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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 CW (@TheCW) to Create First Lesbian Led Superhero Series w/ “Batwoman!”

The CW has become to television what the Marvel Cinematic Universe it to Hollywood with its Arrowverse series–the collection of DC Comics superhero series (Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and Black Lightning)–all related and crossover to form a sort of universe. The latest DC superhero to get their own series is none other than Batwoman!

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The CW has become to television what the Marvel Cinematic Universe it to Hollywood with its Arrowverse series–the collection of DC Comics superhero series (Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and Black Lightning)–all related and crossover to form a sort of universe. The latest DC superhero to get their own series is none other than Batwoman!

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Earlier this year it was reported Batwoman would be appearing in the Arrowverse’s annual Crisis/crossover event this December. This may very well be a backdoor pilot that leads into her own series. The series will also be historic as it marks the first time a superhero series will center on an openly lesbian character. Kate Kane aka Batwoman, not to be confused with fan favorite Barbara Gordon’s Batgirl, is DC Comics‘ most high profile gay character since her reimagining in 2018. Originally, the first Batwoman was created as a love interest for the Dark Knight to dispel myths of homosexuality between he and Robin. In fact the show’s synopsis describes Kate Kane as an “out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence”. Batwoman will be in good company with other lesbian heroes like Alex Danvers, White Canary, Thunder, and soon, Grace Choi.

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This is all good news for the LGBT community, but it leads us to wonder if Batman will be making an appearance, what Earth in the multiverse is this on, where is he if their’s a resurgence of crime in Gotham City; or is it even set in Gotham? There is also the rest of the Bat Family–Nightwing, Robin, Red Robin, Red Hood, Alfred Pennyworth, Catwoman, Black Bat, Huntress, Spoiler, and Batgirl–where do they fall into all of this? Only time will tell.

We will keep you posted as more details become available with the series. This December’s crossover event is going to be LIT!

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The Brat Pack are BACK! Nickelodeon Relaunches “Rugrats” w/ New Series & Movie!

We really are living in the age of reboots when it comes to television. Many of our favorite sitcoms from the nineties and early 2000s have been rebooted or revamped. Now, it seems one of the the nineties most beloved animated series, Nickelodeon’s Rugrats, is back on the scene! Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica, Phil, Lil, Suzie, Dil, and Kimi are back with new episodes and a new Paramount movie!

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We really are living in the age of reboots when it comes to television. Many of our favorite sitcoms from the nineties and early 2000s have been rebooted or revamped. Now, it seems one of the the nineties most beloved animated series, Nickelodeon’s Rugrats, is back on the scene! Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica, Phil, Lil, Suzie, Dil, and Kimi are back with new episodes and a new Paramount movie!

The new series and film are currently still in the works, however.

via Variety

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RUGRATS Photo: Nickelodeon ©2015 Viacom, International, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures announced today a relaunch of the kids’ entertainment franchise “Rugrats.” A new animated-series revival featuring the characters from the ’90s cartoon has received with a 26-episode order from Nickelodeon; and Paramount Players, the new film division launched to develop projects based on properties from Viacom cable channels, has given a greenlight to a live-action film featuring CGI characters. Both the TV series and the movie will include new adventures with beloved characters Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie and Angelica, and will also introduce a new world of characters.

The show’s original creators Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain will return to the TV series as executive producers. Nickelodeon’s “Rugrats” will be produced in Burbank, Calif., with production already underway. Additional news of the TV series, airdate and casting will be announced in the coming months.

We have to tell you that we are HERE  for this Rugrats reboot! This series brings back all types of memories as you recall all of their misadventures and realize just how evil Angelica Pickles really was. Rugrats was one of those iconic NickToons we will never get over. Now if someone can just convince them to add Doug, Ren & Stimpy, Aah! Real Monsters, and of course CatDog, to that roster then we really will be talking!

Good job Nickelodeon we officially feel like kids again!

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[VIDEO] #PRIDE! “Steven Universe” Becomes first Children’s Animated Series to Show Same-Sex Wedding!

Gay “Pride” is not just for the month of June as daily LGBT people continue to make leaps and bounds in the arenas of acceptance, equality, and representation. One series, Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe has always pushed the envelope with its LGBT-friendly characters and content. Just this week, however, the series took things a step further with a wedding–a same-sex one!

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Gay “Pride” is not just for the month of June as daily LGBT people continue to make leaps and bounds in the arenas of acceptance, equality, and representation. One series, Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe has always pushed the envelope with its LGBT-friendly characters and content. Just this week, however, the series took things a step further with a wedding–a same-sex one!

steven universe wedding

As you may already know most of the characters in Steven Universe are female aliens known as Gems. Two of these gems, leader of the Crystal Gems, faction of gems, sworn to protect the Earth, Ruby and Sapphire, are in a romantic relationship and are usually fused together to become the heroine, Garnet. Garnet is in many ways not only a physical manifestation of their love, but a symbol of a lesbian relationship. Ruby proposed to Sapphire this week and most of the other characters prepped for the wedding, made amends with one another, and finally teamed up to fight the series‘ antagonists, Blue and Yellow Diamond.

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Ruby proposes to Sapphire

This is not the first time Steven Universe has showcased gay content. Another character Pearl was in love Rose Quartz/Pink Diamond, Steven Universe’s mother, and has even pursued a human woman. Steven himself fuses with his female friend Connie, to become the intersexed fusion, Stevonnie, Rhodonite, another fusion, is the physical representation between two other female gems; and even more interesting is another character is Fluorite, a fusion of several gems in a polyamorous relationship!

You can check out the episode featuring the wedding, Reunited, in the video below. Happy viewing!

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