yet the In Living Color cast member who went on to win Best Actor — oh, and a few Grammys to go with it — manages only to take home the bronze. Yeah, this was a tough field.
Foxx joined the cast in Season 3 — you can see him being introduced in that J.Lo clip up above — and quickly became one of the show’s stars, impersonating Prince and squaring off with Tupac. But he was probably best known for Wanda, the nontraditionally beautiful lady who never quite found that love of her life."

(Via Grantland)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Weeknd - "Earned It" (Fifty Shades Of Grey) (Video)


Jodeci Uncut: Music, Memories, Family, Fights & Stalking Fan Stories on Sway

Tyler, The Creator Talks New Album, Roy Ayers & Being a Role Model On ‘Tavis Smiley’

Mental Foss: 22 Facts About "In Lving Color"


 


(From: Mental Floss: 22 Things You Might Not Know About 'In Living Color'


1. SIX WAYANS FAMILY MEMBERS APPEARED ON THE SHOW.
Keenen hired Damon, Kim, Shawn, and Marlon Wayans as cast members throughout the run of the series, while Dwayne Wayans was a production assistant and often appeared as an extra. Their other four siblings—Nadia, Elvira, Diedre, and Craig Wayans—did not participate.

2. I’M GONNA GIT YOU SUCKA PROMPTED FOX’S INTEREST IN WAYANS.
After seeing Keenen’s 1988 blaxploitation parody, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, Fox’s network executives told Wayans “that I could do anything I wanted, and that’s what set the wheels turning,” he recently recalled to Details. He decided he wanted to do his version of Saturday Night Live.

3. NETWORK EXECUTIVES WANTED TO DELAY ANY POTENTIAL OUTRAGE.
Despite initial assurances that they wanted to “push the edge,” Fox executive Peter Chernin told Wayans that the network wanted to take the “Men on Film,” “The Wrath of Farrakhan,” and “Homeboy Shopping Network” sketches out of the first episode, but assured him that they would run them later, once In Living Color had built up an audience. Wayans refused, and ultimately got his way.

4. FOX WAITED ONE YEAR BEFORE AIRING THE PILOT.
“Barry Diller was terrified of the show,” producer Tamara Rawitt told Details. “He showed it to the NAACP. The NAACP was comprised of older members of the black community, and this was a hip, sassy, tongue-in-cheek show, so I don’t think they got a lot of the humor.” Before airing it, the network wanted to bring in members of organizations like the Urban League as consultants, but Keenen again refused.

5. JENNIFER LOPEZ WASN’T A FLY GIRL UNTIL THE THIRD SEASON.
Whereas Dancing With the Stars judge and choreographer Carrie Ann Inaba was a Fly Girl from the beginning and left at the end of season three, Lopez didn’t make her In Living Color dancing debut until September 22, 1991, during the third season premiere. The same night, Jamie Foxx was introduced as a new cast member.

6. ROSIE PEREZ REPLACED THE ORIGINAL FLY GIRL CHOREOGRAPHER, WHICH CAUSED SOME TENSION.
Coming in before the third episode, Perez wanted the dancers to perform moves that went against their years of training. “There wasn’t any fighting, but it was emotional for them,” Perez recalls. “I was very young, so it took me a minute to digest it. I remember going up to Keenen’s office like, ‘They hate me!’ He said, ‘Just do your job.'” Perez remained there for four years.

7. HOMEY D. CLOWN WAS BASED ON PAUL MOONEY.
You may know the longtime comedy writer (who wrote for In Living Color) as the star of the Chappelle’s Show sketches “Ask a Black Dude” and “Negrodamus.” After the writers followed Keenen’s orders to mess with him, Mooney said, “Oh, homey don’t play that!” Damon Wayans and the writers worked from there.

8. THERE WAS AN OFFICIAL HOMEY D. CLOWN VIDEO GAME.
In 1993, Capstone came up with the MS-DOS point-and-click adventure. Players have to get Homey to a major television studio by the end of the day so that he can accept their offer of fame and fortune, with only “the streets of New York” standing in his way.

9. LARRY WILMORE WAS A WRITER ON THE SHOW.
The host of The Nightly Show was tapped to write for In Living Color by his brother Marc, who was a writer for the show turned cast member during the fifth and final season. Marc has been a co-executive producer on The Simpsons since 2005.

10. THERE WERE PLENTY OF FORMER AND FUTURE SNL STARS.
Damon Wayans was an SNL cast member during the show’s 1985-1986 season, but was fired for ad-libbing during a live sketch. After Chris Rock left SNL, he appeared in six episodes of In Living Color, mostly as his character Cheap Pete from I’m Gonna Git You Sucka. Regular In Living Color director Paul Miller originally directed SNL for three years. As far as other SNL connections: Colin Quinn was a fifth season writer and Molly Shannon played an office trainee in a sketch two years before joining the NBC series, while Jim Carrey unsuccessfully auditioned for SNL three times before landing on In Living Color.

11. DAMON WAYANS WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR GETTING JIM CARREY.

Knowing Carrey from The Comedy Store and from working together on the movie Earth Girls Are Easy—Damon was Zeebo, Carrey was Wiploc—Damon strongly urged Keenen to hire him. It took a while to match Carrey’s financial demands, and Thomas Haden Church was almost cast instead before a deal was made.

12. CARREY’S INFAMOUS ASS-TALKING SCENE FROM ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE CAME FROM AN INCIDENT IN THE WRITERS ROOM.

Frustrated one day with Keenen’s constant rejections of pitched sketches, Carrey stood up and read a sketch of his from his butt, in Keenen’s direction. The two almost fought before Keenen walked out of the room.

13. MARTIN LAWRENCE DIDN’T PASS THE IN LIVING COLOR AUDITIONS.

In addition to Lawrence, Margaret Cho, and Susie Essman also auditioned but never made it on the show.

14. JOHN LEGUIZAMO TURNED THE SHOW DOWN.

John Leguizamo was another potential cast member that never came to be. "I wanted to do it, they wanted me to do it, but I got talked out of doing it," Leguizamo told Details. "You know your representation talks in your ear, and the whole thing gasses up your head. They're like, 'You're blowing up, John! You've got to have your own show, John.' Later Fox offered me my version of In Living Color, House of Buggin', which eventually became MADtv. But I was a huge, huge fan of the show."

15. THE FRENCHIE CHARACTER ORIGINATED FROM A NIGHT OUT WITH EDDIE MURPHY AND RICK JAMES.

Visiting his friend Murphy, Keenen discovered a closet full of cheap versions of Eddie’s red leather outfit from his stand-up special Delirious, sent from fans. Wayans thought it would be funny to put one on, as well as a Rick James wig, a gold chain with an F on it, and gazelle glasses, and go out clubbing. The night ended with Rick James inviting him to join him in his limo, where Keenen pretended to be Murphy’s cousin from Augusta, Georgia for the rest of the night.

16. DAVID ALAN GRIER LIKED TO TRIP UP DAMON WAYANS DURING THE "MEN ON FILM" SKETCHES.

Grier would purposely hide props from Wayans, then surprise Damon with them during tapings to get him to crack.

17. IT’S CREDITED WITH MAKING THE SUPER BOWL HALFTIME SHOWS ENTERTAINING.

Fox aired a Doritos-sponsored live episode of In Living Color during halftime of Super Bowl XXVI, causing some 20 to 25 million viewers to switch to Fox from CBS' presentation of the game. The official NFL halftime show was called “Winter Magic,” which consisted of a skating performance from Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill, and a song by Gloria Estefan, all with a winter season and Winter Olympics theme. Michael Jackson performed during intermission of the next year’s Super Bowl, and high-profile musical acts have headlined halftime shows of the big game ever since.

18. THE LIVE "MEN ON FOOTBALL" SUPER BOWL HALFTIME SKETCH CAUSED SOME TROUBLE.

After Wayans and Grier implied that Richard Gere and Carl Lewis were gay, both men got upset. Gere’s agent threatened a lawsuit, but nothing came of it. Lewis' situation was resolved following an apology letter. The “live” show was on a five-second delay (Keenen has said it was 30 seconds), but the censor that night did not edit out the jokes, because Lewis’ sexuality was “openly discussed” in Hollywood at the time.

19. ONE SKETCH AIRED ONLY ONCE, BY ACCIDENT.

Deleted entirely from all syndication and DVD versions, and never re-aired on network repeats, “Bolt 45” managed to see the light of day on May 5, 1990. A parody of the Billy Dee Williams commercials for Colt 45 beer was interpreted by Fox to be mocking date rape, and Keenen Ivory Wayans lost his argument that it was only mocking the beer. Wayans begrudgingly agreed to cut “Bolt 45” before Kim Coles’ character passes out on the table, but a network employee (according to Keenen) aired the wrong cut and was almost fired for it.

20. KEENEN QUIT WHEN FOX STARTED TO AIR REPEATS.

During the fourth season, Fox began to show episodes from previous seasons without permission, diluting the value of In Living Color before its upcoming syndication deals. Wayans was so furious that he hid a tape of a fully edited new episode above the ceiling panels in his office so nobody from the network could get to it. Eventually he gave up and left the set for good.

21. THE WAYANS FAMILY MADE AN ON-AIR PROTEST.

Damon and Marlon Wayans were free to leave with their brother, but Shawn and Kim stayed because they remained under contract. So they and other cast members expressed their displeasure with the situation by wearing black shades and not participating in Jamie Foxx’s Christmas number at the end of the first episode following Keenen’s departure.

22. THERE WAS GOING TO BE A SERIES REBOOT.

Both old and new cast members were set to star in a reboot of the series, only for the project to be canceled in 2013. Keenen said the reason for the cancellation was because he didn’t believe a full season’s worth of quality material was possible. However, a comedian who was set to become one of the new cast members said that Damon Wayans changed his mind and decided not to come back, leading to the shutdown.

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Friday, April 10, 2015