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TBSN: The Black Sports Network launched during Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Phoenix, Arizona. TBSN is the first Black-owned, woman-led sports network in the country.

It was a historic moment for DC Livers, a veteran sports reporter who stepped out on faith to launch the first woman-led sports network in America.

DC Livers, Founder & CEO of TBSN, said:

"There was no better way to launch a network than amid the backdrop of the NBA Finals while joining the nation cheering on two teams filled with competitors who have never won a championship. The hopefulness of the moment was too good to pass up. It was like we were all putting it all on the line with our eyes on the prize."

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DC, pictured with Suns star Chris Paul, added:

"TBSN is aware that other networks aren't committed to racial diversity. It's no longer something that Gen Z and Millennials are willing to put up with. Hiring the same old people gets the same old boring shows and with predictable results, Gen Z and Millennials are demanding more. TBSN offers something no other network does: Quality content with a hip hop angle. We're newer. We're fresher. We're younger. It's the perfect combination for today's sports lover."

According to Eurweb.com, TBSN will merge hip hop and sports.

Rapper Yung Joc said of TBSN: "This is big. I feel like I just gave ya'll some exclusive information."

NBA coach and father Lavar Ball said he can't wait to be a part of it and others are heralding the move as "monumental" and "groundbreaking."

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Black Twitter has questions about Tyler Perry's script-writing skills after one of his actors made questionable remarks during a scene from Sistas.

Tyler admitted he doesn't have a writer's room and writes all of his show's scripts himself. Tyler is part of the industry-wide effort to increase visibility of LGBT+ characters in the media.

However, his writing efforts are not appreciated by his show's viewers.

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In the viral scene, Calvin (played by actor Anthony Dalton) breaks up with Sabrina (played by Novi Brown). As she pleads with him to stay, he lists the reasons why their relationship simply won't work.

"Let's just end this. I'm just too much for you. Me, my two dads, me being in touch with my feminine side, my lace underwear. Hell, even me liking my prostate tickled!"

The prostate, or male G spot, is a small organ that provides pleasure when stimulated by a penis, fingers or an object inserted into the rectum.

The scene raised eyebrows and drew scornful comments from men and women on social media.

Among the comments were demands for Tyler to hire writers and stick to what he does best -- directing.

"The thing [is] Tyler Perry could be giving young black talented writers opportunities but be rather recycle plots and story lines from 10 years ago and i like don't get it," wrote one Twitter user.

Another user tweeted, "Look, I appreciate what Tyler Perry has done for black people making movies, lifting up actors and workers, but I'mma need this n**** to uplift some writing talent."
 

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Rappers and other celebrities are scrambling to lease homes and rent cars now that "MTV Cribs" is returning more than 20 years after it was canceled.

The original series gave viewers a glimpse into the lifestyle of the rich and famous, including a tour of their homes and fully stocked garages.

Viewers tuned in to see how the other half lived and spent their hard earned millions.

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But the show lost some of its luster when it was revealed most of the mansions and cars were leased or rented just for the MTV Cribs cameras.

Word is that MTV did their due diligence to make sure the new season features homes celebrities actually live in.

The upcoming season will feature tours of homes owned or leased by Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross, Big Sean, Christian Siriano, JoJo Siwa, Jordyn Woods, Kathy Griffin, Marsai Martin, Martha Stewart, Rick Ross, Tia Mowry, Tinashe, TJ Lavin and others.

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"'Cribs' didn't simply introduce the celeb-reality genre; it created a blueprint for how we engage on social media," said MTV's president of content and chief creative officer, Nina L. Diaz. "We are thrilled to usher in a new era of this iconic franchise for audiences around the world."

MTV Cribs is set to premiere on Aug. 11 on MTV. Check your local listings.
 

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HBO Max dropped the trailer for its new reality TV series "FBoy Island," hosted by comedian and actress Nikki Glaser, 37.

The series follows three sexy women - Nakia Renee, CJ Franco and Sarah Emig - who are joined by 24 men on a secluded island.

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Among the 24 men are 12 "nice guys" and 12 self-professed f**k boys. According to Urbandictionary.com, a "f**k boy" is a player who is only interested in a relationship for sex.

The women's mission is to attempt to find love on the island, preferably with one of the nice guys. But nice guys usually finish last because American women are only attracted to thugs and f**k boys -- despite what women say about wanting a "good man."

According to the NY Post, "By the episode 10 finale, it will be revealed to the audience and the women which men are the nice guys and which were the FBoys all along."

"FBOY Island" premieres July 29 on HBO Max.

Watch the trailer below.
 

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The long-awaited 'Empire' spin-off, featuring Taraji P. Henson, has been put on hold indefinitely and probably forever.

The hip-hop soap opera, which was canceled last year due to poor ratings and the Jussie Smollett scandal, was set to transform into a new spin-off series.

However, Taraji - who plays the part of Cookie Lyon - revealed that plans for the new show have been delayed again.

Taraji explained that the new series - which was originally due to air last year - was "put to rest".

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"I think we're gonna put it to rest for a sec. For me, the script has to be right. It has to be worthy of the audience. We have to give the audience something incredible, and sometimes, I think you need time, time away. I think absence makes the heart grow fonder."

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Jussie was let go from 'Empire' after he was arrested for perpetrating a hoax involving two friends who were paid to shout racial and homophobic slurs at him, pour bleach on the actor and tie a noose around his neck in January 2019.

Meanwhile, Taraji is preparing to host the BET Awards this weekend in Los Angeles.

She told 'Entertainment Tonight', "It's all about the fashion. I would have to say for this one, it's about the entrance. I'm always going to try to make you laugh and forget about the woes and the troubles of the world, so look forward to a lot of fun, a lot of laughter, because that's what I like to do."

Taraji also revealed that the upcoming show will focus on celebrating the influence and achievements of black women, like Queen Latifah.

She said: "What I love particularly about this year, is that we are celebrating the black woman. This is the year of the black woman because the black woman has made incredible strides in changing history, politics, music - you name it, we done it."

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Omarion was revealed as Yeti on "The Masked Singer" talent show on Wednesday night. In the post-reveal interview, he said he was unable to perform his signature "chest pop" because of his heavy Yeti costume, which weighed 60 lbs.

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Omarion spoke to Billboard after the show about his experience.

"It was a challenge. A lot of people don't know that that suit was about 60 extra pounds, so it was a challenge moving. And also, just to keep the character continuity, I didn't want to give myself away by doing too much movement or some of my signature movements, which I couldn't even do because the suit was so big. I couldn't do my signature chest pop because it was the Yeti chest! It was a challenge, but it was fun nonetheless."

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The 36-year-old R&B star was one of two contestants voted off the TV talent show, hosted by Nick Cannon (right). New Kids on the Block singer Donnie Wahlberg was the other unmasked celebrity.

Omarion was thrilled to make history as the first singer to perform on the show in roller skates. He said the show made him feel validated as a performer.

"As long as I've had an audience, only through mediums like The Masked Singer do you actually get the opportunity to do things that can further your relationship with performing, and I felt like The Masked Singer was going to do that - and it did just that. Being in that suit and hearing the compliments from the judges and them not seeing me, that was dope."

 

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Tiffany Haddish is poised to take over Ellen DeGeneres's spot when her daytime TV talk show ends in 2022 after 19 seasons.

The "Girls Trip" star, 40, has frequently filled in for Ellen, 63, who was criticized by former staffers for being mean.

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A senior NBCUniversal source told Page Six: "Tiffany is a favorite, she has humor and empathy in spades.

"She's top of the list to get a daytime show – she's a fresh voice."

Apart from her guest hosting gigs, Haddish hosts CBS's "Kids Say The Darndest Things."

She also currently stars opposite Billy Crystal in the new movie, "Here Today."

Former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson is also favored to take over Ellen's 3 pm TV time slot. Kelly's own talk show airs in most markets after DeGeneres.

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The Ellen DeGeneres Show won't be renewed after 19 seasons on television. DeGeneres made the announcement on Wednesday, saying she is walking away from her daytime chat show next year.

The news was leaked to the Daily Mail on Wednesday, as DeGeneres prepared to break the news to her devoted viewers.

She later confirmed the claims to The Hollywood Reporter, saying, "When you're a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged - and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it's just not a challenge anymore."

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The exit comes a year after Ellen's former staffers complained about her bad behavior behind the scenes.

Her reputation as one of Hollywood's nicest people took a hit following sexual harassment allegations from current and former staffers.

One ex-employee said producers were mean and sexist which created a toxic work environment.

Ellen issued an apology to staff and insisted she would do better going forward.

Multiple producers were also fired as a result of the many complaints.

Ellen has just launched a new show, Ellen's Great Design Challenge, on HBO Max, and currently oversees a variety of TV programs.

Kelly Clarkson's hit daytime show is expected to fill the slot vacated on the schedule by DeGeneres' departure.

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Angela Stanton-King slammed Dr. Phil for blindsiding her during a recent appearance on his show. The episode finally has an air date,

Dr. Phil invited Stanton-King on the show two weeks ago to help fix her relationship with her male-to-female trans child, Jaybiez.

Jaybiez announced the episode is set to air on May 10 at 6 PM. Check your local listings.

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"I don't know why you guys didn't warn me about these liberal agenda networks," Stanton-King said during a livestream after taping Dr. Phil's show.

"The whole show ended up about me being a Black Trump supporter with conservative values," Stanton-King complained.

The mother of four was offended when Phil brought out a male-to-female trans to tell her how to be a better parent.

"First of all sir, you don't even have children... yet you want to tell me what I need to do in regards to my child. Dr. Phil didn't offer any solution to our problem whatsoever!"

She then launched into a profanity-laced tirade against Dr. Phil, his wife, the other guest, and Dr. Phil's staff.

FYI: Be warned that this video contains profanity and socially unacceptable terminology and LGBT+ slurs. You might want to wait until you get off work to watch this video.
 

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Fan favorites Phaedra Parks and Sheree Whitfield are set to return to Real Housewives of Atlanta next season.

Phaedra, an Atlanta attorney, was asked to leave the show after it was revealed that she told Porsha Williams that Kandi Burruss planned to drug and rape her.

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Sheree was sent packing years ago due to a lack of a believable storyline and personality conflicts on the set.

However, the once popular reality TV show is bleeding viewers and Bravo is desperate to stop the bleeding.

The latest season averaged low ratings despite the #Strippergate scandal.

That left the show's producers with no choice but to bring back two of the show's more popular former cast members, Phaedra and Sheree.

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According to The Sun, Phaedra's upcoming appearance on "Watch What Happens Live" may not be her last on the series.

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And Sheree recently popped up on a special "Watch With Me" episode. Sheree is a fan favorite who is rumored to be engaged to her ex-convict boyfriend Tyrone.

Question: Would you watch RHOA again if Phaedra and Sheree returned to the series?

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Michelle Obama has a homosexual puppet sidekick to "inspire” LGBT+ children on her upcoming children's food show.

In the new Netflix series "Waffles + Mochi," the former first lady is joined by an effeminate puppet sidekick, Busy the Bee, to help Mrs. Obama teach children how to eat healthy.

Jonathan Kidder, the puppeteer behind Busy the Bee, makes sure that children understand Busy the Bee is LGBT+.

Kidder told the Daily Beast blog that making children aware of the puppet's same-sex proclivities is important because he wants to use his character to inspire more LGBT+ kids.

"They never said overtly 'we need you to be as gay as possible please'," Kidder said. "But I got the sense that they liked that I brought this diversity to the mix."

Kidder is one of children's puppeteering only openly gay creators.

He joked that "all puppets are a little bit gay" and he hoped to bring more diversity to Waffles + Mochi by channelling his own "dry, gay sass" personality and sexuality through Busy.

He said his job was to let Michelle Obama's sidekick "be colorful and let my rainbow out through him."

American children identifying as LGBT+ has increased significantly since Michelle's husband, Barack Obama, was president.
 

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Production of Queen Latifah's new drama series "The Equalizer" has been suspended due to a positive Covid-19 test.

Filming was halted and the producers asked those in close contact with the infected individual to self-isolate, according to Deadline.

The Equalizer stars Queen Latifah, real name Dana Owens, as a tough-as-nails vigilante based on the character played by Edward Woodward on TV and Denzel Washington on the big screen.

Latifah said playing the part of a Black female superhero was "necessary" in the face of social, racial, and financial inequalities.

"The only reservation I had was Denzel," Latifah told USA Today. "I had to figure out how to create a character that was going to be different from his and obviously not get in his lane, but not like the original, either."

She said she liked the idea of "delivering some justice (as) a Black woman on network television. I thought the idea of it was incredible and necessary and fun."

"When we started this project, little did we know that we would face a pandemic; we would face such amazing divisiveness in this country; we would have to deal with a real, real hard look at the racial inequities, of the social inequities, of the financial inequities of this country," said the multi-millionaire actress.

"We just didn't know that, God, would we need to see justice. There's just so many different things that are going on that made this show timely."

The series debuted after the Super Bowl on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 7, to mixed reviews. Some viewers were critical of the producers for casting former rapper Queen Latifah as single mom Robyn McCall, an "Overweight 50 year-old pre-diabetic woman who beats up dudes."

One viewer wrote "This series is (like Batwoman) a glaring example of that strategy. Female black hero against bad white men. Male is bad. Men are evil!"

Despite the criticism, 20.4 million people tuned in to watch "The Equalizer" on Sunday night. The show was the top-rated TV series of the week.
 

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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.