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Larenz Tate and Erica Ash will host the 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards, an exciting night of inspiration, history and crowd-rousing performances celebrating African-American achievements and contributions.

The gala black-tie ceremony will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia on Sat. Jan. 20, 2018 and will world premiere nationwide on Bounce on Sun. Feb. 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Bounce, the fastest-growing African-American network on television, now exclusively owns, produces and telecasts the star-studded event, rebranded this year as the Bounce Trumpet Awards. Honorees, performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. Visit www.trumpetawards.com for more information.

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Tate is a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award-winner and currently stars on the hit series “Power” on STARZ. He has also appeared on the popular shows “Rescue Me,” “Game of Silence” and “House of Lies.” On the big screen, Tate most recently appeared in “Girls Trip,” with previous roles in “Ray,” “Menace II Society,” “Love Jones,” “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” and more.

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Ash is an NAACP Award-winning Broadway, film and television actress currently starring on the hit series “Survivor’s Remorse” on STARZ, as well as playing Brigette Hart (ex-wife of Kevin Hart) on “The Real Husbands of Hollywood.” She will star in the new legal drama series “In Contempt” and will appear in the new theatrical motion picture “Uncle Drew” from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment.

The Trumpet Awards were conceived to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of African Americans and those who have succeeded against great odds and inspired success in others. Founded in 1992 by American Civil Rights leader Xernona Clayton, The Trumpet Awards were acquired by Bounce in 2016. The list of prestigious honorees over its 26-year history includes Muhammad Ali, Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Halle Berry, Stevie Wonder, The African-American Women of the United States Congress, Steve Harvey, Martin Luther King, III, Janelle Monáe and Spike Lee.

Bounce (@BounceTV) airs on the broadcast signals of local television stations and corresponding cable carriage, and features a programming mix of original and off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports, and more. Bounce has grown to be available in more than 99 million homes across the United States and 95% of all African-American (AA) television homes, including all the top AA television markets. Among the founders of Bounce are iconic American figures Ambassador Andrew Young and Martin Luther King, III

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Controversy Begins! Robert Pattinson says “Batman’s NOT A Superhero!”

It has been a few months now since Warner Bros. Pictures announced former “Twilight” star, Robert Pattinson, would assume the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the upcoming Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” film which will showcase the early years of the Caped Crusader.

Although Batman is largely considered a superhero, Pattinson refutes the title in the traditional sense saying, “Batman’s not a superhero.”

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It has been a few months now since Warner Bros. Pictures announced former “Twilight” star, Robert Pattinson, would assume the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the upcoming Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” film which will showcase the early years of the Caped Crusader.

Although Batman is largely considered a superhero, Pattinson refutes the title in the traditional sense saying, “Batman’s not a superhero.”

via Complex

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In a Today interview shared Sunday, the star of this year’s The Lighthouse was asked about taking on the role in the upcoming 2021 Matt Reeves film. When host Willie Geist used the word “superhero” to describe the beloved DC character, Pattinson was quick to politely correct that characterization.

“Batman’s not a superhero,” he said, laughing. “It’s weird. I always balk at it. I’m like, it doesn’t count. You need to have, like, magical powers to be a superhero.”

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Batman and Green Arrow

It is fair to say Batman is not “super” in the sense of having powers, however his training, skills, genius level intellect, and arsenal have made him a powerful rival and sometimes adversary of incredibly powerful superheroes like Superman and Wonder Woman. Saying Batman is not a superhero negates the nigh superhuman abilities of superheroes like Iron Man, Black Widow, Captain America, Green Arrow, Hawkeye, Nightwing, the Batman Family, and Green Hornet.

What do you all think? Do you consider The Dark Knight a superhero or no? Sound off in the comments section below!

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“Will & Grace” Actress, Shelley Morrison, Best Known As “Rosario,” Passes at 83…

“Will & Grace” is one of the funniest and most progressive shows in television history. Yes, Will, Grace, Karen, and Jack have kept us laughing for years, but it was Karen’s wisecracking and beloved, maid, “Rosario Salarez,” that also made some of the most memorable and hilarious scenes in the show’s history.

We are extremely saddened to report that the actress who portrayed her, Shelley Morrison, has passed at the age of 83.

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“Will & Grace” is one of the funniest and most progressive shows in television history. Yes, Will, Grace, Karen, and Jack have kept us laughing for years, but it was Karen’s wisecracking and beloved, maid, “Rosario Salarez,” that also made some of the most memorable and hilarious scenes in the show’s history.

We are extremely saddened to report that the actress who portrayed her, Shelley Morrison, has passed at the age of 83.

via Entertainment Weekly 

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Shelley Morrison, who played the beloved Rosario on Will & Grace, died Sunday morning at age 83, EW has confirmed. She was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for heart failure after a brief illness. AP first reported her passing.

Morrison starred as Rosario Salazar, Karen Walker’s (Megan Mullally) maid on the first run of Will & Grace. Hailing from El Salvador, Rosario (known as Rosie) had a contentious yet loving relationship with Karen. The popular character appeared in 68 episodes of the comedy but was not featured in the revival, with Morrison declining to return after retiring from acting.

“Shelley’s greatest pride as an actress was in playing the indomitable Rosario, in a comedy series that furthered the cause of social equity and fairness for LGBTQ people,” her publicist, Lori DeWaal, told EW. “She also took pride in portraying a strong, loving yet feisty Latina character. She believed that the best way to change hearts and minds was through comedy.”

“Rosario is one of my all-time favorite characters,” Morrison said recently, according to the AP. “She reminds me a lot of my own mother, who loved animals and children, but she would not suffer fools. It is very significant to me that we were able to show an older, Hispanic woman who is bright and smart and can hold her own.”

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Will & Grace cast, (l-r) Shelley Morrison, Eric McCormick, Debra Messing, Megan Mulally, and Sean Hayes

Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, and Megan Mulally who starred as Grace Adler, Will Truman, and Karen, respectively, on the show offered their condolences on social media Sunday.

Besides her work on Will & Grace, Shelley had a career that spanned decades. She appeared in many episodes of The Flying Nun as “Sister Sixto,” as well as The Rookies, LaredoCourthouse, and more. In the world of movies, she was featured in films like Three Guns for Texas, Funny Girl with Barbara Streisand, Troop Beverly Hills with Shelley Long, and the 1997 infamous romantic comedyFools Rush In, starring Salma Hayek and Matthew Perry.  Born Rachel Mitrani in New York City’s Bronx borough in 1936, Morrison’s first language was Spanish. She often portrayed Latina characters on screen but was featured in roles of various backgrounds.

We are really praying for her family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time. Rest in peace Shelley, you were loved and will be missed.

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Gabrielle Union’s Firing Amid Sexism & Racism Triggers Deeper Investigation into “America’s Got Talent’s” History

It looks like Gabrielle Union is not “going gently into the night” when it comes to her termination from “America’s Got Talented.” Also, NBC and other news organizations are now launching internal and external investigations into the show and its history. 

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It looks like Gabrielle Union is not “going gently into the night” when it comes to her termination from “America’s Got Talented.” Also, NBC and other news organizations are now launching internal and external investigations into the show and its history.

via NBC and Love B. Scott

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“Other news organizations already started a deeper dive into the history of the show and Simon and NBC tying it into Matt Lauer, etc. The NBC News group has multiple lawsuits. Ronan Farrow and some other journalists have been reporting.”

As we previously reported, NBC sources exclusively told lovebscott.com that Gabrielle Union’s firing came as a result of her speaking up about ‘problematic’ situations.

NBC reached out to lovebscott.com in the wake of the initial allegations and provided the following statement on behalf of the network and Fremantle:

“America’s Got Talent has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show. The judging and host line-up has been regularly refreshed over the years and that is one of the reasons for AGT’s enduring popularity. NBC and the producers take any issues on set seriously.”

When asked about the internal / external investigation, NBC declined to comment.

All we can say is this is a lot–a whole lot. We really hate that Gabrielle was fired from the show after speaking out about serious issues of racism and sexism. We would hope that somehow her job can be reinstated or she can make a move onto another NBC project. One way or another, with so many news organizations investigating this story the truth–the real truth–will come out! We will keep you posted as this story continues to develop.

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