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Netflix has ordered an animated musical kids series executive produced by actor-rapper Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges.

The musical kids series, titled "Karma's World," was inspired by Bridges' eldest daughter, 19-year-old Karma, and her educational website.

The series follows a fictional character, 10-year-old Karma Grant, who is described as "an aspiring musical artist and rapper with big talent and an even bigger heart."

The series will feature original music that tackles issues that affect young Black girls, including "Self-esteem, body positivity, discrimination, creativity, expressing emotions, friendship, family, leadership, celebrating differences and more," according to Netflix.

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Bridges, pictured with Karma in 2007, said the project was a long time in the making, and he hopes to leave a legacy for his daughters.

"I've had a lot of accomplishments in my life, but everything that I've experienced seems to have led up to this point to where I can leave a legacy for all my daughters," Bridges said in a statement.

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"Karma's World is one of those legacies. I hope this series will show kids that there are many ways to overcome difficult situations. This show is going to move hip hop culture forward, and show young girls that they have the power to change the world. This project has been a long time in the making and I can't wait to bring Karma's World to the entire world."

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In addition to Karma, Bridges, 43, is dad to daughters Cai Bella Bridges, 6, and Cadence, 5. Bridges' wife, Eudoxie, is pictured in 2017 holding Cai, while posing with Karma (right) and a young relative (center).

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Activist Angela Davis (center) and actors Mahershala Ali (left) and Tip "T.I." Harris (right) have been added to the cast of HBO's special "Between the World and Me."

The special, being produced under strict COVID-19 guidelines, combines elements of documentary footage and readings from Ta-Nehisi Coates's New York Times best-selling book.

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Coates' novel, published in 2015, is written as a letter to his teenage son. The book recounts Coates's experiences growing up in Baltimore's inner city and his fear of daily violence against the Black community.

Other new cast members include Mimi Jones, Ledisi, Greg Alvarez Reid, Nate Smith and Olivia Washington, according to The Wrap.

The full cast includes Angela Bassett, Alicia Garza, Jharrel Jerome, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Ledisi, Janet Mock, Jason Moran, Joe Morton, Wendell Pierce, Phylicia Rashad, Mj Rodriguez, Kendrick Sampson, Yara Shahidi, Nate Smith, Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter, Courtney B. Vance, Pauletta Washington, Susan Kelechi Watson, Michelle Wilson and Oprah Winfrey.

The special event is set to premiere on HBO on November 21, 2020 at 8 p.m. EST/PT.

Watch the HBO teaser below.
 

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Former singer-turned-reality TV star Tameka "Tiny" Harris has relaunched her talk show, The Mix.

The talk show is described as a "high energy, live millennial/Gen Z, mixed gender
talk show, where no topic is off limits.

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The show will relaunch on Tuesday, October 6, at 7pm PT / 10pm ET on Fox Soul and will air each subsequent Tuesday night.

Produced by industry powerhouse Tameka 'Tiny' Harris, and hosted by daughter Zonnique, Romeo Miller, Anton Peeples (Mr. Mom), newcomer Jamie DuBose, and Jazz Anderson (TV personality & rapper), with four-time Emmy-nominated producer, Jill King (Rachael Ray, The Real, Steve Harvey, Red Table Talk) as Executive Producer and Showrunner. It's must watch TV.

Topics on The Mix range from Black Lives Matter, current affairs, dating apps, viral trends, to breaking news for the culture, and husband T.I.'s latest brush with the law.

Featured A-list guests include Snoop Dogg, T.I., Lil' Yachty, Kandi Burruss and Sukihana, just to name a few.

Anyone can view The Mix on Fox Soul, which is available via iOS, Android, Apple TV, FireTV, YouTube/FoxSoul, Samsung Plus, Fox Now, Roku, Tubi, Xumo, CaffeineTV or on the web at foxsoul.tv.
 

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Jeremy Tardy, who appeared in the first 3 seasons of Netflix's hit series "Dear White People," has exited the show amid allegations of racial discrimination.

Tardy, 29, announced he was leaving the show on Twitter.com on Friday. "Unfortunately I will not be joining Netflix's Dear White People for its fourth and final season due to my experience with Lionsgate and their practices of racial discrimination," Tardy wrote in a series of several tweets.

Tardy claims Lionsgate negotiated raises with his white co-stars, but ignored his counter offer for a raise.

"After being offered to return for several episodes my team was notified that our counter offer would not be considered and that the initial offer was the 'best and final.'"

Tardy said he and other actors "banded together" in late August to reject their offers from Lionsgate. He said Lionsgate negotiated higher offers with white actors which led to them taking the deals before everyone else had received a "fair and suitable negotiation."

"We were all aware of the notorious pay disparities between people of color and our white colleagues on Netflix and Lionsgate shows; so this made it blatantly obvious."

He continued: "These companies have recently released statements and even donations in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. I am calling out their shameful practices of discrimination and racial inequality with regard to how they have historically undervalued and lowballed people of color."

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Girlfriends cast members recall the comedy series, which began reruns on Netflix on Sept. 11 -- 20 years to the day the series premiered on UPN.

New and existing fans all over the world are excited to watch "Girlfriends" and its strong Black and biracial women, Tracee Ellis Ross (Joan Clayton) and Jill Marie Jones (Toni Childs), Golden Brooks (Maya Wilkes) and Persia White (Lynn Searcy).

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The ladies recall memories of the series and their experiences.

"It was really special to see a story about four Black women, all whose stories were about mostly each other and not about the man they were pursuing," Ross, now the star of ABC's "Black-ish," tells USA TODAY. "And at the core of the show was about the relationship between these women, and how to be a friend."

Brooks said emotions varied as the cast tackled the show's serious issues: colorism, mental health, AIDS, interracial dating, celibacy, infidelity, and being biracial.

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"It seemed very novel," said Brooks (2nd from right), "In actuality, we as women of color, we do these things every day. We have varied emotions. … And I just think that it was beautiful to see Mara sort of unfold and introduce that to pop culture because you hadn't seen it" before.

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Girlfriends series creator Mara Brock Akil this week signed a new developmental deal with Netflix, according to USA Today.

Akil, who is experiencing her own personal drama at home, didn't respond to USA Today's requests for comment.
 

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ABC officials have confirmed a third Black-ish spin-off - Old-ish - is in the works.

Bosses at the television network are working with Black-ish creator Kenya Barris on the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Old-ish is set to follow Black-ish stars Laurence Fishburne and Jenifer Lewis as they reprise their roles as Earl "Pops" Johnson and Ruby Johnson.

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Jenifer, 63, and Laurence, 59, play the parents of Anthony Anderson's character Dre on Black-ish. Tracee Ellis Ross plays Dre's wife, Rainbow.

Lewis will serve as executive producer of the show.

According to a script teaser, Old-ish "will follow Ruby and Earl as they give love a second chance. When they move to a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of L.A., they'll meet characters who represent the old and new faces of the community as they try to make it work as a married couple. Again."

Laurence has been a recurring character on the show from the beginning, while Jenifer was promoted from a recurring role to series regular in season 2.

Old-ish will be the fourth installment in the franchise - Black-ish premiered in 2014 on ABC, Grown-ish premiered in 2018 on Freeform, and Mixed-ish premiered in 2019 on ABC.

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The internet is celebrating the news that reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians will end in 2021.

Kim Kardashian made the announcement via Instagram on Tuesday, revealing the show, which debuted on E! in 2007, will shut down after 2 more seasons in 2021.

Addressing fans, Kim said, "It is with heavy hearts that we've made the difficult decision as a family to say goodbye to Keeping Up With the Kardashians. After what will be 14 years, 20 seasons, hundreds of episodes and numerous spin-off shows, we are beyond grateful to all of you who’ve watched us for all of these years..."

Reports are that the poorly-rated reality show got the ax because manager Kris Jenner got greedy.

According to OK! magazine, E! network refused to pay another $150 million to keep Kim Kardashian and her sisters dipped in diamonds and furs for another five years.

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"The last deal Kris Jenner signed was in 2017 giving her and the family $30 million per season. That deal has expired, and greedy Kris wanted at least $40 million per season to continue even though ratings have been declining dramatically," a source tells OK! exclusively.

KUWTK averaged less than 1 million viewers per episode despite hundreds of millions of social media followers.

"The negotiations were going nowhere. E! was interested in keeping the show on the air, but there was no way the network could continue paying the family the same amount of money for almost half as many viewers. In the end it was better for everyone to say goodbye," the insider adds.

"Although Kris isn't giving up just yet, she is busy on the phone shopping the show around to other networks. But not at a discounted price."

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The Season two premiere of 'Tamron Hall' returns Monday, Sept. 14 with an exclusive and riveting interview with Andrew Gillum, joined by his wife, R. Jai.

Gillum will address the scandal that infamous night in a Florida hotel room that derailed his rising political career.

Emmy® Award-winning talk show host, executive producer and journalist Tamron Hall returns to daytime for her sophomore season with a provocative hour-long exclusive interview with Gillum and his long-suffering wife, R. Jai.

Gillum, a former rising superstar in the Democratic Party, narrowly lost the 2018 gubernatorial race in Florida that would have made him the first Black governor of the nation's largest swing state.

The father-of-three will discuss his swift fall from grace, his rehabilitation experience in the face of adversity, and his life with R. Jai, who will also join Hall during the hour to discuss the impact this has had on their marriage and their family and what the future holds.

Additional Premiere Week highlights include an Exclusive interview with former 'Vanderpump Rules' star Stassi Schroeder; Award-winning actor Samuel L. Jackson and wife LaTanya Richardson Jackson; Melissa Etheridge on the tragic death of her son; actor Chris Evans and filmmaker and actor Mark Kassen; a look at why back to school is anything but normal; and Tamron's big FIVE-OH birthday celebration with Naomi Campbell and DJ Jazzy Jeff!

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A Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot drama is in the works. The original NBC television series (1990-1996) was a situational comedy starring Will Smith as a street smart kid from Philly who is shipped to stay with his uncle's family in Beverly Hills.

The new drama series, Bel-Air, is based on Morgan Cooper's viral YouTube trailer. The trailer, with updates from the original series producers Will Smith, Benny Medina and Quincy Jones, is currently being shopped to livestream networks, including HBO Max and Netflix.

Bel-Air is described as a dramatic spin on the original comedy TV series that launched Will Smith's career as an actor.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the new Bel-Air series has been in the works for more than a year after the 4-minute clip went viral in March 2019.

Cooper, a self-described Fresh Prince super-fan, created and directed the trailer that reimagines the series as a drama.

He will co-write the script, direct and be credited as a co-executive producer, according to THR.

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The original series also starred James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro, Karyn Parsons, Tatyana M. Ali, Joseph Marcell and Janet Hubert-Whitten/Daphne Maxwell Reid.

Smith has remained close with the cast, except for Hubert-Whitten.

Watch the trailer below.
 

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Netflix has acquired 7 Black television sitcoms, and will begin airing the sitcoms beginning this weekend.

According to The Wrap, Netflix raided UPN Network's library and acquired the rights to popular Black sitcoms, Moesha, Sister, Sister, The Game, Girlfriends, The Parkers, Half & Half and One on One.

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Moesha, starring Countess Vaughn, left, and Brandy Norwood, will begin airing on Netflix this Saturday. The first three seasons of The Game, which ran for nine seasons total, will debut on August 15.

Popular '90s sitcom, Sister Sister, starring twins Tia and Tamera, will debut September 1. Girlfriends, which stars Tracee Ellis Ross, and ran for 9 seasons, will debut on Netflix on Sept. 11.

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