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Just when we thought BET could not make anymore bad programming decisions the network has announced it is cancelling Being Mary Jane after four seasons!

This comes as a shocker as the series, starring Gabrielle Union, has been met with critical acclaim and is easily the greatest original programming BET has ever created.

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“Being Mary Jane has been a landmark series not only for BET, but for African American women around the world who saw themselves in Mary Jane, her family, friends and coworkers. From the captivating storytelling, to the richly complex characters, to the powerful issues tackled on the series, we remain immensely proud,” said Connie Orlando, EVP and Head of Programming, BET Networks. “We are grateful to the cast and creators of Being Mary Jane, who have worked tirelessly to bring this world to vivid life over the past 4 seasons. We also thank the many loyal viewers whose hearts and minds were captured every week, and kept Mary Jane trending worldwide. We look forward to closing out Mary Jane’s journey with a series finale that is sure to blow fans away!”

The character of Mary Jane Paul/Pauletta Patterson is definitely someone many people could relate to. Every family or group of friends has that one overachiever or person who serves as the glue. Gabrielle Union once described her role as Mary Jane as the best work she has done in her life and we have to agree. Sure, we are use to seeing her play the alpha female role often, but this time the character was layered with successes, triumphs, insecurities, and her own demons when it came to her love life. All we can say is Tuesday nights just will not be the same. Thus far we know Gabrielle has signed on for the series finale, there is no word on the rest of the cast. Maybe we will finally see Mary Jane walk down the aisle or have that baby she wants so badly.

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Not Surprised! Alabama Public Television Reportedly Refused to Air “Arthur’s” Coming Out & Same-Sex Wedding Episode!

As progressive as society seems to be becoming with its acceptance of other lifestyles and gay marriage, there are still some places in our country that refuse to roll with the times or accepting changing societal norms. Thus, we are not surprised to hear that the state of Alabama has refused to air Arthur’s 22nd Season Premiere which would feature one its main characters, Mr. Ratburn, not only coming out, but marrying another man in a same-sex wedding! Alabama Public Television states it has no plans to air the episode at all.

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As progressive as society seems to be becoming with its acceptance of other lifestyles and gay marriage, there are still some places in our country that refuse to roll with the times or accepting changing societal norms. Thus, we are not surprised to hear that the state of Alabama has refused to air Arthur’s 22nd Season Premiere which would feature one its main characters, Mr. Ratburn, not only coming out, but marrying another man in a same-sex wedding! Alabama Public Television states it has no plans to air the episode at all.

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Alabama Public Television chose not to air PBS’ recent “Arthur” episode that featured a same-sex marriage.

During the animated series’ 22nd season premiere, titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” Arthur’s third-grade teacher, Mr. Ratburn, marries Patrick, a chocolatier, at a wedding attended by his students, Arthur, Francine, Buster and Muffy. It aired May 13.

Mike McKenzie, director of programming at APT, told NBC News on Monday that PBS sent a message to stations in mid-April alerting them “to possible viewer concerns about the content of the program.” After he and others at APT viewed the episode, they decided not to broadcast it and showed a re-run instead.

McKenzie said the network has no plans to air it.

“Parents have trusted Alabama Public Television for more than 50 years to provide children’s programs that entertain, educate and inspire,” McKenzie said in a statement. “More importantly — although we strongly encourage parents to watch television with their children and talk about what they have learned afterwards — parents trust that their children can watch APT without their supervision. We also know that children who are younger than the ‘target’ audience for ‘Arthur’ also watch the program.”

McKenzie also said if they aired it, APT would take away the choice of parents who felt it was inappropriate for their children.

“The vast majority of parents will not have heard about the content, whether they agree with it or not,” he said. “Because of this, we felt it would be a violation of trust to broadcast the episode.”

“Arthur” debuted in 1996 and follows the adventures of its title character, his friends and family.

In 2005, APT pulled an episode of “Arthur” in which the character Buster visited a girl who had two mothers, according to AL.com.

“’Our feeling is that we basically have a trust with parents about our programming,” then-executive director Allan Pizzato said at the time. “This program doesn’t fit into that.”

Alabama has made a lot of controversial and conservative decisions as of late. As you may already know the state passed one of the most restrictive abortion bans in modern history just two weeks ago. “Sweet Home Alabama” just seems pretty archaic nowadays.

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Wow! Real Salaries of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” Reveal, Kandi Buruss, NOT Nene Leakes is The Highest Paid Housewife!

It seems “Real Tea” has been spilled as the cast of Bravo’s hit reality series, The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s salaries have been revealed! The new information on their seasonal compensation for their antics–as some might say–reveals Kandi Buruss and NOT Nene Leakes is the highest paid Atlanta housewife! The salary information for upcoming 12th season of the series for the other ladies is quite telling as well!

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It seems “Real Tea” has been spilled as the cast of Bravo’s hit reality series, The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s salaries have been revealed! The new information on their seasonal compensation for their antics–as some might say–reveals Kandi Buruss and NOT Nene Leakes is the highest paid Atlanta housewife! The salary information for upcoming 12th season of the series for the other ladies is quite telling as well!

via Love B. Scott

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Highly-connected sources tell lovebscott.com that the payouts for season 12 of ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ may surprise you.

Newbie Shamari DeVoewho was demoted from official housewife to ‘friend of the show,’ is set to take home $20k for the upcoming season.

Eva Marcille, who will keep her peach, was paid under $100,000 last season and will see a small pay bump for season 12.

Cynthia Bailey is set to take home around $1.25 million.

New mom Porsha Williams is said to be making around $1.3 million.

For all of Marlo Hampton‘s mess, sources tell us that she’s still making less than $100,000 for her appearances this season.

Tanya Sam is is being paid on a day rate. Her money depends on the days she’s available to film.

NeNe Leakes made $100,000 PER EPISODE last season — bringing her season salary to $2.3 million. It’s expected that she’ll be making just a bit more this season.

Contrary to popular belief, we’ve also been told that Kandi Burruss is actually the highest-paid housewife of the Atlanta franchise and will be making just a little over what NeNe is taking home.

Kenya Moore‘s pay rate was just below NeNe and Kandi’s at the time of her departure, however sources tell us that Bravo wants to give her a substantial pay cut to return. They’re still ‘far off’ from coming to a deal.

We had no idea Shamari and Tanya would be paid so little for the upcoming season. Maybe the former can do something to get her peach back, it is not impossible. Porsha was temporarily demoted to a “friend of the housewives” after her fight with Kenya Moore.

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After Canceling Six Black-Led TV Series, “Fox” CEO Questioned About Network’s Diversity

Fox has canceled six Black-led television series; REL, The Cool Kids, Lethal Weapon, Proven Innocent, Star, and now Empire, issues of diversity and racism are now swarming. Fox’s CEO, Charlie Collier, is addressing the issues, stating that diversity and inclusion are still a priority at the network. He also plans to make Empire’s  series finale a television event, but states there are no plans to bring Jussie Smollett back. Smollett’s character, “Jamal Lyon,” is one of the few openly Black Gay characters on network television.

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Fox has canceled six Black-led television series; REL, The Cool Kids, Lethal Weapon, Proven Innocent, Star, and now Empire, issues of diversity and racism are now swarming. Fox’s CEO, Charlie Collier, is addressing the issues, stating that diversity and inclusion are still a priority at the network. He also plans to make Empire’s  series finale a television event, but states there are no plans to bring Jussie Smollett back. Smollett’s character, “Jamal Lyon,” is one of the few openly Black Gay characters on network television.

via Deadline & The Grapevine

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Charlie Collier, Fox CEO

Deadline reports that after five seasons of twists, turns and trysts, the Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson-led series will be bowing out after its upcoming sixth season.

“We are turning the final season into a large TV event, we are trying to go out guns a blazing,” Fox CEO Charlie Collier said of what will be Empire’s final season. “You allow fans to lean in and have the ending they deserve.”

And no, Fox has no plans whatsoever to involve embattled actor Jussie Smollett in any future episodes as the show rides off into the sunset. But thanks for asking.

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“There’s an option to have Jussie in the series but we have no plans for that,” he said. Which sounds a lot like when you break up with your girlfriend, but aren’t quite ready to post memes about inner strength and moving on on Instagram.

Empire serves as the latest show on the network to get the axe. But more specifically, it’s the latest featuring a black lead.

This announcement of Empire’s demise comes on the heels of Fox pulling the plug on the Damon Wayans helmed-Lethal Weapon, Lil’ Rel Howery’s Rel, Russell Hornsby’s Proven Innocent, Lee Daniels’ Star and David Alan Grier’s The Cool Kids, denoting a troubling trend at the network.

But Collier insists that unlike other rival networks, diversity will remain a priority at Fox.

“The diversity of Fox is an issue that is so important and an ongoing effort for us to make sure we’re best in class. As I was looking at Fox and joining, what’s remarkable is that the history of this company and what it’s done in terms of diversity,” Collier said. “If you look across our slate in terms of scripted and unscripted and sports, we really are doing a good job but the job never stops. The effort continues, it never stops.”

We are also wondering what diversity looks like for Fox in the future, especially with Disney and the former’s merger. Black television series are often used to boost numbers on networks in distress, but in turn are often the first canceled. Interestingly, the rumor mill is churning and states there may be an Empire spin-off based on Gabourney Sidibe and Nicole Ari Parker’s characters. We will keep you posted.

 

 

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