Garcelle Beauvais Officially Joins ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Season 10

Finally some black girl magic is about to be sprinkled all on ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’!

She tells Bravo’s Daily Dish,

“I am excited and proud to be joining the cast of such a wildly popular and beloved show like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. As a working actor who has been in the industry for some time, it’s exhilarating to have the opportunity to delve into a new chapter in the entertainment spectrum. As the first African American Housewife in the Beverly Hills franchise, I am honored and humbled by this awesome opportunity to exemplify the fact that Black Girl Magic lives and thrives in every zip code!

Already being intimately familiar with the spotlight of Hollywood, my journey of successes and trials has already been chronicled and shared with my many loyal supporters around the world. The continual encouragement, support and yes, even at times, criticism, have helped make me the dynamic woman I am today. I’m excited to share the many ongoing daily surprises, laughs and joys of being a working mother in today’s crazy world. The hustle is R-E-A-L! No games, all heart and a little dash of fashion-filled sass is what you’ll get when you step into my sphere…and I wouldn’t have it any other way!”

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Viola Davis Set To Star As Michelle Obama In ‘First Ladies’ Showtime Series

Viola Davis is set to play Michelle Obama in a new Showtime series about First Ladies.

via Deadline:

Davis will executive produce the project, which hails from writer Aaron Cooley (novels Four Seats: A Thriller of the Supreme Court, The Guns of Ridgewood), Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions, Cathy Schulman’s Welle Entertainment (Otherhood), Jeff Gaspin’s Gaspin Media (LA’s Finest) and Brad Kaplan (The Intruder). Showtime and Lionsgate TV co-produce.

Written by Cooley, First Ladies is set in the East Wing of the White House, where many of history’s most impactful and world-changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by America’s charismatic, complex and dynamic first ladies. The series will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of our most enigmatic heroes, with Season 1 focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama.

The idea for the series originated with Schulman, who was inspired by a spec script Cooley had written about Lady Bird Johnson. In line with the mission of Schulman’s company Welle Entertainment, which is dedicated to making female facing content, the series will look at American history presidencies through a female lens — the first ladies.

Cooley executive produces along with Davis and Tennon via their JuVee Productions, Schulman via Welle Entertainment, Gaspin via Gaspin Media and Kaplan via LINK Entertainment.

Material for First Ladies comes entirely from the public domain. Several years ago, Reese Witherspoon and Anonymous Content teamed to produce a  TV series based on Kate Andersen Brower’s bestseller First Women: The Grace & Power of America’s Modern First Ladies, with Robin Wright attached to direct and executive produce.

Black Panther 2 Released Date REVEALED

The ‘Black Panther’ sequel officially om it’s way….but its not as soon as you think.

The highly-anticipated film will hit theaters on May 6, 2022.

There aren’t too many details on the plot thus far, but Marvel Studio president Kevin Feige said that Ryan Coogler already has a title and a villain planned.

“We’re really hard at work on it trying to give you something special,” Ryan said after joining Kevin on stage. “We’re gonna take our time; we want it to be right.”

Atlanta’ Renewed for Season 4 On FX Ahead Of Season 3, Both to Film in 2020

‘Atlanta’ has been renewed by FX for a fourth season — and the third season hasn’t even started production yet!

via Shadow and Act:

The news was announced by FX on Tuesday. Joining the previously-announced Season 4, Season 3 of the Donald Glover series will also have eight episodes. Both will be shot in Spring 2020, presumably capitalizing on the schedule availability of its stars.

“What more can be said about Atlanta than the critical acclaim and accolades that Donald, Paul, Dianne, Stephen and Hiro have earned for two exceptional seasons of what is clearly one of the best shows on television,” said Eric Schrier, President, FX Entertainment in a statement received by Shadow And Act. “This group of collaborators and cast have created one of the most original, innovative stories of this generation and we are proud to be their partners.” 

In Atlanta, two cousins work through the Atlanta music scene in order to better their lives and the lives of their families.  Glover portrays Earn Marks, a young manager trying to get his cousin’s career off the ground. Brian Tyree Henry is Alfred “Al” Miles, aka Paper Boi, is a new hot rapper trying to understand the line between real life and street life. Lakeith Stanfield is Darius, Alfred’s right-hand man and visionary and Zazie Beetz is Van, is Earn’s best friend and the mother of Earn’s daughter. 

So ready for this !

Toni Morrison, ICONIC Author Of ‘Beloved,’ Dead At 88

Morrison won both the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Pulitzer Prize.

Via CNN
The trailblazing author Toni Morrison, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, died Monday night at the age of 88, her publisher, Knopf, confirmed Tuesday.Her family also confirmed her death Tuesday in a statement, issued through Princeton University, where she had taught since 1989.She died at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, a spokeswoman for Knopf said in a statement. A cause of death was not specified.

It is with profound sadness we share that, following a short illness, our adored mother and grandmother, Toni Morrison, passed away peacefully last night surrounded by family and friends. She was an extremely devoted mother, grandmother, and aunt who reveled in being with her family and friends. The consummate writer who treasured the written word, whether her own, her students or others, she read voraciously and was most at home when writing. Although her passing represents a tremendous loss, we are grateful she had a long, well lived life.
While we would like to thank everyone who knew and loved her, personally or through her work, for their support at this difficult time, we ask for privacy as we mourn this loss to our family. We will share information in the near future about how we will celebrate Toni’s incredible life.

The Nobel committee honored her career and dedication to centering the lives and histories of African Americans, writing in its citation that Morrison’s work is “characterized by visionary force and poetic import” and “gives life to an essential aspect of American reality.”

Morrison was best known for her 1987 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Beloved,” later adapted into a 1998 film starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. In 1993, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the first black woman to receive the honor.

Prior to becoming a legendary author, Morrison blazed trails at Random House from 1967 to 1983, becoming the first black woman editor at the storied publisher. In that role, she championed the work of many writers of color, publishing the work of black luminaries including Gayl Jones, Toni Cade Bambara, Henry Dumas, Huey P. Newton, Muhammad Ali and Angela Davis.

In 2012, then-President Barack Obama awarded her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

“Toni Morrison’s working life was spent in the service of literature: writing books, reading books, editing books, teaching books. I can think of few writers in American letters who wrote with more humanity or with more love for language than Toni,” Knopf Chairman Sonny Mehta said in a statement to HuffPost Tuesday. “Her narratives and mesmerizing prose have made an indelible mark on our culture. Her novels command and demand our attention. They are canonical works, and more importantly, they are books that remain beloved by readers.”

Morrison also held teaching positions at Yale, Bard College, Rutgers and the State University of New York at Albany.

Born Chloe Ardelia Wofford in Lorain, Ohio, on Feb. 18, 1931, Morrison was the second of four children to working-class parents George and Ramah Wofford, who left the South during the Great Migration.

Morrison had two sons, Harold and Slade, with ex-husband Harold Morrison, whom she divorced in 1964.

Trecend In Peace Legend

WTH? Galveston Police Apologize After Photo of Black Man Being Walked On A Leash Makes It Online

Police in Galveston, Texas, are apologizing after a photo made online and viral. Its showing horse-mounted officers walking a handcuffed Black man on a leash made of rope.

via Chron:

Police issued a press release about the photo on Monday, confirming that horse-mounted officers had “clipped” a “line” to a man’s handcuffs after he was arrested Saturday on a criminal trespassing charge.

Galveston Police Chief Vernon Hale also issued a statement Monday in the press release. He apologized to the man, Donald Neely, 43, who had been arrested on a misdemeanor criminal trespassing charge.

“First and foremost I must apologize to Mister Neely for this unnecessary embarrassment,” he said in the statement. “Although this is a trained technique and best practice in some scenarios, I believe our officers showed poor judgement in this instance and could have waited for a transport unit at the location of the arrest.”

Leon Phillips, president of the Galveston Coalition for Justice, commended the chief for immediately ending the arrest technique but hoped to see the officers disciplined.

“With the climate in the country today, I would hate to see, six months or three years down the road, what kind of judgment these same officers would make in a worse scenario,” Phillips said.

Phillips also worried about the lasting impact the photo could have on the city’s tourist-heavy economy and questioned why the officers didn’t wait on the scene.

“Stay there with him instead of humiliating him,” he said. “And now you’ve humiliated the whole city of Galveston because everybody who sees it is going to have an opinion.”

Phillips also said the image reminded him of racist images from the 1920s. He said he didn’t know the officers personally, but the optics of the photo was shocking.

“All I know is that these are two white police officers on horseback with a black man walking him down the street with a rope tied to the handcuffs, and that’s doesn’t make sense, period,” he said. “And I do understand this —  if it was a white man, I guarantee it wouldn’t have happened.”

James Douglas, president of Houston’s NAACP chapter, also responded to the photo, saying it showed a lack of respect for people of color.

“This is 2019 and not 1819,” he said in an email. “I am happy to know that Chief Vernon [Hale] issued an apology and indicated that the act showed poor judgement, but it also shows poor training. Even though the chief indicated that the technique would be discontinued he failed to address the lack of respect demonstrate by the officers in the episode.”

The police statement went on to say that the officers, identified only as P. Brosch and A. Smith, did not have malicious intentions during the arrest.  Hale said the department has changed the policy to prevent this technique from being used again.

“[We] will review all mounted training and procedures for more appropriate methods,” he said.

The release said Neely was arrested for criminal trespassing at 306 22nd Street in Galveston. Neely had reportedly been warned against trespassing at that location several times, the release said.

The officers were leading him to 21st and Market about eight blocks away, where the mounted patrol unit was staging. Body cameras were activated at the time, the release said.

Neely is free on bond. He has no listed telephone number and couldn’t be reached for comment.

This is 2019. Stay Woke