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TV One is hitting us with a double whammy on April 15th with two surprising guests on two of its most amazing original series! First, we have La La Anthony making an appearance on Uncensored and controversial nineties hip-hop group, Brand Nubian, on UnSung!

La La Anthony

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The world met La La Anthony when she was a sixteen-year-old radio co-host with famed rapper Ludacris on 97.1 in Atlanta, GA. Her success in radio quickly led to a career in television, where she became the host of MTV’s Direct Effect and TRL at the peak of its 90’s popularity. In 2001, she made her acting debut in the romantic comedy Two Can Play At That Game. Viewers couldn’t get enough of La La. In 2010, she married NBA phenomenon Carmelo Anthony on VH1’s reality show “La La’s Wedding,” which immediately spawned another hit show, “La La’s Full Court Life.”

The public’s interest in her budding romance led her to write and publish the New York Times best-selling book, “The Love Playbook,” which she followed with “The Power Playbook” in 2015. The La La brand continued to grow with her stage debut in the Off-Broadway show, “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” the launch of a cosmetic and clothing line, and the landing of a recurring role on the Starz hit show, “Power”. Through all the fame and success, La La never forgot her roots. The Brooklyn-born Puerto Rican now spends her time on perhaps her most personal mission yet – working to revive Puerto Rico after the devastating damage caused from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Check out a clip of her appearance on Uncensored below:

Brand Nubian

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Brand Nubian kicked off the 90s with One For All, a debut album that would go on to be considered one of the Top 100 Rap albums of all time. The group’s three members, Grand Puba, Lord Jamar and Sadat X, were all solo MCs who came together in New Rochelle, NY in the late 80s – each bringing a distinct individual flavor to their music.  Their sound combined soulful samples and hip hop beats with socially conscious lyrics rooted in the Five-Percent Nation on Top 5 songs like “Wake Up”, “Slow Down” and “Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down”.

Despite their early success, the group at times drew criticism for pro-black, militant messages, including a music video banned from MTV for featuring a black man in white-face.  And internally the group struggled from the start, with lead MC and producer, Grand Puba, exiting the group after disputes during their first album.  Grand Puba went on to pursue a successful solo career while Sadat X and Lord Jamar continued to maintain the group until it eventually fell apart in the mid-90s. Although the three members reunited years later, the group broke apart once again. And in the years after the break up, they each struggled with personal drama, from arrests, to painful losses, and continued controversy. In this revealing episode of Unsung, Grand Puba, Lord Jamar and Sadat X keep in real about the rise and fall of Brand Nubian, the message behind their music and where the group is headed today. Check out a clip from their episode below:

Remember to tune in Sunday, April 15th to TV One!

“UNCENSORED” airs Sunday’s at 10 p.m. ET/9C on TV One.

“UNSUNG” airs Sunday’s at 9/8C on TV One.

 

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“The Four: Battle For Stardom” Returns Thursday, June 7th, on Fox!

Eat! Eat! Eat – DJ Khaled’s infamous chant on THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM returns Thursday, June 7. Panelists, DJ Khaled, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Meghan Trainor, are joined on screen by Host, Fergiefor Season 2 of the hit music competition on FOX. An entirely new group of “vocal gladiators” will battle each week to keep their spot in the competition.

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Eat! Eat! Eat – DJ Khaled’s infamous chant on THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM returns Thursday, June 7. Panelists, DJ Khaled, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Meghan Trainor, are joined on screen by Host, Fergiefor Season 2 of the hit music competition on FOX. An entirely new group of “vocal gladiators” will battle each week to keep their spot in the competition.

 

Season Two of the hit music competition series THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM premieres Thursday, June 7 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Grammy® Award-winning musician, record producer and songwriter Sean “Diddy” Combs; super producer DJ Khaled; and Grammy® Award-winning recording artist and songwriter Meghan Trainor will return as panelists, alongside Grammy® Award-winning, multi-Platinum solo artist Fergie as host.

Last season, Evvie McKinney, from Memphis, TN, was crowned the first-ever champion and received the ultimate prize: career mentorship by the panel of experts. McKinney currently is in the studio, recording her first single, under the guidance of the panel. Once the single is released, she will be featured as an iHeartRadio “On The Verge” artist. Season Two will introduce an entirely new group of “vocal gladiators” who will BATTLE FOR STARDOM.

Season One of THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM was FOX’s highest-rated new unscripted series in nearly four years, both among Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers. Additionally, THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM was the No. 1 most social new TV series this season with 5.5 million total social interactions.

THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM was created by Armoza Formats and is produced by ITV Entertainment in association with Armoza Formats. David George, Adam Sher, David Eilenberg, Becca Walker, David Friedman, Avi Armoza, Nehama Cohen and Moshiko Cohen are executive producers. Additionally, Sean “Diddy” Combs serves as a producer on the series. “Like” THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM on Facebook at TheFourOnFox. Follow the series on Twitter TheFourOnFox and join the discussion using #TheFour. See photos and videos on Instagram by following TheFourOnFox.

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YES! Vol. 2 of Netflix’s “Dear White People” (@DearWhitePeople) Returns May 4th!

Set against the backdrop of a predominantly white Ivy League university where racial tensions bubble just below the surface, Dear White People is a send-up of the now post “post-racial” America that weaves together a universal story of finding one’s own identity and forging a wholly unique path.

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Set against the backdrop of a predominantly white Ivy League university where racial tensions bubble just below the surface, Dear White People is a send-up of the now post “post-racial” America that weaves together a universal story of finding one’s own identity and forging a wholly unique path.

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The satirical series — based onthe acclaimed 2014 film by the same name – continues to follow a group of Winchester University students of color as they navigate a diverse landscape of social injustice, cultural bias, political correctness (or lack thereof) and activism in the millennial age. Through an absurdist lens, Dear White People utilizes biting irony, self-deprecation and sometimes brutal honesty to hold up a mirror to the issues plaguing society today, all the while leading with laughter.

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Dear White People

When we last saw the students of Winchester University the campus was in an uproar with racial tension at an all time high! First, Troy has been arrested after almost being shot by the police, Lionel exposed the racist background of the university’s largest donor, Sam found herself on the outs with Reggie and still trying to hold Winchester accountable for their racial epithets, while Coco decided to be out for herself worsening the controversies on campus.

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We are not sure what is going on this season, but based on the topics in the trailer it is about to be lit! By the way, HEY TODDRICK HALL! Happy viewing guys!

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Bounce’s “Saints & Sinners” S3 Premiere Shatters Records; Robin Givens, Kenya Moore on Next Episode

The much-anticipated third season premiere of Bounce’s hit original drama series “Saints & Sinners” on Sun. April 8 at 9:00 p.m. (ET) averaged 681K Total Viewers, an increase of +20% over the show’s season two premiere, to set a network record as the most-watched original in Bounce history.

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The much-anticipated third season premiere of Bounce’s hit original drama series “Saints & Sinners” on Sun. April 8 at 9:00 p.m. (ET) averaged 681K Total Viewers, an increase of +20% over the show’s season two premiere, to set a network record as the most-watched original in Bounce history.

The season three premiere was also up +24% in Household delivery (528K – also a network record), +14% in the delivery of Persons 18-49 (226K) and +23% in P25-54 (330K) versus the season two premiere.

Bounce premieres new episodes of Saints & Sinners Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET, with a prime time play for the west coast at 12 Midnight ET/9:00 p.m. PT. The season three premiere of Saints & Sinners reached 1.2 million unduplicated viewers across two initial airings on Sunday night.

Saints & Sinners was the third most-watched program on Sunday night (9-10 p.m.) behind only AMC (The Walking Dead) and Bravo (Your Husband is Cheating on Us) among all ad-supported cable networks in the delivery of African Americans.

Bounce also aired Saints & Sinners marathons of season one and two on April 7-8 leading into the season three premiere and the marathons combined to reach 3.3 million total viewers.

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