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We love Yara Shahidi! This beautiful young actress is really making waves in Hollywood and we are loving every minute of her rise to the top. Part of that ascension will be starring in her own series, grown-ish, the name of her very own black-ish backdoor pilot spin-off!

As you saw in a last season when Yara’s character, Zoe Johnson, attended a weekend of student orientation at her college.

via Deadline:

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Saturday Night Live alum Chris ParnellEmily Arlook (The Good Place), and Trevor Jackson (American Crime) have been tapped as series regulars on the comedy, joining previously cast Shahidi and Deon Cole. Parnell and Jackson will reprise the roles they originated in the planted spinoff episode of black-ish, while Arlook plays the role originally played in the black-ish episode by Mallory Sparks.

The series, from ABC Signature Studios, will start production next month and is set to premiere early 2018 on Freeform and the Freeform App .grown-ish follows the Johnson’s eldest daughter Zoey (Shahidi) as she heads off to college and quickly discovers that not everything goes her way once she leaves the nest. Deon Cole plays Charlie, Dre’s eccentric and unpredictable co-worker at Stevens & Lido. Arlook plays Miriam, a freshman know-it-all at Southern California University with a no holds barred attitude. Parnell plays the dean of Southern California University. Jackson will portray a socially-conscious sophomore at Southern California University.

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Freeform Gets Grown With ‘grown-ish’ (Formerly ‘college-ish’), Emily Arlook, Chris Parnell and Trevor Jackson ..

“grown-ish reflects what we’ll be dealing with in the show – that in between place where you’re not quite an adult but facing grown world problems for the first time,” said creator and executive producer Kenya Barris. “Where black-ish examines what it means to be black, grown-ish is an examination of what it is and what it means to be grown.”

Barris, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and Brian Dobbins are executive producers of the series. grown-ish is one of two upcoming single-camera comedy series on Freeform, along with Alone Together.

Congratulations Yara we cannot wait for your grown-ish’s debut!

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[VIDEO] Jermaine Dupri Shares Why XSCAPE Really Broke Up on ‘UNCENSORED’ on TV One Inbox

Jermaine Dupri’s career started when he was just 12-years-old and landed a gig dancing as the opening act for the Fresh Fest Tour during hip-hop’s Golden Era. He quickly went on to become a successful record producer by the age of 16. Dupri is responsible for the success of artists such as Kris Kross,TLC, Xscape, Da Brat, Usher, Jagged Edge and Lil Bow Wow. Never giving up on his hustle, his Atlanta based empire So So Def just reached its 25 year anniversary milestone. Looking back on all of his accolades and his recent induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Jermaine Dupri has cemented his status as one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

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Jermaine Dupri’s career started when he was just 12-years-old and landed a gig dancing as the opening act for the Fresh Fest Tour during hip-hop’s Golden Era. He quickly went on to become a successful record producer by the age of 16. Dupri is responsible for the success of artists such as Kris Kross,TLC, Xscape, Da Brat, Usher, Jagged Edge and Lil Bow Wow.

Never giving up on his hustle, his Atlanta based empire So So Def just reached its 25 year anniversary milestone. Looking back on all of his accolades and his recent induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Jermaine Dupri has cemented his status as one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

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UNCENSORED dives deep into the lives of your favorite personalities as they reveal secrets to their success, obstacles they’ve faced, and how they manage this new world of social media that has helped but sometimes haunted their careers. UNCENSORED resumes for its second season and explores the private lives of some of today’s most notable personalities including actress Tasha Smith, actress/singer Naturi NaughtonGrammy Award-Winning R&B artist Ne-Yo and the reigning king of urban gospel Kirk Franklin.

Viewers will get a glimpse into the lives of celebrities as they personally reveal their own stories, in their own words. Previously featured in this season of UNCENSORED:

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ICYMI! LOGO (@LogoTV) Releases “Noah’s ARC” on YouTube; Reboot Rumors Swirl!

It is hard to believe it has been almost fifteen years since Noah’s ARC debuted on LOGO and we have to say it is was love at “first watch.” The epic love story between Noah (Darryl Stephens), and his seemingly straight, boyfriend, Wade (Jensen Atwood), opened new avenues for gay storytelling and inspired masses of gay films, projects, and marketing. We dare say Moonlight owes its success, in part, to the doors this series opened. LOGO recently dropped full episodes of the series on YouTube and reboot rumors are swirling!

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It is hard to believe it has been almost fifteen years since Noah’s ARC debuted on LOGO and we have to say it is was love at “first watch.” The epic love story between Noah (Darryl Stephens), and his seemingly straight, boyfriend, Wade (Jensen Atwood), opened new avenues for gay storytelling and inspired masses of gay films, projects, and marketing. We dare say Moonlight owes its success, in part, to the doors this series opened. LOGO recently dropped full episodes of the series on YouTube and reboot rumors are swirling!

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Jensen Atwood and Darryl Stephens as “Noah and Wade”

Both seasons of Noah’s ARC are currently running via LOGO’s YouTube, prompting many to wonder if the network is rebooting the series. The series’ cancellation in 2006 was highly controversial as it was easily the network’s flagship series and its most highly rated one. What is interesting is that LOGO chose to drop the series on YouTube, which has become prime real estate for the web series we know and love. Perhaps this is the new format the series could be picked back up on. However, if we are talking reboots we either want a complete reboot of the series with a new set of guys as Noah, Alex, Ricky, and Chance; or a continuation of the original cast, updating where they are in life nearly fifteen years later.

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What do you guys think of this new Noah’s ARC news? Are you hoping for a reboot of the series as well? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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[VIDEO] DL Hughley Opens Up About His Father’s Death & More on “UNCENSORED” on TV One.

One of the Original King’s of Comedy, DL Hughley was raised a Jehovah’s Witness in Los Angeles and no stranger to his neighborhood gangs, which provided a sense of structure, family and community. His sister’s teenage pregnancy led him to leave the church, giving him a crash course in resiliency that later helped him while pursuing his comedy career. DL dropped out of high school, joined the LAPD Academy, quit and eventually married his wife of over 30 years to start a family. As the star and producer of his namesake television show that ran on ABC and UPN “The Hughleys,” DL is also well known as one of the standout comedians on the hit comedy docu-film “The Original Kings of Comedy.” He has an unapologetic work ethic and is dedicated to providing for his loved ones. His motivation to leave a legacy led to the transition of his comedy from frivolous jokes to political topics that inspire change.

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One of the Original King’s of Comedy, DL Hughley was raised a Jehovah’s Witness in Los Angeles and no stranger to his neighborhood gangs, which provided a sense of structure, family and community. His sister’s teenage pregnancy led him to leave the church, giving him a crash course in resiliency that later helped him while pursuing his comedy career. DL dropped out of high school, joined the LAPD Academy, quit and eventually married his wife of over 30 years to start a family.

 As the star and producer of his namesake television show that ran on ABC and UPN “The Hughleys,” DL is also well known as one of the standout comedians on the hit comedy docu-film “The Original Kings of Comedy.” He has an unapologetic work ethic and is dedicated to providing for his loved ones. His motivation to leave a legacy led to the transition of his comedy from frivolous jokes to political topics that inspire change.

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The popular show UNCENSORED resumes for its second season and explores the private lives of some of today’s most notable personalities including comedian/radio host DL Hughley, American Idol Fantasia, legendary hip-hop producer Jermaine Dupri, actress Tasha Smith, reality TV star Tami Roman, actress/singer Naturi Naughton, the reigning king of urban gospel Kirk Franklin and singer/songwriter Ne-Yo. The eight episode auto-biographical series delves into the lives of luminaries as they reveal secrets to their success, obstacles they faced and how they’ve navigated the perils of social media that helped but sometimes haunted their careers. Viewers will get a glimpse into the lives of celebrities as they personally reveal their own stories, in their own words.

UNCENSORED is produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas (Executive Producer), Keith Neal (Executive Producer), Paul Hall (Showrunner) and Jay Allen (Supervising Producer) of Swirl Films. Radio One Atlanta Personality Ryan Cameron directed Tami Roman’s episode. For TV One, Jason Ryan is Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

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