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Reboots are the new original series nowadays and BET is FINALLY ready to jump on the reboot wave with one of their own–the movie, Boomerang!

As you already know, Boomerang, starring Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens, and Halle Berry is one of the most popular Black movies from the eighties, and a part of the Black Movie Canon (the collection of films all African-Americans have to see to retain their Black Cards).

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Eartha Kitt and Eddie Murphy in “Boomerang” movie

BET is doubling down on scripted programming.

Under orders from new network president Scott Mills, the Viacom-owned cable network has handed out straight-to-series orders for a half-hour comedic reboot of 1992 Eddie Murphy feature Boomerang; comedy Peachtree Place, produced by Girls Trip’s Will Packer; and a drama, American Soul, inspired by the life of Soul Train mastermind Don Cornelius.  

All three pickups are part of a push to lean into what Mills says BET viewers want most: premium scripted content. It’s the first programming mandate to come from Mills, who in December was tapped to take over for Debra Lee (with the latter remaining chairman and CEO of the Viacom-owned cable network). Mills inherited the role after serving as Viacom’s executive vp and chief administrative officer, overseeing human resources, real estate, facilities and security. He previously worked for BET Networks, serving as president and COO, where he led business operations.

“The shows that have been most successful on BET are all scripted: The Game, The New Edition Story, Being Mary Jane, Real Husbands of Hollywood. When you succeed in that space, it has a wonderful effect on the brand,” Mills tells The Hollywood Reporter as part of an exclusive interview ahead of BET’s upfront announcements.

The goal, Mills says, is to increase original programming by 21 percent, including nine original movies and new scripted series as he looks to leverage relationships with prominent African-American writers and producers and Viacom’s corporate siblings. The scripted push arrives as BET is also bringing back its signature awards shows, including the BET Awards, Soul Train Awards, Black Girls Rock and Hip-Hop Awards.

We are glad BET is finally moving towards more scripted television series. If we had to suffer through another Keyshia Cole and Family-led reality show…(zips mouth)

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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.

netflix's dear white people season 2

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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[VIDEO] La La Anthony on ‘UNCENSORED’ & Brand Nubian on ‘UNSUNG’ on TV One April 15!

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!

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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:

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