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Bow Wow is launching a new dating series on BET after pitching his idea to the Black Entertainment TV channel.

The new dating series, titled After Happily Ever After, will be produced by Bunim/Murray Productions and will debut this fall. The show will ask exes and divorcees to play matchmaker for their former partners.

"This unique series is created for men and women looking for their second act love story while taking into consideration that they are often still entangled with their exes because of their history, their children, and their extended families," said Bunim/Murray President Julie Pizzi. "On After Happily Ever After, ex-couples who genuinely loved each other can now work together to give their ex another shot at finding a life-long partner."

The eight-episode series will be filmed in Kentucky and will feature celebrity guests who recently broke up with their partners.

In each episode, Bow Wow will throw a singles party with the ex-spouses or partners so they can pick and choose who will be a suitable partner for their exes.

The exes will invite the contestant to move into the house with their former spouse or boyfriend for 48 hours to see if there is a love match.

At the end of the 48 hours, the former spouse or ex-boyfriend will decide if they will continue to date the person their ex chose, or if he will dismiss her and allow his ex to choose someone new for him.

The series marks Bow Wow's first return to BET in 8 years.

Question: Will you tune in to watch After Happily Ever After?

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Sherri Shepherd dropped the first trailer for her new daytime talk show, Sherri, which replaces "The Wendy Williams Show" time slot.

In the trailer, Sherri promises to take viewers "behind the scenes, on the road, in the studio, rehearsals, interviews and so much more."

The former "The View" co-host assured viewers that her show won't be Wendy Williams 2.0.

"This is my time. It is my lifelong dream to have my own show and it is finally happening," she said.

Debmar-Mercury, the production company behind "The Wendy Williams Show," also produces Sherri. The production company fired Wendy after she "stopped showing up to work" amid personal and health issues last summer.

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Sherri's show will be a "comedic take on pop culture and entertainment, celebrity interviews and real people," according to an insider.

The show is executive product by Sherri's bestie, Jawn Murray.

"I can't wait until I return to New York to host the show and merge everything I love... pop culture, talk, entertainment and comedy," Sherri said previously.

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Meanwhile, Wendy has given up hope of ever returning to her purple chair. She is currently shopping a podcast deal for $100 million.

A judge recently handed Wendy a victory in court against Wells Fargo bank. The court is giving Wendy and a court-appointed guardian access to her $3 million in funds.

While Wendy is happy to have access to her funds, she is not happy with any court-appointed guardian other than her son, Kevin Hunter Jr.

"Please be advised that Wendy is not in agreement with the appointment of a financial guardian by the court. Wendy has been very clear that she does not want a financial guardian to tell her what she can and cannot do with her money," her attorney La'Shawn Thomas told Page Six in a statement Friday.
 




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Controversial YouTube influencer Kevin Samuels appeared on last night's episode of "Atlanta" titled "Rich Wigga, Poor Wigga,".

The episode, directed by Donald Glover, features Samuels and comedian George Wallace grilling a biracial high school student who is passing for white.

Aaron's father is Black, but Aaron identifies as white.

Samuels plays a wealthy philanthropist named Robert S. Lee, who offers to pay college tuition for all Black students in addition to renaming the high school after himself.

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Hoping to get college tuition to Attend Arizona State with his white girlfriend, Aaron goes to a gym where Lee (Samuels) is holding auditions to authenticate students' Blackness before paying their tuition.

Samuels, Wallace, and other elders test Aaron's knowledge of Black culture to prove he's Black.

Aaron is asked to "name six things that mix with Hennessy" and explain "why The Five Heartbeats broke up."

Samuels and Wallace ultimately agree that Aaron isn't Black and he storms out. Aaron plans to build a flamethrower and burn his high school down that night.

When he arrives at the school, he sees Nigerian student Felix, who was also told he wasn't Black enough by Lee. Felix has a flamethrower, too, and he also plans to burn the high school down.

Aaron tells Felix he is not really Black because he has a "culture to pull from" and "country to go back to."

After arguing, they chase each other around the school with their flamethrowers. Felix tries to shoot Aaron, but the police arrive and one cop shoots Felix.

Samuels arrives at the school in his bathrobe. "My school," he says, as he surveys the damage from the flamethrowers.

Samuels walks over as Felix is loaded into an ambulance and says "You really wanted that scholarship, didn't you, boy?"

He then hands Felix a tuition check and tells him that "getting shot by the police is the Blackest thing a person can do."

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ABC's rap drama "Queens" showed so much promise after hip-hop stars Brandy Norwood and Eve signed on in 2021.

"Power" star Naturi Naughton completed the dream team. Then Eve announced her pregnancy and took a break from filming, though she did appear in the series finale.

Their efforts weren't rewarded. "Queens" only managed to draw 1 million viewers and a 0.2 in the all-important 18-49 age demo.

ABC announced the series was canceled last week.

"Queens" centered around four middle aged hip-hop stars struggling to recapture their fame in their 40s after reuniting '90s group the Nasty Bitches.

Twitter users reacted to the cancellation over the weekend.

One user wrote: "Bummer!! Wanted to see where it would go next!! #QueensABC..."

While another tweeted: "#QueensABC was not cancelled because it was bad, it was cancelled because the pacing of the show was break neck speed. It made it so hard to watch."

A third person wrote: "Well this is the worst news I got today. #queens #queensabc."
 

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"The Chi" is losing its first transgender character. Jasmine Davis played "Imani," the girlfriend of actor Luke James' character "Trig" in seasons 3 and 4.

Lena Waithe's Chicago-based TV drama introduced the show's first male-to-female trans character in season 3.

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"It's definitely the gayest season ever," Waithe (pictured) said at the time. "We kick off with two black women marrying each other in holy matrimony."

"I'm so excited that we finally get to introduce our first trans character this season," she added. "Her name is Jasmine, she's a Chicago native, she's fantastic."

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Even though Davis was warmly welcomed by viewers of The Chi, the actor made the decision to leave in protest of Disney's delayed response to Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Davis took to social media on April 22 to announce the departure, writing:

"Due to the many inquiries I'm officially announcing I will not be part in Season 5 of @SHOTheChi and I will no longer be part of #thechi/#disneyproduction. Sending a BIG THANKS to all my family and supporters/fans who have embraced me with along this journey."

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Tyra Banks is moving on from Dancing with the Stars amid rumors that ABC won't renew her contract.

According to Daily Beast, Tyra is producing a new television series about teenage drag performers titled "Generation Drag" for Discovery+.

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Some of the children featured in the series are as young as 13.

"Generation Drag focuses on five kids—Noah, Jameson, Vinny, Bailey, and Nabela—and their families. It traces the leadup to the most important performance of these teens’ young lives at Dragutante, a nonprofit event that allows LGBTQ+ youth to connect with each other, meet mentors in the drag community, and, at the end of the day, stomp the runway in their own performances."

The news resulted in backlash among Twitter users who say Tyra was "terrible" to contestants on her long-running series "America's Next Top Model."

One contestant described her time on the show as "psychological warfare."

Doctors say transgender youths and others diagnosed with gender dysphoria have a high rate of attempted suicide (over 46%). The public worries that Tyra's in-your-face criticism may be too difficult for some of the youngsters to handle.

One Twitter user wrote: "She wants to give traumatic experiences to younger people at this point."

Another user tweeted: "Isn't the consensus that she's been terrible to the self esteem of young people from America's Next Top Model? Now they want to subject teenagers to her?"

And a third person tweeted: "Not her homophobic a*s :| you cannot be serious."

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Viola Davis is reportedly "devastated" by the public's reaction to her honest portrayal of Michelle Obama in a new Showtime series that debuted on Sunday, April 17.

Black Twitter users continue to drag the Oscar winner after her "insulting" portrayal of the former first lady in "The First Lady."

Davis stars alongside actors Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford and Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt in the TV series that documents the personal lives of former first ladies.

Twitter users were outraged over Davis' "offensive" and "distracting" portrayal after episode 1 aired on Sunday.

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For some reason, Davis pursed her lips and made strange facial expressions while playing the wife of former President Barack Obama.

In an earlier interview with Vanity Fair magazine, Davis, 56, said she was "nervous" and "terrified" about playing Michelle, 58.

"There's a lot of fear that I messed up my portrayal of Michelle Obama," Davis said at the series' premiere screening on April 14.

"She's an icon. Everyone knows what she looks like and what she sounds like so I am absolutely terrified. But I'm mostly terrified about what she will think. I don't want to insult her and have her calling me. I gotta make the sister look good."

However, viewers say Davis reduced Michelle Obama to a cartoon caricature.

One Twitter user wrote: "Idc how great of an actress Viola Davis is, she 100% deserves everything she’s getting right now for this portrayal."

Another user tweeted: "Don't be getting defensive when them yt folks start dragging viola Davis for that role... y'all opened the door for disrespect."

And a third person wrote: "Crazy everyone was hype about Viola Davis playing the role of Michelle Obama but the only thing that’s been getting highlighted are her damn lips... they did Michelle wrong."

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At first glance Viola Davis' portrayal of former first lady Michelle Obama seemed like a Saturday Night Live skit.

Davis plays Michelle Obama in a Showtime series titled "The First Lady" that debuted on Sunday night.

In one scene from the series, Davis constantly pursed her lips and made exaggerated facial expressions while speaking to the actor who plays former President Barack Obama.

Black Twitter wondered how Michelle felt about Viola's over-the-top acting.

Davis continued her exaggerated facial expressions in another scene that looked like it came straight out of Tyler Perry's "The Oval" TV series.

It isn't clear why the Oscar winner played the part of Michelle the way she did. Or if she was directed to play a comical version of the real Michelle

TMZ reports that Davis was taking her role very seriously. But Twitter didn't think so.

Black Twitter wasn't happy with Viola's acting skills. See the comments below.

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Lee Daniels' biographical series about Sammy Davis Jr's life finally has a home at Hulu.

Hulu ordered eight episodes of the untitled series that sat on a shelf for years. The series, based on the book "In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis Jr.," is described as an exploration of Davis' life and his complex relationship with the Black community.

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Elijah Kelley, second from right, is set to play the lead role as Davis. Kelley, 35, is best known for his role as Ricky Bell in The New Edition Story on BET. Kelley also starred in 28 Days, Take the Lead, Hairspray, Red Tails, Lee Daniels' The Butler, and Star TV series.

Davis is a former child star who became one of the most famous African American entertainers of the 1950s and '60s. He was the only Black member of Frank Sinatra’s famed Rat Pack.

But Davis ran afoul of the Black community when he supported Republican President Richard Nixon and kissed TV's favorite white supremacist, Archie Bunker (Carrol O'Conner) on an episode of All in the Family in 1972. It was the kiss heard round the world.

The studio and crew laughed for so long that the kiss scene was edited to allow time for O'Conner to deliver his line. It was considered the longest studio audience laugh in television history.

The original kiss scene is lost. The second edit that aired on February 19, 1972 can be viewed below.
 

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Earvin "Magic" Johnson reminisced on his college and NBA rivalry with Larry Bird in a four-part docuseries on Apple TV Plus titled "They Call Me Magic."

Bird was named national player of the year in 1979 when he led Indiana State University to an undefeated season that ended with a national championship matchup against 6'9" point guard Johnson and Michigan State University.

The 1979 championship game, which Michigan won, is still the most watched NCAA college basketball game in history, according to Johnson.

"Who would've ever thought that game in 1979... would still be the number one watched college basketball game in history," said Johnson.

Magic laughed out loud when asked about the short shorts the NBA players of his era wore

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"Them little hot pants we used to wear. Them shorts were real short back in the day. You got that right," he said.

Magic said he pulled his Michigan State uniform out of a box the other day and marveled at how tiny the shorts were.

"I couldn't even get one foot in those shorts now," he laughed.

Magic said he actually prefers the old school uniforms to the ones the players wear today.

"I actually prefer the way we looked and the way we performed in those little hot pants we used to wear," he said.
 

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Will Smith's slap incident at the Oscars has brought back memories for many celebrities and public figures.

In an in-depth Apple docuseries, NBA legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson recalls a time when he wanted to slap radio host Howard Stern for joking about his HIV diagnosis.

In 1998, Johnson hosted his own talk show, "The Magic Hour," which was canceled after just three months.

The show was intended to fill the void left after "The Arsenio Hall Show" was canceled in 1994.

Johnson said that one of his most vocal haters at the time was Howard Stern. So Johnson's producers booked Stern for an appearance on his show.

Stern insulted Johnson by accusing him of "trying to talk like the white man" and suggested he "talk Ebonics."

"I'm Blacker than you are," Stern told the Lakers legend. "I'm the Blackest Black man you'll ever meet." Then Stern uttered the ultimate insult: "At least you had fun getting AIDS."

Johnson reacted calmly - just as Chris Rock did when Will Smith slapped him decades later.

Johnson told Stern that he had HIV, not AIDS.

"I wanted to say something and hit him at the same time — on air," says Johnson. "I was mad when they booked him, but there's nothing you can do. When people look for ratings, this is what happens."

Johnson added: "I've never put myself — or HIV and AIDS, or my race — in that position again, ever again."

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Maury Povich, 83, announced his retirement after 31 seasons, Deadline reports. The Maury Povich Show launched in 1991. The name was shortened to Maury in the 1990s.

Povich is best known for providing free paternity tests to guests, before dramatically advising them, "You Are (or Are Not) the Father!"

"Six years ago when I was ready to retire, my NBCUniversal family asked me to continue the show," Povich tells Deadline.

"Even though I told them I was ready for assisted living, out of loyalty to NBCUniversal and my more than 100 staff and crew members, Tracie Wilson and I agreed to one more deal. I'm so proud of my relationship with NBCUniversal and all those who worked on the Maury show but as I occasionally tell my guests on Maury, 'Enough, already!'"

Tracie Wilson, EVP, NBCUniversal Syndication Studios, added, "Maury and I decided two years ago that this season would be the farewell season for the show, and while his retirement is bittersweet, we are so happy for him to be able to spend more time on the golf course. Maury is a television icon, a pop culture legend and we couldn't be more proud to have been a part of his incredible career."

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Wendy Williams has an "open invitation" to join her pals on ABC's daytime talk show "The View."

Wendy spoke by phone with T.J. Holmes on Good Morning America Thursday. She insisted her health is "very well."

"You know I'm 57 now and I have the mind and body of a twenty five year old," she joked.

Wendy struggles with ongoing medical issues due to Grave's disease, mental health problems and COVID-19.

The mom-of-one said she has "private things" to take care of before she returns to the purple chair.

"Give me about three months. There are private things that I have to deal with," she told T.J.
 

Sherri Shepherd's daytime talk show, Sherri, is scheduled to replace Wendy's canceled show.

Executives at ABC Television hope to lure Wendy to The View for her first sit-down interview or a permanent seat at the table.

"There is an offer for her to appear on the show whenever she wants. The open invitation has made it very clear that when Wendy wants to give her first TV interview since losing her own show, there will always be a seat at the table for her," an insider said.

"Producers know how much people want to hear from Wendy," added a second source, according to Radar Online.

Tamron Hall sent a message of hope to Wendy on the March 17 edition of "Tamron Hall."

"Wendy is another mom. Another woman who created, executive produced and hosted her show. Wendy and I are currently the only two Black women who created, executive produce and solo host daytime shows on right now," Tamron said.

"And so when I saw her interview with T.J. [Holmes], it took my breath away because there's been a lot of stories out there. So it was powerful to hear Wendy in her own words talk about her health, which has been speculated in so many places. But at the end of the day we are moms, we are women who are working, and she did something that so many others could not, which is stay on more than a decade of that show, and Wendy says that she needs about three months and she feels she will be back on TV. And I know all of her co-hosts are fans, like the Tam Fam would root for me, are rooting for her."

 

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Nick Cannon's syndicated daytime talk show has been canceled after just six months on the air. "The Nick Cannon Show" suffered poor ratings and drew just 400,000 viewers in its time slot.

According to Page Six, Nick's staffers learned of their job status on Thursday morning. Production was shut down at the end of the day Wednesday, according to The Wrap.

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Nick's show, which followed the now-canceled "The Wendy Williams Show," will be replaced by Fox TV's "The Jennifer Hudson Show," multiple sources confirmed to The Sun.

"The Wendy Williams Show," was replaced by Sherri Shepherd's new talk show, Sherri.

The Nick Cannon Show's launch was delayed for one year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 41-year-old television mogul still has multiple streams of revenue flowing in. He currently hosts "The Masked Singer" on FOX, and he recently opened the doors to The Wild ‘N Out Sports Bar and Arcade in San Diego.

Nick has multiple mouths to feed, including his six children and their mothers. A seventh child, Zen, born to model Alyssa Scott, passed away from brain cancer in December.

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Meanwhile, Nick's 5th baby mama, model Bre Tiesi, was spotted baring her growing baby bump during a workout session with Celebrity Trainer Mario Guevara at the PHLEXX gym in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 6.

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Bre is the ex-wife of former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel. They finalized their divorce in November. Bre and Nick threw a big gender reveal party in Malibu, California in January.

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Katy Perry walked off the set of American Idol when celebrity judges voted not to allow Aretha Franklin's granddaughter to move on.

When Grace Franklin, 15, introduced herself and revealed she was related to the Queen of Soul, the judges - Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan - were definitely impressed.

"Stop right there! That's your grandma!?" Richie, 72, said. Luke Bryan, 45, was also in awe.

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"No one knows this about your grandma but I'm going to tell you," said Richie. "When you were walking in the house, you think, 'Oh we gonna talk about music, are we gonna talk about the arrangement?' And she goes, 'Lionel, I've got some collard greens I've made.'"

Richie continued: "You are from a blessed family. I have many messages on my answering machine [from Aretha] that I kept."

"Is it true she kept a little pistol in her purse!?" Katy, 37, asked.

"No, she did keep her purse all the time," Grace said, which Lionel agreed with.

"What's in the purse?" Katy asked, to which Grace replied, "The money."

Aretha was known to keep tens of thousands of dollars in her purse because she didn't trust banks.

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Grace then sang "Killing Me Softly With His Song," but the judges were not moved.

"It was all a little sleepy and subdued to me," Luke said.

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"It was soft," Katy agreed, but she wanted to give Grace another chance. She asked Grace if she had another song to sing, and the teen said she could sing her grandma's song, "Ain't No Way."

Richie then said:

"I'm going to talk to you as Uncle Richie and your grandma talking to me. Her line was, 'If you're not ready for me baby, don't come near me.' Now, you're 15, you've got the family lineage, OK? What we need to do is put time and some work in to get it up to par, OK?'"

Katy begged her co-star to reconsider.

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"Give her a shot, give her a chance. I'm sure Aretha wasn't Aretha when she walked into the room but somebody said 'Yes, I want to work with you, I want to develop you, you've got something!' She's got stardust on her!"

But Richie was not swayed.

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Katy got up and walked off the set:

"I will lay down on the ground, I quit this show! I'm going to the bar. Something wrong with your ears! You all are insane!!"

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